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There’s a new tool in your marketing tool box. A tool that can identify your website visitors, that until now, often remained anonymous. IP Lead Tracking is typically a subscription service that uses analytics code and databases to deliver timely and user-friendly reports. It is reported that although 90% of B2B sales begin with a web search, only 2-3% of website visitors complete a contact or registration form. While website analytics software report traffic or visitors, page views, bounce rate and other useful statistics, actual sales leads from registrations are a fraction (2-3%) of website visitors. What if you could identify all those anonymous website visitors?  A marketing no-brainer, right? Enter IP Tracking Software Think of a Caller ID for your website.  ...

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The conversion rate is one of the most important metrics to track. Basically, it gives you an idea of how your marketing campaign is performing based on the number of prospects who end up buying a product or signing up for a service. If your conversion rate falls below the ideal rate (depending on the industry you are in) of the total number of prospects you engage, you may have to consider tweaking your campaign a bit. That’s not hard to do. Here are a few things you can do to optimize your conversion rate. 1. Check your other metrics A low conversion rate does not provide you with the whole picture of how your business is performing. It’s important to note that ...

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Lead Generation Types and Tips

In most business-to-business (B2B), and many business-to-consumer (B2C) scenarios, lead generation is necessary prior to sales, contracts, or customer acquisition.   So what is lead generation, and how can you improve or maximize lead generation? Great questions! To answer, Modern Marketing Partners (MMP) will share a Definition of Lead Generation, along with some insight into the differences between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs), and Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs). Then, per the title, MMP will provide a list of 25 Lead Generation Types, along with corresponding tips that you can apply to achieve maximum lead generation effectiveness. Lead Generation Definition Fundamentally, Lead Generation is defined as the action or process of identifying and cultivating prospective customers (prospects) for a business's products or services. There are ...

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According to a recent study, blogging is used by 81% of business marketers, and 77% of consumer marketers (Source: Content Marketing Institute). No question, Blogging is now a proven marketing tactic for most marketing scenarios. Why? Because effective blogging can drive significant and measurable website traffic, build search engine authority, improve social media engagement, reinforce a thought leadership image, and even generate sales leads. So how can a marketer blog more effectively? Following are Top 10 Tips for Blogging Excellence with explanations of each, along with some additional resources. Top 10 Tips for Blogging Excellence: 1. How to Plan a Blog 2. Key Content Considerations 3. Properly Integrate Blog and Website 4. Employ all possible SEO 5. Blog Titles are Critical 6. Lead Generation Techniques 7. Use relevant ...

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Ecommerce Tips to Increase Sales

With your rival no more than a click away, ecommerce is extremely competitive. Therefore, it is critical that everything from your website, to customer service, and even SEO, is completely optimized. After years of working with ecommerce websites, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important and foundational things you should consider to get your ecommerce business off the ground. Jump to tips related to the following topics, by clicking the links below: Website Shipping Social Media Customer Service Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Paid Search Email Marketing Measurement and Analytics Ecommerce Website 1. Detailed Product Descriptions Customers in a brick-and-mortar store have the advantage of being able to see, feel, read the package, and try a product before buying it. Online shopping eliminates this ability, and therefore, ecommerce websites ...

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AdWords Upgraded URLs and Dynamic Structured Snippets

Google AdWords has recently announced two great new features that you can start using immediately: upgraded URLs and dynamic structured snippets. AdWords Upgraded URLs Last week Google announced what they are calling "upgraded URLs" for advertisers. Unlike destination URLs, the landing page URL and the tracking parameters for the the destination URL will be treated separately. This is great news for advertisers who historically may have been hesitant to update their Destination URLs because it sent ads into editorial review, so they would stop running during this time and information tied to the old URL was lost. How to Use Upgraded URLs 1. Define your landing page in the new "Final URL" field. Note: Final URLs should match the domain of your display URL or your ...

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WooCommerce Shipping Classes

Product shipping classes are a great way to group similar products for shipping. For example, if your store sells a couple of very large, bulky items you may want to put them in their own shipping class with their own unique shipping cost. Grouping these products together in a way that is similar to post or product categories allows you to define specific shipping costs for items. WooCommerce shipping methods such as Flat Rate Shipping and Table Rate Shipping allow you to use shipping classes to calculate their costs. Below we will discuss: How to add a shipping class in WooCommerce How to add products to your newly created shipping class How to set flat rate shipping costs based on your shipping class Creating ...

