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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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7 Sell Sheet Tactics

After you’ve had your “Aha” moment and created a new product or service, now the hard work begins. As an entrepreneur or product developer you need to attract interest from a potential licensee or investor to garner support for your new product or service. This is where creating a sell sheet comes into play to effectively demonstrate the benefits of your new offering. A successful sell sheet speaks directly to the end-user and moves beyond just citing the purpose and features of your product or service to positioning it in the eyes of the consumer. It showcases your idea in a cost-effective manner and acts like a billboard for something new and exciting. If thought through and designed properly, a ...

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Are you wondering if it is necessary to hire an SEO consultant in 2019? Regardless of the size of your company, incorporating good SEO tactics can give you a significant advantage over your competition. Small businesses tend not to hire SEO strategists.   This is because they either feel they can do it themselves or they assume an agency will be too expensive. Here we will discuss the reasons you should consider hiring an SEO consultant. Get Higher Rankings on Google A site with poor optimization will not rank favorably on Google. Websites that are well-optimized will appear in numerous searches organically. SEO companies offering content marketing services are able to help by making significant changes to your content for higher ...

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One of the reasons why the internet is awesome is because you can use the platform to build your personal brand. While there are clear pathways for people who want to become lawyers and doctors, this isn't the case for people in creative fields like art and comedy. However, if you're a creative professional, it's a really good idea to use the internet to create the career of your dreams. While you will make mistakes and learn lessons along the way, the internet is the perfect place to expand your platform. To get things moving in the right direction, there are a few internal conversations you'll want to have. Content Frequency Think about how often you'd like to produce content. Don't ...

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If you think about it, it’d be great if all marketing plans include competitive research strategies. After all, your competition is exerting tons of effort to take business away from you. This is especially true if they’re a well-established business with a strong online presence. Luckily, no matter how new to the online world your business is, there are ways to seek your biggest competition. And from there, you can identify how they’re promoting their own brand and glean some ideas for your own marketing plan. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to find out who your competition is so you can check out their marketing tactics and build your own business. 1. Define Your Competition It’s not a good idea ...

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Pinterest For Business

The past year social media has seemed to be dominated by likes of Facebook (for both good and not-so-good reasons), Instagram, and Snapchat. While these platforms spurred the trend toward video content, marketers have since continued to leverage this format throughout their marketing mix. So how does Pinterest, which utilizes both images and videos, fit in the picture for businesses? Well, it stepped up its game in terms of video in 2018. In August of last year, Pinterest tested and launched Promoted Video at max width to all its advertisers. Promoted video or advertising video had been available since 2016. The new wider format allows for videos to be played at 4x bigger, increasing engagement rates from 12%-33% according to initial brand tests. Promoted Video at max. width stretches across ...

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Enhancing Association Recruitment

Associations are always looking to increase their membership numbers. Over the past several years many associations have reported it has become harder and harder to attract and retain new members. Advancements in technology have made it easier for people to stay connected and younger generations have turned to social media fostering their skeptical attitude about the need and benefit of joining other venues. As a result, the beginning of 2019 is a good time for associations to consider their approach to marketing this year and for the future. Associations, like workplaces, are dealing with engaging Millennials, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, etc. and need to understand their motivations and decision-making processes. In many respects, membership is a sales process; you’re looking to recruit professionals by initialing connecting with them and then ...

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6 Common Content Marketing Missteps

Most companies today would probably say they are involved in content marketing. The problem is many might also qualify this as an On Again/Off Again relationship or a Go Big/Fade Away relationship. I’m sure we can all relate… Writing a blog post once a month or so, setting up social media accounts, or posting to Facebook all technically constitute as content marketing tactics. But it’s doubtful you’re seeing any change in website traffic, email open rates or click throughs. And that’s because you’re not really harnessing the power that great content affords you. Let’s take a look at some common content marketing mistakes and steps you need to take to get on a productive path: Lack of Value Business strategies often use an 80/20 ...

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Word of Mouth Marketing

Organic is good, right? Today everything from food to house cleaners to mattresses are better if they’re organic. That goes for marketing too. We’re talking about word of mouth marketing, the organic way of spreading information through natural channels – A.K.A. kickin’ it old school. Word of mouth marketing has been around a long time. Yet there is value in your company giving it active consideration as it’s usually free and has real potential in terms of payout. It’s based on a pretty simple theory. Word of mouth marketing happens by creating an event or experience so memorable for a customer that they tell someone else about it. It’s important because customers trust their friends. Nielsen data indicates that 92% of ...

