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
B2B marketing is a fine art that requires specialists from every walk of life – graphic designers, content writers, paid ad professionals and social media managers just to name a few. A well-rounded B2B marketing strategy also requires that team to adapt along with the ever-shifting digital landscape, and stay on top of emerging trends. What works one month will likely not work the next, at least, not in the same capacity. B2B Marcom departments need to be hands-on with all aspects of sales generation – paid social, content marketing, display advertising and email marketing to name a few.
Does this describe your marketing department?
If it doesn’t, you may want to consider outsourcing your B2B marketing efforts. Read more to explore a few of the many benefits outsourcing can have for your company. 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
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. And there’s more than one way to approach marketing for your business. Sometimes, it’s worthwhile to develop a full marketing department in-house, especially if you can keep salaries low and productivity high. But there’s a compelling case for using an outsourced marketing department also. 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
(note: This post originated at Marketing Land on November 28th)
Is it better to do your online marketing in-house or through an agency? It’s an important decision to make.
Now, you should probably know that I’m a founder of an online advertising agency, so I might have a bit of a bias. But I have worked in-house and done my own fair share of hiring agencies throughout my career, so I’ve seen the good and bad of both options.
During a recent consulting session with a new client in the IT services space, we got into the “tough stuff” pretty quickly with their President. We’d flown through the first 15 minutes of the video chat…what they’d been doing previously, what the numbers looked like, how they handled metrics and reporting, etc.
One simple question that we always ask hit him like a vintage Mike Tyson uppercut. What we asked was “does your marketing budget include the salary of your marketing staff?” The question hung in the air for a few seconds. His expression changed, his voice lowered. The tone of the meeting pivoted instantly. “No, it doesn’t” he finally answered. Read More