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Marketing automation is all the rage: Here’s what’s concerning top execs about it

Marketing automation is revolutionary and can dramatically improve results, but some aren’t doing it well, and many can’t wrap their minds around it.

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Welcome to marketing automation! Here’s a question for you: if you could tweak your marketing efforts so more marketing and publicity is being performed with less effort on your part, that would be a good thing right? Marketing automation (we’ll also refer to it as MA) utilizes a variety of technology to coordinate and manage timely (and hopefully profitable) customer interaction.

Marketing Automation 101

Ok you ask, but what exactly is marketing automation and in the big scheme of things why is it important to my business? Well, marketing automation refers to software platforms and technologies designed for marketing departments and organizations to more effectively market on multiple channels online and automate repetitive tasks.

Tools like email, social media and websites are all good examples and on a bigger scale, cloud computing ties in a lot of the same tool under one roof. So hopefully you can see that the canvas that marketing automation paints on is quite large.

A real challenge

There’s no question that marketing technology is changing the way organizations strategize their efforts. And while there are businesses which have the right tools, or are simply testing them out, marketing automation is challenging for some.

According to a recent IBM survey, marketing automation was one of the leading challenges for marketing executives. Which means that the MA landscape in general and cloud computing in particular may be too vast for many businesses to wrap themselves around.

A winning strategy

According to ironpaper.com, at its best, marketing automation uses a variety of tool like workflows, lead scoring and segmentation lists to allow a business to nurture leads and have meaningful interactions with prospects on an automatic basis. Let’s say your company makes whistles. A potential client visits your website and clicks on one of the many different whistles you produce but doesn’t purchase it. He’s a recurrent buyer so thanks to automated marketing, your software would deliver a personalized message or social media ad to influence his/her decision. You can hopefully see that customer interaction of this type is less expensive than manual follow-up.

When executed properly, automated marketing’s approach is extremely effective. But managers and top decision makers need to spend the time, money and other resources necessary to put an intelligent AM plan into action.

Embracing what automated marketing has to offer isn’t just about working smart. It’s about survival in the business arena.

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Nearly three decades living and working all over the world as a radio and television broadcast journalist in the United States Air Force, Staff Writer, Gary Picariello is now retired from the military and is focused on his writing career.

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Instagram advertisers no longer required to have a Facebook Page

(MARKETING) Instagram no longer needs a linked Facebook page in order to use Instagram ads, is this a split in properties or is something else going on?

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Instagram will allow new advertisers to create ads without linking to a Facebook page. It feels like this is a move Instagram should  have made a while ago, but better late than never right?

Instagram announced that the social media giant will now allow new advertisers to promote their business, product, or content without having to connect to Facebook.

Previously, Instagram had been adamant about linking business profiles to Facebook, so the change is sudden, and the motive is contentious, buttttttt we’re not gonna question it.

This move supports small businesses, so we’re all for it. Although this change may seem irrelevant, here are five reasons it is:

  1. Previously requiring users to link a Facebook account to their Instagram in order to run an ad is time consuming.
  2. Not everyone has or likes Facebook.
  3. Associating yourself with a Facebook Page creates an additional way for people to get in contact with you, which can make things messy… sometimes less is more.
  4. Creating a business profile without connecting to Facebook will allow more people access to the same great benefits of having a business profile (benefits include insights on impressions, reach, audience, and activity).
  5. Maybe this is the beginning of a separation between the two social media platforms resulting in other new, beneficial policies.

Some have speculated that the reasons Facebook may want to push this slight crack between its products is because of some of their failures recently and the very real possibility of their being broken up by regulators in the future.

Take advantage and quickly set up a business profile, this is a potential opportunity for businesses that are hurting to learn about their customers and promote themselves!

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Now you can send marketing emails directly from your Facebook page

(REAL ESTATE MARKETING) Facebook is testing a new set of email marketing tools for business pages. Now you can send marketing emails directly from your page.

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Facebook is testing new CRM email marketing tools with businesses. These features reportedly will allow businesses to send out messages directly from the Facebook platform, and track their performance. A user-friendly interface will allow small to medium businesses to upload contact lists and compose messages.

Word of testing of these tools spread after it was spotted by social media marketer Meg Coffey. She posted the screen shots to Twitter.

“Send marketing emails from your page? What new sorcery is this Facebook?! Have you seen this new feature where we can now send emails directly from Facebook? This is definitely new to me and only available on one account so far.”

From what we can see in the screen shots, it looks as if a blue pop up will appear on the left sidebar letting you know that the Marketing Emails feature is available to you. Once you click on that tab you get this notice:

“Reconnect with your email subscribers using marketing emails. Select your audience, customize your design, and track performance all in one place. Confirm your Page’s email address to get started.”

An email confirmation is required, and then you are prompted to add your contacts. A spreadsheet can be uploaded or addresses can be added one-by-one.

A Page Contact Terms of Service agreement prompt then comes up requiring approval before the feature is enabled, and asks for confirmation that the sender has permission to send promotional messages to those contacts.

In a message to Adweek, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the test of the new tools:

“We’re testing new email marketing tools with a small number of businesses to help them more efficiently notify their customers of changes to their services and operations. We’re evaluating whether these tools are beneficial for people and businesses before deciding whether to expand it further.”

The test is said to be limited to small and medium-sized businesses at this point, and the simplicity of it seems to be geared towards businesses who do not currently have a robust email marketing solution. As the tests continue and more users interface with these tools the more we can expect to know about these features.

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Airbnb is meeting COVID-19 demand and adding tools to help

(REAL ESTATE MARKETING) Airbnb is changing it up to adjust to COVID-era circumstances- customers preferences have changed- longer stays, local stays.

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Airbnb and other short term rental (STR) platforms utilizing the sharing economy previously reported an average stay in major US cities of less than a week prior to COVID-19. New reports, however, are showing a significant jump in stay length. 1 to 6 month rentals are now the norm, with some hosts fully transitioning to long-term bookings.

In a pivot responsive to the times, Airbnb launched new tools to accommodate more long-term stays. These tools- a new onboarding process specifically to help hosts expand listings to long term guests, and changes to the visibility of local listings in search results – come after rumors and anecdotal reports of declining numbers in the STR host supply base. Although a decline was rumored, the data shows only a 3% reduction in Airbnb listings since February, 2020.

Airbnb says these tools, however, will give hosts a chance to provide local accommodation. It claims that 80% of hosts now accept longer terms stays with a discount for stays of one month or more. Looking at a year over year comparison for the same period in April 2019, this year shows a 20% increase in long-stay bookings.

According to Airbnb, “We’re seeing a larger share of Airbnb guests booking accommodation in their own communities for all lengths of stays, whether that be because they require extra space for their families or a quiet place to work.”

Will Parry, COO of European property management company Altido, which has seen an identical trend to the US, says that while longer stays are on the rise he does expect to see stay lengths reduce as restrictions ease. “In our view, it is too early to say whether the pandemic will have a long-term impact on the average length of stay booked via Airbnb.”

However, Airbnb says: “We saw growing demand for this type of stay before the pandemic, and expect to continue seeing demand as we move forward.” As remote work becomes accessible to more of the workforce, the changes associated with becoming location-independent could have a ripple effect across the housing market, and for those with investment properties.

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