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Reach Out and Touch Data

With a massive infrastructure of data points and the capability to gather from complex sources, today’s insights promise to delve deeper and yield greater results. Constant development of new algorithms and tools, as well as greater understanding of the significance of insights are driving the marketing industry forward. Software as a Service (SaaS) will be one of the hottest developing industries this year as more businesses begin to utilize data viz solutions.

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Ad Math: How to Calculate Cost Per Lead

In this week’s video, we will look at Cost Per Lead (CPL), or how much it costs to generate a lead, in order to optimize your Customer Acquisition Cost.

Cost per Lead is an important metric to gauge how productive your marketing efforts are and to prioritize each channel according to their efficacy. For example, if your CPL is low but your CAC is high, it means that you have a lead quality issue and can give you the data you need to switch tactics.

Let’s look at how CPL is calculated:

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Customer Experience is Key to Attracting DIYers

According to the National Association of Realtors, 2016 was the strongest year for the housing market since the beginning of the financial crisis. A healthy housing market is a positive thing for all businesses, but it’s especially beneficial for the two big home improvement stores in the U.S., The Home Depot and Lowe’s.

During times of strong housing growth, contractors and building professionals typically drive a majority of the sales, and this was the case in 2016. The same Realtor report forecasted the beginning of a housing market slowdown for 2017.

So the question is: what are these home improvement retailers doing in order to ensure continued growth as the market slows?

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Ad Math: How to Calculate Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)

In this week’s Ad Math video, we’re taking a look at Customer Aquisition Cost.

One of the primary ways we, at IQ, help our clients become more efficient with their marketing spend is to have an understanding of how much they are currently spending when it comes to attracting a new customer. This is referred to as your customer acquisition cost (CAC).

In a previous video, we talked about ROI, CAC is a higher-level metric that considers the efficiency of all marketing initiatives.

How To Figure Out Your Customer Aquisition Cost

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  • 01.23.17

5 Ways to Help Consumers Visualize Your Brand

It only takes a quick glance at social media to see that the age of visual marketing is in full swing. In 2017, video content is expected to comprise a whopping 74 percent of all traffic on the internet, and platforms like Facebook and Snapchat are increasingly reliant on graphics to convey messages from brands and individuals alike.

5 Ways to Help Consumers Visualize Your Brand

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Ad Math: How to Calculate Market Share

In this week’s Ad Math video, we’re going to walk through how to calculate Market Share.

Why Market Share Matters

The main goal of marketing is to attract and retain customers by promoting why your product or service is better than your competitors. So, to measure if you’re successful in that goal, you need to assess your performance within your industry or category. That’s where market share comes in.

Your Market Share should factor into a lot of marketing planning, and it should be analyzed consistently throughout the year to better understand the various sources of performance.

How To Determine Your Market Share

Determining your market share is relatively easy assuming you know how many sales for your type of product or service has occurred within the industry in a given time. Let’s take a look at how to figure it out:

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Adding Live Streaming Video to Your Marketing

As video rapidly overtakes other forms of media, live streaming, in particular, has opened up a new and exciting route of communication with consumers. And while technology provides the opportunity for brands to engage via immersive experiences like never before, it’s not done without the marketing team’s courage to experiment and (literally) live in the moment.

What streaming video does – whether it’s through YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram – is allow brands to connect in a more intimate way with their audience and encourage participation in brand storytelling. As this is ‘unscripted,’ there are obvious risks – however, if live streaming fits your brand and your audience, it will result in much deeper relationships with your consumers.

Tough Mudder Harnesses Power of Live Stream

Few brands have applied the power of live streaming like the extreme fitness company, Tough Mudder.

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Ad Math: How To Calculate the ROI of Direct Mail

Determining The ROI of Direct Mail Campaigns

Each week, we break down a common marketing metric on our YouTube channel in order to help you measure, and get more out of your marketing. This week we’re looking at the return on investment (ROI) of direct mail campaigns.

The Danger of Status Quo

While we, at IQ, focus on digital marketing, many of our clients look to us for print work, including direct mail.

Usually, direct mail has been a part of the brand’s marketing mix for years and – even though there’s a push to become more digital – there are concerns that removing or altering the existing approach to direct mail will trigger a decline in business.

To address those fears, and truly gauge whether direct mail is working for you, it’s important to know how to calculate its ROI – which we walk through in the following video:

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Marketing with Facebook Messenger Bots

A few months ago, I upgraded to the iPhone7 and needed a new case. I had seen several ads for Peel cases on Facebook, so I checked them out and decided to purchase one. During the checkout process, they confirmed my Facebook account and asked if I’d opt-in for communications through Facebook Messenger. So I did.

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Facebook Messenger as a Marketing Tool

You may recall all of the drama that occurred about a year ago when Facebook rolled out their new Messenger and ‘forced’ users to download a separate app. The reason that it had to be separate was due to the additional functionality built into the platform. Namely, something that would enable businesses to develop custom bots within Facebook Messenger to provide enhanced sales and service capabilities. Continue Reading

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  • 12.30.16

Why Snapchat Is the Place for B2C to be in 2017

It wouldn’t be at all surprising if you were suffering social network fatigue. New channels seem to come out at a rate of one or two a week, and it’s almost impossible to tell which ones are essential and which are not going to benefit your brand. So, if you’re a B2C brand and have let Snapchat pass you by so far, that’s completely understandable. However, there is a lot of evidence that this young but thriving network can be a massive boon to those in business-to-consumer businesses. Here are a few reasons to add Snapchat to your list in 2017:

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