After you have identified your buyer personas, the next step is figuring out how these personas think and ultimately make the decision to buy. According to Hubspot and adopted by all those who believe in the inbound marketing methodology, there are three steps in the buyer’s journey: Awareness, Consideration, Decision. Each of these stages are major opportunities for you as a marketer to nurture your potential customer by providing valuable content about the product and or problem they are trying to solve for. Here are three stats from a Forbes.com article that prove just how important content is in nurturing a prospect throughout the buyer’s journey:
Ideally, after writing marketing plans for a few years, you can sit back and review a series of them, year after year, and check the progress of your company. Of course, sometimes this is hard to make time for (there is that annoying real world to deal with), but it can provide an unparalleled objective view of what you've been doing with your business life over a number of years.
Citizen Relations is a digital PR agency headquartered in New York City with other offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, Singapore, Los Angeles, Irvine, Calif., Vancouver, and Quebec, Canada. The agency was founded in 1980 and has since grown to a team of 163 employees who provide PR, social media marketing, and various design services to large enterprise clients. 
Work environments are a lot more complex than we realize while we’re grinding within them. Above the actual work you produce there’s a multitude of expectations, verbal and nonverbal communication gymnastics, and politics. Everything from how the organization is structured to its culture, product, and leadership play a part in how your day to day (and career) unfolds.
Understanding which websites already rank for your keyword gives you valuable insight into the competition, and also how hard it will be to rank for the given term. Are there search advertisements running along the top and right-hand side of the organic results? Typically, many search ads means a high-value keyword, and multiple search ads above the organic results often means a highly lucrative and directly conversion-prone keyword.
The transaction price, or amount customers pay when they buy from you, can dictate your success. For example, if your average customer transaction is $100 but your competitor’s average customer transaction is $150, they will generate more revenues, and probably profits, per customer. As a result, they will be able to outspend you on advertising, and continue to gain market share at your expense.

Studio III has been instrumental in bringing my practice out of the DIY-template ages of the internet. With a keen sense of aesthetic organization and marketing know-how, this modern, hip group of people has helped to put a professional spin on my web image. Coupled with social media expertise of the great Alexis, this is a power team for marketing in a competitive space. Thanks Caige, Alexis and team!!!


Ice Nine Online helped a small business finance company engage more customers and improve brand awareness by setting up direct digital marketing strategies that included paid Google search campaigns, PPC and SEO. As a result of its partnership with Ice Nine Online, the finance company's new customer acquisition increased by 50% within the first 6 months. 

Standard to any business or marketing plan is the SWOT analysis. The SWOT analysis should help you clearly define your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats so that you can develop goals and objectives that are on point and tied to your overall mission. The SWOT analysis will also enable you to understand what differentiates you from your competition and how you should position yourself in the market. It will also help in developing your messaging and your unique selling proposition. Brutal honesty is imperative to a truly insightful SWOT. Use bullets and aim for 4–5 in each section. Limiting your lists will help you to focus on the most critical points and help retain focus.
Your mission statement is the foundation of your marketing plan. Although it may not play a direct role in your marketing activities, the mission statement focuses on your business goals and helps you make sure that your marketing activities support the business's overall objectives. It's an effective tool to refer back to whenever you start to question if you are still on the right track.
The final section of your plan includes a brief breakdown of the costs associated with each of your tactics. So if you plan to exhibit at three trade shows per year, for example, you'll include the costs to participate in the shows and prepare your booth and marketing materials. If you find the tactics you've selected are too costly, you can go back and make revisions before you arrive at a final budget.

In the world of social media it pays to have an overall strategy that is tweaked depending on the social channel you are working in. For example, the way you market on Twitter will differ from the way you market on LinkedIn or Facebook. They are different sites with different purposes and your messaging needs to reflect that. One strategy, however, that does work across them all is using photographs. Posts with pictures get higher clicks and engagement across the board. And because social media is all about getting your content and your messaging seen, timing is important. According to sumall.com the key is to catch people in their downtime, early in the morning, on their breaks or at night. Here is what they recommend for timing:
Based in the United Kingdom, Ian Linton has been a professional writer since 1990. His articles on marketing, technology and distance running have appeared in magazines such as “Marketing” and “Runner's World.” Linton has also authored more than 20 published books and is a copywriter for global companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics from Bristol University.

" Their level of sophistication in terms of design profile is strong, and it’s definitely a distinctive factor about Crowd, compared to other designers and agencies I’ve worked with in the past. They have a good sense for sorting through the clutter and figuring out what’s right for my project. " - Director of Marketing, San Francisco commercial development
In terms of measurement, I recommend a marketing dashboard featuring the most important metrics that define marketing success for you. These metrics will likely come from multiple areas, including your funnel metrics (leads, opportunities, etc) and your campaign KPIs, and will indicate whether you are on track to achieve the marketing goals and objectives you defined in your strategy. Just as a car dashboard has indicator lights for low fuel or high speed, the metrics you include in your marketing dashboard should serve as these indicator lights, or warning signals, for marketing success. For your marketing dashboard, select these key metrics and add the monthly objective for each. Then, each month, add the actual results for each metric and consider an easy “indicator light” system such as highlighting each metric result red, yellow, or green based on whether they are below target, on target, or above target. 
Organik SEO is a digital marketing company offering SEO, paid advertising, social media, and web design services from its headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. As a B Corps company, Organik SEO holds itself to high standards of social and environmental accountability and performance. Since 2008, the team of about 10 has worked with companies in the consumer packaged goods natural product space, educational institutions, non-profits, and other B Corps companies.

Starcom is one of the most renowned media agencies in the world and a member of Publicis Media. They call themselves the Human Experience Company because they believe the alchemy of people and technology creates experiences people love and actions brands need. Starcom is trusted by the leading brands, serving as media agency of record for Lionsgate, Lowe’s, Visa, Kraft Heinz, Wingstop and The NBA. Learn more.
Matt Bowman and Thrive Internet Marketing is the best web development firm we have worked with as a company. Demilec USA has gone through this process a couple times before and the Thrive team was far and away the best one we have worked with. We came in on budget and on time.  We really appreciate their creativity as well as their customer service. Thank you again.
Engage local influencers. Professional Houston athletes such as Astros players or former Oilers players, local celebrities and influencers can help you get the word out online about your business. Reach out to them and if you know someone who can make an introduction, you may get a great photo op for your social media pages. Ask your happy clients if they know any prominent Houston locals, and see if there is opportunity there!
A resort management company hired The Brandon Agency to assist an in-house social media manager with social media marketing on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. They create videos and write articles for the client every month to ensure there’s enough content to share across the resort’s many social sites. The Brandon Agency also manages TripAdvisor, TripConnect, and Instant Book for the client.
A marketing plan can be adjusted at any point based on the results. If digital ads are performing better than expected, for example, the campaign budget within a campaign can be adjusted to fund the higher performing platform or the company can initiate a new budget. The challenge for marketing leaders is to ensure that every platform has sufficient time to show results. Digital marketing shows results in near real-time, whereas TV ads require rotation to realize any level of market penetration. In the traditional marketing mix model, a marketing plan would fall under the category of "promotion," which is one of the four Ps, a term coined by Neil Borden to describe the marketing mix of product, price, promotion, and place.
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...

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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