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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The Real World of Character Marketing and Brand Fan Fiction

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

Is Facebook the New King of Traffic?

Facebook thumbs up Jul 25, 2014 - Facebook is reportedly driving nearly a quarter of all sharing traffic to sites across the Web. With the introduction of Facebook's new "save" feature, how can marketers best utilize the social platform? Comments

Old Tricks, New Dogs

dog-tricks Jul 25, 2014 - While human expectations and behaviors have changed drastically in the past few years, many of the marketing fundamentals we still use today have been around for at least 100 years. Comments

Marketers Must Understand Digital Transformation In a Modern World

business-transformation Jul 24, 2014 - Marketers need to be on the forefront of the digital revolution, or else they risk becoming expendable and irrelevant in their industry. Comments

These 3 Brands Are Doing Twitter Marketing Right

Twitter Money Jul 24, 2014 - A look at a selection of brands that are embracing the new capabilities of Twitter and using the platform to its full marketing potential, along with tips for ways you as a marketer can do the same for your own business. Comments

4 Advanced B2B Strategies for Hyper-Targeted Marketing Campaigns

Audience Targeting Jul 24, 2014 - There are many new ways to use social, mobile, and hyper-targeted marketing strategies. Consider using these channels to get email opt-ins, break into trade shows, and increase your appointment-setting rates. Comments

LinkedIn Acquires Bizo to Boost B2B Marketing

linkedinbizo Jul 23, 2014 - The business-oriented networking platform has inked a deal with marketing start-up Bizo in an effort to enhance its business-to-business (B2B) marketing capacity. Comments

How to Use Digital Entertainment to Drive Content Engagement (Part 2)

comic-strip Jul 23, 2014 - In part two of this look into using digital entertainment for marketing purposes, we have advice on how to use the digital comics industry to provide compelling content marketing. Comments

Should You Still Care About Google Authorship?

googleauthorship-title Jul 23, 2014 - While Google has removed author photos from search results, they are still putting an emphasis on identifying the authoritative, credible, and popular identities on the Web and rewarding them with higher visibility. Comments

Airbnb's Controversial Logo Draws Attention to Company Rebrand

airbnb3 Jul 22, 2014 - The home-sharing site's new logo has earned it a heap of scorn across the Internet for its sexual undertones - but the added publicity could help boost its new rebranding strategy. Comments

Content Bubble: Does Anyone Know Whether Content Marketing Works?

shutterstock-153218306 Jul 22, 2014 - Brands are jumping into content marketing with hope, but without the proper metrics to gauge results. Can brand content lead to sales or conversions? Comments

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

move-the-needle 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

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