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Search: The art and science of identifying your target audience

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A common theme with marketers is to acquire as much intelligence, data, and insight as possible in order to “place your bets”: meaning, you want to make sure that the money you are spending on marketing will ensure the people you want to reach actually consume your messaging and then act accordingly. With digital, marketers have access to more data and insight than ever. Search is a critical piece.

Cybersecurity in a hyper-connected smart city

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In our days we read more stories than ever about the current size of the IoT field. The fact that we can connect any possible device on the Internet and become capable of understanding the context in real time and making decisions based on the most accurate description of the situation opens new eras where we can develop business and opportunities. Smart cities are a constant developing concept.

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The more the messier for content marketing SEO success

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You need to spend only 20% of the time you do on your content marketing and marketing SEO than you’re doing — at least for now. Be quick, be messy, be pedestrian, maybe even turn off your Grammatik and your Autocorrect. Churn out five-times the amount of content you’ve been writing then hit publish and walk away for a couple days. Please. America voted Donald J. And though only.4%

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The simple truth about what’s driving digital next year

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Someone recently asked me what I thought the future of marketing was going to look like: what’s driving digital next year and, most importantly, how marketers can prepare for the seemingly ever-shifting changes brought about by digital. This remains a critical question and one that I spend a huge amount of time thinking about for clients and my own business alike. hard and b.) Coincidence?

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

Design thinking

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In our days, design becomes the cornerstone of digital transformation projects. Regardless of the industry or the verticals companies or consultancies operated based on, (what does this mean exactly?), design takes its leading role not only in addressing client-facing problems but also in humanizing and simplifying complicated structures and technology infrastructures. Batten Briefings 2015).

Why content marketing complements (but doesn’t replace) link building

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Content marketing has often been conflated with link building. In fact, numerous SEOs have declared content marketing to be the new link building. But there’s one problem: Content marketing doesn’t actually secure links without promotion. And manual promotion with the goal of links is, well, link building. Content Marketing and Link Building Aren’t Interchangeable. Link earning is a fallacy.

14 key facts on website speed and 4 top tips when it ‘s slow

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Website speed has long been recognized as a important factor that impacts search engine rankings. And a top factor in Search Engine Optimization  (SEO). Slow website speed creates a bad user experience, one that may result in visitors not coming back to your website or going to your competition. And that it even more important than search rank because search engines don’t buy products, people do.

7 key roles in digital marketing

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I recently had the opportunity to speak at a Fairfield County, CT, AMA event. It was a lot of fun presenting Outside-In Marketing to local executives and students at UConn Stamford, which hosted the event. In the lively discussion that followed, the best question was about talent. “What kind of team do you need to create outside-in marketing content?” Content strategist. Analyst.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Outside-in marketing: a pragmatic approach to content marketing

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Content Marketing is rapidly growing, but is often done poorly. People think they have to publish content regardless of the needs of their target audience, at a pace no one can possibly consume. This leads to what Mark Schaefer calls “content shock,” in which you overwhelm an increasingly unwilling audience with content. It’s a huge waste of money that does more harm than good. Don’t worry.

What is structured content?

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Structured content is the most important trend in digital marketing that you’ve probably never heard of. Of all the stories and advice in our book Outside-In Marketing: Using Big Data to Guide Your Content Marketing , the one that has attracted the most questions from my colleagues is the section on structured content. Though important, AMP pages just improve load times for your mobile users.

How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 1

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In previous posts, I shared how CMOs at Xerox, Lithium, G2Crowd, Wiley, and XOJet are getting LinkedIn wrong as they simply focused on brand awareness, reach, and filling the funnel. showed how the actions of these CMOs and others are the reasons behind why 8 out of 10 sales and marketing leaders are unable to prove a clear social media ROI on LinkedIn. Rifles trump shotguns in this case!

