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Company Name

Creating a name for you new company may actually be your first foray into the world of marketing, whether you realize it or not. Your name begins the branding process of your organization and is a crucial first step towards its success. You’re setting the tone for how people will initially perceive your company. And remember the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Everyone is bombarded with thousands of names daily. Only the really good ones are going to stick in anyone’s memory. So if you’re a start-up, you need to put some time and effort into creating a name for your company. You’ve got to hit the right chord in your market ...

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Good Marketing

No pain, no gain. Dieting and marketing actually have a lot of similarities. Primarily, success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes place long-term. Finding out what works for the brand and implementing a plan to do those things is key to good business. Check out some dieting idioms and how they compare to marketing below. Set Realistic Goals 10-year high school reunion in September? It’s the end of the summer, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to drop 50 pounds. 5 pounds? That sounds like a realistic, achievable goal. Same goes for marketing strategy. Your brand won’t achieve 100k new follows over the next month, but 50-100 is definitely doable. Set goals that the company can realistically reach, then take the ...

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Page Speed

Users hate slow sites; pages that take longer than 3 seconds to load see significantly higher bounce rates. Internet giant Google has noticed. To improve user experience and combat long wait times, Google is launching its Google Speed Update, expected to roll out in July. One reason for the update? Because of the increasing importance of mobile devices. Google has increasingly focused on becoming more and more mobile friendly. Recently, they began indexing mobile-first, so it’s clear this is priority. Because phones make it harder to multi-task than desktop, page speed is increasingly critical, because users are often staring at their phones as they wait, instead of opening another tab. Want to learn more about this critical update? Read further ...

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Types Blogging Content

Business blogging requires genuinely engaging prospects and customers. The thing is people are all different. This means you need to have some different types of content on your blog to attract and retain readers. You must also have diverse content to help you accomplish the various goals of your blogging program. You need the right blend of content to grab the attention of visitors, gain rapport with readers, educate them on your approach, and establish your expertise in the industry. A tall order, really, but doable. Many posts about blogging list anywhere from 10-80 different types of content you can utilize. It may almost be overwhelming to think about blogging if you start with this approach. However, there are probably ...

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Simplifying Marketing

In the age of information, it’s easy for a company’s audience to feel overexposed to marketing and ads. It’s also a lot of extra work for an organization’s staff to keep up with a multitude of platforms. It’s time to simplify marketing efforts, for the benefit of both the organization and purchasers. 6 Tips for Simplifying a Marketing Plan There are a number of ways to simplify your organization’s marketing process. Follow any of the following tips below for a simpler process. Zero in on Who Your Business is Selling to 50% of marketers use 10 or fewer profile segments, while the other half use up to 100 segments. Clearly, many businesses aren’t as focused as they believe they are ...

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Blogging Tips

Your company started a blog maybe a year or so ago for all the right reasons. As a marketer you know the value of having new, relevant content on your website. You created a posting schedule, worked hard at writing many of blogs, maybe even found some company guest bloggers, and now the whole process seems, well, a bit melancholy. Many companies experience some bumps in the road regarding their blogging efforts. Here are five common challenges and tips for getting your blog back on track: Challenge: Missed deadlines. Tip: Everyone at your company is busy, including you. Your posting schedule may get off track. Energy suddenly becomes low around writing more blogs. Initially, the interest was there, but now ...

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Direct Mail Part 1

The debate over which is better email vs direct mail may continue on into the next century. And that’s okay. It’s often been said that email generates a quicker profit and direct mail produces more engaged customers. So for many businesses there is value in using a mix of both direct mail and email marketing. Over the years, direct mail has proven its ability to drive growth for companies. A well-thought out and executed direct mail campaign can provide profit, sustainability and security perhaps better than any other media. Some may think direct mail is outdated, too expensive or cumbersome. But just because other ways may be faster, easier or less expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll see profitable, long-term ...

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Instagram has a far-reaching effect for brands trying to engage Millennials. Instagram, which delivers an entirely mobile experience, has seen huge growth over the past few years, in part because 60 percent of its active users are Millennials. Due to their very connected nature, Millennial marketing should focus on social media apps, which function primarily on mobile. Instagram is a natural fit for the Millennial lifestyle. They are the largest group of consumers who use mobile and social media. Their reliance on peers, family, friends and experts to provide trusted information is substantiated in Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer. The survey’s 2018 numbers indicate again that these are the people they most trust, whereas in general, trust among the informed public ...

