Print advertising, email marketing, social media and reputation management informational blog from direct response marketing industry experts and digital strategists at Moving Targets. The goal of our blog is to deliver best practices for business to consumer marketing, retail sales growth, branding and customer retention.

6 insights from Mary Meeker’s “Internet Trends 2017” report

Small business marketers should incorporate insights from Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report.

Each year, marketers wait with bated breath for Mary Meeker’s annual report on internet trends. Released last month, her 2017 version features 355 slides packed with data and insights about the status of technology, marketing and advertising and where those industries are heading. If combing through this 355-page report sounds exhausting, not to fret. We’ve […]

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Can good reviews hurt your business?

Can a positive review actually hurt your business?

Even the most stellar businesses face the challenge of customers criticizing them online. And while receiving a negative review sends many into crisis mode, some are learning that these critiques actually help their conversion rate. Advice about online reputation management is packed with statistics about the role reviews play in customers’ buying decisions. BrightLocal’s latest […]

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Milkshake Marketing: Give the people what they (really) want

Know what job your customers want to get done

Talk all you want about buyer personas, psychological triggers and pricing strategy, but the bottom line is that companies succeed when they offer a service or product that customers find irresistible. And what makes a product irresistible? It’s probably not what you think. Clayton Christensen, Harvard professor and the author of the bestselling book “The […]

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Celebrate shopping local with National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week kicks off Sunday, April 30 and runs through Saturday, May 6.

Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year?1 The U.S. Small Business Administration hosts National Small Business Week each year in honor of the critical role small businesses play in […]

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Are your email sign-offs sabotaging your outreach?

The Boomerang analysis showed that emails ending with so-called thankful closings had the highest response rate.

Recovering from a bad first impression is nearly impossible — and, if you’re connecting with prospects or vendors via email, you may be setting yourself up to fail. In fact, a cringe-worthy sign-off can wreck an otherwise perfectly crafted email. A recent study from email software provider Boomerang concluded that ending your emails with a […]

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Is your brand lit — or basic? Get to know Gen Z’s shopping behaviors

Marketers are beginning to target a new cohort of young people: Generation Z.

Move over, Millennials. Marketers are beginning to target a new cohort of young people: Generation Z. Gen Z includes those born between the mid-1990s to early 2000s, numbering about 60 million — more than a quarter of the U.S. population. Their spending power is $44 billion annually, before accounting for their influence on household purchases. […]

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When you should (or shouldn’t) outsource your marketing

When you should or shouldn't outsource your marketing

Marketing is no longer a one-man job. Instagram and other social networks launch new features weekly. Responsive coding for your email broadcasts is now nonnegotiable. Basically, there’s no shortage of strategies and technologies to stay up-to-date on. It’s enough to make any marketer’s head spin. If this frustration sounds familiar, it may be time to […]

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Use a Lead Magnet to generate more business

Use a Lead Magnet to generate more business

In this wild world of marketing trends, catch phrases and buzzwords, small-business owners might lose sight of which movements and opportunities actually come with some value.

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A simple approach to increasing sales

Companies now generate, gather, store and analyze more data than ever before. This has put sales and marketing leaders in the driver’s seat with respect to strategy, as they no longer have to rely on much guesswork when strategizing new campaigns and tactics. However, there are some intangibles involved in the sales process that cannot […]

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Five digital marketing trends to watch for in 2017

digital marketing trends

Another new year is upon us, and 2017 promises to bring an ever-increasing number of social media developments that’ll reshape how you do business online. Developing an integrated digital presence is no longer a nice-to-have — it’s standard operating procedure. To help marketers stay abreast of emerging technologies and tools, we’ve put together a list […]

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