Changes in Digital Marketing Keep Us Re-Thinking It

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on November 22, 2019 at 8:30 AM

Whether your business involves Consumer or B2B products and services, changes in the digital marketing landscape continue to expand the potential role digital activities can play in your media outreach. Newer tactics such as retargeting campaigns, contextual advertising, programmatic buys, chat bots and other ways of engaging with customers certainly make digital activities as complex as anyone would want to manage. 

To maximize effectiveness of an advertising media plan, one of the basic questions still remains: Should you place greater emphasis on digital initiatives today? Or should you continue to allocate a significant share of your budget for traditional activities such as print advertising that you have used in the past? What is an appropriate mix? The balance of this article provides general thoughts on that central issue.

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Topics: SEM Campaign, Brand Engagement, Digital Ad Campaign, Integrated Communications, Brand Marketing


Discover The Right Balance In Your Retargeting Campaigns

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on November 19, 2019 at 12:06 PM

 

Connecting with website visitors after they have left your pages is certainly a powerful tool in digital marketing. And while consumers today are more aware of "cookie" tactics, and we might say they benefit by receiving reminders that are relevant to their interests, there is always a tipping point at which retargeting ads may be too frequent and annoying. At that point they are doing more harm than good for your brand. Here are some guidelines for keeping your program safely inside that line and not wasting impressions.

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Topics: Content Creation, Messaging, Digital Ad Campaign, Inbound Marketing


Blogging Generates 55% More Website Traffic, Revs Up Your Content Marketing

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on February 22, 2019 at 11:23 AM

 

Illustrating the many marketing advantages of having an active blog on your website, this infographic by WebsiteBuilder provides insightful data that anyone involved with content marketing should find interesting. For example, having an active blog is said to yield 55% more site traffic and 97% more inbound links.

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Topics: Content Creation, Bloggers, SEO, Inbound Marketing


5 Metrics You Can Use To Clarify Marketing's True Impact

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on October 29, 2018 at 12:39 PM

 

When the annual budget process comes around, marketing managers naturally hope to see all key elements of their marketing plan receive funding. Wouldn't it be nice if top management could evaluate your proposed budget along with some supporting evidence of marketing's positive and measurable impact on your business? These 5 metrics may be a bit theoretical and simplistic, certainly not the end-all rationale for setting budgets. For certain types of businesses, they might also be difficult to calculate. Still, knowing things such as your Customer Acquisition Cost may make it possible to explain and verify marketing's impact while establishing some new benchmarks for future tracking.

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Topics: Brand Engagement, Brand Marketing


Do You Know What Your Retailer's Buying Team Really Cares About?

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on August 23, 2018 at 8:20 AM

MORE PLANNING IDEAS FOR SUCCESS IN PRODUCT LINE REVIEWS:

Considering the wide range of point-of-sale tracking tools available to help you prepare for your next Product Line Review (PLR), you may be missing the boat if you aren't equipped to address the metrics your merchant is most concerned about. Chances are, you may otherwise be inclined to go  over things that many buyers consider to be a waste of time. And even if you are bringing loads of information, perhaps it isn't presented in the way your buyer wants to view the figures. To help you plan for your next presentation, here are some thought starters you might keep in mind.

 

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Topics: Merchandising, Consumer Retail, Market Research, Consumer Research, Brand Strategy, Line Reviews


Demystifying SEO - 10 Common Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by Greg Surufka on June 5, 2018 at 8:15 AM

Are you feeling a bit defeated by all the technical jargon and constant barrage of new rules affecting how your website ranks in search engines? The reality may be that trying to stay on top of ever-changing search algorithms used and insider secrets is probably not going to yield better results than focusing on a few proven website basics.

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Topics: Web, SEO


Reflections On Our 25th Anniversary

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on April 4, 2018 at 8:30 AM

 


Not to make too much of our recent milestone, but I am a bit reflective as we celebrate our agency’s 25th anniversary this week.

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Topics: Brand Marketing


Building Brand Awareness Through Advocacy Marketing

Posted by Lisa Nielsen on February 13, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Advocacy Marketing

There are many ways to build brand awareness through early adopters and others we might target to achieve positive product reviews and referrals as well as more frequent sharing of your product story. Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Videos and Influencer Marketing are some of the techniques considered to be effective in getting the conversations started. Within that spectrum of person-to-person initiatives, Advocacy Marketing is a tool specifically intended to harness the power of consumers who are already sold on your brand.

 

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Topics: Social Media, Community Influencers, PR Strategy, Brand Marketing


Not To Panic, Retail Merchandising Is Still Vital As Sales Shift Online

Posted by Dave Johnson on February 7, 2018 at 10:12 AM

Omni-Channel Marketing

For any of us that have worked extensively over the years on packaging design, planograms, POP messaging and other in-store tactics, the dramatic shift toward online sales is a crystal-clear call for omni-channel thinking. It’s evident that we must present products in the best light for sales conversions “everywhere” while certainly not forgetting a continued strong focus on brick and mortar stores. To make the most of this new shopping landscape, there are some emerging best practices worth noting.  

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Topics: Merchandising, Retail Packaging, Home Improvement Channel, Connected Consumer


What's New In Color for 2018?

Posted by Loren Heinzeroth on January 11, 2018 at 8:30 AM

 

After several years of subdued gray tones and whites dominating (or should we say “minimizing”) the design landscape, it’s nice to see that more vibrant colors may be back as inspiration for graphic design and marketing overall. This shift is trending in recently announced paint colors by major coatings brands as well as in the predictions of leading influencers such as Color Marketing Group, Pantone and others.

 

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Topics: Packaging, Brand Marketing, B2B Marketing,