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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. 

The Key to Good Photography for Your Marketing

If within budget, key branded photography for your marketing materials is a winning marketing tactic. Never underestimate the power of a good visual...as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Photography and visuals help to quickly communicate to your target market, and can create a magical, speedy sense of connection. With a photograph, a consumer can quickly understand why they should be interested in something, how they make connect with it, where it fits into their life and, essentially, whether or not they should take that call-to-action to keep reading, click, sign up or more.

You Probably Need More Call To Actions, But Do You Know What They Are?

Have you ever joined a social media site, watched an online video or downloaded a free document from a website, just because you read that it’s free and beneficial to you?

Those are examples of a call to action (also known as a CTA). And they’re ALL over the Internet.

Why? Because they work. They are a necessary tactic to gain leads.

A CTA uses text and a link to persuade an audience to do an immediate action that is in the best interest of the company, while also benefitting the audience.

Five Neuromarketing tips for Social Media

If marketing were a Medieval Kingdom, the marriage of Neuromarketing and Social Media would be akin to an alliance between England and Spain. And while neuroscience has been around for a while, like a quiet heir waiting in line for the throne, social media has come of age with glory and pomp.

This alliance has granted us social media marketers, the possibility of better engaging our potential customers and increasing conversion rates.

Of Course You Have An Idea for a Press Release. But Is It A Good Idea?

Most business owners, large or small, do not really understand why journalists write about some topics and not about others. It’s also common for business owners to think that many happenings within their business should be turned into a press release (and eventually, into a news article.)

As a previous journalist and editor, and as a current PR professional, I am here to clarify and help your business with its press release distribution efforts.

How to Plan Your Content Calendar for 2016

The New Year is coming, and nothing could be more helpful than taking a good, over-arching glance at your content strategy and aligning it with your marketing goals.  With a good plan laid out, you’ll always feel at-the-ready when it comes to a key arm of your marketing plan: content!  So plan to build--and keep--your readership in 2016 with valuable, consistent content.

But how do you plan for content? 

For starters, it’s important to look the the year ahead, as well as your goals ahead. 

Don’t just pull things out of a hat or think of what you may be most interested in reading.  Really get strategic! Who is your audience? Who are you speaking to? How can you content help warm them to your goals, and shape your plans? How can you lead them through your conversion funnel with interesting content? These are the types of things that will help make your content work for you!

Why Facebook Messenger is the most important tool for online marketing

Messenger is evolving into a full blown content platform… and taking on your phone number 

There was a time when asking for a phone number meant something.

It took some courage, it established hope, it was a test of sorts… Would we get a fake? Would the other person answer when we called? Exchanging phone numbers could be the beginning of a fruitful relationship, or of a harassment nightmare. Once people obtained ours, we had no control.

Now Facebook proposes to change everything.

The premise: It´s easier to know a person´s name than their phone number. So why go through the trouble of asking? Not only is that uncomfortable, but using the name as a reference is a more effective way of getting in touch.  

How to Evaluate Online Marketing Proposals

I recently met a friend of mine, whom I had not seen in years. So much so, that he did not know I had founded an online marketing agency. He had married his college sweetheart and moved to the East Coast. As we were catching up, he shared that he had recently launched a business and hired a local online marketing agency. Then he asked me to take a look at their proposal, since he valued my opinion and “knew nothing about the Internet”.

The incident got me thinking about how hard it for a small business owner to evaluate an online marketing proposal. Though savvy businesspeople know that moving their advertising dollars from print and traditional media to the digital arena is necessary, they often lack the tools to assess what they are being offered and what to expect. If you have been looking for an online marketing agency and reading proposals, this is what you should consider…

First things first

Hopefully, before you were presented with any strategy or quote, you met with the agency. On that meeting, you should have had the opportunity to share information about your business and the goals you wish to accomplish with the campaign. The agency must describe their services and explain how they can help you achieve your vision. Though I am evidently a tech fan, I really prefer to meet any potential clients in person, which lets me get a better sense of the business and the people behind it.

Online Marketing Strategy Plans for 2016

The early bird gets the worm.

Or, at least, you have much better odds of getting the worm than those who procrastinate.

Now that the end of the year is approaching, this might naturally feel like a good time to slack off. Alas, there is pivotal research and planning to be done!

Take advantage of the new year and use this as a time to gain momentum.

When you take the time to plan ahead, you are more likely to budget wisely, use your time more efficiently and think up creative tactics to beat out your competition.

A new year brings new opportunities, new obstacles and new goals. Do some brain storming and figure out what those are for your business!

Read my below-mentioned ideas about what you should do in December 2015 to get ahead for 2016.

10 Less “Heard-of” Reasons You Should Advertise on Facebook

Facebook is powerful, and you should use it to your advantage! For the right brand, it can be the ultimate resource.

The audience is definitely there, and with the unique targeting options available, you can probably hone in on your audience.

Read on for 10 less heard-of reasons you should advertise on Facebook!

5 Ways to Grow your Business by Targeting the Hispanic Population

If you have been paying any attention to current demographic trends, you know that Hispanics will make up 30% of the population by 2050. Other astounding facts: In 2010 they represented one trillion dollars in buying power. The figure will rise to $1.5 trillion in 2016- a 50% increase in five years.

This presents a huge opportunity to small businesses trying to grow sales. But implementing a marketing campaign aimed at Hispanics is tricky.

Here are a couple of pointers to consider:

1. It's not just the language.

Creating a campaign for Latino customers entails much more than just translating content into Spanish. In order to connect with this audience you should speak the language and the culture. The Hispanic demographic is more complex and diverse than its mainstream media portrait. It´s made out of people with different degrees of acculturation and language command.

Some individuals are totally bilingual, and thus, consume content on English and Spanish; some others are just barely proficient in either. To maximize results, marketers should go beyond the language and find cultural elements the audience identifies with.

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