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You’re doing SEO wrong: it’s all about authority

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Most people get the theory of SEO: You find the keywords and phrases that compose the search queries of your target audience, and you build content that answers the questions implicit in those queries. But a lot of marketers I talk to are skeptical about how to do it. They did the keyword research.

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Steal this Online Reputation Management process

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Steal This Book. Steal This Book , written by Abbie Hoffman in the 70s, mainly focused on ways to fight the government. Steal this Online Reputation Management process has the same goal but is mainly focused on ways to fight the first two-pages of Google Search.

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Online Reputation Management (ORM) definition and process

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Content marketing is online reputation management. Registering all your brand and personal domain names is online reputation management. Registering, populating, maintaining, and updating all your brand and personal social media and social network sites is online reputation management.

Your online reputation abhors a vacuum in Google search

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Cygnus X-1. Before you embark on a costly campaign to repair your first two pages of Google search results after you, your company, your brand, or your product have been slandered or besmirched online, understand that it’s a life sentence.

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The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

Your content marketing must sell solutions, not stuff

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I’ve written in the past about the importance of selling solutions rather than stuff , but it’s an idea worth diving into from another angle. Said in another way, to be successful today, marketing has to be bigger than your products and services.

Social media marketing is Homo sapiens sapiens social

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Homo sapiens sapiens. I have been doing social media strategy and planning in one form or another for clients since 2003. Nothing at all has changed. In fact, nothing has changed since Homo sapiens emerged around 300,000 years ago.

Are you testing the right things on your website?

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It doesn’t happen as much anymore, but it wasn’t long ago that every time I showed slides explaining how Amazon tests every change they make to their website, some wisenheimer would pipe up, “Yeah, well Amazon has a lot of money, so they can afford to test.”

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Video marketing’s multi-use versatility makes it a great investment

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What does content versatility mean to you? Whatever your subjective understanding is, video marketing content will blow your mind more than you may expect. The benefits are enormous and the R.O.I. is close to an absolute guarantee.

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How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

Digital marketing and the internet of things: 5 steps to success

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live. It makes the world more connected and more intelligent. This results in a more convenient life and modern era. New devices are being introduced to connect and automate.

How to triage customer experience projects

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Right now, 9 out of 10 companies say they need to transform, and upwards of 60% of companies worldwide are in the midst of digital transformation. Their goal is to disrupt themselves and dramatically improve how their customers experience their brand.

Even online reputation pros require a year to influence Google Search

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In response to negative search results on the first two pages of Google, even $30,000-a-month Enterprise level campaigns demand 12-month campaign contracts from their clients.

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Switch the user interface to accelerate growth and leadership

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Lesson for leaders. Advertising looks like an unstoppable force as it drives Google ’s and Facebook ’s dominance, earning them one-fifth of global ad revenues. But advertising has become increasingly disliked as it has been turned into a weaponized platform that tracks and targets every person.

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What is holding you back in digital marketing?

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My days are divided between teaching professionals how to change their careers and teaching companies how to change their cultures–both of whom want to embrace digital marketing. But it takes more than giving it a big hug.

GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

How secure are cloud based systems?

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As cloud based systems become increasingly common, more and more people are also wondering how secure they are. Many companies and individual users now make use of services like Google Drive , Dropbox and Box, and they’re naturally concerned about keeping their information private.

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10 tips for your career in marketing

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Before I begin my post, I’d also like to invite you to the next Biznology webinar on July 10th, where Mike Moran is going to interview me about trends in B2B marketing. Having been happily self-employed for half my marketing career, I hesitate to give career advice.

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How do you know how long to A/B test your website changes?

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Everyone wants to be data-driven these days, so A/B testing is all the rage. Too often, however, I run into clients that run dozens of tests a month and come back with the disheartening results: Not enough repetitions to know the right answer. This has probably happened to you.

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Online reputation management (ORM): don’t forget Google when you’re in crisis mode

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Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

Can you do top-of-funnel marketing automation without CRM?

