Category Archives: Creative

holiday email campaign

Why This Holiday Email Campaign Misses the Mark

It’s that time of year again, and B2B marketers everywhere are dusting off the usual holiday clichés in an attempt to weave good cheer into their demand generation campaigns. Take the email campaign below from security vendor Symantec. Sure, they can be forgiven the holiday theme (gift boxes, fir trees,… Read More

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Email Critique: When a Good Offer Just Isn’t Enough

Here’s a list of the things I love most about the email below from Allocadia, a Vancouver, BC-based developer of Marketing Performance Management (MPM) software: 1. The offer image. Yeah, that’s about it. Seriously though, that is one gorgeous white paper. It’s visually stunning, professional, colorful, even the title is… Read More

Data Content Creative

Does Creative Still Matter in B2B Marketing?

At Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit last month in San Francisco, there was much talk about the shifting function of marketing towards a more strategic, data-driven role within the modern corporation. You see similar sentiments echoed throughout the marketing press. Marketers are no longer the “arts and crafts” people, we’re told…. Read More

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Above the Fold Still Critical for B2B Email Design

“Above the fold” is a term that originated in the heyday of print advertising and direct mail. Generally speaking, it’s a principle of advertising design that suggests that advertisers, in order to engage the reader and drive that individual to act, should present key selling information in a location within… Read More

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Steal This Technique for Your Next Sales Email

One of the basic rules of good, direct marketing copywriting is that a call to action should always be specific. In other words, it’s always better to present the reader with a very precise, preferably tangible reason to respond. So, for example: “Click to download our free white paper” is… Read More

Google Quality Score

5 Simple PPC Landing Page Changes that May Improve Your Quality Score

As most PPC advertisers already know, Google’s Quality Score measures what Google perceives to be the quality of your keyword ads. Every keyword in a campaign receives a quality score, ranked on a scale from 1-10, that, in combination with other factors – not all of which Google discloses –… Read More

Integra Email Campaign

Email Campaign or Essay Question? You Decide.

The email campaign below from Integra, a regional provider of business voice and data solutions based in Vancouver, Washington, gets high marks for promoting content – in this case, a “buyer’s guide” – but on all other counts, the email reads like the opening to a term paper, not the… Read More