Email marketing is dead! …at least that’s what some corners of the Internet would like you to believe.
But take one look at the numbers and you’ll find that email marketing is not a dying breed. In fact, it remains one of the strongest channels for driving sales.
A recent study by the Direct Marketing Association found that 66% of consumers recently made a purchase as a result of an effective email marketing message. That’s more than direct mail, social, telephone, or mobile advertising.
Social media marketing is undoubtedly the new wave of marketing. People can argue that the shift occurred in 2013 or earlier, but 2014 has really seen even more big growth in social media advertising. Companies are being forced, whether they like it or not, to put more and more of their marketing funds towards social media outlets. While in the past, companies have gone for a multi-level marketing campaign strategy, now the focus is primarily on social media, for small and large companies alike.
When it comes to creating buzz online, it’s hard to keep up. You want to hit your social media marketing out of the ballpark, but with so many changes, updates, and new features, how can you know you’re leveraging every avenue available?
Here are seven new tools and solutions that you should be aware of when marketing your business on social media.
Anthropology is a field of scientific research that most people think has no impact in their daily lives. Despite the efforts of some very well-known anthropologists, we still understand very little of what this type of investigator does and less about how to apply any of their insights to business models.
In social media, using the @ symbol to mention a person and the # hashtag to label things have become incredibly popular, to the point that most of us may have trouble remembering what the world was like before their rampant use. The @ symbol made its debut on Twitter in 2006 and Facebook added the ability to mention people using the @ symbol in 2009.
How many of us have moved our communication primarily to the Internet or to text messages? I know I have. I used to dread making phone calls because you never knew if the person was going to pick up, and then you might have to leave a dreaded voicemail, in which you might blather on like a moron because you forgot why you called. Not that I’ve ever done that or anything.
Worried about the future of your company? It might surprise you to realize you hold your business’ future in your hands. It’s what you do — or rather what you don’t do — that sets your course for success or failure.