Year after year, content marketing continues to rise in popularity. Consumers are paying less attention to traditional advertising efforts and are now drawn to authenticity, transparency and value, paving the way for the creation and rise of content marketing.
While the idea of creating promotional items seems relatively easy, there are some pitfalls companies should avoid when designing their promotional item campaign. Avoid using items that most people have seen or receive regularly, choose items based on your brand, and give out items that make sense to your target audience.
Website developers continually seek new and innovative ways to display information that reaches audiences in an efficient and effective way. Occasionally, usability and design meet to create a new layout or format that revolutionizes the way websites are built. Some updates, however, seem useful in theory, but are not in practice. One recent trend uses automatic image sliders or carousels that seem useful for providing a large amount of information while taking up limited space above-the-fold.
Once your platform is set up and you have selected the strategies that work best to optimize your marketing efforts, it is time to write the content. Based on the current email marketing landscape, the following formatting trends are crucial to the usability and ROI of modern digital communication initiatives.
Carefully choosing the goals and structure of your email campaign while considering important formatting trends are key factors in creating successful email campaigns. Setting up the appropriate framework initially will save on time and expense later. Well-built email marketing campaigns can be adjusted based on response rate, while poorly structured initiatives require complete reorganization. In part two of our series, we will explore six different types of email marketing campaigns.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was a new law passed by the European Union in April 2016, affecting all businesses large and small. The GDPR law will come into effect on May 25th, 2018. Summary of the new legislation states that all companies that collect data on citizens of the European Union will need to comply with the new rules which set strict standards for collection of consumer data.
Any Google search for “email marketing” returns a staggering amount of hits including a wide variety of email marketing platforms bidding for your attention and your money. While choosing the right email marketing platform is essential, it is only half the battle. In part 1 of our email marketing series, we help you choose the right email marketing platform for your business and key factors to consider.
While digital ads can be a useful and successful component in marketing to new customers, the time-tested nature of print ads are more relevant than ever. Buying ad space in magazines, newspapers, and popular print are already considered commonplace, but businesses often forget the power of direct mail. So much so, that there is a widespread assumption that direct mail is dead.
Business cards continually remain an important piece of business collateral, even as we evolve digitally. As a first impression, business cards are the first step in introducing your brand to a new contact. Business cards are tangible items that carry more weight than a quick email or contact share on a smartphone. Different design elements ensure your business card attracts attention and drives recipients to your online presence.
To thrive in today's digital world, businesses need to thoroughly evaluate their customer retention marketing strategies, including the tools they use to reach their customers. Marketing automation is the most effective way to reach out and stay connected. Automated marketing requires the use of a software platform, comprising tools to better market to your target audience.
Google Analytics is a great tool, but determining the meaning of each of its metrics can sometimes be confusing. In this article, we clear up any confusion you may have on certain data terms to ensure you are interpreting your Google Analytics data correctly.
The rise of in-home voice-first devices and companies choosing to break the mold of traditional ads will influence what we will see next year. Take a look at what we think 2018 will bring and what you should focus on as we ring in the new year.
If you are wanting to grow your online presence, one phrase you have probably heard before is “content is king”. It is true that content is a key driver of traffic to your website. Unfortunately, creating content isn’t as simple as it sounds. Not just any block of text will bring you traffic. Here our top 5 tips to ensure your content generates the traffic you need to grow your online presence.
Waiting for the Pantone to release its Color of the Year is like the Super Bowl for color lovers, color enthusiasts, and color consultants. In fact, today at Ocreative, tears of pure joy were shed for the occasion. Pantone Color of the Year 2018 is an enchanting purple with strong blue undertones called Ultra Violet.
As the philosophers say, change is the only constant in life. Life is flux, and people evolve to progress. The brands that people depend on need to evolve, too. Logo identity is a vital part of any company’s brand. A brand sets the company's tone, image, and expectations.
With the new developments in technology over the last few years, the phrase “print is dead” has been uttered with more frequency. While, yes, digital design and content are becoming more popular with each new advancement, people of every age still value print content and the benefits that come along with it.
