10 Marketing Predictions for 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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There have been many changes in the digital marketing space over 2014, and that has marketers preparing to revise their strategies as we approach 2015. So what is the future of SEO, social media, content marketing, and mobile marketing?  Continue reading

How Marketers are Using Social Media to Grow Their Businesses [2014 Industry Report]

Whether you are just getting started in social media or are experienced in growing your company’s social presence, you probably have questions about best practices, measurements, platform popularity, and the future of social media marketing. Luckily, the world’s largest online social media magazine has the answers to those questions and many more.  Last week the Social Media Examiner published their 6th annual social media marketing industry report about how marketers are using social media to grow and promote their businesses.

social media marketing industry report 2014For the 2014 report, they interviewed over 2,800 marketers to determine: Continue reading

7 Social Media Trends That Are Shaping 2014 Infographic

social media trends shaping 2014 thumbnailsAs we approach the half-way point for 2014 I wanted to take a look at what key trends are shaping the current social media space. The infographic below from Media Mosiac looks specifically at seven social media trends that are impacting the digital marketing industry this year. The following seven items are areas that marketers should focus on to maximize conversions: Continue reading

5 Types of Social Media Complainers and How to Deal With Them

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type of social media complainers thumbnailSocial media continues to play an even larger role in not only gaining customers, but in retaining and building relationships with current customers. Best selling author Erik Qualman reported in his video #Socialnomics 2014, that 93% of shoppers’ buying decisions are influenced by social media and that 90% of consumers trust peer recommendations, while only 14% trust advertisements.

But what about your current customers?  Continue reading

#Socialnomics 2014: Current State of Social Media

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socialnomics 2014 statsYou may remember Erik Qualman’s very popular video The Social Media Revolution, that was originally published in 2009 in conjunction with his #1 best selling book (and one of my personal favorite social media books) Socialnomics. His original video from 2009 brought us some eye-opening statistics, including: Continue reading

SEO Experts Weigh in on the Future of Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Over the past year there have been a lot of changes in the SEO world, with the Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird updates the game has changed for all marketers. SEO is now the life force behind all marketing efforts, from social media, to content marketing, to lead nurturing all aspects of marketing are interconnected. But, with changes to the marketing landscape happening at every corner, many marketers are looking for advice on how to prepare for the future. Luckily, now all marketers can get advice from the experts on the future of SEO, social media, and marketing with the following infographic.  Continue reading

How to Choose the Most Effective Social Media Platform for Your Brand

Go where your audience is

This is a basic of marketing, digital or not. For example, If you are selling custom hunting bows, you wouldn’t advertise in the Vogue magazine. Instead, you will analyze the reader demographics and psychographics of each magazine to determine which magazines will allow you to best reach your target audience. This same process should be used for determining which social media platforms you should focus the majority of your efforts on.

The infographic below from Social Barrel analyzes the audiences that frequent ten of the most popular social media platforms to help you decide where you should focus your efforts. Continue reading

Search Ranking Factors: Rank Correlation for 2013 Infographic

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With regular algorithm updates, search engine optimization is a game with ever changing rules. What helped websites achieve top position in search rankings last year (sometimes even last quarter) is frequently no longer a high priority or even relevant to current SEO strategies. To help digital marketers better understand the factors that determine which websites rank higher in search results than others Searchmetrics, a leading search analytics technology company,  recently published their Ranking Factor – Rank Correlation study. The study evaluated factors that differentiate better-positioned websites from pages placed further back in the Google.com organic search results, and compared those factors to rankings in 2012 to current rankings in 2013  to determine changes and trends. Continue reading