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Google Cancelling Google Plus

Millions of businesses are signed up to Google+: it has become an important part of both social media and SEO initiatives. Did you know that Google+ engagement is comparatively better than most social networks? According to SEP, “Google+ active users spend quality time on the site — an average of 3:46 per visit.”  And Google+ bounce rate is excellent at 53.6%. See chart below. So what happens when Google decides to shut down the platform? You didn’t see that coming but it’s actually going to happen over the next 10 months. To the uninitiated, this may not seem like a problem. But to you that every once in a while uses Google+, why wouldn’t Google just consider you! The fact ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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? ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Digital Signage

Digital signage is growing in marketing and advertising usage across industries. In 2015, the digital signage market was valued at nearly $17 billion and is expected to continue growing to reach approximately $33 billion by 2023. Multi-screen video walls, free-standing kiosks, tablet devices, and other products can deliver information about a company’s products and services through quality graphics and videos. The very nature of digital signage allows for companies to really showcase new promotions, important announcements, and real-time product descriptions to gain the edge over their competition. You might not even realize how prevalent they are today, but your daily life is full them. Think the mall, grocery store, health club, financial institution, provider office visit, etc. all of which ...

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SEO Contractors Part 2

Now that the construction business is established with Google, it’s important to optimize the website so that you can further improve the likelihood of coming up in local search. What follows are some important tips forlocal SEO that go beyond GMB. Digital Marketing Tips to Improve Local SEO Increase the company’s chances to land on the search results page! There are a number of steps that can be taken to achieve this. NAPs are Important Be sure to include NAP information (name, address, phone number) and other important details in an easily crawlable HTML text format. Remember that images can’t be crawled, other than the alt text, so don’t include vital NAP information in image format; be sure it’s in ...

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SEO Contractors Part 1

As a contractor, it’s important to consider that much of the business received will be local. Accordingly, contractors benefit when their SEO strategy has a local focus. To stand out locally or regionally, it’s important to make sure all information on Google My Business is complete; then make sure to establish a local SEO strategy on the company website and beyond. Google My Business is Key Complete the entirety of your Google My Business profile. This allows users to learn as much as possible about the business before even clicking off of Google. It’s important to double-check this information often, because Google will often prompt users to answer questions about the business and allow them to suggest edits. This means ...

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Outsourcing In-House

In the beginning of the year, Forbes ran an article about 10 Great Marketing Jobs for 2018 based on average salary, number of postings for the positions on Indeed.com, and three-year growth percentage. Here are four of the positions – Senior Social Media Specialist, Community Manager, Digital Strategist, and Brand Ambassador. Does your company have those positions? It’s okay if your answer is “no.” Marketing has evolved into this multi-faceted, multi-channeled far-reaching pursuit for brand awareness and market share in a highly information-filled digital world. It requires roles with very specialized skills and the need for strong team leadership to successfully guide marketing organizations’ endeavors. However, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a senior-level marketing executive with all the skills to ...

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Dimensions Cheat Sheet

No one wants to post the perfect image and caption, only to find that the photo is cropped all funky on Facebook, and crucial details from the caption are out of view. To make sure that all social content displays appropriately, it’s important to know the platform’s ideal dimensions. Here are the ideal dimensions for a variety of content, according to Dreamgrow. Profile Picture: The picture displays at 160 x 160 px. Square images work best. Facebook Business Cover Photos: Ideal size is 828 x 315 px. Facebook Video: The thumbnail image is 1200 x 675 px. Aspect ratio can be either 16:9 or 1:1. The file itself can be as large as 4GB. Characters are as follows: desktop displays ...

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Text Messaging

It’s difficult to find someone these days that doesn’t keep their phone nearby. Text messages, in particular, are opened far more often than almost any other marketing channel. With this in mind, why wouldn’t marketers want to use it in their marketing efforts? We’ve compiled some important statistics about text message marketing and its usefulness. Keep reading to discover just how effective a tool text message marketing can be. When Is It Being Used? Understanding how fellow marketers are using text messaging will help you better understand how to use it for your business. For one, marketers like using it for important and urgent messages. It’s also an effective tool when other channels prove ineffective. How Quick is Response? Everyone ...

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Facebook Changes

One of the oldest social media platforms is also one of the most consistently evolving. Sure, Facebook’s ideas aren’t always original, and sometimes blatantly rip off other networks, like Instagram and Facebook Stories, a counterpart to Snapchat. However, sometimes they are the first to pioneer some really industry-changing updates. Here are some of the most important changes to Facebook during 2018 – crucial for any social media marketer to be aware of. No Overlaps Previously, the profile photo overlapped the cover photo on a Business page. This is no longer the case. For some, no change is required. For others who played with the overlapping, it may be time to change either/both of your profile and cover photos. It’s not ...

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Facebook Lead Ads

Small business owners face the challenge of being found in a highly competitive market crowded with many similar products and services. Consumers’ easy access to an enormous amount of information makes it even more difficult for companies to reach and convert leads into lasting customers. Facebook offers a way to initially attract potential customers through advertising and then interact with them through ongoing, personal engagement tactics inherent to the platform. Many small and medium-sized businesses, especially those in the service sector, may consider LinkedIn to be the only social network able to deliver B2B leads. However, marketers are finding that Facebook also has the potential to generate results through solid tools and targeted markets for lead acquisition. The reason is ...

