- 12 Dec
Four Steps to Ensure Your Email Campaigns Work
by Nora Snoddy
A common fallacy regarding email programs is that once you set them up, you’re done. The idea is that they are, and should be, self-sustaining. But, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Your email marketing demands regular maintenance. It needs consistent attention. And it needs a persistent desire to create a more meaningful connection between brand and customer. Those are prerequisites to a successful and profitable email program.
But How Can You Get There?
Make sure your email campaigns actually work as you’d like them to. Take these four steps outlined at MarketingProfs.com
- 11 Dec
5 Steps to Grow Your Small Business with Cold Email
by Sujan Patel
Cold email shouldn’t be confused with spam emails. Spam emails are sent to countless addresses at once, without researching the relevancy of the recipient or confirming that the email address itself even exists.
In contrast, a cold email is generally sent to a qualified prospect. And that means that at least some research has been done on whether the recipient is a fit. And that email address has been confirmed.
But does cold email work? And is it worth it? In short: Yes.
89% of marketers say that email is their primary channel for lead generation, and for good reason. Cold email is an awesome tool for all businesses because it’s affordable, scalable, and effective. These benefits are even more apparent for small businesses. So, here’s how small businesses can start leveraging cold email to grow their business in five simple steps at WordStream.com
- 06 Dec
How to Heat Up Marketing Impact With Data-Driven Personas
A customer persona is a figurative sketch of an audience segment. Marketers rely on those personas to define customers and their needs. Then they can meet those needs and wants. And, when you’re smarter about your audience’s needs and behaviors, you can meet those needs more effectively. Thats where a customer persona can help.
But The Bad News Is . . .
However, the problem is that too many marketers are still relying on traditional personas even though consumer behavior has evolved far beyond such tidy categories. And as a result, the relationship between brands and consumers has become stunted.
That’s where a data-driven approach to personas can make all the difference. And to learn how to go beyond the limits of traditional marketing personas, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 05 Dec
How to Create a Buyer Persona That Works
No matter what you do for a living, you have customers. And odds are you want more of them. But every customer is not equally valuable to your business. And every potential customer out there does not want to buy what you sell or buy it from you.
You Need to Truly Deep Understand Your Best Prospects
The easiest way to develop that deep understanding of your best prospects is to think about the current customers you have. And, then identify what common traits they share. This is the start of building a persona. These are the people who you are most likely to delight over and over again.
The more detailed and realistic your persona is, the stronger tool it will become for you. Then you can let your personas guide your language, channels, and key messages. So, to learn how to How to create a buyer persona, read the full article on McLellan Marketing Group.
- 20 Oct
How to Create a Video Marketing Strategy
Before you add video to your marketing arsenal, you need a strategy that goes beyond simply creating and uploading videos. Your video strategy should address why you’re making them, for whom you’re making them, and how they will help you reach your goals.
Your Strategy is The Road, Not the Destination
Your strategy will evolve over time, so it’s not crucial to get it perfect at the onset. What you do need is enough of a framework to get started in the right direction. Then it will begin to have purpose and not just be another tactic.
Here are five steps to help ensure your video marketing strategy is purposeful at MarketingProfs.com
- 06 Oct
Publishers: Don’t Just Focus on Platform Traffic
from Marketing Charts
Earlier reports indicated that Google has taken the lead over Facebook as a referral traffic source to online articles. But, recent data from Parse.ly [see original data]indicates that publishers shouldn’t focus solely on search and social.
Surprisingly, the study indicated that search and social media combine for just under half of traffic to articles. And while that is impressive, it also means that owned and operated channels provide slightly more than half of traffic.
So, what was the single most prominent way that readers find articles, besides search? To learn what it was, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com.
- 04 Oct
The Secret to Account Based Marketking Success
You’ve probably seen the reports, case studies, and testimonials about the advantages of account-based marketing (ABM). But let’s be honest: Although some marketers are successful with ABM, many struggle to achieve its promised value.
Implementing a successful ABM program is a big, complex job. And it requires a whole new way of thinking and new set of processes. After all, ABM is about more than working with Sales, defining a list of target accounts, and creating campaigns. The essence of ABM is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the account persona and to engage based on that understanding.
