57% of People Won't Recommend A Brand With A Poor Mobile Site [Infographic]


In a roundup of current mobile stats, WebDAM Solutions has crafted an infographic detailing the latest facts, figures and trends in the mobile marketing space. Among the findings:

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by Steve Hall    Jan-30-14    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Research

How to Do Content Marketing Like A Superhero


This is the most informative and enjoyable white paper you will ever read on the topic of content marketing. We've read it and it's awesome. And it has comics! What more could you want?

So what's it all about? Find out how modern marketers have implemented content marketing strategies to re-empower their marketing and sales organizations, impact purchase decisions, build trust, and generate quality leads.

In this eBook, you will find:

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by Steve Hall    Jan-29-14    
Topic: Research

8 Tips to Create Search-Friendly Press Releases


According to BizReport, 95% of search-driven traffic to websites comes from the first page of results. Customers who come to your site through organic search are some of the most qualified and least expensive leads available. But with Google and other search engines constantly changing the rules for SEO, how can you keep your ranking where you want it?

This free tip sheet from Marketwired, 8 Tips to Create Search-Friendly Press Releases, offers a step-by-step guide for turning press releases into a powerful SEO tool. In the tip sheet, you'll learn:

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by Steve Hall    Jan-23-14    
Topic: Research

12 Marketing Experts Share Their Social Media Secrets

Smart marketers know that the secret to creating lasting customer relationships with social media is to create great experiences. From rewarding fan loyalty, to providing excellent social care, to starting the right conversations with the right audiences, today's top brands are delivering meaningful social experiences -- and realizing major business results.

The Social Experience, a 28-page eBook, features insights and approaches to creating great social experiences from 12 leading social brand strategists and visionaries. Hear directly from the people behind social at brands like Whole Foods, Caterpillar, and RadioShack. Experts like Ann Handley, Sam Decker, Jay Baer, Jackie Juba and others.

Get your copy of The Social Experience now for an inside look at today's top social programs.

by Steve Hall    Jan-21-14    
Topic: Research, Trends and Culture

80% of Super Bowl Ads Don't Work


A recently released study of 1,000 consumers concludes 80% of Super Bowl ads do not achieve sales for brands. The study, which surveyed respondent before and after they viewed 2012 and 2013 Super Bowl ads, was conducted by Tucson-based research firm Communicus.

Communicus queried participants about their buying patterns - recently bought and intend to buy -- in product categories represented in Super Bowl ads. It also surveyed whether or not respondents saw Super Bowl ads.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-14    
Topic: Research, Super Bowl 2014

The Best Retail Holiday Ads of 2013 [Infographic]


UK search marketing firm Integrity Search has compiled a list of the top retail and supermarket holiday ads of the 2013 season. The ads were judged based on most memorable, most likely to buy, most visually appealing and most informative. The contenders were Morrison's, John Lewis, Sainsbury's Tesco, ASDA and Marks & Spencer. The winner? Well you'll just have to check out the infographic for that.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-13    
Topic: Research

How to Choose the Best Social Media Management Dashboard


So you're up and running with social media for your brand, right? But are you managing it as efficiently and effectively as you could be? A complete social media management dashboard or Social Relationship Platform (SRP) partner provides a unified platform for engaging audiences, activating customers, and driving business results across all social channels.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-13    
Topic: Research, Social

6 Ways Social Media Can Grow Your Brand [Ultimate Pocket Guide]


This Social Media Pocket Guide (one of the best we've ever seen!) from Spredfast, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, outlines six objectives every brand should have at the core of its social strategy.

The guide helps point companies in the right direction for creating and implementing social media initiatives based on proven success tactics. In this 40-page social media guide, discover:

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-13    
Topic: Research, Social

Top 13 Visual Design Trends For 2014 [Infographic]


Last week, we took a look at what's hot and what's not in terms of design trends for 2014. Today, we're going to take a look at the top visual design trends for 2014. Just like last week's Hot or Not Design Trends piece, iStock queried creatives from around the world so see where design is headed for 2014.

There are 13 visual design trends to look for next year. They have been compiled on an interactive infographic here and we've also listed them below:

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-13    
Topic: Research, Trends and Culture

Branded Content Accounts for 37% of Marketing Budgets


The Dow is not the only metric reaching new highs in 2013. The annual content marketing survey from the Custom Content Council, in partnership with ContentWise, reveals new highs for branded content in both spending and value. The "Spending Study: A Look at How Corporate America Invests in Branded Content for 2013" compares 14 years of studies, showing a strong growth and affinity for content marketing across the board.

The 2013 survey found an overall increase in marketing budgets of 13.7% from last year to over $5,000,000, with branded content spending claiming 37% of that total, or $1,860,788 per company. Although the percentage of overall market share dropped slightly from 39% in 2012, 80% of marketers in 2013 anticipate a moderate or aggressive shift in spending toward content marketing as the industry continues to thrive.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-13    
Topic: Research

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