A Look into How Digital is attracting more Holiday Shoppers

A look into how digital is attracting holiday shoppers like never beforeShoppers are hitting up e-commerce sites and social media for Christmas gift ideas in big numbers. The days of window shopping in retail are hardly over but the growing presence of digital is unmistakable.

 As consumer behaviour has changed and technology has made it possible to buy products from all over the world, more shoppers are seeking out unique gifts and storefronts on Facebook and Instagram. Subsequently, through app development and advertising technology application, retailers can now advertise entire catalogues of product via social media ads. Everywhere, retailers are putting their focus on social networks for the holidays. Here’s why you should as well.

 It’s Easy Shopping

 A consumer can sit down comfortably in their bed or on the couch and browse an entire catalogue with no pressure to buy. There’s nothing that can really top that. That said, brick-and-mortar stores can provide a more authentic shopping experience and many brands have noticed that. More today than before, online shopping ads for e-commerce websites are simulating a real shopping experience by allowing consumers browse merchandise and come across different ads like they would appear in store. By incorporating direct call-to-action for shoppers, the impulse to buy is still there and arguably stronger than it may be in certain stores.

 By setting up digital storefronts, it plays on consumer interest, can spur brand engagement into purchasing, and provides instant gratification to a shopper without them ever having to leave the seat.

4 Things any Growth Marketer can learn from Tinder

4 things any growth marketer can learn from TinderTinder is the #1 dating app in North America right now, generating impressive growth since it was first launched in 2012. As of 2017 data, there are more than 1.6 billion swipes every day on Tinder. There’s a lot to be learnt for how Tinder has come to dominate this space.

 Building a strong product

 Growth hacking sites that are successful are usually successful because, among other reasons, they offer an excellent product. In Tinder’s case, the goal during app development was to help users seek out romantic pleasures while avoiding rejection and pain that is typically associated with in-person romantic requests. Remember, consumer behaviour is always driven by emotions. Approach anxiety is a very real phenomenon and it prevents some people from approaching someone they find attractive to see if that person feels the same way. Tinder eliminates the risk and provides only reward.

 Instant Gratification-based user experience

 Traditional dating sites have long required a person to fill out catalogues of information and enter in paragraphs of a profile in order to find potential partners. Tinder does not do the same. Tinder requires nothing more than a few pictures and makes participation easy.

 If Tinder was difficult to sign up for or use, even if you were really excited about the app before, you’re less likely to use it after. Also, it’s image-friendly and specifically tailored to mobile devices. This, again, creates an easy, fun, optimized environment for any new or existing user to jump into.

4 key Reminders when Growing your Business, Marketing, and Sales Strategies

4 things to keep in mind when developing your business, marketing, and sales starategiesMany entrepreneurs jump into growing a business under mistaken notions of how sales and marketing are used. To any experienced entrepreneur, they know that what they map out in theory rarely comes true in practice. The realities of growing a business are that it is extremely difficult, and dependent upon many identifiable and unidentifiable variables. To get the most out of marketing and advertising your business, this is how.

 Be Smart about your Investment

 Time, effort, and money. These things we invest in our businesses. When you catch on to marketing that works for your brand, don’t abandon it. The adage, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” applies here.

 There are many entrepreneurs who catch on to an advertising strategy that works only to end up bored with it and then, they turn away seeking new strategies. Wrong approach! When you find success in advertising, ride it until you have the sales you are satisfied with. Then take some of those revenues, and re-invest and diversify. The key to marketing is in finding a medium that is constantly turning out income for your business. Those revenues are what will allow your business success.

How to Deliver Bad News in a Business Environment

How to Deliver Bad News in a Business EnvironmentBad news isn’t easy to deliver. It’s even harder to hear. Advising a client that you will miss a deadline, needing to reprimand a subordinate, and/or providing feedback in a team-based business environment are some examples.

 Luckily, there are research-supported ways to deliver bad news that make it a little easier to do so. Here is some insight into how to deliver bad news in a business environment and different things to keep in mind.

