*This blog post first appeared on Waxing Unlyrical on Dec 4 If you are a communications pro, I don’t need to tell you that influencer marketing is hot and could soon outpace traditional paid media spend. Everyone is jumping on the influencer marketing bandwagon because it’s all the rage, just like every other fly-by-night new trend.
Modern, effective marketing requires a digital presence. For marketers used to the tried and true tactics of ‘traditional’ marketing, that can be daunting. Luckily, evolving marketing platforms provide our industry more touch points for reaching audiences—rather than making previous efforts suddenly useless. As digital becomes more integrated into marketing mixes, it’s important to look ahead and watch for trends.
Since Strategic America opened its doors almost 40 years ago, finding a way to help others has been at the core of our business. As we approach a season full of gratitude and appreciation, it’s also a time where we are reminded of the importance of giving back. SA and our employees have partnered with a number of organizations to find meaningful ways to give back to the community – whether it be serving on a board, providing our talents and services, volunteering time or raising funds.
Traditionally, direct marketing has fallen into three areas: outbound calling, direct mail and email marketing. These channels are the go-to choices for marketers looking for response. Marketing is evolving quickly in the digital world, though, and making a big impact on direct marketing. Every business must acquire new customers for continued growth. Deciding on whom to target usually comes from profiling the existing customer base and creating a targeted marketing list.
I love analyzing data. For some clients that means taking data from one source. For others, it means sorting through multiple data sources with different formats from different data platforms. When that happens, a once easy data analysis project becomes a bit more difficult. More difficult, but not impossible. Luckily, one thing I love as much as analyzing data is solving problems.
Happy Birthday Google! We probably should have expected that Google would be throwing a celebration for their 20th anniversary. And by “celebration” I really mean completely changing the search landscape again. So, on Monday, September 24, Google made a series of announcements to show off their long-term plan to completely alter how search works … and some of it has already been implemented for a few months now.
MozCon 2018 was a busy event for me. There were smart, charismatic speakers on stage and opportunities to network with SEOs from around the world. I quickly made it my goal to not only attend the sessions and learn from the speakers, but to also see what other professionals in the industry were doing. I was suspicious that the pros on stage would hold back on the insights and speak more openly when there was less of a chance that they would be misquoted on Twitter, or that their key competitive advantages would become widely known.
Have you ever attended a conference or lecture where the keynote speaker spoke eloquently and with defined authority, yet didn’t refer to a presentation or any notes? Those individuals are mesmerizing to watch. Steve Jobs had the ability to speak in a manner that caught his audience in rapt attention. Martin Luther King, Jr., moved the hearts and minds of millions with not only his words but his vocal tone, body language and timing.
This summer, we were lucky enough to welcome four great interns into our office. Jamie, Maria, Wes Rosie were great additions to SA. We believe in making our interns part of our team—no busy work around here. Now that school’s back in session, it’s time to take a look back at their time at SA.
A user-centered content strategy is a critical component of delivering functional web design. I attended a couple of workshops at Confab this spring to strengthen my process-driven approach to web projects. Scott Kubie’s workshop about user-centered content strategy was about why we need to ‘fall in love’ with our users and map out meaningful journeys across our websites.