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11 Ways to Measure SEO Success

What exactly is going on in your SEO department? That question is one of the most common—and most challenging—questions to answer. A variety of factors impact rankings. For a single webpage, you may use several tools with dozens of metrics each, depending on the area of search engine optimization you would like to improve. That…

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The Pros of Advertising on Pinterest

Pinterest differs from other social media platforms in that its users aren’t updating their peers about changes in their lives. Instead, they’re sharing new ideas and interests through ‘pinning’ videos, photos, and lifestyle inspiration visuals to their pages. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media platforms, allowing marketers to leverage a large market…

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9 Tips for Creating Responsive Search Ads

The era of Expanded Text Ads ends June 30th, 2022. Advertisers will no longer be able to create or edit this existing ad type, and instead must utilize Responsive Search Ads (RSAs). RSAs have been available for some time now, and most advertisers have probably already begun testing and adopting them. That said, a refresher…

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Are QR Codes Making a Comeback?

In 2010, QR codes were popular among consumers, but since mobile technology wasn’t as advanced then, they fell out of use. Since the beginning of the pandemic, however, the popularity of QR codes has surged, in large part because businesses have been relying on them to streamline processes and maintain contactless interaction with customers. In…

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Instagram Hashtag Best Practices

The concept of hashtags was first introduced to Twitter back in 2007. Their purpose was to index keywords or topics, which still holds true to this day. This strategy was so well received that other social networks have adopted it, and it plays a key role in any social media marketing strategy. Although the use…

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A Guide to Advertising on Reddit

Reddit is a discussion-focused forum where users can talk about almost anything. Users on Reddit – unlike on other social media platforms – are anonymous by default and have the choice of sharing their identifying information. The platform gives its users the opportunity to browse millions of “subreddits”, which are topics of interest that range…

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Stop Buying Instagram Followers. Use This Plan Instead.

Stop Buying Instagram Followers. Use This Plan Instead.  Some say it’s part of human nature to be impatient. We see it often in diets — people want quick and easy ways to get the results they want. They’re not willing to put in the work. Unfortunately, the truth is you have to make small consistent…

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Navigating the Metaverse

Not sure what the Metaverse even is? Don’t worry, we weren’t totally sure either once Mark Zuckerberg released Meta (formerly known as Facebook) and created an entire universe online. With an emphasis on social connection, this could be the newest way our real world and digital spaces intertwine.  Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, launched Meta…

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Mindgruve Lands in the Top 3% of Agencies on Google

Mindgruve has some exciting news to share! We are now in the top 3% of agencies to receive the Google Premier Partner status. Becoming a Google Partner means that we’re now recognized for maximizing campaign success for clients, driving client growth by maintaining client campaigns, and demonstrating Google Ads skills and expertise with certifications. As…

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How to Handle Negative Comments on Social Media

Social media plays an integral part in your company’s overall marketing and communication strategy. Having a social media presence helps you build brand awareness and acts as a gateway of communication that portrays your organization’s message. As your company grows its online presence, social engagement increases, and criticism and negative comments tend to be inevitable….

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2022 SEO Trends: All About the Content

2022 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for SEO and passage indexing, as Google is putting more emphasis on user intent and the changes in mobile scrolling. In order to rank ahead of the competition with these new changes, it’s crucial to focus on your website content.  If you want to outrank competitors,…

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The Rise of Retail Media Networks

For years, retailers have advertised by buying ad placements across the web to promote their overall brand, products, and deals. However, in the past few years, retailers like Lowe’s and Best Buy are jumping on to a trend that we only expect to see increase throughout 2022: the rise of retailer media networks. Now, instead…

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2022 Marketing Trends: What to Expect in Digital Marketing

What can marketers expect in 2022? We expect to get more comfortable with our new normal in 2022, with many returning to pre-pandemic activities, despite Omicron’s spread. It’s to be determined what this will mean in future months, but marketing trends, at least, are optimistic.  eMarketer projects total media ad spend in the US will…

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The Future of Youtube Advertising

As Youtube continues to grow in size and value, the Google-owned company is consistently testing new ways to help brands reach their target audience through advertising. Youtube advertising has become one of the largest centers for digital ads right after Facebook and Amazon, with reported ad revenue of $20 billion last year alone. In order…

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Boost Holiday Sales with Stronger Emails

We’re almost to December, and all across the country people are breaking out their holiday decor. Preparing for the holiday season can spark a wealth of different emotions, ranging from bliss to dread — and that’s not even factoring in the pandemic burnout many may still be dealing with. So how can you market to…

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Is Nextdoor The Next Big Ad Platform?

