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This is the week that was in B2B: from content marketplaces to dinner dates

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Social media advice of the week. All the news you didn’t think you needed until now from the world of B2B marketing and beyond: Trend of the week…. goes to the content marketplace movement.

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Is there a place for chatbots in B2B?

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Private messaging apps recently surpassed social media as the #1 way we communicate. While it’s easy to dismiss chatbots as a B2C marketing fad, we believe it’s time B2B marketers started considering the potential of chatbots for their organisations. 2016 was a big year for chatbots.

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This is the week that was in B2B: from Jetson’s reboot to buyer journey revelations

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comes courtesy of a recent Nielson survey that showed Generation X is even more addicted to social media than millennials. Yes, the 35-49 year olds were found to spend on average 6 hours 58 minutes a week on social media networks.

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A guide to content curation. Where can I find shareable social content?

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In their book “ The Art of Social Media ”, former Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki and his social partner in crime Peg Fitzpatrick give some robust advice on how to get social right and be a ‘ good socialist ’. How can we keep the content monster fed and happy?

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No more Big Bang: Why b2b brands are taking a new approach to launching ‘big idea’ campaigns

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The answer in many cases is to start with content programmes – some call it ‘storytelling’ or ‘inbound’ or ‘earned media’ – to help build this story. Do you recognise the following checklist? Press release. Internal desk drop leaflet and PC ‘wobblers’.

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Novice to Social Media Smarty Pants in 4 Helpful Tips

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Taking the smoke and mirrors out of becoming a social media pro. In my time dabbling with social media, I have learnt enough to know that not being involved or at least having a basic understanding of it, can be a marketing no-no…. Quick wins to build a better social media strategy.

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Velociraptors in the kitchen (or: the importance of context in social media)

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The importance of context in social media marketing. So what’s all this got to do with social media, I hear you ask? In the wrong context, or without context, social media stuff can sort of get away from you. Don’t leave your social media accounts unattended.

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22 things we learned at the Festival of Marketing 2015

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The festival brought together speakers from across the marketing spectrum to share their experience and insights in areas such as B2B, content marketing, social media, tech innovation, and many more. If content is King, then distribution Is Crown Prince” Iain Brown, The Media Briefing. “We’ve

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The Seven New Content Commandments*

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Everyone knows that content needs to be relevant to audience’s needs and desires, but also to how and when they consume media. *that you may or may not want to pay attention to. Jonathan Swift once said, “Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own”. But whose face do we see when we stare deep into the eyes of content in the twilight weeks of 2016? 1 - Snackable content is dead, long live the Sunday roast. You know how snacks are good?

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This is the week that was: Behaviours they are a changin’

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Article that reminds us that the world has changed of the week: As if traditional media needed more bad news: November 2014 polling by Edelman found that online search engines had surpassed traditional media to become the most-trusted media source globally.

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Events for #Eventprofs – are they worth the time out of the office?

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Was it the abundance of sales people knowledgeably showcasing their venues from slick media displays? Sneak peek for you below: Enough about the venues, what’s new in social media for #eventprofs?

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Don’t hate the player – an introduction to gamification

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As the Social Media Manager at Samsung USA argues: “Gamification is ultimately not about buzzwords and mechanics, but better and more meaningful experiences.” "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else" - Albert Einstein.

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The Earnest Charity Tech Pub Quiz

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Social media TechnologyLast week Earnest Labs hosted its inaugural ‘Charity Tech Pub Quiz’. A meeting of minds in one of Soho’s finest establishment – the quiz was a chance to try out new technologies, give our brains a work out and raise money for a much deserving school in Kenya.

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5 tips to amplify your YouTube video and get more views

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B2B Marketing Social media Content marketing Technology We all want our videos to go viral on the Internet, don''t we?

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Lessons from the Mad Men

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So they bring in an IBM super-computer to help with media planning and wow clients. What marketers today can learn from 1960’s Ad Land. You don''t know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons.

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Internet video killed the TV star. The rise of YouTube for B2B advertising

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No longer the preserve of cats playing musical instruments , YouTube has become one of the most exciting and sensational media sharing websites in the world. Although even with television’s new media platforms such as ITV Player and 4oD, the advertising options can still be quite limited.

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Changing rooms and changing behaviours: improving the retail experience

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If customers have their store account linked to their social media accounts, shops could exploit the nostalgia effect by showing old social media photos on screen “Look what you were wearing in winter three years ago! “If men liked shopping, they’d call it research” - Cynthia Nelms.

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Essential benchmarks for B2B marketers

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It’s full of really useful statistics about social media, direct mail, events, click-through-rates, online ads and a whole host of other stuff too. B2B b2b social media Content marketing marketing benchmarks Vital statistics, benchmarks + best practice guides for B2B marketers.

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7 key takeaways from The State of Inbound 2016

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Paid advertising, such as print or outdoor, is seen as the most overrated marketing tactic by both inbound and outbound marketers.Even social media gets a bit of a knocking from 11% of inbounders.

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A boxer, magician and writer walked into AdWeek: Lessons in marketing from other industries

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Most importantly Dynamo didn’t forget his audience – yes he was there to chat to a room full of advertising and media people about ‘creativity in the connected world’, and he did tick those boxes when he needed to, but more importantly he engaged and interacted with the 23,000 people that were watching the live stream that his manager was recording at the front of the stage.

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Should your business be vlogging? Can it fit into your B2B marketing strategy?

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Shane Smith, founder and CEO of VICE Media, recently claimed that they are set to be “ ten times the next CNN ”. For instance, with the current magnitude of social media and its potential for influence, blogs and Twitter have increased in popularity and power in the B2B sphere.

