How to Calculate the Return on Your Social Media Marketing Investment

As marketers and social media platforms mature, we’re discoving a lot more about the upside and downside of investing in social media. You’ll see that I’m often critical of the expectations set by social media consultants – but that doesn’t mean I’m critical of social media. I save tons of time and effort sharing wisdom with peers and conversing with brands online. I have no doubt that my time spent on social media has been

Social Media Advertising Growth and Its Impact on Digital Marketing

Marketers have had to change nearly every aspect of their ad approaches to keep up with consumer behavior and technological trends. This infographic, How Social Media Has Changed The Ad Game from MDG Advertising, provides some of the key factors driving and influencing the shift toward social media advertising. When social media advertising first arrived on the scene, marketers used it to simply connect with their audiences. However, today’s marketers have had to change many

SEO: 5 Trends to Optimize for Google Organic Search

A question that I’ve fielded at two events I spoke at regionally was how companies should be dividing their marketing budget for maximum impact. There’s no easy answer to this. It requires that companies fully comprehend the impact of their current marketing dollars, understanding how each channel impacts the other, and still have some funds for testing and innovation on strategies they have not adopted. One focus of every marketing budget, though, should continue to

Video: Social versus Search Smackdown

I think MDG Advertising was trying to make some of us throw a gasket when we read the title of this infographic video they put together, Social vs Search Smackdown: A Battle of Internet Marketing Titans. But, alas, they come to their senses by the end of the video. When we started our agency, the industry was littered with specialty agencies. In fact, the first piece of advice I received from an agency owner was

Engage! Business Rules and Social Media

For the past month, I’ve been reading Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web. This is not a light read – a complete guide may be an understatement! It’s a book you really need to sit down, concentrate on and digest one page at a time. Brian has outdone himself with this book – it’s comprehensive and may cover every element of branding, the