Repeat this exercise for as many topic buckets as you have. And remember, if you're having trouble coming up with relevant search terms, you can always head on over to your employees on the front lines -- like Sales or Services -- and ask them what types of terms their prospects and customers use, or common questions they have. Those are often great starting points for keyword research.
The first step in creating your buyer personas is to brainstorm who they could be. Once you have your full list, identify the ones who have similar needs or roles and consider merging them. From here, prioritize your list of personas by considering their impact on the final purchase decision, their relationship to your company, and the size of the audience persona group. Once you’ve finished brainstorming, create your actual personas.
In fact, once you know where you want to go you will need to capture the direction inside your pitch deck. There will be an entire slide dedicated to this in your pitch deck which potential investors expect. For a winning deck, take a look at the pitch deck template created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) that I recently covered. Thiel was the first angel investor in Facebook with a $500K check that turned into more than $1 billion in cash. Moreover, I also provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400 million (see it here).
The political environment of your business plays an important role in your company’s well-being. For example, an unstable political system could be the cause of changing circumstances, thus a varying purchasing power of consumers. Other variables influenced by the political environment are trade restrictions or the extent to which legislation is passed.
Winning with online marketing requires you to know the landscape, including who your top competitors are and how you compare across the web. How you market your company compared to your competitors will determine how you perform online (we’re talking getting leads and sales from potential customers). Ultimately, the growth of your company depends on how you stack up and what opportunities are available to close any gaps and get ahead. So, do you know the answer to that? If you’re ready to grow your business and get ahead of your competitors, the first step is understanding the landscape, and that starts with a digital competitive analysis from Blue Corona. Stop wondering how you stack up against the competition. Stop wasting your time trying to reinvent the wheel. See what’s possible. Contact us today to get started.
I like to use Open Site Explorer as a way to check out what my competitors are doing with their SEO. Moz allows you to find out what external links your competitors are getting. This can give you incredibly valuable insight as to what their content strategy is like, or if they even have one in the first place, and potentially where they’re advertising online.
If you're struggling to think of more keywords people might be searching about a specific topic, go to Google.com and take a look at the related search terms that appear when you plug in a keyword. When you type in your phrase and scroll to the bottom of Google's results, you'll notice some suggestions for searches related to your original input. These keywords can spark ideas for other keywords you may want to take into consideration.

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Samsung. The Korean company has slowly and steadily grown to become a premier consumer electronics brand. It used to have annual strategy sessions where all its top executives got to spend time with the best competitive products they were up against from the likes of Sony (SNE), Nokia (NOK), Panasonic (PC), and Apple. I don't know if it still does that, but from day one, Samsung eschewed the traditional technology-driven Asian model in favor of becoming a market-driven and market-leading company.

If you wanted to create a marketing agency 25+ years ago, the barrier to entry was colossal. With a primitive digital landscape, the overhead to create such an operation was daunting, and nearly impossible without initial investment. On top of the startup costs, you were limited to physical and traditional media and the headaches associated with all but fabricating something that resembled ROI for your clients. Being “in the red” for a very, very long time was inevitable.
Acxiom is an agency that is not as famous as the other agencies on this list, but the people-based marketing agency is a quiet giant of the industry. The agency has been leveraging technology and data for over 45 years to help clients and partners get results. Acxiom is headquartered in Conway, Arkansas with additional locations around the United States, Europe and Asia. Learn more.
As we know from interactions with our own friends, they can be full of surprises. So one of the biggest mistakes you can make when creating a buyer persona is to constantly make assumptions. Actually put these personas to the test, hit the pavement, and start interviewing people and get some real data. After all, there’s that saying about assumptions making a donkey out of you and me.
"...compare Local Search Masters to the other interactive agencies, and then look at what they’ve done with the success they’ve had with our franchise. You’re going to find that they compare very well in pricing, they’re transparent, and they have great customer service. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an interactive agency." – Owner, Massage Franchise

“It’s easy for an agency to double their revenue by becoming full-service. But Hanapin’s goal isn’t to double what we make from each client; our goal is to double what clients make from us. We do this by solving pressing problems with a unique blend of people and technology. This focus allows us to stay ahead of industry changes and drive goal-crushing results for complex businesses.”

