- 25 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to IGTV
In recent years, we’ve seen the power of video on the internet. After all, Facebook alone gets eight billion average daily views. And YouTube’s video platform has enabled people to become national superstars.
Face It, Video Marketing is Hot
It’s no surprise to hear people often prefer video over other types of online content. And you’ve probably already know of a few options for publishing and promoting long-form video content — like YouTube, or Facebook Live. However, now there’s another option. IGTV. In June 2018, Instagram released its own long-form video feature.
But, where to start? And, how can you use it for your business? To learn how, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 24 Sep
These Are the Types of Events That B2B and B2C Firms Splurge On
According to current indications, events are becoming a more prominent tool. And this is becoming more prominent within the B2B enterprise space. But, not just for branding purposes. Now, events are considered a top means for both lead and demand generation.
While this trend has been growing steadily over the past few years, currently events hog a large portion of marketing budgets for B2B exhibitors. Now, a new Splash-sponsored survey from Harvard Business Review (HBR) Analytics Services [download page] confirms this notion.
And not only are these companies attending more event, now they are substantially increasing their sponsorships of events. Some, are even devoting substantial marketing dollars to creating and delivering their own events.
To see all of the data on what is working best and to access the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 22 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to Video Marketing
Brands need a video marketing strategy. Now, this idea isn’t new. But, what has changed is how important video has become on every platform and channel. It’s no longer just one piece of your overall marketing plan. It’s central to your outreach and campaign efforts. And especially important to your social strategy.
Why is This Important?
Well, if you aren’t creating video, you’re likely falling behind. But, don’t fret. For most videos, the more simple and raw it is, the more authentic the content seems. And that’s what really matters to your audience. And besides that, video production is more cost effective than ever. Now you can shoot in high-quality, 4K video with your smartphone.
So, with video getting cheaper and easier than ever, now is the time to make it work for your business. But, between camera equipment to lighting to editing software, the topic of video marketing can still seem pretty complicated. That’s why we compiled this guide. And to learn everything you need to know about video marketing, read the full guide at HubSpot.com
- 21 Sep
Your Three-Step Approach to Account-Based Marketing Success
We’ve all heard it before. You cant use B2C strategies in a B2B market. However, thanks to the digital revolution, the distinctions between the two are beginning to blur. It seem that we’re witnessing the consumerization of the business buyer. They are the ones who are no longer satisfied with one-size-fits-all content offerings. Now, B2B customers desire a new level of personalization.
Enter account-based marketing (ABM)
ABM is not a new strategy by any means. But more and more B2B marketers are embracing it. This is in part because they’re dissatisfied with their current lead generation programs. A recent report on B2B lead generation, found that, in fact, only 16% of marketers find their current efforts extremely effective.
So, to learn how you can use create an ABM system for your business to boost your lead generation, read the full article at MarketingProfs
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- 20 Sep
10 Communication Hacks to Deal with Negative Customers on Social Media
Social media can be a great way to communicate with your customers and fans. But it can also be an uncontrolled channel where angry customers can write negative things about your business.
Bad Comment? No Need to Panic . . .
So what can you do if a customer posts negative comments about your company? While it may never be possible to prevent disgruntled customers from being vocal on social media, it is possible to deal with negative consumers and maintain a positive brand image.
Here are 10 communication hacks that you can use to deal with negative customers on social media at Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 19 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to Emotional Marketing
by Allie Decker
By now, we are all well aware that today’s consumers are better educated. And they are better equipped to research what they don’t already know. But they’re also flooded with advertisements on a daily basis.
In such a busy marketing world, how can you make sure your company stands out?
Here’s how. By tapping into another major component of the consumer’s attention span and purchase decision. You can do it through emotions.
To learn what makes emotional marketing so powerful and how you can leverage it to connect with your audience and encourage them to act, read the full article at HubSpot.com.
- 18 Sep
7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Get More Clicks on Your Content
As marketers, before we can create interest and compel action, we must get our audience’s attention. And when it comes to content, that’s the job of the headline copy, which can take many forms. It can be the subject line of an email. It can be the title of an article or press release. Or, it can even be the first sentence of hand-written note.
