Online Marketing

Online marketing encompasses a broad range of strategies and tactics, but the overall goal remains the same, attracting new business, engaging with customers and converting more leads to sales. With nearly three billion Internet users, online marketing is the key to attracting new eyes, spreading brand awareness and growing your business online.

 

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Browse our online marketing news and articles to find, tips, guidelines, and current best practices.

 

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: State of Digital, Twitter’s Characters and Silent Facebook Video

Tiffani Allen on May 20th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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CMO.com’s 2016 State Of Digital Marketing, By Industry [Infographic]
In a new infographic from CMO.com, digital marketing spend and other statistics are broken down by industry, including retail, financial services, media and entertainment, travel and hospitality, and high tech. Not surprisingly, retail takes the cake with the biggest spend, followed by financial services. CMO.com

Twitter to Stop Counting Photos and Links in 140-Character Limit
Social media marketers have been abuzz this week with a reported change to the way Twitter will be handling character counts — links and images are rumored to soon be excluded from character counts. This change could mean even more engaging content on Twitter, without the stress of being confined to 92 characters. Everybody wins! Bloomberg Technology

Ashley Zeckman

Authoritative, Credible & Trustworthy: 3 Attributes of a Successful Digital Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on May 19th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

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There was a time in the not so distant past when marketing and reality did not always align. Companies could create a genius marketing campaign to promote a crap product without much backlash. Customers would receive the product which was clearly not as advertised, and had little recourse to spread the word.

The interconnectivity of today’s world is helping to keep marketers honest. Even one bad experience can ruin a company’s reputation and cause irreversible damage to their business.

When companies hire individuals or agencies to help with their digital marketing initiatives, they want to work with marketers that stand for the same things that they believe in.

Ashley Zeckman

LinkedIn Publishing: 3 Tips for Creating Better Content & 6 Marketers Setting a Great Example

Ashley Zeckman on May 17th, 2016     Content Marketing, LinkedIn, Online Marketing

 

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Let’s face it, our online audiences are being force fed an incredible amount of content on a daily basis. Sadly, it doesn’t matter if they bookmark or subscribe to blogs, find things in search or locate articles in their Twitter or Facebook feeds; it’s overwhelming.

And it’s not going to slow down. In fact, 76% of marketers recently surveyed shared that they planned to create even more content in the coming year.

Part of the problem is that despite best efforts, content is not always as targeted as it should be. So while readers may stumble into an article thinking it can help solve their problems, they often make it halfway through the content before realizing the material is not for them (hopefully that is not happening in the case of this article).

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Decoding Content, Periscope Drones and Google Turns Black

Tiffani Allen on May 13th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Decoding Successful Content
What is successful content made of? It turns out, great content must be simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional, and it must tell a story. This infographic from Fractl examines three pieces of well performing content to exemplify the six parts of this recipe. Fractl

Drones Can Now Livestream Straight to Periscope
Yes, you read that title correctly. Periscope is now allowing for live-streaming from drones via the iPhone app. This, following the rollout of live streaming from GoPro to Periscope in January, marks the start of some undoubtedly awesome new videos from brands and consumers alike. But that’s not all! According to AdWeek: “In addition to the support for drones, Periscope is also adding a search feature for looking up specific livestreams by keyword or topics.” AdWeek

Kevin Cotch

4 Elements of a Mobile Strategy That All Marketers Should Pay Attention To

Kevin Cotch on May 10th, 2016     Mobile, Online Marketing

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I hate to admit it, but like most people today I take my phone almost everywhere I go. As a society, we have become very reliant our SmartPhones because they make life easier. I use my phone for the common purposes, but when I think about it,  it is incredible how much research and reading I do on it too. And I am not alone. According to Think With Google,

“Over two-thirds of smartphone users (68%) say they check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up in the morning, and 30% admit they actually get “anxious” when they don’t have their phone on them. Millennials? They’re really attached. Eighty-seven percent always have their smartphone at their side, day and night.”

