A Direct Mail Marketing Campaign Timeline Dissected

Posted by Wes Powell

Dec 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

a-direct-mail-marketing-campaign-timeline-dissectedChoosing the timeframe for your direct mail marketing campaign is half the battle. The timeframe should be discussed in the beginning stages of a promotion, and considerations should include the scope of the campaign, number of mailings, budget, and what kind of print production will be involved. 

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Topics: direct mail, Print Media, Marketing, ROI, Direct Mail Services, Direct Mail Timeline

“It’s Too Expensive!” – 4 Objections Bosses Have About Content Marketing And How To Change Their Minds

Posted by Spencer Powell

Jan 27, 2014 5:45:00 PM

Its-Too-Expensive-4-Objections-Your-Boss-Has-About-Content-Marketing-and-How-to-Change-Their-MindIt’s a new year, which means a new budget. So it’s time once again to renew your pleas to your boss, to let you have some money for a quality content marketing strategy. And once again, it’s time for your boss to ignore your requests and tell you that it’s too expensive. There simply isn’t the money for such nonsense!

But you can’t just let it go at that. You know that content marketing is the most effective way to promote your brand. You just need to be able to convince your boss of it. So here are 4 common objections that CEOs and other executives have to content marketing, and what you can say in response. 

  1. “It’s not worth the money!” Content marketing is new, which tends to mean more money spent. Your boss isn’t about to pour company resources into some hair-brained scheme. How do you even tell if it’s working, anyway? “So we’ve got a blog. Can you really measure its success in terms of sales?” Yes. Not only does content marketing produce better, more accurate statistics for measuring ROI than traditional forms of marketing, but content also produces better overall results, for considerably less money.
  2. “It’s just a fad!” Creating a brand new marketing strategy for your brand is a big commitment of time and resources. Every other week, some new approach is touted as the greatest marketing tactic since sliced bread. Your company isn’t going to overhaul its entire strategy to implement some technique that everyone will forget about soon afterwards. But content marketing isn’t just some passing fad. It’s here to stay. It’s been building up momentum for years, and is rapidly becoming a mainstream marketing method. So if your company doesn’t get onboard soon, it’ll be left behind by those who do.
  3. “This content is irrelevant to our brand!” So you start a blog. You give people advice about how to do certain things. You keep them informed about the latest news and events in your industry. It’s a nice thing to do for people, but what good is it to your company? Where’s the part where you say, “This is our company! This is our product! You should buy it!”? And how will people know to buy from you if you don’t say that? In fact, that sort of blatant, in-your-face advertising is exactly what people don’t want. It turns people off and drives them away from your brand. But content marketing targets the people who are already looking to buy your type of product. It engages them and steers them towards your company without hitting them over the head with branding. By providing them with the content they need, it creates a face the customer can trust, and will thus be more willing to buy from in the long run.
  4. “The marketing strategy we’ve got works just fine!” So content can help you make sales. But you’ve already got a traditional marketing strategy in place. It’s served you well for years. It brings in new customers perfectly well. Why change things? Because “perfectly well” isn’t really good enough. Your company is under constant pressure from its investors to improve sales. Content marketing can increase your company’s growth much more effectively than traditional marketing tactics.
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Topics: Content Marketing, blogs, Marketing Budget, traditional marketing, ROI

3 Pillars Of Content Marketing

Posted by Amanda Bray

Aug 22, 2013 5:15:00 AM

Three Pillars of Content Marketing“Content marketing” is a term that gets thrown around a lot in this business. Everyone says it’s essential to your brand promotion strategy. That it’s far more effective than traditional forms of marketing, with a much higher ROI. The arguments are convincing enough. So you figure you’ll get on board the content marketing train and see where it leads. Great! But… how do you do it? It’s one thing to say, “We’re going to create content now!” It’s quite another to implement an actual content marketing strategy. So here are the three essential pillars of a content marketing campaign, which will hold you up as you get started.

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Topics: Content Marketing, social media, blogs, Inbound Marketing 101, ROI, podcasts, SEO

Why Inbound Marketing Matters

Posted by Spencer Powell

Aug 21, 2013 4:30:00 PM

Why Inbound Marketing MattersWhat’s the big deal about inbound marketing? It’s a new tactic for brand promotion, sure. But it seems like there’s always some new promotional tactic being circulated. Is this one really worthwhile? Will it really help you increase your sales? Can’t you just stick to the tried and true methods of traditional marketing? Well, you could. But you’d be missing out on tremendous potential to increase your brand’s visibility and ultimately improve your sales. It’s more than just some flash in the pan marketing tactic. Here are three reasons why inbound marketing matters to your company.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, Outbound Marketing, Inbound Marketing 101, traditional marketing, billboards, magazine ads, TV spots, blog posts, ROI

Analytics – Measuring Your Content Marketing ROI

Posted by Spencer Powell

Jun 24, 2013 11:15:00 AM

Analytics Measuring Your Content Marketing ROIIs your content marketing campaign really paying off? You’ve invested a lot of time, money, and resources into it. What’s your return on investment? How much is the campaign increasing traffic to your website? How much of that traffic is turning into leads, and sales? And, most importantly, how do you tell?

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Topics: Content Marketing, Hubspot, Return on investment, ROI, Google Analytics

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