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Experiential Marketing

The movement towards building a customer centric company is leading marketers to consider a shift toward experiential marketing. Experiential marketing or engagement marketing puts the customer and their needs squarely on center stage. It is a strategy that immerses the customer and engages them to experience a brand in creative and unique ways. This helps customers form memorable, emotional connections with a company’s products and services, creating strong customer loyalty. It also allows for customers to have a conversation with a brand rather than just have messages pushed at them. The event or experience may be offline, but that doesn’t mean it can’t generate online content. You might not think that it can create dialogue, but according to the 2016 ...

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Big Thing in Marketing

It’s important for all marketers to stay on their toes and adapt to the ever-changing marketing climate. At the very least, it’s critical for their survival against rivaling companies; if they aren’t adopting the newest practices, they can easily fall behind. At the very best, marketers can spot a new way to gain an edge over competitors. So, what is the next big thing in marketing? We explore some possible theories. Voice Search Alexa, Google Voice, Siri – voice search is becoming widely adopted, and quickly. Consider that the trend is one of the most quickly adopted trends in history. 40% of US adults are using voice search at least once per day, and 60% of those have only started ...

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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, ...

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Marketing Stack

“Technology stacks” are the buzzwords of the tech community, but have you ever considered the same concept applied to marketing? Read further on what a tech stack is and how it can be applied to marketing. Back Up: What is a Tech Stack? Essentially, those creating a tech stack treat their entire technology effort like a skyscraper. It starts with a good foundation. Everything built on top of that needs to be strong enough to hold the next layer. Customers will be in awe of said stack like they are of a skyscraper. They don’t necessarily need to know what goes into it, but they do know that it’s working and has earned their interest. How Does This Apply to ...

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Customer Success Stories

Looking for a way to nudge a prospect into purchasing and becoming a valued customer? A compelling customer success story can do the trick. Clearly communicating how your product or service has helped solve a real world problem for a customer makes your company’s offerings relatable and tangible to others in a positive and effective way different from all other types of marketing and advertising. No matter whether you use the term case study, testimonial or customer success story, it is one of the most powerful content marketing approaches companies can use today. A customer success story demonstrates the benefits of your products, your services, your company — rather than just tell about them. Delivering this type of differentiation during ...

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Hiring a Marketing Consultant

Is marketing becoming too complex or distracting of a task for your employees? Is your company lacking enough staff to cover the many and varied marketing disciplines? There are a number of reasons why hiring a marketing consultant may be necessary for your business. What do you stand to gain from outsourcing your marketing? And how do you ensure the consultant you hire is up to snuff? We explore the most important ideas to keep in mind when hiring a marketing consultant or marketing agency. What Do You Have to Gain from Using a Marketing Consultant? It really depends on your current in-house marketing team and what your future needs are. Some smaller businesses may need marketing consultants to cover ...

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Email Marketing

Email marketing. Some may consider this to be old-school already. But we’re here to tell you, it’s alive and well and you should be doing it too. While it may not be the shiny new toy on the shelf, email marketing has a proven track record of consistently working. It is an affordable tool that more times than not provides a better ROI than Google AdWords and Facebook ads. For small businesses and start-ups in particular, it’s become a lifeline to growing their business. According to Forrester data, small businesses allocate about 10 percent of their marketing budgets on email marketing, which totaled approximately $2.8 billion in 2017. That’s a good thing because Forrester also reports that consumer email attitudes ...

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Standing Out in Law Firm Marketing

Ahh, legal marketing, how you have changed since the days that I was a one-man content farm (unpaid intern) at a personal injury attorney. What was once a field so disgustingly littered with keyword stuffing, link farming, and other questionable practices had to change overnight in the wake of Panda and Penguin, both of which had an immense impact on law firm marketing. Combine this with the fact that you still need to close new business after getting someone interested in your services, and you realize that you have a robust challenge ahead. With legal services being one of the most competitive industries, as well as one of the most heavily scrutinized ones by Google, marketing can be an immensely ...

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blogging

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 ...

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thought leadership marketing

During June, Modern Marketing Partners will be hosting two webcasts. The first will be on Thursday, June 9th at 1 PM CST, titled Software Marketing Best Practices: Executive Briefing. The second, Thought Leadership Best Practices: Executive Briefing, will take place on Tuesday, June 14th at 1 PM CST. Thought Leadership Marketing Best Practices: Executive Briefing For complex or expensive products, customers won’t buy from just anybody. These purchase decisions take time and research; buyers want experts. Thought leadership is one of the most effective ways to prove your company to prospective customers. Although this is a great marketing tactic, it’s becoming more widely used than ever. How do you stand out for less? What’s Covered: Understand the challenges of thought ...

