Jared DeLuca

The Digital Self Powers #AdobeSummit

Image from: Ann Lewnes Last week, part of the Compete team (@iamerickeating, @CPBulger, @greggpoulin, and @delucajared) traveled to Salt Lake City for this year’s Adobe Digital Marketing Summit. The theme of this year’s Summit focused on the power of the “digital self.” The concept of the “digital self” is the future of online marketing; every touch with potential customers will be tied back to social in some way, and the

It’s getting late, are you gamifying your email marketing?

You use emails to deliver advertisements, contact new prospects, drive sales, build customer loyalty, and increase brand awareness; as an online marketer, you can’t live without some type of email marketing strategy in place. According to a recent report by Forrester Research, American marketers will spend nearly $77B on interactive marketing by 2016 and almost $2.5B of that will be spent on email marketing alone!

Is LinkedIn Becoming A More Personal Professional Network?

Image from: AISPIX by Image Source / Shutterstock LinkedIn has secured their seat as one of the most widely used social networks on the web and since they went public last year, they’ve seen even more explosive growth and remains a site to keep an eye on (even with all the recent buzz about Pinterest). What was once thought of as an online résumé repository has quickly become much more.

Free Report: Learn Better Business Blogging

You see them everywhere, all the time, offering tips and building brands. Blogs! Blogging isn’t just a way to increase brand awareness. You can ultimately drive revenue through your company’s blog once you know what to do. If you’re just trying to dip your toe into the blogosphere or you already consider yourself a pro, you should never stop striving for better blogging. The Compete Pulse (blog.compete.com) has risen through

Free Report: Social Media Not Just for Show

Even though it may be the latest craze to hit the marketing industry, social media for businesses is no longer a taboo subject. With thousands of the largest brands around the world jumping on the social media bandwagon, why should your company be left behind? Before you even start to think about diving head first into the social sphere, you must carefully research what’s best for your brand. How do

Free Report: Outsmart Your Rivals with Competitive Intelligence

You wouldn’t start a business without the proper knowledge and research into what the market is doing. Why should your marketing strategy for that business be any different? Using competitive intelligence is a crucial component for gauging your marketing performance against the efforts of your competitors. By doing a little research before you develop and build your new marketing strategy, you can see what is working and what’s not for

Komen Aborts Decision to Defund Planned Parenthood

Image from: Africa Studio / Shutterstock You’ve undoubtedly heard the controversy this week about the nation’s largest breast cancer awareness charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, deciding to cut ties with health services organization Planned Parenthood. Supposedly based on a recent government investigation of Planned Parenthood, the Komen organization decided to halt their sizable donations to the family planning non-profit. As of this morning, however, Komen decided to flip

Free Report: Let Focus Fix Your Marketing Efforts

When you’re developing your marketing strategy, there can be a lot of pitfalls that you’ll have to avoid. Focusing too much on one area of your plan can have dire consequences for other areas of your strategy that are neglected. Optimizing that focus is critically important! Increasing conversion rates for your online visitors is an extremely common problem for sites with an e-commerce component. By focusing on the customers that

Should GoDaddy say uncle?

Image from: Edw / Shutterstock Known for their overtly sexual advertisements, an elephant-hunting CEO, and supporting questionable Internet legislation, domain registrar GoDaddy.com has been in the news lately more than ever. Even after completely reversing their stance on the controversial SOPA legislation that got put to rest late last week, GoDaddy has been suffering from an influx of lost customers and bad publicity. I decided to check out the data

Free Report: The State of Social Media

Starting with The State of the Social Media: First Edition, Compete will be releasing a white paper series covering your favorite marketing channels including search, social, and email. Marketing is a fast-paced industry and consumer behavior is anything but stagnant. Your knowledge of your potential customers should also be dynamic. For this first installment, we’ll showcase insights gleaned from Compete PRO data to illustrate how your potential customers are using

Get Smart About Content: Louis C.K.’s DIY Video is No Joke

Image from: LouisCK.net Every good marketer knows that although content is king, the means by which people produce and consume that content are constantly changing, and no one understands the changing face of content like the entertainment industry. One of the most prolific comedians of his time, Louis C.K. has been innovating with his content for years. Most recently, he released his fourth stand-up special, Live at the Beacon Theater.