Regardless of the number of employees, most marketing departments face similar challenges: lack of resources, reach & insight. Read more…
The CMO Council recently reported that seventy-nine percent of marketers are expected to implement some form of social media technology platform this year —from community building (30 percent), social monitoring and data mining (30 percent), and social media tracking and analytics (19 percent) to automation platforms that will help take the next leap in optimizing social engagements and relationships.
You might think digital marketing is already “mainstream,” but the bulk of marketing budgets still goes toward offline activities such as trade shows, radio, TV, and direct mail. According to a research study conducted in Australia and New Zealand, around 61% of marketing budgets is still spent on offline activities.
Who knows what the future holds. For now I’ll use a marketing platform that handles the tedious online marketing tasks, freeing me to engage with customers.
It’s important for small businesses and first time entrepreneurs to take extra steps to ensure the accuracy of their online business listings.
Remember the days before the Do Not Call list? We all had landlines that rang at home, and since this was before the days of caller ID, you never knew if the person calling was a friend with an emergency or a telemarketer calling to sell you magazine subscriptions, “limited-edition” commemorative coins, or something else you didn’t need. Often, telemarketers struck as you were sitting down to a family dinner after a long day at work. Do you remember how annoyed you felt that the caller was intruding on your family time? How effective do you think those calls were overall?
Sales and marketing should go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately, many organizations experience friction between these two areas, especially when it comes to meeting goals and hitting sales numbers. Sales tends to blame marketing for lack of sales support and successful advertising campaigns, while marketing becomes frustrated with sales….
A few weeks ago, we posted a series about predictions in the marketing industry for 2014. The insights came from industry blogs and people calling themselves (or introduced as) experts in the field. Yesterday, I found an interesting flip side to those posts: The results of a comprehensive survey by StrongView of marketing leaders’ actual plans for 2014 (and the accompanying infographic).
The first is the most obvious way to a more effective email campaign but the most often unstated is timeliness.
If you’re observant, you’ve probably noticed that the Google logo on Google.com doesn’t always look the same. Often, it correlates with the time of year or a holiday, and Google frequently chooses to highlight obscure holidays that most of us aren’t familiar with.