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The month in #mrx

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After all, if we lose the trust of respondents that their personal information and opinions are safe with us, then we’ll lose their support.  Shopping the world: People are becoming shopping tourists, buying from abroad (online or in-person) to obtain unique goods or lower prices. What do surveys and Bollywood have in common? This month saw an unusual collision of two worlds. 

B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

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Just one in ten (12%) are ‘B-list Personalities’ (2,000 – 7,500). Only the elite (7%) are ‘A-list personalities’ (>7,500). B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark Report – based on a survey of 274 client side B2B marketers conducted by us here at Circle Research – finally seems to provide a definitive answer. 

How B2B brands approach Twitter

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Just one in ten (12 per cent) are B-list Personalities (2,000 – 7,500). Only the elite (7 per cent) are A-list personalities (>7,500). The result is a Klout score that shows the quality of a social media personality on a scale of 1 – 100. Social media has become a bit of an obsession for me. Not so much as a participant, but as an observer. I’m the technology equivalent of a bird watcher. I’ve been observing B2B marketers in their natural habitat. Noting their behaviours. Sketching and documenting the different species I see. Quality over quantity. The Chameleons.

B2B brands are dead. Long live B2B2C brands!

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Experiences from their personal life will inevitably bleed into their business life. I’ve been having a quick look at the list of top 20 B2B brands compiled by Superbrands UK and published earlier in the week (see the full list of B2B superbrands  here ).  Three things strike me as being really interesting: Being a brand that is exclusively B2B isn’t enough. Tech brands still dominate.

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

The funda- mentals of voice comes down to a personality—priori- tizing a set of traits that comprise an identity, and then. personality of, well, an actual person (the Supreme Court. The logical question now is, “So what personality traits. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY10 Another way to think of it is this: If your brand was the person at the dinner.

Generation Y: Implications for the workplace

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There are many implications, but six are most significant: They want work to be stimulating.  To progress their personal development. A client recently asked us to present to a group of CIOs from their enterprise customers.  What implications, they wanted to know, does Generation Y have for the workplace? Defining Generation Y. First, let’s define Generation Y.  That’s not as easy as it sounds.  Generations have ‘fuzzy edges’ so it’s not always clear where they start and end.  Some definitions of Generation Y include anyone born from the late 1970s all the way up to the early noughties. 

B2B content marketing research

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Prioritise personal channels.   On average B2B marketers use six channels to distribute content.  Content marketing works.  Almost three fifths (56%) of the 175 B2B marketers Circle Research recently surveyed for B2B Marketing Magazine’s Content Marketing Report have seen content marketing boost sales (most of the remainder simply don’t know the impact as measuring ROI is tough).

Making ‘human-to-human’ marketing a reality

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One widely touted trend in this latter category has a new label (‘human-to-human’ or ‘personalisation’), but is really just a marketing fundamental – recognising that each member of the target market is a person (representing a business) with their own unique behaviours, preferences and emotions.  By intimately understanding this individual they can be engaged with the right messages, at the right time, through the right channel. One, it segments the company not the person.  January is the month for predictions.  However, in reality this is often impractical. 

Three reasons B2B marketers should care about sustainability

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This in turn communicates positive brand messages such as trust, creates a favourable brand personality and builds affinity.  In the latest in my series of interviews with today’s leading business thinkers I spoke with Thomas Jelley, Corporate Citizenship Manager at support services giant Sodexo. But why, you may wonder, is a B2B marketing research agency like Circle talking about sustainability.  Isn’t that the preserve of a niche team within corporations and NGOs? . Well, no.  solid approach to sustainability shows that your organisation cares and is ‘one of us’.  How do you define it?

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

person to tell the company’s story, even though he. short film series, “Year of Surprises”; a personalized. have a personal plane or a flying car.” “ We are a science, tech, innovation. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 1: Evangelizing Content and Setting Yourself Up for Success Copyright © 2015 Contently. That’s why.

B2B content marketing research

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Prioritise personal channels.   On average B2B marketers use six channels to distribute content.  Content marketing works.  Almost three fifths (56%) of the 175 B2B marketers Circle Research recently surveyed for B2B Marketing Magazine’s Content Marketing Report have seen content marketing boost sales (most of the remainder simply don’t know the impact as measuring ROI is tough). So maybe you already have a content strategy, but want to know what your peers are doing.  Or perhaps you’re developing a content strategy and want some pointers.  Focus on quality not quantity. Make time.

