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PLEASE Be a Smart Customer: 2014 Holiday Shopping Tips

22 Nov

Evans on Marketing:

DON’T be deluded by Black Friday. Be smarter than that. Sales have already started! There are 21 tips here.

Originally posted on Evans on Marketing:

Every year, I offer a list of holiday shopping tips intended to help shoppers avoid overspending their budgets. Since the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, I’m moving up my tips post. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season actually started in October.

So, here are my 2014 shopping tips as a checklist [Click the list to see a larger version.]:

2014 Shopping Tips

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The Value of Customer Referrals

21 Nov

We know that positive customer word of mouth (in person or electronically) can have a dramatic impact on firm performance.

Here is a nice infographic by Forewards, a specialist in customer referrals for small firms:

“If your business is like most other retailers, online or bricks-and-mortar, you probably rely on the holiday rush to play a huge part of your success every year. This year, in particular, the National Retail Federation (NRF) is forecasting that in the United States retail sales as a whole will be well over $600B this holiday season. That’s a pretty huge opportunity. No doubt, a good portion of those sales will happen online as well. This begs the question. Is your online store ready for the holiday rush? We’ve provided a number of actionable tips and techniques in this blog which we hope was helpful. if you haven’t yet acted on some of these suggestions the time is now.”

 
The Science of Customer Referrals - Holiday Edition
 

Ad Imagery Is Sometimes “Borrowed”

19 Nov

A lot of popular advertisements are based on themes or elements that are appropriated from other work, such as movies, TV shows, etc. Sometimes, this appropriation is done really well; other times, it is not.

According to Allison McCartney, writing for Visual.ly:

“Appropriation, or the act of re-using and re-purposing pre-existing imagery, has long been an effective communication tool. Artists have appropriated imagery for decades to comment on pop culture, but advertisers and marketers also use appropriated imagery to make a connection with audiences. However, when not done correctly, ‘appropriation’ can merely become a ripoff of someone else’s work. It’s important to know where to draw the line.”

“Appropriated imagery can be a cultural touchstone when the images are popular enough to be known by a broad swath of the audience. Images become a language when enough people recognize them and understand their meaning. They can be a sort of shorthand that conveys messages, creates tone, sparks memories, and creates connections between ideas. The 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, for example, was a fantastic example of appropriation. By using Star Wars imagery and sound to tell a story throughout the commercial, the creators of this ad maximized the benefits of appropriation.”

Read more from McCartney to see several bad examples of appropriation.

 

 

How to Devise a Social Media Tactical Plan

18 Nov

Devising a tactical social media plan can be challenging. However, there are many free resources available to help in this endeavor. One such free resource is from Marketo.

Marketo is a leader in digital marketing software and solutions, and expert in social media planning. It just published its multi-platform “2014 Sample Social Media Tactical Plan” tips.

Click the image to get a number of suggestions regarding blogs, social media networks, online videos, photo sharing, and more.
 
Sample Social Marketing Plan
 

Mastering Your Online Professional Brand

16 Nov

As we have written several times (see, for example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), developing, managing, and marketing  one’s self brand could be THE most important factor in career success.

And now, one’s self brand must clearly and persuasively be communicated online. Consider these observations from HubSpot:

“In today’s world, it is imperative to have a strong brand online. Why? Employers use the Internet to learn about potential new employees. Businesspeople use the Internet to do research on potential new partners. Marketers use the Internet to connect with thought leaders and promote content. The list goes on and on. If your brand online is not up to par, you might be losing out on opportunities you didn’t even know existed!”

 

Click the image to access a 50-page guide from HubSpot.
 

Professional Brand

 

For Marketers: Big Data Marches Ahead

14 Nov

In what areas are big data having the biggest impact?

Check out research reported by eMarketer by clicking the chart.
 

 

Be a Smart Customer: 2014 Holiday Shopping Tips

12 Nov

Every year, I offer a list of holiday shopping tips intended to help shoppers avoid overspending their budgets. Since the holiday season starts earlier and earlier each year, I’m moving up my tips post. According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season actually started in October.

So, here are my 2014 shopping tips as a checklist [Click the list to see a larger version.]:
 
 2014 Shopping Tips
 

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