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January 19, 2019

How Much Are Your Digital Assets Worth?

Digital

Have you decided on your digital strategy for the year? As you and your team take this time to put together the best strategic game plan that can help you accomplish your goals for the year, it is important to understand what digital assets are truly giving you the best bang for the buck, where your ROI is concerned.  

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January 15, 2019

Aged Care Providers Need to Communicate Their Purpose

Aged Care, Marketing Strategy, Business Strategy

There have been a number of significant changes over the recent years along with a new set of challenges that the aged care sector is facing — from deregulation, the Royal Commission, and shifts in customer preferences. As a result, aged care providers need to find new ways to stand out and gain the trust of their potential customers.   

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January 10, 2019

7 Critical Skills Most CMOs Don’t Have

Digital

The latest modern technology has changed the game for chief marketing officers, and it now takes more than the usual marketing skills to stand out today.

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January 8, 2019

10 B2B Content Marketing Charts You Need to See This Week

Digital, Content Marketing

Content marketing’s effectiveness at engaging target audiences and promoting meaningful relationships has made it a popular choice for B2B marketers. To help guide B2B marketers for 2019, here are 10 content marketing charts that are worth looking into as we start the year.

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December 21, 2018

5 Leading Digital Marketing Strategy Case Studies to Inspire Your Next Step Change

Digital, Finance, Saas, Aged Care, Property

Why are 82% of marketers expecting large increases of their digital marketing budgets come 2019?

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December 20, 2018

SEO and Marketing Automation: How They Work Together to Boost Your Brand

Digital, Marketing Automation, SEO, Content Marketing, Marketing Strategy

Content is only as valuable as the audience it reaches. Marketing automation and SEO need to work together to boost your digital marketing efforts. By understanding how these two disciplines work together, you will be able to use them to gain a higher ROI.

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December 18, 2018

10 PPC Trends to Guide Your Digital Strategy in 2019

Digital

This year, we’ve seen some big changes in pay-per-click (PPC) marketing — not least of which was  the rebranding of AdWords to Google Ads.

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December 14, 2018

5 Best Email Marketing Examples for Financial Services Brands

Digital, Finance

The financial services industry is suffering from a crisis of trust. In fact, 47% of their customers say they do not trust their own financial provider. How can the industry recover from this damaging fact?

Trust-building should definitely be part of the equation. Trust is a fundamental element that factors into almost every buying decision for a customer.

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December 13, 2018

How to Make Your Sales and Marketing Teams Work Effectively

Despite the disruptive changes in today’s business landscape, companies with marketing and sales teams are still running in complete silos.

In fact, in a survey in 2017, researchers found that both teams are not satisfied with the support each was giving to the other.

Check out the data.

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December 11, 2018

Step Change Blog's 10 Most Popular Articles in 2018

Step Change, Marketing Strategy, Business Strategy, Digital

To wrap up a productive 2018, we’re rounding up our best articles that have hit a spot with many C-suites, Senior Executives, and Marketing professionals.

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December 8, 2018

Content Marketing Strategies to Stand Out in the War for Attention

Content Marketing, Digital, Marketing Strategy

In a time where everyone is fighting for differentiation in the market space, how do you make your content stand out? How do you guide your audience to look where your content is?

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December 7, 2018

Step Change’s Growth Highlights in 2018

Step Change, Creativity, Digital, Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy

The best solutions arise at the intersection of strategy and creativity.

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December 4, 2018

Kevin Roberts on Creative Process: How to Become a Creative Leader

Creativity, Culture & Leadership

In today’s diverse business landscape, creativity is an essential skill that modern business leaders need to have. It is synonymous to imagination and innovative thinking — specific skill sets that are necessary in pushing workforces to be progressive.  

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November 30, 2018

10 B2B Case Studies to Inspire Your Inbound Marketing Strategy

Digital, Content Marketing, Finance, Saas, Hospitality, Internet, Construction

B2B marketers will confirm that outbound initiatives simply aren’t good enough. If you want to attract, nurture, and convert your leads to customers, inbound marketing is your powerful strategy. Gartner reports that properly executed inbound marketing tactics are 10x more effective for lead conversion compared to outbound methods.

Take a page out of these 10 businesses who successfully grew their business through inbound.

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November 29, 2018

How to Create Events that Resonate with the Right Audience

Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing

In today’s cluttered business landscape, where it takes a great deal for brands to win the war for attention, you need to take every opportunity to nourish relationships and gain the trust of your potential clients. One of the great ways to do this is by organising events.

