October, 2012

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LinkedIn Just Went Into the Publishing Business

Digital B2B Marketing

A number of publishers and blogs covered the launch of LinkedIn’s new follow feature for 150 thought leaders or influencers over the last few weeks. However, labeling it the ability to follow thought leaders (as LinkedIn did) misses the real point. LinkedIn did not launch a new feature to follow thought leaders or the ability for select individuals to publish articles on LinkedIn. Nowhere.

87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing is now used in about 90% of companies, techniques, platforms and best practices continue to evolve.  Should you include Pinterest in your mix? Increase use of video marketing? Is blogging coming back or trailing off? What will likely be the hot trends in social media over the next couple of years? Social Media Stats and Demographics. 1. Marketing Pilgrim ). 2. But 3.1

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31 Easy Ideas To Create Content Your Customers Want

B2B Marketing Insider

If you are trying to recruit social ambassadors for your business, you will undoubtedly run into the challenge from your colleagues that they don’t know what to write about. We have already established that content marketing is seen as important but marketers have been slow to act. And you don’t need to sacrifice quality. 31 Easy Ideas To Create Content Your Customers Want. “). Photo Source.

8 Indispensible Tools to Improve Your Social Media Efficiency

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By {grow} Community Member Ian Cleary. Being organized with your social media efforts is essential because it can be so time consuming. It’s easy to spend many hours on social media but are you using that time effectively? Here are 8 tools that I use on a regular basis that helped me be more effective and efficient on social media and hopefully it will help you too! 1. Commun.it my company name.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Ruling Online: Henry VIII Maximises His Inbound Marketing Potential

Tomorrow People

Henry VIII understands the importance of good marketing. He needs to project the image of being a powerful ruler to rival monarchs all over the world, but he also needs to communicate with his populace to keep them updated about what the CEO of the nation is up to. Yes, that’s right. No more sending out royal communications with messengers on horseback. No more relying on official scribes.

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Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Here is what the data says…. Q. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use? Click to enlarge. Email Marketing. Interesting chart, Daniel – thank you for sharing it with us. Content Marketing.

4 out of 5 Marketers are Zombies! [Infographic]

Digital B2B Marketing

What, it’s changing? Quick, call it dead! Write an article about how social media is killing advertising! Advertising is Dead. SEO is Dead. Television is Dead. Magazines are Dead. Newspapers are Dead. Websites are Dead. Agencies are Dead. Media companies are Dead. Did TV kill radio? After more than 50 years, radio is still here. Like everything else, it has changed. See the pattern here?

Maximize Your Online Visibility: The Web Presence Optimization (WPO) Framework

Webbiquity

Recent research makes clear that, for high-value consumer purchases as well as b2b procurement, being as “findable” as possible online is critical to winning the business. Of course that means it’s imperative to produce relevant, compelling, optimized content for your company’s website and blog, but online visibility goes beyond that. What online publications do they read?

Is Content Marketing The New Advertising?

B2B Marketing Insider

When I ask people what they think marketers do or what is marketing , they almost always say that marketing is some form of advertising or promotion. We all learned the “4 Ps” (Product, Promotion, Price and Place for those who don’t remember.) So we know that there is more to marketing than just promotion. But even this traditional definition is under attack. Words matter.”

The essential guide to minimizing legal risks in Social Media Marketing

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By {grow} Contributing Columnist Kerry Gorgone. Nothing spoils a great marketing campaign like a cease and desist letter.  As an attorney, I’m fascinated by how fast and loose most people play on the web, just inviting such a letter! The difference between LINKING and SCRAPING. If anything, it increases the risk you’ll get sued by alerting the content owner to the infringement. Tweet.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Everyone is Talking about Social CRM. Few are Doing It.

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If your organization hasn’t adopted social CRM , don’t feel so bad. Most folks are in the same boat as you. Social CRM may seem like the topic du jour, but in reality most of the market isn’t adopting the principles or technology needed to truly make it work. More people don’t even know what it is. which recently covered the topic in its State of Social Marketing report.

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Social media is a physical extension of your brain

Biznology

Photo credit: Intersection Consulting). We’ve evolved well past the limitations of our own brains into the brains of our closest friends — not metaphorically, but literally. We utilize the people we know and engage with deeply as active extensions — prostheses — of our thinking, reasoning, and creating brain. Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn United States

The Thin Line Between Social Media Marketing and Spam

Digital B2B Marketing

You can share. You can publish. You can broadcast. You can spam. Today, communication is more accessible than ever before. Anyone with an internet connection can email or Tweet. With more people publishing and more competition for our attention, free and easy-to-use communication channels lead to spam. Even well-intentioned individuals, marketers and publishers can fall into the spam trap.