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Social Yin & Yang, Instagram for Brands, Facebook Gives ROI

Tiffani Allen on May 6th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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The Yin and Yang of Social Media Training
Having a strong, social workforce by way of employee advocates can do a lot for a business. It shows your customers that your employees believe in your brand, while making your brand more human with direct contact – person to person. Many organizations are hesitant, and often for good reason, about encouraging their employees to share news and content online. This infographic helps make the case for employee advocacy and social involvement. Social Media Today

Caitlin Burgess

Do Visuals Really Have an Impact on Online Advertising Success?

Caitlin Burgess on May 4th, 2016     Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Online Marketing

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Humans are visual creatures by nature. In fact, research shows that 90% of the information that comes to our brains is visual. And as it turns out, our visual intelligence is actually increasing while verbal intelligence is on the decline, according to an infographic from WebDAM.

What does this mean? It means that the way people consume information and the way they communicate is changing. And marketers who want to effectively reach their audiences will need to more strategic with visuals in all their marketing tactics—including online advertising. Simply paying to be at the top of search results or news feeds is no longer enough to get the results you’re looking for.

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Short Attention Spans, Google Feed Rules, Starbucks Emojis

Tiffani Allen on Apr 29th, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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The Shortening Human Attention Span (And What it Means for Marketers) [Infographic]
Down from 12 seconds in 2000, the average human attention span is now 8.25 seconds. That leaves marketers with very little time to make a meaningful impression. But, don’t sweat it too much. This infographic has some solid tips on how to capture and hold the attention of your audience, like using clear and brief messaging and telling your audience a story. Social Media Today

Google adds Merchant Center Feed Rules to make formatting shopping feeds easier
For a long time, Google shopping feeds have been a bump in the road for digital advertisers. So much so that there’s a whole industry dedicated to helping advertisers manage their shopping feeds. On Tuesday, Google announced a new feature in the Merchant Center — Merchant Center Feed Rules, that will help advertisers fix errors themselves in a simple way. Search Engine Land

Tiffani Allen

Online Marketing News: Social Made Easy, Disruptive Ads and Facebook Switches

Tiffani Allen on Apr 22nd, 2016     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

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Social Media Marketing & Promotion Made Easy [Infographic]
Maybe it’s just me, but I find myself searching frequently for very specific imaging sizing requirements for various social media. Having all of that information bookmarked for an unfortunately timed case of the Mondays has been a figurative life saver. This inforgraphic has all the information you’ll need to rock the social universe. On Blast Blog

Majority of users frustrated by disruptive ads, aware of ad blocking [Survey]
A new survey from Accenture shows the majority of users are frustrated by ads that disrupt their activities, 84% saying that ad interruptions were too frequent. This information came coupled with a growing consumer awareness of ad blocking capabilities. In fact, 73% of consumers surveyed said they would pay more money for long form content if there were fewer ads. Marketing Land

Jolina Pettice

Learn How to Compel Your Audience to Act with These 3 Storytelling Tips

Jolina Pettice on Apr 19th, 2016     Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing World

Storytelling-Tips

When you hear the phrase “once upon a time…” your mind likely flashes to some of your favorite childhood stories. But what exactly is it that you remember about these stories, is it:

  • The conflict between Cinderella and her stepmother, that didn’t stop her from finding a happy ending?
  • The irony that Jack won a ticket on the Titanic at the last possible moment, only to slip away into the icy waters of the Atlantic?
  • The various social norms that were crossed, broken or all but forgotten in Alice in Wonderland?
Ashley Zeckman

7 Tips for Incorporating Snapchat into Your Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 19th, 2016     Online Marketing

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Let’s face it, Snapchat is an application that has many of us scratching our heads and wondering if it’s simply something the “kids are doing these days” or if there is valuable as part of a marketing strategy.

The good news is, Snapchat has faced tremendous growth since launching a couple years ago. In fact, there are an average of 9,000 snaps per second and over 8 billion video views on the platform per day.

So, how fitting that the session I attended about Snapchat Marketing at Social Media Marketing World yesterday started strong with the panelists sending videos of the audience to their respective Snapchat audiences.

In this session, led by Carlos Gil of BMC Software, these brand marketers and Snapchat influencers shared some wisdom on how they use Snapchat to create connections and build engagement.