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Using Content to Reach and Engage Your B2B Audience [#B2Bchat]

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You’ve heard it many times: Content is King. And in a world where B2B buyers go online to find answers to their questions, content marketing is central to any B2B marketer’s strategy. How do we best create, and leverage content to reach our audiences? Join us for our next #B2Bchat where we dive in to everything related to B2B content marketing: Q. What types of content are most effective in reaching a business audience? What is the typical life span of content? Q. Who should write your content? How do you make content more sharable?

Content Marketing: How Companies are Doing It [Infographic]

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Why do companies pursue content marketing, and how are they doing it? A new Infographic from Marketo and ColumnFive Media reflects the growing importance of content marketing, and gives us some insight into the specific tactics being used today. Here are some of the highlights: Companies with over 1,000 employees use an average of 9 content marketing tactics.

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Blogging in the Social Media Ecosystem

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What are the latest tips and tricks needed to turn your blog into the backbone of your content marketing strategy? Should your blog content feed into your social channels, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn? Q. What are the best ways to leverage existing blog content with social channels? Photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid. Questions will include: Q.

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How to Turn Followers and Fans into Leads (and when not to)

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Publish great content, develop a voice, reach out to others in social networks, rinse and repeat. One of the most evident goals of a social media program is to grow the fan base. But as social media becomes more accountable, marketers look for ways to generate leads throughout the process. So how do you best turn fans into leads? Should they be considered in the same sentence?

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey

What is structured content?


Structured content is the most important trend in digital marketing that you’ve probably never heard of. Of all the stories and advice in our book Outside-In Marketing: Using Big Data to Guide Your Content Marketing , the one that has attracted the most questions from my colleagues is the section on structured content. All that did was change the shape of the content.

From Mealy to Meaty: How to Create Better Content


Many of us content marketers have been operating under a faulty premise. Every year, we’ve made it a priority to create more and more content. Even this year, 76% of B2B content marketers say they will create more content. But does more content result in better content? We could get more strategic about curating some content. So what to do?  .

8 Genius Ways to Repurpose Content


B2B marketers are ramping up their content production, reporting a 51 percent budget increase for this year alone in a Content Marketing Institute study. Michael Brenner, CEO of the Marketing Insider Group , said, “Content marketing represents the gap between what brands produce and what consumers actually want.”. Everybody responds differently to content formats.

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7 Content Marketing Mistakes Costing You Time and Money


Content marketing is getting harder. Ironically, it’s because of the content itself. There’s just a crazy amount of content available right now. Here’s what the increase looks like year over year: That rate of content publishing – sometimes called content “velocity” – isn’t going to stop. Because it appears the more content we publish, the less engagement we get.

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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.

The business case for unbranded content

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In this age of overwhelming content, our consumers can steer around what bore them. You could have a massive marketing budget and team of writers and designers, but if no one engages enough to share your content and ideas, then it’s just not working. Why would you create content and not even take credit for it? Using unbranded content when branding is impossible.

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The strategy behind the content

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At the end of each year I reflect on what I need to do more of or less of … what is working now and what will be working in the coming year. A lot of this reflection is spent on the time I spend creating content. thought I would share for you my strategic view of the strategy behind the content streams going into 2016. Content has no value unless it is seen and shared.

Content Shock is here. Now what?

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About two years ago, I wrote a blog post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not a sustainable strategy. The premise behind Content Shock is simple. My post was a call to arms, pointing out that what worked in content marketing a few years ago — when content was a novelty — will not work in this era or overwhelming information density.

22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts


With the near-universal embrace of content marketing— 93% of B2B marketers are using content marketing , and B2C marketers are close behind—the amount of brand content being produced has exploded. Already widespread, content marketing will continue to grow. Visual and video content will become increasing important. Stats About Content Marketing Use and Trends. 1.

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Personalized content for more effective content marketing


Content marketing is, of course, a great way to attract and engage an audience, but if you’re putting out one set of content for all comers, you’re wasting an opportunity to engage more deeply. Personalizing content will yield much greater results. Persona-Specific Content. Behavior-Based Content. Don’t call them, they’ll call you. How did they find your site?

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

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark.   According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%. The Track Maven study found that content engagement decreased by 17% in the same period. 

The 23 Best Content Ideation Tools


Great content—the kind that resonates with your audience—starts with great topic ideas. What are the best tools for finding great content ideas? Here are almost two dozen of the best content ideation tools finding and capturing bursts of inspiration. Sample review:  “Turns your content creation into a magazine, while it can also be embedded on WordPress sites too.”

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How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The explosion of content in the digital world is an unprecedented phenomenon just a few could have predicted twenty-five years ago.  Content is ubiquitous in all phases of life and in business.  In fact, it is getting harder and harder to find a slice of time where content is not invading precious personal or business space. by Creative Stall. New Dilemmas For Marketers.

The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

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In a post titled Content Marketing – It’s About to Get Weird , my friend Joe Pulizzi revealed disappointing findings from an annual research survey. Here’s Joe goes on to paint a hopeful picture of content marketing’s future by plugging this problem into the Gartner’s “hype cycle” model. Fixing the content marketing problem. It sucked.

