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Marketing / August 23, 2016 11 of the Best Olympic Marketing Campaigns, Ads, Commercials & Promotions This Year
11 of the Best Olympic Marketing Campaigns, Ads, Commercials & Promotions This Year

By Lindsay Kolowich

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially over. But for two weeks, billions of eyes from around the world watched athletes attempt to break records and bring home the gold. What a perfect opportunity for marketers, no?

Many brands jumped on the Olympics bandwagon, leveraging its popularity for their own campaigns. Some of these brands created particularly inspiring campaigns, both to viewers and marketers alike -- whether for the emotion they elicit, or for the reminder of exactly how ... Read More

Marketing / August 22, 2016 How to Revamp Your Advertising Strategy for Today's Customers [Live Google Hangout]
How to Revamp Your Advertising Strategy for Today's Customers [Live Google Hangout]

By Ellen Bartolino

Since 2006, inbound marketing has been helping businesses create more meaningful online experiences. In short: The inbound methodology focuses on pulling people toward your company and product rather than expecting them to come to you.

And in today's highly-digital and ad-blocked world, your advertising strategy should be no exception.

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Marketing / August 18, 2016 How to Write Better Headlines for Your Facebook Ads
How to Write Better Headlines for Your Facebook Ads

By Sophia Bernazzani

With 1.13 billion daily active users engaging on the platform, Facebook has become an obvious option for marketers looking to explore the benefits of targeted ad creation.

And while Facebook's targeting options make it easier for you to get your ads in front of the people you really care about, it's ultimately up to you to do the convincing. To do that, you'll need to pay close attention to the details.

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Marketing / August 15, 2016 How to Rock Your Back-to-School Sales & Marketing [Infographic]
How to Rock Your Back-to-School Sales & Marketing [Infographic]

By Susannah Morris

Back-to-school season is here, and it’s bigger than ever. In the U.S., 17.2% of the entire year’s retail sales happen during back-to-school shopping. That’s a cool $828 billion dollars annually.

But, there’s a big way that the back-to-school season differs from the holidays – discounts. 46% of shoppers said that price is one of their main deciding factors for purchasing, and almost 10% of shoppers said their purchases were 100% influenced by deals.

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Marketing / August 15, 2016 A Simple Guide to Building a Successful Loyalty Rewards Program [Infographic]
A Simple Guide to Building a Successful Loyalty Rewards Program [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Did you know that the top 20% of your current customers contribute 70% of your total sales? How about that keeping a customer costs 3–10X less than acquiring a new one?

There's a lot to love about customer loyalty programs, from higher retention rates to the likelihood they'll spread the word about your business with their friends. The key to a successful loyalty program is offering actual value to your customers.

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Marketing / August 12, 2016 The Guide to User-Generated Content: A Playbook for Ecommerce Marketers [Free Guide]
The Guide to User-Generated Content: A Playbook for Ecommerce Marketers [Free Guide]

By Susannah Morris

What if you could make your marketing more relevant, more remarkable, and more relatable to your potential customers? Well, user-generated content can help you do all that. By facilitating interactions between your current and future customers, you can increase the authenticity of your marketing. Amplifying your customers’ experiences, beyond helping you retain your current customers, can also help you acquire more customers, too.

With that in mind, we’ve partnered with Yotpo to bring you The Guide to User-Generated Content: A Playbook for Ecommerce Marketers.

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Marketing / August 8, 2016 NYC Sanitation, Scotch Tape & More: 10 Companies With Unexpectedly Good Twitter Content
NYC Sanitation, Scotch Tape & More: 10 Companies With Unexpectedly Good Twitter Content

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Back when I was in business school, just a wee lass interning for a consulting firm, one of my first assignments was to deliver a presentation on the value of social media. I had to prove why something like Twitter was actually of any use in this industry, and explain how we would leverage it to promote our company.

At the time, it was a bit of a tall order.

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Marketing / August 4, 2016 How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers
How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers

By Marissa Breton

On Tuesday, Instagram introduced Instagram Stories, a new feature with remarkable similarities to Snapchat.

Stories provides Instagram users with a place to share posts at a higher frequency. While Instagram photos are typically reserved for perfectly composed shots, Stories allows you to share the little moments that may not be as picture-perfect.

