Clinton v Trump: Why the 2016 Presidential Election will turn Social Media into a War Zone

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated from a piece by an industry thought leader. Here, one of our Digital marketing strategist, Kim Figor, discusses the importance of understanding how social media is impacted by external factors and the role demographics plays.

Many advertisers have been making predictions for over a year on how social media will be impacted by the presidential elections and how the elections will influence social media. I too have been watching these trends closely for the past year. One of the best articles I have seen is Clinton v Trump: Why the 2016 Presidential Election will turn Social Media into a War Zone, by Erwen Zhu, Student at University of California, Berkeley as it talks directly about the cause as opposed to only the results.

In his article, Erwen Zhu breaks down the demographics behind social media users and compared … Continue Reading

Why and How to Identify your Target Market

Whether you are only now starting your business, or if you’ve been around a little while, chances are you are following one of two courses of action when it comes to selling your product or your service.

You may be one who thinks simply because you have an offering your customers will come. After all, you reason, “I’ve got a good thing here. No doubt customers will break down my door and step over one another just to get to it.” So, you’re putting little-to-no energy or resources into your marketing efforts.

If you haven’t yet noticed, the response is probably not what you had hoped for. In reality, not everyone is buying what you’re selling; though, some are most definitely in the market. Others may one day, but today may not be that day.

Or you might have the pasta mindset – throwing handfuls of spaghetti against the wall … 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

3 Essential Lessons Digital Marketers Can Learn From Corn

I’ll be the first to admit it is almost unfathomable to imagine any lesson can be learned from a corn stalk, yet lessons that could be describes as essential for digital marketers. None the less, it is true. Before, I discuss these three lessons, I will tell you my corn cob story.… Continue Reading

A Satisfied Customer Is a Loyal Customer

customerFeedbackObtaining, measuring and successfully using data gleaned from customer feedback is invaluable for any business. You need to know your customers are satisfied. A satisfied customer is a loyal customer. A loyal customer will not only continue to buy from you, but will tell all her friends and colleagues just how wonderful you are.

Conversely, an unsatisfied customer is not and will not.… Continue Reading

Trust and Credibility…Critical in Today’s Marketplace

The volatility of the global marketplace; the economy, terrorism, political corruption, corporate scandals, scam artists, and more have left us feeling uncertain, unsafe and not knowing who to trust anymore. People only want to buy from companies that have credibility and can meet expectations. People they trust! Both character and competence are vital to trust and sustained success. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) tagline is appropriately, “Start With Trust”.

Does your website have credibility? Do your prospective clients trust you?

There are 2,000,000 search inquiries on Google every minute! When an interested prospect finds you online and clicks to your website, will they contact you? Trust and credibility are the key.

Here are the Stanford University Website Credibility Guidelines:… Continue Reading

The Great Performance Shuffle – Part 3

Your Website Doesn’t Convert, Where Is It Really Failing?

You have seemingly endless possibilities for determining how your website is performing. There are hits, visits, length of time on page, bounces, and many more measurements. But assuming you don’t have endless hours to look at data you may be wondering what numbers matter.

The short answer is…it depends.

It depends on the type of website. But I’ll point out a few of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that can help you measure the effectiveness of your website with quantifiable and actionable results.… Continue Reading

5 Keys For Influencing Purchasing Decisions

Just as technology continues to shift and evolve, so do people’s preferences for how they consume content when considering a purchase.

According to a recent study of decision-makers and executives considering a technology purchase, the preference for paper-based material such as brochures and data sheets continue to decline – down 11 percentage points from 2010 to 2011. The study seems to validate the idea that people are overwhelming turning toward online content for purchasing decisions.

Online content comes in many forms, but here’s what studies are showing to be the hottest trends for content distribution.… Continue Reading

Why You Should Consider A Database Driven Website

If you are building a website or redesigning your old one, you should consider building a database driven website. Most people think that only “large” websites should be database driven, but even the smallest website could benefit. Database driven sites give you easy access to your website’s content which can reduce support and maintenance costs.  They also allow for a much richer, interactive user experience.… Continue Reading

Get Your Landing Page Ready For Your 2012 Customers

Landing pages have been around for over 20 years. Even though the primary purpose of a landing page has not changed over time, the attributes that have turned viewers into converters has changed. This article will provide you with some landing page best practices to keep in mind that will help turn your visitors into converters. First, let’s talk about what a landing does for you.

The most important function of a landing page is to convince a potential customer to convert. Although the most profitable conversion is typically a sale, a conversion could be anything that you deem as valuable such as:

• Requesting additional information
• Making a phone call
• Completing a form
• Registering for an event
• Forwarding the page to someone else
• Donating to a cause
• Watching a video
• Posting a comment or proving feedback
• Completing a form
• Visiting … Continue Reading