QR Codes, Email, and Mobile Marketing: Tools for Small Businesses to Compete Digitally

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Rather than bombarding potential customers with too much information (see: radio advertisements), a QR code or text keyword can quickly link people in the community to information about their product or service, which is exactly what they want.

Competing with Free

Direct Marketing Observations

Does giving stuff away for free make you eventually buy stuff? How do other companies compete when Nike, Gatorade and AE give stuff away for free? I remember asking a small business owner once why they kept advertising in magazines and newspapers when the results were so poor and their answer was that they had no other options. So how do you compete? Don’t give something away to sell something-you can’t compete with those that use that as a business model.

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No More Media Buying Specialty for Facebook Marketing Partners

SocialTimes Facebook

Facebook announced that it is eliminating the media buying specialty for Facebook Marketing Partners. The current media buying partners for Facebook and Instagram are: 360i. The social network said in a Facebook Marketing Partners post : We have found that the Blueprint Certification , which recognizes an individual buyer’s competency with Facebook and Instagram products, better suits the need of the market and of our agency partners.

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Facebook Blueprint Tops 1 Million Enrollments, Announces Blueprint Certification

SocialTimes Facebook

The social network also announced three additions to its Blueprint program: Blueprint Certification for digital advertisers, a partnership with the Miami Ad School and the inclusion of French and Indonesian on its list of languages.

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Social Advertising: Focus on Power, Not Parity

SocialTimes Facebook

Giving advertisers the ability to target via identity and interest was an incredible opportunity that made personalized marketing at scale possible for the first time. These companies, generally referred to as “buying tools,” focus myopically on the tactical features that help brands create social ads. Despite what people would have you believe, no one is ever going to provide better social ad buying tools than the social networks themselves.

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Native advertising is here to stay

Sherrilynne Starkie

Advertorials have been almost since the dawn of the news business; the concept of native advertising is nothing new. The hope is that readers will click through to the advertisers own web property. I go to Dell to buy hardware, not words.”. Is Native Advertising Right For You?

Why Marketers Should Use Twitter (Infographic)

SocialTimes Twitter

52 percent of users report buying a product they first saw on the network, while 81 percent say Twitter impacts purchase decisions more than TV. Infographics Twitter advertising Customer Service Demographics ecommerce Marketing MAUs Monthly active users Promoted Tweets webpagefx

Why Digital Marketers Need to Get More Personal

Buzz Marketing for Technology

When defining them, you must take into account known consumer behaviors, including the various stages that shoppers go through when making any kind of purchase and the fact that they may visit your site several times before actually pulling the “buy now” trigger.

PPC For Small Business – Are You Attracting The Wrong Traffic?

Small Business Mavericks

Small business owners often feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to advertising online. When a small business owner does run an advertising campaign, the most common complaint we hear is that their campaign was a complete flop. When competing for keywords, some business owners, especially those new to paid search marketing, head straight for the cheapest keywords. If you want to make a sale, you need to use keywords similar to those used by people wanting to buy.

Google: The search party is not over


Google Buzz was a complete failure and there's a slim chance that Google even has a shot at competing with Facebook with the rumored Google Me. That brings us to the topic of appeal to advertisers.

Understanding the Difference Between “Want” and “Want to Buy”


Buying versus browsing. There’s a significant, actionable difference between admiration and buying intent. Yet all the admiration in the world couldn’t compete with the prospect’s lack of buying intent. than “will you buy?&#.

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A Look at Social Video’s Big, Bright (and Somewhat Uncertain) Future

SocialTimes Facebook

Facebook can bypass not only traditional providers, but also services such as Netflix and Amazon, when it comes to widespread distribution and advertising opportunities. Twitter competed aggressively with Facebook for the rights to stream Thursday Night Football in partnership with the National Football League , and such face-offs will occur more often as sports franchises re-evaluate their cable contracts. What it means for advertisers.

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How Social Media Changes Retail Storefronts

Ari Herzog

I fought with competing distributors over the signage in the front window and the decals on the door. I spoke to restaurant owners when competing Budweiser decals faded. The only other product that is advertised is for Boar’s Head meat. Features advertising tools

Are You About To Lose Your YouTube Presence?

