Marketing has changed more in the past 10 years than it had in the previous 100—launching us out of the age of TV spots and print ads and into the age of websites, online video, social media, and Google. Consumers today are connected to the web 24/7—U.S. adults now spend upwards of 6 hours per day consuming digital media, and that doesn’t count those whose jobs are internet-dependent.
How are you getting it in front of people? I'd send a pair to influencers, artists, and sport stars. I'd also do an awesome job with my branding. The shoe box would be super cool. Shoelaces would be different colors and even some sparkly tissue paper instead of the newspaper colored tissue paper you usually see stuck in the shoes at department stores. My aim would be to make everyone feel like flying superstars.
Chart to success: We all know that plans are imperfect things. How can you possibly know what's going to happen 12 months or five years from now? Isn't putting together a marketing plan an exercise in futility . . . a waste of time better spent meeting with customers or fine-tuning production? Yes, possibly but only in the narrowest sense. If you don't plan, you're doomed, and an inaccurate plan is far better than no plan at all. To stay with our sea captain analogy, it's better to be 5 or even 10 degrees off your destination port than to have no destination in mind at all. The point of sailing, after all, is to get somewhere, and without a marketing plan, you'll wander the seas aimlessly, sometimes finding dry land but more often than not floundering in a vast ocean. Sea captains without a chart are rarely remembered for discovering anything but the ocean floor.
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.

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:
Your tactics section should include all the actionable steps you plan to take for advertising, public relations, direct mail, trade shows and special promotions. You can use a paper calendar to schedule your tactics or use a contact manager or spreadsheet program--what matters most is that you stick to your schedule and follow through. A plan on paper is only useful if it's put into action.
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SoftProdigy supplied SEO strategy assistance to expand the client's brand presence. SoftProdigy's digital marketing campaign helped improve the client's reputation after they received negative business reviews on the first page of Google results. Organic traffic increased by 180%, and social media campaigns led to a 1,100% increase in the client's social media marketing reach.


Guest posting for SEO purposes using low-quality content may be dead, but guest posting with high-quality content for the purpose of gaining more exposure with your target audience isn't. With this in mind, you don't want to use keywords for an over-optimized anchor text link in your author bio. Rather, you'll want to use keywords to find the best opportunities for guest posting.
Marketing Maven is a full-service marketing and communications agency with offices in Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. Founded in 2009, Marketing Maven is recognized for its expertise in brand strategy, social media, media relations, event marketing, SEO, and tradeshow support. With a background in direct response public relations, Marketing Maven uses state-of-the-art metrics to measure clients’ marketing reach and provide competitive analysis. With an intimate team of fewer than 30 employees, Marketing Maven combines public relations, social media, and SEO.
Once you’ve connected with a reputable buyer and answered their initial questions, they should send you a Letter of Intent (LoI)—a document that specifies how much the buyer believes your agency is worth and their proposal for the deal. If you agree with their evaluation and plan, you can move into setting up more specific terms. If not, then this is a great time to ask them questions on how they reached their evaluation and negotiate for changes. If you’ve done your homework up until this point, you should have precise information on how much your agency is worth and why, which you can leverage to reach a more agreeable number. Above all else, make sure that you’re happy with the evaluation the buyer gives you before you move forward. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting time you could have spent closing with a more compatible buyer.
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.
Social media is the most common daily activity in the U.S.; the majorities of Facebook and Instagram users check the platforms every single day. Each social channel reserves space in their feeds for advertisers to post promoted content. If your brand successfully cultivates a natural and appealing social media presence - whether it’s through quick Facebook videos, clever tweets, or aesthetically pleasing pins - your promotions will attract consumers rather than annoy them. Oh, and the cost per thousand impressions (CPM) for social media ads is super low. We’re talking about the odds of the Gallagher brothers reconciling their differences and reuniting Oasis for a never-ending intergalactic tour. That low.
milk* provided web and print design updates for a public policy think tank. The client needed to migrate their Drupal site to WordPress, refresh its visuals, and reimagine their brand for print material. milk* provided front and backend development for the WordPress site, adding several features and adjusting visual assets. They also redesigned the client's brief and whitepaper format for their print publications.
Your tactics section should include all the actionable steps you plan to take for advertising, public relations, direct mail, trade shows and special promotions. You can use a paper calendar to schedule your tactics or use a contact manager or spreadsheet program--what matters most is that you stick to your schedule and follow through. A plan on paper is only useful if it's put into action.

