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  • 51 Online Marketing Tactics That Get Results

    Here’s the thing, you guys. Every business is different, and the internet marketing strategies that work for one company may not suit the goals of another, and vice versa. (That’s why it can be a real plus to have an experienced online marketing agency on your side, like, say, for example… Marketing Zen!) So, to help out as many businesses as we can in one fell swoop, we’ve compiled this huge, humongous, gigantic list of 51 different online marketing tactics, so that you can wade through them all and pick and choose which ones would do the most good in your particular situation. Again, not every tip will work in every situation, so choose wisely. Take your company’s internet marketing resources into consideration when planning your online marketing activities, so you are only taking on as much as you can reasonably handle. And keep your business goals in plain sight the whole time, so that each and every tactic you implement will be in their service. So without any further ado, and in no particular order, here is our list of 51 online marketing tactics that get results. 1. Write a blog. Having fresh content on your business website is…

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  • 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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  • Should I Hire a Social Media Marketing Agency or Hire In-House? 4 Factors to Consider

    Being a marketing agency that does great work (if we do say so ourselves) for both B2B and B2C companies, you would assume that we would be all for promoting the outsourcing of your marketing efforts to an agency. And by all means, there is a time when that is the route you should take. But is there a time when it may benefit you more to bite the bullet and bring someone to the team to work in-house? The answer is yes. We wanted to revisit when you should outsource your marketing efforts, and when you should keep them in-house. Here are some things you need to consider: Time  What a lot of people don’t realize when they think of social media, is the time that it takes up. People think “Oh I’ll post on Twitter now and then, share some articles on LinkedIn, and we’ll be all set!” Right? No, of course not. Wrong, very wrong. Knowing about your industry, your competitors, and what’s new with both takes a good amount of time and research. This is where hiring an agency can come in handy—because agencies who specialize in social media, have all of their time to dedicate…

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  • 4 Ways the Power of Habit Benefits Your Business

    An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? There’s a reason why adages like these become stuck in our heads. The power of habit is a spectacular thing. From childhood, we are taught structure: we get up, we get dressed, we brush our teeth, we brush our hair, we eat breakfast, etc. Somewhere along the line, certain habits fall out of line and we let things go. Luckily for us, time has passed and we are again, utilizing the power of habit to benefit our businesses. Here’s how: Habits bring your team together In the digital world it’s easy for people to become caught up in their role within a company. They do their work and do it well, but when it comes to working with other departments, team members may begin to fall short as they delve into their own projects. Incorporating habits for workflows between departments can help things move more steadily. We recommend implementing the use of the same software of apps across the company. For example, if the marketing team uses one application to keep all of its information, it’s best that the other teams do the same. If everyone in the company has the…

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  • 8 Steps in Developing a Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Making sure your business has a presence on social media is just a normal part of business as usual these days. If you want to be successful, you have to market yourself on social media. That’s a given. But the way you go about marketing online can have just as much of an effect on your business. In fact, make the wrong moves, and your online marketing efforts can actually impact your bottom line in a negative way! For this reason, it’s vitally important to develop – and then stick to – a social media marketing strategy. Here are the 8 steps you should take in creating that strategy. 1. Clarify your goals. What is it exactly that you’re trying to accomplish with your presence on social media? To drive awareness? Increase website traffic? Improve conversion rates? You won’t be able to create a useful game plan unless you know what it is you’re trying to do – simply throwing random content up on a blog or Twitter feed without a specific purpose in mind will not lead to results. 2. Define your audience. Who is your ideal customer? Defining your audience is crucial to your online marketing efforts. If…

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  • It’s an Honor Just to be Nominated (But We’re Still Dying to Win…AGAIN!)

    Here is the quick low down: We have been nominated by Empact 100 as cool entrepreneurs. Agree? Please hit this link and click LIKE! That’s all. Oh – and you have our undying gratitude! You know how movie stars who have been nominated for an Oscar get an early morning wake-up call with the good news – at, like, 5 am or something? And then they laugh with Jay Leno about how sleepy they were, or tell David Letterman about how they spit out their coffee when the phone rang… Well, we didn’t have to get up quite so early to find out that we at Marketing Zen have been nominated for the Oscar of the business world – the Empact Showcase! No, we won’t get a little naked golden man to take home – instead, we have the chance to be recognized at the United Nations Headquarters in New York! And what exactly might we be recognized for? Oh, just for the fact that our founder and CEO, Shama Kabani, is one of the top entrepreneurs under 35 in the nation whose business brings in revenues of over $100,000. That’s all. Okay, so maybe we spit a little coffee…

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  • How To Make Your Online Marketing Campaign Explode Like a Red Hot YA Fiction Series (We’re Looking at You, Twilight!)

