Racing Towards Marketing Engagement

R.A.C.E. - the smart marketing model

[Editor’s Note:  This is the second in a series on the primary focus areas of R.A.C.E. Digital Marketing:  Reach; Act; Convert; Engage.  We will expand on these articles to create longer guides for Digital Marketers and make them available at our training division site: CollegeofMarketingPros.org]

How to use the R.A.C.E strategy to connect and create loyal, engaged customers for the long-haul

Webdirexion, RACE for Marketing Engagement

Webdirexion uses the R.A.C.E. marketing strategy where one specific focus is on Engagement.

As part of Webdirexion’s continuing series on R.A.C.E strategy, today we’ll be talking about Engagement, which is all about keeping your customers happy, loyal, and interested—for good.

The “E” in Race is all about engaging your customers, particularly first-timers, for the long term in order to build loyalty. You want to keep your customers for life, get them repeating purchases by engaging them through social media, email, and even direct interactions.

A good way to gauge loyalty is by looking not only at repeat purchases, but also at how your customers interact with you through social media. Do they share your content? Have they referred others either through social media or more traditional word-of-mouth forms? (more…)

How We Increased Leads by 493% for a B2B

Webdirexion A/B Test Yields 493% Gain

This Webdirexion A/B Test resulted in a 493% gain in qualified leads — click to enlarge.

493%?  That’s right — we achieved this gain for leads with an A/B landing page test for Total Testing, a Georgia based online human resource testing firm.  And because many tests result in lower gains, when you hit one out of the park it’s always good to look at tactics used.

How did we do it?  Well, just like I explained in a recent “ConversionCast Podcast” interview, it was all bout a focus on fundamental marketing principles of persuasion that carried this test to a great result.

Listen to Podcast

Listen to the ConversionCast Podcast with Webdirexion Founder and CRO Guide author, Scott Frangos

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Why does Webdirexion do Digital Marketing?

Why do we do what we do?  It’s a great question, posed by Joe Pulizzi, friend and colleague, and founder and CEO at the Content Marketing Institute in a post that lays it straight out —  “Your WHAT Doesn’t Matter if Your WHY Is Lacking“.  Let’s find out how knowing the answer is key to business success and in so doing learn why one paddles a canoe.

Why do we do what we do in business?

Why do we do what we do in business?

Joe wrote the foreward for our new book on CRO — Conversion Rate Optimization. Optimization for conversions (when a visitor comes to your site and takes a step closer to doing business with you) is part of what we do because it helps marketers win more qualified leads.  And conversions are one of the focus areas in our marketing strategy model we follow which we call R.A.C.E. — Reach, Act, Convert, Engage.  Again, that’s what we do, but why do we do this?  You might as well ask why do canoe enthusiasts paddle canoes (I will give you my answer below)?

I know what Joe does — he provides resources to help Content Marketers including content marketing conferences which I have attended a couple of times (highly recommended).

I know what each of our healthcare clients do.  For example, one provides software for hospitals so they can manage revenues better.  I know what our hotel clients do — they provide a resting place at a vacation destination. But why… why are we all in business?

Why ask why?  The answer is that your marketing success depends more on the why and less on the what.  Or, as Pulizzi puts it, “Your why is the problem your product solves.”  Ok, let’s see then: (more…)

Racing Toward Strategic Conversions

R.A.C.E. - the smart marketing model

[Editor’s Note:  This is the first in a series on the primary focus areas of R.A.C.E. Digital Marketing:  Reach; Act; Convert; Engage.  We will expand on these articles to create longer guides for Digital Marketers and make them available at our training division site: CollegeofMarketingPros.org]

Strategic Conversions

Leads are the gold for B2B marketers looking for strategic conversions.

Every business needs qualified leads. That’s why we wrote a guide to CRO — Conversion Rate Optimization. CRO is arguably one of the best tactics you can use for ROI with a quick payback. It also sits prominently within our RACE marketing cycle diagram (below) at position #4. If your site is not converting, and you are not working on ways to improve conversion rates, then you may be losing money.

In B2C and e-commerce, marketers are often concerned about moving directly to a sale. Conversely, B2B sales cycles are longer so it’s very important to capture leads. We at Webdirexion contend that leads are very important in B2C work too, particularly for potential customers who aren’t ready to buy yet. One of our focus industries is in hotel marketing and we see a majority of hotels just focusing on reservations alone.

