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3 Irresistibly Click-Worthy Call to Action Examples of 2016

Posted by Alyson Phillips on January 19, 2017 at 1:03 PM

E-commerce depends on clicks, and these call to action examples (CTAs) have successfully generated not only clicks but conversions. If you're not sure how well your CTAs are converting, you can check your average bounce rate. Bounce happens when visitors leave your website without taking any action or, put another way, without responding to your site's CTAs. According to the research firm Compass, e-commerce businesses average a 57-percent bounce rate, while the best companies perform at 35 percent.

The higher your bounce rate, the more likely it is that your visitor didn't find what they were looking for when they got there. To achieve the hallowed conversion, your site's main function should be to help them find it. In addition to being obvious, however, effective CTAs are enticing. Check out how the following companies made their calls to action irresistible.

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Topics: Website Design & Development

When to Boost Facebook Posts: A Short Guide

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on January 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Boosting a post on Facebook is one of the easiest things a marketer can do to reach more people instantly. The Huffington Post reports that it is one of the best ways for small businesses to market themselves, as it is low risk, low cost and has a good return on investment potential. However, while boosting a post instantly syndicates your content to more users, this simple Facebook advertising solution is not appropriate in all circumstances. Here's a handy guide on when it is best to boost Facebook posts and when it might be more prudent to try other Facebook advertising tactics.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

How Website Comparison Can Make for a Better First Impression

Posted by Ashley Rios on January 12, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Popular wisdom states that most people make up their minds about someone within seven seconds of meeting them. And while that might seem extremely short, studies show that when it comes to websites, first impressions come even faster. According to Inc., most consumers form a first impression of a website in just 50 milliseconds. For comparison, the literal blink of an eye ranges between 300 to 400 milliseconds, which makes this statistic even more staggering. So how can you ensure your website is making the right first impression? You may be surprised by what you learn after some simple website comparison. Taking a hard look at what others in your industry are doing (and more importantly, how much success they're generating) can help you inform your own business approach and ensure you're making the best first impression possible.

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Topics: Website Design & Development

Use Call Tracking Software to Foster Happy Customers

Posted by Chris Williams on January 11, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Data analytics is a cornerstone of effective digital marketing, and the challenge for many of today's organizations is finding ways to bring this data to traditionally offline channels. Until all channels of a marketing campaign can be effectively tracked and analyzed, marketers are only working with part of the picture — and that means they'll never have a truly comprehensive view of their company's performance.

In that regard, call tracking software addresses a major blind spot that marketers have had to work around. Thanks to increased referral traffic from mobile devices, along with innovative strategies for tracking calls and collecting data, marketers now have the tools necessary to examine the organization's success in using phone calls to improve the customer experience. As HubSpot pointed out, It can also shed light on which channels are most effective at driving phone referrals, which will improve budget allocation for marketing campaigns in the future.

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Topics: Paid Search Engine Marketing

Content Marketing: Questions to Ask to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Posted by Alyson Phillips on January 9, 2017 at 1:44 PM

If you can't answer these content marketing questions before you post about your company, you're probably wasting time and money. The idea that great content alone will drive traffic and customers to your business is a myth, which isn't to say that content marketing is dead — far from it. According to the Content Marketing Institute, some 200 million consumers have installed ad-blocking software on their computers. That means in many cases, if you're not taking advantage of content marketing, your message isn't reaching your audience. As this Marketing Land article shows, however, eyeballs alone don't drive results: Content alone isn't king, but content that drives engagement still reigns supreme.

So do yourself — and the internet — a favor. Before you publish another article, ask yourself these three content marketing questions:

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Topics: Content Marketing

Programmatic Video Advertising: Is the Top Ad-Buying Method Right for You?

Posted by Zuri Stanback on January 5, 2017 at 9:18 AM

The promise offered by programmatic video advertising is finally turning into a promise fulfilled: Among U.S. publishers, programmatic will drive the majority of ad spending in 2016.

According to a new report from eMarketer, 60 percent of all digital video ad spending will come through programmatic. That's a significant increase from 2015, when just 39 percent of video ad spending was run through programmatic solutions.

There are no signs this trend will slow down, either. eMarketer estimates programmatic's share of overall digital video ad spending will increase annually in 2017 and 2018, eclipsing $10 billion in spending by the end of that period. It will also approach an overall market share of close to 75 percent.

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Topics: Video Advertising

2017 Digital Marketing Trends: 6 Storylines to Follow

Posted by Alyson Phillips on January 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM

The end of one year brings the start of another and an opportunity to make resolutions for the upcoming calendar. The same goes for businesses. This is a great time for organizations and businesses to reflect on lessons learned from the past while planning for a better new year.

For marketers, much anticipation is built around the 2017 digital marketing trends expected to dominate their industry. In such a fast-moving industry, these trends can change dramatically from one year to the next. Brands that don't stay on top of these changes risk falling far behind their competition in the coming year.

Save yourself the trouble and get familiar with these six trends that are likely to dominate 2017.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing

Brand Engagement: 3 Things Marketers Can Learn from the World of Sports

Posted by Alyson Phillips on December 29, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Brand engagement is vital for gaining and retaining customers, and a strategy can be a tricky thing to craft. However, a look at how the sports world has successfully used social media to engage and energize fans can give you a few ideas about how to drive engagement in a way that will truly grow your online presence.

Make Fans a Part of the Conversation

Being a part of the online conversation is essential for today's brands, as more and more consumers expect to have instant access to companies via Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. However, it's not enough just to post the occasional update or response to a comment or message. Marketing Land columnist Sanjay Dholakia has observed how thoughtful, deliberate interaction has helped sports teams develop brand loyalty and increase fan attention. You can emulate this by posting regular updates, as well as links to content and interactivity invitations (for polls and contests) that will help followers feel like a part of the community.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing, Integrated Marketing

The Importance of SEM for Local Businesses

Posted by Pete Stafford on December 27, 2016 at 1:34 PM

One of the biggest reasons why small and midsize local businesses have shied away from search engine marketing (SEM) in recent years is due to the growth of social media marketing.

Facebook in particular has been a great platform for local businesses, as its programmatic infrastructure is easily scalable to fit almost any budget, and marketers are often already familiar with the platform.

However, though social media has made marketing accessible to the masses, there are a number of reasons not to discount the importance of SEM for local businesses.

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Topics: Paid Search Engine Marketing

Mobile Usage is Climbing - Stay Ahead With Mobile-Friendly Marketing

Posted by Ashley Rios on December 21, 2016 at 11:13 AM

For the last decade, marketers have been hearing all about the mobile revolution, the point at which mobile usage would overtake desktop usage as the primary way consumers access the web. And now, according to a new comScore report, the revolution is here: 65 percent of all digital media time is now on mobile devices. Desktop usage is down 12 percent compared to 2013, comprising only 35 percent of time spent online. So now that the mobile revolution has arrived, how can marketers stay ahead of the curve?

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising

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