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Content Marketing in a Blink: The Content Grid v2 [Infographic]

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Last June, Eloqua published the first infographic on the then-nascent content marketing industry. We called it The Content Grid.  The public seemed to like the visual. It earned six awards, sparked dozens of speaking engagements, and triggered a number of “how do you _&# calls from Fortune 500 companies. What a difference a year makes. Enter June 2011. Facebook.

20 Experts, 1 Awesome Resource: The Social Media ProBook

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You may have noticed that over the past month or so, several influential social media professionals changed their profile pictures to funky avatars of themselves.  Edelman’s David Armano went so far as to name his digital persona Vector David (I didn’t have the heart to point out his digital doppelganger’s unfortunate initials). That project goes live now. Right now.

What Your Business Needs To Know About Google+

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Unless you’ve avoided the Internet over the past two weeks, you’ve probably heard about Google’s big play into the social web. It’s called Google+ , and it’s been labeled the search giant’s Facebook contender. That’s a modest assessment. Make no mistake. Google+ is aiming at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter users. They want a piece of everyone’s pie. How Is It Different?

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B2B Blogging and Video Takes Off

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Some might say 2011 was the year of social media in b2b. But according to a survey released this week, it might have been the year of the blog. The survey found that blogs saw an 27% increase as b2b content marketing usage tactic this year over 2010, with 65% of respondents claiming they use blogs as part of their content marketing strategy. Want help from the experts?

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150 Content Marketing Tips

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

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

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by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. It’s our attempt to spice up the stodgy principles of marketing. Here are the 4 New P’s of Marketing you’ll see throughout the syllabus. 1. Personality. Physics.

What Google+ Needs to Offer Businesses

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this There’s no doubt Google made a huge splash when it unveiled Google+. With a reported 25 million users, it’s fastest growing social media network of all time. But the open question is whether the ripples from that initial splash will impact businesses’ social media marketing strategy. Obviously, size matters. Eric Swayne. share of the search market. David Armano.

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What is Newsjacking?

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Earlier this morning, marketing author and advisor (to Eloqua, among others) David Meerman Scott published a new e-book enticingly titled, Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage (Wiley). First the stated topic: Newsjacking. The definition of the term is pretty much self-evident. News, jacked. It’s PR judo.

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5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

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by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. Here are five ways social media marketing can be used to drive revenue. 1. Extending Your Reach. Social media has once again changed that model.

9 Experts Answer “What Makes an Online Video Worth Sharing?”

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this In viral video marketing, the question that starts off any effort is “What makes a video worth sharing?” Marketers and creative types are constantly on the hunt for video marketing tips. With that in mind, we asked nine experts across a wide range of disciplines – from journalism and advertising to video marketing and content marketing – to answer that simple question.

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Bored to 3.4 Billion Tears

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by Steven Woods | Tweet this In a sequence of events over the last few days, the best and the worst of the software culture and innovation were highlighted. SAP announce a pending acquisition of SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion, and TechCrunch, declared that this event was too boring to bother writing about. This was fascinating to watch. And they did it as a real business. Steve Woods. Bored to 3.4

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

10 Marketing Nightmares

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Forget Hollywood horror films and haunted houses. Those working in B2B marketing have their own special blend of anxieties and fears. Things like typos in big campaigns, mis-fired tweets and screwed up presentations are enough to scare even the most competent marketer. Today, we spotlight 10 marketing nightmares – and explain how you can avoid them. 1.

The Blog Tree: New Growth. Fruit for Your RSS Feed [Infographic]

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this A couple weeks ago, I attended Content Marketing World , where I presented on the business value of infographics. Although the conference was chock full o’ content marketing goodness, one line rang most loudly: “You’ve gotta go through the eyes to get to the brain.”. Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner delivered that gem as he riffed on the importance of design.

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B2B Marketers: 10 Ways to Juice Your Facebook Fan Page

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Have you ever been the only one dining in a restaurant? If you have, and if you are anything like me, I’m sure it took a while to shake off the depression. It’s pretty grim when the kitchen is as quiet as the dining room. For B2B marketing professionals, Facebook can be just as bleak. Fan pages so empty the only conversation is between colleagues. Want more?

