- 08 Feb
How Neuromarketing Could Revolutionize Marketing
by Clifford Chi
With the rise of digital media, the entire marketing landscape has shifted. One advantage over ‘traditional marketing’ is the ability to measure a campaign’s performance. But even with all of these metrics, we still can’t measure what is arguably the most crucial indicator of a campaign’s performance. And that is emotional resonance. But what if we could actually measure emotional resonance?
This is Where Neuromarketing Comes In
Neuromarketing is a blend of neuroscience and marketing designed to help brands gauge the emotional resonance of their current and future marketing campaigns. And even though we live in an age of data overload, where you can measure almost anything, we still are still not able to accurately gauge the most important element of your marketing campaign — its ability to make your audience feel something.
Fortunately, the neuromarketing space is rapidly evolving, and its technology is becoming more affordable and practical for marketers. And, hopefully leading to its mainstream use tomorrow. To learn how this can impact your marketing, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 06 Feb
The Psychology Behind Viral Marketing Videos
by Clifford Chi
In 2007, brothers Chip and Death Heath rose to prominance. They did that when their book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die climbed to the top of both The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.
Their book was able to achieve this level of success because it taught their model for making ideas “sticky”. Or, in other words, how to make ideas digestible, memorable, and compelling, something we all want to do in our marketing. But, their ideas also explain a lot about the psychology behind what makes a marketing video go viral.
The Heath Brothers noticed that a “sticky” idea usually follows six principles. And by applying these principles to our marketing videos, they will become that ‘golden ticket’ to the viral video hall of fame. And to see some examples of how this works and some tips on how you can use them, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 05 Feb
Should your brand be on Instagram? Or Not?
According to the Instagram Marketing 2019 Trends and Benchmarks report, there are over 1 billion users on Instagram. And about 80% of those accounts are personal accounts. 51% of Instagram users access the platform at least once a day and the average user has over 600 followers and follows over 350 accounts.
Simply on the basis of these numbers, your first thought is that it would make a great place for your business to be, right? And, there’s a huge opportunity for brands to create business accounts and interact with a highly engaged audience.
It’s an active channel and has deeply engaged users. But what kind of content makes sense for the channel? To find out, read the full article at McLellan Marketing Group Blog.
- 04 Feb
Unleash the Power of Video Marketing for Your Business
by Mike Osborne
We all know that Creating online content is one of the best ways of reaching customers and improving visibility. And that’s because it simply works.
And you probably already have a social media presence on Facebook or Twitter, and possibly a blog as well. But if you really want to reach your target audience effectively and create an impression of your brand that lasts, you need to be using videos.
Video marketing has proven itself to be one of the most powerful methods of brand promotion there is. And here’s a look at why and how you can use it to your advantage at MarketingProfs.com
- 02 Feb
The Importance of Using Social Media in B2B Advertising
Most marketers are aware of the value of social networks in B2C campaigns. However, they often overlook social media as a useful part in B2B advertising. But, dispelling the myth that social media cannot be a utility for B2B advertisers starts with understanding the role social plays.
Facebook, Instagram Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn Too?
Each social media platform has a place and purpose in B2B brand building. After all, business decision-makers have social lives and social accounts, too. We can assume that users may not immediately be in a business mindset when using Facebook or Instagram. But, with tailored content that serves as an introduction can unobtrusively spark interest.
Now, to learn how to do that, read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 01 Feb
So What’s the Typical B2B Sales Cycle Length?
from Marketing Charts
It’s commonly assumed that generating B2B leads is primarily a marketing responsibility. However, data stretching back to 2014 and published in a new report [download page] from CSO Insights, a division of Miller Heiman Group, reveals some great insights that can be applied to improve your sales cycle.
But, How Long Do B2B Deals Take to Close?
But, exactly how long is the typical sales cycle is for new and existing customers. The study results indicate that three-quarters of B2B sales to new customers take at least 4 months to close, with almost half taking 7 months or more. Now that may not seem very surprising. But, the sales cycles for existing customers are considerably shorter. For existing customers, 60% of all deals closing in 3 months or less. And more than 1 in 5 take less than a month to be signed off.
