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Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 22, 2012

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Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 22, 2012…  . Maximizing Your Brand Presence on Google+  (Marketing Profs). Tips to Keep Your Website Ahead of the Curve in 2012  (Mashable!). Users Not Customers Will Wake You Up to the Future of Doing Business (Small Biz Trends). Content Marketing 101: Get the balance right (Internet Marketing).

What Every Parent Should Know About Social Media

Sazbean

I gave a talk last week at The Roeper School here in the Detroit area about some concerns and dangers parents should be aware of when your child uses social media. Here’s the presentation: Social Media & Your Child — What Every Parent Should Know. View more presentations from Sazbean Consulting. News & Notes

How to Improve Social Networking for Your Business

Sazbean

Image via Wikipedia. Around 2009, small business followed the lead of big businesses and created pages on social network sites right and left. They might have heard somewhere on the Internet that social network is a great way to reach customers and profiles are free to set up, so why not? A lot of those pages are graveyards now. Put some time into it. Run an advertising campaign.

Top Industries Advertising with Google in 2011

Sazbean

Wondering where Google makes it’s money? WordStream has this infographic showing the breakdown of Google’s revenue for 2011 — followed up by a great post analyzing some of the information: What Industries Contributed to Google’s $37.9 Billion in 2011 Revenue? WordStream , Provider of AdWords solutions. Marketing

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Why Social Media Needs to Get More Personal

Sazbean

New social media service Path promises to bring your true friends (not just acquaintances) together in a much more personal way. However, neither Path, nor Facebook, nor Google+ have fully comprehended that personal circles vary by context, and that context changes rapidly and infinitely.  . In the end, while services like Path get us closer to “personal,” they are still very much “broadcast” versions of social media. Ultimately, How Humans Interact. To fully understand how structured broadcast and personal social models differ, we need to look at real life. First News & Notes

How to Write Irresistible Blog Intros

Sazbean

Did you know that I like to have sex on roller coasters? Yes, there’s nothing that does it for me more than wondering if my partner will puke at the point of, um, no return. Okay I’m fibbing. I can’t even imagine how difficult big dipper hanky panky would be, but I got you listening, didn’t I? While I was being a little devious, and you’re now going to be a tiny bit disappointed that I’m not going to talk about my fetish for fairground frolics, I’ve demonstrated two things: A strong hook in the introductory paragraph of your post is crucial to grab the reader’s interest. First impressions….

Social Survival for Bloggers: a Peek from the Inside

Sazbean

Zombie accounts at Reddit are increasingly frustrating content creators on the internet. A “zombie” account is an account that appears to be active to the user, but to nobody else, usually as a punishment for that user submitting his or her own content. The user submits, and he sees his or her submission. S/he comments, and sees the comment. S/he thinks s/he has an active account, and can go on for months thinking s/he does. But nobody else reads that person’s submissions or comments, and his or her up-votes are generally nullified by automated system down-votes. mean, this is downright mean.

Pinterest drives enormous blog and business success

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Guest Post by {grow} community member Lauren Schaefer. This is Kate. She’s a hairstylist, jewelry maker, and all-around crafter based in North Carolina. Kate started her blog ( thesmallthingsblog.com ) exactly one year ago. And like most of us, it was a labor of love without a whole lot of “community.” Pinterest! Pinterest is the hottest social media platform around right now.

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

Tony Zambito

B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders.  Meeting this challenge successfully is the essential lifeblood of survival for many B2B companies.  What has been missing?  Follow @TonyZambito. Related articles.

Forget demographics. It’s all about the socialgraphics

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Traditionally, marketers have researched their customers’ demographics to have a clear idea of their age, gender, income, location, and other traits. Marketers added psychographics to the mix, allowing them to take into account customer’s interests, values, and attitudes. Socialgraphics helps move your message. Levels of socialgraphics.

20 of the World’s Wittiest Twitter Bios

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I know you LOVE these funny Twitter bios. Yes, they’re real and they’re fabulous. Here we go! organising. Let me bitch at you every day until you sort your shit out. Newtoblogging. Maybe I should rethink this, when I spelled it Blooging at first. danecook. When I tweet, I tweet to kill. maurastl. Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together. SALJmum. ankurtz.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. How can an brand establish trust online? And again.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Free eBook: How Buyer Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Thinking

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. Recently, I embarked on a series of articles related to buyer trends and how they are changing conventional business thinking as we know it.  These series of articles, referenced as Buyerology Trends, highlighted 7 areas of where buyer trends are challenging conventional thinking. The world has become hyper-connected and hyper-competitive.  Follow @TonyZambito.

Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work

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A new set of stats show that two out of every three people agree that social media should be banned in the workplace. Simply Zesty brings us some interesting visuals on how social media is seen at work (in the UK…but let’s be honest, it’s probably similar in the US!). Infographics infographic social networking at work

10 Requirements to Deploy Successful Online Content Marketing

Savvy B2B Marketing

Content marketing is a really hot topic these days and is considered the foundation of any good inbound marketing strategy. In today’s competitive online business environment it’s a must for search engine visibility, social media marketing, lead conversion, brand building and referral traffic. Below are 10 requirements for deploying successful online content marketing.

