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Brainstorm Tips: How Marketers Can Think Outside the Box

Posted by Carlye Creel on May 10, 2018 at 2:37 PM

As a marketer, coming up with fresh ideas is a significant portion of your job. But it takes a lot of creative energy to consistently think up unique strategies and lay the groundwork for the next winning campaign, so it's no surprise that the well runs dry once in a while. 

That's where some brainstorm tips might come in handy. The Association for Psychological Science reported that in one study at the University of Texas at Arlington, people came up with 37 percent more ideas when working as a group than when working alone. 

Brainstorming sessions are crucial to igniting creativity, but as you've likely experienced, some meetings are more productive than others. 

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Creating Content ROI: The Importance of a Distribution Strategy

Posted by Carlye Creel on May 1, 2018 at 11:36 AM

Great content is crucial to successful digital marketing, but content alone can't take your business to the top.

Fifteen years ago it may have been enough, but today's online landscape is so saturated that it's all but impossible for content to rise on its own. Great content doesn't naturally find an audience — it requires assistance. Driving strong content ROI requires a distribution strategy to deliver your content to a relevant online audience.

Too many brands overlook the importance of distribution, and their marketing ROI suffers as a result. If this describes your business, take a step back and examine what you're doing to set your content up for success.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing

Rebranding Part 3: Keys to Successful Brand Implementation

Posted by Carlye Creel on April 17, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Rebranding presents the opportunity to introduce an improved image to prospective customers, and to re-energize loyal customers whose interest may need a jumpstart. But to keep in good graces with your base, you'll need to be careful about the changes you implement.

Brand implementation must be conducted in a very thoughtful way during the rebranding process, particularly if you already have a large customer base that's gotten used to your website or platform interface.

Below, we'll share some tips on brand implementation, following up on our previous installment of our rebranding series about identifying the parts of your brand that need a revamp.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Automotive Advertising Fails: Lessons Dealerships Can Learn from Big Brand Flubs

Posted by Carlye Creel on April 5, 2018 at 1:18 PM

If it seems like every other commercial you see is advertising a car, it's not just your imagination. The automotive industry is the No. 1 category in advertising spend, with automakers comprising nearly one-fifth of AdAge's list of the world's largest advertisers.

But while they may be prolific, it doesn't mean they always get it right.

As a car dealership, there's plenty you can learn from automotive advertising fails. While automakers can spend several million dollars on PR efforts to bail themselves out after a massive marketing blunder, the same mistake could permanently destroy the reputation of a smaller business.

Here are two important lessons local dealerships can learn from major automotive fails:

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Topics: Automotive

How Your SMB Can Develop Effective Branding

Posted by Carlye Creel on March 20, 2018 at 10:16 AM

It's not uncommon for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to feel stuck in an endless race for customer attention.

With social media advertising making it easier than ever for businesses to target customers, competition is no longer limited by neighborhoods or ZIP codes. But that doesn't mean your SMB can't compete. Help customers connect with your business and gradually establish a loyal base through effective branding.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Storytelling in Marketing as a Content Strategy

Posted by Carlye Creel on March 1, 2018 at 1:49 PM

The hottest marketing trend on the strategy block is content marketing. The allure of storytelling in marketing (through text, videos, photos and graphics) hits all the sweet spots: emotions, education and empowerment.

According to Marketing Land, storytelling is engaging, relatable and often draws on empathy. When an audience member identifies with a character, their mindset may change — which can help inspire action, whether it's filling out a form, sharing content, commenting on a post or clicking the "Buy" button.

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Topics: Content Marketing

Client Retention: 3 Ways to Keep 'Em Coming Back

Posted by Carlye Creel on January 29, 2018 at 2:19 PM

It's a new year. Fresh starts typically replace old habits during this season, but that might leave your partnerships (and income) uncertain. As your clients evaluate their expenditures from the previous year and dig into 2018 budgets, rise above their bottom line projections and make a personal impact. Focus on client retention.

It's common knowledge that acquiring a new client costs more than nurturing an established one. Marketing Land explained that this concept of "retention marketing" should be part of your B2B strategy, with an emphasis placed on customer experience. Retaining your current clients gives you more opportunities to up-sell, or cross-sell, as you develop new products and services. Plus, pricing isn't as much of a concern because existing customers already appreciate the value you provide.

So, how can you be sure that your clients stick with you in 2018? The answer is simple: Focus on their needs — not yours.

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Topics: Integrated Marketing

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

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

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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