- 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
- 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.
- 30 Aug
20 Call-To-Action Phrases That Will Boost Conversion Rates Fast
by John Vuong
When it comes to conversion optimization, you can never underestimate the power of a great, targeted call to action phrase. And, we all are constantly on the outlook for that new “silver bullet” phrase. But, are we all missing something? There may be a lot of ways to improve your conversion rates through some simply tweaks to our CTAs.
Targeted call to action phrases work, and it has been proven. HubSpot recently found that there’s a significant increase in conversions with targeted call to action phrases. Or what they call Smart CTAs rather than the run-of-the-mill call to action phrases.
It is because of targeted call to action phrases that we can actively engage visitors to act on a desired action on a website. Sounds rather easy, doesn’t it? But we know it’s complicated, right? So, to see all 20 Call-To-Action Phrases That Will Boost Conversion Rates Fast, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 29 Aug
Lead Generation: A Beginner’s Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way
On it’s face, outbound lead generation tends to be a disruption based form of prospect contact. And the opposite of that is lead generation that invites, intrigues and entices prospects to make contact. That’s called inbound lead generation.
But, really, what is inbound lead generation?
It’s a solution that can save your business or organization from being that annoying, disruptive cold caller. But, let’s start with defining a lead. And then let’s take a look at what online lead generation is, why you need lead generation, how you qualify someone as a lead, how you generate leads, and why inbound lead generation is much more effective than simply buying leads.
So read the full article at HubSpot.com to learn all about Lead Generation: A Beginner’s Guide to Generating Business Leads the Inbound Way
- 27 Aug
The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Trends in 2018
by Allie Decker
Marketing moves at the speed of light. At least it feels that way when you’re brainstorming a new campaign or strategy. And then, all of a sudden, a new statistic or technology release changes everything.
Ch. . . ch. . . ch . . . Changes . . .
On a yearly, quarterly, and even monthly basis, new trends and techniques pop up. And invariably, it will transform the way we attract, connect with, and market to our audiences.
But simply keeping up with the changes isn’t quite enough. To succeed in this fast-paced marketing world, you have to stay ahead of the game. That’s why the people over at HubSpot created a great guide to help. So, get the full report at HubSpot.com
- 25 Aug
4 More Content Promotion Strategies to Increase Engagement
If you’re a B2B marketer, odds are that creating content is an integral part of your inbound strategy for attracting prospects. After all, inbound marketing costs 61% less than traditional advertising, while producing 54% more leads. Because of this, everyone is investing more in content marketing. And this raises the bar, meaning that creating more content is not enough. So, to reach your intended audience, you need to differentiate your brand and rise above the noise by offering value.
The 80/20 Rule Needs to be Flipped
In the past, inbound marketers spent 80% of their time creating content and 20% promoting it. With all the noise out there, that formula is flipped, meaning that content promotion is now the priority. To communicate effectively with your audience, you must provide the right content in the right place at the right time.
- 24 Aug
12 Creative Ways To Use YouTube For Branding
from the Forbes Communications Council
The number of YouTube viewers is steadily on the rise. Plus, the site’s recently engagement hit 1.47 billion viewers in 2017. And now, it is expected to increase to an estimated 1.86 billion by 2021. Now, this data shows the platform’s power to reach more of your consumers. And, to ultimately, benefit your business.
Thats Great! But How Can I Use It?
YouTube offers a range of ways to interact with your customer base. From using influencers to hawk your products to creating viral videos that consumers gravitate towards. So, adding YouTube to your marketing arsenal can prove to be an effective way to reach more customers. And, it can make your brand more visible with more people.
- 23 Aug
4 Content Promotion Strategies to Increase Engagement
There’s no doubt that inbound marketing has fundamentally changed demand generation. The strategy has seemingly taken over the B2B world. But, why is that?
And for Good Reason. It Gets Results
It costs 61% less than traditional advertising. And yet it produces 54% more leads than outbound marketing. In addition, today your prospects and customers expect a better experience. They don’t want to be targeted with disruptive and annoying advertisements. They want to engage with quality content that educates, entertains, or helps them make an informed purchase decision.
There’s just one problem…
But, all that success of content marketing means that everyone is publishing content for their audience. And the bar has been raised. Now, creating more content isn’t enough. In order to get your content seen by your intended audience, you need to differentiate your brand. And you need to rise above the noise by offering value. Now, it is the promotion of that content that rules and here are 4 strategies to promote your content at the Marketo Blog
- 22 Aug
What is a PR Strategy and Does Your Small Business Need It?
As a small business owner, it’s key that you do all you can to maintain a strong and credible reputation in the public eye. And a solid public relations strategy can help you do just that.
But, What is a PR strategy, You Ask?
In a nutshell, a public relations strategy lets your customers and the wider world know that your business exists. According to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations “Public Relations is about reputation. I t is the result of what you do, what you say and what others say about you”.
Well, that sounds simple enough. Right? But, why does your small business really need a PR strategy? To find out and to learn how to make it work for your small business, read the full article at Manta.com
- 21 Aug
6 Unique Approaches to eCommerce Content Marketing That Will Make You Re-Think Your Strategy
by Jaymin Dangi
Running an eCommerce website is no small feat. There is new competition every day, and the big sites that offer nearly the same products as you do are constantly on your territory trying to win your customers. However, smart eCommerce retailers and sellers have realized the secret to selling more; engaging more with clients.
And how do they engage more with their clients? You can do it by applying eCommerce content marketing strategies. By utilizing content marketing, retail brands can market themselves because the clients only engage with the content that is important.