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Thank You

The year is winding down, but your marketing efforts don’t need to dwindle. Now’s the perfect time to let your customers know you appreciate all their 2018 business. You don’t even need a big budget for a “Thank You” marketing campaign, just a big heart. There are of course, solid business reasons to embark on this effort too. Companies that experience greater customer satisfaction have better reviews and feedback, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace. It’s an organic way to increase your company’s value. Showing appreciation is also important for creating loyal customers. Customers who are vocal supporters of your company and would never dream of doing business with anyone else. These are the kind of customers that increase ...

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Alexa Voice Activated Search Opportunities

Brands looking for new ways too engage customers may find potential in creating branded voice experiences on Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. You don’t want to miss an opportunity and not enter the voice-enabled world that seems to be evolving every minute. While most marketers will agree that voice-activated smart devices and voice branding are in their infancy, you just can’t deny the explosive growth of this industry over the past couple of years. They have entered the homes of consumers everywhere, with an estimated 64 million U.S. households expected to be equipped with one by end of this year. Voice commands on Alexa are becoming like search on Google. And by 2020 more than half of ...

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Shake Up Your Marketing MMP

Year-end is often a time for reflection on the past year, along with planning for the new year. So why not marketing?  How were results measured? What are specific plans for the year ahead?  How can you “shake up” your marketing with a focus on results?  Your friends at Modern Marketing Partners have some perspective we’d like to share. Intuitively, before you can "shake up" your marketing, you should objectively evaluate and analyze your prior marketing. So how can this process be objective?  For starters, there are many tools that can measure online aspects of marketing including Woo website and SEO rankings, along with SEMrush, Similar Web traffic analysis, Google Analytics, and complete social media analytics. Email service providers, paid search ...

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Social Isolation Marketing Tips

Healthcare marketing efforts throughout the United States remain focused on addressing healthcare literacy in 2019. Large national studies have demonstrated that approximately one third of adult Americans have limited health literacy and describe feeling uncomfortable trying to navigate their medical benefits and the healthcare system. Among younger Americans the percentage is even higher with 56 percent reporting a lack of understanding. Healthcare literacy refers to health literacy, which is an individual’s ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health insurance literacy is another component of healthcare literacy and represents the capability of people to have the knowledge to choose the best health plans and benefit options to fit their circumstances ...

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Shoppable Media

This year’s holiday season is all about making the social world shoppable. In particular, companies are being given the access and the opportunity to make their content, images and videos shoppable this season. The reason this is big news for companies is this is a trend that interests people. According to PwC’s 2018 Holiday Lookout study, more than 40 percent of Millennials and 25 percent of Gen Z shoppers will purchase through shoppable photos this year. Here’s how social platforms are innovating this season – and you can too right along with them. Instagram just announced three new ways for users to shop while browsing their favorite photos of pets, food, travel, family and friends. The new features help people discover ...

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Holiday Sales

It looks like the season is going to be merry and bright. Whether entertaining at home or socializing away from home, consumers are looking to celebrate with others and spend money doing so. Holiday sales are expected to increase 5 to 5.6 percent over last year’s season, according to Deloitte’s annual retail holiday sales forecast. Additionally, ecommerce sales are forecasted to grow 17 to 22 percent, reaching $128 to $134 billion throughout the 2018 shopping season. And even businesses that think they might not really be in a position to capitalize on any holiday spending need to realize there’s an opportunity. According to Deloitte’s 33rd Annual Holiday Consumer Spending Survey, over half of shoppers (51 percent) believe in the spirit ...

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Inbound Content Strategy

There’s a sports adage that many coaches tell their athletes, “let the game come to you.” It may seem like odd advice, because most sports-related activities and matches seem to be all about controlling the tempo and taking charge of the game. However, this different and disciplined approach can yield important benefits for players and professionals alike. For marketing professionals in today’s business climate, it means being patient, not passive, just alert and resolute. And it means letting the customer come to you. You still have to entice them of course, but it may be over a longer period of time.  How do you establish visibility and credibility with this approach? By creating relevant content that has more in common ...

