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How the Whole Customer Journey Runs Through Search

Posted by Ashley Rios on May 10, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Remaining relevant and visible is a top objective for any search marketer, which means maintaining prime positioning where online search factors into the customer journey.

However, the role of search has changed over time. In the past, search was seen as a bottom-of-the-funnel activity, rather than something that permeates every stage of the journey. Today, we know that isn't the case. Customers depend on search at every stage leading up to the transaction, which means search strategies must be built to account for these varied stages, too. A diversified approach is required for brands to generate positive results from across the spectrum of customer search activity.

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Topics: Paid Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

How Online Video Advertising Boosts Car Sales

Posted by Chris Finan on May 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Car lots have grown quieter in the past decade. As any dealership owner can testify, salespeople used to spend their Saturdays selling vehicle after vehicle. And yet, car sales are up: Americans purchased more than 17.5 million cars and trucks in 2016, according to a report from Autodata and reported on by the Los Angeles Times. This was a new record for an industry that's experienced seven years of steady growth.

How are successful dealers tapping into this thriving market? The answer is online video advertising. But why do consumers love videos? And which types of videos are most likely to drive shoppers to buy?

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Topics: Video Advertising, Automotive

Digital Creative: Where It's Been and Where It's Going

Posted by Ginger Gatewood on May 5, 2017 at 9:45 AM

The world of digital creative began back in the mid-90s when Wired invented the banner ad. According to HubSpot's chronicle of the beginning of digital ads, Wired devised a plan to set aside portions of its website to sell space to advertisers and charged them by the hour — not per click — for the chance to showcase ads on their website. These early days were a time of experimentation, and with such a small amount of the U.S. population online, click-through rates were high and banner ads seemed like the wave of the future.

Fast forward to today, and click-through rates for banner ads are less than one-half of one percent. Marketers care more about impressions, building up brand familiarity and gaining the trust of potential customers than just simple clicks. So, how did we get here?

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Interactive Design & Creative

3 Reasons Why Digital Media Marketing Works

Posted by Jennifer Dragon on May 3, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Almost every business has some sort of digital marketing strategy. Even if you ignore the internet entirely, it's likely that your company is mentioned online in business directories and reviews, which means it has a digital presence whether you like it or not.

But there's a simple reason these companies are deepening their investments in digital media marketing: it works. Digital marketing's benefits are numerous and are reflected not just in performance metrics, but in how they can uplift other non-digital marketing. Here's a quick rundown of why every brand has something to gain from digital marketing.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Integrated Marketing

Google AdWords or Facebook: 3 Tips to Determine Which Tool is Best for Lead Generation

Posted by Jesse McCambridge on May 1, 2017 at 2:03 PM

When it comes to lead generation, two solid options have been at the forefront in recent years: Facebook advertising and Google AdWords. However, while marketers may want to try both of these tools and see what sticks, there are concrete trends marketers can use to make an informed decision about what service will best meet your lead marketing needs.

1. Budget Matters

The vast majority of lead marketing decisions begin with a look at the budget, and lead generation is no different. If you're working with a small budget, Facebook is typically your best option when it comes to the most bang for your buck. According to a report from AdEspresso and reported on by Search Engine Journal, the average cost-per-click during the third quarter of 2016 for Facebook ads was $0.28. During the same period, the cost-per-click of Google AdWords averaged $2.32, a WordStream report explained. However, while your budget might be your first concern, there are other factors to consider.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

3 Native Marketing Trends You Need to Know About

Posted by Eileen Varnson on April 27, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Digital native marketing has been around almost as long as the internet itself, and even though sponsored content has taken on a lot of different permutations over the years, one thing is certain: This type of advertising is continuing to grow at a massive rate. According to Business Insider, native advertising will drive 74 percent of all ad revenue by 2021, which is truly a staggering number. With so much competition, it's easy for marketers to feel the pressure when it comes to this popular marketing method. However, by observing some interesting new trends in native advertising, marketers can stay ahead of the curve and ensure that their efforts don't get lost in the shuffle.

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Topics: Native Advertising

Higher Education Marketing: 3 Tips to Reach Prospective Students

Posted by Carlye Creel on April 24, 2017 at 11:18 AM

The world of higher education is filled with competition, not just among students hoping to gain admission, but among schools that want to be the first to attract the best and brightest to their campuses. Public, private and even for-profit schools are vying for attention from potential students, and have increased advertising budgets and education marketing departments to attract students.

This is actually a relatively new trend, as nonprofit colleges and universities previously only spent approximately 2 percent of their tuition revenue on recruitment, according to Inside Higher Ed. However, now that these higher education institutions are spending more than ever, let's look at some of the marketing trends currently used to attract prospective students.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

3 Social Media Strategy Tips for Your Business

Posted by Apryl Pilolli on April 21, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Many business owners already understand social media's impact on content marketing. Sharing links on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram is essential to exposing your content to the widest audience possible. However, even though marketers may spend hours researching and writing content, the same amount of time should be used to craft and hone a specific social media strategy.

According to a report from Simply Measured, 63 percent of marketing organizations now have social media teams, which was a jump from 49 percent in 2015. It's the job of these professionals to create a strategy that'll bring your content marketing to the next level.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing

Measuring Your Content Marketing Effectiveness: 4 Key Metrics

Posted by Alyson Phillips on April 19, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Content marketing strategies don't unfold overnight. Once an organization commits to a long-term comprehensive strategy, it takes time for their campaigns to take root and flex their cumulative value.

Even so, the question of content marketing effectiveness needs to be answered on a continual basis. Management needs an indication that these various campaigns and strategies are moving toward solid returns. For that matter, marketing managers feel the same way. Marketers need evidence that their efforts pay off, even if those larger strategic goals remain far off in the distance.

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Topics: Content Marketing

Local Digital Authenticity: How Your Business Can Do It Better

Posted by Joe Weir on April 17, 2017 at 9:24 AM

While it's important to have a quality product and make smart financial decisions, a big mistake local digital companies make is thinking perception doesn't matter. In today's world, it's important for consumers to feel like they can trust your business, especially when you're a small or medium-sized business (SMB) serving a local community. This is where brand authenticity comes into play.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

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