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  • C'mon: If You Show Me Yours, I'll Totally Show You Mine
    While you know you shouldn't measure the success of your email marketing programs against results achieved by other businesses, learning about average open, click-through and conversion rates can be a useful tool. You might identify areas for potential improvement—or get a thrill out of learning you outperform other companies in ... more
  • Try the Escape Hatch
    "Surviving or Escaping? This is a discussion I've been having with a lot of my friends in online lead gen and B2B sales," reports Bill Rice in a recent Better Closer blog. "The survival attitude is definitely in the air. My theory? That is the number one killer of businesses." ... more
  • Cut Back, but Don't Cancel
    In a post at Harvard Business Online, John Baldoni worries about the impact budgetary cutbacks will have on corporate meetings this winter. "I hear from colleagues in the communication business [that] meetings are being scaled back or canceled to a large degree," he reports. "Scaling back makes sense; canceling meetings ... more
  • Get Wired and Get Hired
    The news isn't good: Fidelity Investments this week announced its second round of job cuts, NEC is cutting 20,000 jobs and Motorola just shed 4,000 workers. But despite the doom and gloom, some companies are indeed hiring. As the optimists say, the sun is always shining somewhere. Here are a ... more
  • Monkey See, Monkey Choose
    Social scientists have long been intrigued by the human tendency to mimic the behavior of others. Research has shown that people automatically mimic other people's posture, mannerisms and facial expressions as they interact. But does mimicry translate to product preferences as well? These researchers say yes. Consumers were invited to ... more
  • Turning Digital into Gold
    While attending MarketingProfs' Digital Marketing Mixer in Scottsdale, Karen Talavera finally understood the importance of mixing various sorts of online marketing together. Take email and social media: Each is a significant force in and of itself, but combined they become even more powerful. Talavera's tips for creating marketing gold through ... more
  • Some Extremely Bad Words
    In a post at Entrepreneur.com, Susan Gunelius identifies ten words marketers should avoid in the coming year. "I think her list will surprise you," says Drew McLellan at his Marketing Minute blog. "It includes words that traditionally have been touted as buying trigger words … [and] … copywriting 101 tips ... more
  • Commentary: The Problem No Bailout Can Solve
    by Andrew Winston
    The current financial meltdown prompts another, larger catastrophe in the works: the change in the earth's climate and what it will do to business and society. Although those two challenges may seem worlds apart, there are three critical attributes of the financial crisis that are eerily similar to those of the ... more
  • Open Letter to the Would-Be CEO Blogger
    by Todd Defren
    Dear CEO: Welcome to the blogoshere! So, umm, how do you really start? How do you get started blogging, and do it well? Let's avoid the technical requirements. (You've got people who can figure that stuff out!) Instead, let's focus on creating the right mindset. more
  • Digital Alchemy: How to Get Gold From the Fusion of Digital Marketing Elements
    by Karen Talavera
    Digital marketing isn't just an ever-growing collection of components anymore (if it ever was). Don't limit your perception of it to adding the latest Web 2.0 gadget to your site or playing in the newest online community. It's not simply about befriending the Johnny-come-lately of the Web 2.0 family, ranging ... more
  • Case Study: How Twitter Helped Save Ford From a PR Disaster
    by Kimberly Smith
    When US Airways flight 1549 landed in the Hudson River, Twitter users broke the news, 15 minutes ahead of mainstream media. The same channel and its immediacy also helped Ford Motor Company's head of social media quell a different kind of disaster--of the PR variety. more
  • Searching for the Searcher
    Many marketers erroneously go about hiring an SEM firm as they would an ad agency. But according to Rimm-Kaufman Group's George Michie, the process is more akin to hiring a law or accounting firm. In a recent Search Engine Land post, Michie suggested your search for the right search firm ... more
  • This Press Release Is Off the Record
