3 Essential Methods For Paid Advertising Success

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Whoever said “the best things in life are free”, obviously wasn’t a digital marketer! While you can enjoy significant success through organic marketing (at the Digital Marketing Institute, for example, the largest percentage of traffic to our masterfully written blog can be attributed to organic search!), if you complement these activities with a comprehensive paid advertising strategy, you will be in a position to drive more traffic, achieve more brand visibility, and make more sales.

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Vendor Vetting: Things to Consider

Article | September 22, 2022

Choosing your stack and the vendors who provide its components are two of the most crucial business choices you will make. Finding a reliable supplier at a reasonable price is crucial to the success of any business. Every company has different hiring standards. Here are the criteria you can use to vet your vendors: Customer Satisfaction No vendor shares customer complaints. Inquire about the vendor’s performance. Find good and bad examples of interactions, then decide what bad means to you. Service levels Can the vendor meet your account's needs? This varies by product and buying cycle. Check their supply chain and process control. This will show how reliable they are. Finances Long-term planning depends on a vendor's financial stability. What are their options if they run out of money? Will your vendor's layoffs affect service and needs? Could a cash-strapped vendor raise your costs? Determine your recourse if the vendor is acquired and if the risk is acceptable. Relationships & Culture The vendor's culture should match yours. If not, you'll have staffing, contract, and other vendor issues. No relationship is perfect, but find vendors who want you both to win. Communication Communication is key in any relationship, and a vendor's poor support can be maddening. Ensure departmental communication. Support management reveals much about communications. Some vendors prioritize closing the deal. Great vendors solve issues before closing tickets. Contracts What's your company's contract tolerance? A confident vendor offers one-year or month-to-month contracts. Immature or aggressive vendors may seek long-term contracts. Make sure their method fits your company's culture. Costs These products and services cost money. How well you negotiate with vendors affects costs. Choose the best product and price, then negotiate. Quality Is the product constantly improved? If innovation stalls or quality drops, the vendor will be replaced quickly. Check their quality history. Supply Chain Security Most vendors have supply chains. Evaluate each supply chain part's service level, security, and compliance. Final Thoughts: Choose Your Vendors Wisely List vendors in your product stack or distribution chain. Add your own selection criteria. If you don't have a vendor due diligence and selection process, this will help.

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Channel Partners: How Investing in the Right Ones Can Stimulate Growth

Article | August 16, 2022

Investing in the right channel partners in a deeper, more personalized way through tailored, easy-to-use marketing development funds and incentives. Partner marketing programs can help your organization achieve key growth and your ROI objectives. You need to take risks, be creative and use the rapid digital transformation to identify your top channel and dealer partners. Here are some ways to help you identify which channel partners you need to focus on and how to categorize your partners: Creating a Robust Channel Strategy Create a strong channel strategy based on the ideal channel partner profile. Find answers to questions like what your channel strategy aims to achieve, what drives the growth of your business, what separates you from your competitors and what is important for your partnership. Defining what you want from your channel strategy is the key to recruiting the right partners for your program. Defining IPP (Ideal Partner Profile) Your ideal partner should be capable, ready, willing, and able to sell your products. They should have the same mindset, a partnership mentality, make the most of the sales enablement resources you provide, and align with you in terms of business perspective. Stability in aspects like finance, human resources, market reputation, and performance is crucial. Analyze Partners’ Performance Rate your partners based on their capabilities, their ability to come up with competitive solutions, their willingness to communicate clearly and their ability to inculcate new ways to increase sales and revenue. If their performance is not up to the mark, be prepared to knock them off the list. Be selective when investing in a partner. Be Ready to Support Large Channel Partners You should have the mindset and resources to support large channel partners. Devote your funds to offering them training and relevant content, and give them the support they need to succeed. Employ a team who can manage such partners, regularly get an overview of their performance and issues they are having so they know you care. Harness Technology to Manage Partnerships Use sophisticated PRM tools to analyze how your partners are performing against defined KPIs and identify areas for improvement, and the type of training they are receiving and their incentive history. Channel Partnerships Aid in Revenue Growth Creating channel partnerships with the right companies can help you broaden your customer base, achieve your ROI objectives, and create lasting business relationships.

