2018 Marketing Strategy Webinar Recording, Slides, + Checklist

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our January webinar: 3 Steps to a Successful 2018 Marketing Strategy. We shared how to how to create a data-driven foundation for your strategy and optimize go-to marketing channels to boost 2018 results.

Missed the webinar or need a refresher? Get the slides.

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How to Succeed in the Gift Industry’s New Era: Your 21st Century Playbook

B2B Gift and Home Buyers Are Changing – Can You Keep Up?

Acceleration of sales technology and evolving B2B buyer expectations are restructuring sales teams, displacing traditional sales channels, and fundamentally changing how buyers shop and interact with brands. To stay competitive, gift buyers and vendors must transition their business from old world commerce to new world commerce – fast.

What Can You Do?

Fill out the form + download your copy of the updated 21st Century Playbook: a quick recap of how B2B buyers are changing, and a play-by-play outline of what you need to anticipate and respond
to their needs, and compete for their business.

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Web Tip – 5 Tips for Successful User Experience Testing

User experience (UX) is a vital component of every successful website. A poorly designed website is disastrous for brand credibility. Users decide within seconds whether to stay on your site, or abandon for an alternative, based on design and experience.

In fact, a Forrester study found well-designed user interface could raise your website’s conversion rate by up to a 200% and a better UX design could yield conversion rates up to 400%.

User testing, the process of watching and listening to users while they interact with your website, helps get UX right and allows you to stay ahead of your competition. User testing should occur before the project starts, during development phases, and after project completion. This exercise unearths site issues, like broken links, complicated navigation, or confusing checkout processes.

By identifying what works and what doesn’t early-on, you gain guidance, inspiration, validation, and discover areas of improvement, ultimately reducing development time and user friction. Ready to add user testing to your website development and maintenance strategy? Get started with our 5 tips for successful user experience testing.

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Trending: Anti-Black Friday and Cyber Monday Marketing

Did you survive the biggest shopping weekend of the year?! While our wallets crave payday after the onslaught of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and steals, it’s retailers’ inventive marketing that really piqued our interest.

Surprisingly, retailers’ clever subject lines or design isn’t what caught our eye – it was the missing promotion. When inboxes are overloaded with holiday shopping deals, does skipping a promotion altogether differentiate brands?

We’re investigating the “anti-Black Friday/Cyber Monday” crew in today’s email roundup.

REI

Starting in 2015, REI bucked trends and turned out the lights on Black Friday with their #OptOutside campaign.

REI, an outdoors adventure retailer, closed their stores, gave their employees a paid holiday, and encouraged others to go outside on Black Friday with friends and family, instead of duking it out at the mall.

This campaign not only aligns with REI’s mission, but sets them apart from the myriad of other retailers vying for your attention during the holidays.

REI #optoutside

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Email Tip – Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Were you inundated with emails between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday? You’re not alone – the biggest shopping weekend of the year filled up our inbox too.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest days of the year for retailers and marketers. Many retailers didn’t even wait until Black Friday this year and instead, began their sales on Thanksgiving Day. Their early-bird approach paid off. According to Adobe Digital Insights, Thanksgiving online sales increased 18.3%, Black Friday dollars spent increased 16.9%, and Cyber Monday sales increased 16.8% from 2016.

Since we’re total data geeks at Whereoware, we set out to measure how our overflowing inbox correlated to retailers’ holiday sales success. Did retailers across industries send more emails this year compared to last year’s holiday shopping kickoff? We tracked the holiday email sends (Thanksgiving – Cyber Monday) of 15 major retailers, such as Old Navy, Amazon, Loft, Nordstrom, Kohls, and Bath & Body Works (see the raw data below), and compared the results year-over-year. Check out what we found.

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Social Tip – LinkedIn Advertising 101

LinkedIn is the Facebook for professionals. While there are some things you’d do on Facebook that you wouldn’t do on LinkedIn (such as, post those pictures from last year’s holiday party), social advertising isn’t just for Facebook. If you’re a services company you can take advantage of generating leads for a webinar or from whitepaper downloads using LinkedIn advertising. Let’s walk through how to create an ad.

Types of LinkedIn Ads

  • Sponsored Content: In feed sponsored advertisements
  • Text Ads: Right rail text only advertisements
  • Sponsored InMail: Direct sponsored messages to LinkedIn inbox

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