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12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

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Among the ideas and tips they tossed out for making the most of your blogs, Tweets, emails, videos, etc.: . 1) The title of your blog post is more important than the content, both to draw readers and to optimize its search engine ranking. Including hot key words and being snarky (i.e., Email or call at (781) 599 3262 to learn more.

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. And on and on.

If You MUST Write A Press Release, Do It Better

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Plenty of people use “blogs,” “Twitter,” “Facebook,” or “LinkedIn” but “press release” barely registered. Reuse the content in the form of Tweets, blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc.   Do search-engine optimize both the press release and the spin-off content, based on an analysis of the keywords your target audience searches for.   Don’t write about what you think is exciting.

Why Marketing Automation is Floundering (Amen!)

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Next, even if you’re sold on the idea of marketing automation, it’s WAY too complicated to implement. I’ve chronicled my hellish experience moving my blog to WordPress, which provides only the content management and presentation side of the puzzle. As someone trying to grow his own use of these tools, all of these shortcomings sound correct. First, the lack of education. Email marketing?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

How Quality Content Is Helping IT Vendors

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Another great example comes from supply chain management vendor Kinaxis , whose blog doesn’t tout its products but has its own experts tackle weighty subjects, as well as summarizing and commenting on reports from influential analysts. It It also supplements the commentary blog with a “sidebar” of the latest    manufacturing news. Clearly, Pretty specific custo mer base, eh?

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About Us

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While he continues to write for Computerworld and InfoWorld , his prime focus is providing marketing material including email newsletters, blog posts, and white papers for leading IT vendors including AT&T, Microsoft, BMC, F5 and Cognizant. Bob Scheier Associates is a writing and marketing services collaborative serving the information technology industry.

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

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Vendor use of jargon and their lack of simplifying issue complexity often keep business-oriented buyers from grasping the nuances of how technology can help to solve their problem,” says a post on the Marketing Interactions blog. I’ve been yelling for years that technical jargon in marketing content turns off B2B business buyers. report. That’s a good idea. If they can’t, fix it.

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Selling Your Weaknesses in B2B Content Marketing

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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.”. I’ve long argued that admitting your product or service isn’t the right hammer for every nail is an effective way to sell. Which they are.   Did HubSpot shoot itself in the foot? The implied solution?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

Time to Kill the Press Release?

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And what with internal and external bloggers and Tweeters, anyone who cares will probably see your latest news by following your blog, Tweets or Facebook page, or through a Web search, long before they see a formal press release. 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.  

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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.

My Blog: What Works, What Doesn’t

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Offer 1: Commoditize This! Download Why good writing isn’t dead and when you should pay for it as part of your content marketing strategy. Offer 2: Got a content marketing challenge or question? Drop a line or call me at (781) 599-3262 for a complimentary brainstorm

Real Editors Don't Just Retweet

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  Yes, you need to redistribute good stuff from blogs, RSS feeds and Twitter to keep yourself visible. “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. Their “beats” are the technology they work with and the customers they talk to.

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

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The aim, as Randy Tinseth , vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes says in his blog, is to publicize its people and its customer as well as its technology, to make it easier for readers to share content on social media, and to open a “wider, more productive two-way dialogue” with the world. Which leads me to wonder about the business case behind this redesign.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

marketing topics on the Webbiquity blog. ranging from single-person businesses to $1 billion+ corporations. A few recent success stories:  Doubled a large office products company's online footprint, launched a successful blog, increased organic search traffic to its main corporate site by 74% over a two- year period, and grew Web-generated leads by 79% in a challenging economic environment.

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

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Or at least that’s how it works in Hubspot (screen show below,) an integrated marketing platform I’m considering for my clients who are using blogs to generate prospects. 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.”

What Is Content Marketing?

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You’ll also need a way to distribute your content, which can be anything from free blogging software to more expensive marketing automation systems that automatically score leads and send them to your CRM system. 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.

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. But the fact that people won’t blog or edit or tweet or whatever for free forever is a good sign.     B2B marketing blogging citizen journalism content marketing new media social media Web 2.0The story mentions, in passing, that according to Technorati , professional bloggers are “a rising class.”.   Welcome to reality, or, rather, back to reality.

Looking for Good Content? Go for Brains, Not Titles

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Letting marketers choose who can, and cannot, be quoted in your blog or newsletter robs you of the quality content you need.   Tags: B2B marketing content marketing corporate blogs marketing collateral newsletter marketing Journalism isn’t like marketing, and that isn’t just because journalists supposedly seek the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Reporters and editors take an extremely pragmatic, “whatever and whoever it takes” approach to getting good stories. That means choosing and quoting good sources based on their knowledge and credibility.