To see more of the data, insights and charts, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com.
- 31 Jan
6 Cognitive Biases You Can Exploit to Boost Sales
As human beings, we tend to think we are perfectly rational beings. But, in reality we aren’t. At least that’s what decades of cognitive research has shown. And that research has shown that simple, seemingly innocent tweaks can significantly influence the choices that consumers make.
These simple tweaks can significantly influence decisions thanks to cognitive biases.
Cognitive biases are common mistakes in reasoning that occur when we value perception or beliefs over reality. And some of these cognitive biases are common enough that you can count on them to influence consumer behavior, and even include them in your marketing strategy.
To get you started, here are six cognitive biases that you can use in your marketing strategy to boost sales at WordStream.com
- 30 Jan
The State of Digital: Post Length and Publishing Frequency Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Early in the evolution of online writing, the standard was to keep articles as brief as possible. Typically, the range that was considered a “best practice” was between 500 to 1, 000 words. But, the proportion of bloggers who typically write posts under 500 words has steadily declined since 2014. And this has happened at the same time as posts longer than 1,000 words has steadily increased.
The see the trend data, to download the original report and see more insights, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 29 Jan
Five Email Trends and Best-Practices for 2019
by Eric Wanata
Email marketing has changed significantly over the past few years in particular. But, it is still one of the most effective marketing channels we have. And for email marketers, the future is bright. But, there are some important trends and emerging best-practices that we need to be aware of and begin to use.
Mobile May Be the 500-Pound Gorilla, But . . .
One example is the fact that at least half of emails are now being read on mobile. But that doesn’t mean email on the desktop is dead. In B2B, in particular, only 35% of users check email on mobile compared with 59% for personal email.
To learn about the full list of trends and best-practices, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 28 Jan
6 Often Overlooked Optimizations to Increase Your PPC Conversion Rate
by Athena Pham
For most, we all know that in the paid search world, you learn by testing. You test your CTAs, your ad copy, your images. You test your headlines, your placements, and even your keywords.
And with all that testing, it’s easy to begin to think you’ve tried, well, everything to improve performance and increase conversion rates. But, don’t worry, you really haven’t.
Whether you’re a business owner trying to grow your business, an account manager looking for new strategies, or a PPC specialist exploring tricks to have powerful campaigns, there are six often-overlooked optimizations that can increase your PPC conversion rate. See them all at WordStream.com
- 26 Jan
The Purchase Influencer Hierarchy: Friends & Family &, Online Influencers &, Celebrities
Influencer marketing content can certainly hold sway over consumers, in particular youth. But that doesn’t appear to have nearly the same power as a recommendation from a trusted friend or family member.
Now, This is Information Influence Marketers Need
In fact, a recent study from SurveyMonkey arrived at some interesting indications. They found that US consumers are more than 5 times as likely to have made a big purchase due to a recommendation from a trusted friend or family member than as a result of seeing an online influencer own or endorse the product/service .
It is interesting to note, though, that online influencers appear to have more, shall we say, influence, than traditional celebrities. To see more of the data, observations and to download the original report, read the full article at Marketing Charts
- 25 Jan
Do You Subscribe to the Subscription Service Trend?
Today you can subscribe to pretty much anything. You can subscribe to razors, or dog toys and clothes. And you can even subscribe to cosmetics, or ingredients for a complete dinner or fine wines.
On the B-to-B side, there’s Leadership-in-a-Box, Mentor-in-a-Box and many more. But dont think that it’s all consumable products. Now Porsche even has its own subscription offering.
This whole move is a fascinating cultural shift and it’s worth thinking more about, in terms of how we go to market with our products and services. But, what are the elements that make a subscription model work? To learn what they are, read the full article at the McLellan Marketing Group Blog.
- 24 Jan
9 Powerful Ways To Combine Social Media and Email Marketing
Social media marketing is great for reaching new people. And email marketing is awesome at making them convert.
