4 Tips To Optimize Videos For YouTube Search

Creating and marketing videos for your brand or business is a great way of getting noticed today in both YouTube and Google search. YouTube makes the ideal host for all your companies’ video content as it ensures your product, service or mission gets watched and shared by more visitors. YouTube is presently the second largest search engine processing more than 3 billion searches monthly. With 800 million unique users monthly on the YouTube site and over 900 million hours of video watched each month, it is a huge traffic source. YouTube is a Google produce (Alphabet Inc.) so YouTube videos are integrated into Google search results. The reach of YouTube videos keep increasing, despite competition from Facebook Live or Instagram Stories. Continue reading “4 Tips To Optimize Videos For YouTube Search”

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 to see what sticks. Though you may be tempted to sell your product or service to everyone that is not the wisest course of action. Again, not everyone is interested. And, this method can easily exhaust your most valuable resources –time and money.

You may be wondering, what is the best course of action.   Continue reading “Why and How to Identify your Target Market”

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

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.

Growing up in Wisconsin, one thing I could depend on every year was that if the corn stalks were knee high by the fourth of July, by September there would be no shortage of corn on the cob. Even if the stalks were not knee high in July, I was always confident there would be an abundance of corn on the cob sometime in the fall.

Most people will agree that in order for corn to grow, its seeds need to be planted in fertilized soil and receive an efficient level of sun and water. This knowledge … 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.

Why Is Customer Feedback Important?

Customer feedback serves as a guide in product or service development and other decision-making processes. For example, you could learn a better way to improve your company’s customer support systems. Or you might discover a product that will fill a void and create a brand new revenue stream for your company.

You probably already know the importance of customer feedback, but the sticking point for most of the companies that contact us is figuring out exactly what type of information is useful … Continue reading