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Email Marketing

Email marketing remains one of the few media where you can engage with customers who signed up to communicate with you and are truly interested in your company. Reaching an audience who has agreed to receive your messages is becoming more and more rare these days. While social media is a necessary marketing channel, you’re not necessarily reaching people who are always interested in you. This makes email marketing an important tool. A recent State of Email Marketing in 2018 survey report by Clutch looks at how and why companies utilize email communication. Taking a look at the results might help other companies consider objectives that fit their organization as well. Almost three-quarters of businesses across most industries utilize email ...

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Organizing Infographics

We are swimming in a sea of information today. Companies are racing to provide content that engages and motivates their audiences. They are also constantly battling to prove their worth to clients, stakeholders, and even funding sources. All the while, statistics show that people are bombarded with up to 10,000 brand messages a day, have an attention span of just eight seconds, and are spending more than half their day consuming media content. It makes it tough to be seen in the marketplace. This is especially true if you need to present numbers and statistics, which often are pretty dull and boring. Into the spotlight steps, infographics, which offer a unique way to tell a visual story through numbers and ...

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About Us Web Page

This post isn’t about us, as in Modern Marketing Partners. It’s about you. More specifically, it’s about your company’s website’s About Us page and why it probably needs some attention. Marketing professionals know (we look at Google Analytics) that About Us pages are some of the most frequently visited pages by customers, or more importantly, potential customers. They are one of the important stops a visitor on your site makes when considering to do business with you. And yet, many About Us pages are poorly written, lack creativity and are just plain boring. Think for a second about the last time you visited a company’s About Us page. You wanted to get to know the people behind the company, right? ...

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Steps to Creating a Marketing Plan

Importance of marketing plan is ignored by many entrepreneurs today and it is one of the main reasons why many startups don’t show a decent growth they need at the beginning of their venture. A marketing plan is a business document which outlines the company’s advertising and marketing strategies for the coming year. It focuses on business activities during a specific period of time, which are vital for attaining various goals and objectives. The marking plan document needs to be a 100 percent accurate without any spelling or grammatical errors. You tend to find most of these mistakes when the document in converted into a PDF file, so always keep a PDF editor for Mac handy to make changes. In ...

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Professional Stalker

Yes, so maybe that headline gives remarketing a bad name. But we’re actually all for it. If done well, there’s real value in remarketing to visitors who have taken time to view your website, PPC landing pages, Facebook page, etc. Since only about 4% of people convert on their first visit, remarketing provides a powerful way to reengage those who have previously interacted with your company. Remarketing requires inserting a small amount of code onto your website and then once a visitor lands on a particular page, you follow them around (with targeted ads you’ve created, of course!) More specifically, once the visitor has left your site and then goes back online, whether to Facebook, into his or her email ...

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Agile Marketing

Agile Marketing is a relatively new concept in the world of marketing. It takes its name from agile processes used in software development around the late 90s. The real simple explanation of this approach is that marketing teams identify high value projects, usually centered around providing value to the customer, to focus their collective efforts on, work transparently and cooperatively until the task is completed, and then measure the impact/success or failure. Ever-Evolving Marketing Environment This approach is gaining traction because the marketing climate in so many organizations has become so fast-paced and unpredictable it needs some lean and agile principles to follow in order to remain productive and successful. Principles that take into account this volatility and uncertainty, and ...

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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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Website Design

Companies are embracing the digital transformation and looking for marketing initiatives that drive customers to their online channels. Website optimization, including site redesigns are topping the list of must dos for many marketers this year. And they’re looking to be guided by analytics that are aimed at improving the customer experience. Using real-time customer data and analytics allows for decisions to be made based on customer needs and provides a foundation for continuous optimization. With tools like Google Analytics, heat maps, and feedback surveys, design and digital strategies can truly be made based on real data. Taking this approach means moving away from redesigning based only on intuition or company leadership input. For many organizations this requires a cultural shift ...

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Smart Campaign

Last month Google introduced its first new solution, Smart Campaigns, under its Google Ads brand. Aimed specifically at Small Businesses, Smart Campaigns look to automate ad creation, audience targeting, and ad delivery across Google properties. Google’s rebranding efforts of its advertising products beginning last year, stems from the desire to simplify things for marketers. Knowing that many small businesses don’t have large marketing staffs or a tremendous amount of time and resources, Google is looking to create easy digital ad solutions to meet their needs. According to Google’s announcement, Smart Campaigns help small businesses create ads in minutes and connects them with relevant customers to drive real results. Many of you may have tried AdWords Express, launched back in 2011 ...

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Nonprofit Marketing

Nonprofit marketing in the U.S. today must contend with stock market results, government reform initiatives, and an uncertain political environment. This makes nonprofit financial performance a strong indicator of an organization’s impact and sustainability throughout 2018 and beyond. Therefore, organizations must consider how to effectively scale and fundraise while continuing to deliver on their missions. While nonprofit organizations have a range of priorities, studies show their primary focus looks to expand fundraising and to develop operational efficiencies. Organizations of all sizes will have an opportunity for growth this year and need to raise essential funds through new and innovative approaches. This is saying that it is essential that the right revenue streams and expense models support nonprofits’ goals. Recognizing the ...

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Linkless SEO

The MarketingProfs theorize that with the rising prominence of voice search, the landscape of SEO is changing. They believe that without links to click on during screenless searches, the importance of linkless mentions will grow as well. Links are still vastly important, however, there is value to earn from linkless mentions. What Are the Search Engines Saying? Bing, generally a little more forthright in its algorithms, has admitted outright that linkless mentions affect SEO. Bing’s Webmaster Guidelines: “Social media plays a role in today’s effort to rank well in search results. The most obvious part it plays is via influence. If you are influential socially, this leads to your followers sharing your information widely, which in turn results in Bing ...

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