Tagged 'marketing'

5 misconceptions about copyright for professionals

Posted by Miles McNamee on July 28th, 2014 at 9:30 am

Where would your company be without published information? Whether you’re researching advances in cloud computing and security, sharing best practices for risk management, staying abreast of industry and legislative regulations, or helping companies expand into new markets, you know sharing published information is vital to giving your clients sound guidance.

The New Definition of "E"commerce is "E"verywhere

Posted by Denise Zimmerman on June 27th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Electronic commerce, commonly known as E-commerce or eCommerce, is trading in products or services conducted via computer networks such as the Internet. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). As we know, the environment today for business is no longer limited to in-store or online - it is Everywhere.
Perhaps then, as the industry, consumer behavior and indeed "the internet"has evolved we are better served if we re-define Ecommerce as Everywhere Commerce.
And maybe we just shorten it to Commerce. Commerce is the whole system of an economy that constitutes an environment for business. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Whether you are Walmart.com, Valspar, Alex and Ani, Land's End, Kellogg or Wayfair - we are all Commerce Marketers.  It is about activating shopping and buying behavior to drive commerce - everywhere and anywhere.
The focus on Commerce Marketing, clears us to elevate our legacy practices, craft innovative collaborations and create productive means to engage with our customers and continue to grow our businesses.
The senior marketing leadership community at the recent iMedia Commerce Summit elevated and further activated this discussion. Refreshing, candid and insightful sharing of experiences and challenges cut through the clutter. Folks were actively forging new relationships and partnerships crossing... Read more

5 Reasons to Hype Your Startup Pre-launch by Marketing Now

Posted by David Murdico on May 25th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

New movies, video games, apps and even new flavors of existing products all pre-market before they’re available, so why shouldn’t your startup or crowdfunding campaign do the same?
Unless there’s a specific reason for flying under the radar, get out there early and often on social media channels, create compelling content like videos and blogs start your PR outreach and get blogs and publications writing about you and interviewing you.
Instead of waiting until everything is perfect, launching, and then starting to think about your marketing, plan a marketing strategy and start hyping everything first, so that by the time you launch, you have momentum.
It’s much easier to steer a sailboat and win the race with a good tailwind and a good head start.
1. Get Ranked on Search Before Your Competition Does
The earlier you start getting found for the keywords related to your startup, the better. The best way to do this is by creating good, relevant content like blogs, videos, graphics and quality links on sites that matter to your industry.
Set up your social media channels and get busy. Set up your website as just a web page, for now, and include basic information, links to your social media channels, a... Read more

Dispelling the Myth about Customer Touchpoints

Posted by Jeannie Walters on May 20th, 2014 at 7:41 am

Creating an inventory of all of the touchpoints within the customer journey helps define a lot of moments, both good and not-so-good. When done thoroughly, a touchpoint inventory can be a great launch pad into your customer experience improvement initiative.

But what exactly IS a customer touchpoint?
According to Wikipedia:
Touchpoint (also touch point, contact point, point of contact) is business jargon for any encounter where customers and business engage to exchange information, provide service, or handle transactions.
Wikipedia is spot on, if you happen to be viewing your customer's journey from within the vacuum of your own organization. And too often, that happens to be the case. Customer touchpoints generally are not well understood or appreciated from the customer’s perspective. And they are definitely not just "business jargon." But they can be meaningless unless the company understands them as a complete inventory and as individual opportunities to improve the customer experience.
Awareness and understanding of  your customers’ current situations, and what drives them toward loyalty or defection, is the essential to delivering a superior customer experience. Understanding the actual touchpoints your customers have with your organization is a basic part of that understanding.
Most companies, when defining their customer touchpoints, list things like:

Direct Mail
Web Sites
In-Store Sales Associates
Welcome Letters/Customer Communications
Customer Service Call... Read more

How Marketing Research Can Drive Strategic Planning For Marketers

Posted by Willie Pena on April 28th, 2014 at 9:35 am

For your company to maintain a clear advantage over its competitors and thus maintain a high value market share in your niche, it needs to have its own unique brand story. This is where effective market research comes into the picture and here we’re going to talk about how deep market research can give you a massive strategic planning advantage.
The Strategic Planning Advantage of Marketing Research
The essence of strategic planning revolves around really knowing your customers’ desires and needs in a way that guides your long term strategies so they are ahead of the curve of what others in your niche are doing. In other words, by researching your target market deeply enough, you’ll gain sufficient understanding of your consumers to let you make a business strategy plan which effectively sustains your company brand so that it appears to be a cut above what others in your market are offering.
As this highly detailed ebook from the people at insightsinmarketing.com explains very carefully, all strategic planning involves squaring long term business and market goals with a heavy load of careful research of market conditions, consumer behavior, best exposure mediums (social, online ads, content creation etc.) and overall trends in your... Read more