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The Coming Death of Self-Publishing

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Until recently, the only practical alternative for aspiring authors was vanity publishing: paying a company a large sum of money to produce their book, with little or no marketing or sales assistance. It won’t be long before self-publishing as a concept is dead. In fact, it’s healthier and growing faster than ever. These distinctions were once a reliable measure of quality.

Three Ways to Annoy People and Produce Great Content

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In my days overseeing a large editorial group for a B2B publisher, my counterpart in sales was fond of telling me that advertisers found our editors arrogant. Editorial details are to content as fit and finish are to automobiles: they account for the difference between a functional product and a great one, and between humdrum and robust sales.  If you don’t believe me, ask Zappos.com. At first glance, the idea behind content marketing is straightforward and appealing: by publishing great content, you can win friends, influence people, and achieve your marketing goals.

Editorial Quality Vs. Revenue: A False Dichotomy

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In it, the magazine editor described a frustrating planning meeting with his counterparts in advertising sales. Though the editor had done thorough reader research in proposing editorial topics for an upcoming magazine project, the sales staff would have none of it: The topics I suggested would provide the basis for good editorial quality; however, our sales team deemed them too difficult to sell sponsorships. To the editor, this was a clear case of sales priorities trumping editorial quality. But that’s not fair. Where does that leave us? It beats me.

Breaking News: People Who Like Print, Like Print

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These results, according to Readex sales director Steve Blom,  “help publishers prove to advertisers—whose own ideas regarding usage may be terribly wrong—that professionals haven’t replaced one media form with another.”. Just because you like something doesn’t mean it’s not dead. have nothing but admiration for the company and its staff. It would be shocking if print didn’t come out well.

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

50% more sales-ready leads at a 33% lower cost 15 1,200 Blog posts per month Avg new monthly leads ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY11 Content marketing's impact also extends to social me- dia, where brands that don't have compelling content to. as sales, employee advocacy, customer service, audi- ence engagement, thought leadership, and hiring. All rights reserved.

It’s Time to Embrace Editorial as a Profit Center

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Sales is a profit center , editorial is a cost center. The old “profit centers,” advertising sales and subscriptions, aren’t very good at the conversion process anymore. They love it when their sales force sells editorial in general; they hate it when they sell editorial in particular. Early this week, Steve Yelvington made a comment on Twitter that reminded me of something I’ve been mulling over for some time. Our newsrooms (or whatever we choose to call them) should be engines of success,” he said , “not cost centers.”. He’s right, but I prefer stronger phrasing.

“Content Is Power”: Q & A with Mark W. Schaefer

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To put it hyperbolically, I was looking for truth, they were looking for sales. So I got into PR for awhile and then migrated to sales and then marketing. Mark W. Schaefer. couple of years ago when I started B2B Memes  it was my plan to focus exclusively on trade publishing. For me, a journalist, this came as a jolt. Our goals were fundamentally different. Use your head. love that!

5 Things I Learned from Self-Publishing

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Multiple sales and distribution channels might be overkill. I’ve aimed to make my book available via as many outlets and in as many formats as possible, within reason. What you lose in potential sales and exposure—probably not much—you’ll gain back many times over in simplicity. 4. If nothing else, self-publishing is a learning experience. Don’t count on making money. Intrigued?

Will Self-Publishing Save Print?

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Though I plan to put the print version of the Survival Guide up for sale, I don’t expect to sell many copies. Last month in this blog, I made a statement that at the time seemed obvious, but now seems rash. Most writers,” I wrote in declaring that print is effectively dead , “don’t care in a meaningful way about the physical presence of a book. They just want to tell a story, or convey information, or to create works of art out of their words.”. Since then, I’ve had cause to rethink my position. Print, it seems, isn’t dead, but just retired. It can’t be done. small thing, to be sure.

Doubling Down on Print, for Better or Worse

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The problem with the strategy is that it won’t, as hoped, “cut into e-book sales” in a significant way. A nice specimen. Photo by Robert Burdock/Flickr. Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Julie Bosman described how book publishers have begun putting extra effort into making their print products more physically and esthetically engaging. They just want the content. What Killed Borders?

A Leap-Day Special

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This is just a one day sale, more or less, so if you’re tempted, don’t wait. I don’t anticipate another discount for some time. Managing one-day sales, it appears, can be a bit tricky. To mark the auspicious occasion of leap day, I’ve marked down the price of the e-book edition of the New-Media Survival Guide to just 99 cents (or, if you’re outside the United States, the equivalent in some other currency). Likewise, the price might not return to the regular $2.99 until a few hours after leap day. cover price. Introducing the New-Media Survival Guide.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content serves as a powerful tool for sales. Sales staff are. industry metrics such as sales and leads, or. lead score • Sales-qualified leads (SQLs) • Opportunities • Search traffic • Return visitor rate Lead nurturing: Move leads. personas at each stage of their journey through the sales funnel. Content. Methodology: A Best. All rights reserved. Definition II.