 Bad news is a threat to survival

 Human beings have what is known as a ‘negative bias’. That is, we pay more attention to bad outcomes because in our brains, we see negative news as threatening. This is why some people are not as reasonable as others when hearing bad news. Therefore, any which way you tell them the bad news, it must be done in a way to minimize the blow.

 Be positive

 When people hear bad news presented with a more positive intonation of voice, they do not react in a defensive manner compared to when being given the same info in a negative manner. For example, instead of ‘criticizing’, try for ‘identifying areas of improvement’. Provide negative news in a way that is not meant as a personal attack on the person hearing it.

4 Marketing Strategies E-commerce Businesses should use to Thrive this Holiday Season

4 Marketing Strategies E-commerce Businesses should use to Thrive this Holiday SeasonPaid search marketing strategies in e-commerce and retail have helped to drive sales in the holiday season. By following data culled together from the last year and a half, key paid search marketing strategies can be mapped out to help provide some direction on where to invest time and effort.

 Black Friday continues to gain momentum in paid search

 Though Cyber Monday is the big day for online deals, Black Friday is not just a juggernaut reserved for in-store. As a matter of fact, Black Friday paid search sales currently have more momentum in growth than Cyber Monday. The gap between paid search sales continues to narrow between the two dates. In 2015, Cyber Monday’s paid search sales were 102 percent higher than that of Black Friday. In 2016, that number reduced to Cyber Monday being 69 percent higher. Marketers who invest in Black Friday-based paid search can still see decent rewards and, in some spaces, would be recommended to do so.

 Google Shopping continues to grow every year

 E-commerce sites are well recommended to use Google Shopping as Product Listing Ad (PLA) sales throughout the holiday season have continued to spike every year since 2014. To help support this growth, Google has initiated a number of changes – doubling the size of PLAs on mobile devices in 2015; allowing Yahoo to show Google PLAs on their domain in early 2016; and a roll-out of PLAs on Google image search in the spring of 2016. In the third quarter of 2017, PLA spending is up 37 percent over last year’s numbers. Marketers are well advised to ensure products and services offered on e-commerce are optimized for this medium.

Use these Holiday Marketing Strategies to Increase Revenues into the New Year

These holiday marketing strategies will increase your revenues well into the new yearThe holiday season from early November through to the end of December comes with promises of Christmas decorations, tree lighting ceremonies, and a battle for supremacy among retailers and the world’s biggest brands.

 For your business, holiday marketing strategies are the chance to connect with your customers in a fun way. Reward loyalty with exclusive promotional offers, warm up leads in the marketplace, or launch a powerful branding campaign in your local region. These are all techniques used by small to large companies to heighten their revenues and increase their profits.

 Every business should have some form of a holiday marketing plan in place. Ideally, this is something you want to plan out in the early fall for a Black Friday launch or post-Black Friday launch. Remember, it’s going to take repetition. Whichever strategy you choose and whatever promotional offers you are putting out there, it’s important to market often via emails, direct mailers, or graphic design work published via online platforms. Reach customers often and with strong, consistent messaging. For example, limited time offers does work to drive customers to buy now rather than to wait for tomorrow when they may be susceptible to marketing from a competing brand. Among the most widely used holiday marketing strategy are ‘limited time offers’.

 Most companies are going to be competing against far bigger brands for attention. In your marketing, you need to be specific about what makes you unique. Demonstrate what sets you apart from corporate competitors. It might be quality, experience, service, pricing, or something else. Know what it is and publicize it. Targeting high-traffic areas is also not a bad place to put up posters or flyers, or to reserve advertising space. Though this approach sees varied results, for some companies, it may be an option.

Video-First Publishers are using these 3 Ways to Drive Views

What video-first companies are doing to increase viewsMillions of digital video producers are struggling for space in the overcrowded marketplace. How to have your business succeed in the video realm involves learning different techniques to attract more eyes and keep them coming back for more. There are some brands who generate billions of views every week. Then, there are others who generate little to none. Decide where you want yourself to be amongst this activity.