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Five Simple Steps to Make You a King (or Queen) of Content Marketing

Tomorrow People

With so much guff floating around on the Internet you need to make sure your website can stand out and take the crown. Content marketing is a great way to attract curious visitors to your site. Follow these five simple rules to secure your reign in the online domain. #1 It’s not Business, it’s Personal! So many articles, so many people, so little time. Personality is what makes humans tick.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Join The 1% And Become A Content Creator

B2B Marketing Insider

How does a company move from becoming a promoter of their stuff to a provider of business insights? How do brand become publishers without hiring entire newsrooms full of journalists? Turns out, the answer is simple: take the knowledge, the expertise and the passion of your employees and focus that on answering your potential customers’ key questions. You answer!” Or help to share them.

6 Factors that turn social media strategy into RESULTS

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After working as a marketing consultant for more than a decade, I know how exhilarating it is when a client really executes well on a strategy. Unfortunately, I too often see deeply-embedded cultural baggage weighing down a company’s full potential to succeed. The president of the company greeted me and said “I know we need to do this. “Can you just do this for us?” Tweet.

A Tour of Online Display Advertising; DSP, DMP, RTB, Ad Exchanges

NuSpark

Ever wonder how a banner ad finds you? Nowadays, exposure to banner ads continues to be rising.  Imagine- all of this serving and big data technology; in business to target messaging accurately as possible, and to increase that CTR from.02% to.04% and higher.  Here’s an amazing chart detailing the major players in online display advertising.    . Let’s talk about DSPs.  . DEMAND SIDE PLATFORM.

5 Behaviors of Successful Modern Marketers

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this It’s hard to find advocates of the hard-sell these days. The rise of the online research and the ease of getting peer feedback means marketers have to be smarter, finding ways to educate and advise rather than pushy. ClickZ has published it’s own 10 Commandments of Modern Marketing , which offers some sage advice. But it’s not the end of the world. Modern marketing is about behaviours, not just tactics. Here are five behaviours of that can help marketers be successful. 1. Storytelling. details the benefits to the customer. Relationship Building. Sharing the Mission.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

10 social media metrics every marketer should know

Biznology

Photo credit: Paul Jacobson. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” said Peter Drucker. Social Social media measurement tools are one of the fast-growing areas of analytics and venture funding. Maybe it’s not knowing all the measurements, it’s managing the ones that matter. Google Analytics tells you who, how, where, when and why. ” 2. disagree?

5 Reasons Why Social Media Was Born for SMEs [SLIDESHARE]

Tomorrow People

You don't need to be a big name brand with a six figure marketing budget to make social media work. In fact, recent research has shown that small businesses are more likely to succeed within the social media arena than their supposedly all-powerful, 'jump in feet first' corporate counterparts. So, what makes an SME thrive on social media? 1. Building customer relationships. Adapting and improving.

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The Social Business Imperative

B2B Marketing Insider

What is the value of a social business? How do we become one? Can you create one? Or is it more about culture, motivation and the enablement of social forces already in play in today’s workforce? These are questions that are not just being asked by marketers but by CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. And how to maximize the value and the innovation that can result.

Why Instagram will be the next big social media platform

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A few weeks ago I professed my love for Instagram and predicted that this easy photo-sharing app would soar. Now, new data from The Social Habit seems to confirm that Instagram is poised for a breakout. Of the Americans surveyed who currently use a social media platform, only 18 percent currently have a profile on Instagram. That’s paltry compared to Facebook (94%) or Twitter (47%). Hilarious!

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

What Does a Content Marketing Strategy Mean for Industrial Companies?

Industrial Marketing Today

I’m sure every time you’ve talked with an industrial marketing consultant about content marketing, you’ve been told that you need to start with a “content marketing strategy.” That’s very good advice but what does it really mean if you are on the other side of the table and are responsible for marketing your industrial company? I don’t want to overgeneralize the process of developing a good content marketing strategy because it varies from company to company. You are probably very familiar with the phrase “To succeed with content marketing, you have to think like a publisher.”

How to Make Your Data Squeaky Clean

It's All About Revenue

by Sylvia Jensen | Tweet this Data can get out of hand. No question it’s a valuable part of your marketing, but sometimes it can feel like a big mess. But you don’t need to throw your hands in air. Some of the data you think is useless can be revived. In fact, it could be just what the doctor ordered to get your campaign results backs on track. Naming Conventions. Stay On Top of Data.

