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  • Sales and Social Media—Measuring the ROI
    by Joan Curtis, Barb Giamanco
    Although the ability to measure tangible results when using social media is still evolving, companies are realizing substantial savings from their social-media initiatives. more
  • How to Become a Newsmaker
    When you're ready to position yourself as a media resource, says blogger Nettie Hartsock, you can hire publicists who pitch your expertise to journalists—or you can start making news at your blog. "The media is constantly sourcing blogs and the experts who write them to feature in both online and ... more
  • US Ad Market Strengthens, Auto Sector Rebounds
    Though the path toward recovery has been slower in the US than in most regional ad markets, the trend is positive: US advertisers spent an estimated $54 billion during the first half of 2010, up 3.8% from the same period a year earlier, driven by discretionary ad spending categories such ... more
  • Four Steps to SEO-Friendly Content
    "You have a great website. It has beautiful images, a compelling theme and intuitive navigation, all designed to take eager visitors to complete descriptions of your proprietary products and services," writes Tami Wessley at Whole Brain Marketing. "The only problem is your website shows up somewhere after page 10 on ... more
  • Most Americans Have Found TV Commercials Confusing
    Regardless of age, roughly three-quarters of Americans (75%) say they have found a commercial on television confusing and 21% say they often find TV commercials confusing, according to a Harris Poll. more
  • Three Ways to Engage Prospects in a Buyer-Controlled Sales Cycle
    With vast Web-based resources now available to evaluate products and services, tech buyers are no longer dependent on Sales for information about purchases. Buyers don't want or need to engage with sales people until far later in the buying cycle. "Information is power," writes Don Fornes, Founder & CEO of ... more
  • Social Buzz for The Social Network
    "The Social Network," from Sony Pictures Entertainment opened on October 1 to a strong $23 million in weekend ticket sales at US theaters, and prompted a 480% increase in weekend social media conversation about the movie, compared with levels recorded over the previous weekend, according to a study by Alterian. more
  • How to Use Twitter to Boost Buzz, Sales and Engagement
    In September, UNIQLO UK launched Lucky Counter, a piece of marketing genius that compelled users to Tweet about the company's products. Each time they did, the products got more appealing. How? Lucky Counter featured a diverse, limited array of UNIQLO products and prices. Click on one, and you'd be invited to Tweet ... more
  • Four Ways to Revive a Comatose B2B Blog
    Blogging ain't easy, folks. Anyone who's tried to maintain a vital B2B blog knows that. And in down times, when marketers are scrambling to meet profit goals, the task becomes all the more daunting. But offering a blog at a B2B website has become, well, a basic necessity. As Martine Hunter ... more
  • Mobile Report: Browsing, Social Networking Up; Android Surges
    More than one-third of US mobile subscribers (34.5%) browsed the mobile Web as of August 2010, up 2.6 percentage points (PPs) from the previous three-month average, while 22.5% accessed social networking sites or blogs, up 1.7 PPs, according to data from the comScore MobiLens service. more
  • Tips From 'The Office' on Social-Media Customer Engagement
    The hit TV sitcom The Office has extended its brand reach and consumer appeal through clever uses of social media. "Although there are only around 23 episodes [per year] ... the show has become far more than just 30 minutes of weekly airtime," Case Ernsting writes in a recent post ... more
  • A Four-Step Plan to Re-Engage Inactive Subscribers
    "Your email database might show big numbers," writes Loren McDonald at Silverpop, "but 25 percent to 40 percent of your subscribers, or more, could be inactive without showing any obvious symptoms." Described by Dela Quist as "unemotionally subscribed," such recipients have active email accounts, but don't open your messages, click through, ... more
  • Online Searchers Swayed by Images, Multiple Brand Appearances
    When searching for products and services online, appearance matters: 48% of search engine users say they are more likely to click on a search result if it includes an image and 53% are more likely to click if a company name or brand appears multiple times on the search engine ... more
  • Present Your Data, Encourage Action
    "The hardest nut to crack in any type of analytics is getting our decision makers (bosses, leaders, marketers) to take action based on data," writes Avinash Kaushik at Occam's Razor. So you do you get over this hurdle? It might be as simple as changing how you present the information. To ... more
  • Three Critical Steps for Securing Your Marketing Budget
    by Laura Patterson
    Now that fall is here, you are likely tackling your marketing plan and budget. The pressure for marketing organizations to justify their spending, prove their programs' contribution to the organization, and demonstrate value is only increasing. These three steps can help ensure you are properly aligned with your organization and ... more
  • Top 10 Ways to Make Twitter Your Brand's Best Friend
    by Ryan Holmes
    There's more to Twitter than amassing followers and broadcasting your latest news. Properly engaging in the right discussions can earn customer goodwill and brand awareness. The real-time conversations that fill the Twitterverse offer an abundance of market insight. more
  • Bambi vs. Godzilla: How to Work With Very Big Clients
    by Matthew Stibbe
    Who said small firms can do business only with other small firms? If you can get your foot in the door, working for Fortune 500 companies is the smart way to grow a profitable marketing firm. This is how one small company found ways to turn its small size into ... more
  • Four Web Coding Practices to Maximize Marketing ROI
    by Ryan Frederick
    Lost user confidence is but one cost of sloppy code. Attempts to fix it can rack up thousands of dollars in consultant fees. And poorly coded Web assets can hinder marketing-campaign performance. All the beauty and elegance in the world will never compensate for the ugly repercussions of improper rendering. more
  • Thoughts About Being a Thought Leader
    Don't make the mistake of assuming thought leadership springs automatically from content marketing. "Thought leadership is not created with one, two or three pieces of content," writes Ardath Albee at Marketing Interactions. "It's created with the consistent application of ideas and concepts that helps to define a strategic direction your ... more
  • Seven Types of Smartphone Apps Driving Mobile Market
    Seven categories of mobile applications are expected to dominate the mobile market over the next four years: email, games, social networking, instant messaging, mapping and directions, music and radio, and weather apps, together will account for an estimated 7 billion downloads worldwide by 2014, according to research from In-Stat. more
  • Five Ways Deep Links Help SEO
    Worried that your website's inbound deep links—links to site pages other than your homepage or other top-level pages—are distracting visitors from your main advertising or branding page? Or that visitors following these links don't always realize they are on your site (as opposed to the site that linked to you)? Not ... more
  • Track the Pulse of Top iPhone and iPad Apps
    One of the most frustrating things about the iTunes store is its unintuitive search function. That's why folks have invented new apps like AppsFire for iPhone. It's an application that is search-engine optimized to float the most popular mobile apps sold through folks like iTunes to the top of the ... more
  • How to Nurture Your Leads' Emotions
    More than ever, your lead-generation program must include a strong nurturing component. A DemandGen survey, notes Cheryl Goldberg at the High-Tech Communicator blog, found that nurtured leads produce a 20-percent increase in sales opportunities versus non-nurtured leads. And—realistically—many of your leads will require at least a little nurture. "According to Brian ... more
  • Most Twitter Replies, Retweets Occur in First Hour
    Roughly 29% of tweets generate a reaction from other twitter users, such as a reply or retweet, and fully nine in 10 of those reactions occur in the first hour of the original tweet, according to a report by Sysomos. more
  • Email and Facebook Dominate Sharing of Online Content
    Email is still a key component of digital marketing: 49% of consumers share content online at least once a week, with most of it shared via email (86%) and Facebook (49%), according to a study from Chadwick Martin Bailey and iModerate Research Technologies. Just 4% of surveyed consumers share content ... more

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