- 14 Jan
How to Make an Effective Testimonial Video: A Step-by-Step Guide
By now, we are all aware that videos in marketing are highly effective. But, you may not know that there are a number of different types of marketing videos you can use. And each type has a specific focus, intent and funnel application.
One Highly Effective Application for Video is for Testimonials
Testimonial videos are a type of marketing videos that are perfect for the decision stage of the buyer’s journey. It is at this very point when prospects are aware of and want to solve a problem. And now they are looking for information to help them make up their minds. Help them begin to choose you.
An effective testimonial video can be the final push that sends them through your sales funnel. We know through research that fully 82% of people conduct research online prior to making a purchase decision. So shouldn’t you learn how to make an effective testimonial video? You can at MarketingProfs.com
- 11 Jan
Email Benchmarks: Almost Half of New Subscribers Churn Within A Year
from Marketing Charts
According to a recent study on subscriber engagement from Return Path [download page], on average, 44% of new subscribers will churn within 12 months. And this means that close to half churn within the first year of being on a list,.
The study did show the importance of engaging customers as soon as possible. If contact is made in the first month, just over a third of subscribers to program email lists are lost. And that makes Welcome campaigns even more critical to email program success.
To see more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 10 Jan
Navigating the Next Phase of Content Marketing
by Patty Odell
Marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to between 4,000 and 10,000 ads each day. So, it’s no wonder consumers are skimming, skipping and tuning out more than ever before.
Enter The New Era of Content Marketing
In an effort to cut through this constant barrage of clutter, smart content marketers have ushered in a new era of content marketing. This is an era that more effectively customizes and localizes marketing messages. It delivers messages when and where consumers want and need them most. From storytelling to striking the right tone, it’s here now. This next phase of content marketing is smarter, more targeted and more relevant to the audiences it seeks.
In this article, Walgreens, American Express and the YMCA share their candid insights on the new era of content marketing and they reveal what works, what doesn’t and what’s next. So read the full articel at ChiefMarketer.com
- 09 Jan
How to Make Your Content Work Harder: Seven Fatty Phrases to Avoid in Your Writing
If you aspire to lean and confident writing in your marketing content, you’ll avoid populating your prose with superfluous words. Simply put, the most effective writing and communication uses every word communicate, not decorate.
For Leaner, Harder-Working Content, Write Less
As content marketers, we all tend to fall short of such lofty aims. “Make every word tell” is as good a principle for content marketers to follow. Because if we consistently make every word tell, our copy can’t help but have less flab and gab and more muscle and hustle. And that means more views, more reads, more shares, and, most important, more sales.
Here’s some great suggestions on how to write less but say more at MarketingProfs.com
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- 08 Jan
Six Neuroscience Principles to Supercharge Your Marketing Campaigns
by John Pucci
People today are being bombarded by messaging. But, as a marketer, trying to navigating this digital world can feel a little like living in Times Square. And this sensory overload poses a challenge to all brands.
So, the questions remain. How can you find ways to get your messages across? And, how can you break through all the noise?
Neuroscience may be a field that has a lot to offer marketing
But marketers and brands can benefit from a deeper understanding into how the brain drives human behavior that neuroscience can offer. And you can do this by integrating neuroscience principals into marketing. It can help you can achieve the messaging stickiness you need, even in a world of deafening digital noise.
Here are six neuroscience principles that brands can use to supercharge their campaigns at MarketingProfs.com
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- 07 Jan
The Bandwagon Effect: 5 Ways to Use the Power of the Crowd to Supercharge Your Conversions
We‘ve all heard it before. It is a well-worn phrase.
But, what exactly is the Bandwagon Effect?
It refers to people’s propensity to do something based upon a “follower principle.” They do it because a lot of other people are doing it. And, this is regardless of whether what is being done aligns with their original beliefs.
The bandwagon effect has been shown to be extremely powerful. Its effect has been observed in politics, public policy, and marketing. And countless studies have shown that the bandwagon effect influences people’s willingness to not only use an item but to also pay more fore it.
