Is Digital Marketing Right For Your Business?

March 19th, 2013

by Erica Cullum

PART ONE: Where to Start

Everyday I talk to business owners and marketers that know they should be doing some form of digital marketing, but just don’t know where to begin. If you feel like you want to get into the online advertising arena, but don’t know where to start or feel overwhelmed, fear not. You are most definitely not alone.

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So, You Want to Run a PPC Campaign … What Should You Know About Ad Copy?

January 21st, 2013

by Mandy Lauman

Congratulations! You’ve made an important leap for your business by deciding to invest in a pay-per-click (PPC) campaign. But, this is only the beginning! One of your next important steps is writing ad copy. This can be tricky as you have to write compelling ad copy while making sure to follow the publisher’s guidelines (Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.).

For today, we’ll just focus on some of the more important tips to get you started:

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3 Cringe-Worthy Idioms

February 22nd, 2012

Airshow Skywriting by Marcus Snyder

“Talk is cheap.”

The first person that said, “Talk is cheap,” and everybody that has repeated it since would make terrible business partners (not to name names, but we’re looking at you, Thomas Chandler Haliburton). The bottom-line is that ‘talk’ takes time and time is money. In fact, I’d argue that ‘talk’ is one of the most expensive mediums for communication, second to skywriting.

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Pick the Best Marketing Medium for Your Business

December 20th, 2011

Social Consumer Infographicby Daniel Hadaway

If you’re planning to begin marketing your business online, there’s a chance you’ve got a plan laid out for all the different types of marketing you’d like to utilize. It’s important to note, however, that while most businesses will see success from all online marketing channels, different types of online marketing lend themselves more favorably to specific vertical markets.

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What I Learned Today from a Facebook Post …

December 15th, 2011

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by Marcus Snyder

The year is almost over and that can only mean one thing – list season. Every one who is anyone is busy creating their lists of 2011 and Facebook is no exception as they recently posted the 40 Most Shared Articles in 2011.

Most of the headlines jumped out as being extremely familiar. After all, who could forget the announcement of the 13th Zodiac Sign or the homeless man with a golden-voice? Not me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google Maps + Advertising = ?

November 29th, 2011

by Marcus Snyder

Consider this: When potential customers look up your business online and see your Google Maps listing, they’re hit with a promotional ad for your services. Genius, right? Well, maybe.

This hypothetical can easily become a reality as Google Adwords recently extended their reach to include their Google Maps service. It’s time to gather your marketing team because with the right approach, there’s a lot of potential here for your business. However, while you’re doing that, you might want to gather your public relations team, too.

So, what could possibly go wrong? The short answer is: everything. Read the rest of this entry »

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Marketers: SEO Generates Leads, But Social Is the Future

November 8th, 2011

The State of Digital Marketing

by Daniel Hadaway

Search Engine Land just posted an infographic based on some research they recently wrapped. The 2011 State of Digital Marketing Report provides some key insights into how marketers are viewing the roles SEO, Search and Social Media play in effective marketing:

SEO currently has the biggest impact on lead generation. Marketers (both B2B and B2C) currently view SEO as the most effective tool for generating leads, which isn’t surprising considering the positive perception and emphasis the digital marketing world has placed on it during the past 5 years. But, the current emphasis and “trendiness” of social media as a marketing tool is driving change on this front… Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Save Your Ads from Holiday Competition

September 9th, 2011

by Marcus Snyder

As crazy as it may seem, the holiday season is almost here. Right now, advertisers everywhere are getting ready to blast consumers from every angle, including online search campaigns. So, what does this mean for us?

The Skinny: It means that now is the time to optimize our campaigns to make sure that our ads aren’t lost in the impending barrage of our competitor’s campaigns. What has traditionally worked well in the past may not be good enough to compete during the holiday madness as the cost of bids are driven up, which can potentially push an ad’s page position down.

The Fatty: Saving a campaign begins and ends with smart campaign management and optimization. Here are some things to watch out for as well as some possible resolutions:

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A Scientific Approach to Facebook

August 23rd, 2011

by Marcus Snyder

What time of day should I post? How long should my status messages be? Is it okay to ask followers to like something?

These are just a few of the question that every page administrator faces daily. There are a lot of “best practices” floating around out there that helps with these inquiries, however, there isn’t a whole lot of data to back them up … until now.

The people over at Momentus Media analyzed the top 20,000 Facebook pages to find out which posting techniques really work and placed their findings online for the entire world to see. For each analysis, they dissected 10,000 – 250,000 posts to find out exactly what drives interaction, and more importantly, how to replicate it.

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Three Crucial Tips for Turning Your Audience into Rabid Fans

May 6th, 2010

So you’ve connected with your prospects and presented an offer on a product or service too tasty to resist … now what?

Obviously the process of connecting with your audience and converting prospects into customers isn’t so cut and dry (we’ll cover connecting and converting in other posts), but the nuts and bolts of the follow through is as simple as you make it.

More often brands that shoot themselves in the proverbial foot with their ongoing marketing efforts, do so after disappearing once the excitement of engaging their audience and selling a few products wears off.

So if you’ve engaged your target audience, sold a few products/services and are not sure what to do next, here are three crucial tips for turning that same audience into rabid fans and not just a bottom line:

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