5 Tips For The Email Deliverability-Obsessed

shutterstock_123751234-emailbox Email deliverability is like a mythical sphinx wrapped in a 3,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. An incredible number of factors go into whether your email was delivered, how fast it was delivered and where it landed (primary, social, promotions tab, or the dreaded spam folder). Also, every ISP, like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail, behaves differently when it comes to accepting email, and they are very tight-lipped about their algorithms. Finally, once you attain a good sender reputation by properly warming up your IP address and cleaning out your hard bounces and spam traps, you must work hard to maintain i [...]


One Tech Stack To Rule Them All: Potential Programmatic Pitfalls

Programmatic Media Buying Agencies tend to pigeonhole programmatic vendors. Some vendors are used for specific goals such as prospecting, others for specific tactics (site retargeting, etc.), and still others for the third-party data they can provide. There’s a certain logic to the approach. It makes it easier for agencies to keep things simple. Every vendor gets a nice little line item in an Excel spreadsheet. Everything looks nice and neat. But just because sticking vendors into tidy little boxes makes things more straightforward for the agency, it doesn’t mean that’s the best approach. The proble [...]


Canal+ Turns Cannes-Winning Ad Into Interactive Web Experience

canal_bear_interactive Many of you may remember the French Canal+ ad from BETC Paris which won a Grand Prix Lion at Cannes in 2012. It featured a film director dressed as a bear with all the usual stereotypes one assumes directors embody. And it ended with a witty punchline -- the bear is actually a talking bear rug who, because he faces the TV, has plenty of opportunity to comment on what he sees. Now, the award-winning work has been transformed into an interactive adventure, Being the Bear, which allows people to view a scene, call "cut" and, when prompted by an assistant, choose another direction. Viewers c [...]


100+ Questions You Must Ask When Developing A Web Site

business-people-asking-questions-shutterstock As a long-time web marketer (since 1998 -- that's like 160 internet years!), I'm a bit of a stickler for things that impact my online marketing efforts. Aside from actual on-page optimization and linking efforts, there is nothing that impacts a site's performance more than the development and design. In fact, a site with excellent on-page optimization and strong linking will always suffer under a poorly coded site architecture and/or design. All too often, businesses come to us after the site has already been designed and coded. We then charge the client hundreds, if not thousands of dol [...]


There’s No “I Didn’t Sign Up For This” In Digital Marketing

change_shutterstock We've all found ourselves in that familiar place -- the one where we find ourselves remarking, "I didn't sign up for this." Whether in family situations, relationships and/or business/career scenario, we can often end up feeling duped by the old switcheroo. It feels like falling for the oldest trick in the book. You agreed to a chore as a kid and you were given a bigger one. You fell in love with a poet, got married, and your W.B. Yeats went to work on Wall Street. You accepted a job and, on the first day, found out your boss was on maternity leave. Being flipped outside our comfort zone [...]


Hellmann’s #ReciTweet Campaign Offers Recipes To Fix “What’s In The Fridge” Disappointment

hellmanns_recitweet We've all been there. Standing in front of our refrigerator, staring inside hoping something delicious will magically manifest itself. It's very frustrating, but there is a solution. No, it's not the replicator on the Enterprise; it's ReciTweet from Hellmann's. Working with Ogilvy & Mather Brazil, Hellmann's created ReciTweet, a Twitter hashtag campaign which came to the rescue of starving deer in refrigerator headlights in Brazil or, given the internet's reach, anyone anywhere in the world. With ReciTweet, all frustrated refrigerator gawkers need to do is tweet some of the ingre [...]


Digital Is Digital Wherever It Appears: The Road To Total Convergence

shutterstock_132436751-fish-cannibal Believe it or not, there are many people who don't consume digital advertising in silos. While digital marketers are continuously trying to identify how and when an action on a certain device will turn into a conversion, consumers are jumping back and forth between mobile, desktop and tablet, taking their purchase path in different directions daily. Over the past year or so, digital marketers have been obsessed with the rise of mobile and the increase in purchase power of the mobile device. However, this tunnel vision thinking has quieted a powerful media trend: the rise of total media c [...]