But, what is eCommerce content marketing? And, how can you make it work for your ecommerce business? To find out, read the full article on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 20 Aug
The Ultimate Guide to Putting Facebook Ads to Work for Your Small Business
You’ve probably heard this before. But, Facebook can be a great, cost-effective lead source for your small business. For a large portion of the local small business market, it is already a staple of their marketing through organic contact with their followers.
However, statistics show that your organic Facebook posts might only reach about 2% of your followers on average. Now, while organic posts are still an essential part of any Facebook content marketing strategy, you’ll want to make sure paid advertising plays a large and effective role as well. Not only are paid ads your best bet at attracting new business – you can target the people you want them to be shown to, and your current audience will be more likely to see your posts.
But there’s a definite learning curve when it comes to Facebook ads. So, how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of your Facebook ads? Here are 7 tips that will help you strengthen your strategy and get the results you need at Manta.com
- 18 Aug
3 Examples of High Performing Facebook Ads That Drive Leads and Sales
by Jeff Bullas
Social media advertising has become a core skill that businesses need to master. It sits next to email marketing and content marketing as a core competency that the marketing team needs to have in their toolkit.
And, the top social media channel that most digital marketers have as their “go to network” is Facebook. But Facebook ads can be a confusing space. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Boost posts, create awareness, capture leads, drive traffic, grow your likes and many more. It is complicated and often confusing.
That means you can waste a lot of money fast
So how are other organisations spending their dollars on social media advertising? Here are 3 Examples of High Performing Facebook Ads That Drive Leads and Sales on Jeffbullas’s Blog.
- 17 Aug
10 Real Estate Social Media Marketing Strategies That’ll Bring in New Business
by Leslie Mann
Most real estate agents have a social media presence. But are they really giving home buyers and sellers what they want? Or what they really need?
Buying or selling a home is an important financial (and emotional) decision. And most people are full of questions when they undertake this endeavor. So that means that your clients want more than just someone with a real estate license. They want an agent who will protect their interests and help them navigate the complexities of property ownership. It’s important that the agent they choose is someone they’ll feel confident having by their side throughout the process.
And that’s where social media comes in
If applied correctly, it can be a great way to open a dialogue, share advice, and forge an ongoing relationship with buyers, sellers, and renters. Here is a handy list of social media do’s and don’ts for real estate agents at HubSpot.com
- 15 Aug
4 Ways to Use Social Listening for Brand Awareness, Lead Gen & Beyond
Sometimes it feels like social listening is sacred knowledge. Something that is reserved for only a few chosen brands. And that shows just how little we hear of companies using it. Of course, in reality, social listening is quite the opposite of a secret. Social listening is actually used by many. But, here’s the deal: it’s not used to its full potential.
Let’s start from the beginning in case you know absolutely nothing of this social listening business. Despite being a product of all the fancy techy concepts out there (big data, machine learning, etc.), it does not require a ridiculous budget or programming skills. Really, just an understanding, a tool, and some creativity.
So, what is social listening? And, how can you use it to drive your brand awareness and generate leads? Read the full article at WordStream.com to find out.
- 14 Aug
4 Facebook Updates to Help You Market Your Local Business
by Conor Bond
Today, there are over 80 million small businesses using Pages. And they are using them to engage customers and drive growth. So that means that Facebook has become an indispensable resource for local advertisers.
And the reason why? The staggering numbers
Currently 1.6 billion people use Facebook to connect with small businesses. And the majority of these users visit their favorite businesses’ Pages on a weekly basis. So, while pay-per-click platforms like Google Ads offer a number of tools to help the little guy grow, Facebook wields a huge advantage. It has the ability to directly communicate with eager prospects and loyal customers alike.
And now, due to popular demand, the social media giant is ramping up its local business game with a suite of changes and updates. To see each one in turn, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 13 Aug
An Unusual, But Effective Lead Follow-Up Best Practice
Congratulations! You convinced a potential customer to download content from your website. Then another, and another. You developed a list.
Your sales lead follow-up best practice probably even includes a drip email sequence. You send follow-ups enticing prospects to engage. And you “add value.” You educate. And you nurture. So how many conversations with buyers result? Not many in most cases.
But why does this happen? And what can you do instead, if this isn’t working? Here is the post An Unusual, But Effective Lead Follow-Up Best Practice appeared first on TargetMarketing.com
- 11 Aug
Facebook Page Engagement Has Dropped 50%, According to New Data
Buffer, the maker of a social media management platform, recently released its findings from an analysis of 43 million Facebook Page posts. And, for the most part, it is not a pretty picture.
In January, Facebook updated its News Feed algorithm to prioritize content from friends and family over that from Pages. This caused the reach of Pages to drop for many businesses.
So why is this such and important fact? After all, isn’t is all supposed to be about friends and family? Not when you rely upon businesses to pay your bills. But nearly seven months later, what did Buffer discover [see full report]? To learn what it was, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 10 Aug
Six Rules for Innovative Storytelling
Consumers are constantly being bombarded with content. It seems an unending tidal wave of content marketing. But what sets successful content marketing apart is the thoughtful and meaningful content. What works is content that actually makes up the storyline.
It’s All About Creating Content That People Actually Want to Read
The rise and continued adoption of emerging technologies has completely transformed how consumers expect to receive content. It has also had a huge impact on how brands are pushing it out. With more technology and formats available now than ever before, it’s critical that brands not only consider the latest formats and mediums to present content. But is it is important to also remember that truly effective content marketing is fundamentally about the content itself.
So, if you are wondering how you can create winning content, here are six tips for innovative storytelling in marketing at ChiefMarketer.com