Small Business Mavericks

Can you imagine competing against the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Oprah Winfrey for attention? If you think this is no different than competing against the Big O and the Big A on Twitter, think again. About Us What’s a Maverick?

Must have digital skills for PR pros

Sherrilynne Starkie

The bad news is that the profession is transforming profoundly and the skills you have today will not be enough to compete tomorrow. They need to have SEO expertise and digital advertising know-how. Adwords certification demonstrates basic and advanced proficiency in online advertising.

Success Stories From Twitter’s Front Lines

SocialTimes Twitter

the following day using Twitter’s partnership with Oracle to target multiple audiences of people who frequent fast-food restaurants, who spend money at competing QSRs and who buy ready-made breakfast items. Twitter has had an extraordinary year by any measure. Regardless of the headlines, though, leading brands continue to invest in the platform to achieve a variety of marketing objectives and insights. Twitter’s open nature lends itself to this approach.

The iPad Should Be Free

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It's about the cumulative and ongoing buying of content (books, music, movies, TV shows, magazine and more) that Amazon offers. Amazon has something very incredible that Apple doesn't even have: an advertising and media empire. But, if they're selling something for 15% less than Best Buy , how can anybody compete with them? What does Amazon know about you, your buying habits and your lifestyle? advertising age. best buy. buying habit.

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How to Set Your Instagram Ads for Better Website Conversion

agora pulse

With more than a million advertisers currently competing for users’ attention on Instagram, it’s no surprise that some businesses are struggling to get Instagram Ads conversions. If you just say “buy now!”

The real problem with Google might be Facebook

Convince & Convert

And in just about any company, in any scenario, 17% growth when you are already that large would be considered astoundingly competent. Now think about using that information to make your advertising more relevant and efficient. Maybe the trouble with Google is simply our expectations?

What Publicis Omnicom Is Screaming At Our Industry

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That is the conversation that every marketing, advertising and communications agency needs to be having. This is all about the transformation of advertising agency into a digital agency. It''s all about how the new Publicis Omnicom will compete (or be better frenemies) with the likes of Google , Facebook , Twitter and Amazon. The main thrust of the agencies within these networks is to create ads that get people to buy things. We weren''t about advertising.

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5 Ways to Develop a Unique Selling Proposition

Convince & Convert

Instead of trying to stand out, most simply try to be the “best;” but when you’re competing with the best, this often just puts you among the status quo, giving you no opportunity to stand out. Each advertisement must say to each reader: “Buy this product, for this specific benefit.”

How Data Is Used to Refine Marketing Messages

Convince & Convert

Women who used the product might have been tempted to switch to a competing brand. If you don’t respond to consumers, and someone else does, they’ll start asking themselves, “Hey, why am I buying this brand again? It never crosses my mind to buy another brand of small appliance.

Why Paying Bloggers For Posts Changes The Game

Dave Fleet

You need to compete for budget. The PR person becomes a client, just as someone buying ad space is a client of the publication selling the ads. This leads into the last key factor here… You need to compete for budget.

The real problem with Google might be Facebook

Convince & Convert

And in just about any company, in any scenario, 17% growth when you are already that large would be considered astoundingly competent. Now think about using that information to make your advertising more relevant and efficient. Maybe the trouble with Google is simply our expectations?

The Marketing Problem Is Simple: There Are Too Many Ads

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The entire construct of the advertising industry was built on the scarcity model. There was only a finite number of pages in the newspaper allotted to advertising. If your brand can post your commercial to YouTube and generate tens of millions of views (which is common for ads that are remarkable) for free, what does that say when you have to do a media buy with a guarantee that you will generate fewer impressions? The problem is that we're only talking about advertising.

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Counting Screens. Counting Dollars. Connecting Consumers.

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Do the advertising dollars follow the consumer? If you did deeper into the eMarketer report, you will see that brands are still pumping plenty of money into TV advertising. Yes, this year TV advertising will still be a $70+ billion market. From a marketing standpoint, this means that both content - and the advertising that financially supports it - must be developed in a much different way. Why should a consumer buy my dishwasher detergent over my competitors?