So, how do you leverage the bandwagon effect to boost your conversions? Here are some ideas at HubSpot.com
- 04 Jan
6 Promotional Marketing Trends to Watch in 2019
Promotional Materials Still Maintain a Strong Impact
But interestingly, non-digital channels still hold a huge amount of influence in today’s internet driven world. And of these, promotional marketing could be seen as one of the most consistently successful at both driving sales and brand presence. But, it helps to know what your customers are looking for in the promotional space and to recognize the trends.
After all, what do customers value from promotional materials? To learn the latest trends that are emerging in promotional marketing and how they will shape this still powerful marketing strategy in 2019, read on at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 03 Jan
How to Avoid A Social Media Maelstrom
The web is filled with examples of how small, local companies are hit with an unfavorable review. A bad Facebook post or unflattering photo and suddenly the world knows you in all the wrong ways. Then it’s everywhere. Rumors about the dishonest mechanic, lousy pumpkin pie or whatever the complaint is about.
Local Exemptions Do Not Apply Here
And don’t think for a minute that your local business is immune to the same sort of trouble. The good and the bad of social media is that it is an equalizer. If the story is good, bad or salacious enough – it can quickly get national or international attention.
Whether you work for a Fortune 500 company or own a small retail shop, you need to be ready to handle the unexpected, the unwanted, and sometimes the unwarranted wrath of social media. And here are some best practices for protecting yourself and handling any social media crisis so that you come out on top on McLellan Marketing Group.
- 02 Jan
How to Create a Content Localization Strategy That Will Boost Your Conversions
by Irina Weber
There are a lot of businesses looking for effective ways to improve and enhance their content marketing tactics. One idea is to create locally-relevant content. By doing that, you can help increase conversions and strike a chord with your target audience.
Meaningful Content, in a Local Context Works
According to a recent CMO Council report, 50% of marketers understand the clear need to localize content. The study participants indicated that they specifically use localized content to maintain business growth and profitability in their markets.
If you want to reach your target markets and build overall business authority on a local level, it is time to develop your content localization strategy. And to learn five ways on how to build a successful content localization strategy, read the full article at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 29 Dec
Happy New Year!
From all of us to all of you . . .
We hope you find all the success you desire and happiness you hope for in the new year.
Happy New Year from Dan Hoff Marketing
- 28 Dec
Six Lead Generation Tactics to Use in Your Social Media Channels
by Anna Clarke
We all seem to fully accept that social media is now a constant part of our lives. We use it to keep up with friends, relatives and social trends.
Business Are Getting More and More Social Too
But as a business, social media is slowly being seen as an effective tool as well. Not simply to keep up with the social picture of your community. Rather as a tool to gain business. In fact, social media can be an excellent channel for engaging with potential customers. Used intentionally, it can also facilitate lead generation.
According to a recent HubSpot study, companies can get as much as 4.5 times more leads through the use of social media simply by increasing the frequency of posts. However, apart from posting more often, your content still must be engaging and relevant. And, there are a number of other ‘best practices’ that you need to keep in mind in order to find business success on social media.
To see what they are and how you can use them to generate more leads, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 27 Dec
Rethinking Social Media Marketing: How to Use a Behavior Based Approach For Content on Social Media
by Mimi An
Companies today are grappling with how to best market to consumers on various social networks. How can they better identify the types of content that will perform the best on each network?
Understanding Behavior and Content Options
We first needed to understand the primary behaviors people take on each social network. After all, people use Twitter very differently from a network like Instagram or YouTube. Only then can we analyze existing branded content to produce a definitive framework. Then we can begin to identify the types of content that performs best on a given social network.
To probe deeper into that question, HubSpot Research and the University of Virginia teamed up to survey consumers and analyze existing branded content to produce that framework. This post is an overview of a longer report published by HubSpot Research. Click here to read more.
