10 Tools to Create Great Advertising Color Schemes


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10 Tools That Help Create Advertising Color Schemes

1. Adobe Kuler

advertising agency naplesAdobe Kulers’ user-friendly, versatile, cloud-based interface creates a slick experience. It’s built around three core principals: Users can browse, build and share color schemes through the site, desktop (Adobe Air) app or (Mac OS X) Dashboard widget. It’s also available inside the Adobe CS4 Creative Suite applications.

You can search color schemes by color, concept, hex values, tags and more. The ability to create a scheme based on the colors of an image you upload is also an incredibly useful feature. Once you’ve settled on your color combination, download it as an Adobe Swatch Exchange file or by simply accessing the color table values.


How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Facebook, Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News, Twitter | 0 comments

How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers


Hearst Corp., publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Road & Track among other titles, now has 800,000 paying digital subscribers, according to President David Carey.

Carey (pictured) included the stat in a letter to employees at the company. The figure refers to monthly subscribers across all titles and via iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices for the end of 2012. Carey claims the figure is “the highest in the industry” and that more than 80% of those subscribers are new to Hearst.

Conde Nast, one of Hearst’s biggest rivals, has 500,000 digital-only subscriber/single copy sales and 1.5 million customers who choose a print/digital combination, but “It’s not an apples-to-apples co…
Continue reading…

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Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Blog, Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Timely Business News | 11 comments

Digital Marketing  How to Succeed at Failure

We preach. We advise. We recommend. We execute.

11 Rules to Insure You Fail Miserably

Yet, sometimes, we encounter a client that subscribes to the “nope, I want to do this my way” mentality. So, my colleagues and I decided to create a list of our best advice on how to fail miserably at digital marketing. If we missed any cardinal rules, please be sure to let us know.

1.    Keep Upper Management in the Dark

Effective digital marketing contributes to sales efforts in a multitude of ways. If upper-management does not fully understand the ROI value of your digital marketing plan, your funding (and maybe your job) can be jeopardized at any point. Imagine what would happen if upper-management refused to be involved in marketing. Needless to say, your ability to be found on the web would be a fraction of your full online potential. If you are looking to minimize your results, “keep management in the dark.”

Learn the other ways to fail and share with your colleagues so you can avoid the marketing dumps!

read more

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Advertising, Blog, Facebook, Social Media Bug Bites, Twitter | 11 comments

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Social Media Ad Revenues to Top $9 Billion

Honestly, if you aren’t on board with social media advertising when spending is about to double by 2016, you’re missing the boat. Spending in 2012 on social media advertising was $4.6 billion – BILLION!

BIA/Kelsey has issued a prediction that U.S. social media ad revenues will top $9.2 billion by 2016, precisely double that of 2012.

Google gobbles up $9.2 billion in ad revenues before breakfast but social media advertising has been slower going. But Black Friday may be to thank for doubling social media ad revenues with successful Black Friday social media promotions.

Where’s the Money Coming From?
The report doesn’t say where the ad spending will come from. Watch out print publications. Print advertising revenues will likely drop.

Maybe with $9 billion in revenue, social media sites will actually start turning a profit. One thing is for sure the profit margins are sure to be better for social media sites than small American businesses.

Learn more before you get behind the social media advertising bus.

read more

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, Customer Service, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 0 comments

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Customer Satisfaction – Which Online Retailers Delivered

Customer satisfaction matters and boils down to delivering what you promised consumers – check out the latest report! Whether marketing in Naples or Tennessee customers matter.

The 2012 Harris Poll Shopper Satisfaction Study of Online Retailers: A Look at The Online Shopping Landscape packs a punch and tells on online retailers.

Consumers said they recommend Amazon to others and gave it an overall score of 5.9 out of 7. I think the secret is personalization for Amazon, because even with bucket loads of customers, Amazon provides individual purchase recommendations making consumers’ searches faster.

We handle businesses small and large, and customer satisfaction has been and always will be the ruling king of the day for businesses looking to thrive. Marketing in Naples might as well be marketing in New York City. Learn customer satisfaction tips in this article!

read more

Publicity Solutions for Newsworthy Media Coverage

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations | 9 comments

What Makes Press Releases Newsworthy?

One task for boosting publicity is to write press releases from the media’s point-of-view including both print media and bloggers. In terms of public relations, no media is old media – public relations calls for creativity…and thinking of your audience.

A board of directors may find a new CEO exciting, but….unless the company sending this type of announcement is a national brand, this type of press release will hit the editor’s waste basket.

Publicity: Promoting or gaining exposure for a business or an organization’s project such as a special event. It is a key part of strategic marketing plans, which every business should have.

read more

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News | 0 comments

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

when do i post facebook status updates, social media posting
When are you posting Facebook status updates? You may be doing it wrong! Get the latest research on when to post on Facebook and answer the question: When Should I Post on Facebook? If you’re not posting on the weekend, your business is missing out on connections – quick tips to learn from Buddy Media’s report on Facebook Engagement.

read more

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 7 comments

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

A May 2012 report by Harvard Business Review shows many businesses are getting it all wrong trying to connect with consumer online failing to produce simplified decision making processes using comparative shopping tools which consumers are demanding. Get 3 quick tips that will boost your online sales!

read more

New Media Strategies for Print Ads

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

New Media Strategies Incorporate Print Ad Campaigns

Fully integrated marketing experiences for consumers with “new media” strategies boost advertising ROI (return-on-investment).

Inbound marketing is key for empowering conventional print ads to improve online traffic.

With new media strategies, advertisements use a QR code (quick response code) so consumers can immediately access online products, videos, press releases, blogs and other information More than QR codes, campaigns are now using mobile apps to deliver “private tours” or experiences.

