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Yearly Archives: 2017

Time Inc.: 90% of Consumers Welcome Custom Content from Brands

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There's a lot of talk these days about whether or not traditional advertising is "dead." Some argue that the Mad Men-type mindset of finding the right pitch and getting it in front of as many consumers as possible simply isn't as effective as more modern methods. Other evidence suggests that traditional advertising is just as trusted and effective as it's ever been.

According to a new study from Time Inc., though, it's likely that younger generations will increasingly respond to and expect value from brands that traditional advertising simply can't provide. What will help business provide that value? Content.

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Email Marketing Continues Massive Growth Trend

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The number of marketing channels and strategies available to brands has skyrocketed in the last decade, and there doesn't seem to be any sign of this trend slowing. Emerging options involving artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), combined with ever-increasing and detailed customer data, can make it seem as though older techniques will lose out in the quest for finding the highest ROI.

Email marketing, often found in a debate about whether it's "dead" or not, is one of those techniques. Despite its relative age, though, a new report from Salesforce says that email marketing is not simply just alive - it's booming.

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Study: Google's AMP Increases Content Engagement by 35%

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), launched just over a year ago, has already become an extremely popular mobile SEO tool. It's being used by over 2 billion pages across 900,000 different domains, and it's likely that these numbers will continue to grow throughout this year.

The reason why is simple: AMP is an open-source publishing format that uses a special type of HTML, allowing pages clicked on in Google's search results to load rapidly on mobile devices. According to a new study from web analytics firm Chartbeat, this increase in speed also leads to an increase in content engagement.

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8 Marketing Takeaways from Meeker's 2017 Internet Trends Report

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There is perhaps no more authoritative source for internet statistics than Mary Meeker, a financial analyst and venture capitalist whose 1995 book, The Internet Report, was a landmark in internet study. Since the mid-2000s, Meeker has delivered the annual Internet Trends Report, which is an exhaustive account of how people are using the internet and predictions for the future.

This year's massive, 355-slide report covers everything from online gaming to fitness wearables to internet usage in China. Marketers in particular should keep the following revelations from the report in mind:

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Study Says Review Sites Get More Conversions Than Search or Social

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When it comes to local SEO and marketing, many small businesses simply don't have the time or resources to devote to every potential strategy. A company concentrating on content production and social media promotion, for example, may not be able to devote the time needed run an AdWords campaign in an effective way.

Any business that's trying to weigh the potential ROI of search engine marketing, social media, email marketing and other local marketing tactics may want to consider the results of a new study and focus their efforts on review sites instead.

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