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5 Solid Reasons to Fuse Your Influencer & Affiliate Marketing Campaigns

Article | July 11, 2022

Your business needs to see a big return on investment (ROI) from influencer marketing to be worth it. And the best way to do that is through affiliate marketing. In this article, you will find five solid reasons to blend your influencer and affiliate marketing campaigns. Encourage Team Work You can increase influencer-driven purchases by integrating creator efforts with partner marketing. Furthermore, you can optimize partner diversification, gain quantitative insights into individual performance, and combine sales metrics with valuable top- and middle-of-funnel data for a more comprehensive approach. Your teams can remove department silos and work towards the same goals. Broaden Your Customer Base Your secret weapon is nano and micro-influencers, with a smaller, highly engaged audience of up to 50,000 followers. These creators understand that affiliate partnerships with brands can increase their earnings by attracting more engaged audiences with a higher probability to transact. Create Long-Term Relationships Influencer marketing used to be all about short-term strategies. However, cultivating long-term relationships with performers yields better results. So, find the voices that understand your brand and invest in long-term relationships. Form Smooth-Sailing Partnerships Finding the right creators and maintaining close contact can make or break a project's success. Choose affiliate platforms that provide third-party influencer management solutions to reduce friction and allow creators to focus on engaging their audiences, making it easier for influencers to work with brands and track direct sales. Align Your Objectives You can accurately measure a creator's impact on sales and pay for tangible results by combining your affiliate and influencer marketing activities. And because affiliate marketing lets you track sales for each influencer, you can accurately determine the return on investment for each one and focus on the most productive ones. 1 Drive Revenue and Prove the Value of Investment Affiliate partnerships are an example of a new way for brands and influencers to work together to benefit everyone.

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Lifecycle Marketing: Conquering Customer Engagement

Article | July 5, 2022

Marketers know it's rare to capture a customer's attention on the first brand encounter. Customer loyalty takes time, thought, and brand trust. What if your marketing strategy included all these elements and more? Lifecycle marketing boosts customer engagement, revenue, and brand growth. Lifecycle Marketing at a Glance Lifecycle marketing is a set of strategies that a company uses to positively influence customers as they move from one point in the marketing cycle to the next. Stages of Lifecycle Marketing A brand’s lifecycle can be short, like Nespresso’s, or long, like Mercedes’. Both have the same goal: to win over a customer and keep them coming back. Stages of a lifecycle marketing plan: Awareness Prospects learn about your company. This is where you can catch their attention and reel them in to the next stage. Engagement Prospects begin interacting with your brand. They want to learn about your offerings through different channels like email, websites, and social media. Evaluation Here you provide your prospects with information on your product or service so they can move towards making a purchase decision. Purchase Your prospect buys your product or services and becomes a customer. Ensure that you make the purchase experience simple. Support After-sales service is crucial for maintaining your brand’s reputation. At this stage, make sure your customers are satisfied with your product through excellent customer service. Loyalty Your customers become your brand ambassadors and promote your product to their contacts. What Does Lifecycle Marketing Do for Your Business? Helps grow your customer base through elevated customer experience Improves sales by turning a one-time buyer into a returning customer Turns customers into brand advocates who promote and vouch for your brand Improves marketing ROI and lifetime customer value (LCV)

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Midas Touch is India’s best Digital Marketing and Social Media agency with the clients and awards to prove it. A large chunk of our work involves B2B focused business and brands who rely on us for everything in Digital and Social Strategy - from definition to execution. We believe in delivering true business outcomes – for us B2B means Branding >> Buzz >> Business Outcomes.

