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Startup Marketing Conference: 5 Low-Cost, High-Impact Ways to Grow Your Brand

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 23rd, 2014 at 2:51 pm

At the Startup Marketing Conference, Shira Abel, CEO of Hunter & Bard (and soon Muskateer) shared her thoughts on marketing on a budget. For starters, do not waste money marketing until you have a great product (or close to it). The next step is to focus on consistently thrilling the customer. The five low-cost, high impact ways to grow your brand are outlined below

Great product (word of mouth has a 70 percent trust rate)
PR (earned media, exposes you to large markets and has a 40 percent trust rate)
Content (owned media)
Email marketing (it has the highest ROI of all digital marketing, according to Shira)
Behavioral engineering (social proof for an achievement-oriented culture)
SEO, advertising & affiliate marketing (ad trust rate is 14-17% trust rate)
Relationship marketing

When it comes to doing PR for your brand, there are a few key steps:

Identify, connect with and engage industry influencers and media
Give them valuable information and build trust
Offer them initial beta product to test in exchange for coverage
Keep your ask short and reach out on a slow news day

Content can be cost-effective but time-consuming. That means you need to decide, as a startup, where your time (and money) is best spent. Content builds the brand and a relationship... Read more

Startup Marketing Conference: Conversion Hacking The Brain

Posted by Kent Lewis on October 23rd, 2014 at 2:16 pm

One of the Godfather’s of landing page and conversion rate optimization, Tim Ash, CEO or SiteTuners, kicked off the afternoon sessions at Startup Marketing Conference. He felt obligated to start at the bottom (of the brain), as it affects how we design successful LPO/CRO campaigns.
For starters, your reptilian brain is…

Lazy
It likes simple choices
It has no patience
It’s automatic

And we as human animals survive by following the four F’s:

Fight (within seconds of meeting people, we figure out how we would kill them)
Flight
Feed (we need to eat to stay alive)
Fornication

Then Ash touched on how your brain actually works*:

Is it dangerous? -> Deal with it or, if yes…
Is it novel? -> Ignore it, or, if yes…
Consciously explore it.

*95 percent of our actions are pre-conscious.
Then Ash revealed The New Sales Funnel:

The Brain Stem
Limbic System
Neocortex

The goal is to make sure consumers have a small number of clear choices. He adds a caveat in regards to The Long Tail, where more choices are better, but only for specific situations (like looking for music, a book or movie). It doesn’t work when making business decisions (whether it be a pen or marketing automation platform). Here are a few LPO/CRO strategies:

Remove similar choices (they are distracting) and keep it... Read more

What Mobile Marketers Can Learn from Stitch Fix: Personalization is not an Art but a Science

Posted by Glenn Pingul on October 2nd, 2014 at 2:07 pm

There’s a major misperception around personalization when it comes to marketing. Once attributed to highly complex, and often costly, B2B targeting, this concept of designing or tailoring something to meet each individual’s needs or preferences has become a bit muddled in the B2C space.  For many marketers, ‘personalized’ has become a label used synonymously with any campaign employing customer data.  But let’s be clear, having data is not enough when it comes to effective personalization.
In this world of mobile dependency, marketers have the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the value of delivering personalized experiences.  Yet the challenge of knowing when and how to act is often a major barrier to adopting a more personalized approach.
One company that has caught my attention – and my wife’s wallet – is the Bay Area startup, Stitch Fix, which claims to be ‘the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you.’  Essentially, you fill out a style sheet, and they have a stylist select five items which are delivered to your doorstep.  Then you simply buy the ones you like.  As my wife continues to remind me, working moms... Read more

Car and Truck Makers Need to Emphasize Their Vehicles Are Digitally Safe

Posted by Neal Leavitt on September 29th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Watch any NFL game on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and you’ll see a bevy of commercials espousing that a given car or truck model is sleek, rough, tough, cool, fuel efficient, family-friendly, sporty, ad nauseum. Adjectives like these are music to a car/truck marketer’s ears.
What you don’t see or hear very often is that hackers continue to pose a threat to all sorts of vehicle models – and even smart charging stations for electronic vehicles (EV) may be vulnerable to hacking. Granted, there haven’t been any major security breakdowns and security professionals say that auto manufacturers are making inroads in improving software security. In fact, Andrew Brown, chief technologist for Delphi Automotive said recently that “quite honestly, the vehicles, systems and components today are quite robust and resistant to cyber-security threats. But that doesn’t mean it’s 100%.”
Added Ed Adams, a security expert:
“There’s an awful lot of code throughout the entire supply chain, not just with the auto manufacturers, but with the infotainment systems and applications like Sirius and Harmon. The fact of life is that software is flawed.”
Cheryl Dancey Balough and Richard C. Balough, co-founders of Chicago-based Balough Law Offices, LLC, said today’s cars have dozens of electrical control... Read more

5 Reasons Your Marketing Is Failing

Posted by Morgan Sims on September 4th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

A good marketing program is an important part of what drives a business to succeed. Developed correctly, your marketing program can help ensure you attract the right customers and keep them happy or years to come. But when a marketing program is done poorly, not only will it not attract customers – it can wind up driving them away.
Marketing guru Seth Godin defined marketing pretty succinctly: "Marketing is a contest for people's attention." If you understand the contest rules and follow them throughout your campaign, you can do well – really well. Unfortunately, all too often marketing departments miss significant opportunities by a few common mistakes. Learn to recognize and avoid these errors and you'll already be way ahead of much of your competition:
1. You're selling too much.
One of the most common mistakes companies make in their marketing campaigns is selling too hard. It's true – your marketing program should be focused on promoting your product or service. But nobody likes to be inundated with "hard-sell" sales tactics. The most effective marketing programs sell gently, through a process that begins with gaining the customer's trust and evolves over time, helping them see you as an ally that can help solve... Read more