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October 4, 2019

Strategies and Tactics to Build Your Ecommerce Brand Online in 2019

Marketing Strategy, Digital

To stand out in a competitive ecommerce market, your brand has to be visible and distinct. It’s not enough to just create products: you need to build an iconic brand that your customers trust. 

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September 20, 2019

How Google’s Bidding Score Has Changed over Time

Digital

Tracking your Cost-per-Click (CPC) has long been an essential marketing technique to measure your marketing expenditure and generate the best results for your online presence. But data shows that the cost of CPC targeting SEO has been halved, reflecting agencies and clients moving away from it.  

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September 12, 2019

What Is User-Owned Social Media?

Marketing Strategy, Digital

With reports around privacy issues, censorship, and loss of data on social media higher than ever before, alternative user-owned social networks are gaining popularity. But how does this impact brands and their social media strategy?

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August 15, 2019

The Missing Pieces in Your Digital Transformation Initiative

Digital

Many CEOs in Australia are under pressure to execute a winning digital transformation strategy. But why are so many organisations failing? 

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July 23, 2019

Customer Journey Mapping: How to Design a Better User Experience

Marketing Strategy, Digital

To take the next step in transforming the customer experience and growing your business, having a clear visual of the customer journey is crucial.

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July 5, 2019

Content Marketing for Retail Brands: Improving Customer Experience through Content

Digital, Content Marketing, Retail, customer centricity

Many retailers today are struggling to deliver the seamless online experience that customers want with a limited marketing budget. How can content marketing help them bridge this gap and improve the customer experience? 

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July 4, 2019

Content Marketing for Financial Services Post-Royal Commission

Finance, Digital, Content Marketing

In the wake of the Royal Commission, where the reputation of financial services institutions is at an all-time low, marketing leaders have been asking themselves: “How can I convince our clients to trust us now? Where can we spend our marketing dollars in a way that will yield a positive return?”

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June 26, 2019

7 Digital Marketing Strategies for Retail

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Retail

In the age of new retail, are your digital marketing strategies still relevant? The line between multiple devices and channels are blurring. To win customers, retail brands need to be able to follow and understand the customer journey throughout multiple touchpoints.

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June 21, 2019

An Ecommerce Marketer’s Guide to Behavioural Email Marketing

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Ecommerce

You can quite easily take all of that ‘big data’ collected on your ecommerce website and use it to fuel your email marketing campaigns. By implementing a number of simple triggers, you can create an automated sales-converting machine. Yes, we’re still talking about email.

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June 18, 2019

Local Marketing Strategy: Improving Brand Awareness through Location

Marketing Strategy, Digital

Local area marketing is a big boost for local brands mainly because Google uses a searcher’s location to promote relevant local businesses.

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June 13, 2019

7 Digital Marketing Strategies for Healthcare

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Healthcare

Digital transformation has accelerated the game for healthcare. Patients now have more options and methods to monitor their health online or seek care. For healthcare brands, the clear path to success today is in establishing a solid online presence and effectively implementing mobile-first digital marketing strategies that get you front and centre to patients who are online.

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June 10, 2019

4 Effective Ways to Convert Leads to Customers in Financial Services

Finance, Marketing Strategy, Digital, Marketing Technology, customer centricity

In the financial services industry, converting leads to customers is vital. But with the speed of change in the marketing and technology space and in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, marketing leaders in the finance industry are overwhelmed by the challenge of managing a genuine experience with their target customers, thus improving lead conversion.

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May 30, 2019

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: How to Inspire More Donors and Volunteers to Action

Digital, Content Marketing, Not-for-Profits

Your mission and core beliefs alone won’t be enough to rally more sponsors and build stronger advocacy. With the strength of NFPs being donations and volunteers, how can you appeal to people’s emotions and intellect? With limited resources, what’s the best way to get your audience to care for your cause and give back?

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May 23, 2019

What Australia’s Fastest-Growing Brands Are Doing in Their Marketing Strategy

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Healthcare, Professional Services, Saas, Real Estate, Travel

How did Australia’s fastest-growing brands get to where they are? In this article, we look at some of today’s rising stars and the marketing strategy that helped drive them to the top.  

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May 16, 2019

Demystifying Marketing Technology to the Board

Digital, Marketing Technology

With marketing technology (martech) becoming a more important part of mainstream business strategy, getting the buy-in from the top brass is essential.

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April 12, 2019

B2B Personalisation: What Do Customers Really Want?

