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  • My Brand Can Beat Up Your Brand
    What is this thing called brand loyalty? What are we really thinking when we say we prefer Brand X over another? These researchers identified some key thought processes of brand loyalists when comparing a beloved product to a new upstart, and offered some handy advice for marketers. They invited consumers ... more
  • Coming on Too Strong
    Not long ago, Ardath Albee of the Marketing Interactions blog registered with a company's Web site so she could download a whitepaper that looked interesting. The next day she received an email from a "Sales Development Specialist" asking Albee to place herself in one of three "buckets" so he could ... more
  • The Top 4 Ways Smart Marketers Use Digital Branding Applications to Operate More Efficiently
    by Allen Adamson
    As part of the research I did in preparation for my recent book, BrandDigital, I interviewed some of the best and brightest people in the fields of marketing and digital technology, and they provided incredible insight on how digital tools and tactics can be used to not simply increase operating ... more
  • Case Study: How a Facebook Game Attracted 10 Times the Traffic, New Fans, Real Sales
    by Kimberly Smith
    Here's how a single Facebook game application attracted more than 11,500 plays, 10 times the usual traffic, 5,500 new fans, and more.... more
  • Monday, Wednesday, Happy Days
    Is it better to send an email on Monday or Wednesday? What about Tuesday or Friday? If you wonder about each day's pros and cons, a post at the 60 Second Marketer has some practical advice. Here's a sample of their wisdom: Sending a message on Monday has the advantage ... more
  • Give Away the Good Stuff
    "If you want to create something very good," says Tom Peters, "it takes time, energy, and sometimes money." That, he argues, is exactly why you should give away your finest know-how for free. Before you beg to differ, consider his ten-point business case, which includes reasons like these: It increases ... more
  • Dare to Go Viral, Part Two
    Last week, we offered tips to help you determine your authentic corporate voice. Now that you've collected some cool insights, here's our second set of tips, to help you in your final phase of daring to go viral. Think hard on the data you've collected, and imagine scenarios where you can ... more
  • You Come Here Often?
    "Blogs, wikis, podcasts, vodcasts, social networks, mobile[s] … webinars, e-newsletters, print magazines, trade shows, RSS feeds, industry websites …" These are just some of the channels now available for meeting and greeting B2B prospects and customers, reports Stacy Whisel in a post at the B2B Insights Blog. So, with the ... more
  • What Am I, Chopped Liver?
    It looks like companies may talk the talk of customer service, but not that many walk the walk. That's the finding of a recent study by the CMO Council. As reported by Internet Retailer, the study's results show that, "Despite overwhelming agreement on the importance of the customer experience and ... more
  • Hey, Pop! We Can Do This!
    According to Kara Trivunovic and Andrew Osterday, most mom-and-pop businesses can't do much with email marketing advice that concentrates on sophisticated topics like multivariate testing, dynamic content development and data integration. For those who need entry-level advice, they created a 10-point Do-It-Yourself Primer that includes handy tips in plain English. ... more
  • What's the 'Return on Sound'? Build Long-Term Emotional Equity by Applying Sound Strategically
    by Noel Franus
    What's your Return On Sound? Budgets may be tight and long-term planning may feel out of reach, but a few simple principles can help lay the groundwork for long-term brand value for "sonic identity." Music and sound create significant long-term brand power. That effect comes by design, and it starts ... more
  • A Lesson from Sears: Creating Relevance in Email Marketing
    by Stephanie Miller
    Sears performed a courageous email-marketing act in mid-December. Like every retailer, Sears was surely eager for additional sales and revenue as the worst holiday season in memory reached a crescendo and the sale window started to close. Despite that pressure, the Sears team had the discipline to hit the pause button on ... more
  • Don't Look Phishy
    You know you're on the up-and-up, and that your email messages contain legitimate offers for actual products or services. Unfortunately, though, you're often sharing inbox space with fraudulent messages that claim to come from popular retailers and banks. Those emails are, in fact, nothing more than phishing scams designed to ... more
  • Brand 'Em, and Let 'Em Roam Free
    We are exposed to people interacting with their favorite brands every day—for instance, commuters drinking bottled water. Might these glimpses of others using common brands influence our own brand choices? This new research says yes. These researchers asked consumers to focus on the faces of people in a "study" of ... more
  • That's Too Fwd:
    When he saw a reputable marketer praising the use of Fwd: in the subject line of an original email, Matt Hill decided to explain why he disagrees. "[E]ven selectively this is a bad idea," he says at the Email Karma blog, noting that spammers often use this device to trick ... more
  • The Chart to the Rescue
    When gas prices spiraled toward the stratosphere, car-rental companies saw a distinct change in their customers' reservations strategies. Chris Payne, Dollar Thrifty's senior manager of corporate communications, offered this explanation in an article on Direct magazine's Web site: "There are road warriors who like to get the best deal they ... more
  • Enough, Already!
    In a post at the ExactTarget blog, Nate Romance recounts a visit with his tech-savvy mother, a woman who makes frequent online purchases through sites like Craigslist and Amazon. While scanning her email, she became annoyed with a particular message. "If they send me one more stupid email this week," ... more
  • Get Your Goat
    In a video post at the Church of the Customer Blog, Jackie Huba and Ben McConnell use the example of a goat-milk carton (that's right: a goat-milk carton!) to underscore the importance of listening to your customers. "One thing you have to know about goat's milk," explains Huba," is that ... more
  • Just Call It the YouHouse
    Barack Obama wowed the nation with his social media savvy when he won the bid for President on November 4—but he surprised us again when he didn't stop there. Just weeks after scoring the title of POTUS (President of the United States, for those who didn't take poli sci in ... more
  • I Make the Decisions Around Here
    Oh, the dreaded negative customer review: shoppers love to read it, and marketers live in fear of it. Marketing teams across the land have been trying to develop strategies for dealing with this new reality. Well, take heart: a recent Forrester Research report called "Myths and Truths About Online Consumer ... more
  •  So You Wanna Be a Swan?
    "We're duped into believing that the pretty, the pristine, and the perfect get all the perks, all the breaks, all the glory," says Vicki Kunkel in her book Instant Appeal. In many cases, she argues, the opposite is actually true. Obvious imperfections have their benefits—whether in your personal or corporate ... more
  • Bring Deliverability and Design Together to Maximize Email Marketing Success
    by Neil Anuskiewicz
    Getting your permission-based email marketing emails into the inbox and ensuring that your email design is just right are closely related. Here is some useful information on the nexus between the two as well as on doing both well. more
  • The Art of Courtship
    Some email marketing practices should always be avoided. "There are a hundred ways to skulk around, to collect email addresses, to write clever privacy policies or to argue about whether opt-out ('you can always unsubscribe!') is a valid way to build a brand," says Seth Godin at his eponymous blog. ... 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
  • 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

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