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Marketing / July 28, 2016 101 Marketing Ideas to Help You Generate More Business [Free Ebook]
101 Marketing Ideas to Help You Generate More Business [Free Ebook]

By Ellen Bartolino

Planning, organizing, and executing a full-blown marketing strategy is no easy feat. However, there are tons of creative ways to generate more business for your company without overhauling your entire marketing strategy.

By focusing on smaller aspects of your marketing at a time, making changes to your marketing strategy is much more realistic.

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Marketing / July 14, 2016 What Does the Future of Facebook Advertising Look Like? [New Data]
What Does the Future of Facebook Advertising Look Like? [New Data]

By Ellen Bartolino

While the content your business creates is important, delivering it to the right people is easily half the battle. Using Facebook’s paid tools to expand your reach might be a no-brainer, but leveraging them to their full potential is another question entirely.

Facebook's advertising platform allows marketers to effectively target a specific audience, which makes it far easier to deliver content to the people that actually want to see it -- resulting in higher engagement.

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Marketing / July 11, 2016 Email Delivery vs. Deliverability: What's the Difference?
Email Delivery vs. Deliverability: What's the Difference?

By Kayla Lewkowicz

We spend hours planning out every detail of each campaign, crafting the perfect copy and agonizing over fonts, colors, and spacing. We talk through our personas, target audiences, and messaging. We build emails from scratch or lovingly modify templates so that we’re putting our best foot forward with our email marketing campaigns.

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Marketing / July 7, 2016 23 Brilliant Twitter Cover Photo Examples From Real Brands
23 Brilliant Twitter Cover Photo Examples From Real Brands

By Lindsay Kolowich

What do you think to yourself when you see someone's Twitter avatar is the default image of an egg? Chances are, you probably assume they are either inactive, a fake account, or someone not worth following.

While almost all businesses understand that the egghead approach isn't doing them any justice, they often fail to understand that a plain, flat Twitter cover photo can be equally as off-putting to potential followers.

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Marketing / July 6, 2016 How to Optimize Your Emails for Mobile: 10 Tricks Every Marketer Should Know [Live Google Hangout]
How to Optimize Your Emails for Mobile: 10 Tricks Every Marketer Should Know [Live Google Hangout]

By Ellen Bartolino

As a marketer, you know how powerful email can be to generating leads and nurturing prospects through your funnel.

But have you ever wondered if you're really getting the most value out of the channel?

If you're not optimizing your emails for your mobile audience, you're missing out.

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Marketing / July 1, 2016 The 16 Best Facebook Pages You've Ever Seen
The 16 Best Facebook Pages You've Ever Seen

By Lindsay Kolowich

With more than 1.65 billion monthly active users, Facebook is a major player in the world of social networking. Businesses looking to market using Facebook have one major tool at their disposal: the Facebook Page.

Facebook Pages were specifically engineered for businesses. They provide a public home on Facebook for a business, and they allow businesses to publish content and receive comments and feedback from fans and customers.

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Marketing / June 28, 2016 The Complete Guide to Instagram Advertising [Ebook]
The Complete Guide to Instagram Advertising [Ebook]

By Ellen Bartolino

As of just last week, Instagram hit a major milestone: the platform doubled its monthly active users to 500 million in just two short years. What's more, over half of those monthly users -- 300 million, to be exact -- are active on the platform daily. That's a whole lot of action.

All that said, it should come as no surprise that Instagram has become a place of interest for businesses.

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Marketing / June 15, 2016 How is Mobile Commerce Growing Around the World? [Infographic]
How is Mobile Commerce Growing Around the World? [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

In the summer of 2015, we saw two major developments in mobile marketing: First, Google announced a major algorithm update that rewards mobile-friendly websites, and penalizes those that aren't fully optimized for mobile in mobile search results.

A few weeks later, we sawthe number of Google search queries on smartphones surpass the number of queries on desktop computers and tablets.

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Marketing / June 9, 2016 48 Instagram Stats That'll Help You Improve Your Posting Strategy
48 Instagram Stats That'll Help You Improve Your Posting Strategy

By Lindsay Kolowich

With over 400 million active users, brands are quickly recognizing the need to have a presence on Instagram.

But, as with any social network, the brands that are getting the most out of Instagram are the ones who are smart about what they post, when they post, how often they post, and whom they're targeting.

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Marketing / June 8, 2016 Modern Consumer Behavior in an Omni-Channel World [Infographic]
Modern Consumer Behavior in an Omni-Channel World [Infographic]

By Tracey Wallace

There have been plenty of predictions for the commerce industry in 2016. From drones and year round same-day delivery, to AI and wearable technology woven into our everyday fabrics. Google, Amazon and the like have all made strides in these arenas, but outside of those technology behemoths, 2016 has been a relatively slow shopping year from the point of view of retailers.

