“Influencer” is among the buzzwords we marketing professionals like to throw around. But what exactly is an influencer? And, more importantly, why are they so vital to business?
For a lot of brands, influencer marketing is seen as one of the most effective and successful ways to build a believable and authentic reputation. Many are left wondering, however, just how cost effective and successful these campaigns really are. Whether you’re feeling skeptical about this new age marketing strategy or you’re eager to dive in, you’re going to want to check out this data from MDG Advertising.
Holiday-related sales in the United States are expected to surpass $923 billion in 2017, up 3% from last season. Yes, that’s billion. Needless to say, this time of year can be quite intense for marketers trying to stand out among the endless competition. More customers are spending their money, so more companies are coming out with innovative and viral content that seems to overtake newsfeeds. For smaller brands, this fact is discouraging. Fortunately, there are fail safe holiday marketing tactics that you can implement to stand above the competition.
We’ve spoken about mobile marketing in the past, but we just can’t emphasize its importance enough. If you’re new here, you’re probably wondering, “What is mobile marketing? What is so different about this strategy?” For starters, mobile marketing is promotional activity designed for delivery to phones and other devices. We are beginning to see more people on their phones rather than computers, and this is especially true for millennials.
Once upon a time, advertising was different – in the olden days of the 1980s, we walked uphill both ways through blizzards just to look at billboards. Now, in modern times, full-print ads, TV commercials, and radio spots no longer dominate. As a business owner, you’re well aware of this – you’ve adapted to the times and replaced traditional marketing, at least in part, with digital marketing. But, is that enough? [Read more…]
The impact of social media marketing on your company’s overall reputation can’t be overstated. However, as we have mentioned before, not every social media channel will give you the same results. For example, the most effective times to advertise on Instagram are certainly not the same as those for Pinterest. It only makes sense to cover all bases! This will help you achieve the best results, gain the most conversions, and reach as many potential customers as possible. [Read more…]
If you aren’t paying attention to mobile, now is the time! Possibly one of the most significant reasons mobile has transformed marketing is the new and unlimited accessibility. With a phone in their pocket, your customers can find anything and everything they’re searching for in a matter of seconds. Do you know what they’re looking for?
While the quality of your product or services certainly plays a part in attracting customers, visual marketing is a crucial component for establishing your identity and reputation! A logo is more than just an attractive graphic; it’s essentially the face of your company. This is why you should give it plenty of thought before finalizing your design.
The most successful marketing campaigns are those that connect with audiences on a human level. Customers don’t want to be told what to buy; they want to know the story of your brand. That is, what makes your product or service unique? A content marketing strategy can help your business reach the hearts and minds of consumers. In 2017, the best strategies will take advantage of new technology, like virtual reality systems, and capitalize on the latest social media trends.
Mobile marketing is more relevant than ever, as we live in an increasingly connected world. More people are using their mobile devices to do Google searches and interact on social media than on desktop; this incredible shift happened fast! In fact, we even have mobile devices to thank for 40% of the population having access to the internet.
If you’re on the internet or send text messages regularly, you’ve probably noticed that emojis are incredibly popular among people, young and old. Ever since Apple’s decision to add emoji support to the iPhone in 2011, these little faces and symbols have quickly embedded themselves in mainstream culture all over the world. Needless to say, many brands have taken notice and have started using emojis in their marketing campaigns.
If you haven’t noticed by now, 2016 is most certainly the year of video! As communicators and business owners, it’s important that you take note of the upcoming trends in the many facets of marketing. Video is taking the world by storm and it’s becoming hard to ignore. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: it’s going to take much more than an active Facebook page to really stand out in the competitive nature of social media.
The world of marketing has come a long way in the last several years, but one thing remains true: email marketing has always been and still is an effective medium! It can be a primary driver of traffic to your website if you know how to maximize the potential. Not only does email marketing have high conversion rates, but as you grow your contact list, you can continue to monetize it by promoting several of your products and services.
Web presence is a huge part of running a successful business. People no longer use a phone book to find businesses; instead they do a simple Google search. Ensuring your company ranks high on search engines can turn a moderate success into an astounding one. If you’ve come to our website, chances are you already know this, and are ready to make your mark on the web. A step in the right direction to a strong web presence is Google’s Search Console (most commonly known as Google Webmaster Tools). [Read more…]
As we’ve stated before, 2015 was a pivotal year for digital marketing. With the way things are going, it’s safe to say that 2016 (and beyond) will be huge for video marketing. The increase in connected customers has led to innovations in platforms and a growing preference for video marketing.
Between April 2015 and September 2015 alone, daily Facebook video views increased by a staggering 4 million views, and it hasn’t slowed down one bit. It might just be time for you to focus a little bit of your attention to creating videos and sharing them on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and similar platforms. In the infographic below, you can see just how important it is to get started on your video marketing strategy.
