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If You're a Little Crazy, You're Good...

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Apr 5, 2017 7:00:00 AM

After a hectic work week, it’s easy to feel a little loopy. But how about a little crazy, as coined by Jim Metcalf (see quote below)?

As marketers, we’re inherently split in multiple directions. We’re natural dichotomies. We work quickly but with precision. We work strategically and hands on. We work collaboratively and independently. But most importantly—we’re creative with an inherent drive for results.

This natural inclination to bend the rules just enough within structured environments, and think outside of unorthodox confines in order to get results is, in fact, what makes us marketers. So in this instance, “a little crazy”, , seems oddly appropriate.

In celebration of our sensible insanity, here are some viral marketing videos that truly accentuate our eccentricity.

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Topics: content development, Content Marketing, marketing campaigns, viral marketing

7 Ways to Optimize Your Email Marketing Strategy

Posted by Mona Mangat

Mar 21, 2017 5:11:52 PM

It's obvious to any marketer nowadays that you should use email marketing as a way to stay connected with your target audience. Despite the wide array of different strategies available to marketers, having a well-developed email marketing plan is integral to your overall marketing campaign. It's an excellent way and the most productive channel for getting the best ROI. 
 
Yet, don't expect the stars and the moon from your email marketing strategy if it's not done right. If you haven't planned out a sustained email marketing effort, it simply won't be effective. You can’t just send out whatever and expect it to get results. A well-planned and thought-out strategy has to take into account your customer's likes and behaviors, and has to then target them efficiently. 
 
Here are some tips about how to do it:

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Topics: email marketing, marketing campaigns

VIDEO - How to Create Remarkable Content

Posted by Mona Mangat

Mar 14, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Everyone is creating some kind of content, so much so that that the online marketplace is saturated and has become a very crowded place. It's also an environment where old-school methods of marketing cease to be effective, so it's time to put marketing activities like cold calling behind you and tap into the power of content marketing.

Obviously, you have to create valuable content before you can promote it. But how do you create remarkable content to get their attention? Check out this awesome video from Hubspot, which gives you step-by-step instructions to make content the key to your success online.

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Topics: viral content, web content, Content Marketing, marketing campaigns

How to Use Instagram to Build Your Brand's Image and Connect

Posted by Mona Mangat

Mar 9, 2017 6:30:00 AM

The word is out: Instagram is one of the most important marketing tools out there. With more than 500 million users, this social network is best geared towards small businesses who want to build their brand and engage new and existing customers.

It's important to have an arsenal of tools at your side so you can begin to unlock the unique marketing opportunities that social media platforms like Instagram can provide. You'll have to incorporate it into your existing workflow, but it's definitely worth the effort.

It's an exciting way to give your audience a visual idea about who you are. Using Instagram, you can share photos and videos with hashtags, allowing you to connect directly with your customers. The more you use it, the more you will learn how to create compelling content that will engage viewers and spark conversation online. Word of mouth is still the top way for people to learn about your brand, and this is one way to start a conversation by sharing your content across all platforms.

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Topics: viral content, instagram, marketing campaigns, instagram marketing

Make Your Customers Feel Good

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Mar 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Joe Chernov, VP of Marketing at InsightSquared tells us (through the adjacent quote) to make the customers feel smart. And it makes perfect sense.

Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality tells us that the human psyche is structured into three parts—id, ego, and superego. How we think, feel, and behave are all a by-product of these three forces working together.

Since our everyday lives are impacted by the inner-workings of this complicated ensemble, it only makes sense that really great marketing and advertising taps into this powerful trio. Appealing to customers' egos and ultimately making them feel good about themselves continues as a solid marketing strategy.

So let’s take a look at some examples of how companies succeeded by listening to Joe and Freud:

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Topics: content development, Content Marketing, marketing campaigns, viral marketing

Top 5 January 2016 Content Marketing Infographics

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Feb 10, 2017 10:22:05 AM

 No matter where you land on the marketing spectrum, these helpful infographics will give you some bold new ideas for your 2017 projects and plans:

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Topics: design, content strategy, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, marketing strategy, marketing campaigns, strategic marketing plan, user generated content

Market with Heart

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Feb 7, 2017 10:36:52 AM

The world is undoubtedly in some emotional turmoil right now.

Whether wanted or not, emotion stirs up a great deal of visibility. It ignites—and in
some cases—even drains energy.
While political campaigns are the typical catalysts for stirring up feelings around a particular topic, corporate marketing campaigns can be equally fueled by emotion.

More and more companies are pulling the emotional trigger to create more relevance, context, and connection with their audiences. And as suggested by Beth Comstock, Vice Chair for General Electric, their efforts aren't going unnoticed.

In recognition of a very passionate political landscape right now, here are some of the most emotional marketing campaigns over the last few years. Get out your tissues. While effective and compelling, as you'd expect, they're not always easy to watch.

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Topics: content development, copywriting, web content, Content Marketing, marketing campaigns, email automation, online advertising

5 Content Marketing Trends to Keep you Competitive in 2017

Posted by Hummad H

Jan 31, 2017 4:15:00 PM

As digital marketing evolves, new and revisited modern marketing techniques continue to surface. Content marketing now sits at the peak of these rising marketing trends and is projected to play a lead character in more and more organizations’ strategies moving forward.

As you develop your 2017 plan, how are you staying competitive and poised for growth? What contemporary approaches have you built into your 2017 budget? Take a look at these top trends in content marketing and determine what techniques might be a good fit for your organization.

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Topics: viral content, interactive marketing, content strategy, web content, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, marketing strategy, influencer marketing, marketing campaigns, strategic marketing plan, user generated content

Top 5 Food Marketing Campaigns in 2016

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Jan 6, 2017 2:38:25 PM

 

What better way to come out of the holidays than to focus even more on food?

Food and beverage manufacturers, distributors and service providers are always clamoring for new ways to better differentiate their products in a consumer-driven, health conscious, and safety- and sustainability-focused market.

Since 2016 brought some tasty and creative food and beverage marketing campaigns to the table, we thought we’d share some choice take-aways with you. Here are the top 5 campaigns of 2016.

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Topics: viral content, web content, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, marketing campaigns, beverage marketing, instagram marketing, online advertising, food marketing, food and beverage marketing

Top 5 Tech Viral Marketing Videos in 2016

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Jan 4, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Whether B2B, B2C, SaaS, cloud-based software or consulting services, the tech sector is leading the pack in terms of progressive and innovative marketing campaigns and approaches. They're trendy, provocative and mold-breaking tones and tactics command attention and pave the way for other business sectors. As such, we've pulled together a handful of our top 5 tech-based marketing videos from 2016.

Keep in mind, we recognize that the majority of technology-based companies don't have interminal budgets like these forerunners. These are still brilliant representations of companies that see their products and services the way their customers see them, and not the reverse. Even the smallest tech company can learn from these examples. What can you do to mimic their success on a smaller scale or with your current resources?

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Topics: viral content, web content, Content Marketing, commercial video, marketing campaigns, online advertising

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