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Three Dirty Words of Digital Marketing Campaigns

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When digital marketing campaigns fail, typically there's something dirty going on. Marketers and business owners often miss the point of digital advertising. You need to think beyond the inventory being presented and focus on marketing needs and solutions that deliver on set expectations. So I have defined three of the most dirty words I hear used in digital advertising and ways to clean them up.   

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Topics: Digital

Three Easy Steps to Effectively Sell the Results of Your Campaign

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Campaign recaps are the norm when it comes to digital marketing. In an integrated marketing campaign, those results are usually separated out even though we design the campaign to work together. All too often, the digital portion of a campaign recap is simply a beautified spreadsheet or PowerPoint that includes creative images and a handful of metrics like impressions delivered, clicks, click-through rates, and sometimes view-throughs. These types of reports do very little to show how the campaign is actually achieving the goals of the client—and when that is the case, they can result in a cancellation or non-renewal.

The goal of a campaign recap is to sell the results back to your client so that you can retain and grow that piece of business. You want to make it clear that you are driving results—making the connection between the numbers and the emotions of your client. So how do we move beyond the simple delivery of numbers, to effectively sell the results of our integrated campaigns?

Here are three easy steps to get you there:

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Topics: Digital, selling digital advertising, Sales

Three Must-Know Social Media Practices for B2B Lead Generation

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There is a plethora of research out there on why social media is such an important component of your inbound marketing, but what I want to share with you today are some specific ways to get started engaging and connecting with your social media audience. These will help you increase your B2B lead generation, and ultimately convert more customers. 

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Topics: Social Media, digital marketing, Digital, integrated media solution, inbound marketing

Five Metrics to Measure the Success of Your Digital Marketing Efforts

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As websites become more and more important in the consumer path to purchase, the need to measure the efficacy of digital marketing also increases. This is a shared burden between those selling digital media and business owners/marketers who are looking to maximize their ROI. We know that “clicks” provide an incomplete picture into the impact of digital advertising, as most users do not click on ads but still find their way to a businesses website after being exposed to ads.  

So what should we look at? Here are five metrics to help give deeper insight into the effectiveness of your digital marketing efforts:

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Topics: digital marketing, internet marketing, Digital, integrated media solution, SEO, inbound marketing

Five Tips for a Successful Digital Needs Analysis

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You finally got an appointment with a strong prospect. Now, it is time to prepare for a successful needs analysis to make sure that all the effort you spent getting the appointment isn’t wasted. You want to make sure that you have a strong and thorough needs analysis—because understanding your prospect's business, their specific needs, challenges and expectations is imperative to developing a solution that will achieve results.

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Topics: Needs Analysis, Digital, integrated media solution

How Inbound Marketing Can Create Raving Fans for Your Business

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Businesses are catching on. Those using effective inbound marketing initiatives are producing sales leads and, at the same time, establishing expertise and thought leadership in their specific industry. Those experiencing this success will tell you that it is contagious, but requires the constant sharing of quality content (in most cases, through blog posts), which attracts interested prospects to their companies.  

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Topics: content marketing, content strategy, Digital, inbound marketing

Will Your Job Go The Way Of The Dinosaur?

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Regardless of the industry you are in, there is no doubt that you run the risk of seeing your job function become extinct. Think about the travel industry. 20 years ago, who would have ever thought it was possible to book a business trip that included two different cities, multiple flights, car rentals, hotels, and more, all without the help of the travel agent?!

That’s not say that all travel agents went away, but the business certainly changed. Today we are going to look at the media industry—specifically, digital media sales managers. Make no mistake—this is not a media-specific issue. The same could happen in many industries.

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Topics: internet marketing, Digital, integrated media solution, Management