A History of Dreamforce [Infographic] #DF11

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this There are few skills I value more than speed. If I were a gambler, I’d put my money on the “fast and good enough&# tandem over team “slow and perfect&# every time. But once in a while you need both speed and accuracy. For example, when you create content that relates directly to a brand other than your own. click to view full size). Facebook. LinkedIn.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

3 Steps to Making Change Happen

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this People don’t change, right? This fundamental assumption is often what stops potentially great marketers from seeing success. How could we ever convince anyone to change their entrenched habits? Here are the things we know about change: it’s hard, people hate it and they resist it. But, Heath said, our conventional wisdom about change might be off. Step One.

5 Event Planning Tips…Even If You’re Not An Event Planner

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by Laura H. Vogel | Tweet this Here’s the dilemma: You need to plan an event, but you have no background in event planning. Somehow this duty has been thrust upon your shoulders. Relax. We’re here to help. Many organizations don’t have a dedicated point-person for event marketing. Yet, an event can make or break a campaign. Here are some handy tips to help you from planning process through the big day. Get Out The Whiteboard. No matter the type of event you’re planning, you need to map out a strategy. What’s the goal of your event? Are you introducing a new product or service to customers?

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5 Marketing Problems Google+ Says It Can Solve

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Modern marketers face a slew of problems: a fractured media environment, a need to target and segment messaging across platforms, a noisy marketplace. Social media was supposed to help address many of these issues. But many marketers might argue it’s made the job that much harder. Enter Christian Oestlien , who is heading up the Google+ project. Limited Insights.

A Painless Guide to Planning a Marketing Budget

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by Brian Kardon | Tweet this I was with a group of CMOs last week, all of whom were knee-deep in developing their marketing budgets for 2012. The group was divided down the middle with half energized by the process and half dreading it as much as a root canal. used to be a member of the “dread it” crowd. But now I look forward to the marketing budget process. have the data to support how and where I spend my money.  I know what works and what doesn’t.  The CEO has set the revenue targets for next year.  And I know precisely what my Marketing team has to do to hit those targets.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

12 Holiday Gift Ideas for Marketers

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by Andrew Moravick | Tweet this The holidays are practically here and to avoid accidentally “bah-humbugging” the marketers in your life here are a few hot items you might find on their holiday wish list. 1. Premium Evernote Subscription : Manage all your ideas, tasks, collaborations, to-do lists and more without limits with a $45 annual subscription to this application. 2. Mad Men DVDs : Come on.

8 Share Spiking Tips For Empire Avenue

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this. The latest social media measurement tool to takeoff is Empire Avenue. It may sound like a new property on the Monopoly board. But it’s actually a startling addictive new social media engagement site. The system measures that activity and the level of engagement your content provokes, and then assesses your share price based on that activity. There are some issues.

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Have Infographics Jumped the Shark?

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this This is a question I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I’ve explored it on my personal blog ; I’ve commented on it on Focus ; and I will address it in my presentation at Content Marketing World (“ How to create attention, interest and sales with infographics ”). In many ways, I have an attraction/revulsion relationship with infographics. Or so I thought. Share email.

Hire A Journalist! (We did, and here’s what we learned)

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by Brian Kardon | Tweet this Some anniversaries are worth celebrating more than others. For this one, I eagerly pop open the Champagne! I am celebrating the one-year anniversary of a very special employee, Jesse Noyes , our corporate reporter.  Jesse is the real deal – a card-carrying journalist with credentials that include The Boston Herald and Boston Business Journal. One year ago, we hired Jesse and I want to celebrate by sharing with you what we’ve learned. The idea to hire a journalist came from my friend, David Meerman Scott. The first time I heard the idea was 2007. 

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.

[Chart] Does Klout Impact Conversions?

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by Joel Rothman | Tweet this About 5 years ago, “Social Media” seemed like the hula hoop scene from the Hudsucker Proxy. You know, for kids”. Today, it’s considered an essential part of any complete marketing strategy. For this week’s chart, we decided to drill into the impact that content being shared on Twitter can have on the bottom line. But, how many additional views does that cause? Facebook.

6 Signs You Need Marketing Automation

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by Michael Martin | Tweet this You’ll feel it when it happens: When you’re spending all your time managing lists and unsubscribes; when the sales team won’t return your calls; when all the good leads seem to land with your competitor. Below, I outline 6 signs of sickness in a marketing structure and how marketing automation helps cure them. 1. You Can’t Target the Right Prospects. The Remedy.

