Business Marketing Advice

  • 10 Ways to Amplify Your Brand Reach with Live Streaming

    With the entrance of Facebook into the live streaming space with Facebook Live, live streaming has suddenly become mainstream. Despite the fact that live streaming has been available for years from tools like Periscope, UStream, and Livestream, many brands weren’t taking advantage of the power of live streaming – even if they’d already fully adopted the use of video. Now that’s beginning to change. Businesses of all shapes and sizes are seeing the power of live streaming: more views, higher engagement, and most of all, higher quality engagement. Whether you’ve been live streaming for years or you’re a total newbie to the game, there are lots of ways you can amplify your brand reach using this excellent tool. 1. Just do it. With all due respect to Nike, in this case we’re not talking about running a marathon or any other feat of athleticism. Similar to adding video to your marketing strategy, the great thing about live streaming is that you’ll increase your brand reach simply by doing it – as long as you take into account certain considerations. According to Facebook numbers from earlier this year, Facebook users spend 3 times longer watching live video than pre-recorded video. This bears…

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  • Gated Content for B2B Companies: Pros, Cons, and How to Use It Wisely

    Any digital marketer worth her salt will tell you that if you want your brand to succeed in today’s market, you have to be creating content. Blog posts, e-books, whitepapers, infographics, podcasts…when it comes to content marketing, the options are many. The point of creating all this content, of course, is to get it in the hands – or on the screens – of consumers, who will be much more likely to become your customers if you give them something great to read. So if that’s what you’re trying to do, then what’s the whole idea behind gated content? Why would you ever erect a barrier between your potential customer and something they’re trying to access? After all, marketing is generally about removing barriers to purchase, isn’t it? That’s certainly true, but in some cases, putting up a gate that consumers have to pass through to get to your content can work in your favor. The trick is knowing what content should be gated, and what kind of gate you should use. What does “gated content” mean, anyway? When it comes to content, the term “gate” can mean a couple of things. It can mean a paywall, so that people…

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  • 6 Critical Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Digital Marketing Agency

    A strong business relationship, like a strong marriage, requires a lot of give and take. Your agency needs to have the knowledge, expertise, and moxie to give you the strong digital presence that businesses need to succeed. They have to stay on top of the latest developments in digital marketing, and be ready to try new strategies when the old ones don’t work. As a client, you need to communicate your needs openly and clearly. You need to be responsive with feedback. You have to trust your agency enough to let them seek out opportunities to build your brand, and when they do, be able to let them know what you think. Of course, just as in marriage, there’s also an undefinable element that can make a business relationship not just good, but great. It’s a sense of fit, of “clicking” – of knowing that you and your agency won’t have trouble staying on the same page. This isn’t something you can find out from an agency website. When you’re thinking of hiring a digital marketing agency, you’ve got to start by asking them the right questions. In addition to asking about things like their client base, history of success,…

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  • Shama TV: 12 Business Trends for 2016

    As 2015 comes to an end and we welcome the new year, our CEO, Shama Hyder, shares 12 digital marketing trends for 2016. Watch out for these trends in 2016 and plan your strategies accordingly. View the video and transcript below. Happy New Year! Transcript: The first trend is 2016 will be a year all about the customer journey. More and more businesses are realizing that it’s not just important to put social media into marketing’s basket or put it in corporate communication, you really have to look at the whole customer journey, how does someone go from a stranger to getting to know about your business to actually turning into a customer or client – what does that journey look like? And to that end, where does marketing fit in at each point in that decision making process? So look for businesses, smart businesses, to really revive and pay close attention to the customer journey overall and create key points of interaction, where they can really serve the customer or the prospect and helping them make that transition into a buyer. So caching, there’s my first trend for you. Today’s trend two of 12 is: the rise of influencer…

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  • The 12 Days of Christmas Day 4: Diversity in the Boardroom

    Here we go – it’s day 4 of the Shama TV 12 Days of Christmas contest, and that means it’s time for another trend! This is one we can all get behind: boardroom diversity. Watch the video to learn more, and be sure to subscribe to the Shama TV YouTube channel for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! A transcript is below. Hey Zen Nation! Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas campaign, where we talk about future trends for 2016. Trend number four is: Expect more diversity in the boardroom. Right now boardrooms are filled with mostly older white males and they’re homogeneous. But as corporations go into 2016 and beyond, they’re realizing the importance of diversity – not just for lip service, but really getting good ideas in there. Look for boardrooms to be more diverse – more women, different age groups, different minorities, and really for companies to start embracing that if they’re going to serve a more diverse market, they have to start looking and thinking more diverse themselves. Alright guys, to win our awesome daily prizes and our grand prize of the Amazon Tablet Fire HD – one lucky winner will…

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  • MZ announces the 12 Days of Christmas Contest!

