February, 2024

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5 Super Bowl LVIII takeaways for marketers

Martech

As the Kansas City Chiefs mounted a late-game charge to become repeat champions (three titles in five years!), Super Bowl LVIII proved to be a victory for fans, brands and the city of Las Vegas. Digital channels provided more options for audiences to engage with the Big Game, including an inventive stream on Nickelodeon called by SpongeBob SquarePants and friends.

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Mobile-first marketing strategies for modern consumers

SmartBrief - Marketing

We’re all aware of how much mobile devices are used for internet access today, but did you know that more than 50% of global internet traffic originated from mobile devices in the fourth quarter? It’s 58.67%, to be exact, Statista reports. This emphasizes the importance of adopting mobile-first marketing strategies. Such an approach enables companies to reach their audience where they’re most active.

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How to survive (and learn from) email marketing mistakes

Martech

Back in January, I was appointed CEO of our email agency. Within a week, I made a mistake that cost our company money. It’s not much, but it’s enough to make me not want to do it again. Unlike most email mistakes, this one happened behind the scenes. But even though my mistake didn’t end up in your inbox, it’s still a learning opportunity with takeaways that can help you spot potential errors long before they go out into the world.

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I Tried 10 AI Project Management Tools to See if They’re Worth It (Results & Recommendations)

Hubspot Marketing

AI project management tools simplify decision-making, keep projects rolling, and streamline communications. Pick the right project management tool, and you could save hundreds — even thousands — per year. I started in digital project management nine years ago, and AI project management tools were unheard of. The project management role was different than it is today.

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Scan to Success: How to Leverage QR Codes for Offline and Online Marketing Power

Speaker: Corey Daugherty, Head of Business Development at Flowcode

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty of Flowcode will dive into how innovative QR technology not only enhances traditional marketing strategies, but also drives meaningful customer engagement and analytics. Register today to gain practical knowledge on using QR codes to increase conversion rates, optimize customer journeys, and ultimately unlock a new realm of marketing potential!

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9 Actions You Can Take To Get Better Content Results Without Spending More

Content Marketing Institute

Just because you have no more budget or a smaller team doesn’t mean you can’t up your content and marketing game. Follow these nine tips to strengthen your marketing success without asking for another dollar or marketing person to help.

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Current trends in marketing and data have deep roots

Martech

Hard to believe, maybe, but we’re hurtling towards the four-year anniversary of COVID lockdown. The specific date will vary, of course, according to your location and what you count as the beginning of lockdown, but for me, in New York City, it all started around the time the museums, libraries, restaurants and bars closed. That was around mid-March 2020.

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5+ Real Ways AI Can Benefit Your Content and Marketing Today

Content Marketing Institute

Welcome AI onto your content and marketing teams. It can transform your data, SEO, idea generation, and research into bigger and better results for your strategy and audience.

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Article complaining about being outranked on Google being outranked by Reddit

Search Engine Land

How Google is killing independent sites like ours from HouseFresh talks about an ongoing complaint from smaller publishers and site owners about how they are constantly being outranked by larger publishers and site owners in Google Search. The irony here is that story is currently being outranked by Reddit – no joke. Google ranking Reddit above HouseFresh.

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How Luxury Brands Market and What You Can Learn

Hubspot Marketing

I don’t easily fall for ads or grab products because of marketing tricks. Okay, okay…unless it’s a suitable luxury brand marketing strategy like a catchy video. In that case, I transform from someone who ignores ads to someone who needs that head-turning perfume as soon as possible. Do I really need it? Not at all. Do I still put it in my shopping cart?

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A guide to an effective email newsletter: Strategic planning best practices (Part 1 of 3)

SmartBrief - Marketing

Since the first electronic mail (email) was sent in 1971, marketers have been looking for ways to optimize the channel to reach prospects and customers more effectively and efficiently. One of the most common – and effective – forms of regular email communication is in the form of a company newsletter. While hardly new or sexy, email newsletters are still a digital marketing stalwart and should be used to nurture relationships with your brand’s constituents.

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Sales & Marketing Alignment: How to Synergize for Success

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Exhaust, Author, International Keynote & TEDx Speaker

Recent research shows that only 50% of B2B organizations state that they have good alignment between their marketing and sales teams. This lack of alignment tremendously impacts the ability to meet business goals, and is a limiting factor for building and maintaining customer relationships. While many B2B organizations continue to struggle with aligning their marketing and sales teams, they can take practical steps to unify both teams and simplify their overall approach.