Can Content Save Publishers? Only If They Wake Up

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Though there has been plenty of lip service by the sales, marketing, and circulation types that largely dominate trade publishing, their real interest and belief in content has all too often been minimal. In an article on Min Online this week, Judy Franks of The Marketing Democracy suggests that traditional media companies are faltering because they don’t value content. Though at first it might seem odd to say that businesses built on content don’t value it, she has a point. If you have strong owned and earned media, why pay a third party for theirs? Content, of course.

Are Publishers Afraid of Social Media?

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But why should a single department, whether editorial, sales, or marketing, “get the keys to the engine”? In Folio: today, Matt Kinsman reports on an MPA conference session called “Who Controls Social Media at Your Magazine Brand?”  To my ears, it’s a question that’s at odds with the essence of social media. It suggests that not only do magazine publishers not yet understand social media, they’re actually afraid of it. The unstated assumption seems to be that if someone doesn’t control it, all hell will break loose. Thinking of social media in terms of control simply doesn’t work.

Digital First, Not Foremost

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This, I take it, is what Digital First Media CEO John Paton, much criticized of late , is getting at when he said that his “digital first strategy is centered on the cost-effective creation of content and sales and not the legacy modes of production.”. John Paton: Misguided, or misunderstood? Print sucks!”. To my mind, that’s not what digital first means. Try This Test.

Does Danger Lurk in the Language of Social Media?

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But how many corporations will see it only as another tool for trapping yet more leads into the ever-ravenous sales funnel? No writer can become good at the craft without being sensitive to language. But in other contexts, that vocational advantage can be a liability. This seems to be true of many journalists who resist the benefits of new media solely because of the language used to describe them. They’ve got it wrong, of course. But we should not be too quick to dismiss their reactions. They may be on to something. You want a nice, meaty sizzle.”. Related posts: Be Yourself.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

percent, was lead conversions and sales. SALES 20 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Results and Analysis It’s reassuring that leads and sales, two elements. While leads and sales were deemed the most. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. Introduction II.

Editorial Wall, or Prison Wall?

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Does being involved in the business side of a media enterprise mean being involved in sales? And does breaking down the sacred wall between editorial and sales mean that editorial must be tainted? But even if this practical objection is sound, the theoretical one—that any involvement by an editor in sales necessarily influences editorial content—is not. Therein, Martin Cloake argued that content creators have been deliberately kept on the sidelines: “Traditionally, it’s been people from the ad/sales side who have risen to top positions in media companies.

Digital First, Not Foremost

B2B Memes

This, I take it, is what Digital First Media CEO John Paton, much criticized of late , is getting at when he said that his “digital first strategy is centered on the cost-effective creation of content and sales and not the legacy modes of production.”. John Paton: Misguided, or misunderstood? Print sucks!”. To my mind, that’s not what digital first means. Try This Test.

Can You Have Entrepreneurial Journalism without Entrepreneurs?

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In the latest chapter of its ongoing critique of AOL’s hyperlocal news network, Patch , Business Insider last week took aim at the marketing and sales-prospecting efforts the corporation expects its editors to undertake. AOL, BI’s indignant headline says,”Requires Patch Editors To Drum Up Ad Sales Leads.”. You might object to the ethical aspects of combining editing with marketing or sales, or to the excessive workload. I don’t. It’s what entrepreneurial journalism requires. As Howard Owens puts it , the problem AOL editors face isn’t the workload, but the payoff.

The Coming Content Marketing-Publishing Continuum

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The reason for this, he said, is that “his magazines are most often the first point of contact leading to the sale of all the other services he is now selling.”. On the other is pure content marketing, where the money is entirely in sales of products and services. Writing on Foliomag.com earlier this month, blogger Josh Gordon spun a comment heard at the Folio: show into a bullish prediction for print magazines. Although the grounds for his optimism might be questioned, I’ll leave that to prophet of print doom Private Frazer and others.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

for 2015 our goal is to make content for the whole sales funnel, including white papers, e-books, webinars, case studies, and. In 2014, many brands learned that a sales pitch doesn’t. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. Marketing is Effective? What’s working—and what’s not—for over. 700 content marketers.

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

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“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function. The responsibility for addressing prospects’ needs remains a major part of the sales job.

Emotional Sales Leadership

Your Sales Management Guru

Emotional Sales Leadership. I was recently interviewed on a podcast based in Europe around the topic of the importance of emotional leadership. In retrospect based upon the podcast I came away with even a stronger opinion on the topic of generating the right level of emotion-that is positive emotion into the sales team. HINT: Run an annual sales trip contest.

