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5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells

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Guest post by Tom Hunt. So you have set up a blog and social media profiles…. You are pumping out multiple articles per week and sharing them furiously…. And yes you see some small traffic spikes (though they quickly drop off when you stop posting right?). Trust me, I know, I have been there… multiple times. Understand Your Customer’s Desired Outcome. What does your customer truly want?

Fluency of Culture, Not Language, Is Key to Winning Big in Global Online Markets

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Guest post by Charles Whiteman. The smartest companies are always looking to reach untapped markets. These days, most are finding success by engaging new global consumers through digital channels. By communicating with online customers in their languages of choice—on their devices of choice—businesses can sell to more markets than ever before. They also need cultural fluency. On Social Media.

Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016

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What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Here are three key takeaways plus some additional musings.

20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

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Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Image credit: MarketingProfs. combined. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. Measurement remains problematic.

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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.

How Does Content Marketing Help with SEO?

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Guest post by Sam Allcock. Content marketing and SEO are often written about and addressed separately. But both are actually essential, and work in tandem as part of a broad web presence optimization (WPO) strategy. Here are a few distinctions between content marketing and SEO, as well as the effect they can have on your online visibility. What is the difference? How do they work together?

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The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

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Despite some misleading chatter to the contrary, SEO is not dead , and keywords still matter. What is true is that search engines have improved their semantic capabilities, meaning they look for the meaning in each block of text rather than just specific phrases. And of course, keyword stuffing, as an SEO tactic, is long dead. That’s where keyword research comes in. ” — Smart Bug Media.

Your Employees May Be Your Best Untapped Brand Advocates

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Guest post by Liz Greene. If you were asked to rattle off your top marketing strategies, would employee advocacy make the list? Your employees are one of the most valuable marketing assets available, and if you’re not putting them to use as part of an overall marketing strategy, you’re missing out on an incredible opportunity to increase revenue. It’s simple. Identify. Willingness to help. Educate.

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The 23 Best Content Ideation Tools

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Great content—the kind that resonates with your audience—starts with great topic ideas. Often, the best ideas come from talking with your customers, or with customer-facing employees in your organization, like people in sales or customer service. Sometimes they magically come to you while you’re out for a morning run or enjoying an evening glass of wine on the deck. Pricing: free. 18) BigDig.

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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 Small Businesses Can Use Real-Time Case Studies to Acquire New Clients

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Guest post by Bill Achola. Ned J. Blogmore is a gifted writer, but his blogs never make it past the spam email folder of his clients. One day, he decides to try something new. He sends a small, yet powerful, email message along with his blogs to the clients. As a result, his business flourishes. His blog’s search engine ranking improves by 15%. His work is recognized. His ROI increased by 34%….

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

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Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. 70% of the U.S. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 billion last year to 2.5 billion by 2018. Image credit: The CMO Survey. Still,  interesting contradictions remain. 70% of the U.S.

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49 Noteworthy Social Networking Stats and Facts

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Though new social networks continue to be launched (e.g. SnapChat , Blab ) and some disappear (anyone remember Pownce or Friendster ?), the “big three” among both consumers and marketers continue to thrive and dominate. But there are no guarantees that leadership will last, and the social networking landscape is constantly evolving. Image credit: Social Media Examiner. Twelveskip ). 8.

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How to Get More Blog Traffic – Content Promotion Checklist [Infographic]

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With apologies to George Berkeley , if a blog post is published but no one shares it on social media, does it make an impact? As the amount of online content produced each day has exploded over the past few years, it’s become more challenging to grab attention and stand out. What does that mean, exactly? But those are just table stakes. Pursue opportunities for interviews and guest posting.

6 Tips for Encouraging Your Team to Blog

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Guest post by Jill Phillips. When it comes to search engine optimization and conversion rates, content marketing is an absolute necessity. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a dedicated team of writers, you might struggle with producing high-quality content consistently. One of the best solutions to this problem is including your employees in the content marketing strategy. Let Them Be Creative.

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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.

The Five Best Infographic Creation Tools and Services

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Interest in using infographics for content marketing started to take off in early 2012 and has continued to grow ever since. While there are unquestionably some topics that really aren’t right for infographics , this format remains an entertaining and effective way to communicate statistical or quantitative information. Infographic Creation Tools. 1) Piktochart. ” — RazorSocial. Visual.ly

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Five Top-Rated Social Media Management Tools for 2016 [Infographic]

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Guest post by Lilach Bullock. What is the “best” social media management tool out right now? Every social media manager has a preferred one that they always use, and it’s usually one of a handful of the top social media management tools on the market. They are also useful for monitoring certain keywords or conversations, and for analyzing your social media performance.

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16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

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As winter comes to an end, so too does the  Winter Wonderland of Marketing Stats series that’s been running here over the past few months. This final installment covers some fascinating though sometimes contradictory and confusing stats about business blogging and the value of marketing. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? But apparently not. Meghan M. ClickZ ).

The Six Best Google+ Marketing Tools

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Despite its detractors , Google+ remains one of the “big four” social networks and has its share of prominent fans in the business world. For most websites, Google+ doesn’t drive the volume of social traffic that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter do. But it can still be interesting place to hang out, and it may help with SEO. Google Review Count: 70,400. Google Review Count: 33,800.

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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 To Turn Video Marketing Into a Successful SEO Strategy

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Guest post by Jason Parks. YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world, yet the SEO aspect is often overlooked. The simple truth is that a majority of search marketing specialists do not invest the necessary resources into the largest video-sharing website in the world. IQ Visibility  states that you can double your search traffic by having a video thumbnail in the search result.

