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Oct 29 2012

Position Your Outbound Marketing Programs To Take Flight

To position an outbound marketing program for maximum ROI, strategic planning and set-up is essential before the execution phase. Start with a clear definition of your client’s goals and budget. Identify audience segments and channels where they live. Conduct an audit for keywords, phrases, hashtags, competition and thought leaders by vertical. Initiate an ongoing listening system for content farming and social signals that uncover opportunistic engagement (or mitigation). Optimize or build social assets (channels, branding, SEO, PPC, etc.). Finally, consider a UX review and content audit of an existing landing page to optimize conversions. This is not...

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Oct 16 2012

Designing for the Macbook’s Retina Displays: Is Apple forcing our hand?

Apple is always pushing boundaries when it comes to the next best thing. With the retina display on the new iPad (iPad 3?), it seemed like they were really on to something. The text was crisp, the images were beautiful and the rendering of graphics was seamless. Never before had a mobile device looked so good. Enter the new line of Apple computers. On a mobile device, the retina display makes sense because of the smaller screen. But try looking at your pretty new website on a new Macbook with retina. It’s...

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Sep 14 2012

“Mobile First” in Site Design

While attending the Online Marketing Summit in San Diego, Mambo learned of a new-ish approach to website design. “Mobile First,” conceived by Luke Wroblewski, suggests UX designers and marketers create for mobile devices before the desktop experience. More often than not web creators begin with the desktop design and then, as an afterthought, re-cast the design for mobile devices. Here are three reasons to reverse this design process: #1: Mobile is the New Website It has taken a few years, but a recent report by IDC & Gartners shows PC sales eroding...

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Sep 04 2012

Building Trust in Your Mobile Relationship

Would you invite a stranger into your house, to join you for dinner, ride in your car, attend your work meetings?  Probably – hopefully – not.  Certainly  you wouldn’t invite them to sleep next to you, ever-present on your nightstand.  But, with smart phones and mobile devices going everywhere you go, this is the level of intimacy you build with customers through mobile marketing.  This is a relationship marketers need to respectfully cultivate in order to be successful.   Marketing tools and channels are evolving toward accessing and using more data, not...

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Aug 17 2012

Instagram 3.0: How to Use Photo Map for B2B

If you’re wondering how your brand would even use Instagram, you’re not alone. It’s not always clear how a visual channel can integrate into B2B outreach, especially if your products or services are less visual. When I upgraded my Instagram to v3.0 yesterday and took a photo, I noticed a new option that offered to Add to Photo Map. The Instagram Photo Map allows users to show photos by location in a Google Map. Since we can choose which photos we want to add to the Photo Map, it allows for...

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Aug 10 2012

What is VividWall? A Visual Aggregator

VividWall is a visual content social media aggregator. Billions of pieces of content are shared every day, and visual content is one of the fast growing segments within content marketing. Brands need easy-to-implement solutions to scan, monitor, moderate, curate and display visual content from the web in a manner that encourages engagement and sharing. VividWall makes this process seamless, intuitive and exciting. Platform-Agnostic Sharing Images are more shareable than text and often more effective at showing your story, as consumers are drowning in wordy content. User-generated content is one of the most...

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Jul 31 2012

Facebook’s Fast Track to Mobile Ads

Gone are the days of Facebook’s freewheeling approach to launching and implementing new features without a concrete strategy for monetization. The post-IPO landscape is dotted with investors demanding ROI, leaving Facebook in a perpetual struggle to find new avenues for revenue sources. Despite the controversy of Facebook ads efficacy, a recent ComScore study helped to alleviate skeptics and anxious investors' concerns. See our weekly roll-up for a collection of articles on the topic. Mobilize or Perish Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook missed the mobile bus, and is now scrambling to catch up. More...

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Jul 20 2012

Social Business as a Growth Strategy

It’s now common knowledge that to survive in business today means being social. A lot of the buzz on this topic feels like an urgent imperative for brand decision-makers (like it or not) when really, socializing business should be embraced as an exciting and viable strategy not just to survive, but to lean up for growth out of this economy. Start with a fresh perspective to bring agility and authenticity to your business goals, which means starting at the top. Social business is not a passive change. Executive sponsorship with a...

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Jun 29 2012

Social Media Monitoring and Big Brother

Any good brand manager knows that monitoring social media mentions of your product is a great way to maintain your reputation and keep any issues from getting out of hand.  The US federal government knows this too, and has been monitoring email and social media for years now. This is not a new approach to intelligence gathering, as monitoring “chatter” has long been a staple of national security work.  But thanks to a few concerned citizens, we now know what words to avoid using if we don’t want to catch the...

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Jun 02 2012

Considerations for Sustainability Messaging and Social Media

Social and environmental responsibility remains an important part of communication strategy for today’s organizations, and now thanks to social media, there are more tools than ever to engage your audiences and share your message.  While there are some specific risks involved, sustainability marketing and social media are a perfect match for each other in many ways: People tend to be passionate about sustainable business and want to interact w/ sustainable brands – no better way than Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and more. Any organization that communicates about its social and environmental efforts...

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