Lane Ellis

Lane Ellis

Digital Marketing News: Facebook Launches Viewpoints Market Research Tool, Brand Loyalty Remains High, & Instagram Offers a Glimpse of Feed AI

Lane Ellis on Dec 6th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 December 6 MarketingCharts Chart

New Study: 2019 Promo.com Online Video Statistics and Trends [Infographic]
A newly-released study of online video viewing trends offers a slew of statistics of interest to digital marketers, including that 49 percent of people watch more than five videos daily, 67 percent watch the most video using YouTube, followed by Facebook at 26 percent and Instagram with 6 percent. 36 percent watch between two to five videos a day, and 10 percent of respondents said that they watch too many to count, according to the Promo.com study. Promo

Brand loyalty remains high at 89%, driven by product and price rather than service
Loyal customers are the most likely to refer brands to others and to join loyalty programs, while being less likely to engage on social — two of many findings of interest to digital marketers in recently-released survey data, which also showed that product and price drove loyalty more than service. Marketing Land

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5 Marketing Podcasts To Strengthen Your B2B Efforts

Lane Ellis on Dec 4th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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Podcasts are a fantastic way to find new takes and tactics for your B2B marketing. They’re also great for picking up new marketing ideas and getting fresh perspectives you might not otherwise find.

We’ve put together a list of five podcasts that offer marketing insight from a wide array of industry innovators — who share their own stories along with tactics and advice to take your marketing efforts to the next level.

From exploring the B2B content marketing trends that will grow in 2020 to first-person stories of life’s professional and personal adventures, the hosts and guests on these five podcasts have a great deal to share.

Here is our random-order list of five podcasts to help strengthen your B2B marketing efforts in 2020 and beyond.

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Digital Marketing News: Twitter Test Tweet Scheduling, Google’s Dynamic Gmail Refresh, Facebook’s Lookalike Changes, & Snapchat Grows

Lane Ellis on Nov 29th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 28 MarketingCharts Chart

Gmail app adds AMP for Email support for Android and iOS
Google has added AMP email support for iOS and Android devices using its popular Gmail app, giving brands new dynamic content options. Marketing Land

Twitter’s Testing Tweet Scheduling Built Into the Tweet Composer
Twitter has begun testing the ability to schedule tweets without the use of third-party tools. As Twitter confirms test, will third-party scheduling tools take a hit? Social Media Today

Facebook to pull location from ad set when creating new Lookalike audiences
Facebook has made several changes to how it allows advertisers to create lookalike target audiences, the firm recently announced. Advertisers should see quicker audience building and setup. Marketing Land

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5 Smart B2C Marketing Tactics To Boost Your B2B Brand

Lane Ellis on Nov 27th, 2019     B2B Marketing

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B2B marketing is swiftly embracing techniques that were once only for B2C, and we’ve got five smart B2C tactics to add to your B2B plans for 2020 and well beyond.

Influencer marketing, engaging interactive content, awards events, chatbots, and podcasting are just some of the ways that today’s savvy B2B marketers can add a healthy dose of the B2C experience to your business marketing efforts.

#1 – Influencer Marketing

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Even though influencer marketing is still largely associated with the B2C world, you’ve likely noticed that it’s being increasingly used by smart marketers as a highly successful go-to B2B tactic.

Influencer marketing has already accounted for over $2 billion in annual marketing spending in the U.S. alone, and annual growth rates are predicted to from 41 percent all the way to 95 percent. (AdAge)

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Digital Marketing News: Twitter’s New Publisher Dashboard, Why We Follow Influencers, Snapchat’s Unskippable Ads, & TikTok’s Social Commerce

Lane Ellis on Nov 22nd, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 22 MarketingCharts Chart

Instagram Removing Likes Could Boost Social Commerce and Retail Measurement
Instagram’s hiding of like counts could lead some businesses to increase their use of so-called shoppable links that focus more on direct social sales journeys, and eMarketer takes a look at recent survey data trends in the area. eMarketer

Ad buyers hopeful Twitter Topics will improve the platform’s ad targeting
After a period of testing, Twitter has launched the ability to follow up to 300 new curated topic lists, the social media firm announced, and some marketers see the change bringing with it new ad targeting possibilities. DigiDay

Wikipedia co-founder wants to give you an alternative to Facebook and Twitter
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has rolled out WT:Social, a new advertising-free social platform aimed at reporters, citizen journalists, and users seeking an alternative to mainstream sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Engadget

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Hiding Out: How B2B Marketers Can Adapt to Hidden Like Counts

Lane Ellis on Nov 20th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Social Media, Web Analytics

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Doesn’t anyone like me? Where have all my likes gone?

Likes on Instagram are being hidden, as the Facebook-owned firm recently began expanding a test program hiding the number of likes — or more accurately the small heart buttons we click to show support — that posts on the platform receive, showing the total number only to the person or brand who authored the post.


