Introducing “Creative Of The Day,” Marketing Land’s Daily Look At Great Digital Advertising Creative

Like many online publishers, we do our fair share of calling out companies when they make mistakes with their online marketing, because there's value in learning from the mistakes of others. But we also know there's great value in covering the flip side of that coin. That's why we're launching Creative Of The Day -- a new feature launching tomorrow right here on Marketing Land. With Creative Of The Day, we'll be offering a daily dose of inspiration to digital marketers by sharing some type of online marketing that we found to be especially unique, noteworthy and/or effective. And our [...]


Are Your Content Channels Working Together? 8 Steps To Find Out

content_shutterstock_93818854 Look at any brand today and you'll probably see a steady output of digital content, from videos to websites to microsites to social media campaigns. At this point in the digital age, most companies have gotten the message: content is king and digital, social and mobile are the most popular parts of its kingdom. Yet many brands feel so pressured to generate digital material that they fail to step back and assess the overall impact. While assets should ideally work together to promote one consistent brand presence, they often end up disconnected in both messaging and brand feel. The result is [...]


How Even Time-Challenged SMBs Can Upkeep Social Channels

shutterstock_alarmclock Many small business marketers avoid social media marketing because of the expectation that it will take too much time. However, we've seen clients benefit from as little as two hours a month on social media. Such benefits include: Facilitating communication with clients, vendors, job seekers and customers Increasing organic visibility by getting more content out on the web Helping to populate SERPs with positive listings when prospective customers research your company by name (and many do!) Building brand awareness Increasing incoming links to your site from social venue connectio [...]


Infographics & Visual Storytelling: How To Do It The Right Way

SearchEngineLand-Periodic-Table-of-SEO-2013-medium When Jay-Z released "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" back in 2009, he took it upon himself to "draw [a] line in the sand." He pointed out that auto-tune had become a victim of its own success, with everyone jumping on the bandwagon and many artists using it as a crutch or a gimmick rather than a way of taking music to new and innovative directions. It was a polarizing yet seminal moment in Hip-Hop culture. The Problem With Infographics The marketing industry is having a similar moment with infographics. Over the last few years, infographics have become one of the most popular ways to build i [...]


Gaining Traction With Content Marketing: How To Build Personas

people-crowd-happy-600 Every year, the flood of content produced and distributed online only increases, making it harder and harder for any one brand to stand out. That is especially true for content strategies with an undefined (or loosely defined) target market. If you don't know exactly who you are writing for -- including their needs, challenges, likes and dislikes -- your content will only fade away into the noise. Good content does not just come from throwing it all against the wall just to see what sticks. Great content resonates with very specific groups of people that react to it in very specific ways [...]


VIDEO: What Would Eric Stonestreet Be Like As A Social Media Strategist for Richard Sherman?

Eric Stonestreet at Adobe Summit The comedic actor and star from ABC's Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet teamed up with NFL star Richard Sherman for a creative bit which premiered at the 2014 #AdobeSummit yesterday at the end of day 'sneaks' session. Eric Stonestreet was special guest and wildly funny co-emcee as Adobe engineers made their best pitches for new possible products and services. (After last year's sneaks session, 7 out of 10 ideas pitched became actual products in the digital marketing services suite.) Watch what happens as Eric Stonestreet tries to give personal branding and social media marketing advice to th [...]


As Mobile Revolutionizes Commerce, How Marketers Are Taking Advantage

AmericanApparel-ShoppingAssistant How many of your daily tasks would be nearly impossible (or at least more difficult) without mobile devices, e-mail and the internet? It's tough to imagine accomplishing even the simplest of tasks, especially when it comes to buying and selling goods. Mobile has revolutionized commerce, including the way consumers engage, research and ultimately purchase products. On the flip side, advertisers now have more ways to reach and influence their audiences. Retailers are now witnessing first-hand how traditional "brick-and-mortar" ideology is rapidly transforming into a new "brick-and-click" real [...]


“Real Time” in Display Advertising Doesn’t Really Mean Real Time

shutterstock_129641315-clock A lot of nonsense is spoken today regarding "real-time marketing" and "real-time bidding," yet most of what is actually being bought isn’t really "real time" at all, and marketers need to know why that’s a problem. With the rise of the media exchanges came the separation of the media (the "where" to target) from the data (the "who" to target). The marketer was able to stop simply shouting their message at crowds, and instead became able to pick and choose the individuals they wanted to talk to. The promise was efficiencies unseen in marketing before. There is however a problem. Whils [...]


In Interactive Marketing, The Goalposts Always Move — And That’s Good

marketing strategy You may have heard murmurs about the newly released IBM study, “Stepping up to the challenge: How CMOs can start to close the aspirational gap,” that came out last week. It was conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value and was based on in-person interviews with 500+ CMOs worldwide, delving -- as studies of this nature and in this day and age often do --  into their takes on the changing digital economy. Among other findings or validations of our current industry state, the study indicates that 94% of CMOs feel advanced data analytics will play a significant role in hel [...]


The Case For Content Automation

social-media-content-sharing-600 Recently, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) said it's developing metrics and definitions for what used to be an intangible concept: engagement. It reminds me of the not too distant past when the once-intangible concept of marketing got the same scrutiny. Gone are the days when you knew half of your advertising worked, but not which half. We wanted accountability and consistency. The result was marketing automation, and you don’t have to go far into the inbox or the RSS feed to find someone singing the praises of marketing automation. It unifies sales and marketing. It uncovers and [...]


