13 Digital Marketing Experts Share Their Marketing Home Run of 2019

If you’re having trouble wrapping your memory around the fact that it’s the end of 2019, welcome to the club.

This year fly by, and in the marketing world a lot happened. Conversational marketing, the merger of chat bots, and never-ending changes to algorithms rocked our digital sell friendship world.

And it was a blast.

As the year comes to an aim, it’s tradition for us to show you the marketing home runs of other digital purveyors so that you can apply their tactics to your strategies.

So, without giving further a do, here are 13 sell home run of 2019 from some of our favorite digital marketing experts.

Michelle Barnum Smith, AMZ Messenger Bot Club

Michelle Barnum Smith

Winning on Amazon for private marketers becomes harder and harder every day. This year, chat commerce afforded purveyors the opportunity to run product launches and cure vendors grade their listings, to be implemented, and petition recollects. This leveled the athletic field and generated private sellers a bigger chance of succeeding.

This last year I facilitated over 1,000 Amazon vendors launch their produces. These high-quality product marketers were able to get ahead of their competitor and prevail the algorithm game against Amazon.

Amazon Seller improving SKU from 3 stars to 4.2 stars

Here’s a simple example 😛 TAGEND

Setup a ManyChat flow that dispenses 75% off single application coupon codes Connect the flow to Facebook adsSend readers on a” Treasure Hunt” to find the brand-new commodity in Amazon search results( generally called a Search, Find, Buy campaign )– this resembles organic exploration action and arises in higher ranking from those purchasesPro Tip: If you have a warm accept inventory, instead of coupon offers, send them a rebate offer–full expenditure buys result in the best possible ranking benefit and you can request assess from full price purchasers

Screenshot of 81% CTR for a coupon code sent in a ManyChat flow

Chat Marketing through ManyChat makes automating this whole experience easy for the dealers and the subscribers!

Tara Robertson, Director of Customer Marketing at Sprout Social

Tara Robertson

One of the most successful digital sell campaigns we flowed this year was our annual presentation of data, the Sprout Social Index. The Index aimed to better understand consumer motivations, social trends and how marketers are approaching social as a whole. This report is one of our primary awareness and lead generation exertions for the entire year and is not simply were we recognized as a finalist for Brandweek’s Constellation Awards, but we visualized great success from our distribution methods that leveraged Facebook lead generation ads, parish advertising and networking with our co-marketing partners.

In addition to the 2019 Index, our unit impounded our largest digital customer event of its first year, the Sprout Agency Workshop: Rise and Grind. We connected authority customers across the globe to share tactical the recommendations on how they can be more efficient and effective in their characters. The occurrence was a massive success with over 1,300 customers who tuned in to discuss their unique openings, both the challenges and how they overcame them. This was a great way for us to not only build product training and customer engagement into the marketing mix but too find new ways to connect our authority society with one another to further their learning and growth.

Logan Fletcher, Content Marketing Manager

Logan Fletcher

Testing and house a strong LinkedIn marketing strategy was a exceedingly scalable home run for our bureau; not only has it 4x our website commerce, and double-faced our auctions pour, but it’s a strategy that we’ve been able to roll out to clients to improve their online presence and drive income as well.

Here’s what it implies( at a high-level ): creating prosecute videos that reverberate with our public, regularly announcing value-adding content and articles, exerting account-based market to communicate targeted senses, adding caliber ties, committing with the LinkedIn community on posts and groups, and more.

Benton Crane, CEO of Harmon Friend

Benton Crane

Our marketing “Home Run” of 2019 was this origin story campaign for Lume.

It combines a fervent descent story with all of the direct-response sales parts that make all Harmon Brothers’ campaigns successful.

Our previous safarus has so far been cured Lume 10 x the company from $1.5 M/ yr to $15 M/ yr. The start of the origin-story campaign helped them more than 2x again ($ 30+ M/ yr ).

Nathalie Lussier, Founder of AccessAlly

Nathalie Lussier

As Jay Abraham famously showed it, there are 3 main ways to make more money in your business 😛 TAGEND

Increase the number of clientsIncrease the average transactionIncrease the frequency that the average client buys from you

As a small software company, we already offer a recurring monthly proposal so we knew the frequency wasn’t going to change.

We’re always marketing to increase the number of buyers we have and implementing ways to improve our retention rates.

So in 2019 we decided to increase our tolls. We didn’t decide to raise costs willy nilly though.

