September, 2011

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INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Marketing

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From SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com, here's an infographic that lists 64 ideas for marketing on Facebook. View Original Article

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INFOGRAPHIC: Future SEO Trends

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From CreatingYourselfAtTheTop.com, here's an infographic that shows what to expect with search engine marketing in the next few years. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Twitter vs. Facebook

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From BuySellAds.com, here's an infographic that compares user demographics between Twitter and Facebook to help marketers understand which platform would be more effective for them. View Original Article

VIDEO: Facebook Statistics

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Here are three video infographics that explorer the prevalence of Facebook. From Time, "One Minute on Facebook" "Facebook: Facts and Figures" "Facebook by the Numbers

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

Free Facebook Ads

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Earlier this week, Entrepreneur.com reported that Facebook will offer $50 of free click-throughs on ads on the site. The program is intended to help small businesses by encouraging them to advertise during the recent economic downturn. With 800 million users, Facebook is a platform that can help small businesses retain customers, build brand awareness and attract new business. Our goal is to give small businesses a boost by helping them find customers the best way possible -- through recommendations from friends," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CFO. Chamber of Commerce.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Growth of Mobile Commerce

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From Microsoft Tag, here's an infographic that looks at how shoppers are utilizing smartphones, whether shopping online or in the store. View Original Article

Generating Leads from Your Blog

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Entrepreneur.com has ten tips for increasing your company's digital presence and converting blog traffic into qualified leads. Make your blog an extension of your main website" For many visitors, your blog might be their first and only experience with your company. As such, have your blog as a sub-domain of your main page and make sure it mirrors the design of your main site. Solve or share, don't shill" Focus on helping your customers to solve problems instead of trying to sell to them. Show up" Blog on a regular, sustainable schedule. Use an editorial calendar to plan a posting schedule.

INFOGRAPHIC: Blog Makeover Guide

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From Pushing Social, here's an infographic about how to tweak a blog to improve a blog. View Original Article

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.

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of Social Media

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From Nielsen's "State of the Media: Social Media Report Q3", here's an infographic with a wealth of statistics about the current state of social media. View Original Article

B2B Mobile Marketing Mistakes

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Mobile marketing is not just for business to consumer relationships. Over 70% of young executives classify mobile as a primary communications tool. And yet business to business marketers have been slow to move into mobile marketing. From the Hubspot Blog, here is advice for B2B marketers intent on developing a mobile strategy on mistakes to avoid. Reliance on PC-based Website Design a mobile optimized website as well. Incorporate the unique features of mobile devices (e.g. camera, text messaging) into a B2B campaign. Text messaging can reinforce a personal relationship and increase loyalty.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Networking with LinkedIn

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From Lab 42, here's an infographic about LinkedIn, the preferred social network for business connections. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Measuring the ROI of Social Media

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From MDG Advertising, here's an infographic about the metrics that indicate whether the resources devoted to social media marketing are being effectively used. View Original Article

Content Marketing in 2012

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Content Marketing Institute asked the speakers for Content Marketing World to make a series of predictions. Here's a summary of what they expect 2012 to bring in the content marketing space. Chris Baggott - Content marketers will realize that the real opportunity lies in attracting new customers, not retaining existing ones. Content volume will dramatically increase due to employee blogging. Keith Blanchard - A major TV advertiser will pull out of broadcast media altogether and shift that money into digital-only campaigns. Internal and external communications teams will collaborate more.

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.

INFOGRAPHIC: Keeping Visitors on Your Website

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From KISSMetrics, here's an infographic of the top eight webpage characteristics that cause visitors to leave a website. Avoiding these examples of what not to do is essential to a good content marketing strategy. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Future of Paid Search

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From KISSMetrics, here's an infographic that shows the current state of paid search and where it's going. View Original Article

Internet Marketing Metrics That DON'T Drive Success

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Metrics are essential to refining and improving an inbound marketing strategy. But not all metrics are valuable. From the Hubspot Blog, here are five metrics that aren't worth stressing over, and some alternatives. Comments Comments can gauge the level of discussion about a piece of content, but comments aren't indicative of success. The reason? Comments don't equate to leads, which should be your goal. Alternative : Measure referrals and leads from social media to your website. Open Rate Many email readers don't accurately reflect whether an email gets opened. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Word of Mouth Marketing

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From Capseo, here's an infographic on why word of mouth marketing marketing is increasing in popularity. View Original Article

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.

Social Media Failure

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The point of using social media for marketing is to enhance relationships and build trust. Not everyone seems to get that point. From Keith Dawson at the CMO Site, here are some examples of tone-deaf uses of social media. New York Police Department The NYPD announced the formation of a unit to search social media sites or information on planned crimes and their perpetrators. While that's an appropriate use of social media for them, they're missing an opportunity for engagement and they would certainly benefit from fostering more trust. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Marketing and Emerging Technologies

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From Latitude Solutions, here's an infographic that shows how marketers must by skilled at "traditional" marketing, as well as understanding how to integrate online technology. View Original Article

Creating a Branded Foursquare Page

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Foursquare, a location-based social media application, has grown steadily and begun partnering with several major brands. Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. From Social Media Explorer, here are some tips for creating a Foursquare business page. Read the Guides Find the basic guide here. Use Images Images will draw attention to tips you include on the page and extend your brand.

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Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

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Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 59.95.

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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.

The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at  Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

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Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). As Jessica Northey wrote recently, Don’t Should On Yourself and instead, find what works for you. Forget the Rules.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

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Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence

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An analysis of Klout, the use of it and the concept of influence from the Klout and social network perspective. Let me start by disappointing you. I do not know the ultimate truth. just wanted to grab your attention. That’s what you do with a post title now and then. However, now that you’re [.]. Opinion Social media marketing Eloqua influence Joe Fernandez K+ Klout Klout score PeerIndex

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.

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. TopazPartners.com. Just be skeptical.

12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS

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Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. We compiled twelve tweetable facts about the prolific use – and success – of social media among B2B marketers.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

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by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. It’s our attempt to spice up the stodgy principles of marketing. Here are the 4 New P’s of Marketing you’ll see throughout the syllabus. 1. Personality. Physics.

Content Marketing As A Process: Three Rules Before Starting

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Content marketing is defined as a marketing technique. However, it’s also  a process that it is very connected – and thus should be aligned – with several marketing purposes and business processes. Note that the definition of content marketing as a technique should not make you focus too much on the content itself. To succeed, [.]. Blog Blogging Content marketing Conversion Opinion AIDAS content marketing conversion customer life cycle customer-centricity lead management metrics ROI

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.

Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

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How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer. When embarking on a content marketing strategy, one of the critical first steps is to determine the types of leads you want to generate. Then your offer should have as broad appeal as possible. Choose your content carefully.

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9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom. Differentiated. No “me too” ideas allowed. Relevant. Timely. Has a narrative. Demonstrates mastery.

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Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Now, for a different perspective. Even me. Right?

Great Content Marketing Case: the Vocus Social Media Strategy Tool

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Content is a social object. By that I mean it is defined by what people want and how they interact, not the other way around. Content can take many forms. Often, it’s narrowed down to the types of content we immediately think of such as a blog post, a paper, a presentation, a video, the [.]. Content marketing Social media marketing Beth Harte content marketing case MarketingSherpa Serengeti Communications social media marketing strategy tool social media strategy app Vocus

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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.