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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The Ultimate List of Free SEO Tools

Who says you have to spend money to get more traffic? For today’s blog post, I thought it would be fun to break down all of the free SEO tools. Sure you may know of some, like Ubersuggest, but there are many more options than just my own tool. Now before I dive into the tools, I’ve broken them down into the following categories: Keyword Research Content Marketing Rank Tracking Link Building Technical SEO So, are you ready to dive in? Let’s get started! Keyword Research All of the tools in this category will help you find more keywords. Many of them have different ways of coming up with keyword suggestions, so you may want to check them all out. Ubersuggest Ubersuggest has many different keyword research options. First of all, it shows you how many searches a keyword has had over the last 12 months so you can see if there is any seasonality. In addition to that, it pulls keywords from a few different sources such as Google Suggest and its own database,[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing Campaigns

Every month, there are over two billion active users on Facebook, one billion on Instagram, and 365 million on Twitter worldwide. In the U.S. alone, 77% of the population has a social media account of some kind. Whether it’s to chat with friends, stay connected to people across the globe, or for business and networking purposes, consumers are on social media for a multitude of reasons — and marketers know it. Due to the sheer number of active users on these platforms, marketers are quickly learning about the importance of targeting their customers through social media. In fact, investments in social media advertising across the world are projected to grow to about 48 billion U.S. dollars by 2021. With so many people checking their smartphone notifications and social media feeds while traveling, commuting, and even relaxing, what better way to market than on social media? Social Media Marketing is Effective Social media advertising reaches audiences in a low-cost, impactful, and effective way. This is exactly why social media campaigns have become a crucial marketing technique[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Google Ads for 2019

If you’re considering spending any amount of money on ads to reach your target audience, then you’d better spend it in the right place. That is, somewhere with over 246 million unique visitors, 3.5 billion daily interactions, and an estimated 700% return on investment. Somewhere like… Google Ads. Google Ads was launched just two years after what has become the most popular website in the world: Google.com. The advertising platform came on the scene in October 2000 as Google Adwords, but after some rebranding in 2018, it was renamed Google Ads. Given Google’s expansive reach, chances are you’ve seen (and probably clicked on) a Google ad … and so have your potential customers. In this guide you’ll discover what Google Ads is and what you need to know to begin advertising on Google. We’ll cover features specific to the platform and teach you how to optimize your campaigns to achieve the best results with your ads. What is Google Ads? It’s no secret that, these days, the stronger and more focused your paid campaigns are,[…]

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The Ultimate Guide to Email Design

In 2018, there were over 3.7 billion email users around the world. By 2022, this number is expected to increase to 4.3 billion. A group within that large number of users includes your business’s target audience, the people you want to market your brand, products, and services to via email. To ensure your emails stand out and grab the attention of these target audience members, you must consider email design. What is email design? Email design is the process of strategically designing and creating an email that resonates with your business’s target audience, specifically your current email subscribers and customers. The design should be attention-grabbing, aesthetically-pleasing, and on-brand so recipients recognize it’s from your company. Why is email design important? The average recipient spends about 1.1 seconds scanning an email prior to deciding whether or not they want to stay or abandon the message. That’s why email design — design that makes your email organized, attention-grabbing, on-brand, and valuable — is so important to the success of your marketing efforts. It’s how you effectively keep[…]

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The Ultimate Timeline of Google Search Algorithm Updates [2019]

Google is a fickle beast. The search engine is imperative to the success of your web content, but no one truly knows how the Google algorithm works (except for the elusive Google search-quality team, of course). Google’s search engine is also ever-changing. Google didn’t become the #1 search engine in the world without prioritizing its user experience. It achieved this leading position by continually updating its algorithm to meet its user’s needs and delivering the best possible results (not to mention engaging users with new daily doodles on the Google homepage). If your content doesn’t keep up with these Google algorithm updates, you risk losing valuable space on the search engine result page (SERP) … as well as potential visitors, leads, and customers. In this guide, we’ve covered everything you need to know about the Google algorithm, its nine most recent updates, and how your company and content can follow suit. SEOs believe there are almost 200 ranking signals that Google considers when displaying results. These include factors like keyword usage, domain history, site usability,[…]

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