5 Marketing Trends to Look Out for in 2019

Posted by Emily Watson on Jan 30, 2019 11:01:45 AM

Another year has passed, which means an open road ahead of us to be on the lookout for the latest trends and technologies in marketing.  This is a fast-paced business. Things are constantly changing from day to day. What might have been “in” last year, could be gone completely, or revamped for the next year. To bring in the new year, we wanted to showcase some of the top marketing trends you will be seeing in 2019. These articles give great insight on what the future of marketing looks like. You won’t want to miss these trends:

  1. Using Chatbots 
  2. Brand Authenticity
  3. Interactive Video
  4. Content is King
  5. Gen Z
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Topics: Marketing Tactics, Strategic Planning, Key Trends, Small Businesses, Social Media Tactics, Brand Awareness, Marketing Operations

The Friday Five: Destination Marketing in a Small Town

Posted by Emily Watson on Jul 27, 2018 8:06:00 AM
This week's Friday Five is focused destination marketing. Destination marketing is used promote any place people may want to visit such as a town, city, region or country. The main goal is to attract more visitors to a certain location in hopes to help the overall economic health.  Here are some great articles and resources that focus on why destination marketing in a small town is so important:
  1. How to Make a Small Town a Big Deal 
  2. Marketing a Small Town
  3. Here's What Google Thinks: Five 'Next Practices' in Destination Marketing 
  4. 5 Killer Tourism Marketing Campaigns That Make Us Want to Travel
  5. Sustainable Tourism: Five Essentials for Rural Areas and Small Towns

 

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Topics: Case Studies, Economic Development, Marketing Tactics, Tourism Industry, Brand Awareness, Marketing Operations

The ROI of Not Doing Marketing Correctly

Posted by Ron Mattocks on Aug 17, 2017 9:43:12 AM

Whenever I see a headline proclaiming the ROI of inbound marketing I am more often than not disappointed to discover that associated content is nothing more than a water downed breakdown of valid, but otherwise meaningless statistics related to factors contributing to ROI. Sure these facts have their place, but for a guy with real-world P&L experience at a Fortune 500 company they don’t necessarily close the gap between conceptual and the bottom line.

One of the reasons for this, I believe, is that some marketers aren’t quite sure what to look at exactly. Cost per lead? Cost per customer acquisition? Sales cycle? HubSpot, in fact, found in their 2013 State of Inbound report that 34% of business cannot or do not calculate ROI from their marketing. To be fair, tracking the ROI of inbound marketing is a difficult proposition that requires both time and consistency, two commodities marketers often have to bargain with upper management to get. Even so, employing an inbound marketing strategy is still better than the alternate ROI of not doing inbound. What’s key is knowing where to plug in the right numbers.

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Topics: Measuring Marketing, Return on Investment, Sales Pipeline Growth, Sales Alignment, Strategic Planning, Marketing Budgets, Lead Generation, Marketing Operations, Marketing Fails

Marketing ROI: Return on Information

Posted by Ron Mattocks on Aug 15, 2017 9:47:19 AM

A while back I heard an interesting take on the true meaning of the Information Age. The premise of the speaker’s argument was that we shouldn’t think of it as the Information Age because there is so much information at our disposal, but instead it’s because we have the ability to pull from that sea of facts and figures only the information relevant to what we are looking for.

This idea is particularly applicable when it comes to Big Data, and for marketers there has been an explosion in the volume, variety, and velocity of data we can access. For companies, like Amazon, that can harness this information and act upon it, they have the upper hand while the rest are left floundering in it.

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Topics: Marketing Tactics, Measuring Marketing, Return on Investment, Marketing Technology, Strategic Planning, Marketing Budgets, Industrial Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing Operations

Technology Won't Fix Alignment of Your Sales and Marketing

Posted by Ron Mattocks on Aug 11, 2017 10:13:38 AM

In another lifetime while managing the purchasing department at a large home-building company I inherited the task of overseeing the implementation of an online software program that construction managers in the field were to use in scheduling and paying vendors. For 2003 such an application of technology in an industry that’s a slow adopter anyway was considered radical. In theory the software claimed it would reduce build-time and issue checks faster. Reality, however, was another matter. Remember I said I inherited this project. The guy before me was let go, so no pressure.

Naturally the grizzled construction managers who relied on phones and faxes to get homes built blamed the technology. It was too impractical and full of glitches. The contractors were equally distrustful. For them the software doubled scheduled their crews and issued the wrong payment amounts. Since this initiative was dictated by corporate, pulling the plug was not an option, and thus, getting to the root of things fell to me. After digging into the matter I soon discovered that the problem was us and had nothing to do with the software whatsoever.

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Topics: Measuring Marketing, Marketing Technology, Sales Pipeline Growth, Sales Alignment, Strategic Planning, Industrial Marketing, Lead Generation, Marketing Operations, Marketing Fails

 

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