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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.

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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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.”.

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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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.

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

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

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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Why Your Content Will Never Be Good Enough

Digital B2B Marketing

Quite simply, the marketing content you create will never be good enough. You will need to produce better content every single day. Today, someone trumped your content. Just now, they become a more useful source of information to your audience. How Your Content was Trumped Content quality is relative. Your content may have been good when it was created, but now it’s merely average.

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.

14 Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing One Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

Over the years I’ve assembled a book of sample one sheets that I use to review with clients. With these 1-sheet samples I’ve been able to point out some of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of creating marketing one-pagers. The sample book has been a hit at the 1-sheet workshops that I help teach for ProVisors. What are you selling? What is unique about it?

B2B Social Media Opportunities [#B2Bchat Recap]

Digital B2B Marketing

In our most recent #B2Bchat discussion, we looked at a number of social networks and how B2B marketers can take advantage of them, and once again I was pleased to have the opportunity to moderate the lively discussion. Rather than a deep dive into a single network or objective, the discussion quickly touched on a number of social networks or platforms.

Learning From Big Social Media Blunders

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Advertising Age  just published its Book of Ten’s issue. In it they chronicle this year’s Top 10 Social Media Blunders. The list is entertaining and disheartening. Entertaining because of the shenanigans and plain idiotic social media mistakes committed by some very smart people. Dropping the “F” Bomb. Kenneth Cole and the Arab Spring.

Live Blog: Lotusphere 2012 Opening Session

Paul Gillin

Michael J. Fox kicks off as guest speaker, telling about his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 29 and how it sparked his interest in the Internet. “I found out I was part of a community.” ” Web activism has enabled him to raise $270 million to battle Parkinson’s. Leverage skills and distribute workload. Improve forecasting effectiveness. Content.

A Lesson from Microsoft: Control Your Own Destiny


It’s nice to know that what happens in Vegas stays there. But with Microsoft’s announced departure from the Consumer Electronics Show, there will be fewer secrets in Glitter Gulch. Or not. Steve Ballmer’s opening-day keynote last week apparently conjured up a little déjà vu , with many of his product announcements having been heard before – more than once. There is even some speculation in the press and blogosphere that Microsoft’s decision to exit may not have been entirely its own. What is interesting, though, is Microsoft’s official explanation for ending its starring role.

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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.

9 Questions You Need to Ask When Developing Buyer Personas


Buyer personas are a crucial component of successful inbound marketing, particularly for the sales and marketing departments. After all, the marketing team needs to know to whom they are marketing, and the sales team needs to know to whom they are selling. Before you spend time and money on research to help define your personas, ask yourself these questions about your target audience. To Google?

Buyer Personas are the Foundation upon which Demand Generation is Built

Fearless Competitor

Looking to improve revenue results? Then don’t blast out emails or buy PPC ads. Instead, invest in the foundation of great B2B marketing programs – Buyer Personas. In order to drive results, you need customer personas – deep understanding of prospective buyers of your products and services. In addition, Find New Customers worked with our client Keyedin Corp.

Top 10 Social Media Blogs to Follow in 2012

WindMill Networking

Social media has gone from being a pastime to a necessary component of any brand and business. To build up your stockpile of social media knowledge, you need to stay informed of the latest news and trends by reading the best blogs in the business. As a rule, I also did not include any blogs that I recommended you follow in 2011. Enjoy! Recommended blog post:  10 Rules for Epic B2B Blogging. Thanks!

Make the Short List by Connecting with Content

Savvy B2B Marketing

With content marketing gaining in mindshare and importance, it’s valuable to keep pace with developments in this area. For the latest research on content marketing, I encourage you to download the 2012 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends report published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs (full disclosure: I helped author the report). Challenges.

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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.

Live Blog: How to Make Collaboration Cook

Paul Gillin

When building a collaborative workplace, a “build it and they will come” attitude is a recipe for disappointment. Effective deployment strategies demand a mix of promotion, training and tolerance of the adoption strategies that employees choose. Speakers at Lotusphere today offered tips on rolling out collaboration platforms to employees who aren’t accustomed to the concept.

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Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 14, 2012


Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 14, 2012…  . Some Do’s and Don’ts of Social Updating (Marketing Profs Daily). Forget Blogging as Usual: 5 Outrageous Tips for Super-sized Attention (ProBlogger). Mastering the Art of Slow Blogging (ProBlogger). Why Search Marketers Are Grabbing the Long Tail (Marketing Profs Daily).

Have you become a STOP SOPA lemming?

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The current controversy over the Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA ), also known as U.S. House Bill 3261, is highly disturbing on several levels, and the actual bill might be the least of our worries, in the long-term. I am against piracy, but I’m also against this bill.  But here is something that is just as disturbing to me. Many people I know became “Stop SOPA” lemmings. And so on.

Blogging and the fairness challenge

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A dear friend was recently lamenting that her blog had become nothing but blah, blah, blah. There was no commentary, discussion, or meaningful debate. But ironically, she said that it was not her style to “take a stand” on any issue. She would rather go with the flow. ”  But think about this … on the social web, the only distinct value you can deliver is your opinion.

