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Stop the WordPress Madness!

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One month and hundreds of dollars worth of development help ago, I began consolidating my Web site and blog onto WordPress, the popular blog, Web site and content publishing system. My new site still isn’t up, I’ve lost dozens of hours of productive or leisure time (and will lose more) and my output of marketing posts (the aim of the whole exercise) is lower than ever. Isn’t “Skins” a TV show?

12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

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The frigid cold along Route 128 the other morning didn’t keep a standing-room-only crowd from Schwartz Communications’ Breakfast Roundtable on content marketing (using information shared on the Web to drive sales.) Featured speakers were Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at online marketing site MarketingProfs , and Brian Halligan, CEO of inbound marketing software vendor HubSpot.

Are We Scrubbing the LIfe Out of Press Releases?

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When drafting a press release for a client recently, I highlighted a lot of the themes that would have made it a great newspaper feature. These included dramatic government budget cutbacks, a scramble for funds among richer and poorer regions, and how the vendor’s solution helped bring affordable IT services to all. Trade pubs don’t have the staff or time to do that follow-up reporting these days.

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787 Lessons From Boeing For Content Marketers

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Head out to Paine Field in Everett, Washington, and you’ll see 20-25 brand new, nearly finished 787  airliners sitting on the flight line. Boeing can’t deliver them to customers (or get fully paid for them) until they perform more than 140,000 fixes. Just tracking which plane needs which changes is a major challenge, as is juggling the repair schedule to match the delivery slots airlines paid for.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

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By creating compelling white papers, case studies, blog posts and other content based on an in-depth understanding of your competitive differentiators. We can create anything from full-fledged email marketing campaigns to white papers, case studies, ghosted articles and blog posts. Here are some of the ways we’ve recently helped our clients win in the marketplace.

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Stop the WordPress Madness!

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One month and hundreds of dollars worth of development help ago, I began consolidating my Web site and blog onto WordPress, the popular blog, Web site and content publishing system. My new site still isn’t up, I’ve lost dozens of hours of productive or leisure time (and will lose more) and my output of marketing posts (the aim of the whole exercise) is lower than ever. Isn’t “Skins” a TV show?

Are We Scrubbing the LIfe Out of Press Releases?

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When drafting a press release for a client recently, I highlighted a lot of the themes that would have made it a great newspaper feature. These included dramatic government budget cutbacks, a scramble for funds among richer and poorer regions, and how the vendor’s solution helped bring affordable IT services to all.

eBook: Content Marketing: Where To Place Your Bets

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Click Image To Download. IT customers today are overwhelmed with promotional information – emails, newsletters, Tweets, blogs, Webinars, podcasts, YouTube, Slideshare and even Facebook updates. With even CIOs doing much of their product research on-line, how can you as a marketeer cut through the clutter with quality content that keeps prospects engaged? world.

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.

How Quality Content Is Helping IT Vendors

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Quality content is critical because prospects are paying with their most precious commodity – time. If you’re not giving them valuable information, they’ll click on to your competitors. In the age of content marketing, you’re a publisher and you need to attract eyeballs to survive – in other words, to sell. Pretty specific custo mer base, eh?

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Bob Scheier Associates is a writing and marketing services collaborative serving the information technology industry. We are veteran IT trade press journalists, IT marketers and public relations professionals who are dedicated to not only producing superior marketing content, but using that content to find and nurture prospects until they are ready to become customers.

Software Automates Sportswriting. Is B2B Content Marketing Next?

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Hell, no, I say, and not just because I make my living writing white papers, newsletters, and the like for the IT market. Here’s why. Yes, StatSheet of Durham, N.C. has developed software that writes (or, rather, assembles) stories based on statistics from college football and basketball, NASCAR and other sports. and stitches them together using a choice of pre-defined phrases. But am I worried?

How Much Rope Should You Give a “Corporate Reporter?”

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Companies have been hiring ex-journalists for years as PR people because they knew how to tell a story and how to work with their fellow ink-stained wretches. For those old enough to remember ink.). Marketing automation vendor Eloqua has gone a step further and hired Jesse Noyes , formerly a business reporter for the Boston Herald , as a “corporate reporter.” How would you respond?

Can PR Firms Find Gold in Marketing Automation Services?

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They show that the use of marketing automation software is indeed taking off, but not as quickly as some had hoped. Turns out that, just as with so many other IT initiatives, that having the right people and processes is as important as having the right software. Lack of good content was cited by 32%, but that’s such blatant self-promotion I shouldn’t mention it. Except I just did.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

Finding the Mythical C-Level Exec

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Like the unicorn , whose horn was said to cure illnesses and neutralize poison, the C-level executive is a mythical creature, though long hunted by IT sales rep looking for a cure to their late-quarter sales slump. But, as Forrester Research points out in a recent report , “.no but no generic “C-level executive.”. Hoping to find the CFO? Looking for the CSO? Does this take time and money?

Maintenance Fees, a Cash Cow for Vendors, Under Attack From Users

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Some customers are pushing back on software maintenance agreements, threatening vendors with the loss of their most predictable, profitable continuing revenue stream.   Priced at 15% or 18% (or more) of the up-front purchase price of the software, maintenance agreements provide customers with updates and enhancements as well as support.

It's Official: Forrester Says B2B Buyers Hate Confusing Jargon

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I’ve been yelling for years that technical jargon in marketing content turns off B2B business buyers. Now, it’s official – or at least corroborated by a Forrester Research Inc. report. When it's too difficult, the executive will choose to switch priorities” to something easier to understand.” (My emphasis.). In other words, if you baffle them with your BS, they’ll tune you out. That’s a good idea.