3 Fool-Proof Email List-Building Strategies With Facebook

facebook-email Though social followings and social engagement play an important role in any company's overall online presence, nothing beats email when it comes to accessing prospects on demand. Consequently, getting customers to make the leap from "fan" to "subscriber" is an important conversion point for many online business -- but it's often not done with much finesse. In this article, we'll look at three simple methods for taking "fans" willingly off of Facebook and onto your email list -- all without damaging your relationship with social followers. 1. Free, Specific "How-To" Content Via E-Book [...]


Nissan Invites Facebook Fans To Crowdsource Customized Titan Pickup Truck

nissan_titan_crowdsource This week, Nissan is asking its Facebook fans to help build the "ultimate off-road capable full-size truck for the adventure of a lifetime." Called Project Titan, the effort invites fans to choose custom modifications for a 2014 Nissan Titan that two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni will then pilot through the Alaskan wilderness this summer. Fans are encouraged to visit Facebook.com/NissanTrucks to vote on their preferences for the Titan's performance package, utility, design and other modifications during the next few weeks. Nissan will build the project truck based on this fan feedback an [...]


Time For A Check-Up: Marketing Strategies For A Successful Second Half

holiday-retailer7-600 Do you remember "report card day" at school? There was always an element of excitement in the air, often mixed with a bit of trepidation. While you pretty much knew what to expect going into school that day, it wasn't really official until you saw those grades in black and white. Here we are, all these years later, and we're still being graded -- except that now, report cards have been replaced by quarterly reports, and there's a lot more riding on the results. As we enter the second half of 2014, there's no doubt you'll be analyzing the performance of your marketing campaigns over the l [...]


5 Ways To Improve Mobile UX That Will Result In Higher Conversions

mobile-responsive-design-featured Depending on whose statistics you read, mobile device usage has increased anywhere from 125 percent to 3000 percent in the past several years. Regardless of the actual number, the reality is the same: in order to get visitors to convert, your site must be able to meet their needs whether they're holding a mouse, a phone or a tablet. And the single best way to optimize for mobile conversions is to optimize the user experience. Here are five practical tips for improving your mobile UX: 1. Design For The Device The very first step in designing for the mobile device is to remember that use [...]


Tabasco Responds To #notaste Tweets With Witty #addtaste Tweets

Tabasco9 In a brilliant leveraging of a very popular hashtag, BBDO Belgium, on behalf of its client Tabasco, launched a Twitter campaign that monitored and responded to tweets which used the hashtag #notaste. For every #notaste tweet Tabasco replied with a creative tweet that included the hashtag #addtaste. For example, one tweet from @abbiebooboo read, "I cannot handle it #maserati #notaste #baller only in Manchester" which included a picture of some dude's blue Maserati with a "Baller" license plate. I cannot handle it #maserati #notaste #obviouslyasian #baller only in Manchester ✊ pic.twitte [...]


5 Essential Thought Leadership Skills For Content Marketing Success

lightbulb-thought-leader-shutterstock There are a ton of people doing content marketing right now, but most of them aren't thought leaders. Thought leaders aren't just bloggers, or even the people speaking at conferences. Thought leaders are the people who drive conversations, influence others and shape perceptions in any given industry. Thought leadership means you create the news rather than simply sharing it -- that yours is a respected voice others turn to in order to better understand the state of the world. If you can earn the "thought leader" label, it's huge for building your brand and amplifying the reach of your [...]


