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7 useful tips to improve the ROI of your e-mail campaigns

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E-mail MarketingOf the, due to budget restraints, limited marketing tools I have had at my disposal over the last few years as a small entrepreneur, e-mail campaigns without a doubt possessed the largest ROI. This personal experience is vindicated by a Direct Marketing Association study, which calculated a $43,62 ROI for every $1 of marketing spend! Number 2 on the ROI-Hot 100 is SEM, which yields a $21,85 ROI – 50% lower! At the same time, it has to be said that the trend indicates that e-mail ROI will decrease over the next couple of years. The time of the massively, indiscriminately sent out e-mails seems to be coming to an end.

What follows are a few tips what you can to do counteract the trend (and which a lot of companies already are doing): (more…)

Two examples of successful, interactive Facebook campaigns

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Ikea LogoThe first example is a Facebook campaign Ikea did in 2009 to accompany the inauguration of their new store in Malmö. The main goals were to generate interaction with their target clientele as well as a viral effect.

The campaign consisted of the Store Manager creating a profile and uploading 12 showroom pictures. The first Facebook user to tag an object on one of these pics would subsequently win it. The trick was that in order to be able to tag a user first had to “like” the page, which, as did the act of tagging itself, invariably appeared in the user’s newsfeed/wall, thus informing all of his/her friends of the campaign. The media echo not only on Facebook and the web, but also in media world-wide was tremendous. (more…)

F-commerce or how to use Facebook effectively as a marketplace

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FacebookFacebook has over 500 million active users. 50% of which log in at least 1x a day. These users have over 900 million objects (such as pages, groups, events etc.) at their disposal and on average each user is connected to 80 objects. These are some figures one first has to let sink in.

An interesting study incl. Best Practics Guide by Econsultancy demonstrates how much the use of this impressive potential is still in its infancy. (more…)

What is your favorite Superbowl 2011 ad?

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I just had a look at the Superbowl 2011 ads and I must say that I found 99,9% pretty boring and lacking creativity. Not counting the ones with the usual predictable bad sitcom humor. I’m also a little perplexed at the huge response the Volkswagen Passat “Little Darth Vader” spot is getting. I guess that kids and Star Wars (and I’m a big Star Wars fan) always sells, but quite honestly I was expecting something more exciting/surprising after all the buzz that’s been around the internet.

The only spot that provoked an emotional response in me – it had me laughing out loud – was the Bridgestone “Reply All” ad. (more…)

11 crucial consumer trends for 2011

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Check out the article 11 crucial consumer trends for 2011 by trendwatching.com! They have some, in my opinion, very interesting suggestions.

My personal favorite trend is R.A.K. aka Random Acts of Kindness. As an example, they cite Interflora in the UK which has launched a social media campaign via Twitter.  The campaign consists in monitoring user accounts and if they happen upon a tweet à la “alarm clock didn’t ring & missed my flight” or “my boyfriend forgot our anniversary”, Interflora will offer to send you a flower bouquet to brighten up your day.

A great idea!

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