We did our the studies and we knew that our software was able to save our patients the thousands of dollars per month, because we had added so much functionality over the last 5 years.

In years past, we had a tendency to over-engineer our commerce safaruss and expend months initiating pre-launch videos, designing beautiful Facebook ad graphics, volunteering our affiliates, and writing tons of emails.

This time, we had a deadline( I was about to have a baby !) so we prevented the campaign simple with 😛 TAGEND

A series of 4 emails to our warm leadsA series of 4 emails to our affiliates2 emails to our existing clients4 retargeting FB ads to anyone who had been to our website or on our email listing in the past 90 daysA tiny “price increase notification” bar at the top of our site

A layout of an email marketing campaign with 4 emails to warm leads, 4 emails to affiliates, 2 emails to existing clients, 4 retargeting FB ads, and a price increase notification bar at the top of website

The price increase took place over 20 daylights, so we had a chance to book live demos and refute people’s questions before they signed up.

Thanks to this price increase campaign, we had an 8% increase in patrons in the month of May( compared to our usual 2-3% expansion per month ). But most importantly, it helped us retain clients too.

A graph showing revenue from March to August

The way we organized the cost raise meant that existing clients( and anyone who signed up before the deadline) got to keep their pricing indefinitely. That “locked in” price has stopped our existing buyers from canceling if they knew they wanted to come back later.

We were expecting to have a lot of pays from folks who just wanted to check us out in case they liked appropriate tools while the expenditure was lower … and we did got a few, but not nearly as numerous as we imagined.

In the end, we caused our expenditures from $79/ month to $99/ month for our indispensables project and we added over $200,000 in annual recurring income to our business.

It was also one of our easiest sell expeditions, where we invested less than $1500 on Facebook ads, and truly focused on the existing parties on our email index who were on the fence.

Jody Milward, Founder of Social Charlie

Jody Milward

In the Coaching and Digital product niche, we’ve seen strategic Facebook Ad retargeting expeditions increase the number of members of extends by 244% compared to more traditional safaruss that would retarget produces or webinar registrations for a week or 2 after the initial conversions.

By combining’ pre-targeting’ programmes where we promote a video magnet, a material magnet, a speak magnet and a induce magnet, we’re building a larger audience of our ideal consumers than if we were to really focus on instant opt-ins.

Then, our retargeting campaigns are made up of 3 coatings designed to nurture, proselytize and close our prospects–so they are, in fact, progressing through a purchaser jaunt in their Facebook newsfeed.

These safaruss will retarget the the audience over a 90 period( or longer) timeframe with content that builds awareness, power and affinity so that when they are ready to buy or notebook a ask, you’re the obvious choice.

This is where we see 3x the amount of produces are caught up versus a short 21 daylight retargeting space. And when someone has been watching you in their newsfeed for 3 months and they go to your auctions page or notebook a call…they are ready to buy.

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Ash Roy, CEO and Founder of Productive Insights

Ash Roy

The biggest digital marketing home run came from conversations with my clients. I got on face-to-face announces with them and got a good understanding of their business utilize a particular diagnostic framework where we worked together to get a late known of 😛 TAGEND

IDEAL CUSTOMER AVATAR: We understood the demographic and psychographic sketches of their paragon customer.

EMPATHY MAPPING: We got lucidity around what their patron was thinking, feeling, checking, hearing and doing; before purchasing the product, while they were purchasing the product and after they’d accomplished the buy. This gave us a good penetration into the transformation the customer knew — from the customer’s standpoint–that told us how to deliver an even better event to the customer.

CURRENT CUSTOMER ACQUISITION STRATEGY: We looked at what was working right now and what wasn’t working, so we could doubled down on what was working and then work on improving what wasn’t working.

KEY METRICS: Understanding the customer lifetime value, cost per precede, changeover charge from lead to customer which gave us the customer acquisition cost.

CUSTOMER PROBLEM DEFINITION: Getting clarity on the customer problem statement and, even more importantly, the unstated problem of the customer was very powerful in developing a depth revelation into how we could help the customer.

PRODUCT STRATEGY: Looking at the current offers and future offers and how we could layer those offers to create complementary produces helped us increase “stickiness”.

Shannon Goodell, Social Media Manager at DigitalMarketer

Shannon Goodell

One of our big home runs on DigitalMarketer’s social media marketing side was one of the simplest to execute: “Mini Marketing Whiteboard Workshop” videos.

