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Vote for the final winner in our “exact match” naming contest

We’ve tallied up the entries in our wholly unauthorized vote to rename exact match. It’s time to choose a winner!



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Caption Contest: What does this Marketoonist say to you?

Here’s your chance to contribute and be recognized for your own martech sense of humor by participating in the MarTech Cartoon Caption Contest. Please take a moment to come up with a creative caption for the above cartoon by Thursday, April 27 at midnight EST.

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2016 Doodle 4 Google contest asks students to look to the future

Students in grades K through 12 have until December 2 to submit artwork based on the theme: “What I see for the future.”

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SearchCap: Google Images filters, Bing photo contest & more

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

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Social Media Marketing: Michaels Stores increases Pinterest board followers by 86% with contest

With a new upscale product line, Michaels Stores turned to Pinterest to reach out to customers. By holding a contest where users pinned images of new products for a chance to win a $ 500 Michaels gift card, it saw a 86% rise in followers of its Pinterest board by 86%.
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Announcing the Winner of the Email Subject Line Copywriting Contest!

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A couple of weeks ago, our friends at MarketingExperiments had the nifty idea of running a copywriting contest to find the best subject line to promote their upcoming landing page optimization conference, the Optimization Summit 2012.

We got 492 comments with your ideas for subject headers.

Some were clever, some funny, some serious.

Some of them shouted for attention, others delivered a quieter message.

(We even had an entry using Sean Platt’s “can’t miss” multi-purpose email subject header.)

We know you’re impatient to find out the results, so let’s get right to it.

The first thing we did was to narrow the hundreds of entries down to a few dozen strong entries:

The first cut

Yes, we really did read every entry!

Obviously, this part of the process was highly subjective. We selected the first cut based on what we’ve seen work best with our own email marketing. That means we looked for email subject headers that caught our attention, that made a compelling promise, that were congruent with the message body (which, as you may remember, had already been written), and that didn’t look like spam.

Because MECLABS wanted to test varying approaches, we broke the best entries into three rough categories — subject headers based on Curiosity, headers based on product Benefits, and headers based on Fear. As you’ll see from our runners-up, the strongest headers often had elements of more than one of these factors.

There were a lot of headers that probably would have been effective, but that we did not include because we felt there would be a disconnect between the promise of the headline and what was delivered in the body of the message.

For example, we really liked the header “Testing — does this link work for you?” (We defined that one as a Curiosity headline.) But MECLABS had some concerns that the element of trickery would annoy their subscribers and lead to unsubscribes … definitely not the result we were after.

And, of course, CAN-SPAM and other anti-spam laws specifically prohibit email headers that are misleading. So if it could be interpreted as deception, we ruled it out.

We also looked for headers that felt in line with MarketingExperiment’s brand and with the voice that was used in the body of the email. Some of the headers submitted might have worked brilliantly … for another brand.

The runners-up

In the “Curiosity” category, we ended up going with Vince Robisch‘s entry:

Quarterbacks aren’t the only changes being tested in Denver.

Denver’s new quarterback has been hot news all over the country, and this header created a good “itch that needs scratching” — just what are those other changes being tested? In copywriting terms, this is known as entering the conversation already taking place in the prospect’s mind. MECLABS also liked the tie-in to the city where the conference was being held.

In the “Benefits” category, we decided on Shaun Connell‘s:

A scientific way to increase your conversions

This header includes both a benefit (improved conversion, which we know is highly desirable to MarketingExperiments’ audience), and also hints at a feature — at how we intend to get to that benefit, with the word “scientific.” This header also harnesses some of the power of curiosity as a secondary element — the reader has a reason to keep reading: to find out what, specifically, that scientific way might be.

Finally, in the “Fear” category, we liked Christine Parizo‘s:

Do your landing pages pass this test?

This is a solidly specific headline — the readers knows that the message will be about landing pages. Passing (or failing) tests is a common anxiety, and in a competitive economy, no one wants to have the landing pages that fail the test.

The word this is important (in fact, there was another entry for “Do your landing pages pass the test?”). That slight added element of specificity enhances reader curiosity to generate those clickthroughs.

The other subject headers

You may remember that our three email headers were going head-to-head against three headers chosen by the readers of the MarketingExperiments blog.

Those three headers were:

  • [Optimization Summit] 3 Days to a Better Website ($ 300 Off Coupon Inside!)
  • Learn 3 tips that made 10,000 landing pages extremely successful
  • Optimization Summit 2012 – Speakers List Up Now! + Save $ 300 Today

And the winner is …

Christine Parizo with “Do your landing pages pass this test”!

Christine will be winning a free ticket to Optimization Summit 2012, plus a free MarketingExperiments Landing Page Optimization Online Course. Well played, Christine!

And just because we like to give stuff away, all six runners-up (including the three contestants over at MarketingExperiments) will receive a 90-day free membership to Third Tribe Marketing, our private community of online businesspeople. (We’ll be contacting those runners-up today with details.) The Third Tribe is currently closed to new members, but we know that six strategic, savvy marketers like these will fit right in.

You can see the results of all of the headers below, in a screenshot from the MECLABS Test Protocol, an internal tool they use to manage and validate all of their tests

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And for more details about the results, head on over to the MarketingExperiments blog.

What do you think?

Would this have been the one you’d have predicted to win? Anything that surprised you in these results? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Sonia Simone is co-founder and CMO of Copyblogger Media. Follow her on twitter @soniasimone

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International Ad AdWords Tips? Google’s New Contest

Google AdWords representative, Mini, posted a new contest in the Google AdWords Help forum for advertisers to win Google Schwag.
The contest is to post some of your best tips for advertising internationally within the AdWords ad market.




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Grade Your Website and Win Prizes! [Contest]

Since its launch in 2006, Website Grader has graded over 3.5 million websites, helping thousands of companies ensure their sites are following inbound marketing best practices. The free, award-winning tool offers deep analysis that generates recommendations for websites big and small. It’s helped everyone from small business owners to internet marketing professionals. And now, we want it to help you too.

Just in case a free, inbound marketing website analysis wasn’t enough for you, we’re tossing in prizes! We’ll be giving away a $ 100 Amazon giftcard every day to one lucky person who tweets their report.  Here’s the scoop on how to win, 

  1. Go to WebsiteGrader.com and enter your website’s URL
  2. Once your report has been generated, read through it and enjoy all the inbound marketing tips
  3. Share your score on Twitter, by using the Tweet This button located at the top of the report. Make sure you don’t remove the #WebsiteGrader from you tweet, as this is how we will be picking winners.

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  4. We’ll pick a new winner and announce it every morning starting tomorrow. 

If that’s not enough, we also have a GRAND PRIZE. To enter in the drawing, write a blog post about your report and what you learned, or what you plan on doing to improve your site’s score. At the end of the month, we’ll be giving away an iPad to the best blog article we find. Make sure to tweet the article to @HubSpot with the #websitegrader hash tag so that we see it!

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