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If you’re serious about marketing and growing your business using digital marketing strategies, then you need a marketing budget. You simply can’t do without it.

Most small business owners think they don’t need a budget because they assume that their investments are too small.

But that’s not true.

Funny enough, the core reason why your investment may seem small is lack of effective planning, or not creating a budget. You just spend money and accept anything as it comes.

Don’t run your business like that.

A budget helps you to build a firm structure around your marketing investments so that you can get good returns on them as well as increase their worth over time.

That said, let’s discuss some best practices for setting an effective marketing budget that facilitates sustainable business growth.

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Digital marketing gets better every day. Because marketers are always looking for better means to convince and convert customers. They are looking for new strategies and refining the old ones so that they can have a competitive advantage in business.

You know that this “advantage” would mean more customers, which results in more profits and a better business. Isn't that what you want? 

As exciting as this may sound, a study by SmartInsights found that 49% of organizations have no clear digital marketing strategy. Furthermore, HubSpot reveals 39% of marketers think their organization’s marketing strategy isn’t effective.

This is why you need to improve upon your strategies in 2018 to get your business ahead of the tough competition. 

That being said, I want to show you some of the proven digital marketing strategies that will bring real results this year.

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The First Sale is Only the Beginning

When it comes to customer onboarding, it doesn't matter who the customer (clients, employees, shoppers) is, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. Top brands like Salesforce, Travel Protection, and Berkshire Hathaway are delighting customers through the onboarding process.

What they are doing isn’t complicated at all. Let me show you how to tap into these uncommon CRM best practices and take your client onboarding to a new level. 

Increase Your Conversion Rate with These Strategies 

There's an excitement that comes from subscribing to a marketing automation tool. Sadly, it's not going to last for long if you don't know how to use it. The best approach is to see every tool as an integral part of your marketing plan.

This is a significant mindset shift. Because you now understand how to tap into the many benefits which it covers, like gaining new leads, nurturing contacts, increasing productivity, and maximizing sales in your funnel.

In the end, it boils down to implementing proven marketing automation strategies for your campaigns. Here are some of the best-kept strategies:

Hello, welcome back to Marketing Friday's in episode 14.

Today we're going to be starting a series - a four-part series of 12 ways to save time and money in your sales and marketing tasks. So we're going to focus on three on each of these episodes. So these are going to be things that are going to show you how to do things faster by using software to learn more and be more efficient in your day to day job. So let's start with number one.

The first one, that's a very important one is the ability to sync your contacts usually from Google or the email that you use. A lot of people use Gmail or GSuite or Google Apps for work. The first thing that you want to do in order to save time is being able to synchronize all your Gmail contacts to be sent to your CRM. 

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There’s a great film out there called Any Given Sunday that is one of the greatest American sports films to date. It surrounds a fictional American Football Franchises of America Team that is struggling to have a successful season. In a game leading up to the playoffs he gives a speech about how football is ultimately a “game of inches” and how they must be willing to fight for each and every inch to move forward, because when you ad up all those inches it’s gonna make the difference between winning or losing. Digital marketing is the same way.

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If your target market is under the age of 60, chances are that your email marketing leads will first see your email on a mobile device. It will pop up loud and clear like a shining beacon on the screen of a cutting edge iPhone, Samsung, or Motorola phone.

If your subject line isn’t relevant, compelling, and clickable, the rest of your content doesn’t matter – it’s gone forever with the swipe of a finger.

Instead of letting your email marketing efforts fall flat, consider the impact your subject lines may be having on your open rates.

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Hey there folks, it’s Amanda for my last care package of knowledge from SXSW.

I was determined to get the best storytelling advice and was thrilled to discover a session in gaming about VR storytelling. I was eager to learn how gamers were using virtual reality as gaming is one of the purest forms of storytelling. 

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Each Spring over 30,000 people travel to Austin, Texas for the mega-festival that is South By Southwest. Now in it’s 31st year SXSW is a well-oiled machine and touts a robust programming for interactive, film, music, and gaming. There is something for everyone at SXSW and 2017 was no different.

I’m Amanda, a social video expert and over three articles I’ll be sharing with you what I learned at SXSW. From Marc Jacobs to Kesha to Virtual Reality to gaming and beyond, I’ve got a lot of knowledge to pass around. Get comfy, grab a notebook and let’s get started with adapting storytelling in 2017.

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This last weekend I attended one of the most amazing digital marketing conferences there is in the world, the Traffic & Conversion Summit 2017 in San Diego, California - organized by DigitalMarketer.com. It’s a conference designed for more advanced and experienced marketers and marketing agencies, rather than for people looking to get started in digital marketing. The speakers dig deep into marketing strategy, things that work and don’t work, the exploration and testing of new technology and much more.

During the four days of packed back-to-back sessions with some of the leading experts in digital marketing, thousands of words in notes and over 300 photos shot with my phone of some of the slides; here’s a list of my top 25 takeaways, tips and trends of the state of digital marketing. Do keep in mind that approximately half or two thirds of the sessions were led by the internal team members of DigitalMarketer.com

Setting your business up for success

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