47% of B2B marketers endorse using sex to sell

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First, the technique sends clear messages to the market about your company’s personality and the substance of your proposition. Ever since I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Women (Birmingham Group), I’ve felt more in touch with my feminine side ( see post here ). Perhaps that’s why my interest was piqued by a recent discussion on the B-to-B Marketing LinkedIn Group. Kate Bishop, Marketing Co-ordinator at Custom Fluidpower, has a dilemma.   To use, or not to use, promotional girls at a trade show stand? Her boss is insistent but she has concerns.  I share them.

Better B2B segmentation: Four steps and a case study

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Having set this broad parameter, the next step is to identify meaningful sub-groups by getting close to and contrasting customers: • Do they have different behaviour and consumption patterns? • Do they have different motivations, needs and preferences? • Do they have different supplier selection criteria? • Do they have different attitudes and personalities? Last week I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Woman, Birmingham Group.  I was tempted.  After all, “ it’s where networking feels like a party ”.  However, I declined for two reasons.  I live in London.  I’m a man.

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An interview with Jaakko Alanko: MD, Alanko Consulting

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Are there B2B brands that you personally admire? What does the future hold for you, personally? Every month David Willan interviews leading experts from the world of marketing and B2B.  This month David spoke with Jaakko Alanko, one of the true doyens of B2B communications. Jaakko shares insights learned during 40 years in marketing, discusses the B2B brands he admires and shares his vision for the future of B2B marketing: the era of the enterprise brand. In a career spanning over 40 years you’ve obviously seen lots of changes in B2B communications.  What are the biggest?

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

of only hiring one person to run an entire operation. to be set up for success: one person focused on strategy, another to handle execution, and a third to deal with. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. 2016 STAFFING, MEASUREMENT, AND. Introduction II. Methodology III. Key Findings IV. Results and Analysis V. But brands.

Blink: A side door to the unconscious

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It also impacts how we gather insights into what causes one supplier to be chosen over another.  If a person’s decision is guided by the unconscious, they’ll find it tough to explain what truly determines their choice.  Sometimes things just feel right.  We can’t say why, they just do.  The house bought not because it ticked all the boxes, but because you could imagine living there.  The supplier chosen not after an exhaustive procurement assessment, but because they just seemed to fit.  In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell explores experiences like these.

An interview with Stephen Cheliotis: CEO, Centre for Brand Analysis

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Are there any B2B brands that you personally admire? I’ve got a couple that spring to mind. You can certainly be cooler than your competitors principally by injecting personality into your brand, even if you are in a sector that may not be that exciting. I’ll give you a consumer analogy, for example something like insurance price comparison. And of course the same thing could equally apply in B2B where you can create brand personalities in sectors that are even more boring than insurance. So brand personality can make a big difference in B2B.

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How to create a Customer Happiness Index

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Let’s also not forget our own personal pride and the morale of those around us.  In my last post I put forward the idea that every business should measure its performance against a stakeholder ‘Happiness Index’ with a particular focus on customers.  As the customer’s voice within the organisation, responsibility for this index lies at the marketer’s door. Before we go any further I’d like to challenge the received wisdom that it’s commercially sensible for every business to invest in enhancing customer happiness.  This isn’t always true and there are two notable exceptions. .

Big data is big news

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Likewise, just because marketers aren’t personally mining Big Data themselves, they can still use it just as effectively (if not more so). Click to read report. We’ve all heard the hype.  Big Data is the next revolutionary force in marketing.  By mining the petabytes of information which sit on our corporate servers and elsewhere, we can uncover hidden insights into customer behaviour.

Content Strategy for Marketing

personality through voice or tone. such as personalization. Content. Strategy for. Marketing: Sustainable, Scalable, and Sale-able As the web weaves into every aspect of your customers’ lives, they expect the. right content in the right place at the right time. Content as an afterthought or. even as a one-time campaign no longer works. Today, marketing is digital, so. Content to.

B2B SEO: Content is king

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The web is clearly a valuable tool but most B2B markets have one defining feature; relationships.  To build these there’s no substitute for personal interaction. Life’s hectic.  Sometimes though it’s sensible to take a step back.  To contemplate whether the things we’re doing are the right things; that we’re working not just hard, but smart. With this philosophy in mind we’ve partnered with B2B Marketing Magazine to compile a series of benchmarking reports.  How are my peers allocating their budgets?  What tactics deliver greatest success? 

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Air Cargo News: Interview with Circle’s Andy Booth

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After all, isn’t cargo a business-to-business environment where person-to-person relationships are key? But what customers say to the sales person may be what he wants to hear and what is reported back up the line to top management may be different too,” Booth points out. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by legendary aviation journalist Peter Conway for Air Cargo News.  Who needs marketing in the air cargo sector? Unlike business-to-consumer sectors where the customers are many and unknown. Eighty per cent of all the work we do is brand-focused”.

