How to Find Your Target Audience

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When I first started out in marketing, I thought traffic was everything. I wanted to be as big as companies like HubSpot . Just look at the image above and you’ll see how many visitors they are getting. They generate 29.61 million visitors a month from 11.74 million people. And those visitors produce roughly 10 billion dollars of market cap . Now, let’s look at NeilPatel.com. Can you guess how many visitors I’m getting each month? I’m generating roughly 8.717 million visitors a month from 3.616 million people. When you look at it from a unique visitor perspective, HubSpot is getting 3.24 times more unique visitors than me. So, in theory, I should be worth roughly 3 times less than them, right? Well, technically I’m not even worth 1/10th of them. Not even close. Why is that? It’s because I didn’t go after the right target audience, while HubSpot did. …

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Five ways data is transforming the brand-agency relationship

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30-second summary: Data-intelligence provider Infogroup published a guide that contains five use cases that agencies can use to better serve the changing needs of brands and clients. The use cases cover a variety of topics from creating new client pitches to developing personas using intelligence, and improving campaign performance. You can download the free guide, How Consumer Data Can Deliver the Ultimate Competitive Advantage for Agencies, from ClickZ. Infogroup is an intelligence company that offers a variety of data-driven products and services for agencies, marketers, and brands. The company—soon to be renamed Data Axle —provides data solutions to enterprise-level companies, SMBs, nonprofits, agencies and more. Headquartered in Texas, Infogroup was founded over 45 years ago. During that time, they’ve built two of the industry’s most robust business and consumer databases. Some of their top-tier clients include Aetna, eBay, Allstate, and March of Dimes. Infogroup recently published a paper aimed at …

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Five problems with B2B content (and how to fix them)

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30-second summary: Businesses expect a lot from their B2B content, which can make its failures deeply disappointing. There are five common problems that sabotage the effectiveness of your content. They are: focusing on your needs over your audience’s needs, failing to tie it to the buying cycle, inconsistency, poor (or no) management, and the lack of a champion or leader. Each of these top problems is addressed using data from the Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) 2020 report. The overarching problem with content is that it must be part of a company-wide initiative that leverages internal and external resources, strategy, and intention or you risk creating an asset that does not contribute to company growth. Content is the fuel that powers both inbound and outbound marketing efforts. Whatever form it takes—paid ads, video, images, blog posts, social media posts, case studies, webinars, infographics, whitepapers, eBooks…well, you get the picture—its end goal …

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17 ways PPC can help your business survive economic crisis

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People are clicking, but are they buying? WHEN will they buy? Are they buying too much too fast? When will stores reopen and foot traffic resume? Consumer demand is evaporating for some businesses, while others may be unable to fulfill orders due to supply chain disruptions or shipping challenges. Dynamics shift daily, if not hourly. Now some good news: Search marketing is adaptable, measurable, and when done correctly, cost effective. Even with shifting data models, PPC pros can use timely trends to guide strategic decisions. COVID dashboards Tinuiti has created a useful dashboard that provides a look at trends in paid Facebook media since the pandemic took hold. It requires you to sign up (free, with your email) and offers insights into media spend by key verticals. Tinuiti advertising spend tracker shows changes in ad spend week over week and month over month. The dashboard is regularly updated with week-on-week …

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How to improve your digital marketing with competitor analysis

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30-second summary: SEMrush have created the guide ‘How to Do Online Competitor Analysis’ to help you start looking at what your competitors are doing. Analyzing your competitors’ digital marketing strategy can help you optimize your campaign and your upcoming ideas to improve both your short and long-term wins. A website traffic analysis can help you learn more about your biggest competitors, their performance the past months, their audience and whether there had been any big changes to their results. A good way to get started is to explore the general overview of your competitors’ digital strategy, their traffic, the most popular locations and whether there are any seasonal trends. The analysis will help you dive deeper into the market trends and how they compare to your own performance. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to run a successful advertising campaign. It’s okay to look at your competitors’ ads to …

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17 ways PPC can help your business survive economic crisis

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People are clicking, but are they buying? WHEN will they buy? Are they buying too much too fast? When will stores reopen and foot traffic resume? Consumer demand is evaporating for some businesses, while others may be unable to fulfill orders due to supply chain disruptions or shipping challenges. Dynamics shift daily, if not hourly. Now some good news: Search marketing is adaptable, measurable, and when done correctly, cost effective. Even with shifting data models, PPC pros can use timely trends to guide strategic decisions. COVID dashboards Tinuiti has created a useful dashboard that provides a look at trends in paid Facebook media since the pandemic took hold. It requires you to sign up (free, with your email) and offers insights into media spend by key verticals. Tinuiti advertising spend tracker shows changes in ad spend week over week and month over month. The dashboard is regularly updated with week-on-week …

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Brands aren’t using the full slate of available first-party data

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30-second summary: Invoca surveyed 500 B2C marketers within a range of industries, each of whom oversee a budget of over $1 million, to gain insight into how they view first-party data and what they’re using to access and collect data. 90% of respondents are confident or very confident with purchase history data followed by 86% with company website data. Phone call data was lowest on the list of data sources that inspire confidence. Websites were the number one source of data that marketers used to inform digital marketing strategy, followed by mobile apps and purchase history. Just 26% of respondents listed phone call data as a source that informed their digital marketing strategy. Most marketers don’t have a clear vision of how to leverage data across channels. Respondents who use call tracking were more likely than those who didn’t to invest in both online and offline conversations. 92% of respondents …

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5 data-driven solutions to the global disruption of supply chains

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Supply chains were already tested by the trade wars, and the pandemic made things that much worse. It’s time for companies to get smart—and a better data strategy is the key. The pandemic is testing supply chains in a manner few have seen in our lifetimes, with businesses struggling to predict demand and keep factory lines moving. The weaknesses exposed by this crisis are not brand new, but they should be a wake-up call that current strategies are not sustainable. Read Full Story

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Four steps to ABM fueled targeting for B2B marketers

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30-second summary: Account-based marketing (ABM) is a B2B growth strategy that emphasizes targeting high-quality accounts by creating audience segments and maintaining an account-based funnel. Successful implementation of ABM requires that your marketing and sales teams are coordinated and that both teams approach ABM together. There are four accessible steps that companies can take to switch from traditional leads-based marketing to an ABM. These steps include: understanding the importance of high-value accounts, aligning marketing and sales teams, measuring and tracking what’s important, and investing in the right tools. Account-based marketing (ABM) is a B2B growth strategy that emphasizes targeting high-quality accounts over generating large quantities of leads. While an ABM approach may include both leads-based and accounts-based funnels, the emphasis with ABM is not on maintaining a high volume of leads, but on focusing your resources on fewer, more qualified, and higher-value prospects. Companies that are successful at implementing ABM tend …

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