Friday Five Roundup: Marketing for Startups to The Importance of Your Company Logo


4 Ways Startups Can Get into Digital Marketing

If you’re a startup it’s possible to devote money to your marketing efforts without breaking the bank. Here’s how you can take advantage of the tools available today Read the article on >


5 Daily Essentials for Building a Successful Online Business

Learn about the essential traits and habits you need for your online business to succeed. Read the article on >

How To Improve Your Adwords Campaign

Whether or not your website is getting a high level of traffic through Organic SEO, Google AdWords is a quick way to further increase brand awareness, target new locations and expand your marketing reach. Setting up an effective ad campaign can be tricky and can cost you a lot if done improperly. let’s go over the basics and learn how to define your goals, build landing pages, select good keywords and more.
1. Define your goals/budget.

Get in the habit of producing SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-bound. Your campaign success should be defined in specific, measurable terms. Avoid vague goals like "increasing brand recognition", and instead focus on something concrete like "increase sales by 10% with $2,000 budget during a specific timeframe".  Don’t shy away from using keywords that aren’t searched as often as more popular keywords. More often than not if you are using a super specific keyword that also specifies a location (e.g. teeth whitening in aurora) the search frequency may be lower, but the conversion rate will be higher since those are typing in a specific keyword are farther along the sales funnel [ related blog post: Most Valuable Keywords ]

Don't get too caught up on getting quick results as keywords have varying levels of popularity and search frequency, which affects the time it takes for actionable data to accumulate. For example, with niche keywords (see Tip 3) you will want to set a longer goal time-frame.

You can gain insights on keyword projections by using the Keyword Planner Tool, which provides historical statistics, ad group ideas and more.

One of the most important steps in setting up a campaign is defining your budget. If you're new to AdWords, you may want to try running a series of brief campaigns with different budgets to find which works best for you. Make sure you spend enough that you have a significant population to draw your conclusions from and run the campaigns long enough to eliminate variables like day of the week, weather, etc.

Friday Five Roundup: Regulating Digital Health Marketing To the Role of Emotions in Viral Images



The Role of Emotions in Shareable Content: An Analysis of 100 Viral Reddit Images

These days, we are constantly swamped with digital noise that we somehow manage to by pass. Based on an analysis of viral images by team at Fractl, there are still some posts – a combination of arousal and dominance – that evoke some sort of emotion and hence go viral.
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28 of the Best Marketing Campaigns and Experiments of 2016 (and the People Behind Them)

Get inspiration for your next marketing campaign, from Google Analytic heatmaps to lit Hamburger Helper mixtapes.
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How To Turn Your Company Into A Killer Brand Name

By: Mahnoor Awan

What’s a brand?

A brand is not only related to the product or service you’re selling, neither is it your website, nor the name or the logo of your company. A brand is so much more than that. It’s (almost) intangible – it’s the feeling or experience generated when people hear your company’s name.

Why is it important to create a brand?

Creating a brand instills a confidence in users that your company is recognized and reliable. Especially if your company is online based, it is important because you can no longer do that on a one-to-one level, as you’re not personally there to convince your customers.

In 2016 so far, the online markets’ user penetration in e-commerce has been 38.5% alone, and is expected to rise to 49.72% by 2020. Considering how the world services are moving online, consumers prefer going for brands they know of, as they feel comfortable giving them their personal information like, email address and credit card information. Based on a study by Nielsen, 60% of global consumers with Internet access prefer to buy new products from a familiar company.

Now that we know why having a brand is so important, the real question is:


Whether you’re an already established company or a startup, here are a few, easy, and cost-efficient ways to brand your company.


The first, and probably the most important thing is to define your brand. Here a few questions to get you started:
  • Why are you in business?
  • What does your brand offer?
  • How does your company relate to the needs/wants of customers?
  • What are your company’s goals and objectives?
  • What kind of ideas or visions it supports?
Answering these questions will help you narrow down the messaging you want to relay to your customers. It will help you differentiate your company from your competitors, to define the characteristics of your brand and, give it a personality that is relatable to customers. It will help you create the image/story of your brand that you want to portray – an image or narrative that goes beyond the functionality of a product/service and evokes emotions instead.

