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Guide to persona and buyer persona models for integrated marketing

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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

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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

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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.

The customer has a voice: your business is the audience

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The significantly grown attention for “content marketing” and the “brands as publishers” and storytelling narrative has made marketers look at their customers, prospects, etc. as “audiences” It’s time to look at our businesses as audiences. Content marketing Integrated marketing

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Digital transformation, the customer experience and marketing

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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 […

Content marketing: a customer-centric manifesto

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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 […].

Email marketing versus social media – once more

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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 […].

Customer experience and user experience: where they meet

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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 […].

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Social Business: Four Real-Life Truths about Collaboration

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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.

Defining Social Business: a Call for Clarity and Collaboration

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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

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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.

B2B buyers and professional social networks in the purchase decision

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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 […].

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 state of digital marketing optimization 2015 – challenges and solutions

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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 Smartinsights.com

Customer experience and beyond: customer journey mapping

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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 […

Gartner: the Growing Role of the Social Customer Experience

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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.

Social Business Failure Is a Choice: Speaking a Common Language

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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?

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

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

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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.

Social CRM and Return on Marketing: Customer Life Cycle Value

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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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Digitalization and the human element in technological change

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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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2015: people-centric wishes, predictions and top lists

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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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5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.

Digital transformation in practice: now and tomorrow

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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.

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

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[…] 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 […

Five Customer Empowerment Tips: the Days of Intuition are Over

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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

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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.

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.

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

Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers

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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.

The First Two P’s of Broken Marketing

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Despite the variety of topics, tactics and speakers, our Fusion Marketing Experience conference last Thursday and Friday clearly revolved around one theme: marketing is broken. We are disconnected from our customers and other departments. The word that was most often mentioned: silos. The number one debated topic among the speakers during and after the event: organizational challenges.

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

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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?

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.

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

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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.