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The simple truth about what’s driving digital next year


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?

Design thinking


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


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.

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


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.

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.

Micro-influencer marketing is the new long tail


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.

If you post it will they come?


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?

What is structured content?


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.

Selling is to hunting like marketing is to trapping


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.

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.

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome


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’s normal to be bad before you’re good


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.

How Putin’s brand inspires Trump


Donald Trump recently praised President Putin of Russia with full admiration as “a leader far more than our leader” and that he “has very strong control” over Russia. As a forceful, deal-making businessman, Trump can relate to Putin’s leadership style. Both are authoritative kindred spirits. But will Putin’s authoritative brand image have any impact on Trump’s political behavior? Like this post?

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Don’t be a “wuss” anymore on social media with your content and discussions


If you’ve been following my content, you would have seen that I engage in creating challenger sales and marketing content. For example, my article “ CMOs Are Failing to Go Beyond Brand Awareness ,” questions the actions of CMOs at organizations like Xerox , Wiley , Lithium , G2Crowd , and XOJet. Click here to read part 1 which has over 3600 views and you can click here to read part 2.

10 essentials missing from your business website


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.

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.

Increasing customer engagement with videos just got easier


Increasing customer engagement with video is not the same as upping the level of charm in the video. It’s getting the customer involved. On the interwebs this generally means clicking something or sharing something. Apple ‘s release of iOS 10 means that clickable interactive videos will work on hundreds of millions of devices where they don’t work now. Skip intro. Like this post?

Influencer outreach is more PR than marketing or advertising


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.

10 Reasons why branding is even more important for start-ups


True branding can be a bewildering challenge for many managers: either they don’t completely understand the strategic benefits of authentic branding, and/or they assume that branding simply consists of a name, logo and proprietary graphics. Entrepreneurs are generally obsessed with a new product idea. Now Forget It. What Can Branding Do to Motivate Customers? What Marketing Tactics to Use Today?

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Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?


I recently had the privilege to sit in on FIR B2B episode 45 : a podcast by Paul Gillin and David Strom. When my wife heard it, she said they sound like the “Click and Clack of tech.” Needless to say, it was a lot of fun. I had a few belly laughs and we also covered some serious topics. brief description: you build digital experiences using the words and phrases of your target audience.

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.

Your team is the best content source for search


If there’s anyone in your world who can pass the duck test , it’s your employees. There’s nobody else anywhere who looks more like a duck, swims more like a duck, and quacks more like a duck, then your staff. So, don’t duck your staff when your aim is to win at search. Admit it. That’s smart. But it doesn’t need to be hard. How about  James Lipton ? Jimmy Fallon?)

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


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?

Are you taking advantage of B2B marketing data?


Frequent readers know that most of my marketing experience is B2B rather than B2C, and that virtually everything I do is data driven. So, perhaps you might think that I didn’t have much to learn when I picked up  B2B Data-Driven Marketing by fellow Biznology blogger Ruth Stevens and Theresa Kushner. Wrong. And that was just in the first couple of chapters.). Like this post?

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Earned-media micro-influencer marketing master class


Last Friday I mounted my ’95 K1100LT touring scooter and buzzed from the intense super-highways of Northern Virginia , into our Nation’s Capital, and then through the labyrinthine streets of Washington, DC. My goal? To guest lecture at Professor Shashi Bellamkonda ‘s Social, Mobile and Search Marketing class at  Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies , XCPD-732.

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The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

Influencer marketing tools of the trade


We’re off to the races! Dan Krueger and I just launched a new influencer marketing campaign on behalf of the best pure, extra virgin, raw cold pressed, and alkaline coconut oil, Skinny Coconut Oil. So, since blogger outreach is at the top of mind, I thought I would talk a little bit about the tools of the trade — what we use to stoke excitement about our clients! OK, now on to tools.

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Exploit the hours employees spend on social media


When Dan Krueger and I send out our Gerris Corp influencer marketing emails, we time the mail-merged blast for around nine on the morning, East Coast time on a Tuesday. We’re doing this because influencers generally are the most generous with their time and most responsive to our email PR pitches when they’re on someone else’s clock. So, this is sort of a clever bait-and-switch.

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


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


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.

Help Google help you optimize your content for search


It’s really hard to get Google’s attention. Content marketing is indeed a silver bullet — why do you think I’m writing this — but there are ways of wooing search engines beyond starting a blog. Google loves structured data. We try to make it clearer by using categories and tags, but it’s often for naught. Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Chile Relleno Recipe.

Brand assimilation in link campaigns: building client trust


Brand assimilation is essential to the success of a link building campaign, particularly when you’re working with an enterprise-level client. The ability to effectively adopt an enterprise brand’s voice will help you establish client trust earlier, build campaign momentum faster, and pay major dividends down the road. The Importance of Branding for Enterprise Companies. Unique selling point (USP).

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Add For Immediate Release to your podcast queue


A couple Sundays ago I met up with Joseph Thornley , Lynette Young , and Shel Holtz on video Skype to record episode 15 of Shel’s industry-trusted and industry-respected PR podcast,  For Immediate Release , AKA the FIR Podcast. Out of thin air, and fulfilling a dream, Shel asked me if I might be willing to join a hand-picked panel of PR professionals and I jumped on it. Go git ’em!

Audience Lab is a secret weapon for political advertisers


Audience Lab is a secret weapon for political advertisers who are interesting in only reaching their target audience surgically every time instead of wasting time, money, and goodwill by firing for effect at best and carpet bombing at worst. This is game-changing. Why war? The less the gun lobby knows the better the chances that they won’t  be able to mount a counter-offensive. Good to go.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

CMOs fail to go beyond brand awareness on LinkedIn


Recent studies show 87% of B2B sales and marketing leaders are using LinkedIn and other social media platforms, but less than 1 in 5 can clearly prove and demonstrate social media ROI. believe it’s because the attention and efforts are on the top of the funnel instead of thinking about the complete buyer’s journey. That’s a lot of hopefuls. What are you paying attention to?

What’s the killer app in B2B marketing? Face-to-face events


I was teaching B2B digital marketing in Buenos Aires this month, and found some of my students to be dismayed by one data point that came up again and again in the course: of all tactics in the B2B marketing toolkit, the most valued, the most used, and the most effective is face-to-face events. It’s not digital, except tangentially. Why is this the case, and what does that mean for us marketers?

Contactually is a flawed secret weapon


While online influencer marketing  is my  raison d’être, business development is my new jam. As you may have read previously in  I put my Sales money where my CRM mouth is  and remember to market to your own influencer network. I ” But what I say, after a short chat, is that not even the shoemaker has shoes. Shoes have never been cheaper and easier to buy and use to great effect.

Visitors hate online ghost towns more than spammy auto posts


No, that’s only the second most-hated thing in corporate social media branding. The biggest reason why this happens is never because anyone’s too busy. Know why I know this? In all three cases, it comes down to a lack of passion, a lack of vision, or a lack of a win. It’s like building a new reef: sinking an old fishing trawler is only step one. There will be growth in the spring!

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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.