When it comes to mass communications, email marketing is one of the most effective ways to market a business. With the ability to use sophisticated segmentation methods, this strategy is great for capitalizing on leads and generating additional touch points. There is one catch, however. In order for your message to get across, people must first actually open the email that you are sending. Without a strong subject line, your efforts may be completely ignored. It’s amazing how important a few words can really be. A great subject intrigues the reader and makes them want to learn more. It should be a one line sentence that is both upfront and engaging. [Read more…]
The pressure to create original, captivating, and shareable content is constantly growing. Your competition is pumping out incredible blogs, graphics, and videos, so staying ahead is a must! As you have probably realized by now, visual content is king – more people are likely to remember what they learn from appealing graphics than from plain text. You should be taking advantage of the power of infographics. [Read more…]
The traditional world of marketing has changed immensely, thanks to today’s average consumer. Your customers are becoming increasingly skilled at surfing the web and are more likely than ever to overlook classic advertisements. Because of this, marketers are finding more efficient ways of communicating with potential clients – through content marketing. [Read more…]
If you’re a small business owner and/or use the internet regularly, you’ve probably noticed how popular visual content has become. In an ever-changing world of technological growth, keeping up with current digital marketing trends is absolutely vital. These days, countless successful companies are creating their own custom graphics and videos, and they’re excelling at it. Is your business doing the same? [Read more…]
The latest app to join the social media crowd, Periscope, is the next big social marketing tool. It came on the market a year ago, and Twitter quickly snapped it up because it saw the potential in live video streaming. Periscope was developed to let people see the world through other’s eyes and it certainly does that. Now, it’s time to use this live streaming technology to grow your business. [Read more…]
If you’re a small business owner, you know how important stylish and effective digital and/or print graphics can be in marketing. Luckily, it is possible to work on the look of your website or make your own eye-catching images without having to spend a lot of money on a professional designer. Here are the top five online resources that can help you with your graphic design needs: [Read more…]
It’s no secret that visual content has started to take center stage in content marketing. Images and videos receive many more likes, favorites, and shares on social media, which has caused an evolution in marketing. As companies turn to social media as a way to connect with and capture the attention of consumers, there is a growing need for new content. To stand out above your competitors, you need to share fresh and exciting information that your followers will find shareable. [Read more…]
Digital marketing has become the best advertising investment for businesses; traditional advertising pales in comparison to the opportunities digital marketing brings your company. Consumers are more connected through the internet now than ever, and it’s important that you keep up with the constantly evolving world of social media and online sharing.
Going digital doesn’t just connect you with your customers – it gives you the chance to interact with them in real time. A lot of large corporations have already gone digital, so building up your brand’s online presence will help you compete with these competitors. If you still have any doubt, the following infographic gives you the top 10 benefits of using digital marketing. [Read more…]
As you have probably already realized, the way people make purchases has drastically changed over the years. The average consumer is not what he used to be, and we can thank the evolution of technology for that! Your customers are going to do a fair amount of research, and look for the opinions of others, before they even consider buying. People are taking full advantage of the information and social media channels available right at their fingertips. Your marketing strategy must keep up with these changes, or you’ll get left behind. That’s why it’s so important for you, as a brand, to stay connected with your patrons through the online networking world. This infographic will give you an idea of what you can expect from the average customer of today. [Read more…]
Visual content is an incredible marketing tool. People are naturally attracted to images, they’re extremely shareable, and they have quickly become a huge part of social media. Pictures are much more likely to catch (and keep) your viewers’ attention than a huge wall of text. However you decide to incorporate visuals into your content, there are a few things you must remember to ensure that your brand gets the most out of them. This infographic goes over the 5 steps you can take to get the most viewer engagement out of your visual content. [Read more…]
An effective website is vital to the success of your business. But even when you’re working with a professional web designer, it’s hard to pinpoint what it takes to create a great site.
While you’re busy outlining general ideas of how you want your site to look and run, don’t forget to think about the smaller details, too. Whether you’re starting a new business or simply want to update your current online presence, here are several essential features necessary for a lucrative website: [Read more…]
Staying in touch with the ‘young people’ has always been extremely important for businesses to maintain relevancy within trends & keep pace for the future ones. And quite frankly, it’s getting harder and harder to escape the Millennial conversation as it is! Don’t ignore this conversation, Millennials are a huge buying force. Being part of the dot com era, businesses can learn a lot about leveraging technology in their marketing efforts by discovering how to connect with this generation. Spend time learning how to get your content to connect with Millennials to ensure you are appealing to the ‘spending’ masses now and well into the future!
