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Want to Escape ‘People-Based Marketing’? Quit Facebook

By now, Advertising Week’s 11th annual conference (AWXI) is in full swing across Manhattan’s most upscale venues. Delegates (or “Super Delegates,” depending on how much your company splashed out for your pass) have descended on the Big Apple to hear speakers such as Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Cosmopolitan’s Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles, and even insufferable celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wax...
September 29, 2014
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Social Media

Do I Have Too Many Keywords in My PPC Account? (Hint: Probably)

Have you ever heard the expression “less is more”? I find this to be extremely true when it comes to the keywords in your PPC account. Now, depending on who you ask, you’ll hear a different response for the age-old question: “How many keywords should I have in my AdWords account?” When it comes to ad groups, the typical answer is somewhere in the 20-25 keyword range, and definitely no more than...
September 29, 2014
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Search Engine Marketing

Beyond Pumpkins & Pantyhose: 4 Business Lessons I Learned from Martha Stewart

Growing up with a large stack of Martha Stewart magazines scattered around my family coffee table, and learning how to bake my first batch of homemade brownies alongside the crafting legend, I would’ve never thought I would someday be in the presence of such a successful and influential entrepreneur. Not only did I watch with awe as Martha Stewart graced the stage of HubSpot’s annual Inbound...
September 26, 2014
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Marketing Strategy

3 Content Marketing ‘Best Practices’ that Small Businesses Should Ignore

As much as we may hate to admit it, the rules are always different for small businesses. Most of our clients fit in the small-to-medium-sized bucket, and hey, we’re right there in that bucket with you. So it’s worthwhile to acknowledge when the best practices that work for big brands don’t really apply to us little guys. Today I’ll be discussing some content marketing “rules” that it’s OK for...
September 25, 2014
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Content Marketing
Marketing Strategy

Facebook Makes Bold Power Play Against Google with Atlas

Industry thought leaders in the search marketing space have long speculated about how Facebook can compete with Google in terms of its lucrative advertising business. Well, according to recent reports, Facebook could soon surpass Google in terms of its remarketing capabilities with the launch of its Atlas advertising platform. Image via nettramarketing.com Facebook Putting Google Under Pressure...
September 24, 2014
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Paid Search Marketing

Social Media Advertising: Which Platform is Right for Your Small Business?

If you’ve experienced success with paid search, you may have given thought to social media advertising. Increasing numbers of small businesses are bringing paid social into their social media strategy, and the diversification of online advertising into social media channels can be seen everywhere. Image credit: KDDI However, if you run a small business, you might be wondering whether social...
September 24, 2014
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Social Media

3 Lessons Learned from PPC Advertisers in the B2B Software Industry

Are you working in a niche B2B industry attempting to generate leads (that hopefully convert) through your PPC efforts? In that case, I can assume that you are also on the verge of throwing a baseball at your computer. Am I right? PPC is challenging enough, but with the added long sales cycle, high competition, and niche market, getting leads from AdWords can make your sanity spin off the deep-...
September 23, 2014
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Paid Search Marketing

Guerrilla Marketing: 20+ Examples and Strategies to Stand Out

When the classic strategies aren’t delivering, you send in the guerrillas. They’re the extra-special forces – the ones that implement killer strategies to turn the tide and defeat the enemy. Guerrilla marketing is a great alternative to traditional marketing. It thrives on original thinking and creativity, where imagination and ingenuity beat out big budgets.   Guerrilla marketing tends to be...
September 22, 2014
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Marketing Strategy

Mandatory Google+ Gmail Integration Quietly Shelved

Google has gone to valiant lengths to convince us that rumors of Google+’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, but Google is no longer forcing new Gmail users to connect their account to a Google+ profile – yet another move that could signal the end for Google’s troubled social network. Rumors of the decoupling of Google+ and Gmail first surfaced in the spring. Google, unsurprisingly, hasn’t...
September 19, 2014
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Google

‘Everyone’ is Not a Demographic: A Guide to Target Markets for Small Businesses

If you run a small business, maybe you have an idea of your target market. However, a vague idea is not enough to compete in today’s ruthless business environment. Without detailed knowledge of your target market, you could be losing business to your competitors or missing out on opportunities to increase sales. Just don’t target your customers with a compound hunting bow. In today’s post, we’...
September 18, 2014
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Marketing Strategy

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