The Power of a B2B Handwritten Note

When was the last time you sent a handwritten note to an employee or customer, thanking them for their work or business?

In today’s world of instant communication, it’s easier than ever to send a brief text message or email. It’s quick, painless and requires little effort. But the next time you think about sending an email or text message to a customer or employee, consider sending a handwritten card or note instead. Why? A handwritten note is more personal than a quick email sent from your smartphone. People like to feel valued, and taking the time to write a note, address an envelope and stick it in the mailbox communicates that you care for and appreciate that individual.

When writing handwritten notes, consider the following tips: Continue reading this article


Think Ahead: Ideas For Your 2018 Marketing Calendar and Budget

If you haven’t started planning for 2018, here are a few suggestions to consider when you begin. (And if you haven’t started, start soon, because your competitors are.)

 1. Check in with industry experts

Listening to those you trust can help you become aware of a trend you may have missed or had not considered correctly. Industry analysts are great sources of what’s happening; so are other marketers who are not working for a direct competitor. And when it comes to providing neutral, non-proprietary information, your BNP representative is available with information about new marketing opportunities.

 2. Preview the 2018 live event calendar

BNP research indicate marketers and customers have tried-and-true events they attend annually, but they are always open to something new if the criteria fits.

 https://www.bnpsolutions.com/events/ Continue reading this article


Four Google-Approved SEO Tips for Mid-Year 2017


Full-time search marketing experts spend a lot of their time debating the tweaks and trends of Google’s worldwide network of engineers and scientists. While such understanding of Google is important, for most of us mere mortal marketers, it’s probably more important to steer clear of the theoretical until after we embrace those practices we know that Google already endorses.

There are many resources Google provides to help marketers use search marketing. But right now, if you don’t have months and months to dedicate yourself to mastering all that Google does, sign up for these three resources:

    1. Think With Google: This is a non-technical resource that focuses on case studies, tools and trends that showcase Google’s advertising solutions. While not directly related to SEO, it’s a great insight into what Google is “thinking” about.

    2. Google Webmasters: This can be very technical at times, but provides a treasure trove of tools and advice about being found by those who search for information using Google (translation: everyone).

    3. Google Analytics and Data Studio: Okay, this may get a little geeky to set up, but the first step in understanding how Google interacts with your website is installing the free Google Analytics mega-tool. Recently, Google added another free resource called Data Studio that provides several visualization tools that help explain to us mere mortals what’s taking place at Google Analytics. (You’ll probably need help setting up both of these, but after you know the basics, you’ll find you have lots of data at your fingertips.) Continue reading this article


The Importance of Having a Multichannel Marketing Strategy

During the period dramatized on “Mad Men,” the marketers and media companies along Madison Avenue could do a year’s worth of ad buys in an afternoon—between martinis. Three TV networks and a few major magazines would reach every customer in America. For example, the highest-rated TV series of the 1950s was “I Love Lucy.” At its peak, the show was watched by more than 67 percent of everyone with a TV turned on. Fast-forward to the 2010s, and the most-watched TV series today is “Sunday Night Football.” Yet only 13 percent of every TV is turned on to watch it.

Today, advertising decisions are often made by software using real-time data to determine where and when to place ads. Advertising can not only be tailored to a person’s location, but it can also take into account a customer’s interests based on previous patterns of usage.

In other words, as people have more and more media options and advertisers have more and more ways to distribute advertising, using all of these different types of media to reach a specific group of customers becomes more and more challenging—not easier as the future is sometimes promised to be. Continue reading this article


BNP Media’s Specialty Coffee Days Bring Us Together

 “It was a great addition to the day. It made me get out of my office and interact with some other BNP employees. The coffee was great too!” 

Solidarity within an organization comes in many forms.  What better way to take a break in a busy day than to grab a cup of gourmet coffee, tea or hot chocolate, catch up with old friends and make new ones in an informal, fun setting.

Specialty Coffee Days are a regular feature at BNP Media headquarters in Troy, Michigan.  It gives us an excuse to pamper ourselves a bit through a catered event that also says “Thank You” for all the contributions made by our great people to our organization.  And Starbucks has nothing on the flavors and styles available on Specialty Coffee Days.  Cheesecake. Mocha or Caramel Latte.  Cinnamon Tea Latte.  Expresso shots.  Just take your pick. Continue reading this article


The Role Blogging Plays in Improving Your SEO and Serving Your Customers

There are many reasons your company website should have a blog. A blog can help you build relationships with your current and potential customers, position you as a subject matter expert, and provide an easy outlet for sharing company news, events and information. But a blog can also boost search engine optimization (SEO) and drive traffic toward your site. It’s a win-win.