Two things happened last set this initiative in motion:

Decrease in organic views and commitments for our AMA series (” Ask Me Anything” videos) Facebook pivoting to longer-form videos.

We likewise wanted to test how less displayed videos would play-act — simple, countryside videos with no conception graphics or flags at the top or bottom. We decided to give it a try and start with 2 of our core beliefs: The Before and After Grid and the Customer Value Journey .

Of course, for these 2 we had to get THE Ryan Deiss in front of the camera. He’s the panel of experts and has an incredible camera presence. I recollected the filming went well, but I was worried about the segment. One of the videos clocked in at 17 minutes. But, they acted!

The total video performance analytics for Ryan's CVJ video

People were interested, because they were learning something super valuable and ACTIONABLE. They could use the video to work with their teams on planning out the Customer Value Journey or crowding out the Before and After Grid.

We’ve since filmed more whiteboards with both internal crew members and external crew representatives, like Chris Mercer and Natasha Takahashi, and they’ve all been numerous lengths( but all over three minutes ).

The video ad performance for Natasha Takahashi's chatbot video

They’ve consistently play-act well both on Facebook and IGTV. Our audience is really finding value in such a simple approach: Coming an expert in front of a whiteboard with a marker and saying, “GO!”

Due to the success of the whiteboards on organic social, we are now trying them on paid social. This just reconfirms that organic social matters, so be willing to try something a little outside-of-the-box.

Don’t get bogged down worrying about proposed video hours or a lack of a video fund. Get in front of the camera and coach; your public simply may adore it.

Sherry Bonelli, Owner of Early Bird Digital Marketing

Sherry Bonelli

One of the most efficient digital marketing strategies for neighbourhood firms in 2019 was claiming and optimizing Google My Business( GMB) profiles. Google offers prepared regional firms the opportunity to get a FREE listing that advances the likelihood of their business showing up in Google’s “Local 3-Pack” when people search on Google 😛 TAGEND

An example of Google local business listings

Results can be dramatic- and fast! Within the first month, one of my patients told me that she noticed a dramatic increase in the number of calls her small business loan company was receiving. So much so that she wanted my bureau to start optimizing Google My Business charts for three other locations they had around the state of California.

For a local business, website visits, calls and customers touring their storefront want REAL money to that business. With Google My Business Insights, you can track by week, month or one-fourth the date your Google My Business Knowledge Panel is getting- allowing you to see direct results of your profile’s performance( and how it’s helping grow your business !)

Customer action analytics from a Google listing

Every business that are eligible for a GMB profile should claim their lean and optimize it on an ongoing basis to stay ahead of their contender. It can help them rank in the top spots on Google and get more purchasers. If they don’t, they’re missing a HUGE opportunity!

Josh Turner, Founder& CEO of LinkedSelling

Josh Turner

Being everywhere we could be.

Our goal for 2019 was to not overly rely on one ad placement, one strategy, or one scaffold. Let’s look at one platform exclusively, LinkedIn ads.

We’ve seen over the past few years that Sponsored Content ads( placed under the LinkedIn Newsfeed) generate the bulk of our lead-in contemporary. They too receive our highest click-through rate, date, and reach.

But the word is out on that.

Increasingly over the past 6-8 months bigger players have gotten hip to the opportunity with LinkedIn ads and it has become a most competitive landscape.

To stand out we incorporated safaruss in a multitude of other placements that LinkedIn renders( Dynamic ads, Text ads, Sponsored InMail) and requested ourselves how can we meet our promises on the level they are most lowered to reply to. We observed some immense cost savings by targeting our public in more than one placement at a time.

Now, it’s not a new idea to try and show up on as countless paths to your potentials as possible.

But in these days of big-hearted data and real-time optimization, we’ve found that the more we show up in front of our audience( even if every individual placement or selling canal isn’t getting top return ), the better our overall return on ad spend has become.

So our big home run for the year was simply meeting our gathering on as many paths as we could. It’s what allowed us to increase our certified appointments booked by 63% while maintaining the same overall ad budget.

Eva Gutierrez, Freelance Content Writer

Eva Gutierrez

My major home run in 2019 was something quite often overlooked–testimonies from my client’s patrons about how much they loved the content we were creating.

Content policies can be difficult because when you’re in the Awareness stage of the Customer Value Journey, you can’t always move exactly what impact your content is having. You’re so early in a prospect’s travel to becoming a customer, that dues and product purchases are still a few weeks away.

