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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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Tags: Business to Business (B2B) Content Marketing Social Media

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

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

How email and social media can supercharge your lead generation strategies. Lead generation is the process of attracting and converting strangers and prospects into someone who has indicated interest in your company's product or service.

Crusaders and Shepherds: Lessons for B2B Marketers

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I'm enjoying Steve Woods's post today on Digital Body Language , on the ways Marketing departments can and should be "doing" social media. Tags: Business to Business (B2B) Social Media Social Network Content 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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Tags: Business to Business (B2B) Content Marketing Social Media

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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Tags: web copy writing ten hallmarks of great web content content marketing social network content

Enough is Enough. Or Is it?

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Tags: thought leadership social network content

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 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools

Webbiquity

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.

6 Tips to More Powerful Social Selling

Act-On

Social selling allows you to reach prospects who were unreachable in the past. Sales Enablement Social Media Marketing social media marketing social media selling social sellingFind out how it fits into your marketing strategy.

23 Outstanding Social PR Guides

Webbiquity

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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47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

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

49 Noteworthy Social Networking Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

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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115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]

Webbiquity

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.

How Smart People Do Social Selling

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Social selling has been rising in popularity for awhile. It’s not a magic bullet (don’t nix cold calling yet), but social selling does work. 46% of social sellers hit their quotas, compared to 38% of other reps who don’t. That’s part of what social selling is about.

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.

5 Easy Tools for Social Selling Success

Webbiquity

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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23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

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.

The Eight Best Social CRM Tools

Webbiquity

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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35 Stupendous Social Networking Facts and Stats

Webbiquity

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 Every CEO Should Have a Social Media Presence

Onalytica B2B

We live in a technology obsessed society where your average millennial’s reality blurs into one with their virtual online world; posting anything and everything from their latest fashion purchases, to their selfies and social life goings on. WHY SHOULD I BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

12 Brilliant Ways To Save Time on Social Media

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How much time do you spend on social media every week? To give you an idea of what’s about normal for social media management time, consider the chart below. It’s from Social Media Examiner’s 2015 Social Media Marketing Industry Report.

22 Expert Guides and Reviews of 200+ Social Media Tools

Webbiquity

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.

3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

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.

The Future of Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

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

Social Media is Complicated [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

As introduced to us by Business Insider , Buddy Media’s Social Enterprise Software is a suite of products is “designed to help brands build and maintain relationships with consumers to accelerate their business.”

The Real Roadblock to Social Business Success

Webbiquity

Stories about how top executives just don’t “get” social media and the concept of social business were common four or five years ago. ” Expanding a company’s social presence through its employees’ networks requires some give and take.

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

Writing on the Web

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. Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid.

How to Perform a Social Media Audit: Measure What Matters

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Social media is long past the novelty stage. Before we dive into how to do that, let’s take a quick snapshot of the latest social media stats: 3 billion people are active Internet users. There are slightly over 2 billion social accounts. What is a “Social Media Audit?”.

31 Sensational Social Media Marketing and PR Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Business and consumer marketers are nearly unanimous in their belief in the importance of social media to marketing activities. Still, marketers sometimes struggle with strategy, tactics, and measurement in social media marketing. Get social PR right. Social Media Today ).

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36 Sensational Social Media Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing has become ubiquitous, most companies and brands still struggle to achieve their desired results. Those are among the conclusions it’s fair to draw from the collection of social media marketing facts and statistics below.

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

Webbiquity

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.

5 Ways User-Generated Content Amplifies Your Social Media Strategy

Marketing Insider Group

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. Social Media Social Media Campaigns