Marketing automation can dramatically streamline your marketing process. It is designed to simplify and enhance your sales process, making it easier and more efficient. The process and software allow you to create more leads, nurture them more effectively, and convert more into sales.
Remember that time you were shopping online for a new pair of red Nike Air Max running shoes and then, a day later, while reading the news or checking the weather, you saw an ad displaying that same pair of shoes? Well, that is remarketing.
WordPress has become by far the most popular website publishing platform on the Internet. Because of its popularity, WordPress has become a target for hacking attempts along with many other websites and platforms.
Google Analytics has the reputation of being used to track sales or to increase profits. But as a nonprofit, there are many ways to utilize Google Analytics to help reach your end goal. For example, Google Analytics can help answer questions such as “How are people finding my website?” or “How many people come to [...]
In May 2016, Google announced it would give a rank boost in search results to sites that are mobile friendly, which is a change which Google refers to as Mobilegeddon 2. Now Google is back with another update related to the importance of mobile-friendly websites by rolling out mobile-first indexing. In 2015, Google stated that [...]
Most website owners have long been familiar with Google Analytics and relied on it for reporting and measuring their websites’ performances. If you are ready to go beyond basic reporting and begin optimizing your website to improve your search result performance, you need Google Search Console. Google Search Console (previously known as Google Webmasters and [...]
Sometimes your Google Analytic data can be skewed or inaccurate due to spammers abusing your Google Analytics ID. Spammer-generated data could be anywhere from a small percentage to more than a quarter of your overall traffic. In this article, I am going to show you different ways to eliminate spam in your Google Analytics so [...]
Google Analytics is a great tool to understand how your website is doing and what areas need improvement. However, sometimes it can produce an overwhelming amount of data, making it difficult to know what reports to look at, or how to understand what that data is telling you. Well, don’t worry; that is where we [...]
In an unexpected turn, the Pantone Color of the Year 2016 is not one color but a blend of two! Rose Quartz and Serenity are the PANTONE Color(s) of the Year 2016! It's the first-time ever, in Pantone's Color of the Year's 16-year history, that there has been two colors introduced as Color of the Year from [...]
Recently, a new term has been tossed around the tech industry and has been gaining more ground every day: Wearable Technology. I know that many people think that this concept is still a long way from becoming popular—with such products as Google Glasses and the Apple iWatch not yet widely available or just beginning to [...]
Mobile devices are here to stay, and it’s pretty clear that they have revolutionized the way people use and interact with websites. If your site isn’t easy to view on a mobile device (or isn’t mobile friendly) by now, you’re not just missing out on giving visitors a positive experience: Google recently announced that it [...]
It started in October 2012: Google announced that its Webmaster Tools would start to let users know by email when Google discovered critical issues with their site. Back then, Google stated that it would begin to notify webmasters about issues that it felt would have a significant impact on their site’s health or search performance [...]
Marsala feeds the mind, body and soul. The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year is infused with the energy of red-wine and because of it's strong undertones of brown, it further radiates characteristics of confidence and strength and feels a natural and comfortable. In previous years, we saw Tangerine Tango, a color which helped us recharge during the challenging economic times of [...]
Mobile sites are dead. Well, no, not really, but having a separate sites for your desktop and mobile users is. Or at least, it should be. What I am trying to say is that there is something out there that is bigger, better, stronger, faster, and that thing is Responsive Design. If you’ve heard of [...]
How very exciting! Pantone announced today that the Pantone color of the Year is... click play below to reveal... starting the drumroll now! That's right, the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year is gorgeous Radiant Orchid! Andrea Koeppel will be following up on this exciting Pantone color news talking more about the color specifically in [...]
Today is an exciting day for color as the Pantone Color Report for Spring 2014 was released to coincide with New York Fashion week. Pantone’s stunning new colors for spring 2014 include a season of colorful equilibrium: Dazzling Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Sand, Placid Blue, Cayenne, Freesia, Celosia Orange, Paloma, and Radiant Orchid. It’s exciting [...]