January, 2012


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Being Pretty Isn’t Enough for Social Media Marketing


Image via Wikipedia. always tell clients that it is no longer enough to be beautiful when it comes to marketing online. The Internet has become more like an Oscar after-party than it is like the airport Ramada. Online, you’re never the lone beauty in the hotel lounge. Online, you’re surrounded by equal or greater beauties. Mind you, there are exceptions.

Lights, camera, action: Video helps you stay in touch with customers


Image via Wikipedia. Here’s where I ran across this:  Glenn Diehl, owner of the New York distributor of Skyline Exhibits , has a team of eight sales people selling custom trade show exhibits and portable displays to marketers and trade show managers in New York City and several northern counties.  The cover note is in plain text, inviting customers to have a look at the latest “Minute” video.

No more SEO worries for dynamic content?


Image via Wikipedia. If you care about how your site is found in organic search, you must spend some of your time thinking about search engine optimization (SEO). In the olden days (2005), certain kinds of content had no shot of showing up in the search index (and thus, could never be found). Not quite. I don’t want to downplay the amazing strides that have been made by the Googlebot.

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Publishing is dying because marketers are the new publishers


Image by Getty Images via @daylife. Every time I come to New York City, I see the same scene. At the subway stations and on the street, I pass multiple people yelling, “AM New York” to passersby, as they attempt to hand out free newspapers to commuters. But very few people take them. And even fewer are buying newspapers. No one can lower the price any more. But you knew this already.

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.

5 Steps to Online Marketing Success in 2012


Image via Wikipedia. Rumor has it that 2012 is the year the world ends (and yes, I am going to use that joke all year long). But on the off-chance we might make it to 2013, you probably want to ensure you’re ready for success this year. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple list of things you could do to ensure you’re ready for your best year ever? Oh, wait. happen to have one right here. What are the 5 steps to online marketing success in 2012? Get your team in order. Help your team understand your objectives. Assess risks. Focus on your core initiatives. Assess risks.

The Social Media Isolationist


Image by marcusrg via Flickr. In follow up on my last post, Being Pretty Isn’t Enough for Social Media Marketing , I wanted to discuss what I like to call Social Media Isolationism or Social Media Agoraphobia.  And there are two forms of social media isolationism: Invitational and exclusionary. The Welcoming Pineapple. You host awesome dinner parties, right? Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.

Global Social Media Marketing


Image via Wikipedia. My monthly Biznology® Webinar yesterday was called “Global Social Media Marketing.”  I talked for 30 minutes about how to apply your social media strategy on a global scale.    Social media is becoming part of every marketer’s toolkit, but is your international marketing being left behind? Sure, Twitter is important here, but how about in China?

Digital Advertising that Fits Both Consumer and Marketer


Image via Wikipedia. Tablets may well change digital advertising and increase conversion by fitting the digital advertising to the consumer’s preferences. Studies show that people engage with their iPads and other tablets at a higher level and have a higher level of trust. Consumers feel safer about storing their preferences on their tablet than with a web site. He calls this “padvertising.”.

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.

Wikipedia and the wiki utopia, revisited


Image by Octavio Rojas via Flickr. Back in 2006, when the hype around the then-called Web 2.0 “thing” was reaching its peak of inflated expectations , much was said about an article published by Nature the year before, which boldly stated: “Jimmy Wales’ Wikipedia comes close to Britannica in terms of the accuracy of its science entries, a Nature investigation finds.

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Don’t Let Your Social Media Hypothesis Dictate Your Conclusion


Image via Wikipedia. While neither marketing nor social media are sciences, one needs to use scientific principles to be most effective when it comes to both branding and prospecting online. It doesn’t take an Einstein to succeed in social media marketing, but to does take a scientist. Well, that’s just bad science, is what that is. Science is about testing.

