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Artificial Intelligence is Making Great Strides in the World of Online MarketingThe age of artificial intelligence has arrived, but it looks a little different than what we predicted. Bots are showing up everywhere to use their automated technology to perform simple tasks. They have the ability to interact with humans and respond to requests so employees don’t have to.
CRM and marketing automation software are popping up all over the blogosphere. Many eCommerce and customer service oriented sites are using these systems to improve efficiency, but many are asking: what are they, what do they do and how do they differ?
Google first announced back in 2015 that mobile searches in 10 countries, including the U.S., officially out-numbered traditional Google searches on desktops. As a result, mobile commerce (called m-commerce) has been a growing force. And businesses, large and small, followed suit.
Now, in the year 2017, having a website that isn’t mobile-friendly means kissing leads and customers goodbye. In order to stay competitive in the current market, businesses need to create user-friendly purchasing journeys and tailor user engagement based on what device is being used. If a certain company doesn’t follow this golden rule, then its competitor will, while taking customers with it.
Not only are people using their smartphones and tablets to browse the Internet, but they’re commonly on apps. In 2015, Yahoo developers put out a report showing that 90 percent of people’s time spent on their mobile device is spent utilizing apps.
While it’s necessary to make sure your company’s website is mobile-friendly, it’s equally important to ask your team if your business could benefit from a mobile app.
Have you heard of the best CRM + Sales & Marketing automation software for small businesses?
In case you haven't heard, AgileCRM is one of the best and most complete web-based CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system + business automation software that exists for entrepreneurs, family businesses, local small companies, or any organization on a tight budget who wants to keep it's monthly software costs as low as possible.
As a small business ourselves, we've been in the constant lookout for finding the best value for our money when it comes to investing on monthly Software-as-a-service sales and marketing apps. Before we switched to AgileCRM in January of 2016, our marketing agency was using Solve360 as our main CRM + project management tool. Solve360 was great, but we knew we needed a much better CRM system that included E-mail marketing automation and more advanced tools for a modern and technology savvy company like ours.
Jaime Nacach’s family comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, and he definitely shares the self-starter bug. A few years back, when he found himself with an MBA and practical experience designing and growing websites, he knew he wanted to start his own business. So a few years ago he founded his company Bloominari, a full-service marketing agency in sunny San Diego. The company provides a number of different digital marketing services, including automation, website design, SEO, and overall strategy.
Whether Jaime’s managing his eight-person team, making sales calls, or preparing proposals, he has what you might call a pretty full schedule. But there’s no time to rest for the busy entrepreneur.
And when time is precious, it’s helpful to have time-saving tools at your disposal.
In the early days, Jaime used to manually copy and paste the lead information he’d receive through his old website into his CRM. But as he became busier, he recognized the waste of time and the need to find a more efficient system that automated that process. That’s when he stumbled upon JotForm, which integrates with Zapier to neatly transport all of his lead collection data directly into Agile CRM. Since automation implementation is such a big part of how he helps his clients, it only makes sense that he’d have his own streamlined way to collect and manage his leads and requests.
This blog post was originally written and published by JotForm.com on their Blog on February 23, 2017. Re-published here with permission.
Marketing automation, as the name implies, is a software tool that automates your marketing activities. In fact, it is as much a productivity tool as it is a marketing tool.
You get to automate repetitive, predictable, and boring tasks and in turn - save a lot of time; you can then use this time to focus on more important aspects of running a business such as strategy, and planning.
In fact, 49% of companies use marketing automation, according to Emailmonday.
The real problem, though, is that most marketers don’t realize the full potential of an automation tool. This is sometimes due to the mistakes and wrong assumptions we make when dealing with marketing automation in general.
Here are some such mistakes you should stay clear of in order to get the most of your tool:
For 2017, our company is on a mission to find more ways in which our sales and marketing department can save more time at work by digitalizing and automating as much as possible. Today, I’m exited to talk to you about how your business should be using technology to capture information online from customers or prospects, and make it available to the right team member faster and at the right time.
The easiest way to gather information from your users is to create and publish an online form on your website or landing page. To help you get this done easily, without you having to contact your web designer or web master, you can use one of many online form builders. Then, once your form is published and you’re capturing your users’ information you can use web-based sync tools such as Zapier to quickly send that info to 700+ other online systems. This may include your CRM, e-mail marketing system, marketing automation, or proposals software.
At Bloominari, we choose to use JotForm as our online form builder of choice. A few days ago, their new version 4.0 launched, and the builder now included amazing new features we think your marketing and web staff will love!
Let’s explore how your business should be using online forms with the goal of creating a form super fast, being able to customize the fields, the look/style of the form and publish to your website to start capturing information.
The history of mankind has shown us that we as humans are constantly on the lookout for finding ways to make our life easier. This started a long time ago, when man had the need to stay warm and not suffer during cold nights and colder winters, thus man learned how to create fire, and create clothing to stay warm.
Today, the same concept is alive as we’re constantly looking for ways to make our life easier. For example, trying to get places faster (Uber), avoid things we dislike to eat (Checking Yelp), connecting more often with the people we like (Social Media), getting the best value for our money (Amazon, Walmart), and the list goes on.
When it comes down to business, we’re also trying to make our businesses run smoother, more efficient, hiring the correct team members, etc. Yet, many things come down to finding ways to save time and money, because time = money.
I’m always looking for ways to save time, and work more efficiently. So here’s a few ways that you can save time on your daily marketing and sales business tasks.
As of 2015, the Internet has become a virtually inexhaustible source of information. Choosing relevant topics to share with audience boasts our position as experts and makes us an integral part of the conversation.
But there is a lot to do in order to fulfill this role successfully: browsing for current, relevant and reliable information, organizing it in logical fashion, and distributing it through our social media channels.
This can all be summed up in a process called Content Curation, which entails:
Finding out which topics pique our audience´s interest and investigating and gathering relevant sources of information.
Evaluating and choosing relevant titles to share in accordance to our editorial line and the audience´s interests.
Spreading the end result through our channels.
Clearly, this is A LOT of work…. Content curating tools were invented to automatize and ease this task.
Here are some you may want to try:
If you’ve ever clicked a link, then noticed a string of text at the end of it that begins with a ? and ends with a jumble of text — maybe something that looks like www.examplepage.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=organicsocialmedia — you’ve stumbled across a campaign URL!
But what is a campaign URL, exactly, and why should you use one?
Online marketing is all about sending visitors to your website from various traffic sources and encouraging those visitors to take action.
The action will be different depending on your small business; some examples include calling your brick-and-mortar location, signing up for your email list, downloading a special coupon or eBook.