Altimeter. In April of 2013, Rebecca Lieb of Altimeter started a list of 15 content marketing vendors. We were flattered to have Curata included in the initial list. More recently, Altimeter has published a content marketing vendor landscape which includes over 100 content marketing tools. However, the list does not include some of the broader categories we have included here.
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To get started, find the top 5 -10 content pages on your website and create a custom Content Upgrade for each post. Once that’s done you can continue on down the list until you have a Content Upgrade for every page on your site that receives a good amount of traffic each month (note: ‘good’ is in context of your website, your traffic and your business – for some businesses it’s 100 visits per month on a content page, for others it’s 1,000).
Woah. This is a great list! Must have take ages to make. I think you should add DrumUp (http://drumup.io/content-discovery-social-media-management-tool) to your list of Content Curation Tools. It’s a free tool that is great for finding content related to your keywords. It also lets you schedule curated content or your own posts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
So, we surveyed digital agencies to discover the tools that have revolutionized some part of their business. Most of the respondents were members of the Databox Partner Program, a community of 90+ agencies that track marketing and sales data in real-time so they can run more successful campaigns for clients. So, we already knew they were technically-savvy!
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Number of search engine referrals per month. You can track which search engines are sending the most people to your site. You can also track the keywords that users are typing into search engines that lead them to your site. This will help you determine what keywords you need to use to optimize your site and which keywords you should sponsor to promote your business.
Outages – A lengthy outage can play havoc with your company’s productivity and revenue. Therefore, read the vendor’s SLA (Service Level Agreement) carefully and analyze their historical performance before entrusting your applications and data to the cloud. The vendor should guarantee a very good uptime percentage and ensure outages are kept as less as possible.
SendPulse is an integrated messaging platform for marketers which supports a variety of different methods, including email, SMS and web push notifications. The free version allows you to send up to 15,000 emails to 2,500 unique subscribers each month, and gives full access to advanced features like analytics, autoresponders, personalisation, split-testing and a template designer. (Suggested by Nick Richardson)
In the online world, what you think is important isn’t always important. You have to remember that the lab rat — or customer — is always right. If customers have a choice of yellow and blue and tend to pick yellow, then yellow is the way to go. Immediate feedback can help drive the direction of your online marketing campaign. Try, test, and measure to determine what works and what doesn’t.
Why It Is Important: “We are a HubSpot Diamond Partner so we kind of live by HubSpot. Aside from that, it is hands down the most valuable tool we use. It stores pretty much every piece of data from our marketing and sales teams and provides insights on the most essential metrics alongside the tools needed to improve them. The most important thing HubSpot does for New Breed is host our website. Our website on the HubSpot COS allows us to generate highly qualified traffic and host our most important content. It’s our most valuable asset without a doubt.”
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is another consideration for your marketing campaign. If you're new to PPC, stick to places that allow you to set limits on daily expenditures. Google AdWords is a good example. This will also help you to experiment and determine the most effective keywords by paying close attention to the statistics of the PPC campaign.
Email Marketing – The marketing software should have a useful email marketing component. You should be able to prepare a detailed profile of your target customers and engage them with relevant email marketing messages based on their demographics, preferences, and individual behaviors. The app should offer smart automated A/B testing to help your improve the outcomes of your campaigns. It should provide in-depth reporting and analytics features that help you get a clear idea of the impact and ROI of the emails you send to prospective customers.
Each piece of content is unique, with a different life cycle, promotion strategy, and metric for success. The tactics and strategies for online content promotion vary with increasing interplay among search engine optimization (SEO), blogging, online video distribution, online video promotion, online newsletters, e-mail campaigns, social media communications, online publicity, blogger outreach, online advertising, and search engine advertising.
I’ve tested the Welcome Mat and Smart Bar apps as well but they didn’t produce anywhere near the conversion rate of the List Builder and Scrollbox apps (note: that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test them on your site… it’s just that they didn’t perform that well on our site with the setup we used so we removed them so not to distract the visitor too much while we figure out new ways to test them).
Having just seen Life of Pi, it occurs to me that online marketing for small businesses is like being that young man in a tiny boat at sea. You have a set number of things you can use to survive and thrive – a net, a spear, resilience and creativity. Use them all and get to safe shores. You may even find you can outrace the big cruise ships in reaching your customers.
4. Make sure your existing marketing materials promote your online presence. Make sure that all of your print advertising; business cards, letterhead, etc. display your web address. In addition, you should mention your website address on your phone message, in the signature of the emails of everyone in your company, and in any radio or television advertising. This simple step can drive a good deal of highly qualified prospects to your site for relatively little cost, but many companies are still using the same marketing materials that they used before they had a website (and missing out on a great opportunity to build traffic).
To get more Web traffic and leads, you need to continually optimize your visit-to-sale conversion rate. The more effective your company’s sales process is, the more marketing options you have. If all other things are equal (average revenue per sale, gross margin, etc.), a company that converts twice as many Web visits into leads can afford to pay twice as much per click or visit. Being able to pay more per click or visit allows you to bid higher in the PPC listings and spend more on SEO—both of which ultimately result in more traffic and leads.
For content marketing, and actually any kind of marketing and pr works great social listening. (I use and recommend to try Brand24.net it is quite nice and gives reliable scores) You have instant access to all mentions across the web, stats, reach, sentiment, influencers. You can use it for searching influencers, getting news from your niche, check opinions etc. Definitely worth to try!
Campaigns that use big data are more effective than aggregative advertising used in the past. The good thing about using big data for creating marketing campaigns is that it takes the guesswork out of determining what customers want. Marketers can develop different buyer personas using data like customer behavior, purchasing patterns, favorites and background. For example, they may find that women are more likely to respond to email campaigns, use coupons and engage in bargains and deals, and shape their digital marketing campaign from there.
Wow, ultimate list indeed! Thank you for this! You might also want to add MyConversionBrain ( http://www.myconversionbrain.com ) to this list. I find their lead management and conversion automation platform very easy to use. It’s an ideal interface for me, as I’m not too savvy when it comes to technology! 🙂 I think, the best feature of MyConversionBrain is that they’re based on Intelligent Marketing. They’re able to track leads and identify the person behind it, their geo location, ip address etc. so you’ll know if a competitor is sending out fake enquiries. Knowing more about the people who visit my site allows me to understand what they need. I even get alerted when a person comes back to my site, which makes our follow-up’s much organized. Lots of great features to help me boost the ROI on my marketing investments. MyConversionBrain has incredibly improved my small jewelry business, and I know it’ll also do wonders for other businesses too, especially the small business ones.