Whenever a patients’ purchasers are giving us feedback like that, that’s when we know that “weve created” 1) the freedom material, 2) delivered it in the right way, and 3) said it in the right voice.

That trifecta is what shapes content work or flop. The DigitalMarketer Customer Avatar Worksheet is always the starting point for figuring out what material I’m going to create. It’s where you turn your clients suffering tops and challenges into helpful content that constitutes them belief,” Wait, who wrote this ?”.

Once you know what topics you’re going to create content on, you figure out how your customers require their contents( quick-witted blog poles, long blog berths, weekly newsletter’s like the DM Insider, etc .).

And lastly, it’s how you figure out who they want to be telling them this information and hone in on your brand expression. I use spectrums that toggle between cheerful and authoritative, friendly and grown-up, and for the masses or for a niche to figure out what that enunciate sounds like.

Ralph Burns, Founder of Tier 11

Ralph Burns

Have you ever been in this situation?

You’re running Facebook ads. You have an ad named that, overall, is performing well. But when you ogle INSIDE the ad specified, you notice a discrepancy.A couple ads seem to be doing most of the work and generating a ton of conversions…while other ads appear to be underperforming.

So being the smart-alecky purveyor “youre gonna”, you decide to go in and interrupt all the poor-performing ads. You logically assume that if you pause the bad ads, then overall performance of the ad established should improve.

So you do it…and suddenly the overall performance of the ad list croaks DOWN!

It doesn’t make sense, but for some reason your changeovers start to go south. And you’re left scratching your chief, wondering: What in the heck just happened?

If this sounds familiar, don’t feel bad. At Tier 11, we live and breathe Facebook& Instagram ads. But we’ve still knowledge this strange phenomenon and been puzzled by it.

But in 2019, we made a major breakthrough that has helped us to avoid this problem, while revolutionizing the nature we organize our Facebook ad sets.

We call it “ad grouping.”

In a nutshell, we was revealed that we get better performance by creating a GROUP of ads that work together synergistically, rather than just trying to create one huge ad.

Why Ad Grouping Works

The reason this strategy uses so well is because, at the end of the working day, your ads don’t live in a vacuum. Instead, multiple ads can reinforce one another. They can work together.

This is why pausing your “poor-performing” ads can cause your ad create act to tank–because even though those ads weren’t instantly responsible for generating shifts, they may have indirectly cured drive parties to convert on your other ads.

And here’s one other thing considered in 😛 TAGEND

Different beings respond to different hooks, and lock differently with different ad types.

Some parties wish videos. Other beings might have videos turned off alone( especially when they’re not on wifi ). Still other beings are more likely to respond to carousel ads.

To appeal to all these different segments, you’ll need different ad kinds and steals inside each ad set.

How to Leverage Ad Grouping in 3 Easy Steps

So how do you actually DO it? Now are a few quick rules of thumb 😛 TAGEND

1) Make sure each ad deep-seated contains at least 1 persona ad and 1 video ad

This is the absolute minimum requirement. You should ALWAYS have at least 1 image ad and 1 video ad running in every single ad set.

2) We too most recommend at least 1 carousel ad

Carousel ads aren’t quite as critical as image& video ads, but they’re still reasonably darn effective. So we recommend having at least 1 video ad, 1 idol ad, and 1 carousel ad in each ad set.

3) Include 2 “control” ads and 2-6 “test” ads

Overall, we like to shoot for 4-8 ads per ad designate. Two of those ads should be “control” ads–in other words, ads that we know to be effective from previous data.

The other 2-6 ads should be newer ads. We like to test different ad formats and different hookings, too.

Don’t Overcomplicate It

And that’s about it, guys. It doesn’t have to be super complicated. Just follow these 3 paces and you’ll help protect your ad designates from the declining performance that comes from one-ad-itis.

Because we work with some very great advertisers, we often have large-scale ad places( 6-8 million or more ). We’re finding that Facebook has come better and better at picking out the smaller groups within a bigger audience that will respond to your ad–which means you can use a fairly wide-reaching audience and still get immense results.

Just remember that if you’re targeting an gathering of eight million people , not all of those people are going to respond to the same ad type or messaging! And that’s where the ad grouping policy can really glitter in helping you to wring the maximum changeovers out of your ad sets.

