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B2B Marketing Unplugged

Your panelists can be clients, consultants, journalists, bloggers, authors and people looking to do a little personal branding on your dime. I’ve got just three words for you: Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. That’s right, the meals you need to eat anyway can be big lead and revenue tools when you invite a few prospects or clients along. The emphasis for breakfast should be on content. mean it.

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B2B Marketers Need to Pay More Attention to HR Trends

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Job requirements for CEOs will include blogging (it will not be a coincidence that there will be an acute shortage of talented ghost bloggers). I have never read a romance novel because I’m fairly sure I won’t like it, and I can see plenty of heaving bosoms at soccer any old time. Meister and Karie Willyerd. If you are pressed for time, skip to Section Three. Marketing to the F-Word Part 2.

Small Business Website Woes? Get it to The Geek

B2B Marketing Unplugged

You are the columnist who sneers at “brochure ware” sites or the blogger who shames small business owners into ladling out their content for free in the uncertain hope that the universe will reward their generosity. Did you know that almost half of Canadian small businesses don’t have a website? Maybe you did know that but did you know that of the half that do have sites, many of them are complete rubbish and haven’t been updated for months or even years? There are lots of well-documented reasons why small business websites are such a sorry lot: other priorities; too busy. Phone number.

Social Media Readings: Nine Things to Get You on Track

B2B Marketing Unplugged

For some great, quick tips, here is a wonderful post by Chris Peterson at B2B Bloggers. A long weekend looms here in Canada, with another just behind it for my American friends. Time to put some duct tape on the kids, some beer in the cooler and kick back with a good book. On Pinterest: Let’s start off with the loudest bandwagon on Marketing Mulberry Street : Pinterest. But that’s my issue.

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More Good Stuff I’ve Found Online

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Copy That Blogger: If you haven’t yet encountered Brian Clark and the good people at Copyblogger , now is your chance. Whether you are just coming off your gefilte fish buzz or frantically attending spin class (boy, was I surprised when I showed up and it wasn’t about PR) in advance of the chocolate onslaught this coming weekend, it seems a good time to round up some helpful things I’ve recently found online. Pursuing Personas: If you’ve been struggling with B2B personas, visit this CMI post. It’s helpful, B2Bish (I just made that up) and you can read it in about five minutes.

Trade Shows Part 2: How to Pick Events

B2B Marketing Unplugged

What about analysts and other influencers like bloggers? The Hand-Wringers hate events. So once a year we fling them into a big budget and hope nobody asks why a specific event is or isn’t on the list for the next year. And when we are questioned, we come up with such great responses as “well, we always go”, “it’s a great place to meet with customers”, “it’s the main event in [insert vertical here] industry”. Picking events is hard. Can we time our product launch around it? Can anyone from product management go to meet with the media and conduct demos? How many ended up in the funnel?

The state of earned media blogger outreach

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I’ve been doing earned media blogger outreach as a profession since 2006 and a lot has changed. To be frank, there are a lot of bloggers with their hands out looking for pay to play these days that it can feel a little daunting. Blogger outreach isn’t remotely sales or marketing, either, because the entire analog of blogger outreach is the PR pitch not the cold call.

Trying GroupHigh for Blogger Outreach Campaigns

Biznology

I am hereby making the jump from humans to robots for all my blogger research. In And what was I comparing all of these social CRMs, influencer-identification services, and blogger databases to? I was comparing them to the cost of hiring a team of people to do all of the work by hand. For military bloggers, I need lists that are both American and also pro-military and pro-soldier.

The bloggers are the victims of bad blogger outreach

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I just wrote an article , Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it? wherein I suggested that some bloggers are kinda jerks because they lead any blogger outreach with “here’s my advertising packet.” Bloggers, in fact, are the victims and we digital and PR agencies are the perps. If you’re in your mid- to late-30s — or even 40s, gah!

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

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Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid. 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).

Four (of the) Worst Practices for Pitching Bloggers

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Brands that are successful at pitching their news and stories to bloggers increase their online presence, gain credibility, and score those coveted “earned” backlinks that Google values as a factor in search rankings. Best practices in blogger outreach , social PR, guest blogging and related topics have been covered here previously. It’s also challenging to do well.

Blogger outreach is more PR than social media

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Back in 2006 I developed a strategy of blogger outreach that allowed my to reach out to more than just 25 top-tier bloggers by hand over time but to 2,500-5,000 bloggers. While I agree that the top-25-50 bloggers do deserve deep, long-term, and personal engagement, spending that sort of time, over time, on “everyone else” would take all the time in the universe.

The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on

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I stared my first blogger outreach agency back in 2006. Ten years on, the state of the union of blogger outreach is good for brands and agencies but great for the bloggers and online influencers. Tell anyone that you’re a blogger or a podcaster and you’ll know what I mean. Blogger Outreach is Hard. Blogging Isn’t Cool. Blogging is Hard. Groan.

