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How Are You Doing Compared to 400 Other Marketers? - Marketing Technology Blog

How Are You Doing Compared to 400 Other Marketers? - Marketing Technology Blog | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it

How Are You Doing Compared to 400 Other Marketers? by Douglas Karr on Marketing Technology Blog

 

We’ve been having some incredible meetings with an enterprise company recently. They have all the challenges you can think of – a small team, enterprise structure, franchises, ecommerce… the works. Over time, they’ve evolved with their small team to a hodge-podge of technology that’s becoming more and more difficult to manage. Our job is to map out their strategy and drive their costs down by centralizing and investing in flexible solutions. It’s not a task for the faint at heart.

As we sit at the table, the team often gets both embarrassed and frustrated at many of the gaps that they have left open or their lack of speed at adopting new technologies. It seems whenever I meet with a company their team has this same reaction. Marketing resources are a luxury in this economy and companies shouldn’t be embarrassed that they’re unable to keep up. The industry is moving fast, and virtually ever platform is fighting for marketing dollars – confusing the heck out of marketers who are already getting pulled in every direction.

Given that, it’s always nice to feel as though you’re not doing too bad. This extensive research project from Ektron will help put you at ease… and maybe even make you feel good about the progress you’ve made and the roadmap you’re taking. Chances are, you’re probably ahead of the curve!

 

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Georgia Allen's curator insight, August 14, 2014 12:38 AM

It's a great idea for businesses to bench mark against competitors to gage an idea of how they are doing in the market. For new and small businesses this is essential. 

Jasmine Arora's curator insight, September 27, 2014 9:01 AM

It's a great idea for business managers to bench mark against competitors to gage an idea of how they are doing in the market. especially suitable for new businesses.

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Head-to-Head: Direct Mail vs. Email [Infographic]

Head-to-Head: Direct Mail vs. Email [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Which is more effective in marketing and performs better - email or direct mail? The answer, as you might suspect, is not clear cut. See how marketers can combine email and direct mail campaigns.
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Ever wonder how email compares to direct mail, and which Is more effective? See this article for some researched-based answers.
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How to Write Compelling Email Content Customers Want to Read [Infographic]

How to Write Compelling Email Content Customers Want to Read [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
How can you make your email campaigns and content good enough to grab readers' attention? For practical tips on writing email content that customers want to read, check out this infographic.
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Is Your Email Campaign Working? Here's How to Write Compelling Content Customers Want to Read.
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15 Ways Your Company Can Salvage Its Reputation During A Crisis

15 Ways Your Company Can Salvage Its Reputation During A Crisis | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
It can be tempting to say "no comment" when in crisis management mode, but it's important for people to always hear from the source.
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Need some guidelines for repairing your corporate or brand reputation ? See this article for 15 suggestions.
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High-Quality Products Key to Gaining Online Reviews

High-Quality Products Key to Gaining Online Reviews | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Mobiles are now first when it comes to the research and advocacy phase, and the same could soon be true for the transaction phase of the purchase journey.
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Do you know how to gain online product reviews? Here are the top 10 reasons for brand advocacy.
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The 10 Highest-Paying Digital Marketing Jobs

The 10 Highest-Paying Digital Marketing Jobs | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Which digital marketing and technology jobs have the highest average annual salary ranges in the US? See these results from data for nearly 70,000 digital marketing and IT job placements.
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Want to Know The Highest-Paying Digital Marketing Jobs? See These Research Findings.
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8 surprisingly simple steps to calculate ROI

8 surprisingly simple steps to calculate ROI | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
ROI formula requires only two numbers; the cost of your venture and the return made from that venture. Why does it have to be so complex?
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Need some help calculating ROI? See these 8 surprisingly simple steps.
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What the Rise of Virtual Reality Means for Marketing [Animated Infographic]

What the Rise of Virtual Reality Means for Marketing [Animated Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Virtual reality (VR) is transcending gaming and becoming a tool for marketers. Check out this GIF infographic to see how brands are using it as a marketing tactic—and how your company could, too.
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Big brands pull Google ads over extremist content fears | Netimperative - latest digital marketing news

Big brands pull Google ads over extremist content fears | Netimperative - latest digital marketing news | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
M&S has become the latest brand to “pause” its Google ads over fears it is appearing next to extremist content, following similar decisions from McDonald’s, L’Oreal, Tesco, major banks and the UK government. Last week, the UK government decided to remove its adverts from YouTube – which is owned by Google – after it emerged ... [Read more...]
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Big brands concerned about ad placement next to extremist content in YouTube video streams. Is social media ad environment becoming an important issue in protection of brand assets?
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Flowchart: Use the Right Digital Advertising Strategies and Metrics for Your Campaigns [Infographic]

Flowchart: Use the Right Digital Advertising Strategies and Metrics for Your Campaigns [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Digital marketing campaigns come down to selecting the right strategy and using the right tactics and metrics to achieve and measure campaign results. This flowchart infographic can help!
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Need Some Help Choosing the Right Digital Advertising Strategies & Campaign Metrics? See This Article For Some Useful Guidelines.
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Marketing Technology Tool and Platform Use

Marketing Technology Tool and Platform Use | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Most companies use 6 or more martech tools or platforms in their marketing stacks, research finds. Fully 1 in 3 don't have a strategic plan for developing their stack. Check out more stats!
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How Does Your Marketing Technology Stack Compare to Norms? See This Research Report.
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Digital Branding From Google’s Perspective