If you see an opportunity here, you’re correct
Research indicates that customers need to encounter a brand up to 12 times before making a purchasing decision. And we know that companies that integrate email with social media marketing can benefit. In fact, they can achieve that milestone even sooner. Plus, in the process, they can build stronger customer loyalty, drive deeper engagement and generate higher brand recognition.
Pretty cool, huh?
So how about taking the best of both worlds. It’s fairly simple to make them work in tandem in a cost-effective way. And here are some tips to get you started at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 23 Jan
Emotions Matter: Why Your B2B Marketing Must Connect Before It Can Convert
Do Emotions really matter in a B2B purchase decision? Or is it always simply a matter of logic and not emotions?
“Just the facts ma’am. Nothing but the facts . . .”
For B2B marketing, the trick is in making an emotional connection without making your case emotionally. We can’t “chew the scenery,” so to speak. We simply don’t have an audience that is as passionate about our services as consumers are about trucks or chocolate or puppies and kittens in need of forever homes … But we do need to make sure we’re connecting with our audience on a level other than “just the facts, ma’am.”
Even with the necessity of a more restrained approach, we do need to create opportunities for our prospects to feel their decision rather than just think it. How do we do this? To find out read the full article at TargetMarketingMag.com
- 22 Jan
Form UX: How to Design a User-Friendly Form
Think about the websites you visit and ask yourself, what’s that site’s overall functionality like? How long do the pages take to load? Is the site navigation easy to use? Are you able to quickly find the information you’re looking for? These are all aspects of a website’s user experience (UX).
Why does form UX matter?
And that user experience applies to every part of your website, including your web forms, in regards to accessibility, ease of use, and convenience. An online form with great UX is easy for your visitors to work though, simple to understand, and feels professional.
And when your form has all of these factors, you’re likely to see an increase in your number of conversions. That’s why getting your form’s UX right is critical for your business. So, to learn hot to build great UX and ensure positive interactions between your site visitors and forms, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 21 Jan
Is Gating B2B Content Still Important in 2019?
Even today, the debate rages on. But, despite the debates, in many organizations, gated B2B content is still critical to a successful digital marketing strategy.
For marketing to work in today’s digital environment, we need to bear in mind that today’s audience is far smarter. And they’re on to us as marketers. They know that when there is a form in front of content, their information is going into a database. So, this means we have to be better at what we provide as gated content.
Remember that gated content is a value exchange between you and the visitor. This value is the opt-in and their email is the currency. And this initial content offer is also a promise. It’s a promise of the level of value they can expect to receive from you as members of your database. . .
To learn more, read the full article on Chief Marketer.
- 19 Jan
7 Digital Marketing Trends To Watch Out For In 2019
At this point, the digital marketing landscape has been disrupted so much that what was effective just a few years ago is now old hat. One example is that posting content to social media. It used to be that was all you needed to grow a following.
What Was Once Old is
New Again. . . Still Old
However today, customer interactions come at a premium. And if you aren’t wowing your customers or starting a real conversation with them, you’re falling behind the curve.
While some businesses are on the cusp of the latest marketing trends, many others are still playing catch-up to what was hot a few years ago. So, if you still feel like your head is spinning from 2018, this year promises to be even more disruptive. And it isn’t just new technologies that are changing the game.
Here are 7 of the most important digital marketing trends to watch out for in 2019 on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 18 Jan
Are Lead Gen Forms Dead: The State of Email Lead Capture in 2019
by Alex Birkett
Email lead capture is the process marketers use to collect information from their website visitors. And, inspite of the process being fairly straightforward, strategies often vary in how we capture leads.
And The Results Vary Quite a Bit as Well
Unfortunately, the diversity of lead capture strategies, tools, and results can make it difficult to know precisely which process you should follow. So, HubSp0t decided to conduct a survey. And they were able to uncover a number of email marketing trends.
In particular, they wanted to find out more about the tools marketers are currently using for lead capture. And, what strategies they are using to optimize their efforts, and what kind of results and conversion rates people are seeing. So, to learn what they discovered, read the full article at HubSpot.com