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The New Marketing: Don’t Be Afraid to Catch Feels

Imagine you could boost sales from your most satisfied customers by 52%. No need for pushy up-selling or elaborate cross-selling techniques either. By simply creating an emotional connection with your customers, sales skyrocket and loyalty deepens, according to recent studies. This is causing a radical shift in advertising where campaigns with purely emotional content perform nearly twice as well as those based on rational content. Emotions are reverberating throughout all areas of marketing and branding now too. From the…

Trusted Media Brands Launches Marketing Insights Lab

Trusted Media Brands, a leader in brand-driven multi-platform media content, and home to iconic brands such as Taste of Home, Reader’s Digest, and The Family Handyman among others, announced that it had launched the Trusted Media Brands Insights Lab to provide brand marketers with key data and information on consumer audiences and marketing trends. “We will leverage national panels from well-respected research partners as well as the Trusted Media Brands Inner Circle community of 3,500+ online members to drive…

Interview with Lilian Leong, COO, 9GAG

"If you look at the trends in content marketing, it’s been the same, unchanging yet ever-changing. What works one minute might not work in the next." Tell us about your role at 9GAG and how you got here? What galvanized you to join a viral entertainment content marketing platform? I joined 9GAG in August 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer. I spent the first part of my career across different advertising operations (media, creative, promotions, events, direct marketing and digital). I was planning my next move to be…

TechBytes with Megan Headley, Research Director, TrustRadius

Megan Headley Research Director, TrustRadius Authenticity and validation through independent resources are key factors for all B2B buyers. TrustRadius recently released “The 2018 B2B Buying Disconnect” report. This report included the vendor’s perspective, enabling a direct comparison between how vendors attempt to influence buyers versus how buyers make purchasing decisions. To learn more about how B2B vendors could benefit from this, We spoke to Megan Headley, Research Director, TrustRadius. What was your…

B2B Buying Disconnect: Are You Targeting the Right Set of Customers?

While Authenticity and Validation Through Independent Resources Are Key Factors For All B2B Buyers, It's Even More Important for Millennial Buyers, Says Megan Headley of Trust Radius In a recent report on B2B SaaS buying trends, TrustRadius revealed major disconnects and key opportunities for vendors in the industry. The report, titled "The 2018 B2B Buying Disconnect", included the vendor perspective, enabling a direct comparison between how vendors attempt to influence buyers versus how buyers make purchasing decisions.…

Is Amazon Ads The Right Move for Your Business?

Whenever a new advertising avenue opens—on Snapchat, on Instagram and, most recently, as an expanded opportunity on Amazon—it is tempting to roll the dice, spend a reasonable amount of money and see what pans out from a group of test campaigns. While risk-averse, this is not the best strategy. It reflects a line of thinking rooted in FOMO (Fear Of Missing out): I need to be on every new tech, if I don’t try, then I’ll miss something. But this isn’t necessarily true. Missing something is more dependent on what you’re…

Euclid’s Survey Reveals The Shopper Of The Future Has Arrived, Stores Shaped For The Past Must Catch Up

A New Euclid Survey Reveals That Consumers Increasingly Want – and Expect – an Amazon-Like Experience in Stores Euclid, the leading data platform for offline attribution and store visit retargeting, revealed results of a new survey that found consumers, particularly millennials, increasingly expect an “Amazon-like” experience when shopping in-store. According to the survey, retailers must develop engaging, convenient experiences to meet these changing demands Euclid’s “The Store of the Past Meets the Shopper of the…

The Tailwinds for Augmented Reality Advertising Are Too Strong for CMOs to Ignore: Boston Consulting Group

New Study by the Boston Consulting Group Revealed That More Than 80 Million People Alone in the US Engage with AR Monthly The ubiquity of the smartphone and its integrated camera has brought about a new era of consumer behavior. One specific form of camera marketing, the use of augmented reality (AR), is quickly gaining traction according to a new report released by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report is titled Augmented Reality: Is the Camera the Next Big Thing in Advertising? “While no one can predict…

West Corporation Closes Landmark Acquisition of Nasdaq’s Public Relations and Digital Media Businesses

West and Nasdaq Have Agreed to an Exclusive Multi-Year Partnership West Corporation, a global leader in technology-enabled services, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the public relations and digital media businesses from Nasdaq for approximately $335 million. “This landmark acquisition further expands West’s position as the leading technology enablement company connecting people and businesses around the world,” said John Shlonsky, CEO of West Corporation. “When I accepted the position to lead…

New CMC Study: Digital Behavior Is Powered by Culture Across Demographic Segments

The trade group, Culture Marketing Council (CMC): The Voice of Hispanic Marketing conducted a study which reveals groundbreaking results on digital behavior across demographic segments. The study said that culture is the driving force behind digital behavior in respect to how information is shared, what platforms are chosen, how demand is absorbed, percolation outside of in-culture spaces and across non-Hispanic African American, non-Hispanic White and Hispanic segments. Organic diversification and a sturdy presence in…

