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How to Use Martech to Improve Your Relationship Marketing

Digital Marketing, Personalization, Relationship Marketing January 1, 2020

In a noisy digital world, it's more challenging than ever to engage with customers, give them a positive experience and cement a lasting brand-customer relationship. Consumer behavior has changed — and now most customers prefer companies that understand who they are as individuals.

Years ago this would have been nearly an impossible ask. But with the advancements in marketing technology, it takes less time, effort and manpower to understand who your customers are. Read on for three ways marketing technology can help improve your customer relationships.

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Marketing Over Coffee with Ron Jacobs

Digital Marketing, Direct Marketing, Podcast November 22, 2019

Even as the use of social media and email push us further from written communications, direct mail is still one of the biggest marketing channels around. But as the world of marketing hurdles into a new digital age, direct mail has to adapt. To do that, marketers are now using customer data to personalize the user experience. Ron Jacobs, CEO of Jacobs and Clevenger, recently spoke on the Marketing Over Coffee podcast. In this episode, he talks about how brands must start hyper-personalizing in order to keep the attention of their customer base. Listen to the whole episode to hear Ron’s conversation with John Wall about direct marketing.

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The Science of Behavioral Economics

Digital Marketing, Podcast October 10, 2019

Described as economic theory with a dose of human nature, the concept of behavioral economics has been around for over 40 years. As marketers, we need to understand why consumers do what they do and what affects those decisions. Behavioral economics can help us identify behaviors and adapt to irrational biases that influence every consumer. Why do we trust others more than ourselves to make financial decisions? Why are we more afraid of what we might lose than what we might gain? To help us understand, Meg Goodman sits down with Lou Carlozo on the BAI podcast to discuss the nature of human decision making and how we as marketers can predict it. 

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Ron Jacobs Talks AI on The Currency Podcast

Digital Marketing, Artificial Intelligence, Podcast July 25, 2019

As an expert in the direct marketing field, Jacobs & Clevenger CEO, Ron Jacobs, is always looking for the latest developments in the industry. Recently, Ron joined Mike Gastin on The Currency podcast to “demystify AI for direct marketing”. In this episode, Ron breaks down AI’s role in direct marketing and the possibilities AI will present in the near future. Listen as he also explains how businesses can use AI to predict and implement more efficient marketing strategies across all channels.

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How Insurance Companies & Agents Can Use Content Marketing

Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Insurance Marketing May 9, 2019

In the age of the Internet, content marketing is key. From social media to web platforms to email, there are so many avenues you can use to share branded content. If you’re not taking advantage of this, you’re falling behind.

As an insurance company or an independent agent, you should use content marketing in order to build authority, increase exposure and offer help to your customers. To get started, take a look at these four forms of content that you can incorporate into your marketing plan today. 

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Why Your Business Should Start a Podcast

Digital Marketing, Podcast April 11, 2019

Podcasts are one of the most accessible forms of media. People can listen anytime, anywhere. According to Medium, the majority of listeners tune in during their commute: 52% while driving and 37% while on public transportation. And 32% of listeners catch up while they’re working out. Essentially, podcasts have become a part of people’s daily routine.

Because of the instant reach podcasts offer, businesses have tapped into this format to promote their brand, stand out against competitors and reach new audiences. Here are four reasons your business should consider creating a podcast today. 

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5 Marketing Podcasts You Should Download Today

Digital Marketing, Podcast March 28, 2019

Audio-only storytelling isn’t a new phenomenon. From radio dramas like 1930’s War of the Worlds to FDR’s fireside chats, we’ve been tuning in for over a century. But podcasts changed the game for the 21st century. With free content available on-demand, it’s no wonder this form has exploded in popularity over the past few years.

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J&C Joins Clutch’s Research of the Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Chicago

Digital Marketing October 31, 2018

The work we do at J&C is entirely driven by business outcomes. The way we approach crafting an effective marketing strategy is founded on the concept of picturing the end goal first, and then building the pathway that will get us there. We are always proud of the work we deliver, but since being included on Clutch, we’ve gotten a valuable opportunity to see how our agency ranks compared to others in our field. In fact, we are excited to announce that Clutch recently included J&C in their research segments for the best digital agencies and email marketing companies in Chicago in 2018!

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Being a Contrarian: When the Common Wisdom Is Not So Common

Retail Industry, Digital Marketing June 12, 2018

 

By nature, I am not a contrarian. I have written research papers, articles and books that are well researched and cite multiple sources. I seek agreement among more than one expert on best practices. That’s a safe and establishment point of view.

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4 Tools To Help Make Data Driven Marketing Decisions

Digital Marketing, Data Marketing May 22, 2018

 

The number of devices consumers use is growing at a substantial rate. And that number is expected to grow even faster over the next few years. As a result, marketers have access to more data than ever to make better business decisions. It’s important to know what data is relevant to your business, how to find and organize that data and how to make data driven marketing decisions to support your strategies.

To help you in this quest, we have selected four tools that will help you glean the data you need to make the best marketing decisions for your company. 

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