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Guide to persona and buyer persona models for integrated marketing


Using personas in (online) marketing is not new. Among others conversion optimization practitioners, user experience designers, web developers and usability experts have been using personas for ages. By defining personas we put ourselves in the shoes of a “typical” target person and define processes by empathizing with them in a very detailed way so we […

Connecting the customer experience


Enabling great customer experiences and optimizing processes and interactions across all touchpoints in a consistent and human, customer-centric way leads to marketing and business success. And it increasingly revolves around personal, personalized and at the same time connected and integrated approaches. Integrated marketing customer experience single customer view

Psychology and marketing: respecting and failing the customer


As organizations focus more on customer service, the customer experience and, well, anything that’s customer-related, there’s also an increasing attention for the psychological dimension of business (workers) and customers.

Digital transformation, the customer experience and marketing


Although digital transformation is about much more than customer-facing functions, it’s clear that in many transformation projects, the customer experience is a key driver and catalyst. In more IT-oriented projects, the same goes for the user experience and user adoption. Actual usage and adoption in fact is essential to make such projects succeed. Knowing the […

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.

Content marketing: a customer-centric manifesto


Content marketing is not an island. It is part of a bigger picture, aiming to create business value by creating customer value. It takes a customer-centric and integrated approach to succeed in content marketing. We like to call it the Copernican view. Creating business value through creating customer value using content marketing – and putting […].

Customer experience and user experience: where they meet


Although there is a big difference between the customer experience and user experience, both are also related. Many techniques and approaches in customer experience management, customer journey mapping, etc. can also be found in user experience and service design. As a matter of fact, if we want to improve customer experiences we also need to […].

Social Business: Four Real-Life Truths about Collaboration


The 3 U’s apply to collaboration as well – source: Nicola Millard (Scribd) I haven’t been blogging a lot in recent months. Since nearly five months we started working with BT Global Services on an integrated global social business, training and content marketing program. Some facts and data. Social business is all about people, integration (the silos, remember?) and collaboration.

Email marketing versus social media – once more


If we can believe the people of Email Delivered there is a “heated debate inside marketing circles” about what’s the best option when it comes to focusing your marketing efforts: social media or email marketing. Although I had promised myself not to rant anymore I can’t help but beg you to please refrain from this […].

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.

The Big Content Marketing Fail: How Much Content Do You Need?


This blog post tells some personal stories and takes you a bit back in time. In case you don’t feel like fully reading it, prefer the rules of short copy and want to read the conclusions first then this is for you: we are massively killing content marketing and are making the same old mistakes we always have. So, if you care about your budget and your customers read this. Hurray. It gets worse.

Customer experience and beyond: customer journey mapping


The key to creating business value is focusing on customer value. Truly understanding the needs and preferences of customers, as well as their behavior during the buying journey, is essential for your business strategy. Customers buy products and services but also experiences and emotions. The buying decision is connected, highly individual and highly emotional, even […

B2B buyers and professional social networks in the purchase decision


In case you believed we can forget about social media in marketing and business, here’s a wake-up call: according to the latest Social Buying Study from IDC, 75% (!) of B2B buyers “studied social media” to SUPPORT purchase decisions. Even more impressive: 84% of C-level/VP executives in the research also use social media for the […].

Defining Social Business: a Call for Clarity and Collaboration


Yes, you are right: social business is a buzzword. It is omnipresent and it is trendy to proclaim “it’s not about social media anymore but about social business.” ” However, social business is not a hype, on the contrary. Last week I stumbled upon a blog post by Gerardo A. Dada on MarketingProfs, titled “ What Exactly Is a ‘Social Business ‘?” Social is social.

Why We Still Fight Over Social Media and Content Marketing


A few years ago I wrote a piece on the commoditization of content (marketing) in a social jungle. Last year I took it a step further with what you could call a rant about the ‘ big content marketing fail ’. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many people using content marketing (as I do) wrote similar posts taking a critical look at the evolutions in content marketing. Guess not. Bloggers.

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 Business Failure Is a Choice: Speaking a Common Language


We are warned. Gartner predicts 80% of social business efforts will not achieve intended benefits through 2015. There is a problem with that prediction and the perception it creates. In practice, social business is a huge Babylonian confusion. The lack of speaking a common language within the enterprise, let alone within the global context, is always a reason for failure. Which business purposes?

Digital transformation in practice: now and tomorrow


We often focus on optimization and digital transformation projects for the now in a rather ad hoc way. An example: if we want to change the ways we work in a more collaborative and agile way, very quickly the project involves the quest for a solution that enables this new way of working. Assuming that […]. Digital transformation A.T.

Gartner: the Growing Role of the Social Customer Experience


Providing great customer experiences and optimizing touchpoints in a consistent way equals successful marketing. It’s as simple as that. We are shifting to a more customer-centric marketing view. In the age of the connected and empowered consumer, providing relevant information and engaging in a mutually valuable way, is a must. The result of doing so is ROI. Guess why? Indeed, social.

Digitalization and the human element in technological change


One of the key reasons technology implementations, digital transformation efforts, IT projects, customer service or experience optimization plans and digital business projects fail is the lack of attention for the essential human component. It’s a phenomenon we see in virtually all areas of business.

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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.

