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Thoughts on the Death of Cold Calling

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So I feel like there’s been a lot of blogs lately stating that cold calling is or is not dead , and today I read another one.  Matt makes the common observation that all that is heard today is that all a company needs to do is focus on their inbound marketing and social media efforts, and they’ll be all set in regards to lead generation.  Not For B2B Appointment Setting. 

Follow Friday Blog Post, Take Two

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still think the Follow Friday blog post is a good idea. You’ll also get some good SEO knowledge, great blogging tips, marketing data, and some lead gen stuff, too. Check out Mike’s blog Marketing with Mike for blog articles. Jim always offers great sales advice, and does so with a personal touch through his blog, A Sales Guy. Inbound marketing.

Interview with David Meerman Scott

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Not to just to reach the media, but to get into the search engines.  No one was talking about that at that time.  You’re not going to charge anyone for this blog post.  The theory is, and I believe there’s a lot of truth around it is – you spend the time driving up here, meeting with me, writing up what you hear into a blog post– that’s four hours work.  Why would you do that? 

Greasing Marketing and Sales

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HubSpot’s blog featured a guest entry yesterday from Sales 2.0 tools and social media to sell more effectively. CEO Nigel Edelshain, entitled “ What the Heck is Sales 2.0 (& Why Should I Care)? ”  Nigel, as I found out in the article, is the man who coined the term “Sales 2.0:”. Sales 2.0 is about sales people using Web 2.0 Photo Credit:  ralphbijker via Flickr.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

and media formats. Landscape Channel and Media. Continuous Improvement When organizations publish content, they venture into the world of media. for their audience’s attention, including major publishers and media companies. modern media landscape, the “If you build it, they will come” mindset is doomed to. resources Blog, social, email Google Analytics, biannual.

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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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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10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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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.

5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

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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). ocial Media. ssets (free). Post views/clicks. Referral sources.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

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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.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

So, naturally, she want- ed Marriott to have a blog, and she wanted Bill Marriott. read a blog from me?” blog post at a time. brands experiencing declining social media effective- ness and came to a clear conclusion: " We’ve reached a tipping point where. roadblocks can get in the way of your effort to consis- tently publish high-quality content and act like a media.

What is the future of blogging?

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It seems to be that time of year when the “is blogging dead” debate swirls around the social web. In this post I will cover three very important issues to the world of blogging: Exactly what is a blog right now? Are blogs as important as they used to be? What is the future of blogging? Exactly what is a blog right now? love Mitch Joel. Audio.

Five Ways to Draw Traffic to a Blog Post

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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.

The future of blogging and online publishing

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A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead. I don’t think so. When reading is dead … then blogging will be dead. Starting your social media strategy with a blog used to be a safe bet. The post The future of blogging and online publishing appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Is reading dead? Still ….

Why the economics of blogging are diminishing

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist When I started blogging about five years ago (back when we felt smart with dumb phones), I devoured every blog post about how to write epic blog posts. And for a while, it was good, because I followed the ‘proven’ formula of the wise ones that made money teaching others how to make money with blogging.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

rise as a media powerhouse in its own right. you Google it, you’ll find a thousand different blog posts. than thinking about it as a company blog. Its three robust blogs see 2 million. Our blog generated 2 million views. media platform are all extremely valuable. Primary source of understanding is through sur- face-level media reports. years prior.

10 simple tweaks to generate more sales through blogs

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We’re not supposed to expect sales though blogs, right? In fact, your blogging space is a very important sales opportunity because if people are finding you through search, these are high-potential leads. I am NOT saying to be “sales-y” in the content of your blog. Here are 10 ideas to optimize sales through blogs. And Have ads for your products.

How to Lure Readers to Your Blog from Social Media

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from Social Media" width="300" height="212" title="How to Lure Readers to Your Blog from Social Media" /> Let’s face it; sometimes it’s hard to draw people’s attention away from their many social media accounts.  I know that I’m guilty of not being willing to leave the social media site I’m browsing to visit an outside blog or article. Sharing is Caring.

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

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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?

13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

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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? Social media? 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. Simple—but not easy. Email?

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

like corporate website, blogs or all-customer email newsletters. audiences they were targeting with a single blog. Needless to say, the blog wasn’t. Joe Pulizzi THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 9 Do you really think that a customer or prospect is going to keep visiting your blog, or opening your emails, if the content is irrelevant to their needs 95% of the time? There are way too.

Five simple ideas to cut your blogging time in half

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I stumbled around and fumbled around for a long time when I started this blog. Then I realized how many great business benefits I was realizing through the blog and decided I better get serious about it! Without question, my biggest obstacle to consistent blogging was time. In fact, you can cut your blogging time in half! 1. You have a great blog post.

