2019 Trends in Data & Data Management for Marketers

Discovering the new answer to the age-old question of “How can I generate more sales at a lower cost” will be key for marketing managers to master in 2019. More than ever before, this year data will lead the way.

Without a doubt, the future of marketing is intimately connected with the future of Big Data. At this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) it was noted that 2018 really was the culmination of a number of key tech breakthrough into the mass market (like AI and 5D), and observing how they will play out for business.

In 2019, tech and marketing experts say we’re moving from a focus on connecting people to the Data Age to a new phase, one in which the way consumers behave will determine the way we use technology to engage with them. For sure, being able to use the latest data advances to sell more products and services in 2019 is top-of-mind for smart B2C and B2B marketers everywhere. This article discusses some of the data trends you’ll want to be aware of – and begin to implement – during 2019. Continue reading “2019 Trends in Data & Data Management for Marketers”

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Is your data working for you… or are YOU working for your data?

We live in the age where information and data analysis has become key to good business practice. The goal is simple: Gain understanding of precise attribution, in a timely fashion, to learn which marketing campaigns lead to higher conversions and lower acquisition costs.

What is true attribution?

True attribution is the holy grail for digital marketers. Many say it is the most pressing issue today.

Attribution ensures that you can learn from your data and every unique visitor’s content consumption pathway beginning at their first contact all the way through to conversion.

The usual outcome most marketers are mired in instead?

A virtual avalanche of data, much of which is incomplete, out of date and/or insignificant. Working through this overwhelming amount of data to find something clear and actionable can take weeks of valuable time better spent elsewhere.

Without full and “true attribution” marketers are at a loss on what … Continue reading

Top 10 Facebook Ads Tools You Should Start Using…Today!

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If Facebook isn’t currently a traffic source for your website, perhaps it should be. Considered one of the most successful social media advertising platforms, studies show that nearly 96% social media marketers worldwide believe Facebook advertising produces the best ROI. With a daily average of 2.27 billion active users on Facebook, it’s an advertising platform you can’t afford to pass up.

While this sounds good, Facebook’s advertising system is complex. The idea is to rapidly target the right audience for your business, using your time and budget wisely to realize the full potential of Facebook advertising. Fortunately, there are some really great tools available to help you avoid the learning curve of Facebook ads and establish campaigns quickly. We’ve listed our favorite:

Manage Your Ads Effectively

  1. Facebook Ads Manager

A comprehensive tool for creating ads along with scheduling and placing them, Facebook Ads Manager not only helps you quickly … Continue reading

How Businesses Can Use Bots As Part Of Their Facebook Marketing Strategy

The next technology revolution has already arrived in the form of Artificial Intelligence. For marketers and businesses, it offers more flexibility, deeper insights on consumers based on faster data retrieval, the ability to automate tasks and also vast improvement in customer service with fewer human interventions. In fact by 2020, 80% of brands will be using chatbots for customer service and interactions. Continue reading “How Businesses Can Use Bots As Part Of Their Facebook Marketing Strategy”

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Facebook: Good Marketing Practices in a Chaotic Privacy Environment

The digital footprints left by users sharing personal data online with web cookies tracking every click has given modern marketer’s an unprecedented insight into consumers. Digital data informs the way businesses serve up solutions tailored to users’ individual needs. It informs communication strategies and definitely affects customer experience. This makes personal data ever so valuable and also – unfortunately – prone to theft or misuse. Rightfully, consumers want to know how companies use and store their personal data.

With social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram becoming a huge part of users’ daily lives, there are legitimate concerns about users’ online privacy. There are more than 1.86 billion monthly active users sharing personal information on Facebook, which is why there has been massive public outcry about its ongoing, ever-deepening privacy debacle. While this was sparked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, wherein the political consulting firm harvested data from … Continue reading

What’s New On Google Ads Automation

Google Ads is the new moniker of the erstwhile Google Adwords. But the aim of the rebranded Google paid search ad service remains the same- to “help businesses of all sizes connect with relevant customers across all of our channels and partner sites,” through the introduction of Smart Ads and other automated features.

So, why the change and what does it really mean for users?
With mobile becoming a huge part of daily life, most people jump from device to device or channel to channel. The consumer journey is highly fragmented, as people switch from clicking on display ads to performing brand searches, then discovering and watching videos or digging deeper through the content, to going back to the website to purchase maybe. Marketers have multiple opportunities to reach consumers where they want to be reached across different channels, screens and formats. Google has a treasure trove of consumers’ personal … Continue reading

DirectiveGroup 10 Years – What Has Changed

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““The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

— Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

While it has been a joy and a pleasure to participate in the growth and development of DirectiveGroup over the last ten years, I have experienced it as one of those strange time warps in which time seems to have sped by and at the same time to have crept by very slowly. It is incredible to believe it has been so many years since we launched DirectiveGroup (née LocalDirective). I’ve been asked and lately have been pondering: what has really changed and what has not changed in the last 10 years? And … that question has set me to thinking.

Changes in the Digital Environment

Well, for one thing, digital marketing is almost unrecognizable from the form in which it existed when we started our digital marketing agency. Options have proliferated and … Continue reading

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Digital Marketing

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DirectiveGroup marries the power of AI to the tactics of digital marketing. As an AI MarTech Integrator, we help B2B and B2C clients leverage the latest capabilities in AI to drive more targeted campaigns, create more personalized content and achieve unprecedented results.

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10 Years of Digital Marketing – Don’t Get Left Behind

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“Search marketing, and most Internet marketing in fact, can be very threatening because there are no rules. There’s no safe haven. To do it right, you need to be willing to be wrong. But search marketing done right is all about being wrong. Experimentation is the only way.” – Mike Moran

If there is one thing I’ve learned during 20 plus years in the marketing industry, especially over the last 10 years in digital marketing, it is that if you don’t keep up, you’ll get left behind. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced the growth of digital marketing first-hand where they were forced to keep up or fall off the bus.

First – A Little Marketing History

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Mobile Page Speed: Why It Matters More Each Day & What You Can Do About It

As mobile device usage continues to grow, it’s becoming more important for businesses to optimize for mobile page speed. With competing websites only a few taps away, a slow browsing experience can result in you losing valuable leads and customers. But the competition isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. In this article, you’ll learn the core reasons why mobile site loading speed so important and what you can do to optimize your site faster mobile loading times.

Consumer Behavior Dictates the Importance of Mobile Site Performance

According to Statista, mobile devices now account for 51.2 percent of all traffic worldwide. This trend is expected to continue as faster mobile devices and Internet speeds become available. And it’s not just about how many people are accessing the Internet, it’s also about how they’re using it. Another study showed that mobile devices account for 34.5 percent of eCommerce sales … Continue reading