marketing

Gone are the days of going door-to-door and cold calling to promote your brand. Today, companies are turning to digital marketing — one of the fastest-growing forms of advertising. Email marketing is an especially effective medium in that genre.

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Email marketing is a tool that marketers use to communicate with new and pre-existing customers. It’s also a smart tactic for promoting sales, boosting website traffic, and building customer relationships. Still not convinced that email marketing is an effective tool for your business? Below are a few surprising statistics about this type of marketing that might just persuade you to jump on board:

  • The human race receives 193.3 billion emails a day— Business emails alone account for 108.7 billion, so make sure your content is eye-catching and top-notch in your industry!
  • Emails are 40 times more effective than Facebook and Twitter posts— That’s according to McKinsey & Company. Don’t forget to tweet, but you might want to think about creating a Constant Contact account as well.
  • Seventy-four percent of marketers say emails produce potential ROI— So if lead generation is your goal, then email marketing might be your answer.
  • Click-through rates, conversion rates, and click-to-open rates show that email marketing is one of the top marketing strategies— Be sure you keep track of statistics to see what’s working and what’s not.
  • Sixty-four percent of people say they open an email because of the subject line— Make yours catchy so that your customers can’t resist opening.
  • Seventy-two percent of B2B buyers are likely to share useful content from emails— If you’re a B2B marketer, what better way to share your knowledge and boost business?
  • There’s a science to sending emails— Most desktop and smartphone users open emails between 10am and 4pm, so make sure you time it right!

To learn more interesting facts about email marketing, click here.

Marketing your business can be tricky, but email marketing is a surefire way to touch your customers. Here at Creative Partners, we are committed to helping you find the latest and greatest tactics to ensure that your business stands apart from the rest.

To learn more about how we can help your company come up with a compelling and influential email strategy, call 203-705-9211 today! For more tips, find us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

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Adopting a brand voice, if executed correctly, allows a company to take on a personality of its own, which can be very beneficial when appealing to consumers. While it may seem simple, crafting a brand identity can be difficult, especially if you don’t know where to begin. To help get your creative juices flowing, here are four key points to keep in mind when establishing and maintaining the perfect brand voice for your business:

Define your brand. Pinpoint the message and brand identity that you would like to portray. Ask yourself who you are as a brand, what sets you apart from your competitors, and what you would like your audience to take away from interacting with your company. For example, if your brand places a heavy emphasis on customer service and convenience, your brand voice should come off casual and approachable, while still retaining authority as an expert in the industry.

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Reflect on your audience. Oftentimes the audience you think you’re targeting and the audience you’re actually reaching can be quite different. Take a look at the current market for your products or services, and identify any common characteristics that exist among users. You need to know who the general audience is first in order to dig deeper to find out what they will respond to.

Think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to be creative and try new things. After all, no one has ever had a successful breakthrough by repeating the same tired steps over and over again. Examine your current brand voice against your brand values and intended audience, and make adjustments as necessary. Most importantly, trust your gut and don’t hold back! Every new idea has the potential for greatness.

Be consistent. The most common pitfall that companies fall victim to is a case of confused identity. Your values, audience and voice should parallel and complement one another across all platforms. Too many businesses adopt a casual, friendly voice on social media, while retaining a stuffy, professional voice across other avenues. Find a happy medium and stick to it.

Developing an effective brand voice can be a difficult endeavor, so why go it alone? The advertising experts at Creative Partners can help you craft your voice to perfection, positioning your brand with a faithful consistency of message that will resound and be well-received across all media channels.

To learn more about how we can help your business develop its brand voice, call us at 203-705-9211 today! For more tips, find us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

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There’s no doubt about it — promoting your brand doesn’t come cheap. And while the TV industry has been rocked to its core in recent years, it’s still the most effective channel (pun intended) for advertising.

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For cash-strapped businesses, TV ads may seem out of the question. Fear not! Follow these tips for TV advertising on a budget:

1. Go local. The cost of TV advertising certainly may vary as a result of when you choose to send your message, but what really has one of the greatest impacts on price is where you choose — is your desired channel broadcasted nationally or locally? For instance, Ad Age reports that running a TV spot in the fifth season of “The Walking Dead” (2014) cost an average of $400,000. On the other hand, a local television ad could cost you less than $100, depending on the market.

2. Build an integrated marketing strategy. Don’t spend your entire advertising budget in one place! TV advertisements should complement other (read: less-expensive) forms of advertising for a budget-friendly, cohesive campaign. Incorporate digital methods like social media, link building and search engine optimization to make the most of your TV ads.

3. Get involved in programs viewers want to watch. Can the concept of native advertising be applied outside the digital realm? It’s an idea that’s still being developed. But if brands can find a way to be a part of television shows that audiences are already watching, their advertising won’t feel as disruptive. Rather than interrupting a TV program to promote your brand, build your brand message in. It may not be inexpensive, but you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Interested in adding TV advertising to your overall marketing campaign? Allow Creative Partners to become an expert in your brand, your target audience and your competition. With a cross-platform campaign, we’ll target fertile markets, engage new and traditional media and help navigate your product through the labyrinth until it’s seen everywhere.

