According to a recent Retail Dive survey, 55% of consumers still prefer to shop in stores because they like to see or test out products before they buy them. But, if consumers could see or try products virtually from home, would they still need to go to the store before making a purchase? This question has been asked by companies like Amazon, Warby Parker, and IKEA which have embraced AR product reviews. With these previews, ecommerce visitors can see an item of clothing on a photo of their body, preview what furniture will look like in their bedroom, and even…

When McDonald’s first opened its doors, they had two items on the menu: burgers and fries. After surveying competitors, the founders saw that in order to stand out as a food company, they had to be different. Instead of offering a multitude of menu options, they decided to hyper-focus on the bestsellers, which catapulted their customer satisfaction. What McDonalds’ founders did was find white space opportunities in their industry. While other fast food restaurants at the time were offering a diverse menu but lacking in customer service — the McDonald’s team decided to focus on two items so customer service…

Fifteen Years Is a Long Time in SEO

Posted by willcritchlowI’ve been in an introspective mood lately. Earlier this year (15 years after starting Distilled in 2005), we spun out a new company called SearchPilot to focus on our SEO A/B testing and meta-CMS technology (previously known as Distilled ODN), and merged the consulting and conferences part of the business with Brainlabs. I’m now CEO of SearchPilot (which is primarily owned by the shareholders of Distilled), and am also SEO Partner at Brainlabs, so… I’m sorry everyone, but I’m very much staying in the SEO industry. As such, it feels a bit like the end of a chapter…

How to Conduct Research for an Infographic: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. In reality, a picture is worth closer to 84.1 words depending on a variety of other factors, but let’s face it, that’s not as catchy. The original point of the saying still stands, though: Images communicate information more effectively than text alone, and they’re best when working together. And, brands agree with the statement above. In fact, in 2020, infographics were considered the third-most effective type of marketing content, just behind blogging and video. But before you design an eye-catching infographic, you must first do the research to determine what story you’re going to…

How to Design Content Remarketing Campaigns That Actually Work

You know content marketing works, so you’ve been plugging away at blog posts, ebooks, and other valuable, educational content for your potential customers. And people come — they find your content in search results and in their social media feeds. But they may not fill out a form and become a lead right then and there. It’s not always because they’re not interested in your message — so how do you recapture those viewers who left your site? Recapturing audience attention to turn lookers into leads is an effective marketing tactic, and if you’re not doing it, you’re leaving money…

7 Helpful Resources for Creating Beautiful Infographics

Visuals have a huge impact in marketing. Not only do they make content more sharable — 40 times as much — but they help us retain information. When details are paired with an image, we remember 55% more of it. That can be pulled off with infographics — the nifty images that visually break down complex statistics. They’re customizable, sharable, and they’re easier to create than you might think. Sure, you could hire a professional to create the infographics for you. But if you’re restricted by budgets or time, there are some great DIY resources out there for making compelling…

Desktop, Mobile, or Voice? (D) All of the Above — Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by Dr-PeteNeedless to say, we’re facing more and more complexity in our everyday work, and the answers to our questions are about as clear as mud. In the wake of the 2018 mobile-first index, and since more searchers are home and not on-the-go, we’re left wondering where to focus our optimization efforts. Is desktop the most important? Is mobile? What about the voice phenomenon that’s now become part of our day-to-day lives? As with most things, the most important factor is to consider your audience. People aren’t siloed to a single device — your optimization strategy shouldn’t be, either. In…

What is a Business Plan? Definition, Tips, and Templates

The business plan is an undeniably critical component to getting any company off the ground. It’s key to securing financing, documenting your business model, outlining your financial projections, and turning that nugget of a business idea into a reality. In an era where more than 50% of small enterprises fail in their first year, having a clear, defined, and well thought-out business plan is a crucial first step for setting up a business for long-term success. Business plans are a required tool for all entrepreneurs, business owners, business acquirers, and even business school students. But … what exactly is a…

15 Essential Social Media Marketing Tips From Beginner to Advanced

One of the most humbling experiences as a marketer is putting out that tweet you just knew would be a home run for your audience. We’d like to think of ourselves as being able to come up with A+ social media content every day, but the reality is that we’re all human. Sometimes, we hit a wall with planning content that aligns with our company and goals. If you’re just starting out in social media marketing or are looking for a few tips to get inspiration, we’ve compiled some helpful knowledge to beef up your accounts — no matter your…