Chances are, you or someone you know will buy a new smartphone for someone they love this Christmas. As you’re dropping a few hundred dollars on an iPhone that’ll probably have a cracked screen by Easter, you should think about the massive opportunities – and increased accountability – the rise in smartphone users has for your business. We’ve posted before on the power of online reviews; 8 in 10 people say they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. Reading through others’ experiences at a restaurant or clothing store can feel oddly intimate, like you’re talking to a friend, Read More
Several big-name stores decided to open their doors on Thanksgiving this year, but shoppers declared their preference for shopping online instead of braving the crowds. According to the first round of data released, online sales rose significantly from Thanksgiving 2012, with mobile devices as the biggest drivers.
By “game plan,” I don’t mean your strategy to catch all the best football games, even when they’re on at the same time. I don’t mean your kitchen maneuvers to successfully cook a turkey and 10 side dishes with just one oven, and I don’t mean your proven system to avoid talking to your creepy uncle who pops up at Thanksgiving dinner every year (although all of these strategies are necessary – and impressive, I’m sure). Family All Together At Christmas Dinner
The “game plan” I’m talking about is your strategy for marketing during the holidays, since Thanksgiving is the official kickoff. No matter what you’re selling, you’re missing a great chance at your own demographic of merry shoppers if you don’t have a campaign structured around the holiday season.
We’re halfway through November, but you haven’t planned your marketing budget for 2014. Your boss expected a draft of recommendations yesterday (thank goodness you’re familiar with the “I forgot to attach the file” excuse), but you haven’t even started to research what your competitors are doing, much less what you should do.
Luckily, your frantic Googling landed you in the right place this time. We’ve put together a cheat sheet of ideas, trends, and predictions for 2014, each with a handy sentence or two of explanation.
Feel free to use the tips below to impress your boss with your preparation and insight. No need to quote us – this one’s a freebie.
Banks as a whole are challenged to optimize social media use. Content generation and management are key concerns. Social media is a two way conversation, not a one way push mechanism for brand content. Banks need to sell product like many companies, and social media serves a way to aid the sales process if used optimally. Social media can be a good driver of brand awareness, research, and the development of brand beliefs that can serve to induce purchase.
If you are looking to make your marketing spends more efficient and effective in 2014, it is critical to have a multi-channel marketing automation technology solution. Marketing management must build a case for having this solution by understanding the CEO or CFO’s perspective, and position it in language that will have the most impact for them. A smart technology vendor should be happy to help marketing management make a case by showing how the solution has made a difference for existing customers and how they will leverage this experience to make a positive impact on the bottom line.
Motorists Life Insurance Company uses Distribion’s multi-channel, distributed marketing automation software platform to help boost sales and marketing results. According to Jamie Kibler of Motorists Life “Distribion is enhancing our brand, every single day, every single way.”
The New York Times published an article yesterday regarding some struggles that Nike is facing in its ad campaigns. Numerous themes that I have discussed in this space in recent months were apparent while reading this. The article noted that Nike is facing a big challenge in driving brand engagement amongst large segments of their potential overall target market. Much of this is a challenge surrounding the new media environment. From the mid 1980s through the early 2000s, Nike was able to create iconic ads that were memorable and talked about, driving not only brand awareness, but also positive brand Read More
In February, we posted Part One of this series. Part One was meant to be just an introduction to the topic. Part Two is a more in depth look, emphasizing mindset to measure ROI. One of the thought leading pieces on this topic came from a 2010 article in the MIT Sloan Management Review. Although a number of the examples are rather dated at this point, most of the key themes touched on in the article remain true today, even with the drastic changes in social media in the 2 and a half years since it was released, confirming the Read More