B2B Sales, Marketing Strategy, Digital, customer centricity

Personalised customer experience is no longer a rarity that’s saved for the top companies; instead, it’s the new digital imperative for businesses of all industries and sizes. B2B buyers now expect to experience a one-to-one experience at some point during their purchasing journey. However, delivering on this expectation is an entirely different challenge that has left many businesses struggling to connect.

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April 4, 2019

Google’s March 2019 Core Algorithm Update and the Future of Search

Digital

Google has once again updated its core algorithm on 12 March with noticeable changes in its search indexes all over the world. Here’s a look at what we can expect from the March 2019 algorithm update and what Google is also up to in the future of search.

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April 2, 2019

The Single Most Important Ingredient in Your Internet Marketing Strategy

Digital

Marketing for small- to -midsized businesses is daunting. As with all great endeavours, there are no shortcuts to achieving digital marketing success. In this blog article, former VP of Sales at HubSpot and currently the CEO of Databox, Pete Caputa, shares the fundamental factor leaders tend to miss that can help turn a website into a lead generation machine.

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March 29, 2019

What Is the Value of a Customer-Centric Website Process?

Digital, customer centricity

Your website is more than just your online portfolio. Today, websites that are optimised for the customer experience are powerful tools that can help you make a sale and turn visitors into customers.

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March 19, 2019

5 Effective Remarketing Segments Worth Implementing

Digital

Getting a prospect to click a CTA on your website is good — but often not good enough. Many of these clicks do not lead to actual conversions. Luckily, remarketing gives marketers the ability to re-engage with potential customers and leads until they finally convert.

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March 14, 2019

7 Remarkable Digital Marketing Campaigns to Inspire Your Own

Finance, Digital, Healthcare, Retail

Digital marketing has taken over traditional marketing channels as it’s more engaging, more flexible, and it costs less. We’ve put together a list of brands that are standing out and cutting through the noise with their digital marketing campaigns.

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March 8, 2019

Customer-Centric Culture: Why Being Customer-Obsessed Leads to Greater Revenue

Digital, Culture & Leadership, customer centricity

Many informed businesses today are actively looking for ways to transform their business model or their culture to become more customer-centric, but many struggle to implement it or just don’t know where to start.

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March 7, 2019

B2B Social Media Strategy Best Practices, Case Studies, and Examples

Digital, Social Media

According to the 2018 Global Digital Report, the current number of social media users is at 3.196 billion — and scales up to 13 percent year-on-year. If you are looking for the next step in your marketing strategy, and if you haven’t done so already, amplifying your social media presence may just be it.

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February 26, 2019

10 Healthcare Marketing Case Studies to Inspire Your Next Move

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Healthcare

We often hear of brilliant marketing examples from many top industry players, but it’s not every day we hear of this coming from the healthcare sector. In this article, we feature 10 examples of powerful marketing in healthcare.

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February 12, 2019

10 Digital Marketing Statistics for Aged Care Providers in Australia

Digital, Aged Care

Whilst digital is often seen as a tool to captivate younger audiences, statistics show that the ageing population are also active online. With Consumer-Directed Care shaping the aged care industry, providers need to improve their game plan to stay top of mind.

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February 8, 2019

Marketing Automation: Steps to Get Effective Sales Buy-In

Business Strategy, Digital, Marketing Automation

If marketing automation is a great tool for businesses, how do we build an airtight business case for it? And how can we get our stakeholders and the sales team on board?

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January 31, 2019

The Value and ROI of Inbound Marketing

Marketing Strategy, Digital

With the rise of the internet, B2B customers have more capacity to search for services and decide on the best deal online. Customers have the power over businesses now more than ever, and for businesses, this means they need to adapt or risk extinction.

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January 29, 2019

10 Email Marketing Statistics for Technology and Software Companies

Technology, Digital, Email Marketing, Software

Against the backdrop of the war for attention, B2B tech and software companies are struggling to reach their intended audience on the right channel. Marketers report that email marketing is their biggest source of ROI, so this marketing tool needs to be an essential part of your marketing strategy. 

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January 22, 2019

Top 10 Content Marketing Statistics for SaaS Businesses in 2019

Digital, Content Marketing, Saas

The Software as a Service (SaaS) industry is expected to surpass $112.8 billion in 2019 and is fast rising to become one of the top industries to watch out for. Here are key statistics you need to know now to inform your strategy.

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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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