Outsourcing your social media isn’t all or nothing

Biznology

I just got off the phone with Andrea Howard, president of Social Media Maxima after having reached out to her on behalf of Reputation.com. While I was boning up on what her agency did, I fell in love! Long story short (and this is my analogy) is that Social Media Maxima offers social media hair extensions, hair pieces, and wigs. Get over yourself! In this case, for pay. So, get over yourself.

What Makes a Good B2B Online Video

Paul Gillin

I spent some time with comic video whiz Tim Washer  (also @timwasher ) at B2B Forum last week, and he followed up with a few questions about how B2B companies are using online video as part of their content marketing programs. shared some opinions with him, but why not share them with everybody else as well? I’d like to hear your answers to these questions, too. would add Cisco to that list.

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Targeting B2B Companies with Online Display and Social Media Advertising

NuSpark

With all of the emphasis on search marketing and social media with regard to b2b digital internet marketing strategies, I have been writing lately on online display advertising, covering such topics as retargeting and demand side platforms (DSPs).  The keys to effective banner advertising campaigns are targeting, message, and efficient pricing models. . Really. . LINKEDIN. FACEBOOK. Advertising

8 ways blog writing is unique

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There are many great writers who have unsuccessful blogs. Here’s why. They may be great writers, but they are not great bloggers. There’s a big difference. Here are eight ways that blog writing differs from how you might write in school or at work. 1) Headlines matter. A lot. Nobody is going to sit by the fireplace with a glass of wine and relax with a good blog post. Descriptive.

The Death of Magazine Advertising [FLIPBOOK]

Tomorrow People

There was a time when you'd go to the newsagent, buy a magazine and then search page after page of ads in the hope of some content. There was a reason for this. The cover price rarely recouped the costs of producing the mag and so revenue largely came from advertising. An industry in the decline. Things have changed. Circulation figures are down and, with them, ad spending. So what happened?

3 Ways for Accessorising Your Emails

It's All About Revenue

by Sylvia Jensen | Tweet this Getting through the mountain of messages we receive each day isn’t getting any easier. The number of emails sent last year rose 10%. Copywriters and designers have long known that a small block of text or an icon can attract a busy reader’s eye better than a big chunk of prose. To make email marketing engaging you need a compelling subject line and a solid call to action. With reports that email open rates on smartphones have risen by 34% so far in 2012 , we also all know that to grab readers’ attention, email campaigns have to display properly on all screens.

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Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Your keywords suck and are outdated

Biznology

You probably built your website years ago by now. You’ve probably never updated your CV, just added your latest jobs and clients to the top. Your corporate bio, what you do, your products and services were probably written back either when your company opened, when you ported your brochures to the web, or the last time you did a major revision. Like I said, probably years ago. Admit it.

Ideal Customer Profiles: 5 steps to ensure your lead generation stays on target

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Joe is newly single. He met his last girlfriend on an online dating site. So, he resurrected his ad, and the new quest began. Except it was so much harder! He had plenty of dates; he just couldn’t quite connect with anyone. They were nice enough and pretty enough, but there was no chemistry. they queried. The women he really would have connected with were older, and maybe even divorced.

9 Tips for Content Marketing in an ADD World

Digital B2B Marketing

Distraction is constant in our technology and communication-fueled lives. Email alerts, Facebook replies, tweets , Google’s red box, … Everything around us is competing for our attention. We may not have ADD, but we definitely act like it. Be Brief Attention spans are short, your content should be too. Break it up. Get to the point. Do you really need an intro? If so, can it be shorter?

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Three amazing ways social media is changing the world

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The more I am immersed in the culture of the social web, the more I am certain that it will not only change the world forever, it will change it for the better. Specifically, there are three areas that energize and inspire me! The democratization of opportunity. A few months ago I had the most uplifting talk with  Xavier Damman , the mastermind behind Storify. Child learning coding at Coder Dojo.

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.

6 B2B Marketing Best Practices for Instagram

KoMarketing Associates

This is the first of a two-part series on B2B best practices for photo driven sites by Erica Bell of Business.com. When it comes to B2B marketing, businesses are often driven by content marketing and PPC advertising. Applying those same strategies to photo-sharing sites can be an obstacle. Because of that, leveraging image-driven social sites isn’t always a high priority for B2B marketers.