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Susan Gunelius | October 16th, 2014 | Entrepreneur


Leveraging the power of content and social media marketing can help elevate your audience and customer base in a dramatic way. But getting started without any previous experience or insight could be challenging.

It’s vital that you understand social media marketing fundamentals. From maximizing quality to increasing your online entry points, abiding by these 10 laws will help build a foundation that will serve your customers, your brand and — perhaps most importantly — your bottom line.

1. The Law of Listening
Success with social media and content marketing requires more listening and less talking. Read your target audience’s online content and join discussions to learn what’s important to them. Only then can you create content and spark conversations that add value rather than clutter to their lives.

2. The Law of Focus
It’s better to specialize than to be a jack-of-all-trades. A highly-focused social media and content marketing strategy intended to build a strong brand has a better chance for success than a broad strategy that attempts to be all things to all people.

3. The Law of Quality
Quality trumps quantity. It’s better to have 1,000 online connections who read, share and talk about your content with their own audiences than 10,000 connections who disappear after connecting with you the first time.

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Kevin Bobowski | October 9th, 2014 | Entrepreneur


Social-media marketing used to be a two-step process: write and post. But today it has evolved into something that sometimes looks more like a NASA mission-control center operation. Dozens of software systems and screens monitoring, measuring and optimizing each campaign.

But beneath all the complexities, the fundamentals of social-media marketing ultimately determine the outcome of campaigns. When marketers master the four Ms of social marketing, all the complexity amid a sea of tools and tactics can be distilled into a simple, successful game plan.

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Encompass realtors in encompass mi. copyOn Wednesday, October 1st, Nicole Wagner, Internet Marketing Director at Stevens & Tate, led an educational breakout session for the first-day attendees of the convention. The annual convention and expo, held this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan from October 1st-3rd, drew over a thousand professionals from the real estate marketing industry.

In her presentation, “Proven Marketing Strategies to Be Successful in Real Estate Today,” she shared her insights into the industry learned through years of experience. The National Association of Realtors chose Nicole as a featured speaker, in part, for her ability to relate real-world examples and provide actionable lessons for the attendees.

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Juliana Casale | September 30th, 2014 | iMediaConnection

Social Media Search Advertising Comparison Graph

Media spend on marketing, particularly online, continues to rise in 2014. As CMOs gain confidence in their ability to generate revenue through digital channels — especially mobile — they will continue to invest time and resources into online methods of driving user acquisition and retention. According to the chief marketing officer council’s eighth annual “State of Marketing” report, 54 percent of marketers plan to boost their budgets in 2014, focusing on the following approaches:

That last percentage may be surprising to most digital advertisers, since Google (71 percent global search engine market share) has been the online marketing industry standard for the past decade. According to a recent reader survey run by Ad Age, “Respondents ranked the search giant as the best ad platform for ROI, and its video channel, YouTube, fell fourth behind Facebook and Twitter.” So, why wouldn’t a brand invest solely in the digital channel that provided the highest return on investment? Here are a few reasons.

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September 18th, 2014 | Russell’s Group

2015 Marketing Trends Business

The Internet has drastically altered the way in which information is shared, and has had a profound impact on marketing. Over the past few years, there has been more of a shift toward inbound techniques, while many outbound tactics have become antiquated. More businesses are finding success publishing original content rather than embedding advertisements within external content, because of the additional benefits these tactics offer, such as branding and audience growth.

1. Content Marketing Will be Bigger Than Ever

One of the main ways that companies are establishing authority and gaining trust with consumers is by consistently creating valuable content through a variety of channels. This typically involves relevant industry information that provides insight or entertainment to an audience. Doing so allows a company to steadily build rapport with its demographic and develop a loyal following. According to the Content Marketing Institute, the top B2B content marketing strategies are social media, articles on a business’s website, eNewsletters, case studies, videos and articles on other websites.

By using one or more of these channels, businesses are able to build a positive reputation within their industry. This trend suggests that marketing to the masses through techniques like television ads and radio ads are becoming less effective. Instead, it’s better to concentrate on inbound marketing, by producing valuable, engaging content designed for a specific audience.

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Update: Dan&Nicole

Hundreds of professionals in the senior care industry attended the 45th Annual LeadingAge Missouri Conference and Expo held in St. Louis from the 10th to the 12th to see speakers including Stevens & Tate Marketing’s own Dan Gartlan and Nicole Wagner. The Conference featured speakers on a variety of topics within the senior living and aging care industry, with informational and educational sessions for attendees.

Dan Gartlan, President of Stevens & Tate Marketing, presented his “Attraction Marketing Gets Results: Proven Marketing Strategies to Draw in Prospects and Help Drive Occupancy”, which contained his insights into senior living/aging care, with specific examples pertaining to tactics and strategies to maximize marketing efforts.

Immediately following Dan was Nicole Wagner, the Internet Marketing Director at Stevens & Tate. Entitled “Embrace the Conversation: Strategies & Tactics for Using Search and Social To Engage and Attract Prospects/Residents”, her presentation detailed how the senior care market can utilize modern marketing tools, such as web design and social media in order to strengthen their online presence. Read the rest of this entry »

Mark Beebe

Mark Beebe | September 11th, 2014 | Stevens & Tate
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So… you are one of those people that don’t believe that marketing works…


Why do so many companies spend millions of dollars for just a few seconds of air-time on the Superbowl each year?

Why do millions of people flock to Starbucks every morning?

Why has Apple taken over the phone industry?

Why has Nike signed more athletes than any other brand?

These answers are way too obvious.  Read the rest of this entry »


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