 The Less Ads on your Videos, the Better

 Consumers are willing to tolerate limited ads but they won’t be impressed if you layer your video with multiple, meaningless advertisements. When most consumers are coming to your video on mobile platforms, that means limited screen space. Limit ads. The last thing you want to do is have your video come across as an excuse to share spam. Create high value content with limited ads and you’re almost guaranteed to generate more plays. Think about it. Nobody is going to want to go back to any site with a spam-y layout. Approaching video content should be done similarly.

 Turn Long-form Video into short, shareable Clips

 Take late night television as an example. YouTube is dominated by short clips from Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and others. They take long-from content and break it down into shorter, easily watchable clips. This approach has worked on all video platforms, including Facebook Video as well. Even for long-form interviews and similar content that would normally be shared in 10+ minute format, it can be much more effective to break that down into clips of 5 minutes or less.

To Succeed this Holiday Season, Retailers need to Make a Change

Retailers need to make this specific change to succeed this holiday seasonThe lead-up to the holidays and the New Year is the biggest time of year for retailers. The game is on and to win, retailers need to score big. Consumer shopping habits have changed rather significantly in the past decade however. More are flooding to online products and e-commerce to shop. To better understand where there’s opportunity to market and succeed in the 2017-2018 holiday season, here are three ways in which retailers are going to need to make a change.

 Traditions in Holiday Shopping Patterns are out the Window

 Holiday shopping in 2017 is not the same as holiday shopping in 2007 so don’t assume it will be. Many shoppers choose to research and begin purchasing even before Black Friday. As early as October, some companies are already seeing notable rises in purchasing likely related to the holidays. Consumer electronics is one area where this has happened these last few years.

 That said, categories like toys and games are still holding strong according to traditional holiday shopping standards. As toys and games’ purchasing spikes are set closer to the final weekend prior to Christmas, other categories are seeing their inventory unload long before. Depending on what category a retailer is in, they may need to change when and how they plan out their holiday marketing strategy.

5 Tech Giants that Continue to Dominate the World We Live In

The 5 tech giants that continue to dominate the worldThe five largest American tech companies are Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Each of these giants have growing economic, social, and political power not only in the United States, but all over the world.

 Between them, they control the world’s most important tech, including smartphones, app development and app stores, and social media networks. The influence these five tech giants have is arguably stronger than that of any government. This is nowhere near more evident than in the testimonies of executives from Google and Facebook, admitting in front of Congress how the algorithms embedded in their technology and the platforms themselves may have been used to influence the 2016 election.

 There are some who describe the power that these companies have as dangerous. Admittedly, these five corporations have grown to be so big that they’ve literally altered so many aspects of the world we live in. The difficulty in this growing power is that there may not be any real way to stop it from happening or even mitigating the consequences.

 Tech can change Society in Unexpected and Messy Ways

 Though tech developments have led to some of the most wonderful interventions in history, it does have a dark side. Having 5 massive tech conglomerates, it does provide some good in at least knowing that this is not necessarily a one-company-rules-all situation. That said, modern communication is really dominated by these five brands. Thus far, they’ve been able to be held accountable and seem to communicate genuine interest in ensuring their power is used for positive purposes. That said, the negatives that have come with these five companies are difficult to ignore for some segments of the population that are prone.

7 Ways to Increase your Email and Social Media Impact during the Holidays

7 effective ways to boost your email and social media impact this holiday seasonThis holiday season, get to know the things you need to do to get your customers ready to shop. Creating a schedule, having measurable goals, and building a personal connection to consumers are all key.

 Identify a Schedule to Implement and Measure Holiday Marketing Strategies

 Creating the right holiday marketing schedule should be about building momentum. Map out weeks and months with specific goals for each. The goals you target may be different from others companies’ depending on your category of business and your customer base, so remember to customize it according to what you hope to achieve in the weeks to come.

 Be More than a Sales Pitch

 The holidays should be a time to have fun but instead, consumers are left worrying what to buy. Don’t be sales-y. Develop content that is less aggressive during these months and provide consumers with something they can use, such as an informative blog, tips on throwing the perfect Christmas party, or even some sort of discount code for loyal customers. Just be helpful.

 Supply your Audience with what They Want

 Monitor social media fans and followers to see what content they care about this holiday season. Remember, customers are being bombarded every day with hundreds of marketing messages during the holiday season. To be successful in your email and social media holiday marketing, you need to know what consumers are most interested in receiving from your business.

