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7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

Writing on the Web

A Note from Patsi: This week’s guest post is about social media  and it’s really important. Because if you want to engage your business blog readers and grow your reader base, you need to use social media. We’ve been writing about the CAST system for effective blog content: C ontent (compelling). ssets (free). ocial Media. Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid.

5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

Writing on the Web

How do you use your blog analytics ? There There are many easy-to-use blogging analytics tools out there, but the really successful bloggers know their results and tailor their blogs accordingly. This is the fifth element in the CAST system for effective blog content : C ontent (compelling). ssets (free). ocial Media. Post views/clicks. Do “How-tos” have better click rates than commentaries?

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

Writing on the Web

How do you choose a blog platform ? . In my last post,  How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog , I shared important information you want to consider before your first post, including signing up for a trial blog. With so many great blog platforms available, including  WordPress , Blogger, Tumblr, Ghost, Squarespace, Wix, Typepad, Weebly, etc., how do you know which is best for you? Author Bio.

How to Create a White Paper: Get Found Online and Grow Readership

Writing on the Web

If you want to grow your reader base, that is, if you want to get found and get known online, small businesses and entrepreneurs will offer prospects and clients online information for free, such as a white paper , a report or a compelling article. This is part of the CAST acronym for ways to grow readership. ssets. ocial Media. At the other end of the list would be a customized white paper.

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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.

What Hemingway Knew: How to Write Blog Content that Attracts Readers

Writing on the Web

Is your blog content compelling? Are you attracting new readers, engaging with them, and growing your reader base? In my last post , I shared an acronym that you should be using when writing blog content: C ontent (compelling). ssets (free). ocial Media. Hemingway did not have the technological advantages that we have, nor a blog, but he knew how to engage his readers. As Larry W. Analogies.

How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog

Writing on the Web

How do I start a blog ? . hear it all the time:  smart professionals, who are great at what they do, don’t know how to start a business blog , and probably wouldn’t have time to blog even if they did start one. Last fall Kris and I spent some time interviewing clients. We really wanted to know how we could best be of service. hope this never happens to you. Loud and clear. Well, no.

Great Newsletters: 5 Must-Haves for Better Design

Writing on the Web

Have you noticed what great business newsletters have in common?  They’re easily scannable; that is to say, you can easily scan the newsletter to determine the topic, the key message and what action the writer wants you to take. When readers receive your newsletter the first time, is it easy to understand what it’s about? Is it easy to read? And is it easy to find information they’re looking for?

Get Found Online: 6 Principles of Quality Content

Writing on the Web

How to get found online. That was one of the most common answers we heard to the question, “What is your biggest struggle?” during our recent client interviews. In my last post , I shared why SEO and content marketing fit together.  While your blog needs good Search Engine Optimization, it has to start with quality content. But what exactly is the definition of quality content? Be consistent. 

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.

Your Business Newsletter: What’s Your Brand Personality?

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When it comes to a business newsletter, your brand is perceived in a blink of an eye. As I shared in my last post, your newsletter should build trust and confidence with your readers. It should include tips and information that invites your prospects and clients to take action. Your newsletter is a representation of you and your business. It’s a part of your brand. The  gecko. The  bunny.

Business Newsletters: Is Your Newsletter Still Relevant?

Writing on the Web

I am frequently asked if business newsletters are still relevant, or if blogs, social media, and videos have replaced them.  My response? When done well, a newsletter is very important for staying in touch with clients and prospects and a great way to build credibility and trust. In spite of all the other social media outlets, e-newsletters and printed newsletters get results.

Starting a New Blog?6 Things a Business Blog Must Have

Writing on the Web

Are you starting a new blog ? What should you include in your blog if you want to use it to attract clients? I’ve been talking about how to start a blog in my recent series of posts. Your next step is to look at your design – content is king, but if your design stinks, visitors won’t get past the banner. Design for Branding, Trust, Personality. Easy Navigation. Include a photo (or video).

I Just Googled Your Business Name: Do You Need to Improve Your SEO?

Writing on the Web

Oh no! If I Googled your business name, what would I find? Are you easy to get found online? It is a sinking feeling when you’ve created quality content for your site that’s been optimized for content and keywords, and it’s still not showing up on the first page (or pages!) in a search return. So what can you do? Downshift. You can do this quickly through Google, here , or Bing, here.

6 Big Content Marketing Challenges of 2016

Writing on the Web

Content marketing is challenging, but it’s also the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. What more satisfying way to market professional services than by writing from the heart? When you address the problems your readers experience with your own knowledge, experience and wisdom, you help others AND build credibility authentically. Research has proven this.). How to grow readership.

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.

3 Reasons Why SEO and Content Marketing Fit Together

Writing on the Web

A Note from Patsi: This week’s guest post is about SEO and content marketing and it’s really important. Because if you write your own blog, you may think that quality content is all you need to get found online and attract clients. It’s not. I don’t care how good your writing is or how important you are as a thought leader in your field. But don’t let that scare you.