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Marketing / June 7, 2016 How to Know If Your Business is Ready For an Open Source Platform
How to Know If Your Business is Ready For an Open Source Platform

By Caroline Ruhland

In order to have a successful ecommerce site, online retailers have to choose the right platform. For many retailers, open source platforms are the way to go, offering undeniable freedom, flexibility and scalability. However, they're not the best choice for everyone, as they can be very technical, expensive and difficult to manage independently.

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Marketing / May 25, 2016 A Simple Guide to Mastering the Basics of Effective Social Media Advertising
A Simple Guide to Mastering the Basics of Effective Social Media Advertising

By Áine Devane

Have you ever had any formal or informal paid advertising training or education? If you have, you’re one of the lucky few.

Most marketers are presented with a chunk of their company’s marketing budget one day and told to “run some ads.” Don’t let the costs scare you, paid social advertising is incredibly measurable, and can produce real ROI. From managing your budget to choosing channels and measuring success, learn how to get started with paid advertising.

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Marketing / May 25, 2016 How to Design and Validate CRO Experiments [Free Template + Calculator]
How to Design and Validate CRO Experiments [Free Template + Calculator]

By Katherine Boyarsky

Creating new content on a regular basis isn't always easy -- especially when you're on a small team. That's why conversion rate optimization (CRO) is such a valuable practice for marketers to master. Because with the help of CRO, you can optimize the content and pages you already have to generate new leads.

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Marketing / May 24, 2016 10 of the Best Brands on Twitter (And Why They're So Successful)
10 of the Best Brands on Twitter (And Why They're So Successful)

By Lindsay Kolowich

When it was first created, Twitter was designed mostly for individuals. It was a place for people to share succinct versions of their thoughts and ideas with the world.

As it grew in popularity, brands jumped on board and began using the platform to communicate with consumers. Over the past decade, it's become a go-to platform for engaging with fans and increasing brand exposure.

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Marketing / May 19, 2016 7 Helpful Resources Every Email Marketer Should Bookmark
7 Helpful Resources Every Email Marketer Should Bookmark

By Erik Devaney

Email has seemingly been on the brink of extinction for about a decade now. Over the past few years alone, email has been called "dead," "not dead, evolving," and even "dead, again." But as you can likely tell by the steady stream of messages still flowing into your inbox every day, not to mention the ones you write and send yourself, email continues to keep on keeping on.

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Marketing / May 17, 2016 4 Attention-Grabbing Examples of User-Generated Content in Ecommerce
4 Attention-Grabbing Examples of User-Generated Content in Ecommerce

By Joanna Alter

User-generated content (UGC), like customer photos and reviews, increases engagement, encourages shoppers to convert into buyers and boosts word-of-mouth marketing. While there are many ways to display UGC throughout your site to create interest and provide shoppers with real information from real buyers, here are four of the most effective and attention-grabbing uses of UGC in ecommerce (and actionable tips on how to emulate their impact).

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Marketing / May 16, 2016 How to Retain More Customers: A Handy Guide to Creating a Positive Customer Experience [Ebook]
How to Retain More Customers: A Handy Guide to Creating a Positive Customer Experience [Ebook]

By Ellen Bartolino

We're willing to assume that customer growth is important to your business, but creating an effortless customer experience that inspires retention is kind of complicated. 

Most companies spend the majority of their money trying to bring in new customers, but did you know that increasing customer retention rates by 5% can help you increase profits by anywhere between 25% to 95%?

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Marketing / May 11, 2016 The Power of Visual Storytelling: 15 Stunning Examples to Inspire You
The Power of Visual Storytelling: 15 Stunning Examples to Inspire You

By Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré

Before the days of neon lights and marquee signs, business owners had to get creative when it came to advertising their establishments. In fact, wine bars in ancient Rome used to hang bunches of vine leaves outside their door as a nod to the God of Wine, Bacchus. And when weather conditions left them with a short supply of vine leaves, barkeeps turned to bushes -- inns called Bush, or Bull & Bush, still exist today.

