- 25 Jun
Where Is Social Media Marketing Headed?
According to the latest annual “Social Media Marketing Industry Report” [download page] from Social Media Examiner, Facebook remains the most popular social media platform among marketers. However, Instagram is gaining in popularity as companies plan to increase their activity on the platform.
Most Marketers Still See Social Media’s Benefits
However, respondents are still finding that social media marketing – in particularly Facebook – has its benefits. This despite the fact that algorithm changes to Facebook have made publisher and brand pages less visible. Indeed, more marketers are reporting benefits this year than last. The vast majority of respondents reported that their business benefited from increased exposure by using social media. While a high number also saw increased traffic from social media.
To see more of the data, additional insights and to download the original report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 21 Jun
How to Run Facebook Ads: A Step-by-Step Guide to Advertising on Facebook
by Carly Stec
With more than 2.3 billion people using Facebook every month, it can be a tempting pool of potential customers. Plus, there are nearly 1.6 billion users every day. And that means that Facebook can offer up a unique opportunity for marketers to augment their organic efforts.
It Can Get a Little Confusing and Intimidating
The trouble is, with both an investment of time and money on the line, there’s not much room for oversight. And when setting up a paid Facebook ad, there are a lot of boxes to be checked and questions to answer for yourself. For example, are you targeting the right people? And are your image dimensions to scale? Or, are you running the right type of ad?
So Many Questions. So Many Answers . . .
To help, HubSpot has put together a checklist to help you keep all of your campaign details straight. These will help ensure that you’re tapping into the right audience with the right ad at the right time. So, to learn all about How to Run Facebook Ads, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 19 Jun
Three Types of Events That Will Fuel Sales for Your Brand
In a digitally driven world, the human element can get lost. However, nothing can replace face-to-face rapport. And that is why events can do wonders for your sales. However, certain types of events can be more effective than others, depending on your brand and positioning.
If you’ve never hosted an event but are considering it, the one thing that is probably holding you back is the sheer complexity. Having attended events, you know that just on that level, events are hard. And hosting one yourself can be daunting to manage all the details, schedules and logistics.
But the Effort Can be Well Worth the Reward
There are three types of events in particular that can boost your sales. And depending upon your brand and your positioning any one can help your business. To learn what they are and how they can impact your sales, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 18 Jun
Best Practices for Identifying, Developing and Engaging Your Target Audience
by Josh Baez
As B2B marketers, understanding our target audience is essential to every single thing we do. And yet all too often we lack the necessary details around our target audience. Without those details, we are unable to actually do anything meaningful.
It All Boils Down To One Common Problem
There is one common mistake that organizations make when it comes to identifying their target audience. They tend to assume that these people want to hear about the product. When, in fact, a majority of them probably don’t. And successful marketing requires a gap to be bridged. That gap that exists between those people who want to hear about the product and those who don’t. And that doesn’t even take into consideration those who aren’t even aware they have a problem that requires a solution to begin with.
How can organizations begin to bridge those gaps?
Here are three key areas to help you better identify, develop, and engage your target audience at Heinz Marketing. Then, you can more effectively and consistently drive pipeline for your organization.
- 17 Jun
B2B Brands Need to Step It Up to Reach Millennial Buyers
Recently UPS released this year’s UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics survey. And what they found should be a wake up call to every B2B marketer. It seems that there is an increasing level of influence by Millennials in the B2B buyer process.
Know the Trend: The Rise of a New Generation of B2B Buyer
This year’s study found a 10 percent increase over 2017. And that means that, if you haven’t already begun to adjust your tactics you need to. According to Brooke Yamini, VP of marketing operations at UPS, “the rise of Millennials ushers in a new era that challenges long-standing industry norms.”
This new generation of B2B buyers start their buying process online. And they do their initial research with social media and their peers. So, if we are going to successfully market to this emerging generation of B2B buyers, we need to begin to adjust our tactics. To gain more insights into the findings of this report, read the full article at Chief Marketer.
- 15 Jun
How to Captivate Customers by Using Video in Digital Ads
There is ample evidence that video dominates the web. Today, consumers spend an average of five to six hours watching videos each day. With 20 percent of that time devoted to digital content alone. And Forrester Research predicts that digital video ad spend will reach $102.8 billion a year by 2023.
