Now that you’ve created your marketing goals and have a budget, you are ready to develop your activity plan, also known as a marketing communications plan. The most effective way to approach turning your marketing strategy into an execution plan is by using a campaign structure. You can think of campaigns as buckets of activities focused on a common theme or goal.

I suggest having an agreement in your contract that guarantees that price for a period of time (on a quarterly basis, perhaps); then you can renegotiate once that time is up. The biggest upside of a retainer-based model is that it allows you to forecast your earnings and hypothetically see how much you will earn if your current clients stay on for a full 12 months. This is essential to growing the business because you can set goals and prepare for set-backs.
The term ‘creative agency’ may sound all-encompassing, but it typically refers to an agency offering more traditional marketing and advertising methods. For a creative agency, the focus is on presenting the business in the most aesthetically pleasing way, using a combination of creative advertising techniques such as print, public relations, television and radio advertising, and direct mail campaigns to do so. 
Thanks for the great article, I am just confused about your "dog training" example. The topics list you suggest does not include any local qualifiers. I think dog training is a mostly local business. If every dog training school in every city writes those kinds of articles there will be quite a few. :-) I am wondering how to take those great topics plus incorporate the location in a meaningfull way. Do you have any ideas for that? Having the best ranking article about puppy training might not give you more more local customers, or did I miss something ?

The classic quantification of a marketing plan appears in the form of budgets. Because these are so rigorously quantified, they are particularly important. They should, thus, represent an unequivocal projection of actions and expected results. What is more, they should be capable of being monitored accurately; and, indeed, performance against budget is the main (regular) management review process.


Email marketing is huge, too. Billions of people use email and billions of messages are sent on a daily basis. The vast majority of retailers identify promotional emails as their primary mechanism for customer loyalty. Those who buy stuff through email promotions spend more money than those who buy stuff through other means. Most importantly, the ROI on email marketing is great: $44 per $1 spent.
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If you do decide that building an agency is what you want to do, create an LLC or SCorp. This will grant you personal legal security if something goes terribly wrong (lawsuits). It also allows you a multitude of tax benefits. I would suggest getting an LLC or SCorp established as soon as possible as it also legitimizes your business in both the eyes of the client and Uncle Sam.

I have one question for you Kristi! You talked about “Directory Listening Discovery”, point is all these sites will be business listening directories like Yelp, Tripadvisor, Foursquare etc that we mostly use for local business listing (earn new citations). It is necessary to have business physical address to list your business on these sites, so what you think about those businesses that don’t have their physical address as they are just providing online services?

User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) may seem interchangeable, but these features can make or break your company’s website. You need excellent UX and UI to achieve your design goals, increase web traffic, and retain customers on your page. However, many businesses are unintentionally making irreparable mistakes when it comes to these design features […]
I suggest having an agreement in your contract that guarantees that price for a period of time (on a quarterly basis, perhaps); then you can renegotiate once that time is up. The biggest upside of a retainer-based model is that it allows you to forecast your earnings and hypothetically see how much you will earn if your current clients stay on for a full 12 months. This is essential to growing the business because you can set goals and prepare for set-backs.
There are several types of marketing firms, and hiring the wrong one can result in a loss of money and time. It’s also important to consider budget constraints. A company should not hire a marketing firm that is beyond its budget, but it should also use caution if it chooses a less expensive (and likely less qualified) firm that may not be capable of delivering the goods.  
There are several types of marketing firms, and hiring the wrong one can result in a loss of money and time. It’s also important to consider budget constraints. A company should not hire a marketing firm that is beyond its budget, but it should also use caution if it chooses a less expensive (and likely less qualified) firm that may not be capable of delivering the goods.  
In marketing, the marketing expense-to-sales ratio plays an important part in expense analysis because it is used to align marketing spend with industry norms. Marketing expense-to-sales ratio helps the company drive its marketing spend productivity. Marketing expense-to-sales analysis is also included with the sales analysis, market share analysis, financial analysis and market-based scorecard analysis as one of the five analysis tools marketers used to control and drive spending productivity. The marketing expense-to-sales ratio allows companies to track actual spending that is relative to the accepted budget and relative to sales goals as stated in the marketing plan.[14]
Doing business without a marketing plan is like driving without a map. You may get to your destination—eventually—but you risk making time-consuming and costly errors along the way. You might be assuming there's demand for your product when there isn't, for example. Your services might be priced too low. Or you could be venturing into a market that is impenetrable because of regulatory restrictions.
Understanding the balance of terms that might be a little more difficult due to competition, versus those terms that are a little more realistic, will help you maintain a similar balance that the mix of long-tail and head terms allows. Remember, the goal is to end up with a list of keywords that provide some quick wins but also helps you make progress toward bigger, more challenging SEO goals.