Managing Your Newsletter Email List:5 Must-Do’s

Writing on the Web

When it comes to creating or growing your newsletter email list , you need to stay on top of managing it so it brings you clients. Successful small business professionals don’t have a lot of time on their hands, but they understand the importance of staying in contact with their prospects and clients. Creating a newsletter email list  is no exception. spreadsheet, or .csv Have questions?

5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells

Webbiquity

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

Webbiquity

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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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.

20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

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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Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

by Juan Pablo Bravo. Sometimes more is truly less.  When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark.   According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%. From my perspective, I think you can.  One is causing the other.

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

Act-On

What’s on your blog? You’ve got a few posts of course. Maybe a sign-up box. But are there blog elements you’re missing? More importantly, are you leaving out anything that could be getting you more results? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. That’s where the sign-up boxes come in. Why use them?

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The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell

bizible

B2B marketing and sales is a drawn out process that takes months, or longer, to convert leads to customers. That extended timeframe means tons of touchpoints, multiple leads from single accounts, lots of nurturing, and too many opportunities to fall into marketing hell. But, if you know what to avoid, it’s much easier to navigate the marketing landscape and steer clear of traps. Think about it.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

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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10 Digital Marketing Trends That Should Influence Your 2016 Content Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

I wrote a post six months ago highlighting ten marketing trends that should influence your content strategy. While it feels like that was published yesterday, we all know today’s digital marketing trends change with the blink of an eye, whether it’s due to a new channel, updates to search algorithms, or any other factors. Data Management. Source ). Digital is Where the Money Is. Source ). Source ).

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Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

It's All About Revenue

In his Forbes piece published last month, contributor Daniel Newman shared a quote from Megan Heuer, Vice President and Group Director, Data-Driven Marketing, at SiriusDecisions: “Companies of all sizes are trying out ABM, from expanded efforts in very large global companies to laser-focused go-to-market models in lean startups. Not all that impressive. CMO Corner

From Mealy to Meaty: How to Create Better Content

Act-On

Many of us content marketers have been operating under a faulty premise. We think more is always better. Every year, we’ve made it a priority to create more and more content. Even this year, 76% of B2B content marketers say they will create more content. For B2Cers, the figure is 77%. But does more content result in better content? mandate is not getting us very far. So what to do?  . Heck, yes.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers

bizible

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook? B2B Marketing

Note to the Nearly Half of US Small Businesses Still Not Mobile Optimized: Get Crackin'

Synecore

Believe me, I get it. An inveterate slacker who tends to view any sort of change with a wary eye, I understand how difficult it can be to embrace new technologies, especially as a small business with limited resources. But we’re halfway through 2016 and the world has clearly gone mobile, yet almost half of U.S. small businesses still have not. Web Development and Design

8 Key Google Changes B2B Marketers Need To Know In The New Year

KoMarketing Associates

In early December, Google dropped the “followers on Google+” social annotation for AdWords advertisers, as uncovered in an article from The SEM Post. This is announcement was just another indicator that B2B marketers can focus less on activity directly associated with Google+ in the new year. The Demise of Google+. Image Source. Smart Goals For AdWords Advertisers. Mobilegeddon.

IoT 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used to describe the networking of physical objects, such as consumer electronic devices, vehicles, buildings, air conditioners, heating systems and other items. These objects or “things” are embedded with software, sensors, electronics, and network connectivity, enabling them to complete tasks and communicate with each other, with no user input.

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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 Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

Beginnings are hard. We procrastinate the projects and tasks we perceive tough, complicated, or otherwise messy. Starting a content marketing program from scratch is right up there on the list. Neck-tightening tension separates things we intend to do from the things we actually do. Left unresolved, tension quickly escalates to anxiety, stress, and self-doubt. Mistakes Are Amplified For Startups.

5 Things Spotify Can Teach You about Content Curation

ScribbleLive

With a business model that allows customers to start and stop service at their leisure, Spotify is doing an amazing job of keeping them around. It has similar pricing and a nearly identical music catalog to the other streaming music services, so how does Spotify set itself apart? And what the heck does it have to do with your content strategy? Lesson #2: Customize Content for Individual Users.

Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

Customer Experience Matrix

What began as a whimsical “ landscape of landscapes ” led me to realize crowd-sourced review sites are the most common type of vendor directory, accounting for 15 of the 23 sources listed in my original graphic. The first question was which sites draw a big enough crowd to be useful. used Alexa traffic rankings, which are far from perfect but good enough for this sort of project.

How B2B Marketers are Handling the Digital Content Overload [Accenture Interview]

KoMarketing Associates

When Accenture published its “Content: The H2O of Marketing” report in February 2016, its statistics showed that the majority of marketers have more digital content at their fingertips than they did two years ago. Additionally, 83 percent of respondents said that they expected this amount to increase within the next two years. HOW HAS THE LARGE VOLUME OF CONTENT IMPACTED B2B MARKETERS?

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.