Strategic marketing is integrated marketing is inbound marketing and is today, tomorrow and the future.

Forrester, a research firm, reported in June 2012:

20% of all smartphone users scanned and connected with online information using QR Codes in May 2012, an increase in inbound marketing since May 2011

Inbound marketing results are expected to jump through 2016 with new media strategies including QR codes, mobile apps, online videos connected with print ads, direct mail and much more.

Volkswagen Introduced Virtual Test Drive in a Print Ad

Consumers actually could TEST DRIVE A VW in print ads.

read more

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog, Election Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites | 10 comments

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Should we really gauge Presidential candidates based on their campaign social media engagement? If this is how decide on a President, our blog analyzes the trouble the United States voters could moving the country towards.

Is Social Media Really King in Elections?

Debate with us about the role social media should play and learn how your opinions online can make a difference for your own personal cause!

read more

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations, Tourism Marketing | 7 comments

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

A Hallandale Beach, Fla. Lifeguard is fired for saving a man’s life out of his zone. After two weeks of bad PR coverage, the company suddenly decides to give Lopez his job back. What bad PR decisions did this Florida company make? We analyze the case and include a fun Youtube video about the story! Read on….

read more

How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers


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Hearst Claims 800,000 Digital Subscribers.

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Hearst Corp., publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Road & Track among other titles, now has 800,000 paying digital subscribers, according to President David Carey.

social media marketing, hearst publications, digital subscribers

David Carey of Hearst Corporation Shares Digital Subscriber Numbers

Carey (pictured right) included the stat in a letter to employees at the company. The figure refers to monthly subscribers across all titles and via iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices for the end of 2012. Carey claims the figure is “the highest in the industry” and that more than 80% of those subscribers are new to Hearst.


How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Facebook, Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News, Twitter | 0 comments

How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers


Hearst Corp., publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Road & Track among other titles, now has 800,000 paying digital subscribers, according to President David Carey.

Carey (pictured) included the stat in a letter to employees at the company. The figure refers to monthly subscribers across all titles and via iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices for the end of 2012. Carey claims the figure is “the highest in the industry” and that more than 80% of those subscribers are new to Hearst.

Conde Nast, one of Hearst’s biggest rivals, has 500,000 digital-only subscriber/single copy sales and 1.5 million customers who choose a print/digital combination, but “It’s not an apples-to-apples co…
Continue reading…

More About: hearst, magazines, tablets

read more

Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Blog, Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Timely Business News | 11 comments

Digital Marketing  How to Succeed at Failure

We preach. We advise. We recommend. We execute.

11 Rules to Insure You Fail Miserably

Yet, sometimes, we encounter a client that subscribes to the “nope, I want to do this my way” mentality. So, my colleagues and I decided to create a list of our best advice on how to fail miserably at digital marketing. If we missed any cardinal rules, please be sure to let us know.

1.    Keep Upper Management in the Dark

Effective digital marketing contributes to sales efforts in a multitude of ways. If upper-management does not fully understand the ROI value of your digital marketing plan, your funding (and maybe your job) can be jeopardized at any point. Imagine what would happen if upper-management refused to be involved in marketing. Needless to say, your ability to be found on the web would be a fraction of your full online potential. If you are looking to minimize your results, “keep management in the dark.”

Learn the other ways to fail and share with your colleagues so you can avoid the marketing dumps!

read more

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Advertising, Blog, Facebook, Social Media Bug Bites, Twitter | 11 comments

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Social Media Ad Revenues to Top $9 Billion

Honestly, if you aren’t on board with social media advertising when spending is about to double by 2016, you’re missing the boat. Spending in 2012 on social media advertising was $4.6 billion – BILLION!

BIA/Kelsey has issued a prediction that U.S. social media ad revenues will top $9.2 billion by 2016, precisely double that of 2012.

Google gobbles up $9.2 billion in ad revenues before breakfast but social media advertising has been slower going. But Black Friday may be to thank for doubling social media ad revenues with successful Black Friday social media promotions.

Where’s the Money Coming From?
The report doesn’t say where the ad spending will come from. Watch out print publications. Print advertising revenues will likely drop.

Maybe with $9 billion in revenue, social media sites will actually start turning a profit. One thing is for sure the profit margins are sure to be better for social media sites than small American businesses.

Learn more before you get behind the social media advertising bus.

read more

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, Customer Service, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 0 comments

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Customer Satisfaction – Which Online Retailers Delivered

Customer satisfaction matters and boils down to delivering what you promised consumers – check out the latest report! Whether marketing in Naples or Tennessee customers matter.

The 2012 Harris Poll Shopper Satisfaction Study of Online Retailers: A Look at The Online Shopping Landscape packs a punch and tells on online retailers.

Consumers said they recommend Amazon to others and gave it an overall score of 5.9 out of 7. I think the secret is personalization for Amazon, because even with bucket loads of customers, Amazon provides individual purchase recommendations making consumers’ searches faster.

We handle businesses small and large, and customer satisfaction has been and always will be the ruling king of the day for businesses looking to thrive. Marketing in Naples might as well be marketing in New York City. Learn customer satisfaction tips in this article!

read more

Publicity Solutions for Newsworthy Media Coverage

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations | 9 comments

What Makes Press Releases Newsworthy?

One task for boosting publicity is to write press releases from the media’s point-of-view including both print media and bloggers. In terms of public relations, no media is old media – public relations calls for creativity…and thinking of your audience.

A board of directors may find a new CEO exciting, but….unless the company sending this type of announcement is a national brand, this type of press release will hit the editor’s waste basket.