Mike Rhodes, CEO of WebSavvy

Mike Rhodes

AI& Machine Learning are here. But … they’re far from perfect at this stage. Google is arguably the world leader in ML but even they, with all their data& blindingly fast computers don’t get it right every time. One day maybe they will, but we’re not there yet.

Which is why we’ve spend a lot of 2019 at my authority, WebSavvy, improving our systems to monitor the AI. We want to know- with hard data- where it’s strong& where it’s shaky. So we can add smart parties to the mix in the right places& working in collaboration with the Machines to get outstanding reactions for purchasers.

I’ll outline a handful of these that I conclude will be the most useful for you& that you can implement in your enterprise or business.


I’m a huge believer in having info( not data) presented to us when we need it automatically. Real time dashboards are an inexpensive nature to do this at scale. The speculating merely needs to be done one time, then once the dashboard template is built it can be flattened out to multiple clients.

We create dashboards for different levels of user in our client customs( committee level, CMO& tactical sell ), but we likewise create a variety of different reports to use for anomaly detection& ongoing optimization.

The latter is growing in importance as more& more of Google’s AI/ automation is forced on to us as useds of Google Ads. For instance…

Monitoring Match Types

Over the years Google has continued to broaden its definition of precise& utterance equal. Meaning that your keywords are now’ matched’ to a wider range of scour queries. Google believes this is best for you- but the Machine often realizes mistakes. So we need to monitor the results& take corrective measures when needed.

The data in its raw word is cluttered& hard to read. So by automating the creation of a report every week( squandering Google Scripts)& turning that data into useful information, the report administrator can see at a glance how the two types is performing.

An example of a spreadsheet showing a weekly report of keywords

Of course to know what corrective action to take asks having clear targets& that’s now the Advantage CurveTM comes in…

Using the Profit Curve™

I established the Profit Curve™ tool at the start of the year as a mode to explain& substantiate buyers why picking a random CPA target (& then asking for more extends “but cheaper”) often isn’t the best approach.

Total profit can often be increased by increasing the CPA target as it allows us to buy so much more traffic. This is where all brand-new buyer engagements start–by identify clear aims& then testing around those goals to test assumptions.

The Profit Curve

If you can allow the machine to invest a little more than your contestants on each head, you’ll eventually end up with all the good traffic.

Google Display Ads

Google’s “other” network is the Display Network. Still (!) a mainly untapped resource by most purveyors& a huge potential opportunity for your business.

Of course as performance purveyors, we want to show ads on locates that lead to real-world outcomes( transitions !) not focus on thoughts& cheap clinks. Nonetheless the Machine doesn’t always target aspect sites.

A spreadsheet showing bad domain strings

So again we use automation to tackle this problem.

We don’t want to spend thousands or the thousands of dollars of purchaser budget to prove( yet again) that those ads on the. xyz or. press locate didn’t lead to a great quality of customer. We’ve came loads of data from millions of dollars of ad waste to prove those acceptances, so we don’t want to start from scratch every time( which the Machine will likely do ).

But it’s absurd to stop Google from depicting your ads on all. xyz places unless you know the exact domain name( eg ThisRubbishSite.xyz ). Luckily we have a long list of those domains we’ve built up over many years, but new ones are supplemented all the time.

The solution? Another Google Script that excavates through the reports every single day& every time it observes a subject containing a word we’ve specified( the above is a tiny subset) it blocks that site for every campaign for that patient AND computes it to the master list stored in the cloud.

So as soon as a new site gets a single click, we can block it& stop wasting millions of dollars. For every client.

Potential Negative Keywords

A similar write trawls through the listing of search queries every day for probe& patronizing expeditions looking forward to new words it’s never seen before.

If the results are terrible, it can block those automatically for ever more. If they’re less than definitive it’ll flag them for review by a team member to make a subjective call.

So there isn’t a single’ go to’ killer campaign. Maybe one day the Machine truly will be better at optimising your detail than a human. Until then the idea is to automate as much as possible, have useful information brought to account managers before they even know they need it, notify them when to look at it& continue to remove the waste.

Hopefully you can use these ideas in your Google account& save a small fortune in the process.

We know–that was a lot. And just like at the Traffic& Conversion Summit, we’re going to leave you with one article of advice.

Choose the home run strategy that becomes the most sense for where you want to take your business in 2020 and focus your efforts on it. Then, give the remain act as a guiding light while you taking forward with your new strategy.

Happy New Year!

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