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U.S. Auto Industry: 2012 in Review

2012 was a year of recovery for the U.S. auto industry. Sales reached a post-recession high 14.4 million units, the best performance in 5 years and up 13% over 2011. At the same time Japanese manufacturers, reeling a year ago with post-tsunami inventory shortages came storming back to post 20%+ sales gains in 2012. Lastly, GM and Chrysler began to shed their bankruptcy status, with Chrysler especially posting solid sales gains…

3 Steps in Picking the Perfect Affiliate Partners

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways you can sell your product. There are a lot of advantages to having someone else sell for you, including exposure to an audience you may have never reached on your own. Building out your affiliate program is like choosing your friends; you need to carefully pick and choose who you work with since they will be directly representing your brand and…

Seeing Between the Lines of the Search and the Click

Image from: Online Search / Shutterstock Search marketing is an intense and competitive battlefield, and for those of us in the trenches it can feel like being dropped in an unknown location without a map or GPS to guide us. To date, the ability to track actual consumer behavior from a search to a click has been virtually non-existent. Because search engine results pages (SERPs) are different for every consumer

5 Things Every Marketer Should Know About The Consumer Path to Purchase

Image from: Online Purchase / Shutterstock The introduction of new devices, platforms, content and all around new ways to engage consumers has fundamentally changed the way consumers build relationships with and become customers of brands. In order to meaningfully engage with consumers at moments when they are most receptive to brand messaging, understanding the consumer’s path to purchase has become a need to know rather than a nice to know.

Ecommerce Tip: Find Your Customers When They’re Most Ready To Buy

Image from: Shopping Mouse / Shutterstock It sounds obvious, but if you’re responsible for optimizing an ecommerce channel for a brand or client, you need to be focusing on the entire life cycle of your customer. This way you you can understand when they’re most likely to buy and focus your online marketing spend on the correct channels. Because new and returning customers will be buying from you directly, online, you should

Understand Consumer Behavior, Watch Referral Traffic Pour In

Image from: Connections and Referrals / Shutterstock As a “results-driven” online marketer, it’s easy to get caught up in analytics and numbers. Figures and statistics keep your boss less sadistic. That’s a saying, right? Taking a step back and actually thinking about your prospective customers seems like common sense, but not thinking about them is a mistake we marketers make every day. Instead of driving referral traffic to our sites

Your Report Card Is In; Search Marketing Plays Well With Others

Image from: Student Image / Shutterstock The old model of communication (sender -> receiver) doesn’t really cut it anymore, especially with the ubiquity of social media in our digital world. Your search marketing efforts shouldn’t be any different. Allowing your search ads to be more interactive for consumers is a great way to increase engagement with your paid search campaigns, and at the same time, shows your potential customers that

The Impact of the Mobile Shopper

This white paper explores the continued evolution of the online shopper and the impact of the mobile shopper. Currently, consumers conduct 11% of their online shopping on mobile devices. As mobile phones and tablets become more prevalent, consumers will continue to shift their online shopping from PCs to mobile devices. Included in this whitepaper are some tips and recommendations to help retailers and brands prepare for the shift into m-commerce. Download the free e-book and learn:

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: U.S. Auto Industry: 2011 in Review

Image from: Eric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock 2011 was a dynamic year for the U.S. automotive industry led by an increase in demand for new vehicles that resulted in a market-wide sales increase for the second consecutive year. In this special analysis, Kantar Media Compete will investigate several of these key 2011 storylines at a market-wide, make, and model level. Download this free whitepaper and you’ll learn: – At