The blogger’s kryptonite

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Is guest posting a viable strategy to gain attention or a blogger’s kryptonite? The post The blogger’s kryptonite appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Is guest posting a viable strategy to gain attention or a blogger''s kryptonite? When I was starting out on my social media journey, I blogged a lot. blogged for {grow} of course.

Blogger outreach is scary

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Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. But I am still surprised that many companies don’t do blogger outreach, even today. Simply put, blogger outreach is scary. It is a case of the abuser blaming the victim, the blogger. Image via Wikipedia.

Blogger Outreach: Pet Bloggers are the New “it” Girl

WindMill Networking

As many of you already know I am uber passionate about blogger outreach as a marketing tactic because of the roots in authenticity. The latest vertical of influencers that MANY TYPES OF BRANDS are partnering with and seeing fantastic engagement rates is the pet blogger. So, behold, the rise of the pet blogger! I’m Not […]. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. Blogger Outreach: Pet Bloggers are the New “it” Girl by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachAuthor information.

10 Tips for Developing Better Blogger Outreach

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Do you feel like your blogger outreach strategy lacks some oomph? My career centers around working with bloggers and becoming a go-to source for blogger outreach advice. The following ten tips, I assure you, will take any blogger … Continue Reading. 10 Tips for Developing Better Blogger Outreach by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Related Stories Is it Time for a Blogger Outreach Tool? Blogger Relations Are the Perfect Advertising Foundation Is Your Brand Fan Friendly? Blogger Outreach

How to Turn Anyone Into a Blogger

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Whether you know it or not, every person that works for you is a potential blogger. Of course, your new blogger can’t write exclusively about mountain biking or pie crusts, but it’s your job to find a way to incorporate their expertise and frame it in a way that applies to your blogging goals. It’s a real ‘teach a blogger to fish’ situation. Set Your Bloggers Free.

The evolution of a blogger

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By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. While it’s tempting to see ourselves as marketers, what we’re really doing is creating art. Through our digital footprints we’re attempting to create our personal masterpieces and leave a mark on humanity. The Novice. As a novice you look to experts, mentors, and those who have come before you for advice. The Mechanic. The Artist. The Entrepreneur.

Using Blogger and creating gorgeous websites

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They'll all gorgeous, functional, easy to maintain, and happen to use Google's Blogger (Blogspot) as their Content Management System (CMS). As a thrifty small business solution a website on Blogger can save time, money, and headaches. big cartel web development blogger blog web design cms small business businessThey were all developed by our firm.

What I Learned About Blogger Outreach from Surveying 4,000 Bloggers

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I recently published the results of a survey in which I reached out to 4,000 bloggers and gathered their perspective on their role in influencer marketing. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. What I Learned About Blogger Outreach from Surveying 4,000 Bloggers by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachThis information has been very valuable for all influencer marketing professionals because it’s not very often that you get outreach advice from the people you want to team up with […].

Have You Hugged Your Blogger Today?

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Over the past few years I have had the pleasure to get to know many of the great marketing bloggers I admire so much. Most bloggers do the work out of love, passion, and a drive to make a difference … not for money. ” Now THAT is something to keep a blogger going! blogging business relationships Communty-building benefits of blogging Hug a Blogger Week

6 Engagement Marketing Lessons from Successful Video Bloggers

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Elaine Ip If anyone has mastered the art of engaging an audience, it’s successful video bloggers (otherwise known as vloggers). Fashion and travel blogger Laureen Uy of Break My Style YouTube channel , who also co-hosts a fashion TV show in Manila, has learned how to address an audience of individuals effectively. That’s a lot of competition for vloggers. ” — Ron Gelok.

The art of writing the perfect blogger pitch

Biznology

Over the last five years that Abraham Harrison has been pitching bloggers on behalf of clients, we have learned a thing or two about how best to reach bloggers, how to engage them, how to get them to carry our client’s message to their readership. Whether we’re doing an outreach to the bloggers of mainstream media and celebrity blogs or to someone who has just set up a blog for the first time, it all begins with the message model. Bloggers don’t trust PR firms. We We don’t take the blogger’s interest in our pitch for granted. 

Take your bloggers and social media influencers to lunch

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And, it’s so very rare that anyone who pitches bloggers and expects them (us) to do stuff for free ever asks bloggers (us) out to do stuff IRL (in real life). But you also must remember that most bloggers have very rich lives outside of their blogging life. Both bloggers and online influencers have real relationships with their readers and fans. And tweet it.

How to engage bloggers down the long tail

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Outreach marketing, formerly known as blogger outreach, is a powerful tool with almost zero barrier to entry — just your time and attention. How to Engage Bloggers Down the Long Tail from Chris Abraham. In a post-Internet world, this is best handled online, for efficiency’s sake. It’s free and online so register ! Now that’s when the magic starts happening.

Blogger and Google+, using them together to great effect

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There has been lots of discussion on Google+ , speculation about the future direction of the platform, how to best use it, but also what it means for the future of Blogger. What does Blogger have to do with it? As a fan of Blogger, but also as a content strategist, I disagree. The blogger as himself/herself strategy Back to Mike Elgan's strategy.

