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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.

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.

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.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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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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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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?

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.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

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.

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

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. 

[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.

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.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

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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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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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.

[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?

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.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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.

23 Design, Data Visualization and Presentation Quotes from Edward Tufte

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Infographics have become a high octane fuel for Eloqua’s content marketing engine. We’re proud that our infographics have been embraced by the B2B marketing community and the broader public, alike. But we know we can do even better. That’s why I recently attended “Presenting Data and Information,” a one-day course taught by the world’s best-known expert in data visualization, Edward Tufte. Tufte was an information alchemist: He effortlessly turned data into story after story. He spoke succinctly, elegantly, and precisely. ”        < Tweet this!

8 Elements to Successfully Scaling Your Global Social Media Strategy

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this No social media strategy, if done thoughtfully, is easy. But when you have to scale across a global enterprise, taking into account multiple product lines, services and the various different types of customers and prospects – well, things can get really complicated. Get Organized. If you want your social media marketing plan to bloom, you have to water it carefully.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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[Chart] How Dynamic Content Drives More Visits

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by Egan Cheung | Tweet this A few weeks ago, we looked at how the right type of personalization in your email subject line can lift open rates by up to 10%. Personalization usually means sticking in some piece of static information you know about the lead you are nurturing, like “Open Me, I know you are a CEO!&#. over 1.5%) by those that use dynamic content over those that don’t.

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.

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.

Eloqua’s Grande Guide to the Social CMO

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this. It’s Social Media Week … what better time to unveil our latest e-Book: The Grande Guide to the Social CMO. Here’s an excerpt from the Bazaarvoice blog : Companies are willing to try social before making the bottom-line connection. Business participation was extremely high in company blogs, brand communities and Facebook. This is a great start.  Reddit.

What is the Social Enterprise?

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Walking into Salesforce.com’s massive Dreamforce conference recently, a long banner greeted you. Welcome to the Social Enterprise,” it declared. The sign introduced a question that would linger on the minds of attendees and that Salesforce executives would try to answer: “Just what exactly is a social enterprise?”. Is it all about social CRM? Michael Krigsman.

5 Common Stages of B2B Lead Nurturing

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If you work in the complex b2b marketing industry, you know just how long the journey from prospect to closed deal can take. Let’s just say it can feel more like an odyssey than a simple business transaction. There are several layers of investigation, cultivation and negotiation along the way. Smart marketers don’t jump in haphazardly. Welcome. Progressive. Accelerator.

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.