How Marketers Stay Productive: Eleanor Bennett of Magnafi

This week we feature, Eleanor Bennett, Content Executive at  Magnafi. Magnafi is a motion marketing agency creating engaging hero content and campaigns, as well as fully-fledged brand experiences that win hearts.

In this interview, you can read more about her work at Magnafi, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as her advice for budding marketers. Continue reading

8 Fresh Marketing Statistics a Marketing Agency Needs to Know

The digital marketing sphere changes constantly. There are always new technologies, networks or strategies that marketers are applying, with great results.

As a marketing agency, not adopting new marketing tactics can cost you. Clients are looking for innovation and you need to give it to them.

At the same time, adopting a new trend just because everyone else is doing it can cost you time, effort and most importantly, money.

So how do you strike a balance?

To help you keep up with the demands of modern marketing, here is a collection of 8 recent studies that will give you all the lowdown on some of the new marketing trends you may not have tried yet.

Mobile Gains Greater Share of Search, Display Spending

According to this forecast from eMarketer, the total spending on mobile advertising will soar from roughly $8.5 billion this year to more than $31 billion in 2017.

Mobile advertising is rapidly growing into a lucrative marketing spend for larger companies and SMBs alike. Is your agency doing enough to help clients transition into this important trend?


Consumer Interest in Mobile Offers Increases 19 Points Since 2009

A recent Placecast survey that asked respondents the question – ‘Assuming you gave permission, how interested would you be in receiving mobile alerts’ had 45 percent of mobile phone owners (in 2013) indicating that they were somewhat interested in receiving mobile alerts and offers from brands. A 19 point increase since 2009!


42% of American CEOs are on a major Social Network. Is yours?

A new study by and DOMO reveals that only 32% of American CEOs (from the 502 CEOs studied) have a profile on one of the four major social networks i.e. Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. Of the set, Linkedin was the most popular with 27.9% maintaining an account and Google Plus was the least, with only 1% maintaining an account.

Has your CEO embraced social media yet? Maybe it’s time they did.

Video Boom on Twitter: The Rise of YouTube, Instagram, and Vine

Socialbakers’ recent study shows the rise of video updates on Twitter and analysed which of the three video networks showed most engagement. Of the three platforms, brands most preferred sharing Youtube videos which also showed the most engagement. However, Vine videos were the most retweeted with Instagram in last place.

The important lesson here, though, is that brands should consider adopting video marketing to engage better with social media followers.


SMBs More Likely to Advertise on Mobile Than to Have A Google+ Local Page

This survey conducted among 568 SMBs, showed that while 72% are using social media to promote their businesses only 1 in 4 of them have a Google Plus page. The survey also indicated that SMBs are more likely to invest in mobile ads with 32% of them already doing so (up 4% from last year).

As an SMB, which do you prefer? Has Google Plus been giving you great results or do you prefer to rely on mobile advertising.

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One Third (32%) of Online Global Consumers Entered a Brand or Product Sponsored Contest in the Past Month

According to a new poll of 18,331 online respondents conducted by Ipsos OTX, 32% of online consumers (from 24 countries) indicated that they’ve entered an online brand contest in the past month.

Canadians (52%) were the most likely to enter into a brand contest whereas women (34%) are more likely than men (30%) to participate in one.

Considering these numbers, running an online contest may just be the next marketing activity you need to try for your clients.

Conversion Optimization is the big thing for search marketers in 2014

According to the State of Paid Search report by Hanapin Marketing, 85% of search marketers surveyed mentioned that they will focus more on Conversion Optimization in 2014.

The survey also shed some light on the popularity of search ad networks over social ad networks with search ads being a clear winner. 64% of respondents mentioned that their focus is on search networks. Of social ad networks, Facebook was in the lead with 52% of respondents focusing on it and 20% focusing on all the other social networks. (7) _1


Native Ads to Account for Growing Share of Social Media Ad Revenues

According to the latest social media ad forecast from BIA/Kelsey native ads like Facebook sponsored stories and promoted tweets are set to grow rapidly in the coming years.

As per marketing charts, “At a 22.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2012 and 2017, native ad formats will outpace display’s growth (16.1% CAGR) to represent almost 42% share of social media ad revenues in 2017, up from roughly 35% last year.”

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So there you have it. 8 new marketing studies to help you wade into newer waters and be a modern marketing agency.

Have you recently tried a relatively uncommon marketing tactic? Do share it with us in the comments below!


Marketers, Did You Know You Can Scale Your Marketing Agency By Using a Task Management Tool?

As a Marketing Agency in 2013, navigating the ever changing terrain of online marketing with just email as your collaboration tool of choice, is next to impossible.

As new marketing techniques become the norm, agencies will need to equip themselves with the right tools to provide the kind of services clients have now come to expect.

So how can a task management tool help agencies scale?

  1. They help save time:

    Probably the biggest benefit of using task management tools is saving time and getting things done faster. With a task management tool, planning & managing campaigns becomes a breeze!

    For instance, with Brightpod, teams can use ready-made marketing workflows to kickstart their campaigns instantly.

    Ready-Made Workflows in Brightpod

    Ready-Made Workflows in Brightpod

    Imagine this – Jill plans various kinds of digital marketing Campaigns. At the beginning of every new campaign, she lists down all the tasks the team needs to accomplish before, after and during the campaign. It’s an important part of the planning process, but what if she could automate it?

    That’s where a task management tool come in. For example, with Brightpod’s workflows, Jill can plan her campaigns with a single click. Also, with the ability to save custom workflows, she can tailor everything to the team’s needs.

  2. They Improve Team Productivity:

    One of the most obvious advantages of using a task management tool is the productivity boost it can give your team.

    Increase Team ProductivityMyra, founder of a digital marketing firm, manages a team of 9 employees. Keeping everyone on the same page is difficult but with a task management tool Myra’s team has been a lot more productive than before.

    How, you ask? With organized task lists, everybody knows about all the activities that have to be accomplished for a certain campaign. With each team member being assigned specific tasks, all everyone needs to do is concentrate on their tasks. There is no room for confusion or repetition.

    The best part? Myra can track each team member’s productivity so she can pitch in wherever she needs to.

  3. They help Reduce Cost & Increase Profits:

    Using a cloud-based task management tool can help curtail expenses and lead to increased profit.

    Reduce Costs & Increase Profits

    Reduce Costs & Increase Profits

    This is possible because task management tools provide a variety of services including task lists, collaboration & messaging, file storage etc. Not having to pay for all these services individually can help drastically reduce costs.

    Also without the hassle of non-hosted software and the maintenance expenses it brings, a cloud-based task management tool is a surefire way to decrease costs.

  4. They lead to Better Collaboration:

    Let’s go back to Myra again for a second. With a team of 9 employees, she needs a better way to collaborate. After all, can you imagine an email thread involving 9 people!

    With a task management tool, Myra can easily communicate with other team members and collaborate on campaigns. Another important aspect of her day to day work i.e. approving collaterals, designs and projects can be completely managed within a task management tool.

    9/10 - How's that for awesome!

    9/10 – How’s that for awesome!

  5. They help keep Clients in the Loop:

    Keeping Clients informed and in the loop is imperative for a successful marketing agency. Most task management tools allow for collaboration with external parties like clients and freelancers.

    With Brightpod, teams can simply rope in clients via email as well as add freelancers as members with limited permissions.

Like I said, the marketing landscape is changing exponentially. Only the marketing agencies that can adapt and stay effective will be able to survive.

The right tools and techniques can help them do that and concentrate on the work that really matters. Let a task management tool handle the rest!

Do you use a task management tool? How has it made you more productive?