"They hit the ground running, learning what our programs are, and fine-tuning the strategy around the keywords in the ad copy. ... Having the same account managers has been tremendously helpful because they know how we are and what our programs are about. They’re constantly refining our strategy and our messaging, and that wouldn’t be possible if we were constantly being shuffled around." – Director of Marketing, Public University
McCann is a global advertising agency that has created some of the best-known and most iconic advertising campaigns of the last century. From Coke’s “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” to Mastercard’s “Priceless” slogan, McCann continues to helps brands engage with consumers in their daily lives. Part of Interpublic Group, the agency’s client list includes GM, Aldi, Cigna, Microsoft, Verizon and more. Learn more.
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. 
A beer festival in Edmonton hired Adster Creative to perform their digital marketing campaign. The event had historically been successful, but the owner wanted to boost performance with targeted marketing. Adster Creative delivered a highly customized AdWords PPC solution, as well as social media management and SEO focused on backlinking. Their efforts were a success, with a 67% lower bounce rate and 39% longer average session duration.
A local credit union based in Mass. needed to increase traffic to its website to maintain growth. They went to inSegment for a complete digital marketing strategy. inSegment redesigned the credit union's website and continued to manage its web hosting and optimize its search presence. Members and employees of the credit union found the new website more pleasant and easier to use, and their search appearance has grown steadily.
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:
Think of it this way. If you write intelligent and thought provoking blog content, say on a weekly basis, that in some way solves a problem, answers a question or simply entertains your target audience, you will become a go-to resource for those potential buyers. They will come back to your site time and time again because you are providing a free service for them, all the while building trust and establishing brand clout in a non-intrusive way. And when these devoted followers realize they need the product you sell, guess who they are most likely to buy it from? You got it. They are going to go to you. The company they trust. Read Is Youtility the Future of Marketing by Jay Baer, New York Times best selling author and social media and content strategist, to learn more about this important concept.
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.
In order to use SEO affectively, you must optimize your content and when we say content we mean all your content – from your blogs to your landing pages to your social tags. In order to do this you need to create a keyword list, which will then allow you to create messaging around the words and phrase you are targeting. But SEO is much more than just targeting keywords. Link building, content and social media all play key roles in a successful SEO strategy.
Marketing Maven worked with a Los Angeles-based production company to elevate its social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Marketing Maven designed social media ads and shared relevant content to increase the production company's followers and engagement across all three social channels. After about 12 months, the production company had 17,000 followers on Facebook and its Instagram ads garnered 1.5 million impressions.
Set your pricing by examining how much it cost you to produce the product or service and adding a fair price for the benefits that the customer will enjoy. Examining what others are charging for similar products or services will guide you when you're figuring out what a fair price for such benefits would be. You may find it useful to conduct a Breakeven Analysis.
Marketing companies can help your business develop a marketing strategy, plan and manage campaigns, or provide specific services, such as telemarketing or market research. You can retain their services for a specific project or hire them on a retainer basis to assist you over a period of time. You can also hire individual consultants or freelancers with specialist marketing skills to plan and manage projects.
Working with Studio III has been a great experience. We made the move about 3 years ago and never looked back. The websites are ranking great, my Account Rep and the team have been wonderful to work with. There has definitely been a relationship type experience as opposed to just a business transaction. At the end of the day, it’s about results and Studio III has delivered.

In Keyword Planner, formerly known as the Keyword Tool, you can get search volume and traffic estimates for keywords you're considering. Unfortunately, when Google transitioned from Keyword Tool to Keyword Planner, they stripped out a lot of the more interesting functionality. But you can make up for it a bit if you take the information you learn from Keyword Planner and use Google Trends to fill in some blanks.
Working with Studio III has been a great experience. We made the move about 3 years ago and never looked back. The websites are ranking great, my Account Rep and the team have been wonderful to work with. There has definitely been a relationship type experience as opposed to just a business transaction. At the end of the day, it’s about results and Studio III has delivered.
Thanks Asim! I know agencies still list themselves on local directories even though they are providing services nationwide or globally. So even if you don't have a physical store or place that customers go, that can still be listed to get those directory listings. If you have no address at all, it would be better to focus on niche-specific directories as opposed to local directories. But I'd only go for those that appear in search results for keywords that you are targeting or ones that are linked to reputable organizations in your industry.
Branding can be fun, but it can also be tricky. A brand can be one of the strongest assets a company possesses and if done right will attract the buyer loyalty every business dreams of. Brand consistency is key. Is your brand consistently represented across all channels, including your logo, website design, tradeshow booth, print marketing materials, business cards and email signatures, advertisements, packaging design, social media profiles and sales collateral? Take a look at all the places that your audience comes in contact with your brand, and ask yourself what each piece is saying about your brand as a whole.
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.
Internet marketing has recently become so popular it is recommended for almost all businesses of any size. The internet has essentially changed the way we work as human beings. It has given us a network of information allowing us to find almost any information that we might need, as well as communicate with people from all over the world. The truth is that the internet connects more people than you could ever directly connect in person.
A local credit union based in Mass. needed to increase traffic to its website to maintain growth. They went to inSegment for a complete digital marketing strategy. inSegment redesigned the credit union's website and continued to manage its web hosting and optimize its search presence. Members and employees of the credit union found the new website more pleasant and easier to use, and their search appearance has grown steadily.

