10 Properly Designed Promotional Campaigns on Facebook – thnxz @onextrapixel !

The new Facebook page layout also known as Timeline provides us with tons of opportunities to promote and advertise any content or products via visual means. Many brands grasped this idea long go – the corporate Facebook pages design is the key to a brand’s popularity and fans close engagement.

We’ve already examined best showcases of creative incorporation of brand design into social media. In addition to attractive business pages, brands also organize stand-alone campaigns on Facebook devoted to a new product launch, sales and important events such as company anniversaries.

10 Properly Designed Promo Campaigns on Facebook

Now it’s time to examine top 10 successful promo campaigns on Facebook that brilliantly integrated their appeal into a special design on their Facebook pages.

Full article & design examples! :)

10 Properly Designed Promo Campaigns on Facebook

First, let’s define the criteria of what significant elements make up a successfully designed Facebook campaign:

  1. Cover photo: A cover photo is one of the best helpers to inform your audience about brand news and upcoming events. Some intricate details on their usage are listed below.
  2. Timeline images: Timeline images include branded content, coupons, QR codes, etc. An unusual approach to distribute important content and info in the form of images on the social network increases fans’ engagement.
  3. Milestones: A creative add-on is also able to constitute a harmonious design biosphere of a Facebook promo campaign.
  4. Apps: Promo apps fit the overall design, educate or entertain the Facebook audience, they also inform about news, upcoming events or new services.
  5. Events & Contests: Offline promotional meetings are an integral continuation of marketing activities in social media. Contests ensure maximum reach of the audience that will 100% include a fan’s friends there for broadening your potential audience.

If all these puzzle units merge together (or at least the chosen ones will be joined perfectly), you’ll get thousands of fans who will eye-worship your page and many loyal clients who will stream to your website or store, longing for a new product, service or special offer.

Now let’s look at some Facebook pages for the best design examples of promo campaigns and analyze their tricks.

Full article & design examples! :)

Use the Data! thnxz @TheGrok – bryaneisenberg.com

It’s certainly true that many “PPC pros” who work like (much inferior to the real thing) robots will find themselves looking for work. The high value providers who maintain deeper relationships, integrate across multiple complex objectives, and persistently work to overcome challenges to test, improve, interpret, and achieve uncommon results will be the ones that clients find useful.


Andrew did a great job at describing the high-value parts of the PPC advertising agency equation, but that is not the part of PPC management where data-driven decisions excel. There are some things that data-driven computer analysis excels at and others that it doesn’t. Look at the technology stack that is available today to help PPC marketers and advertisers and you will see where some of this technology is headed. In many cases it already is, and in others it will be more capable of handling the majority of tasks that are required to maintain and optimize PPC accounts.

The fact is, unlike many other parts of marketing, PPC advertising when set up properly should be analmost completely data-driven effort.

++ full article and conclusion :)

A Nucleus Research study shows that an incremental 241 percent ROI can be generated by applying data to business decisions. And 91 percent of CMOs believe that successful brands make data-driven decisions, as per Columbia Business School.

A recent CEB study of nearly 800 marketers at Fortune 1000 companies found the vast majority of marketers still rely too much on intuition – marketers depend on data for just 11 percent of all decisions.

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Five things we’d love to see Bond advertise in Skyfall

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Groupon’s UK and Ireland MD and global VP of mobile defend Groupon’s UK offering and discuss future plans

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Lead Gen Form Optimization: Why a lower conversion rate can be a good thing


Daniel Burstein

Friction on your lead generation landing pages is bad, because it reduces conversions.

Except that is not always a bad thing. Hear me out for a moment …

As we teach in the MarketingExperiments Landing Page Optimization Online Course, you’re certainly not looking to eliminate friction. When it comes to lead generation, you’re not even always looking to reduce friction … what you’re looking for is the right balance that ultimately makes your company more profitable.

This might seem counterintuitive at first, especially if you work in a marketing department that has a relentless focus on only one number – the amount of lead generated.

However, high-quality leads will likely result in less dead ends for the sales force. Thus, Sales will invest more of its time on leads more apt to close, which should make everyone happier at the end of the day.


Use the lead gen dials to flexibly optimize your page

But you don’t have to be locked into only one approach. The great thing about the lead gen dial approach (shown in the image above) is that it can help you flexibly adapt to your company’s needs:

  • If your sales force is simply starved for leads, you can reduce friction to increase the number of leads they receive.
  • If your sales force has a long list of leads they still haven’t contacted, you can dial up friction to reduce the overall number of leads, but acquire higher-quality leads that go straight to Sales with a clear priority attached in them.

Of course, if you work in the marketing department, these changes shouldn’t happen in a vacuum. You should create a flexible universal lead definition with Sales that can adapt and scale as the company’s needs change.


Friction in lead generation forms

One of the most impactful places to adjust friction is in the lead gen form itself. Here are three places you can adjust friction, and then test to see which combination is most profitable for your company:

  • Make some form fields optional. If you use this technique, very motivated leads can choose to give more information, but you hypothetically wouldn’t lose any less motivated leads, since they wouldn’t have to fill out those form fields.

