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11 inspiring case studies of digital transformation

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McDonald’s used social media to give away products related to the commercials they aired throughout the game. It was important for McDonald’s to have the ability to respond immediately to consumers and actively monitor social media trends in real time. The 88% of companies report they are undergoing digital transformation (source: Altimeter Group ). Need some examples? Like this post?

What am I supposed to do with all this data?

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Display media reports. Are you a marketer? Are you overwhelmed with the sheer amount of data that is now available at your fingertips? Yeah—me too. It’s almost comical how much data and insights are available to marketers today. So how do you sift through the noise? How do you prioritize what’s most important to your marketing or overall business goals? Tough to do! Analyst reports.

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Why you are just a resource & how you’re failing to drive demand with your content & social media marketing efforts

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Why aren’t we challenging the common social media best practice that the majority of the content you share should not be your own and challenge experts like David Meerman Scott (best-selling author with more than 250,000 books sold worldwide, keynote sales and marketing speaker) who believes that only 10% of the content you share in social media circles should be your own? 

How to simultaneously attract new prospects and retain loyal customers

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Shoutouts on social media are another good example. Showcase how you treat your loyal customers regularly on social media, your website, and other places (online and offline) where your prospects frequent. If they’re on social media, give them shoutouts or share their content when it makes sense. Should they be two separate initiatives, or can they overlap? Sealed the deal.

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Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

4 Ways to really engage your customers on social media

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Many businesses really want to interact with their fans and ignite more engagement on social media to build relationships and loyalty. Contests on social media are a dime a dozen today, so do something atypical to make your brand stand out. If your business supports a cause, it’s even easier to craft a campaign and share the details about it via your social media pages.

10 Marketing trends to watch for 2017

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Visuals are so important to all of your marketing efforts, not just social media. As the end of the year approaches, it is time to look back on the year in marketing and analyze the trends we should expect to see in the coming new year. This helps you, as a marketer or business owner, be prepared for and to properly plan out your marketing for 2017. Content marketing getting better.

Exploit the hours employees spend on social media

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According to  Putting Downtime to Work , a new report from  Bambu  by  Sprout Social , we’re geniuses: Seven in ten employees use social media at work. Half (Forty-eight percent) of people use social media for up to an hour per day at work. Furthermore, more than half (52%) don’t think that the marketing team makes it easy for them to advocate for the company on social media.

What is Social Media Marketing?

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Social Media Marketing  — according to Wikipedia , “social media marketing is the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites.” ” This is a broad practice, encompassing social media strategy (what are your goals?), The post What is Social Media Marketing? The onus is on me because I am the expert in communications.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

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I’ll be honest with you, relatively few companies can conduct a successful earned media influencer marketing campaign. Earned Earned media (or free media) refers to publicity gained through promotional efforts other than advertising, as opposed to paid media , which refers to publicity gained through advertising. Earned media influencer marketing is time-consuming.

Now is the time to fix your LinkedIn profile—here’s why

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In today’s market, even client-recommended future clients are checking out references on social media ( source ). Multiple studies have included questions to determine why buyers rely on social media in general, LinkedIn especially, to help them find solutions to problems and make buying decisions. You’re not alone, and I hope this article will lead you to rethink that position.

The ugly side of digital transformation

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Domino’s Pizza became a hub of digital innovation in its market only after its shares sank to $3 per share in 2008 and its brand was becoming a social media laughing stock. BPR spawned conferences, books, and countless consulting engagements, but there’s little evidence that anyone benefited from it other than the authors and consultants. Unfortunately, the latter is more likely.

How most Social Media experts are wrong about LinkedIn

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I’ve read from many social media experts (including Jay Baer ) that you should take a scattershot approach to LinkedIn. on his blog, in LinkedIn group discussions, on LinkedIn Pulse and even in his presentations (including the one at Social Fresh), Jay mentioned that shotguns trump rifles in social media. You see, it’s a wrong message to the wrong audience. Like this post?

The state of B2B marketing in Asia—moving toward digital

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What’s working, when it comes to media channels? . While teaching in Hong Kong for the semester, I’ve had the chance to meet some very interesting people.  A standout in the B2B marketing field is David Ketchum , CEO of the demand generation agency Current Asia , and author of Big M, little m Marketing: New Strategies for a New Asia. What’s the state of B2B marketing in Asia these days? .

