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#NewNewTwitter: A New Opportunity for Marketers

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Twitter announced a new interface, rolling out over the next few weeks, this morning. You can preview the interface and the new features at fly.twitter.com. Compared to this change, the previous change to New Twitter (the current interface) was minor. This is a major change and for marketers, it is a far more interesting change. Discover. Discover. Discover.

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.

Five Step Guide: Gaming Google for the Long Term

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Google makes approximately 500 search algorithm changes a year. Looked at another way, Google averages two algorithm changes every business day. Many of these changes, like the well publicized rounds of Google’s Panda updates, are designed to remove ways companies have found to game Google’s search results. So how do you keep up with all the changes Google makes? Think Twylah. 5.

Five Step Guide: Gaming Google for the Long Term

Digital B2B Marketing

Google makes approximately 500 search algorithm changes a year. Looked at another way, Google averages two algorithm changes every business day. Many of these changes, like the well publicized rounds of Google’s Panda updates, are designed to remove ways companies have found to game Google’s search results. So how do you keep up with all the changes Google makes? Think Twylah. 5.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Klout’s Best Move: Making You Not Care About Your Score

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Were you upset by Klout’s recent algorithm change? Do you pay less attention to Klout than you did before the algorithm changes? If so, you may be doing exactly what Klout wants you to do. If you care about grades in school, you study for your exam. The algorithm is clear (test results, possibly quizzes, attendance or participation) and you work to influence the result. When you care about your position in Google search results, you begin to care about backlinks, keywords, titles, headings, copy, social signals, Danny Sullivan and Matt Cutts.

Content Will Not Be King

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Nearly every marketer in every industry has heard the cry “ Content is King “ Even the cover of Ad Age was emblazoned with Content is King last month, complete with a crown. Once a call for change and recognition of a new marketplace reality, Content is King has become conventional marketing wisdom. The problem is, conventional wisdom is average. Content marketing was not the norm.

B2B Marketing is Just B2P. Right?

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B2B salespeople are looking to talk to people that influence or make decisions for business purchases. Businesses do not make decisions. People make decisions on behalf of businesses. And outside of some trusts run by lawyers following the direction of legal documents, this has always been the case. So why all the fuss about B2B being B2P (business to person)? What makes these people different?

Five Signs Your Content Marketing is an Illusion

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Content Marketing should provide valuable information to your market at large and to prospects at each stage of the buying process. Ideally, your content is easily discovered, naturally making you and your content a resource. But how do people find your content? Is it through search and peer recommendations (which are increasingly connected), or will they only find it in their inbox? Your Turn.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

12 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2012

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I was recently informed that every marketing blogger must publish their predictions for the year ahead. So to claim my status as a blogger and not put my right to use WordPress at risk, here are my 12 serious predictions for B2B marketing in 2012. Content Marketing 1. Name recognition will rule. Flooded with content, audiences will turn to recognized sources. Inbound Marketing 4. Social Media 5.

All Media Will Be Social Media

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This is a forward looking opinion post on the potential future of digital marketing. The future of digital media is social. With the far-reaching tentacles of Google and Facebook, no digital marketer will be able to approach marketing without engaging in some form of social media. Today, companies can choose to ignore social media. Although they cannot stop the conversation, they can ignore the conversation that is happening elsewhere. In the future, social media will be harder to ignore. Marketers will lose even more control than they already have.

All Media Will Be Social Media

Digital B2B Marketing

This is a forward looking opinion post on the potential future of digital marketing. The future of digital media is social. With the far-reaching tentacles of Google and Facebook, no digital marketer will be able to approach marketing without engaging in some form of social media. Today, companies can choose to ignore social media. Although [.]. Social Media conversation delicious Facebook Google integration LinkedIn social media summify

Integrated Marketing Measurement: It’s Like Lasagna

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All marketing is integrated, even if it is unintentional, poorly done or working against itself. Marketing activity does not happen in a vacuum void of other influences. What is the ROI of your social media activity? What is the ROI of search? What is the ROI of TV? Most marketers don’t actually know. Integrated marketing measurement requires focusing on the final outcome. Search attribution.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

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Smartphones always have a corner of our attention. When they beep, buzz or blink, we take notice. Walking down the sidewalk, on public transit, or while watching television, our smartphones are our sidekicks. Even during meetings, or maybe especially during meetings. But our attention is rarely complete. Few people schedule smartphone time the way they schedule work time. Shortened attention spans.

Just Say No to Marketing Advice

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All Marketing Advice Should Include a Disclaimer Your strategy is your direction; it should never be prescriptive. The strategy you develop should be unique to your business, an outgrowth of the challenge or opportunity you are facing and the environment surrounding your target audience. The problem is, marketing advice is prescriptive. All of this advice is prescriptive. So own your own strategy!

Just Say No to Marketing Advice

Digital B2B Marketing

All Marketing Advice Should Include a Disclaimer Your strategy is your direction; it should never be prescriptive. The strategy you develop should be unique to your business, an outgrowth of the challenge or opportunity you are facing and the environment surrounding your target audience. The problem is, marketing advice is prescriptive. All of this advice is prescriptive. So own your own strategy!

