Outbound Marketing to Developers (a.k.a. Email Marketing)

Outbound Marketing The world has changed, and it’s time to take a fresh look at one of the simplest and most effective digital marketing tools in your toolbox — outbound marketing. The need is self-evident; the pandemic has effectively isolated people from normal channels of communication. It has also essentially eliminated two important avenues of communication: the trade show and the in-person sales meeting. While there are virtual trade shows and web meetings, neither replaces in-person.  With the shift away from contact marketing, outbound remains one of the best methods to reach and communicate with your audience. Outbound marketing [...]

By |2020-10-13T13:21:58-04:00October 14th, 2020|Marketing to Developers|

Developer Product Evaluation Preferences

Product Evaluation Preferences Evaluating a product for purchase is tricky business. As the cost and complexity of the product increases, so does the risk; risk of failure, embarrassment. Your reputation on the line when making a product selection, and decisions have to be made. So Code Project asked its developer community “How do you prefer to evaluate a product?” From a marketing perspective, there are a number of tactics you can use to promote a product for evaluation. In this survey, developers were presented with a list of common evaluation tactics and asked to rate them. Developers could choose [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:01:31-04:00September 30th, 2020|Marketing to Developers|

Get Time on Your Side for Successful Developer Advertising Campaigns

Advertising Basics An advertising campaign is a primary method of delivering messages to your audience as a component of an overall marketing strategy. While advertising can mean many things, digital advertising is generally categorized as either paid or earned. Paid advertising is where you are paying someone for space and time. Earned advertising used to be called publicity — and basically, it’s “free” advertising, such as press releases or media coverage. With paid advertising, you have the advantage of controlling the duration and the frequency of opportunities for your audience to view your ad. Optimizing these two factors is [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:02:42-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Marketing to Developers|

What Ad Copy Draws Developers’ Interest?

Write Ad Copy Developers Notice Wouldn’t you love to be able to write the ad copy developers notice? The content your ad points developers to will shape the message of your ad. To create the most effective ad copy, you must know the content topics that will interest your technical audience. Start With the Value Proposition If your ad points your developer audience to content that is useful to them, they are much more likely to click. This means understanding the value proposition of your product and your brand’s expertise, and delivering content that communicates that. Elements of the [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:02:53-04:00May 26th, 2020|Content Marketing, Marketing to Developers|

Why Market to Developers? Developers Have Influence

Why Market to Developers? Maybe your product’s customer is actually a CIO. Maybe the purchasing team sits on the business side of the house. Maybe developers aren’t even really your customer, you just need to convince their company’s C-suite to build a product with your API and put that on their product development map. So, why should you pay attention to developers? It turns out that they are often part of the decision making unit.  Our survey of a developer community results showed that 60% of developers have the ability to approve or reject a tool purchase.  We asked  [...]

Developer Programming Woes: What Should Brands Improve?

The More Things Change, The More Things Stay the Same Many developers are finding themselves under the gun, with more being expected of them in shorter amounts of time. Everything from new tools to new processes are now on the market, with the hope of making programming more efficient, more accurate, and more cost-effective.  CodeProject asked its developer community, “Is the process of writing software becoming harder and more complicated?”Survey Says...In the context of this survey, complicated was defined as requiring more pieces (build tools, deploy tools, different languages, multiple systems); harder was defined as each piece being harder to learn, [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:03:10-04:00May 19th, 2020|Marketing to Developers|

Using D2D Advertising to Influence Developer Search Behavior

D2D Advertising and Search If you are advertising to developers in developer-to-developer (D2D) communities, you may overcome their propensity to use ad blockers. But how can you use ads in D2D community websites and newsletters to influence search behavior? Fortunately, developer habits are in your favor. Web Search May Affect Your CTR So, what if your ad click rate is low? You’ve placed a link in a D2D newsletter, and a static ad on the D2D community website your audience loves. Don’t despair. According to our developer interviews, many developers will view an ad, but won’t click on it. [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:03:20-04:00May 12th, 2020|Marketing to Developers|

Keep Your Promise: Truthful Developer Advertising

It’s Not Just What You Say Developers are a skeptical technical audience. Sure, you can split hairs and say truthful things that are misleading by implication. But you do so at the risk of damaging your campaign and your brand. Learn what it means to have truthful developer advertising through and through. Use Straightforward Language According to our developer interviews, many developers like storytelling in advertising. It’s engaging and fun. As long as it is not disruptive, telling a quick, interesting story is welcomed. But make sure it is accurate and easy to understand. The developers you want to [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:04:29-04:00May 5th, 2020|Marketing to Developers|

Developer Habits That Impact Advertising

Are Developers So Different? Developers share many behaviors with other consumers. However, developer habits and how they influence their interaction with advertising are specific and measurable. It’s useful to consult the data and learn what developers are likely to do when encountering an ad campaign so you can construct the most effective campaigns. This is particularly true if you are advertising to developers in developer-to-developer (D2D) communities. These are the best locations for advertising, because they are guaranteed to have your audience! But, to tip the balance to successful campaigns, you should factor in likely behavior. Ad [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:03:39-04:00April 28th, 2020|Content Marketing, Marketing to Developers|

D2D Community Advertising Principles

What Is A Developer Community? We’re defining a developer community as a place where developers congregate to build their skills, get questions answered, and share information to help other developers. If it sells advertising, it is probably not associated with a brand or vendor, but is associated with a particular application, language, tool or technology.  Because the strength of the community is based on the interaction between community members, we like to refer to these communities as developer-to-developer (D2D) communities. The Advantage Of Reaching D2D Communities D2D communities are popular with developers because they can share and obtain information [...]

By |2020-10-06T14:04:40-04:00April 21st, 2020|Marketing to Developers|
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