January, 2013

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102 Compelling Social Media and Online Marketing Stats and Facts for 2012 (and 2013)

Webbiquity

With 92% of companies now incorporating social media into their marketing efforts, it’s no longer sufficient to just “be there” on social networks. Today’s most effective marketers are optimizing content across channels, coordinating search and social marketing activities with traditional PR, and measuring their web presence and performance with sophistication. eMarketer ).

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Two Killer Google+ Mistakes

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week WSJ ran an article entitled “ There’s No Avoiding Google+ ” on the front page. In short, it highlighted the drive by Google to make Google+ pervasive across other Google services. In one of the most telling quotes in the story, Bradley Horowitz, a VP at Google, says “The entry points to Google+ are many, and the integrations are more every day.”

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Social media “engagement” is not a strategy

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Back in the early days of the social web, the leading “gurus” were actively anti-business. They made fun of measurement, strategy, objectives and any hint of trying to monetize a social media effort.  I know that sounds weird today, but it’s true. The mantra was “Social media is not about your stupid company. It’s all about the conversation.” Here we go. Service.

10 Ecommerce Predictions for 2013

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Behavioral Targeting Customer Experience eCommerce Mobile Social Media. Thanks to smarter marketing, better technology and consumers speaking out, 2013 just might be the year we see a real shift in how close customers and companies can really get. We know the deal—people are spending, and continuing to spend, more and more online. Every year, Cyber Monday will beat out the last.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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Email Marketing 101: No-One Cares About Your Product

The Point

An effective email campaign has one goal and one goal only: getting the reader to respond to your campaign. This means that, in order to succeed, every word of copy should be focused on selling the offer, i.e. the primary reason why any individual would want to respond. Unless your offer and product are one and the same and the call to action is “buy now,” no-one cares about your product.

7 Blogging Mistakes B2B Marketers Make

Digital B2B Marketing

We have all seen the lackluster corporate blog. Some days, I wonder what went wrong. Others, I wonder why they thought they could get it right. Corporate blogs are increasingly standard in B2B organizations. Some companies even have an entire suite of blogs. However, for every great corporate blog, there are a dozen corporate blogs that just shouldn’t be. ‘Nuff said. 4. Social What?

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The best advice I ever received for my business, and my blog

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I was recently asked by an interviewer, “Who has had the greatest influence on your personal growth?” ” Pretty good question! But the answer was easy. In fact, there was one lesson I learned from one man that has had a profound impact on my approach to life, my business, and my blog. I’ll share that important lesson with you today. Sensei and sensibility.

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9 Reasons QR Codes are Bad for Your Brand

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in QR Codes. The tale of the QR code is a sordid story. The QR (Quick Response) code was originally the trademark name for a two-dimensional barcode system. It was invented in 1994 by Denso Wave, a Toyota subsidiary, as a way to track vehicles as they were assembled, and to scan components at high speeds. However they quickly realized many of the technology’s inherent limitations.

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

10 Examples of Amazing Responsive Web Design

Synecore

Responsive web design (RWD) is more than just a web design trend, it’s become a web design requirement. In order for your website to be properly experienced by every segment of your target audience, you need to design for the devices they use. This means creating websites that optimize for smartphones and tablets of nearly every size. Here are 10 great example of RWD from across the web. Starbucks.

20 B2B Marketing Blogs You Need To Read

B2B Marketing Insider

When I created my own B2B Marketing Blog almost 3 years ago, I looked out across the blogosphere and asked “what do I have to say that is unique, valuable and helpful?” ” And so I created the B2B Marketing Insider to help provide an insider’s point of view. made a lot of mistakes and learned through a ton of trial and error. The Best B2B Marketing Blogs. Follow Eric.

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Intro to Lead Generation: How to determine if a lead is qualified

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Dear Daniel, First of all, happy new year! thank you so much for your complete and interesting feedback. It has been very useful for me. Just one thing: may you give me some objective parameters to define a lead as qualified? found so many definitions, and I’d like to ask for your support to point my attention to the best definition you’ve in mind. With my best regards.

Google Authorship is Changing the Game for SEO and Digital Marketing

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. Google Authorship is making big waves in the SEO and digital marketing worlds. Potentially showing your smiling face to searchers might sound like a gimmick, but it can establish trust with readers while improving CTR and can even redirect people back to more of your content. Eventually, possibly within the year, Authorship will contribute to Google’s Author Rank.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

The insider’s guide to social media consulting success

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

When I have been asked for a proposal to create a social media marketing strategy for a company, I have won the business 95 percent of the time. That may seem remarkable but I’ve found there is one simple secret to connecting with companies at this early stage of engagement. And neither do they. In every organization there are five common hurdles to social media success. Conservative? Nimble?

