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[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Use QR Codes for B2B Marketing

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I’ve been seeing QR codes more and more and wondered how I might incorporate them into my own marketing content and activities for B2B companies. After doing much research, testing, and my own brainstorming, I came up with this infographic to help pull it all together. Hope you enjoy it! You can also download the PDF version here.

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My First Award!

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I’m very pleased to have my white paper chosen as the winner of the 2011 Apex Marketing and PR Publications Award. have written several Verizon white papers for my client Pivot Communications (who is terrific to work with by the way). APEX 2011 is the 23rd annual awards program put on by Communications Concepts recognizing excellence in publications work by professional communicators.

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Visualize Social Media Data

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If you know me, you know I’m a very visual person. learn by watching, I enjoy pictures so much I do photography in my spare time, and, the data geek in me loves infographics. So, I started poking around looking for some cool infographics and found some in the social media space. Facebook. While it looks a lot like a map of airline routes, its’ really a map of our human relationships. LinkedIn.

Simple Ways to Power your Website with Social Media

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Websites used to be easy. Just get your site designed, developed, launched, and sit back and wait for visitors to enjoy—right? Well, things have changed quite a bit in the last couple years. These days, our would-be website visitors have numerous avenues to find information. It’s now our job to make sure they find ours. That means getting your content out there where your visitors can find it.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Make Your Marketing Program Blossom in 2012

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Make Your Marketing Program Blossom in 2012 I love January 1 st ! The noise of Christmas settles down and life promises to get back to normal— whatever that is! But the New Year brings new possibilities. It brings hope and the promises of new and not so new passions. Flowers bring hope and promise too. Somehow, every January my flowers push their little buds through the soil once again.

Who Says Geeks Aren’t Social?

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Who Says Geeks Aren’t Social? Think you won’t reach IT decision makers with social media? Think again! UBM’s 2011 Social Media and IT Marketing research shows that 69% of IT decision makers use LinkedIn and 44% use Twitter for professional use. And, 84% visit corporate blogs for professional purposes and one-third of those contacted the technology vendor for more information after visiting.

B2B Finally Embraces Social Media

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B2B Finally Embraces Social Media It seems like for so long, B2B companies struggled with the social media concept–how to get the attention of their customers through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social avenues. But just give it time and most have found their social “voice.” Selling Through Social Media to Close More Leads. Marketing Sales Social Media B2B

Social Media Share Buttons Cause Link Overload

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I recently read an article on Fortune magazine titled, Oversharing: The Business of Share Buttons. The article captured something I’d been thinking about for quite a while: with so many means to share content, is content sharing becoming diluted? There are two major players in the “share button” space – AddThis and ShareThis. 271 services? recognize maybe a dozen. What is Kaboodle anyway? doubt it.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

The Content Marketing Sweet Spot

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I just finished reading this year’s latest marketing survey results over at the Junta42 site. It’s interesting to see the popularity of different marketing content pieces as part of the overall marketing strategy. You can download the report for yourself here. Social media marketing (with the exception of blogs) is now in the number one spot. More hits to the website? More inquiries?

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Visualizing Olympic Information

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I’ve always had a fondness for visual data, so in honor of the Olympics, I thought I’d share these winter sport and Olympic infographics I found. Maybe it’s my simple mind, but I appreciate their ability to distill complex information into a (relatively) simple graphical image. I’ve located these and offer them for your enjoyment. Here’s ice hockey: (infographic by Ciaran Hughes ).

My 3 Wishes from the Marketing Genie

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Remember watching cartoons about Aladdin and the magic lamp? always hoped I’d find a magic lamp on a beach somewhere and I’d be granted three wishes. Didn’t you wish you could have three wishes too? Here are my three wishes: 1. want a real relationship with you. want to know that you are real people. want to know that your company values align with mine. Are you approachable?

Organize Passion Create a Movement

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I recently watched a Ted Talk video of Seth Godin discussing tribes. As Seth so clearly describes it, we are at a pivotal moment in time, where we are changing the way ideas are spread. No longer is it about money or power. It’s about leadership—the ability to organize passion. And, social technologies allow us to do that quite easily. But Nathan didn’t give up. He found power in organized passion.

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.

Social Networking Starts the Relationship, Face to Face Clinches It

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I skipped last week’s post since I was at the TDWI conference for business intelligence last week. It was a successful conference on a number of levels. One huge AHA (more like duh) moment for me was the reaction I got when meeting my social network friends in person for the first time. Let me set this up with a little background. We’ve connected on LinkedIn and some on Facebook. What about you?

Just Finished New White Paper for Tableau Software

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Just Finished New White Paper for Tableau Software Just finished another white paper for another great client. Read Ensuring High Availability and Reducing Downtime with Tableau Server. AMC - Content Marketing for BI and High Tech - Freelance Marketer for High Tech with a focus on BI. BI Portfolio White Papers

Read Two Fun Case Studies Delivered to My Client

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Read Two Fun Case Studies Delivered to My Client Been working on a couple case studies for my good client, Strategy Companion. Thought you might enjoy reading them! Sbarro Case Study. CapGemini Case Study. AMC - Content Marketing for BI and High Tech - Freelance Marketer for High Tech with a focus on BI. BI Case Studies Portfolio

Will Social Media Replace Traditional Marketing?