Google's AdWords Keyword Planner tool is another common starting point for SEO keyword research. It not only suggests keywords and provides estimated search volume, but also predicts the cost of running paid campaigns for these terms. To determine volume for a particular keyword, be sure to set the Match Type to [Exact] and look under Local Monthly Searches. Remember that these represent total searches. Depending on your ranking and click-through rate, the actual number of visitors you achieve for these keywords will usually be much lower.
Here you want to demonstrate that you know your customers inside and out, including their expectations and their whims. Your profile should include basic demographic portraits that paint a clear profile of your clients. Look at characteristics such as age, sex, profession or career, income level, level of educational attainment and geographic location.
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.

The web designers on our team were hired because of their demonstrated WordPress design and development skills. Since our websites are all built with WordPress, our team creates their designs based on their knowledge of how WordPress works, setting up for a seamless design & build process to allow you to have an easy-to-use, responsive and secure website.

“Wpromote understands the meaning of what a true partnership is. They've developed and managed many facets of our digital marketing efforts which we would not be able to do internally. They're intelligent, savvy and intuitive. They understand our goals and have helped guide decisions for us to grow the brand, the business - the revenue. They're leaders in their industry.”
Content is all of the written words used to convey your brand, from the copy on your site to the landing page users arrive at, to the blog posts, newsletters and emails you write. But it’s not just having content that matters, it’s having quality content that is consistent. Content marketing is about providing useful information to your customer base. It’s not about selling but about informing.
Your marketing department might encompass digital marketing, print advertisement, ppc management, website optimization, visual identity/branding, event marketing, etc. As a digital marketing agency, this marketing plan discussion will focus mostly on the digital marketing aspect, but the strategies and concepts in this post can be expanded to encompass your entire marketing department. For today’s marketers, creating an integrated marketing plan that includes social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing and SEO — all tenets of a strong digital marketing, or inbound marketing strategy — is necessary in order to attract and convert buyers in a digital age.

For most businesses, tens of thousands of search terms are used by people looking for the stuff they sell. understanding your total universe of search terms is fundamental to establishing an appropriate budget. If the widget manufacturer identifies 100,000 relevant search terms, there may be only enough money in the budget to attack 5,000 of them. It therefore becomes critical to know which terms to pursue – and which to ignore.

"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
Google and other search engines report the search volume for all search terms, enabling firms to gauge the relative popularity of keywords relevant to their business. If the search term “inexpensive industrial widgets” is used 10,000 times a month and the term “high quality industrial widgets” is used 1,000 times a month, we know that “inexpensive” has ten times the online demand of “high quality.”
The ability to measure your inbound marketing efforts is one of the most valuable parts of your plan and the beauty of inbound marketing. The amount of things to measure and test are endless. And that’s a good thing because when you are able to test and measure you are able to improve areas of weakness, report quantitative results and prove the value of your marketing efforts to the broader organization.
Captured thinking: You don't allow your financial people to keep their numbers in their heads. Financial reports are the lifeblood of the numbers side of any business, no matter what size. It should be no different with marketing. Your written document lays out your game plan. If people leave, if new people arrive, if memories falter, if events bring pressure to alter the givens, the information in the written marketing plan stays intact to remind you of what you'd agreed on.
Toyota. By launching the Lexus brand, beating Mercedes and BMW at their own game, bringing "ergonomics" into our vocabulary, marketing "quiet," and making the dealership experience something more pleasurable than getting a root canal, Toyota (TM) became a great marketing company. It also popularized the luxury crossover SUV (Lexus RX), took the world by storm with the Prius hybrid, and aggressively integrated hybrid technology into many of its vehicles. The company that began life as Toyoda Automatic Loom Works in 1926 became the world's top automobile maker in 2010.
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. 
Nobody can predict the future, which is why it is vital to remember that your marketing plan should be a living, working document. This is not a style book, a brand handbook or a book on company policy. A marketing plan should be a reference that is used throughout the year, is malleable to a certain extent and is shared with all stakeholders and contributing members of the team. Transparency is important when developing and finalizing the plan. By getting feedback from all departments and being clear on goals, your marketing plan is more likely to be of value and to be seen as a successful tool.

Having a job that pays and allows you to have brain surgery without a lifetime of debt is a luxury many of us take for granted. Taking the leap of working for yourself has a list of risks so long that it could make for separate blog post. What mitigates a lot of that risk is actually developing the foundation for a business before making the decision to do it full time. I suggest doing some contracting work on the side for a period while holding down a full-time job for a variety of reasons, chief among them...

