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  • Website URLs Are so 2005
    Social network popularity is growing. So much that even TV is noticing. Major brands now list URLs not to their websites but to the social networks that they're on. "Look for us on Facebook" or "Follow us on Twitter" is becoming more widespread. more
  • Lights! Camera! Take Action!
    It's a simple fact: We love watching online videos. In a post at the Digital Marketing blog, Eydie Cubarrubia cites Nielsen Online research that found 119 billion unique viewers watched 7 trillion total streams during the month of April. "Total streams were up 24 percent from a year ago," she says, ... more
  • Tell Your Own Story
    Gary Vaynerchuk calls 'em like he sees 'em. And the irrepressible advocate for social media took to his website to ask why so many companies prepare for anticipated criticism with filtered, canned responses. "I keep getting involved in these consulting pow-wows," he says, "where people are like, 'We're going to ... more
  • Seeing the Light on Conversions
    Getting the most out of your website? As a B2B marketer in the IT world, you likely have a key objective for your site: generating leads and moving prospects to your offline sales department. While most online marketers live and breathe their conversion rates, this approach, according to a post ... more
  • Think of It as a Club
    You understand how email delivery works, but perhaps you have trouble explaining the process to your boss, a client or a colleague. If so, you're in luck. An entertaining post by Matt Vernhout at Email Karma compares the delivery process to an evening at a hot new nightclub—terms most everyone ... more
  • Commercial Break: Get a Mac, Bean Counter
    In this regular Daily Chirp feature, William Arruda shares some of his favorite television ads. And he offers up a lesson for how the ad relates to your personal brand. Today, he looks at one of the Get a Mac ads, a series that began in 2006 and is still ... more
  • So This is What You Look Like!
    A cool thing is happening through sites like blogging service Xanga, review site Yelp, and Twitter. Some of their faithful users have started attending meet-ups, where folks who interact online and live in the same geographic area can actually meet—in person! What a concept. Now, here's the really good news: These ... more
  • Wow! Look Who Just Stopped by!
    Careful: You just missed out on a great lead when you analyzed that B2B conversion rate. That's what Todd Michiels says, anyway, in a recent article at Miechiels.com. All too often, Miechiels says, B2B marketers decide to "spend either more or less money based solely on the conversion rate of how ... more
  • Have We Got the Answer for You!
    If you've never visited the MarketingProfs Know-How Exchange—or if it's been a while—why not stop in to see how the community responds to a host of topics, both in real time and in the vast archive of past conversations? Take the case of one MarketingProfs member, Kayle, who recently requested ... more
  • We Love Eric
    We've seen the power of Twitter's community used for good: spreading vital information during natural disasters, distributing Amber Alerts, and raising money for charities. Now imagine using not only Twitter's power but also the celebrity of the Nine Inch Nails. more
  • If It Ain't Broke, Why Add to It?
    Lots of companies offer add-ons for their products. (Think: a carrying case for a digital camera or a memory card for a computer.) But does that practice always have a positive effect? Or could offering an add-on actually cause consumers to question the intrinsic value of the base product? ("Why ... more
  • Summer's Coming: Make Lemonade
    "The economic downturn spells bad news to most marketers," says Jack Trout in a post at the Branding blog, "but a slump also presents an opportunity to build brands." He takes a back-to-basics approach to his brand-building, and recommends a few down-home strategies that might help turn your lemons into ... more
  • No Chocolate in the Peanut Butter!
    "There are many similarities between social media marketing and email," says Ross Kramer in an article at MarketingProfs, "but they are two distinct marketing channels and they should be used separately to enhance or magnify, not just promote, each other." Kramer outlines a process for complementary strategies that play to the ... more
  • Marketing Addictionary: 'Badvocate'
    Badvocate: (noun): People who passionately criticize or detract from companies, brands, or products. more
  • Analytics Success: Just Steps Away
    In a post at the Internet Marketing Strategy blog, Ian Lurie claims that you can create a successful marketing analytics program in just 27 easy steps. It sounds like a lot of steps—and there is a lot to consider—but his process is both comprehensive and straightforward. Lurie begins by explaining ... more
  • The Foolishness of Fencing in Facebook
    In a post at the Acidlabs blog, Stephen Collins points to the results of a recent survey that found a whopping 55 percent of Australian employers blocked workplace access to social networks like Facebook; the proportion is smaller elsewhere—20 percent in Britain, 12 percent in France and 10 percent in ... more
  • Get Creative
    We've seen some great creative ads in the past, both online and on television. Now imagine that you could be the brains behind a nationwide ad. Well, Panasonic gives you this opportunity with its Next Generation Talent competition. more
  • Managing Email Addresses in B2B: How to Increase Email Coverage of Your Customer Base
    by Ruth P. Stevens
    Everyone's looking to do more with less these days. After comparing the cost of postal mail (about a dollar apiece) with the cost of email (about a penny apiece) any B2B marketer is going to prefer using email as the medium for staying in touch with current customers and inquirers. ... more
  • How Do I Love Thee...? Ten Tips for Using Web 2.0 to Give Back to Your Professional Network
    by William Arruda
    Effective networking is all about giving. One of the best ways to give to your network members is to help them build their personal brands. And if you help them build their brands on the Web, you demonstrate how savvy you are about the new Web 2.0 world we live ... more
  • Deliver a One-Two Punch: Tap the Synergy Between Email and Social Media
    by Ross Kramer
    There are many similarities between social-media marketing and email; but they are two distinct marketing channels, and they should be used separately to enhance or magnify, not just promote, each other. Think of it this way: Social media is for awareness; email is for retention. more
  • Leapfrogging for Success: Change the Game via Innovation
    by Evan Gerber
    Marketers these days find themselves increasingly squeezed between a big rock and a very hard place: Their mandate is to demonstrably improve ROI, with reduced budgets, while communicating with skittish audiences that are less inclined to make purchases. Not surprisingly, people are looking for ways to change the game altogether. more
  • Case Study: Three Small (Biz) Steps to Increased Product & Service Sales, Recession Edition
    by Kimberly Smith
    Sales of luxury products and services have been suffering in the current economy—all the more so for small businesses. But email, coupons, and new-client referral and member-rewards programs have helped this small business beat the recession blues. See how. more
  • When a Viral Pandemic Is Good
    Things were different in 2007, when Saturday Night Live aired "Lazy Sunday"—a hip-hop ode to movie-going—and a copy of the clip went whizzing around the Internet. "Back then," says Maria Russo in a post at The Wrap, "the video could be found on any random blog or website and you ... more
  • Basic Tips for Fighting Click Fraud
    Click Forensics has released statistics for the first quarter of 2009 revealing that 13.8 percent of clicks are a result of fraudulent behavior. Although that figure is down from 17.1 percent in Q4 2008, it's still too high for search marketers' comfort as they watch every penny spent and earned. ... more
  • Keep in Touch This Summer, OK?
    As summer approaches, and your subscribers begin to go on holidays, you might wonder whether you should scale back your email campaigns. But in a post at the Email Experience Council blog, Ryan Allis says, "Not only should you feel comfortable sending out your messages over the summer, it's also ... more

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