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. Perhaps I was an SQL (Sales Qualified Lead) at one point in the conversation, but no longer. I’m also a perfect candidate for lead nurturing. And secondly, and more critically, these kinds of “touching base” phone calls are the worst possible use of a sales rep’s time. But no.

Industrial Content Marketing Boosts Sales for Distributors

Industrial Marketing Today

My conversations with distributors about industrial content marketing almost always start with them needing help in growing their sales. Most distributors define their problem as “lack of sales.” Content Marketing Industrial content marketing Industrial Marketing Industrial salesThat should come as no surprise. This is only a content summary.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

before they went on sale? ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY12 While the business goals of your content marketing efforts are import- ant—be it generating leads, sales, brand awareness, industry education, or, more likely, some combination of initiatives—we find it extremely. from coaches, entrepreneurs, sales heads, or, heck, even. All rights reserved. So was I.

3 Tips to Shrink Your Long Enterprise Sales Cycle

Act-On

You can’t overturn a single rock nowadays without some thought-leading salamander slithering out from under to tell you how to shorten your sales cycle and proposing magical elixirs for driving your time to close down to days as opposed to months. While many of these folks give sound advice, the reality for some of us is that we simply have a long sales cycle. ” No thanks!

The Whole Truth - Why CEOs Need to Know What Makes Sales and Marketing Click

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Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the final of a multi-part blog series. Many challenges facing Sales and Marketing have been around since the beginning of time. The two organizations don’t understand each other, and often point fingers: Sales says marketing delivers bad leads; and marketing says sales doesn’t follow up.

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7 Truths About Sales and Marketing (That CEOs Need to Know - Part 1)

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Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the first of a 9 part blog series. In his book New Sales. Whether you are the CEO, or aspire to be, there’s some chance that in your opinion marketing and/or the sales organizations in your company are far from operating efficiently or effectively. Simplified. Stay tuned.

Changing Your Sales Mindset

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Unfortunately, most sales professionals focus primarily on learning sales techniques. Adopting a better sales mindset might be what’s required. With the typical sales mindset, techniques might be even be experienced by prospects as gimmicks. With this sales mindset, you’re going to work every day with an inherently conflict oriented mindset.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Consider having short huddles daily and weekly between the marketing and sales team members. Be honest. The say leads, what leads?

Sales Leadership: Why Winners Win!

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Leadership Thoughts:  Why Winners Win! Salespeople must be trained on the emotional elements of success at the same level that they are trained in pure sales skills training. My blog on Creating Intensity is also focused on the emotional aspects of sales leadership and sales team performance. Need more sales management resources? Feel the fear-do it anyway!

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Sales Management & Discipline

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and Discipline. received a call from a former client that was concerned about the status of their sales team and VP of Sales-it seems that their revenue was off more than $2M over the previous year and below their growth goal! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales.   The VP of Sales and President failed on one major tenet of sales leadership; they forgot about the need for discipline. Development of a Sales Plan for the new year with quarterly objections/goals. Need more sales management resources?

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Deliver More Sales Qualified Leads Using Predictive Intelligence

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One of the biggest challenges today’s B2B marketers face is generating sales qualified leads (SQLs). While marketers might not have such a hard a time generating a large volume of leads (quantity), they are having an increasingly tough time attracting leads that convert into sales opportunities and eventually into customers (quality). Why leads aren’t qualified. How does it work?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

Why Marketing—Not Sales—Is the Best Sales Forecasting Engine

Captora

With the visibility and data available to marketers today, marketing departments are the ones able to accurately forecast sales furthest into the future. No department’s forecast capabilities — sales included — comes close. The nature of demand generation means marketing has an impact higher up the funnel than sales. ToFu CAC sales forecastingThe bottom line?

How Marketing Operations Can Align with Sales (and Why)

Act-On

One of the most common phenomena I encounter in the wonderful world of B2B companies is the creation, and then continual expansion, of a chasm between sales and marketing. Wouldn’t this be great information for a sales rep to have when building out prospecting lists!? Empowering your sales team will dramatically increase their output and inevitably, your revenue.

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The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

Smashmouth Marketing

My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Just last week I attended her launch party for her new book, The Sales Development Playbook (amazon link) and she fielded a few questions that pointed directly to the underlying theme of the book, that sales development is all about the people. sales books reviews sales managers

Is Marketing the new Sales?

It's All About Revenue

You probably all heard this in one way or the other: in our digital era, buyers are 2/3 through the decision process before they engage with the first sales person. Both in private and business life, Google, Amazon, blogs, social networks and mobile completely changed our buying habits - which disrupts many legacy sales and marketing mechanisms. But all that’s easy said.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

Sales Enablement Danger

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Although marketing automation is now almost fully embraced by marketers, sales organizations are still not completely accepting of the technology benefits, nor are they trusting of marketing’s motives. Enter, the era of Sales Enablement. Sales enablement is a universal challenge. Is the target now a naïve Sales Enablement buyer?

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