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

Should your content generate leads or relationships?

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His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Should your content be aimed at building short-term leads for cold calls, or for building real business relationships?” Should content generate leads or relationships? ” I asked.

How to Create Irresistibly Shareable Content

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Every now and then, a piece of content goes absolutely viral on the internet. And, it’s pretty much every content marketer’s goal to produce that piece of content, the one that gets shared like crazy. Creating shareable content requires taking a step back and thinking about the process. What actually encourages people to share content? What Enjoy! The Place.

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Industrial Content Marketing’s Role in Sales

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You’ve probably read all the buzz surrounding industrial content marketing. The Content Marketing Institute found that 81% of business-to-business (B2B) manufacturers in North America said that their organizations were using content marketing (Source: 2016 B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends—North America). This is only a content summary.

The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness

Tony Zambito

The annual Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmark Study 2016 is quite startling. Perhaps not as drastic as the Dow falling by 8%, but to see the percentage of marketers who believe their content marketing was effective drop to 30% from 38% in one year is a revelation. Documented Content Strategy Helps. by Aha-Soft.

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.

13 Suggestions for Content Marketing Inspiration

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One of the most rewarding parts of planning and writing content is landing on a new idea kernel. The newfound bounty can power content marketing efforts for a few weeks or even longer. So how can a content marketer keep a spark file of fresh ideas and stave off the boring, overdone, or stalled ones? Here are some suggestions for finding your content marketing inspiration.

Five Content Marketing Tips for B2B Success


Business content is a turn off for 70% of consumers—that’s according to research by Flagship Consulting in association with The Economist Intelligence Unit. However, this figure is not surprising when, according to the research, 93% of marketers can’t resist trying to connect their content to the product, and 70% even measure their content by the number of calls from prospects.

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5 Powerful Techniques To Boost Your Content Marketing


Every day, large and small businesses use content marketing to increase their conversions, leads and traffic. Having a powerful content marketing strategy in place can mean all the difference in whether you’re seeing the full potential of your efforts through the amount of conversions you’re turning over. Writing content is easy, writing exceptional quality content is hard.

5 Tips to Infuse More Personality into Your Content


Marketers are churning out more content than ever, but statistics show that most of this content is not being consumed. Up to 70 percent of content created by B2B marketers is collecting dust and not making an impact. The fastest and easiest way to boost engagement is to infuse each piece of content that you write with personality. Some content is painful to consume.

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.

Infusing SEO Into Your Content Marketing Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

Most search marketers would agree that content marketing is an essential cog in the wheel of SEO. Exceptional content that delivers value and purpose can earn links naturally, fueling a website’s authority and overall ranking potential. When content marketing strategies are infused with subtle layers of SEO and keyword targeting, the potential to realize greater […].

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Why we create crap content: We’re afraid

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It occurs to me that this sort of elitist arrogance is precisely why so many people create crap content. We create crap content because we’re afraid. The social media/ content world is one of immense pressure for conformity because we want to fit in so we are invited to speak at an industry conference. By Mark Schaefer. Afraid of getting fired. Afraid of being wrong.

28 Super Easy Tips on How to Promote Your Content

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Content distribution has been a BIG topic here on {grow} and around the social sphere. As Mark’s book, The Content Code  explains, “great content isn’t the finish line, it’s the starting line.” Here are 28 tips on how to promote your content online. Promote Your Content On Social Media. Promote Your Content To Your List(s).

34 Compelling Content Marketing Stats and Facts


Content marketing is now ubiquitous, with 93% of all marketers saying they do content marketing (it’s not clear what the other 7% are doing). But with so much content being produced, distributed and shared, how do you make your efforts stand out and grab the attention of your prospects? Only about half of marketers try to connect content to sales. TopRank ). 2.

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8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust

How Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

Starting a content marketing program from scratch is right up there on the list. Data shows content marketing is a long game requiring consistent, strategic investment. Startups that invest in content marketing have the means to affirm theirs is the best solution. Content has the cues. There are even more reasons to begin content marketing early. Guess what?

3 Things Jerry Seinfeld Can Teach Us About Creating Quality Content


Jerry Seinfeld’s show “ Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee ” is not just good fun – it’s also built on a simple foundation of quality content gold, which you can replicate without breaking the bank on antique automobiles. Jerry the content genius. Jerry’s first content trick: Don’t reinvent the wheel. He calls his guest and asks him or her out for coffee.

5 Reasons Snackable Content is (Still) Awesome


If you’ve ever heard the expression “big things come in small packages,” you already know a little something about snackable content. This social media content category might be composed of small, easy-to-consume chunks of information—think a tweet, or a Facebook video, or an Instagram meme—but it is nonetheless a mighty force for the good of your brand. Puh-lease.

Does every business need content marketing? A reality check.

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Does every business need content marketing? Sometimes in tough competitive situations you survive to the next year by cutting a penny per unit on a long-term contract instead of investing in epic content. This week I came across a quote from a speaker at the Content Marketing World conference: “Content marketing works every time, for every business, in every industry.”