7 Reasons Your Brand's Website Should Incorporate Responsive Design

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Creating a web strategy to deal with the rise of mobile devices boils down to three primary options: Developing a native app, designing a separate mobile site, or recalibrating your primary website with responsive design.

Using insight from industry experts and in-depth research data, this eBook from Bridgeline Digital, "7 Reasons to Consider Responsive Design for Your Company's Next Generation Website," explores the advantages of using responsive design to take your web presence into the mobile era. Responsive design is a fancy term to describe a site layout that works on all devices seamlessly. You create the site once and the layout adapts to and renders properly on different screen sizes. An extremely important consideration given the dramatic increase in usage of mobile devices to access the web.

Download the whitepaper now and make sure your website is appropriately designed for mobile devices.

by Steve Hall    Apr-16-13    
Topic: Research



Study: Automated Media Buying to Rise But Face Challenges

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In a survey of 100 media agencies, media owners and brands, conducted by the Festival of Media Global 2013, many believe media agencies are adapting well and that the media planner's role will change to take on more of a strategic/advisory capacity; however there is some concern over a lack of industry standards and transparency, and the disadvantage of a lack of human input.

Most respondents (66%) say they expect automated media buying to increase next year, with 26% of the group indicating they feel this increase will be substantial. Similarly, 63% say they expect an overall increase in automated media planning, with 20% believing this will be substantial. 55% agree automated media on the whole has increased in the past year - 22% saying substantially.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-10-13    
Topic: Agencies, Research



How Collaborative Marketing Can Build Your Brand

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Collaborative Marketing. Right. All we need is another buzzword. Hey, this is marketing. All we do is come up with buzzwords. But this one kinda makes sense so stick with us. Collaborative Marketing consist of three steps: Attract. Assist. Affiliate.

Marketers create incentives attractive enough for people to seek out. Marketers then assist people by being helpful, engaging and understanding the various contexts people use a brands products or services in order to, in essence, "co-create" the products and services people need and want. And thirdly, marketers harness the power of brand advocates and enable them to function as affiliate marketers to further attract customers.

CrowdTap has written a whitepaper on the topic that's worth reading. You can download it here to find out how collaborative marketing can work for your brand.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-13    
Topic: Research, Social



7 Steps to Becoming a World-Class Real-Time Marketer

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Lately, real-time marketing is the buzzword du jour. While the notion of real-time marketing has been around since the mid-nineties, the practice gained steam after Oreo's "Dunk in the Dark" ad was created immediately following the power outage during this year's Super Bowl.

Then, shortly after the Super Bowl -- during the Oscars -- it seemed like practically every brand was developing Dunk in the Dark-like ads. The point I'm trying to make isn't that most marketers are lemmings unable to stop themselves from immediately jumping on the next shiny new object. In fact, a little real-time marketing experimentation is definitely not a bad thing, so in this post I wrote for HubSpot, I'll highlight the necessary steps you should take to be an effective real-time marketer.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-13    
Topic: Opinion, Research, Social, Tools



Five Best Practices for Social Media Measurement

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If there's anyone out there who still believes social media doesn't warrant serious consideration, consider some basic facts: There are more than 750 million active users on Facebook, 140 million unique visitors to the site each month, 200 million registered Twitter users, and more than 100 million professionals on LinkedIn.

That's just for starters. In addition to social networking sites, there are blogs, comments on traditional media and e-commerce websites, review sites such as ConsumerSearch and epinion, content-sharing sites such as YouTube and Flickr, and collaborative projects such as Wikipedia.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-27-13    
Topic: Research, Social



How One Agency Increased Revenue 3,597 Percent

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So you want to win a Lion at Cannes this year? Good luck with that. And to what end anyway? So you can put it on a shelf, let it collect dust and hope it leads to new business? How about a more proven method?

How about a method that can increase your revenue 3,597 percent? Oh, you think this is yet another cheesy white paper offer? Well it is a whitepaper offer but it's not cheesy in the least.

Smart agency owners know that survival requires an imminent shift toward digital marketing services like blogging, content creation, search engine optimization and social media. But that transition is easier said than done.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-18-13    
Topic: Agencies, Research



6 Smart Social Strategies to Fuel Your Brand's Marketing Success

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Conversations about your company and your products happen each and every day, all over the web. For a marketer managing campaigns across all types of media, these real-time consumer conversations can either be a marketer's dream or your worst nightmare. At the end of the day, you just want marketing programs that work.

Bazaarvoice simplifies social-channel complexity by giving specific examples of ways social can improve marketing efficiency and effectiveness. This insight-packed resource clearly outlines six actionable strategies for leveraging user-generated content to:

  • Create word-of-mouth campaigns that drive growth
  • Deliver a measurable return on social investments
  • Bridge the gap between brands and consumers
  • Increase site traffic
Download this report now to see exactly how social drives real results for brands.

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-13    
Topic: Research, Social



How the New Facebook News Feed Changes Your Content Strategy

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Working tirelessly through the night following yesterday's Facebook announcement about its new News Feed, two diligent HubSpotters, Anum Hussain and Brittany Leaning, have published a new report, How Facebook's New News Feed Changes Your Content Strategy. The 35 page (don't worry, there's lots of pictures) report that aims to educate marketers on how they need to approach content creation for Facebook's redesigned news feed.

Download the report now and learn how these changes will affect your Facenbook marketing.

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-13    
Topic: Research, Social, Tools



How to Create Compelling Content For Each Stage of the Buying Cycle

Content Marketing has (or should have by now) become an integral part of every marketer's game plan. After all, people need the right information at the right time when they are researching and deciding what to buy.

In this Yesler whitepaper, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, you will learn how to map your content to the needs and roles of your prospects as they move through the purchasing cycle. In the, you will learn:

  • How to use content to spark an ongoing conversation with prospective buyers
  • How to determine what kinds of content best meet the needs of your prospective buyers
  • The importance of buyer personas and communication channel preferences
  • What pitfalls to avoid as you create content for your own content marketing efforts

Download the whitepaper now and learn how to properly develop and map your content marketing to the needs of your customers.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-13    
Topic: Publishing, Research



Infographic Summarizes Burger King Hack

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Honestly, we're surprised we haven't been flooded by agencies, metrics companies, social media pundits and research firms shamelessly latching on to Monday's Burger King Twitter hack for a little bit of publicity. But one company jumped on the trendlet. Social media monitoring company Synthesio cobbled together a few stats from Monday's shenanigans.

- Burger King gained 30,000 new Twitter followers (which everyone seems to be cheering)
- There were over 450,000 tweets on the topic
- There was a 300 percent increase in Burger King-related conversation

But here's the thing. Where's the stat that says Burger King Realized an X% increase in Whopper sales on Tuesday?

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by Steve Hall    Feb-21-13    
Topic: Brands, Research, Social










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