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.

2 Recent Reports Show Mobile Ads And Apps Are Hot!

B2B Marketing Insider

One of my “no-brainer” marketing predictions for 2012 was that mobile advertising and app development would begin to take up more than the meager 1% or less of marketing spend as  reported by businesses in 2011. Well it didn’t take long for reports to surface that both were taking off – maybe even faster than mobility experts predicted. Mobile Ad Revenue. Mobile App Usage.

6 Tips For Building a High Quality Blog Following

Fearless Competitor

Notice the (Editor’s note) on each item. Shane Snow is a New York-based tech journalist and co-founder of , a marketplace for brand publishers and journalists. In 2010, New York City startup, Birchbox launched a blog about beauty products before it had any customers. The beauty sample delivery service – and its blog – exploded in popularity. million monthly unique visitors.

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A Checklist for 2012 Content Marketing Plans

Writing on the Web

2012 Content Marketing – how did we get here so fast?  I’ve been reviewing my 2011 blog posts, email broadcasts, videos , and taking stock. hope you’re doing the same, so you’ll get an idea of what’s needed for your own business in 2012. Photo courtesy Rawich/ ). Which posts generated the most comments? What about you? What are your favorites?

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Savvy Toolkit - Getting Trendy with It

Savvy B2B Marketing

Early January can be a frustrating time waiting for the corporate gurus to decide what the 2012 priorities are and what we will spend our time on this year. I too have been interested in a number of "trends" blog posts recently. Silverpop produced a list of their Top 5 Most Popular slideshares of 2011. One of the included was 7 Trends to Watch in 2012. How is that for a trendy mind shift.

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.

Web Presence Optimization Software Review: gShift Labs


gShift Labs is the first (at least that I’m aware of ) integrated software package for managing web presence optimization (WPO). Given that WPO is the fusion of SEO, social media, interactive PR , and online reputation management, that’s a tall order. But based on a good look at the product, gShift has a great headstart on meeting the challenges of this discipline. Features. Background.

Savvy Week in Review - January 20

Savvy B2B Marketing

Another Friday is upon us, bringing with it all the goodness that so many of us look forward to each week. And that includes our roundup of the posts that got us thinking, inspired an "aha!" " moment, or just plain entertained us. Hope they do the same for you. Enjoy! Predictions for Location-Based Marketing in 2012 by Adam Steinberg @adams472. Location intelligence and mobile marketing are on the top of many trends to watch for 2012 but Steinberg takes it to the next level with 8 predictions just around location marketing. What Happens When Inbound Marketing Works?

Educating B2B Marketers Every Week | Mad Marketing TV

Fearless Competitor

Mad Marketing TV – the most TV-like show in the industry, bring you top marketing experts every week. These top experts share important marketing advice every B2B marketer can take and use immediately. Let me introduce you to the superb companies behind the show. Please check all of them out. The Sponsor (primary). Act-On Software , marketing automation software for the Fortune 5,000,000.

30 Thought-Provoking Lead Nurturing Stats You Can't Ignore


We've got some news for you, inbound marketers, and it might come as quite a shock: your job doesn't necessarily stop at lead generation (GASP!). Just because a website visitor has downloaded your awesome ebook or registered for your informative webinar doesn't exactly mean he or she is ready to chat with one of your sales reps and jump right into a purchasing decision. Image Credit:

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.

Laugh and Learn with Find New Customers – Episode 57 | Marketing Words

Fearless Competitor

In his weekly B2B marketing show, Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers ( [link] ) shares a key marketing lesson using wit and humor. We hope you’ll tune in each week for a new Laugh and Learn show as well as our weekly Mad Marketing TV show. In this show, he illustrates the importance of selecting words carefully. Self Education content marketing Laugh and Learn

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5 Steps To Connect With People Outside Your Network On LinkedIn

WindMill Networking

Once you move beyond the generic “add connections” option that LinkedIn has, you might want to specifically search for and increase your connections with people aligned with whatever connection policy you might have.  The challenge is that restrictions exist within LinkedIn that may prevent you from inviting others you don’t personally know.  Also mention how you can help them.  LinkedIn

Sunday Post: TED video | The Battle between your present and future self

Fearless Competitor

Here at Find New Customers , Sundays are for learning. It is our tradition. We curl up with a coffee with my wife and our kids – and the Sunday New York Times (the only day we get a paper paper. Most days we read papers on our iPad2.) And since we consider Sundays for learning, we love to share these outstanding TED videos, so you can learn with us. Can I skip flossing just this one time?)

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Content Marketing and the War of Attrition

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There are a lot of reasons why content marketing doesn’t work for some companies. If we were making a list, they would include: A lack of understanding reader/customer needs. Focusing on the wrong metrics and objectives. soloed approach to content marketing. Poor execution. Bland storytelling. Lack of authenticity. Creating information that, simply put, is not helpful or engaging. The result.

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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.