- 18 Nov
Good Storytelling Starts With Your Value Proposition
As a consultant, I often see companies forgetting to tell the story about the value their products hold for the customer. In most cases, that is because companies are so close to their products. As a result, they assume the benefits are apparent to everyone.
This is Where Good Storytelling Comes In
And this is a good example of what good storytelling represents. With the markets changing at such a rapid pace, it can all be overwhelming. Understanding the shifting demands of buyers, and the market are hard.
But, one thing is constant. A good story always works and a good story always starts with the value your products brings to your customers. And that means that all of your content needs to demonstrate as well as explain your products values to the customer. But not as a focal point of your product, rather from a customer-view perspective.
To understand this all more clearly and learn how this can be applied to your business, read the full article on Heinz Marketing’s Blog.
- 27 Jun
How to Make a Video: a Step-by-Step Guide
By now, creating a video to help market your product or service should be a no-brainer. It’s an easy, shareable way to communicate your company’s core message. It can also lead to a strong ROI. And we know that video has business impact. As example, product videos increase the chance of a purchase by 144%.
But, like many companies, you might not have the in-house resources to create a clip. Or you simply don’t have that much time to waste on learning video editing software yourself. And if you don’t have a ton of experience in video, it may seem like your only options are to pay for someone else to do it, or hack together a bad video on your own.
There is Some Good News Though
However, there’s a third option. Even with limited resources, companies launch with great video campaigns all the time. And to help you build solid, but affordable, content, here are six tips to create a great video at HubSpot.com
- 05 Jun
What is Earned Media? And Does it Really Work?
Remember ‘back in the day” how people used to learn about upcoming events, the latest trends, and cool new products. Well, it was probably almost exclusively from magazines, newspapers, and TV shows.
The Times, They Are a Changing . . .
Back then, this was where brands used to get all their earned media. But earned media has expanded beyond print and TV. And marketers can harness it in several ways.
But because the places we get information have changed over the last 30 years, earned media changed as a result. So what is earned media, is it really effective? And how can you gain some? To find out, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 23 May
Six Naming Trends to Help Your Brand or Product Stand Out
It is a simple reality of the business world. Every new business wants to stand out to attract more attention. And, of course, they want to connect with, appeal to and engage an audience of potential customers.
A Rose by Any Other Name is, . . . .
One way to do that is with a memorable business name. And that’s because one of the first things a potential customer learns about your business is its name. So, it’s vital that the name make an impact.
But hitting on that exactly perfect combination of word-smith imagery to define your brand in one name is hard. But, when someone comes up with an intriguing or interesting naming technique and convention, others follow suit, creating a name trend. Here are 6 trends that may be able to help your brand stand out, so read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 18 Mar
3 Ways To Promote Your Startup Like A Pro in 2019
Marketing is one of the biggest challenges that any startup will face. After all, when your new to the market, you’re unknown. And it’s tough to stand out from the crowd when 50 million new startups launch every year. Plus the competition is fierce.
But even if your product is top-notch, you cannot generate sales without gaining attention and then traction in the market. First, you have to let your potential customers know that you even exist and that you are an option for them. This requires dedicating resources towards promotion.
But, as a startup, that is easier said than done. You don’t have extra resources. And you probably don’t have the luxury of time to devote to promotional strategies. To help you out, here are 3 Ways To Promote Your Startup Like A Pro, starting right now. So read the full article at Jeff Bullas’s Blog to learn how you can get started.
- 13 Feb
The Ultimate Guide to Crowdsourcing
by Clifford Chi
Crowdsourcing. You’ve probably heard the phrase but wondered what it is. Or you may have read about some uses but didnt quite think that it was a business tactic you could use.
So, What is Crowdsourcing?
When businesses crowdsource, they ask the public for ideas, information, and opinions to help them craft better products and services. By crowdsourcing, companies can tap into a huge group of people’s expertise and skill sets.
And, How Does it Work?
As an example, companies can also crowdsource on social media. They can use this to gauge people’s opinion on their new product releases or updates. So to help you fully grasp the concept of crowdsourcing, here are some concrete examples of the practice in action at HubSpot.com
- 31 Aug
5 Steps To A Successful Product Launch In A Highly Competitive Market
from Jeff Bulla’s Blog
This logic can be applied to product launches as well
Launching a new product or service isn’t what it used to be. The main reason for that is that the market is oversaturated with products, promises and ‘innovations’. And customers have become increasingly more cynical. So that means that a creative approach to gaining attention around product launches is the key component of successful product launch campaigns.
The way in which a product or service is presented and sold is, in fact, the primary weapon. And here are five essential steps to launching any new product or service successfully into market at Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 24 Oct
Are Amazon ‘Sponsored Products’ Ads Worth It?
- Oct 24, 2017
- Dan Hoff
- #Startup Marketing, B2C Marketing, Conversion Strategies, eCommerce, Lead Generation, Marketing Strategies
by Gil Roeder
Say you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones or a new guitar tuner. Where would you start your search? Google, right?
Not so fast. According to a 2016 survey of 2,000 consumers, 55% of people actually skip Google altogether. It seems that they start their online shopping searches directly on Amazon. Google still remains the top search tool for B2B purchases and services. But Amazon is steadily overtaking them in the B2C market.
