Small Businesses Increase Marketing Budgets in 2017 [study]

More than half of US small-business owners anticipate increasing their social media budgets in 2017, according to a recent study by InfusionSoft. When small businesses (SMBs) were asked about the marketing channels they expect to increase spending on, 56% planned to up their social media budget, while a third planned to dedicate more resources to … Continue reading »

Healthcare Content Marketing Metrics Used to Measure Effectiveness [Survey]

US healthcare executives overwhelmingly use website traffic as a tool to measure content marketing success, according to a March 2016 report from True North Custom. About eight in 10 (79.6%) of those surveyed said so, with the next response more than 20 percentage points lower. About three in five (57.1%) respondents said they measure time … Continue reading »

Most Effective and Difficult Digital Marketing Tactics

Email is the most effective digital marketing tactic, and it also benefits from a relative ease in execution, per the survey from Ascend2 and its Research Partners. Given the B2B skew (66% of respondents), fewer selected paid search as being effective as did social media (34% and 41%, respectively). That’s despite other indications that paid … Continue reading »

Marketing Plans and Budgets for 2016 [survey]

Business leaders are again confident in the general direction of their marketing budgets this year, reports Selligent and StrongView in newly-released survey. The good news is that 56% of respondents expect to increase their budgets. Email appears to be a primary recipient of increased budgets, according to the StrongView report and a separate study from … Continue reading »

Digital Marketing Tactics Compared [report]

B2B marketers count lead generation as their top marketing objective, while B2C marketers are most heavily focused on driving sales this year, according to Webmarketing123’s latest annual State of Digital Marketing” report. The survey’s findings are split into B2B and B2C segments, allowing for a comparison of both groups. The results suggest that while B2B … Continue reading »

Search Engines That Refer the Most Engaged Visitors [study]

Google-referred website visitors have the highest bounce rate (61.3%) of the 5 major search engines analyzed by Shareaholic, with these visitors also averaging the fewest pages per visit. While Ask.com wins on both those measures, it delivered only a minute 0.04% share of visitors in May to the 300,000+ publishers tracked for the study. By … Continue reading »

2014 Marketing Budget Planning [survey]

9 in 10 “business leaders” plan to either increase (46%) or maintain (47%) their marketing budgets in 2014, according to a survey from StrongView. A mix of B2C and B2B companies primarily headquartered in North America evaluated their spending plans across a variety of programs. The results reveal strong support for a variety of digital … Continue reading »

How B2B Buyers Search and Their Content Preferences [study]

Almost three quarters (72%) of buyers planning to purchase a business product begin their research with a Google search, according to a recent report by Pardot. After an initial search, 70% of buyers then return online 2-3 times to do additional research, and 12% return online more than three times. Just under one in five … Continue reading »

Search on Mobile Devices Often Leads to Purchase For Seniors & Boomers

Boomers and Seniors Favor the Web More activities conducted on smartphones and tablets The internet has become a way of life for baby boomers and seniors in the US, according to a March 2013 study conducted by Ipsos and Google. For the purposes of their poll, the companies defined baby boomers as those ages 45 … Continue reading »

Which Acquisition Channels Deliver The Best Customers?

Custora has released a new study examining e-commerce customer acquisition trends, based on data from 72 million customers of 86 US retailers across 14 industries. The study looks at which channels produce the most customers, but also which offer the greatest customer lifetime value (CLV). Highlights first: organic search has not only accounted for the … Continue reading »