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  • Look at Me. Now, Focus.
    These days, companies are scrambling to stay competitive. Is there a silver bullet out there that can help? Something to get you through these tough times? According to Geoffrey Moore at TCG Advisors, it all comes down to focus. Moore offers a guide for achieving a company-wide focus that can ... more
  • The Times They Are A-Changin'
    With 2009 well underway, your goals and strategies probably look a lot different than they did just last year. Something that made sense for 2008 might seem antique or laughable today. But as your business evolves with the new economic realities, don't forget that many of your prospects exist in ... more
  • No Downturn in Flatland
    Empty aisles. Echoing footsteps. Silence where there used to be chatter. Real-world retail is clearly suffering. And now new research suggests that if bricks-and-mortar merchants want to survive, they should go virtual big-time. Flatland is calling. According to the recent report, U.S. consumers are steadily moving ... more
  • Beware the Spaminator
    The best email offer in the world won't accomplish much if it never reaches your intended recipient. Beware:  there are strong forces at work these days trying their best to block your messages! In a recent MarketingProfs article, Debra Ellis discusses three distinct deliverability hurdles faced by today's email marketers. Meet the spaminators: ... more
  • How to Become 'Their Brand': Engaging Today's Fickle Customers
    by Manila Austin
    Marketers today understand that consumers think, feel, and react in ways different from June Cleaver some 50 years ago. We use descriptors like fickle, indecisive, and disloyal to describe the modern consumer. Just what do these terms mean? Mainly, they mean that consumers have too many choices—multiple brands, brand extensions, and ... more
  • I'm In With the In-Crowd
    "We all like the comfort of the crowd," says Mark Brownlow in a post at the Email Marketing Reports blog. "The knowledge that others went here before us tells us we're on the right path." Because of this tendency to trust the wisdom of crowds, he argues, you can encourage opt-ins ... more
  • They Gotta Believe
    When writing copy for email messages, landing pages and a host of product descriptions, marketers need to be more than clear and concise; they must also persuade readers to click through and take action. To help you achieve this goal of engaging—and gently goading—readers, Brian Clark of Copyblogger offers tips like these: Say ... more
  • Lead That Search Party!
    According to an iProspect and JupiterResearch study released last year, search users prefer "blended" search results—in which results are potpourried with videos and other media—over standard (slightly boring) text-only search results. Blended results (Google's term is "universal search") work like this: If you've got a restaurant, a search on your restaurant's ... more
  • What Exactly Do You Do, Again?
    We all know the cliché: you have 1.5 milliseconds to grab a prospect's attention at your home page and convince him to stay. So why, then, are so many B2B Web sites still not that "sticky"? According to a recent post at eMagine's B2B Web Strategy blog, it's because too ... more
  • The Inside Scoop
    There are lots of good frozen-yogurt shops in Simon Glickman's Pasadena, California, neighborhood. But one—21 Choices—seems to enjoy bigger crowds than the rest, and he explains in his Editorial Emergency newsletter how the small storefront keeps customers coming back from more: It delivers plenty of atmosphere. ... more
  • This Is No Time for Regrets
    "Oh, no! I thought that sale ran through today!" Your customer planned on grabbing a bargain, only to realize she got to your store a day after the sale ended. Is there any way you can still convince her to buy? Well, read on. One researcher recently worked with a ... more
  • Hit Me Baby One More Time
    While most of the email you send contains stand-alone content, it's worth considering an ongoing campaign that engages your customers with multiple messages. "A series of emails is a great opportunity to build top-of-mind awareness and recall for your brand," says Keri Palasz in a post at the Listrak email ... more
  • Get 'em Chattering
    When it comes to the analyzing the data you collect at your Web site, you're doing a great job. You know which of your customers visit most often, where they live, which keywords they use to arrive at your site and which links provide the best traffic. But are you ... more
  • Should You Launch a Brand Community?
    by Nancy Strauss
    On company Web sites everywhere, community sections are popping up—both a cause and an effect of a climate in which more and more marketing directors and brand managers are being asked by their companies, "Why don't we do something 2.0?" Although an online community can bring innumerable benefits to a brand, ... more
  • Case Study: How a Company's Word-of-Mouth Strategies and Customer Focus Helped Grow Its User Base 150%
    by Kimberly Smith
    Small businesses need all the TLC they can get. Billing and invoicing online-solution provider FreshBooks knows that better than most. Its customer-centric focus is so fresh and refreshing, word-of-mouth has spread far and wide—and helped grow its user base 150%. more
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find Our Event
    When you plan an event, you pull out all the stops. So, too, should it be with your event promotions. Apogee Search's Brian Combs suggests in a recent MarketingProfs article to add paid-search marketing to your event promo mix. "With almost half of all Internet users now using search engines ... more
  • No! No! I Didn't Mean That!
    There’s almost nothing worse than sending out an email offer, only to realize a foolish typo or error evaded your eagle eye. It happens to the best of us. And Kelly Lorenz, writing at the Bronto blog, recommends a plan of action that includes steps like: Stopping the send. If ... more
  • I Totally Made That Up
    If you hear some slang you don't recognize, you can always visit the Urban Dictionary, where users provide, and vote on, correct definitions. Now, Addictionary is putting a playful spin on the concept by inviting users to invent, define and judge words all at once. The platform offers four interactive ... more
  • Watch Your Finger on That Trigger
    "Trigger-based email is when you email a message to a customer in response to certain [behavior] or preferences," Valerie Khoo reminds us in a post at the Sydney Morning Herald's Enterprise blog. "The email is literally triggered by something the customer says or does, or is based on other information ... more
  • You Too Can Tweet, Part II
    In last week's installment, we offered step-by-step tips to get you tweeting on Twitter. This week, we offer a few more advanced steps to take, based on Jim Sterne's advice in a MarketingProfs article. Incorporate these into your tweeting habits, and you'll be well on the way to becoming a Twitter ... more
  • The New Paper-Or-Plastic
    "OK, so 'digital-or-print' is the new 'paper-or-plastic,'" says Doug Stern in an article at MarketingProfs. "[So, when is it] more appropriate to stick a stamp on [a marketing message] … than hit the Send button?" Before you make your decision, he recommends asking questions like these: What does this customer ... more
  • In a Tough Economy, Go to Battle for Your Customers
    by J. Mark Carr, Karl Gustafson
    Decision-makers who are worried over the stability of their company's finances should remember one simple truth: The source of your business's cash flow is your customer base. What all of this boils down to is the need to make smart, informed investment and cost-cutting decisions that have both a short-term and ... more
  • Cool It, Speed Racer!
    "I am not going to go on a rant [about] adding a 'share this,' 'follow me,' 'digg this,' or another technology to your email programs in order to drive cross-channel adoption of your email strategy," says Dylan Boyd in a post at the Email Wars blog. Instead, he wants to ... more
  • Glad You Could Join Us!
    Smith-Harmon just released its Retail Welcome Email Benchmark Study, which examines best practices at 112 of the Internet's largest retailers. And in a recent post at the Email Karma blog, Matt Vernhout highlights some of the study's key takeaways: Text-only Welcome messages are becoming a thing of ... more
  • The Easy Way to Slice and Dice
    Even a small company can benefit from email messages tailored to a recipient's specific wants and needs. "Using segmentation," says Michael Clark in an article at MarketingProfs, "customers only get notified of new products, specials, and offers based on past buying patterns, knowledge of the customer and what they've clicked ... more

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