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Three careers that will dominate social media (and it’s not what you think)

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’m a marketing guy. And boy I love it. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a great case study! Well, almost nothing. The social web’s need for content and storytellers is insatiable. I was recently on a panel with a dean of a large journalism school and he said they are having record enrollment. Where are these people getting jobs? Alternative media. It’s corporate culture.

Being Busy is Not Being Productive

Puzzle Marketer

One of the most misleading but commonly held beliefs is being “busy” means that you’re being productive and accomplishing a lot. The problem is that the busy work for most people isn’t focused on the things that need to be done. It’s just that, busy work. People get into a mindset that these things have to be done and there is no other way. Therefore, they get consumed by the same tasks over and over and because they are endless, the day is over and it’s time to check-out. The next day begins a new cycle of non-productivity. Social media is the future. Reply.

9 Key Points About Google+ Pages for Business for the B2B Marketer

KoMarketing Associates

Earlier this year, we began putting together a strategic recommendation for our clients on Google+ Pages for Business.  This new solution blends elements of popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter with social sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube, integrating search engine optimization and marketing into the Google network of sites. minutes in November 2011 and 4.8

LinkedIn and Twitter Advertising and Marketing Options; A Primer

NuSpark

LinkedIn and Twitter provide unique advertising opportunities for those who wish to target messages towards those audiences within these networks.  If you’re buying online display for lead generation, you should consider social media advertising opportunities. Below is a basic primer on the options for larger businesses who wish to take advantage and test these channels. Targeting. Job function.

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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18 (of the) Best Web Analytics Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

The measurability of the web can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the data should allow companies to monitor every activity, every campaign, to evaluate based on solid data what’s working, what’s not, and where to expend budget, time and effort to improve results. Fortunately, there is help. What You Can Learn from Bounce Rate & How to Improve It by KISSmetrics. Brilliant.

Is Touchpoint Marketing the Only Marketing Left?

Conversionation

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 has always been. 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. Empowerment is not new either.

Use Buyer-Based Selling To Engage The New SMB Buyer

Tony Zambito

©All Rights Reserve by PhotoSteve 101. This is part 5 and final article of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. Prognosticators today abound on the demise of sales.  Not so fast.  Where are we today?  The phone now is only one of several.  Follow @tonyzambito.

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Selfless Giving and Selfish Companies: A Social Media Conundrum

Digital B2B Marketing

Gifts. When we receive them, we feel special. When we receive them from people we don’t expect them from, they are a wonderful surprise and make a far larger impression. Gifts are special in part because they represent an investment of time or money someone did not need to make. When we receive these gifts, it makes an impact on us. In fact, we may even come to resent these gifts.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Is social media making you a lazy communicator?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. We live in a world where people are in a real hurry.  Getting things done as efficiently and quickly as possible has become a calling card for humanity and it’s bleeding into our social interactions. The technology that has enabled us to connect with people in a way we never could before has made us lazy communicators, maybe even lazy marketers.

The Cost of Bad Content

B2B Marketing Insider

According to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs 2012 report on B2B Content Marketing , 90% of organizations are marketing with content! (I’d love to know what the “other 10%” are doing?). But does anyone have a handle on the costs? What are the costs of producing content that never gets used? What are the costs of publishing bad content in the form of lost revenue?

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How to Run a Great Dinner Meeting

Paul Gillin

I had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner last night with some local technology luminaries and guest of honor Reid Hoffman , the co-founder of LinkedIn and already a Silicon Valley legend at the age of 44. The meeting was hosted by Larry Weber , a local PR legend and founder of the company that became Weber Shandwick. Get a round table. Round tables avoid this. Personalize introductions.

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3 Ways to Fuel Your Marketing Automation Cycle with Data

Digital B2B Marketing

Marketing automation is built on the premise of delivering the right communication to the right person at the right time. Successfully delivering the right content at the right time hinges on data. Data that is provided explicitly by prospects, and more importantly, data that is provided implicitly through their engagement with your communications and content.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Lead Nurturing: Market to personality and behavior, not job title

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In my most recent research project, the MarketingSherpa 2012 Executive Guide to Marketing Personnel , we identified key behavioral and motivational differences between marketing specialists. Much of what we learned applies beyond HR and can improve your lead nurturing and sales efforts. The key to navigating your way to a sales-ready lead is navigating through individual personalities. When you apply the human touch, you must establish credibility and, essentially, establish and manage relationships with many different people at many different levels in an organization. Your champion. 2.

