Ducking In

“Ducking In” is a collection of posts from guest bloggers who “Duck In” to share their wisdom, perspective, and ideas. Topics include marketing, advertising, branding, social media, web design, or SEO.

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Small Budget, No Problem: Creative Marketing Ideas for Small Business

Unlike large corporations, small businesses simply don’t have the budget to drop a few million dollars into advertising and promoting their brand. This doesn’t mean, however, that they can’t engage in marketing. Small businesses can make up for their smaller budget with creativity and efficiently grow and maintain their consumer bases. Let’s look at 12… Read More

How to Write Emails That Will be Read

How to Write Emails That Will be Read

One of the most common forms of communication we use today is email. In fact, it’s not unusual for people to have more than a hundred emails land in their inbox in a single day. It’s overwhelming. It’s also easy to get ignored. If you’re finding that people aren’t opening or reading your emails, there… Read More

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3 Pieces of Branding Audio Every Business Should be Using in Their Marketing

With the popularity of video marketing on the constant rise, one category of effective, engaging content often gets overlooked: audio. For both online and traditional marketing channels, if you’re ignoring audio’s potential to build your brand, you’re missing out on an important way to speak directly to your customers, clients and prospects. But just as… Read More

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How to Get Your Finance and Marketing Executives on the Same Page

Being on the same page is still a popular idiom used today, even though we’re turning less actual paper pages in our digital age. With all of today’s modern technology available at our fingertips, it is important that we are all still communicating effectively and performing collaboratively as a team. Finance and marketing seldom see… Read More

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How to Master Brand Choreography in Today’s Rapidly Evolving Market Landscape

Every business today should have some kind of integrated marketing communications system, but planning and executing an effective strategy can be difficult — though it’s necessary in order to gain a competitive advantage. However, with today’s multitude of media choices, marketing channels and formats, inbound marketing and shifts in buyer behavior, it’s hard to keep… Read More

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How Content Marketing has Impacted Digital Marketing (And What It Means for Your Business)

By now, we’re all pretty tired of the phrase “content is king,” no matter how true it may be. With content’s continued domination in digital marketing strategy (a Content Marketing Institute study found that 58% of businesses plan to increase their content marketing budget in 2014), businesses have realized that broad tactics such as press… Read More

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The Steps to Success: Using Customer Profiling as Your Brand’s Secret Weapon

The purpose of all marketing is to reach out and generate interest in what you have to offer, thus bringing more business in. But who should you reach out to? A scattershot approach will ensure that somebody who sees your materials will take steps to learn more, but for every lead, money is being wasted… Read More

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How Lawyers Can Use Social Media

Most people are under the impression that lawyers will not do well with creating profiles for their firms on social media. However, this idea is very, very wrong. Law firms can actually benefit from creating social media profiles and could possibly use them to get more clients. There are a few things that law firms… Read More

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Why More Pages Doesn’t Always Equal Improved Rankings

Since Google’s search engine algorithm places a lot of value on content, many websites have started adding more and more pages to their websites. This is not always the best strategy though, because creating page after page can actually result in having a lot of lower quality content on your website if you are not… Read More

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How To Create A Social Media Strategy For Your Law Firm

Many law firms have been pretty weary about social media in the past and a lot still are. Big law firms often instill policies that strictly say what their associates may and may not post on social media channels. Obviously there’s some sense in this since you don’t want your employees to negatively impact your… Read More

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6 Overnight Successes That Took Years

By all accounts Jason Sadler could be called an overnight success. The guy came out of NOWHERE and turned an everyday guy dilemma into a social media money-making empire. Jason took the agonizing pain of choosing a shirt to wear each day and turned it into iwearshirt.com, a social media marketing company that markets companies’… Read More

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Questions To Ask When Considering Public Relations

The decision to work with a PR firm, or start managing public relations in-house is always going to be a step forward for any business, as it means an expansion in visibility and improvement in company reputation. Having decided that public relations is a route that your business wishes to go down in regards to… Read More

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What To Expect From Google Hummingbird In 2014

Hummingbird seems to be increasingly drilling upwards to the fore of the SEO community and is becoming even more and more of a talking point than it was when it arrived as we see the full fallout of the update. Semantic search is changing the game and the Hummingbird algorithm is capable of using semantic… Read More

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A Marketing Professional’s Guide to Kickstarter

Marketers looking to jump start their businesses have a fiscally sound new tactic. Kickstarter.com is leading the surge in crowdfunding, which enables everyday people to support projects big and small in exchange for a predetermined incentive. If you have a great idea, Kickstarter and platforms like it offer the easiest way to raise capital without… Read More

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What Is Inbound Marketing and Why Should You Care?

What is Inbound Marketing? Inbound Marketing is a phrase that has been on the periphery of every business since the boom of the online marketplace. With 80% of Australians now with internet access, by implementing cost effective online marketing strategies, you can bring people to you in their droves. This chart shows the Breakdown of… Read More

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How To Harness The Power Of CRM Segmentation

In every small business, there’s a requirement to market the company without breaking the bank. Effective marketing means balancing the needs of your customers with the resources the business has, and leveraging all of the available data is a big part of that. From small companies to massive multinations, segmentation is a common concept in… Read More

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The Importance Of Social Media At Tradeshows

Industry specific tradeshows have always provided businesses, both large and small, with the opportunity to meet with clients face to face and establish new sales leads. However, they have been irrevocably changed following the proliferation of social media, taking them into the virtual domain as well as the physical. With companies tweeting images and posting… Read More

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The 5 Most Shared Adverts Of 2013

The viral video is one of the most powerful tools in marketing today. But getting a marketing video to go viral is exceptionally difficult. The video has to have quirky content, mass appeal and must strike a chord with millions of people. If you can come up with a clever ad that ticks all the… Read More

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Tips for Creating a Relaxing Workspace

Personalizing your workspace can positively affect creativity, workflow, quality and production. Turn your office or work station into an adaptable and quiet space by focusing on controlled lighting, personal comfort and a visually appealing design. Color Palette Choices Incorporating inspiring and soothing colors into a workspace has a positive effect on productivity and stress relief…. Read More

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Creating A Vibrant Social Media Buzz To Promote Your Dental Practice

Nowadays, it’s relatively easy to create a buzz about your business, whatever it is, with the help of the internet. If you are a dentist and you want to promote your dental practice in the most practical and effective way, you should try to use the social media buzz to attract new patients to your… Read More