September, 2011

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5 Content Marketing Questions: #1 What’s the Problem?

Writing on the Web

In a previous post, Writing Web Content that Gets Results: Questions , I reviewed the basic rules of writing web content. In this post, we’ll explore the 5 content marketing questions that will help you organize and simplify your web page and blog writing by asking 5 important questions: What is the problem (pain, predicament)? Why hasn’t this problem been solved? What is possible? What is different now? What should you do now? As you write your content, you should cover each of the answers. This will keep you on task, and lead your readers through to action. How much to share.

5 Content Marketing Questions: #2 Why Hasn’t This Problem Been Solved?

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#2 Why Hasnt This Problem Been Solved?" alt=" 5 Content Marketing Questions: #2 Why Hasnt This Problem Been Solved?" />. #2 2 Why Hasnt This Problem Been Solved?" width="110" height="110" /> In a previous post, 5 Content Marketing Questions: #1 What is The Problem? , Why hasn’t this problem been solved? What is possible? What is different now? What should you do now? She understands me.

Writing Web Content that Gets Results: Questions

Writing on the Web

The rules haven’t changed, but it’s surprising how many people start writing web content without regard for the basics. Many people focus on the medium, the latest shiny tool: the blog, the Twitter tweets, and Facebook updates, without regard for the basic rules of writing copy for the Web. Content marketing is a buzz word not just because marketing people like new buzzes.

Edit Your Content: 12 Things NOT to Miss

Writing on the Web

Here’s a checklist for editing your blog content before you publish. For any content that is vitally important, i.e. sales content or articles delivered to clients, I use Barbara Feiner , a professional editor. She not only corrects errors, but evaluates for clarity and flow. But for blog posts and everyday content creation , I put on my editor’s visor, and act like a grumpy newspaper editor with a red pencil. Here’s what I look for: Language. Review for commas, semi-colons , ellipses and em dashes. The important thing is for it to read well, read clearly. Formatting.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

Starting a Business Blog? Read Me First

Writing on the Web

I hear it all the time: smart professionals, who are great at what they do, don’t have enough time to blog , or even start a business blog. Recently someone shared with me how they had started blogging with great gusto – they put in a lot of time – but got stuck, and never went back. It reminded me of something I once heard… About 20 years ago I was recovering from an illness and to avoid being bored, I took up needle work, you know, cross-stitching designs on canvas with yarn. One day as I was completing a big canvas, I was listening to a motivational speaker.

Compelling Content: What Are Your Readers’ Hot Buttons?

Writing on the Web

How do you write compelling content that attracts and engages readers? Ahhh, that question again…(followed usually by how do you turn readers into buyers?). First, let’s deal with the compelling content thing. Your content isn’t going to market a thing if you don’t reach inside the heads and hearts of your readers. Obviously it’s all about your readers. Security. Freedom.

Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

Sazbean

Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 87. $164.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

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.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Klout can be “gamed.&# Even me. Nothing more.

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. ie “LOVE this post! …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). The rules are at best guidelines, and nobody is requiring you to share mediocre content.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

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Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,” readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too! So here we are with the third edition. These are all real Twitter bios … @MichaelACaruso. I’ve learned I don’t know anything.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations. Look through the success stories in your blog reader. Coca-Cola. And of course the ever-present Zappos. Is anybody paying attention to the little guys? Get it?

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

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By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale. Gone are the days when bloated claims could pass as truth and lies went unpunished. Now is the time of social SEO. Then Came SEO.

Can you make money managing social media?

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In a blog post almost two years about the best business idea for social media marketing , I made a prediction that I think stands up. I said that there would be increasing demand for out-sourced social media management and content farms that would pump out low-cost, low value content in a Wal-Mart kind of way. I’m not not saying this is recommended or ideal! ” Medium-sized companies.

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. I haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. TopazPartners.com.

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS

PWB Marketing Blog

Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. We compiled twelve tweetable facts about the prolific use – and success – of social media among B2B marketers.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. It’s our attempt to spice up the stodgy principles of marketing. Here are the 4 New P’s of Marketing you’ll see throughout the syllabus. Personality. Publishing.

The hidden costs of social media conversation

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It’s all about the conversation. Have you heard that a thousand times? It’s a ubiquitous mantra of the social web to the point where sometimes I think it takes over as the ultimate goal. It’s not the goal. The goal of any organization is to increase shareholder value … a.k.a. make money. Even non-profits. What is the future of the social media “conversation?” Marketing, interrupted.

