The New Best Practices for Native Advertising on Editorial Sites

Posted by MeganRoseMDigital advertising is different nowadays. How and when we interact with ads online drastically changed in March when COVID-19 ushered in a new era of rolling global lockdowns, not to mention lifestyle changes that none of us could predict. And for native advertising in particular, ad performance has always relied on the nature of consumer behavior on the sites where they appear. Because they fit the form and function of their sites, their best practices are directly dictated by how we interact with the organic content that surrounds them. On editorial sites (think news, niche blogs and online…

Blogs and podcasts are both powerhouse marketing tools. Company blogs are well-established inbound marketing channels, while business podcasts are the up-and-comers garnering a lot of excitement in the industry. A few stats in the blog corner: 59% of marketers find business blogging valuable. (DemandMetric) Prioritizing blogging gave companies 13X the ROI compared with companies that did not prioritize their blogs. (HubSpot) About 70 million new blog posts are published each month on WordPress alone, with 77 million comments added per month. (WordPress) And in the podcast corner: 37% of Americans ages 12 and older listened to a podcast in the…

The Best Social Media Management Tools

In the world of social media marketing, there are hundreds of tools and software with features capable of helping you with different aspects of your social media strategy. These tools — also known as social media management tools — can assist with social media creation, collaboration, planning, scheduling , sharing, analysis, and more. In this blog post, we’ll cover what social media management tools are, how your team can benefit from them, and 12 of the best options available today. Let’s get started. What is social media management? Social media management is the process of handling (managing) your entire social…

Brand Strategy 101: 7 Essentials for Strong Company Branding

Let’s say you’ve come to the difficult realization that quite frankly your brand — if you can even call it that — is all over the place. Or perhaps worse, you have a defined brand, but you’re noticing that it just doesn’t seem to mesh with who you really are and what you really do. Don’t panic. Before you get all hung up on what shade of green to use for your logo or what tone you’re going to use when engaging with people on Twitter, you need to step back and take a look at the big picture. What…

6 Ways to Build Brand Authority With Content Marketing

Posted by amandamilliganBecoming an authoritative brand is no easy feat, but the massive benefits are worth the effort. When you’ve built authority, potential customers and clients begin to count on you and trust you — and it’s hard to imagine that trust not leading to a sale (at some point). But how exactly can a brand begin to build, or build upon, their authority? Content is an excellent way, and in this article, I’ll go through my tips on how it can be done. 1. Answer your audience’s questions If you’re not doing this, there’s virtually no way you’ll become…

As any marketer will tell you, there are a myriad of benefits to using data to inform your marketing decisions. For instance, data can help marketers learn from past mistakes and pivot to create increasingly effective campaigns over time. Additionally, data can provide marketers with insights about their audience and what matters most to both prospects and customers. It also helps marketers earn buy-in from leadership to experiment and test new, innovative strategies for increasing brand awareness and ROI. Monday.com knows the importance of data all too well. The work OS — used by major brands including Uber, Hulu, and…

17 of the Best Examples of Beautiful Blog Design

According to a recent U.K. survey, bloggers have ranked as the third most trustworthy source of information, following only friends and family. That’s right — bloggers are trusted more than celebrities, journalists, brands, and politicians. But how do you get people to fall in love with your blog in the first place? (Aside from remarkable content, of course.) Well, just as your website homepage is like the front door to your business, your blog’s design — much like a welcome mat — is the front door to your business blog. If you’re not attracting people visually, how will you get them…

The Ultimate Guide to Branding in 2020

Products are never just products, right? Coca-Cola is more than a soda. Starbucks is more than a coffee. Ray-Ban is more than a pair of sunglasses. Glossier is more than a tube of concealer. Interacting with these products provide experiences, and we buy them with that experience in mind. Better yet, the companies that create and market them know exactly the experience they want you to have when you make (or consider) a purchase. That’s why they create a brand. From the language in their Instagram caption to the color palette on their latest billboard to the material used in…

The Ultimate Guide to Storytelling

An art. Not a process, method, or technique. Storytelling is described as an art … the “art” of storytelling. And — like art — it requires creativity, vision, skill, and practice. Storytelling isn’t something you can grasp in one sitting, after one course. It’s a trial-and-error process of mastery. Sounds like a lot of work, right? It is, and rightfully so because storytelling has become a crucial component of the most successful marketing campaigns. It sets apart vibrant brands from simple businesses and loyal consumers from one-time, stop-in shoppers. It’s also the heart of inbound marketing. Storytelling is an incredibly valuable…