Connect with us by calling (203) 705-9211. For more tips, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Any brand chasing relevance must employ current search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to keep the traffic coming. Are you targeting the right keywords for your business and its audience?

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If your website’s search, traffic and conversion aren’t where they should be, follow these tips:

Google Keyword Planner— This tool is not just for pay-per-click (PPC) marketing. It’s arguably the best way to find new keywords and ad group ideas that can enhance your website’s search engine optimization (SEO). Simply enter a word or idea into the search bar, and Google Keyword Planner will auto-generate new, relevant terms. Best of all, the tool compares each keyword’s search volume. Pay close attention to each search term’s competition (high, medium or low), and choose keywords with the highest volume and lowest competition to improve search volume.

Focus on long-tail keywords— High volume keywords always tend to be extremely competitive. If the term is too general, you’ll have a lot of competition, and therefore it will be less effective and more expensive. For example, if you are a landscaper or horticulturist, focusing on terms like “landscaping” or “gardening” is probably not going to do you any good. Long-tail keywords — three to five words long — have far less competition. Identify long-tail terms with high search volume, and build your content around them. Remember, terms that are too broad won’t be very efficient.

Average vs. month-to-month data— Keyword volume can be looked at in two different ways: average and month-to-month. It’s best to first reference the average data for a look at how a specific term has performed over the past year. Then, refer to the month-to-month data, which helps predict seasonal spikes based on user behavior.

For your content to rank well, it should strike the perfect balance of high-quality information and proper keywords. Apply these tips to better understand what your customers are looking for, when to target specific keywords, and how to build winning content.

In a digital age, an interactive marketing program is indispensable to a successful marketing strategy. Allow Creative Partners to enhance your website with cutting edge SEO techniques that drive searchability, traffic and conversion. To get in touch, call (203) 705-9211 today.

For more tips, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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It’s not the holiday season unless every TV ad brings you to tears — whether by sadness or joy. And it should come as no surprise; after all, the best ads evoke strong emotion.

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Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite holiday campaigns of the year:

1. Edeka

This TV spot for German supermarket company Edeka takes audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride. We don’t want to completely give it away, but it involves a lonely grandpa coaxing his family to get together for the holidays. In less two minutes, you’ll feel the myriad of emotions that makes this commercial stand out.

2. TK Maxx

An apt slogan sums up TK Maxx’s 2015 ad campaign: “They might not be your dearest, but they’re your nearest.” This heartfelt advertisement out of the UK draws on our predilection to connect with those around us, whether or not we know them at all. Its message will make you want to build a better relationship with the people who make up your community — and isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

3. Kohl’s

The holiday season is about celebrating togetherness, and this ad for Kohl’s hits the nail on the head. As we watch a holiday meal unfold, we’re reminded that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to family. What makes the advertisement successful is that it feels so normal and so special all at the same time.

What’s been your favorite holiday campaign of the season? Share your thoughts with Creative Partners on Facebook and Twitter today.

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Instagram Advertising 101

by Brandon Berte on December 3, 2015

For a brand to be noticed, it needs to be in front of as many eyes as possible. With 400 million active users, photo and video sharing app Instagram certainly fits the bill.

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Here’s what you need to know before diving into Instagram advertising:

Demographics. According to Pew Research Center, 28 percent of online adults use Instagram. Moreover, 55 percent of online young adults (ages 18-29) use Instagram. Here’s a closer look:

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Who can advertise? Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012. Any business or brand with a Facebook Page can advertise on Instagram. Ad information and design — including name and logo — are pulled directly from Facebook. Instagram ads can be created using ad creation, Power Editor or the Facebook Ads API.

Targeting. Because Instagram is owned by Facebook, its ads have similar targeting capabilities. If an Instagram user has his or her profile connected to a Facebook account, in-depth profile information can be used for targeting.

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Success stories. Businesses of all sizes have benefited from Instagram advertising. Instagram points to three big brand success stories: Lexus, PayPal and GE. Click through to read how these companies achieved their advertising goals and more.

Interested in promoting your brand on Instagram? Allow the experts of Creative Partners to help! We understand the many ways to enhance your presence on Instagram and throughout other emerging online platforms. To get in touch, call us at (203) 705-9211. For more tips, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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“Micro-Moments” has been one of 2015’s most-buzzed about terms, at least in the world of online marketing. The idea, ushered in by none other than Google, asserts that consumer decision making and preference shaping has been forever changed, due in large part to the rise of mobile technology.

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Google explains:

Micro-moments occur when people reflexively turn to a device—increasingly a smartphone—to act on a need to learn something, do something, discover something, watch something, or buy something. They are intent-rich moments when decisions are made and preferences shaped. In these moments, consumers’ expectations are higher than ever. The powerful computers we carry in our pockets have trained us to expect brands to immediately deliver exactly what we are looking for when we are looking. We want things right, and we want things right away.

