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How to Plan a Website Revamp for 2018

Posted by Ashley Rios on January 22, 2018 at 1:02 PM

website revampA business website is an essential asset even for small mom and pop shops. But designing, updating and managing a website can often be tedious, time-consuming work. Many resource-strapped organizations find themselves overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on a full website revamp.

However, business websites and internet technologies are changing. It wasn't long ago that mobile website optimization was at the forefront of conversations regarding website upgrades. Today's efforts to improve websites are more centered around improving the user experience — specifically through emerging technologies and tools.

Here are a few ways any business can make an effort to upgrade their website in 2018 (without starting from scratch).

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Topics: Website Design & Development

Marketing to Nontraditional Students: What You Need to Know

Posted by Codee Fuquay on January 19, 2018 at 3:05 PM

When you hear the term "college student," what comes to mind? If you're imagining someone in their late teens or early 20s who lives on campus, depends financially on their parents and attends classes full time, you're only partially correct. Over the past decade, the number of nontraditional students has grown exponentially and continues to change the face of universities across the country.

But what exactly classifies a student as nontraditional? The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes a nontraditional student as someone who has at least one of the following characteristics:

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Higher Education

Facebook's Algorithm Change: 3 Tips to Maintain a Successful Social Media Strategy

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on January 18, 2018 at 10:39 AM

As you may have heard, Facebook made a big splash in the news last week with Mark Zuckerberg’s announced changes (postnewsroom) to how their algorithm surfaces posts from businesses, brands, and media in their news feed.  

If the news didn’t make it to the top of your feed, Facebook has decided that it will prioritize posts in the News Feed that spark conversations and inspire meaningful interactions between people. These interactions can be any form of engagement, but interactions between people like comments, shares, and messages in addition to posts from friends will be weighted most heavily.

So as you develop your 2018 social strategies here are 3 tips to ensure success for your business on social media.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

The Future of Online Video Trends (and How to Keep Up)

Posted by Joe Weir on January 12, 2018 at 11:56 AM

It's been nearly 13 years since the first video was uploaded to YouTube, and since then, the platform has amassed more than a billion users. From social feeds to online streaming networks, video content is everywhere — and yet audiences' appetites only seem to grow. Massive global brands and small businesses alike are looking for ways to capitalize on online video trends.

There's just one problem: Since online video trends are constantly changing and growing in complexity, knowing where to invest your marketing budget and how to maximize your success can be challenging — especially for smaller companies with fewer resources.

To help, we took a look at the future of video marketing and compiled a few tips on how you can keep up.

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Topics: Video Advertising

What Millennial Parents Want From Digital Marketing

Posted by Carlye Creel on January 10, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Everyone from late-night television hosts to your aging relatives thinks they have the millennial generation figured out — and that's the problem. These generational stereotypes may be good for a laugh, but they do a disservice to brands seeking to reach customers in this age bracket.

The huge population of millennial parents is a good indication of this problem. According to research from Barkley, 40 percent of millennials are already parents. In many cases, this group of millennials has little in common with the stereotypes associated with young customers. So how can brands market to millennial parents in a way that resonates with them?

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

How Co-Viewing and OTT Devices Drive Explosive Engagement

Posted by Solomon Cormier on January 8, 2018 at 1:53 PM

Want to get audiences talking about your brand? New research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) found that you should ensure your ad strategy includes over-the-top (OTT) devices and airs during programs people watch together.

People are not only more likely to talk about the products or brands they see, they're also 10 percent more likely to change their minds about the products they see when co-viewing on an OTT device rather than linear TV, according to the recent report.

OTT Co-Viewing Is a Powerful Trend

So why does co-viewing (particularly with OTT devices) yield such great results? The IAB noted that this activity is more common "among younger viewers, and with strong brand engagement." Given that a Media Math study concluded that 64 percent of millennials reported being brand loyal — or more brand loyal than their parents — it's no surprise that these younger audiences are more engaged with OTT ads.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Video Advertising

How are Disruptive Web Users Influencing the Automotive Industry?

Posted by Pete Stafford on January 5, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Millennials' preferences and online habits have affected multiple industries in recent years, but even these disruptive web users will need to buy a car at some point. And you'd better believe that when they do, they're going to do their homework first.

J.D. Power's U.S. New Autoshopper Study showed that customers who use services like Uber, Airbnb and Netflix — considered "disruptive web users" for their preference of web-based platforms over traditional services — tend to spend significantly more time researching cars when shopping. This audience is bigger than you may think, accounting for about 33 percent of Generation Y and 18 percent of Generation X, as well as 6 percent of Boomers and those older than them. Before making a purchase, these individuals visit as many as 12 websites, whereas traditional shoppers typically visit nine.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Automotive

Psychographic Marketing: What Marketers Need to Know

Posted by Carlye Creel on January 3, 2018 at 10:41 AM

If the term "psychographics" brings to mind images of lava lamps and tie-dye shirts, think again.

Psychographic marketing isn't a throwback to 1970s business promotion techniques, but rather a marketing approach that focuses on human attitudes and interests. Here's some insight into psychographics, and tips for putting them to work for you.

What are Psychographics?

When marketers dig into the psychographics of their target customers, they're learning about behaviors, values, interests, opinions, attitudes and activities. This approach often augments traditional demographics-based audience personas.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing

Mobile Commerce Takeover: What This Means for Marketers

Posted by Ashley Rios on December 29, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Retailers that are trying to navigate the changes brought about by mobile commerce likely have their hands full.

According to a report from eMarketer, mobile purchases are expected to account for the majority of e-commerce sales by 2021. Meanwhile, mobile sales solutions are transforming  the brick-and-mortar retail space and raising customer expectations for the kind of experience that businesses should offer.

Between the changing trends and new technology, marketers will be busy upgrading their digital strategy. Effective retail marketing will need to find a way to leverage digital channels for improved customer engagement while better understanding the way people shop in a mobile world. Here are some key trends (and changes) to keep in mind.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising

How Video Responses Turn Customers Into Brand Advocates

Posted by Carlye Creel on December 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM

The growing number of online purchases has officially eclipsed in-store transactions, according to data from comScore. But while the number of face-to-face experiences is declining, brands are arguably more connected to their customer bases than ever before.

Thanks to social media, online chat tools and other tech-enabled solutions, customers can quickly and easily raise questions, address concerns and provide feedback. However, there's one especially personal method that stands above all others: video responses.

Video may seem time-consuming and challenging, especially for smaller businesses with fewer resources. But thanks to the proliferation of cutting-edge gadgets and ever-present smartphones, sending personalized videos to your customers now takes mere minutes. Here's why video responses are so powerful, and how you can use them to boost customer satisfaction.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

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