marketing

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

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

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.

RE:CONNECT. The Connection Project Book

Internet. Social. Mobile. These innovations are giving us the ability to understand—and connect with—customers in new and exciting ways and will drive marketing trends far into the future. It’s fitting, then, that The Connection Project was the theme of the 2011 Digital CMO Summit, during which more than 150 industry leaders shared their success marketing to increasingly connected customers, winning over their hearts, minds, and wallets. But, why “Project”? Because

Affiliates Pining for Pinterest

Pinterest is the new popular kid on the Internet, getting featured in media outlets like celebrity gossip does on tabloids. What people aren’t talking about however is the opportunity that exists for more ‘behind the scenes businesses.’ Those amazing symbiotic or parasitic relationships where third parties benefit from Pinterest’s new hype, sort of like Entourage™ with a cast of publishers, affiliates, and merchants.

The Weekly Compete Pulse

I don’t know about you, but I am still full from Thanksgiving dinner. One thing I find that’s always best to fill up on after a meal is digital dessert. If you’ve got some time this weekend, check out these great articles we found interesting for online marketers. Did you know that Facebook is now bigger than the ENTIRE Internet was in 2004? Now, more than ever, it’s important to

Digital CMO Series: John Bell, Managing Director, Oglivy 360

“Even Social Media needs brand management.” At the 2011 Digital CMO Summit, John Bell, Managing Director at Ogilvy 360 shared his thought provoking presentation – Overcoming the CMO’s Dilemma. John discussed a number of key questions and challenges that CMO’s are facing as brands begin to move from “experimentation into operationalizing” social media.  It’s not as simple as senior marketing executives finally “getting it.” CMOs and their immediate teams are

The Weekly Compete Pulse

With Halloween over, the holiday shopping season has officially kicked into high gear! Our Retail team is prepared to update you every step of the way. Just yesterday, we released our first report: Compete Holiday Insights 2011. Whether you’re making your holiday shopping list, planning a Thanksgiving dinner, or just relaxing with family today, find some time to catch up on articles we found interesting for online marketers this week.

Best Buy’s Best Bet

Much of the news surrounding Best Buy has been hardly positive this year.  The big-box electronics retailer recently announced a 30% drop in quarterly profits.  Plans are also in the works to cut the square footage of Best Buy’s stores by 10%. Analysts have suggested that Best Buy has struggled for the same reasons many other bricks-and-mortar retailers have: Amazon.  Some have gone as far to say that Best Buy

Why Marketers Should Care About Annoying Facebook “Friends”

We all know by now –  Facebook, widespread as it is and rich in consumer data as it is, cannot be ignored as a marketing and advertising channel – paid, owned, earned, or all of the above.  And as such, targeting and segmentation becomes an obvious consideration in any marketer’s Facebook campaign strategy.  These segments and personas emerge not just from a consumer’s registered demographic data or even the pages