5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells
JANUARY 12, 2016
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?
Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016
JANUARY 25, 2016
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
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
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.
5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch
JULY 5, 2016
Guest post by Ken Sterling. Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. Here’s how to hit a home run every time. According to researchers at the University of Florida, 20% of all salespeople make 80% of all sales (also known as the 20/80 rule or the Pareto principle ), which makes securing a spot in that top 20% crucial to running a competitive and profitable business.
150 Content Marketing Tips
Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.
The 23 Best Content Ideation Tools
MAY 31, 2016
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.
Five Top-Rated Social Media Management Tools for 2016 [Infographic]
JUNE 27, 2016
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.
The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM
JULY 19, 2016
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.
22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts
MARCH 8, 2016
With the near-universal embrace of content marketing— 93% of B2B marketers are using content marketing , and B2C marketers are close behind—the amount of brand content being produced has exploded. The top challenge for content marketers will no longer be producing more content, but rather creating relevant content, in the right mix of formats, that connects with buyers on an emotional level.
Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness
We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.
16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats
MARCH 15, 2016
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 ).
47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts
JANUARY 19, 2016
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.
49 Noteworthy Social Networking Stats and Facts
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
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.
6 Tips for Encouraging Your Team to Blog
JUNE 29, 2016
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.
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 24 Best Online Writing Tools and Apps
JUNE 14, 2016
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!
The Six Best Google+ Marketing Tools
JUNE 21, 2016
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.
Content Marketing Strategy? Think Like A Reporter
APRIL 12, 2016
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.
Getting Started With Email Marketing Segmentation
JUNE 9, 2016
Guest post by Alphonso Sanchez. Email segmenting is one of the most powerful techniques for boosting open rates, CTRs, and total revenue per email. It’s also surprisingly neglected. With the high cost for sophisticated email platforms and the technology segmentation requires, it makes sense. The Categorization Approach to Email Segmentation. Email showcasing your latest blog posts. eventinvite.
45 Phenomenal Email and Mobile Marketing Stats
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Email remains the most effective digital marketing tool for both B2B and B2C marketers. But the majority of email activity now takes place on mobile devices, and not all marketers have effectively adapted to this rapid shift. Those are just a couple of the findings in the nearly four dozen email and mobile marketing facts and statistics from 15 different sources compiled below. And 72% of U.S.
How Small Businesses Can Use Real-Time Case Studies to Acquire New Clients
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
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%….
20 Brilliant B2B Marketing and Digital Business Stats and Facts
AUGUST 25, 2015
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 ).
34 Compelling Content Marketing Stats and Facts
JUNE 16, 2015
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.
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.
How To Turn Video Marketing Into a Successful SEO Strategy
MAY 12, 2015
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.
10 Top Marketing Thought Leaders in Social Media
MAY 21, 2015
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.
35 Stupendous Social Networking Facts and Stats
AUGUST 11, 2015
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.
How to Use Storytelling for More Effective Content Marketing
DECEMBER 29, 2015
Guest post by Natalie Smith. Marketing involves, of course, much more than just advertisements and sales pitches – it includes all activities and processes used to communicate and exchange offers that have value for customers. While communicating offers to your clients, you can use advertisements and sales pitches, but you can also use other tools, including content marketing. Be Prepared.
10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016
Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.
104 Fascinating Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2014 (and 2015)
DECEMBER 2, 2014
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.
13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience
MARCH 25, 2015
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
AUGUST 4, 2015
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.
5 Easy Tools for Social Selling Success
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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!
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.
Small Business Marketing Optimization Tips for 2016
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Guest post by John Oechsle. The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking at the exciting opportunities 2016 will have to offer your small business. You’re probably thinking, “If only I had more time today!,” but what you should really be doing is focusing on areas you can improve your business every day for the remainder of 2015. Data Management. Social media.