Email marketing is a blood sport. In the last 20 years, the only thing that’s changed with email is that good email senders continue to get punished more and more by email service providers. While ISPs and ESPs could totally coordinate if they wanted to, they simply don’t. The result is that there’s an adversarial relationship between the two. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) block Email Service Providers (ESPs)… and then ESPs are forced to block clients. It’s not as simple as double opt-in in the industry. Sites like ours work with partners on shared campaigns
For over a decade, the focus of my consulting in our industry has been helping businesses punch through and transform their companies digitally. While this is often thought of as some kind of top-down push from investors, the board, or the Chief Executive Officer, you might be surprised to find that the company leadership lacks the experience and skill to push digital transformation. I’m often hired by leadership to assist a company digitally transform – and it just happens to start with sales and marketing opportunities because that’s where incredible results can be realized quickly.
You already know that you do not have the marketing budget to compete with the “big boys.” But the good news is this: the digital world of marketing has equalized the field like never before. Small businesses have a host of venues and tactics that are both effective and low-cost. One of these, of course, is content marketing. In fact, it can be the most cost-effective of all marketing strategies. Here are content marketing tactics that every small business should be utilizing: Networking and Collaboration Local businesses understand the value of networking – establishing relationships
The last few months I’ve been working on curriculums for digital marketing workshops and certifications for an international company and a university, respectively. It’s been an incredible journey – deeply analyzing how our marketers are being prepared in their formal degree programs, and identifying gaps that will make their skills more marketable in the workplace. Key to traditional degree programs is that the curriculae often take several years to be approved. Unfortunately, that puts graduates years behind as they enter the workplace unless they’ve had very constructive internships. More important than learning the everchanging landscape
Every marketer knows that today’s consumers want a personalized experience; that they’re no longer content with just being another number amongst thousands of invoicing records. In fact, the McKinsey research company estimates that creating a personalized shopping experience can boost revenue by up to 30%. However, while marketers may well be making the effort to customize their communications with their customers, many are failing to adopt the same approach for their email outreach prospects. If customers are looking for personalization, it can reasonably be assumed that influencers, bloggers, and website owners will be looking for