Mary Jo Preston

Mary Jo comes with over 15 years experience in media, marketing, advertising, promotions and special events. I love ever changing technology and all the craziness that comes with it.
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5 Work Ethic Traits ChatGPT or Any AI Tool Can’t Give You

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, you've likely tried various AI tools in your workplace. As a marketer, I wholeheartedly acknowledge the advantages of these tools in enhancing efficiency and conducting research. However, in a leadership role, I firmly believe you can’t use ChatGPT or other AI tools to install good work ethic traits.

Having good mentors, comprehensive training (including failure and mistakes), and individuals eager to learn from the ground up remains unparalleled. Before the AI Champions interject, I’m not encouraging the Rise of the War With Machines (or am I?)

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Conversational Marketing: How to Make a Chatbot for Customer Support and Sales with John-Erik Pszenny

Some bot questions are easier to answer than others. How do robots eat salsa? With microchips, of course! How do I use conversational marketing and bots to drive lead generation on my website? Hm, for that one, let's ask an expert!

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What Are Manufacturers Doing Differently In Their Business to Adapt and Grow

I had the pleasure of attending the BizTimes Next Generation Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday.

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Digital Advertising in Today's TV Landscape: What You Need To Know

The TV landscape has changed. Technology now allows us to stream our favorite channels wherever we are and on whatever device we are on. This means as an advertiser you have more advertising options to get your brand in front of your audience.
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Ben Van Horn, Director of Advanced Advertising at Spectrum Reach. In our interview, we talked about:

Watch the video below to see the entire conversation on the current and future state of TV advertising, or scroll down to read the sections most relevant to you and your business. 

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Building A Better Landing Page: An Interview with Jennifer Pepper of Unbounce

There is a real art to building the perfect landing page. You can’t have too much or too little information, you need to be persuasive but not pushy, and you need to offer something a visitor would go through the trouble of filling out a form for.

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Mapping Out An Email Sequence For Marketing Success an Interview with Caroline Matis

We all know email marketing is a crucial element in our marketing plans, but how can we use it more effectively?

In this interview, I sit down with Caroline Matis from Emma and we talk about how to map out and use email marketing throughout the customer journey. Caroline also gives us a sneak peek at what she will be talking about during her session at Experience Inbound this June.

HubSpot Video

1. How long have you worked at Emma? What is your role?

I’ve been with Emma, a CM Group brand, for eight months. Within this time, I’ve held a few roles. My first position included overseeing all social media and public relations for the company. Now, I’m the Corporate Marketing Manager, responsible for a larger portion of the marketing mix including communications, demand generation, events, and more.

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Is Email Marketing Still Effective? Video Interview with John Thies, Co-Founder of Email on Acid 

Is email marketing dead?

With as many emails one gets to their inbox, it raises the question. I sat down with John Thies, Co-Founder of Email on Acid to discuss this marketing tactic and dive deeper into what it takes to put together an effective email marketing strategy.

John Thies has built his career around helping marketers stay up-to-date on email marketing trends and implement tactics to send high-impact email marketing campaigns.

Believe it or not, email is still one of the most effective tools for getting your message out and, if used correctly, can have an enormous impact on brand awareness and revenue.

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A Dynamic Duo: Digital Media + Inbound Marketing

You heard right! Digital media is a great partner to inbound marketing. Now I know what you’re thinking, digital media (any paid media) is disruptive and Inbound marketing is not. And for a while, inbound marketers were told “forget media, no one wants to be interrupted and sold to.” 
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The New Marketing Mix: Leveraging 8 Tools for Your Digital Marketing Success!

We just got back from attending Inbound in Boston and I am amazed and overloaded with so many great takeaways from the speakers. One of my favorites was sitting in a session with Paul Roetzer whose topic was on Metrics that Matter. Lots of great takeaways here and one stat really stood out. According to Capgemini Consulting, 90 percent of companies lack the necessary skills to capitalize on the digital world of social media, mobile, internal social networks, automation, and analytics. That means a majority of companies run the risk of falling behind as the digital world surges forward and continues to adapt to customer behavior and consumer demands. Customers are online, and that is where successful companies must go.

The digital world continues to change, and the marketing mix has just gotten impressively bigger, but it is also better. Every business can leverage digital marketing to grow. Here are the tools you need to bring your customers to your website, engage them, convert them, and keep them happy.

Bring More People to Your Website

Digital Ads:
Digital ads are easy and effective ways to attract people to your website, and there are a number of different types of digital media options. Pre-roll video ads play before the growing amount of video content online, you can run ads on social media sites, through Google and other search engines, and mobile ads to capture those customers who use their phone like a computer. Ad networks allow you to effectively pinpoint your audience, based on interests, job titles, market or niche. When using these ads to compliment an inbound marketing campaign, you will drive more customers back to your website, offer or product.