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5 Keys Marketing Success Manufacturers

Marketing is evolving rapidly, and becoming more complex for manufacturers of all types. At the same time, traditional marketing is becoming less effective, if not obsolete. So what are the most effective marketing initiatives and tactics for manufacturers? Following are 5 Keys to marketing success for manufacturers including branding, digital excellence, content, lead generation, and sales support. Branding 2.0 When the author started his career, advertising, collateral (ala brochures/catalogs), publicity and trade shows were all the marketing required to win. Today, advertising is all but obsolete for most marketers. Collateral is all digital, and trade shows and publicity may or may not be viable communications channels. No question, for leading manufacturers strong branding is still critical, including brand names, logos, messaging, ...

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With increased pressure on both sales and marketing departments to do more with less, collaboration is no longer a pipe dream, but a requirement. The sales and marketing divide has been well documented and experienced throughout business history: “Our campaign was brilliant. It is the sales teams fault it did not succeed” – Marketing “The marketing department has no idea what customers are really like. And they set prices too high!” – Sales And, in the digital information age, the divide is expanding even more! Today, 83% of B2B buyers research and make product decisions online (Brafton). Thereby, communicating with the sales team of a company even less! The digital age has created its own set of challenges and opportunities for marketing and ...

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Marketing is becoming more important than ever to Accounting and CPA firms of all sizes. Why? First, competition is increasing from local, regional, national and non-traditional accounting service providers. Second, marketing has changed radically in the last few years, and accounting firms, conservative by nature, have been slow to change. Third, like other professional service firms, CPAs do not invest enough in marketing, or implement as many marketing initiatives as other industries. So why should CPAs reconsider their marketing?  Because the modern and digitally-focused marketing mix is proving to deliver dramatic and yes, measurable marketing results, regardless of company size and financial resources. This blog will show you how with the Top 10 Marketing Best Practices for Accounting and CPA Firms, along ...

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You might know how to use your POS system, but do you know how to use it to its fullest extent? If you’re paying for software, you’ll want to get the most from it that you possibly can to maximize your investment. A POS system in a retail environment can help advance your business, improve sales, and even bridge the gap between you and your customers. Leveraging POS tech starts with knowing the potential of your system. Let’s take a closer look at what POS systems can do for retailers, and how you can leverage your system to improve your retail space. Are You Using Your Reports? Most POS systems have the ability to generate detailed reports on hourly, daily, monthly, weekly, ...

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Social Media Analytics Platforms

Companies devote a great deal of time and resources today into developing and executing social media strategies to deliver on the goals important to their organizations. They create well thought-out content that addresses these goals, which may differ based on the social channel as well as their industry, value proposition or ROI expectations.  For example, a company may use social media to build a community around thought leadership, or to increase brand awareness and trust among its clients or to help nurture prospects during the lead gen process.  Or you may be nodding your head up and down to all three of these goals.  On the flip side, your clients are utilizing social media every day too – posting thousands of ...

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4 trends digital marketing

The digital revolution is upon us, impacting marketing at every turn in the road.  New technologies from smartphones to digital assistants are constantly shaping new digital strategies like conversational experiences and voice search SEO. And as consumers’ attention continues to be strained, companies will need to wrestle for their attention online. Here are 4 trends digital marketers need to be using to engage customers now: Shorter Form Video Ads Videos ads are going shorter, like down to 15 seconds or even six seconds. Shorter formats are becoming more prevalent in the digital landscape. Video is expected to account for 85 percent of total online traffic in 2019 – both live video and video ads. It has grown quickly over the years and is expected to continue growing. However, consumers have ...

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Social Adds Coming Whats App

Marketers need to begin preparing for WhatsApp advertising. Facebook is all set to start cashing in on the massive popularity of its free messaging application. With 1.5 billion total users and 450 million daily active users worldwide, you had to know it was bound to happen sooner or later. Late last summer, Facebook introduced News Feed ads that could be launched right in the encrypted chat app. This made it possible for advertisers to utilize Facebook to engage consumers and get them to start a chat with a business or a brand on WhatsApp. Facebook recently further enhanced their click-to-WhatsApp ad capabilities by providing traffic, conversions, and post page engagement objectives to these specific campaigns. This allows for better integration and tracking between Facebook and WhatsApp, creating a stronger ...

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The Complete Guide To Micro-Conversions Exploring The What, Why & The How Aspects standard

A website has become inevitable for a brand as it's the primary asset to optimize the sales funnel and allow entrepreneurs to maximize conversions. But when thinking of conversions, do you envision a customer in the final stage of making payment to purchase your products or services? It's not entirely wrong but you can't label it as the single measure of your success. Then what's the real measure of success? To understand this, let's look at conversions as a comprehensive phenomenon that can be divided into two categories. Confused, don't worry just read the article you will get a clearer picture of what's been discussed. Macro & Micro Conversions: Two Sides Of The Same Coin According to Statista, 68% of B2B marketers named improving conversion rates/campaign results as the foremost ...