Here is What’s Wrong With CRM

There’s a fundamental problem with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms and it starts with the name. CRMs are built with a focus on the customer (the “C”). The problem is that our network connections are more than just customers. They are people. People, Not Just Numbers When we think of our relationships as “customers”, we tend to think of them as transactions. We prioritize pushing them through the sales funnel, rather than building a strong rapport. This breeds a culture of taking over giving. From the…

Back to Basics: How to Stop the Scroll for Social Media Advertising

Social Media Advertising That Brings a Mix of Entertainment and Education with Discounts, Resonates with the Audience  Ineffective social media advertising practices could prove to be detrimental to brand health and demotivate the best influencer marketing agencies. According to a recent Sprout Social report1 on the best practices in social media advertising, a significant percentage of social media consumers are disinterested in social media ads. In fact, the social media marketing software company found that there is a…

Liftoff’s Data Shows Mobile Users Increasingly Engaged with Finance Apps

Ahead of Regulatory Changes, Liftoff Data Reveals Now is the Time for Finance App Makers to Capture Market Share in EMEA  Despite having considerably lower registration and activation rates compared to APAC, financial apps in Europe have a chance to seed usage by capitalizing on a low cost-per-install before the Payment Service Directive (PSD2) increases competition. Read More: Five DIY Activities to Become a B2B Content Rockstar Liftoff, a leader in mobile app marketing and retargeting, has released a new report…

The Ultimate Guide on Instagram Marketing for B2B CMOs

Instagram continues to add followers, not in thousands, but in millions every year! Yet, you may not find your Chief Marketing Officer on Instagram, or worse, with a minuscule fan-following and posts that reflect limited brand-savvy. While marketers and advertisers look to build their marketing channels with an eye on Instagram audiences in 2018, missing out on a CMO account could count as an impediment, especially when you are targeting millennials. Here’s a quick guide on how B2B CMOs can grow their brand value on…

Companies With Secure Email to Gain Unlimited Free Brand Impressions to Drive Increased Digital Commerce

New BIMI Standard Puts Company Logos on Authentic Email Messages, Increasing Trust Agari, a leading cybersecurity company, announced the first pilot of an online brand standard developed with major email providers Comcast, Google, Microsoft and Oath (Yahoo, AOL) that will offer companies the opportunity to display brand logos for free, increase trust with their customers, and ultimately lead to more revenue by increasing response rates and engagement. Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI) is a standard way…

Forget Mobile First, It’s Now Social First

If you’ve been a part of the digital marketing world in the last few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term “mobile first.” In 2018, where in the US, we are rapidly approaching 200 million social network users (only 32 million behind the entire US TV audience and more than double the number of adult magazine readers, according to eMarketer), we find ourselves at a pivot point in digital marketing planning and execution. Forget mobile first; we are now living in a social-first world. The meaning of “social first” Much…

Contextual Content and AI: The New Wingmen for Email Marketing Campaigns

The Performance of Your Email Marketing Campaigns Hold the Key to Measure How Well Buyers Respond to New Omnichannel Experiences and Preferences Offered to Them AI and personalization are definitely on the horizon for email marketers in 2018! According to the Email Marketing Industry Census 2017, by Econsultancy in association with Adestra, optimizing mobile email is the most trending technology for marketers to acquire, engage and retain their customers. With a certain overhaul coming to email marketing in 2018, I think…

Email Signature Marketing: 10 Tips on How to Drive Leads, Increase Sales and Boost Your Social Following

Despite the rapid growth of social media and technologies, email remains one of the most effective marketing channels. According to a research conducted by the Direct Marketing Association and Demand Metric, email has a median ROI of 122% which is four times higher than other marketing formats such as paid search advertising or social media. The Power Of Email What makes an email such a powerful tool in the hands of marketers and sales reps? Email is one of the few marketing channels that do not depend on a third…

Your Buyers are Online: Why Aren’t You?

Bringing Your Business Online to Meet Your Employees and Customers Gartner’s definition of a digital workplace is one that “enables new, more effective ways of working; raising employee engagement and agility; and exploits consumer-oriented styles and technologies.” Because many of the world’s most successful companies have decentralized teams, solutions that facilitate digital collaboration are critical. Slow applications can dampen productivity, discourage digital collaboration and lead to siloed departments -…

Reflektive Launches Partner Program to Create More Value for Customers

The NeuroLeadership Institute Joins as Services Partner, Providing Insights for Leadership Development and Performance Improvements Through Real-time Feedback Reflektive, the real-time performance management cloud company, launched its new partner program on Thursday, welcoming the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI) as one of its inaugural partners. The Reflektive Partner Program is designed to offer enhanced customer value and ROI through the combination of best-in-breed HR technology and people management best…