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When you don’t have time for an elevator pitch.

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that are the baseline for traditional marketing.   It got me thinking about the limitations of telling a story —  plot, character, conflict, resolution, within the scaled down formats of today’s social media. A recent story entitled   Five Lessons on Compelling Content from Australian Football   from the  Content Marketing Institute caught my attention. With an intriguing title like that I couldn’t resist.  And telling that story in a compelling and engaging way should form the crux of all the content you’re producing. Whoosh and you are gone!  Can That was it.

Social Media: It Has To Have Strategy

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Chris Koch wrote an excellent blog post, "There is No Social Media Strategy, Only Marketing Strategy," in which he states: read more.

What Can Food Trucks teach us about social marketing

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Much has been written lately about social media. One of the more interesting uses of social media involves food trucks and how they are using social to find and communicate with customers. This recent post from The Chempetitive Group is typical of what marketing experts are saying. read more

Social Media Automation: How to Drown the Seeds of Leads

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We enjoy a good debate here at The Content Factor, and we're watching one play out on the Demand Gen Report Blog. read more.

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social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. 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. social media. Look for.

Commoditized Content: Is B2B Next?

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Multimedia Content on the Web: No Longer "New" Media

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A popular video about social media quotes the statistic that YouTube is the #2 search engine after Google. read more.

Your Great Content Isn't Great Enough

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The following headline on today's SmartBrief on Social Media caught my eye--which it was carefully designed to do: Why great content is never enough As one who works for an outfit called "The Content Factor," my interest was piqued. Tags: Better Corporate Writing Social Network Content Please retweet: You can get more retweets now. Ask me how. Dan Zarrella has researched the characteristics that make content retweetable, and quality isn’t one of them. read more.

Thought Leaders are Curators of Content

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There are several points here that are relevant to thought leadership, and how social media changes the game.Overall, I appreciate Solis's comments for bringing social media down to earth a bit. Other analyses about social media boil down to: "it's so cool because everybody can say anything. Tags: social communities thought leadership blogging I enjoyed this series of short videos by Brian Solis titled "Ideas Connect Us More than Relationships."

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social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. 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. social media. Look for.

The Call to Action Has Become a Call to Knowledge

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In the social media world, prospects move when they want to move. As many have said, the B2B "sales cycle" is becoming a "buying cycle" where the prospect has control over the relationship. Although the graphic of the sales funnel will be with us forever, the days are numbered when Marketing and Sales can claim to be the ones moving prospects through the funnel. read more.

Score One For Old School Marketing

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Jonathan Weber's interesting story about how that coolest of social media companies--Apple--relies on old media marketing techniques is well worth reading. According to Weber, Apple doesn't tweet, use facebook or do any of those other cool things. They do buy a lot of television, magazine pages and billboards, however

Make Content Count by Reaching the Digital C-Suite

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Forbes has published a study "The Rise of the Digital C-Suite: How Executives Locate and Filter Business Information" that is particularly useful for b-to-b marketers who want to reach C-level executives with their content.The report confirms, with research, several trends we've assumed to be true:Younger executives are more likely to use social media than the previous generations. The Internet.

Great Web Content: Written for the Target Reader

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Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.There is a lot of tweeting about tweeting--and all the other ways that social media are changing the ways we work and think. Here's #1 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content." But at the heart of it all, every tweeter needs great content to tweet. Retweeting everybody else's great content is easy, but.

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social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. 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. social media. Look for.

The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools

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Social media monitoring is vital for virtually every B2B or B2C brand. 58% 58% of consumers follow brands on social media. 71% 71% say they are likely to purchase an item based on social media referrals; in fact, consumers report that  social media plays almost as big a role in purchasing decisions as does television. ” — Buffer Social.

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115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]

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It’s something that you use almost every day, but how much do you really know about social media? Social Media Is The New Newspaper. Did you know that Reddit is the most popular social media platform as a source of news? Younger people are more likely to be making the change to news on social media. Social In Sixty Seconds. It is.

Social Media Explained. Really.

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With every client I meet, every class I teach, and every speech I give, there is always a group of people who desperately need to understand social media marketing but don’t have the time to do it. If you are thinking to yourself, “This world does NOT need another social media book,” you’re partially correct. The post Social Media Explained.

3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

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Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR. However, most of what’s written about social media functionality on a professional level tends to be focused on businesses that work directly with consumers (B2C) rather than B2B enterprises. Employ Someone Who Knows Social Media, Not Just Your Business.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

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Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 90% of young adults—ages 18 to 29—use social media (compared to just 35% of those over age 65).

