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Storytelling is marketing

Think about a commercial that you really enjoy or that sticks out in your memory. This brief advertisement told a story, struck an emotional chord within you and captured your interest with such effectiveness that you still remember it. Yes, that’s the goal of advertisements, but it should also be the goal of your marketing content.

Crafting and distributing concise, engaging, convincing and conversational marketing content is a necessary inbound marketing strategy that can boost your business tenfold. This content, whether it’s a case study or a landing page, should make your targeted audience trust that your business understands their needs and will help solve their problems efficiently, leading them to convert. Your audience will read the content, feel understood, click on links and become a lead or customer. That’s the ideal process.

However, this is easier said than done. Professional content marketers, like myself, use various formulas to maximize the likelihood that the content is noticed, digested and utilized to the company’s advantage. Here is a summarized list of some of the most important features to include when writing excellent content that convinces and converts.

Published in Marketing & Strategy
Monday, 08 May 2017 07:00

Ways to Prospect More Effectively

Sales play a crucial role in bringing in cash flow into the business.

Without it, a business cannot sustain its daily operations and would eventually fail.

One of the most important and initial steps in sales is prospecting – which is the process of qualifying the leads who has demonstrated the desire to make a purchase decision. This step is pivotal in closing deals and as such, must be executed on time and properly to ensure success. In fact, statistics says that the first viable vendor to reach a decision maker has a 74% chance to win the deal if they manage to set the buying vision.

In this infographic, we will help you improve your prospecting process so that you can find leads that you engage with and convert into customers more effectively.

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Each Spring over 30,000 people travel to Austin, Texas for the mega-festival that is South By Southwest. Now in it’s 31st year SXSW is a well-oiled machine and touts a robust programming for interactive, film, music, and gaming. There is something for everyone at SXSW and 2017 was no different.

I’m Amanda, a social video expert and over three articles I’ll be sharing with you what I learned at SXSW. From Marc Jacobs to Kesha to Virtual Reality to gaming and beyond, I’ve got a lot of knowledge to pass around. Get comfy, grab a notebook and let’s get started with adapting storytelling in 2017.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mobile is one of your most important marketing concerns

Are you paying enough attention to mobile with your marketing efforts?

Mobile technology is more popular than ever, and marketers need to know how to approach mobile if they want their companies to remain competitive. Every business—no matter how big or small—must understand mobile marketing to have a solid foothold in the mobile realm of the digital age. Mobile marketing is designed to reach customers on the smartphones and mobile devices that they carry on the go.

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It is well-known that controversy sells, but some marketing campaigns succeeded beyond their wildest dreams when they flipped off the deep edge and teetered on the edge of lunacy. Here are three of the most memorable.

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