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34 Compelling Content Marketing Stats and Facts

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Content marketing is now ubiquitous, with 93% of all marketers saying they do content marketing (it’s not clear what the other 7% are doing). But with so much content being produced, distributed and shared, how do you make your efforts stand out and grab the attention of your prospects? Based on the research detailed below, here are five key takeaways: •  Tell, don’t sell. TopRank ). 2.

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Seven Ways to Humanize B2B Marketing

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While B2C and B2B marketing practices are distinct in many ways, they both ultimately involve making your message resonate with people—meaning emotions a significant role. The notion that business buyers are dispassionate and coldly rational is overstated. Certainly, practicality plays a large role in B2B procurement. Those are vital benefits to be sure. Here are seven ideas. What do they value?

104 Fascinating Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2014 (and 2015)

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Looking at marketing surveys and studies from the past year, a few trends are clear, among them that buyers are firmly (and increasingly) in control of the purchase cycle. They prefer searching to being found, and will often be close to their final decision point before talking to a salesperson. What do buyers say is the most important signal of vendor credibility? General Marketing Stats. 1.

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.

20 Brilliant B2B Marketing and Digital Business Stats and Facts

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B2B marketers today certainly live in “interesting times” (in the sense of the not-actually-Chinese curse ). While search, social media, ecommerce and content marketing have dramatically altered the roles of buyers and sellers, a number of traditional channels (that is, pre-dating millennials) remain highly effective. Image Credit: B2B Marketing Insider. Death of the salesman? AdWeek ).

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The 24 Best Online Writing Tools and Apps

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The top challenge identified by marketers in the recent B2B Marketing Trends study was “producing better content.” ” With more than 90% of both B2B and B2C marketers now using content marketing, success is no longer about simply creating more content, but about developing higher-quality output: more targeted, more relevant, more personal. Google Review Count: 2,210,000. Kitten!

10 Top Marketing Thought Leaders in Social Media

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If you were asked to name the top thought leaders in marketing today–the 10 marketers you’d definitely advise others to follow on social media–how would you proceed? You’d probably start by looking at those you’re connected with on the major social networks, then do some additional research. Perhaps you’d look at existing “top” lists from other sites.

How to Calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

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Quick: Can you list the goals of each and every one of your social media efforts? Do you know how each campaign performed when measured against those metrics, and how they contributed to the bottom line? If you’re like many marketers, those questions probably bring a quizzical look to your face. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They need to have an estimated value assigned to them.

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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.

13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

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You’ve put extensive effort into your business blog design, content strategy, research, and execution. Now—how you attract and retain a large audience? The short answer is to write great content and then promote it effectively. Simple—but not easy. Image credit: GreenPal. The longer answer(s) are presented below. Why isn’t your blog attracting a higher level of traffic? Email?

This One Thing Has Become The New SEO Reputation Management Secret This Year

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Guest post by Jon Rognerud. As a business and/or brand, nothing is more important than maintaining a solid reputation throughout your respective industry. It is critical to maintain a solid reputation because an increasing number of consumers have started to use it as a way to dictate their purchasing behaviors and decisions. What Search Engines Are Looking For? 1) High Authority Domains.

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35 Stupendous Social Networking Facts and Stats

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Though “social media” broadly encompasses a variety of platforms including blogs (WordPress, Medium, Tumblr), content sharing (YouTube, SlideShare, Instagram), and content curation (Scoop.It, Triberr, Paper.li), the term is nearly synonymous to many for the big social networks. Image credit: The Wonder of Tech. Facebook is of course (by far) the largest social network. TechCrunch ). 3.

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The Complete Guide to Google+ for B2B Marketing [Infographic]

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Guest post by Dave Landry. Google+ seems to be an enigma in the social world, the quiet kid in the corner of the room that most are afraid to interact with. This is particularly so in marketing. But it doesnt have to be that way. In fact, Google+ can be friendly and a resource with amazing results when a respective marketer learns how to utilize it in the right manner. Need more details?

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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 Easy Tools for Social Selling Success

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Guest post by Austin Duck. Social selling is an awesome way to get things done. But, like the early days of anything on social, it’s difficult, messy, and imprecise. A big reason for this is a lack of organizational tools. Remember trying to manage your brand’s presence on social media pre Hootsuite? It was the stuff of nightmares. Easy Tools for Social Selling Success. Now go sell something!

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Content Marketing Strategy? Think Like A Reporter

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Although 93% of B2B companies are doing content marketing, less than half view themselves as successful with it. However, companies with a documented content marketing strategy are three times as likely to say their efforts are “very” or “extremely” effective as those without one. So—creating a content marketing strategy is vital. The Reporter’s Questions.

14 Dazzling Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

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Digital marketing activities and budgets are growing, because they have an impact: more than half of all employed adults say that “digital media has changed the way they work.” Image credit: AdWeek. But that figure is projected to jump to 75% within the next five years. Marketers in the U.S. You’ll find more insights in these 14 dazzling digital marketing facts and statistics.

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The Basics of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy

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Although more than three-quarters of B2B technology marketers use social media to market their products, less than half say they can tie social channels to revenue generation for their businesses. Image credit: BundlePost. But it may also be a problem with basic B2B social media marketing strategy. Cross-Platform Social Media Strategy. It’s a low-commitment, low-risk way to check you out.

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.