Why Facebook’s Organic Reach Throttle May Be Better for Brands Than They Think

Why Facebook's throttling organic reach might be good for brands. In this column, I will make a case that Facebook's reduction of organic reach for brand pages is a win-win for both Facebook and brands. I will also assert that while Facebook's throttling of reach is indeed an attempt to make more money, it's not in the way you think. But to get there, we must talk about traffic jams. Growing up in suburban New Jersey just outside New York City in the '70s, I was all too familiar with traffic jams. But it wasn't until I started driving myself that I realized how much of the congestion was caused by roads that simply couldn't handle the volume of automo [...]


Why Native Advertising Matters And What You Should Do About It

Key Benefits of Native Advertising Native advertising is much more than the newest shiny object to appear on the digital landscape. It represents a fundamental turning point in the evolution of digital advertising, mirroring similar historical shifts in the maturation of print and television advertising. Smart marketers, publishers, and agencies are moving aggressively to adjust their core strategies to reflect this, experimenting with and learning from new tactics. This article applies the IAB's aspiration to define native advertising -- a paid ad that is so cohesive with the page content, assimilated into the design, an [...]


Robot Circumvents Non-Existent Instagram API To Poke Fun At Your Friends’ Overshares

ag_picnix Here's an interesting time-waster -- and it's not even for a brand! This campaign exists to allow Boston-based a&g Labs, the "innovation unit" of allen & gerritsen, to flex its muscles. And flex they did. If you're on Instagram, you know there are plenty of "those" people in your feed -- the ones who post constant selfies, snap every meal they eat, or document each time their cat rolls over. But short of unfollowing the guilty parties, there hasn't been a way to subtly hint that they're overdoing it. Until now. a&g Labs created Pic Nix, a program that allows people to [...]


Get A 31% Increase In Email Revenue With A Dedicated Infrastructure

mobile email open rates Q1 Mobile marketing, like text and push notifications, is growing fast -- but email is still the primary channel for marketing communication and customer engagement. Everyone has email and uses it daily, checking everything from work accounts to personal accounts, on a variety of devices such as PCs, tablets and mobile phones. The growth of new channels just serves to strengthen the primacy of email as a marketing tool. In fact, according to a recent report by Movable Ink, 66% of emails in Q1 2014 were opened on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. [caption id="attachment_83284" [...]


Digital Marketing 201: Explore Segmentation To Drive Growth

segmentation_shutterstock Being able to segment your web visitors, buyers, customers and prospects isn't the first thing that most of us as marketers turn to. We understand the need for it, but it's usually not a big focus. Even when teams do pay attention, it is often only to email lists. Segmentation is something that should be considered from the very start because it will help you better understand your customers and their needs which drives sales. Segmentation That Drives Sales There are many ways to segment your visitors and customers. Every business should have its own unique ways of segmenting, but the [...]


Beer Brand Invites Fans To Experience Exotic Locales With GPS Imprinted Bottle Caps

Pacifico_mobile_still1 Mexican beer brand Pacifico is offering people the chance to experience its laid-back lifestyle with the a new campaign entitled Yellow Caps. As background, the term Yellow Caps was coined by bartenders and refers to the brand's yellow bottle caps which are easier to find in crowded beer coolers. The Yellow Caps campaign, created by Austin-based GSD&M, makes use of the iconic caps to engage consumers. As part of the campaign, the underside of every cap has been printed with GPS coordinates marking one of 21 destinations throughout Baja, mainland Mexico and on the Pacific coast of the [...]


The Rich Media Messaging/Sweepstakes Combo Wins For Brands And Participants

RMM Sweepstakes Margarine, potatoes, artificial intelligence, Femat's Last Theorem, steam tractors, canned goods. The common link? Sweepstakes. Dating from the 15th century, sweepstakes have been used to motivate the masses -- incentivized, of course, by a handsome prize. [caption id="attachment_85159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] RMM Sweepstakes[/caption] The aforementioned inventions were the result of governments, companies and individuals calling on the public to solve major problems of the times, resulting in solutions that endure today. Advertisers in the 1950s paved the way for the present [...]


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