Here are five ways to use your blog to improve your SEO rankings and drive more traffic toward your company’s website.

    1. Create original—and quality—content. Unique content can boost your website in search rankings. But the information found on your website probably doesn’t change that often. That’s why it’s important to write blog posts on a regular basis. That way, you’re always adding new and fresh content to attract readers.

    2. Stop overusing keywords. The more keywords, the better, right? Not exactly. While keywords are important, search engines are now paying attention to the whole query instead of individual words. In 2013, Google introduced Hummingbird, an algorithm that judges the context and intent of the person doing the search, attempting to zero in on what they are trying to figure out. So, instead of focusing on 10–15 individual keywords in your blog post, try using long-tail keywords and phrases that people would typically use when searching for something relevant to your site. Continue reading this article


How New Media Enhances, Not Hurts, Traditional Media

The term “traditional media” sounds like something one’s grandparents may have used back in the good ole days. But in a business context, traditional media refers to the evolution of ways we access news and information for our work interests and free time passions.

Traditional media was a daily newspaper with a thick sports section filled with lots of ads for tires and used cars. Traditional media was having three or four local TV affiliates of major broadcast networks. Traditional media meant lots of local TV ads during the news, weather and sports. Traditional media meant thick weekly news magazines, Reader’s Digest and TV Guide.

Now we have something called “new media,” a term that refers to anything that includes the words digital, social, streaming, data and content. For nearly 20 years, new media people have claimed to be disrupting the traditional media titans. However, in reality, new media is turning to traditional media to help them find sustainable channels of growth. Facebook, Google and Twitter are constantly experimenting with how to pay for streaming sports and other live events so that TV viewers will have something to be social about. Continue reading this article


The Importance of Having a Multichannel Marketing Strategy

During the period dramatized on “Mad Men,” the marketers and media companies along Madison Avenue could do a year’s worth of ad buys in an afternoon—between martinis. Three TV networks and a few major magazines would reach every customer in America. For example, the highest-rated TV series of the 1950s was “I Love Lucy.” At its peak, the show was watched by more than 67 percent of everyone with a TV turned on. Fast-forward to the 2010s, and the most-watched TV series today is “Sunday Night Football.” Yet only 13 percent of every TV is turned on to watch it.

Today, advertising decisions are often made by software using real-time data to determine where and when to place ads. Advertising can not only be tailored to a person’s location, but it can also take into account a customer’s interests based on previous patterns of usage.

In other words, as people have more and more media options and advertisers have more and more ways to distribute advertising, using all of these different types of media to reach a specific group of customers becomes more and more challenging—not easier as the future is sometimes promised to be. Continue reading this article


BNP Media & Roofing Contractor Magazine Support Habitat for Humanity Project

$10K donation in support of volunteer Rick Damato, Editorial Director of BNP Media’s Roofing Contractor Magazine

Troy, Michigan-based BNP Media is supporting Rick Damato, Editorial Director of BNP Media’s Roofing Contractor Magazine, who will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity’s 2017 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

During July 9-14, 2017, Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place in cities across Canada with a goal of building 150 homes in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary.  Habitat for Humanity Edmonton will build 75 homes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.  Habitat for Humanity Manitoba will build 25 homes in Winnipeg.  While President and Mrs. Carter will focus their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, almost 50 communities across Canada will be participating.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort helps to raise awareness of the critical need for affordable home ownership around the world. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes.  To learn more about Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit habitat.org/cwp. Continue reading this article


Why Print B2B Magazines Matter

Since the release of early web browsers during the mid-1990s, self-proclaimed experts have been declaring that “print magazines are dead.” Of course, the media landscape has undergone a lot of change in the two decades since, but one thing hasn’t changed: Print magazines are alive and well. For example, followers of Samir Husni’s “Launch Monitor Blog” [https://launchmonitor.wordpress.com/] are aware that dozens of magazines are launched each month.

Many magazines have shut down since 1995, but that’s not unusual—magazines have opened and closed regularly since they first began. For example, a magazine published by Benjamin Franklin in 1741 titled The American lasted only one issue. But no one in those days declared magazines were dead.

New communications technologies since Franklin’s day have remade magazine publishing time and again. Improvements in printing technology, enhanced distribution methods enabled by the railroad, instant communication made possible by the wireless telegraph, and the creative mediums of radio, film and TV have all changed the business of publishing. Continue reading this article


19th Annual Food Safety Summit Makes An Impact on Food Safety Professionals

Donation by sponsor BNP Media, on behalf of attendees,  to Feeding America Coalition was highlight of event

The 19th Annual Food Safety Summit, held May 8 – May 11, 2017 in Rosemont, IL, attracted nearly 1,700 food safety professionals and 190 exhibiting companies.  The outstanding attendance at this event each year reflects the importance of safety and professional education to the food growing, processing, packaging, distribution and retail industries.

