How To Grow A Small Business In A Crowded Market Segment

Many small businesses are faced with the same challenge – how to differentiate their service or product offering and increase their customer base. Most small businesses are created by the vision of the founder and lots of hard work. As the business achieves early growth, the founder may bring in family members or others to help run the business. Through hard work, the business achieves success and builds a stable customer base. Now the founder has become a manager, with most of his or her attention focused on running the business. However, after a while the business plateaus and growth becomes harder to achieve and sustain.

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Social Media Reset

As we became more comfortable with sharing our digital exploits, the thought never crossed our mind that these social media platforms were not looking out for our best interest.

As we became more comfortable with sharing our digital exploits, the thought never crossed our mind that these social media platforms were not looking out for our best interest.

When did I sign up to be sold?

Well, it’s finally happened – social media networks are being forced to come clean about how and where they make their vast fortunes.  To most of us, these networks started as benign play things where we could post pictures and inflate our digital persona to make us look cooler than we actually were. Continue reading

Is Google Ad Words Search and Display Internet Advertising Right For You?

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Executed correctly, an Ad Words and Display advertising campaign will complement your organic search results.

We’ve grown accustomed to believing that the search and social media platforms on the internet are a free service. The truth, however, resides in the fact that paid advertising on those mammoth digital platforms keeps all those bits and bytes flowing in and out of your smart phone, tablet, and desktop computer. Continue reading

Digital Ad Targeting – What Do Marketers Know About You?

More than you suspect – first, second, and third party data

The adoption of programmatic advertising has given rise to digital ad targeting that uses captured data for ad placement across ad exchanges and networks.

This captured data is referred to as first, second, and third party data. Depending on which side of the buy/sell equation you stand on — advertiser or publisher — these terms have different meanings. What is important to keep in mind is just about all programmatic advertising is data driven marketing, with the intent of making more efficient targeted ad buying. Continue reading

Ad Technology: Programmatic Advertising

Welcome to the high-speed trading desk for automated digital advertising placement

Marketers spent more then $3.37 billion on programmatic advertising last year. eMarketer is estimating the programmatic advertising will top $9 billion by 2017. Research studies by the Association of National Advertisers and Forrester indicated that only 23% of marketers said they used and understood programmatic advertising and that 26% indicated they understood the concept but needed to learn more about how to apply it to campaigns. Continue reading

Marketing Automation Platforms (MAPs)

The promise of Marketing Automation Platforms is to integrate and automate marketing functions

Marketing Automation Platforms (MAPs) are receiving lots of attention in the B-to-B marketing sphere. Most of these platforms are targeted toward companies with large database records that execute the majority of their marketing efforts online. For originations that fit the aforementioned criteria, MAPs promise greater marketing efficiency, integration with sales CRM software, reduced external resource expenditures, and ROI tracking for each marketing event. Continue reading

The Precarious State of Advertising & Marketing

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Creativity and experience matter more than ever.

Daily we are subjected to a constant barrage of marketing messages. From text messages for discounts from our favorite yogurt establishment, to emails from strangers, to online advertising featuring talking Geckos backed by Berkshire Hathaway’s unlimited media budget. It seems that there are neither limits nor boundaries that marketers will not exceed to try to get our attention. Continue reading

Aviation Marketing: Learning to Love HTML Code

Learning HTML code is more about attitude than aptitude.

Learning HTML code is more about attitude than aptitude.

Learning HTML code is about attitude, not aptitude.

Digital ad spending in North America is projected to top $51 billion in 2014. This figure does not take into account the additional spending for digital inbound marketing for websites, emails, landing pages, and newsletters. Now, almost every marketing channel relies on HTML code (Hyper Text Markup Language) to deliver the marketing message.

Why then do so many marketing practitioners shy away from learning the language of HTML code? Continue reading