What is Nextdoor? Nextdoor is a social media platform that offers exclusive, local neighborhood updates where users exchange helpful information, goods and services. Nextdoor is unique from other social media platforms through its verification process; all Nextdoor users have to verify their address before joining to ensure that they receive content related to their specific…

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Using Youtube to Grow Your Brand

Although we may think of Youtube as the prime destination for funny cat videos, in recent years it has grown to be an effective way to advertise and reach your target audience. Youtube is the second largest search engine in the world, with over 1 billion registered subscribers. The odds are, your audience is on…

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eCommerce Holiday Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2021 Ecomm Tips   Encourage and collect as many customer reviews as possible. Shoppers that thoroughly research products before making a purchase will be less likely to buy your products if you lack truthful customer reviews. BF and CM (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) sales have increased consecutively over the…

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Tips for Building a Community Around Your Brand on Social Media

How to Improve Social Media Presence From a brand’s perspective, utilizing social media can be a very powerful tool. It’s a great way to connect with current customers as well as reach potential new ones. But the world of social media is much more complex than simply having a social presence across networks and publishing…

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Project Management Best Practices

Communication at the Core of Project Management Project Management is a bit like a dance – knowing when to lead, when to follow, when to focus on budgets, timelines and details, and when to connect with others on a personal level. It’s an artform that a few will come by naturally, others will develop and…

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The Benefits to Advertising on Snapchat

We may know Snapchat as a messaging platform between friends, but it also offers an array of advertising opportunities that are perfect to hit your target audience. You can approach the platform for high-level awareness tactics, build up trust within the community and establish your brand as #1, and track purchases if you are an…

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Boosting 101 – Everything You Need to Know About Boosting Facebook Posts

Facebook Boosted Posts and How They Differ From Paid Ads Facebook boosted posts offer businesses a way to ensure that their organic social media content is seen by more users. Boosting posts differs from paid ads in that all of the engagement metrics happen on a post on the brand’s profile. Additionally, paid ad campaigns…

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SEO – A Game of Patience

When working with companies, the same question comes up time and time again: “How long does SEO take?” To see noticeable results, it usually takes about three months, but it can take even longer. For a lot of people, SEO can seem like a bit of a mystery. This past June, Google’s John Mueller tried…

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How to Optimize a Press Release – 12 Steps to Get Coverage

According to PR Newswire, 800 press releases are sent out via their service every day in the United States. WIth all of the noise, it’s hard to make your press release stand out. Here are 12 press release tips that will ensure your press release gets the most coverage. Press Release Dos Create a click-worthy…

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[First Look] Google’s Core Web Vitals

In May 2020 Google introduced a new ranking factor for search engines: Page Experience. While “mobile first” indexing (beginning in 2017 and finally completing in May 2021) was the first move toward using page experience as a factor in search engine ranking, the Page Experience rollout seeks to improve search results for users by providing…

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The Future of Ecommerce: How COVID-19 is Impacting Ecommerce in 2021

The pandemic – and its associated lockdowns and stay-at-home orders – have caused ecommerce to rise to an all time high. And with the increase in direct-to-consumer sales comes a strain on shippers and retailers to meet the growing expectations of consumers who want their orders fast, cheap, and environmentally friendly.  Yet, even as communities…

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Marketing on Clubhouse – is it worth it?

What is Clubhouse? Clubhouse is an invite-only, audio-only social media application that allows users to create, host and join chat rooms. The application has been compared to a virtual conference, with thousands of rooms and presentations that listeners can duck their head into to listen or raise their hand to participate in the discussion. At…

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Responsive Search Ads Are Now the Default

Google recently announced that its responsive search ads (RSA), which debuted just a few years ago, will now serve as the default format in Google Ads. Moving forward, advertisers can expect prompts to create them first instead of the longstanding expanded text ads (ETA). On the surface this seems to be an innocuous Google Ads…

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SEO is Going Mobile

The rapid increase of mobile device usage in recent years has dramatically shifted search engine optimization (SEO) best practices. According to Google, more than half of all website traffic occurs via smartphones and tablets. eCommerce businesses, in other words, must now account for the fact that half of all online visitors are on their mobile…

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TikTok Transitions Into eCommerce

To better compete in the social atmosphere, the fast-growing app TikTok has been making strides towards increasing their eCommerce options. As users have increased their daily TikTok usage since the app launched in 2016, brands and small businesses have profited largely from viral trends. According to an annual report of 2020 taken by App Annie,…

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Improve Mobile Marketing Lead Generation

Balancing the quality of leads versus quantity. Preventing abandonment. Keeping up with optimizations. When it comes to lead generation, the list of challenges goes on and on. Especially in the mobile marketing space, which has lagged behind desktop for years. Google, Facebook and LinkedIn are attempting to change course by creating a new type of…

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Navigating a Cookieless World Part II: The Latest from Google

Recently, we took a look into the near future at a Cookieless world and explored what cookieless tracking could mean for brands and their customers. In part two of this blog series, we break down Google’s recent announcement that solidified its approach.  What did we already know?  Google will be phasing out third-party Cookies on…

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Why Endemic Advertising Should Be Part of Your Media Mix

Also known as vertical advertising, endemic advertising refers to ad placements that are contextually relevant to the markets and websites they’re running on. While this might seem like a no-brainer, in the world of modern media endemic partners rarely come up when fleshing out a strategic media plan. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is…

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Looking Into the Future of Television

2020 drastically shifted the baselines of TV viewership. What did we learn and what’s to come with next-generation TV experiences? The adoption of in-home lifestyle across work, fitness and entertainment is here to stay. In 2020, the TV industry saw several years of disruption and innovation compressed into just a few short months. “COVID has…

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Facebook & the Apple iOS 14 Update

