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As we increasingly embrace the “smart home” revolution, we’re also becoming more and more reliant on voice search for information. We “ask” Google, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana for local store hours, the best restaurants near us, and even for prices of products we want to buy. These powerful digital assistants use natural language processing and artificial intelligence to understand the way we speak and the way we ask questions in order to provide the most…

Maintaining an updated, highly-engaging Instagram page requires many manual steps. Because Instagram still has strict rules for third-party and automation tools, it’s not possible to automate your Instagram marketing entirely. There needs to be someone on the team who can produce high-quality photos and videos, someone who can write catchy captions to accompany the posts, and someone to review the content before it’s shipped off to clients for final approval. Whether your agency handles Instagram…

Gone are the days of set-it-and-forget-it campaigns. Marketers now must prove an ROI to have access to larger budgets and to be able to build a more robust team. Many teams measure the number of marketing qualified leads (MQLs) on a monthly or quarterly basis to assess the success of marketing overall. Marketing and sales teams that work together often measure conversions in the funnel, sales qualified leads, and sales as well. These numbers showcase…

Here at GAIN, we are huge fans of marketing tools to improve productivity. We often write about tools for workflow productivity and ways agencies can use their time better. Almost all marketers participate in some form of content marketing. From email marketing to social media marketing, the writing never really stops. Though sometimes debated, marketers know that content is still king. But it’s not just any content that will boost your brand; marketers have to…

As a marketer, you most likely participate in some company blogging. Whether you write weekly or sporadically, there is useful content under your name published on your agency’s site. Often, marketers leave the content just on their blog and push out the posts via social channels and newsletters. While those are crucial methods for getting content seen by your target audience, there are a few other places to publish your post. Here’s a look at…

Email automation is to a great marketer as a hammer is to a builder; a tool can extend your reach and capacity, but it is useless without the person behind it. While an email automation tool can work even when you are offline, it can’t think for itself, meaning it can also get you into big trouble. If you mis-program a campaign, it can leave your clients with a bad taste in their mouth, hurt…

Marketing automation can save you time by allowing you to schedule weeks or months worth of content at a time. As a marketer, you understand the benefits of automation, since it makes your work more fluid and efficient. However, your boss or CEO might not understand the value of paying for software if they don’t see the ROI. Even if marketing automation theoretically allows you to “set it and forget it,” you should keep a…

Marketing is no longer about being a jack-of-all-trades. Agencies, particularly those of scale, tend to focus on a specific niche to deliver powerful campaigns for their clients. With so many actors in the agency market, competition is only natural. However, collaboration might be in your best interest – and that of your clients. Imagine your client decides to branch out from their primary offerings to offer a new product to a different target customer who…

When you operate a digital agency, every client counts. You might know how valuable your services are, but selling a digital marketing package is harder than selling, say, a pair of shoes. Each sale probably consumes a significant amount of your time. You are not alone. Kissmetrics finds that it is seven times less expensive to retain a customer than to acquire a new one. Even if you are not necessarily looking to grow your…

This is a guest post by Abby Zufelt, a digital marketing director at the digital marketing agency, Markitors, where she helps build the relationship between brands and audiences. Unsolicited direct messages, comments that don’t make sense, a spree of likes to your account. No, it’s not an odd Instagram malfunction. I’m referring to the B-word we all love to hate (or hate to love?): bots. It’s no secret that Instagram is trying to cut down on…