A Medium That is Big and Only Getting Bigger
There are a lot of advantages that video content offers marketers and brands. For one, it allows companies to engage with their audience. And, study after study tells us that consumers trust video ads more than static advertisements. So, the use of video in our ads can hel establish a deeper relationship with consumers to progress them through the buyer’s journey.
As long as it’s done well, every industry stands to benefit from the use of video. One study suggests that 74 percent of users who watched an explainer video proceeded to buy the product or service they learned about. But implementing video in digital ads and on social media can be an intimidating thought. And if you are wondering How to Captivate Customers by Using Video in Digital Ads, read the full article on Chief Marketer.
- 14 Jun
The Ultimate Guide to Using Twitter for Business in 2019
Twitter is an undeniably powerful platform. And it can be used to increase your business’s online reach. Statisitcs show is that the average Twitter user follows five businesses. And 80% of all Twitter users have mentioned a brand in a Tweet.
Impressive, But . . .
However, succeed as a business on Twitter in 2019, it’s critical you’re able to stand out. But that can mean many different things for the millions of businesses across every industry on Twitter.
So what steps can you take to add to your audience’s experience online, instead of simply being a disruption? How can you promote your product or service in a way that encourages people to purchase? How can you make your brand more human on a platform made for connection? To help you create a successful strategy and leverage Twitter’s power for your business, keep reading to learn how you can use Twitter for your business in 2019 and How to Market Effectively on Twitter at HubSpot.com.
- 13 Jun
5 Emotional Writing Tactics to Skyrocket Your Facebook Post Engagement
by Lesley Vos
You want your Facebook content to convert. But given that Facebook algorithms change and prices for ads are rising like crazy, this sounds like a crazy dream. Right?
The good news is . . .
There is some good news though. There are some alternative tactics to engage users that you should consider. And most importantly, you need to concentrate on their needs and emotions rather than your product. Then begin to target a niche audience with stories that would align with their core values and reflect your brand’s nature.
And the best news is that you can apply to these principles to your Facebook posts with some emotional writing tactics. Here are five emotional writing tactics to try out for improved engagement on Facebook at WordStream.com
- 12 Jun
Why Podcasts? How to Leverage the Power of Podcasts for Your Brand
by Brian Byer
For businesses large and small, podcasts are potentially a huge opportunity. Currently, it constitutes a largely underserved podcast market. And it’s a market that is hungry for fresh content, especially in niche areas of interest.
Overlooked, Ignored and Grossly Underserved?
According to studies, nearly 30% of Americans now listen to at least one podcast on a regular basis. And more than 70 million people actively look for engaging podcast content. So, now is the perfect time for marketers to leverage this large listener demand. But, you may still be wary of the time and resources podcast production requires.
The podcast market is primed for growth. And the popularity of podcasts among consumers should not be ignored. But is podcasting right for you and your business? And how can you start to build a good podcast? To find out, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 10 Jun
How to Generate Quality Leads From Your PPC Campaigns
You’ve poured thousands of dollars into your Pay-Per-Click (PPC) search campaigns. And you have managed to generate a substantial number of leads. You’re rocking your conversion rates and your cost per lead is great.
What’s the problem?
It’s only when you start analyzing your results and dig a little deeper that you realize an overwhelming majority of these leads are, in essence, “junk leads.” Very few are turning into opportunities, let alone customers. The bottom line is, you’re just not seeing a healthy ROI.
What’s the solution? And, how can you turn this around? In this post, Andy Beohar gives us 10 proven strategies that you can use to generate better quality, bottom of the funnel leads from your B2B PPC campaigns. Let’s dive in at HubSpot.com
- 08 Jun
Bing PPC Ads: How They Work and How It Compares to Google Ads
For most of us in marketing, when we talk about Pay-Per-Click, we usuall think of Google. Alternatives to the search giant are either not considered or relegated to a minor role. But, Bing, the search engine is powered by Microsoft, strives to outdo Google at every turn. And it has some value that we may not have considered before.
Bing, Working to be The Giant Killer
It’s an ambitious goal. But, there is one place where Bing differentiates itself is through its Pay Per Click ads or PPC. While Google Ads offers a popular PPC feature, Bing’s has unique advantages that distinguish itself from the search engine giant. And, if you’re the cost-conscious owner of a small- to medium-sized business, you may be more interested in Bing’s PPC benefits than Google’s.
