Rethinking Data-Driven Marketing in the Wake of the Cambridge Analytica Scandal

It’s a strange time to be a data scientist. News about Cambridge Analytica’s ‘problematic’ (we prefer the term morally bankrupt) approach to data analysis has left the 23 million Canadians on Facebook feeling suspicious and defenseless. And the community of social, behavioral and data scientists who work in marketing and communications have never looked more like…

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Company culture

How Your Company Culture Can Become a Marketing Tool

Companies use marketing to attract new customers, retain current customers and to study what works and what doesn’t. There seems to be a new marketing strategy popping up: the idea that a business needs to market themselves and their company culture. Company culture, as defined by Andrew Hartley, director of alternative board at Bradford West,…

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MozRank vs. MozTrust

MozRank vs. MozTrust: What’s the Difference & What Does It Mean For SEO?

Moz is one of the leading SEO tool providers. Its features are used to extrapolate key information and various metrics that can help us optimize our content marketing strategies. Moz offers a plethora of tools, providing us valuable data to glean invaluable insights. MozTrust and MozRank are just two of many metrics provided on the…

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How To Reconcile Differences Between Ad Clicks and Website Sessions

How To Reconcile Differences Between Ad Clicks and Website Sessions

Most marketers have encountered a situation in which a campaign’s clicks and associated website sessions don’t quite line up. Sometimes, it’s a minor discrepancy. Other times, there’s a major difference. In this post, we’ll address the common and less-common causes behind these mismatches starting with the differences between how clicks and website sessions are defined…

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Quality of sleep

Link Between Quality of Sleep and Personal Excellence

According to a National Sleep Foundation poll, almost one-third of American employees revealed that daytime sleepiness interferes with their daily work activities at least a few days each month. On top of that, the line between work and home is blurring. Employees are spending an average of nearly 4.5 hours each week doing additional work…

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social media feedback

Best Ways To Get Feedback on Social Media

One of the best ways to grow your audience is by getting social media feedback. This has a number of advantages. It will give people the feeling that you’re imbedded in a community, give you ideas about where you should head and what you should talk about and keep your audience engaged. So how do…

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia Marketing

Recently I was invited to give a presentation to the PR class at the Nova Scotia Community college on the different aspects of blogging—from personal blogs as a way to practice your craft, to professional blogs to grow your profile, to blogs as an integral part of a solid content strategy. One of the hardest…

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Women at work

Seeking Advice as a Woman at Work? HBR’s New Podcast Has Got You Covered

I’ve been listening to NPR for more than 20 years, so when Podcasts started to become a trend, I was in heaven. From the early days of This American Life, I’ve always loved to listen to stories aloud. But for years I looked to podcasts as just a form of entertainment to pass the time…

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Pop The Champagne! Exciting SHIFT News (x2!)

Announcing some exciting news out of not one, but two SHIFT offices: Alan Marcus (NYC) has been promoted to Managing Director and Jennifer Purcell has been hired as Vice President to lead the SHIFT Austin office — congrats, both! Alan will continue to lead and grow the New York office while expanding his strategic council even more…

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writing errors

8 of the Most Common Writing Errors

Writing is one of those skills that can enhance the possibilities of your success, no matter what you do for a living. With the increased use of social media and texting, many of us have restricted ourselves to simplified spellings, pro-slang words, or we can say a form of “newspeak” from 1984, the dystopian novel…

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