So what does this mean for you, the advertiser?
When you’re thinking about your online advertising strategy, you want to meet your consumers where they are. And if you’re a B2C company, that place is – more likely than not – Amazon. And to learn how to get started with Amazon ‘Sponsored Products” ads, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 24 Aug
Before Your Next Product Launch, Try These 5 Engagement Strategies
- Aug 24, 2017
- Dan Hoff
- #Startup Marketing, Demand Generation, Lead Generation, Marketing Strategies
by Shayla Price
The big day is approaching! Yes, you’re about to launch your first (or maybe fifth) product. You want the experience to be perfect for your audience.
Success Starts Well Before Launch Day
What your team does before the launch is just as important as what you do on launch day. And it all starts with early engagement. Yes, you need to be spreading your message as soon as possible to pique people’s interests and encourage sales when that magic day finally arrives.
Don’t wait a minute longer. Check out these five pre-launch engagement strategies at KISSmetrics.com
- 27 May
Outsourcing: The Not-So-Secret Weapon Of Successful Entrepreneurs
- May 27, 2017
- Dan Hoff
- Digital Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing for Small Business, Marketing Strategies
Outsourcing is the not-so-secret weapon of many successful entrepreneurs and companies.
Many use it to decrease their costs. The can do this by allotting a portion of their work to an outside, third party. For some, it is a means to access skill sets they simply do not have internally. And for others, it is a way to quickly scale up to meet customer or production demand.
When done properly, outsourcing can lower your bottom line.
And, it can even raise your productivity. But it needs to be done right.
So, do you think you want to learn more about outsourcing? But you haven’t really got a handle on how it can help you. Read on to learn how you can exploit this growth hack at JeffBullas.com
- 04 May
10 Common Pitfalls of Product Launches and How to Avoid Them
by Neil Patel
You probably think about product launches the same way I do. They’re insanely exciting. Terrifying, yes, but exciting. Part of the reason for the terror is this: We’ve heard of the product launch horror stories. We don’t want it to happen to us. There are risks in running a business, and during product launch those risks seem especially high.
After having launched several products — some successful, and some not-so-much — I want to share with you what I’ve learned. In this article, I want to explain some of the organizational pitfalls that can compromise a product launch. If you can spot these pitfalls and avoid them, you’ll be well on your way to an amazing and successful product launch.
- 22 Apr
Don’t Do A Redesign! Learn Why Evolution Beats Revolution
by Allen Greer
For those about to engage in an epic design overhaul to take your product to the next level, I’ve got bad news for you. It’s probably not going to work.
The revolutionary, or “out with the old and in with the new,” approach to redesign has been the norm for many years. Websites, in particular, are often overhauled every 3-5 years, but remain fairly static between updates. The overarching issue is these redesigns are often based purely on aesthetics, not analytical data or feedback from users, which means it’s impossible to determine if the new sites will outperform the old ones. Thankfully, there’s a much better way to tackle product redesign, and it focuses on evolution, not revolution.
- 21 Apr
10 Ways to Reach Customers Who Don’t Know They Need You
Event planner, lawyer, daycare owner, tow truck driver. Regardless of our chosen professions, it’s fair to say that we all want to build our businesses’ customer bases. It’s how we thrive. So it’s only natural for us to want to market our products or services to everyone, in hopes of capturing a larger audience, and thus making more money.
But every business has a few “unreachables.” Now, some of these people are placed in that category for a reason. If you sell retirement plans, for instance, your unreachables might be children because they’re simply too young to purchase your product. But that doesn’t mean they have to remain that way forever. Even the most unexpected groups of people could be your biggest advocates later on. You just need to know how to speak to them. Here are some tips for successfully reaching your unreachables:
- 20 Apr
10 Questions Every Marketer Should Ask Before Buying Audience Data
Sometimes, investing in efforts to reach target audiences can seem like a big gamble, with the odds stacked against you…
Here you are, charged with exciting media buys, and you find that there are literally thousands of data providers who tell you using their insights will allow you to find the perfect audience. But which choice will make you a winner? Assuming you don’t have enough time or money to do try them all, here are 10 questions to ask before buying data.
- 15 Apr
How to Write Product Page Descriptions that Sell
The web has inadvertently made authors out of us all as we post on forums, send emails, share information, write white papers, guides and various web content. Most of us, however, are not authors by profession and so consequently the quality of writing on the web varies greatly.
This is especially true for ecommerce managers and online store owners looking to boost conversions on product pages via product descriptions. As businessmen and women by profession, rather than writers, many ecommerce professionals often ask about how to optimize product descriptions. What should they say? How long should they be? What format is best?
Here is How to Write Product Page Descriptions that Sell
- 14 Apr
7 Marketing Mistakes That Cause Chargebacks and Profit Loss
The very definition of marketing is to entice customers by highlighting a product’s value for the purpose of selling that product. Marketing is supposed to make you money—not cause you to lose money.
But if you aren’t careful, that is exactly what can happen. Simple flaws in your marketing can lead to chargebacks. And there is nothing in the world of business that can drain profits faster and more pointlessly than a chargeback.
Here are 7 Marketing Mistakes That Cause Chargeback and Profit Loss that can be corrected.