Marketing is getting more and more difficult, as consumers grow increasingly wary of being "marketed to." Stories have a way of cutting through the clutter and helping to create an emotional investment in your business or product. Being able to envision and articulate the story behind your brand will be a defining characteristic of successful marketers as consumers become more and more cynical.
Creating definable, executable goals, achievable one to-do-list item at a time, not only chips away at the larger project, but also provides the continuity and momentum essential to achieving long-term goals. As grand as anyone’s ambitions may be, they can only be realized one day–one task–at a time. The notion of defining goals and action items and writing them down (which increases our accountability to ourselves for executing those items), then following through in eay-to-digest 15 minute increments, is the perfect recipe for sustainable progress toward any goal.
Social Intelligence – Canny marketers are making use of social intelligence to stay ahead of the pack. They are using social media channels to listen to their customers and become more responsive to their needs and feedback. Social intelligence is helping marketers to look into the future and optimize their products effectively to cater to changing customer requirements.
With so many projects in the works simultaneously, it’s seemingly impossible to ensure they get done on time. Using project management technology, best-in-class marketers keep team members on task by making sure they hit key checkpoints along the way to completion. Using all-in-one software with custom workflows and communication tools, they meet deadlines promptly and efficiently.
The concept is simple. If someone is reading an in-depth blog post of yours, chances are they’re very interested in what you have to say on the topic. The key is to then offer them something that is directly related to the topic they’re reading about. You know they’re already interested, so by offering instantaneous extra value it’s not difficult to see why people would gladly sign up.
Like any marketing technique, this strategy performs better for certain industries than others. GetResponse’s data indicates that topics suitable for LinkedIn recieve the most in-email shares, suggesting that audiences interested in career, marketing, self-improvement, leadership, freelancing, market trends, etc. might respond best to this technique.
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Every business wants to save money in any way that they can. You want to get the most bang for your buck! Facebook advertising is the cheapest and most effective form of advertising out there. The average cost per click for a Facebook ad is around $1.72. That’s pretty good when you consider that there are over 2 billion active Facebook users every day.
The best way to approach a giveaway is to offer something that’s valuable to your target market. For example, when you’re building an online cooking community, giving away kitchen appliances might be a great way to attract an audience. Of course, there might be a subset that is only interested in the price than what else you have to offer, but in the end using Giveaways can bring in a lot of new leads.
Outbound marketing is when a marketer contacts prospects, hoping for engagement. Tactics can include advertising on search engines, paying website publishers to post your ads or sending emails to lists of leads. Businesses that primarily want to reach out to customers in these ways should look for applications that offer email and/or mobile marketing functionality. Most marketing automation platforms include outbound email marketing capabilities. You could also consider lead generation and lead management solutions.
The WordStream Internet Marketing 150 infographic compiles the top software and SaaS providers currently doing business in 10 major business categories, including content marketing and blogging, conversion rate optimization, crowdsourcing, email marketing, marketing automation, pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, search engine optimization, social media management, video hosting and management, and web analytics.
Measuring the success of Internet marketing efforts is easy, because you have quantifiable results. Online marketing differs from traditional marketing because you get immediate feedback, which can be measured in clicks, conversions, registration, or sales. With a traditional marketing campaign, with its lag between execution and results, you need to rely on opinion — your own, a focus group’s, or a consultant’s — which can be subjective and unreliable.
This is partly a refreshed and updated version of the excellent list of 50 digital marketing tools to grow your start-up put together by Bryan Eisenberg last year, and incorporates many of his picks as well as suggestions from the comments section. If you know any great free tools that have been helpful in your own digital marketing efforts, please suggest them in the comments!
Content Amp. Also in April of 2013, U.K.-based content marketing agency Content Amp created an impressive and visually appealing infographic featuring a wide variety of content marketing tools, with an attempt at groupings as well. While this is perhaps the best map of the content marketing vendor set I have seen, it is lacking in the number of vendors and categories covered. For example, it misses content curation tools entirely, and has a confusing category called Curated Content & Forums that includes technologies such as the commenting system Disqus, which has no relevance to curated content. The infographic is not strictly restricted to “tools” and has a category for content marketing agencies.
Think like an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are not paid for their time. They’re paid for the value they bring to the marketplace. It takes time to create products and services and set up systems to deliver value, but once you do, you’ll be in a position to start generating revenue. Internet marketing is no different. As a marketer, you are not paid for the time you spend creating various marketing campaigns, you are paid for the results your campaigns produce. If you don’t produce results, you don’t make money.
Everything PR. In January of 2013, Everything PR put together a list of 100 Content Marketing tools. While it’s one of the most comprehensive lists, I have seen, it doesn’t strictly list “tools” in the sense of technologies. Many of the entries are resource sites and blogs such as the Content Rules Blog, or events such as Content Marketing World 2013. While such resources can be helpful for marketers, they are not strictly tools. The list also makes no attempt to organize and group tools together.
Filmora also comes packed with an extensive music library, overlays, filters, and texts to help make your video stand out. To get started, just upload content from your preferred device and start editing. While there are a lot of video editors available, Filmora’s intuitive interface makes this is one of the easiest and effective editors marketers can use. There’s also inspiring instructional and tutorial videos to help you get the most out of Filmore.