What Your Social Media Activity Is Saying About Your Brand

What you say—or don’t say—on social media speaks volumes about your brand. According to MarketingSherpa, 85% of US consumers use social media and most online adults follow a brand via social media. So your social media activity is being heard by the lion’s share of your customers and prospects, whether or not you’re posting, tweeting, liking, commenting, or sharing.

By now, it’s conventional wisdom that companies need some degree of social media presence to remain both “findable” and relevant. We’re not here to argue the case! But what we do want to stress is that it’s important to engage on social media according to a strategy. Otherwise, you could be sending the wrong message.

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5 Steps to Create a Company Blog that Supports Direct Marketing, Part 2

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we started you thinking about how your corporate blog can be used as a strategic tool. Indeed, it doesn’t have to just “sit there” on your website! By posting articles and content that keep your customers engaged and your sales funnel filled with leads, your corporate blog can help you achieve measurable business goals.

Picking up where we left off, once you’ve determined what you want your blog to “do” for your company—and you’ve defined some goals—it’s time to get to work! Get to work blogging, that is. Here, we’ll explain how to get your corporate blog from the idea phase to published, promoted, and income-generating!Read more


Wildly Effective Newsletters for The Digital Age: Your 5-Point Checklist

Were newsletters the first form of opt-in content marketing? People have been reading newsletters since 1538, long before interested audiences started visiting the Internet—or even picking up inky newspapers—for relevant news and enticing offers. By the early 1900s, newsletters began to flourish due to businesses’ need for specialized industry information. And the rest, they say, is history.

What makes newsletters such an effective form of customer communications? And why are they still in vogue? Once again, we’ll take a page from our direct response marketing playbook, and share our take on marketers’ love affair with the newsletter. Make that the e-newsletter.

E-Newsletters: Engaging, Retaining, and Re-Engaging Your Key Customers
With our without the “e-,” newsletters contain important information targeted at a specific audience: people with a known interest in a topic, company, or brand. While they may share some valuable evergreen content, newsletters mainly alertRead more


Using Influencer Marketing for Measurable Response

Influencer marketing uses key personalities and credible thought-leaders to share a product or service’s message—and drive response—among targeted online communities in the marketplace. Think of it as a digital, more down-to-earth twist on celebrity endorsements.

Generating Buzz in the Digital Age
Who has influenced your purchases lately? Nothing against Brooke Shields and her Calvins, but target audiences for many B2C and B2B brands are more likely to listen to what their favorite digital thought-leaders—bloggers, YouTubers, etc.—have to say about products and services.

There’s an authenticity and authority that comes along with their opinions and testimonials. Their fans and followers watch what they’re doing, recommending, using…so if you can get your product in the hands (or heads) of the thought leaders, just think ofRead more


How to Improve your Google Rankings

How to Improve your Google RankingsDid you know that Google indexes 130 trillion individual web pages with each web crawl? Only about 10 of these web pages fit on the average search engine results page—and every marketer aims for the first spot on the first page. If ranking in the Google 10-pack sounds futile, don’t worry.

Search Engine Ranking Dreams Do Come True
With more than one-hundred billion searches happening on Google each month, at least one of your web pages is bound to rank somewhere, right? It’s worth your while to do your search engine optimization (SEO) due diligence, if you will, because most of the organic search website traffic comes right off of Google’s page one.Read more