Five Customer Empowerment Tips: the Days of Intuition are Over


We all talk about the empowered consumer and it’s safe to say that consumers indeed dispose of more ways to inform themselves, interact and buy when, where and how they want. You don’t really need studies to notice customer empowerment. Just ask any retailer of consumer electronics, for instance. People still ask for advice but they know better what they want than ever before. So, what is it about?

The Future of Social Media: Identifying the Drivers


Recently, I was asked to write a chapter in a book on digital marketing and business about what’s coming next in social: the future of social media, both from a business and consumer perspective. It might seem like a challenging task, but it really is not. I’m in the process of writing it and will share my thoughts as I move along. Today, these drivers start being recognized. Yes and no.

By: Week 8: Online Communities, Communities of Practice | alh.meshari


[…] of the main reasons people succeed with social media marketing where others fail is that they think of those with whom they’re communicating not as pixels on a […

Social CRM and Return on Marketing: Customer Life Cycle Value


No marketing activity is an island. No customer-centric business process should be isolated. Every business should be working on integrating all data platforms, silos, marketing channels and businesses processes right now in order to have a single customer view and 360 degrees social CRM approach. Smart campaigns and branding are crucial for every business. Integrated. People-centric. Why now?

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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.

The state of digital marketing optimization 2015 – challenges and solutions


Dave Chaffey on the lack of optimization in digital marketing and the actions to take, based upon 2015 digital marketing research in the UK. The opportunity to continually test and refine digital marketing is often cited as one of the main advantages of “new media” over “traditional media”. The conversation amongst digital marketing thought-leaders […]. Email marketing Marketing optimization Research Dave Chaffey Managing Digital Marketing Managing Digital Marketing 2015 SmartInsights

2015: people-centric wishes, predictions and top lists


The end of a year and – amazing coincidence – the beginning of a new year for many is a time to look back and feel a mix of joy, regrets, pain, gratitude and much more in a highly individual way. It’s also a time to look forward and think about the future, the unknown, […].

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Altimeter Report: the Convergence of Paid, Owned and Earned Media


Co-author Rebecca Lieb By now, you probably know what paid, owned and earned media are. If you haven’t, you might be new in marketing or might have missed phenomena such as blogging and forums in the nineties. You probably also know that the number of media and channels has been growing for years now, often at adoption speeds we never witnessed before. In recent years, it only become clearer.

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Content Marketing: What Content People Share And Why They Do It


Why do people share content? It’s a simple question but when looking at it, you’ll quickly discover the answer is all but easy, depends on many factors and requires a good deal of psychological insights. However, in trying to answering it, one can find a lot of value for his business and “target groups” in this social media and multi-channel marketing age where content plays an increasing role and content marketing is a hot topic. Content is an enormously broad concept that we use every day without really defining it. We seldom talk about what it is. Thus context. Or are we both?

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.

The Rise of Digital Influence: From Persuasion and Passion to Action


(Digital) influence is the capacity to affect others to take actions and/or change opinions or behavior. It can happen directly (persuasion) and indirectly. However, it is always characterized by the resulting actions and changes. Influence is used by people for many reasons: some ‘good’, some ‘bad’, some in between. Influence is powerful and marketers love it. It’s a matter of results.

The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence


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

Optimize: a Holistic View of Content and Marketing Optimization


Lee Odden, the founder of online marketing agency TopRank and the widely acclaimed TopRank marketing blog, released his new book, “Optimize”. In an interview, Lee outlines some key takeaways of his book, that is yet another appeal for a more customer-centric and holistic (digital) marketing approach. The consumer is channel-agnostic, and empowerment is not a buzzword. That’s optimization.

The Cross-Channel Customer Experience Must and How to Achieve It


If you occasionally read my posts here or elsewhere, you probably know by now that a consistent and valuable user experience, a multichannel approach with a strong dose of social and customer-centricity are my favorite themes. Actually, I don’t like the word customer-centric too much, I prefer the term ‘people-centric’. Why is the customer experience so important? Succeeding. How far are you?

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.

Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers


Consumers are becoming channel-agnostic. They are effortlessly switching from one channel to the other. People discuss their experiences as they get in touch with a business, product and service. They share their buying decisions and actively seek information throughout every step of the buying journey, relying upon trusted advisors and even perfect strangers. The shift is clear.

Social Media ROI: Check Before You Start


An army of social media thinkers has deemed it useful to redefine ROI. In 2010, Brian Solis introduced it in his book Engage! as Return on Influence (and also as Return on Investment, Return on Involvement, Return on Innovation and Relevance of Interaction). The term Return on Influence (now Realization of Influence as well) [.]. Blog Management Social media marketing Jim Lenskold marketing ROI return on influence return on investment social media ROI

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Open Letter to the CxO: Can You Survive the Age of Integration and Collaboration?


Here’s the golden rule I always followed as an IT business guy, marketer, publisher and digital strategist: I only care about the customer of the customer. No matter how you look at it: no business can succeed if it doesn’t make sure that its customers can make their customers succeed. In the social era we have started calling this the audiences of audiences of audiences, etc. However, I do blog.

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Is Touchpoint Marketing the Only Marketing Left?


Content marketers like to use Seth Godin’s famous saying that ‘Content marketing is the only marketing left’. Content is obviously crucial in marketing. It has always been. It just took businesses a very long time to realize it, helped by what we call ‘content marketing’. Content is not an afterthought. Unfortunately, I see an increasing attention for content as such. Empowerment is not new either.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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