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Inbound marketing is not a fad or a trend but an approach that is here to stay in our modern digital world. No longer is marketing about broadcasting to a wide audience and hoping your message gets to your intended audience. While much marketing can be performed by the layperson with a solid plan; it is not as easy as one imagines. A wide range of skills are required to do it well.
The recent announcement that the Monopoly game will no longer include the thimble token got me thinking. Over 4 million Monopoly fans voted which game tokens to keep or discard. The thimble token has been around since 1935. It is the first time in the game’s history that the future of the game was crowd sourced.
Ignore the millennial generation at your company’s peril. Generally, this generation was born between 1981 and 1996; so their age ranges from around 20 to 36 years old. This market is almost 80 million people; almost 25% of the total population. They have an annual buying power of $200 billion – up to $1 trillion by some estimates.
Marketing tools and technology include a confusing set of terms to the unfamiliar. In the past, most of our tools were stand-alone tools that were not integrated across the customer’s journey nor across the company’s processes. While useful for their single purpose, they did not provide any insight or data outside the area of utility.
YouTube is one of the most popular channels on the internet. YouTube overall, and even YouTube on mobile alone, reaches more 18-34 and 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S. Over half of YouTube views come from mobile devices. With that many eyes focused on YouTube, it is a ripe vehicle for advertising.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million! Your customers are looking at a whole bunch of homes and websites before they select the one they want to book. A video can show the space and the layout more effectively than pictures. I am not suggesting you get rid of pictures, they are still needed.
Recently, we started noticing traffic to some of our old offers. We don’t want traffic to go to “old stuff” when it has been replaced or updated. So, how did the traffic get there? From older relevant blog posts which had an outdated CTA (Call To Action). We could just update the CTA on the blog post, but it is also a good opportunity to optimize these “oldies but goodies”.
It is hard to keep up with the daily changes in marketing. From new channels to techniques and technology the industry is constantly changing. Perhaps, the most important item is the use of data and testing to guide where effort should be placed to improve results. With that in mind, current statistics provides insight to emerging trends and the rapid rate of change.
According to a study by The Radicati Group, Inc., they reported that over 100 billion emails are sent and received per day. The popularity of email is expected to continue, and business email will account for over 132 billion emails sent and received per day by the end of 2017. If you are not convinced you need to up your email game, consider the following statistics: For ...
As a marketer, we are always looking for new tools to make our job easier and our insights greater. Sometimes, however, the tool may be right under our noses with the familiar old standby. Google has announced the beta for Google optimize. It is already available as part of Googles Analytics 360 suite. You can sign up for it for free here.
It is easy to be distracted by holiday cheer at this time of year but don’t let it prevent you from laying a strong foundation for success in 2017. Put together a strong marketing plan that allows you to begin the New Year with a strong footing. Making a plan is not hard, if you follow our 4 steps outlined here.
Marketing is both an art and a science. The art is the creative and thinking “outside the box”. The science is evaluating what we have done to find what works and what doesn’t. So, before you start your 2017 Marketing Plan take the time to determine what you need to do different this year versus last year.
Anyone in marketing is aware of Google algorithms and the impact it has on your sites search ranking. We take the time to meticulously use our key words and make sure the Meta data is there for all our content and site to be found, among other things. Consider thinking about it the opposite way; as a customer searching for something.
Is your website tired? Your company’s website is your clients’ first impression. We all know how important first impressions are. Does your website convey the image that you want for your brand? Website styles, like fashions, change over time. What was cutting edge a few years ago, now looks tired and dated. More important than the fickle nature of fashion and trends, is the Google SERP.
The home building industry is heating up in many locations around the country. In some places it is getting difficult to find labor. While this is good news for the economy and good news for the industry; it is more important than ever to stay on top of the trends and news. Below we have highlighted 3 home building influencers to follow on social media.
Traditionally, there is some friction between marketing departments and sales departments. Typically, there is also finger pointing and blame to the other department when results are disappointing. Aligning the goals of both departments is key in creating synergy to make both areas function at the top of their game.
It is not enough to paste pictures of houses on your website and expect people to buy. First, you have to have other helpful content to attract people to your website. The content you include on your website should answer a need for your customers depending on where they are in their buying journey. Attract visitors: The first stage of the buying process is browsing.
By now you should realize that a strong real estate blog is critical for your business. It is a cost effective option to attract leads, build your client base, and convert those leads into bona-fide buyers and sellers. A frequent and timely blog will help you to build your clientele organically and cut down your cost of advertising, too.
VRBO has garnered some negative press ever since Expedia acquired the company late last year. The company has instituted a guest fee, changed the subscription model and the sort methodology which determine what order listings appear on the site. But, the biggest misstep made by the company, is the lack of communication to owners and property managers before the changes were made.
Ever since Expedia’s acquisition of HomeAway, VRBO’s parent company, travelers will now be charged an additional service fee, anywhere from 4-10% based on the total amount of the rental, but not to exceed $499, sources say. This new charge is in addition to the listing fees that are already being paid by the homeowner and the credit card fees that are collected by the company ...