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Why B2B marketing needs brand building more than lead gen

Martech

B2B marketing has become overly focused on measurement and attribution, appearing and claiming to be more science than art. Everyone wants to believe it’s a science. Investors, boards and leadership expect marketing growth to be measurable, predictable and projectable. But the truth is that marketing is not a hard science. Experiments are not repeatable and playbooks are not fully transferable between companies.

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Five Highlights From My New Speech on AI

Businesses Grow

My speech on AI First, allow me to say humbly and honestly that I’m no expert in AI. But who is? I can say with authority, however, that I am a student of AI, and I’m good at distilling complex ideas like artificial intelligence into the essential issues that matter to a business. While I might be the last marketer on LinkedIn who hasn’t added “AI Expert” to his title, I can still connect the dots in an informed manner!

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The role of artificial intelligence in business in 2024

Sprout Social

In business, artificial intelligence (AI) is more than just a trend; it’s a crucial tool reshaping how we approach marketing and customer engagement. According to our research , nearly 9 out of 10 business leaders are gearing up to boost their investments in AI and machine learning (ML), especially in marketing. Why this surge? At the heart of this AI revolution is the ability to segment behaviors and target specific customer groups with precision.

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Google Search officially retires cache link

Search Engine Land

Google officially removed the cache link from the Google Search results snippets last week and Google confirmed that it will remove the cache functionality completely in the near future. Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison told us that Google has “decided to retire it” and removed it from the Google Search result pages and will soon remove the cache completely.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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4 Phishing Email Examples Even I Could Fall For (& How to Spot Them)

Hubspot Marketing

Last year, I received an email from my “bank” alerting me to suspicious activity on my account. The layout and logo matched other official communications I had received from the bank, and I was naturally alarmed. But a few things just didn’t add up. Instead of using my name, it addressed me as “Dear valued customer.” After that, I was supposed to verify my account details, which seemed contrary to bank security advice.

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Instagram Lead Generation Strategy

Social Media Examiner

Want more leads from Instagram? Wondering which Instagram content types to use at each stage of the buyer journey? In this article, we'll explore Instagram lead generation strategy. Why Should Marketers Use Instagram to Generate Leads? With over 2 billion monthly active users, Instagram presents a significant opportunity for businesses to connect with potential customers. […] The post Instagram Lead Generation Strategy appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

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B2B content marketing: Driving success through strategic content creation

Martech

B2B content marketing is an indispensable strategy for businesses looking to establish their brand, engage their target audience, and drive conversions. In this article, we will explore the fundamentals of B2B content marketing, delve into effective strategies for creating impactful content, and examine the role of generative AI in enhancing content creation.

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From Memes to Memories: Gen-Z’s Quest for Shared Experiences

Businesses Grow

Many universities use my books as assigned texts, and I do my best to pop in for a Zoom Q&A with students when time allows. Recently, one instructor asked me if there was anything they could do in return to help me. I said that I’d like to know, “other than environmental issues, what are students worried about?” The class gifted me with a set of essays, and the depth of the responses surprised me.

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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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How to Use DMs for Networking (+ Real-life Examples from 7 Writers)

Buffer Marketing

You’ve probably received dozens of spammy, impersonal direct messages (DMs) in your social media inboxes that you never bothered replying to. Think messages from people who misspell your name, are clearly looking to sell you something you don’t need, or are just copy-pasting text en masse.  It’s little wonder that DMs get a bad rap, and most tend to shy away from sending them.

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Google says it took down 45% more fake reviews in 2023 thanks to new algorithm

Search Engine Land

Google has a new review algorithm that the search company says it better anf faster at taking down fake reviews from local listings in Google Search and Google Maps. “In 2023, this new algorithm helped us take down 45% more fake reviews than the year before ,” Google announced. Google receives a lot of contributions to its Google Maps and local listings, this includes reviews, photos, updates to listings and more.

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What is Career Cushioning? Why You Might Want to Try It in 2024

Hubspot Marketing

As I started writing this article about career cushioning, I couldn’t help but wonder … am I a career cushion-er? I have a side hustle (shoutout to CKTL Candle Co. ). But it technically only “counts” if I’m using that side hustle as a sense of security in case I lose my day job as HubSpot’s Marketing Blog Editor. That’s what the concept of career cushioning is all about — and a lot of people are doing it in 2024.

