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  • What Google Suggest Suggests
    Google is a powerhouse of information on a range of human behaviors, emotions, and opinions, and it offers insight into what people might care the most about concerning a given topic, according to a post by Duke and MIT professor Dan Ariely on his blog, PredictablyIrrational.com. more
  • Mobile Advertising ROI: What Works, What Doesn't
    Animated ads are the fastest-growing and most-effective mobile ad format among both brand and direct-response focused campaigns, enabling marketers to tell a more complex message without the necessity of a click, according to a study from Quattro Wireless. more
  • I Knew You'd Be There for Me
    Belgian beer label Stella Artois has added a splash of engagement to its marketing strategy with Le Bar Guide. Developed by Acrossair, Le Bar Guide is a free app that points users to the nearest bar serving Stella. Run searches by ZIP Code, or switch the augmented reality feature on—and have ... more
  • To the Power of Five
    More than ever, a successful lead-generation program relies on a steady stream of new content. And since the pressure to produce high-quality whitepapers and blog posts can be intense, Ardath Albee recommends the "Rule of 5" to ease your load and maximize results. "The Rule of 5," she explains at the ... more
  • Tapping the Potential of Online Demos
    An online demo is a powerful tool that can connect your prospects with your software in minutes, showcasing a full array of features and helping you drive home the value of your solution. But it can do much more than that, writes Jayson Gehri in a MarketingProfs article titled "The ... more
  • Super Bowl Viewers Tune in for Ads
    Over one-half (51%) of Super Bowl viewers enjoy the commercials that air throughout the game more than the game itself, according to the Nielsen Company. The remaining 49% say they enjoy the game more than the ads. more
  • YouTube to Launch Movie Rentals
    YouTube is set to debut movie rentals this week with a limited selection of independent films from the Sundance Film Festival, according to YouTube Biz Blog. more
  • Holidays Drive Traffic to Retail, Greetings Sites
    Traffic to retail websites grew in December as the online holiday shopping season reached a crescendo—while consumers' holiday festivities generated a surge in traffic to flowers/gifts/greetings and e-card sites, according to comScore. In addition, traffic to shipping sites reached a 2009 high as consumers rushed to ensure timely delivery of ... more
  • Marketers to Focus on Social Media in 2010
    Two-thirds (66%) of marketing professionals plan to invest in social media over the next 12 months and 40% will shift more than one-fifth of their traditional direct marketing budget toward digital, interactive, or social channels, according to a new survey from Alterian. more
  • Ride the Wedding-Dance Wave
    Last summer, a happy couple sent ripples through the Net when their video, JK Wedding Entrance Dance, hit YouTube. The video depicted a wedding entourage dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown's "Forever," concluding with the bride cutting the rubber in the general direction of her nervous, but giddy, groom. Great ... more
  • 2010 Ad Spend Flat, Online Up: Forecast
    In view of improved expectations of economic recovery, the US advertising market is forecast to fall just 0.1% this year, according to a revised forecast from MAGNA. The reassessment is a slight improvement from MAGNA's forecast issued in December 2009, which projected a 1.3% decline in ad spending. more
  • B2B Goes 007
    "While most people think of social media as a non-business arena, many savvy marketers are ... leveraging [it] to gather intelligence about prospects," says Dan McDade in a recent post at the DemandGen Report blog. In short: B2B marketers are turning into virtual 007s—in a good way. "Social media can provide ... more
  • Many Google News Users Bypass News Sites
    More than four out of ten (44%) of visitors to Google News scan headlines without accessing newspapers' individual sites, including many "power news users" who consult news sources as least twice a day, according to new study from Outsell. more
  • Give 'em What They Want Today!
    "Retailers have complained incessantly about unfair competition from e-commerce stores," writes Mark Riffey at the Business is Personal blog, "but not enough have done something about it." Online shopping is undeniably convenient and efficient. After all, customers can browse, comparison-shop and make purchases from the comfort of their favorite chair. But—despite ... more
  • Online Retail Email Volume Up in 2009
    The largest 100 online retailers sent an average 132 promotional email messages to each of their subscribers during 2009––an average 11 emails per month––up 12% from 2008 levels, according to a study from Smith-Harmon. more
  • Consumer Confidence Climbs in Jan.: RBC
    After declining throughout much of 2009, American consumer confidence improved sharply this month, returning to levels not seen since the financial crisis began in September 2008, according to the recent results of the RBC Consumer Attitudes and Spending by Household (CASH) Index. more
  • Don't Let This One Get Away!
    One notable effect of the economic downturn is the marked increase in consumer frugality. Marketers near and far are in hot pursuit of savvy pricing strategies that prod wary customers into buying. Well, here's a tactic that some researchers say is worth a try: "steadily decreasing discounting" or SDD. In a recent ... more
  • Show Me the Way, Whisperer
    "Do you know what your data [are] telling you?" asks Kelly Lorenz in a post at the Bronto blog. If you're not sure what to make of the copious information contained in reports from your ESP—opens, clicks, conversions, etc.—she has several tips for becoming what she cheerily terms a "data ... more
  • Companies Embrace SaaS for CRM
    As companies continue to embrace software-as-a-service (SaaS) for the most strategically critical applications in their businesses, 52% say they are deploying SaaS for customer relationship management (CRM), making it the most widely adopted application of SaaS, according to a study from Avanade. more
  • Marketing Hiring to Rebound in Early 2010
    Digital and direct marketing hiring is on track to rebound in early 2010: 46% of hiring managers plan to add staff in the first quarter, up from 30% who said the same in the fourth quarter 2009, according to a Bernhart Associates survey. more
  • Look Who's 10: Happy Birthday MarketingProfs!
    by Ann Handley
    This year marks the 10-year anniversary of MarketingProfs. The site was founded a decade ago by CEO Allen Weiss, a marketing academic, as a place where his fellow "prof"-essors and marketing "prof"-essionals could learn from each other. more
  • Logging in
    "Say you want to find every page on your site that received zero visitors from organic search in the past 2 years," says Ian Lurie at the Conversation Marketing blog. "That's a useful statistic: Those pages may be invisible to search engines, or they may be really poorly optimized." You may ... more
  • How to Be Successful With New Web Initiatives
    by Christian Shea
    One of the traps that many organizations fall into when launching a new Web initiative is putting the focus of the project on new technology or new functionality. Instead, you need to start your project with the end result in mind. This article outlines project phases that you need to ... more
  • How a B2B Company Went From Zero Brand Awareness to 190 Leads With Its First-Ever Direct-Mail Effort
    by Pete Savage
    With Q4 looming, along iwth company revenue targets for the year ahead, this company faced the perennial dilemma common to B2B marketers: how to fill the sales funnel with quality leads now to get a jump on sales-cycle activity in January. A classic direct-mail package and a brilliantly simple strategy ... more
  • Defining Market Opportunity—You Be the Judge
    by Kevin Horne
    At its core, market opportunity is your sizing forecast for a specific product or service, now and over the next several years. At a minimum, you should know that information in terms of sales dollars. A solid understanding of opportunity will guide you to the best markets and warn you ... more

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