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


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. Hence, 1,000. Of  course, a steady stream of crappy content won’t attract a large or loyal readership.

What Working at an Apple Store Taught Me About Good Event Marketing


I’m going to start with a controversial statement:  I’m a firm believer in the power of event marketing. Trade shows, owned events, you name it, I love it. The statement is controversial because you either wholly agree or disagree – especially in B2B environments. Events are a huge investment in time and money – but when done right, they help generate quality leads, develop existing relationships and do wonders for brand awareness. When done wrong, they leave a terrible taste in everyone’s mouths. Pick the right event for your business. Develop quick and engaging demo experiences. Not to worry.

Design thinking


In our days, design becomes the cornerstone of digital transformation projects. Regardless of the industry or the verticals companies or consultancies operated based on, (what does this mean exactly?), design takes its leading role not only in addressing client-facing problems but also in humanizing and simplifying complicated structures and technology infrastructures. Batten Briefings 2015).

The 60 Best Marketing Speakers To Rock Your Event

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When it comes to developing our skills as marketers, content providers and world-class communicators, it helps to learn from the best marketing speakers the world has to offer. Speaking at Marketing Events and Business Conferences is one of the great honors and passions of my career! My goal is ALWAYS to help the audience understand […]. Content Marketing

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The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

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8 Helpful Resources for Creating Beautiful Infographics


Visuals have a huge impact in marketing. Not only do they make content more sharable -- 40 times as much -- but they help us retain information. When details are paired with an image, we remember 55% more of it. That can be pulled off with infographics -- the nifty images that visually break down complex statistics. They're customizable, sharable, and they're easier to create than you might think.

The 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Product Video (Learned the Hard Way)


Some people like to learn by making mistakes. And by “some people” I mean me, and by “like” I mean it just happens. guess that’s the price you pay when you’re not afraid to try new things. As product marketers (or marketers in general), we have to try new things every single day, whether because we want to, or have to, depending on the needs of the business. It’s only normal, and it’s ok. Quotes.

The 5 Fundamentals of Account-Based Marketing You Need to Know

It's All About Revenue

According to Forrester Research, fewer than one percent of leads turn into revenue-generating customers. Yes, you read that right: fewer than one percent. With that kind of lackluster return, B2B marketers, in particular, are increasingly searching for new tactics that will help them reach the right prospects at the right time with the right messaging. Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

Datorama Applies Machine Intelligence to Speed Marketing Analytics

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As I mentioned a couple of posts back , I’ve been surveying the borders of Customer Data Platform-land recently, trying to figure out which vendors fit within the category and which do not. Naturally, there are cases where the answer isn’t clear. Datorama is one of them. At first glance, you’d think Datorama is definitely not a CDP: it positions itself as a “marketing analytics platform” and makes clear that its primary clients are agencies, publishers, and corporate marketers who want to measure advertising performance. This isn't to say that Datorama lacks focus.

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.

IT Buyers Are Calling for a Change in How You Market & Sell to Them on LinkedIn

B2B Marketing Insider

IT Buyers Are Calling for a Change in How You Market & Sell to Them on LinkedIn If you want to reach, connect and engage with more IT buyers, then as a sales and marketing professional, you need to position yourself as an expert who wants to have a real relationship that’s based on up-front […]. Content Marketing B2B B2B Marketing LinkedIn LinkedIn Marketing linkedin social selling

4 Helpful Tools for Organizing Your Social Media Calendar


What do cross-country road trips, wedding speeches, and social media marketing have in common? You could wing all three, but it's probably better to have a plan for what direction you’re heading -- especially when it comes to your social media content strategy. By now, most marketers recognize that social media plays an integral role in an effective inbound marketing strategy. Check them out below.

[New Research] B2C Marketers Need to Give Content Marketing Time

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If you follow Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs annual research, you learned three weeks ago that our most recent survey shows that content marketing has taken a turn for the better. Sixty-two percent of B2B marketers consider their organization’s overall approach to content marketing to be much more or somewhat more successful than one year ago. Click To Tweet. research Click To Tweet.

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Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content

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Choosing the right content offer for a demand generation campaign isn’t simply about aligning that content with a particular buying persona. Some content types are best-suited for early stage offers, while others will only appeal to those buyers in the very latter stages of the buying cycle. Or start with one core piece of content – say, a white paper – and then repurpose it in multiple forms.

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.

The Greatest Prospecting Campaign I’ve Ever Run


Mullets, rock ‘n roll, and bank robberies. No … this isn’t a Quentin Tarantino movie (though that sounds kind of awesome), this is the story behind the greatest prospecting campaign I’ve ever run. For those that don’t know me, I’m Ryan O’Hara. Today I work for a software company called LeadIQ that helps make it really easy for sales teams to find lead data off the web, and get it into Salesforce.

Earned-media micro-influencer marketing master class


Last Friday I mounted my ’95 K1100LT touring scooter and buzzed from the intense super-highways of Northern Virginia , into our Nation’s Capital, and then through the labyrinthine streets of Washington, DC. My goal? To guest lecture at Professor Shashi Bellamkonda ‘s Social, Mobile and Search Marketing class at  Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies , XCPD-732.

