10 online marketing strategies to make you a unicorn [infographic]

Everyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with unicorns – not just the magical beasts you’ll often find hanging out near rainbows but marketing unicorns. What’s a marketing unicorn, you ask? It’s one of those magical campaigns that’s so effective it performs in the top 1-3% of all marketing campaigns. Marketing unicorns are so special…

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Strategies You Need To Try in 2017, According to 13 Digital Marketing Experts

Image via Shutterstock. Has anyone in the history of the world ever kept a New Year’s resolution? I know I haven’t. But that doesn’t stop me from making them year after year and convincing myself that this will be the year for life-altering change. And then my credit card gets charged for my monthly gym…

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17 link resolutions for 2017

Back in 2014, I had 14 link resolutions. For 2017, I have 17 for you. Maybe you’re doing some or all of the following already; congratulations if that’s true, as you’re much more proactive than most. If you aren’t doing any, start with just a couple — but please, please, please make sure you do the…

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The fake information epidemic and how it will hurt local search in 2017

pinocchio-toy-lies Fake news and its influence on the election dominated headlines for weeks as fabricated news reports went viral and the election results shocked the nation. But fake news is just one tentacle of a troubling and growing trend of fake media content. The headlines simply brought to light what is a much wider problem:…

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Don’t Ever Launch an Overlay Without This Checklist [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Did you know I’m psychic? It’s true. Your favourite color is orange. You once lived on Chestnut Lane. You’ve googled “email best practices” at some point in your marketing career. Okay, so one out of three ain’t bad — amirite? The point is, best practices are important to marketers. Whether it’s email, landing pages or…

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Why Your Website Needs a Storyteller Instead of a Designer

Your website is the hub of your online presence – period. (Well, maybe that’s not exactly true from you right now, but it must be!) As such, it has to do some heavy lifting and that heavy lifting must extend far beyond the interactive brochure still built today by many business owners. Your website must…

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Amazon launches Digital Day, a new sales holiday for digital products

Over the past two years we’ve seen Amazon excel at creating demand for Prime Day, a Amazon-generated sales holiday. This week Amazon is launching a new sales day on digital media dubbed “Digital Day.” The first Digital Day will be a 24 hour event held tomorrow, Friday December 30th and is marketed like a Black…

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Individualization: Mobile marketing’s next step

Throughout my column this year, a few topics have come up again and again. Most notably, I’ve discussed the Mobile Engagement Crisis — the idea that marketers are failing to connect with users, despite spending a huge amount of resources on winning them over in the first place. Yes, they’re getting the initial download. But getting…

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Report: US advertisers spent $17.6 billion on digital ads in Q3

According to IAB data out today, US advertisers spent $17.6 billion on digital ads in Q3. The trade organization said this was “the highest third quarter for digital advertising spending on record, and represents a 20 percent increase over the same time period in 2015.” It also represents a 4.3 percent sequential increase over Q2.…

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3 ways in-house do-it-yourselfers can prepare for PPC management

Does this sound familiar to you? Your company has finally agreed to spend some resources on pay-per-click (PPC), but instead of hiring a PPC professional or agency, they want you or perhaps Sally down the hall to take on the role of managing PPC. Never mind that you and Sally already have full-time jobs and…

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