Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips from ooVoo
JUNE 4, 2009
As new technologies evolve, so do the etiquette standards of accepted behavior associated with them. Ever gotten an email in ALL CAPS, from someone not realizing they were virtually shouting? What about talking loudly on cell phones in a quiet train car or other public place? While you may be able to get away with no pants, please DON’T remove articles of clothing while on a video conference.
How Trade Publications Can Capitalize on Content Marketing and Social Media
NOVEMBER 18, 2009
Last week I asked the question: will content marketing kill trade publications ? Gordon Plutsky seems to answer in the affirmative, contending that marketers need to set up their own content distribution channels , bypassing the trade media. Ted Bahr, on the other hand, not only won't concede the death of trade magazines but isn't willing even to give up on print versions of them. Research.
4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer
JULY 21, 2009
There's a tremendous amount of interest in Twitter among b2b marketers. I'm frequently asked by clients and prospective clients, "What should I tweet about?" Nobody wants to be a dork. Everyone wants to do it right, but b2b social media marketing in general is still so new, and rapidly evolving, that it can seem like the rules are being written and rewritten on the fly. Help me do my job better.
How to Suck at Twitter (And Still Look Successful)
DECEMBER 14, 2009
There are a lot of great b2b marketers and social media contributors worth following on Twitter, like Ardath Albee , Mark Schaefer , Eric Fletcher , Jennifer Kane and Rob Rose to name just a few. These are people who definitely do not suck at Twitter. They are intelligent, discerning, helpful and social. All have respectable, even impressive, but not gargantuan numbers of followers. Social Taggin
7 Ways NOT to Select an SEO Consultant
SEPTEMBER 8, 2009
The importance of search engine optimization—helping websites stand out in an increasingly cluttered online world amid rapid growth in global search volume —combined with the fact that search is one of the few growing areas in an otherwise brutal economy has led to an influx of new providers in the space. Nothing wrong with that, competition is good! Particularly for buyers.) Irrelevant experience.
Diving into Social Media Marketing? How a Social Media Consultant Can Help
APRIL 2, 2009
Interest in social media marketing is surging, with several recent studies showing that a majority of companies, of all sizes, are now using social media in some form for business purposes. I've also seen dramatically increased interest in hiring social media consultants. But if most companies are already using social media in their marketing/PR mix, why is a consultant necessary? Social Tagging
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 4
DECEMBER 31, 2009
With the rapidly increasing use of social media tools for marketing and PR comes growing pressure to demonstrate results. But what metrics are really most appropriate for social media measurement? How can you monitor everything that's being said about your company, competitors and key industry topics across the social media landscape without spending a fortune on monitoring software?
A Unique Approach to Integrated Advertising Campaigns: Nabbit
OCTOBER 20, 2009
In March of last year, I highlighted Nabbit as a cool online tool for tagging songs on the radio using your cell phone. It still is, though there are now competing technologies available. But what sets Nabbit apart, and makes it interesting to both b2b and b2c marketing professionals, is the tool's ability to serve as a platform for integrated advertising campaigns. Here's our discussion.
Does More Twitter Followers Equal More Traffic?
JULY 14, 2009
Until recently, I've believed that, for the sake of Twitter etiquette, I should follow back pretty much everyone who follows me on Twitter (as long as they used a real name, real photo, and weren't peddling an "Internet dating site"). thought it would be rude not to do so. But two items recently got me re-thinking that rule. So maybe I need to rethink my policy on following, I thought.
Best of 2008: SEM Landing Pages
APRIL 20, 2009
Once you've optimized the list of keywords in your search engine marketing campaign, tweaked the bids and crafted stellar ad text to bring visitors to your site, landing page design is critical to converting those visitors into sales or leads. Here are a few of the best posts about SEM landing page design from last year. clutter) from good (a clear call to action among other attributes).
Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness
We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.
How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy
MARCH 24, 2009
In It Came from Facebook! Here's some research on how to do that. MarketingSherpa's 2009 Social Media & PR Benchmark Guide (PDF) provides a wealth of useful statistics and guidance. technologies." (If you parse that, it matches up pretty closely to the 4 C's model of social media marketing.) There's little difference in the responses between large and small companies.
It Came from Facebook! The Social Media Marketing Challenge that Can't be Ignored
MARCH 16, 2009
Several recent studies have put the challenge that social media presents to marketers into stark relief: social media is huge. It's growing at an astounding rate. And most marketers still haven't figured out how to capitalize on it. In social media, where viewers are often creating the content, that bargain doesn't hold up. So how big is the opportunity? After all, it is social media.
