You Don’t Have To Be Numbers Geek To Use Google Analytics

Even the name is a little intimidating. I mean, “analytics,” really? Just because you never really got any math that was more involved than Algebra 101, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate or won’t be able to use Google Analytics.

 

The bottom line of marketing

Marketing is creative, sure. But the proof of your marketing success will always come out in the numbers. So marketing, at its most basic, is understanding your bottom line. How else do you know if what you are ...

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Radio Is Still A Strong Marketing Tool

At FocalPoint, we talk a lot about digital media. But although we speak digital, it doesn’t mean we’ve lost the ability to swim in the more traditional modes of marketing. With brings us to radio advertising.

Like everything else in our rapidly evolving media landscape, radio reach is increasingly segmented with more choices than ever before. But – and because of this — radio advertising still has massive reach.

Interestingly, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau, despite radio only accounting for 11.4% ...

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Should Your Company Have A Retail App?

Retailer mobile app use by consumers actually doubled last year, according to RetailDive.com. These apps are quickly increasing in popularity for good reason – actually two good reasons. They appeal to consumers for their convenience as well as their speed.

Let’s face it, speed and convenience are incredibly important to your customer, no matter their age. Anything a business can do to enhance its customer’s experience is going to be remembered favorably with repeat business.

What kind of retail apps are we ...

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Should You Market Your Company Via A Podcast?

You can, yes, absolutely. But the reality is it’s a little more complicated to get from can to should.

While many B2B firms use more traditional marketing vehicles to buy digital media, some are investing in newer ways to get attention, especially younger, more affluent, educated, business-oriented listeners. That’s a group of people many companies would love to target.

So yes, podcasts are worth paying attention to when it comes to listening and marketing. The most popular podcast publisher in the US ...

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How Do Folks Respond To Your Marketing Efforts?

According to business guru Seth Godin, marketing efforts can be separated into two very different categories (https://seths.blog/2018/08/two-kinds-of-marketing/).

 

He divides marketing and advertising into those that inspire, delight and provide something we want – versus the kind that potential clients positively hate, such as interruptive popups, spam, high-pressure overtures, and overpriced hype.

 

Here at Focal Point, we couldn’t agree more. We frequently scratch our heads over pricey marketing campaigns we see that miss their mark because they over-promise, hit too hard, look ...

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Dare To Defy Convention

Who comes to mind when you think about marketing strategies that defied convention?

 

  • Steven Jobs with Apple
  • Certainly the Volkswagen print ads of the 60s
  • Old Spice “The man your man could smell like” TV commercials
  • Proctor & Gamble’s “Thank you, moms” Olympics video
  • Dos Equis “The world most interesting man” campaign
  • Dove’s print series for “Real beauty”

 

You probably can picture each of these. They were memorable for breaking the rules. They gained recognition because they defied conventional marketing in some way. They looked at things ...

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Projecting Competence AND Warmth In Your Marketing

When anyone, company or individual, makes a purchase decision, that choice is based on a perception of product or service competence (credibility) as well as image (likeability).

 

We all readily accept that first premise. (We’re making decisions based on facts, right?) It’s the second one we sometimes have a hard time believing. After all, who needs warmth from a Samsung refrigerator? Don’t we just look at all the product’s features, then compare the Samsung to all the other brands, weigh in ...

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Romancing Social Media

Business relationships are actually quite similar to romantic ones. Both thrive on attention. The more positive, the better. The more consistent, the better… with an occasional unexpected perk.

 

Like, what?

Flowers for no reason would be the romantic metaphor. One printing company we enjoy working with would, for no discernable reason, occasionally give us a printing job for free. “Thanks for being one of our favorite customers,” was the stated reason.

 

Wow, we thought, how cool is that? Interestingly, that printing company only ...

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The Persuasive Art Of Email

Email is old school.

Or is it?

Worldwide, there are roughly 2.6 billion daily email users. And more than 4.3 billion email accounts. With 1.7 email accounts per user, email is definitely still relevant. More so, when you want to communicate to those in business.

Here’s how to use email persuasively and effectively:

Begin with a killer subject line

  • Your subject line is crucial. That’s what draws your reader in.
  • Lead with something strong, such as “What your competitor doesn’t know” or “Pay off your ...
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Good design + good content = increased readership

Outdated, confusing or convoluted design can greatly diminish your content’s effectiveness. That’s true whether your content is web-based, or a PowerPoint, newsletter, print ad, or social media.

But a well-constructed, thoroughly planned design can brilliantly lead the eye through content, illuminating key points, and facilitating understanding.

Effective marketers know that design and content are intricately linked together. They are also very good at understanding what drives human behavior. Because (of course), the nature of human behavior affects everything we do. And buy. ...

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