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software marketing

During June, Modern Marketing Partners will be hosting two webcasts. The first will be on Thursday, June 9th at 1 PM CST, titled Software Marketing Best Practices: Executive Briefing. The second, Thought Leadership Best Practices: Executive Briefing, will take place on Tuesday, June 14th at 1 PM CST. Software Marketing Best Practices: Executive Briefing Software prospects are often completely overwhelmed by the marketing of software companies. Standing out can become expensive, fast, but what if there’s a way to be just as effective on a smaller budget? What’s Covered: Understand the challenges of marketing software. Learn how even small brands can attain category leadership, and beat even the biggest competitors. Be privy to proprietary processes for building a thought leadership brand. ...

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Marketing Automation: Online Tools That Will Save You Time

Inbound marketing can be very time consuming work when it relies heavily on lead generation, email marketing, and lead management. As we discussed in our last post on social media marketing automation, that not all the work should be automated. It’s still important to focus on managing a marketing strategy manually as it is to utilize online tools that will help cut your time in half. Here are 5 Online Tools That Will Save You Time: 1. Hubspot Software Hubspot is considered a pioneer in automated digital marketing and as an inbound marketing software company, they have helped numerous businesses transform their marketing. Hubspot proves that marketing automation goes beyond email and helps you integrate everything on one platform. For ...

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2016 Marketing Trends

As a year in marketing comes to an end, we wanted to take a look forward at the hottest marketing trends. Here are the top modern marketing trends to look out for in 2016: Increase in Social Advertising Marketers spent $10.45 billion on social advertising on social advertising this year, up from $7.32 billion in 2014. In 2016, this figure is expected to increase to $13.43 billion (eMarketer). With an increased focus on monetizing social platforms, it is no surprise that organic reach continues to decline. As the organic reach of social media efforts continues to decline, investing in social advertising will become a necessity in 2016. Ad Blocking With more than 250 million consumers already using ad blockers, 2016 ...

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7 Habits of Effective Marketers

Stephen Covey published the hugely popular self-help book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in 1989. 14 million copies later, a number of copy-cat topics have surfaced across all disciplines, and you know marketing is on this bandwagon! Nevertheless, we think there is still an opportunity for another perspective. Perhaps a modern marketing filter? Thanks in advance for indulging. Of course, to begin such an assignment, a Google search quickly identifies several attempts at the subject. The search also results in some more focused topics like 7 habits of effective digital marketing, content marketing, and inbound marketing. During this exercise, I found, not surprisingly, an email marketing software vendor identifying data and CRM software as highly effective marketing habits. ...

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Content Marketing For B2B

Content marketing is a hot topic! In fact, 86% of B2B Marketers are using content marketing (CMI) . So what is it? We define content marketing as the creation and distribution of educational and/or compelling content in multiple formats to attract and/or retain customers. Below we  will take you through the content marketing process. Planning; deciding what type of content marketing works best for your company and a content schedule. Implementation; including tips on how to write blogs, case studies, and white papers, and how to distribute your content. And finally, measurement; metrics to use to determine if your content marketing is effective. Content Marketing Planning The quality of a content plan can support both the effectiveness and efficiency of your content marketing initiative. Begin your planning by determining the mission ...

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The time has come to reflect on our year of accomplishments and create new resolutions for 2015. As marketers, our resolutions are very similar to personal goals like being better listeners, revamping our image, or simply being more human. For 2015, let’s focus on what’s important in modern marketing. Here are four important marketing resolutions to start focusing on: 1. Focus on Mobile It is now clear that almost everyone is holding a mobile device in hand whether it is a smart phone or tablet. This new way of consuming the digital world has all been transformed to mobile. On social networks alone there has been a 55% engagement in the past year and that number continues to grow into ...

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2014 Marketing Trends That Failed

As the end of 2014 approaches, we thought we would take a look back at marketing trends of the year. 2014 was an innovative year for marketing, however, for every successful marketing trend, there were many other trends that were not so good. Here is a look at some failed strategies and tools that are fading into obscurity. 1. QR Codes In the United States, QR codes are going to be next to meaningless in 2015. According to entrepreneur.com, in 2013, only 19.1 percent of consumers had ever scanned a QR code and these numbers have not significantly increased in 2014. One of the main reasons that QR codes are an ineffective strategy is because the majority of mobile users ...

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