The 4 C's of Social Media
MARCH 4, 2009
Social media is a bit like art—most of us are pretty sure we know what it is, but articulating a common definition can be challenging. There are many definitions of social media floating about of course, they just aren't consistent. Social media "are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information" according to Wikipedia. Social Tagging
What's Next for B2B Social Media? FYIndOut Now
JANUARY 28, 2009
It's been obvious for some time that social media has an increasing role in b2b marketing , and that b2b companies will increasingly invest marketing dollars there as social media marketing practices become more standardized. Still, most of what's being done today, from creating a company Facebook page to using a social media email signature , is extremely tactical. Social Tagging Web Marketing
Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?
745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.
Social Media Isn't Only for Virtual Events
FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Note: this is a guest post from Cece Salomon-Lee , social media relations expert and author of the PR Meets Marketing blog. Cece has previously guest-posted here on best practices in PR and blogging outreach. Virtual events have received a lot of attention recently as an effective way to communicate with your audiences without the costs associated with an in-person event. One argument against virtual events is that you would lose the intimacy that face-to-face interactions provide. Proponents state that social networking technology can help promote similar interactions in a virtual environment.
Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 4
DECEMBER 29, 2009
Which factors are really most important in search engine rankings? How do search engines treat different forms of keywords? How can you get the most of out of Google's free webmaster tools to improve rankings? What other tools are worth checking out for keywords, linking and website analysis? Find the answers to these questions and others here in more of the best SEO blog posts from this year.
Best of 2009 (So Far): Twitter Tips and Tactics, Part 2
DECEMBER 28, 2009
What are the four stages of Twitter enlightenment? How important is Twitter for business? How can you get more retweets and efficiently manage unfollowers? How exactly did Dell generate so much revenue by Twittering? What are the "secrets" of top corporate Twitterers? Great advice for newbies, and experienced Tweeters will likely get a smile of recognition out of this post as well. Social Tagging
SEO Tool Review: SEMRush
DECEMBER 21, 2009
SEMRush offers a powerful suite of SEO and search marketing tools , particularly for those who've already done the basic SEO work and perhaps have an AdWords program running, but want to take efforts to the next level. In this example (with only identifying information removed), notice that this particular site is showing up on page two of Google for a number of key terms.
Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime
Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.
Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 3
DECEMBER 17, 2009
How can you help SEO clients, whether internal or external, understand what SEO (and isn't) and set proper expectations for an SEO project? What are the key signals of SEO quality on a website? How does the increasing use of social media affect SEO efforts? What common SEO mistakes should you avoid, and what myths to dispel? Among his conclusions: more content helps. Blogging helps.
Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media Announced
DECEMBER 10, 2009
Judy Grundstrom at the Just JudyJudyJudy blog yesterday announced the Twin Cities Top Ten Titans In Social Media 2009 , chosen by a distinguished group of judges. It's a very interesting list. The winners come from a variety of backgrounds, including politics ( Dusty Trice ), broadcast media ( Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson of FM 107.1, me ), among others. If you live in the Minneapolis - St.
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 3
DECEMBER 9, 2009
While most marketers have now embraced social media for monitoring and participating in brand conversations, questions still abound. Sure, online video is hot, but how you optimize video assets? How are b2b buyers actually using social media in their research and buying decisions? What's the best method for approaching social media marketing? Which sites are most important to participate in?
137 Twitter Marketing Tips for Small Business
DECEMBER 7, 2009
In case you missed it (as I did), Anita Campbell a few months ago published 137 Twitter Tips: How Small Businesses Get the Most from Twitter , based on input from the readers of Small Business Trends. This report provides a treasure trove of guidance for marketers who seek to increase their brand awareness, credibility and business results using Twitter. The tips are categorized into six sections.
Best of 2009 (So Far): Search Engine Marketing
DECEMBER 3, 2009
What's the real the optimal cost per lead for your SEM program? How can you improve conversion rates? Keep your search marketing program growing? Assure you that aren't overlooking any important opportunities for optimization? Discover the answers to these questions and others here in some of the best posts on search engine marketing (so far) this year.
Social Media, Cell Phones and Online Shopping: Is Big Brother Us?
