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Breathe Life into your B2B Marketing Using Humor

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It opens you up, makes you stop and think, and often in this social media obsessed world, share it with friends. Many B2C companies know how to leverage the power of humor in their marketing campaigns. B2B marketing, on the other hand, can be clever and compelling, but is rarely funny.

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

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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. One of the lessons discussed was about the power of storytelling to attract and retain loyal fans.

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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.

Are You Interesting To Me?

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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.

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.

Commoditized Content: Is B2B Next?

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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."

Great Web Content is Interactive

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Enough is Enough. Or Is it?

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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.

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.

The 17 Best Social Media Management Tools

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Monitoring and managing even a moderately active business social media presence can be time-consuming. The number of people using social media continues to grow, usage is increasing, and more networks require attention. Sprout Social. 3) Radian6 (aka Social Studio).

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The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools

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Social media monitoring is vital for virtually every B2B or B2C brand. 58% of consumers follow brands on social media. Standard web analytics tools provide only a very narrow view of social media activity: clicks through to your brand website. ” — Social Media Today.

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The three biggest social media problems are NOT social media problems

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But more often than not, when people think they have a social media marketing problem, it’s not a marketing problem at all. Here are three problems that people may THINK are social media marketing problems … but they’re not. By Mark Schaefer.

Social media engagement is a lousy metric

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Thank you for your social media engagement through your generous tweets, blog comments, and likes. But almost no one has ever engaged with me on social media. Social media engagement may be the wrong metric. It provides social proof that there is activity on the content.

Understanding Generational Social Media Preferences

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I’m starting to wonder if marketers are too caught up with millennials to really think about generational nuances on social media. Social works on us too, ya know! According to the Q1 2017 Sprout Social Index. YouTube is their second favorite social platform.

Social selling, social business, social employees and other hype

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Just reading headlines day by day is a pretty good way to watch the waves of social media buzz crash on the shore! The social enterprise Let’s say you walk into France one day and announce that they need to be more like Russia. The social enterprise. The social employee.

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? Social In Sixty Seconds.

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. But this is not just another social media book. The post Social Media Explained.

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

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Social selling and the social enterprise: From fantasy to reality

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Many organizations are experiencing frustration with the concept of the “social enterprise.” By some measures, Dell stands alone in its pioneering approach to embedding social media into corporate functions beyond sales, marketing, and the call center. For us, social works.

49 Noteworthy Social Networking Stats and Facts

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Though new social networks continue to be launched (e.g. But there are no guarantees that leadership will last, and the social networking landscape is constantly evolving. Image credit: Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner ). Social Media Examiner ).

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23 Outstanding Social PR Guides

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This shift has led to today’s emphasis on “social” PR. What are the best practices for social PR? Find the answers to these questions and others here in almost two dozen noteworthy social PR articles, posts, and guides from the past 18 months.

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The Eight Best Social CRM Tools

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Social customer relationship management (CRM) was being written about as a distinct product category as far back as 2008, but market interest really began to take off the following year. How does social CRM differ from traditional CRM? 26: The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools. #27:

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Read this article before you start a social media program

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Are you a B2B business exec whose instincts are saying you should be doing something with social media, but you’re not sure what? Yet many people hire someone to implement a social media program without really knowing why. How can I use social media?

5 Easy Tools for Social Selling Success

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Social selling is an awesome way to get things done. But, like the early days of anything on social, it’s difficult, messy, and imprecise. Remember trying to manage your brand’s presence on social media pre Hootsuite? 5 Easy Tools for Social Selling Success.

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Five social media courses make one social media strategy meal

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Most social media marketing strategies are like my mum and me in Genova : we were supremely blissed-out happy with our experience of the authentic, delicious, “to the tooth” spaghetti al pesto.

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.

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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.

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. But with the right knowledge and strategy, social media can be an invaluable part of a B2B online marketing plan. Employ Someone Who Knows Social Media, Not Just Your Business.

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35 Stupendous Social Networking Facts and Stats

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Though “social media” broadly encompasses a variety of platforms including blogs (WordPress, Medium, Tumblr), content sharing (YouTube, SlideShare, Instagram), and content curation (Scoop.It, Triberr, Paper.li), the term is nearly synonymous to many for the big social networks.

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.

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. How we track and measure and publish on social media has improved.

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? Social media marketing doesn’t start with social media.

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15 Amazing ways social media is changing the world

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Ignore the hype that we’re all becoming more superficial and narcissistic because of our obsession with social media. Nine anthropologists spent 15 months living in nine communities around the world , researching the role of social media in people’s everyday lives.

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22 Expert Guides and Reviews of 200+ Social Media Tools

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In the posts highlighted below, 20 (or so) social media marketing pros review more than 200 tools, ranging from popular, widely used tools like Buffer, Hootsuite and Feedly to intriguing but lesser-known apps. 26 Social Media Monitoring Tools [Reference Guide] by Razor Social. ** 5 STARS.

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. The post The Future of Social Media appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media