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Content marketing strategy beyond the first degree(s): value chains


Each successful content marketing strategy is a social and connected content marketing strategy by definition. I’m not just talking about the areas where social media marketing and even social business overlap with content marketing. I’m even not just talking about the need to work with audiences of audiences in an era where everything is (getting) […].

Content marketing: a customer-centric manifesto


Content marketing is not an island. It takes a customer-centric and integrated approach to succeed in content marketing. Creating business value through creating customer value using content marketing – and putting […]. Content marketing Customer experience Integrated marketing We like to call it the Copernican view.

The Big Content Marketing Fail: How Much Content Do You Need?


In case you don’t feel like fully reading it, prefer the rules of short copy and want to read the conclusions first then this is for you: we are massively killing content marketing and are making the same old mistakes we always have. It was acquired by my then employer and basically had a local portal, a good e-newsletter and some content in its portfolio. Hurray. It gets worse.

The customer has a voice: your business is the audience


The significantly grown attention for “content marketing” and the “brands as publishers” and storytelling narrative has made marketers look at their customers, prospects, etc. Content marketing Integrated marketing as “audiences” It’s time to look at our businesses as audiences.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more

B2B buyers and professional social networks in the purchase decision


Content marketing Research Social media marketing IDC LinkedIn Social Buying Study social networks In case you believed we can forget about social media in marketing and business, here’s a wake-up call: according to the latest Social Buying Study from IDC, 75% (!) of B2B buyers “studied social media” to SUPPORT purchase decisions.

Content Marketing: What Content People Share And Why They Do It


Why do people share content? However, in trying to answering it, one can find a lot of value for his business and “target groups” in this social media and multi-channel marketing age where content plays an increasing role and content marketing is a hot topic. Content is an enormously broad concept that we use every day without really defining it. We talk about how it should be: how important relevant and share-worthy content, how crucial it is in lead nurturing, how it makes or breaks our email marketing programs and even how it has become a currency.

Defining Social Business: a Call for Clarity and Collaboration


Customer & business intelligence , data, analysis, wisdom, decision-taking Crowd sourcing, tribe sourcing, community sourcing Removing destructive silos and barriers towards efficiency New and better aligned or integrated and social customer-facing processes (pre-sales, sales, post-sales, marketing, customer service,…) Information and content creation Etc.… Business is business.

Optimize: a Holistic View of Content and Marketing Optimization


Not optimization as improving SEO and keywords but optimization as a state of mind of doing better all the time in all touchpoints: search, social, content and more. Blog Content marketing Conversion marketing Customer experience Customer-centricity Marketing optimization Touchpoint marketing Bryan Eisenberg content marketing conversion optimization Gerry McGovern Lee Odden Optimize

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 1: Evangelizing Content and Setting Yourself Up for Success Copyright © 2015 Contently. By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Content Marketing: Why 7 IV. Content Marketing: When 12 V. Content Marketing: How 17 VI.

2015: people-centric wishes, predictions and top lists


Content marketing Customer experience Customer service Digital transformation content marketing customer experience customer journey Doug Kessler Forrester Kate Leggett New Year 2015 It’s also a time to look forward and think about the future, the unknown, […].

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Doug Kessler: taking a stand – content marketing as evangelism


Everyone says content marketing is not about selling. Doug is Creative Director and co-founder of UK-based Velocity Partners, a B2B marketing agency with a strong focus on content strategy. Content marketing Interviews Content Marketing Experience Doug Kessler Velocity Partners They’re wrong, Doug Kessler says. Soap and fabric softener bored him […].

Content Marketing As A Process: Three Rules Before Starting


Content marketing is defined as a marketing technique. Note that the definition of content marketing as a technique should not make you focus too much on the content itself. Blog Blogging Content marketing Conversion Opinion AIDAS content marketing conversion customer life cycle customer-centricity lead management metrics ROIHowever, it’s also  a process that it is very connected – and thus should be aligned – with several marketing purposes and business processes. To succeed, [.].

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Context Marketing in Context: Beyond Inbound and Content


Virtually all rock stars at the event (no, I’m not talking about Cindy Lauper ), said how important context, content and the customer are. One of the ways we try to attract new customers is by using content (marketing). Good content responds to customer needs, preferences, emotions, reasons, purpose and stages. Bad content doesn’t respond to anything except reach.