If you are extremely savvy with taxes then by all means do them yourself. However for the common person, there are so many nuances to running your own business that it makes sense to push this responsibility onto an expert (like your clients are doing with you!). You can save a lot of money by having a professional file your taxes on a quarterly basis, helping you along the way with write-offs.
Janet, a New York-based CMO with Chief Outsiders, helps CEOs and their leadership teams improve performance and accelerate growth through strategically planned and executed marketing programs. Her background includes experience in the technology, financial services and healthcare sectors. Follow Janet on @JWindek_Brey or contact her at 862-812-2777 or jbrey@chiefoutsiders.com
The social media marketing team at Thrive offers custom solutions for your specific needs when it comes to social media. Whether you're looking to increase the likes or follows of your brand's page or if you need a targeted campaign to generate revenue and new customers. These are some of the following services you can expect from your dedicated social media specialist at Thrive:
Tell Me Your Goal provided full-service digital marketing management for a vocational school in New York City. The client had limited technical staffing and needed a comprehensive internet campaign. Organic search rankings were particularly important for the client, so they selected Tell Me Your Goal based on their SEO experience. The client reports a ten-fold increase in ROI and has appreciated the professionalism evident in their partnership.
The benefit of managing clients is that a lot of these aspects are taken care of before they get to you. However, having the experience of working on these things allows you the added value of actually knowing what you’re talking about when something they give you isn’t working. It also helps you deal with the pressure to deliver quality results because you have been there before...many times.
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.
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“Straight North has done an excellent job. We’re very satisfied. They give us great reporting. We get full data on cost per lead for the various channels. Our website identity has received many compliments. We’re extremely happy with the level of contact we have with them. They’re very responsive to our needs. The overall service level has been very high.”
You can be as creative and intelligent as anyone in the game, but if you’re not prepared and experienced enough to deal with the many nuances of managing accounts and client relationships, you’ll be looking for another gig real quick. It may take years for some to build the skills necessary, it may take others less. Regardless, I believe you need to actually hold down a real job for some time before you venture out on your own.

For most businesses, tens of thousands of search terms are used by people looking for the stuff they sell. understanding your total universe of search terms is fundamental to establishing an appropriate budget. If the widget manufacturer identifies 100,000 relevant search terms, there may be only enough money in the budget to attack 5,000 of them. It therefore becomes critical to know which terms to pursue – and which to ignore.
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The purpose of a marketing plan is laying out how a company will achieve its stated business goals, and providing a framework to ensure that activities stay true to the vision and mission of the company. When starting the process of developing a marketing plan, there are five critical areas for consideration – positioning, objectives, strategy, tactics and execution. Our intention is to help prime the thought process prior to creating a marketing plan.
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How do you figure out what keywords your competitors are ranking for, you ask? Aside from manually searching for keywords in an incognito browser and seeing what positions your competitors are in, SEMrush allows you to run a number of free reports that show you the top keywords for the domain you enter. This is a quick way to get a sense of the types of terms your competitors are ranking for.
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Once you’ve connected with a reputable buyer and answered their initial questions, they should send you a Letter of Intent (LoI)—a document that specifies how much the buyer believes your agency is worth and their proposal for the deal. If you agree with their evaluation and plan, you can move into setting up more specific terms. If not, then this is a great time to ask them questions on how they reached their evaluation and negotiate for changes. If you’ve done your homework up until this point, you should have precise information on how much your agency is worth and why, which you can leverage to reach a more agreeable number. Above all else, make sure that you’re happy with the evaluation the buyer gives you before you move forward. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting time you could have spent closing with a more compatible buyer.
FleishmanHillard is one of the world’s three biggest PR firms and is a member of Omnicom Public Relations Group. Founded in 1946 by Alfred Fleishman and Bob Hillard, the St. Louis born agency provides reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy services. They currently serve as PR agency of record for Bose, GM, Russell Stover, Western Union and more.

Of course, depending on your industry and audience these times could vary. The key is to test and re-test in order to see when your buyers are engaging. Look at the competition. See who is doing social successfully in your space and note their patterns. And remember, your engagement on social media is key. When you interact with your audience you are telling them you heard them, you are enhancing your brand and you are showing authenticity.
Edelman is the world’s biggest independent PR agency that helped define modern public relations. The agency continues to push the boundaries of what PR can do and partners with 2,000 of the world’s leading businesses, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brand and reputation. Edelman consists of 65 offices and 5,000 employees. Read more about this agency here.
For instance, as soon as someone signs up on our platform, they get an email welcoming them to our service. A few minutes later they get an email describing what they can do on the platform and they are invited to book a live demo with one of our representatives. Then, they are shown examples of other users and how they achieved their goals (case studies), and so on.

