Pawan Deshpande is the founder and CEO of Curata, a Boston-based company offering content marketing software used by thousands of marketers around the world. He spearheaded the first-ever panel at SxSW on Content Marketing in 2011, and was a 2014 Finalist for MarketingProfs B2B Marketer of the Year. Pawan was an engineer at Microsoft and Google where he was awarded patents in social networking and machine learning. He previously attended MIT where his graduate thesis won top departmental and international awards.
Sponsor a video contest in which customers create a one-minute video about why they like your business, products or services. Ask them to send the videos to you and post them to your Facebook page. Invite visitors to vote on which video should win a cash or merchandise prize. Include an email opt-in on your Facebook page. Be sure to follow Facebook’s rules regarding contests.
Though this is a “curated” list, Curata really helps with persistent search where you are researching and staying on top of a specific topic over a long period of time, as opposed to a one time act of curation. So for example, if we wanted to build a newsletter, site, etc… about product updates of the tools in the above list over a long period of time, Curata would be tremendously useful.
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Or, you can even create a character that looks just like you, or anyone else from the office; browse through different hairstyles, clothing, eye shapes and so on until you create your own animated twin. Another cool feature from GoAnimate is that you can add voice to your character by recording it directly or importing the file, and they will automatically start lip-syncing it.
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)
Probably the biggest reason why digital marketing has overtaken traditional marketing is that you as a business have the ability to track your customers every move online. This provides you with a wealth of data to analyze so that you can make adjustments in your digital marketing campaigns. With other forms of traditional marketing like radio or TV there is no way of knowing who saw your ad and who converted because of it.
When you meet people face to face for any reason, ask for their business card. Offer yours. Set a glass bowl on the counter in your store or the reception desk in your office, and ask visitors to drop their cards in it. Offer some incentive to do so — a free product or service, gift card, etc. Use your own business cards to further drum up emails; add an offer on the back of your card that encourages people to sign up to receive your emails.
On its free plan, you can create up to 10 videos and export them up to two-minute-long each in standard definition quality. The videos will have the Wave.video watermark. Also, you can upload only 10 video clips, 20 images, and 10 audio files (up to 500MB each). You could also use their stock videos, images, and audio files but they do come at an additional cost.
If you’re serious about growing your business, building a healthy email list should be one of your top priorities. When it comes down to it, your list is one of the only online assets that you have 100% control over. Having a solid social media presence is absolutely essential (here’s why), but you’ll always be at the mercy of new and changing algorithms (think Facebook’s Edgerank). And achieving high search engine rankings is great too, but again, you’re at the mercy of changing algorithms and updates.
It’s not as clear cut as it seems. There are many content marketing tools that fall into multiple categories, but I have placed them in the category that best represents them. For example, Marketing AI measures analytics for your content, then helps you better optimize your content. In this case, should Marketing AI fall into the Analytics or Optimization tools group? In this case, I placed them in the Analytics group. However, Parse.ly is a relatively similar tool I decided to place into the Optimization category.
I applaud your initiative in putting together a list like this. The research going into it had to have been gruesome. However, as you point out, it is not exhaustive. Just as an example: you missed MailChimp which is one of the most used email platforms; DrumUp which I use in addition to Hootsuite as a scheduler because of the ease of scheduling posts to a Facebook business page; Medium is an excellent blog publishing platform; and more. Not a criticism of your work, which I love because it points out options I have not yet explored. More a reminder to everyone else that no list like this is exhaustive.
Animoto is the easiest video editor around – it will help you create a stunning video in just 3 simple steps: add your photos and videos, customize your video with music, styles and other features of your choice, embed it on your website and voila – you got yourself a great video in a matter of seconds! The tool is also available as an app to help you share videos on mobile.
The most successful companies online are those that establish themselves as THE authority for what they do in their respective markets. Over an extended period of time, there is no marketing substitute capable of trumping genuine authority. With “traditional media,” big brands have a huge advantage because they can afford to “rent” access to a target audience from the few companies that control it. In the new media world of the web, this is no longer the case.
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