About Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is the founder of The Marketing Technology Blog. Doug is the CMO of CircuPress and CEO of DK New Media, an agency specializing in assisting marketing technology companies with their inbound marketing - leveraging social media, blogging, search engine optimization, pay per click and public relations. Their clients include Angie's List, Mindjet, Webtrends and many more. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies. If you're interested in having Douglas speak, please propose an event!

Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers

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Most startups end in failure.  Almost every failed startup has a product. What failed startups don’t have is traction — real customer growth. This book introduces startup founders and employees to the “Bullseye Framework,” a five-step process successful companies use to get traction. This framework helps founders find the marketing channel that will be key to unlocking the next stage of growth. Traction is a guide to getting customers, written for startup founders, marketers, and those interested in how today’s startups grow and get traction. This book shows you how the founders of several of the biggest companies and organizations in the world like Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Alexis Ohanian (Reddit), Paul English (Kayak.com) and Alex Pachikov (Evernote) have built and grown their startups. We interviewed over forty successful founders and researched countless more growth stories to pull out the repeatable tactics and strategies they used to get traction. “Many entrepreneurs who build great products simply don’t have a good distribution strategy.” — Mark Andreessen, venture capitalist Too often, startups spend months (or years) building a product only to struggle with traction once they launch. This struggle has startups trying random tactics – some ads, a blog post or two – in an unstructured way that leads to failure. Traction shows readers how to systematically approach marketing, and covers how successful businesses have grown through each of the following channels: Viral Marketing Public Relations (PR) Unconventional PR Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Social and Display Ads Offline Ads Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Content Marketing Email Marketing Engineering as Marketing Target Market Blogs Business Development (BD) Sales Affiliate Programs Existing Platforms Trade Shows Offline Events Speaking Engagements Community Building This book draws on interviews we conducted with the following individuals: Jimmy Wales, Co-founder of Wikipedia Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of reddit Eric Ries, Author of The Lean Startup Sam Yagan, Co-founder of OkCupid and CEO of Match.com Jason Cohen, Founder of WP Engine Chris Fralic, Partner at First Round Capital Rand Fishkin, Founder of SEOmoz Noah Kagan, Founder of AppSumo Jason Kincaid, Blogger at TechCrunch Alex Pachikov, Co-founder of Evernote  Ryan Holiday, Exec at American Apparel Andrew Warner, Founder of Mixergy Garry Tan, Partner at Y Combinator and many more. Continue reading

What is Growth Hacking? Does it Really Differ from Traditional Marketing?

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Growth hacking is a term that’s all the rage right now. In all honesty, I can’t stand it… I feel like we’re on a merry go-round with terminology sometimes when it comes to marketing. Growth hacking is simply guerilla marketing applied to the web with technologists. Because technology startups have a lot of analytical and programming talent internal, it’s only natural that those resources execute … Continue reading

Facebook Ads “Too Much Text” Guideline is Stupid

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We’re running some ads on Facebook to subscribers of the Marketing Technology Blog newsletter to also join our community on Facebook. To do this, we exported the subscribers from our email list that were most active and created a group in Facebook to target them specifically. One of the first ads I designed was an image that displayed many of our infographics as that’s always … Continue reading

If You’re Collecting Data, Your Customer Has These Expectations

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A recent report from Thunderhead.com redefines customer engagement in the age of digital transformation: Engagement 3.0: A New Model for Customer Engagement provides insight into the whole customer experience picture. Here are some key findings: 83% of customers feel positive about a business that puts to good use the information and data they hold on their customers, for example by highlighting details of products and … Continue reading

Listening Isn’t Enough. Your Social Strategy Needs these 4 Elements for Success!

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Absolutely love the message here from South Africa’s premium retailer Woolworths. Digital Editor Sam Wilson discusses how Socialbakers‘ products, Analytics and Builder, enable her team to drive brand engagement and deliver powerful social insights to company executives. Woolworth’s strategy is beyond simply listening and responding via social media. There are 4 other elements mentioned by Sam that have helped them succeed, both externally and with … Continue reading

How Trust and Online Purchase Behavior are Evolving

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Within the last few years, online purchase behavior has changed significantly online. Having a trusted site continues to be a key issue involved in any transaction and so consumers tended to buy from only sites they could trust. That trust was indicated through third party certificates, online reviews, or even a local retail presence. As commerce continues to move online, though. 40% of Internet users … Continue reading

What Is Tag Management? A List of Enterprise Tag Management Systems

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Some of the verbiage that people use in the industry can get confusing. If you’re talking about tagging with blogging, you probably mean selecting terms that are important to the article to tag it and make it easy to search for and find. Tag management is a totally different technology and solution. In my opinion, I think it’s poorly named… but it’s become the common … Continue reading

Beware of Guest Posts

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As you’re looking to develop content for your site, it’s always a challenge to keep up the desire for great content. You may be tempted to accept guest bloggers from time to time for your blog. Each and every day we get offers to pay for sponsored posts as well as requests for guest posts. We tested paid posts many moons ago and immediately stopped … Continue reading