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Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Forbes Cashing in on Native Ads, Google Ads Starring You, Top Tech Trends for 2014

Nicolette Beard on Oct 18th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Birthday Emails Infographic

Birthday Emails #Infographic –This email client solution provider conducted research involving more than 180 B2C brands—including retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, travel and hospitality, and nonprofits—shows that there’s plenty of opportunity for brands to delight subscribers with best wishes on their special day. Check out the stats and tactics below to learn the who, what, when, why and how of birthday emails. Exact Target

Can Cameo Make Two-minute Movies as Addictive as Vines? – With Cameo, your movies can be two minutes long, but no shot can last for longer than six seconds. The principle is inspired by Vine, and the lessons it learned early on: that the attention span of the average person is pretty short. The Verge

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing Tactics That Work: eBooks

Nicolette Beard on Oct 16th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

eBook Content MarketingAs a content marketing tactic, eBooks fit the bill for those businesses that need to communicate complex information but in a striking, easily digestible way. Infotaining eBooks raise the bar on “interesting” combined with practical, useful and even inspiring messages that align with the brand.

Compared to many other content marketing tactics, eBooks represent a longer form of content that can educate prospective buyers about topics important to buyers and the brand. It’s a great way to demonstrate expertise in a creative way and is much more visually appealing than a white paper, yet more serious than an infographic.

This longer form content marketing tactic is inching its way into popularity, especially among B2B marketers. According to the 2014 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks Report, 34% are using eBooks as a content marketing tactic while 57% of B2B users consider eBooks to be an effective tactic.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Scary Good Creative, Email Beats Social, B2B Twitter, Wasted PPC

Nicolette Beard on Oct 11th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Scary Good Creative Video: ‘Carrie’ Promo Spooks New Yorkers – It may be a little early for trick or treating, but a new campaign rolled out of the proverbial pumpkin patch this week and tricked one of the most cynical consumer groups, New Yorkers. The video reached 25+ million+ views in just a few days. With the creative juice of Stephen King and Hollywood behind it, the Sony promo for the upcoming Carrie remake is the biggest thing to scare up that many views since The Blair Witch Project. CommPro

More Sharing on E-mail Than Facebook, Twitter – Email beats social networks Facebook and Twitter combined as the top medium for sharing online coupons and other offers, according to new research from SocialTwist, a company that specializes in giving consumers incentives to share deals online. AdAge

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Social Tools, Instagram Ads, Apple Tops Coca-Cola, Marketing Automation Trends

Nicolette Beard on Oct 4th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Social Media Analytic Tools

25 Awesome Social Media Tools (Your Brand Should Be Using) – When you’re managing your business on social media, it’s essential that you equip yourself with the right tools to do the job. Having the platforms and apps in place to effectively measure your ROI and maximize your social strategy will ramp up your results. This infographic from The Social Media Strategies Summit takes a closer look at 25 free and paid social media tools your brand should be using. MediaBistro

Explore Pinterest Boards with Bing – Back in April, Bing introduced the Pin to Pinterest feature, allowing visitors to pin and save results directly from Bing image search. This week they announce Image Collections for Bing image search, which brings together curated collections of images from around the web. Now, when you search for an image on Bing, you’ll notice related boards on Pinterest right alongside regular search results. Bing Blog

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Google Dumps Keywords & Adds Hummingbird, Social Commerce Boom, Fake Reviews Spanked, Apple’s Big Bite

Nicolette Beard on Sep 27th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News


Building An Online Community That Begs For More – If you like to hobnob with rock stars like we do, then you’ll be happy to read through this Slideshare that was presented at the Social Media Rockstars event a few weeks ago in TopRank’s home state of Minnesota. Discover core engagement principles and how they can be translated across multiple platforms. Acknowledging and nurturing your online community members provide ample opportunities for authentic conversations. That’s the first step toward extending your online reach and creating ‘real life’ customer conversations. By Mykl Roventine

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Viral Anger, Google Tosses Cookies, Bing Facelift, Offline YouTubing, Pinterest Adds Ads

Nicolette Beard on Sep 20th, 2013     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Tracking Pinterest Metrics
17 Pinterest Metrics Every Brand Should Track
– If you’ve ever needed a cheat sheet on the top metrics to track, Branderati and Shareroot created this colorful and helpful Infographic. For more detail, visit SocialMedia Today who created a text version of the content.

