Free stuff to give clients: An ecommerce promo calendar for their site

Launching an online store for your client means celebrating the end of a long, often challenging job. But it’s also an opportunity to add value to services rendered. More so than with other websites, the ecommerce site presents an ongoing list of necessary tasks — and marketing is a high-ranking item, whether that by email or other channels like social.

Add a little more value to your services by giving clients this ecommerce promo calendar for the site you just completed (or use it as a reason to check back in with them). This U.S.-based calendar includes key dates for each month of 2021, as well as recommended start dates for the campaigns.

Encourage your clients to kick off their own campaigns with the email template provided below, and then reference the ecommerce promo calendar or upload it to their email platform.

The email template

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6 marketing trends to watch for 2021

2020 was a chaotic year, especially when it came down to traditional marketing strategies. But while we saw plenty of business and marketing changes in 2020, it’s time to also look at new trends emerging for 2021. Here are six key marketing trends to watch for your business.

6 marketing trends that will shape the year ahead

Jump on these marketing trends to make 2021 a banner year for your business online.

  1. Personality and connection-based marketing.
  2. Social media shopping.
  3. Focus on UGC and micro-influencers.
  4. SEO shifts to featured snippets.
  5. Optimize for page experience to improve SEO.
  6. Third-party cookie changes.

From changes in SEO to diving into social media shopping, let’s get started.

1. Personality and connection-based marketing

Since 2020 pushed so many of us to social distancing and even quarantine, building personal connections – yes, even with businesses – is more critical than ever. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, customers … Read more

5 marketing resolutions for 2021

Resolutions aren’t just about reading more books or getting to bed earlier or finally breaking your addiction to oatmeal creme pies. Resolutions, like the marketing resolutions here, are also great tools to help you make critical decisions and improvements in your business.

Try out these marketing resolutions

Here are five marketing resolutions to make in your business for 2021:

  1. Trust the data.
  2. Align your content.
  3. Try something new.
  4. Manage your planning.
  5. Reduce, reuse, repurpose.

Let’s get started!

Resolution 1: Trust the data

When you’re caught up in your business’s day-to-day activities, it can be easy to start relying on your gut instinct to see what’s working (and what’s not).

In 2021, resolve to review and act on the in-depth data available from your marketing systems. Here are some key things to look at:

  • Overall website traffic: Are you getting more or less traffic to your website? Are your site
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Philip Levine: Walking them through it

With a distinctly streamlined model for project management, Philip Levine runs South Florida Web Advisors, a web development agency serving the West Palm Beach, Florida area. You can find South Florida Web Advisors on Twitter and Facebook.

Tell us about yourself. Who are you and how does your process work?

I’m Philip Levine of South Florida Web Advisors in the West Palm Beach area. I’ve run this agency since 2014, but I’ve been doing this sort of work since 1997.

Assuming the client doesn’t already have a website, I like to start with a template. It speeds up the development process. We find a WordPress template that works for their industry and interest. It gives them direction. They know what they need to fill in.

Then I walk through it with them. They develop the content, collaborating with me. I walk them through best practices. For example, I … Read more

The best agency advice for 2021 (based on what we learned in 2020)

*This post originally appeared Dec. 18, 2020 on the Media Temple blog.

Here at the end of 2020, agencies resoundingly have a positive outlook for 2021. And agency leaders we’ve talked to have voiced a strong sense of the path forward. There’s good reason for it, too.

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines obviously provides a great deal of hope in itself. And even though the global scale of that rollout may be slow, the shared wisdom developed over 2020 adds a clearer perspective for how to continue through the pandemic and beyond. What’s been learned from these hard times can be applied to the good times as well.

So in that spirit, we’re looking back at what’s been shared with us, and sharing it with you. From interviews, panels, and surveys conducted over the course of the year, we assembled these five key pieces of advice for agencies looking … Read more