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Women in Marketing: Then and Now

Posted by Ginger Gatewood on June 21, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Today's marketing industry is filled with prominent female leaders, whether they're conference keynote speakers, chief marketing officers or digital marketing managers. It's easy to look around and forget that this equal footing didn't always exist.

Women in marketing had to fight an uphill battle to reach the positions of power they enjoy today. As the marketing world has been transformed by new innovations in recent decades, it has also been infused with strong leadership and expertise from women who are getting the opportunities they deserve. There's more work to be done to create a truly equitable professional environment, but the progress made in recent years is encouraging for the future of the marketing industry.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

How Your Travel Marketing Strategies Can Touch the Entire Customer Journey

Posted by Codee Fuquay on June 19, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Traveler purchases are big decisions involving an unknown number of questions. Where to go, what to do. Where to eat, where to stay and where to play.

Travel marketers have their work cut out for them. When it comes to travel marketing, the journey can be long, winding and unpredictable. It's a highly competitive space, with travel brands jockeying for position to land the business of customers faced with no shortage of attractive options.

Travel brands can't just set up shop and wait for the customer bookings to roll in. They have to hustle to get noticed, and this means building a marketing strategy that targets the entire customer journey. Where the travel industry is concerned, this customer journey has some unique wrinkles to be accounted for. Here are some tips for brands to get prime positioning at every point in the customer journey.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Online-to-Offline Marketing Attribution Boosts SEM and Social ROI

Posted by Pete Stafford & Apryl Pilloli on June 16, 2017 at 1:21 PM

When customers keep their activity online, this attribution is easy to track. Even activity across multiple devices can be properly attributed to its source marketing content. But things change when customers leave the digital realm: Offline marketing results are more challenging to accurately attribute. Too often, marketers are forced to either estimate the offline impact of their SEM, social and other digital campaigns, or they don't factor them in at all.

This creates a distorted view of how these channels are driving returns on investment (ROI). Accuracy in measuring ROI is essential in helping you know how to allocate your resources. Fortunately, improved approaches to offline marketing make it easier to pin down concrete numbers.

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Topics: Paid Search Engine Marketing, Digital Marketing Strategy, Social Media Marketing

Marketing Personalization: What It Means to You Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Alyson Phillips on June 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Personalization is a key part of the human experience. We're constantly finding ways to express ourselves and make our surroundings unique to us. And while this tendency manifests in many forms, new technology has presented marketers with exciting opportunities to connect with customers by capitalizing on our innate desire for personalization.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

New Media Consumption Habits: What Marketers Need to Know

Posted by Joe Weir on May 30, 2017 at 10:12 AM

If you spend the majority of your waking hours glued to your phone, tablet or a barrage of other screens viewing or streaming content, you're not alone. US adults now spend more than 12 hours per day consuming media, according to eMarketer. From plane rides to waiting rooms — and even trips to the bathroom — having easy, instant and mobile access to media means you always have a way to pass the time.

But how exactly are adults spending that many hours on media consumption? And what does this mean for marketers? Here's what you need to know:

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Legal Consumers Search Online [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Carlye Creel on May 24, 2017 at 10:18 AM

The way legal consumers go about searching for necessary services is constantly changing. Research shows that offline sources for attorney referral are dropping while online sources are rising at a steady rate. As legal consumers search online, traditional marketing strategies alone are simply no longer going to cut it.

According to Findlaw's whitepaper, Your Next Client Wants to Hire You Now, more than 60% of consumers use some form of mobile device to conduct attorney searches. So what does this all mean? There is so much opportunity for attorneys to target  legal consumers online.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Holiday Marketing: It's Never Too Early to Make Plans

Posted by Alyson Phillips on May 15, 2017 at 10:45 AM

It might feel like the last holiday shopping season just ended, but there's no rest for the weary because this year's is coming up fast. Retailers depend on a strong holiday shopping season to bolster their annual revenues, and success requires a smart, well-planned holiday marketing strategy.

Even though the true start of the holiday shopping season is still months away, retailers can't afford to wait. They need to start strategizing now so there's time to prepare for a multi-pronged, engaging retail strategy. The time to prep is now, and we've put together a quick guide to help you get started.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

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

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