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B2B Firms and Online Content Marketing

31 Jul

Clearpoint Agency, an award-winning public relations firm, has studied the online practices of business-to-firms.

In the following infographic, Clearpoint “describes why marketers create content, how they use content, and where they post content. The best business-to-business content marketing practices and most popular tactics are outlined in this fun and informative infographic!”
 

 

How Brands Can Do Better on Pinterest

22 Jul

Pinterest “is a place to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked by people like you.”

With more than 75 million active users and a largely female audience, Pinterest is attracting more attention from advertisers. Hence, the question: What is the best way for marketers to utilize Pinterest?

Lisa Hoover McGreevy — a professional writer specializing in corporate messaging, a data journalist in the Visually Marketplace, and a regular contributor to the Visually blog, highlights 5 ways that can enhance the business use of Pinterest:

  1. Create unusual pinboards“Don’t limit yourself to the standard buzzwords for your industry when coming up with new pinboards. A bakery naturally needs pinboards for cupcakes, wedding cakes, and other baked goods. But more unusual topics, like the world’s oldest pastry recipes, campground baking, or ways to dress up products your customers purchase help you stand out from the crowd.”
  2. Develop visuals in languages other than English – “Recreate your most popular visual content in Spanish, German, or another predominant foreign language to embrace non-US or UK-based customers. Inspiring quotes, brief tutorials, and advertising taglines all make great pins that let your international customers know you care. Before pinning anything, run it past a native speaker of the language to make sure the wording is accurate. Online translation technology is still too buggy to be trusted with something as important as your branding.
  3. Ask people to show you things – “People love to talk about themselves, so ask customers to pin images of something related to your industry. A fitness club may ask followers to post pictures of favorite workout gear, while an office supply company might invite followers to share photos of their work spaces.”
  4. Tell a story – “Use a dedicated storyboard to unfold a tale over several days or weeks. Send your mascot on a journey around the major landmarks of your town or share a series of pins that demonstrate how a customer used your product to solve a problem.”
  5. Tell your story – “Is your whole office is helping build a Habitat for Humanity home? Are your developers engaged in a weekend hackathon ahead of your next software version release? Take and pin pictures along the way so customers can follow your progress and get a peek behind the curtain. Pinterest is a perfect format for telling captivating stories that keep followers coming back to see how those stories turns out.”

Click the image for some examples.
 

 

Global Advertising Is Booming

20 Jul

As part of its research on worldwide advertising trends, eMarketer examined the per-capita ad spending for several countries around the globe.

From this research, a few conclusions may be drawn: (1) From 2012 to 2018, advertising is expected to rise sharply in many of the countries eMarketer examined. (2) The United States and 7 other countries will see per-capita ad spending exceed annually by 2018. (3) Even though ad spending will rise substantially in the world’s two most populous countries — China and India, per-capita ad spending through 2018 will remain low compared with other nations. (4) Most of the increases will be driven by a shift to digital media.

Click the chart to learn more.
 

 

Media Trends in U.S. Advertising

11 Jul

The shift to digital media for U.S. advertising expenditures is expected to continue well into the future. By 2018, ad spending on digital media will exceed that for television. Mobile ad spending is projected to rise from 2.6 percent of all U.S. media dollars in 2012 to 26.4 percent in 2018.

As eMarketer reports:

“Strong, steady growth in mobile advertising will push digital ads to represent nearly 30% of all U.S. ad spending this year. Advertisers will invest more than $50 billion in digital channels in 2014 for the first time, an increase of 17.7% over 2013. Just over one-third of that will come from mobile, but by 2018, mobile will account for more than 70% of digital ad spending.”

Click the chart to read more.
 

 

How Should You Respond to Negative Social Media Comments?

30 Jun

One of the main social media challenges for all companies is how to respond to negative comments. It is imperative that negative comments be tracked and understood.

In general, there are three options for dealing with negative social media comments: (1) ignore the comments; (2) point out why the comments are wrong; and (3) constructively reply to the comments. Although many firms choose option (1) or (2), it is more appropriate to choose option (3).

As High Powered SEO puts it:

“You have spent hours preparing an amazing post or share something worth a meaningful discussion. Then, you notice that a couple of people are saying the complete opposite from what you have shared. This is normally fine except they express their opinions in a way that may rub you the wrong way. How do you handle this type of situation? Do you lash out in order to get your point across, not respond at all, delete the comment, or just flat-out ignore it?”

“There are plenty of ways you can handle this type of situation, but if you don’t handle it the right way you could be doing much more harm than good. It is best to handle this situation tactfully.”

Check out the infographic of tips from High Powered SEO.
 
