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3 Branded B2B News Services That Get It Right

Paul Gillin

Most content marketing is currently delivered piecemeal in the form of white papers, e-books, webcasts and the like. While there’s nothing wrong with that, drive-by customers are hard to engage in conversation. What if you could go a step beyond the downloads and become a trusted and even indispensable information source that customers visit every day? Some B2B marketers have gone that.

Gems from Godin

Paul Gillin

Seth Godin keynoted the #Inbound13 conference in Boston this morning, serving up his usual bounty of great quotes. Godin’s overarching point: We are moving from the age of mass to the age of connection. Organizations must connect with their constituents individually or they’ll be ignored. person’s value is defined by his or her platform, which is a function of connections.

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Not Dead Yet: Blogging’s Popularity Surges Among F500

Paul Gillin

There’s no fluff in the press release, so I’ll just excerpt it word for word. Nora Ganim Barnes and her team at the Charlton College of Business Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth continue to produce some of the most consistent, rigorous and comprehensive research on social media adoption by both small and large businesses. Charts.

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8 Data Points about the Importance of Customer Experience

Paul Gillin

I was asked to prepare some background information on the importance of delivering a positive customer experience, and I thought I would share some of the research with you. How much does the market reward companies that deliver excellent customer experience? Consider The world’s two most valuable brands – Apple and Google – are considered world-class. That’s gonna be a tall order.

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 Often-Overlooked Reasons Senior Executives Should Use Social Media

Paul Gillin

“I don’t have time to build my LinkedIn profile. already get more useless messages than I can handle anyway.”. Why would I want to be on Twitter? It’s a lot of noise, and no one cares about what I’m reading.”. “I want to be a thought leader, but I don’t have time for blogging.”. Sound familiar? hear these objections all the time when speaking to top executives about social media.

How to Get Salespeople Aboard the Social Media Train

Paul Gillin

One of the most common frustrations I hear B2B marketers express is about the difficulty of getting salespeople interested in social media. Outside of prospecting with LinkedIn, few sales pros are willing to make the investment of time to learn and use tools that promise a payoff months or years down the road. think they’re worth sharing. Information is competitive advantage in sales.

I’m Quoted in HBR – Kinda. And Like Three Years Ago…

Paul Gillin

The type is about as small as they could make it and the quote comes from 2007, but this research report does bear the Harvard Business Review logo, so I’m going with that. The publication date is 2010, but I didn’t find out about it until just now. Thanks for my old pal John Dodge for pointing it out. guess Google Alerts doesn’t find everything. 

Marketing firm piggybacks on March Madness for fun social media “bracket”

Paul Gillin

Big sports events are a great opportunity to show off your products and services, particularly if you can apply them to the combatants on the field. Here’s a good example I that came over the transom from Blue Fountain Media , a design an online media firm. They researched average engagement rates across each social platform. Instagram: 2.261%. Twitter: 0.02%. Instagram: 6.2%. Twitter: 0.3%.

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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.

What a Hotel Manager Taught Me About the Future of Business

Paul Gillin

Scott Wright is the general manager of the Wyndham Wingate Hotel in Erlanger, KY, and in a 15-minute ride to the airport yesterday morning he taught me something about the future of business. The fact that the manager of the hotel was driving me to the airport was unusual in the first place, but Wright makes it part of his routine. Customer service is number two. Certainly not with advertising.

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Who Should I Interview at White House Correspondents’ Events?

Paul Gillin

By sheer dumb luck (and knowing the right people) I’ve scored invitations to several activities around the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington the weekend of April 27. I’m not invited to the dinner itself (I’m not  that well connected!), but I will be at the pre- and post-parties, as well as at the Sunday brunch. Question for you : Who should I ask to meet?

What Makes a Good B2B Online Video

Paul Gillin

I spent some time with comic video whiz Tim Washer  (also @timwasher ) at B2B Forum last week, and he followed up with a few questions about how B2B companies are using online video as part of their content marketing programs. shared some opinions with him, but why not share them with everybody else as well? I’d like to hear your answers to these questions, too. would add Cisco to that list.

