Smart Targeting: The Better Way to Reach Audiences & Customers

Have you ever visited a website you frequent and found that the text interacts with you? For instance, when I log onto Mailchimp, my dashboard says, “Welcome back, Kayla” — this is because my account with the site has my first name in its system and uses smart targeting to make my interaction with the website more delightful. Smart targeting provides a more individual experience for webpage visitors. For example, if I visit a web page that’s not in my first language, in some cases, I’ll receive an option to translate that web page into my first language based on my location. That’s smart targeting at work. Targeted content is an opportunity to reach audiences with a custom experience that’s personalized to their interests. A common form of this is the targeted ad you saw on Facebook for PetCo after browsing Target for new dog food. Alternatively, if you visit an e-commerce store you frequently shop at, you may notice an option to “Order it again.” This shopping experience, making re-ordering a quick and painless[…]

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My 6-Step Content Marketing Formula That Drives 3,549 Visitors

Writing a blog post is easy. If you don’t write often, you may feel otherwise, but just follow this and you’ll be good to go when it comes to writing. Or, you can just watch the video below. But still, you write a blog post and then what do you do? Well, I’ll tell you this… most people forget the “marketing” in content marketing. Most people write content but don’t do a great job of promoting it. Here’s the thing: I figured out the perfect formula to promoting content. Best of all, it’s not complex. Heck, it doesn’t even take 30 minutes. It’s so easy that I broke it down into 6 steps. And just to give you an idea before we dive into the formula, it’s so effective here is the traffic to my latest blog post. 35,492 visits in a week isn’t too shabby. The post didn’t do exceptionally well and it didn’t tank. It was just an average post. Now you probably won’t see the same results as me as I’ve been[…]

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How Inbound Marketing Leads Can Result in 72% More Leads for Businesses

With a digital world that is continually growing, it becomes harder and harder to hold their attention. If the content is not relevant to an audience’s needs, they won’t stick around. And if they won’t stick around, that means a site will have a harder being successful. To better attract customers — which is a topic we talk about quite frequently during our free webinar training — it’s essential to hold their attention. It’s possible to do this with captivating content. Let’s find out more about inbound marketing and how to make it useful for your business.  UP provides a clear definition of inbound marketing and how, if done correctly, it can improve your online traffic. Improve your traffic, and you’ll be more likely to attract and keep new customers. What is inbound marketing? First you need to understand that inbound marketing is an approach designed to engage with a buyer persona and to pull that specific audience towards your brand through the creation of quality content that adds value to them. It’s about empowering them[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Integrated Marketing

I fly Southwest Airlines almost exclusively. They offer reasonable prices, make it easy to rack up points, and always have fun and kind flight attendants. One thing I’ve noticed about Southwest is their branding is on point. Whether I’m booking a flight on their mobile application, being served my go-to in-flight ginger ale, or walking through the terminal at Midway Airport, I’m surrounded by Southwest’s consistent brand colors, messaging, and imagery. This is an example of integrated marketing at work. If you’re interested in presenting a cohesive, consistent brand experience that leaves your products or services top-of-mind — like Southwest does — this guide is for you. Read on to learn more about integrated marketing and how to create a campaign of your own. Imagine discovering a new brand on Instagram and visiting the company’s website to purchase one of their products. If their website promoted a different message or campaign than the one you found on their Instagram account, you’d have a hard time understanding the gist of the brand, right? Integrated marketing exists[…]

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Everything You Need to Know About Instagram's Secret Shadowban

When you’re trying to grow a following on Instagram, you depend on hashtags and engagement to expand your audience and reach. So it can feel more than a little disheartening when it suddenly seems like your content isn’t showing up anywhere. If you feel like your posts are receiving fewer likes and comments, or aren’t appearing for certain hashtags, you might be shadowbanned. From Instagram’s point of view, shadowbanning makes sense. Shadowbanning allows Instagram to filter out accounts that don’t comply with their terms. Some people use inauthentic measures to expand their Instagram following, like automated bots or hundreds of hashtags irrelevant to their content. If that’s the case, it seems only fair for Instagram to block those accounts, so users can continue receiving genuine and helpful content. While Instagram doesn’t openly admit to shadowbanning, they released a statement in February that addressed the problem users were having with their content not showing up for certain hashtags. Their statement at least confirms the hashtag dilemma as a real one — but many speculate that the[…]

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How to Write a Creative Brief in 7 Simple Steps [Examples + Template]

The first step in any successful project is drawing up a game plan with a clear objective. That’s why marketers love creative briefs. But if you’re just starting out in a creative role, or are taking on your first gig as a designer or consultant, you might not know how to write one effectively.   The idea of a creative brief sounds simple, but it can be hard to wrap a bunch of important details into just a few pages. Whether you’re a consultant pitching a creative brief to a client, or a project manager presenting a brief to your team, it can be helpful to start by speaking with project stakeholders. These discussions will help you drill down on the company mission, project goals, and challenges your team faces. Then you’ll be able to write a compelling brief that focuses on what’s really important to your company or client. Once you’re fully informed and ready to write, use these seven helpful steps to draft a solid brief in a short amount of time. If[…]

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