Friday Five Roundup: Pokemon GO Helps Retailers Increase Revenue To Reimagining a Better Linkedin



Pokemon GO could be the next big marketing tool for retailers

Pokemon GO is happening whether or not you know what a Pokemon is. Learn about how retailers have used it to "lure" customers in and how Pokemon GO has the potential of disrupting the geolocation social platform field.
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Mr. Robot Drops First Hour of Season 2 Premiere via Social Media

Mr. Robot excites devoted viewers by using social media to bolster fan support with a special preview of the season 2 premiere on various channels.
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5 Tips on How to Create a Great e-Newsletter

By: Mahnoor Awan

You’re sitting in a boardroom meeting and your boss tells you to come up with another marketing channel to promote your brand. An email newsletter! That’s what you all agree upon, in order to stay in close contact with your customers, to offer contests and promotions, and of course, to serve as a reminder of your brand. Without a doubt, an e-Newsletter does have many benefits:
  • Cost-efficient to share and distribute
  • A less costly way to promote events and special offers
  • Easy to distribute educational content
  • Helps to maintain relationships with your customers
  • Provides results that can be tracked straightaway
It all sounds easy and simple. But, creating an email newsletter is a great marketing tool ONLY if done right.

For optimal results, here are 5 basic things you should be doing before you send out your e-Newsletter.

1. Create content your customers want

So, we all know you’re creating a newsletter to promote your brand and all that you have to offer. But if all you do is talk about your brand, not many people will want to open your newsletter on a regular basis. And chances are, your unsubscribers will start growing quickly.

Your newsletters should be more about what your customers would like to read, rather than what you’re trying to sell.

In this case, the 80-20 rule comes in handy. Your content should be 80% educational and 20% promotional. Put your reader first. Create customer-focused content that will interest your readers. You could include topics like:
  • Problems in your industry and their solutions
  • Tips and quick facts
  • Technology developments within your industry
  • Industry trends
  • Upcoming events
  • Advice from industry experts
2. Insert multimedia

Remember that old, over-used saying, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’? Well, there’s a reason it’s still used today. Images, videos, or any kind of visuals are a great way to grab your reader’s attention, if, they’re interesting and eye-catching. However, even multimedia has to be done right. Make sure the images and videos you use are web friendly and have alt text in case they can’t be displayed. Videos can’t be embedded directly in eBlasts, but you can put in a link to your video from a still frame, embedded as an image. Just don’t make your entire newsletter an image as many spam filters will flag it, and your email will most likely not pass through to your customers’ inbox.

Friday Five Roundup: Snapchat Introduces Memories to The Rise of Ad Blocking



Snapchat's newest feature is a complete departure form its original premise

With the release of its new feature Memories, Snapchat is beginning to resemble it's social media predecessors, allowing users to store and post saved data at a later date, breaking free from it's ephemeral nature.
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The Next Web

Could Facebook become video-only 5 years from now?

As Facebook begins to devote more of it's energies towards getting users to use live video streaming, what will happen now to good old fashion written content?
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How To Increase Survey Response Rates Through Incentives

So you are planning to conduct a survey, the one you need to gain valuable market data and insight into your customers. You’ve structured it so it’s easy to complete, crafted the subject line to increase the email’s open rate, tested your copy out to anyone who would read it…but you are still unsure if anyone will respond.

Consumers are solicited every day to participate in surveys so how do you ensure that you set yourself apart from your competitors? Try adding an incentive.

What kind of incentive should you give?

Research has shown that cash is your best option, however cash is difficult to distribute. Coupons and gift cards are an easier alternative.

Evidently, your incentive is going to be determined and limited by your budget but you should also keep your survey demographic in mind when thinking about what kind of incentive to use in order to appeal to the largest amount of respondents possible. Universities often offer gift cards for their textbook stores because that appeals to students on a budget. However, try not to be too specific, which might not appeal to a wide enough audience (e.g. a coupon for garden hoses isn't going to appeal to everyone. Unless you happen to be surveying gardeners!)