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13 Tools To Help Market Your Startup In 2017

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Working in the performance marketing space for 8 of the last 10 years has been amazing. I’ve been able to use many tools and services to do my job better (and faster). Maintaining quality should always been number 1.

I also believe in automation not repetition where possible. You should know how to do the task manually before automating anything (and why you’re doing it).

Below are some of the tools I use each week (some daily) to get my job done. A couple I’ve been using for 8 years now. They have stood the test of time.

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Zapier – The software helps you connect two programs together that don’t have an official integration. e.g. importing a Twitter list into a Slack channel, so it’s searchable later by your team. I did this recently for a Twitter list I had based on research publications. Zapier’s recipe library.

IFTTT – It’s is a web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes”, which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Dropbox, Instagram, and Craigslist. Seer Interactive put together a great list of IFTTT recipes for marketers.

AdWords Scripts – Provide a way to programmatically control your AdWords data. You can use scripts to automate common procedures or interact with external data in one to many AdWords accounts. A couple cool scripts I’ve been using over the last year are URL Link Checkers and Keyword Performance. Brainlabs also has an AdWords script library that is a great resource if you work in the commerce space or have a ton of different inventory and SKUs type clients.

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A Defining Moment For Google: Expanded Text Ads and UI Change

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Over the next 12 months Google will finish a product roll out that will define the company for the next decade. With advertising being a $60 billion dollar business in the USA alone and Google making up 50% of that revenue. Any change Google makes to their AdWords has a profound effect on their future growth.

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The two products rollouts are Expanded Text Ads and a major overhaul of their AdWords platform interface. I won’t go into detail on each change as you can follow the links above. Over ten years I’ve seen many changes with AdWords (and even Google Analytics). However, these two changes are a dramatic shift in how Google does business and a North star for the company to be more mobile focused.

If Google makes even a small misstep then that has an impact on their revenue and the moonshot projects they invest in. We are already starting to see early results roll in that Expanded Text Ads are underperforming compared to old AdWords ads. If Google can’t get this under control in the next 3 months then I don’t know if 2017 will be a brighter year for AdWords.

Interview: The Importance Of User Experience In Mobile Marketing

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While I was in London a few weeks ago. I had the opportunity to be interview for webcertain.tv, which covers news and updates around the marketing industry. The 5 minute talk was a cool experience and really glad I got to talk about mobile marketing.

The Importance Of User Experience In Mobile Marketing

Mobile marketing is now a vital part of any marketing strategy. We are joined by Duane Brown, performance marketer at Unbounce, to talk through differences between mobile and desktop and how that impacts user experience. We also discuss the small things that make a big difference, how to maximise the effect of mobile, and how to understand what content you should serve your customers.

Converting The Mobile User

My talk from SMX London 2016 on May 19th. Goes over my process and how I look at converting mobile traffic. Hint, it’s more remarketing then trying to convert cold traffic.

I’m Speaking at SMX London 2016

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Despite living in London for two years, I never spoke at a conferences because I worked to much… agency and startup life can do that to a person. Plus I spent a lot of time traveling ever 5 – 6 weeks to a new country or city/town in the UK. However, I’m bloody excited to announce I’m speaking at SMX London on 19th May, 2016. The conference is 18th – 19th May 2016 in East London.

A sort of homecoming as my first flat and first job were both in East London. I’ll be literally taking the stage to speak a few blocks away from my first job in London. Hopefully the May weather will be on my side and provide a few warm evenings for networking with sun throughout the day.

My talk is going be about converting mobile users. I’m sharing the stage with Andrew from Which Test Won and Lewis from Rakuten, which I think will make this a rather interesting talk. We’ve 75 minutes in total, which I feel means we each talk for 20 minutes and then we get 15 minutes of Q&A with the audience afterwards.

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