Retail makes up the largest category of internet ad spending, representing about 21 percent of total revenues, or roughly $15 billion annually. Contrary to popular belief, people still prefer to shop in stores instead of online, over 90 percent of consumer retail happens in the store. That’s trillions of dollars spent in the real world versus $294 billion online. That’s why the development of cost-per-(store)-visit ad models (CPV) are possibly very significant. Read More
It’s been a rough year, there’s no denying it. It’s been a great year in respects to the progression of online marketing though. With 2017 only two days away, naturally, it is time to start thinking about all of the potential that the year ahead holds. As marketers, we should be aware of how we can be at the top of the industry by using all tools available. By reviewing all the lessons we’ve learned in 2016 and developments that just aren’t quite there we can get a pretty good look at what this, and the years ahead, will bestow. Read More
With the Internet serving as a helpful tool for researching merchandise, customers don’t rely on salespeople for knowledge as much as they used to in the past. They walk into a store with an idea in mind and walk out without interacting with the store’s employees for more than a couple of minutes.
Turn The Page employees often get skeptical looks from family and friends when we tell them we work in online marketing.
For many people, it’s unclear what exactly this entails.Wondering what an online marketer does? Find out, GIF-style! Click To Tweet
To provide a little context, we present an Illustrated Day in the Life of a Page Turner.
Forget Facebook’s new Reactions. That’s not the biggest change in online marketing this week by a long shot.
Just when you think you know Google, the search engine giant decides to change up how it displays results.
We blogged about the change to the local listing pack — formerly known as the 7-pack — back when it was rolled out in August. Now, Google has given itself another makeover, creating a sleeker Search Engine Results Page (SERP) with some notable change-ups.See how Google's #SERP changes impact your #SEO & #onlinemarketing efforts! Click To Tweet
Here’s what you should know about Google’s new look — and its implications for your online marketing efforts.
Thinking of starting your own blog, but worried the platform you choose might go the way of the dinosaurs? Or are you concerned that no one will read your content if it’s placed on your own website?
Exactly where to start your blog is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly or made hastily. With so many choices — integrating a blog on your own site, using an external blogging platform, or using new long-form options in social media — it’s key to understand and weigh all the benefits and drawbacks.
Is it best for your business to have an internal blog, ensuring more content is housed on your site, or more beneficial to place content on external platforms in hopes of increasing exposure?In-house or external blog? Weigh the pros & cons before deciding where to place your content! Click To Tweet
There are both pros and cons of being a homebody (internal blogs) vs. being a little more social (external platforms or long-form social options).
SEO and PPC: each has its own merits when it comes to online marketing, but it is becoming more and more clear that a combined SEO and PPC approach has even greater benefits. PPC provides a great way to get a company’s product or website seen, but it’s important that the ad is working to drive consumers to exactly what they are looking for at the right time. That’s where SEO comes in.
In today’s business world, the popularity of big box stores and online shopping have changed the way that many businesses are able to interact with customers. Unlike in the days of mom and pop stores, many business owners today never meet most of their customers in person. Customer service takes on a whole new meaning many of our transactions are now done over the Internet. The third Thursday of each quarter is now officially Get to Know Your Customers Day, which can be a great opportunity for businesses to take the extra time and effort to reach out to customers.
When it comes to SEO, we unfortunately don’t have a guidebook detailing what to expect, or a crystal ball for predicting the date of the next algorithm change.
We do, fortunately, have some hunches about what we think is pretty darn likely to go down in 2016.
Check out what we think might be in the cards for online marketing in the next year.
This post was originally published on October 22, 2014. To celebrate their second consecutive trip to the World Series, we are sharing it again!
Let’s go, Royals!
Our Kansas City-based online marketing firm has baseball on the mind for obvious reasons. After an unprecedented
8-game postseason winning streak — no need to talk about Game One — the Royals are representing our home turf as American League champions in this year’s MLB showdown.
As we watch the boys in blue with bated breath, we’re sharing a few of the ways we’ve noticed brands incorporating the World Series into their marketing efforts — and what your takeaways should be for your franchise marketing strategy.
Organically Integrate the World Series (Or Another Sporting Event) in Your Franchise Marketing Efforts
Lee Jeans Uses Local Loyalty
Perhaps the smartest way we’ve seen a brand use the World Series in their marketing plan? KC’s own Lee Jeans is calling for all Royals fans to support the team by donning local blue jeans, rather than denim made by San Francisco-based Levi’s.
Today, Lee Jeans is hosting a Blue Jean Trade-In at their Merriam, KS headquarters, inviting people to drop off used jeans (whether they’re Levi’s or any other brand). The cast-offs will be donated to San Francisco homeless shelters, and to benefit the KC area, the company will be donating an equal amount of Lee Jeans to shelters in the metro area.
Donors get entered to win an $1,000 Visa gift card, and all receive a coupon for 85% off one item at Lee.com, an homage to the Royals’ 1985 World Series win.
Your Franchise Marketing Takeaway?
Sure, everything aligned almost cosmically — the fact that Levi’s is based in San Francisco, home of the Giants, makes the Lee vs. Levi’s rivalry a perfect parallel for the KC vs. SF World Series — but your franchise marketing department can still take a few cues from this campaign even if the dots are a little harder to connect.
The Lee’s marketing team did a great job of cheekily appealing to their hometown fanbase with nods to the Royals’ last Series win — 1985 echoed in the 85% discount — and capitalizing on the call to action of supporting the boys in blue by wearing KC’s own blue jeans. Throw in some charitable donations in two cities and an $1,000 giveaway, and — forgive us, we have to — Lee’s campaign is a home run.
One easy way to include any sporting event in your franchise marketing? Individual franchise locations can offer a victory discount to fans. Whether you opt for the Papa John’s route and provide an online discount the day following the win or ask consumers to stop in wearing their team gear to receive reduced rates in person, this promotion is easy to implement for almost any event, and can be customized region to region, making it ideal for franchises.
But what if your franchise has no direct connection to the World Series, no fanbase to nod to? You shouldn’t bench yourself just because your campaign won’t be as resonant. One reliable way to capitalize on any mainstream event that local customers will be watching is offering contingent discounts or giveaways. A classic example is Taco Bell’s giveaway, which they’ve done sporadically over the past few years, most recently offering a free Doritos Locos taco to all guests if a base was stolen during the World Series. Contigent giveaways and discounts like these work regardless of who’s playing. You’ll just want to be sure that the product or service you’re discounting isn’t something that will cost your franchise much.
Ticket giveaways are the ageless classic: a way to drive traffic to a website or social platform as the masses are motivated to win big. Franchise marketers should take note, though, that the big boost in social followers or web traffic shouldn’t be squandered. Make sure you have a plan in place to appeal to contest entrants so that they’ll stick around to hear your marketing messages even after the World Series concludes. Fair weather fans aren’t only in baseball, after all.
Forge a Winning Franchise Marketing Strategy
The team at Franchise Marketing Group features an all-star line-up of social media strategists, major email marketing maniacs, champion content creators, and more, all of whom can’t wait to help you create a franchise marketing strategy that leverages current public events and trends while providing long-lasting results.