initiate-it RoundUp: October 2017
Marketing techniques and trends are always evolving. From social to SEM, changes are consistently made to make marketing tactics more effective. These changes not only help the marketer but will also help create a better customer experience. Stay in the know each month with the initiate-it RoundUp. Below are the top 5 marketing trends and changes that occurred in October 2017.
The Story of Bringing a Traditional Retailer into the Digital Age
Friends, let me tell you a story. It might hit home for many of you, but I promise a happy ending. Imagine if you will, your family has run a successful retail business with multiple locations around the region for over 50 years. This was your dad’s life. He was the guy. Everyone knew him, and his name drew people in. He stood for service and quality. He hand-picked the sales people who were on the floor. He knew them all by name. 50 years, every day he managed this business and he loved it. He knew how to bring the people in. You throw a big sale for Memorial Day and Labor Day. Newspaper and TV are the way to go to reach your audience. Then the internet came, he had a website built because he knew he needed to be online. Then, unfortunately, he died. Along with dealing with his death, now, this business, it’s all up to you.
Building An AdWords Search Campaign
Developing an AdWords Search Campaign can be a challenge. Deciding how much budget to set aside, what keywords to bid on, and which best practices to focus on are just a few of the common questions that people face when considering a search campaign for their business. It can be a bit intimidating, but, if you have the time to dedicate to education and optimization, it can be an extremely powerful marketing channel for your business. If you are just getting started, or even if you’ve been dabbling with PPC for some time, here is some important insider information into what you need to be looking at to be successful.
Cyclical Marketing: The Rise and Fall of the Digital Age
It’s time to release the Kraken and take a sledgehammer to your digital advertising efforts. That’s right, we’ve come to a tipping point. Just as Nina Simone’s sultry tones once gave way to Rhianna’s moist screeches, digital and social media marketing are soon to be replaced. Not by something new… but by something we’ve seen before.
6 Tools to Make Our Jobs Easier
There are tools out there to make every marketer’s job easier. Whether you are a project manager or a digital analyst, many can support your day-to-day tasks. Here are a few of our favorites.
Snapchat: Blending the Line Between Work and Play
If you tell me you’re not familiar with Snapchat, I have to assume you’ve either been living under a rock or have been trapped in a “Get Out” style hypnotic trance. These days, it is everywhere. The parent company of the trendy social media app, Snap (SNAP,) IPO’d last week at $17 per share, soared to as high as $26, and now has a market valuation of 35 billion (CNN Money.) This makes Snapchat worth three times as much as Twitter. As one of the fastest growing mobile apps under the social networking umbrella, Snapchat should be on every marketing directors’ radar.
Snapchat is no longer just for sharing your face with funny filters or recording your drunk friends doing embarrassing things, it’s applications stretch far beyond the founders’ original intent and is well positioned to aid you in your marketing efforts going forward. Below I’ve enumerated five steps to help you do just that.