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Mobile Marketing Strategies

Adults in the U.S. are expected to spend on average three and half hours on non-voice mobile media, and about 70 percent of their media time and 90 percent of their social media time on their smartphones. It’s settled then, right? You understand that mobile marketing offers increase customer engagement and selling opportunities, and it’s time to create an approach into the mobile environment. Mobile Marketing Benefits Experts agree that companies utilizing mobile strategies are seeing benefits such as improved cost efficiencies, closer connectivity with customers, and more accurate data points. That’s because for marketers, mobile advertising provides a more effective way to target and retarget their audiences, create higher-level personalization, and be freed of barriers like time and location. Another key ...

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Promo Codes

As more and more marketing moves toward a digital strategy, companies need to continue to delight and entice customers during their online experience. A pervasive and persuasive tactic happening during online shopping are pop-ups that feature promotion codes. Those great quick offers like – Use 4ofJuly at checkout for $20 off your order over the Fourth of July Weekend. Consumers are even going and looking for promo codes on sites such as RetailMeNot or coupons.com, if they’re not provided one. They offer value to marketers to help consumers feel like they’re getting the best deal around. They also offer companies a way to track the ROI of their campaigns. And there is definitely a psychology behind using promotions/coupons. According to behavior ...

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Inbound Marketing Primer

The term “inbound marketing” originated on Hubspot years ago, but it’s still critical for marketers today. You earn the customer or consumer’s interest, often in a more targeted way, rather than blasting it to the masses via traditional marketing. 4 Phases in the Buying Process There are 4 phases in the a typical buying process: (1) attract, (2) convert, (3) close, (4) delight. The first step involves attracting strangers to your website, turning them into visitors. Then, in turn, interested visitors are turned into leads. You then attempt to close those leads, turning them into customers. Keep customers happy, and they’ll promote for you. Image Source: https://www.hubspot.com/inbound-marketing Step 1: Attract The best ways to attract new visitors include: blogging, SEO, and social media. Blogging ...

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Public Relations

Public Relations (PR) has often been treated as this stand alone category that marketers know has value, but have had trouble justifying when it comes time to report on its return on investment (ROI). No, PR isn’t a real easy concept to understand because it is often intangible. There’s no widget at the end of the day that you can hold up and say, “I made this.” The results are often more long-term in nature to track and don’t fit into a neatly laid out set of common reporting metrics. So it might surprise you to learn that companies spend an estimated $11 billion on PR annually. While both small and large companies recognize its significance to varying degrees, both struggle ...

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Four Fulfillment

You’ve got it all going on. Your product(s) and company are doing well in the market. You’ve figured out your niche and how to effectively reach customers. It’s time to start actually growing and expanding. But are you really ready to scale the business? Sure, more customers are great, but with more customers come more logistic challenges. Let’s just say for example, you have a high-end, custom-wrapped product that requires a focused level of detail regarding preparation and packaging. Or perhaps, you’re planning on adding additional sales channels and now need to be prepared to ship 10 times the amount your operations currently handle. The fulfillment and distribution of your products is that often not talked about aspect of marketing that ...

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Pardot Custom Prospect Fields

Pardot includes a number of default fields for prospects: First Name Last Name Email Company Website Job Title Department Country Address One Address Two City State Territory Zip Phone Fax Source Annual Revenue Employees Industry Do Not Email Do Not Call Years in Business Comments Saluation Opted Out The fields listed above cover some of the most common information people capture about their prospects. But, what if you need to collect or store information about prospects that is not in the list above? You can create your own custom prospect fields! In this blog we will show you how. Adding Custom Prospect Fields We have encountered many clients that need to collect or store additional information about their prospects depending on their ...

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Active Viewers on LinkedIn

Some social platforms, like Twitter, are relatively easy to grow a following. Like some posts, follow similar users; then watch your network grow. LinkedIn, however, is one of the more difficult platforms to gain engagement and viewers on, but it’s not impossible. Social Report provided some advice on gaining active viewers, as listed below. Utilize Oversized Pictures The right picture can draw in readers and vastly more numbers than even the most catchy of titles. Maximize the impact of your images by going beyond the standard thumbnails to include content rich material that informs your readers of the content of your article without giving it all away. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true. This ...

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With the multiple departments and locations of large enterprises, it’s not unheard of social media efforts overlapping. This can create issues of inconsistency or duplicate content. How can businesses resolve this issue? One solution is to develop a Social Media Center of Excellence (CoE). We’re excited to have our friends at Hot Potato Social Media delve deeper into the benefits of a CoE and the process of creating one within your organization, in the article below. What is a Social Media Center of Excellence? Depending on the size of your organization, Social Media CoE will consist multiple full-time and part-time employees, and possibly outsource partners dedicated solely to the social media efforts of the business. The team works to improve the ...

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