Putting The “R” Into E-Tail: Adopt A Holistic Retail Marketing Approach

Tablet There are a few "signs of the times" that most retailers would agree on: Online sales as a percentage of total sales is growing for all retailers Amazon is a competitor for all retailers Showrooming -- the practice of looking at something in a store and then buying it cheaper online -- is becoming increasingly common However, the strategies for online and offline sales are often completely different, and companies are struggling to create a cohesive experience within the two. Even Apple only brought its offline and online stores together in Q4 2013 when they hired Angela Ahrendt [...]


3 Insightful Ways To Visualize Your Keyword Data

Data Vizu Over the past year, I have come across more and more fancy-looking graphs and charts in the online marketing space. This is most likely because strategists, analysts and executives are getting more savvy in general, but also because there are more and more easy-to-use analytics packages out on the market. Although this is great, this analysis is often times very high-level and informational. It's sometimes hard to understand the bottom line. Whatever analytics package you or your team currently uses, I want to share a couple of ways you can look at your keyword data in SEM. I have [...]


10 Ways To Squeeze More From Your Interactive Marketing Budget

money-budget-squeeze-600 As marketers, we're always striving to get the most from our budget without compromising the brand or the customer's experience -- not an easy feat. It benefits us to remember how much money can be saved by making subtle changes to marketing strategy and program execution. Here are ten ideas across all segments of your marketing budget that will help you do just that. 1. Enter New Markets Through The Affiliate Channel Instead of incurring the overhead costs of opening new offices and hiring additional staff, look to the affiliate channel to help you enter new markets. Along with provid [...]


How Users Of Various OSes Differ In Their Online Behavior Over Time

social-media-clock-featured For marketers, timing is often as important as creative, the most obvious example being campaigns tied to particular holidays. These days, with complex analyses now possible for activities like email marketing, online promotions and blog posts, industry practitioners are actively pursuing the "best" timing for their latest initiatives. In this piece, we drill down into the nuances of this issue by examining the differences in hourly usage behavior between users of different operating systems and device types. These insights should hold particular value for those marketing to one or more def [...]


Count Incoming Calls Right To Maximize Cross-Platform Marketing Returns

call-phone-600 Calls are in -- in a big way. The adoption of mobile and ease of satisfying a near-immediate search need with a quick phone call have fueled the universal acceptance of calls as a key engagement and conversion indicator. All direct response advertisers -- regardless of size or sophistication -- understand and appreciate the value of a call. As attribution conversations heat up and marketers look for ways to validate the performance of their various ad campaigns, many are adopting calls as a cross-media performance metric for their desktop and mobile search campaigns. With this growth, ho [...]


The Key To Growth Hacking: Never Stop Testing

never stop trying I'm often asked by business owners about online marketing best practices. They want to know what will help them gain an advantage over their competition or simply drive more leads and more sales. They often want to look better than their competitors, rank higher in search engines and pay less for advertising. The answer I give them isn't necessarily what they want to hear, but it is fundamental to their success. Don't Stop Growing, Don't Stop Experimenting The key to digital success and growth hacking is to never give up. That seems like a simple tip -- but more often than not, compa [...]


Do Publishers Have A Clear View Of Viewability?

display-ad-featured We recently surveyed comScore's top 250 publishers to get a sense of their attitudes and readiness regarding viewability. The survey, which came on the heels of our "Viewable Vendor Report," documented (among other things) the high level of importance agencies, brands and many of you assign to the viewability metric. It was startling, to say the least, to learn that some 83 percent of publishers claim to be educated on the issue, yet only about 50 percent said they planned on preparing to sell viewable impressions. That is a jaw-dropping delta between viewability perception and reality. [...]


In Lead Gen, Sometimes Broader is Better

lead generation Today's marketers are laser-focused on targeting. It makes sense -- the idea of picking out who is most likely to buy your product is the ideal situation. In the all-you-can-eat data buffet, reaching our audience and only our audience is relatively easy, and it has become the definition of efficiency. Unfortunately, in lead generation, targeting that narrowly isn't always the best solution. Let's say, for example, that your target (like everyone else's) is the CMO. You set up filters to ensure you're reaching that most senior marketing executive and no one else. Decision makers only. Bud [...]


Micro Content, Maxi Effect — How Shifts Toward Visual Content Will Impact Marketers

Content types The written word seems to be on the decline, at least in the online space. Articles and white papers have morphed into blog posts and status updates. Hashtags, acronyms and emoticons stand in for sentences. OTP, BRB, LMK, OK?   How low can you go? In a year or two, 140 characters -- a miserly allotment now -- will seem a luxury, a vestige of an era marked by logorrheic verbosity. If you doubted it before, believe it now: a picture really is worth the proverbial thousand words. Maybe more. Opinion? Sure. But the facts bear this out. Facebook keeps redesigning to feature bigger, bolder [...]


Because She Said So: 13 Content Marketing Lessons From Your Mother

woman-computer-mom-600 "You're right, Ma." - Dorothy "Of course I am! You think I got this old by being stupid?" - Sophia Maybe you grew up watching The Golden Girls (or reruns) and can hear those voices in your head. Maybe you've never heard of Sophia and Dorothy, the sitcom mother-daughter duo who traded retorts like nerds trade Magic: The Gathering cards -- that is, with unholy glee. Either way, if you know anything at all about mothers, it's that they're always right. Always. So many of the lessons our mothers teach us are universal and applicable to nearly every situation, including marketing. Here ar [...]


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