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Is Ethical Marketing Extinct?

Have you ever used a digital marketing tactic that ultimately made you feel a twinge of guilt, or at the very least made you question whether it was ethical? Guilt, of course, implies that you are aware of right and wrong, and how that translates into marketing. This falls under what we call ethical marketing — and for something as easy to explain as this, it may be quite challenging to consistently implement. The Financial Times Lexicon defines ethical marketing as such: “Ethical marketing is a process through which companies generate customer interest in products/services, build strong customer interest/relationships, and create value for all stakeholders by incorporating social and environmental considerations in products and promotions. All aspects of marketing are considered, from sales techniques to business communication and business development.” The root of the word “ethical marketing,” naturally, is ethics. The word itself comes from the Greek word ethikos, which means “habit” or “custom.” Through ethics, we are able to clearly define (and draw a line between) what is right and what is wrong. Marketing, of course, is no exception. By now, you’re probably familiar with the concept of social selling, and you are aware that relationship-building and establishing trust […]

10 Visual Marketing Statistics for 2017 [Infographic]

When you are scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, what kind of posts are most likely to catch your attention? If you are like most people, it will be the posts that include eye-catching videos, graphics or images. Visual marketing has become a crucial tool for marketers, to catch the attention of their customers and engage with them on social media. In fact, visual marketing is so powerful that several social media sites (such as Instagram and Pinterest) are entirely devoted to it. The power and presence of visual marketing will only continue to grow in 2017 and into 2018, as can be seen in the infographic below, which surveyed 300 online marketers. 10 Visual Marketing Statistics You Need To Know (Source: Venngage) As we approach the fourth and final quarter of 2017 and all of the holidays that go with it, many marketers are looking for ways to improve their engagement on social media. Visual marketing is the tool that can make this happen – when done properly. Whether you are B2B or B2C, this is an excellent time to ramp up your image and graphic production. Whether you choose to hire a professional or create the graphics in-house (using tools […]

The Art & Science of a Successful Modern Marketer

It is no simple task for a business to be successful at marketing today. Marketers no longer have the luxury of specialization. In order to compete and thrive, they need a wide variety of skills – skills that incorporate both creativity from the right hemisphere of the brain and analytical thinking from the left hemisphere. In short, today’s successful marketer must be both artist and scientist, because what works in marketing is both an art and a science. Salesforce created a fantastic infographic that breaks down todays modern marketer. Here are eight key skills they identified, in greater detail (four artistic and four analytical) that every modern marketer must develop to ensure they adapt and flourish in today’s rapidly evolving world of marketing. The Modern Marketer Source: The Modern Marketer: Part Artist, Part Scientist [INFOGRAPHIC] Part Artist Written Content Writing as a skill has become vital for modern marketers. Content marketing, often in the form of written articles, is now a big component in many brand’s sales funnels. It plays a very important role in how brands are able to be found (through search engines or social media platforms) and then build relationships with their target market. This written content […]

7 Strategies for Effective Influencer Marketing

One of the keys to effective influencer marketing (aka getting real results) is by doing it authentically. But just what does that mean? Being authentic in your influencer marketing efforts means investing the time to learn as much as you can about each influencer you want to reach out to and then communicate with them in a personalized manner that works to establish and then build a real relationship with that person. Influencers get countless emails, all wanting something from them and most of them coming in the form of a generic, template email that can be spotted a mile away. Now consider that these influencers are people just like you and me, also with an inbox full of spam and junk mail on top of receiving a hefty amount of these (often impersonalized) influencer requests. Is it any wonder that they rarely respond to them? The odds are definitely not with you if you are contacting an influencer, regardless of how good the business opportunity is that you are offering. That is of course, unless you can find a way to ensure that your request stands out, gets their attention and makes them way to know more. I am […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Transforming Digital Marketing

Every day people use artificial intelligence; most without realizing the amount of impact AI has on their lives. Chances are better than good that you’re using AI far more than you realize. Netflix, Google, credit card companies, video games, customer support, social media, and many other industries use AI to streamline their business model and improve the customer experience. This means that businesses large and small need to capitalize on what’s quickly becoming a thriving industry. For perspective, the artificial intelligence market is expected to grow from its current $600 million valuation, to over $36 billion in 2025. Adding AI to your digital marketing strategy is crucial to staying relevant. Luckily, with a basic understanding, AI implementation is easier than you’d think. What is AI, Exactly? The first step to integrating AI into your digital marketing strategy is understanding exactly what artificial intelligence is, and what it can do for your brand. Put simply, AI is an algorithmic computer system that can understand human context and carry out human tasks. Tasks range from simple bots like AIM’s infamous SmarterChild, to complex algorithms like Netflix’s recommended queue. It’s important to understand that AI translates human language into “computer language,” and vice […]