Apple’s iOS 14 policy update started rolling out globally in January 2021. It’s meant to protect customer data from being used without permission.  While this is a step in the right direction for consumer privacy, citing its disagreement, Facebook announced its intention to move forward with the Apple Limit Ad Tracking (LAT) prompt associated with…

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Digiday Brand Summit Recap: A Consumer First Evolution

Mindgruve joined Digiday’s 2021 Brand Summit in January, which focused on marketing industry evolutions. The biggest marketing themes, more specifically, were bracing for change and putting the consumer first. After 2020, the industry won’t return to a pre-Covid normalcy. Brands will need to adapt, while staying true to who they are.  Theme 1: Listen to…

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The (Near) Future of Paid Social

2021, much like last year, will be filled with uncertainty for marketers. As much as we all would like to believe 2020 is far behind us, it has had a major and lasting impact on nearly every industry. Businesses of all types have pivoted their paid social strategies, which will influence consumer behavior. There are…

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What Can Search Marketers Expect This Year?

2020 was a wild year for search marketers.  Some had to adapt to never-before-seen scenarios and realign their search campaigns accordingly. Others paused efforts altogether as industries collapsed under the weight of the pandemic. And still others doubled and tripled down on spend to capitalize on new search marketing opportunities. Needless to say, the search…

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How SEO & Email Will Evolve in 2021

Earned media is showing no signs of slowing down. Below are some of the most prominent trends in SEO and email we’ll likely see over the course of the year.  SEO Trends Core Web Vitals – Google rolled out core web vitals in 2020, which will begin to factor into its ranking algorithm in the…

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2021 Marketing Trends

What can marketers expect in 2021? We won’t ring in the New Year and step into a new world of marketing, although there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Especially when the bar has been set so low the past 12 months. eMarketer projects total media ad spend in the US will be down…

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How to Rank on Google & Increase Market Share

“Do we outrank our competitors on Google?” It’s a question that’s often asked internally by brands, but not so easily answered for both SEM novices and veterans alike. Certainly, it’s more complicated than “Yes” or “No.” This blog post attempts to shed some light on the subject with crucial resources, strategy and tips. When implemented…

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Podcast Advertising: Basics You Need to Know

2020 could be considered the Year of the Podcast. With lockdowns affecting millions across the US, people have been turning to alternative forms of entertainment. This is especially true of podcasts, both listening and launching their own. According to eMarketer, listenership is estimated to double by the end of 2020 to 105.6 million and grow…

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The Impact of the Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) – Proposition 24

Californians recently had the chance to vote on Proposition 24, also known as the Consumer Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). Broadly speaking, it’s meant to expand the preexisting California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and give consumers more control over how companies use their data. It also eliminates the ability of those companies to fix violations before…

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5 Paid Social Tips for the Holiday Season

Historically, the cost of digital advertising increases at the end of each year due to retailers capitalizing on gift-giving holidays and major retail sales events such as Black Friday. Adding the effects of the pandemic to the mix in 2020, the cost may be higher than anything the industry has experienced.  In the past six…

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Data, Privacy & The Marketer’s Dilemma

Data, Privacy & The Marketer’s Dilemma Privacy concerns are growing due to continuous hacks and misuse of personal data. The Great Hack on Netflix is an eye-opening example of this practice and the shift in public perception. Governments around the world are responding with new regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)…

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How to Monitor Technical SEO Efforts | Part 3

After covering how to monitor on- and off-page SEO efforts in the first two posts,“How to Monitor Technical SEO Efforts” is the last of a three-part series that emphasizes the importance of maximizing the ROI of these critical tactics.  What is Technical SEO? Technical SEO covers the specialized steps taken to help Google’s algorithm effectively…

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How to Monitor Off-Page SEO Efforts | Part 2

In part one of this series we covered on-page SEO, which is the sum of all actions taken directly on your website to improve its ranking in the SERPs. Conversely, off-page SEO is the practice of optimizing components outside of your website, connecting with other businesses and media outlets to improve its ranking in the…

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Google Ad Extensions – Increase The Footprint of Your Ad

The Google ecosystem exists to present the most relevant information to a user. One of the most effective ways is Google Ad extensions. These unique ad formats are about one thing: providing additional information, which empowers a user to self-select where on an advertiser’s website they would like to land. Since their introduction, Google has…

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How to Monitor On-Page SEO Efforts | Part 1

SEO monitoring is crucial to optimizing your website, measuring the effectiveness of your efforts and identifying and fixing errors quickly. “How to Monitor On-Page SEO Efforts” is the first of a three-part series in which we will outline how to maximize the ROI of this critical tactic. What is On-Page SEO? On-page SEO is the…

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Effective Strategies for Retail Brands on Amazon

Amazon accounts for 40% of all US online retail sales, according to eMarketer. That was pre-pandemic and since then Amazon reported a 25% sales increase YoY in Q1 with stock up 45%. Its brand value is now worth more than $415 billion, according to Kantar and WPP. These staggering statistics mean brands must balance their…

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The Evolution of the Facebook Algorithm

Since 2018, Facebook’s algorithm has been rapidly changing to make users’ time on the platform more meaningful and valuable. In an effort to be more transparent and give users control of what they see, Facebook made critical updates in early 2020.  What is the Facebook Ads Algorithm? The Facebook Algorithm works to serve ads to…

