The Secret Behind Marketing to Children During the Holidays
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The Secret Behind Marketing to Children During the Holidays

“I want it! Mommy, I want that! All my friends have one. I’ll die if I don’t get one. Pretty please? Don’t you want me to be happy?” This is what parents with young kids constantly hear at this time of year. It’s the holiday season and all the cool new products bust out their...

Hey Siri, How Do I Optimize For Voice Search?
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Hey Siri, How Do I Optimize For Voice Search?

Once while I was driving, a message popped up on my dashboard that said it was time for an oil change. I turned to my phone and said, “Hey Siri, where can I get an oil change around here?” It showed me a list of nearby auto shops, including their contact information. I called the...

4 QR Code Apps for a New Generation
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4 QR Code Apps for a New Generation

QR codes, or Quick Response codes, have existed for as long as we’ve had smartphones. You’ve seen them before, they’re those obtrusive postage stamp-sized black and white pixelated boxes found on printed material. They’ve been a great way to increase consumer interaction, but many people complain that they’re ugly and take away from the design....

How Brand Mascots Make Ordinary Products Memorable
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How Brand Mascots Make Ordinary Products Memorable

Recently when I wrote a blog about Halloween costumes based on TV commercial characters, I realized that most of them were from insurance companies. In fact, there are quite a few mascots that represent insurance companies. There’s Flo from Progressive, Jake from State Farm, Mayhem from Allstate, the Aflac duck, and Geico has three: the...

How to Create an Inbound Marketing Campaign for an E-Commerce Website
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How to Create an Inbound Marketing Campaign for an E-Commerce Website

Inbound marketing is an ideal channel to grow a low-margin business like eCommerce. Traditional user acquisition strategies like PPC can be expensive and make online retail enviable. Inbound marketing is sustainable and has the potential to bring in a steady stream of new customers at very low cost. This article touches upon a few pointers...

If You Aren’t Prospecting With Direct Mail, You’re Missing Out
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If You Aren’t Prospecting With Direct Mail, You’re Missing Out

If you’re in sales chances are you’ve tried various methods to engage with a potential client and forge a relationship. Maybe you’ve given them tickets to baseball game, a best-selling book, or sent a hand-written note. A high-value direct mail piece is one of the six (phone, text, voicemail, email, social, mailer) most common methods...

How Product Placement Helps Marketing Efforts
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How Product Placement Helps Marketing Efforts

Did Stranger Things make you crave Eggo waffles? Of course it did. Product placements have been a part of movies and TV for years now. From those unforgettable Ray-Bans Tom Cruise sports in Risky Business (which, according to Ray-Ban, resulted in the sale of over 360,000 pairs of Wayfarers) to James Bond opting for a Heineken instead...

Consumers Trust Custom Content More Than Ads According to Study
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Consumers Trust Custom Content More Than Ads According to Study

The power of content continues to make its presence felt. According to Time Inc.’s “How Custom Content Inspires Consumers” study, two in three consumers have greater trust in custom content than traditional advertising. In addition to trust, the study (which queried more than 17,000 Millennials, Gen Z and Gen Xers) shows that custom content is...

6 Commercial Characters Who Make Great Halloween Costumes
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6 Commercial Characters Who Make Great Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one day a year when brands can really see how much their advertising has impacted American culture by how many costumes look like their mascots. It’s a one-of-a-kind PR tactic. Kids and adults love to dress as their favorite movie and TV characters, but sometimes it’s the guys from commercials that people honor. ...

What is a Marketing Portal and Why Do I Need One?
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What is a Marketing Portal and Why Do I Need One?

As your company grows and expands, you may find yourself faced with new marketing challenges you didn’t have before. You want your franchisees and marketing and sales organizations to operate efficiently and effectively yet still comply with your brand standards. You need the workflow to be flexible, fast and adaptable to different geographic locations and...