8 Steps to an Effective Influencer Marketing Strategy

There are all kinds of people that you could consider influencers. For example, your best customers can be some of the best influencers and advocates of your products/services. However there are times when you want to widen your reach and get in front of a brand new audience to promote your brand. Influencer marketing involves partnering with key individuals within your industry to promote your brand to their followers. If done correctly, influencer marketing can be a huge success and drive your brand’s growth exponentially. Here are eight specific steps that will improve success with your influencer marketing efforts. 8 Steps to Set Up Your Influencer Marketing Strategy Set goals. Before you start any new marketing campaign, it’s important to set goals so you know how to measure your campaign’s success. What are you hoping to get out of your influencer marketing campaign? For example, you may want to increase awareness of a new product or upcoming event, improve your website ranking, or increase followers on social media. Define your ideal influencer. Now that you know what you want to achieve with your campaign, it’s time to define your ideal influencer. Brands should look for people who are active on […]

The Shark Tank Formula for Entrepreneurial Success

Have you watched the show Shark Tank? This is a show where new and aspiring entrepreneurs present their ideas to the sharks – five business titans who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. The contestants of the show try to convince any one of the sharks to invest money in their idea. When more than one of the sharks decide they want a piece of the action, a bidding war can erupt, driving up the price of the investment. But this only happens sometimes and for a few of them. Entrepreneurs can often face a tough road. For some entrepreneurship can be filled with failure, long hours and a constant need to impress investors. There’s also the ever present temptation to fall back on crowd sourcing websites like Kickstarter. These rigors turn many entrepreneurs away from following through with their business idea. Almost 40 percent of entrepreneurs cite fear of failing as the reason they don’t pursue opportunities. The future sounds bleak for entrepreneurs, but in actuality entrepreneurship is on the rise. The growing ease of information availability exposes people to stories of entrepreneurial success. The television show Shark Tank has helped catapult […]

What YouTube Sensation Sierra Furtado Can Teach Brands About Marketing

The realm of marketing is once again a brave new world for anyone bold enough and creative enough to tackle it head on, authentically, and with the goal to truly connect with their community. Someone just like Sierra Furtado, a young YouTube sensation who literally started with nothing, making videos in her room in the middle of the night. She has since grown her YouTube channel to over 2.3 million loyal subscribers and has just written a novel, Life Uploaded. The novel, while fiction, does include many elements of her own life experience as a YouTube star as well as the normal everyday experiences that all young girls have growing up. Sierra has grown her channel by staying wholesome and not provocative. She tries to provide a clean and positive message empowering young females. This book is a testament to that message which provides a good moral message in a somewhat clouded space in the social media vertical. While this young woman has done some amazing things, what I want to focus on is how she and other millennials similar to her are able to create loyal communities (she calls her fans Sierranators) with no marketing strategy or budget. Just […]

Visual Marketing: How To Use The Canva iPhone App

Whether you are just getting started with visual marketing and creating graphics for social media posts or are an experienced designer, you can now make easy, eye catching graphics with the Canva iPhone app. While Canva for desktop and iPad have been around for some time, they have recently released an app version for iPhones. The app includes much of the functionality that you love in the full Canva desktop version, simplified to work on a smaller workspace with an iPhone. The reason that this and other graphic design apps like it are so important is that in order to catch the attention of your community and engage with them, you need to create graphics that you can share on your social media platforms. These graphics can be quotes, stats or tips that you can pull from your existing content. Ideally your images should provide some kind of value, share something meaningful or help your community to connect with you on an emotional level. Make Social Media Images Quickly With The Canva iPhone App When you first open the Canva iPhone app you will need to login or sign up. If you already have a Canva account, you can login […]

6 Guaranteed Ways To Position Yourself As An Authority

There are so many choices and options today when people are looking to solve a challenge or problem. So just how do they make that choice? They go to the trusted expert or authority who has built a relationship with them and has proven their expertise on their topic. So when your community needs someone that offers the products or services that you do, will you be the authority that they turn to? Perhaps you are unsure on how to establish yourself as an authority on your topic? Fear not. I am going to share six guaranteed ways you can position yourself as a trusted authority with your community, industry and/or topic. 6 Key Strategies To Become an Authority On Your Topic 1. Focus on a Niche Don’t be a Jack-of-all-trades and master of none. If you want people to see you as authority, specialize in something. Pick a niche that narrowly focuses in on your ideal clients and what they need or want. For example, while I provide a variety of social media marketing and content marketing services, my specialty and what I’m best known for is LinkedIn. This is where 80% of my focus and energy is spent […]

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