Andrew Leonard, Agency Development Manager at Google, talks with Ryan Rieches about micro moments and what companies like Home Depot, Red Roof Inn an
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Looking for Digital Branding Guidelines? See These Best Practices from Google.
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A New Era for Movement Brands: 6 Lessons from the Women’s March | Sustainable Brands

A New Era for Movement Brands: 6 Lessons from the Women’s March | Sustainable Brands | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
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What lessons can brands take away from movements like #ADayWithoutAWoman ? Here are 6 key insights.
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Your Brain on Video: Use Emotions to Tell Your Brand Story [Infographic]

Your Brain on Video: Use Emotions to Tell Your Brand Story [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
To tell your brand story through video, you'll need to use human emotions to reach and connect with viewers via images. This infographic explains emotional motivators and techniques you can use.
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Do you want to know how to better connect with customers? See this article about how #videomarketing enhances brand stories.
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Do you want to know how to better connect with customers? See this article about how #videomarketing enhances brand stories.
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11 Tips on How to Plan, Prep, and Deliver a Killer Presentation [Infographic]

11 Tips on How to Plan, Prep, and Deliver a Killer Presentation [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Presentations are critical in the modern workplace, but most people have anxiety about public speaking. These tips on how to hone your presentation skills and win over audiences can help.
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Delivering a Presentation Soon? Here are 11 Tips for Building and Delivering Killer Presentations.
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30 fascinating facts about Organic vs Paid Social

30 fascinating facts about Organic vs Paid Social | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Organic vs Paid Social. Social media is the most genuine form of marketing. Is one more effective than the other? Do they work better together? How?
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Need some Social Media Marketing facts for your next presentation? See this list, with sources, of 30 fascinating facts about Organic vs Paid Social.
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The Ins and Outs of Awesome Infographics [Infographic]

The Ins and Outs of Awesome Infographics [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Infographics are liked and shared on social media 3X more than other types of content. How do you create one that stands out? Here are some tips from IBM - in infographic form, of course!
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Want to Know How to Create Eye-Catching Infographics That Engage and Get Shared? See This Article.
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Traditional vs. Programmatic Media Buying [Infographic]

Traditional vs. Programmatic Media Buying [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Programmatic ad buys can be more efficient than traditional media buys, but what do you need to know before switching? Check out this infographic comparing traditional & programmatic media buying.
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Know the difference between traditional vs programmatic media buying? See this side-by-side comparison for clarification.
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6 Pinterest hacks to grow your business [INFOGRAPHIC] | Netimperative - latest digital marketing news

6 Pinterest hacks to grow your business [INFOGRAPHIC] | Netimperative - latest digital marketing news | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Pinterest is a ‘sleeping giant’ when it comes to helping business owners growing their businesses. This infographic from offers 6 quick Pinterest hacks you can easily implement to grow your business. Marketing is a dense arena with many companies adopting the same stale approach. But, there is a new strategy you can implement focusing on ... [Read more...]
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Want to know how Pinterest can be used to grow your business? Here are 6 growth hacks to use. 
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The 10 Companies With the Best Reputations Worldwide

The 10 Companies With the Best Reputations Worldwide | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
The companies with the highest brand reputation in the world's 15 largest economies are led by Rolex, Lego, and Disney, but the rankings varied (often significantly) by region. See the data here.
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Do you know the Top 10 Global Companies with the Best Brand Reputations? See this article for a research review.
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Ad Safety Boils Over in the UK. Will Brands Be Next to Act? - eMarketer

Ad Safety Boils Over in the UK. Will Brands Be Next to Act? - eMarketer | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Greater public focus could see protection become a bigger concern
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Protecting brand integrity in social media advertising environments becoming a hot issue in digital marketing.
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What Brands Can Do to Win the Trust of Women - eMarketer

What Brands Can Do to Win the Trust of Women - eMarketer | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Providing good customer experience is a start
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Research reported by eMarketer finds responding to customer feedback and being concerned about brand reputation among top factors building brand trust with women shoppers.
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Five Common Pitfalls and Best-Practices of Measuring Marketing and Advertising Performance

Five Common Pitfalls and Best-Practices of Measuring Marketing and Advertising Performance | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
To improve marketing and advertising performance and optimize spend, marketers must measure their marketing efforts. But you should avoid these 5 common mistakes - and use these best-practices.
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Do you know the 5 most common pitfalls and best practices for measuring marketing and advertising performance? See this article.
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Get the Most Out of Your Marketing Automation Tools [Infographic]

Get the Most Out of Your Marketing Automation Tools [Infographic] | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Marketing automation is a big investment, as are the barriers to adopting and fully implementing automation tools. See the steps marketers can take to successfully implement marketing automation.
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Do You Know How to Get the Most from Your Marketing Automation Investment? If Not, See This Article.
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This Agency Dropped an App on International Women's Day That Detects When Men Interrupt Women

This Agency Dropped an App on International Women's Day That Detects When Men Interrupt Women | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
BETC Sao Paulo’s Woman Interrupted helps men realize when they’re cutting women off and shows women how pervasive the problem is for them.
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Agency Drops an App on International Women’s Day That Detects When Men Interrupt Women...#manterruption.
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How to Raise Your KPIQ: Key Performance Indicators and Your Marketing IQ

How to Raise Your KPIQ: Key Performance Indicators and Your Marketing IQ | Integrated Brand Communications | Scoop.it
Key performance indicators (KPIs) optimize your marketing performance only when you apply what you learn. Here's how to take a smart approach to marketing measurement that guides decisions.
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Need to get more out of your KPIs? Here's a three step approach for improving your KPI IQ that might be useful.
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