Strategies

To reach the customers you need to reach, you need more than a good product and fire in your gut. You need strategy. Creating an effective strategy requires research, planning, analysis, experience, and a thorough knowledge of the online industry - an expert perspective. That's what this column shares.

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Data vs. Insights – They’re Not the Same, Not Even Close

Aug 12, 2014 - In order for marketers to get their message across, they need more than data - they need to give clients new insights about their consumers, their business, or their industry. Comments

Under Armour Uses Star Power to Boost Content Marketing Efforts

video-monetization Aug 11, 2014 - The brand’s five-part video series starring NFL quarterback Cam Newton demonstrates how an athlete's popularity can propel a brand's content marketing strategy even if they don’t explicitly promote a product. Comments

Every Decision Is an Investment Decision

decision Aug 11, 2014 - When you make decisions as a marketer, each one is an investment decision. It might be an investment in time, it might be an investment in money, or it might be a mental investment - or perhaps a combination of all those things. Comments

Kimpton Hotels Uses CRM to Confer Karma on Guests

shutterstock-159960029 Aug 8, 2014 - Salesforce and ExactTarget Marketing Cloud form the basis of a loyalty program that aims to surprise guests with unexpected treats and rewards, all in an effort to grow the hotel chain's customer base. Comments

3 Start-Up Lessons From Television

tv-static Aug 7, 2014 - Although the tech industry of the silver screen is of course a bit more glamorous and dramatic than that of the real world, there are still lessons to be learned from the TV portrayal of start-ups. Comments

Getting Past the Labels

segmentation-labels Aug 6, 2014 - Digital marketers have the opportunity and ability to reach the right audience by using real-time behavioral data. To do less than that is inefficient, old-school, and lazy. Comments

A Performance Marketer's View on Content Marketing

content-marketing-megaphone Aug 5, 2014 - Viewing content marketing strategies through a performance marketer's eyes can help marketers see that each piece of content needs to be created with performance in mind. Comments

MediaCom and Google Collaborate to Develop a Mobile-First Mindset

mobile-video-view Aug 5, 2014 - Global media agency MediaCom has teamed up with Internet giant Google to create a mobile-oriented training program for the agency’s employees. This move indicates the growing importance of mobile advertising. Comments

Learning Lessons: Net Neutrality and the Future of Online Education

online-learning-diploma Aug 5, 2014 - The debate over net neutrality could have a larger impact on marketers than expected, as it greatly affects the education of future digital marketers. Comments

Competitive Review, the Path to Imitation

advertising-path-forward Aug 3, 2014 - Focusing on your competitors' strategies will only lead to imitation and mediocrity. Instead, marketers should take a risk and take the path toward innovation and success. Comments

Content Bubble II: What Metrics Matter?

content-shutterstock-153628586 Aug 1, 2014 - In part two of this series on how to effectively measure content marketing, a look at whether attention or engagement are good enough indicators of return on investment (ROI)? Comments

Digital Marketing People on the Move: July 2014 Roundup

latin-business Aug 1, 2014 - This is a roundup of new hires and promotions in the digital marketing industry during July. Comments

Creativity and Connection

shutterstock-157130189 Aug 1, 2014 - While automation technology can do many things, for now humans are the source of the most creativity. But what is the future of creativity in the digital marketing industry? Comments

The Most Important Question I Ask Candidates: "What’s Your Crazy?"

interviewing Aug 1, 2014 - This interview question can truly show you what kind of digital marketer you might be getting ready to hire. Those who can embrace their "crazy" and turn it into a passion are the kind of digital marketers you want on your team. Comments

The Real World of Character Marketing and Brand Fan Fiction

onepanem Jul 31, 2014 - Brands have the opportunity to cultivate their own fan content online, yet most have not embraced the idea of promoting their products in this fashion. Here are some tips for getting started. Comments

Digital in Asia: Changing Consumers Lives in Health Care

wearable-tech-china Jul 30, 2014 - The health care industry in Asia is being greatly impacted by the digital revolution, particularly due to growth in mobile, search, e-commerce, and wearable tech. Comments

Building Effective Measurement Models

pr-measurement Jul 30, 2014 - When deciding which measurement models to use, consider adopting aspects of the study of correlation, which may allow you to discover connections that may challenge your thinking on the critical drivers for your business. Comments

Online Reviews – Even the Bad Ones Are Good for Brands

customer-review Jul 30, 2014 - For all its convenience, online shopping comes with one major drawback: uncertainty. The consumer’s inability to try on an item or sit on a couch can mean the difference between completing a transaction and abandoning the shopping chart. Comments

Clash of the Titans: Tencent, Alibaba, and the Battle for Digital Dominance in China

battle Jul 29, 2014 - While Tencent and Alibaba duke it out to become the dominant digital platform in China, it's really the user that benefits from their creative advances, technical innovation, and new initiatives. Comments

L'Oreal's Viral Model Experiment - A Sign of the Future of Digital Marketing or a Warning Sign?

l-oreal-world-cup Jul 28, 2014 - When L'Oreal discovered and hired a beautiful unknown teenager whose photo went viral during the World Cup, they may have gotten more than they bargained for. Is this grassroots way of casting unknowns in campaigns the future of digital marketing? Comments

Microsoft: Who Cares?

Microsoft Jul 28, 2014 - Microsoft's recent announcement that it will lay off 18,000 employees further shows the company's missteps in today's technology world, but it seems no matter what the numbers say, Microsoft is here to stay. Comments

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