Publicity: Promoting or gaining exposure for a business or an organization’s project such as a special event. It is a key part of strategic marketing plans, which every business should have.

read more

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News | 0 comments

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

when do i post facebook status updates, social media posting
When are you posting Facebook status updates? You may be doing it wrong! Get the latest research on when to post on Facebook and answer the question: When Should I Post on Facebook? If you’re not posting on the weekend, your business is missing out on connections – quick tips to learn from Buddy Media’s report on Facebook Engagement.

read more

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 7 comments

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

A May 2012 report by Harvard Business Review shows many businesses are getting it all wrong trying to connect with consumer online failing to produce simplified decision making processes using comparative shopping tools which consumers are demanding. Get 3 quick tips that will boost your online sales!

read more

New Media Strategies for Print Ads

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

New Media Strategies Incorporate Print Ad Campaigns

Fully integrated marketing experiences for consumers with “new media” strategies boost advertising ROI (return-on-investment).

Inbound marketing is key for empowering conventional print ads to improve online traffic.

With new media strategies, advertisements use a QR code (quick response code) so consumers can immediately access online products, videos, press releases, blogs and other information More than QR codes, campaigns are now using mobile apps to deliver “private tours” or experiences.

Strategic marketing is integrated marketing is inbound marketing and is today, tomorrow and the future.

Forrester, a research firm, reported in June 2012:

20% of all smartphone users scanned and connected with online information using QR Codes in May 2012, an increase in inbound marketing since May 2011

Inbound marketing results are expected to jump through 2016 with new media strategies including QR codes, mobile apps, online videos connected with print ads, direct mail and much more.

Volkswagen Introduced Virtual Test Drive in a Print Ad

Consumers actually could TEST DRIVE A VW in print ads.

read more

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog, Election Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites | 10 comments

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Should we really gauge Presidential candidates based on their campaign social media engagement? If this is how decide on a President, our blog analyzes the trouble the United States voters could moving the country towards.

Is Social Media Really King in Elections?

Debate with us about the role social media should play and learn how your opinions online can make a difference for your own personal cause!

read more

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations, Tourism Marketing | 7 comments

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

A Hallandale Beach, Fla. Lifeguard is fired for saving a man’s life out of his zone. After two weeks of bad PR coverage, the company suddenly decides to give Lopez his job back. What bad PR decisions did this Florida company make? We analyze the case and include a fun Youtube video about the story! Read on….

read more

Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure


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11 Rules to Insure You Fail Miserably

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We preach, advise, recommend and execute marketing. Yet sometimes, even our marketing firm in Naples, encounters a client that rejects our advice and wants to do it, as Frank Sinatra said, “my way.”

So we are republishing Find and Convert.com’s article HOW TO FAIL AT DIGITAL MARKETING. If we missed any cardinal rules here please be sure to comment and let us know.

1. Keep Upper Management in the Dark

Effective digital marketing contributes to sales efforts in a multitude of ways. If upper-management does not fully understand the ROI value of your digital marketing plan, your funding (and maybe your job) can be jeopardized at any point. Imagine what would happen if upper-management refused to be involved in marketing.

Needless to say, your ability to be found on the web would be a fraction of your full online potential. If you are looking to minimize your results, “keep management in the dark.”

2. Adopt a “Need to Know” Management Style

Digital marketing success demands a 360-degree marketing mindset. In a recent post, we listed the number of skill sets required for effective digital marketing results. Each skill set affects your results. Ignoring collaboration among team members is a sure-fire way to fail.

3. Keep Focused in Your Comfort Zone

It is virtually impossible to be an expert in all the skill sets required for effective digital marketing. Marketers do not need to be technology geeks in order to create effective digital marketing success.

However, marketers do need to grasp how technology is used to execute and measure digital marketing plans. Marketing techniques that have worked well in the traditional sense, do not always convert into effective online strategies. Keep looking back to your past successes. Then try to replicate them all online. That’s a great way to fail.

4. Ignore Data, Why Not?

Analytics allow you to measure online digital marketing results.

They provide insight into visitor behavior that offers understanding in how to refine your online campaigns, compete better and deliver content that resonates with your audience. Don’t bother to take the time to analyze the data. Just keep doing the same thing with no regard for what’s working and what’s not working. That’s a great failure strategy.

5. Keep Your Offline and Online Marketing Separate

Internet World Stats reported nearly 2.1 billion people worldwide used the Internet in March 2011. That represents a 480% increase in usage since 2000. 78.3% of North Americans (over 272 million) use the Internet. Pretend that almost 80% of North Americans don’t bother researching or engaging with businesses on the Internet.  Be sure to keep your offline and online marketing strategies completely separate. That should keep your competitive advantage low.

6. Assume Your IT Department Understands Online Marketing Because They’re Geeks

Just because your IT department is technology savvy, let’s not assume they understand Internet marketing and SEO best practices. Don’t bother collaborating or checking with your digital marketing agency before making changes or updates to your website. After all, who cares if you wipe out all the backlinks, web authority and progress you have gained during the past year?

7. Maintain Ego Supremacy It’s Vital

You have been a successful marketer for decades. You have collected numerous Addy’s (an advertising award). You have accumulated an impressive portfolio of successful media and print campaigns.

You already know everything. Keep that attitude. It is a great way to alienate your team. It will certainly limit your ability to collaboratively create online digital marketing campaigns that drive incremental revenue opportunities.

8. Forget About Online Research – Just Tweak The Current Marketing Plan

Who needs online marketing research? You already know your customer demographics – really? You understand who are your main competitors. That small company that is generating page one Google rankings across multiple keywords is small stuff at the moment.