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Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer. Even a well-written white paper, by a respected author, on a hot topic of vital interest to your target audience, can still generate leads your salespeople will consider “junk.” Then your offer should have as broad appeal as possible.

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom. Differentiated. No “me too” ideas allowed. Relevant. Timely. Has a narrative. Demonstrates mastery.

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A broken heart for the social media community

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My friend Trey Pennington , one of the most popular figures on the social web, committed suicide today. I have been trying to figure out how to deal with this tragedy. I’ve been pushing it down, pushing it down. I want it to go away. But I decided that not writing something would be cowardly and a disservice to a man who has helped me and so many people around the world. In a car. In a bus.

Oops! I made this Social Media mistake. How about you?

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Many passionate and hardworking social business operatives are making a business-killing mistake. Proud of their impressive Twitter followings, Facebook crowds and Klout scores they are lulled into a false sense of security. The rude awakening often comes when they try promoting their product to their audience. Their error is simple. It’s easy.

The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence

Conversionation

An analysis of Klout, the use of it and the concept of influence from the Klout and social network perspective. Let me start by disappointing you. I do not know the ultimate truth. I just wanted to grab your attention. That’s what you do with a post title now and then. However, now that you’re [.]. Opinion Social media marketing Eloqua influence Joe Fernandez K+ Klout Klout score PeerIndex

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.

Social Media — Just flirt with me, won’t you?

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Guest post by {grow} community member Krysia Hepatica. As a newly-divorced mom, being both back on the dating scene and trying to establish a new career, my life has been anything but dull. Because I was married at such a young age, I missed out on a lot dating and the drama that goes along with it. I also missed out growing a career because I was home raising babies. Several, actually. Say hi.

Influence of Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) on Buyer Behavior and Decisions

Tony Zambito

Image by Will Lion via Flickr In my recent article, Buyerology: The New Science of Understanding Buyer Behavior, I introduced the concept of Buyerology and the need for a renewed focus on understanding buyer behavior in the Social Age.

How Social Media Overtook Legacy Media

Sazbean

How Social Media Overtook Legacy Media. On September 3rd, 1786, a man from Peter’s Creek, Pennsylvania wrote to his local newspaper, commenting that “I see by your last paper that you have not been crammed with news.&# The Pittsburgh Gazette had been printing the news since July 29th of that same year, but Gilbert Gichen was the first to have his comments on the newspaper published for other readers to see. In the New Media era (social media, blogging, online journalism), Gilbert Gichen’s contribution seems somewhat trivial. How the Switch to New Media Impacted Business.

Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. If you’re like me (and if you’re not, read this anyway), you’re looking for ways to monitor social media and blog feeds without jumping around to multiple platforms. We’re all busy, and am sure we have our own methods to monitor, share, and comment on the tweets, posts, blogs, and updates we receive each day. So I did a little research, and with the help of some tools, I think I am closer to my vision. First, my toolset: RSS Reader from Google. Google Chrome.

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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.

Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. If you’re like me (and if you’re not, read this anyway), you’re looking for ways to monitor social media and blog feeds without jumping around to multiple platforms. We’re all busy, and am sure we have our own methods to monitor, share, and comment on the tweets, posts, blogs, and updates we receive each day. So I did a little research, and with the help of some tools, I think I am closer to my vision. First, my toolset: RSS Reader from Google. Google Chrome.

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11 Twitter Tips for Building Business Relationships

PWB Marketing Blog

More and more businesses are jumping into Twitter to find new customers and connect with current ones. The word’s out that Twitter builds relationships – but many businesses get it wrong. Twitter has unwritten rules of engagement. If you don’t follow the norms, you can be a turn off – losing your chance at building a relationship with a prospective customer. Know the norms on Twitter.

The Blog Tree: New Growth. Fruit for Your RSS Feed [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this A couple weeks ago, I attended Content Marketing World , where I presented on the business value of infographics. Although the conference was chock full o’ content marketing goodness, one line rang most loudly: “You’ve gotta go through the eyes to get to the brain.”. Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner delivered that gem as he riffed on the importance of design.

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Infographic of the Week: The NEW Marketing Trifecta [INFOGRAPHIC]

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For this week’s infographic by Flowtown, we take a look at the digital space of marketing. Check out how companies are utilizing Mobile Devices, Social Media, and Email to promote themselves. Infographics social media infographic infographic of the week Marketing

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.