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Marketing / May 10, 2016 The 5 Best Retention Marketing Tactics for Your Online Store
The 5 Best Retention Marketing Tactics for Your Online Store

By Alex McEachern

Retention marketing is focused on creating value from customers you already have, rather than solely focusing on acquiring new customers. Retention marketing is most powerful when you customize your strategy based on your own store's lifecycle. While not every tool will work for every business, here are the top retention tools available, and when you should use them. 

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Marketing / May 9, 2016 Ask the Experts: How to Increase Lead Conversion [Live Google Hangout]
Ask the Experts: How to Increase Lead Conversion [Live Google Hangout]

By Christine White

Whether you're new to marketing or decades into your career, conversion rate optimization is an ever-changing topic and necessary asset in your marketing playbook.

Looking to learn more about your audience? Want to manipulate your existing resources to improve their performance? How about growing your business by improving lead flow? Wouldn't that be nice?

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Marketing / May 5, 2016 The Pros and Cons of the Bonobos Ecommerce Model
The Pros and Cons of the Bonobos Ecommerce Model

By Morgan Jacobson

Bonobos is a wildly popular men’s online shopping boutique that is changing the way people shop. They recently hit $100 million in revenue, after nine years of business. The model is pretty simple: several variations on popular clothing items like pants, dress shirts, and casual shirts. No matter what you’re looking for, Bonobos probably has it.

Simply put, Bonobos has come to define ecommerce with a guide shop sales model that seems to work—but are they missing out on some key sales? Let’s examine the pros and cons of their guide shop sales model.

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Marketing / May 3, 2016 A Visual History of Internet Firsts [Infographic]
A Visual History of Internet Firsts [Infographic]

By Erik Devaney

Back in 1995, less than 1% of the world's population used the internet. During that same year, Newsweek published a now-infamous article (originally titled, "The Internet? Bah!"), which surmised that the internet would amount to little more than a fad.

Flash forward to today. Around 40% of the world's population is connected to the internet, representing over 3 billion people.

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Marketing / April 29, 2016 7 Great Examples of 'Welcome' Emails to Inspire Your Own Strategy
7 Great Examples of 'Welcome' Emails to Inspire Your Own Strategy

By Erik Devaney

We've all heard how important it is to make a good first impression. Show up late for a job interview? That's a bad first impression. Eat a ton of garlic and forget to brush your teeth right before a first date? Also a bad first impression. Go to meet your significant others' parents for the first time dressed in Crocs and sweatpants? That might also result in a bad first impression (depending on prevailing fashion sensibilities).

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Marketing / April 28, 2016 The Psychology of Ecommerce: Why Your Loyalty Program May Not Build Loyalty
The Psychology of Ecommerce: Why Your Loyalty Program May Not Build Loyalty

By Greg Wise

Loyalty rewards programs are a staple of retail and ecommerce brands, but what if they’re doing more harm than good? At their most basic, loyalty programs allow customers to accrue points or punch cards until free items or discounts are earned. But what if sometimes a simple “thank you” is all you need?

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Marketing / April 27, 2016 10 of the Best Brands on Snapchat Right Now (And Why They're So Great)
10 of the Best Brands on Snapchat Right Now (And Why They're So Great)

By Lindsay Kolowich

It used to be that Snapchat was seen as a platform geared mostly toward teens and pre-teens. But over the last several years, Snapchat has added features and made changes that have helped to move it into a much broader space.

No longer are they a niche photo-messaging service -- they've become an established media platform valued at over $16 billion and with over 100 million users.

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Marketing / April 19, 2016 The Top 3 Ways to Use User-Generated Content in Ecommerce
The Top 3 Ways to Use User-Generated Content in Ecommerce

By Joanna Alter

Social proof is essential to any marketing strategy. User-generated content (UGC) in the form of customer reviews and pictures addresses the ecommerce pain point of uncertainty that affects shoppers and store owners alike, while providing social proof. 

Shoppers sometimes hesitate to buy online because it can be difficult to gauge information about the fit and quality of items without seeing them in person. Conversely, ecommerce store owners are challenged to build trust with site visitors and communicate the sense and feeling of tangible products through the barrier of a digital screen.

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Marketing / April 12, 2016 How To Start Your Ecommerce Retention Strategy
How To Start Your Ecommerce Retention Strategy

By Alex McEachern

We've already covered what retention marketing is, and why today's elite ecommerce stores have already started on a retention-focused strategy. But where should you begin with your own retention strategy? Read on to learn what to do before you get started, how to allocate your marketing budget, and when you can expect to see results. Let’s get started!

Where Do You Start?

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