The next generation of bloggers is here. And they are computers

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Illustration courtesy Flickr CC and Justin Aerni The post The next generation of bloggers is here. The writing bots are here. Computer scientists in Finland have created an algorithm that can programmatically create better rap lyrics than actual rappers. The site bot or not challenges to you choose whether a poem was created by a human or an algorithm. Last year the L.A. Brainstorming?

7 Tools for Finding & Connecting With Influential Bloggers

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Bloggers are trusted voices who can bring in customers and help you build your community. Reaching out to potential blogger is a more intricate process nowadays than it was even five years ago. Great bloggers are constantly getting pitched by marketers, making it all the more important for you to stand out from the crowd if you want them to pay attention. Here''s an example.).

Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it?

Biznology

My definition of blogger outreach has always been about acquiring earned media coverage from bloggers and online influencers. My My definition–and my assumption–has always been that blogger outreach is public relations and not paid media. I may well be mistaken. That’s all well and good but it is not blogger outreach. ” (Wikipedia). Right?

Brands and Bloggers: Keep Your Sponsored Content Legal

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Marketers, bloggers, brands and other content publishers are legally required to mention if they have a relationship that could bias the opinions they share. Brands, bloggers, and influencers, you’re on notice: the FTC expects disclosure. Smart brands tell bloggers and influencers that they expect them to disclose in accordance with the law. Add “[Client]” to your tweet.

Why Marketers Should Go Rogue with Blogger Outreach

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Why Marketers Should Go Rogue with Blogger Outreach by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger Outreach Author blogger bloggers brand Business Clients communication example follow for your image IT marketing outreach PR rules strategy time WHO One of the principals that I follow when it comes to marketing is to not follow any principals. I’m a fan of embracing all aspects of marketing as one giant grey area and I stray away from strategies where people try to assign rules or draw strict black and white lines. When I coach … Continue Reading.

7 Ways to Make Bloggers Dislike Your Marketing

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I can honestly say that blogger outreach as part of a marketing strategy can create phenomenal brand lift on many levels. To do it right, marketers need to consider the POV of the bloggers they want to work with and what it means to one’s time and life to run a blog. […] Author information Kristen Matthews This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. Kristen on Google+ | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn | 7 Ways to Make Bloggers Dislike Your Marketing by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachWhen done right.

Blogger Relations Are the Perfect Advertising Foundation

WindMill Networking

Blogger Relations Are the Perfect Advertising Foundation by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Why Marketers Should Go Rogue with Blogger Outreach. Blogger Outreach While advertising in the traditional sense (strictly self promotion) doesn’t work anymore, with the right foundation of modern marketing and content acquisition, some traditional advertising tactics are still very relevant and useful. We now know that consumers are “ad blind” and want to hear about your brand from someone other than your brand itself. But, … Continue Reading.

Why it pays to be a patient blogger

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But that is not necessarily an ideal quality to have as a beginning blogger! Uber blogger Chris Brogan famously said that it took him three years to attract his first 100 blog subscribers. Help others, Support other new bloggers. I have a “healthy impatience.” ” Most successful business people do. You have to work hard and have A LOT of patience. Patient.

What Should Brands Offer Bloggers in Exchange for Posts?

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But the area of what exactly you should offer bloggers for brand mentions can be a little murky. Some marketers just don’t have a big budget and if that’s the case, there are other things you can offer to make it a mutually beneficial … Continue Reading What Should Brands Offer Bloggers in Exchange for Posts? At this point, you know not to expect something for nothing.

How NOT to pitch a blogger

Biznology

Last week, I talked about how blogger outreach is scary , and I talked about why this fear exists for most people before they start talking to bloggers.  In great measure, these fears exist because of the horror stories that have resulted from wrong-headed approaches. Bloggers will always call you out if they sense you’re just calling it in. Tweet This Post.

12 Subject Lines for Better Blogger Outreach

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One of the biggest pain points in blogger outreach is getting the attention of the bloggers you know are the perfect fit for your brand. If you follow this blog or the content I write on blogger outreach you should be all caught up on the best practices in pitching bloggers. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. 12 Subject Lines for Better Blogger Outreach by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachBut, one of the […]. Author information. Kristen Matthews. Kristen on Google+.

The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark

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All bloggers have a number of websites that they visit every single day. What are some of the best websites that all bloggers should add to their bookmark bar? 22 Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark. What are your favorite websites to bookmark that help you be a more efficient blogger? That's exactly what bookmarks are for. But trust me, it's easy. Safari. Firefox.

The Quantum Mechanics of Blogger Outreach

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My long tail blogger outreach strategy is periodically challenged or criticized as being too aggressive. The argument generally goes as follows: if you send thousands of email pitches to topically- and demographically-relevant bloggers and online influencers in one go, you’re spamming. This is not to say this sort of quantum blogger outreach is easy. Image via Wikipedia.