Google Buys Bump to Share Anything Between Your Phone and Laptop – The app allows you to select anything on your phone — photos, files — and transfer it to your computer simply by “bumping” the space bar of your laptop. And, vice versa, you can select just about anything on your computer, bump your space bar, and get it on your phone. VentureBeat

Nicolette Beard

How to Use Email Marketing to Engage & Convert Customers

Nicolette Beard on Sep 17th, 2013     Email Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Online Marketing

Email Marketing Customer Life CycleEmail marketing is one of the most effective marketing tools for many businesses. According to a study by ExactTarget, 77% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communications through email.

Email Marketing is also a way to reinforce relationships through special offers or bonus content and to keep your product or service top-of-mind.

Email client service providers have worked diligently over the years to minimize spam and spam complaints by establishing best practices that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can trust because they are inundated with so much unsolicited email. Depending on your inbox provider and/or your email solution provider, your newsletter may not even make it into your customer’s inbox.

Lee Odden

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Integrate SEO, Social Media & Content Marketing

Lee Odden on Jun 24th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Small Business, Social Media

small business online marketingIn today’s age of ubiquitous connectivity, many small businesses have implemented a variety of online marketing efforts to attract new customers and increase overall sales. Unfortunately, results can vary significantly because tools are only as good as the expertise of the person using them.

The lure of the “next big thing” can create online marketing inefficiencies when small business owners try to be a marketing “jack of all trades and master to none”.

For example, the rapid growth and adoption of the social web can be overwhelming for small business marketers. Consider these social network growth statistics:

  • Google sites handle about 100 billion searches each month (SEL)
  • YouTube hosts nearly 14 billion videos (comScore)
  • Facebook is now over 1 billion users (Mark Zuckerberg)
Lee Odden

What Should Lead Your Online Marketing Strategy: SEO or Content Marketing?

Lee Odden on May 6th, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO

SEO content marketingThere are quite a few studies showing that companies publishing more blog posts and more content in general equates to generating more business than those that don’t.

I suppose if you’re starting from scratch, adding any kind of content has the potential to improve a company’s ability to attract people seeking to buy.  Since content creation is one of the biggest obstacles to companies realizing gains with content marketing, it’s no wonder that advice about how to produce articles, blog posts, infographics, white papers, and visual marketing has become so popular.

Which brings me to the point of this post. When looking for help with content marketing and content creation, there’s a difference between what one gets from a SEO agency and a content marketing agency. That difference is not so much about one being better than the other, but more about sizing up which is most appropriate for your situation.

Brian Larson

Use Content Curation to Grow Your Company Beyond Being a Me-Me-Me Brand

Brian Larson on Mar 21st, 2013     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Don't be that guy who talks only about his brand or sells, sells, sells. Most children are taught at an early age to share and that everything is NOT all about them. It can be a painful life lesson for some to grasp – especially if they don’t pick it up until later in life – but it’s an important one nonetheless.

This particular life lesson also applies to how brands approach content marketing. In the age of brands-as-publishers and empowered consumers, companies need to understand that what they publish cannot only be about themselves.

Why Drop the Me Me Me Act?

Because you don’t want to be “that guy.” You’re so much better than this.

Miranda Miller

Social Media Marketing Fatal Attraction: When Content Earns Your Brand the Wrong Type of Attention

Miranda Miller on Jan 23rd, 2013     Content Marketing, Social Media

Fatal AttractionYou’re probably familiar with at least a few social media horror stories; those epic hate-bombing situations, where companies commit social suicide in one way or another and pay for it very publicly. One such company was Boners BBQ, who posted on their Facebook page a picture of a customer who had written an unfavorable Yelp review… and captioned it with a rant which included calling her horrible names and accusing her of not tipping the staff (see the full story by Scott Stratten at Unmarketing).

The fatal attraction I speak of is more insidious, less intentional, yet can chip away at your time and resources, effectively undermining your social efforts and hurting your ROI. Is your social content attracting the wrong type of attention?

Ashley Zeckman

4 Blogging Basics For Online Retailers

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 22nd, 2013     Blogging, Online Marketing

Blogging Online RetailRetail websites are flush with product information, specs, and images of items available for purchase.  However, it may be difficult to find a way to provide detailed and engaging content for customers visiting a website when they’re just looking to purchase.

Starting a company blog provides a good opportunity to attract new customers and engage current customers with content about your products and other topics that are of importance to them.  It doesn’t matter if the items being sold are car parts, clothing, electronics or furniture, there is an opportunity to help solve pain points and arm your customers with information that encourages engagement and purchasing decisions.

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