#Personalized Mona Lisa #Marketing #Humor #Fail

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Dear Internet, I was disappointed but not wholly surprised that you didn’t find Wednesday's post with Personalized Mona Lisa as self-evidently hilarious as I did. And, while I know that explaining something never convinces anyone that it’s really funny, I think Personalized Mona Lisa has enough serious content to justify further discussion. So here goes. Let’s start at the beginning.

Personalized content for more effective content marketing


In today’s B2B world, your prospects don’t want to hear from you until much later in the buying process, so attracting, engaging and nurturing them until they’re ready to talk to a sales person is no longer a nice way to supplement the top of your funnel. Personalizing content will yield much greater results. Personalization can mean a lot of different things in this context.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

person who is in no way connected to GE, interested in GE, or [who]. they’ll get smaller, and everybody will have a person- al plane or a flying car. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. Introduction 3 II. Adopting a Winning Perspective 7 III. years prior.

How to Make Audience Segmentation Truly Personal


So the big question is: How do you get the right content to the right person? When this is done on an individual level it is called personalization. Defining “segmentation” and “personalization” Segmentation and personalization are two different aspects – and, some might say, different generations – of online marketing. How much is enough?

Your own personal Fappening


While the storm surrounding the leak of the intimate and personal photos of 101 starlets, actresses, singers, and athletes seems to be abating, the Gigabytes of collected photos and videos, ranging from PG-13 to X, will never be erased off the Internet. The post Your own personal Fappening appeared first on Biznology. The Fappening is Not Unique to Celebrities. OK, back down to earth.

A Special Message for You: The Power of Personalized Marketing

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The answer: relevance and personalization. There’s Power in Getting Personal. Personalized marketing involves targeting your messages, products or services to an individual customer based on data you’ve collected about them (or about a like-minded group of customers). Personalized Marketing Pays. Tips for Personalizing Your Marketing. Great. Why his? Great.

Personalization Is The Future Of Content Marketing

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The post Personalization Is The Future Of Content Marketing appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. It’s becoming harder and harder to reach today’s consumers. Almost every marketer is creating and sharing new content about their brand every day. good content strategy with an effective distribution plan no longer guarantees that your content will get seen by your target audience.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

stories per person • Total attention time • Total people • Total social actions • Avg. Content. Methodology: A Best. Practices Report Copyright © 2016 Contently. All rights reserved. by Rebecca Lieb and Joe Lazauskas 2Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report I. Definition II. Why a Content Methodology Is Needed III. Culture of Content: The Foundation. 12 21 28 Table of.

5 Ways to Win with Web Personalization

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Author: Jessica Minasian Here’s a public service announcement for all of my fellow marketers: you should  crave web personalization. This not-so-secret weapon is essentially a web-based engagement application that empowers you to create real-time, personalized interactions with your audience. Web personalization is gaining a lot of traction among marketers and for good reason.

How to Blog for Your Business Using Personality

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Do you know how to blog for your business using personality yet remaining professional? No, seriously – there’s an ongoing trend to be personal with blogs. I see it everywhere – blogs, email, newsletters. If you’re writing for business, you want to connect with your readers by using personal stories. But how much is too much? Don’t go overboard.

How your personality aligns with social media content types

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have always had this fantasy about trying to align Myers-Briggs personality types with people successful on the social web, but alas I have not had the time or resources to do so. believe there is some alignment between where you choose to publish and your personality type. A few data points to illustrate my theory: I marvel at the people creating fun and effective content on Snapchat.

Quiz: What’s Your Marketing Personality Type?

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B2B Marketing Customer Marketing b2b marketers B2B marketing b2bmarketingzone marketer careers marketing job types marketing jobs marketing personalities marketing quizzes marketing team membersEver wonder if you’re on the right career path? Take our quiz to find out which marketing role would really suit you (based on some *incredibly* scientific questions). You’ll also find out how to take your career to the next level and get to share your results with your network.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Better targeting, retargeting, and website personalization will replace the omnivore approach. Steve Rayson, Director, BuzzSumo [link] B2B Marketing Trends for 2016 8 Take Content Marketing to the Next Level Personalize Marketing with the ICE Formula Personalized marketing is going to be on steroids in 2016. So, how do you personalize marketing? B2B Marketing. Look for.

Pulling our pants down: Personal branding with Chris Brogan

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How do you stand out in a world of overwhelming information density? I’m convinced that branding — and specifically personal branding — is more important than ever. There is no one on the web better prepared to talk about this fact than Chris Brogan. I had the pleasure of having an amazing conversation with Chris about the current state of personal branding on the web.