ONLINE MARKETING

16 Inspiring Quotes from Mad Men's Don Draper

16 Inspiring Quotes from Mad Men’s Don Draper

Don Draper, the main character from the hit TV show Mad Men, is known as the adulterous and alcoholic creative director that has suffered through various family and self-identity issues. However, there’s no denying the fictional character’s flair for marketing and creativity. While modelling your personal life after Draper can prove to be disastrous, the character does impart a significant amount of marketing wisdom that can help you execute campaigns effectively. Below is a infographic showing some of his most powerful quotes based on marketing.  (more…)

Social Media Ecommerce Trends in 2014

Social Media Ecommerce Trends in 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social media marketing is quickly becoming a popular tactic for ecommerce businesses to generate both brand awareness and revenue generation. According to a recent infographic, there are five main trends to look our for in the coming year:

  1. Brands will use more content produced by consumers for marketing campaigns. Brand advocates are being used more often by companies to promote their business and products in a positive light, relying on word of mouth marketing and peer recommendations to influence sales.
  2.  Social media platforms will have an impact on traditional advertising. With the use of television-specific hashtags, brands are using cross-platform marketing and social ads to generate interest for television programs.
  3. Email marketing and social media will become more integrated. Already two key components of audience development, email and social media marketing are beginning to be blended together by ecommerce brands to push sales and expand total audience reach.
  4. Use of social media marketing will be further developed and advanced by ecommerce companies. With the use of mobile platforms, marketing professionals will figure out how to increase the amount of purchasing activity completed on smartphones and tablets to increase ROI.
  5. The amount of social media campaigns run by brands will significantly increase. Contests have become very popular on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,  leading to many opportunities for brands to build audiences for remarketing purposes.

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The Rise of Inbound Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Rise of Inbound Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Marketing has quickly evolved over the past decade due to the rapid expansion of the Internet and web technologies in general. Quite a while ago, the traditional promotional mix was composed of advertising, PR, direct response marketing, sales promotion, personal selling, and according to some definitions, sponsorship. As of today, online marketing has cemented its position within the promotional mix either as its own component or an alternative platform to traditional marketing (outside of the web). Due to online marketing becoming a far more effective vehicle for brands to generate awareness and revenue, inbound marketing in particular has become far more efficacious than traditional outbound marketing to accomplish certain objectives.

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The Numbers Behind March Madness [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Numbers Behind March Madness [INFOGRAPHIC]

March Madness comes every year and captures the interest of ardent and passive sports fans alike. Despite the amount of time spent on bracketology, most users see their brackets break within the first couple of games. In fact, according to an infographic prepared by Dedicated Media, the odds of picking a perfect bracket 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1. That’s nine quintillion to one, which represents an insanely challenging odds. Some other cool statistics include:

  • $7 Million total is wagered on brackets every year.
  • 1 in 7 fans have called in sick to work to catch games from the tournament.
  • 7.7 Million social media comments are posted during the tournament’s telecasts.
  • 181 Million viewers will tune in across all types of platforms (television, online, and mobile).

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Key Online Marketing Insights from Analyzing 1 Billion Company Mentions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Key Online Marketing Insights from Analyzing 1 Billion Company Mentions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Businesses that invest in social media and content marketing are likely to analyze the feedback generated in various channels to determine the attitudes consumers have towards their respective brands online. Mention, a company that provides real-time social media and web monitoring, analyzed over 1 Billion company mentions from nearly 200,000 alerts over the past two years to come up with some pretty intriguing insights:

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The Marketing Power of the $1 Billion NCAA Bracket Contest [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Marketing Power of the $1 Billion NCAA Bracket Challenge [INFOGRAPHIC]

Every year, basketball enthusiasts, passive sports fans, and even the average Joes make an effort to fill out a bracket that indubitably busts within the first day of the Men’s NCAA Basketball tournament. Even this year, there has been a significant amount of upsets, with traditional powerhouses such as Duke, Ohio State, Syracuse, and Kansas falling before making it to the Sweet 16. Upsets within the early rounds are expected to occur, but it never ceases to amaze basketball fans when some of the bigger teams from power conferences are upset by the tournament’s Cinderellas.

This is why Warren Buffet’s idea to create the $1 Billion NCAA Bracket Challenge was a stroke of genius. Dangle a prize big enough to reel in even the most casual of sports fans and you have yourself a campaign that will market itself. With the allure of the biggest prize ever for any sports contest, almost 9 million people completed a bracket on Yahoo!. This lead to a massive amount of user data collection and the opportunity to generate revenue from strategic remarketing of selected offers. Assuming a $5 million dollar estimated cost, the estimated profit clocks in at $9 Million, with potential revenue generating from the following sources (data from the EZAds123 infographic below):

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Leveraging SEO for Your Online Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Leveraging SEO for Your Online Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

The foundation of any online marketing strategy lies in search engine optimization (SEO). More than ever, Internet users start searching for products and services online with search engine sites such as Google and Bing. Being able to dominate the first page of rankings for pertinent keywords can help your site capture a significant amount of targeted traffic. However, failing to rank anywhere on the first couple of pages on Google and Bing can end up being disastrous, making it difficult to capture enough relevant traffic to generate a positive ROI online.

An infographic below prepared by Appleton Creative provides a sufficient overview of SEO, providing salient facts and figures regarding this online marketing tactic. In fact, three particular statistics stand out and should convince any executive to buy into a sound SEO strategy:

  • 92% of users never scroll past the first page of search engine results.
  • One out of every three searches on Google are done on mobile devices.
  • 93% of online experiences start with search engines.

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A Handy Social Media Guide for Marketing Professionals

A Handy Social Media Guide for Marketing Professionals

CMO by Adobe recently prepared an updated social media landscape (for 2014) aimed at helping chief marketing officers and other senior marketing professional to learn about the different platforms online and how to leverage them effectively. The social media platforms covered are:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • SlideShare
  • Instagram

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Infographic Inception: the Rise of Visual Content in Online Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic Inception: the Rise of Visual Content in Online Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you are a regular subscriber of this blog, you will notice that I tend to share interesting infographics related to online marketing and provide my own perspective on the salient statistics/lessons extracted each graphic. There is a strategic reason for this: infographics provide a lot of benefits for both businesses and bloggers alike when it comes to generating interest, engagement, and traffic. An infographic below prepared by M2 Communications illustrates this perfectly, drawing out 8 reasons why businesses need to invest into designing and publishing infographics on a regular basis.

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