A question that comes through quite a bit during conversations with prospects centers around Google AdWords. To quote it verbatim, “does Google AdWords work for small business?” Our standard answer to them is “not usually”. As you can imagine, it draws some interesting reactions. Read More
Marketing ROI. The web is full of (somewhat dated) articles on how to CALCULATE it. Everyone and their dog has thoughts on what tools to use to make sure you’re looking at the right data and what line-items to include when creating your marketing budget.
But what good is understanding the data and crafting a sound budget if the inputs don’t really create any marketing ROI? What tactics and strategies are actually working (right now) to generate leads and sales? What are smart businesses doing to create multiples of their spend? That’s what we want to talk about here. Read More
One of the biggest questions C-level decision makers and business owners face each year is how to deal with their largest financial line item (and most important investment) – people. People drive organizations from both the top down and the bottom up. They are its lifeblood. However, having the RIGHT people in the RIGHT roles is what propels a business forward. Enter the marketing department. How many people do we need? What roles are critical? Should we outsource our marketing – any or all of it? Let’s go behind the numbers and reverse-engineer salary and revenue expectations. Read More
Traditional ad agencies are in trouble, especially small ones. In an industry where your capital walks in and out of the door each day, the value you can bring a client all comes down to thought leadership. And real thought leadership comes from smart, talented people with a knack for making things happen (hence outsourced digital marketing firms claiming more marketshare from business of all sizes). These people aren’t created overnight. They evolve. And when they hit a certain point, they get sucked up into the vacuum of larger agencies. And after that? They branch out on their own to take their skills direct to customers, or they white label their work to agencies, reaping more of the financial benefit. Read More
It’s time to tackle an outdated, and quite frankly absurd, practice that old-fashioned advertising agencies and second-tier digital marketing companies use. By the title, you can guess what that is.
Just think about it a little bit. If you’re paying a person or persons to actively manage your Google Adwords, BING Ads, Facebook Ads, etc, why should you also pay “markup” on the spend just to run it on an agency’s line of credit versus your own? Or, why is it fair to pay management fees AND a “percentage of spend” on top of that? Read More
The Internet is a vast, ever-growing entity. It has fundamentally changed nearly every aspect of our lives. Think for a second about how social media has changed how we interact with friends, family, co-workers, and communities. Look up how much retail business happens online during Cyber Monday alone…it’s staggering. It’s really pretty amazing that a technology in its infancy just 20 years ago is now a crucial part of our day-to-day lives.
Websites are at the core of our day-to-day business lives as well. Apps, virtual reality and augmented reality experiences are also fighting for “time” with prospective customers, but business websites remain a primary cog in the wheel of financial success. Website marketing, not surprisingly, is more important than ever. But how do you create real, qualified traffic to your site in a way that’s cost effective (meaning, in a way that generates positive ROI)? Read More
Gmail Native Ads, formerly known as Gmail sponsored promotions, aren’t really new. They’ve been around since 2013 (Beta) and were widely introduced in early 2015. BUT…their appearance and targeting has changed. And therein lies all the value.
These ads appear in a Gmail user’s inbox, above their emails as clickable ads that look like emails. Upon click, this clever design expands into a variety of ad formats, such as the example below: Read More
Hiring a marketing consultant, digital or otherwise, is a smart move when you have questions that need answered. If you’re on the cusp of staffing up your marketing department, or moving forward with a large marketing campaign, ad spend or online initiative, it’s good to get a few things answered first.
Even if you have staff in place, digital marketing consultants have expertise that most employees won’t have. You can get a year’s worth of value out of a 10 or 20 hour engagement with a professional consultant. It’s possible that your company is missing opportunity every month on wasted spend or gaps in your overall plan.
But the real value comes from getting tough questions answered. If you aren’t sure what (or who) is really valuable, an independent 3rd party consultant can help you figure it out quickly. Here’s X other questions that digital consultants can answer for you… Read More
If you’re involved with the advertising and marketing for your company, especially digital marketing, chances are you’ve at least heard of programmatic advertising. Although the technology has been around for several years, most mid-sized companies aren’t utilizing programmatic buying. Those that are leveraging it often outsource their programmatic advertising to an agency or other digital marketing partner. Why? Because its complex. And it’s just one piece of the online advertising puzzle. It’s hard for many marketing decision makers to decipher if it’s worthwhile or not. Plus, much like other digital marketing initiatives, just ‘doing it’ won’t generate results without all the pieces in place. Read More
We hear from quite a few people interested in website design in any given month. Often times the question comes up of “Should I use Wix to build my website?” You can easily substitute Square Space or Weebly or any other DIY website builder for Wix in this instance.