Sat.May 12, 2018 - Fri.May 18, 2018

The limits of content marketing

Biznology

As you’ve no doubt guessed, I’m a huge fan of content marketing. But unless you’re a content marketing “fanboy” who’s blind to reality, you have to recognize the practice’s limitations. Those limitations were real even before content marketing’s ubiquity created a whole new set of problems.

Tips for a Successful Competitive Campaign

The Point

It’s a perennial fixture in any marketer’s calendar that, every so often, the boss will decide that it’s time to drop the proverbial gloves and go after the competition.

History Repeats Itself, Even in Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

“Hyper-personalization.” ” “Hyper-connectivity.” ” As marketers, it is a bit staggering to watch the continued growth of communication across so many different digital locations.

Stop Selling, Start Educating: How to Reach Today’s B2B Buyers

Vidyard

You don’t shop the way you did five years ago—so why are you still selling that way? Today’s B2B buyers are more empowered than ever before. They do their own research. They read reviews. They price compare online. In comparison, we know from the B2C world, 90% of the buying decision is made before a potential customer even walks into a storefront. Which means we need to be fluid. What worked 24 or even 12 months ago is now outdated. It simply won’t work anymore.

Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

31 Call-to-Action Examples You Can't Help But Click

Hubspot

Think about all the times you've signed up for things in your life. Did you once download Evernote? Dropbox? Spotify? Maybe you've even taken a class on General Assembly. Each one of these signups is likely a result of an effective call-to-action (CTA).

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What’s So Funny About Digital Marketing? 2018 Edition

Webbiquity

Marketing can be is stressful. Take a break! Make the corporate web use hall monitors in IT and HR freak out and wonder what you’re up to. Visit one (or more) of the sites below for a quick laugh, smile, or at least a good eye roll.

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Millennials Are Taking Over, And It’s All Right

Modern Marketing

"Millennials have replaced baby boomers as the major consumer segment, so we are seeing a change in what is being demanded. Millennials want more than price and availability; they want speed, convenience and they want to be involved in the co-creation of the product.” ” Steve Melnyk, Michigan State University. I’m on the tail end of the baby boom generation, and yet reading this quote didn’t freak me out or make my eyes roll.

What to Do When Great Content Falls Short of Your Content Goals

Marketing Insider Group

There’s a lot of pressure on your content to perform. After all, brands who get content marketing right are known to get 7.8 times the website traffic of those who haven’t yet cracked the content nut.

Study Finds Marketers Are Increasing Spend on Original Video Content

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers continue to increase the amount of money they spend on digital video content, but how much of it is original? To find out, IAB recently conducted the “Digital Content NewFronts: Video Ad Spend Study 2018” report. Statistics showed that marketers will spend upwards of $10 million on digital/mobile video advertising this year, and $4.7 million will go toward original content. This is a 68 percent year-over-year increase dating back to 2016.

Even online reputation pros require a year to influence Google Search

Biznology

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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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

How Can Marketers Achieve Personalization in 2018?

Modern Marketing

Despite personalization being lauded as a best practice principle for years, many brands still struggle with the implementation. Recent research conducted by McKinsey revealed that just 40 percent of personalized messages actually feel personal to the recipient.

7 Content Marketing ROI Templates and Tools

Marketing Insider Group

You know measuring the ROI of your content marketing is important. It’s the only way to quantitatively gauge the success and worth of your content. But, let’s face it.

Finding Content Gaps: Moving Buyers Through the Funnel

KoMarketing Associates

Note: The following post is an overview of the presentation given at Digital Growth Unleashed 2018. . It’s no secret I’m passionate about the customer experience and content. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said it or written about it (hint: It’s a lot ). It’s not that I don’t love all aspects of digital marketing, it’s just there’s something so interesting about the role content plays in getting people to make a purchase.

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

Biznology

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 B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Whatever Happened to Copyright Laws in Social Media?

Modern Marketing

In the analog era, it was so much easier to apply and enforce copyright law. You could tell if someone else was copying your work, and you could have immediate remedy (i.e. a lawsuit).

Sales Content for Knowledge and Sales Performance Support

Marketing Insider Group

This article is a deeper consideration of some of the questions and answers raised in my article, Marketing and Sales Content — Differences that Matter. A category of sales content I highlighted is Sales Knowledge and Performance Support.

