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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5 Ways to Move the Needle: What I Learned During the World Cup

Jul 22, 2014 - The World Cup had much to teach marketers about how to accelerate growth and popularity - aka how to move the needle. Read on to see what the world's biggest sporting event can teach you. Comments

Do You Remember Friendster?

friendster Jul 21, 2014 - Marketers need to plan against a human need instead of planning against a fleeting platform. They must build their strategies on human behavior and plan for what's possible instead of just reacting to what's in front of them. Comments

Retention vs. Acquisition - and the Winner Is…

customer-relationship Jul 20, 2014 - Marketers need to decide which is more important to them - acquiring new leads and potential customers, or retaining and nurturing the current customer base. Comments

Car Wars: Uber, Lyft, Hailo Compete for a Spot in the Driver's Seat

slot-cars-race Jul 18, 2014 - A look at the different marketing tactics employed by these car services in New York City, and how their strategies are helping them to win customers. Comments

Study Finds Marketers Can't Measure Business Value of Content Marketing

content Jul 18, 2014 - A new study shows marketers can't tie business value back to their content marketing tactics. So how can marketers better measure the success of their content marketing campaigns? Comments

Emotional Contagion and Content Marketing

emotional-marketing Jul 18, 2014 - Emotionally driven marketing can increase shares and engagement better than neutral content. So whether you create positive, shocking, scary, or helpful content, use it to bring out an emotional response in your consumers. Comments

What Can Brands Do to Capitalize on Real-Time Moments in Live TV?

howard Jul 17, 2014 - Google says Nike struck gold during the World Cup with its Phenomenal Shot app thanks in part to a new real-time ad tool, but what other options do brands and marketers have? Comments

Interactive Native Ads Deliver the Best of the Web

interactive-shutterstock-132876065 Jul 17, 2014 - Between interactive sponsored features on websites and the rise of the Visual Web, interactive native ads are poised to make big moves in the digital marketing space. Comments

The True Power of Content Marketing

Content Jul 16, 2014 - Here's an in-depth look at content marketing, including the ideas behind it, its potential problems, and what it means to create "quality" content. Comments

Stop Doing Social Just to Be Social

social media Jul 15, 2014 - In order for brands to succeed with their social marketing, they need to consider who to talk to, where to talk to them, what to say, and when to say it. Comments

IHOP’s #SongsSecretlyAboutPancakes Showcases Shazam as a Marketing Tool

ihop Jul 11, 2014 - IHOP says it decided to use Shazam because it wanted to engage with consumers longer than it can in a TV spot and notes the Shazam icon is more of a draw than Facebook or Twitter logos. Comments

Connect, Engage, Collaborate: People-Centric Engagement in a Digital World

customer-relationship Jul 11, 2014 - New innovations in social and mobile are helping to change the way marketers can engage with consumers. How can we deliver a valuable, personalized experience? Comments

Is Your Organization a Winning Team?

handing-baton Jul 11, 2014 - In order to make sure your organization is running as best it can, you must make sure the marketing, sales, client services, and product development teams all work together as one. Comments

The ABCs of the VC World: What Marketers Need to Know

abc-alphabet-simplicity Jul 10, 2014 - It's important for marketers to be aware of the details of the venture capital world before they consider taking a job at a start-up, so here is a primer on VC funding for marketers. Comments

Starting With the Fundamentals - Why Small Marketing Has to Precede BIG Marketing

small-fish-big-fish Jul 9, 2014 - Although it can seem like a good idea to go for big marketing tactics right away, you must make sure your small marketing is effective before you make that leap. Comments

5 Marketing Tips I Learned in London

London outline Jul 8, 2014 - Marketers here in the U.S. can learn a thing or two from their counterparts across the pond. Here are some digital marketing insights gleaned from a recent trip to London. Comments

Content Syndication and Guest Blogging

Blog Jul 4, 2014 - Syndicating your content to a third-party site or guest blogging for a respected publication can be a boost for your business. Here's a deeper look at the benefits, and potential drawbacks, of this strategy. Comments

A Social Generation Comes of Age at the World Cup

social-world-cup Jul 4, 2014 - This year's World Cup showed the confluence of the Internet and the real world and the impact that access and live action can have on people. Comments

The Second Screen Is Secondary No More – Are You Making the Most of Mobile?

mobileads Jul 3, 2014 - Mobile has shed its "second-screen" image and is fast becoming the primary screen for many consumers. Here are some tips for how marketers can make the most of their brand's mobile experience. Comments

4 Digital Tools for Trend Scouting and Ideation

Idea Light Bulb Jul 2, 2014 - In order for marketers to succeed, they must use tools that can help them generate new, effective ideas as well as monitor trends in the industry. Here are four examples of tools that can help with just that. Comments

Digital Marketing People on the Move: June 2014 Roundup

partnership2014 Jul 1, 2014 - This is a roundup of new hires and promotions in the digital marketing industry during June. Comments

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