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


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


Writing Case Studies for B2B Marketing Programs

Posted by Greg Surufka on April 3, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Today’s fast-paced, digital communications can create real challenges for B2B marketing professionals. One of the biggest hurdles is developing a plan to generate a continuous flow of fresh content to keep your customers and prospects engaged through social media channels, targeted eMarketing campaigns as well as regular updates of your website.

Developing and supporting a case study program is an extremely effective way to help relieve your content creation burden while establishing your company’s credibility and areas of expertise.

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Topics: Case Studies, Brand Engagement, Integrated Communications


5 Must-Read Marketing Books for 2015

Posted by Connie Dettman on April 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Occasionally, some books capture our imagination and truly challenge us all to become better marketers. We came across five this year that we are sharing around the office. They each address the digital revolution in an easy-to-understand way, offering many useful ideas that you can put into action regardless of your industry.

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Topics: Brand Engagement, Connected Consumer


New high-impact digital ads boost click-thru rates up to 70%

Posted by Roger Peterson on March 24, 2015 at 5:43 PM

The power of digital advertising to connect with the precise consumer at the right time, in the right place, with the right message is unquestioned. With the help of sophisticated analytics and media planning methodology, reaching our target audiences has never been more efficient.

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Topics: Brand Engagement, Digital Ad Campaign, IAB Rising Stars Ad Units


Taking Your Products to New Channels: Research Is Essential To Success

Posted by Lisa Nielsen on October 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Will your products sell successfully in another channel? It’s a common question and perhaps a tempting option to pursue if your products are nearing the mature stage of their lifecycle. Before you invest in a new channel initiative and get your team working on campaign materials, you might think first about how your business model would fare in another channel. If your company and brand strengths don’t transfer well, it’s likely that your products will need more than a marketing push. 

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Topics: Consumer Retail, Brand Engagement, Integrated Communications, Brand Strategy, B2B Marketing,


Utilizing Earned Media in Your PR Campaigns

Posted by Lisa Nielsen on January 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

To energize your PR campaigns with the multiplier effect of blog articles, social media shares and other earned media exposure, there are some basic tactics that tend to fuel conversation and engage customers with content they generally trust more than ads and traditional news coverage. While these tactics do require some extra effort and hands-on attention, many of the techniques can be applied by B2B as well as consumer brands.

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Topics: Brand Engagement, Integrated Communications