Today’s online influencers are wicked tough

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Back in 2006 when I started doing online public relations, blogger outreach was a minefield. Everyone was an INBOX-monitor and each pitch was a tentative toe into boggy turf. Landmine? Solid ground? — and it was years before anyone else besides my little agency was willing to engage these bloggers on behalf of products and brands. But it’s not like that anymore. These are amazing times.

Real examples of how account-based marketing & selling is driving higher revenues on LinkedIn

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Many social media and social selling experts say “volume” is the key to success on social media platforms like LinkedIn. In an article in Content Marketing Institute’s magazine , Jonathan Crossfield compares this scattershot “volume” method to a realtor’s flyer marketing efforts. Now, Jonathan is renting so I’m sure his landlord would have something to say about it.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

4 Ways to really engage your customers on social media

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It isn’t too tough to get your fans to like and share your posts on social platforms, but it is trickier to get them to leave comments. Many businesses really want to interact with their fans and ignite more engagement on social media to build relationships and loyalty. People want and like a better customer experience, so make sure to give them one if you want to really engage them.

Influencer marketing is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration

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Waiting for class. Last night I had the honor of dusting off my trusty old long tail earned media blogger outreach deck and updating it for the new world of earned media influencer marketing for the lovely  Brigitte Winter and her Georgetown School of Continuing Studies  students. My Personal Digital PR Philosophy. Spoil everyone (like you would Guy Kawasaki). Why You Should Reach Past the A-List.

Socialize your videos for business development

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People spend more than 100,000,000 hours every day  watching video on Facebook , which will soon be 100% video, according to Mark Zuckerberg. Sales and marketing people take note: v ideo is a medium used for everyday social communication. That makes sense — it’s just another thing we do with a smartphone.  Use Video to Activate Other Media. On-demand product demonstration videos. Video blogs.

If you post it will they come?

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I work harder promoting my online content than I do writing the posts themselves. And so does everyone else, including mainstream media. If you build it, they won’t come unless you get the party started yourself. Not even revolutions just happen. Everything requires a  vanguard of the proletariat , a catalyst , a shove , a newsie , a  royal entrance fanfare , even the King ! Like this post?

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

What content to blog for Google search success

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After I wrote  The More the Messier for Content Marketing SEO Success  I received an email thanking me for the post, but also noting something else. While learning how to write content to best support your marketing goals, the golden ticket is what to write, week-after-week, that will drive people organically, over time, more and more, to your website. What to Write? It’s diabolically simple.

Analyze your target’s buying process, for greater marketing efficiency

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B2B selling is a complicated affair, but you can simplify your marketing strategies dramatically with buying process analysis. This means that you lay out your prospect’s buying process, stage by stage, and then develop a selling process that maps to it. Voila! Your marketing investments will become much more efficient, being applied to their best use. Let’s look at how this works. And so on.

Micro-influencer marketing is the new long tail

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I have been doing long-tail blogger outreach since 2006. Ten years later, I am still at it in earnest. Even more, I play so far down the long tail of influence that I can still create micro-influencer marketing campaigns that are earned media campaigns. The rise of ‘micro-influencers’ on Instagram. The Biggest Problem With Micro-Influencers (and How to Solve It). Ayre via Facebook.

What can Donald Trump teach us about market research?

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Donald Trump’s presidential victory stunned experts from both sides of the aisle. Polls across every battleground state showed Hillary Clinton with solid leads, yet few of those polls seemed accurate on election night. State after state reported voting results at odds with what almost every poll showed. What happened? We’ll probably be asking that question for years and years. Plenty.

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

Selling is to hunting like marketing is to trapping

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Always remember: don’t forget to keep on selling. Put that coffee down,  coffee’s for closers only. Are you a brilliant genius when it comes to search engine optimization? Are you a digital PR god ? Do you live and breathe social media marketing ? It’s 2016! Everyone needs to always be selling, always be closing (ABC). Selling is hard. People value your connections.

