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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Affiliate vs Influencer vs Referral Programs

The pros and cons of affiliate, influencer and referral marketing  

At Buyapowa, we see many digital marketers wondering what is the difference between affiliate, influencer and referral programs and which is best to help boost sales via word-of-mouth.

While all of these can be genuine forms of word-of-mouth marketing (although affiliate marketing may have nothing to do with word of mouth, and can be can be click arbitrage or other forms of marketing etc.) they differ from each other in a number of ways. For retailers just starting out, the terms can be easy to mix up. And even experienced marketers can struggle to understand the best time to implement such a program and the relative benefits of each. So which program is best for your business?

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December’s guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

7 marketing trends to look out for this holiday season

1. Seven marketing trends for this holiday season

‘Tis the season to spend big money, and marketers and retailers are out in force. Starting in November and running well into January, the spending frenzy will continue. But there are some crucial trends to bear in mind as you make the most of the avid consumer this holiday season. A great deal of focus has been placed on customer journey and experience, moving beyond a previously singular focus on seasonal discounts and product launches. Now, there’s also been significant investment in online and in-store customer experiences, loyalty and referral programs, personalized messaging, and other previously under-utilized marketing tactics. Check out a breakdown of this holiday season’s top marketing trends. Full story

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November’s guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

Build the best referral program for your business

11 ways to build an effective referral marketing system

We all know referral marketing is savvy marketing. Recruiting new customers from satisfied, existing customers is just good business. However, building the most effective referral marketing system can be a challenge. So what are the key objectives to keep in mind when building or revamping your referral marketing system? Set expectations upfront; let customers know that you want their feedback or will ask for it in the future. Transparency is vital for building customer trust. Second, analyze before you implement. Put simply; make sure your customers are satisfied before rushing to them for reviews and referrals. Otherwise, no one’s happy. Next, create multiple referral paths for customers. No two customers are the same, so it’s always a smart idea to communicate with customers in a way that is simple and efficient for them. With a few small changes, your company could be well equipped to build a successful and sustainable referral marketing program. Want more detail? Click the link to read more.

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October’s guide to the most interesting things happening in the world of advocacy marketing

The problems with 5-star rating systems and how to fix them

Does your business rely on a 5-star rating system for feedback? New research suggests you might want to rethink this approach. The truth is that 5-star systems are good at weeding out very low-quality businesses or products, but they make it hard to separate the good from the great. Why? Well, the 5-star system has built-in selection biases. Without incentives to rate businesses or products, most customers who leave feedback have either had a very good experience or a very bad one. Also, some businesses inflate their ratings system, meaning that 4.8-star average score might not be as exceptional as you think. The solution? Show customers an average rating for products or suppliers in that sector. Or, adjust user ratings based on differences in their reviewing behaviour. Follow the few easy tips laid out here to make your rating system more meaningful.

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

Employee perks at a 12-year low

The total number of people receiving taxable job perks from their employer fell 600,000 to 3.6 million in the last year, the lowest point since 2007. The reason? Corporations are cutting costs as a response to the threat of economic uncertainty from the 2008 crisis and, more recently, Brexit. Confusion around which of these perks are tax-exempt has also likely pushed a lot of small businesses to leave employee perks in the past. When done right, employee perks can slow turnover and encourage staff performance. However, it looks like many businesses are viewing the cost and hassle as too high to justify the gains.
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