The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

NuSpark

As we head into the winter months and most of us aren’t out as much, it’s a good time to catch up on some good reading material.  Books are listed by funnel category. Click the book images to be hyperlinked to Amazon. General B2B Marketing & Lead Generation. Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs. Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah. Ruth P. Stevens. Brian Carroll. Media.

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.

The Lament of the Inside Sales Team: Data, Data Everywhere, but Who’s Ready to Buy?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet As the MECLABS Research Partnership analyst team, my colleagues and I speak with professionals who attend our events (like the next month’s MarketingSherpa Email Summit in Las Vegas), purchase our publications, and want more information about how MECLABS can help grow their business. So every day we hear about the challenges they’re facing. This hit way too close to home.

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Industrial Marketing Content that Helps Buyers

Industrial Marketing Today

It is very common to find marketing content from manufacturers and industrial companies that is all about how great their products are or that their technology is innovative. Sellers may be too close to the forest to see the trees and firmly believe their marketing content is helpful to their buyers. Buyers can easily find information about your products and that of your competition from their online research. So ask yourself this question, “Is my industrial marketing content really helping my buyers make a more informed decision and is it moving them closer them to a RFQ?”.

13 Questions Marketing Should Ask the Sales Reps

It's All About Revenue

by Michael Martin | Tweet this As marketers, we all want to deliver sales with the resources they need to close more deals…more often…and faster. If you’re going to develop a marketing plan that really pushes sales enablement , you need to talk the sales reps out in the field. Yet, too often, marketers get bogged down by personal gripes and don’t have a strategic process for approaching sales.

12 Critical Elements Every Homepage Must Have [Infographic]

Hubspot

If you’re considering a website redesign or are wondering how to generate more leads from your website, there are several critical elements you must never forget to include. Let’s first take a look at the homepage. Ah yes, “thee page of all pages.” ” It’s undoubtedly one of the most important areas on a website. The answer is simple. Are there any I missed?

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.

The First 5 Things You Should Do With Your Google+ Business Page

WindMill Networking

So you’ve followed the sage advice of savvy social media experts like Neal Schaffer , telling you why you need to have your business on Google+ , and you’ve created a business page for your brand. Now what? Obviously (I hope it’s obvious!) the worst thing you could do is just let your page sit idle. So let’s set some priorities and get to work making your page effective.

7 Tips for a Successful PPC Landing Page

The Point

Where do most paid search (PPC) campaigns succeed or fail? Though it’s typical for marketers to invest more time and legwork in the mechanics of search (keywords, bid strategy, campaign structure), I’d argue that the majority of PPC campaigns are won or lost at the close: the landing page. The rewards from making even slight improvements to your PPC landing pages can be dramatic. Sell the offer.

Integrating Social Media Into The B2B Marketing Mix [Slides]

B2B Marketing Insider

This presentation covers the change that is occurring in marketing. Marketers are no longer in control of the message. We are in a battle for customer attention and focusing just on social media is a mistake too many businesses are making. We talked about the importance of blogging and how blogs are an important and effective tool in the social media arsenal. Social Media

Does your brand stand up?

Savvy B2B Marketing

You are not in control of your brand. You never were and you never will be. You may own your brand, but, its identity is defined by your audience: your prospects, peers, and customers. You can make suggestions, of course. You can make your own statement about what you stand for. These are all valuable brand assets, but they are not your brand. Your brand isn’t what you say.

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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.

Lights, camera, action: Video helps you stay in touch with customers

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Here’s where I ran across this:  Glenn Diehl, owner of the New York distributor of Skyline Exhibits , has a team of eight sales people selling custom trade show exhibits and portable displays to marketers and trade show managers in New York City and several northern counties.  The cover note is in plain text, inviting customers to have a look at the latest “Minute” video.

The Battle For Customer Attention

B2B Marketing Insider

It used to be so easy. With the right amount of budget and the right Madison Avenue “Mad Men,” any business could reach their target audience. But now, the consumer marketplace is fragmented almost beyond recognition. We receive more marketing messages than we can handle and the battle for customer attention has moved from being mainly about the medium to technology to content.

Trust is hard to come by these days

Buzz Marketing for Technology

For years I have kept tabs on the Edelman Trust barometer report , which comes out every January in Davos.  And this year was no exception. After last year I figured this years report could make an excellent gauge of the economy worldwide! Simply put the report states: Trust is down in every industry and every country across the board by an average of 6%. Well 2 things …. But where do you start?

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Why Your 2012 Marketing Plan Needs Tablets

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Does your marketing plan include the iPad? Or the Kindle Fire? Or a Nook? If not, you might want to revisit that marketing plan. The holiday shopping season was a boon for the tablet market. Ownership of tablet computers in the U.S. As Marketing Land noted , if representative of the overall American population, than 44.6 million people now own tablets.

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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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

Content Marketing Advice: Stop Competing with My Children!

Digital B2B Marketing

Today, marketers are locked in a battle for attention. As individuals, we are flooded with more marketing messages than we can consume. Getting our attention requires something exceptional. To date, the currency that purchases our attention is content. Content that is useful and connects with our priorities, content that entertains, content that teaches. However, content is merely the vehicle.