Marketing Trends

The Changing Landscape of Online Search: What the Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Means for SEO

September 24, 2009 |

The recent bid to purchase  Yahoo by Microsoft could result in a 28% combined share of online searches.  As such, this would be the first major threat/competition to Google’s reign of online search domination.  In order to adapt, many companies may have to utilize old tactics, to generate effective search […] Continue reading

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Pen and Paper: A New Sales Approach

September 18, 2009 |

I recently read Seth Godin’s (author of new book, Tribes) blog post about the “modern talking pad.” He talks about approaching a sales meeting from a different angle.  Instead of putting up a PowerPoint presentation on a white board, he goes into a sales meeting with printed copies of the […] Continue reading

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New Trends in Marketing Budgets

September 16, 2009 |

A new study by StrongMail Systems, Inc. finds that 85% of business executives are hopeful about the future economic state and plan to either maintain or increase the remaining marketing budgets for 2009. Only 15% of the 979 business executives polled expect to see a decrease in sales in the […] Continue reading

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In a Recession, Retention Marketing Should Become Acquisition Marketing

July 24, 2009 |

With today’s economy creating a difficult environment for winning new clients, small businesses are focusing on retaining the customers they already have. The Wall Street Journal recently covered the growing trend of small companies focusing attention on retention marketing tactics over attracting additional business.  According to the article, “some companies […] Continue reading

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With Email Marketing on the Rise, it is Important to Spend Wisely

June 23, 2009 |

According to a forecast from Forrester Research, spending on email marketing in the U.S. will grow by 14 percent each year for the next five years, reaching a total of $2 billion in 2014. Falling cost per thousands (known as CPMs, or the amount an advertiser will pay per 1000 […] Continue reading

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Allocating Your Marketing Resources: 6 Ways To Reduce Your Marketing Spending

June 17, 2009 |

Marketing during a recession can be extremely fruitful if you have the time and resources to do it.  It has been proven throughout history that companies who continue to spend marketing dollars during a recession come out on top when the economy begins to stabilize.  However, some marketing folks are […] Continue reading

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Top Marketing Resources for Industry Trends and News

June 10, 2009 |

Every Friday morning at 10:30 Kelly and I get together for our weekly SEO/Social Media huddle. We review our Google Analytics reports, update our social media calendar, discuss upcoming blogging topics, and adapt our social media strategy depending on current news. The conversation often times swings off topic, with an […] Continue reading

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TV May Be Powerful, But Online Video May Soon Be Historically Influential

June 03, 2009 |

The New York Times recently published an interesting article on the effectiveness of television advertising during a time when network television narrative audiences are growing smaller and smaller, while the price of advertising remains remarkably buoyant. “At a time of ever-atomizing audiences, broadcast television’s slice may be smaller, but it […] Continue reading

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McKinley’s Take: Internet Users Turn to Social Media to Seek One Another, Not Brands or Products

May 27, 2009 |

“A new report by Knowledge Networks gives advertisers, marketers and researchers a clearer picture of the motivations and attitudes of social media users – with sometimes-surprising results. While 83% of the Internet population (ages 13 to 54) participates in social media – 47% on a weekly basis – less than […] Continue reading

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Part 2 – How to Use Content and Search Engines to Get Qualified Leads Online

April 17, 2009 |

This week, McKinley asked Ronan Keane to be our guest blogger.  On Wednesday, we posted the first half of his two-part blog post.  Here’s the second half: The following two steps outline the types of content to publish and how to increase the number of prospects that contact you from […] Continue reading

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