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Updating Evergreen Content: Why It Matters

Posted by Carlye Creel on August 30, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Evergreen content is a specific type of content, whether it be text, slideshow, video or something else. This is created once, but designed to continue ranking in search engines for years, bringing in traffic and compounding in value. The idea behind evergreen, according to Forbes, is that this content keeps providing benefits to you indefinitely — in the form of domain authority, referral traffic, conversion rates and brand visibility.

However, simply applying a "set it and forget it" mentality to this type of content might not be the best approach, as there's some real value in keeping your evergreen content fresh and updated.

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Topics: Content Marketing

How Fall Sporting Events Can Be a Catalyst for Local Marketing

Posted by Alyson Phillips on August 28, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Whether you love college football, the NFL or both, the end of summer means one thing: Football season has arrived. These fall sporting events are a huge part of American culture, drawing large crowds who often turn these games into all-day events.

Given their popularity, these events are a local marketing opportunity that businesses can't afford to ignore. While only deep-pocketed organizations can afford commercial air time, in-stadium sponsorships and paid partnerships with the team, there are several steps any local business can take to use sporting events as a tool for engaging the local community. Here are some cost-effective ways to capitalize on the buzz.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing

How Solid is Your Mobile User Experience?

Posted by Ashley Rios on August 25, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Have you ever searched for a company on your smartphone, clicked on the site and nothing happens? The site won't launch, so you go to plan B, which is likely another company's site. It doesn't matter that your company has adopted the latest technology, offers incredible products and wows with customer service if your mobile user experience is frustrating.

Eighty-nine percent of people are likely to recommend a brand after having a positive experience on mobile, according to Think With Google. And, what if the experience is a flop? Another 62 percent of people are less likely to shop with that brand in the future based on negative experiences in this realm.

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Topics: Mobile Optimization and Advertising

3 Back-to-school Trends Marketers Should Watch for in 2017

Posted by Ashley Williams on August 23, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Fall is almost here, and along with cooler temperatures, it means kids have been heading back to school. While parents may have mixed feelings about their kids returning to school — or perhaps going for the first time — there's one thing that they all share in common: the hassle of back-to-school shopping.

Though there's nothing that can take away the stress of fighting for the right color notebook or a pack of crayons, there are back-to-school trends marketers should take advantage of to make this annual ritual a little bit easier for parents and increase their own sales.

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Topics: Retail

Brand Storytelling: Skip the Stereotypical Ad — Not the Story

Posted by Rachel McMullen on August 21, 2017 at 10:42 AM

It's estimated that about 200 million people use ad blockers and nearly everyone with internet access will press "skip ad" as soon as they have the chance. This is why telling your story is more important than ever. You should be what consumers want — don't get in the way of it.

Logos, slogans, and images are all effective at connecting with a target audience and leaving a lasting impression. But these assets all gain value when they are fully integrated with the brand's larger narrative.

Because of its reach, digital marketing has been especially helpful to the rise of brand storytelling. With ads and marketing content taking many forms across many channels, marketers face an ever-growing need to unify this content under the banner of a larger, consistent theme/brand. The brand's story serves as a natural solution, providing a direction for ad and campaign creation while laying the foundation for a branded experience that can grow and evolve over time.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

How to Create a Facebook Business Page and Drive Engagement

Posted by Ginger Gatewood on August 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM

Whether you're wondering how to create a Facebook business page or simply want to increase the engagement of an existing page, investing time and effort into this social network is a wise decision. Regardless of age, location or behaviors, one thing is for certain: your audience is on Facebook.

As of March 2017, the social media giant had nearly 2 billion monthly active users, according to Facebook. To put that in perspective, that's more than one-quarter of Earth's population. But with so many people on Facebook — and so many businesses using the network to attract and engage potential customers — how can you make sure you're getting noticed?

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

Evaluating Your Marketing ROI: 3 Key Factors to Consider

Posted by Allison Sturtevant on August 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM

Calculating a return on investment (ROI) for some businesses is much easier than others. For instance, if a retail store has onsite ecommerce set up to track revenue then you can apply a simple calculation to derive at your ROI. You'd take the revenue gained over the cost spent for your marketing effort as your ROI calculation. Having access to true monetary revenue makes it pretty straightforward for marketers to understand their campaign ROI performance. But what about those marketers that are not tracking ecommerce or a monetary value that enables them to track ROI? How can they measure ROI with metrics outside of dollars to convey the story of return for their campaign?

Marketing ROI that is not tied to monetary values can be a bit tougher to quantify — and in some cases much more subjective. You must lean on other telling metrics such as lift, engagement and conversions to prove to the client what our marketing efforts are doing for them. Moreover, marketers need to partner with a trusted and experienced digital team to help them understand what metrics matter for ROI.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Analytics

3 Small Business Marketing Tips to Boost Your Law Firm

Posted by Ashley Rios on August 14, 2017 at 10:08 AM

Even the best lawyers need to market their firm and its services to build a strong base of clients. But lawyers aren't marketers and running an efficient small business marketing strategy often isn't second nature.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Professional Services

Restaurant Marketing: Tech Trends to Grow Business Fast

Posted by Carlye Creel on August 11, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Modern restaurants need more than an appetizing menu, enticing ambiance and welcoming staff to drive diners through their doors. While a positive write-up in the local newspaper may have been enough to fill tables in previous decades, restaurateurs in the digital age must embrace new tech trends in restaurant marketing to drive new business — and keep customers coming back.

Tech Presence Is Critical

If your potential customers are among the 77 percent of Americans who own a smartphone, chances are they've used their device to look up local restaurants, check reviews or even place an order, according to Pew Research Center.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Food & Beverage

Increase Customer Lifetime Value by Shifting Your Focus

Posted by Ashley Williams on August 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM

In the broadest sense, the goal of marketing is to connect customers with products and brands that will improve their lives. In the past, marketers have used a variety of media to cast a wide net, hoping that customers who would benefit most from their products would see them. In today's world, marketers have a greater ability than ever before to focus their dollars on specific audiences, thanks to the overwhelming amount of data available. While this is great for spending efficiently and focusing on qualified customers, there's another benefit to aggressive targeting: increasing customer lifetime value.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

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