Ignore that fact your competitors have a website ranking higher than yours. It can’t hurt you – wrong!

9. Pull the Plug if You Do Not See Immediate Results

Mr. Small Fry marketing associate develops a great social marketing idea. Reluctantly, the project is given a “go.”

But it’s not an overnight success like you wanted, although it’s gained momentum, so you pull the plug.

Uh hold up! Social media marketing is built on relationships and trust, neither of which is built overnight. I don’t know about you but I didn’t choose my spouse after one date!

Be patient and success will come if the strategy is solid.

10. Ignore SEO Best Practices Because Your Website Looks Great

You redesigned your website. It looks great and the content is updated and well written. That should be enough, right?

Who needs SEO? YOU!

No matter how great the site looks or how long the site has been around, you will be found more often by your desired audience with SEO best practices firmly in place. If you do not want to be found more often or generate more leads…definitely, do not bother with SEO.

11. Fear Losing Control

You can’t control everything especially on the Internet so give it up already!

Likewise, you cannot control how your staff and customers respond in social media. But you can provide a policy and create a culture of openness and transparency. We humans are social creatures.

People often respond better to their friends and influencers on the web than to an advertising slogan. But if you want your digital marketing to fail, just keep pitching them.

Did we miss some sure fire ways to succeed at digital marketing failure? Add your favorite in our comments section below. Article taken from: Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure

About us: DREAMFly Marketing, a marketing company in Naples and Southwest Florida, creates branding strategy for clients across the United States. Our marketing company in Naples focuses on marketing strategy, advertising, public relations and social media and online marketing, and promotional products. Marketing in Naples and nationwide marketing service plans available.


How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Facebook, Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News, Twitter | 0 comments

How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers


Hearst Corp., publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Road & Track among other titles, now has 800,000 paying digital subscribers, according to President David Carey.

Carey (pictured) included the stat in a letter to employees at the company. The figure refers to monthly subscribers across all titles and via iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices for the end of 2012. Carey claims the figure is “the highest in the industry” and that more than 80% of those subscribers are new to Hearst.

Conde Nast, one of Hearst’s biggest rivals, has 500,000 digital-only subscriber/single copy sales and 1.5 million customers who choose a print/digital combination, but “It’s not an apples-to-apples co…
Continue reading…

More About: hearst, magazines, tablets

read more

Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Blog, Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Timely Business News | 11 comments

Digital Marketing  How to Succeed at Failure

We preach. We advise. We recommend. We execute.

11 Rules to Insure You Fail Miserably

Yet, sometimes, we encounter a client that subscribes to the “nope, I want to do this my way” mentality. So, my colleagues and I decided to create a list of our best advice on how to fail miserably at digital marketing. If we missed any cardinal rules, please be sure to let us know.

1.    Keep Upper Management in the Dark

Effective digital marketing contributes to sales efforts in a multitude of ways. If upper-management does not fully understand the ROI value of your digital marketing plan, your funding (and maybe your job) can be jeopardized at any point. Imagine what would happen if upper-management refused to be involved in marketing. Needless to say, your ability to be found on the web would be a fraction of your full online potential. If you are looking to minimize your results, “keep management in the dark.”

Learn the other ways to fail and share with your colleagues so you can avoid the marketing dumps!

read more

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Advertising, Blog, Facebook, Social Media Bug Bites, Twitter | 11 comments

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Social Media Ad Revenues to Top $9 Billion

Honestly, if you aren’t on board with social media advertising when spending is about to double by 2016, you’re missing the boat. Spending in 2012 on social media advertising was $4.6 billion – BILLION!

BIA/Kelsey has issued a prediction that U.S. social media ad revenues will top $9.2 billion by 2016, precisely double that of 2012.

Google gobbles up $9.2 billion in ad revenues before breakfast but social media advertising has been slower going. But Black Friday may be to thank for doubling social media ad revenues with successful Black Friday social media promotions.

Where’s the Money Coming From?
The report doesn’t say where the ad spending will come from. Watch out print publications. Print advertising revenues will likely drop.

Maybe with $9 billion in revenue, social media sites will actually start turning a profit. One thing is for sure the profit margins are sure to be better for social media sites than small American businesses.

Learn more before you get behind the social media advertising bus.

read more

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, Customer Service, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 0 comments

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Customer Satisfaction – Which Online Retailers Delivered

Customer satisfaction matters and boils down to delivering what you promised consumers – check out the latest report! Whether marketing in Naples or Tennessee customers matter.

The 2012 Harris Poll Shopper Satisfaction Study of Online Retailers: A Look at The Online Shopping Landscape packs a punch and tells on online retailers.

Consumers said they recommend Amazon to others and gave it an overall score of 5.9 out of 7. I think the secret is personalization for Amazon, because even with bucket loads of customers, Amazon provides individual purchase recommendations making consumers’ searches faster.

We handle businesses small and large, and customer satisfaction has been and always will be the ruling king of the day for businesses looking to thrive. Marketing in Naples might as well be marketing in New York City. Learn customer satisfaction tips in this article!

read more

Publicity Solutions for Newsworthy Media Coverage

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations | 9 comments

What Makes Press Releases Newsworthy?

One task for boosting publicity is to write press releases from the media’s point-of-view including both print media and bloggers. In terms of public relations, no media is old media – public relations calls for creativity…and thinking of your audience.

A board of directors may find a new CEO exciting, but….unless the company sending this type of announcement is a national brand, this type of press release will hit the editor’s waste basket.