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Pipedrive Launches Campaigns Feature To Enhance Product Functionalities

Pipedrive | June 13, 2022

Pipedrive, a CRM software company, expanded its product suite with new marketing campaign management capabilities. Campaigns by Pipedrive is designed to bring sales and marketing into one revenue management platform so users can access every aspect of their email marketing campaigns in one location. This new functionality aims to provide businesses with full transparency across their sales and marketing teams for greater visibility into revenue, campaign data, pipelines, etc. Key features of Campaigns by Pipedrive include: One platform to support sales and marketing teams with lead generation, CRM and email marketing in one place; One database to unify contact lists with bulk import options and to keep all customer interactions by sales and marketing teams in one area; A Campaign builder, which offers slick, customizable email templates based on performance and intuitive “drag-n-drop” options; Targeting options to filter the right contacts for more precise audience segmentation; Insight functionalities forreal-time audience/campaign engagement reports; and Email marketing automation to help set up fully automated lead qualification flows and customer relationship nurturing sequences. (This functionality will be available later this summer). “There is a clear gap and need in the market today for an integration of the sales and marketing businesses,” said Shaun Shirazian, Chief Product Officer at Pipedrive, in a statement. “There is a clear gap and need in the market today for an integration of the sales and marketing businesses,” said Shaun Shirazian, Chief Product Officer at Pipedrive, in a statement. “Organizations’ bottom lines are more important than ever before — especially as we emerge from the pandemic — and companies are always looking for ways to optimize their business and reduce costs. By bringing sales and marketing teams seamlessly onto one revenue management platform, we are giving our customers the tools they need to align their business targets to drive revenue for the whole business. It’s exactly what our customers have been asking for and we are excited to introduce it to the market today.”

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ActiveCampaign Launches No-Code Data Model Solution for Businesses to Unify and Take Action on Their Data

ActiveCampaign | June 10, 2022

ActiveCampaign, the leader in Customer Experience Automation (CXA), announced that customers will now be able to build their own custom objects directly within the app, no coding required. This new functionality lets users extend contacts, accounts and deals with their own data without needing to go through the API or pull in developer expertise. Custom objects help businesses build powerful workflows that create dynamic, automated experiences based on any set of the unique data they use to run their business. Now, customers can more easily model data to their unique business needs and take action on it through automations, email personalization, lead generation forms, reporting and more. With ActiveCampaign, businesses can connect to powerful app integrations that leverage custom objects like Salesforce, Zendesk Support, Calendly, DocuSign or Eventbrite—or they can build custom objects to support their own use case. A large focus for ActiveCampaign is ensuring customers can easily create and manage custom objects without requiring API expertise or developer support. With many businesses strapped for bandwidth and support, they don’t always have the coding power to utilize custom objects. Today, ActiveCampaign democratized access to these tools and leveled the playing field for businesses of all sizes, giving everyone a chance to succeed and grow. One of ActiveCampaign’s values is to iterate everything, always—which is consistent with its continuous product updates and added features that make a great platform even easier to use. Feedback from its customers via G2 proves the technology is integral to their marketing needs—from automation to sales engagement to landing page building, customers continue to use ActiveCampaign for all of their marketing needs. In G2's Spring 2022 Report, ActiveCampaign led the attribution category, putting the company at number one in four categories, including lead scoring, pop-up builder and email template builder. The company also landed in the top three in seven G2 categories, including: marketing automation, CRM, sales engagement, landing page builder, conversational marketing, e-commerce personalization and online form builder. This came on the heels of ActiveCampaign ranking at the top of G2’s Best of Software 2022 in February. The company also received accreditation and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. ActiveCampaign’s Chief Marketing Officer Maria Pergolino joined BBB’s Board of Directors in March to help to bridge the gap between B2C and B2B businesses. With the company’s intense focus on helping companies grow, Pergolino will provide powerful insights into how organizations can foster better goodwill within the community. ActiveCampaign achieved additional accolades this past quarter, including: Winning three new TrustRadius "Best Of" awards for Relationship, Value and Feature Set in Marketing Automation, in addition to winning TrustRadius Top Rated awards in five categories: CRM, email marketing, marketing automation, SMS marketing, and sales and automation marketing. Named one of the best large companies to work for in 2022 by Purpose Jobs and Comparably’s ‘Best Companies’ in Chicago 2022. The company’s VP of Global Security Sue Bergamo was named cybersecurity professional of the year. Landed on G2’s Best of Software 2022 for content management products, small business products, commerce products, best software products, sales products and office products. Received a 2022 Excellence in Customer Service Award from Big Intelligence Group. Finalist for Mira’s scale-up of the year and exceptional employer awards. CRM finalist for the CX Awards. SIIA CODiE nominee for best marketing solution. Along with product and company award wins, the company also received feedback directly from its customers this past quarter about the positive impact CXA has on their businesses. In fact, ActiveCampaign customers reported they expect to double their revenue in 2022 (growing by 100% over the next year), compared to the typical 3.5% growth seen from those using legacy email marketing, marketing automation and CRM tools. This includes customers like Apple Rose Beauty who increased their online sales by 300% with CXA. To support customers even further, Shounak Simlai joined this quarter as the company’s VP of data strategy and business intelligence, leading the data teams to optimal efficiency and using their insights to support positive business outcomes. About ActiveCampaign ActiveCampaign's category-defining Customer Experience Automation Platform (CXA) helps over 150,000 businesses in 170 countries meaningfully engage with their customers. The platform gives businesses of all sizes access to 800+ pre-built automations that combine transactional email and email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM for powerful segmentation and personalization across social, email, messaging, chat and text. Over 70% of ActiveCampaign's customers use its 870+ integrations including Microsoft, Shopify, Square, Facebook and Salesforce. ActiveCampaign scores higher in customer satisfaction than any other solution in Marketing Automation, CRM and E-Commerce Personalization on G2.com and is the Top Rated Email Marketing Software on TrustRadius. Pricing starts at just $9/month. Start a free trial at ActiveCampaign.com.

