- 20 Jun
A Handy Guide to Press Release Distribution Success
by Sam Allcock
To thrive as a small business, you need peopel to know that you exsit and that you can help them. One way to do that is to get press coverage. But, unfortunately, coverage doesn’t just come naturally. It is something that you need to work to get.
Enter: The press release.
Press releases are important for increasing your brand awareness and helping your public relations (PR). But if nobody sees your release, you won’t get very far. You need to distribute it effectively to get your story picked up by national newspapers, magazines, or blogs.
But you may not know exactly how to do that. So, to help, Sam Allcock from HubSpot has put together a Handy Guide to help you learn how to properly create, pitch, and distribute a press release for optimal brand awareness. To see the full guide, read the full article at HubSpot.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.
- 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
- 11 Jun
Captioned Video Ads Show A Lift in Brand Linkage
from Marketing Charts
We know that advertisers are increasing their video budgets this year. But are they missing out on one key element that could make a difference to audience engagement? A new survey from Verizon Media has found that and astounding 7 in 10 US consumers watch videos without sound in public spaces. This makes captioning not only important but expected by viewers and crucial for your business.
The vast majority of people who use captions are not hearing impaired. Half of the more than 5,600 US consumers surveyed report that captions are important because they usually watch videos with the sound off. Perhaps, more importantly, the majority of respondents said they are more likely to watch an entire video when captions are available.
What Does This Mean to Advertisers? Read the full article at Marketing Charts to learn more.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 29 May
New Data: Email Spam Benchmarks for 27 Industries
by Ayaz Nanji
If you are in business, you probably send out email offers and promotions. In fact, email has become a natural part of business. So much so that we all don’t really stop to think of what happens to that email very often. And we simply push-n-pray and hope for a good return rate.
S0, What Happens to Your Email Once You Hit “Send”?
But, as a business, it is increasingly important to know what proportion of emails sent by marketers end up in consumers’ spam folders. And we need to know what proportion is flagged as spam. And what proportion is flagged as not spam by recipients?
To find out Return Path recently took a look at these factors for 27 industries in various verticals. And to see what they found and for an opportunity to download the original report, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 22 May
6 Simple Strategies to Explode the Share Count of Your Content
Love it or hate it, social media has the ability to swiftly share content. As a result, it has become an integral part of content marketing. In an age where people shop, socialize, play and learn online, it is rapidly becoming a mainstay of life. In fact, it is estimated that by 2021 the number of social media users will rise from 2.77 to 3.02 billion.
However, getting your message out to people relies heavily on understanding your audience and the content they crave. Today, you can no longer approach content creation without a purpose and a plan. So once you’ve written a catchy headline that will have people clicking through to your blog post or article, how do you create content that people will climb over each other to consume and even share?
It all happens by understanding what your audience wants, creating original value, and shedding new light on problems your audience didn’t even know they had. And to learn how you can do that, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 21 May
How to Launch a Successful Online Community: A Step-by-Step Guide
It’s no secret that the way people buy has fundamentally changed over the years. These days, people are conducting their own research, reading product reviews, and seeking out recommendations before making a decision. And online communities are beginning to play an increasingly important role in this process.
This is Not Just A B2C Game Anymore
As of 2018, according to the B2B Buyers Survey Report, B2B buyers are increasing their use of buyers’ forums. In fact, the survey found that 45% of business buyers spent more time and resources researching purchases than they did the previous year. There are some great examples of B2B communities like G2Crowd or GetApp that can be used to educate prospective customers and help them make better buying decisions.
But how can you start? What platform is best? To walk you through the process of setting up an online community in more detail, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 18 May
The Ultimate Guide to Community Management
In today’s digital, hyper-connected society, it’s been found that people are increasingly feeling disconnected from others. With so many people who communicate online, behind screens, this connected world is actually a rather lonely place at times. And this goes for personal relationships as well as business relationships.
“One is the Loneliest Number . . . “
So, what is it that has people feeling a disconnect to others and the companies they do business with? It all comes down to a lack of a sense of community. The “human connection” that we all instinctively need is missing. And that’s why so many brands today are beginning to invest in the creation of communities. They are doing this for their customers, employees, and fans, all as part of a process called community management.
What is the purpose of community management?
Community management has become increasingly popular and recognized by all types of businesses — however, it’s still largely undefined. So, what makes it so special? Why should your business adopt it? To answer those questions, read the full article at HubSpot.com to learn the main reasons why community management is critical to your success as a brand today.
- 17 May
4 Ways to Target B2B Audiences on Social Media
by Ellie Buckle
For B2C brands, social media is a great place to engage with your existing audience. And, for most, its also a great place to target new potential customers to grow your business.
But, Can Social Media Work for B2B?
For some B2B businesses, on the other hand, social media audience targeting can be a challenge. It can be tricky to know how or where to find your audience on social media. Now, it may seem logical to start with customer personas. But, that’s just the beginning. How do you actually target your key customer segments? How do those personas change on social media platforms? How do you know you’re targeting the right potential customers?
Well, fear not. here is a list of four quick ways to target your B2B audiences on social media today. To learn them all, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 16 May
5 Signs Your Website Design Is Costing You B2B Leads
For over a decade, businesses have been attempting to achieve the promise of the internet. Admittedly we have all been chasing the promise for a more cost-effective, efficient marketing of our products and services that it can bring.