Paid search is another crucial tool of digital marketing. Take, for example, Google AdWords, the dominant platform for pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. Basically, you get ad space on SERPs, and Google gets paid whenever someone clicks on your ad. It’s a great way to complement search engine optimization (SEO) tactics, especially if your business is new and you want to see instantaneous returns on your marketing budget. AdWords is a highly flexible and measurable tool, and you can expect profits to outpace costs as you continue to increase your budget.
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.
It's important to check that you have a mix of head terms and long-tail terms because it'll give you a keyword strategy that's well balanced with long-term goals and short-term wins. That's because head terms are generally searched more frequently, making them often (not always, but often) much more competitive and harder to rank for than long-tail terms. Think about it: Without even looking up search volume or difficulty, which of the following terms do you think would be harder to rank for?
Internet Marketing helps your business keep up with the updates in technology. Only 20 or 30 years ago people were using thick books such as the Yellow Pages to find a product or a service. With the internet providing a much simpler, and more structured solution it is very easy to understand why the majority of the population now use the internet to find what they are looking for. With the current economy, many small businesses have found that a move to the internet is exactly what they need to take their business to the next level. The move to the internet means having a proficient internet marketing strategy that can help you handle the huge expansion of conducting business over the internet.

In order to know which keywords to target, it's essential to not only understand the demand for a given term or phrase, but also the work required to achieve high rankings. If big brands take the top 10 results and you're just starting out on the web, the uphill battle for rankings can take years of effort. This is why it's essential to understand keyword difficulty.
Springbox was hired by a legal software developer to do some work on their digital marketing. By analyzing the competition, Springbox looked for areas where the developer could top their competition. They also helped with branding and improved their Google search rankings. Springbox provided the developer with enough help to get the new business off the ground.

Southwest Airlines. By focusing on the customer, doing things the right way instead of the way they've traditionally been done, allowing its staff to have a little fun on the job, flying short-haul routes to regional airports, and becoming the first no-frills carrier, Herb Kelleher broke the airline industry mold and made deregulated air travel profitable. Southwest (LUV) broke the mold. And not only that, but hey, Bags Fly Free.
As we mentioned earlier, keyword strategy is not a one-time event; instead, it is an exercise in continuous improvement. while many firms are content with implementing a coherent program, the real winners are the firms that always look for ways to improve. Careful review of site performance, ppc campaigns and social media metrics reveal new keyword opportunities, underperforming pages and hidden gems.
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.
Internet Marketing helps your business keep up with the updates in technology. Only 20 or 30 years ago people were using thick books such as the Yellow Pages to find a product or a service. With the internet providing a much simpler, and more structured solution it is very easy to understand why the majority of the population now use the internet to find what they are looking for. With the current economy, many small businesses have found that a move to the internet is exactly what they need to take their business to the next level. The move to the internet means having a proficient internet marketing strategy that can help you handle the huge expansion of conducting business over the internet.
Content never sleeps at Access Marketing Company. Don’t expect our writers to simply communicate your subject matter — expect them to elevate it into enthralling, easy-to-consume content that inspires action among your audience. And if we aren’t already experts in your industry or solution, we become experts, ensuring even your most complex or abstract ideas are articulated accurately — with a touch of originality, of course.
When someone does a search on google or bing, the search engine company also displays advertisements that relate to the search term being used, positioned above or alongside the organic results. pay-per-click advertising, or ppc, involves managing campaigns that serve up ads for keywords (anywhere from handfuls to millions) that relate to a firm’s products and services. So, if the widget maker’s ppc campaign includes “inexpensive industrial widgets,” it increases the pool of potential clicks by as much as 10,000 a month. If the campaign ignores this term – it reduces the click-through opportunity to zero.

DigitasLBi was formed in 2013 when Publicis Groupe merged LBi, a marketing technology agency, and Digitas to create a digital agency that blends data with great storytelling. With a strong presence in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, DigitasLBi has produced award winning work for Disney, Playstation, Dunkin’ Donuts, Whirlpool and more. See their online portfolio here.
Your tactics section should include all the actionable steps you plan to take for advertising, public relations, direct mail, trade shows and special promotions. You can use a paper calendar to schedule your tactics or use a contact manager or spreadsheet program--what matters most is that you stick to your schedule and follow through. A plan on paper is only useful if it's put into action.
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