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Are you taking advantage of B2B marketing data?

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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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Add For Immediate Release to your podcast queue

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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!

Influencer outreach is more PR than marketing or advertising

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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 essentials missing from your business website

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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.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Your team is the best content source for search

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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?)

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

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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.

Influencer marketing tools of the trade

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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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Why 9Round should be using SOCi for social media management

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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.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation – and yet, many assets fail to provide true ROI. Download the eBook to avoid the three top problems that keep content from living up to its potential.

Do-it-yourself influencer marketing

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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.

The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on

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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.

How long should your online business video production be?

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In the office, commuting to work, and during off hours; on our desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices…we are all watching more online videos for business than ever before. We watch online videos to get informed and make decisions across every stage of the purchase cycle… and this trend will only increase over the next few years. Will people watch more than 30 seconds? 180 seconds?

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

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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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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Help Google help you optimize your content for search

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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.

I’m an influencer, pay me more!

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Back in January I had the honor of being a guest on Shel Holtz ‘s premier PR podcast,  For Immediate Release. It must have gone well because I was back on a panel of PR professionals yesterday , joining Shel,  Zeno Group EVP Frank Eliason , and Cision SVP Heidi Sullivan. Lucky for me, a major focus of our time together was influencer marketing. Kindness opens many doors online.

Why SEO is just the start for digital marketing

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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.

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The business of reviews and search and for small hotels and restaurants

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If you run a small hotel, restaurant, cafe, or small business, you can win my business away from Marriott International by just being awesome and having all your guests gush about you online in authentic, open, persuasive, and passionate reviews and testimonials. And, over the last week, I have had an amazing experience with a local hotel that should never have earned me as a guest but did. Yikes

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?

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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.

Build a page and profile for absolutely everything

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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?

Time to abandon spray-and-pray lead generation

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A couple of years ago, a client told me he was having some lead quality problems. The company had contracted with a major IT publisher for a webcast that guaranteed 150 leads. But the leads weren’t panning out; the quality was terrible and salespeople were pointing the finger at marketing. offered to check it out myself, and over the next few days spoke to 20 people on the list at random.

Influencer marketing should not be about collecting influencers

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Before I start, please attend my free webinar on March 22,  Do-It-Yourself Influencer Marketing. The worst thing about the internet has been the commodification of friendship. Even before the internet, I am sure you’ve been to a mixer and have seen people really work the room. Like their kissing cousins–ladies men–these folks go from person to person, collecting digits. Ready?

Content Strategy for Marketing

Learn about the benefits and key considerations in developing a content strategy for marketing that's sustainable, scalable and sale-able.

Surefire Social introduces SurePulse “webmaster tools”

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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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Act casual, and write your website content

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Do things get awkward when people visit your website? Time to make a switch in tone or voice. Just act casual , and write your website content. Your look, text, and message should resonate with your audience. Who are you talking to, anyway? Writing in a casual conversational manner is crucial to the success of your website content. Identify your people and how they talk to you. Like this post?

Janet Thaeler & Maryanne Conlin on Influencer Marketing

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Yesterday I had a lovely chat with two fellow influencer marketers,  Maryanne Conlin and  Janet Thaeler. Both conversations were quite different but both really reassured me that my practice at Gerr.is and the articles that I am writing for you here are on target. Influencers Are Shifting from Blogs to Social Media. Maryanne Conlin. Indeed! Just Say No to Prospects with Crappy Products.

Earned media influencer outreach is alive and well

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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.

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.

10 secrets to research the best SEO keywords

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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.

6 studies show why Facebook organic reach is declining so quickly

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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.

Becoming a reddit Internet sensation

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I’ve unlocked the code to becoming an Internet sensation on reddit because I’ve become an Internet sensation on reddit ! Back in 2012 I wrote both  Reddit is the 800-pound Gorilla in the Room  and  You Must Commit to Reddit to Succeed. Back then, I was terrified of reddit. Choose communities you vibe with and are passionate about. Get over it! So, you can do it to. You can. Go for it!

Social media, echo chambers, and the decline of discourse

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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.

My PocketCHIP is a portable Linux box

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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.