1 Billion Facebook Users in 2012? Not So Fast


Image via CrunchBase. report has been released by interactive agency icrossing. We reported on it over at Marketing Pilgrim. The gist? In 2011 Facebook announced they hit the 800 million mark  in September. That means that the social media giant needs to grow by 25% before the end of 2012 in order to hit the 1 billion mark. Oh and we also have to trust that they actually hit it. Too cynical?

In Digital Marketing, Yesterday and Tomorrow Mean Nothing


Image via CrunchBase. read a post recently from Seth Godin. He is an interesting fellow in that many times he has great ideas if you can just get past his arrogance, but I digress. The post was referring to looking at the past and what you had done in the face of the crazy times that existed in whatever era you wanted to choose. To sum it up, there is never a perfect situation with economies, world peace and other things being taken care of or eliminated completely. In light of that, what will you do today that will help you revolutionize your life or someone else’s? It’s wide open.

Can Google succeed at everything?


Image via CrunchBase. couple of months ago, I laid out Google’s emerging strategy to compete with everyone and everything, and to do it all solo. Unlike competitors (even large ones such as Microsoft and Facebook) that must ally to compete with Google, the Big G is determined to fight everyone and win. All of which is cool. But the question is, “Can Google pull it off?” ” For any other company, you’d quickly conclude that these ambitions are completely out-sized to their capabilities. mean, who could afford such a strategy? Um, Google can. What do you think?

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.

Business or Pleasure: How do you use social media?


Image by Cristiano Betta via Flickr. Social media makes me feel old sometimes. Well, part of the reason is that I am  old, but let’s leave that aside. What makes me feel old is the way that I use social media, compared to how everyone else uses it–everyone younger than me, I mean. I use social media for business. Period. Nothing else. Not many do what I do. But I hold back.

Life Without Yahoo!


Image via CrunchBase. This week Yahoo’s founder Jerry Yang somewhat abruptly removed himself from all things Yahoo. The net/net is that he is no longer working in the company in any capacity. There is a new CEO, Scott Thompson, who was brought in recently from PayPal (if your eyebrows raised up upon reading that, you were not alone). There is still a business intact. There is still significant traffic going to the Yahoo portal. The trouble is that there is no real Yahoo anymore. It’s sad to say, but very true, that I won’t miss it for a moment. Yahoo News? Yahoo Finance?

Google tells you where to place your content


Image via Wikipedia. Everyone knows that you must place the most important content at the top of the page, right? Everyone knows that you should write like newspaper reporter. Put the most important stuff in the headline, don’t bury the lead, blah, blah, blah. And especially–don’t put important stuff “below the fold.” And I knew all of that. At least I thought I did.

Google’s “Search Plus Your World” Is Heavy Handed…So What?


Image by Aray Chen via Flickr. For the past two plus weeks the Internet marketing community, and in particular the SEO subset of that community, has been up in arms about Google’s search update called “Search Plus Your World” If you would like a primer on this Google search update  you can go here or here. if you haven’t taken the time to dig into this search update it would be advisable to do so. It has the potential to be huge on many levels and Internet marketers need to be educated. If you would like to hear the shrill cry of “Foul!”

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.

What Google’s “Panda” Ranking Algorithm Update Means to You


Last week, I was lucky to join Joe Apfelbaum  of Ajax Union  and Ben Kirshner  of Elite SEM on a panel (ably moderated by Jules Kibbe of   TicketNetworkDirect ) for the Ticket Summit on the recent changes in search marketing. The attendees are ticket brokers an dpartner sthat move most of the seats for entertainment and sporting events in the U.S., so you can imagine that they have a fierce interest in search marketing. First off, Panda isn’t named after a bear–it is actually the surname of the Google engineer whose ideas lay behind it. So, if your site wasn’t rated. Hardly.

Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

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Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution. The problem is, Google+ Brand Pages are not the ticket to SEO success. Getting Into Your Audience’s Trusted World There are three ways to get into Your Audience’s Trusted World.