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November 28, 2018

10 Social Media Trends for Financial Services in 2019

Marketing Strategy, Social Media, Finance

Financial brands are already fast-tracking the adoption of social channels in their marketing strategy in their quest to personalise the customer experience.

We’ve gathered the top 10 social media trends financial services need to know in 2019.

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November 23, 2018

How to Market an App to Skyrocket Downloads

Marketing Strategy

Marketing a new app in today’s crowded marketplace can be tricky. But when you play your cards right, you can get it in front of the right audience and convert mere viewers to active users.

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November 22, 2018

An Effective Framework for Strategic Decision-Making

Decision Making, Culture & Leadership

Companies do not come to faster decisions by osmosis — it is always the result of a better decision-making framework.In agile organisations, the ability to make nimble decisions lead to 2.5x the growth, twice the profit, and a 30% higher ROI on investments.

Read on to find out how you can unlock your ability to make great, smarter decisions.

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November 20, 2018

10 Mobile Marketing Statistics You Need to Know to Grow in 2019

Digital, Marketing Strategy

More and more people are turning to their mobile devices to find answers to their questions and even to discover new products and services. Are you making the most of your mobile marketing efforts to respond to the current mobile shift?

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November 19, 2018

AI and Machine Learning Tools that Help Level the Playing Field for SMBs

Digital, Business Strategy, Disruption

No matter where you look, industry giants like Google, Apple, and Amazon are dominating the disruptive space and taking the lead in the use of emerging technologies. But for small and mid-sized business challengers, does taking on today’s new technologies actually make a difference?

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November 14, 2018

The Industry Average B2B Sales Cycle Length

B2B Sales

If you aren’t converting the leads you need, it could be an issue with your sales cycle.

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November 13, 2018

Top 10 SEO Statistics You Need to Know This Week

SEO, Digital

This week, we’ve rounded up ten SEO statistics that show SEO is essential to your digital marketing strategy.

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November 9, 2018

The B2B Marketer’s Guide to Marketing ROI Benchmarks

Marketing Strategy, PPC, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Content Marketing, SEO

A near infinite number of metrics are involved in calculating the effectiveness of marketing, but perhaps the most important metric of them all is the ROI. This guide will walk you through the ROI benchmarks in different areas of marketing.

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November 8, 2018

What Needs to Change when Developing a Strategy for Nonprofits

Business Strategy, Not-for-Profits

Many nonprofits today run their organisations just like any other business. Although many may not be in it for the money but solely to advance their humanitarian goal and mission, there are essential points they need to keep in mind to acquire confidence and gain trust among donors and investors, respect in the market, and support from the public.

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November 6, 2018

Insights from the Google Partner Summit 2018

Digital

As a Premier Google Partner, Step Change was invited to the recently held Google Partner Summit 2018. Members of our Digital Team attended the event to hear about the latest tech trends, updates to the Google Marketing Platform, and the rebranding of Google Ads.

Here are the key takeaways from the summit and what’s on the horizon in 2019.

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November 2, 2018

Reporting on Transformational Activities to the Board

Culture & Leadership, Change Management

In disruptive times, change may be essentially imposed to improve what is not working or steer the wheel towards a new direction.

No matter what type of change your organisation is going through, having the means to measure success and being able to report the progress to the board are crucial to ensuring that your organisation stays afloat as it wades through these challenging times.

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November 1, 2018

The Major Fintech Trends in Australia in 2018 and Beyond

Fintech, Finance

The time for fintechs is here. In the past few years, we’ve seen how fintechs have grown into an industry that has transformed how we look at financial services today.

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October 31, 2018

Top 10 Business Blogging Statistics to Guide Your Blog Strategy

Content Marketing, Digital

This week, we collect the most relevant data that prove business blogging is working wonders.

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October 26, 2018

Change Communications: A Leader’s Guide to an Effective Transformation

Culture & Leadership

The need to lead change is growing. But leaders who have done it before can attest that going through a transformation is a complicated process. Explore one of the key factors that helps leaders successfully lead transformations: change communications.

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October 24, 2018

Top 10 Marketing Statistics You Need to Know This Week

Marketing Technology, Marketing Strategy, Disruption

Kickstart your week with 10 marketing statistics worth exploring. Today we feature statistics around data-driven marketing, marketing technology, and disruptive technologies.

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