It’s the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans. That’s right, the NCAA basketball tournament is in full swing and the excitement is definitely in the air – or at least online.
In a couple of weeks, we will be joining a number of distinguished companies at the LIMRA Social Media Conference (August 20-22, 2014) to discuss the state of social media in the Finance Industry. Social media marketing is not…
What makes an effective content marketer? It’s not all about the writing, that’s for sure…
The NFL season may be kicking off now, but brand advertisers are already deep in the planning for the end of the season: Super Bowl Sunday. However, TV advertising during the Super Bowl isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago. Social media has left its mark on Super Bowl advertising, and if a brand isn’t taking advantage of the social media channel as part of their Super Bowl advertising strategy, they are missing a tremendous opportunity. The Super Bowl advertising strategy serves as great proof of the contemporary, multi-channel marketing approach.
During last week’s LIMRA-LOMA Social Media Conference, one of the key points that keynote speaker Gary Vaynerchuk made was that marketers & salespeople ruin everything. By everything, Vaynerchuk is referring to the dynamics of a marketing channel, and that channels lose their cool factor once they are discovered by marketers & salespeople. Does history support his viewpoint?
Gary Vaynerchuk’s speech at this week Social Media Conference packed in a lot of value about the current state of marketing. He believes that all companies are media companies and that plumbing is a central idea to present day marketing. Find out more about these ideas.
Life Health Pro recently featured an article that stated that nearly 70% of Millennials have no retirement plan. For as long as I can remember, I have seen advice articles about the importance in starting young in saving for retirement. Millennials (often considered the children born in the 1980s and first half of the 1990s) haven’t been perceiving the importance through their own behaviors. It’s not entirely the fault of the Millennials though. The age cohort has been disproportionately affected by the economic environment of the past 5-6 years at a key time in their careers. Statistics and anecdotes of Read More
Customer engagement is a hot button topic for a lot of brands. Most marketing managers desire their brands to be on the forefront of the minds of their target consumers. New data from Korn/Ferry International indicates that customer engagement keeps the majority of marketing executives (52 percent) awake at night. The characterization of “awake at night” could have been phrased in the way that it was for sensationalistic impact, but the fact of the matter is that marketing executives concern themselves with the concept of engagement and metrics that measure it. In fact, 30% of Korn/Ferry survey respondents cited Read More
Marketing Charts cited data published by BrightLocal.com indicating that 8 in 10 say that they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. While this statistic alone has meaning, I would rather see a statistic that demonstrates a behavior based on online reviews. Nevertheless, having positive online reviews is something that companies should desire. Looking at the other side of the equation, avoiding negative reviews should be an objective that is taken seriously. The Internet has sped up the word of mouth process, which has been a fundamental part of marketing communication for as long as the discipline has existed. Read More