Thoughts From Our Creative Minds_
Many businesses are so eager to get a website up and running, they don’t invest the time needed to build a solid marketing strategy as the foundation. First things first—topline goals should always be discussed before diving into any backend details or design; your website should align with overarching company goals. When it comes to effective lead generation, there are many layers to consider.read more
Once upon a time, a marketing leader was hired to boost sales for a company. The company paid this person well. However, they did not supply the marketer with any of the digital tools needed to succeed, or the necessary support team across development, design, and support, since they invested all their budget in the marketer’s salary. While this marketing leader was a great team-builder and organizer, like most marketers, he wasn’t an expert in every niche of marketing strategy or implementation.read more
Marketing’s core mission is to connect with key customers where they are and deliver targeted messages about products and services that are relevant, timely and compelling. However, as technology advances and customers are browsing the web, interacting on social media, viewing videos on small screens and relying on technology to enhance their lives, marketing needs to be there, too. For most mid- and small-sized businesses, staying current and relevant in an industry is enough of a challenge. Responding to additional changes in marketing can overwhelm even the most tightly run organizations. It’s time to borrow a concept from IT and use Managed Marketing as a Service (MMaaS) to stay agile and adapt to the latest marketing trends.read more
Traditionally, the corporate world is structured, safe and comfortable. Consistent paycheck, benefits, stock options, with perks like baseball tickets, half day summer Fridays and paid vacation. The tradeoff is corporate life can be very restrictive and limiting — which is stifling for someone in a creative field like marketing.read more
As the saying goes, “work harder not smarter.”
Wait, that’s not correct is it?
It’s “work smarter, not harder.”
How can you do this while still looking like you are giving social media channels attention and by showing you are an active contributor?
You automate!!! But you don’t just automate. You need to automate in a way that makes it look like you are still a person and not a robot. So, yes some attention to it still exists. Personally, I have cut my daily clocked time on social media down from 2-3 hours to 15-30 min. As a side note, most of the 15-30 minutes is following up with potential clients. Not a bad way to spend 15-30 minutes, correct?read more
Marketing digital strategy has become a complicated thing. Between all the social platforms, content ideas, tracking and metrics, and the need to stand out, life can be extremely stressful for today’s marketing or business leader. Especially with the constraints and pressures we all face on our time and mental capacity.
For the sake of this post, I want to focus on LinkedIn. LinkedIn seems to be the most verifiable source for real people, connections, and making business relationships. Making these relationships is key to any selling and marketing process. The connection you make with everyone from your branding efforts all the way until they buy from you is built on the relationship.
But how can you build a relationship or start to build a relationship with someone on LinkedIn?read more
Mobile apps are a common development choice for startup tech companies, but in order to be successful you’ll need to pay careful attention to these 10 important qualities.
Technology’s evolutionary path has led us to an age where the most significant developments seem to be the ones that can fit on a smartphone. Conventional tech companies are finding new ways to offer their products and services in a digestible, minimal form while some new tech companies are focusing on promoting mobile-exclusive products.
Regardless of your industry or business model, you’ll need to make sure your mobile app has these 10 qualities if you want it to be successful:read more
It’s critical that every business with an online presence keep up with the latest SEO best practices. Search-engine optimization tactics change over time — some would say every time a Google exec sneezes. So with calendar year 2014 about halfway over, it’s a perfect opportunity to review how SEO has changed this year and to evaluate whether your business is staying current. Some aspects of SEO have changed dramatically, while other guiding principles have remained tried and true.
With that in mind, here is a list of five new SEO trends for 2014 that will help ensure your SEO efforts are top notch:read more
The Google Play Android market is finally generating the revenue its massive download numbers have long promised.
Games now generate 90% of Play revenue, and 98% of that revenue comes from freemium apps, according to a new report from mobile analytics company App Annie. Japan continues to lead all countries in pouring cashing into Google’s coffers, App Annie’s data reveals.
“There are now over 1.5 million apps available on Google Play,” App Annie, which just acquired rival Distimo, said today in its report. “The number of apps grew by around 60% between July 2013 and June 2014.”
176 developers with $600M in annual revenue told us what works in Mobile Games Monetization.read more