A new year means a lot of things, including new trends for B2B marketing! From our small business to yours, we sincerely want to provide the most effective and up-to-date services. That means we are keeping up with the trends and incorporating them into our strategies and turning focus to those. By understanding the current trends and keeping in mind your brand’s needs and goals, we can develop a marketing plan for your business that yields positive results. So what can we expect to see in the new year? Here are the B2B content marketing trends for 2015. [Read more…]
When you think of social media marketing, you probably think of the standard Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, or Linkedin options. Probably one of the most overlooked mediums is the podcast. This is unfortunate, as it is still a very real marketing avenue. There are about 250,000 podcasts in existence today. iTunes, one of the largest delivery services for podcasts, has reported more than 1 billion podcast subscribers. That is a very large, and possibly underserved, audience. [Read more…]
How well do you know your consumers? Do you know which color will push frugal shoppers to actually make a purchase? Are the aesthetics of your site attracting customers, or pushing them away? The psychology of marketing is crucial for understanding your buyers, buying patterns, buying weaknesses, and the aspects of a business that help your product or service sell without pitching a thing. Colors, times, numbers, words- these things are crucial for a brand and ultimately, sales. Social media is a great way to express these things. Use these tactics to entice consumers and convert followers to buyers. Keep the science of sales in mind the next time you create a post or design an image to share with your followers and you may provoke an unexpected purchase. [Read more…]
Social media is an effective way to turn social conversations into sales. We all know it’s fun to use to stay in touch with old friends, but it’s also great for creating leads with new friends! The statistics don’t lie, this is a great tool for marketing and sales efforts! Here’s how socializing is moving customers right to the virtual check out line: [Read more…]
The power of visual content marketing has been exponential. Many of us did not realize how impactful pictures and images would be against content full of verbiage. If you don’t realize how important it has been, just think about what the popular web apps have been in the past year: Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, Vine…all focused on images. See what the trends have been and what the predictions are for the future in this infographic. What do you think, will visual content still be king? [Read more…]
A new year means new strategies to help drive your marketing campaign. The digital world is taking over a lot of marketing efforts and things like social media are expected to double this year! These statistics will help you grow your marketing efforts in the right direction this year and stay on top of the digital trends for your business! [Read more…]
2013 has been an exciting and expansive year for social media. From personal use to small business or corporations, it has been growing and people are finding new uses for it and unique ways to use it! And no matter who you are these days, social media marketing has probably found its way into your business plan. Here is a look at how it has grown into our every day lives over the past year: [Read more…]
With growing popularity of business in cyberspace, quantity and quality are both on the line. At the same time, the trends that dictate both these aspects are in constant flux. Although general website traffic, most often with the added assistance of ads, seem to have the reputation for raking in the most profit, email lists actually triumph. [Read more…]
All webmasters worth their salt understand the value of good, solid SEO to rocket their sites to the top of the SERPS (search engine results page), and we all know the value of attaining a coveted top spot for a valuable search term.
However, while most of us spend our days building backlinks, tweaking metadata, and creating keyword rich content to appease the gods of Google, the truly successful among us will always be looking for new and untapped sources of traffic beyond the search engines.
So how can you join them? How can you move beyond the bounds of SEO to attract visitors to your site using new, exciting, and productive methods? Well, here are just a few ideas to get you started.
In this ever-evolving technology-driven world, marketers need access to information about what social media strategies are able to rake in large amounts of engagement and what cannot.
It is important for marketers to utilize social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest in the most productive ways possible.
Businesses are slowly realizing the strong influence social media can have on their company and it is important to strategically plan social media efforts in order to meet the company’s marketing goals.
Sometimes it can be a challenge for companies to figure out how the business should engage on specific social media platforms, and it makes it even more difficult considering that social media is still a relatively new realm and no official protocol has ben set.
As a result, many companies are failing to maximize the benefits of engaging in social media and maximizing their efforts. Here are a few of the most common mistakes made by social media marketers:
Pinterest is now the third most popular social media network. Are you surprised? I’m not. It’s helping retailers (especially e-commerce ones), growing among the male population, and extremely addicting.
For some businesses, it’s the leading referring traffic source. If your organization is one that benefits from displaying images, then you should definitely consider this network.
Here are a few strategies for launching your brand on Pinterest:
More and more brands are using social media to promote and grow their business. Small businesses that don’t have an advertising budget can easily hop on the online networks to give away valuable goods that require little out-of-pocket cost for them.
So, how can you go one step further to acquire more customers? Simply put, you need to be socially active all the time. Here are 5 ways:
I guess it’s fairly clear by all of my previous posts how much I value Twitter. You’d think I was an addict, monitoring my stream all the time.
I normally spend about 20 minutes a day tweeting, retweeting, replying to tweets, following new people, etc.
I spend about the same amount of time for each of my clients, unless they’re paying for additional monitor time. So I swear, I’m not obsessed.