7 Digital Marketing Trends that Don’t Work Anymore

These 7 digital marketing trends just don't work anymoreDigital marketing trends are adapting and changing faster than they ever have in the past. Cheap, organic-only strategies are on their way out in favor of paid digital marketing with a mix of high and low rewards.

 To celebrate the New Year, we are counting down the top 7 trends in digital marketing that just don’t work anymore. Though these strategies don’t need to be abandoned outright, you will need to evolve how they are used to adapt in the new marketplace.

 Long-Form E-books

 Text-heavy e-books are out. No one has time to read them. Mobile internet use has surpassed desktop usage and it’s time to adapt accordingly. The days of long e-books in PDF format are over. Invest that same effort into interactive landing pages, video, and online animation instead.

 Drip Campaigns

 The days of impersonal email marketing sent out to large contact lists are done. Don’t expect high engagement rates with these anymore. The best solution is to begin with personalized emails using personalized content based in a contact’s demographics, recent engagement level, and consumer behaviour.

How to Use your Competition to Maximize your Marketing

How your competition can help maximize your marketing strategyFor when you don’t know where to start with your digital marketing goals, studying your competition’s approach is not a bad start. In fact, competitor research is almost a necessity in marketing.

 Recognize your Online Competition

 In all likelihood, you will be competing against more companies in the online marketplace than offline. By knowing your competition online, you can analyze their websites for the short-tail and long-tail keywords they are best ranked for. There are advantages and disadvantages to competing websites who may be ranking on the keywords you want. The truth is though that in order to gain your own share of marketing space on a search engine like Google, you need to know another site off for their position. That means you need to know what’s making them successful and finding a way to improve on that.

 Define where your Competition is winning Engagement

 By knowing where your competition are seeing their highest engagement, you can define where their success is coming from. Know where your competition is engaged on in social media, see the opportunities that they are not capitalizing on, and ultimately don’t necessarily assume that there’s any low-hanging fruit. This is merely to see where your competitor’s strategies are winning – not necessarily to provide you with an automated reply to their marketing campaigns by going into spaces you don’t need to be.

3 Facts about YouTube's Terms of Service that Every Creator should be Aware Of

3 Facts about YouTube's Terms of Service that Every Creator should be Aware OfBy publishing videos on YouTube, you agree to the site’s Terms of Service. By not respecting that Terms of Service, you run the risk of having your account banned and see real consequences on your business.

 These three facts about YouTube’s Terms of Service are worth noting for any creator. Every publisher should be aware of these three things. They will save time and money, and will ensure you remain in compliance with all the relevant laws and legislation associated with online video publication.

 There’s no Charging to Watch Content

 Don’t charge people to watch your video content on YouTube, as agreed on by your commitment to the site’s Terms of Service. There are specific commercial uses not allowed on YouTube, including selling access to content without the written approval of YouTube. For example, creating an instructional video and putting it on a private channel on YouTube, you are not legally allowed to charge people to watch it. If this is what you want to do, you need to host the video on a different platform. Or, upload it to YouTube and then embed that video on another paid-for platform. This is perfectly allowed, as long as the users are not viewing said video directly on YouTube.

8 Ways to Build Small Business Growth using Video Marketing

8 ways you can grow your small business through video marketingVideo marketing maximizes the opportunity for any small business to grow their brand. Approximately one third of all online activity is watching video. That means a captive audience you should be learning how to tap into. Here are eight ways to do just that.

 Define in your Video what Makes you Unique

 Define your area of expertise and find your niche. Any marketing plan, video or otherwise, is dependent upon you figuring this out for your company. For customers to choose you, they need to know what makes you different when they line you up against your competition.

 Choose your Target Market and give them something to Talk About

 Many videos are played while people are on the move. In fact, more than half of all video content is consumed on mobile devices. That means a consumer looking for instant gratification and with no patience for anything more. Know who your targeting and how to capture their attention in ten seconds or less.

 Use Calls-to-Action and answer Questions

 Even if it’s adding a few short words at the end of a video, always have a CTA somewhere. Aim to answer questions through a video to give value and credibility to you as a subject matter expert (SME).