The headline is the most important sentence on the page
“On average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy,” said David Ogilvy, the Father of Modern Advertising. “When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” Point being, make your first words good. Make them so good — so relevant and valuable — that they can’t be ignored.
This is the only way to ensure that the rest of your message gets consumed. But, how to make your first words too good to ignore? To learn how, read the full article at HubSpot.com.
- 17 Sep
How To Boost Your ROI By 223% With Conversion Optimization Tools
Conversion optimization tools are estimated to have an average ROI of 223%. And that is to be totally expected. It seems that they’re largely responsible for most conversions and revenue today.
However, CRO tools are more expensive than many other marketing tools. And there are so many of them out there.
But at the end of the day, it’s not using these tools that matters but what they do for your business. And what they do largely depends on how you utilize them. So, to learn the best strategies to get the most out of your conversion optimization tools, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 15 Sep
15 Ways to Get More Conversions, Starting Today
by Olivia Ross
Picture a faucet with a steady stream of water coming out. The water is pouring into a bucket, but the bucket is full of holes. Some of the water makes it into the bucket, but most of it is leaking through the holes, so you can never fill up the bucket.
Now imagine the water is leads, and the faucet is PPC.
PPC will turn on that traffic and get those leads flowing down the pipeline. But if your pipeline is broken, you’re losing a lot of valuable leads. And those lost leads could have turned into sales.
So what can we do to patch up those holes? Here are 15 ideas that could provide substantial lift in your conversion rate at WordStream.com
- 14 Sep
How To Grow an Email List With Subscribers Who Are Willing To Pay for Your Services
by Jawad Khan
Email list subscribers are the biggest asset for any blog or business, on- or off-line. They’re your qualified sales leads. And, it’s much easier to build relationships, generate regular returning traffic and make repeat sales to a list of people already interested in what you do or sell.
Those are your subscribers and are far more valuable as compared to normal visitors. So, it is – or should be – a high priority to know how to grow an email list. But, even with the rise in popularity of social media and other marketing channels, email marketing still remains one of the most effective ways of reaching your prospects.
- 13 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to Viral Campaign Success
In spite of what we may want for our content, there is no guaranteed way to ensure your content goes viral. But there are certain steps you can take to give your marketing campaign the best chance at success.
We All Want Campaigns to go Viral, But . . .
Many marketers hope for a campaign to go viral — meaning it’s recognized, widely-accepted, and influential. And, for something to actually go viral, it needs to be shared over and over again. So, this means you and your company need to share the content first in as many places — and in as many ways — as possible.
But, still, there’s no guaranteed formula. Then, you need to make it easy for your audience to share it as well. And to see how this is done, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 11 Sep
Instagram Marketing Strategy 101
Instagram is winning as a favorite social platform. But why is that? The most common response is, “The pictures!” In fact, 2017, digital asset management company Webdam noted that visual social media platforms were growing faster than text-based ones.
Plus, Instagram makes it incredibly easy for people to share their favorite photos. But, what do the stats say? Well, currently there are over 1 billion Instagram accounts active every single month. And 80 percent of those accounts following at least 1 business. Furthermore, 60 percent of people report discovering new products on Instagram.
These stats alone should be a hint to business owners that if they are not on Instagram, they absolutely should be. So to learn how you can create a great Instagram Marketing Strategy, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 10 Sep
How To Promote An eBook When You Have No Money For Advertising
Technology has forever changed the way we see our world. It has changed how we communicate with one another. It has even changed the way we consume information. And it has even forever altered how we access information with the arrival of eBooks.
An eBook, or electronic book, is the digital form of the traditional book and can be accessed on any digital platform. There are typically two types of eBooks – paid and free. Businesses will often offer them for free as a clever tactic for effective lead generation. But, regardless of whether they’re paid or free, eBooks take a long time to write and edit. Authors often spend days, months or even years researching, writing, editing and then finally publishing their eBooks.
That’s why it’s heartbreaking to have to break this news to you: producing a good ebook is NOT enough to generate the sales results you desire. And no matter how many deep insights, incisive research and unique content you provide, all your efforts may go in vain unless your eBook is promoted on the right channels, at the right time, to the right people. But how? Read the rest of the article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog to learn exactly How To Promote An eBook When You Have No Money For Advertising.