How to effectively integrate video content onto your website

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According to Syndacast , 74% of all internet traffic in 2017 will be video-based. This is a figure that continues to grow as mobile usage skyrockets and customers are looking for faster, more entertaining content to consume. If, right now, your website only features written content, you might want to consider sprucing things up. Start a vlog. Video + Blogging = Vlogging. Create a video gallery.

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Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

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I’ll be honest with you, relatively few companies can conduct a successful earned media influencer marketing campaign. Earned Earned media (or free media) refers to publicity gained through promotional efforts other than advertising, as opposed to paid media , which refers to publicity gained through advertising. That’s cool. Earned media influencer marketing is time-consuming.

IT buyers are calling for a change in how you market & sell to them on LinkedIn

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If you want to reach, connect and engage with more IT buyers, then as a sales and marketing professional, you need to position yourself as an expert who wants to have a real relationship that’s based on up-front value. Yes, I’m saying that the marketing standard of giving value after the fact needs to change! They want a relationship based on real, up-front value. Even if it is LinkedIn!).

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Chris Abraham joins Cindy Crescenzo and Steve Farnsworth on FIR with Shel Holtz

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Episode 64 of the #FIR podcast is up. Podcast: Play in new window,   Download (Duration: 1:31:44 — 37.6MB), Embed. https://traffic.libsyn.com/fir/forimmed-64.mp3. Employee engagement surveys aren’t worth much anymore according to one expert, since people are more concerned about survey scores than addressing engagement issues. Is it time to stop measuring engagement ? We’ll bring you up to date.

Gaining an edge over competitors with a knowledge base

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A knowledge base is a tool that every company should rely on, as it easily improves customer support, collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and workflow within a company. If you are looking for a way to stay ahead of your competition, implementing a knowledge base for your business is necessary. Let’s take a look at some knowledge base basics and how it can help you stay ahead of the competition.

10 essentials missing from your business website

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You want a business website that sells. If your online marketing fails to pull in prospects, then you may be missing some essential digital marketing features. There are plugins and website features that make your life easier. Having a place for people to comment, send you information, and follow or sign up for content can reduce the amount of effort it takes to connect with online customers.

It’s normal to be bad before you’re good

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attended Ira Glass ‘ talk at Wolf Trap last Saturday and my take-away is :  it’s normal to be bad before you’re good. That’s not a license to suck, it’s a challenge that as long as your writing is concise, your audio is clear, and your video is well-lit enough, then the rest of it is really a rabbit hole. 3)  Don’t let your tools get in the way of your creativity.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.

How Trump’s brand positioned itself for victory

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Without doubt, Trump’s election victory was a shock to most people, especially pollsters, the news media, and those living in urban centers across the country. In some ways, it was a contest of character between the two most unfavorably perceived presidential candidates in history. It starts with really understanding your target audience and especially their emotional profile. Like this post?

What brands and consumers get from long vs. short form content

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My long-overdue sequel seeks to address the complexity of content as a searchable, educational, and/or motivational tool for branding when strategy calls for a marketing “pull.” But first, let’s establish that most marketing, even that from the seemingly most enlightened ad pros still relies on market timed offers and the big “push” in ever decreasing effectiveness. Like this post?

How to implement a Video 1st content marketing strategy that drives action

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Because of the importance consumers and business decision makers are putting on content, many marketers and business owners are challenged with how to create the ongoing flow of quality business content that they need to drive their marketing objectives. Why a Video First content marketing strategy makes sense. Back in 2005, we mostly used the internet for browsing. Forget about video! Take

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Influencer outreach is more PR than marketing or advertising

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When I pitch my influencer marketing services these days on behalf of my digital agency Gerris , I find that I am not competing against humans at other agencies, I am fighting it out with Google AdWords , Facebook Ads , Twitter Ads, Bing Ads and even Pinterest Ads. Ask for too much money (to make ’em go away, though they often pay). Payola, baby! Let ’em know you mean business.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.