Manufacturing Infographics for Content Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Infographics, short for information graphics are hot right now. It seems everyone is creating one these days. Infographics have been around for a while and are used to communicate complex concepts visually and easily. If done right, they can be very effective in content marketing for manufacturers and industrial companies. Infographics fit the bill the perfectly for this purpose. Infographics.

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The Rise of Content Strategy–What to do about Google killing SEO

Biznology

I was sitting in a hotel lobby preparing to present as part of a panel at OMMA Global in San Francisco when a co-panelist said something that shocked me. People ask why I got out of SEO to focus on paid media. I answer that Google wrecked SEO, so all that’s left is paid.” The context: we were talking about all the changes Google has made recently to make SEO more difficult–some might say impossible. As As the global search strategist for IBM and a co-author of a book on writing for search engines, I am well aware of the difficult times ahead for SEOs. How is Google killing SEO?

Be human. Your customers will thank you.

Savvy B2B Marketing

Technology, analytics, ranking, ROI, KPI, metrics, SEO, statistics, widgets, automation, media … each of these has a role to play in marketing a brand, but sometimes we put too much weight on them. We get caught up in making sure we have installed the latest plug-in, created a presence on the newest social network, and optimized our content to within an inch of it’s life. Embrace it.

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

15 Critical Business Success Tips after Five Years in Business [with special giveaway]

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According to the myriad of small business success studies , it seems that about 50% of startups fail after five years in business. Well, it’s nice to be on the right side of that statistic! It’s hard not a get at least a little romantic about celebrating our 5th year in business. We officially launched Junta42 , now the Content Marketing Institute  and SocialTract , on April 2, 2007.

Five reasons you should never ignore your business branding

Tomorrow People

Every business-owner needs more time. Addressing your business branding can seem like yet another addition to your ‘to do’ list. But there are some very important reasons why you should never ignore your business branding: Credibility. Your branding design can have a direct impact on your profits – and that’s down to how your potential customers see you. Industry. Growth.

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7 Customer Loyalty Programs That Actually Add Value

Hubspot

According to Inc. , it costs a business about 5-10 times more to acquire a new customer than it does to sell to an existing one -- and on average those current customers of yours spend 67% more than a new one. So, what are you doing to keep your customers coming back to your business? If you’re like 65% of marketers, your company has implemented a loyalty program. But is it working? Companies lose money on time and effort, and customers get no more value from the businesses to which they are "loyal.". So how do you keep your business out of that one-third segment? Image credit: joelogon.

Savvy Week in Review April 6th

Savvy B2B Marketing

Friday, again? And - APRIL? Really? When did that happen? And, how did we escape April Fool's Day intact?). Well, the Easter Bunny may be hopping down the bunny trail, but all our marketing buddies have been busily hopping down the blogging trail - dishing up lots of fabulous posts to inspire and educate. Here are our favorite picks of the week. the right way. No Pictures Allowed by @mitchjoel.

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.

5 Ways to Measure Results of B2B Social Media

Social Media B2B

B2B marketers like to measure things. This is not measurement for its own sake, but to determine the results of their marketing efforts. Social media, since it occurs online, is filled with measurable elements, but it can sometimes be a challenge to know which ones are worth measuring. Start by establishing a set of goals and objectives for your social media efforts. Growth of Following.

The Inbound Marketing Multiplier [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Marketers often debate the merits of inbound marketing vs. outbound, but few discuss the added benefits you can achieve by combining both. well rounded B2B marketing mix should include elements of both inbound and outbound marketing strategies. We call this the Inbound Marketing Multiplier and here’s how it works. Inbound Marketing Infographic Social Media Marketing

B2B Lead Management – 6 Best Practices

Great B2B Marketing

Some companies are good at generating B2B sales leads , others are good at qualifying and closing those leads, but the top performing companies, are those that leverage B2B lead management techniques and can do both.  Here are six strategies you can implement to create your own unstoppable marketing and sales machine: Follow up every inbound inquiry within 48 hours – preferably 24 hours.  Leads have a short shelf and the person who was enthusiastic about your offer yesterday, may not remember who you are tomorrow.  Set-up a service level agreement (SLA) between marketing and sales. 

How ‘Draw Something’ Is Taking Over the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

Ever since Draw Something was launched in both Apple App Store and Android Market, everyone it has sold 37 million times worldwide. See these 20 Amazing Smartphone Sketches by Mashable. To view the infographic, click the arrows on the bottom to move to the next slide, and watch the sketches bring the numbers to life. Created by MBAOnline.com

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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.