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Social media is on the tip of most every B2B marketer’s tongue these days. They’re wondering which activities they should be participating in. Should we be blogging and tweeting?” Should we have a Facebook page?” What about LinkedIn? Should we be there too?” These are typical of the types of questions that are heard whenever new techniques are introduced. 55% use Twitter for marketing.

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.

On the Internet, Everyone’s an Expert

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They say content is king. But anyone with a good Internet connection can publish content. In fact, the Internet allows anyone to market themselves as an expert. This funny video mocks just how easy it is. Warning: there are a few cuss words tossed in. So, how do you separate the “wanna-be” experts from the real thing? Do your homework. Get to know the person or the company. Is it quality content?

Does Your Company Have Energy Intelligence?

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The Copenhagen Climate Summit has come and gone. World leaders have returned to their respective countries with their pressing priorities. You would think the low rumble of the Summit has gone dormant again, but look behind you. Consumers are not only thinking green, but beginning to take “green” actions. So how do businesses get energy intelligence? It’s a number that the Dept.

TDWI Vendor Panel on the Future of BI – part One

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Last week I had to opportunity to attend the TDWI conference on BI in Las Vegas. While TDWI actually holds four conferences every year, this first one of the year is always the largest. This year, things seemed to be hopping with over 750 attendees. During the conference, I spent some time in the TDWI Executive Summit. The summit is meant to give executives who have some responsibility for BI a high-level overview of various topics of concern and interest. While the regular TDWI sessions (classes) are a half to full day, the Executive Summit presentations are generally an hour each.

Are Some BI Vendors too Quiet?

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Yesterday, I went to a luncheon put on by Qlikview at the Seattle Yacht Club. love these vendor luncheons, not because of the free lunch (though it was delicious), but to keep up on the BI industry and hear first hand from other BI users and managers. really didn’t know much about Qlikview. Oh, I’ve heard the name now and then but still hadn’t heard anything of substance. Turns out they’ve actually been around since the 1993 and have been headquartered in the US since 2005. They have a nice reporting and analysis product that replaces the need for cubes and their associated processing time.

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.

Seeing through your customer’s eyes

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You have a great idea. You turned it into a product. It’s going to solve all kinds of problems. The company you work for is great (lucky you). You see it and you want everyone else to see it too. It’s natural. When you’re passionate and proud of something, you want to tell the world. But guess what? Can you repeat the business problems your customers are dealing with – in their own words?

Be Green but Not a Green Washer

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“It’s not easy being green.” – Kermit the Frog. In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d write about something green—specifically, green washing. No this isn’t what happens when your three year old accidentally leaves a green crayon in his pocket and it goes through the wash. found this on SourceWatch : The U.S.-based Ouch!! But, our efforts must be in the context of our overall environmental impact.

BI’s Place in Sustainability Reporting

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As some of you already know, I’m quite interested in the linkage between corporate sustainability, also known as corporate social responsibility or CSR, and business intelligence. There’s a very logical place for BI teams, processes, and technologies in CSR. CSR wraps the traditional, profit-making business efforts in ways that reduce their impact on both the environment and society.

Futuristic BI: Are We Smart Enough?

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Came across this stunning TED video that demonstrates scientific data in both 3-D and audio. It’s not only functional but beautiful as well. Increasing the way we sense, perceive, and interact with data is brilliant. Is this the future of BI? Having watched the video, I find a renewed appreciation for the super intelligent minds out there. Do we need super intelligence to understand our data?

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.

White Paper Format: Fact or Fiction?

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White papers are still one of the most popular marketing tools for BI and high tech companies, among others. Proof positive is that I just finished my fifth white paper in almost as many weeks. find some long held beliefs about white papers very interesting. Like many opinions, some are held long past their expiration dates. Your goal is to get your reader reading right away and keep them reading.

An Example of Creating Customer Passion

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This week I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 Tableau Customer Conference. Tableau is a business intelligence company which is my niche and they specialize in visual analysis  and data visualization. struck a deal with them to do some conference blogging in return for a press pass. Something you might want to think about for your own B2B niche. Tableau has obviously done that.

An Example of Creating Customer Passion

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This week I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 Tableau Customer Conference. Tableau is a business intelligence company which is my niche and they specialize in visual analysis  and data visualization. struck a deal with them to do some conference blogging in return for a press pass. Something you might want to think about for your own B2B niche. Tableau has obviously done that.

Who is Your Real Customer—IT or the Business?

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It used to be that if you were selling technology, you talked to IT. They were the ones who understood and controlled the role of technology, and they knew how to select a product that would support the business needs and still fit within the technical architecture. Technology vendors typically only called on IT with messaging focused mostly on technology and not so much the business value.

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.

How to Write a White Paper from Scratch: Part Three—The Design

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We’re now half way through the white paper creation process. In part one , you defined your purpose and determined your topic. In part two , you got down to business, starting with the outline and then putting the meat on the bones. Now you have a fully drafted first version of your new white paper. Although you’ve done the bulk of the hard work, you’re not done yet! It just won’t happen.