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How Voice Search Will Impact Your Digital Marketing Trajectory in 2019

Posted by Joe Weir on March 5, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Digital marketing is now one of the most essential tools in marketer's lives. The marvel of its size is increasing every day as more marketers realize the importance of digital within their marketing plans. eMarketer’s recent report on US ad spending revealed the numbers that back what most marketers already know: digital marketing are on the rise. In fact, 54% of all advertising in the US is allocated to digital marketing services.

There are many digital marketing tools used today, and voice search is one of the hottest trends. According to eMarketer, 91.0 million people, or 27.6% of the US population, will use a voice assistant via any device at least once per month in 2018.

Below are the top ways through which voice search can impact your digital marketing this year.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, digital advertising, Voice Search

Five Questions You Should Ask an SEM Partner

Posted by Ashley Rios on February 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Can your potential customers easily find you online? According to Forbes, 74 percent of internet users are performing local searches and 61 percent of those searches result in a purchase. Regardless of what business sector you are in, search engine marketing (SEM) plays a key role in getting new customers. In fact, 85 percent of retailers say that SEM is the "most effective customer acquisition tactic." While search engine optimization (SEO) is all about organically growing your web traffic, SEM involves paying to list your business in relevant search results. If your SEM strategy isn't effective, you're losing customers and money. You can reverse that trend by finding the right SEM partner to help you reap the benefits of SEM. Here are five questions to help you choose one that's right for your business. 

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Which Is the Best Online Advertising Strategy: PPC or Social Media?

Posted by Pete Stafford on February 26, 2019 at 3:53 PM

Today, marketers are forced to navigate more advertising platforms than ever before and deciding where to allocate budget has become increasingly challenging. However, the success of your online advertising strategy relies on your ability to choose wisely.

Two of the most common types of online advertising are pay-per-click (PPC) advertising and social media advertising. To help you make the most of your budget, we're going to delve into the benefits of each strategy.

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Topics: digital advertising, social media, targeted display advertising, ppc

All About Instagram Stories

Posted by Ginger Gatewood on February 20, 2019 at 2:15 PM

If you're an avid Instagram user, you've definitely noticed the Instagram Stories feature at the top of your newsfeed whenever you open the app. This feature allows users to share multiple moments from their lives via a slideshow format that includes photo and/or video content. The birth of Instagram Stories came from the popularity of user’s wanting to share moments, but not necessarily wanting to share them forever. Poof! They disappear after 24 hours. This is clearly a big shift in consumer behavior and a big opportunity for brands. With 500 million+ accounts using Instagram Stories every day, adding this feature to your digital marketing strategy is a no-brainer.  

Business Sense + Instagram Stories

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Topics: digital advertising, social media, visual content, social media images, branding

Attribution and Traditional Marketing: How to Prove Its ROI

Posted by Joseph Naylor on February 18, 2019 at 10:53 AM

Traditional marketing methods like billboards, print ads and TV/radio commercials were used long before digital marketing, but local marketers may struggle with tying traditional marketing spend to customer acquisition. Digital channels like online ads or social media provide convenient and intuitive dashboards with all the information you need to know.

But when you combine the insight of data with the appeal of print and broadcast media, the result can be greater than the sum of their parts.

That's why so many businesses today are using traditional forms of marketing in conjunction with organic, paid and social channels. According to Borrell's 2018 Local Advertiser Survey, most companies are planning to increase spend across the board.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, ROI, traditional media

How to Tell Marketing Technology Trends From Fads

Posted by Ashley Williams on February 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Innovation is a constant where the internet is concerned, and trends come and go on a near-daily basis.

Take Vine, for example. Twitter's social video platform enjoyed a few years of big success before being shut down in January 2017. Although it helped evolve the state of video content online, with its future uncertain and competition fierce, Vine simply couldn't keep its footing. 

It can be hard to separate marketing technology trends from fads, but there are certain criteria that can help you figure out which new technology is worth your time.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

How to Decode Google's Web Analytics and Dig up Valuable Insight

Posted by Brooke Huntley on February 12, 2019 at 9:42 AM

If you aren't using Google Analytics to inform your online marketing strategy, it's time to start. This foundational tool is free, easily accessible and loaded with valuable data. Even if you're utilizing other Web analytics tools, Google's offerings are too useful to ignore. But be careful to not overlook reporting from other media platforms like Facebook. Not all platforms measure performance in the same way, but here’s a quick guide for Facebook vs. Google Analytics. The data interpreted through Google Analytics exists in layers, similar to bedrock accumulating on top of itself. Although the surface has plenty of insights, drilling deeper into the data can prove more revealing and provide smarter guidance for your digital strategy.

In most cases, you'll want to use a two-pronged approach. To some degree, the top-level insights brought by basic site performance metrics are illuminating enough to improve campaigns on short notice, but to uncover deeper, more complex and meaningful insights hidden in the data, you need to dig a little deeper.

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Topics: Analytics, Google Analytics

Give your Creative Messaging… More Power

Posted by Jennifer Dragon on February 8, 2019 at 8:33 AM

More often than not, your clients only see the end result of what can be weeks or even months of work that goes on behind the scenes. They aren’t on the creative brainstorming calls or on the phone after hours making those last-minute copy tweaks, and that’s okay if they’re not. Because in the end, all the work you put in to your creative messaging can add up to a huge win for you and the client.

But sometimes the work doesn’t add up. Then what do you do? The answer is simple…. 

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Topics: Content Marketing, Interactive Design & Creative

Managing Your Email Marketing List: Why It's Time for a Makeover

Posted by Jenny Sutton on February 6, 2019 at 9:23 AM

If you use email marketing to notify your customers of special offers and upcoming events, every new subscriber may seem like a source of potential business growth. However, if your expanding contacts aren't adding to your bottom line, managing your email marketing list may be the answer.

Customers are using tools like Unroll.me to rid their inboxes of unwanted or irrelevant marketing communications, but don't let that hurt your feelings. Instead, view this as a healthy and necessary purge of contacts that are very unlikely to convert — and a chance to cultivate a list of brand-new, high-potential leads.

Think of it as an opportunity to start fresh. Those segmented workflows you've been putting off? Now's your time to figure them out. Have some new acquisition techniques you want to test? There's never been a better opportunity than now.

In this post, we'll review some the strategies to help manage your email marketing list. We're focusing on your internal marketing campaigns sent to your subscribers, rather than paid email campaigns where you select a target audience. We'll talk about what you can learn from your lean email list, ways you can take advantage of a smaller cohort and how to build a new list of highly qualified and interested leads.

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Topics: Email Marketing, lead-gen

Promoted Content Strategy 101: Building a Solid Foundation

Posted by Pete Stafford on February 4, 2019 at 9:32 AM

A promoted content strategy is typically the part of your marketing plan that involves advertising on social media to connect a specific audience with a piece of content. A coffee shop might invest in promotion for a blog post detailing seasonal offerings on Facebook, while an event planning service might choose to promote Instagram videos showcasing a recent social occasion

There are plenty of options for this type of promotion — and if you're not sure what's best for you, you're not alone. Here are some basic tips to help you get started.

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Topics: Content Marketing, social media, boosted posts

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