Snap Inc. Opens Advertising Opportunities to SMBs

On May 8, 2017
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Starting in June, Snap Inc., the parent company of the popular mobile app Snapchat, will begin offering advertisers a suite of self-service advertising tools.

For the past few years, Snap ads have been available to big brands through large media buys accompanied by a Snapchat sales rep, or third-party software providers that plug into Snapchat’s advertising API. To invest, your company had to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars on custom campaigns, often executed and run by third parties.

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How to Write a Case Study Prospects Actually Want to Read

On April 3, 2017
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The case study has long been a staple of marketing departments everywhere.

However, despite the prevalence of marketing case studies and their potential impact, most of them are dull, boring, and forgettable.

 How to write a case study

In this guide, I’ll outline everything you need to do to write a case study that prospective customers will actually want to read. We’ll cover the structure and content of a typical case study, as well as common pitfalls to avoid and things to think about before you sit down to put proverbial pen to paper.

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Trust Signals: How They Work & When to Use Them

On March 27, 2017
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It cannot be bought, forced, or demanded. You can have it, but not hold it. It can take years to gain, and can be lost in seconds – and it’s the single most important element of any transaction or relationship.

What am I talking about?

Trust.

 Trust signals and how to use them

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Want More Brand Searches on Google? Advertise on Bing or Facebook [DATA]

On March 13, 2017
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We keep it no secret around here that Google search is big business. With a healthy majority of the search market share across the globe, it’s critical for businesses to be present and successful when their prospects are searching on Google.

google market share

Via Statista

But as large as the search giant is, it’s not a monopoly on the media your customers consume!

Google’s most obvious competitor, Bing, makes up roughly 1/3 of the US market share. Showing up on the Bing SERP is certainly important in its own right, so you can reach those 5 billion searches a month, and advertising on Bing has plenty of additional benefits.

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Why Brand Advertising Drives More Conversions than You Think

On March 6, 2017
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Search marketing is so awesome because it's efficient – the ROI is measurable and tangible.

Those big brand advertisers – the ones spending millions to advertise on TV, radio, and billboards – what do they know? What a waste of money, right?

Well, if those formats are so useless, why are the big companies pouring so much money into these ads every year? What do they know that we don't?

brand advertising

Well, maybe they know that if consumers have never heard of you, they won't search for you when they need the product or service you sell. And if they do a search, most probably won't click on your paid search ad or organic listing. And if they don't click on your brand, they can't buy from you.

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7 Proven Lead Generation Ideas You Need to Try

On March 1, 2017
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What tactics, strategies, and techniques can you use to generate more leads for your business?

One study from Citizen Relations Canada found 68% of Canadian millenials have bought because of a “fear of missing out” (FOMO) marketing approach. FOMO is powerful indeed. So are urgency, scarcity, exclusivity, surprise, and social proof.

lead generation ideas

While these tactics work, many other online lead generation approaches work too.

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Why Old-School Ads Still Totally Work (And How to Imitate Them)

On February 22, 2017
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Every day we scour the interwebs for new tips to implement or new hacks to exploit.

But here’s the thing. The same patterns that result in higher Quality Scores, generate traffic or get you more paying customers are anything but new.

Here’s why your ads on AdWords and Facebook should incorporate the same principles and formulas and techniques (like AIDA and PAS) that ads have been using for the last century to increase results.

old school ad techniques

Oooooooold school

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5 Luxury Marketing Strategies to Increase Conversions

On February 15, 2017
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There’s a reason Gucci doesn’t do infomercials for tiger print duffels. That Equinox doesn’t offer a discount for January first’s newly health-obsessed. That anthropomorphic Hamsters break dance in front of Kia Souls instead of Range Rovers.

Advertising for luxury brands tends to focus on, well, luxury. The happiness they inspire. The quality. The sheer opulence that becomes a piece of one’s life when he or she buys free-range leave-in conditioner infused with dolphin tears, or an ornate bottle of some top-shelf botanical cordial. 

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