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

Social media marketing isn’t a popularity contest

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Businesses striving to bring in that lucrative ROI with social media often fall into trap of thinking that the more followers you have the more success your social campaigns will have. How to Make the Most of Your Social Media Marketing with Less. Advertising the same way to all of your social media followers is akin to the pray and spray techniques of the past. Like this post?

Are LinkedIn Groups experiencing a crisis?

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After all of the changes LinkedIn has made to groups, it’s no wonder LinkedIn users and social selling experts are questioning the value of LinkedIn groups for sales and marketing programs. It makes you wonder if LinkedIn groups will experience the same fate as Google+ Communities , deserted after members go elsewhere for relevant discussions and cutting-edge content? Post discussions consistently.

Earned-media micro-influencer marketing master class

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Social media is much bigger than Facebook. Generally professional bloggers and journalists, including the blogs and profiles of mainstream media platforms, celebrities, people with high Klout scores, high-traffic blogs, authors, actors, scientists, pundits, newsmakers, and people with mad followers. Ideally, earned-media is the goal of PR campaigns, so it’s up to you. My goal?

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Why 9Round should be using SOCi for social media management

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And I noticed that while there are social media profiles for other local 9Round gyms , the new Penrose location has yet to embrace social media. It occurred to me that both 9Round and all their franchisees are 100% percent responsible for all their social, including creating their social media profiles. OK, this may well be my weirdest post ever, so bear with me. You know what?

If you post it will they come?

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And so does everyone else, including mainstream media. Share If You Post it Will They Come ?   on Buffer to all of my social media properties including @chrisabraham , @gerrisdigital , and my Facebook and my Gerris Page  as well as whatever other social media profiles that make sense. I work harder promoting my online content than I do writing the posts themselves.

Five often-overlooked reasons senior executives should use social media

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hear these objections all the time when speaking to top executives about social media. Alerting the media – Why do CEOs like Bill Gates , Richard Branson , Oprah Winfrey , Rupert Murdoch and Elon Musk waste time on Twitter? In short, a social media profile that reflects who you are rather than simply what you do creates a trust foundation that pays off in many ways.

7 key roles in digital marketing

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I recently had the opportunity to speak at a Fairfield County, CT, AMA event. It was a lot of fun presenting Outside-In Marketing to local executives and students at UConn Stamford, which hosted the event. In the lively discussion that followed, the best question was about talent. “What kind of team do you need to create outside-in marketing content?” Content strategist. Analyst.

Earned media influencer outreach is alive and well

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As I mentioned last month in Influencer Marketing Tools of the Trade , Dan Krueger and I are in the midst of an earned-media blogger outreach campaign on behalf of Skinny & Co.  We just finished our first week and we’ve already delivered products to 47 bloggers and have another 60 queued up for delivery this week — and we’ve only reached out once so far. Safety first!

Social Media is a life sentence

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Before you take the next step of using social media for business purposes, realize that it’s a life sentence. Not unlike needing to take anti-rejection medications every day for life after receiving a liver transplant, the same thing goes for social media-for-business: in order for it to work, you need to commit to doing it not just for the next six-months but for the next sixty-years.

Micro-influencer marketing is the new long tail

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Even more, I play so far down the long tail of influence that I can still create micro-influencer marketing campaigns that are earned media campaigns. Well, that’s all well and good, but you know what earned-media marketing is? Micro-Influencer Marketing Advertising Consumer E-book George Clooney Influencer marketing instagram marketing snapchat social media YouTube

Real examples of how account-based marketing & selling is driving higher revenues on LinkedIn

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Many social media and social selling experts say “volume” is the key to success on social media platforms like LinkedIn. shotgun approach may be better when you have a lower cost product or solution when you need as many leads and subscribers as possible to get a return on your social media investment. You see, it’s a wrong message to the wrong audience. Specific” needs.