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Lean, mean and keen on inbound marketing? Earnest’s new sister company woO could be for you.

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Social media engagement. woO who? Here at Earnest we’ve been fanatical about inbound marketing for some time. We’ve also been fortunate in helping a number of our clients embrace inbound – as an integrated part of their campaign strategies to great success.

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This is the week that was: B2B Marketing round up

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Blogging has always been the stalwart of the social media set – the pieces of content that were being written before people were even talking about content marketing. Social media view of the week. The insight into why twitter was so successful and his view on what ‘social media’ really is gives a different take from the usual spiel so called experts give online. All the best bits in the world of marketing.

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The Panini Sticker: Probably the best content marketing in the World

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Yes, this truly is the World Cup where social media has really come into its own, Gary Lineker. social media Content marketing A look at the sticker phenomenon that''s taken the world by storm. You may not have noticed but an epidemic has been sweeping the globe these last few weeks.

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Eight years of top business brands on Twitter and their First Tweets

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Cisco took to Twitter like a duck to water - and still leads the way in b2b social media best practice. social media Which businesses were early adopters on Twitter? And what were they saying 8 years ago? Today, Twitter is celebrating its 8th birthday.

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What lies ahead: from the Wearables watershed to the Internet of many more Things

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Jam packed with interesting thoughts on what’s going on in the mobile, media and internet industries – and what lies ahead, here’s what I learnt: We’re so over smartphones. 
 > Over 1.5b Last week, analyst CCS Insight hosted its annual ‘Predictions for 2016 and Beyond’ event.

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Vital Statistics for B2B Marketers 2: The infographic

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B2B B2B data B2B marketing B2B Social Media B2B Statistics Content Distribution Content marketing Infographic b2b infographic inbound marketing infographic marketing data marketing infographic usefulness of data vital statistics infographic

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iBeacon: The Future of Content Marketing?

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discovers your business via an initial search or through some form of social media) with their final purchase in-store, especially with ROPO (Research Online Purchase Offline) so common. Say hello to iBeacon and the world of micro location-based targeting. It was easy to miss.

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The marketing graveyard has shut up shop

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Let’s take social media as an example. A tsunami of expectation has built over the last four years that social media will ultimately replace all marketing. In this market studies have shown that social media influence is close to zero – but that doesn’t mean it’s dead, it has just been used in the wrong context. We are giving a very dangerous generalization about the role of different media. A blog post on the death of email caused quite a stir recently.

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Brand high jinx and what you can learn from Paddy Power's Mischief Maker

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” With a firm understanding of today''s media circus, Paddy Power saw a massive opportunity for the taking: “Journos are lazy. ” So how do you create something that really takes social media by storm?

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This is the week that was: Long live marketing

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From the shift from search to social, to the changing consumption habits – it’s a fact filled, visually pleasing insight into how our audience’s consumption of media is changing.

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Welcome to the Alt.Dictionary for Business – it all starts here

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Media – A scouse venison farmer’s herd (tweet this). Business jargon – we’re sick to the back teeth of it. So here at Earnest – we think enough is enough. Forever realists, we know we’re never going to purge the business world of its lingua franca, but what we can do is take a very large proverbial stick and poke fun at it.

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8 tips to increase event engagement (as exemplified by elves)

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Did you know that video is shared 1200% more than any other media? The majority of social media use is also done on mobile, so it’s important to make sure you place your content there and optimise for mobile and shareable.

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Be a Holiday Hero: Taking b2b marketing out of a business context

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IBM’s latest push is on Watson Trend – a tool that can scour websites, social media channels and further afield on the world wide web to analyse what’s hot and what’s not online. Here’s a thought you are probably familiar with: ‘Business people are people too, they just happen to be at work’.

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Vital statistics for every B2B marketer

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B2B companies are ahead of their B2C rivals when it comes to social media adoption. 81% of B2B companies maintain company-related accounts or profiles on social media sites versus 67% of B2C. Source: Business.com – 2009 B2B Social Media Benchmarking Study ( [link] ). Source: Virgin Media Business ( [link] ). But CIOs could well be the biggest blocker to social media adoption. Use of social media by B2B companies is validated by B2B buyer perspectives.

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Why use social media? The business case.

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When it comes to social media, content strategies and inbound marketing – the benefits to most are clear. 9/10 buyers say they will find you when they are ready and 81% start with a web search (an efficient use of social media does, of course, help your search ranking).

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Welcome the newest member of your marketing team – the HR director

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Use technology to your advantage – and get HR on side in making it possible: The sad reality is that nearly half of businesses in the UK still ban social media at work – an internal regulation often coming from the HR department.

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The proof is in the pudding – The essential benchmarks for all B2B Marketer’s

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Companies with 1-10 employees spend up to 44% of their lead generation budget online using SEO, PPC, blogging and various social media channels however in companies with 50 or more staff, the budget allocation to these online activities falls to just 31%. Add a bit of rich media into the mixer, however, and you could be seeing up to 8%. The peoples favourite… social media: For B2B, its all about LinkingIn.

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This is the week that was: Pitches, Emails and Jelly

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Social media tip of the week. The best of the best in B2B marketing. It’s been a crazy old week over in Earnest towers, but never so much that we couldn’t squeeze in our weekly round-up of the best articles for you to peruse over a nice cup of coffee. Enjoy.

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Don’t count your followers before they have hatched

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Don’t get us wrong – we are huge advocates of using social media to drive leads, engage in conversations online and share engaging content. With a great social media strategy we are in no doubt that you will see some real value for your business. So how do you start effectively measuring the real benefits you get from the time and money you put into the social media side of a campaign?

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