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Toyota Ad Shows Need For Outsider's Eye on Marketing Content

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  One of the biggest blunders tech marketers make is not clearly explaining what their products do. recent ad from Toyota makes this thunderlingly obvious mistake, and shows why it’s so important to get an outsider’s eye to review your copy.   As everyone knows, Toyota has had some major quality and safety issues. You can't, because it doesn't.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

First Rule of Content Marketing: Don't Say Anything Dumb

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OK, maybe some people are so dumb they don’t know a heater gets hot. But they’re not who’s seeing your marketing content if you’re selling a big-ticket IT product or service. Those types are knowledgeable, have a lot on their plate, and make snap decisions on what to read and not to read. If your marketing collateral doesn’t say anything new and interesting, they’ll move on quickly.

Selling Your Weaknesses in B2B Content Marketing

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I’ve long argued that admitting your product or service isn’t the right hammer for every nail is an effective way to sell. The folks at marketing automation software vendor HubSpot seem to agree, judging from a recent blog post on “Seven Reasons Social Media is Bad for Marketing.”. Which they are.   Did HubSpot shoot itself in the foot? The implied solution?

Using Online Games To Sell Complex B2B Software

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I have to give IBM points for even trying this: They’ve developed an online game that walks players through a (BPM) Business Process Management) exercise. But is asking prospects to spend the time playing an online game good for all parts of the sales cycle? OK, World of Warcraft it ain’t.   Maybe.

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Time to Kill the Press Release?

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While writing a press release for a client the other day, I got to thinking about what I was doing. Dangerous idea, thinking too much. Because the more I thought, the less reason I could find for a company to issue a traditional “press release.”     What with the long decline of the trade press, there is less “press” out there to “release” information to.  

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A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

First Rule of Content Creation: Don't Say Something Really Dumb

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OK, maybe some people are so dumb they don’t know a heater gets hot. But they’re not who’s seeing your marketing content if you’re selling a big-ticket IT product or service. Those types are knowledgeable, have a lot on their plate, and make snap decisions on what to read and not to read. If your marketing collateral doesn’t say anything new and interesting, they’ll move on quickly.  

Real Editors Don't Just Retweet

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“Content marketing” – using material such as white papers, podcasts and videos to sell to customers – is the latest buzzword as companies try to grab market share in the recovering economy.    One common refrain I keep hearing is that marketers should “think like an editor” in deciding what information to give to customers. That’s what real editors do. 

To Sell A Conference, Give Away Last Year’s “Takeaways”

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Gotten a pitch to attend a conference or trade show lately? Did you decide to spend the money, or ditch it and stay in the office? It’s tough to get people to part with their money, or their time, to attend conferences these days. But one way to do it is to give them a sample of what they’d get if they attended. Tip 3 – Tips for working with SAP NetWeaver variables in Crystal Reports.

Boeing Redesigns Web Site Around Features. And the Business Case Is?

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Technorati Tags: Boeing , B2B marketing , content marketing , Web site design , marketing , public relations As a hopeless aviation geek, I love the new Boeing Web site which leads not with corporate boilerplate, but with big, splashy photos of its airplanes and its people doing cool things. Even stripping out the paper and distribution costs, producing quality content like this isn’t cheap.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Skill Set For Content Marketing: Number Crunching and A Gut Feel

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Back when the earth was young and so was I, feedback on my writing came from a grizzled, chain-smoking editor throwing a story back at me and growling “What the hell does this mean? Clean it up.” Now that I’m doing content marketing for clients, the feedback is a pop-up suggesting I tweak the title or juice up the metadescription. Or, rather, tries to tell us what readers want.

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Who We Are. Veteran IT trade press editors and IT marketers… with years of experience understanding the needs of enterprise IT customers… and of the hardware, software and services IT vendors offer those customers… …and  of the marketing automation tools to reach them. Learn more

What Is Content Marketing?

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Content marketing means using anything from spec sheets to white papers to case studies, Webinars or podcasts to keep prospects interested. Sure, Sure, people have been doing “content marketing” since the first salesman left the first brochure on the first customer’s desk. What’s new is that the content is distributed over the Internet, and we can track which prospects downloaded or clicked through to which content. By focusing your expensive sales efforts on the right prospects at the right time, we boost your revenue while reducing your costs.

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Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.

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Software Consultancy: Why MA Is Hot

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Software consultancy Software Advice has a good business model: Give away a certain amount of information about software, then charge for more detailed counseling. Market analyst Lauren Carlson also had an interesting recent post about the major trends pushing customers towards marketing automation software , which tracks prospect behavior to determine which products they’re most likely to consider. agree with her drivers, and would add another one: The decline of the trade press which used to be a source of trusted analysis and objectivity for customers.

Amateur Bloggers Jump Ship, Pros Taking Over

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A story in the current Newsweek says that interest in amateur (non-profit) blogging and contributing to Wikipedia is falling off rapidly as, frankly, people get tired of working for free. The story mentions, in passing, that according to Technorati , professional bloggers are “a rising class.”.   Welcome to reality, or, rather, back to reality. People don’t do things for very long if they don’t get a payback, whether it be emotional, entertainment, financial, etc. The story also notes that “citizen journalism,” in which everyday people cover the local news, is also in decline.

Virtual Trade Shows for Mere Mortals

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SAP appears to have done a bang-up job with its combined physical and virtual customer conferences, according to B2B Magazine. Not only did it focus on getting customers to talk to each other, (VS. SAP talking at them,) but tracked which content prospects viewed to learn about their needs, and will use a content management system to target future info and offers to them based on those actions. The simultaneous physical events attracted 20,000 people to Orlando and Frankfurt, not to mention satellite physical locations where people watched live satellite feeds. And that costs.

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.