If you post it will they come?
JULY 19, 2016
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?
Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome
JUNE 21, 2016
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.
How to implement a Video 1st content marketing strategy that drives action
JUNE 22, 2016
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
Influencer marketing tools of the trade
JUNE 14, 2016
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.
Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?
JULY 13, 2016
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.
Influencer outreach is more PR than marketing or advertising
APRIL 5, 2016
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.
Earned media influencer outreach is alive and well
JULY 5, 2016
As I mentioned last month in Influencer Marketing Tools of the Trade , Dan Krueger and I are in the midst of an earned-media blogger outreach campaign on behalf of Skinny & Co. We just finished our first week and we’ve already delivered products to 47 bloggers and have another 60 queued up for delivery this week — and we’ve only reached out once so far. The Skinny & Co.
10 essentials missing from your business website
APRIL 7, 2016
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.
Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness
We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.
What’s new in content marketing?
JULY 6, 2016
Content marketing is the technique of generating and distributing valuable and relevant content in order to attract, educate, and obtain a target audience with the goal of driving profits via customer action. According to LinkedIn Technology Marketing Company, 72 percent of marketers have a content strategy in place. Automated Content. Niche Content. Multimedia Content. Influencer Content.
Help Google help you optimize your content for search
MAY 31, 2016
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.
My PocketCHIP is a portable Linux box
JUNE 28, 2016
Before I was an influencer marketer, before I was a social media strategist, and even before I dominated search with SEO and online reputation management (ORM), I was a geek. My first job after college was managing a room full of Sun SPARC Solaris pizza boxes. My second job was as LAMP technologist — Linux , Apache, MySQL , and PHP — but in my case it included Python and Zope, too.
Audience Lab is a secret weapon for political advertisers
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
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.
Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?
745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.
Surefire Social introduces SurePulse “webmaster tools”
JUNE 7, 2016
Surefire Social is about to offer an all-in-one social media, search, reputation, review, analytics tool in the form of SurePulse , now in beta. I get to play with a lot of cool tools in my work doing social media and SEO audits and reporting. Seriously: easy-to-use. Seriously: all-in-one. DMV Marketing Gods & Goddesses. It seems like SurePulse is surely set up to do it. It was quite a crew.
Add For Immediate Release to your podcast queue
JANUARY 5, 2016
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!
6 studies show why Facebook organic reach is declining so quickly
JUNE 6, 2016
50,000,000+ businesses have a Facebook page. 1.48 is the average number of times these brands post each day. 2% is their Facebook organic reach and it’s declining (source: DMR ). 50,000,000 businesses post 1.5 times a day to reach just 2%, a small and shrinking percentage of their audience. Why is Facebook organic reach declining so fast? What can business do? Here are 6 studies to explain.
Do-it-yourself influencer marketing
MARCH 23, 2016
Chris Abraham’s latest webinar was about influencer marketing. You built it, where are they? Unless you’re a celebrity, influencers won’t come to your open mic night unless you’ve already won them over. Learn to get the attention of potential natural allies and fans, connect with them, and appeal to their interests and passions to benefit your brand in a million ways, often for free.
Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative
Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.
Why email marketing still matters–and how to make it work
JUNE 15, 2016
Andrew Schulkind recorded a webinar on how to make email marketing campaigns work for you. Unless you’re selling goods or services with a buying cycle of “right now” (like lattes) you need a way to stay in touch with prospects as they move through the buying cycle toward a decision. Email, done well, may just be the perfect solution. But how do we create email campaigns that work? Like this post?
Why SEO is just the start for digital marketing
APRIL 11, 2016
Congratulations. You’ve won! You show up on the first page when the world searches for the goods or services you offer. Maybe you’ve even reached the peak and rank first for valuable keywords in your industry. Why in heavens not? Oh, right: traffic doesn’t pay the bills. Customers pay the bills. More specifically, profitable customer engagements pay the bills. Traffic isn’t the end goal.