    Most of us would agree that the entire point of a press release is getting media outlets to report on its contents. The more coverage, the better. So imagine David Meerman Scott's bemusement when he received a release accompanied by a sternly worded—and counterintuitive—legal notice that forbade its dissemination: "This ... more
  • A Tale of Two Emails
    In a post at the Emma blog, Jim Hitch tells the story of two emails he received within 20 minutes of each other. "They're similar at first glance," he says. "Almost identical, really. Both are very image-heavy, both came from brand-name clothing retailers, both include simple calls to action, both ... more
  • Beware: It's a Social-Media Gold Rush
    Back in December, Geoff Livingston and Beth Harte created a lighthearted blog post entitled "Top 25 Ways to Tell if Your Social Media Expert Is a Carpetbagger." With the wild rush to capitalize on social media, the pair note that "there are many, many companies, agencies and consultants rushing to ... more
  • Love the MIME
    In a wide-ranging video interview with BNET, strategist RJ Talyor of ExactTarget discusses a range of email marketing issues, and provides insight on the best way to handle messages sent to subscribers, whether they're reading email at their desk or on the go. Says Talyor, "You need to develop an ... more
  • I Just Came to Hang Out
    "Social media, like any new marketing channel, is a sticky slope for B2B marketers," says Justin Hitt in a recent blog. "I personally prefer keeping social media 'business social' rather than polluting it with advertisements." But, wait a minute: if ads are out, what else can B2B marketers do to ... more
  • Take a Page from Redbook
    In a guest post at the HubSpot blog, Paul Gillin argues that women's interest magazines like Redbook face the same basic challenge as your online properties: grabbing a distracted person's attention and convincing her to become a regular reader. As he analyzes a sample issue swiped from his gym, he ... more
  • Mobile Marketing Mavens, Oh My!
    Ah, the mobile phone: we know it well as consumers, and as such are in a perfect position to approach it from a direct marketer's POV. Here are a few ground rules for truly covetable mobile marketing: Bait your line. A useful iPhone app could do you right, as could ... more
  • Make Extensions Work for You
    Brand extensions are a popular promotional tactic with marketers. It just feels safe to promote a new product by piggy-backing it with a proven winner. But what type of extension ads work best? Here's an interesting study that might help with your next promo. Researchers ran three experiments to test ... more
  • Know How to Hold 'Em
    "It probably comes as no surprise," say Kara Trivunovic and Andrew Osterday in an article at MarketingProfs, "[that] the process of acquiring new customers comes with one of the higher price tags of any of your marketing initiatives." This places a high priority on the cultivation of customer loyalty—and, therefore, ... more
  • You Oughta Be in Podcasts
    Gary Vaynerchuk is a podcast natural—the affable, energetic wine aficionado has become an Internet superstar by producing entertaining reviews for his Wine Library series. "Because they give relevant information, the podcasts brand Gary Vee as the resource for wine," says Lisa Formica in an article at MarketingProfs. "As a result, ... more
  • Top Five Rules for Creating a Successful Video Blog for Business
    by Brent Altomare
    Blogs provide rich opportunities for organizations to interact with customers. But now marketers are wondering how to create even more dynamic content and "stickiness." That next level of intimacy has already started to emerge with video blogs, or vlogs. more
  • Benchmarking: A Best-Practice for Improving Marketing Performance (Part 1)
    by Laura Patterson
    CEOs and CMOs are interested in seeing marketing organizations improve their performance in two key areas: effectiveness (the ability to produce the desired result) and efficiency (reducing waste). The economic environment makes these efforts even more top-of-mind. Often the question that remains is how much do we need to improve? Benchmarking ... more
  • Five Small-Business Email Customer Lifecycle Tactics for the New Year
    by Kara Trivunovic, Andrew Osterday
    It's probably no surprise that the process of acquiring new customers comes with one of the higher price tags of any of your marketing initiatives. The value of growing your customer base is obvious: the potential to sell more products or services. Moreover, increasing customer loyalty will reduce your marketing ... more

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