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Marketing 24/7

Businesses are in the business of engaging customers. That requires having your thumb on the pulse of the marketplace and being ready to act at a moment’s notice. It means having a workplace culture that emphasizes flexibility and agility, while understanding the importance of utilizing technology and social media to build relationships and loyalty. Author David Meerman Scott’s book Real-Time Marketing & PR, provides marketers with the impetus to pick up the pace. With use of his examples below, organizations can determine why they need to be ready to respond quickly to unfolding events in today’s online environment, and why it’s sometimes even important to be the first to go there. The Value of Being First Starting the conversation early and ...

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Packaging Trends

Product packaging has become more important as changes and challenges continue to reshape how businesses, consumers, and governments deal with sustainability and the shifting demands of ecommerce. Packaging must bridge the crucial connection between consumer trends, behaviors, and values and the innovative role companies must uphold in order to accurately interpret their markets’ unique needs. Packaging today needs to reflect the most forward-looking attitude of a circular society. This year Nestle made an announcement that it plans to make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. Stating that they believe, “plastic waste is one of the biggest sustainability issues the world faces and that there is a urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the ...

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Instagram TV

In our last blog we discussed how to utilize live video in a company’s marketing mix. Live broadcasting allows for real-time company and customer interaction on social media’s most popular platforms. It may also seem a little scary for a company, especially one who hasn’t done much video creation in the past, to jump into live streaming. So let’s talk about another option companies should consider, thanks to Instagram’s new platform launch over the summer. In June, Instagram introduced IGTV, a new platform that allows companies to upload their phone-captured, long-form (as in up to an hour) videos for their followers to watch. This comes five years after the launch of video on Instagram, which only allows for one-minute videos that ...

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Live Broadcasting

Live broadcasting offers businesses a way to give customers an inside look at their brand and tell their story in a little more interesting and engaging way. Companies of all sizes and social media budgets need to consider taking advantage of live streaming’s unique capabilities to provide timely content that captivates followers. This type of content is where all the growth is expected to happen over the next couple of years and therefore, stands to reason that it will boost a company’s growth strategy on social media as well. What is Live Broadcasting Live broadcasting can be done through these main social media platforms: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Instagram Live or Twitter’s Periscope. Live broadcasting allows for real-time conversations with a ...

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Customer Experience Part 2

In our previous blog, we discussed the necessary integration of systems to deliver real-time, meaningful customer interactions. Organizations seem to understand the importance of gathering and utilizing data to help create a seamless customer journey, but are struggling at getting it in the hands of the right people at the right time to be truly impactful. You can see how valuing the customer experience requires an organizational commitment to embracing the concept that customers rule supreme. Clearly, every team member from every department needs to be on board with delivering your brand’s strategy. This will lead to less customer turnover and strengthen your position in the marketplace to continue attracting new customers. To effectively focus on the customer experience though, companies ...

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Customer Experience Part 1

Today’s clients are interacting with your company through multiple channels such as your website, your Facebook page, your loyalty program or any number of other ways. And the ways are increasing every year as technology advances, right along with customer expectations right too. So it’s important to create a consistent customer experience across every channel now and for the future. According to Forrester research the customer experience will be more important than price in determining customer purchases and customer retention by the year 2020. Customer brand relationships will require companies to deliver personalized, relevant experiences that empower customer behavior based upon them receiving the right message, at the right time, in the right place. Are companies prepared to do that? Apparently ...

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Align Marketing Sales

Do marketing and sales really need to be aligned for a company to be successful? The answer today is still “Yes”.  While historically any misalignment was often blamed on the nature of organizational structure that supported two different and separate departments. It’s probably not as accurate an argument anymore, as it is now more about how the buying the process has changed over the last 10 years. The Internet offers customers new and numerous ways to gather information. Social media now has its influence in the buying process along with other digital channels too. Customers are inundated with products and services, making the marketplace highly complex to navigate. This is especially true of the B2B market today, where buyers believe it’s ...

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4 Digital Tools

Marketers’ jobs include a little bit of everything today. Companies are investing in social media, public relations, website and landing pages, advertising, email campaigns, blogging, vlogging, and the list goes on and on. And content creation for all these tactics is a critical component of their success. While technology has driven marketing in new directions, it has also provided marketers and content writers with new digital tools to help simplify their jobs. Today there are boundless apps and tools that didn’t even exist five or 10 years ago. Many of the tools you’re probably currently using may be MailChimp for email list and automation marketing, Hubspot for content creation or Buffer for social media scheduling and replying. However, there are several ...

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