Socialize your videos for business development

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Use Video to Activate Other Media. Scrolling your newsfeed past the stuff that isn’t super-appealing accounts for a lot of social media activity. People spend more than 100,000,000 hours every day  watching video on Facebook , which will soon be 100% video, according to Mark Zuckerberg. Sales and marketing people take note: v ideo is a medium used for everyday social communication.

10 Social media metrics every marketer needs to know

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Rob Petersen’s latest webinar is all about measuring social media. If social media is so important, why are most marketers unable to measure it? Do they need to know the social media metrics that matter and how they are monitored? 92% of marketers say social media is important to their business ( Social Media Examiner ). Thanks to all our sponsors!

Don’t be a “wuss” anymore on social media with your content and discussions

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And, in my recent series, I question the thoughts, ideas, actions and content of well-known LinkedIn marketing experts like Viveka von Rosen , social media experts like Jay Baer and David Meerman Scott and social selling experts like Kurt Shaver. You see, we know that studies show that only 1 in 5 sales and marketing leaders can clearly demonstrate and prove a social media ROI.

How to reach your customers at work or at home

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With StiristaLINK , you can enhance your business contacts with a personal email address, their social media handles, postal home address and phone, demographics and personal interests, vastly enhancing your understanding of your business contacts. Expand your universe of display and social media advertising targets. Access hard-to-reach segments. And the response shot up.

Am I connecting with my customers enough? 10 tips for customer outreach

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Correspondence as well as website and social media content should all match the personality and “voice” of your company. Jump into social media. It’s nearly impossible to talk about customer outreach without talking about social media. Social media makes us more accessible to our audience. Consider ways to build your social media to target your audience.

Lurkers are the 99.989% of Social Media

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It’s happened like this over and over: photography, filmmaking, recording, radio, television, computing, the Internet , message boards, blogging, and now social media. Anyways… So, as a result, we’re entering a world with fewer and fewer active Internet-, Web-, Blog-, Social Media - and Content-Creators. From Producers to Audience; from Hobbyists to Consumers. James.

Social Media is Like Riding a Bike

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I have been riding again after decades out of the saddle and I think there’s a lot I have learned from my newfound respect for the motorcycle that maps perfectly to social media marketing, both from my experience taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and from the two years of riding experience I have gotten under my belt. I get to a point on social media eventually, so hang in there.

Social lead validation—the missing ingredient from most inbound LinkedIn marketing programs

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Most social media firms focus on how many leads they are able to deliver on a weekly and monthly basis. All sales leads are not equal. know this is something that most sales and marketing leaders understand and it’s why they put lead qualification and validation into most of their sales, marketing, and lead generation programs. Of those 350,000, about half—178,000—were actual sales leads.

What is structured content?

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By structured content , we mean small content modules that are tagged for use by different devices, applications, or media types. Structured content is the most important trend in digital marketing that you’ve probably never heard of. It’s not enough to code your pages as Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) , per Google’s specs. All that did was change the shape of the content.

Analyze your target’s buying process, for greater marketing efficiency

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Consider which media make the most sense at each stage. When you are trying to become known to researchers, media relations and trade shows can be the most effective tools. B2B selling is a complicated affair, but you can simplify your marketing strategies dramatically with buying process analysis. Voila! Let’s look at how this works. But you can get more granular. And so on.

Influencer marketing is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration

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Last night I had the honor of dusting off my trusty old long tail earned media blogger outreach deck and updating it for the new world of earned media influencer marketing for the lovely  Brigitte Winter and her Georgetown School of Continuing Studies  students. Social media is much bigger than Facebook. Ideally, earned-media is the goal of PR campaigns, so it’s up to you.

How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 2

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In my last post , I started to show how even the most recognized social media and social selling authors, experts, and consultants are getting LinkedIn wrong. To start this movement, we need to pinpoint the thoughts, actions, and ideas that need to be changed – many of them that start with the social media and social selling experts mentioned in part one of this series and below.

Increasing customer engagement with videos just got easier

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Content Marketing Digital Technology Social Media Marketing Apple chapterization customer engagement FAQs Hapyak html5 interactive video iOS 10 key information QuickTime Randy Tinfow Vidyard Wistia YouTubeIncreasing customer engagement with video is not the same as upping the level of charm in the video. It’s getting the customer involved. Interactive video baby steps: Chapterization.

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