Among the full schedule of presentations and seminars at the event, attendees discussed important issues like the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Integration of the Nation’s Food Safety System, while also reviewing case studies of recent foodborne illness outbreaks.

The success of the event also shows the commitment to feeding the nation with quality foods. Continue reading this article


New to Online Advertising Retargeting? BNP Media Can Help

During the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing information about retargeting, the type of marketing that helps you stay in front of potential customers across the web—even when they are visiting consumer-oriented sites.

Since retargeting is new for most B2B marketers, BNP Media can help you get up and running. We can help you:

• Develop and execute a strategy.

• Gain quality insights and prove performance of media spend.

• Understand deeper insights on ad effectiveness.

• Optimize your campaigns. Continue reading this article


How to Measure the Results of an Online Retargeting Campaign

At the end of each retargeting campaign, an advertiser receives an in-depth report that combines the information you’ve tracked while the campaign has been taking place.

Metrics Measured for Each Creative Used During a Campaign

  • Impressions: The number of ads that appear on the pages that users visit during a campaign.
  • Clicks: The number of times an ad is clicked on by a user.
  • Click-Through Rate (CTR): The ratio of clicks on one of your ads to the number of total ad impressions.
  • Post-Impression Reporting: Users may see an ad numerous times before acting on it. They may even act on the message by going back to an advertiser’s website and bypassing the ad. Post-impression conversion tracking reveals such delayed impact of an ad.

The Value of Post-Impression Recognition

Retargeting provides a benefit that has been considered one of the pillars of effective advertising in the mass media age: frequency. In short, it means that the more times potential customers see your ad, the more likely they are to recall it when it’s time for them to make a purchasing decision. This principle is sometimes called “The Rule of 7” to represent the number of times it takes for a customer to act.

With the long purchasing cycle of many business products and services, exposure to your brand and message is especially important over an extended period.

Why is this important? Many potential customers don’t click on an ad; instead, they go directly to the advertiser’s website or use Google. Repeated exposure to your brand from retargeting increases the likelihood the customer will recognize your brand and click it during such a search.

By placing a simple pixel on your site as well, BNP can track those who saw your ads, but visited your site without clicking—a critical component of a retargeting campaign’s success.

To learn more about B2B retargeting, click here.


The ROI of Retargeting

The customers you are trying to reach online don’t just view their laptops and mobile devices as tools for work. They use their devices throughout the day for tasks ranging from running a business to coaching a youth soccer team. Retargeting enables you to keep your marketing message in front of potential customers on a wide variety of websites that fit their lifestyle, as well as their professional interests.

Here are just some of the benefits retargeting provides to marketers who want to make sure potential customers stay engaged with your brand. Continue reading this article


How to Personalize Online Advertising With Retargeting

Consumer advertisers have the ability to advertise at a mass-market level. Online, they can use a lot of sophisticated methods to reveal the precise demographics of potential customers. With a big budget, consumer marketers can stir up demographic ingredients such as age, gender, household income, race, ethnicity and education to create a profile of the perfect potential customer.

Match that data with the traditional and digital media consumed by the perfect demographic, and you have your advertising strategy mapped out.

However, the job is more difficult for business-to-business (B2B) marketers. Other than interesting correlations, customer demographic profiles based on age and gender are of little to no importance in B2B online advertising. The factors that actually matter focus completely on the roles the potential buyers or influencers play in the procurement and purchasing processes of their business. Continue reading this article


What Is Retargeting?

Retargeting. It is a great marketing buzzword, but what does it actually mean, and how does it work? Retargeting is a form of online advertising that helps keep your brand, product or service in front of your desired audience.

You have probably seen retargeting used by consumer product marketers. You visit a retail website to check out a new rain jacket, and the next thing you know, that same rain jacket is popping up on the other websites you visit.

This type of advertising also works for business-to-business (B2B) marketers. A retargeting campaign on a BNP Media website can position your products or services in front of new customers. Here’s how it works: When a potential customer visits an industry-focused BNP Media website where you advertise, the visit is recorded with a small cookie-like browser code called a pixel. Later, when that same customer visits one of the thousands of websites in BNP Media’s retargeting network, your advertisement will appear on that browser. Continue reading this article


3 Reasons Customers Can’t Find Your Website, And How to Correct It

An online presence for a business is critical in today’s e-commerce culture. When business-to-business (B2B) customers are ready to research or buy a new product or service, they don’t turn to the industry sourcing directories they may have used in the past. Instead, they open their web browser and visit Google.