- 08 Sep
For Success at Email Avoid These Pitfalls
from Marketing Charts
Email continues to be consumers’ preferred form of brand communication. But that doesn’t mean it’s not without its faults! And as marketers we need to understand not only how and when to send emails.
Today, both B2C and B2B consumers demand they be marketed to on their terms. So, the “how” and “when” becomes even more important to our email campaigns. And if there is something that can easily be done to make our emails more appealing, we need to be aware of that fact. Or, at least, know about and, hopefully, eliminate the things that annoy them.
In a recent study, Adobe breaks down some of the most frustrating aspects of email communications. Their study was based on a survey of 1,001 white-collar workers in the US who own a smartphone. Read the full article at MarketingCharts.com to see all of the data and to access the original report.
- 07 Sep
Memorable Events Help Sophos Engage B2B Customers
Sophos is a security software provider with over 100 million business customers in 150 countries. And, one of the company’s biggest marketing challenges is making sure prospects and customers understand Sophos’ offerings.
Now, that may not seem the best of candidates for market for in-person event marketing. However, much of Sophos’ marketing happens through event marketing. In fact, it is a huge part of the company’s strategy. They have aggressive presences at trade shows, road shows and partner events, as well as global partner conferences throughout the year.
In fact, it is memorable events that are a major way the company gets its message across. To learn how they do this and how you can too, read the full article on Chief Marketer.
- 06 Sep
7 Facebook Retargeting Tactics You Must Try
by Asi Dayan
Retargeting in general has proven to be extremely useful. The value of retargeting is that it focuses upon returning visitors. These are people that have already shown some form of interest in your product or offer. And that translates into much higher odds of both clicking and converting. And, those odds even increase the more often your target customer sees the ad.
But What About Retargeting on Facebook, You Ask . . .
What you may not know is that retargeting on Facebook is a super-powerful as well. It is a way to turn your site visitors into converted users who sign up, subscribe, download an e-book, make a purchase, or whatever it is you are trying to achieve with your website and marketing efforts.
But there’s much more to retargeting than just showing the same generic ads to all your past site visitors from one single retargeting ad set. Keep reading at WordStream.com to learn the seven retargeting tactics that will take your efforts on Facebook to the next level.
- 04 Sep
5 Psychological Principles You Can Use To Convert More Website Visitors Into Customers
from Jeff Bulla’s Blog
Occasionally we all make a purchase, only to wonder after why we bought that. In most cases that’s what is called an impulse purchase. And it is something that doesn’t just happen by accident. A lot of research and science has gone into the human psychology of purchasing. And if you have ever stood in a check-out line at your local grocer you get a front row seat on how it works.
The answer is rather simple
Those types are purchases are made because there has been some type of psychological influence to do so. In fact, that influence was so powerful that they did so when they didn’t even want to. Now, there’s a greater implication here. After all, if it’s possible to convince uninterested people to buy a product, then it’s definitely possible to convince interested people at a much higher rate.
The trick lies in understanding the hurdles that your target market needs to jump before buying and then helping them make those leaps. To get you started, here are five psychological principles that will do just that on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 03 Sep
From All of Us at Dan Hoff Marketing – Happy Labor Day
- 01 Sep
Jumping on the Podcasting Bandwagon
As we begin to think of our upcoming marketing efforts we need to put in place, there are a lot of arrows we know we need in our quiver. Social media is and obvious one. As is email marketing, and search marketing. We all want, and need to grow market. And we need to gain access to more and more audience. So, that means we need to consider any and all options.
But what about podcasting? No? Consider this then . . .
Podcasting is on the cusp of being very mainstream. Don’t believe me? Well, it seems that 44% of Americans have listened to at least one podcast. And 26% have listened to at least one podcast a month. And, podcast listeners are an affluent, educated consumer. According to recent data from Edison Research, over 51% of monthly podcast consumers earning $75,000 a year or better. [download available]
It is a growing option. And, one of the reasons podcast adoption is growing is that people can listen while doing something else. But is it right for you? And, what is the full value you can gain? To find out, read the full article at McLellan Marketing’s Blog