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15 Minute Webinar: Facebook Advertising 101

 

15 Minute Webinar on Facebook AdvertisingWhether you “like” it or not, Facebook Advertising offers huge conversion potential. In 15 minutes, we’ll uncover Facebook Advertising ad types and targeting options to help you get started. (Actionable takeaways in 15 minutes, no fluff.)

After the webinar, we’ll send out the presentation recording, and step-by-step directions for creating your first Facebook ad, ad placement basics, and more.

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Join us:
Wednesday, April 25 at 11 a.m.

In 15 minutes, you’ll learn:
• Facebook ad types and examples
• Facebook audience types
• Targeting tips

Too busy to attend, but you want the slides? Register for the webinar and we’ll send you everything after-the-fact.

Zara Augmented Reality Enhances Customer Shopping Experience

Imagine this: you walk into your favorite store, point your phone’s camera toward the display window, and see a real-life model posing and speaking, instead of a motionless mannequin. Or, you point your phone’s camera at a delivery package and see a model posing on top of your box.

ZaraAR

This sounds like futuristic fiction, but it’s exactly what Spanish retailer Zara revealed on April 12.

Yesterday, Zara rolled out an augmented reality (AR) campaign on their mobile app, ZaraAR to coincide with the release of their new collection. It is available in 120 Zara stores globally for two weeks. They’re not alone either. AR is picking up speed; according to Digital Bridge, 74% of consumers expect retailers to offer some type of AR experience.

Intrigued? Us too. Check out how Zara is using AR to enhance the customer shopping experience.

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Gmail Accelerated Mobile Pages Coming Soon

Wouldn’t it be cool to interact with website content, answer a survey, RSVP to an event, or schedule an appointment without ever leaving your Gmail inbox? Imagine the opportunities for increased interactions with your audience, if they could convert directly within an email. Well, it’s your lucky day. Google announced Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) will be released for Gmail later this year.

Today, we’ll talk through how email marketers can prepare for Gmail AMP.

Google Accelerated Mobile Pages

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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

LinkedIn-Ad-Types

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Facebook Dark Posts: What They Are and When to Use Them

With Halloween coming up, we decided to write about a topic that sounds a little more eerie than usual: Facebook dark posts. We know that sounds spooky but, luckily, they are not as sinister as they sound. It’s safe to say you can put away your garlic and wooden stakes. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s discuss what Facebook dark posts are.

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2017 B2B + B2C Holiday Toolkits

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It’s that time of year again! The B2B + B2C Holiday Toolkits are back to get you ready for this holiday season and prepare you for next year’s season.

Each free toolkit includes:

  • 2017 Holiday Calendar with campaign ideas and important dates for B2B + B2C
  • A plethora of resources to get your email and website holiday ready
  • Recording of our B2B/B2C Holiday Marketing 101 webinar
  • Plus, so much more!

 



Email Tip – Father’s Day Emails We Love

Father’s Day is just a few short weeks away and we have started to receive numerous emails in anticipation of the holiday.

Check out some of our favorite below and get some gift ideas while you read!

Gift Guides

Gift guides make it easy to cut through the clutter on a website and see what stand out items the retailer thinks are perfect for a holiday. We like that Kiehl’s shows both individual and kits that would make great gifts for dad. And we like the top 5 gifts guide from Mark & Graham – especially the S-curve layout of the email!

Segmentation

Is your dad the creative type? Or is he more of a sports guy? Emails that segment gift suggestions to a certain “type” of guy help you to determine where to focus your interest. Is your dude on the cusp or more than one type? Mix and match gifts from different segments for a personalized gift! We like how Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom Rack approached this email style.

Promotions and Deals

Who doesn’t love a sale? Cabela’s and Artifact Uprising sent emails highlighting the deals and site-wide sales they have. This is especially great if you need to buy multiple gifts for the men in your life celebrating Father’s Day. Paper Culture sent an email about a specific product they are running a special on that they think would make a great Father’s Day gift.

Gift Cards

Gift cards give you a lot of flexibility in your gift giving. Services like Stitch Fix offer gift cards that can be emailed, printed, or mailed to the recipient to fit your needs. Ahead of the game? Get a physical gift card gift boxed and sent to the recipient or sent to you to give to them in person. Looking for a list minute gift? Email them the gift card with the retrieval code.

