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Marketing & Strategy

This category will feature articles about new and upcoming trends in digital marketing, to keep you up to date with the most relevant and interesting ways to get in touch and reach your end-users, fans, or customers. 

10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Marketing Agency

There are many marketing firms out there. Here’s how to find the perfect fit.

Have you decided to hire a marketing agency? Well done – it’s a wise investment of your valuable business dollars. If you’re just beginning your search, however, you may feel overwhelmed by the options. Finding the perfect match for your unique business needs can be difficult, but we’re here to help.


1. What Are Your Goals?

Each business has its own idea of what it wants from a marketing strategy – for most, it’s about growth and the bottom line. How a particular marketing agency tries to achieve these goals may differ. For example, one agency might try to increase your online presence by creating content for your blog. Another agency may recommend a complete branding overhaul. Be clear about your company’s goals to find the agency that can best serve your needs.
 

6 Ways to Use Instagram Stories to Get More Customers for Your Small Business

Instagram stories were launched in the beginning of August and have propelled the social media giant to another level: 600 million monthly active users, thanks mostly to its new Instagram Stories feature. Instagram is currently the second-most used social media site in the U.S. and Instagram Stories now have at least 100 million daily users.

Instagram users who never used Snapchat were probably immediately smitten with this new feature. (However, if you use Snapchat, you know that Instagram stole the Stories idea from it.) Either way, Instagram stories are awesome, engaging and it looks like they’re going to stick around.

What are Instagram Stories?

4 Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Marketing Efforts

Businesses are constrained by budgets, but marketing is worth the investment.


When most businesses think of outsourcing, they see only dollar signs. While it’s true outsourcing does entail some expense, sending out some business processes can actually make businesses turn a profit faster. Outsourcing also can help take the strain off of already-overworked business owners.
One area for which this is especially true is your marketing efforts. Learn how to weigh the costs and benefits of outsourcing your marketing ¬– and how it can save your company time and manpower, which are valuable commodities for small businesses.


1. Outsourcing Is Scalable

Your marketing needs may ebb and flow like the tide. One advantage of outsourcing your marketing efforts is because they can be readily scaled to meet demand. For example, you might need a guerilla-type campaign during the holiday season or while running a sale. An outsourced agency will be able to pick up the slack and meet demand, something you may not be able to do in-house. You’ll be able to scale back just as quickly when the season is over.

8 Reasons to Use Marketing Automation Software for Your Small Business

This San Diego marketing agency, Bloominari, is full of die-hard fans of marketing automation software. Always reading about new technology, always researching new tactics, always tinkering with new tools. We use various technologies for (internal and external) business communication and organization because we know and believe in the benefits.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about: Think back to the last time you filled out a contact form on a website or emailed a business and then immediately got an email confirmation about your inquiry. (Usually the email reads something like, “Thank you for contacting us. Someone will respond to your inquiry shortly.”) That instantaneous email was sent to you via automation software.

4 Ways to Tell if a Marketing Agency Is Committed to Your Success … or Their Own

Know when a marketing agency is in it to win it – for your business.
In the digital age, the marketing industry is booming. Companies of all sizes outsource their marketing efforts to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced world. It’s vital to understand the difference between a marketing agency that’s truly invested in a client’s success versus one that is solely concerned with generating profit for itself. Learn how to pick the perfect marketing agency.

5 Things To Avoid When Shopping for a Marketing Agency

Marketing agencies come in all shapes and sizes. Know how to choose the best.

A market agency is a valuable asset for your business – one that can take a lot of worries off your plate so you can focus on growing your business. It’s vital to properly vet potential agencies before selecting a partner. Stay alert while shopping for a marketing agency, and beware of these common red flags that indicate a marketing agency might not be right for your brand.

7 great tools to simultaneously post content to multiple social media sites

Writing quality content is time-consuming enough. Posting it to multiple social media sites, can take you “forever”. Here are the seven best options that can cut your task from 15 to 30 minutes, at most, freeing your time to concentrate on what’s most important.

How do unknown authors achieve success with their first books?

If you’re a million dollar author like J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series, it’s easy to achieve success with subsequent books. After all, you’re known, and loyal followers can't wait to pluck them off the shelf. The problem lies with your first book, and Rowling had massive problems with that one. Harry Potter spiraled through various rejections, before Joanne K. Rowling hit it. Rowling wrote fiction, but both fiction and nonfiction authors struggle to market that first book. Let’s see how two famous authors of each category succeeded.

Take Your eCommerce Website to the Next Level

According to a recent survey, consumers make 51% of their purchases online, a 3% increase over one year. The same survey also found that 48% of transactions were through eCommerce in 2015. If there was ever any doubt, this information proves that the future is bright for online shopping.

10 Necessary Qualities When Hiring A Marketing Specialist In-House

I’ve been a marketer in-house for several companies and a marketer for several marketing agencies, and I’ll tell you, the skills needed for either position are exactly the same.

However, it’s more difficult for a business to find a competent marketing specialist who will make a good fit in-house, compared to finding a competent marketing agency that can reach the goals that you have in mind.

It’s not only more challenging to hire someone in-house, it’s also more expensive, making it even more imperative that the perfect person is hired.

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