7 Content Marketing Campaign Ideas That Will Generate More LeadsBefore we dive into our seven content marketing campaign ideas that will generate more leads for your business, let’s first talk about the basics of content marketing.

A thorough understanding of the meaning of content marketing is essential before we dive into content marketing campaigns and strategy behind them.

The Definition of Content Marketing

As traditional marketing has fallen by the wayside, it’s left room for content marketing to be a big driver for consumer spending and interaction.

Content marketing involves the creation and sharing of media, and the publishing of content to acquire and retain customers.

The purpose of content marketing is to publish content that is valuable, relevant and consistent. Marketing in the 21st century is more about meeting your customers’ needs than showering them with advertisements. The goal of content marketing is to attract and retain customers.

When we talk about content marketing, it means creating and curating content. Your ultimate goal? Converting leads into paying customers.

To be a successful content marketer, you’ve got to communicate well without “selling.” Gone are the days of the outright sales pitch. You’re trying to subtly convince customers to take advantage of your product or services by giving them information that is valuable.

If you do content marketing right, you’ll have loyal customers for the long haul. Let’s get started. Here are seven content marketing campaign ideas that will generate more leads:

Idea #1: Create Video

The Guardian says video is the future of content marketing. Cisco says that by 2019, “consumer Internet video traffic will be 80% of all consumer Internet traffic, up from 64% in 2014.”


Drive More Ecommerce Sales by Doing These 5 Things
Traffic, traffic, traffic. While you may spend your commute avoiding roads filled with harried drivers, you need to spend your working hours knee deep in traffic.

Website traffic, that is. Your goal is to drive more eCommerce sales to your website. That’s especially true during the lucrative holiday shopping season.

If you’re like many eCommerce retailers, you may have a terrific website, but you’re most likely not using it to its full potential to drive sales and revenue. In this article we’re going to tell you how to drive more eCommerce sales by doing five things.

According to emarkete.com, this holiday season is expected to be quite strong in the United States. They predict that during the months of November and December, revenues will reach $885.70 billion. That’s an upward adjustment from the 3.2% growth rate predicted earlier this year and the highest since the 6.3% rise in 2011.

They also predict eCommerce will hit 9% of total retail sales this season, or $79.40 billion which is up from 8.3% share last year.

With those statistics in mind, let’s take a look at how you can drive more eCommerce sales by doing these five things.

#1: Use Re-targeting

Re-targeting or re-marketing can increase your conversion rate optimization and drive more eCommerce sales. What is re-targeting? It’s online advertising that helps keep your brand in front of bounced traffic after it has left your website.


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It hasn’t been that long since many of you may returned from a lazy vacation to the beach, so we know it’s probably hard to imagine the holidays are just a few weeks away now.

Yet, for the eCommerce retailer, that means your planning should begin as soon as possible. If you get a jump start on your holiday season goals and strategy, you’ll have a leg up on your competition.

The National Retail Federation tells us that the holiday season, traditionally defined as November and December, is the biggest time for retailers. They go on to say that retailers take in between 20-40% of their yearly sales during the holiday season.

With that much money on the line, we encourage you to get started with your planning now. To help you do that, we’re going to look at holiday eCommerce planning by taking a look back at unique promotions from past years.

Six Days of Gifting

Crio Brü, an etailer selling a brewed drink made from 100% cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), ran a holiday promotion called the Six Days of Gifting.


Holiday eCommerce Planning How To Create A Shared Holiday Promotion Calendar

Savvy eCommerce and online marketers know it’s time to start planning for the holiday eCommerce rush.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, a shared holiday promotion calendar is the best way to get all of your staff on board and on the same page as you dive into holiday eCommerce marketing.

A Forrester Research study earlier this year reported that the eCommerce industry is steadily growing, faster than expected. A previous report from 2010 didn’t expect the industry to top $300 billion until 2017. Yet, by the end of this year, the industry is projected to reach nearly $334 billion in consumer spend.

With nearly half of shoppers taking care of their holiday shopping online, September is the perfect month to start your holiday eCommerce planning. In this article, we’re going to talk about how to create a shared holiday promotion calendar.

Arrange to Share

Promoting your business for the holidays is a huge task. When you factor in email, social media, pay per click, content creation and blog writing, you’ve got a big work flow to put together and manage. The best way to execute your holiday promotions is with a shared calendar.


eCommerce Industry Stats For Mobile And Mobile Marketing

Tech analysts predicted that mobile Internet usage would overtake desktop usage by 2014. We’re well past that tipping point now as shown in a July 2015 study.

This study’s year to-date data shows a consolidation with mobile digital media time in the United States significantly higher at 51% compared to desktop usage at 42%.

What does this mean for your eCommerce business? In the simplest turns, if you’re not reaching your audience effectively on their smartphones and providing a good user experience, you’ll miss out on business.

