Friday, December 12, 2014

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Location-Based Marketing Through Geofencing

What is geo-marketing? Put simply, geo-marketing is the integration of geographical intelligence into various aspects of marketing, sales, and distribution. In other words, it is the use of geolocation (geographic location) in the process of planning and implementing marketing activities. As the world changes and technology emerges, location-based analytics are becoming more important as we need to pay attention to the location of the consumer. The advent of smartphones is making this easier, thanks to location sharing application such as Yelp and Foursquare. Location-based marketing is seen every day, from ads on Google to "shop alerts" when to step inside a specific store's range. In fact the opportunities for marketing through geofencing are huge, and they continue to grow as time goes on.




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Feature Spotlight: Community Building in 6 Steps


Today's Feature Spotlight is about the six steps to getting your Online Community up and running. If you attended our webinar last week that aired on December 4, 2014, you may have heard some of this information. We thought it might be helpful for those interested in building and maintaining a community of their own to see the 6 steps to creating a beautifully stunning community portal that people want to join.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Webinar Q&A: Community Building Insights


First of all, we would like to thank everyone that attended our webinar last week on "The Building Blocks for Sustainable Research Communities" that aired on Thursday December 4, 2014. A special thanks goes out to all that presented: Ivana Taylor from DIY Marketers, Heather Carpenter from Pilot Media, John Johnson from Survey Analytics and Esther LaVielle from Survey Analytics for moderating. 

For those of you that wanted to attend but couldn't, you can view the slides and watch the replay here. At the end of the 30-minute session, we took some time to address any questions that came up during the presentation. Now we have compiled those questions for you to review here. As always, if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Q1: Why do you think communities is the x-factor solution people should adopt in 2015?

A1: Communities are so important, especially for businesses who audiences are not on social media, is because having a community is actually an asset. Think of each community member as an asset. Once you spend the time and money recruiting people into your community, that becomes a very important private and managed space that belongs to you. All the people you engage with on social media, don't belong to you, hence they are not your asset. They only become an asset once they give you their email and join your community. Once they've done this, that makes them yours, and that is extremely profitable.

Q2: I love the call of duty portal you showed. Can Survey Analytics help me build out a sweet looking portal like that?

A2: Absolutely! Survey Analytics has top-notch designers and programming team that can help you to build and theme your community to look any way you like to match your brand. We do love the fact that our tool is so easy to use so most people can get in there and make it look the way they want it, but we also realize that sometimes time is of the essence. So if you may need any assistance, we would be happy to help you customize this. 

Q3: What kind of differences have you seen when doing research with your communities vs. without a community?

A3: We recently sent out a survey directly into the public, without the help of our engaged community, and what we realized what tremendous. The dropout rates were very high, and you can tell that our open-ended questions were not taken as seriously. But when we actually use our community, they actually really like taking the surveys, they are very engaged, they like participating and feeling like they are helping our local businesses. 

Q4: How can communities be beneficial for loyalty programs?

A4: I think that the people that are in your community are already loyal. Where they can be very beneficial is by expanding your loyalty program. You want to leverage the people that are engaged by bringing friends along. Having a "refer-a-friend" program is a huge tool in this regard. I like to call these kind of people "sneezers". They love to participate and bring their friends along. If you think about the high cost of customer acquisition, having a hyper-engaged community can be worth much more with very little marketing budget involved.

Q5: What are best practices for persuading (in this example, Call of Duty players) to participate in your community?

A5: There are many different ways you can put together a strategy in terms of getting more members and persuading more members into your community. First, think of it as a campaign or a project. What I suggest is knowing what you want to do and how you want to roll our first. Look at the ways that you make influencers "sneezers", and then you bless them with rewards and incentives for doing that. Another important feature is a refer-a-friend program in which they get additional rewards for that. All in all, let others speak for you.

Q6: Can too much personalization become detrimental to your panel?

A6: Personalization is great, but I think too much can definitely confuse things. Sometimes I depend on the panelists to point out to me any errors that I may have made. But yeah, I think that it is important to find the right balance between showing them who you are via personalization and not being overly complicated or confusing in your design elements.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Tips for a Killer Resume

As the end of the year draws near, it's always a good idea to dig up your resume and polish it. Regardless of if you are on the job hunt, it never hurts to add new skills, recent achievements, and projects that you are working on. Most people will wait until the last minute to update their resume, often times forgetting major responsibilities and achievements. So we've done the legwork and found five great infographics with tips and advice on making the best resume. Check it out!









Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SA’s Community Advantage: Rewards Integration & International Rewards

Things can get tricky when you apply a rewards strategy to your community solution. Who do you want to use? How much money do you allocate? How do you keep track of the inventory? With Survey Analytics community management solutions, we offer an integrated rewards solution that is easy to use and saves time from using a third party vendor.

Our partnership with Tango Card gives our clients an opportunity to view a full and robust point and click rewards catalog that works directly with our points system. Points are redeemed by community members through the community member portal.


Digital cards from the top brands:

amazon gift cardstarbucks gift cardtarget gift carditunes gift cardhome depot gift cardfacebook gift cardamc gift cardamerican eagle gift cardapplebees gift cardbass pro gift cardchilis gift cardfandango gift cardgamestop gift cardgap gift cardgroupon gift cardihop gift cardkohls gift cardlandrys gift cardlogans roadhouse gift cardmacys gift cardmaggianos gift cardnike gift cardnordstrom gift cardnordstrom rack gift cardoverstock gift cardpetco gift cardpottery barn gift cardrei gift cardrixty gift cardspafinder gift cardsports authority gift cardstaples gift cardtoys r us gift cardzappos gift card1800flowers gift cardjcpenny gift cardgolfsmith gift cardgreat american days gift cardtask rabbit gift card

Want to build an international community and offer international rewards that works? As the leader in offering multi-national rewards,Tango Card and Survey Analytics has you covered! We cover rewards in the UK, Canada, and have Visa offerings that cover the rest of the globe.

To learn more about Survey Analytics community management solution, join us for a webinar on Thursday December 4th, 2014.

Title: The Building Blocks For A Sustainable Research Community
Date/Time: December 4th, 2014 11AM PST/ 2PM EST

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