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SEO for Voice Search: How It’s Changing Optimization Best Practices

Voice search tops nearly every list of 2020 marketing trends. However, there are still a number of questions that surround the trending technology and how it will shape the future of marketing. Specifically, SEO. We break down the truth about voice search, how it’s changing SEO and optimization best practices for the impending voice search…

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No CMO Should Overlook This Line Item For 2020 Budgets

Paid Search is included in almost every marketing budget in 2020, but a defensive paid search campaign is often overlooked and should be considered as a separate marketing line item.  What is “Defensive Paid Search”?  Mindgruve defines “defensive paid search” as using paid search ads to defend your brand from negative third-party reviews and listings. …

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Mindgruve’s Media Team Talks Programmatic Advertising

Twenty years after its introduction, advertising via programmatic buying is now widely considered effective, efficient and reliable. In fact, with capabilities like real time data and insights, immediate placements and hyper-focused targeting, advertisers in the U.S. are expected to spend $84 billion on programmatic campaigns in 2019 alone. Mindgruve’s media team is well versed in…

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Digiday Future of TV Summit Takeaways

Mindgruve attended the Digiday Future of TV Summit in Palm Springs this past April. The conference hosted brands and agencies from around the country to discuss TV advertising in the streaming era. Television ratings are down, TV ad costs are up and the state of the tactic is in flux as new publishers emerge and…

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Content Is The New Ad

Creating a successful marketing plan is about finding balance. Balance between tactics that drive massive awareness and tactics that engage potential consumers at a deeper level. When seeking reach, it’s not uncommon for marketers to experience limits to the scale of effectiveness when utilizing popular digital tactics such as  banners, native or social ads. While…

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What the disruption to TV advertising means for marketers

TV advertising is still one of the most powerful and influential tactics. Since the 1950s, the television has been the centerpiece in living rooms across the country. As soap operas, sitcoms, documentaries and more captivated people, marketers were afforded opportunities to do the same, creating one of the most effective advertising mediums ever. Today, TVs…

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The Roundup – September 2017 Edition

Each month, we recap the biggest industry news by rounding up a handful of can’t-miss articles. In September, we saw tech giants spend big on television, heard a call for marketers to refocus on awareness, noticed missed opportunities on YouTube and more.   Why Tech Giants Like Google and Amazon Are Spending Big On TV…

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7 Need to Know 2017 Marketing Trends

1. Digital ad spend is on par with TV now. The balance shifted faster than expected and digital spend will likely exceed TV next year. Spend isn’t moving away from TV to digital, but rather from Print and Local media, according to eMarketer. For the digital space, we’re seeing a consolidation of tech and publishing…

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What Is Your Optimal Media Mix?

Over the past twenty years, as digital outlets evolved into what they are today, marketing decision-making has become increasingly complex. Consumers’ attention is split across a multitude of vehicles—gone are the days of bucketing your budget into TV, print and radio while feeling confident that your target customer is receiving your message. So, too, are…

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Programmatic TV: What is it, How Does it Work and What are the Benefits?

What is programmatic TV? As Digiday.com explains, programmatic TV is “[t]he technology automated and data driven way to buy and deliver ads against TV content. This includes digital TV ads served across web, mobile devices and connected TV.” But how does programmatic TV buying actually work? What are the benefits? And if it is all that great,…

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Chad Robley & Lucie Greene Talk Gen Z

Lucie Greene, Worldwide Director of Innovation at J. Walter Thompson, recently published her Generation Z trend report, which includes more than 70 pages of research, analysis, and brand examples offering insights as to where our culture is headed and how to best reach our newest generation of consumers. During Interactive Day 2015’s keynote, Mindgruve’s CEO,…

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17 Facebook & Email Marketing Best Practices

Facebook is uniting efforts with several partners, including email marketing platform Mailchimp, to help small and medium businesses take advantage of their digital potential. On June 4th, the Boost Your Business with Facebook half-day conference stopped in San Diego. And of course Mindgruve had to be there! Expert panelists, guests, partners and the Facebook team…

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13 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s Report: 2015 Internet Trends

Every year, famous “Queen of the Net” Mary Meeker from venture capital firm KPCB, presents “The Internet Report.” This year, it comes in at a whopping 196 slides. We’ve condensed it to 13 key points that we, as marketers, care about most and think you should know: Internet users grew from less than 1% of…

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Why Mobile-Friendly Websites Will Win In 2015

Introducing Google’s New Mobile Guidelines & Tools It’s no longer a surprise, we all know that online mobile usage is growing at the speed of light and quickly taking over desktop usage across industries. As a result, mobile search and mobile applications are the first touchpoints between users and brands. 2014 was already announced as…

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Why Programmatic Buying Is Growing in Popularity

It seems as if marketers move further and further away from direct buys and fall more into the world of programmatic buying. An article on Ad Exchanger by Sarah Sluis states that 87% of brands and agencies plan to spend 50% more on programmatic ad buys. Advertising Age is projecting that $9.8 billion will be…

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The Sweet Spot: How to Avoid Being “Too Salesy” on Social Media

Lately, we’ve been tasked to think of ways to market a product via social media without making the tweet or post sound “too salesy.” Sound familiar? After all, with nearly 60% of Facebook and Instagram users and 46% of Twitter users logging on every day, your brand better speak to the masses in the most…

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Mobile Email Marketing: Avoiding the ‘Unsubscribe’

To put it simply, we’re living in the age of screens. Screens of all sizes, of different operating systems, and all have their own set of rules for mobile content. According to a study done by Business Insider, the global smart phone penetration exploded from 5% in 2009 to 22% by the end of 2013….