A word of caution, though — a long form presents a large amount of perceived friction. Let’s face it, even with optional fields, a long form just looks time-consuming in the split second a prospect decides whether to act or not.

  • Use a two-step process. You can capture basic information, and then ask for more in-depth information in a second step. You can test offering an incentive for completion of the more time-consuming second step, or just clearly communicate the benefit to the prospect (for example, that they will receive more relevant information from your company).

For leads that don’t complete the second step, you can follow up and try to gain more information at a later date (when they might be further along in the buying cycle, and, therefore, more motivated to provide that information).

  • Simply remove form fields. Take a good hard look at your form and sit down with every person or department that has an interest in that form. For example, does Job Title or Budget really help Sales? If so, it might be worth keeping.

If not, it may be like the appendix, a vestigial form field that had a good purpose in a previous era, but no one currently at the company remembers why exactly they needed that information. Seguir leyendo “Lead Gen Form Optimization: Why a lower conversion rate can be a good thing”

Lead Generation Optimization: Finding the right amount of friction

Gaby Diaz

 | marketingexperiments.com

If you’ve got a B2B website, you’re always looking for ways to generate more leads online. But while recent research shows 71% of B2B marketers view their site as one of the most important marketing tools, only 31% said their site is “highly effective” at generating leads.

That leaves a lot of room for testing and improving business results. However, optimizing for lead generation is not as straightforward as optimizing for conversion rate.

Conversion rate is the final metric that decides whether or not your online process/funnel is working. In contrast, lead generation only tells you a portion of the story. The leads you generate are really the start of a long process of qualification steps, both online and offline. If you don’t pay attention to each step, you will never be able to get the best out of this process.

How to use friction to your advantageAdjusting Your Leads

Think of the process of optimizing for lead generation as two interconnected dials. Each dial represents a step in your online process. One dial increases volume of leads by reducing friction. The second dial increases quality of the lead by increasing friction.

You can increase friction in several ways, such as adding more form fields or steps in the funnel process. Or, you can reduce it by subtracting various page elements or process steps. To adjust your lead flow, turn the dials: more friction will yield higher lead quality; less friction will increase lead volume.

Too much friction can make your visitors quit, but not enough friction will fill your pipeline with leads of a lower quality. So you need to test different approaches to determine what balance works best for your lead generation process. Seguir leyendo “Lead Generation Optimization: Finding the right amount of friction”

Can Advertising Survive Digital? Yes—By Leaving ‘Mad Men’ Behind

At a time when we can tune out commercials with a quick click, one cutting-edge Ad Man is finding ways to dump the old system and sell motorcycles—without ads.


Jeff Rosenblum is drinking tea at Soho House, a private club in lower Manhattan, and explaining to me that most advertising doesn’t work, and that the entire advertising industry is stuck in the past and desperately needs to be blown up and reinvented—not exactly what I’d expected to hear from a guy who runs an advertising agency that counts Suzuki, Universal Theme Parks, Capital One, and General Mills among its clients.


Courtesy of Questus Partners

“Advertising hasn’t changed since the 1960s,” says Rosenblum, 40, the cofounder of a 50-person agency called Questus that specializes in digital media and just won anAgency of the Year award from iMedia, a publication that tracks the online marketing industry. “But we’re on the verge of a revolution. People are starting to realize that there are more effective ways to build a brand than through advertising.”Rosenblum is so passionate about this that he’s even made a documentary filmThe Naked Brand, in which he bashes his own industry. “My father looked at it and said, `So what’s your master plan here? Because it looks like you’re going to get hoisted with your own petard,’” Rosenblum says. But the son disagrees: he thinks the revolution is coming whether people like it or not, so he might as well become part of the destruction. Seguir leyendo “Can Advertising Survive Digital? Yes—By Leaving ‘Mad Men’ Behind”

10 Tips for Tradeshow Season – Giveaways That are Sure to Generate Buzz for Your Brand

By  | business2community.com

Spring is just around the corner, bringing warmer weather, blooming trees, bright flowers and – marketers, take note! – a flood of tradeshows. Yes, it’s time to unpack those banners, refresh booth designs and determine event marketing strategies. As planning gets underway and companies prepare to draw visitors to their booths, promotional giveaways form an important part of marketing strategies.

From durable bags and vibrant buttons to catchy pens and must-have notepads, promotional items – which highlight your company’s logo – play a key role in generating buzz for your brand that lasts long after an event has ended. Need proof? According to the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), 89 percent of consumers who received a promotional giveaway in the last two years could recall that product’s advertiser. What’s more, 52 percent of recipients report doing business with a company after receiving its promotional item.

