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Outcomes-Driven Marketing (and how to measure success)

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | Posted by to Google Analytics, Internet Marketing Strategy, Online Marketing Tips, Social Media Marketing, Underwire Newsletter

Measuring success is dependent on the goal of your marketing campaign. But too often marketers want a single campaign to be multipurpose. It's possible for campaigns to have multiple outcomes, but ideally everyone on the marketing team is optimizing for a particular stage in the customer journey. Consider these questions to determine your primary goal: Do you need to increase awareness of your offering (book, author, event, etc)? Do people know about the offering...

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5 Ways To Get More out of Social Media This Summer

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | Posted by to Online Marketing Tips, Social Media Marketing

The longest day of the year has come and gone. And you have Fridays off in summer, right? Time is tight. Here are 5 quick and easy ways to improve your social media marketing this summer.      5 Quick and Easy Social Media Tips to Try This Summer: 1) Add a Link to Your Instagram Stories This clickable features gives you a way to direct instagram traffic to your website. Social Media Examiner has some great...

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How Marketing Guru Jay Baer Creates Content

Monday, March 13, 2017 | Posted by to Monique's Pick, Social Media Marketing

Marketers have tended to focus on how to build content on each social media platform as a way to draw traffic to their website. There has been value in that, the same way that in the early days of the web, there was value in having a website. Having a presence is what helped your business stand out. After Google changed the search landscape in 1998 then search engine optimization was critical. There were so many...

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Key Digital Trends of 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | Posted by to Internet Marketing Strategy, Monique's Pick, Social Media Marketing, Underwire Newsletter

social@Ogilvy has one of the best 2017 trends reports I've read so far. And by "best" I mean that it neatly says all the things I've been thinking about for the last 6 months. Here's the link:  http://www.slideshare.net/socialogilvy/key-digital-trends-for-2017 Need the TL;DR version? Here's my take. Ads and algorithms are driving people crazy and spoiling the social media experience so people are seeking out private channels...

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Marketing with Pokemon Go. Yes or No?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 | Posted by to Internet Marketing Strategy, Online Communities, Social Media Marketing, Underwire Newsletter

Pokémon Go is the latest phenomenon that is driving marketers crazy. What is it, why should I care, is this important to me? What Is It? Pokémon Go is the hottest app in the world at the moment. It is an augmented reality game where players try to catch Pokémon. The cool part is that you "see" the Pokémon via your smartphone's camera. Installing #PokemonGo! Walk...

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The Microsoft + LinkedIn Deal, and Why It’s Interesting

Thursday, June 23, 2016 | Posted by to Harebrained Ideas, Internet Marketing Strategy, Online Communities, Social Media Marketing, Underwire Newsletter

I love James Allworth's post on the Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal.  Who's going to be having sleepless nights after Microsoft's LinkedIn deal? Salesforce. Nail. Head. I've been thinking a lot about marketing automation and CRMs because I'm co-authoring a chapter on B2B social media marketing for a textbook being published next year. My basic take on LinkedIn, grounded in recent data from TrackMaven and Content Marketing Institute, is that B...

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Snapchat: Ideas for Publishers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | Posted by to Harebrained Ideas, Internet Marketing Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Underwire Newsletter

In the April edition of Underwire, I promised to share some examples of Snapchat that I hope will inspire you. 1. Millennial Recruitment Space150’s used Snapchat's custom filters on US university campuses to attract potential hires for its 10 internship positions. The filters urged hopeful interns to follow the Space150 Snapchat channel where they are given a task, which served as their application. The task was related to creating a story for one of...

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To Snapchat or not to Snapchat. That is not a question.

Friday, April 29, 2016 | Posted by to Online Marketing Tips, Social Media Marketing, Tools & Technology for Non-Techies, Underwire Newsletter, Web Content

#1 Teaching undergrads has taught me about Snapchat Teaching digital marketing to third- and forth-year business students is rewarding for both the experience of teaching but also of learning. Out of 62 digital marketing projects, the student groups resoundingly favour using Snapchat to reach 18-34 year olds. Email is not mentioned. Facebook is noted in passing. Instagram is a distant second best.  I admit it. I was skeptical. I couldn't see how RyanAir, for example,...

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3 Last-Minute Halloween Contest Ideas for Publishers

Saturday, October 24, 2015 | Posted by to Harebrained Ideas, Internet Marketing Strategy, Online Marketing Tips, Social Media Marketing

Halloween is fast approaching. If you've left your costume to the last minute then you've likely left your Halloween promotions to the last minute too. Here are some quick and easy Halloween contest ideas. 1. Make a Collections of Spooky Titles Photo: Checkout some great reads at Dundurn Press People will be less interested after Halloween so make sure the collection is up 3-5 days before Halloween, at minimum. Offer a special promo...

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To Boost or Not to Boost: That Is the Great Facebook Question

Monday, September 21, 2015 | Posted by to Online Marketing Tips, Social Media Marketing

Facebook is dead. Long live Facebook. On any given day you can find articles promoting Facebook ads and others dismissing the entire social media platform. So what is a publisher to do? I say Promote, don't Boost. Wait, what? What is the difference? Should you ever Boost?    When to Boost a Facebook Post (clicking the blue button): Boost a post to FANS ONLY as a way to ensure that people who have...

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