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What You Need To Know About Millennials

Being a Millennial isn’t as easy as it looks. For those of us born after 1981, we have to live with crushing student loan debt, being labeled as lazy or entitled and people waiting in line to tell us just what’s wrong with our generation. Not to mention, our childhood heroes are constantly being unceremoniously…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Post, Pin, & Tweet: The Best Time to Outreach

As a person slightly addicted to social media and a professional social media consultant, I tend to be browsing through my networks every other waking hour (I wish this were an exaggeration). My supervisor kindly refers to me as a “power user.” However, I’m not the general population of social media users. Most tend to…

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4 Better Ways to Spend Your Marketing Budget Than at Comic-Con

There’s no doubt. Brands LOVE Comic-Con and so do we. But, as the main exhibit hall gets more crowded each year, it’s becoming obvious that grabbing the attention of attendees is extremely difficult unless you’re spending a ton to promote the next summer blockbuster. Don’t have millions to spend? Here’s a couple ways that brands…

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TNT’s Integrated Marketing Campaign for Comic-Con

Author’s note: Warning! This article contains some Game of Thrones spoilers. Brace yourselves, San Diego. Comic-Con is coming. Whether you’re a visitor to our beautiful city or a local dreading the imminent Gaslamp traffic, you probably noticed that San Diego’s Gaslamp district is slowly transforming into a media planner’s dream. Storefronts will begin transforming into…

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Who Are Brands Overlooking at Comic-Con?

What comes to mind when you picture a San Diego Comic-Con attendee? Is it a comic book “geek” with a poster tube slung across his shoulder? A film buff in a movie t-shirt and cargo shorts? Or is it an avid gamer with a Mountain Dew in hand? Every year, Comic-Con grows exponentially with 130,000…

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Observing a (fantastic) Twitter trend: #TrueDetectiveSeason2

If you subscribe to HBO (or are lucky enough to have a friend or family member who is more than willing to lend you their HBO Go login information), you may be a fan of the crime drama, True Detective, created and written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Though its first…

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Social Media Marketing World 2014: “Let’s Get Social”

I had the opportunity to attend Social Media Marketing World 2014 from March 27th to March 28th to learn from some of the world’s most influential thought leaders in the social media and digital marketing world. During my time there, I’ve acquired a vast amount of invaluable information and education about social media and the…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] 2014 State of Digital Marketing

We understand the importance of keeping our finger on the pulse of emerging trends in digital marketing. For instance, though investment in digital is growing, only 25% of a marketing budget is used for online efforts. Of course, we anticipate these investments to grow even bigger as consumers turn to technology and thus are changing…

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2014 Marketing Trends: Get Your Search, Social & Mobile On

There has been a lot of discussions about the future of search and search marketing over the past 3 years. The industry has been moving toward quality-focused solutions that aim at improving user experience. In laymen terms, content is still king, social media is queen, big data is prince and SEO is the grand vizier….

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SEO in 2014: 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

Resolution#1: Focus on Quality Content 2013 was a busy year for Google: several additional Panda and Penguin updates targeting low quality content and spam link schemes, as well as the release of the new Hummingbird algorithm which focuses on relevancy and understanding users’ search intents. Topped with the continued rise of not provided keyword data…

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Video Ads: Intrusive or Worth the Watch?

Video is all the rage. Or so it seems. During its initial testing, Facebook noticed increased engagement and positive results from their auto-play video ads. Now, Facebook is rolling out auto-play video ads to the masses, and you know what, I’m not so bothered by it. Though some users are finding this tactic intrusive, the…

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Ramp Up Your Email Marketing Strategy for 2014

Email marketing saw some big milestones this year. Yahoo announced it would begin recycling  inactive email addresses older than one year. Outlook.com graduated from beta and replaced Hotmail’s web email service. Google brought tabs to millions of inboxes. Litmus hosted the first ever Email Design Conference. And just last week, we learned Google will begin…

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Native Advertising: Coming to a Comment Section Near You

Sponsored story. Branded content. Native advertising. Whatever you name it, it’s advertising. And studies show that readers prefer native advertising to the traditional banner ad, for the most part. According to the IPG Media Lab and Sharethrough study, “consumers looked at native ads 52% more frequently than banner ads.” Those are a lot of potential…

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How To Integrate SEO Into Your Seasonal Marketing Strategy

As customers today expect to find more discounts and deals during the holiday season, it’s imperative that you develop and implement a long standing strategy to stay relevant. Seasonal marketing involves incorporating climate trends into your strategy in order to drive more sales or traffic to your website at specific times of the year. As…

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Google (not provided) and the Future Of SEO

SEO is dead. We’ve all heard so many times over the years. Yet we are still here. Google’s latest strike with the move toward 100% (not provided) is only one more line in a long list. In 2011, Google announced that they decided to move toward secure search to improve their users’ privacies, which meant…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Keys to Winning the Content Marketing Marathon

