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Rethink Your Back-to-School Marketing Strategy

Posted by Carlye Creel on July 17, 2017 at 10:03 AM

If your back-to-school marketing strategy launches in late summer and wraps up after the first bell rings, it's time to re-think your approach. Take a moment to embrace a wider view of students. Sure, there's the elementary through high school population, but what about traditional and non-traditional college students or graduate school? Students attending schools that are in-service year-round is something to consider, as well. Marketing campaigns running from July through August are often too narrow in focus to include everyone who's heading to classes. Here's what to do.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Retail

Audio Streaming Service Ad-Buying: What to Know and How to Do It

Posted by Jenny Sutton on July 10, 2017 at 10:46 AM

Digital audio offers great flexibility in how it's consumed, allowing users to listen during their daily commutes, at work, mowing the lawn and in dozens of other scenarios — all enabled by their mobile devices.

Brands outside the audio industry are beginning to see the opportunity of an audio streaming service as an advertising opportunity. According to a survey from Advertising Age reported by eMarketer, on average, 7 percent of advertising budgets were allocated to digital audio. But those same respondents expected this budget share to reach 11.6 percent within the next year.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Digital Campaign Measurement: Know When the Price is Right

Posted by Jenny Sutton on June 30, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Building a digital campaign isn't the end of a marketer's hard work. Measuring performance is crucial to understanding value and future campaign decisions. Marketers and their leadership need to understand the cost of these campaigns relative to the value they bring in, particularly when compared to other digital campaigns.

No company wants to waste money on marketing strategies that don't pay off. Here's a simple guide to identifying the right metrics, measuring performance and making business decisions based on campaign ROI.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Analytics

3 Home Services Marketing Tips for This Summer

Posted by Ashley Williams on June 26, 2017 at 12:02 PM

The lazy days of summer are finally here, and for most, that means the time for vacations, grilling and plenty of relaxing. However, if you own a home improvement or services business, that may also mean less activity since home owners are preoccupied with summer fun. While this trend may have been true in years past, here are three solid home services marketing tips to implement this year so consumers come to your business, even as temperatures rise.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Home Services

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

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