There is No Second Chance at a First Impression
But, even the best-conceived internet marketing campaigns can fail. And for all the reasons that my happen, it may come down to one simple fact. It may be your website’s design that is costing you the leads it should otherwise be generating.
There are many reasons that a website can turn away business-to-business visitors. But there are five of the most common reasons why website designs fail to bring home leads. And to learn what those are and how they can be fixed, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 11 May
How to Create UTM Codes to Track Your URLs
by Ginny Mineo
A crucial aspect of being a great marketer is being able to measure your success. No matter which metrics you use, you want to prove to your boss (and the company) that you’re worth your salt.
You deserve your budget. And maybe you need more of it. And you deserve to dedicate time to the marketing activities that work. But, measuring the impact of your work can be tricky without the right tools. And that’s where UTM codes come in. Building UTM codes that track your campaigns’ success is the best way to prove your success. Or even where campaign adjustments need to be made.
But, What are UTM codes?
UTM codes are snippets of text added to the end of a URL to help you track website traffic when users click a link to that URL. Marketers can customize this text to match the webpage this URL is linked on, allowing them to attribute the success of that campaign to specific pieces of content. And to learn how to build your UTM codes, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 10 May
5 Strategies to Improve PPC Lead Quality
Generating leads with PPC campaigns can be challenging. But, generating high-quality leads is even harder.
Lead generation is Not an Easy or Simple Matter
Lead generation, by it’s nature, leaves the door open for anyone to convert on the initial lead conversion stage, regardless of their actual ability to buy the end product. As a result, the quality of those leads can vary widely. And because of this, we need to develop strategies to target higher quality leads and deter unqualified users from filling out our forms.
Yep, you read that right. To shift your lead generaion into high gear, you may need to turn people away from your business. And, you will need to purposefully try to prevent people from filling out your form. Here are 5 strategies to try that we think will help you improve the quality of leads from your PPC campaigns at WordStream.com
- 08 May
The Basics of Branding in 2019: What You Need to Know
There is good news. Thanks to new technology, customers are receiving thousands of advertisements from different brands each day. But there is bad news too. And, thanks to that same technology, customers are receiving thousands of advertisements from different brands each day.
Shocking! It’s Shocking, I Tell You
With this fast and continuous communication, many brands find it hard to keep their name at the top of the mind of the customer. And most struggle to even get noticed. As and example, studies show that most customers today would not even notice if approximately 70 percent of brands ceased to exist tomorrow.
After all that advacne in technology, this year, branding will be taking a turn to the human side. While technology will stay an essential part of the interaction with customers, companies will have to create a brand that is compassionate, based on values and builds an active community. But how? And what are the trends? Well, here are five trends that will define your branding strategy and what you need to know about the Basics of Branding today, on Jeff Bullas’ Blog.
- 03 May
6 Super Effective Ways to Up Your Video Email Marketing Game
We all know how effective and captivating video is in marketing. According to HubSpot, 87% of businesses use video as a marketing tool in some capacity. If you are one of those marketers who has played it safe with video keeping your content limited to website landing pages and social platforms, it’s time to marry these two beautiful marketing tools.
What is video email marketing?
Video email marketing does not necessarily mean that your email receivers will be playing videos without leaving their inboxes. In fact, marketers often use video email marketing in the capacity of linking a video thumbnail image within an email to a landing page where the video lives.
While adding a video component to your email marketing workflows might seem like extra work, this post will show you that marrying video and email is worth the added effort. Before you know it, your email metrics will be going off-the-charts! So, to learn how, read the full article at WordStream.com
- 02 May
How to Create and Use Screen Recording Videos in Your Content Marketing
by Mitt Ray
If you want to take your content marketing to the next level, video is the way to go. It’s estimated that by 2022, 82% of all global traffic will be from video.
Getting Past the Fear-Factor
An easy way to venture into video content marketing is through screen recording videos. And that is because anybody can create them. Plus, you don’t even need to record yourself. All you need to do is record your screen and your voice.
So, here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to create and use screen recording videos in your content marketing. Read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 01 May
Report: Top Digital Channels Buyers Use for Discovering New Brands
from Marketing Charts
If you have a product that is new to market, then early brand discovery is your biggest challenge. Exactly how, and where in the great digital universe, can you can recognition? Where can you get noticed and begin to gain market traction?
Well, the answer seems to be – On Social Media
According to Kantar Media, five of the top nine digital channels shoppers use to discover new brands are social media platforms. And of those, Facebook is used more than even product or brand websites for this purpose.
While social media is a key place for discovering a brand, once shoppers are further down the purchase journey, that changes. At that point social media is not as important to shoppers’ decision-making. And, it is at that point in their journey path that search is cited as chief purchase driver. And, this was borne out separately in a survey by SUMO Heavy. That report revealed that fewer than 1 in 5 (18%) adults say they have made a purchase directly through social media.
For more on these reports and additional insights into this, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 30 Apr
Social Networking Platforms’ User Demographics Update 2019
from Marketing Charts
Who uses which social media platform? Now, that may seem a bit of a over simplified question. And yet, the asnwer to this question is very important. It is especially important if your marketing and sales depends upon hitting a specific demographic target on social media.
When in Doubt, Ask the Question
And that is why the Pew Research Center recently looked into that very question. Each year, they issue their update on the usage trends for social media. And what they found in this years study [view full report] is that adults in the US are still using YouTube more than any other social media.
But there was far more data and isights to this report. And what that they found, especially for those of us seeking to hit our market targets more precisely on social media, it is valuable information. To see more insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com