Tagged 'Digital Marketing'

9 Email Marketing Rules You Have to Implement Today

Posted by Courtney Wiley on July 25th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

As a modern marketer, email is at the heart of your online marketing efforts . . . so it's important to take the time to make sure that every aspect of your strategy is optimized. That's why I've developed a list of nine rules over the years that have proven themselves worthy across entrepreneurial startups, SMBs, and global enterprise organizations. (Just be sure to test these guidelines to determine which work best for your target audience.)
1. ALWAYS take into account local time when sending emails. The best times to send are 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
2. NEVER be verbose in email body copy. Keep your text to 145 words or less.
3. ALWAYS use the "curve" method when writing an email subject line: Play on curiosity, urgency, relevance, value, and emotion.
4. ALWAYS keep your email subject lines to 50 characters or less.
5. NEVER send more than one email to your recipients per day.
6. ALWAYS use a good aesthetic mix of images and text in your design. A good rule of thumb is one image for every 15 lines of copy.
7. NEVER cheat and use "FW:" to imply that the email has come from a trusted source.
8. NEVER put the unsubscribe button... Read more

3 Things You Should Demand From Your Agencies Today (#3 Is Critical)

Posted by Nathaniel Kangpan on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

It's incredible to witness the speed at which the scope and volume of marketing data has been increasing.  It's laughable what was considered big data for most of us even as little as 7 years ago.  I distinctly remember being brought in as a consultant in the mid 2000s to work  with a top tier, global retail bank on a 'big data' project to analyze a customer portfolio of roughly 500,000 records. It was considered a big data project at the time because their analysts could no longer handle the quantity of records since Excel at that time capped out at ~65,000 rows.

Now it's common for marketing analysts to work with millions or even billions of records in impression logs, transaction files, etc.  Oddly, most agencies and ad tech companies don't ultimately provide their clients with any of this detail, choosing instead to report entire campaigns as a single line item in a document generated once a month (like it's still 2002). If the data is available, you should have access to it.

In my opinion, here are three rights you have as a client when you work with an agency or ad tech partner these days:

#1: Knowing where your campaigns... Read more

10 Keys to Measurable Marketing Copy Success

Posted by Grant Johnson on July 9th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Direct or measurable marketing is copy-driven. Way too many marketers change up a package or banner ad or landing page/website design first. Instead, they would be better served to tweak their copy. It will provide a bigger bang for the dollars spent, as these changes more often than not lead to sustainable ROI growth.
From my experience, here is a 10 item check list of questions to consider when you do your next copy rewrite:
1.)    Is Simpler better? Your copy should have 80% or more words that are five letters long or less. Smaller words make you, the marketer, appear smarter. If you have a complex product or service, you will be better served by simplifying your marketing prose.
2.) What grade-level should you write to? A 6th grade level seems to be the level from most campaigns I have done. This will force you to make your material easier to understand, but not so basic you offend people.
3.) How long should your sentences be? 15-20 words on average is optimal. However, I prefer to start with a quick 10 word or less sentence, focusing on a single benefit, whenever possible. One that captures the reader and makes them want to... Read more

Ready For The New Facebook Ad Format?

Posted by Katya Constantine on July 8th, 2014 at 11:49 am

In April, Facebook announced plans to overhaul the right-side column ads. Long-term concerns about engagement and visual quality led to these changes. Facebook is selectively rolling out the new right-side ads with a complete transition occurring August 1st. Here is what you need to know about the new format along with expected impact of the change.

Infographic: The Next Generation of Consumer Engagement: Search, Social Discovery, Mobile, Aggregration?

Posted by Courtney Wiley on July 7th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

The numbers are staggering: By 2017, the global social network audience will total 2.55 billion.  And of the 42 percent of users that have multiple social accounts today, nearly three in five (58 percent) wish there was a solution to help them better use and monitor all of their social networking profiles at once.
So how do firms stay ahead of social marketing and optimize their present-day strategies? The above chart outlines where the majority of marketers are today and where intelligent customer engagement is going. Consider it a sneak peek into a digital marketing crystal ball . . .
Disclaimer: I currently serve as Advisor to Sparksfly Technologies, Inc., and assisted the team with the aforementioned research.