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ActiveCampaign Launches No-Code Data Model Solution

ActiveCampaign | June 10, 2022

ActiveCampaign announced that customers may now create their custom objects from within the application without coding. This new feature enables users to augment contacts and accounts and deal with their data without requiring API or developer assistance. ActiveCampaign enables organizations to connect to powerful app integrations that employ custom objects, such as Salesforce, Zendesk Serve, Calendly, DocuSign, and Eventbrite, or create custom objects to support their use case. ActiveCampaign prioritizes facilitating the creation and management of custom objects without requiring API knowledge or developer help. ActiveCampaign's value is constantly iterating, shown in its constant product upgrades and increased features. From automation to sales engagement to landing page design, clients continue to choose ActiveCampaign for all of their marketing needs. ActiveCampaign topped G2's Spring 2022 Report's attribution category, lead scoring, pop-up builder, and email template builder. The firm also ranked in the top three for marketing automation, CRM, sales engagement, landing page builder, conversational marketing, e-commerce personalization, and online form builder. In addition, ActiveCampaign topped G2's Best of Software 2022 in February. In addition to accreditation, the firm obtained an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Maria Pergolino, the Chief Marketing Officer of ActiveCampaign, joined the BBB's Board of Directors in March to assist bridge the gap between B2C and B2B enterprises. Because of Pergolino's extensive focus on helping businesses expand, the company will offer insightful guidance on how organizations may create better community relations. In addition to product and company awards, the firm received client comments about the beneficial impact CXA had on their businesses over the previous quarter. For example, activeCampaign clients expect their revenue to double in 2022 (increasing by 100 percent over the following year), compared to the average annual growth rate of 3.5% for companies utilizing conventional email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM systems. This includes clients such as Apple Rose Beauty, whose online sales climbed by 300 percent using CXA.