Researchers have discovered the following about consumer behavior with regard to micro-moments:

  • Sixty-nine percent of smartphone users who travel search for ideas during free moments, like while waiting for a cab
  • Almost half of those travelers will then book their plans through an entirely different channel
  • Ninety-one percent of smartphone users refer to their phones while performing a task
  • Eighty-two percent of smartphone users refer to their phones while making an in-store purchase decision
  • About one in 10 of those smartphone users wind up selecting a different product than they had originally planned
  • Sixty-nine percent of online shoppers consider quality, timing and/or the pertinence of a business’s message in their evaluation of a brand

What does it all mean for marketers? For a brand to compete, it must understand and meet consumers’ demands during micro-moments. It must be visible in the moments when members of its target audience consult their phones in the decision making process.

If you need help making sense of micro-moments and the opportunities they present, connect with Creative Partners by calling (203) 705-9211. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more tips!

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Native advertising is a creative way for companies to sell their products. No matter what websites you visit, you’re most likely exposed to some sort of native advertising fairly frequently. This form of advertising attempts to blend in with your normal everyday content, whether it’s in a Buzzfeed article on the scariest haunted houses in your area or in a YouTube video explaining how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Native ads don’t have a clear definition, but put into simple terms, they are a form of advertising so tightly intermixed within the site they’re being promoted on that customers usually can’t tell they’re advertising. This brilliant new form of advertising came into play after researchers found that consumers strongly dislike and pay little attention to traditional banner ads. The media industry found a way to eliminate the banner ad and creatively advertise within the content itself.

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Here are some useful tips on native advertising:

Whatever medium you use to advertise, native ads can offer major benefits to your business. Some of these benefits include:

  • Building brand awareness and trust
  • Bringing subscribers to your content
  • Attracting new audiences to previously published posts
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Social proof (likes, comments and shares)

To get the most out of your native ad investment, it is essential that you create content that is beneficial and interesting, attracts attention and provides some sort of value. Be sure to follow these steps:

  • Publish the content that the ad is promoting on your own site. If your article features infographics, charts or graphs, be sure they appear on your site first with their own URLs.
  • Always include a call-to-action that links to your blog or other social media pages.
  • Create content your audience will find less disruptive and more engaging through segmentation with tools such as geo-targeting, demographics and interests.

Retarget native ads to people who have come to your website to view a product or service, or deliver native ads based on search interest. For example, if own a nightclub, you could deliver a promoted tweet suggesting your venue to someone searching for things to do this weekend. Targeting the right person can encourage first time and repeat purchases.

To learn more about how to incorporate native advertising into your overall strategy, give Creative Partners a call at (203) 705-9211. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more tips!

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Social media used to be a place for friends to share status updates and reconnect, but that’s all changed. Today, social networks are the be-all and end-all for marketing. It should come as no surprise, then, that a large percentage of consumers (74 percent!) turn to social media before making a purchase.

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But what exactly does that mean? Are consumers opening Twitter and buying the first product that pops out? Not quite.

It’s more about brands than products. Companies are using social media to reach a wider audience while also creating a consistent and personable brand voice. Consumers find this to be endearing, building brand loyalty. Here are a few other ways shoppers use social media:

  • Trend watching – Consumers turn to their favorite social platforms to keep up with the latest in everything from fashion to technology.
  • Finding new brands – Social media is also a great way to discover and learn more about new businesses.
  • Customer service – Buyers have come to expect fast responses to questions, comments and concerns, whether through a Facebook review or an Instagram comment.

What this all means for brands is that, yes, it’s important to be present on social media. But having a plan is even more essential. That’s where Creative Partners can help. With 25 years of experience, we deliver the goods. We deliver motive: motive for buying, motive for selling, motive for igniting.

To learn more, visit us online or call us directly at (203) 705-9211. Don’t forget to connect with Creative Partners on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

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Walk into just about any store in the mall and you’d think it’s the holiday season. Yes, retailers are already revamping aisles and displays for the holidays. Shouldn’t you be preparing your online ad campaigns as well?

This year, more consumers are expected to do their holiday shopping on mobile devices than ever before. At the same time, more people are turning to social media to discover new brands and find the perfect gift.

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All that said, make the following tweaks to your Facebook advertising campaign now to make the most out of the coming months:

Reconsider your target audience. Do your best to put yourself in the consumers’ shoes. What activities do they enjoy? What are their interests? How do they spend their time — both online and offline? Use Audience Insights, a free Facebook tool, to take a closer look at your audience and its demographics. Pay close attention to data on past purchases, location and lifestyle.

Make your ads mobile-friendly. Facebook reports that, in 2014, almost half of all online shopping traffic came from mobile devices. Moreover, 56 percent of in-store purchases were influenced by mobile experience. If your holiday ads aren’t optimized for mobile and desktop, then you’re missing out.

Budget wisely. It’s important that your brand is visible on and around key dates this holiday season, like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Companies like Amazon and Best Buy are already releasing sneak peeks at their deals.) Consider advertising limited-time offers — such as free shipping and coupon codes — specifically for these popular events.

Creative Partners is a full-service marketing agency. Allow us to help your business excel this holiday season and beyond. Give us a call today at (203) 705-9211, and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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