Don’t Blame Facebook: 10 Reasons Low Conversion Rates Are YOUR Fault

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Advertising Applications Branding Content Marketing Customer Experience Facebook Inbound Marketing Listening Personalization Social Media. So, you’re one of the seemingly millions of brands out there using Facebook to lure people over to your website. You’re not alone. The following are the 10 top reasons brands fail to tap into the real potential of Facebook.

Five Customer Empowerment Tips: the Days of Intuition are Over

Conversionation

We all talk about the empowered consumer and it’s safe to say that consumers indeed dispose of more ways to inform themselves, interact and buy when, where and how they want. You don’t really need studies to notice customer empowerment. Just ask any retailer of consumer electronics, for instance. People still ask for advice but they know better what they want than ever before. So, what is it about?

Four Incredibly Naive Things People Say About Online Marketing

Tomorrow People

Working as the editorial manager here at inbound marketing agency Tomorrow People , I can’t believe the naive comments about online marketing I hear people state as gospel. Here are some of the worst offenders. This news just in : people in pubs talk very confidently about topics they know nothing about. And there’s no topic people dismiss as foolishly as the world wide web. But that’s all changed.

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.

HTTPS Encryption Will Kill Organic SEO - And Make Google Richer

Synecore

Back in October of 2011, when Google first announced it would start implementing HTTPS/SSL encryption on all searches of logged in Google users, I raised an eyebrow. This could be very bad for organic search” (and marketers), I thought to myself. The move had SEOs and digital marketers all over the blogosphere crying foul. What does it mean? HOW DOES HTTPS AFFECT ORGANIC SEO? So why has Google?

Are you mistaking marketing tactics for strategy?

Biznology

Diversification (marketing strategy) (Photo credit: Wikipedia). One of the fun parts of my job is that I work with very smart people–my clients. One of them told me that they have no interest in figuring out their LinkedIn strategy. His point is that if you don’t understand your overall strategy, you’re not ready to think about LinkedIn. . ”–what would you say?

Does everybody need a social media strategy?

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As the hype of social media begins to die down and companies re-evaluate their efforts with a steely-eyed look at the cost versus benefits, I think it is time to re-visit this important question: Does every company really need a social media marketing plan? This is a very complex question. Adult diapers. Hazardous waste clean-up. Playing cards. Depend Adult Diapers. It depends! Get it?

Building Content Marketing Strategy – 10 Steps

B2B Marketing Insider

By Gerardo Dada. As we look back on 2012, I think the award for biggest buzzword for the year should go to Content Marketing. Not that it is not useful or powerful, on the contrary. However, I think the term has been overused and misunderstood. Plus, content marketing has been around for a long time, especially in B2B high-tech marketing. The new buying process. Become an Expert. Be personal.

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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.

Sales-Marketing Alignment: How consistent messaging helped ADP engage customers at a faster pace

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Brian McGuire is one of those rare marketers who started in Sales and has held leadership roles in both Sales and Marketing. This experience provides him the broadest perspective of the entire lead generation funnel, from marketing engagement to close. He believes consistent messaging is the fastest way to speed customers through the funnel. That has not always been his experience.

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Online Marketing: the Musical!

Tomorrow People

It’s here! The new musical you’ve all been waiting for. With plenty of great tips about online marketing, you simply must read about this spectacle. Tomorrow People copywriting intern and keen amateur showperson, Naomi Pelkiewicz , presents an all-singing, all-dancing duo: show business and the business of online marketing. Two different worlds!’ you cry. But not so fast! So read on to learn more!

9 Trends That Will Upset Your Marketing in 2013

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post was written by  Amanda F. Batista , a freelance writer, editor and content developer.   As the former Managing Editor of DemandGen Report, Amanda covered the latest technology, trends and development in the marketing automation technology space, as well as the sales and marketing strategies central to demand generation. Don’t get stuck in the dust! 4.

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21 stats show CMOs leap before they look at ROI

Biznology

Photo credit: Wikipedia. The average tenure of a CMO has increased from 23.6 to 43 months since 2004 according to Spencer Stuart. That’s good news. Perhaps, companies are finally appreciating the business impact a CMO has. After all, if an organization is going to succeed, it’s got to grow its customer base, and nobody’s better at doing that than a strong marketer. How are CMOs doing?

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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.