June, 2016

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Influencer marketing tools of the trade

Biznology

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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Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

Biznology

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

Biznology

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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6 studies show why Facebook organic reach is declining so quickly

Biznology

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.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

Surefire Social introduces SurePulse “webmaster tools”

Biznology

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.

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Why email marketing still matters–and how to make it work

Biznology

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?

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Marketers need to play a stronger sales enablement role on LinkedIn

Biznology

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!

How to appeal to business buyers: 11 proven copy strategies

Biznology

To motivate business buyers—especially in digital channels, where you have just a few seconds to catch their interest—it helps to base your message on a powerful, proven copy platform.  A copy platform encapsulates the key benefit to the prospect.  It answers the questions, “Why should I care?” and “What’s in it for me?”  Jones , Nancy Harhut , and Bob Hacker.  Here’s the list. Save time. Greed.

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Make the most of your social media fans

Biznology

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.

My PocketCHIP is a portable Linux box

Biznology

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.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Your big marketing budget is not as big an advantage anymore

Biznology

It used to be that marketing was about money. Marketing was usually a nicer word for  advertising , which needed money–lots of it. In the two decades since the web was birthed, money has become less important than it was in the past. Your big marketing budget used to buy world domination–now it just assures that you will get a look-see. And in general, he was right. Like this post?

The challenge of authenticity

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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?

Why the airlines must improve their brand image

Biznology

The negative perceptions of the major U.S. airline brands (e.g. American, United, Delta, US Airways) reached a new high recently with publicity on the interminable security lines at most airports. While these excessive wait times have many causes, such as not enough checkers and increased air traffic, the airline industry is partly to blame as well. billion in 2010. Like this post?

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Is marketing content’s quality intrinsic, or proved in the wild?

Biznology

This is not a theoretical question. have seen heated arguments on this subject with my clients over the years over what is a deceptively simple question: can you measure the quality of content based on what it is (its intrinsic quality) or based on how successful it is in meeting customer needs (its extrinsic quality)? Many people quickly say, “both,” but that’s no fun.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Will apps replace websites soon?

Biznology

Not too long ago the phrase “there’s an app for that” became quite popular. Now it seems that there may be an app to replace the mighty website as a business tool. If you think about it, it seems like there is indeed an app for everything and every place. Just about every store, business, or restaurant you go into has their own application to download. The March of Technological Progress.

Email marketing still matters

Biznology

Email marketing absolutely must still be a part of your content marketing tool kit. It may not be as sexy as “social selling,” or even SEO, but it fills in the gaps those other approaches leave – and has strengths all its own. Top of the list of email marketing’s strengths is its ability to nurture leads and maintain relationships over time. You can register for the webinar here. EmailExpert ).

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An undigital revolution of sorts

Biznology

Even though binary representation is nothing new , being invented in the 17th century, and early reasonable manifestations in Ancient Egypt and China – think Yin and Yang as one of the oldest representations of zeroes and ones – the actual digitalization of the world started sometime in the middle of the 20th century, as computers started their ascension into our daily lives.

How culture breeds commitment

Biznology

Conference sessions rarely yield more than a handful of good quotes, which is why The Conference Board’s recent 21 st Annual Senior Corporate Communicators Conference was so exceptional. The theme was building a trustworthy organization and the importance of corporate culture to that goal. Here’s a sampling of tweetable comments: “We’re in a period of corporate activism. — Sheffer.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

Credible or not? 5 questions to evaluate research sources

Biznology

Scanning through my newsfeed recently, a headline caught my eye. It linked to a blog post covering a topic I’ve been researching for a client, and the study it cited is just what I need to prove our point. But… not so fast. Although the post was published just a couple of days earlier, the data supporting the author’s argument was outdated by years. The same principles apply. The U.S.

How to protect yourself on Twitter

Biznology

This is incredible,” I thought. “A group of attendees at this prestigious conference have gone off to a strip club, and not only are they tweeting about it, they’re using the convention tag? Not even hours later, a notification on my phone told me that hackers had gotten access to the NFL’s official Twitter account, and tweeted out the erroneous report that Commissioner Roger Gooddell had died.

Why big data and content marketing go together

Biznology

Most of you are aware that James Mathewson and I have a new book out, Outside-In Marketing , which helps content marketers to use big data to improve their results. James and I have been gratified by the reception the book has received, including this article from Paul Gillin including a podcast with me. Too many marketers are treating content marketing as a popularity contest. Usually, it is not.

