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How to turn social media connections into an actionable audience

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By Mark Schaefer. Probably the biggest myth — and mistake — I see regarding social media marketing is the idea that audience equals action. It doesn’t. Most of the time, your social media connections begin as “weak relational links.” ” It’s like a handshake. It simply means the door has been opened. Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you. Fowler.

Emoji marketing? You better believe it!

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By Hannah Chapple, {grow} Community Member. Emoji marketing is one of the hottest trends for brands and marketers right now. Yes, the small cartoon icons which have often been thought of as a passing millennial trend are here to stay and extend far beyond teen texting. In fact, emojis are the fastest-growing digital language. In 2015 the Oxford Dictionary chose an emoji as the word of the year.

Batman, Pokemon, and an essential lesson from the heart of marketing

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Let me tell you about me and Batman. When I was a little boy, I would eagerly await each new episode of the old Batman TV series. It was campy and funny, but to me, Batman was real, and my first true hero. ordered a Batman utility belt from my cereal box, I collected Batman cards, I even drew up plans to build a Batmobile in my basement. dwelled in a cardboard Bat Cave. How did this happen?

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Should your content generate leads or relationships?

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A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with a Hubspot executive (now a former executive … but that’s another story). His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Are you sure that’s the right goal?” ” I asked.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Deleting Your Social Media Business Page? Read This First.

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Let’s say you’ve had it up to the heavens with Facebook and you want to delete your social media business page. Is deleting it the way to go? Or is is better to let it sit there and garner what little attention it can muster? Perhaps you should automate some promotional posts to go out so it doesn’t look like the ghost town it really is? Let’s discuss. But still. Yikes!

Four ways Facebook Instant Articles will dramatically impact marketing

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Something important is about to happen, and the impact on content marketers will be profound. Facebook announced it would open up Instant Articles -– formatted and optimized to load almost immediately -– to any publisher  without a special approval process. Let’s look at the implications for digital marketers. 1. shift in distribution. Their algorithm will decide who sees what we create.

15 Amazing ways social media is changing the world

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Ignore the hype that we’re all becoming more superficial and narcissistic because of our obsession with social media. What’s really going on is far more incredible. That’s the conclusion from an extraordinary research study by University College London provided in several new books and reports. Here we go. 1. Social media is not making us more individualistic. Here we go. 1.

Podcasts and advertising: Meet social media’s new super power

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We are rapidly moving toward an ad-free world, which is kind of scary because the Internet really, really, really depends on ads. Ad blocking increased by 94 percent between 2015 and 2016. About one-third of all smartphone owners block the ads that make all that great free content possible. probably consume more content than ever. You heard me correctly. million. Find the podcast on Stitcher.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Snapchat engagement and other myths

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I have been absorbing as much as I can about Snapchat and its potential for businesses. The more I learn, the more I’m convinced it will probably not rise above a niche role for brand marketing … and that Snapchat may want to keep it that way! The strong business case for Snapchat I keep hearing over and over again is that “engagement is through the roof.” But is that true?

The new psychology of content consumption

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Is the psychology of content consumption changing? That’s the central idea behind an amazing new discussion featured on The Marketing Companion podcast. Have you tried our free Internet radio program yet? You’ll have to hear this podcast to believe it — the first order of business is the introduction of the world’s first audio emojis! But then we get serious.

7 Ways a small business can use social media resources wisely

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft Office. All opinions are 100% mine. The time and resources needed to be effective in social media is certainly a problem for companies big and small. think we can burst the bubble by now  — social media is NOT free. In fact, large brands are devoting a significant part of their marketing budget to these efforts. Do you enjoy writing?

How do you build a content strategy when a market is already littered with “experts?”

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I saw this question posted at a recent marketing conference and I think it will resonate with many readers. I’ll answer it as best I can today: “My challenge is finding an authoritative voice for our brand in a cluttered and competitive category. There are many brand publishers vying for the attention of consumers. Some of the experts offer sound advice; some do not. And I like big questions.

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Use This Agenda For Your 2016 Content Marketing Plan

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As social media becomes less shiny, many of our clients are realizing that social media success relies on having a content marketing plan. While we’ve been hired to come in and “do” social media, our constant gentle push about sharing stories through original content (read: the RIGHT content for our customers) is finally being felt. The Content Marketing Plan (Agenda). Images.

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The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

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In a post titled Content Marketing – It’s About to Get Weird , my friend Joe Pulizzi revealed disappointing findings from an annual research survey. Here’s This is not good. And the worst may be yet to come. Joe goes on to paint a hopeful picture of content marketing’s future by plugging this problem into the Gartner’s “hype cycle” model. It sucked.

Break the mold: Why content marketing needs to be like a chalupa

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post called “ 5 Reasons most content marketing is FAR behind where it needs to be.” ” In this post I postulated that the traditional advice that businesses need to “think like media companies” is losing steam. It’s unlikely that a content strategy that worked five years ago will work today. Thinking like a media company. Gorditas.

