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#TBT: How to Have Great Meetings

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Mar 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You just finished tweaking your marketing project plan with the latest timelines. You’ve reconciled your budget for the month. You’ve completed all of your web updates for the week. And you’ve updated the marketing report card for your newest campaign.

It’s time for a walk outside. Maybe even have a latte. Or so you think. Just before you breathe in a sigh of restful relief, your all-too-familiar Outlook reminder pops up. You have 15 minutes before your next meeting. Break’s over.

Everyone reading this can relate. It isn’t a unique problem, as demonstrated by this hilarious video by Tripp and Tyler:

 

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Topics: marketing strategy, marketing management

[EBOOK] The ABCs of Inbound Marketing

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Mar 14, 2017 12:37:32 PM

According to HubSpot, companies who invest in inbound marketing are FOUR TIMES more likely to be effective. Most of us would love to get results that are four times better than what we're getting right now!

Do you have an effective inbound marketing strategy in place?

If not, we can help you build one. In two weeks, we'll work with you to:

  • Audit your current marketing strategy
  • Compare your web rankings to your competitors
  • Identify and develop buyer profiles and approaches
  • Bridge the gap with marketing tactics and channels
  • Optimize your platforms for inbound marketing
  • Design a marketing plan that yields results

Improve your marketing effectiveness through inbound marketing with our Inbound Marketing Game Plan package. Click on the buttons below to download the "ABCs of Inbound Marketing" ebook or to get a free, no-obligation Inbound Marketing Game Plan quote:

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Topics: marketing strategy

Top 5 February 2017 Content Marketing Infographics

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Mar 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Clamoring for new ideas to apply to your content marketing strategy? Get helpful content marketing insights from February's top five infographics:

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Topics: content strategy, social media, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, infographics, marketing strategy, social advertising

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

#TBT: How to Attract More Traffic and Followers

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Feb 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM

If Collette, the CMO of a leading ERP software company, opened up a meeting with, “We’re not getting a lot of traffic on social media. I don’t think it’s necessary to maintain a presence anymore,” more than likely she’ll be laughed out of the meeting (at best). At worst, she’ll be packing up her desk.

Social media has made its mark as a viable marketing channel, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. And for good reason…it works when executed in the right way.

But all too often, businesses set up their profiles and, after a few months, throw their hands in the air when they don’t instantly see a return on their efforts and investments. Having a social media presence simply becomes one of those "marketing things” that gets a checkmark on the list with very little strategy or structure behind it. Companies who don't wrap strategy around their social media profiles will undoubtedly see it less as a lead generator and more as a resource drain.

So how does Collette get the traffic she needs to meet her top-of-the-funnel goals?

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Topics: content development, social media, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, marketing strategy

#TBT: Why Aren’t My Blog Posts Generating Any Traffic?

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Feb 2, 2017 10:04:42 AM

You have some ideas. You want to share them. They seem interesting to you. You think others will be interested as well.

So you write and post a few blogs. And…crickets.

Why aren’t your blogs getting the red carpet treatment you thought they would? Well we at Flair Interactive gave you some potential reasons why in our #TBT April 2015 blog post, Why Aren’t my Blog Posts Generating Any Traffic? We offered some insights on how to set your blogs up for success.

Now, we’re sure you’ve since applied some of our tips to your overall approach and you’re now topping the ‘best bloggers of 2016’ list. In the event you’re not, or you’re just looking to hold that steady crown for 2017, here are a few more tips to get your blogs the recognition they deserve:

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Topics: content development, social media, blogging, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, marketing strategy

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

#TBT: What Should Be Included in My Content Marketing Strategy

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Jan 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Most of us have figured out at this point that Content Marketing isn’t a magical powder that gets sprinkled on our marketing plans and suddenly, all of our
goals are instantly met. No, content marketing is nothing more than a tried-and-true formula. Effective application of that formula is what truly yields success.

Queue nebulous time warp squiggles back to the year 2015 when Flair Interactive posted the blog, What Should be Included in My Content Marketing Strategy. While the blog is on point in terms of building and executing on an inbound marketing plan, in 2017, we’ve taken some measures to perfect the formulaic fairy dust even more. As you dive into your plan this year, keep these additions in mind:

Create data-driven goals—this is still very much the starting point of your content strategy. While not much has changed here since 2015, you’ll want to make sure your goals are clearly defined and mutually agreed upon by everyone. Ensure your ‘wins’ or ‘milestones’ are marked and attainable. Finally…do your homework. Avoid arbitrary, executive-driven numbers. Look at your competitors, your metrics, what’s worked, and what hasn’t worked before getting to an achievable number.

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Topics: content development, email marketing, social media, Content Marketing, digital marketing, marketing strategy, email automation, marketing automation, marketing budget

#TBT: Typical Projects Handled by Flair Interactive

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Jan 19, 2017 7:30:00 AM

As inbound marketers, it’s our responsibility to provide our clients the best-of-the-best in modern, customized marketing services. 

In 2009, we published a "Typical Projects Handled by Flair Interative" blog post and video that described our services. While we still offer all of the services described in that video, our core focus has shifted during the last eight years to focus on inbound marketing. But one thing remains the same...our number-one priority is to deliver high-quality solutions that get results for all of our clients, and we do that by delivering tightly integrated inbound marketing campaigns and services.

To us, marketing tactics shouldn’t be isolated instances. They shouldn’t be disparate solutions to immediate problems or what we like to call short-term, reactive goals. They should be proactive and strategic in nature with both immediate incremental and long-term wins in mind.

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Topics: content development, email marketing, interactive marketing, social media, Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, digital marketing, marketing strategy, email automation, strategic marketing plan, marketing automation, marketing budget

#TBT: Interactive Marketing Has Come of Age

Posted by Aimee Pagano

Jan 12, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Interactive marketing is trending right in line as it was forecasted seven years ago. In 2009, Flair Interactive posted the blog, Interactive Marketing Has
Finally Come of Age
. The blog cites an article by Forrester Research who forecasted that digital spending would nearly double in five years while ad budgets would decline. In fact, its exact predicted growth was a 9% increase in five years (from 12% of overall advertising spend in 2009 to 21% overall spend in 2016).

So, based on Forrester Research's prediction, let's get a pulse of where we're at as we enter 2017:

Overall Marketing Spend

  • Digital marketing spending is predicted to grow 12% in the next year, while budgets for traditional advertising will fall to 2%. (The CMO Survey)
  • B2B digital ad spending has increased 15% to $5.8 billion in 2014 — due largely to growth in native advertising, while display advertising is becoming less important. (MediaPost)
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Topics: content development, email marketing, interactive marketing, social media, Content Marketing, digital marketing, marketing strategy, email automation, marketing automation, marketing budget

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