SMBs Spend $6,800 a Year on Online Ads – But Where?

Only a third of small to mid-sized businesses buy online ads, spending an average of $6,800 of their annual marketing budget on banner ads, PPC (paid search) and paid social advertising. Which platforms and ad types are they choosing to invest in?

SCORE, a nonprofit organization that helps small businesses launch and grow, has released an infographic illustrating findings from their recent study into SMB online advertising spend, performance and audience insights.

Among them: [Read more...]

Most Time on Mobile Spent in Apps – Does Your Business Need One?

Is a mobile app for your small business a worthy investment? There are a lot of factors to consider, so let’s start with the findings of a new mobile report, which shows that people prefer to spend their time in apps, not cruising the mobile web.

Apps dominate time spent on mobile devices, from Flurry

The average amount of time spent using a mobile device has risen to 2 hours and 42 minutes among US consumers, with 86% of their time spent in mobile apps. Consumers use the mobile web just 22 minutes per day, or 14% of their time spent on mobile. These latest insights from mobile measurement and ad platform Flurry show a continued decline in consumer interest in the mobile web. [Read more...]

54% of Consumers Will Leave You Over Lack of Relevant Content

State_of_Content_retail_reportFifty-four percent of consumers say they will consider leaving a relationship with a retailer if they don’t have tailor-made, relevant content delivered directly to them, according to the new State of Content Marketing: Retail report from Contently.

Aspirational brand stories drive long-term success more in retail than in any other industry, they say, making creative and original brand storytelling mission critical for retailers. Smart retailers have to look past pushing conversions; mobile apps packed with sales copy simply drive higher abandonment rates.

What’s a retailer to do in the age of spoon-feeding consumers information and potentially blowing the budget on relevant content? Try these quick tips from Contently: [Read more...]

Marketing to Millennials: What 18-33 Yr Old Consumers Want From Your Company

Millennials are on the road to affluence and will begin to hit their peak earning years in 2020. Even today, the roughly 80 million millennials in the US alone spend approximately $600 billion a year.

If your small business is trying to get in front of this potentially lucrative audience, take note of these findings from Adroit Digital’s Millennials: The New Age of Brand Loyalty report.

Adroit Digital Millennials

Looking forward, marketers should expect increased loyalty from millennial consumers, 64% of whom consider themselves just as brand loyal as their parents, or more so. [Read more...]