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Top Digital Marketing Predictions for Local Brands

By: Sean Flavin, Content Marketing Manager

Since you follow the digital marketing industry, you probably know that industry blogs are saturated with posts about top predictions and trends during December and January every year. During this wave of pontification last year, I remember thinking, “Why is this the only time that anyone posts digital marketing predictions?” I’m not questioning the subject, … Continued

What Google’s Move to Drop Anonymous Reviews Means for Local Brands

By: Heather Ottenhausen, Team Leader - Local Solutions

In late June, Google officially announced they were removing anonymous reviews from business listings. Google provided local search blogger Mike Blumenthal a short and sweet statement confirming the move. “We do not allow anonymous reviews today and we’ve removed legacy anonymous reviews.” The actual purge of anonymous reviews appears to have occurred in May. Google’s confirmation … Continued

Top Announcements for Advertisers from Google Marketing Live

By: Sean Flavin, Content Marketing Manager

Google hosted its annual Google Marketing Live event in San Jose, California on Tuesday. During the live-streamed keynote address, Google executives announced several new features and initiatives coming to the company’s various advertising platforms. The event came just weeks after Google introduced three new (i.e., updated) advertising platforms – Google Ads, Google Marketing Platform and … Continued

[Case Study]: Our Digital Marketing Strategy Drives Profitable Traffic for Portrait Innovations

By: Mindstream Media, Marketing and Media Agency

Background: Portrait Innovations is a brick and mortar photography business delivering a wonderful in-studio experience. The company is facing downward pressure from online companies like Tiny Prints, Shutterfly and countless other online photo and print competitors.

Google Local Search News: The Latest Updates to Google My Business and Maps

By: Chelsea Weidauer, Associate Product Specialist - Local Search

Recently, Google released a few details about new features for Google My Business (GMB) and Google Maps users. Although not all of these new features are available yet, each of these updates could be huge for local businesses and consumers.  The GMB dashboard is now allowing more types of service businesses (e.g., plumbers and florists) to add … Continued

10 Digital Marketing Strategies for Franchise Brands

By: Troy Dowell, VP, Business Development

The franchise business model has a lot of advantages for brands and franchisees alike. Franchise brands get to grow their business and increase their footprint faster by relying on investments from individual owners to open new locations. And, franchise owners get many of the perks of owning their own business with the added advantage of being … Continued

How to Improve TV and Digital Video Advertising Campaigns as Viewing Habits Change

By: Sean Flavin, Content Marketing Manager

Video content has proved adept at engaging audiences with its combination of sight, sound and motion. And for years, TV was the main vehicle for audiences to consume video content on a regular basis. The combination of these two factors has driven years of heavy investment in TV commercials.  But, things have changed. Video content remains … Continued

TL;DR Roundup – Google I/O Updates and the Best of the Rest in Marketing and Advertising This Week

By: Sean Flavin, Content Marketing Manager

Welcome to the TL;DR Roundup, Mindstream Media’s (almost) weekly recap of the biggest stories in digital and traditional media, marketing and advertising. We know there’s too much going on to read everything, so we break down the most important stories for you. Need help with your marketing/advertising efforts? Have any questions about this week’s news? … Continued

Building Better Client-Agency Relationships Starts with Building a Better Agency Model

By: Troy Dowell, VP, Business Development

The CMO Club recently surveyed 106 chief marketing officers to see how they viewed the existing agency model and asked them what changes they’d like to see in the traditional client-agency relationship. Their findings really got me thinking about the best approach marketing agencies can take to serve our clients in a rapidly evolving media landscape. Is … Continued

20 Questions to Ask When You Think it’s Time to Hire a New Paid Search Agency

By: Adrian Huth, Director of Search Marketing

Ever get a funny feeling that your brand’s Google AdWords campaigns or other paid search campaigns could be better? Maybe you’ve been with the same paid search agency for a long time and performance has dropped as the agency has grown complacent. Or, maybe you’re regretting going with that agency who promised the same results and service … Continued