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  • Staying Up in a Down Economy: Eight Marketing-Strategy Tips from Best Buy and Wipro CMOs
    by Roy Young
    Leading companies do not subscribe to the notion that marketing is a discretionary expense. They know that there is business opportunity during economic downturns, and marketing can lead the way. more
  • Three Key Tips to Minimize Email-List Churn
    by Loren McDonald
    It's a fact of list life: You're always going to lose a chunk of your email list to bounces, unsubscribes, and spam complaints. In the past, you might have just shrugged off this loss—typically 30 percent or more annually—because you were able to acquire new subscribers at a much higher ... more
  • Seven Ways to Woo the 'Aspirational' Luxury Customer
    by Suzanne Hader
    Ongoing economic uncertainty has made aspirational luxury customers more selective about what they purchase than ever. "Aspirationals" are aggressively prioritizing discretionary spending, purchasing a select few emotionally charged luxury items but buying everything else at mass or "masstige" outlets. Companies that want to continue to profit from aspirational customers must make their ... more
  • The Sport of Unhappiness
    In a post at his blog, Seth Godin notes some of the seemingly unfounded whining in which our consumer culture likes to indulge. We bitch and moan about a Facebook redesign, when it's a free service; we can't wait to get our hands on the new 3G iPhone, but dogpile ... more
  • A Win-Win Scenario
    A post at the Responsible Marketing Blog highlights some companies that aligned marketing campaigns with the recent election. "With estimates of turnout exceeding 130 million people," it says, "Election Day promotions make sense." The roundup includes: A one-minute video from Starbucks yearns for a country in which ... more
  • Kermit Got It Wrong
    Being green can be a plus for marketers. For instance, converting mail to email helps the environment, but also has a number of practical marketing benefits. Customers can take immediate action or forward email offers to friends; you, meanwhile, reduce costs, see quicker results, and gather the information you need to ... more
  • Was It Something I Didn't Say?
    In a recent Marketing Interactions blog, Ardath Albee asks: "[W]hat happens when the frequency and recency of a lead's engagement stalls?" Often, B2B marketers will roll these leads into a "general" touch campaign, she reports, "with the intent of keeping [their] company in the lead's mind so that when something ... more
  • In-Game Ads: Real, Not Virtual, ROI
    Gaming is no longer the sole domain of geeky guys with programmer's pallor: 44% of online gamers, and 40% of gamers in general, are women. Over half are between 18 and 49, and "extreme gamers" devote 45 hours a week to games. Salivating yet? Good, because here's a pretty meaty ... more
  • How to Get Referrals Galore
    Everybody loves referrals. They're easier to close than non-referrals, make quicker buying decisions and tend to be more loyal—in short, they can often become your most profitable customers. Trouble is, referrals are also elusive. Even a likable person with plenty of integrity and knowledge won't see an influx of referrals ... more
  • You Just Don't Understand Me!
    You've got a great new product for the high-school crowd. The demographics you've researched are screaming that teens love all things digital. So, your marketing team has crafted a great email campaign, with social-media components and links to a fun landing page at your site. Will this totally rad approach ... more
  • Knock It Off!
    "I subscribe to a wonderful Web-based entity that sends me a weekly newsletter, which I enjoy very much," begins an entry in the Editorial Emergency newsletter. "But a while back they started sending me a daily e-mail on top of my weekly e-mail." The first problem with this scenario is—of ... more
  • A Bad Trip
    In a post at Emergence Marketing, Francois Gossieaux tells the story of making reservations with Air France for a trip to Belgium, where his father—who had been diagnosed with a pair of aneurisms—was scheduled for a complex surgery. Gossieaux didn't notice a glitch in the itinerary until calling ahead to give ... more
  • Might as Well Jump!
    To do search marketing right, it's best to send potential customers who click on your search-engine-generated links to a "jump" or landing page. This page is the gateway to your site, and should promote further action from your prospective clicker, be it to make a purchase or leave a name ... more
  • Gimme That!
    Sales promotions that offer either price discounts or free goods (premiums) are often used to entice customers to buy products. But which is better? Every family has one or two bargain shoppers—always looking for discounted products, and priding themselves on never paying full price. So, logically, marketers would assume that ... more
  • Digital-Marketing Series: 9 Ways to Reach Digital Natives (and the Rest of Us, Too)
    by Ann Handley
    New media and technology have inherently changed the way the newest generations experience the world: how they learn, live, play, and communicate. So what's this mean for marketers, specifically, who want to reach digital natives... and the rest of us, too? more
  • Case Study: How Travel Channel Effectively Engaged More than 2 Million Facebook Users
    by Kimberly Smith
    Imagine a world in which you persuade your customers to kidnap their friends so that you can then convince them it's in their best interest to visit your Web site. Virtually, it's already happening. And turning out quite well for the Travel Channel. more
  • You Look Mahvelous!
    Let's face it: as consumers, we're not that good at judging the volume of a product (eg, how much liquid is actually in that bottle or glass of juice). Moreover, we use (sometimes erroneous) mental shortcuts to make inferences about how much a given product contains. For example, a well-documented ... more
  • Try Some Nonprofit Holiday 'Retail'
    "In these stressful economic times, it is more important than ever to build messages that resonate with your audience," says Winston Bowden in an article at MarketingProfs. "Like retailers, nonprofits should be thinking about how they can tell their story and leverage the holiday season." Here's some of his advice ... more
  • Guidelines for Choosing Online Marketing Technology
    by Charisse Tabak
    The burgeoning online marketing industry has produced a veritable treasure trove of technologies and their associated tools to support your efforts. With this cache of options comes the need to be accurate in your selection, making sure the tool matches the objective. more
  • Marketing to India: The New Frontier for American Business
    by Gunjan Bagla
    Marketing executives and entrepreneurs alike have rushed to China in the last decade. Yet, today, India offers an excellent, although somewhat misunderstood, alternative. Here are some myths (and realities) about tapping the potential of this country of 1.1 billion. more
  • OMG, that looks good!
    If the popularity of the 3G iPhone is any indication—Apple sold over one million units during its first weekend on the market—the smartphone is here to stay. According to Loren McDonald, this presents something of a quandary for email marketers. While everyone likes the idea of customers having access to ... more
  • Cut the Mystery Man Act
    Is it more effective to tell customers your brand name right away in advertising? Or is it better to create a little mystery, and reveal the brand name only at the end of the ad, once you've intrigued them? One might think that it's better to create some mystery. (After ... more
  • Four Tips for Customer-Centric Copywriting
    by Sharon Ernst
    A customer-focused approach to marketing communications applies whether you're a property manager renting out high-end vacation homes in Maine to wealthy residents of NYC, or an international high-tech company providing support to clients who rely on an enterprisewide accounting software. No matter what you sell or to whom, by framing your ... more
  • Case Study: How Intrigue and Personalization Helped a Marketing Firm Connect With Handpicked Leads
    by Kimberly Smith
    Relationship-marketing firm Babcock & Jenkins didn't tell prospects what it could do, it gave them a taste. Its campaign, launched with a package of brownies from a mystery source, showed how it uses intrigue, personalization, humor, and the soft-sell to establish and advance client relationships. Results: A tasty 50% response ... more
  • The Right Way to Serve Up Links
    Most Web sites have a page with outbound links. In theory, they serve as a resource for your customers, but Shavkat Karimov argues that, in practice, links pages rarely add value. "They just list sites," he says in a post at the Digital Marketing Blog. "That's it. It's a very ... more

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