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Pipedrive Launches Campaigns Feature To Enhance Product Functionalities

Pipedrive | June 13, 2022

Pipedrive, a CRM software company, expanded its product suite with new marketing campaign management capabilities. Campaigns by Pipedrive is designed to bring sales and marketing into one revenue management platform so users can access every aspect of their email marketing campaigns in one location. This new functionality aims to provide businesses with full transparency across their sales and marketing teams for greater visibility into revenue, campaign data, pipelines, etc. Key features of Campaigns by Pipedrive include: One platform to support sales and marketing teams with lead generation, CRM and email marketing in one place; One database to unify contact lists with bulk import options and to keep all customer interactions by sales and marketing teams in one area; A Campaign builder, which offers slick, customizable email templates based on performance and intuitive “drag-n-drop” options; Targeting options to filter the right contacts for more precise audience segmentation; Insight functionalities forreal-time audience/campaign engagement reports; and Email marketing automation to help set up fully automated lead qualification flows and customer relationship nurturing sequences. (This functionality will be available later this summer). “There is a clear gap and need in the market today for an integration of the sales and marketing businesses,” said Shaun Shirazian, Chief Product Officer at Pipedrive, in a statement. “There is a clear gap and need in the market today for an integration of the sales and marketing businesses,” said Shaun Shirazian, Chief Product Officer at Pipedrive, in a statement. “Organizations’ bottom lines are more important than ever before — especially as we emerge from the pandemic — and companies are always looking for ways to optimize their business and reduce costs. By bringing sales and marketing teams seamlessly onto one revenue management platform, we are giving our customers the tools they need to align their business targets to drive revenue for the whole business. It’s exactly what our customers have been asking for and we are excited to introduce it to the market today.”

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ActiveCampaign Launches No-Code Data Model Solution for Businesses to Unify and Take Action on Their Data