Developing a Remote Workforce Comes with its Own Advantages

The advantage of employing remote workersThere’s something to gain for both employers and employees in remote work assignments. Remote work has been on the increase in the past decade and that trend is not expected to change any time soon.

 Every company should be looking at ways to build remote employees and there are numerous reasons why. Though it may not be feasible for some jobs, for the companies that are based in over-the-phone customer service and/or similar tasks, this is something worth considering.

 To successfully recruit new generations of employees, it may turn out to be one of the only ways some companies may be able to survive.

 Ready to be Deployed in the Event of an Emergency

 When hurricanes struck the southern United States earlier this year, some companied relied on remote workers to keep their businesses running. Commuting became nearly impossible and suddenly the value of being able to access work from home came clear.

 Though this may not be an option for all companies evidently, some industries have the luxury of allowing employees to work comfortably from home. This is something that can prove to be a necessity in times of emergency or extreme weather.

Why adding Guests to Instagram Live Video Feeds is Major Social Media News

You can now add guests to your Instagram Live video feed!Instagram has now made it possible to add guests to live video streams. This is huge news for many who have sought different ways to enhance live video feeds. Live video broadcasting apps and sites have been experimenting with this feature in the past however this is Instagram’s first foray into using it. It is hoped that through the use of adding guests into live video that it can tap into the more than 800 million Instagram users who don’t regularly use live video streaming.

 This update on Instagram’s live video streaming capability builds on a limited test that started in August 2017. Instagram’s live video and messaging application just launched a little under a year ago, and since then, the platform has been looking at ways to encourage more users to engage with it.

 How adding guests to Instagram live video streaming works is simple. Anyone live streaming can add anyone watching by clicking on the “add” button in the corner of the screen. When a person is added, that person joins you in a separate window located below yours on screen. For the time being, you can only add one person to your live stream at a time. Therefore, in order to add a second person, you need to remove the first.

 Note how on Instagram when friends are using live video and the guest feature, they appear as circles stacked together in the ‘stories’ status bar. Any live video can be discarded after they are done or they can be saved as ‘stories’. After a live video is saved as an Instagram story, it can then be shared on Facebook as well and potentially other platforms in the future. As of now, there are no integrations built-in to collaborate Instagram’s live video with WhatsApp.

Google’s Mobile-First Index Rollout has Begun, no Timeline for Completion Set

Google's mobile-first index rollout has begun but no completion timeline has been set yetLong-awaited, Google’s mobile-first index has begun to roll out slowly. Though we don’t have a timeline yet on when implementation will be fully completed, an announcement is expected in the near future.

 It is not known how many sites have switched to a mobile-first indexing process however it is suspected that it is more than ‘just a few’. In an effort to guard against any issues, Google has committed to rolling out the mobile-first index slowly, testing it every step of the way to ensure it is long-term feasible. Many did not expect the rollout to begin until 2018 however it is expected that positive test results has meant Google getting a jump-start on implementation.

 Google has set up ‘classifiers’ to determine whether a given site is ready for a switch-over to a mobile-first index. These classifiers are designed to compare desktop and mobile versions of a site, analyzing content, links, schema, and multimedia among other factors. When there is a 100 percent matchup, it’s likely that site will be taken over to a mobile-first index. If a site reaches an 80 percent matchup, a webmaster may expect communications from Google encouraging changes that need to be made to bring a site closer to 100 percent.

Facebook Launches ‘Sets’, seeking to Lure Pinterest Users

Facebook Launches Sets, seeking to Lure Pinterest UsersPinterest’s boards are based in sharing niche interests through a collection of item. Facebook may have just found a way to one up them on that point. A Facebook feature known as ‘Sets’ is in the testing phase, letting a user select status updates, photos, and videos, and share them as a themed collection among friends. Already having been deployed among select users, Sets adapts Pinterest-esque thinking into the Facebook model of communication.