But, how can you make that happen? That can happen only if you have an account PI on the job. And to see how to put all the pieces together for your ABM success, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
- 13 Sep
The Ultimate Guide to Viral Campaign Success
In spite of what we may want for our content, there is no guaranteed way to ensure your content goes viral. But there are certain steps you can take to give your marketing campaign the best chance at success.
We All Want Campaigns to go Viral, But . . .
Many marketers hope for a campaign to go viral — meaning it’s recognized, widely-accepted, and influential. And, for something to actually go viral, it needs to be shared over and over again. So, this means you and your company need to share the content first in as many places — and in as many ways — as possible.
But, still, there’s no guaranteed formula. Then, you need to make it easy for your audience to share it as well. And to see how this is done, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 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.
- 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
- 03 Aug
What Is Guerrilla Marketing? 7 Examples to Inspire Your Brand
In spite of what may immediately come to mind when you hear the phrase, guerrilla marketing isn’t some sort of combative form of communication. After all, that would be highly disruptive. And that violates the inbound methodology. In fact, it’s actually a very unconventional form of inbound marketing. It’s unconventional because it raises brand awareness among large audiences, without interrupting them.
When we hear the term “guerrilla marketing,” it’s hard not to think of guerrilla warfare — which makes sense, since that’s where this style of marketing got its name. In the warfare context, guerrilla tactics depend largely on the element of surprise. Think: “Ambushes, sabotage, raids,” according to Creative Guerrilla Marketing.
But how does that translate into the work we do every day? To find out and to see some inspiring examples, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 23 Jul
Marketing automation doesn’t mean autopilot
Marketing automation is nothing new. It is, simply stated, a tactic of using software to automate repetitive marketing actions. It is a tool that typically automates systems like emails, e-newsletters, responses to web inquiries, social media, and other website-driven actions.
And if you’re a B2B company, don’t think this is only a consumer-facing tool. In fact, it’s the B2B marketers that are really leveraging all of the nuances of this tool. But, to be successful in your market, it’s about having the right strategy.
But, don’t fool yourself into thinking that once you pick the right tool, you’re all set. Marketing automation doesn’t mean auto-pilot. It means being more effective. And to see how, read the full article at McLellan Marketing Group blog.
- 22 Jun
Sender Reputations Have A Strong Impact on Email Performance and Here’s How
from Marketing Charts
Email providers are increasingly making life more difficult for spammers. But still not impossible. It seems that just one-quarter of emails in 2017 came from the least reputable senders. And that’s down from 60% of messages in 2012.
Send Score, Scores Again . . .
This according to Return Path, which has released its latest benchmark report on the state of email reputation. Each year, they run an evaluation based upon their Send Score system. Sender Score is Return Path’s free reputation calculation service. Send Score ranks senders reputation on a scale of 0-100 rating.
To arrive at its conclusions, Return Path analyzed more than 6 trillion emails. The study focused on those sent last year from IP addresses whose Sender Score was calculated, and whose subscriber engagement and inbox placement data were available for analysis. To see more of the data and access the original benchmark report, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 08 Jun
Time Spent With Traditional Media Drops As Mobile Internet Use Blossoms
This year, people around the world are expected to spend about 8 hours a day consuming media. And that represents a 12% jump from 2011. This, according to Zenith in a new media consumption forecast.
The Beginning of the Mobile Only Era . . . Or the Zombie Apocalypse
So, it seems that the rise of mobile devices is the biggest contributor to this shift. In fact, it is having a far larger impact on media consumption patterns than previously noted. And, according to the report, as increasing amounts of time are spent with the mobile internet, there has been decreases in the level of consumption of traditional media. But, most noticeably, this has had the greatest impact on print newspapers and radio.
And with the rise in time spent with the mobile internet, there are drastic changes taking place with some traditional media. And if you are trying to hit your market, you need to read the full article » at MarketingCharts.com.
- 06 Jun
How to Create and Execute a Successful Lead Gen Strategy
by Ryan Lynch
Your audience no longer wants their attention bought. They want it earned. And, this means lead generation strategies need to be revamped across the industry. Plus, those strategies now need to better meet the needs of target markets.
