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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.

#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.

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.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

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?

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.

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

Digital B2B Marketing

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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].

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

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?

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.

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?

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

Three B2B Marketing Mistakes from Kim Kardashian’s Wedding

Digital B2B Marketing

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

Three Reasons to Give Me a Solution, Not a Sales Pitch

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We don’t want to be sold. When we expect a sales pitch, we put our defenses up, or just turn away. We always need solutions to challenges. Lower cost, reduce risk, increase visibility. Your solution does that, right? The problem is, everyone else’s does too. Claims like these are so broadly used in marketing they have become cliche and have lost nearly all meaning. You respect my time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Your Lead Scoring Blind Spot: The Internet

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Marketers have a huge blind spot when it comes to nurturing and lead scoring. It does not matter if you have built a sophisticated lead management and nurturing system, driven by content consumption, engagement and response. Your blind spot is there. The problem is, you only see how people respond to your content and your offers. You only see what is happening on your own properties. Publishing.

Buyers to Marketers: Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

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“Why do you want my email and phone number again? So your sales consultant can contact me? No thanks, I’ll pass.” ” Most B2B marketers are still fixated on capturing registration data, and no wonder. The marketing automation machine lives on a diet of email and your sales process is built on the telephone. We are only willing to engage with you on our terms and timetable.

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Three Ways to Break Down Barriers to Strategic Planning in B2B Marketing

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B2B marketers often face internal obstacles to strategic planning. Common barriers I outlined in Removing the Barriers to Strategic Planning in B2B Marketing are not valuing strategic planning, not having sufficient time and resources, lacking alignment around a strategy and a lack of internal expertise. Strategic planning has to begin by addressing these barriers. Sell the Value. Assign an Owner.

A New Way to Understand Your Social Media Audience

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Audience research is invaluable and well developed personas provide a broad array of insights into the lives and minds of your target audience, insights that form the basis for your social media plans. Then, you put your social media plan in place, including sharing great content from others and creating your own. And you hit a fundamental disconnect. Your planning is based on your target audience, but you are measuring activity from everyone. Here are two questions that are difficult to answer. Is the content you share via social media resonating with your target audience or a random audience?

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.