What’s the secret for selecting memorable giveaways that will provide maximum impact and brand recognition? Here are 10 tips for making your promotional items stand out in the sea of booths at your next tradeshow >>>> Seguir leyendo “10 Tips for Tradeshow Season – Giveaways That are Sure to Generate Buzz for Your Brand”

The company behind the brand: in reputation we trust

http://www.webershandwick.es | Weber Shandwick es el líder mundial de las agencias de comunicación RETHINKING



Monumental shifts in the reputation landscape today are transforming how and what companies communicate. Radical changes caused by the internet, globalisation, NGOs/third parties, diminishing returns on traditional media, a more demanding general public and increasing social activism have created a new dynamic where the company behind the brand is becoming as or more important than individual brands themselves.

As consumers around the world have greater online access to a brand’s lineage, the influence of the brand “parent” or company behind the brand matters even more. In this uncertain climate, consumers expect more from leading companies and have no trouble boycotting those that fail to live up to new standards.

At the same time, leaders need to know how to do business in an environment where consumers are not just purchasing their products or services on their own merits, but are also shopping by company reputation. The mounting convergence of brand and corporate reputation revealed in our study ushers in a new era of marketing communications.



How to Keep Your Web Marketing Campaigns from Crashing and Burning


You may never experience an epic failure like Coke did with its “New Coke” marketing campaign back in 1985, but if you are a business owner, freelancer or marketing manager you will eventually fail.

That’s not such a bad thing. It’s really what you do after that failure that counts.

At the very least, failing at a web marketing campaign means you’re trying. The secret is to figure out how not to make those mistakes in the first place.

The best way I’ve discovered to improve each of my web marketing campaigns is to focus on three measurements:

  1. Contextual influence of sales
  2. Market share
  3. Advertising awareness of the brand

Let’s explore each. Seguir leyendo “How to Keep Your Web Marketing Campaigns from Crashing and Burning”

After the show, guest host Jeff Ogden and, content marketing expert, Jim Burns

After the show, guest host Jeff Ogden and, content marketing expert, Jim Burns discuss:

– Lead generation and other techniques that empower salespeople
– The importance of creating relevant content
– How video can be used as a content marketing tool
– The advantages of being a marketer at a small company
– How identifying customers can help marketers create more relevant content

MadMarketingTV is sponsored by Act-On Software: Marketing Automation for the Fortune 5 Million. Visit http://actonsoftware.com to learn more.

Mobile Advertising Becomes More Focused With 40% Specifically Targeting User Groups

Image via Millennia Media 2011

With the growth of smartphone use and alongside it mobile commerce, mobile advertising has grown in proportion with this. More and more retailers and brands are now directing their attention towards mobile platforms, coming up with a more targeted method of advertising and reaching consumers directly.

A study by Millennial Media have found that of all the mobile campaigns ran on their system, only 40 per cent were targeted towards a specific audience while the rest went for as broad a reach as possible. Of the 40 per cent, only 34 per cent of those campaigns were targeted towards a specific demographic or behavioural demographic (targeting a specific age group or section of society), while 66 per cent was targeted at local market such as geographical location, state and country. Seguir leyendo “Mobile Advertising Becomes More Focused With 40% Specifically Targeting User Groups”

30 Beautiful and Creative Ad/Marketing Agency Websites

by Emma Egan


Advertising and marketing agencies often position themselves as being specialists in creativity. So it’s just natural that their websites are often creative and beautiful. As clients expect these businesses to be creative (and a website is often one of the first things potential clients look at), ad agencies need to have effective and impressive websites.

Below is a collection of 30 agency websites from all across the globe. Take a look at these websites for creative web design inspiration.

Sponge Agency

Sponge Agency

The Holla Agency

The Holla Agency

Smart Inc.

Smart Inc.




BMF Agency


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¿Las agencias pueden gestionar una marca?

Posted by Titonet

Hoy me gustaría plantear una pregunta:  ¿Las agencias de publicidad pueden gestionar una marca? Según afirman muchas de ellas, sí que pueden. De hecho, cada vez es más frecuente escuchar eso de que “nosotros ya no hacemos publicidad, nosotros hacemos comunicación de marca”. ¿Pero esto es realmente así o estamos ante un intento de reposicionamiento con el fin de captar un trozo más grande del pastel? Está claro que las agencias que se autodenominan “de comunicación” tienen la necesidad de ofrecer algo nuevo, pero no creo que sea demasiado acertado afirmar que pueden llegar a dominar todos los elementos que integra una marca, como ya avanzamos en Innovando en comunicación.

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Why I’m Watching LinkedIn Company Pages

by Emily Peterson
Category: LinkedIn, Word of Mouth Marketing

Last month LinkedIn announced the launch of their company pages, starting with a small group of 40 companies.  Here’s why I have my eye on them (and so should you):

1. The “Products and Services” Tab – With the addition of this tab, companies will be able to showcase their offerings without looking overly promotional. The tab also makes it very easy to find what you are looking for without navigating an entire company homepage.

2. Public Recommendations – When LinkedIn members recommend products or services via the company page, their recommendation is publicly posted for all of their connections to see. Free reviews and promotions for the company.  Sound like another social network we know? Seguir leyendo “Why I’m Watching LinkedIn Company Pages”