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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Marketing Automation

So, you’ve been sending mass emails to the same email list for months now. This list is beginning to dwindle down because your recipients can’t hit “opt-out” fast enough since they’ve received multiple emails from you with irrelevant content. Now what? The goal is to have those receiving your emails engage with your brand and eventually purchase from you. However, it is difficult to know if the people on the other end of that email actually want to hear from you. Even if they do, how do you track the rest of their engagement? Did they visit your website after they received your email? What pages are they looking at? What content gets prospects engaged? I am sure these are questions many of you face. You want to increase conversions and lead generation, but no one has the time to create email after email for prospects who may not even be interested in what you ...

Posted in: Marketing Automation by Hannah Schatschneider on June 22, 2017

Ransomware Attack – Windows Patch

As you may already be aware, on May 12, 2017 a new strain of the Ransom.CryptXXX (WannaCry) began spreading widely impacting a large number of organizations around the world and particularly in Europe. Rest assured that the Foremost Media team works endlessly to perform regular maintenance and updates- including regular windows updates that help prevent our systems from being infected and this attack has NOT effected the Foremost Media hosting network. Due to the severity of the exploit, an update we highly recommend that you review your systems especially if your running software on your PC's is past it's life-cycle (like Windows XP.) If you are unsure if you are patched we strongly recommend you contact your IT support team. You can also verify that you have received the update here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx. If you have yet to install the Microsoft fix—MS17-010— you should do so immediately. In addition to the patch mentioned above please ...

Posted in: News by Tony Reynolds on May 15, 2017

Foremost Media Online Marketing Specialist Wins First Ever UW-Whitewater Award

Janesville, Wis.  – The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Communication Department held an award ceremony on Sunday, April 23, 2017 to recognize Award of Excellence recipients.  The department awarded its first ever “Excellence Award for Non-Traditional Students” to Rose Stricker, UW-Whitewater senior and online marketing specialist at Foremost Media, Inc. in Janesville. The “Excellence Award for Non-Traditional Students” was created by the UW-W Communication Department to recognize scholastic achievement of students who return to college after an extended absence.  UW-Whitewater faculty nominated students for the award and Dr. Kathy Brady, Communication Department chair, made the final selection along with Jim Disrude, Communication Department Director of Advising. Brady explained to the audience on Sunday that non-traditional students are valuable assets for UW-W teachers.  Stricker attended Brady’s course in Persuasion.  “Rose brought a wealth of knowledge and experience from her employment to the classroom,” Brady said. Jon Ballard, Foremost Media President, values the work ethic of employees like Stricker ...

Posted in: News by on April 24, 2017

7 Step Plan for Switching Marketing Automation Platforms

Change is never easy, and changing marketing automation systems has the perception of being exceptionally difficult. Still, SiriusDecisions reports that every year nearly 10% of B2B organizations that currently have a marketing automation platform plan to switch to a new vendor. There can be a lot of reasons to switch. Whether it is to save money or because of an integration issue, sometimes the best answer is to cut your losses and change platforms. It is easy to find yourself caught up in the hype of marketing automation to a point where you are lured in to paying over $1,000 a month or more on a platform that doesn’t even fulfill your needs. But, that doesn’t mean you have to continue with that system. Marketing automation has the power to provide a substantial ROI, which is why 79% of the best marketers have already been using marketing automaton for years. However, with hundreds of ...

Posted in: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Automation by Evan Facinger on February 20, 2017

Five Things You Must Include In Your 2017 Digital Marketing Mix

As 2016 comes to a close, many companies are already planning their digital marketing strategy for 2017. Here are five essential elements to include in your digital marketing mix for the coming year. Website Security Earlier this month, Yahoo suffered a security breach that affected more than one billion of its user accounts. A security breach of this size should serve as a reminder of just how critical it is to ensure that your website is secure in 2017. We provide our clients with server-level monitoring for maximum security. As scammers become more adept at stealing sensitive information, phishing scams are also on the rise  The Anthem medical data breach of 2015 was one of the largest data breaches in American history, and it caused by a phishing scam that targeted Anthem employees. Today’s scammers will go to great lengths to separate you from your money or access your customer data. In our blog post, Lessons Learned ...

Posted in: General, Inbound Marketing, Local SEO, Marketing Automation, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization by Jon Ballard on December 30, 2016

Drive The Right Traffic To Your Website: Poor Marketing Could Be Costing You

It’s pretty exciting once you’ve made the decision to invest in a new website or redesign your current one. But simply having a shiny new website isn’t enough to guarantee success. You still need to figure out how to get your existing customers and prospects to visit your new website. So how do you make sure you’re getting the right traffic to your website? Social Media Marketing Social media marketing is more than simply creating a company Facebook page or Twitter account. It’s about communicating directly with your target demographic on their preferred social media platform in a way they are receptive to. Effective social media marketing helps you create better brand awareness and customer loyalty by providing clients and prospects with content that is relevant to them, establishing your company as an authority in your industry and an indispensable resource for your customers. Email Marketing Email marketing is a great way to re-engage with your existing customers. Today’s ...

Posted in: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media by Nick Fitzgerald on November 28, 2016

Common Mistakes Do-It-Yourself PPC Marketers Frequently Make

If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself. Not necessarily. French military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with that saying and, as history will attest, he probably should’ve left the Battle of Waterloo to someone other than himself. Most do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) set out to learn a new skill or save themselves some money by doing it on their own instead of hiring a professional. It can seem like a good idea to set up and manage your own pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns to save time and money, but doing so is akin to someone with no chemistry background walking into a lab and combining chemicals they think might mix well. As professional PPC marketers, here are some of the most common mistakes we see do-it-yourself PPC marketers make: Setting Budgets or Bids Too High or Too Low When determining which bids and budgets to set for their ad campaigns, many do-it-yourself PPC marketers feel like Chotchkie’s waitress ...

Posted in: Online Advertising by on October 28, 2016

10 Marketing Automation Workflows You Can Actually Use

Marketing automation platforms are powerful tools that create sophisticated automated workflows based on highly targeted list segmentation and behavior. As result, marketing automation has become an essential part of many successful marketing strategies. Whether you are a seasoned marketing automation veteran looking for fresh ideas, or a beginner wondering where to start, the following workflow examples are designed to help you get the most out of your marketing automation platform. 1. New Lead Drip Campaigns New Lead Drip campaigns typically start with gated content, such as a white paper, eBook or webinar, that visitors find valuable enough to provide their contact information in order to obtain. At this time, the lead is not quite ready to buy, but is interested enough to read the information. At this stage, the visitor is referred to as a Marketing Qualified Lead (MQL). New Lead Drip campaigns send MQLs a series of timed emails that are designed to ...

Posted in: Inbound Marketing, Marketing Automation by Evan Facinger on October 12, 2016

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