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Survey: 73% Say Customer Experience Is an Important Factor in Purchasing Decisions

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers are continuing to work to provide a memorable customer experience, but how many prospects and customers are expecting this from businesses? To find out, PwC recently surveyed 15,000 people from 12 countries to gauge customer attitudes toward brands and the buying process. A total of 73 percent of respondents claimed that customer experience is an important factor in their purchasing decision.

The rise and fall of the Trump lifestyle brand

Biznology

The roller coaster ride behind the Trump brand and his merchandising empire over the past 20 years is a perfect example of what happens when a personal brand loses its credibility and integrity.

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Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

Why Every Writer Should Learn Basic SEO Principles

Contently

When I was a kid, I begged my parents for a skateboard because I wanted to be like the kids on Rocket Power. For an anxious, nerdy kid like me, the idea of learning to skateboard with candy-dyed hair and running with a crew of cool dudes sounded like paradise.

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Content Hubs. Why You Need One and Where to Put It.

Marketing Insider Group

Almost every marketer I’ve met of late is sold on content marketing and subsequently, they are producing more thought leadership content than ever. With all that great content comes a new challenge: what should a marketer do with it?

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How to Create an Effective B2B Case Study

KoMarketing Associates

Today’s B2B buyers, like most of us, spend a lot of time online. In fact, data shows that “89% of B2B researchers use the internet in their research process and they conduct 12 searches prior to engaging on a specific brand’s site.”. As a result, most B2B buyers are the majority of the way through the buying process before they even interact with a sales representative, making it more important than ever for B2B organizations to have valuable content on their websites.

3 hacks of agile scrum for content design

Biznology

I was gratified in a nostalgic way to read articles by my friends and former colleagues Sol Sender and Charles Chesnut , writing about the challenges of adopting agile. I was on the first scrum team (Cloud Computing) in the IBM Digital Lab Charles ran. Sol was the product owner.

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Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

How to Get Started Using Video in Your Automated Nurture Programs

Act-On

Get the tips and tricks for how to get started adding video to your automated nurture programs, so you can reap the rewards of more engaged prospects today! Content Marketing Lead Generation content marketing content marketing strategy online video online video marketing video video marketing

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The ROI of Agile Marketing Training

Marketing Insider Group

Like a delicious, nutritious kale smoothie, Agile marketing is packed full of great benefits. And like a top-quality blender, formal Agile marketing training makes it even better. But again like a top-quality blender, training can be expensive.

Ask a Content Strategist: How Do You Market to Baby Boomers?

Contently

How do you suggest marketing to an older crowd (55+)? Alice, Capetown. Despite being an unmarried 30-year-old whose East Village apartment features a green screen and a life-size cutout of Drake where the dining room should be, I spend a lot of time analyzing this question.

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Enhance Sales Momentum

ViewPoint

Momentum in sales and sports is a strange phenomenon. Most ‘players’ don’t realize it exists until it slows, stutters and grinds to a halt. Then everyone gets excited, but they don’t seem to recognize momentum has a life of its own. They don’t appreciate that there are things that both enhance momentum and kill it. In this article we’re going to discuss momentum killers for salespeople and organizations. In sports, all sorts of issues are blamed when teams suddenly stop winning.

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Three Ways to Increase Bottom-of-Funnel Leads Using Data-Driven Marketing

Act-On

Data-driven marketing is much more than a buzzword; it’s a very smart way to apply what you learn from metrics to your marketing programs. Demand & Lead Generation Marketing Strategy bottom of funnel leads data driven marketing lead funnel lead generation marketing strategy

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How To Get More Out Of Your Marketing Team

Marketing Insider Group

It takes a special kind of person to be a team leader. A good team leader possesses the ability to inspire others and clearly and openly communicate with their team. A good team leader is honest and transparent, and never leaves their team guessing.

3 Ways to Prepare Before You Switch Careers From Journalism to Marketing

Contently

You may have read that journalism has been in its death throes for the last decade. That’s bad news for many, but it struck me as particularly horrific when I entered the workforce six years ago hoping to be a professional writer.

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Direct Marketing Tips: How To Cut Costs And Get Better Response

Sales Lead Insights

I’ve been asked, “How can I cut costs and find a more practical way to get my target market to respond to my direct marketing?” ” First, determine who your best customers are, then target direct marketing efforts at companies and contacts who are similar.

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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.