Publicity: Promoting or gaining exposure for a business or an organization’s project such as a special event. It is a key part of strategic marketing plans, which every business should have.

read more

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News | 0 comments

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

when do i post facebook status updates, social media posting
When are you posting Facebook status updates? You may be doing it wrong! Get the latest research on when to post on Facebook and answer the question: When Should I Post on Facebook? If you’re not posting on the weekend, your business is missing out on connections – quick tips to learn from Buddy Media’s report on Facebook Engagement.

read more

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 7 comments

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

A May 2012 report by Harvard Business Review shows many businesses are getting it all wrong trying to connect with consumer online failing to produce simplified decision making processes using comparative shopping tools which consumers are demanding. Get 3 quick tips that will boost your online sales!

read more

New Media Strategies for Print Ads

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

New Media Strategies Incorporate Print Ad Campaigns

Fully integrated marketing experiences for consumers with “new media” strategies boost advertising ROI (return-on-investment).

Inbound marketing is key for empowering conventional print ads to improve online traffic.

With new media strategies, advertisements use a QR code (quick response code) so consumers can immediately access online products, videos, press releases, blogs and other information More than QR codes, campaigns are now using mobile apps to deliver “private tours” or experiences.

Strategic marketing is integrated marketing is inbound marketing and is today, tomorrow and the future.

Forrester, a research firm, reported in June 2012:

20% of all smartphone users scanned and connected with online information using QR Codes in May 2012, an increase in inbound marketing since May 2011

Inbound marketing results are expected to jump through 2016 with new media strategies including QR codes, mobile apps, online videos connected with print ads, direct mail and much more.

Volkswagen Introduced Virtual Test Drive in a Print Ad

Consumers actually could TEST DRIVE A VW in print ads.

read more

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog, Election Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites | 10 comments

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Should we really gauge Presidential candidates based on their campaign social media engagement? If this is how decide on a President, our blog analyzes the trouble the United States voters could moving the country towards.

Is Social Media Really King in Elections?

Debate with us about the role social media should play and learn how your opinions online can make a difference for your own personal cause!

read more

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations, Tourism Marketing | 7 comments

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

A Hallandale Beach, Fla. Lifeguard is fired for saving a man’s life out of his zone. After two weeks of bad PR coverage, the company suddenly decides to give Lopez his job back. What bad PR decisions did this Florida company make? We analyze the case and include a fun Youtube video about the story! Read on….

read more

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You


PR Nightmares Can Be Avoided with a Crisis Communication Plan

The Lifeguard Fired for Saving a Life – We Analyze the Case!

PR nightmares begin with simple mistakes that flourish into a media blitz of bad PR without following a Crisis Communication Plan. Bad press and public boycotts of companies begin only if a company fails to follow a Crisis Communication Plan.

Without a Crisis Communication Plan, you operate blindly and might as well open your doors to PR Nightmares and know they’ll come someday…maybe not today but someday.

When we do not listen to consumers or to basic business reasoning, our faulty decisions however well intended can produce PR nightmares and bad press for the company. It is a challenge to control the end result of the public with any business news whether good or bad, so have a plan!.

PR NIGHTMARE CASE STUDY: THE FIRED LIFEGUARD
The Case
Hallandale Beach, Florida hired Jeff Ellis Management to put lifeguard’s on the beach for the 2012 summer. After helping save a man’s life, one of the lifeguards, Hallandale Beach resident Tomas Lopez, was fired by the company.

Tomas Lopez explains how he saved a man's life and was fired for it in Hallandale Beach, Fla.


Other people pulled the drowning man out of the water, but Lopez helped care for him as soon as he was able to run outside of his zone and assist.

“I put him in the recovery position, which we are trained to do, and I had a nurse come and help me,” Lopez reported to media outlets.

The Questionable Decision and Bad PR
The management company informed Lopez that because he went out of the company’s coverage zone to save the drowning man he put other beach goers in jeopardy and had to be let go due to insurance and other issues.

The PR Nightmare Needed a Communication Plan
Once media outlets reported on Lopez’s firing to the world, a PR Nightmare brewed quickly for the management company with a public outcry that included threats against executive and sent them to the board room to lick their wounds and rethink their decision. View NBC’s National Coverage of the Story

The media blitz painted a crystal clear picture that where the consumers’ minds are could be entirely different than a com­pany’s executives.

Click refresh on your browser to load this Youtube media coverage or click here.

Millions of people from all over the world have commented online and directly to the company about how they feel it is wrong he was fired.

“There’s no way I’m agreeing with the company. If I see someone dying or they need my help, I’m going to go help them, because that’s my job,” said Zoard Janko, one of lifeguards.

Management’s Additional Mistakes
Leave a drowning man on his own? Does that sound like a positive PR statement?

That is EXACTLY what newspapers quoted executives saying.

This quote sent people all over the world into a cry that could be heard with millions of comments on online blogs, like this one, and television outlets as well as social media platforms.

Lopez Offered Job Back
The company decided to offer Lopez his job back, and he refused to return.

Why a bad decision? Because executives waited for a public outcry to act and four other lifeguards prior to Lopez had been fired for the same reason. Anyone smell a lawsuit?

DREAMFly Marketing’s Lifeguard Case Ruling
Talk­ing your way out of a controversy is often the worst decision you can make, even if there are two sides to the story.

If it sounds bad, it probably shouldn’t be said. Basic public relations plans include a crisis com­munication plan. A crisis communication plan provides steps for better public rela­tions or public reaction.

Media plans often suggest rather than control media inter­views and direct management, to instead release a statement focused on the posi­tives with few mentions about the contro­versial points.

In this case, a release or statement may have focused on the heroic nature of the company’s life guard who saved a drown­ing man’s life and then towards the end could have discussed briefly a reason for the firing.

PR Communication Plan Lesson Summary
In life as in business, there are few ac­tions that are right or wrong, but a con­sumer’s perception is reality so think hard and fast before you react to a controversy.