When you work with us, don’t expect to get locked in to a marketing tactic just because it’s trendy or “cutting edge.” Instead, you’ll create results-driven marketing programs that hold steadfast to your “APM”— audience, purpose and messaging. So, whether through marketing automation, digital advertising, content marketing or a campaign that knits them all together, expect your marketing programs to fit your business needs and objectives.
Today’s buyers are tech savvy, and want to find the best products and services at the best prices. You better believe they are going to shop around until they find what they feel is the best deal. If your business isn’t utilizing the latest technology and as many channels as possible to reach your target audience, you risk not being found in today’s online market.
As expected from Kristi, great way to utilize keywords in digital marketing. I particularly like the part featuring Social SEO as far too often brands forget that people search by keywords on social media, especially sites like Facebook and Instagram ( Facebook in my opinion is the best search engine that isn't called a search engine ). It would be great to further explore social optimization in posts, not only by using keywords, but link type, search correlation due to images vs video, etc.
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The keyword tool is able to tell us that nearly 700,000 people search for window tinting each month globally, and on a smaller scale 74,000 in the UK. With an average amount of monthly searches in mind we now need to know just how much exposure the top spots of search results could potentially get. In fact, it is rumored that the website ranked first for any given keyword will receive around forty percent of all of the search engine traffic of that specific keyword, with the rest of the first page results having an almost equal share of the remainder. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on pages tend to get very little traffic, if any at all.
When it comes to brainstorming, sit down with your team and think about phrases and words relevant to your brand. You can think of this as brainstorming ideas for content topics, as it’s very similar. For example, if you are creating content for a company that produces vacuums specifically designed for pet hair removal, your list of keywords and topics might look like this:
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If you have become skilled in digital marketing (paid specifically) you can essentially run ads for most businesses. However, you need to learn the target market and how to formulate effective messaging. This can take a lot of time when the business is unfamiliar or abstract to what you are used to working with, which inevitably causes issues early on if things aren’t going so well.
Mass media was hot on the telephone’s tail, of course. Print, radio, and television enabled (and continue to enable) advertisers to communicate their messages to millions of eyeballs and eardrums at any given time. What’s more, with the rise of mass media emerged the capacity for cross-channel marketing: the advertisement of the same brand or product across different media outlets. That’s more exposure to more consumers who are more likely to convert and spend their money.
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Firms that are successful in marketing invariably start with a marketing plan. Large companies have plans with hundreds of pages; small companies can get by with a half-dozen sheets. Put your marketing plan in a three-ring binder. Refer to it at least quarterly, but better yet monthly. Leave a tab for putting in monthly reports on sales/manufacturing; this will allow you to track performance as you follow the plan.
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Plan, organize and direct daily operations, Establish and implement policies and procedures, Assign, co- ordinate and review projects and programs, Plan, develop and implement communications strategies, Establish distribution networks for products and services, Plan and direct publicity or media events, Plan and direct advertising and marketing campaigns, Plan and direct market research studies, Oversee the analysis of sales data and information, Oversee the preparation of reports, Pre...
Do you like knowing exactly how people come to your website? If you are already using UTM parameters to track your links, you can utilize the optional UTM_term (used mostly by AdWords advertisers) to track your keyword usage. For example, if I create a Facebook ad for my business, I could use the following to note that the ad was targeted toward a specific audience, such as content managers, and the ad used the phrase "freelance writer."
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When you tell people that you’re going to run your own agency or consultancy, it carves into their mind that you are going to rent out an office space and hire a bunch of employees. More often than not, that is the worst decision you can make. If you’re like 99% of the population, chances are you have bills that need to be paid. If you want to get started and grow, you are going to have to make sure you can personally survive first.

PHD launched as the world’s first planning-led media agency back in 1990. Today the agency is one of the most awarded media agencies being named Media Network of the Year in 2016 and 2015 by Campaign and Global Media Agency of the Year 2016 by AdWeek. The global media agency has over 4,000 people in their 80+ offices worldwide and is part of the Omnicom Media Group. PHD is the media agency of record for HP, Delta, Carnival, Volkswagen and Converse. Learn more about PHD here.
One of the main purposes of developing a marketing plan is to set the company on a specific path in marketing. The marketing goals normally aligns itself to the broader company objectives. For example, a new company looking to grow their business will generally have a marketing plan that emphasizes strategies to increase their customer base.[4] Acquiring marketing share, increasing customer awareness, and building a favorable business image are some of the objectives that can be related to marketing planning. The marketing plan also helps layout the necessary budget and resources needed to achieve the goals stated in the marketing plan. The marketing plan shows what the company is intended to accomplish within the budget and also to make it possible for company executives to assess potential return on the investment of marketing dollars. Different aspects of the marketing plan relate to accountability.[4] The marketing plan is a general responsibility from company leaders and the marketing staff to take the company in a specific direction. After the strategies are laid out and the tasks are developed, each task is assigned to a person or a team for implementation. The assigned roles allows companies to keep track of their milestones and communicate with the teams during the implementation process. Having a marketing plan helps company leaders to develop and keep an eye on the expectations for their functional areas. For example, if a company's marketing plan goal is to increase sales growth then the company leaders may have to increase their sales staff in stores to help generate more sales.[4]
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