To find out why and to see a break down how Bing PPC ads work, as well as how they compare to Google Ads, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 07 Jun
Is Your Content Following The Trend?
Most businesses have accepted or even embraced the idea that without creating content, your website can’t hope to compete. In fact, without it, you have no chance for search engine rankings, high visitor counts, or much engagement.
When the Competition Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
There are just too many sites out there fighting for the same eyeballs that you want. And that means that if you don’t put something appealing and fresh in front of them, you’re going to be out of luck.
So, what’s to be done? To start, BuzzSumo did a study of over 100 million posts and came up with some very revealing data. To take a look at a couple of the more interesting insights and diagnose what they might mean for how we should shape our content strategy, read the full article at the McLellan Marketing Group.
- 06 Jun
Marketing Beyond Millennials: Connecting With Generation Z
For much of the last decade, marketers have poured most of their energy, time and money into trying to decode the most enigmatic generation of our time: Millennials. And why not? Studies show that Millennials are powering the US economy. They account for $600 billion in current annual spending and a projected $1.4 trillion a year by 2020. And with that much economic clout, Millennial preferences have disrupted entire industries.
But somewhere along the way, as we marketers were trying to figure out this generation, we missed something important about Millennials: They grew up. They moved on and now there is a new gen to set our sights on. Now we need to begin engaging with the up-and-coming Generation Z (Gen Z).
But, as the question always is, how? What is Gen Z? What are their preferences? And how can we, as marketers, really engage with them? Here are three ways we can break through to this rising generation at MarketingProfs.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
- 04 Jun
Testimonials Are B2B Companies’ Most Important Marketing Tool
In today’s hyper-competitive world customers don’t want marketing spiel. Your B2B customers can smell a sales pitch a mile away. And they are skeptical.
But, What is it That Customers Want . . . ?
Studies show us that what customers want is balanced and unbiased information. And they want it from people they can relate to. Plus, they want concrete figures and results not buzz words and slogans. And well executed customer testimonials can do exactly that.
Testimonials build trust between the company and its users. And they help customers overcome any skepticism they might have. So, how can you start developing a solid customer testimonial program? You can start by reading the full article at MarketingProfs.com.
- 03 Jun
An Analysis of 912 Million Blog Posts: Length, Link, and Share Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Ever since the advent of content marketing and blogging, the debate has raged. Short- or long-form posts, which should be used? And do longer blog posts tend to garner more backlinks and social shares compared with shorter blog posts? Does a headline length correlate with the popularity of posts? And most importantly, what share of posts generate the bulk of engagement?
Questions, Questions, Questions, So Many Questions.
To find out, Backlinko teamed up with BuzzSumo to analyze [see the original report] more than 912 million blog posts. The researchers examined metrics such as social media shares and backlinks to determine how certain content-related factors correlate with performance.
- 01 Jun
Empathy Mapping for Marketing Content: What It Is and How to Do It Well
by Linda Emma
Have you noticed that the best books and movies are so totally immersive you feel as if you’ve actually entered the world they depict? Which is why I’d argue that the people most skilled in content aren’t necessarily the best writers. Rather, they’re the ones who are able to empathize with characters so well that their creations seem real.
And when writing for marketing, you need to do the same thing. You need to connect with your audience. But first you have to understand who they are and what they care about. That’s where empathy mapping comes in.
So, What Is an Empathy Map?
An empathy map is a systematic tool that brings to light to your most likely customers. As you work through it, it teaches you how to connect with the people who will consume your content, products, or services. So, if you’re wondering how to understand what will motivate your potential customers, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com to find out.
- 31 May
How to Create a Webinar That Sells Like Crazy (Step-by-Step)
So, you’re thinking that you may want to create a webinar. You’ve probably seen so many successful bloggers and digital marketers running them. But, you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. So, why is that?
After all, webinars look way too complicated, don’t they. And just thinking about the tech aspect alone is enough to give you a headache. And the content? What content can you use? And then there is the issue of how do you even launch it?
Well, there is a little secret. The process to create a webinar is way easier than you may think. You just have to know how to do it. And to help you our with that, let’s break the webinar creation process into a few easy steps that you can read on Jeff Bullas’ Blog.