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What Makes a Content Marketing Strategy Successful?

Posted by Jenny Sutton on October 20, 2017 at 11:31 AM

There's no denying the power of content marketing. Not only does it cost 62 percent less than outbound marketing efforts, it also generates more than three times the number of leads, according to Demand Metric.

However, while a well-developed content marketing strategy can keep your audience engaged and your sales pipeline full, not every organization is successful in their efforts. So, what can you do to make sure your strategy delivers the results you want?

Here are three common questions that marketers must ask themselves when creating and optimizing content.

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Topics: Content Marketing

How Data-Driven Marketing Can Inspire Action

Posted by Brooke Huntley on October 18, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Marketing and communications teams have the ability to track an endless number of actions — from email opens, to link clicks and even time spent on specific pages. However, the volume of data relating to potential customers can often seem overwhelming.

The sheer quantity of available information might have marketers wondering exactly how data-driven marketing can be turned into customer action and increased conversions. Here are a few ways to get started.

Create Buyer Personas

One of the biggest opportunities created by data-driven marketing is the ability to take data and turn it into audience personas. Understanding your current customer base and using data points about them can help you predict your best future customer. Building a persona helps center your marketing around the customer and their expectations. From there you can target your media and your messaging and you're further along in developing a data informed marketing strategy.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Analytics

Managing Your Online Brand Reputation: Why You Can't Wait

Posted by Ashley Rios on October 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM

Brand reputation management is often conflated with crisis management. Many small and local businesses don't consider this critical component of their online presence until there's an emergency. However, there are real benefits to taking a proactive stance when it comes to online perception of your brand. Don't wait to get a plan in place to help manage your online brand reputation.

A Positive Review Can Make a Big Impact

According to the Pew Research Center, 32 percent of Americans surveyed in 2016 said that they highly value the ability to look up online reviews of a product or service before making a purchase.

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Topics: Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Marketing Strategy

The Art of Personalization: Finding the Right Balance

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on October 13, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Customers want custom experiences, but personalization can quickly turn creepy if it crosses a line of comfort with its audience. There's just one problem: Where exactly is that line?

No brand knows for sure, and different customers will have different thresholds of tolerance for these experiences. The best way for an organization to avoid any blowback for these efforts is to establish a strategy for developing, testing and tweaking the methods it uses to offer custom content for individual users.

Here are some tips that companies can use to stay smart and safe while driving innovation.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Making Customer Experience a Cornerstone of Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Carlye Creel on October 9, 2017 at 1:57 PM

Expectations have never been higher. Thanks to innovative technology and increased competition, people understand that a better customer experience is available to them — and they're willing to look for the brands that can offer it.

The onus is on businesses to improve their approach to customers. Personalization and customization shape the customer experience, and marketing is now required to engage with individuals at an unprecedented level. If you haven't already embraced a customer-centric marketing strategy, you could be risking your company's future by resisting the transition.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing

Using Local Search to Drive In-Store Sales

Posted by Ashley Rios on October 6, 2017 at 10:43 AM

You're on vacation in an unfamiliar city. You want pizza. What do you do? You Google "pizza places near me," and within the hour, you're sinking your teeth into cheesy goodness.

Local search is useful for instant gratification, or micro-moments, which can boost profit margins for brick-and-mortar retailers. Think With Google reported that these "nearby" or "near me" searches doubled from 2014 to 2015 — and in 2017, consumers are dropping "near me" from their searches since they expect search results to be relevant based on their location. If you're wondering how to keep up as local search trends change, take a look at how you can implement local search techniques in your own online marketing strategy.

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Topics: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Oktoberfest: 3 Surprising Marketing Tips Gleaned from the Festival

Posted by Carlye Creel on October 4, 2017 at 1:49 PM

You might not think that marketing has much in common with a German festival that's over 200 years old, but in fact, there are a number of things marketers can learn from the annual Oktoberfest tradition. Not convinced? Here are three surprising similarities that might change your mind.

1. It's All About Perception

Did you know that the famous festival isn't actually about beer? Although thirsty travelers come from around the world for a pint of Oktoberfestbier, this tradition, known to locals simply as "Wiesn," celebrates the anniversary of the wedding between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The roots of the festival are in commemorating a historic event, but the popular perception of it as the "ultimate worldwide beer festival" has served it well — year after year, tourists pour into the city.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing

3 Key Ways Data-Driven Marketing Is Shaping Today's Digital World

Posted by Zuri Stanback on October 2, 2017 at 9:58 AM

Even if you're not familiar with the term "data-driven marketing," there's a good chance you've used this strategy before.

The practice of using customer information to develop targeted advertising has sparked a new age of online marketing — helping marketers connect customers with products and services like never before. Market Thunder estimated that $20 billion is spent annually on this type of marketing. In recent years, that money has caused seismic shifts in the digital marketing world, which affect both how we reach customers today and how we will in the future.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

A Mobile-Optimized Website Is Even More Essential After Facebook's Update

Posted by Ginger Gatewood on September 29, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Mobile-optimized websites are becoming the standard across the internet, and businesses that have yet to make this transition are about to suffer another major setback. After Google set the bar for mobile optimization — by establishing a mobile website index that prioritizes a mobile-optimized website over a non-optimized competitor — Facebook has announced it is taking a similar approach to content appearing in user news feeds.

Over the next few months, mobile-optimized content will appear more frequently and more prominently in Facebook users' news feeds. This change is part of an effort to maintain a better user experience by connecting users with content that loads quickly on their mobile devices.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising

Your Content Marketing Strategy Needs More Personality

Posted by Carlye Creel on September 27, 2017 at 10:57 AM

It's often easy for marketers to get bogged down in data. As we peruse the latest keyword trends, CTA conversions and linking metrics, the human element can sometimes get lost. However, it's that very element that can elevate a humdrum content marketing strategy to something truly spectacular.

Inc. reported that customers have grown to expect a certain level of authenticity from brands — and will pay more for the ones they feel they can trust. Forbes highlighted Dove and Airbnb as brands that have embraced the shift toward a more "human" approach; both have seen significant returns from increased interactions with customers.

It can be a tricky balancing act to inject some personality into your content marketing in a way that seems natural. If you're struggling, here are some practical ways to help jump-start your creativity:

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Topics: Content Marketing

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