Our latest guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

1. The top 12 most reliable marketing channels for entrepreneurs

Keeping existing customers happy while gaining new ones is key to any business’s success. And the best way to do that is to connect with your target audience–those customers that won’t just buy your product, but might also spread the word to their friends. But, how do you figure out the best channel to reach them? While it naturally depends on your consumers and your product, we also might have some ideas. For example, creating personal connections with consumers is key, and referral marketing is the best at that. What separates you from the competition isn’t just your product, but the feeling you leave your customers with. Referral marketing allows you to leverage your happy customers’ trust to elevate their experience. Another top marketing channel? Word-of-mouth. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there’s no better marketing channel than a happy customer, and one happy target customer can lead to many more. Interested? Check out 10 more top marketing channels that might just help you find your target audience.

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Trust Based Relationship Selling for the Digital Age

Trust is one of the most important factors in maintaining a successful relationship with your customers. It can boost sales, give your company an edge over the competition, but above all – it is the driving force behind brand loyalty.

The problem is, brand-customer trust cannot be established with the press of a button. With all the spam and phishing scams floating around, how do you let your audience know they can feel secure and comfortable doing business with you?

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How Nine 7-Figure E-commerce Companies Scaled Their Customer Acquisition Channels

When you’re looking to scale your customer acquisition channels in order to grow your business, it can be tough to know in advance which platform will bring your site enough high-converting traffic to make a difference to your bottom line.

Even if you have killer content on your site and blog and you study your site analytics – so you know exactly which channel is bringing in the money – the question is how you get more and better traffic. Finding new channels inevitably involves some testing and learning, but you can always new test channels faster, be more flexible, and leverage existing customer data to plan your next testing hypotheses more efficiently.

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Carrefour: winner is served

Carrefour is on a mission. Within the next three years, the world’s second largest retail group wants to change the way it does business: rationalising its campuses, exploring new partnerships and reducing costs. It wants to change the way we eat: au revoir to planet-killing crap; bonjour to healthy, sustainable nourishment. And it wants to change the way we shop – a process that’s already underway in the group’s homeland, France, with the integration of all its services under one digital roof: Carrefour.fr.

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