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Best Practices for Creating a Content Marketing Strategy

Best Practices for Creating a Content Marketing Strategy

Act-On's Marketing Programs Manager Leo Merle will covers six best practices that will help you develop and deploy effective content marketing strategies across all channels and buying cycles.

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Q&A: Michael Griffith, director of creative& strategy, Bottle Rocket Apps

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63% of CRM Initiatives Fail

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Here's what marketers can do to help improve CRM success rates.

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8 Overused Marketing Tactics

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It's time to exercise moderation in marketing, so rehash your hashtag policy and don't fall into the QR code trap.

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5 Tips to Get Your Products Approved on Google Shopping

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Everyday Email Essentials

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Here are three must-have data sets that every marketer should include in his or her email strategy.

Big Data Needs Big Planning

Big Data Needs Big Planning

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Content Isn't Marketing Without a Strategy

Marketers who use content as part of their marketing mix must ensure that their content is meaningful for their audience.

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Marketing ROI Requires Strong Alignment With Sales

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Q&A: Tammy Gordon, director of social communications, AARP

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New Year, New Start

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Customer loyalty: The gift that keeps on giving

Customer loyalty: The gift that keeps on giving

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For consumers and retailers alike, the holidays can bring as much stress as they bring joy, laughter, and fruit cake.

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Q&A: Stewart Krull, EVP & ECD, Atmosphere Proximity

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Stewart Krull, EVP and executive creative director at Atmosphere Proximity, reveals his favorite apps and explains why a CMO's job just got harder.

Why social media needs a senior brain

Why social media needs a senior brain

While the younger generation is definitely more comfortable with technology, especially new technology, don't mistake young people's energy and zeal in this arena for marketing savvy.

Data technology crucial to digital marketing

Data technology crucial to digital marketing

To get at the heart of some of the challenges facing marketers when it comes to defining the best strategies and programs to drive marketing success, Direct Marketing News convened a select group of senior marketers in a closed-door roundtable discussion sponsored by Marketo.

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MRM makes several senior leadership changes

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Targeting Video Series: Michele Fitzpatrick, SVP, strategy and insight, The Agency Inside Harte-Hanks

Targeting Video Series: Michele Fitzpatrick, SVP, strategy and insight, The Agency Inside Harte-Hanks

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Michele Fitzpatrick, SVP, strategy and insight, The Agency Inside Harte-Hanks, discusses consumer targeting with Direct Marketing News

Let's do the Wave ... report

Let's do the Wave ... report

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Digital agencies are coming along fairly well when it comes to mobile marketing strategy and execution — so says Melissa Parrish, senior analyst at Forrester Research and author of a recent report independently ranking the nine U.S. digital agencies "that matter most and how they stack up."

Hire a candidate who has a high ROL (Return on Life)

Hire a candidate who has a high ROL (Return on Life)

Imagine that you're about to interview a prospective new hire. You've read their resume, been briefed by HR and are feeling confident that your recruitment team has done their job well. Now, tear up the resume and step away from your desk. It's time to find out what the true value of this candidate is: their "ROL," or "Return on Life."

Who's talking to your clients?

Who's talking to your clients?

With 2011 in the rear view mirror, it's time to take stock and look ahead. If your company has been sitting on the sidelines unconvinced of the need for a social media strategy, then 2012 brings you the gift of clarity.

Q&A: Steve Grant, head of strategy, Modea

Q&A: Steve Grant, head of strategy, Modea

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Steve Grant, new head of strategy for the digital and creative agency Modea, discusses how this small agency is taking on some its biggest competitors, and what he believes is the future of branding.

A call for email détente: efficient marketing

A call for email détente: efficient marketing

Almost every time I wind up on some company's email database, I get punished for it.

The Marketing Arm hires new digital strategy VP

The Marketing Arm hires new digital strategy VP

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Marketing and promotions agency The Marketing Arm tapped Tom Edwards to be its new VP of digital strategy, effective immediately, said The Marketing Arm PR representative Chris Anderson.

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Make the most of your print production partnerships

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Direct-mail heavy nonprofits apply an integrated approach

Direct-mail heavy nonprofits apply an integrated approach

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Direct mail has long been the prime channel for nonprofit organizations looking to raise funds, but as charities move into 2012 and beyond, marketers say marrying these messages with outreach through other media is becoming an essential part of the nonprofit marketing mix.

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Customer loyalty strategies determine the department store champion

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In addition to long-standing tenure in the retail space, Wal-Mart Stores and Sears Holdings Corp. apply a similar approach to direct marketing, including direct mail, email, social media outreach, loyalty rewards and extensive e-commerce platforms.

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comScore names VP of marketing solutions

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Marketing research and digital analytics firm comScore, Inc. has named Bert Miklosi VP of marketing solutions for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, effective immediately. He will report directly to comScore executive chairman Gian Fulgoni.

Marketers ramp up real-time strategies

Marketers ramp up real-time strategies

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Ask any marketer what it takes to effectively reach consumers in a digitized, mobilized and socialized shopping environment and undoubtedly he will say you've got to target the right consumers with the right message at the right time. Increasingly, however, marketers are going beyond the notion of "the right time" by attempting to target consumers in real time with personalized and segmented interactions.

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