Virtual Trade Shows for Mere Mortals

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This is tougher, and requires staff to capture the events (in Tweets, blogs, videos, etc.) 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. What can we in smaller companies learn from giant SAP? Second, integrate the physical and virtual events.

Just Say No To "Social Media Press Releases"

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There’s nothing here that couldn’t be done as well, or better, by a well-done blog post, Webinar, white paper, etc. To succeed, the “social media press release” must focus more on content than Web bling.         Catherine Marenghi , senior PR manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions (a client of mine) read my recent post asking if it’s “Time to Kill the Press Release? because it’s too stilted and vendor-focused, and asked what I thought of the Social Media Press Release (SMPR) template. On second thought, my first thought was right. with similar links.

New Ways Around An Old Problem: Getting Reference Customers

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But while doing some research on customer retention for a client, I stumbled on Bill Lee, who blogs and Tweets on the very specific topic of how to get customers to serve as “references” – i.e., to be quoted, interviewed, cited, etc. At my advanced age (a sister, a cousin and a friend just became grandparents!) it isn’t often I run across a completely new source of great ideas to solve an “evergreen” problem. on how great your product or service is. That provides value for them, not just you. If you’re going nuts trying to get reference customers, this will be a breath of fresh air.

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

Webbiquity

In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. But blogging success is impossible without regular posting. Hence, 1,000. Quality matters.

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). And if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now would be a perfect time!

Top Marketing Blogs You Should Be Reading

Radius

For marketers, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that blogs are the second most used tactic for content marketing (behind social media content). But if you’re like me, then chances are you’re pretty selective with your blog subscriptions and visits. That’s exactly why we share a list of the top marketing blogs each year. The Best Marketing Blogs of 2015. ABM Blogs.

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

The Point

The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI. If you’ve got the content nailed, turning your blog into a demand generation machine may require little more than a few simple changes.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

The Point

If you’re not generating leads – as in: a lot of leads – from your company’s blog, you’re missing out on what is perhaps not only your best opportunity to convert organic Web traffic into actionable, measurable sales inquiries, but also the best way to actually show real ROI from your social media investment. Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. No problem.

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., Which is best?

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

Act-On

What’s on your blog? But are there blog elements you’re missing? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. The overall strategy is to keep people on your blog once they’re there. In other words, your blog is a soft-sell environment. Maybe a sign-up box.

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Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

Writing on the Web

Are you keeping your business blog fresh? If If you’re like me, and you’ve been blogging for a number of years, chances are some of your links may no longer work. This This guest post, from Susan Boggs, offers tips for successful bloggers and blogs on how to find and correct broken links. Our blogs would rank high for our keywords, and life would be wonderful.

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. Sure, they had started blogging with great gusto – they put in a lot of time – but somewhere along the line got stuck, and never went back.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

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? ” Blogging is the ideal vehicle for communicating brand purpose, beyond just “selling stuff.” Business Blogging Stats and Facts. 1.

Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog

Writing on the Web

Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" width="300" height="199" title="Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog" /> How’s your blog writing going? Do you feel dread and overwhelm when it’s time to post on your blog? This is common for business bloggers who don’t have clarity about blog goals. hope so.

Here’s Why Infographics Outperform Blog Posts

Contently

Blog post fatigue. Many brands currently invest in content , but most tend to fixate on one format: the blog post. Over the past year, more than 60 percent of Contently clients were exclusively producing blog posts, which is an unhealthy figure. But a content plan with only blog posts is like a diet that consists solely of bananas. versus $1.77 for a blog post.

Five Ways to Draw Traffic to a Blog Post

Webbiquity

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. Here are five methods you can use to get your blog posts more exposure amongst your audience and beyond.

13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

Webbiquity

You’ve put extensive effort into your business blog design, content strategy, research, and execution. Why isn’t your blog attracting a higher level of traffic? Find guidance on those topics and more here in a baker’s dozen of the best guides to growing your blog audience from the past year or so. Got a well-written business blog, but a shortage of readers?

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

B2B Lead Generation Blog

You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. That’s because it’s my personal blog again. Back when I started this blog in 2003, I couldn’t find any place where people were sharing ideas related to lead generation and the complex sale. You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. That’s because it’s my personal blog again.

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10 Reasons to Develop a B2B Blogging Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

One of the most effective content marketing tactics we recommend, for SEO and broader online marketing performance, is a B2B blogging initiative. Content fuels keyword visibility and what better way than through regular blog posts. Support existing keyword targets by providing cross-links through new blog posts generated. Related Blog Posts & Articles.

6 Tips for Encouraging Your Team to Blog

Webbiquity

However, some employees might avoid blogging because they doubt their own writing skills, aren’t sure what to write about, or simply don’t have the time. You can show your team that contributing to the company blog doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Their blog material can come from old projects they have completed or a bit of industry news they find interesting.

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