ActiveCampaign | June 10, 2022

ActiveCampaign, the leader in Customer Experience Automation (CXA), announced that customers will now be able to build their own custom objects directly within the app, no coding required. This new functionality lets users extend contacts, accounts and deals with their own data without needing to go through the API or pull in developer expertise. Custom objects help businesses build powerful workflows that create dynamic, automated experiences based on any set of the unique data they use to run their business. Now, customers can more easily model data to their unique business needs and take action on it through automations, email personalization, lead generation forms, reporting and more. With ActiveCampaign, businesses can connect to powerful app integrations that leverage custom objects like Salesforce, Zendesk Support, Calendly, DocuSign or Eventbrite—or they can build custom objects to support their own use case. A large focus for ActiveCampaign is ensuring customers can easily create and manage custom objects without requiring API expertise or developer support. With many businesses strapped for bandwidth and support, they don’t always have the coding power to utilize custom objects. Today, ActiveCampaign democratized access to these tools and leveled the playing field for businesses of all sizes, giving everyone a chance to succeed and grow. One of ActiveCampaign’s values is to iterate everything, always—which is consistent with its continuous product updates and added features that make a great platform even easier to use. Feedback from its customers via G2 proves the technology is integral to their marketing needs—from automation to sales engagement to landing page building, customers continue to use ActiveCampaign for all of their marketing needs. In G2's Spring 2022 Report, ActiveCampaign led the attribution category, putting the company at number one in four categories, including lead scoring, pop-up builder and email template builder. The company also landed in the top three in seven G2 categories, including: marketing automation, CRM, sales engagement, landing page builder, conversational marketing, e-commerce personalization and online form builder. This came on the heels of ActiveCampaign ranking at the top of G2’s Best of Software 2022 in February. The company also received accreditation and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. ActiveCampaign’s Chief Marketing Officer Maria Pergolino joined BBB’s Board of Directors in March to help to bridge the gap between B2C and B2B businesses. With the company’s intense focus on helping companies grow, Pergolino will provide powerful insights into how organizations can foster better goodwill within the community. ActiveCampaign achieved additional accolades this past quarter, including: Winning three new TrustRadius "Best Of" awards for Relationship, Value and Feature Set in Marketing Automation, in addition to winning TrustRadius Top Rated awards in five categories: CRM, email marketing, marketing automation, SMS marketing, and sales and automation marketing. Named one of the best large companies to work for in 2022 by Purpose Jobs and Comparably’s ‘Best Companies’ in Chicago 2022. The company’s VP of Global Security Sue Bergamo was named cybersecurity professional of the year. Landed on G2’s Best of Software 2022 for content management products, small business products, commerce products, best software products, sales products and office products. Received a 2022 Excellence in Customer Service Award from Big Intelligence Group. Finalist for Mira’s scale-up of the year and exceptional employer awards. CRM finalist for the CX Awards. SIIA CODiE nominee for best marketing solution. Along with product and company award wins, the company also received feedback directly from its customers this past quarter about the positive impact CXA has on their businesses. In fact, ActiveCampaign customers reported they expect to double their revenue in 2022 (growing by 100% over the next year), compared to the typical 3.5% growth seen from those using legacy email marketing, marketing automation and CRM tools. This includes customers like Apple Rose Beauty who increased their online sales by 300% with CXA. To support customers even further, Shounak Simlai joined this quarter as the company’s VP of data strategy and business intelligence, leading the data teams to optimal efficiency and using their insights to support positive business outcomes. About ActiveCampaign ActiveCampaign's category-defining Customer Experience Automation Platform (CXA) helps over 150,000 businesses in 170 countries meaningfully engage with their customers. The platform gives businesses of all sizes access to 800+ pre-built automations that combine transactional email and email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM for powerful segmentation and personalization across social, email, messaging, chat and text. Over 70% of ActiveCampaign's customers use its 870+ integrations including Microsoft, Shopify, Square, Facebook and Salesforce. ActiveCampaign scores higher in customer satisfaction than any other solution in Marketing Automation, CRM and E-Commerce Personalization on G2.com and is the Top Rated Email Marketing Software on TrustRadius. Pricing starts at just $9/month. Start a free trial at ActiveCampaign.com.

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ActiveCampaign Launches No-Code Data Model Solution

ActiveCampaign | June 10, 2022

ActiveCampaign announced that customers may now create their custom objects from within the application without coding. This new feature enables users to augment contacts and accounts and deal with their data without requiring API or developer assistance. ActiveCampaign enables organizations to connect to powerful app integrations that employ custom objects, such as Salesforce, Zendesk Serve, Calendly, DocuSign, and Eventbrite, or create custom objects to support their use case. ActiveCampaign prioritizes facilitating the creation and management of custom objects without requiring API knowledge or developer help. ActiveCampaign's value is constantly iterating, shown in its constant product upgrades and increased features. From automation to sales engagement to landing page design, clients continue to choose ActiveCampaign for all of their marketing needs. ActiveCampaign topped G2's Spring 2022 Report's attribution category, lead scoring, pop-up builder, and email template builder. The firm also ranked in the top three for marketing automation, CRM, sales engagement, landing page builder, conversational marketing, e-commerce personalization, and online form builder. In addition, ActiveCampaign topped G2's Best of Software 2022 in February. In addition to accreditation, the firm obtained an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Maria Pergolino, the Chief Marketing Officer of ActiveCampaign, joined the BBB's Board of Directors in March to assist bridge the gap between B2C and B2B enterprises. Because of Pergolino's extensive focus on helping businesses expand, the company will offer insightful guidance on how organizations may create better community relations. In addition to product and company awards, the firm received client comments about the beneficial impact CXA had on their businesses over the previous quarter. For example, activeCampaign clients expect their revenue to double in 2022 (increasing by 100 percent over the following year), compared to the average annual growth rate of 3.5% for companies utilizing conventional email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM systems. This includes clients such as Apple Rose Beauty, whose online sales climbed by 300 percent using CXA.

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