Lately, buzz phrase, “content marketing,” has been circulating around the marketing world. Everyone is hoping to achieve the ideal content marketing strategy, yet some strategists are still trying to figure out the exact formula to achieve the best results. It’s a trial-and-error world out there, but it all begins with a solid foundation to kick-off…

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What Not to Do On Social: Hijack Users’ Twitter Accounts

Users produce content. It doesn’t necessarily mean you, as a platform, are given free rein over it to use as advertising (according to California law). After losing in court and a cool $20 million settlement later, Facebook has learned its lesson: obtain the user’s consent and clearly state that a user’s shared content will possibly…

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Welcome to Agency X – Can I Take Your Order?

Dunkin Donuts, Jack in the Box, Subway… agency? Franchises aren’t just for food anymore –with chain shops popping up around the US, media outlets are beginning to take interest in this unconventional format. In a recent AdAge article, Alexandra Bruell delves into the franchise model with a focus on ViaMark, an East Coast-based agency that…

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A Whole New Meaning to the Social Check-In

Social media has become an integral part of our lives, even following us where we go to disconnect and unwind – vacation. In fact, 57% of respondents of a recent study indicated they wouldn’t consider abandoning their favorite networks in exchange for hotel kickbacks. Taking note of this need for a social connection during R&R,…

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Teens Get Schooled with New LinkedIn

LinkedIn recently announced an interesting extension to its services: As of September 12, the popular business-centric social network is open to high school students age 14 and older. With access to a myriad of professional resources, this is a great opportunity for the younger generation to develop a stronger drive to succeed. At the same…

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Vine Goes Hollywood

September 9 was a big day for Vine, with two major brands – Dunkin’ Donuts and Trident gum – using the microvideo app to break into the television ad space. Although social media has been working its way into commercials for a while now – it’s hard to think of an ad that doesn’t feature…

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Facebook Guidelines Update Makes Promotions Easier Than Ever

It’s a beautiful day in the social media marketing neighborhood – Facebook has eliminated its longtime, relatively stringent regulations on promotions. Now, running contests can happen right on brand Timelines, making the entire process much more simple and cost-effective. As of this week, brands no longer need to use third-party contest apps like Wildfire and…

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Sponsored Content: What Current Publishers Are Doing With It

During IDSD, David Lavine of AppsSavvy spoke about the rise and evolution of native advertising, content that is distributed directly by publishers. This form of advertising has become popularized recently amongst some of the major publishing companies online, such as BuzzFeed and The Atlantic. In fact, native ad spending is growing at a much more…

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Webinar Recap: “Evolving the Press Release to Drive New Outcomes”

“The press release is dead.” How many times have you heard that stated, debated, retracted, and restated by public relations and marketing professionals? Since press releases got their start in the glory days of print, many digital-centric marketers have mentally cataloged them in the “do not resuscitate” file and turned exclusively to social media, blogs,…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Social-TV Ecosystem Chart

Rewind back a handful of years and the only true distraction from watching your favorite show was your kid sibling incessantly poking you to change the channel. Now, with the advent of mobile technology, watching TV without your trusty iPhone to tweet out your reactions to that crazy episode of Breaking Bad seems something of…

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In the Twitter Driver’s Seat? You’d Better Learn Manual.

Four years after eliminating its own native feature, Twitter has outlawed the ability to auto follow through third-party services. This “immediate and programmatic means of following another user back after they follow you,” as described by TechCrunch, was a longtime staple for social media climbers and brands alike until Twitter severed ties in an unassuming…

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Something? Someone? is Going Crazy for IDSD

With Interactive Day San Diego fast approaching, there’s lots of activity going on around the Hilton Bayfront – some a bit more bizarre than the rest. It seems that the Hilton staff and guests have been seeing signs of an otherworldly creature popping up around the hotel and the Gaslamp area. We’ve included the latest…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Social CTAs Work

As marketers, we’re all told call-to-actions (CTAs) are a must when grabbing someone’s attention. For example, did you know that including “please retweet” within your tweet significantly drives more retweets than not including it at all? Dan Zarrella from HubSpot presents an infographic (see below) detailing the stats on various common CTAs on Facebook, Twitter, and…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Mobile Marketing in 2013

2013 may be the year of mobile, but the majority of brands are leaving it out of their strategies. Take a look at this infographic from Uberflip, which delves into brand usage, ad spend projections, and tips on making apps stand out in the crowd. Is your brand ready for mobile?

