Is Millennial Shopping Behavior Really That Different?

Sometimes I groan when I hear the term millennial in a marketing conversations. At our office, I’m surrounded by millennials so the stereotypes of work ethic and entitlement make me cringe. Everyone I know that age is busting their butt and optimistic at their future. I love millennials – but I don’t think they’re sprayed with magic dust that makes them too different from anyone else. The millennials I work with are fearless… much like

How Julius Is Increasing the ROI of Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing is the fastest-growing form of online acquisition. There’s a good reason—recent data proves the ROI of influencer marketing campaigns: Eighty-two percent of consumers are likely to follow a recommendation made by an influencer and every $1 spent on an influencer marketing returns $6.50 That’s why the total influencer marketing spend is estimated to increase from $1 billion to $5-10 billion in the next five years. But, to date, executing compelling influencer marketing campaigns

13 Ways that Content Is Monetized Online

A good friend contacted me this week and said that he had a relative that had a site that was getting significant traffic and they wanted to see if there were a means of monetizing the audience. The short answer is yes… but I don’t believe the majority of small publishers recognize the opportunity or how to maximize the profitability of the property they own. I want to start with the pennies… then work into

Lumanu: Find Influencers and Discover Influential Content

Extending the reach of your content is critical. Whether you’re attempting to grow your organic rankings by having your content referenced and linked to by high-authority sites, whether you’re attempting to expand your social reach to relevant audiences, or whether you’re trying to build authority in your industry by getting a mention from someone of influence… influencer marketing is a must. Influencer marketing is broken down into two essential components Who are the influencers that

Here’s How You Don’t Get Burned with Influencer Marketing

We’ve written before about the traps of influence marketing. As one who is compensated from time to time as an influencer, I’m skeptical of how many influence marketing relationships are setup. Case in point, earlier this year I was invited to the Brickyard because I’m a local influencer on social media. There were a bunch of folks invited from social media – all with high scores on a popular influence scoring engine for Indianapolis. The

The Surprising Science Behind Influence and Persuasion

I’ve been vocal about my disdain on the latest panacea of how influence marketing is being sold online. While I believe influencers have great reach and some influence, I don’t believe that they have the power of persuasion independent of other factors. Influence marketing still requires a strategy beyond throwing some tickets at an influencer or getting a retweet. According to Dr. Robert B. Cialdini, author of Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition), I may

How to Make Your Content More Shareable

The title of this infographic is really The Secret Formula for The Perfect Viral Share. I love the infographic but I’m not a fan of the name… first, I don’t believe there’s a formula. Next, I don’t believe there’s a perfect share. I believe there are a combination of factors and events that lead up to great content being shared. Some of it is just plain luck as it gets in front of the right