Nobody Said It Would Be Easy
But where to start? Well, the first step in this evolution is to create compelling content. And the second is to use that content to convert visitors into leads. But, of course, this is easier said than done.
The importance of a powerful lead generation strategy cannot be understated. A solid lead gen strategy can mean the difference between success and failure. So it is incredibly important to get it right. And to help you do that, read How to Create and Execute a Successful Lead Gen Strategy at HubSpot.com
- 01 Jun
Happy Customers Are the Biggest Marketing Opportunity of 2018
Today, people – your customers – are more informed than ever before. They have seemingly limitless options at their disposal, and unprecedented clarity into how businesses treat their customers. These changes have translated to a sharp shift in power from business to customer. And this has resulted in dramatically higher customer expectations.
Your customers are less trusting and less patient than they’ve ever been
Potential buyers care less about what you have to say about yourself. They, and more than ever, want to learn about what your customers have to say about you. No matter how good, nothing you can ever write or create will be as trusted, as motivating, or as influential to potential customers than what your current customers have to say about you.
And that’s why Happy Customers Are the Biggest Marketing Opportunity of 2018. And to see how you can leverage that, read the full article at HubSpot.com
- 31 May
GDPR Is Here: A Simple Marketing Guide for Compliance
by Kay Kienast
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) initiative has caused quite a bit of confusion, and turmoil. And, it has posed more questions than answers for US based companies.
Just Another Bureaucratic Stumbling Block or a Timely Tool?
Designed to put customers back in the driver’s seat of their preferences and personal data, the legislation has drawn broad criticism. However, customers and prospects will now own their personal data and have control over the communications they receive.
And as marketers, we are supposed to represent the voice of the customer. And in a manner, the EU’s GDPR can help us do that by focusing on the “customer first.” So, here’s how to make sure you not only comply with GDPR’s regulatory requirements and provide customers what they need at MarketingProfs.com
- 27 Apr
Seven Tips for Using Email to Build Customer Loyalty
by Yoav Vilner
Many brands put much of their marketing efforts into obtaining new customers. And understandably so. But acquisition isn’t enough. Customers who make a one-time purchase won’t necessarily come back for more. And, if you want customers to return, you have to make your brand memorable by giving them the experience they feel they deserve. Taking the extra steps to make your customers happy is the secret to making them loyal.
A Happy Customer is a Loyal Customer and Money in the Bank
You can build customer loyalty in various ways, but email marketing is one of the most effective. That may sound surprising and counterintuitive to those of us who don’t like spammy marketing emails. Yet, email is the No. 1 activity on mobile phones, and strategic email marketing—done effectively—is one of the best ways to retain a loyal customer base.
Here are seven tips to make sure your email program encourages retention and loyalty at MarketingProfs.com
- 21 Apr
A Bird in the Hand can be Your Golden Goose
It’s only natural. When it comes to sales and hitting your sales goals you focus on the people who have already demonstrated that they’re willing to give you money. But, it turns out they’re the most likely ones to give you even more.
Consider these facts from both a Forrester Research study and a Harvard Business Review research project:
- Acquiring a new customer can cost five times more than satisfying and retaining current customers
- A 2 percent increase in customer retention has the same effect as cutting costs by 10 percent
- A 5 percent reduction in client defection can increase profits by 25-125 percent (industry specific but seriously – 25% is the low end!)
- On average, loyal customers are worth up to 10 times as much as their initial purchase
- The cost of bringing a new customer to the same level of profitability as a lost one is up to 16 times more
- 16 Apr
14 Highly Effective B2B Marketing and Sales Tactics Based on Emotions
by Bob Oord
For a long time, B2B marketers assumed that business decisions were based primarily on rational motivations. The prevailing logic was that emotion was an exclusive territory for B2C marketers. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that emotion plays an important role in B2B as well.
Feel or Think? They are not Mutually Exclusive
Emotion and reason are two human traits. And together, sometimes in agreement, but sometimes in conflict, lead to decisions. It’s not one or the other, black or white. And, after all, humans are what you are selling to even in a B2B transaction. And, so even in B2B marketing, different emotions trigger different behavior.
So, to influence buying decisions, you can consider the following 14 marketing tactics at MarketingProfs.com
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