Marketing Tip – Relational Tables 101

Are you an e-commerce company that sells hundreds of products in various iterations and your customers come back to order from you time and time again? Are you pulling your hair out trying to house all the data you have on your customers into one database? Stop. Relational databases and tables will become your new best friend.

Ali Nazam

We welcome Digital Marketing Manager, Ali Nazam to explain what a relational database is and why as an e-commerce marketer you should use them.

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Marketing Tip – MailChimp 101

So, What Exactly is MailChimp?

MailChimp is an email service provider (ESP) for small to midsize companies with a range of communication needs. MailChimp offers an easy to use user interface with capabilities that personalize the experience for the sender and recipient.

How to Send an Email in MailChimp

MailChimp provides numerous campaign types and templates to customize for your needs. No HTML or CSS coding is necessary to use MailChimp with easy plug-and-chug systems in place. Follow along to see how to send an email:
Step 1
Locate and navigate to “Campaigns” in the top menu. Click “Create Campaign” to get started. Select the type of campaign you would like to build. In this case, we’ll start small. Let’s choose “Regular Campaign.”

MailChimp-Campaigns

Step 2
Choose your list. This is pretty simple – just select which of your lists you would like to send to from the drop-down menu. You then see the option to choose segments. This is where you would apply a specific set of rules to a targeted audience – or, just send to the whole list. (Hint – segmenting does wonders!)

MailChimp-Sender

Step 3
Complete your mailing settings. This includes all of the basics: mailing name, subject line, from name, from email address and tracking. MailChimp provides the option to personalize the “to” field based on data, or check different methods of tracing. The screenshot below shows the generic options – which suffice for a typical send.

MailChimp-MailingSettings

Step 4
Now, the fun begins! Don’t get overwhelmed with the mailing template options, go into this step with a general idea of how you would like to layout your email.

You may choose from basic templates, themes, saved templates (from previous sends), set campaigns, or code your own. Once you have your bearings within MailChimp, you can create a saved template with standardized assets such as your logo, header, and footer. For all future sends, you can select that saved template rather than starting from scratch each time.

For now, we will select a simple 1:2 Column Banded template.

MailChimp-Templates

Step 5
Design to your heart’s content! This is your chance to play with the drag and drop functionality within the platform. Pull different content blocks from the right side and insert images and copy to make the email your own. The template you start with is just a jumping off point, customize it to your needs.

The right panel also offers you styling options per content block. Anytime a content block (image, text, column, etc.) is selected on the left, it’s settings will appear on the right. That’s where you can style based on color, size, linking and more.

Here’s a simple before and after:
Before

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After

MailChimp-Template-After

Step 6
You’re almost there! Let’s quickly pause and review what we’ve accomplished. You chose the send list, completed the mailing settings, selected and styled the template. Now you can finally press the “send” button to send now, or you can schedule the mailing for a future send time! Always use an email checklist and send with a buddy to ensure your send is successful.

MailChimp-Send

Is MailChimp Only Used for Sending Email?

Nope! MailChimp has many integrations that can be set up to extend its functionality to fit your needs. Let’s break down some of the popular options:

E-commerce Integrations
The more you know about your customer’s shopping behaviors the better you can target and personalize the customer journey. MailChimp has integration capabilities with numerous e-commerce, such as Shopify, Magento, and ShipStation to name a few.

CRM Integrations
Not only is it important to track online behaviors, but it is also necessary to track offline behaviors customers have with sales or customer service reps. Connect this data with MailChimp, through CRM integrations, such as Salesforce or SugarCRM.

Social Integrations
Facebook
Build single image or carousal image Facebook ads, using the same plug-and-chug tools that you use for email. There is no extra fee for this feature within MailChimp, just pay what you would for Facebook sponsored content. Not only can you setup and trigger Facebook Ads within MailChimp, you can set up custom audiences, and access holistic campaign reporting.

Twitter
Easily integrate Twitter information in your campaigns or post to Twitter all within MailChimp.

Is MailChimp Right for Me?

The best ESP for you depends on your needs (and wants) for the tool and your budget. MailChimp is a great resource if you have a smaller in-house team, who are unfamiliar with coding templates from the ground up. We’d love to talk to more about how MailChimp or another ESP would be best to fit your organization.