Make the most of your social media fans
JUNE 27, 2016
Most brands and companies today have some sort of social media presence. Even in industrial and technical sectors, Twitter and Facebook have proved themselves to be lively venues for engagement, sharing and conversation. But here’s a new development. To me, this sounds like the next big thing in the rapid progression of social media marketing. The match rate averages around 10 percent.
The challenge of authenticity
JUNE 20, 2016
How to write content that is both outside-In and authentic to your brand. In my last post I promised several follow-up posts delving deeper into the three insights. still want to do that, but not this time. This post is about a central theme of all my work, including my latest book , which I co-authored with Mike Moran—how to be authentic and user-centric at the same time. Like this post?
5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies
The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.
3 predictions for online marketing in 2016
DECEMBER 22, 2015
thought I was pretty clever when I realized that you can use regular expressions (regex) to do global search and replace across an entire website with either direct access to your back-end relational database or via a convenient plugin. Before that, we did it all by hand, which is pretty crazy since most websites currently running even the smallest company brand is database-backed! Happy 2016.
The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on
MARCH 8, 2016
I stared my first blogger outreach agency back in 2006. Called AbrahamPR it evolved into Abraham Harrison a year later. Now Gerris Corp , I am still offering influencer engagement campaigns to my clients. Ten years on, the state of the union of blogger outreach is good for brands and agencies but great for the bloggers and online influencers. Blogging Isn’t Cool. Blogging is Hard. Groan.
10 secrets to research the best SEO keywords
MAY 16, 2016
SEO is a puzzle to some. Researching the best SEO keywords is an essential part of your online strategy, that is, if you want to be seen. Before slapping content up on a website, be sure you’ve done your keyword research. As a content marketer, you easily find that search engine optimization (SEO) can kill your online sales and prospects if not executed properly. Don’t Fight the Competition.
Personalized content for more effective content marketing
JULY 18, 2016
Don’t call them, they’ll call you. In today’s B2B world, your prospects don’t want to hear from you until much later in the buying process, so attracting, engaging and nurturing them until they’re ready to talk to a sales person is no longer a nice way to supplement the top of your funnel. It’s an absolute must for long-term survival. Personalizing content will yield much greater results.
Why 9Round should be using SOCi for social media management
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
OK, this may well be my weirdest post ever, so bear with me. This isn’t actually happening; it’s theoretical. SOCi is a former client and 9Round is my new HIIT kickboxing gym. I pay 9Round Penrose money to use their gym. And, And, as a gym, they’re taking over. They currently have 311 locations in 8 countries via franchise. It was frustrating. He saw the post and we chatted.
Visitors hate online ghost towns more than spammy auto posts
OCTOBER 6, 2015
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!
Marketers need to play a stronger sales enablement role on LinkedIn
JUNE 10, 2016
Earlier this year, LinkedIn set out to determine which departments wield the most influence over B2B buyers across a number of different sectors. Their findings show that overall, marketing has 30% more sway than sales in a typical B2B buying decision and that marketing has 27% more sway than business development. What’s Wrong with the Role Marketers Play on LinkedIn Now…. You can’t!
Social media, echo chambers, and the decline of discourse
JULY 14, 2016
When I fell in love with social media a decade ago, I was convinced that media democratization would be the best thing for informed political discourse since the invention of television. Unfettered access to a diverse world of perspectives would make us more enlightened, tolerant, and aware. could not have been more wrong. The U.S. How did access to information actually make us less informed?
Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program
Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.
Build a page and profile for absolutely everything
MARCH 1, 2016
Summary : if you have multiple locations and/or multiple products, you need to create social media channels for every single one of them. If you have several 9Round franchises in Northern Virginia , you need to have a Twitter , Facebook, Google+ , Instagram , and Foursquare/Swarm profile for each one. People are mobile. bandited @9RoundPenrose because I want to mention my new 9Round Gym. Right?