- 26 Dec
Inquiring Minds Need to Know: Is SEO Dead Or Is It Just Evolving?
by Joe Cox
The question remains, is SEO Dead? Or is it just evolving? Is it changing to such an extent that many may consider it to have died?
The question of whether SEO is dead or not is a misleading one
Saying SEO isn’t dead, doesn’t answer the question of why this idea is being banded around so much in the first place. And, if SEO’s death is, in fact, a byword for rapid and unprecedented change, then a more pertinent question to ask might be ‘what has changed and why?’ A further examination of this might lead to another question – ‘are these changes the result of internal or external influences?’
To learn more about the evolution of SEO and explore the why’s, the how’s, the when’s and the what next, read the full article on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 20 Dec
Scarcity Marketing: How to Make More by Making Less
by Chris O’Keef
As marketers, every day we aspire to put our products and services in front of as many eyes as possible. But if what if we go in the other direction? What if you hide your product from the world? If you make it hard to get? If you don’t make enough? What if you create friction? What if we introduced scarcity into our mix?
What is scarcity marketing?
Scarcity marketing is the idea of limiting the supply of a product. It is something that works, simply because it takes advantage of the human desire to have what you can’t get. So, it creates demand through mystique and enticement.
So, now that we’re clear on what scarcity marketing is, let’s dive into some examples of businesses in a few different industries using this principle successfully. Read the full article at WordStream.com
- 19 Dec
5 Ways to Use Facebook Messenger Bots to Increase Conversions
There has been increasing interest in chatbots over recent years. In part, that’s because of their ability to take on the burden of time-consuming business tasks. For instance, adding a bot to your Facebook page in order to respond to customers quicker than ever. And provide them with a high-quality service.
There are a huge range of benefits for businesses that are installing Messenger chatbots to their Facebook page, too. One of the most important is a chatbot’s ability to increase conversion rates, as long as the pre-designed messages are written and planned effectively.
Here are five ways that you can use Facebook Messenger bots to increase your conversions, as well as our top tips for writing high-quality messages. So read the full article at WordStream.com to learn them all.
- 18 Dec
The Art of SEO Copywriting: Creating Epic SEO-Friendly Content
The argument rages on. What makes for great SEO development? Is it the content? Or, is it some unseen hand baked into an algorithm?
Some say that the secret to good ranking for your marketing content lies in SEO’s technical side. Others veer towards creative, meaningful SEO copywriting to generate SEO engagement.
There is an Art to Developing Content That Drives SEO Success
However, the art of SEO copywriting goes much deeper than meets the eye. Creating truly epic content which is SEO-friendly isn’t an easy task. Let’s take a look at what makes SEO tick, why copywriting matters and how you can make the most out of this digital phenomenon at Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 18 Dec
DMI Expert Interview: Ted Leonhardt – Founder, Innovator
- 17 Dec
16 Quick Tips to Maximize Your Value From Cold Emailing
by Reshu Rathi
Cold emailing has largely become a black hat strategy. After all, nobody likes to send them or receive them. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them. According to Yesware, you can receive a response rate of as high as 30-50% from cold email. But most businesses are not even getting 1% returns from this channel.
Why? Because getting people to respond to an ice-cold email is tough.
The question is how you can warm up your cold emails. If you can optimize them, you can boost your response and return rates from this channel. But, optimizing cold emails doesn’t just mean adding recipients first name in the email. Even though that helps. However, you’ve got to show your recipients that you’ve put work into understanding them and their issues.
So, here are a few tried and tested strategies that you can use to get better returns from cold emailing on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 15 Dec
Dan Hoff Marketing Receives 2018 “Best of Award”
BELLINGHAM December 5, 2018
Dan Hoff Marketing has been selected for the 2018 Best of Bellingham Award. They have received this recognition in the Marketing Consultants category by the Bellingham Award Program.
Bellingham Award Program Honors Achievement
Each year, the Bellingham Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. And these are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. Plus, these exceptional companies help make the Bellingham area a great place to live, work and play.
About Bellingham Award Program
The Bellingham Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bellingham area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Bellingham Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Bellingham Award Program