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Evans on Marketing’s Most Popular Posts for the First Half of 2015

3 Jul

Thank you for reading our evansonmarketing.com posts. :-)

Here are the most popular 12 posts thus far in 2015 (January 1-June 30). Take a look if you missed any of them:

  1. See How Well You Can Do on This Entertaining Marketing Quiz (Because this quiz is no longer available, here is another interesting one for you: 5 Things You Thought You Knew About Interactive Content)
  2. What Job Skills Will Be Most Important in 2020?
  3. Body Language Errors to Avoid During Interviews
  4. What Are the Toughest Languages to Translate?
  5. Looking to Generate Passion? Consider Using the Color Red
  6. Social Marketing Tips
  7. Do YOU Think Before You Tweet?
  8. Personalizing Marketing
  9. Ten Marketing-Oriented Business Trends to Consider: A Slideshow
  10. Does Rebranding Always Work?
  11. Video and Social Media Are Big in the Mobile Era
  12. Pay More Attention to Loyal Customers!

 

 

Marketing and Sales: Better Cooperation Needed

29 Jun

Even though, a company’s sales personnel are typically viewed as part of the marketing function, there are also differences of opinion and sometimes conflicts between marketing and sales. Instead, mutual respect and cooperation need to rule the day!

As Hadar Duek observes for HubSpot:

“In my job, I chat with marketers very often about what problems they’re facing. One of the most common issues I hear about is lead flow — a marketing department generates hundreds of leads per month, but many of them aren’t closing. Nobody knows where to turn. Sales points fingers at marketing. Marketing points fingers at sales. They both shrug, unsure of how to proceed. To get the partnership running effectively again, there are three things I recommend marketers start doing with their sales team.”

1) “Provide sales training on how inbound leads are different. Many sales reps are trained to aggressively go after leads who will close ASAP — and ignore the ones who won’t. When I was in sales, I did the same thing. If a prospect wasn’t ready to send in a purchase order in the next week, I was onto the next lead. With limited time and an endless universe of opportunities, I had to prioritize. This mentality needs to shift when your company is generating inbound leads. Just because someone became a lead by downloading an E-book doesn’t mean they are ready to buy something immediately. On the other hand, they may very well be a great fit for your company down the line.”

2) “Develop a feedback loop between marketing and sales. How often have you seen leads go sales, receive follow-up, and then fall into a black hole? In my work with HubSpot customers, I see it all the time. This is a huge missed opportunity. To prevent this lack of communication, set up a way for sales to pass leads back into the nurturing funnel based on what they learned in the initial qualifying conversation. They like pink? Put them into the all-pink text E-mail nurturing campaign. They like chocolate sandwiches? Put them into the E-mail nurturing campaigns with lots of chocolate sandwiches.”

3) Set up regular meetings between marketing and sales. Some marketers pass all leads directly to their sales team and others only pass over the ones that meet criteria they determine as ‘sales qualified.’ For the latter group, if sales is passing back a lot of leads, this indicates the criteria for transitioning a lead needs to be tweaked. Look at examples of leads that were passed back and what about their criteria missed the mark. Set up a meeting to review these examples.”

Click the image to read Duek’s full article.

 

 

Consumers Down on Data Mining

28 Jun

As we have reported many times (see, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4), privacy and identity theft are important issues for all of us. With that in mind, a critical question for data miners is: How do consumers feel about data-mining practices being deployed by companies and other organizations?

Consider these observations from Natasha Singer, writing for the New York Times:

“Should consumers be able to control how companies collect and use their personal data? At a dinner honoring privacy advocates this week in Washington, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, gave a speech in which he endorsed this simple idea. Yet his argument leveled a direct challenge to the premise behind much of the Internet industry — the proposition that people blithely cede their digital bread crumbs to companies in exchange for free or reduced-priced services subsidized by advertising. You might like these so-called free services,’ Mr. Cook said during the event held by EPIC, a nonprofit research center. “But we don’t think they’re worth having your email or your search history or now even your family photos data-mined and sold off for God knows what advertising purpose.”

Now a study from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania has come to a similar conclusion: Many Americans do not think the trade-off of their data for personalized services, giveaways or discounts is a fair deal either. The findings are likely to fuel the debate among tech executives and federal regulators over whether companies should give consumers more control over the information collected about them.”

 
Click the NY Times infographic to read more of Singer’s article.
 

 

And the Favorite All-Time YouTube Commercial Videos Are …

5 Jun

Last week, we posted about YouTube’s reader campaign to “help us pay homage to the greatest brand moments from the past decade” [the period of YouTube’s existence].

Here’s the list of the 20 nominees provided by YouTube.

Now, the winners are in. What do YOU think? Do you agree?

“The wait is over. The moment has arrived. We’re about to unveil your favorite ads from the last decade on YouTube. But first, we want to thank you. From ad makers to fans, you came out in droves to vote (and tweet) for your favorite ads and help us, in partnership with the Webby Awards, recognize 10 years of great branded videos on YouTube. So in celebration of YouTube’s 10th birthday, we’re pleased to share the results: Congratulations to Turkish Airlines and the teams at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Starcom for making your favorite YouTube ad of the past decade: Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout.

Here are the top five, in order. Note: “Combined, these five videos have been watched for over 7.7 million hours1. That’s over 875 years people chose to spend watching ads! Congrats to all of the winners and nominees and thanks again to all who voted.”
 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote in a YouTube Poll: Best Ads of the Past Decade

27 May

As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, YouTube is running a reader campaign to vote on the best ads appearing on YouTube over the past decade:

“It’s official: Advertising on YouTube has come of age. In 2014, four of the top ten most-watched videos on YouTube were ads. As we celebrate our tenth birthday, help us pay homage to the greatest brand moments from the past decade. Register here and vote for up to 3 of your favorites. #10YearsofYouTubeAds “

Hurry!! Voting ends very soon.
 

 

Are You Doing a Good Job of “Courting” Your Customers?

20 May

As we know, in today’s competitive environment, we cannot take our customers for granted. We need to continuously “court” them and have them feel appreciated.

Consider this observation from Oracle Marketing Cloud:

“From the need to meaningfully nurture to the demand to delight and impress at all stages, a lot goes into building the relationships with your customers. Sometimes marketers need a little help finding the inspiration to engage, because it’s not just about sealing the deal, but keeping your customers consistently content, just like your significant other! We’ve compiled key questions that you may likely be asking about your marketing efforts. Because in marketing, flowers and candy simply don’t cut it.”

Check out Oracle’s slideshow on this topic.
 

 

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