 This is not the first time that Facebook has directly attempted to compete with Pinterest. Previously, it launched ‘Collection ads’ that let users save items to a wish list section of their profile. Facebook also has allowed niche interests in the Newsfeed to be followed and for status updates to be applied to photo albums. Though these moves are similar to what happens on Pinterest, Facebook Sets is a near duplication. Sets simply builds from personal content rather than content that has been shared web-wide, for example amassing Sets that lean on wedding planning, vacation memories, fashion, or family.

 How Facebook Sets appear to work is that for select users, they should see the option to create a Set based on a theme of their choosing. Sets is made visible to friends on your profile and your newsfeed.

 The belief is that Sets could re-invigorate the traditional Facebook newsfeed which has been dominated by newsfeed posts sometimes not relevant to a person’s interest. For example, a post about a niche interest might not get a fair bit of attention if none of your friends share the same passion. Sets allow for more targeted sharing, allowing likes to accumulate easier and arguably, giving a post the chance to be seen by more people. Potentially, Facebook could monetize Sets for businesses interested in employing this tool in their social media marketing plan.

10 Tips you Need to Know for Delivering Goods during the Holiday Season

As an ecommerce business, you NEED to make sure your goods are delivered on time during the holiday season.  as an Ecommerce Business

Delivering product in the holiday domestically and internationally is not easy. Consumer expectations are for on-time delivery and for some, the massive surge in orders can be difficult to manage. As e-commerce sales continue to rise, the pressure is on. There’s no need to sweat it though. Take a breath, sit down, and read through this quick list that might help identify where to focus in the weeks ahead. Here are ten tips on how to deliver goods during the holiday season.

 Shorter Forms are Best

 Lengthy forms is one of the primary reasons a consumer abandons an online purchase. Keep it simple for your consumers. Retain the base essentials and see a better chance at closing that final purchase at check-out.

 Label Form Fields Appropriately

 Label placement does impact shopper behaviour. Ensure that all fields are labeled appropriately, keeping the check-out process easy for the consumer.

 Address Verification-Type Ahead is Best

 More than 84% of consumers favour type-ahead address verification over others. This makes it quick and easy to enter details, and can actually improve the accuracy of addresses which thereby helps improve delivery efficiency.

5 Ideas to Help Get you Started with your Video Marketing Campaign

5 ideas to kick-off your video marketing campaignLow cost ways to build your video marketing campaign is a reasonable place to start for anyone. For entrepreneurs and small business owners with big ideas but limited budgets, there are opportunities in the marketplace to take advantage of. Don’t count yourself out. If you have the creativity, the intelligence, and the willpower, you can accomplish a lot. Below there are five ideas to help get you started with your video marketing campaign.

 Build Screencast Presentations optimized to Share

 Screencast videos of slideshow presentations are a simple, inexpensive way to dip your foot into video marketing. There are many pieces of software one can buy to help them build slideshows, including some free applications. Write a script for your video, use PowerPoint to create the visuals, and then open up your presentation and narrate it into your video production program. If you don’t have the budget to invest in a proper 1080p HD video camera just yet, start here.

 Accumulate a Short Collection of Video Testimonials

 Highly popular among some businesses, video testimonials are a way to build trust in the online marketplace. Because of the way they attach a face to a testimonial, they are far more valuable than any text review. Even using just a couple video testimonials can help improve conversions. Additionally, the great thing about video testimonials is that the video quality does not necessarily need to be perfect. If anything, a well-produced video comes off as rehearsed. That’s the last thing you want in this case. Consider offering discounts in exchange for customers who are willing to film a video testimonial for your business website.

10 Ways you are Wasting your Time

These 10 things are huge time-wasters. Which are you guilty of?We all spend our time in different ways. I would bet that none of us can say that we maximize the opportunity out of every minute of every day. There’s always ways to spend time better. Take a look through this list of 10 ways you are wasting your time and think about what your priorities are.

 Watching TV

 TV is a huge time-waster. That’s no secret. Though it’s ok in moderation, the average person watches over five hours of TV every day. Just because it’s there, it does not mean you need to watch it. Find something better to do with your time.

 Analyzing things that you Do Not Need to Analyze

 Researching can actually get a bad name. The knowledge at your fingertips available in seconds is tempting. Don’t overthink it. Don’t spend your time planning when you could be doing.

