Climbing The Marketing Success Ladder With Data

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) Measuring is key to marketing success. It is the fine art of marketing. Without measuring what you are getting out of what you are doing, you are flying blind. Numbers are not only for bragging; they are the proof that what you are doing is taking you where you want to go (or that you are…

A Quick Way To Test Your Marketing Assumptions

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) Very often I make assumptions: This product is of interest to that audience This message will convert This message will lead to sharing This action will lead to this reaction … More often then not these can be tested before being implemented in a wider context. The importance of testing marketing assumptions Yesterday I published a…

Lean Marketing – It Will Change Marketing Forever

Have you heard of “Lean Startup” or “Lean Innovation”? Well, then it is time to adapt the concept to lean marketing. And a new generation of marketers is already doing it, changing the landscape of marketing forever. Lowering the costs and generating results that old school marketers can only dream about. You can be one of them! What Is the…

Hustle: Before People READ They Must CLICK

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) What makes some blogs/bloggers successful while others are passing by fairly unnoticed? Of course, the first and very important reason is the quality of the content, but there is more to the success of a blog than the content published. I am absolutely sure, there are thousands of blogs out there that I would love to…

A Pain Free and Easy Way to Start a Blog and Why to DO IT NOW!

We are living in a world where literally everyone is a marketer. Everyone is marketing something – even if it is just himself. And one of the most accessible ways to market yourself is a blog. I really believe that everyone should write and publish. But still many people don’t. So why should you start now? Because the content you…

The Two Sides of Trolls – Don’t Feed Them and Don’t Be One

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) There is no doubt: In social media the real success comes with interaction, communication and connecting. But sometimes when I look at some comments tweets or posts, I think the author should have kept quiet. Or in other words, the key to good interaction can sometimes be not to interact. Let me tell you about two…

Google is heading in the wrong direction – I decided not to follow

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) (Disclaimer: The following represents my personal view of SEO and the monopoly in the search engine market.) There is a reason this blog and this site are called “The Social Marketers” and not “The Online Marketers”: We love social media marketing. We’re not very keen on SEO and SEM. Why? Anything related to Search Engines makes…

Why Even 100,000 Twitter Followers Can Be Worthless

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) There are numerous articles about how to target your ads, but seemingly no one is talking about targeting followers in social media. Yes, I admit, sometimes (as with Facebook ads for Fanpages) both are the same. But there are other ways to target than via paid ads, and often they make the difference between an acceptable…

The one important value marketers need to remember at all times

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) One of the most common social media tips is: “Never spam. Don’t send advertising messages, don’t send sales emails, …” If you ask me, this is bad advice. Here is why: Marketing always consisted and will always consist in a large part of what we today like to call spam. Getting messages out to people that…

The Secret to Not Starting From Scratch – Cross Promotion in Social Media

Cross promotion should be part of any social media strategy – from setting up your first account and getting your first few followers, to setting up multiple accounts on various social networks, the concept of cross promoting your social identity has the power to grow your social media a lot faster than without it. Cross promotion should be part of…