Three B2B Marketing Mistakes from Kim Kardashian’s Wedding

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The Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries wedding made a big splash, but the lasting impact hasn’t been what the couple was likely looking for. Sadly, B2B marketing sometimes includes some of the same mistakes. Here are three traps from Kim and Kris’s wedding that catch B2B marketers as well. Each of these problems is familiar, and examples are included with each mistake. Empty promises Kim and Kris’s vows were empty. The traditional “Til’ death do us part” should have been replaced with “Until the party is over.” Modernista! Oracle Sitewire

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.

Three B2B Marketing Mistakes from Kim Kardashian’s Wedding

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The Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries wedding made a big splash, but the lasting impact hasn’t been what the couple was likely looking for. Sadly, B2B marketing sometimes includes some of the same mistakes. Here are three traps from Kim and Kris’s wedding that catch B2B marketers as well. Each of these problems is familiar, and examples are included with each mistake. Empty promises Kim and Kris’s vows were empty. The traditional “Til’ death do us part” should have been replaced with “Until the party is over.” Modernista! Oracle Sitewire

7 Point Checklist for Retargeting Campaigns That AREN’T Creepy

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Online Marketers are Creepy , but they don’t have to be! Last week, I shared the results of an informal survey about banner ads promoting a site or product you recently viewed. More than 90% of the people I spoke with had a distinctly negative view of these ads and the few that liked them were marketers. However, retargeting does not need to make online marketers creepy.

B2B Marketing is Just B2P. Right?

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Businesses do not make decisions, people make decisions on behalf of businesses. So why is B2P a new idea, and what should B2B marketers think of it? Rants Strategy B2B marketing B2P Marketing complex sales

Five Keys to Creating Content that Drives Awareness

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Current marketing wisdom says content should be mapped to buying cycles. Yet according to a study from MarketingProfs and Junta42 , 78% of B2B marketers say awareness is an objective of content marketing. Question: Where is awareness most valuable in the buying cycle? Answer: Early stage research and creation of a consideration set. Answer: “Well, DUH!&#. No Investment Required. Current.

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.

Can’t Buy Me (Social Media) Love!

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In social media, marketers buy attention with promotions or discounts. And research shows consumers expect this from marketers. 44% connect with brands on Twitter for discounts ( source ). The problem is, buying attention is an old school mindset, plopped into a new communication paradigm. Consistent discounts and promotions erode your pricing power; preference increases your pricing power.

Three Principles for the Future of Marketing

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In the future, marketing must be valuable. But that isn’t enough. Earlier this week, Michael Brenner outlined the future of marketing , drawing from last fall’s future of advertising article in Fast Company. It is a great perspective. The question is, how do you accomplish it? How do you, as Michael said, “create communities of customer advocates and evangelists&# ? Your Turn.

What Comes After Lead Generation?

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Two weeks ago, I wrote Five Reasons Lead Generation is on its Last Legs , exploring the reasons why today’s common lead generation tactics are beginning to fail. However, the requirement that marketing deliver leads will not change. Underlying the new demand generation activities will be two key changes. Relevance is the New King. It is no longer content or context. Relevance requires BOTH.

Online Marketers are Creepy

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A creepy alligator has been stalking me. Yes, an alligator. Ads for HostGator , perpetually offering 20% off, have been on nearly every site I visit. Unfortunately for HostGator, I already chose a hosting provider, and now, I’m tired of HostGator’s advertising and their alligator mascot. Tweet this] That’s the way many of them describe retargeting. Both are marketers.

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.

Online Marketers are Creepy

Digital B2B Marketing

A creepy alligator has been stalking me. Yes, an alligator. Ads for HostGator , perpetually offering 20% off, have been on nearly every site I visit. Unfortunately for HostGator, I already chose a hosting provider, and now, I’m tired of HostGator’s advertising and their alligator mascot. Tweet this] That’s the way many of them describe retargeting. Both are marketers.

4 Reasons You Need a Blog

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Last week, Google announced an algorithm update. The importance of fresh content increased last week for 35% of all Google searches ( announcement ). This latest algorithm update doesn’t focus on the quality or source of your content, it focuses on the timeliness of it. often hear marketers say their older content is still relevant. Your Turn Is fresh content a priority in your marketing?

4 Reasons You Need a Blog

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week, Google announced an algorithm update. The importance of fresh content increased last week for 35% of all Google searches ( announcement ). This latest algorithm update doesn’t focus on the quality or source of your content, it focuses on the timeliness of it. often hear marketers say their older content is still relevant. Your Turn Is fresh content a priority in your marketing?

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

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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. Here are three steps I am taking to bring my content standards back up. hope you will join me. Content Content Curation content marketing jessica northey

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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.

TV Really Is Easier to Measure than Social Media

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KMart’s CMO made waves recently by saying TV, and other traditional channels, are easier to measure than social media. Social media proponents responded, defending social media’s measurability and highlight the data social media provides. My favorite was this tweet from Jay Baer (who I have a tremendous amount of respect for and I don’t disagree with lightly). disagree. link].