Altimeter Report: the Convergence of Paid, Owned and Earned Media


We are not the center of the universe and our content and channels are merely servants of business goals and customer intent. Co-author Rebecca Lieb By now, you probably know what paid, owned and earned media are. If you haven’t, you might be new in marketing or might have missed phenomena such as blogging and forums in the nineties. There are some nice tips and data in the report.

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Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Conclusion 31 Table of Contents ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY3 In 2008, General Electric CMO Beth Comstock had just.

The Cross-Channel Customer Experience Must and How to Achieve It


Every interaction with a social object, a piece of content or an employee of your business impacts the perception and thus reputation of your brand ( and this is not a defensive definition of reputation). Actually, I don’t like the word customer-centric too much, I prefer the term ‘people-centric’. Why is the customer experience so important? Customer experience and your brand.

Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers


The problem is often one of the message or content, that still is focused on what marketers and executives want to communicate instead of what consumers want to know. Consumers are becoming channel-agnostic. They are effortlessly switching from one channel to the other. People discuss their experiences as they get in touch with a business, product and service. The shift is clear.

Is Touchpoint Marketing the Only Marketing Left?


Content marketers like to use Seth Godin’s famous saying that ‘Content marketing is the only marketing left’. Content is obviously crucial in marketing. It just took businesses a very long time to realize it, helped by what we call ‘content marketing’. Content is not an afterthought. Unfortunately, I see an increasing attention for content as such.

Open Letter to the CxO: Can You Survive the Age of Integration and Collaboration?


Examples of the disconnected culture: content marketing A while back I started a blog on content marketing. Well, content is crucial in everything we do and it has always been so. But in that content marketing space the exact same thing is happening as in all other – digital – marketing areas before: we don’t look at it from a customer-centric and integrated perspective enough.

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 3: Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program Copyright © 2015 Contently. By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Staffing Your Content Team 24 VI. Pros, Cons, and Costs of the Top 10 Content Distribution.

Great Content Marketing Case: the Vocus Social Media Strategy Tool


Content is a social object. Content can take many forms. Often, it’s narrowed down to the types of content we immediately think of such as a blog post, a paper, a presentation, a video, the [.]. Content marketing Social media marketing Beth Harte content marketing case MarketingSherpa Serengeti Communications social media marketing strategy tool social media strategy app VocusBy that I mean it is defined by what people want and how they interact, not the other way around.

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Ardath Albee: what you need to know about buyer personas in B2B


Ardath Albee is one of the smartest B2B marketing and content marketing experts. I’ve been following her since quite some time and, even if we never met, I guarantee you that with Ardath you just know she’ll bring value to the table, based on experience. B2B marketing Content marketing Interviews Ardath Albee Up Close and Persona

Content marketing: addressing customer pain points and questions


How addressing customer questions and pain points is a winning content marketing approach. One of the most direct and effective ways of using content marketing is catering to the questions, pain points and needs of (potential) customers. It’s a very obvious and well-known fact. It’s also relatively achievable, with some guidance and the necessary resources […

Content Marketing: Should Content Be Created In-House or Outsourced?


Earlier this week, Sharon Flaherty wrote a post for Econsultancy, titled “Want quality content? bookmarked it, which usually means I disagree on several points so here are some reflections and tips on deciding whether your content (and what content exactly) should be created in-house or not. Content marketing content marketing content production heidi cohen in-house content Joe Pulizzi john bottom michele linn outsourcing scott frangos Sharon FlahertyProduce it in-house”. also added my thoughts [.].

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content. Practices Report Copyright © 2016 Contently. Why a Content Methodology Is Needed III. Culture of Content: The Foundation. for Content Methodology IV. Components of a Content Methodology V. Create a Content Plan VI. Contents “ If you want to learn. content possible based. the content creation and. Competitive Content.

Achieving Omnichannel Customer Loyalty: Tips and Infographic


Through cross-channel engagements and delivering the right content and information at the right time and in the right environment, we can optimize the relevance and return of everything we do as marketers. It’s as a I wrote in my previous post about customer empowerment. Omnichannel marketing and omnichannel retail, as they are called now and then, are hot.