Organic search is a great way to bring new customers to your website and introduce them to your company. Most of the people who discover your site through search are going to be more interested in learning information and researching the problems they are facing than actually buying. This is who you want to begin to build a relationship with, so they will turn to you when they are ready to buy. These people are going to be doing searches based upon particular keywords, and the more you are able to work in those keywords through your blog and website content, the easier it will be for visitors to find you. Adword campaigns are also easy to incorporate into your marketing campaign to help drive traffic towards your site by improving your visibility in searches.

Engage Your Visitors As They arrive and Convert Them to Customers

Building a successful digital marketing strategy is about building a relationship with your site visitors. You want to reach out to them at key points in their buyer’s journey and encourage them to continue on towards becoming a paying customer. Marketing automation makes this significantly easier for you. Now you generate automatic, personalized emails based on what page visitors have viewed on your website. You can automatically welcome people to your site and thank them for subscribing to feeds. Those who have viewed your pricing page can receive another email that has been crafted specifically for those who are reaching the decision stage of the buyers’ journey. By compiling information about what your clients are doing on the site, you can create workflows to automatically engage the visitor and convert them easier into new clients. Companies like HubSpot make it easy to set up these automatic workflows and improve engagement.

There are more than 3.2 billion email accounts today and 95 percent of online consumers use email. It is also worth noting that 77 percent of people prefer email when it comes to marketing communications. Email lets you cultivate your relationship with your customers by sending personalized emails. You can contact them when they reach specific points in the buyer’s journey, as indicated by certain actions on your website. These emails are perfect for opening up lines of communication. Most marketing automation software have this tool built in and make it easy to set up email workflows. Other platforms, such as mailchimp and constant contact also can help you track your leads and reach them with emails at that perfect moment. Emails make it easy for customers to ask questions and get in contact with someone at the company when they are ready to make a purchase. They can also be good reminders to customers about the value of the brand.

Mobile internet usage continues to grow. About 1/2 of all local searches are performed on mobile devices and 73 percent of mobile users search on their phones. If your digital marketing campaign does not take into account visitors who are finding your site on mobile devices, you are potentially losing countless customers. A mobile optimized site will take into account information that mobile users are more likely to want, such as phone numbers or addresses while also offering responsive design.

All of these efforts to drive traffic towards your site will not make a difference unless your website is user friendly. When you bring prospects to the site, they are going to decide in about 1/20th of a second whether or not your site is helpful. This is your business' first impression. They will decide if this is a company with whom they are interested in doing business. If they have trouble finding the information or navigating the site, they are just going to leave. You want your design to be fully responsive to your user, so they can view the site easily and with minimal scrolling, no matter what type of device they are on.

Keep Your Existing Customers Happy

The digital world has changed what customers expect from companies. Customers now want to develop relationships with those behind the business and feel as though their individual needs and questions are being met and answered. Those responsible for engaging with the public must now work to harness this desire for a personal connection and take it to digital media. Customers do not call customer complaint hotlines, they take their problems to Twitter or they post a story about a bad interaction on Facebook. It is up to PR managers to monitor the brand and reach out to customers who have had a bad experience. Correct the problem and show this customer, and everyone who is watching the interaction, that this is a brand who cares.

Analyze Your Campaign, Refine, and Improve It

Analytics tells you what is working, and what is not. Without analytics, you run the risk of just spinning your wheels: wasting time and energy on a marketing campaign that is not producing results. Although 76 percent of marketers realize the importance of analytics, few believe they are doing it well. If you are not analyzing your campaigns, you are missing a huge piece of digital success. The beauty of digital marketing is that you do not even need to wait until the end of your campaign to see how it is going. By measuring the success of your various strategies through Google analytics or other marketing software analytics, A/B testing, and measuring lead conversions, you can monitor your campaigns and adapt and refine them for success as you go.

With these tools, you have the power to build a successful marketing campaign. They will help you drive traffic towards your site while also engaging your visitors and converting them into leads. If you are struggling to get your marketing campaign off the ground, partnering with the right marketing agency can give you the boost you need to start bringing in customers.

What digital tools are you using to achieve marketing success?

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The Digital Media Trifecta: 3 Essential Strategies for Your Brand

The success of a company requires a strategic digital marketing plan to ensure brand advertising reaches as many potential customers, current customers, and loyal customers as possible. Achieving this degree of search campaign success depends on the diversity of your digital media. Employing all three types of digital media (paid, owned, and earned) will boost both the number of customers and consumers reached and vary the way in which they encounter your brand. When used together the Big Three act as a powerful tool, building brand awareness and increasing sales.

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