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If you’re a small or medium size business selling to consumers, you probably want to both automate and personalize your marketing campaigns. The solution, of course, is marketing automation linked to your customer relationship management (CRM) software.

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Online marketing 101: matching tone, style, and content

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Every digital marketer should strive to create campaigns with consistent and unique styles to set their company apart from the competition. What’s more, generating content with a unified style in mind is one of the best ways to establish to establish a strong brand identity in the digital world.

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You should consider doing a reddit IAmA or reddit AMA

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While reddit is the elephant in the room of social media marketing , it’s too powerful, influential, and amazing to ignore.

Influencer marketing is fully integrating with social media marketing strategy

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I just submitted a proposal on behalf of Gerris Corp and a partner agency in response to a request for proposal ( RFP ) that actually gets it—and may well be the new normal. The RFP was for a year’s social media strategy consulting.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

Why are URLs so important?

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I recently commented on a LinkedIn post about the power of LinkedIn as a content marketing platform. The gist of the post was that it is rapidly becoming the go-to platform for branded content marketing. I disagreed with the very premise of the post.

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Reputation management is not about dressing up mistakes

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If you want to fix your online reputation , writing big checks to an online reputation agency isn’t enough over the long haul — you’ll also really need to get your own house in order.

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You can’t eat bare hands

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Antilocapra americana. In your business, how risky is your Plan A? Are you only chasing the big wins? If you don’t land the big gig, will you come home to your partners and staff completely empty-handed, putting your business tribe at risk of not living through the night, the month?

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How to embrace all the AIs and robots as a PR and marketing professional

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At the end of the day, the main uses for human workers are salesmanship, relationship management, the seduction and marriage of human prospects, clients and vendors, and all the dog and pony shows.

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Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

Today’s sales and marketing environment is a paradox. There has never been more marketing channels to reach potential customers. But, connecting and building trust with buyers has never been harder. That's why we need to go beyond rational-logic based marketing to understand how our customers feel. Empathy is not just a “soft” skill, it's an incredibly powerful tool to understand customer motivation and increase lead conversion.

Digital marketing requires millennial marketers

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I have been talking to more and more clients lately who are up in arms about these entitled millennials that are so hard to work with. Yeah, the complainers are baby boomers like me, or maybe Gen Xers. How did you know?)

Will growing income disparity force CEOs to re-brand?

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It is an event that has been dreaded by corporate executives for years. The pay ratio disclosure rule in the Dodd-Frank law is now being fully implemented, effective May, 2018.

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An apology is not enough to be forgiven

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Step one after your reputation is publicly eviscerated: retain a lawyer, a crisis manager, a PR shop, and an online reputation management agency like mine, Gerris Corp.

You can’t ignore the power that search holds for your business

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I f you’re a serious business person whose business isn’t digital, you’re probably too busy making money to fool around on social media. Social media’s stupid, right?

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Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

Brand marketing: 4 ways businesses should be using press releases — but many aren’t

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Ah yes, press releases: a staple of the business collateral landscape that has not just survived the transition from the print to the digital world, but has thrived. Indeed, thanks to the “evergreen” nature of web content, press releases are the brand marketing gift that keeps on giving.

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The untapped potential of video for sales enablement

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“ Tech Providers Will Pay Far More Attention to Sales Enablement” was one of “ 10 Fearless Predictions for B2B Tech Sales and Marketing in 2017 ” from Gartner technology marketing analyst Todd Berkowitz.

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Interview with Mike Moran: AI/ML in Marketing and Beyond

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Moran about the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in marketing. We talked about how Mike is really training Artificial Intelligence instead of artificial stupidity, among other things. I hope you’ll give it a listen.

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The best of micro-influencer marketing and long tail blogger outreach articles

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Today is one of those best-of Chris Abraham’s blog posts on blogger outreach, long tail blogger outreach, influencer marketing , and micro-influencer marketing. I hope you enjoy this historical perspective via all the posts that I’ve written since way back in 2012.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.