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Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

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By Mark Schaefer. This is the time of year people post their prognostications for the next year. The predictions will be … predictable: More video! More Snapchat! More podcasts! Well, OK. It’s pretty easy to make a prediction based on what’s already happening. But there are less obvious tectonic forces rumbling through our marketplace. Content Marketing Re-constructed. Seriously.

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The disconnect between social media popularity and business effectiveness

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By Mark W. Schaefer. A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a reader of the blog and he made an offhand comment that is still haunting me. This is what he said: “Of course it is possible to have a huge social media presence and look like a big deal while doing very little. You can automate just about everything.” ” Reflecting on this, it’s true. What is true?

Four profound marketing megatrends for 2016 and beyond

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Yes folks the air is crisp, people are planning holiday parties and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for 2016 trend predictions! It’s also something I love to do and I have had a pretty good track record with prognostications in the past, so here we go with five marketing megatrends that will affect many businesses in coming months. 1. Overcoming Information density. Learn.

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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.

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.

Five new content forms rocking the marketing airwaves

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By Mark Schaefer. When I wrote about this idea of Content Shock — the idea that content marketing becomes less sustainable as a strategy as the amount of competitive content increase — I predicted that there would be new innovations in content forms. Here are five that caught my attention. Interactive dynamic video. link]. How cool would it be to actually play with objects in a video?

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.

5 questions you should ask yourself every day before bed

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. I’m a vampire. No, not the solar-phobic Transylvanian bloodsucker with his campy cape, but the graveyard worker who spends all night hitting the keyboard and dropping into bed when the first sun rays sneak through my curtains. That unhealthy working routine forced me to visit a doctor who advised me to bring order into my day. Serve others.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

20 Ideas to super-charge your social media network

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By Mark W. Schaefer. Behind every social media strategy you must have a content plan and a network plan. Most businesses are starting to understand the content part. But a network plan? That is usually overlooked, which leads to disillusionment. “If you build it they will come” is a great line from a movie but a terrible marketing plan. It is really, really hard to get content to move.

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.

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.

Four online business rules that don’t exist any more

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. A few days ago, I was working my face off in my creative cave, realized my social battery was drained, and decided to join a bar meet-up in my hometown of Berlin. I had a chance to talk to online entrepreneurs from all over the world and listened to their unique business stories. The funny thing? My friend doesn’t have a background in finance.

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HR and social media: 7 Ways HR needs to act like marketing

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By Mark Schaefer. wrote awhile back that digital transformation would not necessarily be led by marketers. Success may not come through a brilliant strategy or new technology. It’s going to require a culture change, and that might have to be led by and HR team. On the flip side of things, maybe success in HR will be led by marketing, or at least HR professionals who think like marketers. Human.

Four actual, non-spammy strategies for Pokémon GO and local businesses

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Something is happening. Children are stepping outside, blinking into the sun as their eyes adjust. People are driving slowly around their neighborhoods, coming to a stop for no apparent reason. Of course there IS a reason…they’re hunting for Pokémon. Seriously! As you’ve no doubt heard, the 90s phenomenon Pokémon is back in a big way, thanks to the Pokémon GO app. Keep lures active.

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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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.

Case study: Small business content marketing success

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By Kate McQuillan, {grow} Community Member. When I started Pet Sitters Ireland back in 2010 it was really just a way for my husband and I to solve our own pet care needs. We hated putting our pets in kennels and when we looked for an alternative there was nothing, other than asking friends or family. Most of this growth is attributed to our content marketing strategy. The Results. Consistency.

How your personality aligns with social media content types

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By Mark W. Schaefer. have always had this fantasy about trying to align Myers-Briggs personality types with people successful on the social web, but alas I have not had the time or resources to do so. However I do think there is something to this idea. To truly stand out in 10-second content chunks, you have to be part news anchor, part comedian. It gives me room to tell the whole story.

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?

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.

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.

How I get more stuff done than you: Focus

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By Mark Schaefer. help a lot of people with their business ideas and problems and inevitably this question comes up: “You seem to be everywhere … how do you get all this stuff done?” ” My answer is deceivingly simple: FOCUS. I say “deceivingly” because it is such a simple word but so exceedingly difficult to achieve! There is a synergy between these elements.

Finally, the truth about social media and customer engagement

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By Mark W. Schaefer. When I started on Twitter in 2008, it was THE cool place to connect, share ideas, and meet new people. would hang out there in the evenings and have amazing conversations with new friends from all around the globe. And then, it got crowded. My precious little band of followers ballooned to hundreds, thousands, and tens of thousands. Fast forward to 2015.

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?

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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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.

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”.

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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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.

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.

The 6 Scariest Words in Digital Marketing

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Here are the six scariest words in digital marketing: “Facebook is changing its newsfeed algorithm.” ” And so it goes. That’s why today, we’re announcing an upcoming change to News Feed ranking to help make sure you don’t miss stories from your friends. We’ve heard from our community that people are still worried about missing important updates from the friends they care about.

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The business case for unbranded content

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In this age of overwhelming content, our consumers can steer around what bore them. You could have a massive marketing budget and team of writers and designers, but if no one engages enough to share your content and ideas, then it’s just not working. Power on the web comes from social sharing and that happens by focusing your resources on building trust, not traffic. Clearly The answer?

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Content Shock is here. Now what?

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About two years ago, I wrote a blog post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not a sustainable strategy. And it looks like the idea may be showing up in measurable ways. The premise behind Content Shock is simple. In any human, natural, or economic system, when there is an overabundance of some commodity, and there is a limited capacity to consume that good, something has to change.

Using psychology to make your content relevant

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By Wade Harman, {grow} Community Member. My friend Donald has lived his whole life in an apartment beside the Chicago L-train. Every night he goes to sleep, and the L-train inevitably comes blaring by his home at 2 a.m. Because Don has been living there for so long, he claims he doesn’t hear the thunderous train screaming by, shaking the whole house. He thought a burglar had crept in. Content.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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