September, 2011

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Blogger outreach is scary

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. That’s what my company, Abraham-Harrison does, and lots of other companies try to do it, too. But I am still surprised that many companies don’t do blogger outreach, even today.

How NOT to pitch a blogger

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Tweet This Post. Image via Wikipedia. Last week, I talked about how blogger outreach is scary , and I talked about why this fear exists for most people before they start talking to bloggers. In great measure, these fears exist because of the horror stories that have resulted from wrong-headed approaches. Now, Marketing Conversation gets loads of pitches as well. It is sort of like dating.

How to pitch a blogger

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. So last week, I told you how NOT to pitch a blogger in your PR outreach, so it raises the pregnant question of what exactly should you do? We at Abraham Harrison have been doing it successfully for almost five years now, so we think we know a thing or two about it. Just how do you pitch a blogger? First off, we see if we already know anyone. Who is spitting mad? God bless her.

Is digital marketing innovation too fast for its own good?

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Image by hdzimmermann via Flickr. Every day the news rolls in about some aspect of the Internet marketing space. Actually, to say it is every day is a bit of an understatement. Life at Internet speed happens at a fast and furious pace that is difficult for anyone to keep pace with. So what is a professional marketer to do? It’s ahead of its time. Wouldn’t that be interesting?

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

Untangled Web: Why White Hat SEO Is the Way for You

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Image via Wikipedia. Marketing has always had an element of deception, even to the point that commentators believe that search marketers are nothing more than spammers. So-called “ black hat SEO ” has persisted for a simple reason–it has worked. I gave a Webinar yesterday that shows you how to start practicing “white hat SEO” to lead to your success.

What does “Do It Wrong Quickly” really mean?

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Image via Wikipedia. I was privileged to keynote the Webdagene event here in Norway this morning, and they requested that I talk about “ Do It Wrong Quickly Marketing &# (link to slides), which I was happy to do. If you haven’t read my book (I assume that’s most of you), you might not be seduced by the idea of doing anything wrong. But that’s not me. (I I swear.).

Book review of Marshall Sponder’s Social Media Analytics

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Image by mima_flickr via Flickr. If you don’t know who Marshall Sponder is, it’s time to find out. I’ve worked with Marshall off and on for many years, hiring him on my analytics team at IBM ten years ago and working with him on client projects since. And the book is a surprise (a good one) in other ways, too. So, if you are looking for a critical review, look elsewhere.

The New Facebook: I Get It and I Don’t

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Image via Wikipedia. In the past few days, Facebook has rolled out what can only be described as a tsunami of changes to the service. We are being told that the focus is no longer on acquiring users. They currently sit at 800 million and the next time we hear anything about the total number of users the word will have the first letter of “b”. It’s a bunch of changes in a very short period.

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.

Answering the tough questions about social media

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Tweet This Post. Image via Wikipedia. Has your boss started asking you the so-called “tough questions” about social media yet? You know the ones. Is anyone making any money on this? Are we going to make any money? What’s the ROI for this social stuff? When are we going to see some results? And my personal favorite: What’s in it for me ? Now, don’t get me wrong. These are great questions.

Simple Works Well in SEO

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Image by Niels Linneberg via Flickr. Search engine optimization (SEO) is not an easy task. We like to act like it’s easy because that’s what everyone (meaning those who want to do it but don’t know anything about it) wants to hear so we, as an industry, often go right along with the charade and talk like it’s something you can do in your spare time.

“Unemployed Need Not Apply” is dumb

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Image by Getty Images via @daylife. You might have seen the blogosphere and the Twitterati starting to chirp about this one. My home state of New Jersey is trying to regulate it. I’m talking about the increasing number of employment ads that make it clear that all applicants must currently have a job. In other words, if you are unemployed, don’t even bother applying. Dumb for you.

5 Things You Must Have Before Starting an SEO Campaign

Biznology

Search engine optimization is an important online marketing strategy that improves a website’s presence in the search engines and online overall. Like any other marketing strategy, prep work is important. In order to implement a successful SEO campaign, it’s important to first have the following five things: Dedication. SEO is a long term marketing strategy that takes a lot of time to implement and monitor. While many companies start out with the best of intentions, they are quick to throw in the towel when they don’t see results as fast as they would like to. Slow and steady wins the SEO race.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

Hey Internet Industry! Enough Already!