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One easy tip to increase content sharing immediately

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In this world of extreme information density , creating great content is certainly no guarantee that anybody will see it. We need to focus on content ignition — techniques to get our content seen and shared. Of course this is the entire focus of  The Content Code   book, but I wanted to share with you one problem I see all over the web that might be secretly killing your content. Keyword.

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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.

5 Reasons most content marketing is FAR behind where it needs to be

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No industry has been under more attack from emerging technologies than the press. Newspapers, magazines, and other traditional media channels are failing all around us. So if you think marketing is tough in your business, step into the shoes of a newspaper publisher to really see what pressure is! ” Perhaps that was true three years ago but it’s not true any more. That is so 2012.

A complete strategy for effective scheduled tweets

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By Brooke Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Scheduled tweets are my jam. They also keep me servicing several clients 15+ hours a day, 7 days a week. Without scheduled tweets, I’d be shackled to my phone or computer and spend countless hours tweeting. Not productive. Not scalable. How I Use Automation To Manage Scheduled Tweets. Pretty sweet, huh? When Scheduled Tweets Become SPAM. Right?

Four Strategies to survive automated writing and content bots

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A few months ago, I participated in a study to rate the quality of 10 different blog post writers. assigned a rather difficult topic to these writers and rated the anonymous results from 1-10. The top three posts were very close. Extremely well-written, well-researched, and interesting. As it turned out, two of the top three posts were written by a computer. Automated writing! Almost un-readable.

What is Blockchain and what is its impact on marketing?

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By Kiki Schirr, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Bitcoin, the largest and most famous cryptocurrency, is always in the news these days. You might have a few coins in a wallet yourself, or might feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of investing in such a volatile market. But even if Bitcoin eventually fails (which is looking ever less likely) the technology behind it, Blockchain, is here to stay.

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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.

Are you ready for the mega-shift from social media to private media?

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Over the past few months I’ve seen a few trends coming together but I’m not sure I grasped the significance of what’s happening until a comment I recent comment from my 16-year-old nephew. Here is what I have seen occurring: WhatsApp has rapidly become the biggest messaging service in the world with more than 1 billion users. More than 900 million people use Messenger now.

Six methods for smarter marketing segmentation

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By Brooke Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Ask any marketer if they’re interested in smarter segmentation with their lists, campaigns, or otherwise and you’re sure to raise a few eyebrows. Marketing segmentation may just be an answer to  Content Shock , as choosing highly targeted and more granular content could help you reach your specific audience and make more conversions.

The FTC and Influence Marketing: The crackdown begins

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By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Influence marketing and native advertising are gaining popularity as brands continue to shift away from “interruption marketing” and embrace a more customer-centric approach. But in trying to sell without selling, it’s possible brands have made the “soft sell” a bit too soft, disguising advertising as organic influencer posts. Just ask Cole Haan.

Why “rich content” is central to your social media strategy

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Today I’m going to explain that not all content is created equal … that there is a certain kind of content you MUST have in your marketing strategy. But first, I need to tell a story. Several years ago I became interested in a company called Klout. This was long before “influence marketing” was a thing and I called this new trend “social scoring.” Twitter?

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.

When to treat a customer like family

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When I was just starting out in business, I spent a good part of my career in enterprise sales. learned a lesson there that stuck with me throughout my whole career and I want to share it with you today. One of my customers bought 100 percent of their raw material from the company I was working for, Alcoa. We went through a period when we were a terrible supplier. They brought us to the dance.’

The stress of authenticity and other reasons social media is exhausting

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By Brooke Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. teach a class at Baruch College in NYC on consumer behavior. We talk a lot about personalization, customization and selling yourself (as a human behind the logo) to potential buyers. truly believe in being authentic and transparent. But how far does it have to go? Transparency & Authenticity Are Not The Same. First, a quick lesson. have bad days.

What are the most reliable content channels to connect with customers?

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I recently had a chance to hear entrepreneur and author  Joe Pulizzi speak about his wonderful new book Content Inc  and my mind was buzzing over some of the interesting new ideas he presented. One of these topics was a discussion on the most reliable ways to deliver your content. Today I’d like to connect the dots on a few ideas about the most reliable content channels to reach customers.

28 Super Easy Tips on How to Promote Your Content

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By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Content distribution has been a BIG topic here on {grow} and around the social sphere. As Mark’s book, The Content Code  explains, “great content isn’t the finish line, it’s the starting line.” It’s not going to share itself. I’m sure you’ve been slapped in the face lately by that cold, hard fact.

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.

5 Ways to keep up with the avalanche of online customer feedback

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By Jay Baer, {grow} Community Member. Mobile technology and the explosion of review sites and forums have made it easier than ever for customers to provide feedback – good and bad. Further, companies’ participation in these platforms creates even more feedback, the way one barking dog spurs on every other dog within earshot to join the ruckus. 8X increase in customer complaints in UK. Cheryl”.