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Why You Should Make the Switch to Responsive Marketing in 2014

Existing clients and contacts will already know that CAYK® has been beating the drum on responsive marketing for a couple of years now. As the new year comes into full swing, we are even more confident than ever that this is the best answer for businesses of all sizes to manage their different campaigns.

We hope you’ll make the switch to responsive marketing in 2014, as well, and enjoy a couple of important benefits:

Responsive marketing makes your campaigns adaptable. Is your business the same as it was a few years ago, or even a few months ago? If you’re like most of our clients, the answer is “not really.” That’s because products, prices, and even business conditions change all the time. With responsive marketing, your marketing campaigns can change right along with them.

Why stay tied to a certain set of tools and tactics even if they no longer apply? With responsive campaigns, we help you decide what you need to do to reach customers on an ongoing basis, and then deliver a changing menu of products and services based on what you need.

Responsive marketing is all about results. One great thing about responsive marketing campaigns is that they are driven by results. In other words, we don’t just guess about what you’re going to need going forward, we study analytics and customer feedback to see where you’re making gains, which part of your marketing campaigns could use improvement, and how best to allocate resources going forward.

If you like the idea of getting sharper results without increasing your budget or time commitment, responsive marketing might be perfect for your business.

When it comes down to it, there really isn’t a good reason not to make the switch to responsive marketing this year, if you haven’t already. Why not talk to a member of the CAYK® team and let us walk you through the details?

By David A. West  Join me on Google+

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Do You Need Separate Online and Offline Marketing Partners?

For a while, after Internet business and online marketing became huge topics, it was necessary for ad agencies, graphic designers, and other creative vendors to distinguish themselves as “online” or “offline.”

But, in 2014, do these distinctions still matter? And do you actually need separate vendors for online and offline marketing? For huge companies with multiple divisions and advertising campaigns, it might make sense to keep separate types of agencies involved. For smaller businesses, though, there really isn’t much need to have separate online and offline marketing partners. After all, it’s really just creating more work… not to mention more invoices.

To understand how and why, here are a couple things to remember:

Having one creative team is generally going to be more efficient. You want your team of designers, writers, and other creative professionals to know your company inside and out, and to have a firm grasp not only on what you do, but also where you hope to take your business in the future. That’s drastically easier to accomplish if you have a single team with just one or two points of contact than it is if you have multiple vendors who are trying to stay on top of your business plans.

The exception lies in specialty campaigns. Occasionally, ultra-specific types of campaigns (such as distributing leaflets in your local neighborhood, for example) are best handled by niche-type companies. Often, however, these vendors can work beneath, or in conjunction with, your established marketing team for best results.

Except in rare circumstances, the best way to balance online and offline marketing is to work with one creative agency that understands what your real, bottom-line goals are. They can help you devise the best strategies for meeting customers, whether that comes over the Internet, through the mail, or in some other way.

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The Three Easiest Things to Change in Internet Marketing

Earlier this month, we asked you to consider whether your 2013 marketing was a success or not, and specifically whether or not you have reached your biggest goals. We recommend that, if you didn’t, you look at different elements of your plan and see if you can find areas for improvement.

You might be wondering what those actual areas for improvement would look like. That’s going to change from one company or situation to the next, of course, but in general there are three things that are usually easiest to change in Internet marketing, and that lead to the biggest changes in results:

1. Your budget and commitment. Although you don’t have to spend a fortune on Internet marketing to make it work, you do have to make a healthy investment, in terms of your budget and schedule (at least initially). Trying to do everything with nothing is rarely a blueprint for success.

2. Your message and sales strategy. Sometimes, you can do all the right things and have them fail to work simply because you’re trying to sell the wrong things to the wrong people. In other words, if your unique selling proposition is out of line with what your customers actually want or need, you’re making things harder than they have to be.

3. The Internet marketing team you’re working with. Of course, it needs to be pointed out that, if the first two elements are in place, the issue might be with your team of advisers. Are they making helpful suggestions for the future? Are you listening to those suggestions?And finally, do you think you could get better advice and guidance elsewhere?

If you’re feeling very underwhelmed by the results you’ve gotten from business web design and Internet marketing in the past, there’s a good chance you need to change at least one of these three variables. Otherwise, you’re likely to end up repeating the same campaigns again and again… with the same disappointing results.

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Did You Meet Your 2013 Marketing Goals?

December is a good time to take a step back and evaluate all the different parts of your company, and your marketing in particular. By now, you probably have a pretty good idea of whether or not you’re on track to meet your new sales and revenue targets.

So, did you meet your 2013 marketing goals?

If you did, what will you do next year to keep the momentum going?

As you’ve probably already learned by now, what you did to get to a certain point isn’t necessarily enough to keep you moving past it. In other words, even the most successful marketers have to try new campaigns and ideas once in a while. So, if you have a winning plan in place, be sure to identify and keep the elements that are already working for you. At the same time, though, look for areas where you could find a little bit of improvement next year, too.

And if you didn’t, why not?

There are lots of reasons your 2013 marketing might not have gone the way you wanted it to. Perhaps you didn’t have the budget you planned, were missing key personnel for part of the year, or just didn’t execute a strategy the way you had hoped. Regardless of the specific cause, see if you can think of ways to avoid the same pitfalls for next year. No single mistake is ever usually damaging to a business unless it’s repeated again and again.

Although a lot of people like to focus on the creative aspects of marketing, assessing your team, goals, and performance from time to time is one of the best ways to find new directions going forward. Whether or not you are successful with your marketing goals in 2013, now is the perfect time to start looking ahead to bigger and better things next year.

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What’s the Argument Against Responsive Internet Marketing?

Any time a new idea is introduced into the business world – and especially the world of Internet marketing – there are going to be some people who are going to fight.

It’s no surprise then, that while Calgary businesses are embracing responsive Internet marketing plans, a number of agencies are pushing back against them. Their main argument against our way of working, if they have one, is that it seems “unclear.”

In the strictest possible sense, that could be true. After all, the beauty of a responsive Internet marketing plan is that you don’t necessarily know which activities you’re going to pursue from one time period to the next. As a result, your plan could change over time.

The bigger reality, however, is that the change we are talking about is important and necessary. As the best Internet marketing tools shift and change, your ideas and future plans need to change with them. That’s even more true if your business objectives and priorities change regularly, as they do for many organizations.

The truth is probably that some Calgary business web design companies don’t want to embrace responsive marketing because they simply want to keep getting paid for what they’ve always done in the past. Or worse, they want you to keep paying for the same work that’s already been finished, even though they keep giving it to you again and again as if it were new.

With responsive Internet marketing, you still always know exactly what you’re paying for. The biggest difference is that your business is the one setting the priorities, and that fewer of your dollars are being wasted on the wrong activities. What could be more clear than that?