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Exactly How to NOT Handle a PR Crisis

Almost every brand will deal with some level of adversity during its lifetime, whether it’s an unhappy customer or a bad review that snowballs into a social media call to arms. While no company wants to deal with a crisis, there’s a way to show transparency, maturity, and move on quickly, and there’s a way…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Edgerank 102

Let’s be real – Facebook Edgerank can be… tricky. That’s why this infographic from PostRocket is so great. It puts the ins and outs of Edgerank in plain English and harnesses the help of the Dark Knight himself – can’t hate on that. Read up and you’ll be an expert faster than you can say,…

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Updated: [OPINION] Facebook Home Not Home Sweet Home

Update: On May 13, Zach Epstein of BGR was the first to report that the HTC First will be discontinued. Signs pointed to distress several days ago when, after a little over a month on the shelves, AT&T announced that the price of the First would be dropped from $99.99 to 99¢. Although AT&T claimed…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Long Live the Email

Thinking about ditching your brand’s email marketing strategy? Think again – email isn’t just thriving; it’s on the up-and-up. Open rates are up by 14% and newsletters still prove to be an essential tool for pushing readers toward converting, whether that means making a purchase or setting up a meeting. Check out this infographic from…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Pinterest Advertising: A How-To Guide

When you think of advertising on social media, Pinterest is probably one of the networks furthest from your mind. However, the reason why – no set advertising platform – is exactly the reason why you should be doing it: It’s easy to use the Pinterest format to create intuitive, attention-grabbing content fans will love. Brush…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Handle a PR Fail

Nestlé, Domino’s, and United Airlines all have one thing in common – they’ve experienced major, attention-grabbing PR blunders. How each brand handled their crises and recovered, on the other hand, is very different. SDL Social Intelligence takes a closer look at what it takes to effectively bounce back from a PR misstep – and what…

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Crisis, Trolls, and Blunders: A Social Media Marketing World Recap

Last week, the Content and Social Media team had the pleasure of going to Social Media Marketing World here in San Diego. Of the many sessions I attended, one of my favorites was “Crisis, Trolls, and Blunders: How to Prepare for the Inevitable,” which was led by the entertaining Douglas Karr of DK New Media….

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SMMW Recap: Discussing Digital Trends with Kyle Lacy

I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Social Media Examiner’s first Social Media Marketing World conference here in San Diego this past week. For the very first conference put on by the blogging giant, SMMW was beyond impressive — not only with the caliber of speakers, but also the networking opportunities available to us. With…

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How Multi-Click Saved Social Media

So many marketers look at social media the same way Americans look at the metric system. We know it exists. Some of us know how to use it. But every time we try to show value behind it, we end up with a bruised ego. The challenge a social media marketer experiences is how to…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Pinterest is Changing – Are You Ready?

Mid-March, Pinterest rolled out a fresh take on its beloved site design and features. While the actual pinning process hasn’t changed much, many other features have (like no more hashtags!) Check out the nitty gritty with this infographic from Avalaunch Media and PinAlerts.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Visual Social Media Marketing

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll have noticed an increase in visuals throughout all your favorite social media platforms, including Facebook’s imminent newsfeed design overhaul. Videos, pictures, and other visual content have been taking over all our social feeds and *gasp* we’ve actually been taking notice of all this visual content. It’s more engaging and…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Google+: What’s in it for Business

Think Google+ is useless? Think again. Google+ actually influences your business’ search rankings and posts made on Google+ actually index immediately. That’s right, Google+ is great for SEO! Check out the infographic from searchmojo below to see how else Google+ is helping businesses.  

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Fascinating Facts About Facebook

It’s no secret Facebook reigns supreme in the social networking world, but who knew its  numbers could form the world’s third-largest country? Keep reading for more facts on Facebook’s rise to power, brought to you by Indus Net.  

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Facebook’s Upgraded News Feed Focuses on Visuals, Mobile

Facebook is rolling out a drastically revamped news feed over the next few weeks, bringing a cleaner, visually-driven experience to its billion plus users. With better organization, room for tons of photos and content (and less for ads), and seven segmented news feed options; the new Facebook seems like the answer to many common user…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Pinterest Best Practices

Just because Pinterest is full of pretty pictures doesn’t mean it can’t have a strategy! Since a Pinterest page is going to represent your business online, each pin should be carefully chosen to avoid a mis-pin. Read below to see how you can fully optimize the world of Pinterest. Infographic from ZogDigital.

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OMS RECAP: Scaling Social Brand Engagement

A few weeks ago, Mindgruve headed to Online Marketing Summit here in San Diego to embark on some digital education! I participated in the “Scaling Social Brand Engagement” session with Jordan Slabaugh, Director of Social Media at Spredfast, and Michael Bepko, Global Online Community Manager at Whole Foods.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Social Media Event Marketing Checklist

Anyone who has attended or produced a big-time industry event knows how important it is to keep related information at a constant on key social networks. From the attendee standpoint, sharing thoughts, quotes, and event highlights gets you involved in a bigger industry conversation, allows you to see different points of view, and has the…

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Twitter’s New Service is Di-Vine

Social video sharing is gaining new traction thanks to Twitter’s brand new service, Vine. The app’s users (iOS-only, at least for now) can create and share looping videos that span six seconds or less. But don’t let Vine’s size fool you — already sending the tech and social world atwitter, we have a feeling this…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How Users Interact with Google+

Did you know that there are 625,000 new users on Google+? Some may think Google+ doesn’t compete with the social media powerhouses (read: Twitter and Facebook). However, that stat alone says that the user base is growing and happy to try out a new social media platform. To learn more about how users actually utilize…

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Mastering the Art of Localized Marketing

On my latest trip to San Francisco, I discovered that the major Japanese fashion retailer, Uniqlo, recently opened a store in San Francisco. With only four other stores in the US, the popularity of this clothing store was highly noticeable: 9 out of 10 people* walking along the streets of SF were wearing the signature…

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Behind the Facebook “Like” Button

Facebook’s “Like” is one powerful little button, especially when it comes to marketing on social media. Although savvy marketers know it’s not all about the “Like,” there’s no question it still has a big influence over everything we do. Want to dig deeper into this enigmatic Facebook feature? Take a browse through the below Boostlikes.com…

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3 Rules for Landing Page Success in 2013

It’s the New Year; full of new budgets, new campaigns, and ultimately, new landing pages. Below are three rules you can apply to your landing pages to achieve success and higher ROI for the coming year.

