3 Holiday Email Marketing Strategies to Avoid Saying “Bah Humbug!”

3 Holiday Email Marketing Strategies to Avoid Saying “Bah Humbug!”

It’s never too early to start planning your holiday email marketing strategy. Because, let’s face it, marketing during the holidays is hard. People only have so much money to spend, their inboxes are overflowing, and thanks to things like parties, cookie baking, and family vacations, their time is incredibly limited.

It’s estimated that holiday purchases make up a whopping 20% of all retail purchases in the US, and online holiday shopping gets more popular every year. During the 2018 holiday season, shoppers spent $122 billion with online retailers, which is 17.4% more than in 2017 and over 30% more than in 2016.

So how do you take full advantage of the holiday season and make your way to the top of people’s inboxes?

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Brand Awareness, Content
Marvel Marketing Minute – 3 Content Tweaks That Can Make an Immediate, Dramatic Difference

Marvel Marketing Minute – 3 Content Tweaks That Can Make an Immediate, Dramatic Difference

It’s the holy grail of marketing—small tweaks that lead to big results. Oftentimes, these situations are simply too good to be true because some strategies can’t improve that quickly and easily. However, in many cases, it’s entirely possible to create an immediate, dramatic difference with just a small tweak in your content strategy.

Here are three projects where our superheroes did exactly that:

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Content, Marvel Marketing Minute, Optimization
A Superhero’s First Experience with Marketo – What’s It Like to Use if You’re an Eloqua Expert?

A Superhero’s First Experience with Marketo – What’s It Like to Use if You’re an Eloqua Expert?

For five and a half years, I spent my days learning Eloqua, helping with Eloqua curriculum development, and teaching others how to use Eloqua. I lived and breathed Eloqua and found myself very comfortable with the platform. Any time a new update came through, big or small, I worked with my team to learn it quickly, then turn around and teach it. Eloqua was life, and it was the only marketing automation platform I knew.

Recently, I joined an incredible team at Marvel Marketers. As a Marketo partner, the team is primarily versed in Marketo, and few are familiar with Eloqua. I was a new addition to the team, and a new source of information and education. I hit the ground running, and began absorbing Marketo like a sponge, trying to prepare myself to eventually teach Marketo, just as I had for years in Eloqua. 

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Posted by Michael Kirsner in Additional Resources, Marketing Automation
Systems in Control Part 3 – More Better Data

Systems in Control Part 3 – More Better Data

How well do you understand your best customers?  It’s a simple but loaded question.  

Businesses spend a considerable portion of their budgets every quarter trying to get “more better data”–not grammatically incorrect here, think quantity and quality! They want great data and lots of it. In my previous blogs, I talked about the importance of Keeping Marketo Healthy and how to Sync (Marketo-Saleforce) The Right Way, but today I want to focus on how mature businesses successfully keep their systems in control by managing their data effectively and keeping clean organized databases.

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Posted by Phil Leichtle in Best Practices, Marketing Automation, Optimization
Marvel Marketing Minute – Is Your Web Design Hurting Your Credibility?

Marvel Marketing Minute – Is Your Web Design Hurting Your Credibility?

You could offer the very best products and services in the world, but does the rest of the world know that?

They may not if your web design isn’t right.

According to research done by One Day Labs, 75% of users say they judge a company’s credibility based on its web design, and 94% of first impressions are design-driven. For you, this means the right framework is vital.

How do you create it?

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Content, Marvel Marketing Minute
AI and Content Marketing – The Future is Officially Upon Us

AI and Content Marketing – The Future is Officially Upon Us

If you’ve ever asked Siri or Alexa a question, had a discussion with a chatbot, or looked to see what’s sitting in your Gmail’s spam folder, you’ve interacted with artificial intelligence (AI). Because the goal of AI is to create machines that can work and react like humans, AI tools can be used to automate simple tasks so that you can focus on the more advanced stuff, and they’ll process information faster than you could if you were to try and do the work manually.

So how can it affect your content marketing strategy?

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Content, Lead Generation
Marvel Marketing Minute – 3 Ways to Prevent Missed Deadlines from Destroying Your Event

Marvel Marketing Minute – 3 Ways to Prevent Missed Deadlines from Destroying Your Event

Imagine this…

You’re in charge of a major event and those email invites that are scheduled to be sent out today aren’t going out anytime soon. You silently start freaking out because you had chosen this specific send date in order to give your invitees an entire month to RSVP, and the number of registrants is the biggest key result that your boss is using to measure your success.

How do you make sure this never happens again?

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Best Practices, Content, Marketing Automation, Marvel Marketing Minute
Marvel Marketing Minute – Using Marketo Notifications to Take Control of Your Instance

Marvel Marketing Minute – Using Marketo Notifications to Take Control of Your Instance

As a Marketo admin, there are tons of data and processes that you have to keep your eyes on and monitor at all times. Depending on the size of your instance, this can be a daunting task. 

Thankfully, Marketo has a handy tool that will save you tons of time when trying to keep track of your instance—Marketo Notifications. Once you know how to read and understand Marketo Notifications, they become a great asset to add to your marketing tool belt.

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Posted by Cassie Lloyd in Best Practices, Marketing Automation, Marvel Marketing Minute
Skip This Step and You’ll Never Truly Know If Your Marketing Efforts are Successful

Skip This Step and You’ll Never Truly Know If Your Marketing Efforts are Successful

No matter your industry, your audience, and your marketing initiatives, your ongoing success depends on one thing—properly analyzing your content’s performance. After all, if your words, videos, images, and graphics aren’t resonating with your audience, your marketing strategy will never generate the results you want.

But lots of organizations aren’t analyzing the right way, and that’s where this strategy comes in.

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Posted by Nicole Pytel in Content, Marketing Automation, Optimization