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TikTok Promotion: Boost your visibility in 2024

Sprout Social

Are you consistently creating on TikTok without getting the views or engagement you’d like? Wish there was a shortcut to reaching your TikTok goals? TikTok Promote may be the answer. Like Instagram’s boosts and X’s (formerly Twitter) promoted post feature, TikTok created a tool that allows users to turn their organic content into a paid promotion quickly and simply.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Why integrations will be critical to AI in 2024

Martech

Almost every business today has access to similar AI tools, but outcomes are going to differ significantly based on how they apply the technology. Results depend not just on the AI you’re using, but how you integrate it into your existing tech stack, processes, and strategy. AI is incredibly good at gathering and analyzing huge volumes of customer data.

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Will Amazon Prime’s switch to an ad-supported model lose viewers?

illumin

Amazon Prime is switching to an ad-supported business model in 2023. As of February 2024, Prime will start airing commercials, leaving many television enthusiasts wondering if viewers continue to choose streaming services over traditional television options. Will audiences still choose streaming if they have to watch ads to do so? The answer? Yes. Even though the introduction of ads to streaming services like Amazon Prime may be fraught with unhappy users, they are still likely to pay for on-d

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Social Posting Strategy: Building Community and Connection

Social Media Examiner

Want to elevate your social media marketing? Looking for a strategy that forges connections and builds genuine community? In this article, we’ll explore social posting strategy. Why is Building Social Community and Connection so Important? In a world where social media has become synonymous with endless scrolling and mindless consumption of content, digital marketer, author, […] The post Social Posting Strategy: Building Community and Connection appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

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New Google structured data carousels (beta)

Search Engine Land

Google has added new search developer documentation for structured data carousels (beta). The new documentation can be found here and is under the “early adopters program.” This structured data is for a new carousel rich result that’s in beta, “which is a list-like rich result that people can scroll horizontally to see more entities from a given site (also known as a host carousel),” Google wrote.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Did You Get This? 14 Unprofessional Email Mistakes I’d Avoid at All Costs

Hubspot Marketing

Dear Sir/Madam: If your inbox is like mine, it’s full of emails that sound like either a nineteenth-century love letter or a text message from a teenager. To be fair, this isn’t anyone’s fault. As a society, we simply don’t teach email etiquette or retrain professionals as standards change. If you were fortunate enough to take a Business Writing class, you likely learned salutations (“Dear Sir/Madam,” “To Whom It May Concern,” “Cordially,” etc.) and how to format a cover letter and write a forma

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Why CapCut might be the Gen Alpha social media app

Businesses Grow

In the new Marketing Companion episode, Sara Wilson and I unpack several massive marketing trends propelled by Gen Z. One of the highlights of our discussion were the insights about CapCut. While Instagram and TikTok are visual mediums with editing, CapCut starts with cinematic editing as a means to the content. CapCut is owned by ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok.

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Why it’s time to rethink your feedback emails and how to do it right

Martech

Which of the three statements below comes closest to your view when it comes to email surveys and review requests: A. Love ‘em! They’re useful, and we use the return data in our email program, customer profiles and product development B. Hate ‘em! We don’t get much helpful info from them and readers generally ignore them. C. Meh … They don’t do much for our email program, but we send them anyway to stay in the inbox and every once in a while, we get interesting comments.

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How to Take Your LinkedIn Campaigns Beyond ABM

Customers.ai

If you’re in the B2B space, you know just how valuable LinkedIn advertising can be. It’s been ahead of the game when it comes to lead gen campaigns and its ability to target individuals and companies was leaps and bounds better than Google and Meta. For many, Linkedin became the defacto ABM platform. However… If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening in the digital ads space, you know privacy changes are really putting a damper on things.

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How to Leverage Behavioral Science Insights for Direct Mail Success

Speaker: Neal Boornazian, President and Nancy Harhut, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer - HBT Marketing

Direct mail has consistently remained a powerful tool in the marketer's arsenal, but in an age of digital dominance, its effectiveness hinges on the strategic integration of behavioral science. 💡 When you incorporate powerful behavioral science principles into your direct mail marketing strategies, you can prompt the hardwired decision-making shortcuts your audience relies on — and that automatically unlocks new avenues for engagement, conversion, and brand loyalty.