Ecommerce Trends To Know For Holiday Season 2018

If you are an owner or manager for an Ecommerce website, then planning for the holiday season 2018 needs to become one of your top concerns. In 2017, shoppers spent over $108.2 billion representing a 14.7 percent increase over the year earlier. With less than a 4.0 unemployment rate, average wage levels staying even with last year and consumer sentiment averaging 95 points, the 2018 holiday season may be another record-breaker. Therefore, it is time to lay out your online advertising plan.

Be sure that you are ready as early as possible to greet the online holiday shopper. There is no reason to believe that shoppers will not be looking for deals before Black Friday. In 2017, online sales on Black Friday grew by 32 percent over 2016.

While the percentage may not necessarily rise that high in 2018, the number of shoppers who are shopping at Ecommerce sites on … Continue reading

DirectiveGroup 10 Years – What Has Changed

DirectiveGroup 10 Year Anniversary

““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

From Ad To Conversion – Gaining Transparency On Visitor Behavior

The digital real estate, your web site needs constant fine tuning so that it can attract substantial business from online consumers. While getting new traffic to your site through online advertising is not that difficult, it is what visitors do once they’re on your site that is of utmost importance. If you are not clued in on what is happening on your site, then it is impossible to get better results online.

Have you heard of the old saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” It still holds true today. Business owners and marketers have been trying to track and understand what users are up to on their websites since websites first came about. Being able to understand statistical metrics such as unique visitors on your site, how long they are on your site for to what pages they are landing on and leaving from, etc. is great but … Continue reading

Dynamic Multichannel Content Marketing to Build Brand Awareness

B2B multi-channel marketing is typically executed across multiple touchpoints, including both online and offline channels, in order to reach new audiences. But it certainly does not imply having a presence everywhere; rather it is about being relevant in terms of customer experience and messaging in all the channels that a customer expects to find you. Many companies still find it a challenge to keep up with expanding media consumption habits and integrate marketing efforts across different marketing points to effectively build brand awareness and reputation.

The Importance of Multi-channel Marketing for B2B Businesses
Today we consume a huge amount of digital media daily across mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops, and other devices, such as an internet protocol TV (IPTV). And with mobile usage time projected to rise over the next few years, it will cut down time spent on desktops and laptops and even television. So brands have to align their … Continue reading

Reasons You Should Use Video For Your Social Media Marketing

Video marketing can work in tandem with Social Media as brands look for new opportunities to engage and interact with their audience. Nearly 100 million hours of video content are watched every day on social networks. Video is the content type of choice for most consumers because of its ability to deliver what they want, when and how they want it. Unsurprisingly, Mark Zuckerberg predicted video to be “a megatrend on the same order as mobile.” Moving images are all set to claim the largest share of the Internet traffic pie by the end of the decade so realistically businesses should already be looking at creating far-reaching video marketing campaigns. Continue reading “Reasons You Should Use Video For Your Social Media Marketing”

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 “3 Email Marketing Mistakes That Drive Your Subscribers Away”

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.

Interestingly, even with the constant change in the digital landscape, especially around mobile, display and the rise of the social web, there are still a few marketing concepts that have withstood the test of time: perpetual and memorable branding, creative and enticing content, and the need to understand your target market and convert them to customers.

Even though these marketing concepts have been around since the beginning, it’s only been in the last 15 years or so, since the era of digital marketing, that … 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