A Shopify study shows us that mobile traffic to eCommerce sites is at more than 50%, while desktop traffic to eCommerce sites sits just below mobile traffic. Shopify says mobile traffic is now the “default” way people shop eCommerce stores.

Let’s explore eCommerce industry stats for mobile and mobile marketing. We’ll review studies and make a case for the importance of a mobile-friendly eCommerce site.

Why the Rise in Mobile Traffic to eCommerce Sites?


popup-strategiesPopups are annoying, right? Sometimes. Okay, usually they are annoying.

Popups don’t work, right? Wrong.

Popups work. They usually work very well. (See my 2012 post on testing opt-in email popups.)

Why are marketers across the Internet suddenly so interested in popups when before everyone thought users hated popups? Technology, coupled with etailers using popups in more strategic ways, have led to more and more ecommerce conversions and sales.

Take for instance, Nikky from Etsy shop, Nikky in Stitches. She installed a popup to capture email addresses, and she saw a subscription rate of 5.5%. She found that an entry popup with a timed delay of 2 seconds led to an incredible 1,375% increase in email subscriptions.


Just like everything in life, marketing has some basic rules that you’re supposed to follow. However, in some cases, your marketing benefits from breaking these rules. While you don’t want to break all of the rules all of the time, remember that these are not set in stone.

1. Keep Your Focus Unwaveringly


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Rule: It’s said in the marketing world that you should keep your focus. What should you be focusing on, exactly? The rule is that you should focus on your marketing strategy and conversions. Without conversions, you’re not going to make any money. So, you need to do anything and everything necessary to increase the people coming to your landing page, which will in turn help you sell more.

How to Break It: Let’s be honest – making money is most likely the reason you have a landing page in the first place. You want people buying your product or service. However, the best way to do this is not to constantly focus on getting people in the door. If you do this, you’re going to end up getting the wrong people. Instead, focus on your customers. Figure out your target market and use it. In addition to this, you’ll want to split your focus between a few things. Customers, marketing strategy, and your landing page layout all need to be on your mind.


When it comes to generating new leads for your business, you don’t have to do all the work. Your customers can also work for you by generating leads through social media and sharing. The following ideas are low-cost ways you can use your customers and social media to spread your company name.

You Can’t Afford to Ignore Video

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In December of 2013 alone, 188.2 million people in the United States watched online videos. Video content is no longer just for funny pet tricks and embarrassing falls. Retailers are learning that videos are an ideal way to generate sales and turn customers into brand advocates. For example, online housewares store Stacks and Stacks found that customers were 144 percent more likely to buy an item if they had viewed a video about it. With close to 55 percent growth in 2012, video is the fastest growing advertisement tool online. While the ideal product video is no more than 30 seconds long, it should also be engaging enough for consumers to share.

Of course, video content production can be as expensive or cheap as you want it to be. You can either hire another company to create something for you, or you can pick up your iPhone and use your computer’s editing software. (more…)

Your “About Us” landing page isn’t just an opportunity to introduce your business to potential clients – it’s a place to ask for the sale and so much more. Think of your “About Us” page as tool in your ROI arsenal.

If your “About Us” page contains basic information – or worse, is blank – then read on to learn how to transform your “About Us” page into a sales opportunity.

Creating an “About Us” Page

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A surprising number of companies don’t have a true “About Us” page. And no, a “Mission Statement” or “Company History” page doesn’t count. Creating a real “About Us” page is the first step to transforming your landing page into a sales opportunity. Search engines typically crawl for “About Us” pages and display them as part of your web results beneath your homepage. Potential customers use it as a direct link to learn more about not only your culture, but your services.

Lack of an “About Us” page can be a deterrent for those who are likely already shopping around for similar services. If your company can’t send a concise message about your offerings via a branded landing page, then what’s to stop your potential customer from finding the answer in another company that does just that? (more…)

Offering a free trial is traditionally a great way for a company to get its digital foot in the door with potential customers; however, all too often, companies miss the mark when it comes to actually retaining clients. Conversions are key to your bottom line, but does your company know how to transition to sales?

How can you ensure your customers will stick around after they take a peek at your product? Read on for eight tips on retaining customers after the free trial.

1. Require a Credit Card

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Some users are lazy in cancelling a trial membership that automatically converts to paid, but that isn’t why you should require a credit card. The revenue you’ll receive from this stream is little at best and the numbers will hardly reflect your actual user-base. In fact, that’s the point of requiring a credit card. You want real users with real money to take a stab at your service – a credit card number is typically verifiable, which means your free-trial sign ups will be easier to track and analyze.

Actionable Tip: Pair an automatically converting membership with a clear money back guarantee. Make it easy for users to follow through and get their money back if, for instance, they continue on for one month paid, but still decide your service isn’t right. (more…)