 Scrolling Social Media Feeds

 Not only can social media waste your time but it can be a huge downer. Why not focus on your own business’ social media efforts instead?

 Being “Busy”

 There’s nothing wrong with high productivity. The key is balance though. Cramming in as much work as you can in a day is not what life is about. When things are “busy”, you are probably investing in too much effort and with not enough ROI.

10 Things you Need to Know to Find the Best SEO Writer

10 things you need to know before hiring an SEO writerIt’s not cheap to hire a decent SEO writer. Invest in getting to know how to find the best SEO writer for you. Whether it is general content for search engine optimization, copywriting, or another form of marketing content, you want to make sure that you’re not sabotaging yourself before you even get going.

 Find someone who knows their Grammar, Structure, and Spelling

 One of the biggest issues in SEO writing is that businesses want to pay the lowest price possible for content. The result of a low price point is low quality of writing. Poor writing is not worth the money you pay for it, no matter how you slice it.

 Build a Team between an SEO Writer and SEO Expert

 Build an SEO team that knows how to effectively communicate with one another. Ensure all stakeholders are working together to achieve content goals.

 Always ensure you are Writing for your Audience First

 As important as it is to write for search engines, writing for people first will win you more views in the long run. Google purposefully does not like content written purely for search engine optimization purposes so be sure you are putting the time in to write to your audience instead of stuffing in as many keywords as you can.

A Close Look at how Fintech impacts Ecommerce

A close look at how Fintech impacts ecommerceThe growing use of technology has challenged traditional financial practices throughout the past two decades. ‘Fintech’ is a term used to refer to ways technology is used in the financial industry and within its services.

 Traditional financial firms use these technologies to handle accounting as well as other types of services. Fintech applications have forever altered financial institutions and services and are now threatening the institutions that took them on.

 As fintech has become more popularized, it has gone beyond banking and has touched real estate, insurance, and healthcare. Examples of fintech include crowdfunding, ewallets, and payments via mobile. Bitcoin would also be a perfect example of fintech.

While traditional financial establishments focus on larger corporations, fintech businesses are targeting smaller companies and startups. They provide credit as well as less conventional non-financing options for these companies. This is how these businesses get funded in a system where traditional lending practices are ignoring them.

Questions you Need to Ask your Advertising Data Provider

Questions you need to ask you advertising data providerCustomer data is valued high, as it should be. For this reason, marketers should be skeptical of the data being provided by their partners. A recent research study revealed that as many as 75 percent of brand marketers and agency buyers do not trust the data provided and wonder if the strategies are touching upon the right consumers. Also, as many as 65 percent didn’t really get where their data came from. This makes it all the more important to question your advertising data provider. Begin with these questions.

 Where are you getting your data

 Any advertising data professional will try to make you believe their data is more relevant than others. Find out where their data come from, prior to buying. Challenge your data providers with this question to see if their first party data is obtained internally and if this is the case, how.

 Data reach

 Most agree that first party data is better than third party data. If the data does not represent a sizeable number of users though, it may be worthless. Just because they claim a high number of data storage terabytes does not mean they got this data from a large audience.

7 Ways to Optimize your Video Marketing Campaign

7 ways video marketing will boost your businessVideo marketing campaigns today operate in a highly competitive marketplace. Just by going into video marketing, you already have an advantage over those who are not yet there. Don’t rest on this though.

 Invest in getting to know these 7 ways in which you can optimize your video marketing campaign.

 No longer do you need to invest thousands of dollars into these huge, expensive productions that yield only temporary returns. These sites, software, and tech are all at your feet, and all you need to get going is a camera and lighting.

 Promo by Slidely

 Promo by Slidely gets you in on social media video marketing easy with unlimited access to millions of HD, professionally shot video clips. Promo has an exclusive partnership to Getty’s archives, meaning it’s as simple as searching by text, music, logo, or keyword.


 ClickFunnels is based around the sales funnels through which customers traverse towards that final sale. No matter how you want to build out these funnels, they can be personalized to increase the amount of email subscribers you have, can boost your sales figures, or can be used to track a video marketing campaign.

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