Lesson of the week: have a PR plan and keep news positive even if your company is in the hot seat


How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Facebook, Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News, Twitter | 0 comments

How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers


Hearst Corp., publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Road & Track among other titles, now has 800,000 paying digital subscribers, according to President David Carey.

Carey (pictured) included the stat in a letter to employees at the company. The figure refers to monthly subscribers across all titles and via iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices for the end of 2012. Carey claims the figure is “the highest in the industry” and that more than 80% of those subscribers are new to Hearst.

Conde Nast, one of Hearst’s biggest rivals, has 500,000 digital-only subscriber/single copy sales and 1.5 million customers who choose a print/digital combination, but “It’s not an apples-to-apples co…
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Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Blog, Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Timely Business News | 11 comments

Digital Marketing  How to Succeed at Failure

We preach. We advise. We recommend. We execute.

11 Rules to Insure You Fail Miserably

Yet, sometimes, we encounter a client that subscribes to the “nope, I want to do this my way” mentality. So, my colleagues and I decided to create a list of our best advice on how to fail miserably at digital marketing. If we missed any cardinal rules, please be sure to let us know.

1.    Keep Upper Management in the Dark

Effective digital marketing contributes to sales efforts in a multitude of ways. If upper-management does not fully understand the ROI value of your digital marketing plan, your funding (and maybe your job) can be jeopardized at any point. Imagine what would happen if upper-management refused to be involved in marketing. Needless to say, your ability to be found on the web would be a fraction of your full online potential. If you are looking to minimize your results, “keep management in the dark.”

Learn the other ways to fail and share with your colleagues so you can avoid the marketing dumps!

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Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Advertising, Blog, Facebook, Social Media Bug Bites, Twitter | 11 comments

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Social Media Ad Revenues to Top $9 Billion

Honestly, if you aren’t on board with social media advertising when spending is about to double by 2016, you’re missing the boat. Spending in 2012 on social media advertising was $4.6 billion – BILLION!

BIA/Kelsey has issued a prediction that U.S. social media ad revenues will top $9.2 billion by 2016, precisely double that of 2012.

Google gobbles up $9.2 billion in ad revenues before breakfast but social media advertising has been slower going. But Black Friday may be to thank for doubling social media ad revenues with successful Black Friday social media promotions.

Where’s the Money Coming From?
The report doesn’t say where the ad spending will come from. Watch out print publications. Print advertising revenues will likely drop.

Maybe with $9 billion in revenue, social media sites will actually start turning a profit. One thing is for sure the profit margins are sure to be better for social media sites than small American businesses.

Learn more before you get behind the social media advertising bus.

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Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, Customer Service, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 0 comments

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Customer Satisfaction – Which Online Retailers Delivered

Customer satisfaction matters and boils down to delivering what you promised consumers – check out the latest report! Whether marketing in Naples or Tennessee customers matter.

The 2012 Harris Poll Shopper Satisfaction Study of Online Retailers: A Look at The Online Shopping Landscape packs a punch and tells on online retailers.

Consumers said they recommend Amazon to others and gave it an overall score of 5.9 out of 7. I think the secret is personalization for Amazon, because even with bucket loads of customers, Amazon provides individual purchase recommendations making consumers’ searches faster.

We handle businesses small and large, and customer satisfaction has been and always will be the ruling king of the day for businesses looking to thrive. Marketing in Naples might as well be marketing in New York City. Learn customer satisfaction tips in this article!

read more

Publicity Solutions for Newsworthy Media Coverage

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations | 9 comments

What Makes Press Releases Newsworthy?

One task for boosting publicity is to write press releases from the media’s point-of-view including both print media and bloggers. In terms of public relations, no media is old media – public relations calls for creativity…and thinking of your audience.

A board of directors may find a new CEO exciting, but….unless the company sending this type of announcement is a national brand, this type of press release will hit the editor’s waste basket.

Publicity: Promoting or gaining exposure for a business or an organization’s project such as a special event. It is a key part of strategic marketing plans, which every business should have.

read more

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News | 0 comments

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

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When are you posting Facebook status updates? You may be doing it wrong! Get the latest research on when to post on Facebook and answer the question: When Should I Post on Facebook? If you’re not posting on the weekend, your business is missing out on connections – quick tips to learn from Buddy Media’s report on Facebook Engagement.

read more

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 7 comments

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

A May 2012 report by Harvard Business Review shows many businesses are getting it all wrong trying to connect with consumer online failing to produce simplified decision making processes using comparative shopping tools which consumers are demanding. Get 3 quick tips that will boost your online sales!

read more

New Media Strategies for Print Ads

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

New Media Strategies Incorporate Print Ad Campaigns

Fully integrated marketing experiences for consumers with “new media” strategies boost advertising ROI (return-on-investment).

Inbound marketing is key for empowering conventional print ads to improve online traffic.

With new media strategies, advertisements use a QR code (quick response code) so consumers can immediately access online products, videos, press releases, blogs and other information More than QR codes, campaigns are now using mobile apps to deliver “private tours” or experiences.

Strategic marketing is integrated marketing is inbound marketing and is today, tomorrow and the future.

Forrester, a research firm, reported in June 2012:

20% of all smartphone users scanned and connected with online information using QR Codes in May 2012, an increase in inbound marketing since May 2011

Inbound marketing results are expected to jump through 2016 with new media strategies including QR codes, mobile apps, online videos connected with print ads, direct mail and much more.