If you want customers to easily find your website, it’s important to adhere to Google’s webmaster guidelines. These guidelines give tips on how to help Google find and understand your website, such as building a sitemap file, limiting the number of links on a page and submitting your website to Google. If you don’t follow these tips, your site’s chances of showing up in Google’s search results are low, making it difficult for customers to find you.

Here are three more reasons your customers may not be able to find your website—and how you can solve the problem.

1. You give customers no reason to visit. A good website is rich with helpful content. Slick use of photography can make a site look pretty, but your audience is there to learn about your products or services. Plus, search engines want to see unique, easy-to-understand content. Google actually penalizes sites that feature content found on other websites, making search engine results drop lower and lower. Feature content that’s unique to your company.

2. Keywords aren’t used. Keywords can increase your website’s SEO—search engine optimization—potential. Use language similar to what your intended audience will use. For example, a pizza place may want to use frequent references to “delivery,” “carry-out,” “pizzeria” or even “pepperoni” to optimize SEO keywords. The more effective your keywords, the more likely you are to pop up in your audience’s search results.

3. Navigation is confusing. In order for search engines to find your website, the content has to be linked properly. Make sure that all pages on your site can be reached by a link on another page. Not only will linking pages correctly increase your chances of appearing in search engines, but it will also make your site easier for visitors to navigate.


5 Ways You Can Use the Same Content in Completely Different Ways

“Create less, promote more.” That’s what Salma Jefri said four years ago about content marketing. It’s a quote that appears in almost every article written about repurposing content—including this one. It’s pervasive because it’s true. Content marketing is not about creating as much content as possible; it’s about getting your content in front of as many decision-makers as possible. One possible content marketing strategy entails creating gobs and gobs of content. A smarter strategy is creating quality content that can be repurposed in a variety of ways. Here are five suggestions:

1.  Collect how-tos for an eBook: Find your best and most popular how-to posts and compile them in an eBook. They could all be on the same topic and cover something very specific, or they could all be on different topics, allowing you to cast a wider net. A well-written introduction and clean design can pull them together.

2.  Whittle down a whitepaper: You may not realize how many content opportunities a single whitepaper affords. Blog posts pointing back to said whitepaper and infographics illustrating some of the most interesting points are just a few examples. Use an easy-to-use infographic maker like Canva, Piktochart or Venngage.

3.  Turn webinars into videos: A well-done B2B webinar takes effort—so why not use the momentum created to go to the next step? Webinars can easily be converted into video files to beef up your YouTube channel.

4.  Transform picture-perfect presentations: With a few tweaks, any presentation can easily be transformed into a slide deck, which you can post on LinkedIn’s SlideShare. The site, which boasts 70 million unique visitors a month, allows users to browse presentations, videos, documents and infographics by topic or user.

5.  Republish popular posts: OK, so this idea can’t exactly be described as “completely different,” but it’s effective. Find your most popular posts—i.e. the ones that still get clicks months or even years after they were originally published. Then, update and repost them—either to your blog or other sites like LinkedIn, Medium or Quora.


BNP Media and Dairy Foods Contribute To 2017 Defeat Hunger Campaign

Troy, Mich.-based BNP Media and its DAIRY FOODS brand has joined with the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Dairy Council in the fight against hunger by donating to the 2017 Defeat Hunger Campaign.

BNP Media’s donation of $2,500 will help provide approximately 7,500 meals, as the FPSA, sponsor of the Defeat Hunger campaign, works towards its overall 2017 campaign goals.

“We are pleased that Dairy Foods, as a member of BNP Media’s Food Beverage Packaging Group, and the people of BNP Media can support the Food Processing Suppliers Association and its Dairy Council with this heartfelt program that helps alleviate hunger in the Chicago area,” said John Schrei, Publishing Director at BNP Media. Continue reading this article


Why Business-to-Business Print Media Is a Long Way From Extinction

“Print business magazines will soon be dead” went the predictions of self-proclaimed internet gurus of the mid-1990s. But here we are, 20 years into the advertising-supported business-to-business (B2B) digital media era, and one thing is certain: B2B print magazines haven’t gone away.

What’s more, much of the growth of B2B digital media is tied to trusted brands that today have thriving multi-channel opportunities (print, digital, live) for buyers and sellers to connect in industry marketplaces.

Magazines are still popular with readers

While the business model of weekly news magazines and daily newspapers makes their future more challenging than other print products, there is no evidence that the entire magazine medium is going away. Continue reading this article


 
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