Influencer marketing is one of the latest marketing buzzwords. A look at Google Trends shows that Google searches have been rising significantly. So what is influencer marketing and why should I care? Influencer marketing involves marketing products or services to those who have “influence” over how consumers buy. Similar to a celebrity endorsement or testimonial, except for the influencer doesn’t have to be a celebrity, more often the influence stems from that individual’s expertise or reputation.
The growth of any organization brings a level of excitement and, honestly, apprehension for all team members. Why? Because it means change – change to the physical space they sit in, who they sit next to, how far it is to the printer, what they do and even how they do it. Growth typically requires a review of the organization’s physical space needs.
As many businesses continue to grapple with how they will market their products or services to the generation known as “Millennials” or “Generation Y” (those persons born between 1982 and 1995), the next generation is already in position to surpass them in terms of consumer buying power. Get ready for Gen Z! Generation Z is defined as persons born after 1995, although most sources have yet to define the cutoff date.
We’ve often asked the questions, “What if…” This question has led to the design and development of our Metis SaaS field marketing platform. And has led to new and better ways to develop and deliver a client’s message. Recently, we found ourselves asking the question again: “What could we gain from bringing IBM’s Watson to SA for ourselves and our clients?” Well, we’re about to find out.
You hear the terminology digital ad fraud and you get scared. And you should. Integral Ad Science estimates the programmatic industry’s standard fraud rate to be 8.7 percent. You want your advertising dollars to contribute to your ROI, not to bots and swindlers. Digital fraud comes in many forms: invalid traffic, squatting, spoofing, scraping, malware, false reviews, and that next big thing fraudsters are likely concocting right this minute.
It might sound strange, but I like to see team sports participation on a resume. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never going to impact a hiring decision, but it does say something about experience. It doesn’t matter the sport. The higher the level, the better—but I think team sports are best. The lessons learned are lifelong: preparation, accountability, trusting others to do their part, a focus on the fundamentals, and of course, teamwork.
Weather impacts our daily lives dsbtlme. It affects our moods, what we wear, our activities and what we buy. And our mood affects our spending. Weather is the second biggest influence on our buying decisions after the economy. A temperature shift of just one degree impacts sales of numerable products. Sunlight has a significant positive effect on willingness-to-pay as shown in the chart below taken from the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.
Being a good team leader means you must know your team. You’re observant of everyone’s strengths and you let them know you notice their strengths. You understand how to make them happy and that’s what drives you to lead. I liken leading a happy team to leading a pack of dogs. Trust me, there are many similarities.
As 2016 comes to an end, we look to the horizon and watch 2017 break upon us. Typically throughout December, we see many “Best Of” blogs and articles discussing what in our industry has come and gone over the past 12 months. It is also a time to highlight successes. This year, Strategic America had many successes, both large and small.
What will the new year look like and deliver for businesses and marketers? Now’s the time to pause, look ahead and see what emerging trends and insights may suggest for 2017. What’s the headline? Change is upon us. Many are expecting solid economic growth. The markets began quickly weighing in with their expectations. The Dow 21,000 and beyond has been forecast.