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MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Redesigns and Revamps Galore

March 14, 2014 - Posted by Deanna Ayres, No Comments

Social Media: Following last week’s announcement about the long-awaited changes to the layout of Facebook’s News Feed feature, the company announced this week that their redesigns won’t stop there. Individual business Pages will soon be affected by change, as well. After describing the new look for Pages as “streamlined,” Facebook released an image of what users can expect to see as soon as this upcoming week. The left-side column of Pages will contain most of the general information about businesses, and the right-side column will reflect a Timeline that is more accurate and less buggy. Additionally, for Page administrators, information about the ads they’re running and the “likes” they’re accumulating will be visible no matter where they look on the Page. According to surprising new data published by eMarketer, Google+ may be set to overtake Facebook’s popularity by 2016. G+ is currently the second-most popular social network, with 26 percent… read more

MZ News Round Up

MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Facebook’s Newest Redesign and Amtrak at SXSW

March 7, 2014 - Posted by Shama, No Comments

What has been happening in the marketing world this week? Let The Marketing Zen Group fill you in on the latest and greatest of online marketing news in our MZ Weekly News Round-Up, published every Friday! Social Media About a year after Facebook initially announced plans for a redesign of its News Feed feature, implementation of an overhaul is set to begin this week. The updated look includes font changes, prominent photos that span the entire News Feed, and other subtle stylistic improvements, such as larger buttons in certain spots. Important to note, too, is that the update will not affect ad specs, ads performance, or optimization, which a company spokesperson was quick to clarify. For Amtrak, the interface design updates to Facebook are coming just in time for their latest social media marketing campaign. It may seem odd at first, but Amtrak has a fairly prominent presence across the… read more

Email Marketing

21 Common Questions About Email Marketing Answered

March 5, 2014 - Posted by Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg, No Comments

Today’s installment in our series of answers to common online marketing questions addresses email marketing. Email marketing can seem like a deceptively simple task at first glance, but once you get into the trenches, it becomes clear that it’s anything but. Luckily, we’re here to help point you in the right direction. We’ve answered 21 of the most common questions we receive about email marketing. 1. Is email marketing still effective? Email marketing is one of the most effective ways for a business to reach customers directly. Think about it. You’re not posting something on your site and hoping people will visit it. You’re not even posting something on a social media page and hoping fans will see it. You’re sending something directly into each person’s inbox, where they definitely will see it! Even if they don’t open it, they’ll still see the subject line and your company’s name each… read more

SEO

But My Website Is Already Optimized: The Importance Of Ongoing SEO

March 4, 2014 - Posted by Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg, 1 Comment

When you had your business’s very first website built – or even when you recently had it redesigned – you probably made sure that all your SEO ducks were in a row, ensuring that the designers were carefully optimizing every aspect of your site to be easily found and ranked well by search engines. Right? So when someone starts talking about ongoing search engine optimization, you think, What for? My site is already optimized! And you wouldn’t be wrong. Yes, your site was optimized for search engines at the time it was designed and built. But effective SEO is actually much, much more than a one-time fix. SEO is not simply a matter of putting certain keywords in the right places on a website, or even setting up the coding of a site correctly. Those are important aspects of it, of course, but definitely not the whole picture. In order… read more

Marketing Zen

MZ Weekly News Round-Up: Scrapers, Semantics, and Snapchat: Oh, My!

February 28, 2014 - Posted by Deanna Ayres, No Comments

Social Media: Brand names are about to inherit some serious power on Facebook, thanks to the social media platform’s update to their News Feed algorithm. Now, when a brand’s Page tags another brand, or even a celebrity in a post, followers of either the publishing Page or the tagged Page may see that content appear on their News Feeds. As a consequence, brands will be able to reach out to wider audiences. Facebook’s algorithm will be able to consider which users are engaging with brand content, which then will determine if the content is relevant for followers of both the posting Page and the tagged Page. Why just stop at Facebook, though? According to new data at Sumpto, Snapchat may be the way to go when marketing to college-aged consumers. Not only do over 77 percent of college students use Snapchat at least once every day, but 45 percent of… read more

