2 minute read
November 15, 2018 at 10:40 AM

How to Prepare Your Business for New Leads Generated from Your Marketing Campaign


Leads are the currency of successful marketing campaigns. However, simply collecting leads is not enough; you must also have a plan in place to convert those leads into customers. And not surprising, HubSpot recently reported that 69% of marketers say converting leads is their top priority.

You too can maximize your marketing efforts by preparing your business to manage and nurture the leads generated from your marketing campaigns. Here are a few ways to get started with your lead conversion strategy.

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3 minute read
November 13, 2018 at 10:25 AM

The Do's and Don'ts of YouTube Advertising


With 1.8 billion users watching videos on YouTube each month, the platform offers nearly unmatched video marketing opportunities. These loyal viewers collectively watch about one billion hours of videos each day, which has drawn 51% of marketers to the advertising platform.

And these marketers are seeing significant benefits from advertising on YouTube. According to Google Ads, 70% of bumper ads significantly increased brand awareness in 2016, with an average lift of 9%. In addition, 90% of these ads drove ad recall globally, with an average lift of over 30%. In short, YouTube advertising works, but you must keep the following best practices in mind in order to find success.

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2 minute read
November 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM

5 Benefits of Making an Annual Marketing Plan


No matter your industry or company size, a solid marketing plan can help you effectively meet your company revenue and growth goals. Not only should you have a marketing plan customized to support your company needs, you should also revisit it each year to ensure it still aligns with your key objectives.

With a clear, quantifiable and realistic annual marketing strategy, you can continually achieve great success with all your advertising and sales efforts. Explore the benefits of building an annual marketing plan to see how this process can help you reach your business goals.

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4 minute read
November 1, 2018 at 9:52 AM

10 Digital Campaign Performance Metrics to Help You Decide What’s Working and What’s Not


Collecting and analyzing raw data can reveal exactly how well your digital marketing efforts support your traffic and conversion goals. Therefore, to ensure you are on the right track with your digital campaigns, it is important to track and analyze key performance indicators, or KPIs. These metrics reveal how well your marketing tactics help drive traffic to your website, keep your target audience engaged and drive conversions. To get started, you will first need to prepare a smart digital measurement strategy that will help you keep track of your progress.

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2 minute read
October 30, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Tips and Trends to Help You Better Market to Women in Chicago

According to Bloomberg, it's estimated that up to 80% of all consumer purchases are driven by women, both from their buying power and their influence. What's more, women are also likely to become brand loyalists once they find a product that works for them (and pass that loyalty on to future generations). It begs the question: Who are you targeting in your marketing campaigns? If it's not women, we recommend developing a plan today, as their influence as consumers continues to rise. Here's a look at some tips and tactics to help you better develop marketing toward women in the Windy City.

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2 minute read
October 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Power of Traffic Sponsorships in the Chicago Market


Nearly 85% of US workers, or 150 million people nationwide, drive their personal vehicle to work and back each day. However, not all commutes are equal, especially when it comes to the potential for marketing success with traffic sponsorships.

Chicago has the third longest commute in the country at 58.5 minutes, making it a great market for traffic sponsorships. By signing up for traffic sponsorships, business owners can promote brand awareness with name-check mentions at the beginning and end of the bulletin. Below we explore the connection between heavy commutes and traffic sponsorship opportunities to help you determine if this option would be best for your business needs.

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3 minute read
October 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Turbo Charge Your Holiday Marketing with These Easy Social Media Tactics

Social media has quickly become a key player in the buyer’s journey. It is estimated that 77% of the population in the United States alone has a social media profile, which means it’s very likely that your customers are on at least one platform.

And when it comes to holiday marketing, social media can have a significant impact on your sales. In fact, according to a recent SproutSocial survey, more than half of all Millennials (58.9%), Gen Xers (50.4%) and Baby Boomers (55%) follow brands on social media before making a purchase. And the same survey revealed that, across generations, 62% of people are likely or somewhat likely to buy from a brand they follow on social media.

Social media works – when it’s done right. These 7 simple social media tactics will help you increase your marketing strength and boost sales during the holiday season.

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2 minute read
October 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Battle of Reach: Radio vs. Sports Sponsorships

Many companies use sports sponsorships as a marketing tool. In fact, marketers are expected to spend about $17 billion on sports sponsorships this year, according to Statista. But radio is also seeing a surge in advertising spend - projected to increase nearly 210% from 2010 to 2021. Both channels can be used to build brand awareness, increase sales and introduce products to a new market. But when it comes to the ability to successfully extend your brand’s reach, sports sponsorships can’t compare.

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3 minute read
October 11, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Email Marketing Subject Line Best Practices

Email marketing is one of the best ways to attract and engage your customers. However, more than 280 billion emails are received and sent each day, according to Statista, making it difficult for customers to read every email that appears in their inbox – including yours!

So what’s the best way to make your email stand out from the rest?

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3 minute read
October 9, 2018 at 9:15 AM

Fall Marketing Tips for Home Improvement Companies

As summer slips away and fall arrives, some home improvement companies may begin to see business lagging. It’s the start of the off-season, when customers turn their eyes to the holidays and wait for the spring season to make home renovations. Nonetheless, marketing for home improvement companies doesn’t need to come to a halt. Fall still offers plenty of opportunities for companies to reach out to potential customers and begin filling their project pipeline.

That’s why we’ve put together the following fall marketing tips — they’ll help you maintain momentum throughout the fall season and stay top-of-mind when the season breaks.

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