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Marin recently pulled together information as a report on the State of Digital Marketing for 2017.

From their site:
“Marin Software interviewed top digital marketing managers around the world to discover the trends, opportunities, and challenges they face in 2017. Read the report to learn the current state of the digital marketing industry, plus expert tips and recommendations for success.

Highlights include:
Digital Marketers’ top priorities for 2017
The ROI potential of different mobile marketing strategies
The main reasons marketers miss out on revenue opportunities
How marketers can increase advertising performance by 70% or more
The hottest marketing technologies industry leaders are looking to invest in next”

We grabbed some of the highlights and shared them here:

  • 43% of marketers expect their mobile budgets on search marketing investment to increase between 10% and 30% in 2017
  • On the social side, 70% of respondents plan to increase their advertising budget
  • Marketers on search and social face an ongoing learning curve due to the constant influx of new features and ad products. As a result, many struggle to keep up with the fast pace of innovation *We at Acumen don’t struggle with this by the way

You can download the full PDF report here: http://downloads.digitalmarketingdepot.com/rs/727-ZQE-044/images/MAR_1706_StateDigAd.pdf

We are super excited to officially welcome Alyssa Willey to the team as our newest Account Executive!

Alyssa Willey

Alyssa is a rock star.
Has been killing every day since she joined the team.
And we wanted to share some personal info so you can get to know her a little more.

We asked Alyssa a few questions, here were her answers.

Where are you originally from?
Alyssa: I am from Carthage, IL, went to college at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Alyssa: I like to sing and dance all day everyday but I really enjoy a good Netflix binge in my free time

What’s your favorite Type of Music?
Alyssa: Hands down favorite type of music is country

What is your favorite genre of movie?
Alyssa: Favorite movie genre would be comedy because who doesn’t like to laugh for hours on end

Where would you most like to visit?
Alyssa: I would love to visit Nashville in the near future

Drink of choice?
Alyssa: Beer for sure. All kinds but nothing beats local craft beer

It’s important for everyone to understand what WE DON’T DO.

We ARE NOT a design / creative agency.
We ARE NOT a PR agency.
We ARE NOT a copy writing house.

What WE ARE is a strategic content marketing agency that uses search engine and social media data to identify market demand, how that demand is sought, how the channels which deliver answers to that demand present options / solutions and then turn that research into a plan which we execute on.

We ONLY CARE about meeting the goals set.
If you want 30 leads each month, then we’ll get it for you.
If you want to understand what channels have the highest opportunity for new sales, then we’ll figure it out.
If you want us to build the assets and infrastructure to distribution, collect and close new business, then we’ll create it.

We DO NOT CARE about Facebook. We care that Facebook can deliver a sales outcome for you.
We DO NOT CARE about LinkedIn. We care that LinkedIn can deliver a sales outcome for you.
We DO NOT CARE about Email. We care that Email can deliver a sales outcome for you.

Get what we’re saying?!

It’s not about the channel, it’s about what the channel can do for you.
The market tells us if it’s working by engaging and converting with content.
We focus on the goal, what the market is asking, where they are asking it and how the channels choose to present content.

Channels come and go.
Trends in design and copy writing come and go.

Our process focuses on capitalizing on the channels and the tactical trends that will move you towards your goals.

So if you are most concerned with creating a strategy to ensure your business is seen online, drives more leads and closes more business then talk to us.

If you are more interested in the shade of red in your email footer not looking the same on your desktop screen and your iPhone DO NOT talk to us!

All We Do Is Win.

It amazes us at how little there is out there online specific to the print industry on practically marketing your services digitally.
Obviously SEO works, so does PPC, social media is a must and email is a no-brainer.
But everything we’ve found is so weak!

We are planning to change that.
While the fundamentals are the same, we have learned over years of working with customers in the print industry what works and what doesn’t.

We are starting a new series of posts that will highlight specific tactics that work really well for print companies.

But for now check out this Case Study on Digital Marketing for Print Companies click here: http://acumenstudio.com/help-printing-companies-grow/

Our friends at Everplans provided this great research into why it is so important to keep the all relationships in the families you advise strong.

It’s time to start remembering kids birthdays and maybe sending a gift!

93% of advisors think that they will continue to manage the assets of a client that dies.
Fact: 85% of children Fire the financial advisor their parents used!
Only 7% of children know / knew who their parents financial advisor was.

Read more in the infographic below.

Infographic financial advisor and family marketing

Do you spend time creating flashy graphics or actually getting to know your customer?

It’s no secret that the most important part of getting your message in front of your customers is that it is clearly communicated.
But what about commodity industries like agribusiness?

Due to this industry being so specification focused (price, quality, availability, etc.) many marketers think that the only way to differentiate is to make it as “sexy” as possible. Give the company a good looking exterior, flashy graphics, trendy interactive apps and you’re good.
That’s great, but is only a part of communicating your value and to be honest it’s one of the easiest parts that ends up being less effective without what we are about to talk about here.

Understanding the Agricultural Business customer

Wouldn’t you agree that knowing what your customer wants at an individual level and understanding what is most important to them would benefit your company more than just a “pretty” picture?
We hope so, because we do and have seen this take companies from doing just OK to growing 5X, 10X and 20X consistently.

Using tools like HubSpot or Infusionsoft will allow you to know exactly what your customer or prospects are reading, watching, opening, liking, not liking, etc.
And that is at the individual level.
You can know what John Smith wants exactly form your products, so every time you communicate with him you’ll be giving John exactly what he is trying to understand or wants to be talked to about.

This simple change to how you collect information and communicate information to your customers will bring you Huge Success!

Agriculture Marketing, Agricultural Marketing, Agribusiness Marketing or however you call it will be changed for ever.

Aaron is the Vice President of Marketing at OneSpace.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, strategy, operations, project management and building teams. His previous work has included working in marketing and operations at Monster Commerce, Network Solutions, Web.com, with clients ranging from local businesses to Fortune 100 organizations.

In this episode we talk about working hard on the farm, combine demolitions, marketing, business, management, product development and more!
 

 
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What is Content Marketing really? And is a Content Marketing Strategy different than a Content Strategy?

To the second question, NO, there is no difference.

Let us explain our answer to the first question.

There are many definitions given for content marketing, but ours is pretty simple.
The use of any consciously consumed piece of content created to enhance relationships, education and convince with the goal of getting someone to make a decision or take action.
For us this applies to visibility, awareness, lead generation and conversion or sale.

Content Marketing Strategy vs. Content Strategy

We say there isn’t a difference.
But what do others say?

Some say that content marketing strategy is understanding who your audience is, creating your message, have a brand guide and implementing it.
Some say that content strategy is more about channel strategy and the types of content that goes on those channels.

While we agree that both should exist, we also believe they are one in the same and that it goes beyond the content.

What is Content?

Content is a tool to communicate.
That’s it.

We dare you to argue with us on this. We always win!

Content Marketing Strategy

When we create a content marketing strategy we do these things:

  • Ask you questions about your business
  • Ask you questions about your customers
  • Look at your customer data & behavior
  • Research the market using search engines
  • Research your customers using search engines
  • Research the market using social media
  • Research your customers using social media
  • Identify how your targets consume online
  • Develop a channel strategy
  • Develop content for each channel
  • Optimize content with each channel
  • Track, measure and monitor behavior
  • Continuously optimize

This is how we think content marketing should be done and we’ve seen it work again and again.

Contact us if you want to learn more or contact us if you want to debate our ideas.