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The Future of Social Media

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Social networks are becoming more and more popular. In 2016, about 70% of Internet users are social network users and these figures are expected to grow. A few years ago, we were happy to get likes from friends and relatives; today, we share tips and skills, promote services and buy goods, etc. The post The Future of Social Media appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

Why it takes so long to achieve social media success

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If you’re impatient, social media is probably the wrong marketing channel for you. This is data from the recent research released by  Social Media Examiner. Let’s take a close look at what we can learn from the feedback provided by these active social media marketers. Social media success takes time. Weak relational links.

The new standards for strategy and social media success

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By Mark Schaefer. I was recently interviewed for an international business magazine and offered my views of digital marketing transformation, social media success and the skills needed to succeed today. Is the organization ready for a public social media presence? Megatrends on content, social media, ecommerce, etc., Social sharing creates advocacy.

23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides

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Though the use of social media and social networks for marketing is now nearly ubiquitous, and 78% of companies have dedicated social media teams, many marketers sill struggle with certain aspects of social marketing, such as formalizing strategies and measuring results. What trends and changes in social media do marketers need to stay on top of?

The first step in social media marketing is not social media

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“I’m kind of overwhelmed,” he wrote me, “I’m trying to get a social media program going and I really don’t know where to start.” Shouldn’t I dive into social media for them? Sometimes the first step in social media marketing … is NOT social media! I had an email from a young guy recently.

How to turn social media connections into an actionable audience

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Probably the biggest myth — and mistake — I see regarding social media marketing is the idea that audience equals action. Most of the time, your social media connections begin as “weak relational links.” Social networks are effective at increasing participation —by lessening the level of motivation that participation requires. Fowler.

Your social media strategy plan: Where do you START?

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When I work with businesses, there is often an enthusiastic attitude about moving on to the social web but confusion about how to actually get started. And by the way, your social media initiative doesn’t start with a Facebookpage. Assess the company culture You might be wondering what the company culture has to do with social media success. What did I miss?

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

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A Note from Patsi: This week’s guest post is about social media  and it’s really important. Because if you want to engage your business blog readers and grow your reader base, you need to use social media. ocial Media. Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid. Ignoring social media return on investment.

70 Rising Social Media Stars

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Sometimes I weary of social media lists that are simply popularity contests or a cheap way to promote some start-up or PR agency. Who are the unknown stars who will be rocking the social media conferences two or three years from now? 70 rising social media stars. She is currently Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at CVS Caremark. Jay_zo.

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

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What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. And today even generating leads from social media is no longer impossible. There was a time, just a few years ago, that lead-gen efforts on social media were kinda … disappointing. It’s becoming pronounced, too.

How to Calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

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Quick: Can you list the goals of each and every one of your social media efforts? So much of social media is on the fly—a response rather than a plan—that it can become a slippery planning slope for companies, especially those that are understaffed. In fact, setting goals is a key component of establishing a process to measure social media profitability.

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5 Ways User-Generated Content Amplifies Your Social Media Strategy

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Social media brings online conversations to life. According to a research study, 74% of all Internet users use social media. And with social media, content emerges. The post 5 Ways User-Generated Content Amplifies Your Social Media Strategy appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media Social Media Campaigns

20 Ideas to super-charge your social media network

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Behind every social media strategy you must have a content plan and a network plan. Plus, unlike other social media platforms, you have an unlimited ability to build an audience on Twitter even if your contacts don’t follow you back. Building your social media network. Look through other social media accounts. By Mark W. Schaefer.

25 Nuggets of Essential Social Media Wisdom

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So here are some perspectives on digital marketing, content creation, and social media that might connect with you in a helpful way. Maybe the most important social media measure isn’t ROI. Content fuels the social web. How do you find the time for social media?  We all have the same amount of time. Content fuels the social web. Or film.

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. The social media content form I love best is blogging. The post How your personality aligns with social media content types appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}.

There is no community on social media

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Speaking at the  Lithium Technologies  LiNC conference in San Francisco, Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst  Nate Elliott  dropped a bomb on brand managers: you don’t build a community on social or have any meaningful customer relationships on Facebook: There’s no community there. Which leads me to this final point on the nature of social media community … 4.

22 Expert Guides and Reviews of 200+ Social Media Tools

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As social media marketing has become ubiquitous ( 88% of marketers say social media is important for their businesses), hundreds of new tools have developed just in the past few years: tools for social media management, monitoring, measurement, automation, identifying influencers, creating graphical content, and more. Image credit: Buddy Media.

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Re-thinking social media engagement

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In this edition, I re-visit the idea of social media engagement and the notion about approaching it strategically. So whether you are an experienced community manager or somebody just starting out in the field, I think you’ll enjoy this entertaining take on social media engagement (with really cool slides from my art director Sarah Mason ).

Three Types of Goals and KPIs Needed for Social Media Analytics

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Good social media analytics are needed for businesses to understand the social consumer. Companies looking to garner better social media results need to start with those two questions — and from my experience, these are the three areas that need addressing when looking to grasp social media analytics. The KPIs Needed For Social Media Analytics.