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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?

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.

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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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33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

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As noted in the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report , B2B marketing strategies and practices are in the midst of significant change, driven by new technologies and evolving buyer expectations for more “consumer-like” experiences. These changes are affecting tactics, budgets, messaging, and metrics as illustrated in the compilation of B2B marketing facts and statistics below. MediaPost ).

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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.

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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5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

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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.

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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.

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 ).

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

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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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.

45 Phenomenal Email and Mobile Marketing Stats

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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.

Four Key Ways To Build Your B2B Brand Online

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Guest post by Irma Hunkeler. Brand-building in the business-to-business (B2B) sphere is a little different from the consumer world. Isn’t it all about rational decision making, not emotions? Not necessarily. Let’s take a look at how B2B firms can build their brands in this competitive space. Dive into LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a fertile ground for B2B brand-building and lead generation. Tell stories.

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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.

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.

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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14 Fortuitous SEO and SEM Stats and Facts

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Search remains the cornerstone of digital and content marketing efforts. The average B2B website gets 40% or more of all visits from organic search, and 81% of B2B purchase cycles start with a web search. On the paid side, more than one million businesses use Google AdWords , and Google’s content network reaches 80% of all U.S. Internet users. Image credit: MarketingProfs. Speed thrills.

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Five Ways to Draw Traffic to a Blog Post

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Guest post by Kylie Ora Lobel. As buyers spend more time with online articles, blog posts and reviews, and rely less on advertising for product information , companies have quickly caught onto the fact that they need great content to attract new customers and retain their current ones. However, simply creating content and posting it is not enough to get seen. Repost where your audience lives.

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.

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!

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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The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]

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The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign. Develop new ways to improve and scale your current campaign.

Getting Started With Email Marketing Segmentation

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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.

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.

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.

7 Tactful Ways of Facing The Horrors of Digital Marketing

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Guest post by Philip Masterson. Digital marketing is growing rapidly. It’s the primary channel for every startup, given its expansive reach and capability to provide quick and detailed results. Compared to traditional marketing mediums, digital marketing is definitely cheaper, too. So far, so good. However, like everything else, there are horror stories that haunt digital marketing too.

88 Expert Content Marketing Posts Worth Another Read

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As noted here previously, content marketing is now ubiquitous, with 93% of all marketers saying they do content marketing. All of those marketers are creating an enormous amount of content, which is making it difficult to stand out and rise above the noise. Image credit: HubSpot. These writers face the same challenge. Some date back a year or more but remain timely and helpful. by Comms Axis.

A Quick Guide to a Successful Trade Show [Infographic]

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Guest post by Tobias Dean. trade show can give your business countless opportunities to build networks, showcase new ideas, and interact with a wide audience – all at a personal level. But the success of your participation depends to a large extent on your pre-show preparation and how well you are able to present yourself and your business at the event. To begin with, you need to set up a trade show booth or tent that not only draws your audience, but also wows them. For this reason, many businesses leave the responsibility of setting up their trade show tent to a professional.

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.

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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You’ve Discovered SEO Keywords, But What’s Next?

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Guest post by Adam Hutchinson. Most digital marketers have a general SEO strategy such as tracking keyword performance and incorporating search terms into their blog posts. Believe it or not, SEO keywords are way more valuable than SEO itself. sophisticated keyword strategy can help every step of your marketing funnel. Group Your Keywords. Influencers : Who are the thought leaders in your space?

14 Content Marketing Tools to Help Your Business Grow

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Guest post by Joan Guilbert. Consumer and B2B marketers alike consistently identify “producing enough content” as one of their top content marketing challenges. Content engagement, budget, and variety are also commonly mentioned among those top challenges. Buffer. With this tool you can pre-schedule times for your posts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Yoast. MailChimp. PRWeb. Bundlr.

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The 12 Best Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking Tools

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When evaluating the results of marketing and PR efforts, it’s vital to consider two perspectives: what is the trend of results (e.g., increasing social engagement, website traffic over time, etc.) and how do your results compare to your closest competitors? There are a wide range of monitoring, listening, and analytics tools available to answer the first type of question. 10) SpyOnWeb.

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.