Newsletters, Social Media, Blogs: What’s Best?

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width="300" height="200" title="Newsletters, Social Media, Blogs: Whats Best?" /> Have blogs and social media replaced e-newsletters ? Content Marketing Managing Your Ezine & Blog Tasks Newsletter Nuggets Ezine Attracting Clients e-newsletters newsletters Online Marketing Whats Best?" He told me that the employees (the ones I coach) forward him my newsletter.

Lessons learned while deleting 274 blog posts

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After more than seven years of blogging I had a lot of clutter. So I started at the beginning of the {grow} timeline and began deleting blog posts. When the dust had cleared, I had trashed 274 blog posts. Re-living those early days of my social media journey — and the re-invention of a career — was an emotional and illuminating experience. Irrelevant posts.

How to differentiate your blog based on the time you can put into it

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Today I want to help you consider a way to differentiate your blog by thinking strategically about how you use your productivity and the amount of time you put into writing. Blogging takes a lot of work. Your blogging output. How much time can you devote to blogging? Essentially he is spending his precious blogging time in a way that saves you time. All the time.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

blogs anymore—they’re. fully formed media company. from traditional media outlets. energy drinks or dishwashers to legacy media giants. of the “brand blog,”. as media company.” According to PQ Media’s “Global. out short blog posts, some brands switched their. important media topic of 2015. media operation. All rights reserved.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

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Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 Social media now plays almost as large a role in purchasing decisions as does TV, and 57% of consumers say they’re influenced to think more highly of business after seeing positive comments or praise online. 70% of the U.S.

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Beyond the Blog

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Few people at SXSW look like they’re having a better time than Doug Busk, Coca-Cola’s affable global director of digital communications and social media. Reaching the 99 percent, Busk knows, means doing more than just posting on your blog. This change, in turn, is having a big impact on the way we consume media. Media Social Blog Featuredbillion users.

Social Media Explained. Really.

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With every client I meet, every class I teach, and every speech I give, there is always a group of people who desperately need to understand social media marketing but don’t have the time to do it. If you are thinking to yourself, “This world does NOT need another social media book,” you’re partially correct. But this is not just another social media book.

5 Tips To Promote Your Company Blog

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million new blog posts each month on WordPress alone. The post 5 Tips To Promote Your Company Blog appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing Blog blor promotion Content promotion Social MediaThe competition is fierce out there. There are 58.6 Everybody, in other words, has clued into this content marketing thing. How do you ever get your work noticed?

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

Terms like native content, brand publishing, and owned media are set to evolve. to be tackled if brands want to compete with traditional media. For example, Thea Oliver, communications manager at Thrive, said her biggest content failure last year was pushing “guest blogs. excluding social media posts)? produced blog posts this year due to lack of budget and time, and.

Survey Says: Your Blogging and Social Media Efforts Are “Not a Factor” in B2B Vendor Selection

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One of those points was in the impact of social media and blogging on the vendor selection process. The role of social media and blogging remains a minimal in vendor selection. 45% of survey respondents indicate social media is not a factor in vendor selection. 46% indicate a corporate blog is not a factor in vendor selection. Stay tuned. Related Posts.

Does Your Blog Deliver a Positive User Experience?

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You want your blog to be just that kind of place. Why would you want your blog to be joyful to use? Consider your own experience visiting other blogs and websites. So what entails a bad user experience on a blog? To identify potential user experience issues on your blog, think about what frustrates or annoys you when you visit a website. The opposite is also true.

Connect Your Blog to Facebook Automatically

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Are your blog posts fed automatically into Facebook? The other day I was horrified to learn that a dear client was manually posting his blog articles to Facebook. No wonder blogging seems tiresome and time-consuming. How to Automatically Link Blog Posts to Facebook. Facebook. 1.       Use the networked blogs application. Blog this on Blogger. Yikes!

Monetizing blog comments: Why your blog is economic gold

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“CommentGate” continued this week as Blogging Titan Chris Brogan announced he is turning off the comments on his blog. also want to say that Chris has been a pioneer in almost every aspect of blogging. People complain to me all the time that folks will chat up the link in Facebook but leave no comments on the blog, as if the comments on the blog are the gold.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

Case study: Re-building a blog from the ground up

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brave person from our {grow} community has volunteered to let me tear apart his blog … in the most gracious way possible, of course!  G. David Dodd is permitting me to dissect his blog B2B Marketing Directions and provide recommendations that I think will probably help a lot of people and dramatically improve David’s content marketing opportunities. Here we go. Layout.