How Manufacturers Can Create a Positioning Statement to Power Digital Marketing

You’ve bought into creating and operating a digital marketing strategy for your manufacturing business. And you’re about to put all the pieces together.

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Author: Greg Elwell

Video Marketing: 5 Tips to Impact Your Video Results in 2024

Through his incredible storytelling skills, Tony Gnau enlightens us with how and why we should be fitting videos into our very own marketing funnels. Tony and his team at T60 Productions are communication experts, content creators and above all else… storytellers. They guide their clients through the corporate video production process and create videos people enjoy watching.

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Author: Sarah Neubauer

Digital Marketing Mistakes Manufacturing Companies Should Avoid

Gone are the days when marketers make fly by the seat of their pants decisions or decisions based on what they THINK will work for their prospects and customers. In a B2B world, not taking a data-driven approach can be one of the biggest mistakes a manufacturer makes when putting various tactics into place. It is essential to constantly evaluate your prospect and buyer’s behaviors and the analytics behind their actions. Taking this information and using it to make educated decisions about the tactics you employ will make a huge difference in gaining the attention of qualified leads.

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Author: Andrea Meyers

Top 11 Midwest Marketing, Advertising and PR Conferences You Can’t Miss in 2016

Each year, our team at Stream Creative is proud to issue our picks for the top Midwest marketing and advertising conferences. With budget and short-distance travel in mind, we’ve lined up a great list for 2016!

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Author: Janice Dombrowski

Weekly Flashback: Social Media Productivity Tools & Why Content Marketing Isn’t Dead

If you’re like me, your inbox is flooded with post notifications and enewsletters filled with good articles that you’ve highlighted to read later. Most weeks, I try to at least scan the articles that are of greatest interest to me and I pass the best ones along to our team. These articles include everything from inbound strategies, digital marketing, social advertising, content production and promotion, web design, public relations, events and much more. I thought some of my favorites would be of interest to our clients and followers, so I’ve created The Weekly Roundup – a recap of the best posts I’ve come across. I’ll try to be consistent with posting, so be sure to check back every Friday to view my faves from the week.

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Author: Steve James

4 Simple Tactics To Increase Online Reach That You Can Do In 30 Minutes

Tasked with a goal to improve your online presence and increase website traffic, your small marketing team and limited budget may initially discourage you. The truth is -- growth strategies do not have to be complicated to be successful.

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Author: Janice Dombrowski

Stream Creative & Weidert Group Announce Speakers For Inbound WI 2015

Inbound Wisconsin is a conference that will give sales and marketing professionals the opportunity to learn strategies with highly actionable instruction that is guaranteed to help businesses grow. The event is in collaboration with HubSpot, Google, and other leading technology companies.

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Author: Andrea Meyers

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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Author: Mary Jo Preston

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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Author: Mary Jo Preston

Grow Internal Content Producers: 10 Steps for Marketing Success

blog internal contentWe meet with marketing professionals frequently and many are solely responsible for creating content for email, social media, blog and inbound marketing strategies. When we ask who and what departments these individuals work with to help generate ideas and stories for their channels, we oftentimes hear that the task never moves outside the marketing department or if it’s a one-person role, the marketing manager’s personal day-to-day responsibilities.  Our question is always the same: If you don’t step outside your silo, how can you avoid quality and consistency issues, burnout or most importantly, tell the full story?

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Author: Jeff Coon