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Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011


In just a few short years, Twitter has transformed from an odd little sort of public IM service where people posted what they just ate for lunch or what their cat was doing at the moment into one of the big four social networks and a significant channel for news, PR & marketing, politics and more. It has enabled revolutions in real life as well as in digital marketing. More than 80% of U.S.

24 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides, Tips and Tools of 2011


Despite any recent recent rants you may have seen about how blogging is dead or blogs are passé , the fact of the matter is that business blogging is now more important than ever. With Google’s most recent Panda algorithm updates, attributes like content freshness and social signals (strengths of blogs, not corporate websites) will gain increased importance in search ranking. Stuart W.

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.

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. would not be surprised today if a group of B2B executives said they were using fortune tellers to peer into a crystal ball to make predictions about the future.  The ability to make decisions based on predictions is becoming an essential attribute for B2B executives.  Emphasis on modeling buyer behavior. Bringing a qualitative interface to the quantitative analytics.

Pinterest drives enormous blog and business success

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Guest Post by {grow} community member Lauren Schaefer. This is Kate. She’s a hairstylist, jewelry maker, and all-around crafter based in North Carolina. Kate started her blog ( thesmallthingsblog.com ) exactly one year ago. And like most of us, it was a labor of love without a whole lot of “community.” Pinterest! Pinterest is the hottest social media platform around right now.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011


The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. How can an brand establish trust online? And again.

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

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Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform?  ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts. For the first time in the five years that this research has been conducted, the use of blogging declined. What do you think?

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.

How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

Tony Zambito

B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders.  Meeting this challenge successfully is the essential lifeblood of survival for many B2B companies.  What has been missing?  Follow @TonyZambito. Related articles.

Forget demographics. It’s all about the socialgraphics

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Traditionally, marketers have researched their customers’ demographics to have a clear idea of their age, gender, income, location, and other traits. Marketers added psychographics to the mix, allowing them to take into account customer’s interests, values, and attitudes. Socialgraphics helps move your message. Levels of socialgraphics.

7 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog

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Have you ever considered the ways a blog can help you get a job?  I meet a lot of young people entering the work force and I always recommend blogging as a way to get ahead … in almost any career. Here’s why: 1) Show what you’re made of.  In any interview, you normally have to try to convince people that you know what you know.  In a blog, you can SHOW them. They’ll do it.

Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

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Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring. Now I’m going to share nine tactics that will drive those lead scores – and your ROI – even higher: Do thorough research. Take note.

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.

This is why you’re not Seth Godin.

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Seth Godin  is an insanely successful entrepreneur, marketing author and speaker.  Is his social media model of broadcasting without engagement scalable for you too? recently received this inquiry from a friend: I launched a new blog on Sunday. He has over 137,000 followers but that Twitter account follows 0. Well, if it works for Seth, why can’t it work for you? Let’s take a look.

Is New Google like the New Coke?

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A guest post by {grow} community member Helen Brown. Let me tell you a story:  Back in the 1980s there was a brand war, and it was a big deal at the time.  Named the Cola Wars, it was a knock-down, drag-out fight to decide which of the two mega brands of cola was better, Coke or Pepsi.  Both felt that neither could survive while the other lived, and you, the consumer,  had  to choose.  Every.

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20 of the World’s Wittiest Twitter Bios

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I know you LOVE these funny Twitter bios. Yes, they’re real and they’re fabulous. Here we go! organising. Let me bitch at you every day until you sort your shit out. Newtoblogging. Maybe I should rethink this, when I spelled it Blooging at first. danecook. When I tweet, I tweet to kill. maurastl. Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together. SALJmum. ankurtz.

Free eBook: How Buyer Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Thinking

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. Recently, I embarked on a series of articles related to buyer trends and how they are changing conventional business thinking as we know it.  These series of articles, referenced as Buyerology Trends, highlighted 7 areas of where buyer trends are challenging conventional thinking. The world has become hyper-connected and hyper-competitive.  Follow @TonyZambito.

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