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Organic Reach Is Dead: Is Facebook Still a Preferred Medium for Brands and SMEs?

April 16, 2014 by Prasant Naidu
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Is Facebook still viable for marketers?

Social media plays a major role in content discovery and Facebook leads the efforts. However the saying that the world’s most popular social networking site with more than 1.23 billion monthly users also helps you reach out to your audience organically, is no longer true.[read more]

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Data as Currency — Or Why Your Balance Sheet Needs Another Column

April 16, 2014 by H.O. Maycotte

Big Data / shutterstock

"WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable," said Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook’s $19 billion buy-out of WhatsApp. What he is talking about is big data — and the insanely high value proposition that comes with it.[read more]

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Breathing Life Into Email Campaigns

April 16, 2014 by Sherry Chao
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Better email campaigns.

Email is a must for B2C companies, due to its effectiveness and ROI in comparison with other digital channels. However, consumer expectations for email are evolving, and companies need to adapt and use new strategies to gain opens, clicks and conversions.[read more]

Retailers Love Millennial Women [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 14, 2014 by Vibhushan Waghmare

Millennial women and shopping

With an estimated purchasing power of $2.45 trillion worldwide by 2015, it’s no surprise that the millennial generation has become the most sought-after target segment for Internet retailers. But retailers are particularly interested in millennial women, who bring in the highest volume of referral traffic to their e-commerce stores.[read more]

Consumer Training as a Method to Improve Organic Reach on Facebook

April 11, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad
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Improve organic reach on Facebook.

The fact of the matter is that Facebook is making changes to suit its business and keep a diverse group of stakeholders - and users - happy. A difficult task to say the least. But what if the solution for declining organic reach had more to do with user behavior than complicated News Feed algorithms?[read more]

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A Different View on SEO in a Post-Hummingbird World

April 10, 2014 by Randy Milanovic
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Different view on SEO.

The way to look at SEO, and specifically search optimization in a post-Hummingbird world, isn't that it's getting harder, but that things are getting better. In order to come out on top, a business or marketer needs to be relevant, timely, and engaging. That's something we should all be shooting for all along.[read more]

Determining Your Goals: Tips to Get You Started on a Website Redesign

April 10, 2014 by Jacey Gulden

Website redesign.

These goals will help fuel your redesign and create benchmarks that will allow you to evaluate the success of your design when all is said and done. In addition, your goals will also help guide you throughout the strategy and design process.[read more]

3 Types of Data You Can Use to Increase Profits

April 9, 2014 by Casey Barto

Data to increase profits.

I think of data scientists as artists; each silo of data is a different jar of paint adding to the beauty of the final piece. Just as the artist’s curiosity led her to her masterpiece, the data scientist’s inquisitiveness will lead the company to deeper, strategic insights used to make changes and increase profit.[read more]

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The Top 5 Mistakes Made When Setting Up Online Advertising (How to Avoid Them)

April 9, 2014 by Ben Harper

Online advertising mistakes.

There are a number of pitfalls that first time advertisers, or those who haven’t used the AdWords or Facebook advertising systems for a while, often victim to due to the pace of change in each system. In this article we’re going to cover 5 of those that we see most commonly and explain how to avoid them in your new campaign.[read more]

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Search Query Analysis to Increase eCommerce Website Conversions

April 9, 2014 by Jason Hawkins

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One aspect of internet marketing that is just as important as SEO is data driven search query analysis for eCommerce SEO campaigns. Chances are if you know a thing or two about SEO or PPC, you should be getting some targeted traffic. To truly succeed online, you must focus your efforts on converting this traffic into sales.[read more]

The Social C-Suite: Let's Get Real

April 9, 2014 by Mark Schaefer
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The social C-suite.

Have you ever spent time with a CEO of a major company? The pressure and demands on their time are overwhelming. Is paying attention to a social media account and responding to tweets really the best way to spend their time? Can they justify that to a board of directors?[read more]

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Talking with IBM's @Sandy_Carter About Social, ROI, and Women in Tech [VIDEO]

April 8, 2014 by Robin Fray Carey

Sandy Carter, IBM

I recently caught up with Sandy Carter, General Manager Ecosystem Development at IBM, about how she came personally to understand the link between social and ROI. We also talked about women in tech, Girls Who Code, and the upcoming fall Social Shake-Up, where Sandy will be one of our star speakers. Enjoy.[read more]

Measuring the Worth of Content Marketing

April 8, 2014 by Brennan Girdler

What is content marketing worth?

Most if not all businesses partake in some form of content marketing, whether it’s through blogging or social media. Online marketing is a valuable asset to any company regardless of industry or size, though the most common holdup is determining if it’s worth it.[read more]

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Big Benefits of Big Data for CMOs

April 8, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Big data for CMOs.

Using big data more often will lead to more success may seem like an intuitive conclusion, and in fact, the numbers do show a stark difference. Among businesses that used big data 50 percent of the time or more in their marketing initiatives, 60 percent indicated that the initiative exceeded the business goals.[read more]

Thinking Small About Social Media Marketing

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad

social media marketing: think small

It doesn’t matter if you have tens of millions of subscribers to your various social media networks if they’ll never be inclined to purchase your product or service. And if you’re hell-bent on growing your community essentially for the ‘free media impressions’, let me break some news to you, they’re not free.[read more]

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Interview: Shree Dandekar, Director BI Strategy at Dell

April 4, 2014 by Candida McCollam

Dell.

"We’re also seeing another revolution. While there is big pent up demand for data scientists, there is also big demand primarily coming from line of business customers, and some of the smaller size customers who don’t have the budgets or capability to buy these exotic tools to do data analysis. "[read more]

Make the Most of Twitter: 4 Questions to Ask Before You Tweet

April 3, 2014 by Kimbe MacMaster
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Question you should ask before you tweet.

Every single tweet is an opportunity; an opportunity to build a brand, to start a relationship, to close a deal. So maybe it's time we slow down the content pumping machine and evaluate whether we're really producing the most valuable content on Twitter.[read more]

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Developing a Winning Social Media Optimization Strategy

April 2, 2014 by Brett Relander

Social media strategy

The right social media optimization strategy can help your site rank highly, drive more traffic, and deliver the results you're looking for. So what can you do to improve your SMO strategy and start generating some positive social signals that will produce powerful results for your business or brand?[read more]

Learning to Flow: How Content Marketing Leads to Conversions

April 1, 2014 by Michael Bird

Content larketing leads to conversions.

Generating leads is one thing, but keeping those leads interested in what your site has to offer is another thing. Your content should be able to keep your visitor interested enough to make a sale. But even when they don’t purchase during their first visit, constantly updated and relevant content can keep them coming back for more information.[read more]

The Shift Towards Social Media for the Marketer

March 31, 2014 by Chris Kyriacou
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Marketing and Social Media

Consumers are turning away from these traditional forms of media and are increasingly using social media to search for information. They regard social media as a more trustworthy source of information than the traditional instruments of marketing communications used by companies.[read more]

 
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