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.

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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Use the Facebook pixel to create high-converting social ad campaigns

The Facebook pixel offers advertisers high-converting options.

If you’re at all serious about using Facebook ads to grow your business, you need to be using the Facebook pixel to optimize your ad campaigns. After all, it’s much easier to lead a warm audience along the journey from prospect to customer than a cold one. In fact, as Facebook’s ad space becomes more […]

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Facebook to reimburse some advertisers after disclosing yet another measurement error

Facebook discloses another measurement error

Facebook has disclosed another bug in its reporting metrics. In a blog post published Tuesday, the company announced it had found an error that caused some advertisers to be charged incorrectly for link-based video carousel ads shown on smartphone web browsers. Specifically, when users clicked on one of these ads to watch an enlarged version […]

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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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7 announcements from Facebook’s F8 Conference that small businesses need to know

Facebook F8 2017 conference digest

Facebook shared a flurry of new tools and features during their annual developer conference, F8. While some of their virtual reality work will take years to catch on, several product updates and launches will affect small businesses here in 2017. With 1.94 billion monthly active users, Facebook is likely your most prominent social channel, and […]

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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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Facebook launches result predictions and split testing for ad campaign optimization

Facebook launches new tools for ad campaign optimization

Facebook introduces new ad insights. Yesterday, Facebook announced the redesign of their Delivery Insights dashboard. Advertisers will be able to access this new interface within their Ads Manager in the next few weeks. The redesign features two important developments that will help marketers optimize their ad campaigns more easily: in-depth auction metrics and an estimated […]

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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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