LinkedIn’s New Feature – Native Video

From time to time LocalDirective team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Erin Haynes discusses LinkedIn’s new native video and this article from Social Media Today that talks about the Tech Titans new roll out.

I know you must be familiar with YouTube and Facebook videos by now. People look up videos every day and can find endless amounts of entertainment and content.

On Tuesday, LinkedIn launched a new app so that its hand-selected group of Influencers can create and share short videos directly to the app’s news feed. It’s the first time LinkedIn has ever let users upload video directly to the service, something that’s been standard on other social sites for years. If you are not one of the company’s Influencers, you won’t be able to use the new app.

Unlike Facebook, LinkedIn will not use its algorithm to boost … Continue Reading

3 Email Marketing Mistakes That Drive Your Subscribers Away

Email marketing is here stay. It has been around for a couple of decades and is not going anywhere.

Email marketing has become so important that businesses rely on it as it play a stake is the success or failure of an online business. Most online marketers focus on building a large email list. The bigger the list, the more the conversions.

If your old subscribers keep leaving your list quickly, adding new subscribers won’t help if that is the case. Keeping that in mind, here are 3 mistakes that will drive your subscribers away.

1. Spamming Your Subscribers

According to a survey by Technology Advice, 43 percent of email subscribers want businesses to email them less frequently.… Continue Reading

Understanding Your Top Marketing Challenges For 2016

Each year, you hear marketers talk about how technology has changed the way companies reach and convert their target market. And, every year I agree.

However, in my 25+ years of marketing, I’ve never seen so many changes in the marketing world as I have witnessed last year. If I had only 1 word to describe digital marketing in 2015, it would have to be roller-coaster.… Continue Reading

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

Ad Extensions: Introduction – Getting the Most Value out of Your Marketing Dollars

It’s no secret that the first step in converting customers is to drive prospects to your website. To do cost effectively through paid ads it is essential for you to ensure your ads are not only relevant to the person’s needs but also that your ads stand out from your competitors.

Historically, the only option available to accomplish this goal was a 70 character written description. Today, the description is not enough. If you perform a query for most any product or service, you will notice that other than promotions, pricing, or years in business, most ads to not contain anything that is truly unique.

Even when companies create ads that offer something unique and valuable to their prospects, this message is often overlooked as the ads themselves blend in with the all the other ads. … Continue Reading

Trust, Character and Building An Enduring Brand

Trust  - Jim Kissane LI

The team at LocalDirective regularly engages in learning together in the form of a ‘Book Club’ for which we all read and discuss a business book. We try to do this once a quarter, reading and discussing one chapter each week. Even though it is a sizable investment in time, we think it is a good investment because we are a committed ‘learning organization’ and we think it helps build our culture. Both are incredibly important to us.

This quarter, we are reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I read this book (gulp) a couple of decades ago, and as is the hallmark of all good books, some of the ideas have become incorporated into who I am. Yet I did look at the book with a critical eye to make sure it met the criteria of a ‘Book Club’ book. Mainly because of the … Continue Reading

How To Track Your Tradeshow ROI

From time to time, LocalDirective team members will share their views on a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, Vicki comments on an article in Marketing Profs How to Track Your Tradeshow ROI by Peter Symonds.

Last month I posted a blog article Where Should I Spend My Marketing Dollars…Tradeshows or Online Marketing?   I spoke about having the best of both the real and virtual world as nothing replaces the human interaction that occurs during a tradeshow.  A planned integration of digital support for your tradeshow will assure a strong ROI.  The first step to understanding your ROI is to set up goals to be measured.

150331-symonds-tradeshow-lgWhen I read the article, How To Track Your Tradeshow ROI , I thought it was a perfect follow on to my previous article. Tradeshows require a significant investment many times moving into five-figures!  When Marketing Profs surveyed business owners, 50% don’t measure … Continue Reading

Where Should I Spend My Marketing Dollars…Trade Shows or Online Marketing?

The answer may surprise you, especially coming from a strategic full service digital marketing agency.  How do companies bridge the gap between the real world and the virtual world?  How do they capitalize on the best of both worlds?

Lafayette IndianaToday’s buyers, whether B2B or B2C are more than 65% of the way through the buying process before they seek out a company or sales person to speak with.  They are definitely in control of their buying journey consuming lots of digital content, participating in social networks, attending conferences, events and trade shows.  How do you assure you stand out and gain mind share?

Let’s talk about trade shows…

They have become so very expensive, at a time when marketer’s need to show a strong return on investment (ROI).    It’s not only the fees for the trade show, the price of the booth, the collateral, travel, hotels, meals and most of … Continue Reading

Jumpstart Your Business Today: Six Universal Tactics of Influence and Persuasion

Infographic - Six Elements of PersuasionAs we continue to rush with increasing speed into social and new digital interactions with customers, clients, supply chain partners and other stakeholders in the success of our businesses, it may seem like change is the only constant. If it feels like that, perhaps you’ll be heartened to know that some things haven’t changed. And if you stick to these basics, you will continue to find success in your efforts to persuade and influence, no matter what newfangled media vehicles are encountered.

While these social influence principles have been documented and studied by many researchers and scientists for well over a half a century, Dr. Robert Cialdini is considered by many to be the leading authority of this subject, as documented in his famous book, Influence.

The idea is that you consider these influence mechanisms as levers that encourage responsive behavior. Clearly, these tactics would not be considered alternatives … Continue Reading

Get Better Marketing ROI: The Neuroscience Behind Conversion Optimization

Neuroscience of marketing is finely  balanced.From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses The Neuroscience of Conversion Optimization.

This is a great article that describes three principles from neuroscience that are directly tied to conversion rates. In addition to understanding the science, the author provides actionable methods to incorporate the principles, so you can put these ideas to work right away.

An example is ‘processing fluency’ which basically says we have a tendency to have a more positive view of things we are able to do most easily. The derived action is to take the time to think through and to simplify/clarify what is requested of visitors to your site. It’s especially important to apply this type of principal to the purchase path, and in particular the call to action.

I really liked the ‘congruent actions’ principle, … Continue Reading

Master These 3 Online Trends and Dominate Your Market

By now, I think everyone is aware of how significantly the internet has altered the way consumers and companies share information. No one can deny that the internet has had a profound impact on marketing.

While many outbound marketing tactics have become antiquated, there has been a consistently growing increase toward inbound techniques. To this end, it is more important than ever to develop digital marketing strategies that provide consumers with original content that will offer additional benefits such as branding and audience growth.… Continue Reading