B2B: Involve Your Sales People in Social Media Marketing and CRM Now


Smart sales people perfectly understand the ‘climate’ and market situation, in which your business operates, and are an important source of knowledge that should lead to smarter content marketing, blogging, social media and cross-channel initiatives. Of course, it’s not the only division in most cases. Many businesses underestimate that. Social media really helps sell, if you do it right.

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Content in Context: How Sharing Equals Creating Content


The topic: content in context. It’s partially what content in context is about. The topic of content in context has been on my mind since over a year now. We have been saying content is king for a long time. Businesses were building websites without relevant content too often. Today, content and content marketing are hot topics. Content?

How to Unsuck at Personalization in Marketing


Personalized interactions and dynamic content, based on a broader set of segmentation and ‘targeting’ opportunities, are also still quite rare. Good news for email marketers: according to research from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the typical email engagement rates are going up. US open rates of house lists rose 2.6% Here’s why and how to unsuck. Let’s get back to the DMA results.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Contents GOING LONG: HOW 5 B2B TECH BRANDS BUILT VALUABLE AUDIENCES THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY, LONGFORM CONTENT CONTENTLY3 Brands aren’t just publishing. Introduction 4 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Red Bull has long been the strongest example of this.

By: Blogging, Content Marketing and Social Metrics: Ways to Improve Them « Marketers.BlogNotions - Thoughts from Industry Experts


[…] per metric. The mentioned white paper provides some thoughts and ideas to improve your blogging and social media marketing efforts for each of the metrics. We added links and ideas to do […

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Web analytics Is Not Sufficient For Customer-Centric Inbound Marketing


For many companies they are sufficient to measure and improve the results of content marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing and what we generally call inbound marketing. Web analytics offers enormous possibilities for those able to take all out of it. However, if you want to go a step further and know the efficiency, [.]. Blog Inbound marketing Web Analytics Avinash Kaushik ClickTale heatmap HubSpot inbound marketing web analytics

From Conversation Company to Optimization Organization


From conversations to touchpoints: death to the silos Unfortunately, with the idolatry of the ‘conversation’ as that ‘social ideal’, many businesses have been focusing too much on the different elements that constitute a conversation such as the ‘content’ that ‘drives’ or feeds it. They steer the content and the conversation. Again, feel free to comment. Sounds familiar?

Blogging and Content Marketing: Results Versus Personality


Content is produced by people for people, with a focus on [.]. Blogging Content marketing blogging content marketingA corporate blog has a purpose. In fact, it can serve several purposes. So, it’s obvious you want to get results with your blog. However, the rules and best practices of efficient blogging should not undermine vision and personality. Blogging is a balancing act.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

Bryan Eisenberg on Social, Conversion and Content Marketing


Content marketing Conversion Opinion Social media marketing Bryan Eisenberg conversion marketing conversion optimization customer-centricity email marketing influence Jeffrey Eisenberg social media voice of the customerBryan Eisenberg and his brother, Jeffrey, need no introduction. They have written books with titles such as ‘Persuasive Online Copywriting: How to Take Your Words to the Bank’, ‘Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results’ and ‘Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing’. In this interview, Bryan shares [.].

The Power of Powerlessness: Let Go and Put the Customer First


They are the starting points of a good content strategy and an invitation to the connected consumers to step forward and tell us how we can help them, using all possible ways to capture what they say and do – and, obviously, respond to it. It’s a similar approach as the B2B Blogging Trends paper Aggregage did in 2011. One of the other contributors is Jan Van Aken. Facilitating.

The Ripple Effect of Blogging: Inbound Marketing is Not Enough to Exist


It consists of what we now call content marketing (including blog marketing), social media marketing (which really is not about being found alone), Search Engine Optimization and so on. Take content marketing, and more specifically blog marketing, for example. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shoot your messages and content out now and then. Produce content and exist.

How to Earn Trust When Distrust Rules


Even social sharing and content sharing in general requires trust. Obviously, developing a relationship in marketing is also about lead nurturing, which is about content, offers, scenarios etc. Organizations have been facing a challenge for several years now: a lack of trust among people regarding what they say, the messages they spread and how they act. What can they really expect?

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

Copyright © 2015 Contently. By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. 700 content marketers. CONTENTLY STUDY: HOW MUCH OF YOUR CONTENT MARKETING IS EFFECTIVE? Content marketing is having a moment. billion dollars on content marketing this year, and that number is growing fast. Our content measurement survey from. 68% 16.7%