Social Media Marketing

21 Common Questions About Social Media Marketing Answered

February 27, 2014 - Posted by Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg, 2 Comments

Updated:  June 2014 Here at Marketing Zen, we often get questions from businesses about online marketing, and we do our utmost to answer every one. But it occurred to us recently that it might be helpful for us to put together a little blog series answering some of the most common questions we get related to web marketing. Today’s installment? The 21 most common social media marketing questions we receive, answered just for you! 1. Can social media marketing really help my business? Most definitely! It’s been proven again and again by business after business. In fact, 73% of businesses surveyed by Constant Contact in 2011 had already started using social media marketing with measurable results.  Not utilizing social media marketing can actually harm your business, since there is a good chance your competitors are there winning the hearts of your audience. 2. What are the benefits of social media marketing for my company? Whether your… read more

Marketing Stars

Marketing Stars Series: An Interview With Danny Wong

February 24, 2014 - Posted by Deanna Ayres, No Comments

In our Marketing Stars Series, we bring you insights from some of the top influencers in the world of online marketing. We’ve asked the best of the best to share their insider knowledge with you, our readers, so that you can harness the power of their expert advice, tips, and tricks in your own marketing efforts. Today, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you our interview with Danny Wong of Shareaholic. Danny is a rock star in the content marketing space, and we are honored that he agreed to answer a few questions for us.   1.  Danny, for the readers who don’t know you, could you please tell us a little bit about what it is you do, and why you’re passionate about it? As the Marketing Manager at Shareaholic, I wear a number of different hats. Primarily, I edit and manage our blog, where we publish… read more

Marketing Zen

MZ Weekly News Round-Up: WhatsApp, Bing on Grammar, LinkedIn Layouts and more!

February 22, 2014 - Posted by Deanna Ayres, No Comments

What has been happening in the marketing world this week? Let The Marketing Zen Group fill you in on the latest and greatest of online marketing news in our MZ Weekly News Round-Up, published every Friday! Social Media: Facebook’s purchase of the popular mobile messaging startup WhatsApp for a mind-blowing 16 billion US Dollars has dominated the news in social media. This tops what Facebook had bid on Snapchat last year by over 13 billion dollars. WhatsApp’s growth has by far exceeded that of every other social network to date. Referring to WhatsApp’s soaring growth, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a conference call, “No one in the history of the world has done anything like that.” While Facebook and WhatsApp have not released future plans as to what the buy could mean for social media, our CEO Shama Kabani took to Facebook with this quote: “Facebook + WhatsApp =… read more

Content Marketing

How to Write Crazy Successful B2B Marketing Content

February 20, 2014 - Posted by Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg, No Comments

Sometimes it can seem like B2C marketers get to have all the fun. They’re the ones talking directly to consumers, telling gripping stories in their blog to tug at the heartstrings of their audience, or pushing out one hilarious Facebook post after the other. They’re the ones who can get away with being informal, lively, and entertaining. There’s just no way for straightforward, professional, serious B2B marketers to put that much fun in their marketing content – is there? Well…let’s talk about that. Here’s the thing to remember: Everyone, whether B2C or B2B, is writing content for human beings. The term “business-to-business” makes it sound like one impersonal entity is transmitting data and statistics to another impersonal entity, but in reality, behind every corporate façade there are…people. People who are experts at what they do, yes. People who are serious about the business they run, of course. But also, people… read more

Facebook Marketing

Facebook Marketing Gold: New Call-to-Action Buttons For Ads and Posts

February 18, 2014 - Posted by Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg, 1 Comment

Well, that was nice! Facebook may have lessened online marketers’ organic reach by changing their algorithm, but they’ve given us a nice little treat to make up for it, by enabling the addition of call-to-action buttons to ads and organic posts. Any salesperson who’s been around for even a little while knows the old sayings – “Ask for the sale,” and “Always Be Closing.” In the realm of online marketing, being salesy according to old sales standards isn’t productive – but some of the same principles still do apply. The fact remains that if you ask someone to do something, they are much more likely to do it. Just as asking for the sale prompts a customer to take action, asking them to “click here” or “sign up” prompts them to do just that. That’s why blogs and social media posts and landing pages the world over have calls to… read more

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