Room Service! 7 Essential Hotel Marketing Strategies

On September 23, 2015
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When I was thinking of how best to open this post on hotel marketing, several possibilities occurred to me. I could’ve made a pithy reference to The Eagles’ seminal 1976 single “Hotel California.” I could’ve joked about staying out of Room 217, a tip of the hat to Stephen King’s classic 1977 horror novel The Shining (but definitely not the Stanley Kubrick cinematic adaptation, which while a perfectly good movie, is vastly inferior to King’s novel). I could have talked about the difficulties of running a remote motel while living with a domineering mother. Fortunately for you, I decided against all of them, and chose to get straight to the point.

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Instagram Opens Up Sponsored Posts to Advertisers

On September 23, 2015
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Instagram boasts over 400 million active monthly users, who post 80 million photos and like 3.5 billion of them every day. It’s a fast-growing social media platform that enables you to efficiently and quickly capture an audience through enticing image ads, video ads or carousel ads.

Recently, Instagram rolled out its advertising platform to select API partners and on Facebook’s self-serve platform, Power Editor. A case study posted on the Instagram website is claiming sponsored posts (AKA ads) resulted in 2.8x higher ad recall than other online advertising.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of PPC: Sloth #ppcsins

On September 22, 2015
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We all know a little something about sin #5, sloth. I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m terribly lazy. While others are dashing off to the Crossfit post-work, you can find me moseying home to binge-watch Netflix and nurse a pint of Ben and Jerrys (because, honestly, who has the energy to cook after sitting in an office all day?).

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Introducing Google’s Universal App Campaign

On September 18, 2015
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With Google AdWords it’s always like an Easter Egg Hunt. You just find new goodies popping up everywhere. So what is it this month? It’s a whole new campaign type called a Universal App Campaign. What’s that!? It’s not search, it’s not display, and it’s not video – it’s all of the above, and only for apps...

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9 Money-Making PPC Tips for Retail Marketing

On September 17, 2015
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According to a recent study conducted by MineWhat, 60% of people begin shopping by using a search engine to find the products they want, and 81% of shoppers conduct online research before they make a purchase. The internet and Google have fundamentally changed the way we shop and purchase products.

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WordStream #Humblebrags: How You’ve Helped WordStream Grow

On September 16, 2015
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You know when actors and actresses go up on stage at the Oscars and the first thing they do is “thank the Academy”? Most people roll their eyes at this obvious pandering, but there’s a lot to be said for recognizing the help it takes to achieve greatness.

WordStream humblebrags

“Hey, you. Yes, you in the John Deere baseball cap. Shut up.”

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The 8 Coolest Ad Targeting Features in Marketing Right Now

On September 16, 2015
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It’s hard to believe that just ten years ago, I was still placing magazine ads in print publications! Banner ads came along and mirrored the function of those print ads, but now we have these incredible new ad formats with way more data and ad targeting options so you can laser-target the exact people you want to hit.

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Today we live in a brave new world of ad targeting, where consumers are practically throwing data at marketers, crying, “Target me! Personalize your offers for me! Give me only what I want and nothing else!”

Here are my 8 favorite ad targeting features right now – the coolest, most exciting options that are going to help you find your absolute best audience and focus your budget only on them.

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