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Strategy Insights

Sep 12

Why Brands Can No Longer Separate Content & SEO

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By now, every business owner knows that SEO is essential for driving traffic—both online and on foot. Spending on SEO alone is projected to increase from $65 billion in 2016 to almost $80 billion in 2020, according to a study by Borrell Associates. The motivation is obvious: having the best product and the strongest content won’t matter if no one can find your website. The importance of content creation by business owners and marketers alike has also been validated, with a similar jump in growth projected over the same time period. But treating SEO and content creation as two separate elements of your digital marketing strategy means wasting potential returns on both investments. 97% of marketers surveyed agreed that SEO and content have become more integrated and are converging and/or are converting to a single function. So what does that look like in practice? And what does it mean for your marketing department?

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Aug 23

Finding the Right Influencer For Your Brand

In: Strategy Insights

Though influencer marketing is a relatively new tool for brands, it is one that has skyrocketed since its inception. In 2016, 86% of marketers utilized influencer marketing, and 48% of those marketers planned on increasing their influencer spend in 2017. ROIs for influencer marketing have been positive for more than 82% of businesses, but—as is often the case in any hot, new digital trend—too many companies are ready to throw their money at the latest fad before understanding how to make it work best for their brand.

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Jul 03

Why Your Brand Needs To Be Live Streaming Video

In: Strategy Insights

You already know how important video marketing is as a part of your digital strategy, and that’s not changing anytime soon. But there is a new reason to take notice—and it’s live streaming. While live streaming isn’t a wholly new concept (Periscope, acquired by Twitter, launched in early 2015), Facebook has quickly come to dominate the space. In the first year of Facebook Live, the daily watch time for Live broadcasts has increased almost four-fold, and Live now makes up more than 20 percent of all video on Facebook. Live video is watched three times longer than pre-recorded video across Facebook as a whole.

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May 30

Building Customer Loyalty Programs That Work In Digital

In: Strategy Insights

How many loyalty programs are you signed up for? How many do you actually use? In a 2016 sample of over 19,000 North American consumers, the average person was a member of about 13 different loyalty programs, but was only active in seven during the past year. Many loyalty programs offer an initial incentive for signing up, but leave the consumer with little motivation to continue. Difficult to navigate points systems, poor digital experiences, and lack of personalization are all common culprits in the failure of most of these programs.

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Apr 26

How Location-Based Mobile Marketing Drives Sales

In: Strategy Insights

Despite a continued increase in mobile and online purchasing, the majority of all commerce is still happening in the real world. In fact, e-commerce represented just 8.1% of total U.S. retail sales in 2016. However, with location-based mobile marketing, brands can leverage the power of digital to drive brick-and-mortar sales, utilizing valuable data to optimize the customer journey.

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Apr 12

Embracing The Customer Journey of Mobile Visitors

In: Strategy Insights

Today’s highly-connected consumers place tremendous value on their mobile devices, relying on a litany of digital platforms for product research and, increasingly, for their purchases. Gone are the days of old where foot traffic directed retail decision-making. According to Hubspot, smartphones are now the essential part of the customer journey, with 81% of people using their mobile devices to do research before making a purchase. In order to stay competitive and succeed, brands and marketers must embrace the complicated consumer habits of mobile visitors, leveraging digital strategies to drive targeted finger traffic towards meaningful conversions.      

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Mar 17

The Future of Mobile Video Advertising

In: Strategy Insights

If you follow the digital marketing space at all, hearing that “mobile and video are the future” is likely a familiar sentiment. The predictions of the past few years have been spot on—mobile and video are officially the present. In 2016 more than half of all views on YouTube were from mobile and over 1,000,000,000 mobile videos are watched on the platform each day. Considering we check our phones about 75 times a day, the need for mobile advertising to adapt is obvious. Which raises key questions—what does great mobile video advertising look like? How does your ad change to better suit the mobile viewer, and what can we expect to see going forward?

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Feb 06

How to Create a Lead Scoring System that Works

In: Strategy Insights

According to MarketingSherpa, 73 percent of all B2B leads are NOT sales ready. That same study also found that companies using lead scoring saw a 77 percent boost in lead generation ROI.  This quantitative methodology will help you differentiate between those prospects at the beginning of the customer journey, those who are warming up, and those who may be primed to purchase.  Creating a system allows your sales team to focus their time on leads who are more likely to convert, while holding off on those who are not.  

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Jan 04

Digital Experience Trends to Watch in 2017

In: Strategy Insights

2017 is officially here which means it’s time to review our digital trends to watch for the new year. 2016 saw mobile overtake desktop, video overtake traditional content, and behavioral emails replace the traditional email blast. So, what can we expect to see in the next 12 months?

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Dec 30

Survey Questions: Three Ways to Build Your Digital Strategy with Data

In: Strategy Insights

By 2017 it’s expected that advertising spend on Digital will overtake TV. (Source: eMarketer Inc.) This represents a momentous shift in marketers fundamental approach to reaching their target audiences.

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