RESPOND TO NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG POSTS  INFOGRAPHIC
 

The Growing Importance of Generation Z

26 Jun

Our marketing dictionary keeps growing — in this case, we’re talking about consumer typologies. Among them are the Greatest Generation (born 1925-1945), Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Baby Busters (born 1965-1975), MTV Generation (1975-1985), Generation X (encompassing Baby Busters and MTV Generation), Generation Y — also known as Millennials (1985-1995), and Generation Z (born 1995-2007).

Now, that the oldest Generation Zers are adults, it is time to pay more attention to this emerging market segment.

One firm that has studied Generation Z in depth is sparks & honey, which has been selected by Advertising Age  as one of the Top Ten Agencies to Watch for 2014.

According to sparks & honey:

“Marketers have been focused on Gen Y (a.k.a. Millennials) for more than a decade. In fact, Millennials are the most researched generation in history! But Gen Z is different from the Millennial generation. In many ways, Gen Zers are the opposites or extreme versions of Millennials and marketers need to adjust to them. We are just beginning to understand Gen Z and its impact on the future.”

Check out the sparks & honey slideshow on Generation Z. Be ready for the future! It is here now.
 

 

Evans on Marketing’s 20 Most Popular Posts

23 Jun

Since this blog began in 2012, several of the 900 posts have been especially popular among readers. For those who have missed any of the 20 most popular posts, here they are:

  1. Best Business Decisions Ever?
  2. Online Shopping Behavior by Gender and Age
  3. Do You Regularly Check Yourself Out at Google?
  4. A Job Skills Infographic
  5. Is It OK to Leave a Job Off Your Resume?
  6. The Volkswagen Jetta Promotes Safety
  7. Apple and Planned Obsolescence: Is This Good Or Bad?
  8. New Balance Athletic Shoes: Made in the USA — But for How Long?
  9. Great Privacy Tip: How to Go Incognito on Google Chrome
  10. The Value of Infographics
  11. Are You Trying NOT to Get A Job?
  12. Ten Tips to Help You Get a Job Interview
  13. Is Marketing a Good Career Choice?
  14. Where Consumers Will Pay More for Products from Socially-Conscious Companies
  15. 15 Traits of Superior Employees
  16. The Top Social Media Sites in China: An Infographic
  17. Do YOU Provide Too Much Online Information About Yourself?
  18. Is Banning Facebook at Work a Good Or Bad Idea?
  19. Questions NOT to Ask During a Job Interview
  20. Is Sharing One’s Salary Data with Co-Workers OK?

 

Global Personality Maps

20 Jun

JWT Intelligence has just introduced a new Web site called Personality Atlas.  For marketers, this is an interesting and entertaining visual look at the world:

“The Personality Atlas report is based on findings from a 27-market study of 6,075 adults aged 18-plus that used SONAR, JWT’s proprietary online research tool. The study covered Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States. Our respondents provided their perceptions of each country surveyed, including their own — we looked at overall perceptions, as well as perceptions related to people, culture, government and brands/products.”

Click the map for three views of personality: (1) How the world views other countries. (2) How countries view themselves. (3) See where you fit. Hover over the country to read the description. Enjoy!
 

 

Is the World Cup Coming of Age for U.S. Viewers?

13 Jun

For decades, soccer has been a leading participation sport in the United States. But TV viewership has lagged behind.

With the 2014 World Cup being in time-zone-friendly Brazil — and ESPN having wall-to-wall coverage of matches, 2014 may be the year for TV viewing to take off in the United States.

As Nielsen notes:

“Long considered an up-and-coming sport to both watch and play, the popularity of soccer has been growing steadily since the rise of the soccer mom. In fact, advertisers and programmers looking for a unique opportunity to connect with fans outside well-established American sports, such as football or basketball, take note: the World Cup could be that space. After all, the sport’s fans are dedicated to the teams they root for, avid spenders, and quite social when it comes to digital dialogue. Soccer’s fans are also a pretty diverse lot, which isn’t surprising considering it’s the preeminent sport throughout much of the world.”

Click the chart to read more.
 

 

Interested in Shopping with Instagram? Here’s How

6 Jun

As described at its Web site:

Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. We’re building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends’ lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photo.”

“Currently, you can share your photos on a photo-by-photo basis on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, if you specify a location with your photo, you can opt to have us check you in on Foursquare. Going forward, we plan on supporting additional services but have nothing else to announce at this time.”

Now comes a new app to make it easy shop with Instagram. Through LiketoKnow:It, if you “like” an Instagram with an LTK link in the caption, you will be sent an E-mail that directs you to a point of sale for the item in the Instagram. There are just three simple steps:

  1. Sign up for LiketoKnow:It.
  2. Like an Instagram photo with a www.liketk.it link.
  3. Receive ready-to-shop product links in your inbox.

 
Take a look at the LiketoKnow:It overview video.

 

 

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