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The Problem With The Status Quo

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If you're a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. Do I feel that the standard way that marketing sends messages to an audience in the form of an advertisement is the be all and end all? advertising amazon author bookpublisher bookpublishing data ebook ipad iphonekindleapp josephjaffe kindle kindlesingle lifeafterthe30secondspot literaryagent retail richardcurtis stephenking technology thematrix thenewyorktimes theterminator webanalytics

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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Launches FB Newswire, Acquires Motion Tracking App Moves

The Realtime Report

Twitter lets advertisers promote website content – last Friday, Twitter announced the “Website Card” to help advertisers showcase their website content inside tweets and point audiences to any page of their site (CNET).

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Social Intelligence adds value throughout the Stage Gate Process

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Later, when launch is imminent, social channels are becoming a key factor in setting media and advertising strategies. Information gathered as part of market analysis might signal that customers are showing strong preference for the features of another company’s competing product.

104 Fascinating Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2014 (and 2015)

Webbiquity SMM

72% of marketers think branded content is more effective than advertising in a magazine; 69% say it is superior to direct mail and PR. Internet advertising will make up 25% of the entire ad market in 2015. billion on social media advertising in 2015.

Amazon vs. Wal-Mart: How Online Strategy Can Meet In-Store Opportunity

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Prior to breaking the news, Wal-Mart was already one of the few companies that could compete with Amazon online. Wal-Mart has the significant advantage of already having 10,000 retail locations—something Amazon can’t currently compete with. Posted in Commerce eCommerce Strategy.

Blocking the Ad Blockers | Social You Should Know

Ignite Social Media

Google introduced Duo , which is designed to compete with Apple’s FaceTime, but be available for every device. It’s also a rationale for buying Twitter’s new Promoted Stickers. Last week we told you that Facebook was making moves to thwart ad blockers. Not so fast apparently!

Give Your Content Marketing a Human Face

Waxing UnLyrical

People buy from people. Sure we go to lots of big box stores, and buy from faceless companies every day. But our first choice is to buy from people — people we know, like, and trust. It competes and wins against the global advertising agencies with deep pockets.

6 Required Competencies for Social Organizations | Conferences and.

Convince & Convert

Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to footer Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media Consulting Social Media Strategy Blog Social Media Consulting Blog Social Media Consulting Speaking Newsletter Free Social Media Tools Twitter Interviews About Lijit Search 6 Required Competencies for Social Organizations February 24th, 2010 |Written By: Jay Baer | View Comments Tweet Now, marketing is the center of American business.

Social Pros 12 – Derek Halpern, Social Triggers

Convince & Convert

Read on for insights from Derek, and Eric’s Social Media Stat of the Week (this week: for Facebook advertising, CPM rates are up 41%, CPC rates are up 23%). Facebook advertising, Twitter advertising, LinkedIn advertising, etc.

BrainDump: 101+ Things You MUST Know About Social Media For Business

SocMed Sean

25) Never, ever, ever buy Facebook fans. 36) Never, ever, ever buy Twitter followers. If you really want to create a great channel, call YouTube and tell them you want to spend some money on advertising revenue. Don’t buy inbound links. Don’t buy traffic.

Reflections on the changing digital agency environment

Dave Fleet

They cater to a media-buying model that is based much more in the traditional ‘interrupt and amplify’ world than that of community and connection. Lastly, this shift is also leading to a new agency dynamic , as different types of agencies find themselves competing in the same space.

3 Up & Coming Social Media Tactics Every Small Business or Startup.

Jason Yormark

This is especially the case when you offer a product or service that is provided by major players that are hard to compete solely on price with. If I were a local business, I would immediately partner with these companies and get an offer on the table, and window decals advertising the fact.

4 Ways Your Website Can Replace Focus Groups

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Using a combination of online testing, web analytics and CRM data, today’s marketers know what actual people, doing actual searches, on their actual sites are actually thinking—and responding to—when in the browse and buy mode. Focus groups just can’t compete with situations like this.

An Introduction to Social Media for Business

Sprout Social

Social media allows smaller companies to compete against some of the larger businesses to reach more customers. The lower barrier to entry make it possible for any business to compete. billion on social media advertising in 2015.