    Happy December, everyone! At MZ, we’re excited about the upcoming holidays, and we want to share some of our holiday spirit with you. So starting today, we’re launching the Shama TV 12 Days of Christmas contest! Each day from Dec. 1-12, Shama will release a short video on her YouTube channel predicting a marketing trend for 2016. To enter the contest, all you have to do is subscribe on Each day, one lucky subscriber will win a $25 Amazon giftcard, and on the last day of the contest someone will win the grand prize: an Amazon Fire HD tablet.  Take a look at the first video below, all about the importance of the customer journey. And be sure to subscribe on for your chance to win! Transcript: Hey Zen Nation, Shama here! I have a special treat for you – we are doing Twelve Days of Christmas. I will be sharing a future trend for 2016 for you to look for every single day and we will choose winners. Every single day, we’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky subscriber and at the end of it someone will win an Amazon Fire HD Tablet….

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  • Stuck in the Middle: Marketing to Generation X

    This is the third part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here and part two here. What is there to say about Generation X? Unlike the generations before and after, there isn’t a strong identity attached to those born between 1965 and 1980. As they reach middle age, this generation is truly caught in the middle of the battles between emerging and…

  • Peace, Love, and Rock n Roll: Marketing to Boomers

    This is the second part of our series Multi-Generational Marketing, where we teach you how to digitally target individuals in the Millennial, X, and Baby Boomer generations. You can view part one here.

    You know the image of a Baby Boomer that’s so often in the media: a 70 year-old man, sitting in a La-Z-Boy recliner, scrutinizing the remote control he can barely figure out how to work.

  • 7 Conferences You Should Add to Your Calendar Before the End of 2015

    As marketers, we are always thinking about our day-to-day and how we can be more efficient. Do more, be more, generate more leads, increase ROI for our clients and ourselves. And to do that, we need to look at the big picture. A great way to look at our roles and think about how we’re contributing to the bigger picture is to attend conferences and events where we’re able to network with others in our industry. Not only does it give us a great look at the competition, but it allows us to learn from those who influence us, and to get a better feeling about the direction our industries are heading.

  • 5 Ways to Choose a Keynote Speaker that Delivers Value to Your Audience

    Putting together a successful event involves a lot of prep work. You have to deal with finding an appropriate venue that will be comfortable for your audience, a time of year that is convenient for most to travel, a stimulating itinerary for attendees, and more. What many people are now starting to realize is that a keynote speaker is crucial to the success of any conference or event. What most people know then, is that—they should probably have a keynote speaker at their event. What many people don’t know though is how to choose the best candidate to be a keynote. Choosing a keynote speaker is a delicate process and in the end, can be the factor that makes or breaks how successful your event is. That being said, we’re here to make sure you make the right decision. Here are the things you should keep in mind when reviewing candidates for your keynote. Think of Your Budget Credit: Meetings and Conventions, North Star Travel Media Although it’s certainly not the most fun to think about, you have to think about money when it comes to your event. And being that you have to think about money, it’s important to…

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  • Who is Your Customer? Your Guide to Creating the Perfect Customer Profile

    We recently talked about how important it is that the content, social media, and search teams at a marketing company work together. But where can they start? A good point of focus to start at is who you’re doing all the work for in the first place. No, silly—not you. Your customer! Who are they and what do they want? What do they need that they don’t know they need? In our blog today, we’re going to give you some of our tips here at Marketing Zen for crafting the perfect Customer Profile. What are their demographics? The last time you may have read up on demographics may have been high school; what’s a country’s population, main export, main language, etc. But it’s time to start thinking of demographics in a whole new light—how they relate to your customer specifically. Or, if you’re an agency like us here at Marketing Zen, the customer of your client. Here are some demographic questions you should be able to answer about your customer: What is my customer’s age or age range? What is my customer’s gender? What is my customer’s relationship status? Are they single or are they married? Do they have children?…

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  • How to Succeed in your International Marketing Efforts

    Here at Marketing Zen, not only are we based all over the world, but so are our clients. We have clients from Texas to Thailand and we pride ourselves on delivering the best marketing services for them no matter where in the world they are. But how do we ensure that the marketing we’re doing for a client will be successful in their market, if we’re here and not there? There are several steps to take when working on marketing efforts for a client in an international market. Here are some of our best tips on how to best optimize your efforts for success overseas: Understand Your Native Culture Before you can really start understanding another culture and adjusting your marketing efforts to fit it, reevaluate your own. What are you not noticing that you should be taking into account? How would others see your culture from the outside looking in? Take some time to look at the average consumer in your culture and their marketing patterns. Which platforms are most popular and why? What is trending and why? Which social media strategies and content strategies are doing well for increasing conversions? Why is that? Understand the International Culture and…

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