Infer’s Top 25 Predictive Sales & Marketing Innovators (INFOGRAPHIC)


One of the best parts of Dreamforce is getting to meet so many pros who are changing how their companies do business and engage customers. This year’s event was a great reminder of all the passion for sales and marketing innovation that exists within the Infer community of folks who we have the pleasure of growing with and working alongside everyday. These innovators are helping to build and align their businesses using predictive intelligence, and many of them joined us at our booth to share how they leverage Infer. Kael Kelly , Vice President of Marketing, Avalara.

This Week in Content Marketing: Thought Leadership Requires Actual Leading Thoughts

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. In this episode, we discuss the new Flex Frame native advertising unit introduced by The New York Times — and what it can teach marketers about user experience. This week’s show. Recorded live on October 10, 2016; Length: 1:04:27). Download this week’s PNR This Old Marketing podcast.

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.

What Successful Marketing Looks Like Today: 8 Foundational Principles [Infographic]


When you think of the basics of marketing, you might be thinking: Okay, create an awesome website; design and send some cool emails; post strategically to social media; maybe supplement with some advertising. But what about the principles behind your campaigns? When you're planning and doing all of these marketing activities, what motivates your decisions? Inbound Marketing Business Daily IGSS

Strategies to deal with losing readers through the newsfeed evolution

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By Mark Schaefer. For the past year or so, I’ve been working on a project I’ve called the “re-invention of the blog.” To get a view of how some major players are adjusting to this new world of endless free content shoved into little gray newsfeed boxes, I interviewed leading experts from The Economist , W Magazine , Ebony , Foundr , and a rock magazine media group in London.

How We Systematically Overvalue Content Consumption

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Let’s get right to the point. B2B marketers today are not optimizing programs to reach and engage their best prospects. Sure, we talk about a buyer journey or about carefully mapping content. But at the end of the day, what are we doing? We are scoring leads high if they consume a lot of content and we are optimizing our program to increase lead scores and content consumption. Your Turn.

Ready to Migrate ESPs? Here’s Your Email Deliverability Checklist


Marketers switch email service providers (ESPs) for various reasons. Your current sender may have a poor sending reputation, lack scalability, cost too much for what you get, and/or be missing features you’d like to have. If you’re ready to make a change, we’re offering an email deliverability checklist to help you succeed on your fresh start. Suppression Lists. spam complaints.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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

Bubble in the Funnel


Per Healthline Media, an air embolism, also called a gas embolism­, occurs when one or more air bubbles enter a vein or artery and block it. These air bubbles can travel to your brain, heart, or lungs and cause a heart attack, stroke, or respiratory failure. We generate, qualify and nurture leads using Account-Based Marketing processes. Their “reward”? No more support in 2017. The result?


How to Pivot Your Social Media Strategy to Support Account-Based Marketing

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Author: Mike Tomita So your team is ready to implement account-based marketing (ABM) and your sales counterparts are on board. What’s next? Part of transitioning to an account-based marketing approach includes reviewing your marketing strategy across channels—including social media. Use Social Media to Better Understand Your Buyers. What conferences or events are they attending?

Going Beyond Email Metrics: A Framework To Help You Plan Your Campaign

It's All About Revenue

Not long ago, I was reading a great post by my colleague Ben Fettes on the importance of understanding email metrics , how they're calculated, and how they can help a marketer not only to identify, isolate, and tackle potential issues in their marketing funnel — but also develop optimization strategies to create and deliver more relevant experiences to their customers.

HR and social media: 7 Ways HR needs to act like marketing

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By Mark Schaefer. wrote awhile back that digital transformation would not necessarily be led by marketers. Success may not come through a brilliant strategy or new technology. It’s going to require a culture change, and that might have to be led by and HR team. On the flip side of things, maybe success in HR will be led by marketing, or at least HR professionals who think like marketers. Human.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Do you mind the clock? Or does time mind you?


Working from home has its definite perks, like being able to throw in a load of laundry or do a quick yoga class via YouTube. But when I tell people I WFH, I think they imagine those activities are what I do most of the day. lady of leisure. Truth is, I actually get way more done at my home office than I ever do in the traditional office. It’s because I manage my time well. Make a to do list.

What Successful B2B Content Marketers Are Doing Differently [Research]

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62% of B2B marketers say their organization’s content marketing efforts are much more or somewhat more successful compared to a year ago. This was just one of the key findings from the seventh annual B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends research from Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs released last month. This year’s study […]. Content Marketing

4 Exciting Ways Influencers Can Turbocharge Your Marketing

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Author: Eric Lam Influencer marketing is exploding onto the scene. It’s the hottest topic—all the rage—we need to be doing it now! Wait, hold on a second. What exactly is it again? Why Influencer Marketing Is So Big  Now. There are two important reasons why brands are using influencer marketing more than ever. The first is because it’s happening in an unbelievably hyper-connected world.

Digital transformation and technologies through the human prism


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The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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