The 8 Characteristics of a “V”ery Good Brand

The 8 Characteristics of a “V”ery Good Brand

On Edge of the Web Radio, we’ve been discussing branding the last couple weeks. To be honest, for years I used to poo-poo the idea of branding. A bunch of touchy-feely people arguing about the hue of green in a logo seemed preposterous to me. As did the price tag of branding agencies that charged tens of even hundreds of thousands of dollars. My background …

Your Sales Lead Follow Up Template

Sales Lead Follow Up Template

What’s your plan of attack on following up on sales leads? I’m afraid we often fall short… meeting with a prospect and then neglecting to follow up and stay top of mind. It’s a difficult strategy to get in place and a good reason to invest in a CRM and sales automation like our clients at Salesvue. MarketBridge is a company that specializes in bridging …

I Wish Marketers Would Stop Saying This…

Stop Saying This

Jenn and I visited the headquarters of Interactive Intelligence this week and got to sit down their their digital marketing team and one of the questions that popped up was if we ever put an infographic behind a registration. We quickly answered that we had never done that before. The Interactive team said they’d done a test with both a whitepaper and infographic and 0% …

How to Deploy a Successful Marketing Automation Strategy

Successful Marketing Automation Deployment Strategies

How do you deploy a successful marketing automation strategy? For many businesses, this is the million (or more) dollar question. And it’s an excellent question to be asking. However, first you must ask, what classifies as a successful marketing automation strategy? What is a Successful Marketing Automation Strategy? It starts with a goal or set of goals. There are a few key goals that help …

3 Rules of Psychology in Sales and Marketing

Psychology of Sales and Marketing

There were a group of my friends and colleagues that had recently gotten together to opine over what’s wrong with the agency industry. For the most part, it’s that the agencies that execute well often struggle more and charge less. The agencies that sell well charge more and struggle less. That’s a wacky thought, I know, but see it over and over. This infographic from …

40 Sites to Discover or Promote Your Marketing Apps and Tools

Find tools online

Quite a few people wonder how we’re able to find such a wide array of marketing technology platforms and tools out there that they hadn’t heard of yet or that may even be beta. Aside from customized alerts we have setup through our partner Meltwater, there are some great resources out there for finding tools. I was recently sharing my list with Matthew Gonzales at …

What Metrics to Measure Content Marketing Effectiveness With

29 Essential Content Metrics

Because building content authority requires time and momentum, companies often get frustrated with measuring the effectiveness of the strategy and aligning those metrics with revenue generated. We tend to discuss metrics in the terms of leading indicators and actual conversion metrics. The two are related, but it requires some work to recognize the impact of – example – likes on conversions. Perhaps the Facebook likes …

26 Steps to Creating a Successful Ecommerce Business in 2015

Ultimate Guide to Building Your Online Ecommerce Business

By 2017, ecommerce sales are estimated to reach $434 billion in the United States. We’ve been actually developing this site to add some ecommerce solutions and strategies after testing some automated reporting solutions last year. Much more to come in the next few months – we promise! Ecommerce Platforms developed this infographic with ecommerce strategies that will help you develop a sustainable business and focus …

Hug Your Haters? Maybe It’s Love Your Lovers!

Love Your Lovers

Jay Baer’s closing keynote was one of the best I’ve seen at Social Media Marketing World. Jay discussed his upcoming book, Hug Your Haters. His presentation was fantastic and teased some amazing research from Tom Webster and his team on how investment in resolving complaints swiftly and strategically would grow your business. The presentation speaks to some fantastic examples of companies responding to complaints and …

5 Key Website Metric Categories You Should Be Analyzing

5 Key Website Metric Categories

The advent of big data has brought about many different conversations concerning analytics, tracking and measured marketing. As marketers, we definitely know the importance of tracking our efforts, but we can get overwhelmed with what we’re supposed to be tracking and what we’re not; what, at the end of the day, should we be spending our time on? While there are literally hundreds of metrics …