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Instagram head Adam Mosseri recently appeared on CBS This Morning and said, “We don’t want Instagram to be such a competition. We want it to be a place where people spend more of their energy connecting with the people that they love and the things that they care about.”

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Digital Marketing News: Instagram Tests Hiding Likes, Brand Trust Priorities Report, & Facebook’s New Brand Tools

Lane Ellis on Nov 15th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 15 MarketingCharts Chart

Instagram Will Begin Hiding Total Like Counts for US Users from Next Week
Instagram is slated to start hiding the number of likes that posts have acquired in a forthcoming test. In areas where it’s already been tested, total Instagram like counts have dropped, study data has shown. Social Media Today

Female marketer leadership at ‘all time high,’ says ANA study
The number of women holding leadership marketing jobs may be at an all-time high, according to recently-released study data from the Association of National Advertisers. Women accounted for 52 percent of senior-level marketers and 47 percent of CMOs among ANA member firms, the study showed. Campaign US

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5 B2B Brands Innovating with AR & AI Marketing

Lane Ellis on Nov 13th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Visual Marketing

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Augmented reality and artificial intelligence aren’t just for B2C marketers anymore, and as we move into 2020 we’re likely to see a new decade of B2B that keeps moving farther away from “Boring-To-Boring” and towards more to B2C-like experiences. AR and AI are a key part of what consumers increasingly expect to find in those experiences.

The swiftly rising number of mixed-reality consumer app installations is expected to jump from 3 billion to 10 billion by 2024, with associated ad spending forecast to climb from $2 billion in 2019 to $11 billion, according to new Juniper Research data.

While AR and AI in consumer-facing efforts keeps expanding with a full head of steam, such as Warner Bros. first-ever embedded AR for its upcoming “Scoob!” film trailer and mobile app, many in the B2B landscape have scarcely begun to tap into the AI-infused technology available.

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Digital Marketing News: FTC’s Influencer Guide, Twitter’s New Topic Following, Facebook’s Icebreakers, AR Tops Innovation List, & TikTok’s Easier Sharing

Lane Ellis on Nov 8th, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 November 8 MarketingCharts Chart

B2B Marketers Are Prioritizing Measurement and Analytics Technologies
83 percent of B2B marketers expect to increase their focus on data analytics in 2020, and 69 percent plan to also make measurement technologies their top investment priority next year, according to newly-released survey data from Dun & Bradstreet and Adweek. MarketingCharts

Twitter Launches New Option to Follow Specific Topics, in Addition to User Accounts
Twitter has begun rolling out the ability to follow some 300 new curated topic lists, in the form of timeline and search prompts, with a full launch slated for November 13, the social media firm recently announced. Social Media Today

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Classic Marketing Insights to Celebrate the Internet’s 50th Birthday

Lane Ellis on Nov 6th, 2019     Online Marketing

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The collection of technologies that make it possible for you to read this are now 50 years old, as the Internet recently celebrated its first half-century milestone, and we wanted to mark the occasion by sharing a selection of top digital marketing and tech insights from the 1960s to 2020 and beyond.

Starting with the 1960s and working our way through the 2010s, we’ll explore some of the classic technology and marketing that has become synonymous with the Internet, and we’ll also look ahead to an unknown but surely fascinating future.

Decade 1 — The 1960s

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On October 29, 1969 the first online message was sent, between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute, using ARPANET — which would eventually morph into the Internet we know today.

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Digital Marketing News: Google Gets Adaptive Banners, LinkedIn Engagement Climbs, Mixed Mobile Reality Grows, & Forrester’s New B2B Predictions

Lane Ellis on Nov 1st, 2019     Online Marketing News

2019 October 25 Kenshoo Chart

30% of B2B marketers own up to delivering a ‘poor’ digital experience
Legacy system and lack of funding have led 30 percent of B2B marketers to delivering poor digital customer experiences, according to newly-released survey data, with 54 percent also noting that disjointed technology has held back their efforts. The Drum

Global B2B Firms Say It’s Tough Producing Content
71 percent of B2B marketers said they face more competition than five years ago, and 51 percent of B2B decision makers also said that poor product information and content has been their leading challenge — two of several findings in recently-released study data of interest to digital marketers. MediaPost

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5 Top B2B Brands Mastering Facebook Engagement

Lane Ellis on Oct 30th, 2019     B2B Marketing, Facebook

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With more than 2.4 billion users worldwide, Facebook has long been a popular platform for brands both B2B and direct-to-consumer looking to creatively and effectively showcase their products and services.

Facebook has released scores of new features over the past several years that have not only helped it remain among the most-used social media platforms — despite facing well-publicized challenges over the past several years — but also increasingly to become a destination for professional business users, and users looking for a social experience markedly different from LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

With Facebook having launched so many new tools for brands to maximize their engagement on the platform, let’s take a look at how five large primarily B2B companies are creatively  connecting with audiences through pages, groups, communities, and several other methods Facebook provides.