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How to NOT Spend $5 Million on One User

Earlier this week, I learned about the University of California’s increased marketing efforts to promote their available online courses. Here is an excerpt: “In an effort to show off its array of online courses, the University of California has poured millions of dollars into promoting its UC Online system. But as the San Francisco Chronicle…

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Facebook “Graph Search” Continues the Move Toward Social Search

On January 15, Facebook held a media event to announce the release of its latest development: Graph Search. Created as an answer to Facebook’s existing search function, Graph Search promises to revolutionize the Facebook search experience with visually pleasing, intuitive results based on your friends’ connections, likes, and habits.

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Digital Media Predictions for 2013

Convergence of direct response and branding media campaigns Marketers have placed a wall between these two types of campaigns, but in reality, they are both aimed at one primary goal: reaching a customer and influencing their decision-making to drive sales for the product or service that we are advertising.  While direct response and branding campaigns…

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Our 12 Favorite Digital Topics of 2012

Quick! Make a wish—it’s 12/12/12. Or is that for 11:11…? Whatever it is, we’re a bit superstitious and we want to take advantage of today’s date singularity and share with everyone our 12 favorite digital topics of 2012. Topics below are in no particular order.

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Mindgruve Predicts: Digital Trends for 2013

It seems like each day, this industry of ours is changing and developing. From the start of a mobile revolution to an explosion in crowdfunding, 2012 was one transformative year, and 2013 is bound to be an even more powerful game changer. Although it’s impossible to predict everything that will make its way onto our…

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Pin It to Win It: Let Pinterest Rock Your Business World

If you’re like most entrepreneurs out there, you use social media to leverage your business—Facebook, Twitter, and even some YouTube here and there. But have you thought about how an online pin board could shake up your business for the better? Kitschy as it may seem at the surface, Pinterest is nothing to sneeze at—this…

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Is Your Website Ready for Google’s Semantic Search?

Google’s Search Makeover In March 2012, Google announced through the Wall Street Journal that its algorithm and search results will be undergoing a makeover using semantic search technology. It is the biggest change in the company’s history and could affect millions of websites over the next few years. Semantic search refers to the process of…

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A Mindgruve Review: Google+ is a Plus

A Mindgruve Review: Google+ is a Plus/In June, Google’s navigation bar got a new look as part of the release of their own social network called Google+, which is supposed to be an extension of Google.

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The Struggle Between SEO & PR

The Struggle Between SEO & PR/The battle between SEO and PR has been occurring for quite some time now and we’ve decided to see if we can bring some sense to this altercation.

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What is Foursquare?

What is Foursquare?/As the popularity of Foursquare grows, businesses interest in how the location-based application can help their business grows as well, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to help explain the basics.

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Creating Brand Loyalty Through Digital Couponing

In honor of National Coupon Month, we tip our hats to the rapidly growing trend of digital coupons. With constantly evolving technology and multiple communication channels, the delivery of digital coupons is quickly becoming key in creating customer loyalty. Companies that provide coupons to consumers and foster relationships across channels including email, online hubs, social…

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Social Media: a Catalyst for Traditional Media’s Growth?

For years, television has seen a steady ratings decline for prime time slots and major event broadcasts. Naturally, the consistent surge of websites (especially social ones) has been blamed, but the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics may be proving that trend incorrect. Earlier this year, televised events coupled with online campaigns and social media engagement, such…

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Balancing Media Content and Cost in a Social World

The beginning of 2010 has already shown us a lot of exciting potential for the social world, including Apple’s iPad and Super Bowl XLIV ad campaigns’ interaction in social media. But what we’re most intrigued with are two recent articles from Caroline McCarthy and Joe Marchese. Both articles discuss the emergence and dispersion of noteworthy…

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Mindgruve’s Top 3 Predictions for 2010

As the Mindgruve gang dispersed over the holidays, we still had one job to do: Think about what will affect our industry most in 2010. When we all got back, we found our top three. 1. SEOcial Media With the recent upgrades by Google and Bing to integrate Facebook and Twitter posts into search results,…

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Social Media Frenzy

Social networks are becoming the new form of communication among friends, colleagues and family. And aside from the socializing aspect of these sites, they’re proving to have a strong impact with online advertising and marketing. In recent years, social media has been a valuable internet-based tool used for the sharing and trading of information. And…

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SEO Breakdown

SEO Breakdown Let’s face it, these days everyone is “connected”, whether it be through our various social networks,cell phones, blogs or Twitter accounts. And the one common thread that all of these connectors have is the importance of SEO to get information out and drive traffic in. Search engine optimization (SEO) helps to improve the…

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