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.  
Dion Marketing, a strategic marketing firm, specializes in amusement, hospitality, retail and destination marketing with services including marketing, advertising, public relations, graphic design and website design. This Jacksonville advertising agency has over two decades of experience and several marketing awards of excellence for clients nationwide. Dion Marketing focuses on quality and results, with a responsive, hands-on approach.

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.

There’s a culture in today’s age of startups that extreme growth is the only marker of a successful business. There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to taking on more clients and you may discover that you can be financially satisfied with a certain number of great clients. You may ultimately decide that rapid expansion is not what’s best for you. Unless you have outside investors breathing down your neck, the ability to live a financially stable (if not better) life on your own terms may be more enticing to you.
As you search, cut and paste the results into a spreadsheet. (I have found that in Excel it works best to copy the results from the Overture Keyword Tool and then using paste special and then paste as text.) Once you have done this for 2-3 key terms, you should have a spreadsheet with 200 or 300 rows. To analyze the results and make them useful for your business, you need to figure out which terms are the best ones for your company to focus on. To do this, try the following steps:
Marketing communications: Marketing communications consultancies plan and develop communications material, such as brochures, product guides, newsletters, and customer magazines. They provide writing, design, and production services, and offer advice regarding the kinds of communications materials you will need to support activities you undertake, such as new product launches.
Internet marketing means selling products or services over the internet. Our internet marketing company will help you create the right online marketing campaign to ensure that your product is recognized and easily found over the internet. One way of doing this is by submitting your products to Google Shopping and ensuring you can rank high based upon popular customer sort queries (such as price low to high, popularity, good reviews etc).
"They've significantly improved our ranking on Google in previously challenging markets...Other agencies we've worked with haven't been able to budge our online position, so we're very happy with the results thus far. It's helping our leadership team overcome issues involving prospective employees or purchasers of our products." — Director of Digital Marketing, Skincare Company
While we’re well aware that you could look up the official definition in any number of print or digital reference publications, we thought you might like to hear what it means to us. To best explain what we feel distinguishes (and elevates) a digital agency from other types of marketing and advertising firms, we’ll highlight some of the key differences:
Although more and more keywords are getting encrypted by Google every day, another smart way to come up with keyword ideas is to figure out which keywords your website is already getting found for. To do this, you'll need website analytics software like Google Analytics or HubSpot's Sources tool. Drill down into your website's traffic sources, and sift through you organic search traffic bucket to identify the keywords people are using to arrive at your site.
Understanding just how big the internet is may be the first step to understanding why internet marketing is becoming so important to businesses. As previously mentioned, the internet connects millions of people from all over the world. Look at social media websites such as Facebook which has over 800 million active users every day. Imagine the exposure your business could get from having a proper advertising campaign on social media website. With that in mind Social Media Marketing through popular websites such as Twitter and Facebook is only a small part of the internet marketing process.
After defining your distribution channel(s), it’s time to make sure that you really need to deliver your product or service. First of all, you need to define the message that should be conveyed to your buyer personas. Afterwards, let’s look at suitable promotion channels that can be used to acquire new customers. Obviously, they should be channels you can find your buyer personas in. But the range of possibilities still seems to be endless.
Founded in 2012, Speaking Socially Media is a creative company offering social media marketing, web development, and mobile app development. With less than 10 employees, the Great Falls, MT agency helps companies connect with customers and keep them engaged online. They serve businesses across industries, including restaurants, consultants, retail stores, non-profits, and realtors.

There can be considerable benefit in comparing these figures with those achieved by other organizations (especially those in the same industry); using, for instance, the figures which can be obtained (in the UK) from `The Centre for Interfirm Comparison'. The most sophisticated use of this approach, however, is typically by those making use of PIMS (Profit Impact of Management Strategies), initiated by the General Electric Company and then developed by Harvard Business School, but now run by the Strategic Planning Institute.
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