All great marketers know – if your content isn’t performing well, you will need to dive into your analytics to see what’s really going on. The only way to optimize your content is to analyze your data, pinpoint areas of improvements, make the necessary changes and test - and it’s no different with video content.
While it might sound daunting to make changes to a complete video, it doesn’t have to be. There’s a formula to it really: divide your video into three distinct parts—Acts 1, 2 and 3—then analyze your drop-off rates for each section. When you think of your video as three separate pieces of content, it makes it much easier to analyze each section for variables and look for areas of improvement.
As long ago as 1989, the American Association of Advertising Agencies defined an integrated marketing campaign as “an approach to achieving the objectives of a marketing campaign through a well-coordinated use of different promotional methods that are intended to reinforce each other. A comprehensive communications plan combines the strategic roles of advertising, public relations and sales promotions to provide clarity, consistency, and increased impact.” Basically, integration is the application of consistent brand messaging across both traditional and nontraditional marketing channels.
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While social media and online marketing channels have provided opportunities to expand the definition of non-traditional marketing, the real breakthrough in effective integration has been the development of computer based, technology driven Inbound Marketing platforms. Giving new meaning to CRM, these platforms not only make consistent communication across channels easier, but provide critical reporting and measurement features in real-time to exponentially increase the effectiveness of campaigns.
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"If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself," said Albert Einstein.
We live in an over-communicated society.
Heck, when I began in advertising and marketing, adding an outbound phone call to a direct mail campaign was considered "Integrated Marketing."
The fact is, we are exposed to thousands upon thousands of media impressions each and every day. As such, as consumers, we CRAVE simplicity. If you can simply explain what you are selling (which, by the way, is what advertising and marketing is), and how your product/service will benefit me, then wrap in a compelling reason -- the correct messaging and/or offer, I will likely take the next step in your sales process. But please make sure to explain to me what you want me to do -- call, respond to the email, visit the website, like us, etc...
Precise copy is the key, but we also must consider how we can graphically simplify our message so it is easier to digest and get the point across immediately. Here is an example of what I mean: http://www.a2591.com/2011/03/more-minimalist-effect-in-maximalist.html
Most of these everyday products are, perhaps, better served today as stripped-down versions.
That's why the combination of video and the internet/social media is so... Read more
Google's recent Hummingbird algorithm and the arrival of KitKat are forcing agencies and brands to stretch their search marketing minds and strategies even further - for the better. More focus on meaningful content and mobile engagement with content translates into a need for longer-term SEO and content marketing commitments. It is clear the days of quick wins and overnight successes in SEO are indeed an era that is well behind us.
In a previous blog post, Time for a New Definition of SEO, many readers commented with their own insights and opinions about the requirement for a new definition of SEO. The following concept seems to be prevalent:
“SEO is the long-term process of enhancing a brand’s opportunity for discoverability in search and social, throughout the prospect’s buying cycle and across any device.”
Understanding searcher behavior by channel, intent by geography, and engagement by content asset throughout the buying cycle is key to a brand’s web presence reputation.
Mobile Usage is Forcing a Shift of Search Strategies
It is projected that the number of mobile devices on this planet will surpass the population of the world in the very near future. As it stands, according to data available on Wikipedia, there are 6.8 billion mobile... Read more
Affiliate programs are getting a new look as top brands witness the impact a successfully managed affiliate program can have on customer acquisition. Despite its checkered past, the affiliate marketing industry is starting to turn the corner on reducing fraud and increasing transparency. However most companies still do not have the right experience in house to manage a high quality affiliate program and many often turn to outside agencies for assistance.
Like any outsourced relationship, it’s important for merchants seeking to outsource their affiliate management to clearly outline the scope of work, particularly deliverables, metrics, tactical and strategic goals. It’s also critical to ask the right questions when screening and interviewing firms. Here are six questions that can help merchants determine if the firm they are considering has the staff, talent and best practices to create a strong, growing and profitable program.
1. What is your program to staff ratio? This is the age-old quality vs. quantity balancing act, but it surprises merchants to learn that some affiliate management agencies expect their account managers to successfully run 10-15 programs at once. Merchants that are truly committed to the success of their affiliate programs should look for a ratio no higher than 3:1.... Read more