NOVEMBER 30, 2009
Is Big Brother watching you? Books like George Orwell's classic 1984 and films such as Minority Report and Eagle Eye present a nightmarish vision of an omniscient government watching our every move. The reality is far different story, paranoia about the Patriot Act notwithstanding. As recently as 2004, FBI agents still used laptops with Intel 286 processors. Facebook can even get a person killed.
Best of 2009 (So Far): Cool Web Tools, Part 2
NOVEMBER 23, 2009
Looking for a more powerful way to share presentations online? Consolidate your online profiles and social networking presence? Create a cool Twiiter background even if you're not the artistic type? Generate word-of-word referrals? Use social media more effectively for research? You'll find tools for all of those tasks and others in this collection of more of the best cool online tools. with Bing.
Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 2
NOVEMBER 16, 2009
What two simple words answer almost every SEO question? What common SEO mistakes should you watch out for? How do you create a 301 redirect? Better yet, how can you avoid having to create one? What key trends in search should you be aware of, and how can you adapt to them? Among the mistakes are ignoring (or improper use of) h1, h2 etc. The Answer To All Your SEO Questions!
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.
Which is Better for Driving B2B Blog Traffic - Twitter or LinkedIn?
NOVEMBER 11, 2009
I recently did a little test to determine whether Twitter or LinkedIn was more effective at driving traffic to a few specific posts on this blog. While the results aren't scientific by any means, they are enlightening. Various posts were promoted on Twitter (with retweeting encouraged) and to three relevant and popular LinkedIn Groups focused on social media, PR and b2b lead generation.
Best of 2009 (So Far): AdWords Tips and Tactics, Part 2
NOVEMBER 10, 2009
How can you utilize rich media ads to take advantage of the coverage provided by Google's content network? Which AdWords reports are the most critical, and how you can take full advantage of the information they provide? How is AdWords Quality Score calculated, and how can you improve that score in your campaigns? Another Inside AdWords post worth checking out is AdWords Editor 7.5.1
Will Content Marketing Kill Trade Publications?
NOVEMBER 9, 2009
Content marketing is all the rage. Check out Joe Pulizzi's Junta42 blog , pick up a copy of Ardath Albee's wonderful new book eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale (which builds upon the foundation laid by David Meerman Scott and others), follow @Mike_Stelzner on Twitter—it's everywhere. Even in the early days of online, trade publication websites and their newsletters were essential media.
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 2
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
Social media, and discussions of its value for PR and marketing, have become ubiquitous. But which social media tool do marketers find most valuable? What's the best tool for social media research and learning? How can you maximize the business value of tools like LinkedIn and Twitter? How can you explain the value of social media to skeptics? tools (delicious, Feedburner, LinkedIn et al.),
Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics
Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.
SEO for Product Pages
NOVEMBER 3, 2009
It seems like so much of what is written about search engine optimization (SEO) assumes that you're writing a blog post, or a news story, or the next great "how to" article that's going to be syndicated far and wide on article marketing sites. Sometimes that is what you're doing, but often writing for the web—and SEO—involves less glamorous pages like product or service descriptions.
Top Marketing Budget Priorities for 2010
NOVEMBER 2, 2009
Given the continued high unemployment rate and uncertain prospects for economic recovery, marketing budgets will be tight heading into the new year. Most B2B marketers are likely to find themselves with fewer dollars to spend but more pressure to spend them carefully. In this environment, what are the three or four areas where marketers should focus scare resources ?
Best of 2009 (So Far): Twitter Tips and Tactics, Part 1
OCTOBER 26, 2009
Despite a recent dip in users, Twitter remains a hot social media platform (and arguably a better venue for b2b marketers than Facebook). Bloggers not only use Twitter to promote their content, but writing about Twitter frequently is their content. Check out these posts, the first of the best from this year on using Twitter for b2b marketing. Twitter FAIL! Social Tagging
Best of 2009 (So Far): Cool Web Tools, Part 1
OCTOBER 21, 2009
Looking for a slick tool to easily build branded widgets? How about a social media browser that integrates social search and sharing across multiple sites? Maybe a cool application for online project management? sophisticated yet free analytical tool for optimizing your CRM implementation? Low-cost video production? Social media analytics? And it's free.
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.
Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 1
OCTOBER 19, 2009
How do you determine who your competitors really are for top search engine position? How can you get new pages indexed by Google more quickly? What key aspects of SEO should you consider when doing a site redesign? Which SEO tactics should you avoid? What can SEO professionals learn from traditional marketers? Why do SEOs forget about REAL marketing? Just say "no" to nofollow.