Volkswagen Introduced Virtual Test Drive in a Print Ad

Consumers actually could TEST DRIVE A VW in print ads.

read more

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog, Election Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites | 10 comments

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Should we really gauge Presidential candidates based on their campaign social media engagement? If this is how decide on a President, our blog analyzes the trouble the United States voters could moving the country towards.

Is Social Media Really King in Elections?

Debate with us about the role social media should play and learn how your opinions online can make a difference for your own personal cause!

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PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations, Tourism Marketing | 7 comments

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

A Hallandale Beach, Fla. Lifeguard is fired for saving a man’s life out of his zone. After two weeks of bad PR coverage, the company suddenly decides to give Lopez his job back. What bad PR decisions did this Florida company make? We analyze the case and include a fun Youtube video about the story! Read on….

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Four Off Season Marketing Strategy Tips


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4 Ways to Marketing in Florida’s Off Season

As local Southwest Florida consumers cheer for the end of season and say goodbye to bumper to bumper traffic and a lack of reservation spots available at their favorite restaurants
…business owners gear up for the slower summer or non-season shopping season.

Keep in mind every target market has an “off-season”, so feel free to use these tips as they apply to your business market. Great marketing ideas work any time, any place!

Without national, multi-million dollars budgets, Southwest Florida businesses in Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Naples and Fort Myers must call on more creative methods to grow business.

Typically, Southwest Florida service oriented businesses close for “Summer vacation” in August or September, but we challenge Southwest Florida businesses to develop true marketing strategy for non-seasonal business from May to October.

The last U.S. Census Bureau report shows more than 300,000 annual residents reside in Collier County and twice that in Fort Myers, so by identifying a target market and incorporating targeted, integrated marketing methods, businesses are sure to see a boom in the off-season months.

Avoid Southwest Florida’s Summer Revenue Drought
To drive non-seasonal business in Southwest Florida or any where, a business must have a “seasonal” marketing strategy to reach a larger audience with a targeted marketing plan.

1.
Use social media profiles and pages to create a promotion. The easiest method is to use Facebook and Twitter to promote a discount for check-ins at the business.

For example, Coastland Center Mall in Naples has vendors who offer shoppers 10 to 20 percent off purchases simply for checking in to the store on social media platforms including Foursquare, Facebook, GoWalla and Yelp.

Social media marketing and check-ins create loyalty discounts and avoids devaluing products and services plus the social media platforms advertise the promotion to nearby, unrelated mobile users.

Social media marketing is a must for successful marketing strategy. It cannot be avoided. Mobile users love to check in and share their locations with friends – so make your business shine!

2.
Create consumer-focused events where shoppers set appointments for one-on-one attention with sales staff. This method is consistently used by cosmetics and clothing retailers, and it can be used as a promotional method for every business if staff commits to calling loyal customers and promoting the event.

Events often make the difference between making and missing sales goals.

Steps 3-4
Finally, steps three and four require Southwest Florida businesses, Fort Myers, Collier County and beyond, to participate in local summer events as a free advertising method. Events also empower you to collect “new” client information focusing managers on cultivating customer relationships and connecting with new customers.

Sponsor a Local Event
Consumers now face with millions of choices any given year and in order for new consumers to find you, you may need to put yourself right in front of their faces. The best way to connect with new consumers is to sponsor or participate in local events that are expecting audiences of 2,000 people or more.

The Fort Myers metro market area for example boasts more than 300 annual events – so get involved. Not in Florida? Call your Chamber of Commerce!

Develop a Client Card System
Finally, tracking your client must be your business every day. Know what each and every one your customer’s wants and needs and follow-up with them regularly.

Electronic client tracking systems are fabulously convenient, but make it mandatory for staff and management to set phone call, email and birthday reminders so clients avoid falling through the cracks.

Boom Business With a Strong Off-Season Marketing Ideas
It’s off-season in Florida from May through October, but that doesn’t mean death to revenues! Whether your business is in Fort Myers, Naples or beyond, off-season marketing is key to growth.

Brain storm marketing ideas to develop strong community partnerships, new events and promotions to captivate your local audience’s attention.

After all marketing strategy doesn’t come from pulling clouds out of the sky – it takes turning great marketing ideas into real revenue boosters.

It simply calls on us to be smarter and more engaged business owners with a marketing strategy that connects, because after all we owe it to our non-seasonal customers.

About us: DREAMFly Marketing, a marketing company in Naples, Southwest Florida, creates branding strategy for clients nationwide. Our Naples marketing firm focuses on marketing strategy, advertising, public relations and social media online marketing, online marketing and promotional products. Sign up to start receiving our weekly strategic marketing tips.


How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Facebook, Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News, Twitter | 0 comments

How Hearst Claimed 800,000 Digital Subscribers


Hearst Corp., publisher of Cosmopolitan, Elle and Road & Track among other titles, now has 800,000 paying digital subscribers, according to President David Carey.

Carey (pictured) included the stat in a letter to employees at the company. The figure refers to monthly subscribers across all titles and via iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fires and Android devices for the end of 2012. Carey claims the figure is “the highest in the industry” and that more than 80% of those subscribers are new to Hearst.

Conde Nast, one of Hearst’s biggest rivals, has 500,000 digital-only subscriber/single copy sales and 1.5 million customers who choose a print/digital combination, but “It’s not an apples-to-apples co…
Continue reading…

More About: hearst, magazines, tablets

read more

Digital Marketing How to Succeed at Failure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Blog, Marketing, Online Marketing, SEO, Timely Business News | 11 comments

Digital Marketing  How to Succeed at Failure

We preach. We advise. We recommend. We execute.

11 Rules to Insure You Fail Miserably

Yet, sometimes, we encounter a client that subscribes to the “nope, I want to do this my way” mentality. So, my colleagues and I decided to create a list of our best advice on how to fail miserably at digital marketing. If we missed any cardinal rules, please be sure to let us know.