5 Reasons Thought Leadership Marketing Matters

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this The more than 1,000 sales and marketing pros heading to Eloqua Experience tomorrow are in for an insightful mix of best practices and big picture strategies. And of those people delivering a big picture talk will be Jeff Ernst , principal analyst at Forrester Research. Ernst delivers counsel to CMOs and top marketers. He’s shown how social marketing can go big.

16 Experts Answer, “What makes a great infographic?”

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Since agreeing to speak about infographics at  Content Marketing World , the question “What makes a great infographic?” has been ricocheting around in my mind. Turns out, the topic is on a lot of people’s minds.  A stealth mode data visualization start-up called Visual.ly is readying to launch and FastCompany recently created an infographic-of-the-day section of its blog. And because everyone loves a competition, we made it easy for you to tweet your favorite answer.). 1. Ann Handley, Author, Content Rules : A good infographic offers clarity: Simple, clean design.

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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.

You Need Better Content, Not More

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this There are more than 150 million blogs. Last year, over 100 trillion emails were sent out. The number of websites in the world is well over 250 million. 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. In a world drowning in content, the secret to success is not more content marketing – it’s better content marketing. ” Wendy Clark.

The Best Place To Nurse A Hangover AT SXSW (And 8 Other Tips)

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this. You’re headed to SXSW Interactive. You know what panels and speakers you want to hear, what gadgetry you want to explore. But where should you snap that quintessential Austin photo? Where do the cool kids hang? Where can you get some brisket? We’ve got you covered. As a resident of Austin and a repeat attendee at SXSW, here are my 9 Best Places To Explore At SXSW.

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5 Social Media Tips From A Digital Native

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this I’d been hearing a lot about some guy named Chris Heggem. Words like “brilliant” and “fearless” were thrown around. Also “young.” I heard that one too. As in, how can a guy this young know this much. So I invited him to guest post on It’s All About Revenue. Apparently, we can learn a lot. I did. Do you remember life before computers and the Internet? I don’t. Facebook.

5 Lessons to Learn Early in Your Marketing Career

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes from Geeta Sachdev, Senior Vice President of Marketing at SolarWinds and a contributor to the Real World Marketing Syllabus. She oversees the company’s Web, marketing and corporate communications functions. former Executive Director at Dell, she has experience in a variety of global roles – from marketing to e-commerce to call center.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

Google+ Opens Up Brand Pages…Sort Of

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this From the moment Google unveiled its social networking platform, Google+, marketers and brand managers have been asking, “ When will brand pages be available? ” Google’s answer is today …kind of. There’s a reason I hedge Google’s claim that brand pages are open for business. Here’s what we can tell from some early looks. 1.

[Chart] Google+ Posts Drop Even as Accounts Rise

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Google+ is growing fast, and most marketers should be considering what, if any, plans they should make for conducting programs through this new social network when they eventually launch their inevitable business offering.  Understanding how users are using the service is key to developing such a plan. when comparing the last 2 months. What does this mean to Marketers?

Jay Baer Exposes 4 Common B2B Social Media Mistakes

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this “But we’re in B2B marketing…”. Ah, the common excuse you hear from those in the B2B marketing industry on why social media isn’t right for their company. Jay Baer , the co-author of The Now Revolution , has heard it all before. And this week, at the MarketingSherpa B2B Summit 2011, he set out to destroy seven of the most common B2B social media myths. Thinking Too Big.

4 Reasons to Use StumbleUpon for Your B2B Content

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by Andrew Moravick | Tweet this Think of your favorite restaurant and how you found it for the first time. Did you research venues in your area, did a friend of family member share it with you, or did you, by some stroke of luck, just happen upon it? Finding good content online occurs much the same way – search engines are the direct lines to what you’re looking for, social channels are your friendly recommendations, but what about the chance discovery? Well… for that, there’s StumbleUpon. mature, highly active audience. Long-tail content curation. well-after the initial buzz from the release.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

How Many Fields Belong On Your Landing Pages? [Chart]

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by Egan Cheung | Tweet this One of the most popular requests we get is to look at how the number of questions asked in a form affects whether or not people fill it in.  Common wisdom is that the fewer questions asked on your form, the better. We analyzed data from 1,500 forms over the last 3 months and calculated the conversion rate as the number of submissions per unique visitor to that page. 

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