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Image via CrunchBase. Recently, the news has been filled with the latest comings and goings (and speculation around who’s next) among some of the Internet space’s heavyweights, starting with the A-list blogger Michael Arrington of TechCrunch. In case lost your scorecard, here’s a recap: OUT – Michael Arrington of TechCrunch – The TechCrunch founder (and start-up maker or breaker) recently sold his platform to AriannaOL. He pushed just far enough to get officially fired. Don’t worry, he’ll land on his feet, as will the top end of the TC editorial crowd. back to relevance. Irreverent?

Why Zagat might be a smarter purchase for Google than Yelp

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Image via CrunchBase. By now you’ve heard the news that Google has purchased Zagat Reviews. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zagat, it has a worldwide set of reviews that travelers have relied on for decades to choose the right restaurant. Google famously flamed out in its bid to buy Yelp in 2009, and has finally added the restaurant reviews it has craved.

Do you know how to calculate your conversion rate?

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Image by Matthias17 via Flickr. I had a great time yesterday delivering the keynote at the Wednesday live conference in Stockholm, which featured an all-too-typical show of hands. First, I asked how many of the marketers in attendance had a Web Analytics system installed on their site. Every hand in the room went up. Every hand went down. Why is this so? Get an account or install the software.

Measuring ROI in Social and Mobile Marketing

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Image via Wikipedia. Today I gave a talk to Denmark’s FDIM group in Copenhagen (and I’ll give a similar talk tomorrow at Wednesday Live in Stockholm ) on how to figure out what’s working and what’s not in the latest digital marketing techniques. If you’re interested in the slides, check out “ Measuring ROI in Social and Mobile Marketing.&#. Internet Marketing

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

How important is Google+

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Image by Bruce Clay, Inc via Flickr. Google had a small announcement this week. It would have been a big announcement for most companies, but Google isn’t most companies. I mean, a big announcement for Google would be an acquisition–not just any old acquisition, but a big one such as Motorola. Or they invented a new browser (been there). Or a new operating system (done that). I mean.

How do you break into SEO?

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Tweet This Post. Image via Wikipedia. If you are in this business long enough, someone will come up and ask the question. To some of them, it is the most important question in their lives: “How do I break into SEO?&# I honestly get this question several times a month. And each person that asks me is ready for my answer. Some seem ready to take notes. In fact many folks ask a longer question.

How to be on social media while on vacation

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Image via CrunchBase. When I was a kid back in the dark ages, there was no Web, so marketing mainly consisted of TV commercials and other forms of advertising. There was one ad that ran for years for a rug cleaner. My aging memory is a bit dim on the details, but I remember the ad consisting of a series of quick cuts of women out and about doing fun things, each one saying, “I am shampooing my rug right now.&# They accomplished this magic by spraying their rug with the rug cleaner and then leaving the house so they could come back and vacuum it up to find a clean rug.

Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

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Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 87. $164.

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Klout can be “gamed.&# Even me. Nothing more.

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. ie “LOVE this post! …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). The rules are at best guidelines, and nobody is requiring you to share mediocre content.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

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.

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,” readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too! So here we are with the third edition. These are all real Twitter bios … @MichaelACaruso. I’ve learned I don’t know anything.

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations. Look through the success stories in your blog reader. Coca-Cola. And of course the ever-present Zappos. Is anybody paying attention to the little guys? Get it?

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

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By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale. Gone are the days when bloated claims could pass as truth and lies went unpunished. Now is the time of social SEO. Then Came SEO.

Can you make money managing social media?

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In a blog post almost two years about the best business idea for social media marketing , I made a prediction that I think stands up. I said that there would be increasing demand for out-sourced social media management and content farms that would pump out low-cost, low value content in a Wal-Mart kind of way. I’m not not saying this is recommended or ideal! ” Medium-sized companies.

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.

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. I haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. TopazPartners.com.

12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS

PWB Marketing Blog

Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. We compiled twelve tweetable facts about the prolific use – and success – of social media among B2B marketers.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. It’s our attempt to spice up the stodgy principles of marketing. Here are the 4 New P’s of Marketing you’ll see throughout the syllabus. Personality. Publishing.

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The hidden costs of social media conversation

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It’s all about the conversation. Have you heard that a thousand times? It’s a ubiquitous mantra of the social web to the point where sometimes I think it takes over as the ultimate goal. It’s not the goal. The goal of any organization is to increase shareholder value … a.k.a. make money. Even non-profits. What is the future of the social media “conversation?” Marketing, interrupted.

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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.