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Slides and Video Cover What You Need to Know About Search

Paul Gillin

A client asked me to prepare a one-hour seminar on the basics of search engine optimization (SEO), and I thought it was worth sharing. This is more than your standard chalk talk. pulled together slides from several presentations I’ve used over the last few years, updated them and wrote a complete script, which is included as slide notes in the in the PowerPoint. Related articles.

As Business Goes Social, CIOs Sit on Sidelines

Paul Gillin

The disconnect between CIOs and the emerging world of social business became clear to me at a conference I attended about two years ago. entered the room late, but figured I could quickly catch up on the proceedings by checking the Twitter stream of attendees. With an estimated 300 senior IT executives in the room, I expected there would be plenty of chatter going on. Same Old Song and Dance.

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.

Skepticism on Gallup’s Gloomy Social Media Assessment

Paul Gillin

A new Gallup study appears to throw cold water on the whole concept of social media marketing, but I’d be careful about taking the findings at face value. Gallup asked 18,000 consumers about the influence of social media on their buying decisions. Sixty-two percent said social media has no influence at all. Only 5% said it has a great deal of influence. More than Marketing. Related articles.

When Bad News is Good

Paul Gillin

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. –Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Consider the case of Reza Aslan , a religious scholar and author of the controversial new book,  Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  Green, who had clearly not even cracked the cover on Aslan’s book. What’s the lesson here?

Cool & Useful Sites for the Holidays

Paul Gillin

The folks at the Webby Awards sent along a super-helpful list of Web resources to use over the holidays. They range from social shopping to gift recommendations to real-time TV and music sharing. While I was familiar with several of these sites, I hadn’t heard of gems like, Wantful and Trippy. Definitely bookmarkable. The descriptions below were provided by the Webby Awards. 1.  Skype . Video chatting is now a standard activity for most Internet users – in fact, earlier this year, Skype reported that their users log 300 million minutes of video calls daily. Google+ Hangouts.

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This Brand Ambassador Program Goes Against the Grain

Paul Gillin

The PR agency for a startup called Social Rebate has been asking bloggers to comment on the company’s somewhat novel approach to brand ambassadorship. have some strong feelings about this topic, so I’ll oblige. Social Rebate is a service that creates brand ambassadors by offering cash and rebates to people who share recommendations of products and services in their social networks.

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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.

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. Just be skeptical.

Stop Talking! I’m Trying to Listen!

Paul Gillin

Three years ago I routinely advised clients to spread their content around liberally through multiple channels as a way to reach the largest possible audience. recommended setting up multiple Twitter accounts for different functions like customer service and marketing. And I advised linking generously to influential bloggers as a way of generating reciprocal links that build search visibility.

How to Promote an Event with Social Media

Paul Gillin

As a frequent speaker at events of all sizes, I’ve had a chance to observe some of the best practices conference organizers used to promote their events through social media. We’ll look first at tactics the can work for any event, then I’ll propose a few ideas for large conferences covering multiple days and many speakers. Events of all sizes. That amplifies your message pretty quickly.

A Nice Collection of B2B Marketing Stats and Videos

Paul Gillin

Earnest is a U.K.-based based B2B marketing agency that says its mission is, “to chase out the humdrum and bring a lot of love and passion to B2B marketing.” ” Its work certainly bears out that goal. Earnest’s B2B campaigns have a lot of B2C energy inside them. Its research and how-to presentations on SlideShare are an excellent resource for companies that want to get into content marketing. Here’s its latest collection of recent trends and statistics:  This is the year that was in B2B Marketing crunched. B2B Content Marketing Research Social Media

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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 to Run a Great Dinner Meeting

Paul Gillin

I had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner last night with some local technology luminaries and guest of honor Reid Hoffman , the co-founder of LinkedIn and already a Silicon Valley legend at the age of 44. The meeting was hosted by Larry Weber , a local PR legend and founder of the company that became Weber Shandwick. Get a round table. Round tables avoid this. Personalize introductions.