1.    Keep Upper Management in the Dark

Effective digital marketing contributes to sales efforts in a multitude of ways. If upper-management does not fully understand the ROI value of your digital marketing plan, your funding (and maybe your job) can be jeopardized at any point. Imagine what would happen if upper-management refused to be involved in marketing. Needless to say, your ability to be found on the web would be a fraction of your full online potential. If you are looking to minimize your results, “keep management in the dark.”

Learn the other ways to fail and share with your colleagues so you can avoid the marketing dumps!

read more

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Advertising, Blog, Facebook, Social Media Bug Bites, Twitter | 11 comments

Social Media Expected to Top 9 Billion in Ad Sales 2016

Social Media Ad Revenues to Top $9 Billion

Honestly, if you aren’t on board with social media advertising when spending is about to double by 2016, you’re missing the boat. Spending in 2012 on social media advertising was $4.6 billion – BILLION!

BIA/Kelsey has issued a prediction that U.S. social media ad revenues will top $9.2 billion by 2016, precisely double that of 2012.

Google gobbles up $9.2 billion in ad revenues before breakfast but social media advertising has been slower going. But Black Friday may be to thank for doubling social media ad revenues with successful Black Friday social media promotions.

Where’s the Money Coming From?
The report doesn’t say where the ad spending will come from. Watch out print publications. Print advertising revenues will likely drop.

Maybe with $9 billion in revenue, social media sites will actually start turning a profit. One thing is for sure the profit margins are sure to be better for social media sites than small American businesses.

Learn more before you get behind the social media advertising bus.

read more

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Blog, Customer Service, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 0 comments

Customer Satisfaction Competition for Online Retailers

Customer Satisfaction – Which Online Retailers Delivered

Customer satisfaction matters and boils down to delivering what you promised consumers – check out the latest report! Whether marketing in Naples or Tennessee customers matter.

The 2012 Harris Poll Shopper Satisfaction Study of Online Retailers: A Look at The Online Shopping Landscape packs a punch and tells on online retailers.

Consumers said they recommend Amazon to others and gave it an overall score of 5.9 out of 7. I think the secret is personalization for Amazon, because even with bucket loads of customers, Amazon provides individual purchase recommendations making consumers’ searches faster.

We handle businesses small and large, and customer satisfaction has been and always will be the ruling king of the day for businesses looking to thrive. Marketing in Naples might as well be marketing in New York City. Learn customer satisfaction tips in this article!

read more

Publicity Solutions for Newsworthy Media Coverage

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations | 9 comments

What Makes Press Releases Newsworthy?

One task for boosting publicity is to write press releases from the media’s point-of-view including both print media and bloggers. In terms of public relations, no media is old media – public relations calls for creativity…and thinking of your audience.

A board of directors may find a new CEO exciting, but….unless the company sending this type of announcement is a national brand, this type of press release will hit the editor’s waste basket.

Publicity: Promoting or gaining exposure for a business or an organization’s project such as a special event. It is a key part of strategic marketing plans, which every business should have.

read more

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Blog, Social Media Bug Bites, Timely Business News | 0 comments

When Should I Post Facebook Status Updates

when do i post facebook status updates, social media posting
When are you posting Facebook status updates? You may be doing it wrong! Get the latest research on when to post on Facebook and answer the question: When Should I Post on Facebook? If you’re not posting on the weekend, your business is missing out on connections – quick tips to learn from Buddy Media’s report on Facebook Engagement.

read more

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Online Marketing, Timely Business News | 7 comments

Marketing Tactics Boost Online Sales and Simplify Consumer Decisions

A May 2012 report by Harvard Business Review shows many businesses are getting it all wrong trying to connect with consumer online failing to produce simplified decision making processes using comparative shopping tools which consumers are demanding. Get 3 quick tips that will boost your online sales!

read more

New Media Strategies for Print Ads

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

New Media Strategies Incorporate Print Ad Campaigns

Fully integrated marketing experiences for consumers with “new media” strategies boost advertising ROI (return-on-investment).

Inbound marketing is key for empowering conventional print ads to improve online traffic.

With new media strategies, advertisements use a QR code (quick response code) so consumers can immediately access online products, videos, press releases, blogs and other information More than QR codes, campaigns are now using mobile apps to deliver “private tours” or experiences.

Strategic marketing is integrated marketing is inbound marketing and is today, tomorrow and the future.

Forrester, a research firm, reported in June 2012:

20% of all smartphone users scanned and connected with online information using QR Codes in May 2012, an increase in inbound marketing since May 2011

Inbound marketing results are expected to jump through 2016 with new media strategies including QR codes, mobile apps, online videos connected with print ads, direct mail and much more.

Volkswagen Introduced Virtual Test Drive in a Print Ad

Consumers actually could TEST DRIVE A VW in print ads.

read more

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Blog, Election Marketing, Social Media Bug Bites | 10 comments

Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement

Should we really gauge Presidential candidates based on their campaign social media engagement? If this is how decide on a President, our blog analyzes the trouble the United States voters could moving the country towards.

Is Social Media Really King in Elections?

Debate with us about the role social media should play and learn how your opinions online can make a difference for your own personal cause!

read more

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Press Promotions, Public Relations, Tourism Marketing | 7 comments

PR Nightmares Can Happen To You

A Hallandale Beach, Fla. Lifeguard is fired for saving a man’s life out of his zone. After two weeks of bad PR coverage, the company suddenly decides to give Lopez his job back. What bad PR decisions did this Florida company make? We analyze the case and include a fun Youtube video about the story! Read on….

read more