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11 B2B telemarketing mail tips

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Telemarketing is a “live” direct marketing environment, and only by testing various approaches do we learn which one works best. Therefore, what follows are some guidelines and tips for leaving B2B voice mails that drive the desired behavior and/or a return phone call.  . When doing so, also allow for the data to be wrong and use a phrase such as “According to our records ….” Like this post?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

11 B2B telemarketing voicemail tips

Biznology

Telemarketing is a “live” direct marketing environment, and only by testing various approaches do we learn which one works best. Therefore, what follows are some guidelines and tips for leaving B2B voicemails that drive the desired behavior and/or a return phone call.  . Such data elements as industry, job function, name of company, and past behavior are all potentials to make the message relevant.

What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers

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Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook? B2B Marketing

5 Ways to Create Super-Addictive Loyalty Programs

B2B Marketing Insider

You want customers to love your brand. Well, loyalty doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with building a quality relationship with your consumers. To reach “cult loyalty” status, like Apple’s fanatics, customers must identify with your brand on a deeper level. And one way to achieve that is through well-developed loyalty programs. It gives your company […].

11 Overused Stock Photos to Ban From Your B2B Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Have you ever seen a piece of content and had a déjà-vu moment? You say to yourself, “I’ve read this before, and I know I’ve seen the gray-haired man holding an iPad somewhere.” ” B2B content has become pretty formulaic. Insert ‘Top 10’ list headline here. Insert stock photo of a businessman jumping in the air there. The Headset Hottie.

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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.

7 Compelling Reasons to Invest in Mobile Marketing

It's All About Revenue

Mobile has experienced a meteoric rise in recent years. Smartphone and tablet usage has exploded, and the widespread proliferation of mobile devices is changing the way consumers and B2B prospects access media and online information. Over the past four years, smartphone usage is up 394% and tablet usage up 1,721%. Up to 29% of consumer media time is now spent on mobile platforms. Main Takeaways.

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Your Employees May Be Your Best Untapped Brand Advocates

Webbiquity

Guest post by Liz Greene. If you were asked to rattle off your top marketing strategies, would employee advocacy make the list? Your employees are one of the most valuable marketing assets available, and if you’re not putting them to use as part of an overall marketing strategy, you’re missing out on an incredible opportunity to increase revenue. It’s simple. Identify. Willingness to help. Educate.

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Should your content generate leads or relationships?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with a Hubspot executive (now a former executive … but that’s another story). His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Are you sure that’s the right goal?” ” I asked.

Why You Are Losing Leads by Not Integrating Events with Marketing Automation

It's All About Revenue

Did you know that businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads? According to the State of B2B Event Marketing study , events are the most effective tactic for B2B marketers to increase their sales pipeline and generate revenue. Why Is Marketing Automation an Essential Part of Any Effective Marketing Strategy? What is Event Automation?

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

Integrating Online Video with Your Marketing Tech Stack

It's All About Revenue

Video by itself is an effective, engaging content f o r m that provides high ROI, and integrating your online video platform (OVP) with your existing tech stack ensures you can make the most of your video investment. This integration is the third step in creating powerful digital 1:1 conversations with video: Step 1: “Who is it?” Step 2: “What should we talk about?”

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Why CMOs Must Shift the Dialogue from Marketing Budgets to Revenue Targets

It's All About Revenue

In 2007, David Court wrote an article entitled The Evolving Role of the CMO , as part of McKinsey & Company’s quarterly publication. David spoke to how the CMO was in a position to spearhead the evolution that marketing is is in the middle of, or was back then. However, that scrutiny has helped create a culture of accountability amidst this incredible time of change.

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Why Your Employees’ LinkedIn Profiles Should Be Part of Your B2B Marketing Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

We’ve covered the benefits of using LinkedIn for B2B marketing before, but many companies fail to see the benefits of helping employees with their own profiles. Because employees list their current job on their own profile, potential clients, colleagues, and hires could be looking at someone’s personal profile from a company before getting to the company’s official page or group. Great Images  .

4 Simple Ideas to Personalize Your Email Campaigns Today

It's All About Revenue

Those of us who craft email campaigns are always searching for ways to personalize our messages. Sending the right message to each subscriber at the right time can seem hard to achieve, because our email newsletters are such workhorses for our brands — we get reliable returns (opens, clicks, and sales) from emailing our subscribers. And we know it can deliver results. Email Marketing

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

70 Smart Tips to Instantly Boost Your Blog

B2B Marketing Insider

By Federica Auletta, Market Inspector  Blogging has become a universal issue. With hundreds of millions of blogs, nowadays everyone can start one. However, many of these blogs remain inactive, condemned to oblivion, and most of them are simply ineffective and therefore invisible. Nevertheless, the competition is stiff, the stakes are high, and the unstoppable development of the […].

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