    Okay, guys, admit it. Here you are, an adult – a grown-up, fully immersed in the world of reality and responsibility. You read every publication related to your industry. You read all the latest business books to keep yourself motivated and inspired. And yet, you also, somehow, find time to read that new young adult fiction novel that’s flying off the shelves. And all its sequels. And all the other books that author has ever written. There’s nothing wrong with indulging your inner kid. In fact, young adult fiction offers some pretty intense storylines, breathtaking enough to get anyone hooked. Twilight, anyone? And what about Harry Potter? Or maybe even The Lightning Thief? Well, that same magic is what we want to harness in our online marketing campaigns. Not necessarily the whole vampire/wizard/Greek god type of magic, but the magic that hooks us from that first sentence, and then keeps us up past midnight reading. The magic that turns casual readers into raving fans. So what can we do to tap into this amazing power? Here’s a guide to making an online marketing campaign as awesome as a teen vampire romance. 1. Make your basic premise a good one. Twilight…

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  • Social Media Lessons from the Kony 2012 Campaign

    If you have accessed the Internet in the past 48 hours, or potentially even if you’ve turned on your TV or radio, you’ve probably heard about the Kony 2012 social media campaign. If you haven’t heard of this yet, a brief overview: earlier this week, the nonprofit organization Invisible Children released a 29-minute video on YouTube about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who leads a rebel force of child soldiers and is universally considered a terrible person. As of this posting, the YouTube video has upwards of 55 million views. On Thursday, Twitter users mentioned Kony almost 1 million times. The video’s virality is impressive, even without taking into consideration that it’s half an hour long, and conventional wisdom says to keep your message under two minutes long. What gives? Although its effectiveness in the long run has been disputed, amid allegations of “slacktivism” and criticism of Invisible Children’s financial practices, one thing’s for sure: these people understand social media marketing. Let’s take a closer look and see what marketing lessons we can take from Invisible Children and Kony 2012. Keep it upbeat. “But that doesn’t make sense, Marketing Zen,” you say. “This video is about a guy who makes kids kill their…

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  • 7 Things You Should Know About Online Marketing…But Often Forget

    With all the advice floating around out there about online marketing, sometimes it can be hard to remember it all – or separate the good advice from the bad advice (from the weird advice). It’s easy to get caught up and forget the basics. If you’re feeling a little frazzled by it all, take a step back. Breathe deep. Then review our list of seven things you should know, but may have forgotten along the way, about online marketing. 1. It takes time. You can’t set up a Facebook or Twitter account and expect it to be successful overnight. Sure, this happens every so often – but mostly for huge, established companies like Nike who have a staggering offline presence. You might not even see results within the first week, so you can’t get easily discouraged. However, we’re also referring to the fact that you and your team need to put some working hours toward your online marketing. If you just throw together a landing page in five minutes, that level of effort is going to show. 2. It takes consistency. If you’re only creating new content once every month or so – or “when I remember” or “whenever I…

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  • Five Tips for Successful Foursquare Marketing

    If you have a physical location: 1. Claim your venue. Even if you’re not actively participating in Foursquare as a form of social media marketing yet, chances are users are already checking in to your business. If your business isn’t already there, that’s actually kind of a bad sign – any user can create a new venue, so why hasn’t somebody created yours yet? It’s not the end of the world, though, because it also means you can put yourself on Foursquare. There are varying instructions if you’re a chain with 10+ (or 100+) locations. In any case, Foursquare will verify your ownership by phone or mail and then…well, what does being verified mean? Claiming your venue not only allows you to use Foursquare’s built-in analytics, but it also lets you: 2. Create a Foursquare special. Verified business owners get free access to Foursquare’s merchant platform, which includes the ability to create a variety of different types of specials and discounts specifically for Foursquare users, which they can “unlock” when they check in to your location. Specials can target new customers (newbie special: get a discount or free item on the first check-in) or existing, loyal customers (loyalty special: a…

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  • 5 Ways to Measure Content Marketing Success

    I sometimes wonder why there isn’t as much buzz about content marketing as there is social media marketing. Especially, when content marketing is the foundation of all good online marketing. Content marketing may not be as sexy sounding as social media, but it is absolutely crucial.  If you need some ideas for content marketing, I wrote a post a while back on 50 Ways to Serve Up Hot Juicy Content. This post is about how to measure the success of your content marketing. 1) Opt-Ins – This is the #1 way to see if your content has traction. Do people subscribe to it? Are they willing to trade their email address for your webinar or eBook or mp3? Does it entice them enough to opt-in? It doesn’t matter how well the content is written, it has to grab people’s attention. Our 22 page online marketing plan has hundreds of opt-ins every week. That’s how we know it’s successful. 2) Views & Comments – In other words, eyeballs. We could also look at this as “reader or viewer interaction.” But, how your audience interacts with your content is based strictly on your audience. Baby boomers are more likely to absorb information,…

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  • Top 10 Metrics for Measuring Social Media Marketing ROI

    Feels good to be home! I just got back from a long speaking tour. First, I was in Nashville doing a keynote on social media for women Accountants and CPAs. Then, I was in Las Vegas for a keynote at the Direct Employers Conference. I spoke about social media for recruiters. After which, I spoke at the Conquer and Grow conference. It was the shortest presentation of my life – 10 minutes! Very TED like. But, I had a blast, and was forced to really sum up my points. Above is my presentation. Below are the main points. 3 Things to Keep in Mind When Measuring Social Media Marketing Success – 1.) Measure Quantitatively and Qualitatively: The quantitative is the numbers part of the game. Website visitors, Twitter Followers, Facebook fans, etc. This makes for very pretty charts, and cool case studies. The qualitative is what can’t be measured by numbers. It is essentially what is being said about you and your brand. Reputation management, anyone? 2.) Keep in Mind the Non-Linear Benefits of Social Media Marketing: Small and medium sized businesses alike have the same power afforded to bigger businesses. How? R&D.  Research and Development was never this quick…

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