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Peer Reviews With a Difference

Paul Gillin

People love online review sites even if they don’t always trust them. Despite ongoing allegations that even the biggest customer review sites are routinely manipulated by businesses and their detractors, 85% of consumers in one recent survey said they consult online reviews for recommendations of local businesses at least occasionally. The Real Thing. rating.

How to Summarize Content for a Business Audience

Paul Gillin

In my previous post about How to Read and Summarize a 20-Page Research Report in 20 Minutes , I showed how to skim through a complex document and gather essential information to use in summarizing the material for a business audience. Now let’s build our summary from the material we highlighted. The result looks something like the document embedded below. Just the Facts? Key Point.

Security Tips for Social Netizens

Paul Gillin

I’ll admit that I was taken in the first time I got a tweet like this: “You gotta see this! lolol… ” I haven’t been fooled since, but I’m sure plenty of people are fooled every day, particularly when the come-on is from a person they know. Note, you have to fill out a registration form to download it, but the company doesn’t ask for much.

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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.

Five Tips to Make Your Writing Sparkle

Paul Gillin

Now that we’re all publishers, writing has become a core skill for marketers. love good writing, and whenever I get the chance to teach it, I share these five tricks I’ve learned to make anyone’s writing better. 1. Write in Pictures. Former Wall Street Journal page one feature writer Bill Blundell used that phrase in a seminar some 15 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it.

Industrial Age Thinking Thwarts Potential of Internal Social Nets

Paul Gillin

About 15 years ago the CEO of the company where I worked decided that it was important that employees should learn to use the technology they were writing about. He asked my business unit to build a computer lab that employees could use at any time to play and experiment. There was even a NeXT machine. The lab was christened with fanfare and highlighted in the company newsletter. Factory Thought.

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How Much Should You Pay For Content?

Paul Gillin

Marketers often ask how they can train engineers and technical people to blog, podcast and otherwise engage in deep online conversations with customers. My advice: don’t bother. You’re better off investing in professional communicators and teaching them what they need to know about your business. What’s that going to cost you? Like most things in life, it depends. Media Dividend. 10 per word.

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The Other Social Network

Paul Gillin

Have you checked out LinkedIn lately? If you thought the world’s largest professional network was little more than a place to post your resume, you owe yourself another visit. LinkedIn is set to eclipse the 100 million member mark sometime this spring, and it is quickly becoming the social network of choice for B2B professionals. This is the ideal B2B environment. And they’re busy. Find People.

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.

Delay Is Killing Major League Baseball

Paul Gillin

The Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 11 – 4 last night in a game that lasted three hours and 40 minutes. The first four innings alone took more than two hours to play. I was among the 7,000 or so fans who stayed till the end. Most people headed for the exits after the seventh inning, figuring that they had to be functional the next day. After all, it was already 10:30. Timestamp: 10:51 p.m.

Social Marketing Wisdom From a True Practitioner

Paul Gillin

Stand Out Social Marketing starts a little slow, but if you stick with it you’ll be rewarded with truly actionable insight that can help your whole company become more social. This new book comes from Mike Lewis, who is head of marketing at Awareness Networks, a personal friend and one of the nicest guys I know. This book is worth its cover price for chapter 4 alone.

Tips for Building a Quality Twitter Following

Paul Gillin

I breached the 10,000-follower mark on Twitter yesterday. marked this milestone quietly because I’m not big on numbers games and have been outspoken against counting success solely in terms of fans and followers. Nevertheless, I have to admit to taking some pride in this number because of the way I reached it. have never played games to run up my follower count and I only tweet about stuff that interests me. The people who follow me have no incentive to do so other than to discover and learn from information I share. When I publish something, others help me promote it. The Road to 10K.

Here’s What 25 B2B Marketers Think Are the Key Trends in 2016

Paul Gillin

I was delighted when B2B Marketing Zone – a website and newsletter that I devour – asked me to be one of 25 contributors to its “ B2B Marketing Trends for 2016 ” e-book. love this content concept, and it’s an idea more B2B marketers could adopt. Your contributors will be flattered to be included and you will get to tap into their often substantial followings.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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