“Your site “design” is just a best guess at what will be persuasive and compelling.”

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Digital Marketing Strategy & Conversions

At Webdirexion LLC, our team uses a marketing model known as “R.A.C.E.” (Reach, Act, Convert, Engage) to organize strategic thinking, the tactics that flow from it, and measurements to meet and exceed goals.  And, we’ve just published a book on one important focus area in the R.A.C.E. marketing cycle — Conversions (you can get “The Marketer’s Concise Guide to C.R.O.” on Amazon, paperback or kindle).   This is a key digital marketing strategy.  C.R.O (Conversion Rate Optimization) revolves in large part around testing, so we wanted to present you with some thoughts and research on same (click to enlarge):

Webdirexion-RACE-CRO-Testing infographic for Digital Marketing Strategy

Hotel Marketing — Questions & Answers

We reviewed this A/B concept for an Inn during the webinar.

We reviewed this A/B concept for an Inn during the webinar. This is rough, but the B version shows elements used to persuade visitors to fill out the form.

[Editor’s Note:  You may also wish to watch our recent webinar on Smart Ways to Book More Rooms]

I always enjoy the webinars and online trainings we do because it pushes me, as an instructor, to come up on answers and solutions for questions students ask.  Keep those questions coming!

We had some good questions at the end of the webinar on Smart Ways To Book More Rooms” we did for PAII (we’re proud to be a member) — Professional Association of Innkeepers International — last week that I’m going to follow up on here: (more…)

Need More Leads? Marketer’s CRO Guide is out!

They’re here — our new book, The Marketer’s Concise Guide to CRO, is out and available on Amazon, and also direct from our publishing division — have a look at ordering options for corporate trainers and instructors here (plus… a publisher’s special discount!).

The Marketer’s Concise Guide to CRO offers a comprehensive review of CRO tools, tactics, and techniques to help marketers grow their businesses in a targeted and meaningful way. With an overview of different site tests and a comparison of online analytical tools, anyone from marketing students to career marketers will find something useful in this comprehensive guide.
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Hotel Marketing Tip: Don’t Sell the Steak—Sell the Sizzle!

Sell the sizzle of your hotel's story

You have an opportunity to tell your story… and make it sizzle!

Born at the turn of the 20th century, Elmer Wheeler has long been lauded as the father of persuasion marketing. Known for coming up with ingenious ways to upsell everything from shaving cream to crude oil, Wheeler has also been credited with coming up with some of marketing’s most important adages, from “don’t ask if but which” to the concept we will be discussing today “don’t sell the steak—sell the sizzle!”

If Mr. Wheeler were alive today, he could surely give us countless examples of sizzle. A New Yorker profile on the marketing maven tells of how he would carry a square clothespin with him to illustrate the “sizzle” behind these everyday household objects. You see, back in the days of yore, way before clothes driers, clothespins were round and–consequently–more likely to roll under furniture and far out of reach. Then, in the 1920s, square clothespins entered the scene, and their “sizzle” (the fact that they don’t roll if you drop them) helped them take over their round counterparts within a matter of years. (more…)

Smart Ways To Book More Rooms

Online Education Webinar from Webdirexion

Below is a recent webinar we did for Hoteliers and Innkeepers on “Smart Ways To Book More Rooms” in conjunction with Checkfront* — an innovative cloud booking service with some
unique marketing features
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(see also our post on Hotel Marketing Q & A)


*Webdirexion has a marketing agreement with Checkfront because they offered the best solution for our clients in our opinion. Do contact us for a comparison table of three popular booking companies.

Are Facebook Ads Even Worth My Time?

Facebook ads can take on many appearances depending on the ad type and the device used to view the ad.

Facebook ads can take on many appearances depending on the ad type and the device used to view the ad.

Are Facebook ads dead?

Short answer: no, they’re not. Not even close.

Long answer: Facebook ads are still very much alive and thriving. How alive you might ask? Looking ahead, KISSmetrics statistics indicate that Facebook is expected to generate at least $4 billion in revenue this year of 2015 from ads alone.

For that kind of money to be spent on ads alone, it’s apparent that this method of marketing is worthwhile and working for many businesses.

So why do certain ad managers swear that Facebook ads are a lost cause? This could depend on a number of factors, but most likely businesses that didn’t see any immediate results so they became discouraged and turned off their ad campaign prematurely. (more…)