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When you hear the word ecosystem, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Ecosystems work in a particular way, wherein the biotic and abiotic components of any particular ecosystem work together to survive. Product ecosystems are not so different! A company creates a product ecosystem when they have several products that coexist to benefit the customer. Apple is an excellent example of a company that's made a thriving product ecosystem, with its synchronized phones, tablets, laptops, televisions, and even headphones. But how is a thriving product ecosystem built? Below, we have a few pointers for any companies that are attempting to establish their product ecosystem. 

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Marketers tend to pour massive amounts of time and effort into specific content strategies, but they don’t always work out the way they are intended. Content is created to educate customers, move them through the customer journey, and relay the industry-specific information they need. But what happens if your content marketing strategy isn’t working? Below, we discuss three ways that your content strategy isn’t working and how you can address those problems.

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When you’re building an SEO report for a client, it probably features a multitude of considerations to optimize their website like the page level traffic, bounce rate, or the amount of time that users spend on the site. All of this is helpful, but is it the most essential information for your report? Hypothetically, let’s say you can only include one piece of information in an SEO report. The one element that should be included in every SEO report is the conversion rate and goal completion.

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Today’s customers have more expectations for the products and services that they purchase than ever before. For companies that are providing products and services, you must understand what your customers are expecting and how to meet those expectations. That comes from listening to what your customers have to say. The connection between you and your customers is an integral part of your relationship with your customers. Marketing and sales can work together to develop a deeper understanding of what their current customers need and how to serve their prospective customers better.

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Content marketing is all about flexibility. Your campaign might be written perfectly, planned to the fullest extent, and performing wonderfully: but sometimes things change! Trends and global events might distract your audience from your campaign, or it might even lose steam after a competitor campaign launches. Whatever the case may be, it's important to have the flexibility and capability to address what's happening with your campaign and make the necessary changes. When something significant disrupts your content strategy, you need to think about how it will affect your business goals. The success of your campaigns and your business all relies on your ability to pivot your content strategy quickly.

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Building a landing page is standard practice for any marketer, but that shouldn’t undermine the importance of building a purposeful landing page to increase conversions. The fundamentals, like compelling copy, form placement, and social media integration aren’t changing; it’s all about the smaller ways to maximize the number of sign-ups the landing page generates. Below, we have several ways to improve the performance of your landing page and generate more conversions for your business.

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LinkedIn might be the first impression that people have of your company, and a great LinkedIn page makes an excellent impression with any potential leads that might be looking for your information. Consider LinkedIn as an extension of your website, making sure all the information is clean, up to date, and understandable. Below, we have four elements that will your company’s LinkedIn page look professional and inviting to prospective leads.

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If you want to capture the attention of your audience, you need to create the right materials to help them become familiar with what your company offers. Marketing collateral pieces are a great way to showcase that you know exactly what you are talking about, giving you a competitive edge in your field. With the right collateral pieces, you can further educate prospects with what your company has to offer.  

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There’s a point in the sales funnel where the prospect is handed off to the next team member. Specifically, this is the point of the funnel where the marketing hands off prospects to sales and sales pass prospects to an account executive. The middle of the funnel is like a valve. At this point, you can expand lead quality definitions to pass a higher volume of leads to your sales team, or even tighten the definitions to give them a more specific segment of qualified leads. In the middle of the funnel, marketing facilitates the hand-off to sales. For this hand-off, content is created to engage and educate leads to identify who is interested in making a purchase. This part of the funnel has the most significant potential for marketing and sales to not completely align, so it requires the most attention. Below, we have some tips for how to prevent leads from going cold in the middle of the funnel.

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Aligning the efforts of your marketing and sales departments can be a long, difficult journey to get everyone on the same page. While each department is working towards the same goal (generating revenue, growing the business), they are often using very different strategies and tactics to achieve the results. When you can combine the efforts of marketing and sales, you create an environment where two departments are using the strengths of the other to finalize sales and generate revenue for your business. But how can businesses align marketing and sales effectively and efficiently? Digital transformation.

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Today’s customer is all about the experience. From the very first interactions with your company’s branding to the final sale, companies need to provide a branded customer experience that will leave a lasting impression. An experiential marketing campaign takes the idea of a customer experience one extra step, by providing an experience. Experiential events can tell you a lot about your customer base, especially regarding what kinds of things they might engage with. Below, we cover the basic elements that your experiential marketing campaign should have.

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Consumer marketing requires a different way of think for marketers who are generally operating in the B2B space. While B2B marketing focuses on the logical process-driven purchasing decisions for businesses, B2C marketing focuses on driving consumer purchasing decisions with emotion. Finding the right approach means tapping into the interests and habits of your customers, using the analytics at your disposal to make the right strategic choice to move forward.

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Marketers have been using email marketing campaigns for years, pushing products, events, and anything else they want their audience to engage with. If the majority of people are checking their email every day (most are checking multiple times a day), why aren’t your campaigns working? While it might seem that email marketing as a whole doesn’t work, but it might just be that your processes are out of date. Engaging with your audience is like a game of chess: it requires strategy and planning, as well as the flexibility to adapt your approach when things don’t work. Below, we have five email marketing practices that don’t work anymore.

 

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With all of the myths surrounding marketing automation, it’s understandable that some marketing departments are apprehensive about implementing automation into their processes.  But there’s no need to worry! Marketing automation can help streamline your marketing efforts and make your department more efficient. Below, we have four significant benefits of leveraging marketing automation into your daily marketing activities.

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2020 doesn’t look the way we ever thought it would. Businesses have faced unprecedented challenges this year, creating significant disruptions to the way that everyone does business. Now is the time to focus on prosperity and growth for the rest of 2020, while building a strategic plan for your business to thrive in 2021. For your strategy to be as successful as possible, it needs to include certain action items that are measurable and attainable for your organization. 

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