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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!

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.

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.

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?)

Audience Lab is a secret weapon for political advertisers

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

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

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?

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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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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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!

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

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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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The big challenge for big brands today: authenticity

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Before the internet, marketers had relatively free reign for making questionable competitive claims, creating a brand image of superiority, and hence demanding a premium price. But the internet has changed the ground rules. Instant access to endless information and objective feedback from friends has enabled consumers to seek and find the truth behind such promises. Like this post?

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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.

10 Social media metrics every marketer needs to know

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Rob Petersen’s latest webinar is all about measuring social media. If social media is so important, why are most marketers unable to measure it? Do they need to know the social media metrics that matter and how they are monitored? 92% of marketers say social media is important to their business ( Social Media Examiner ). 73% plan to increase spending on marketing analytics ( The CMO Survey ).

Use Instagram as the starting point to promote your business online

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I recently ended my stint as Content and Social Media Chair of  MIT Enterprise Forum here in DC and I got to play with the levers and strings of personally promoting online via social media and also trying to get everyone else on the Board to Tweet, Tumbl, and Facebook as well. Why use Instagram as a starting point? Remember the Internet truism:  pics or it didn’t happen. Like this post?

SOCi allows me to load up on topical social content and then let go

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For the last three months I have run three bandit social media profiles for my local kickboxing gym because the owners are not interested in maintaining profiles for each of their four locations. That wasn’t OK with me so I created a Facebook Page , a Twitter Profile , and a Google+ Page for the 9Round gym I attend at Penrose Square. People love to learn and grow. See, isn’t that fun?

Marketers need to play a stronger sales enablement role on LinkedIn

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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!

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Say hello to Outside-In Marketing

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After a lot of effort (most of it by my co-author James Mathewson ), we’re happy to announce the availability of  Outside-In Marketing , a new book that helps you use big data to drive your content marketing efforts. So, just what  is outside-in marketing? It’s a lot like sales, which is what we hope it leads to for  you. You must constantly adjust your messaging to improve the odds.

Prospecting data accuracy

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Good news:  B2B prospecting data is more accurate than you may think. Business marketers are always complaining about their customer data.  “It’s pretty bad,” they’ll say.  “It’s a mess.” Over the last decade, my colleague Bernice Grossman and I have studied this issue, producing a series of five research reports on the quality of the data B2B marketers can rent or buy for prospecting purposes.

When it comes to Big Data, don’t forget the small stuff

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In a business world seemingly gone mad for Big Data, it’s worth remembering that our scramble for better trend lines and demographic profiles shouldn’t prevent us from overlooking the little stuff. “The corporate world has become completely blinded by Big Data,” said branding Expert Martin Lindstrom in a recent interview with Knowledge@Wharton. He has reason to be cynical. Like Swiffer.

Launching your social campaign with guns blazing!

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Then I jump in, feet first, and reach out to all the most salient and germane influencers by hook or by crook: I follow everyone who is in my demographic, be it via keyword or hashtag, I engage with them all, no matter what their mozRank, Total Reach, Alexa Rank , Kred, PeerIndex , Kred, Page Authority, or PageRank , or Domain Authority. Timing’s of the essence so go go go go go go go!

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.

Reduce your Twitter followers bloat with @manageflitter @socialoomph @crowdfire

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I’ve said it many times before: if you want your Twitter profile to be strong and if you want to develop both influence and clout, you’ll need to prune your Twitter following as rigorously as you would a prize Bonsai. While it’s important to have followers, it’s equally important to have room to breathe and room to follow. ManageFlitter. Simple. Sneaky is sexy. Crowdfire.