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    [Wikipedia] Understand Your Target Market: 3 Steps to Creating Customer Personas
    According to Wikipedia , personas are defined as fictional characters created to represent the different user types that might use a site, brand, or product in a similar way. Your product or service is intended for a particular group of people, right? Whether your customers are commuters, busy moms, fashion bloggers, or families needing dental care, your business appeals to a target market. You may have a grasp on your customers, but how well do actually know them?
    [Wikipedia] Implement the powerful CloudFlare CDN for free today
    CDNs serve a large fraction of the Internet content today, including web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media , on-demand streaming media, and social networks,” according to Wikipedia.
    [Wikipedia] 11 reasons SEO is a science; 14 reasons it’s an art
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. If your brand has a website, more people are likely to come to it from search engines than anyplace else according to Forrester. That means Search Engine Optimization (SEO), a methodology of strategies, techniques and tactics used to secure a high-ranking placement in the search results pages, is as essential means of marketing for anybody doing business on the internet. Is SEO a science or an art?
  • SAZBEAN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013
    [Wikipedia] Marketers’ Top Questions on Social Media
    Question mark (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report from Social Media Examiner has been released, answering questions about what’s on the mind of 3,000 marketers when it comes to social media marketing. Lee Odden over at TopRank blog , breaks the report down into 5 top questions: What social tactics are most effective? – 90% What are the best ways to engage my audience with social media?
    [Wikipedia] Brand Storytelling: Why Your Employees Should Tell Your Story
    A brand’s story isn’t just filler for its Wikipedia page; it is a powerful marketing tool. Responsibility for a brand goes beyond the marketing department—it’s everyone’s job. You cannot stifle branding by slotting it into the same outdated organizational paradigms. New social technologies have mandated a fundamental shift in brands, but this shift can provide unparalleled opportunities if companies can harness its power.
    [Wikipedia] How Will 50 Billion Connected Devices Affect The Future of Marketing?
    But increasingly, Google rates the best content as non-commercial and that moves companies down in favor of sites like Wikipedia and in some cases, some of Google’s own content. Imagine the inevitable Future of Marketing with 50 billion connected devices! How will marketing change and what role will brands and consumer play?
  • SAZBEAN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013
    [Wikipedia] Facebook Works for B2B Too
    facebook engancha (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As a Business-to-Business (B2B) company, you may feel like you have to uphold a very professional image, so Facebook doesn’t make sense for you. Or that your prospective customers won’t be on Facebook because it’s clearly for kids and grandparents. B2B companies may have larger average purchases and longer purchase cycles, but both of these require building relationships, and Facebook can help.
  • SAZBEAN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012
    [Wikipedia] Facebook Timeline Engagement Tips – Future of Engagement
    Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Business brands got a new way to manage and monitor their reach to fans through the admin panel with Facebook’s recent introduction of timeline for pages. In the admin panel, brands can see what content is interesting to fans and what their conversations look like about the content.
    [Wikipedia] 13 Mind-Bending Social Media Marketing Statistics
    Every day, 2,300 new Wikipedia articles are created, adding to its 17 million articles, with contributions from 91,000 active contributors. Many of us know that social media marketing is an important part of a solid inbound marketing strategy. However, sometimes we need some backup when speaking with others who might still be struggling to understand how social media fits into the overall marketing mix. This post is for them -- and you.
    [Wikipedia] Predictions for B2B digital marketing in 2013
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. It’s that time of the year when observers can’t resist making predictions about developments on the horizon. I hereby take up that tradition, offering up four random prognostications for where B2B digital marketing is headed in 2013. My topics include Facebook, content marketing, personal branding, and data hygiene—certainly an eclectic mix. I encourage readers to add their own. . Facebook is ready, at last, for the B2B prime time.
    [Wikipedia] B2B prospecting data just keeps getting better
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia). The most reliable and scalable approach to finding new B2B customers is outbound communications–whether one is using mail, phone, or email, or using rented or purchased lists. B2B marketers typically select targets from prospecting lists based on such traditional variables as industry, company size, and job role/title.
    [Wikipedia] Social Buyerology: Listening to the Social Buyer
    Image via Wikipedia. This is the third installment of my reflection on Social Buyerology.    The first article, Social Buyerology: Understanding Buyers in the Social Age reflected on the need for a new science of examining buyers in the social age.    The second, The Research Methods of Social Buyerology , reviewed the types of research methods needed to attain a deep understanding of the new social buyer persona. 
    [Wikipedia] Social business: enterprise knowledge goes retail
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia). The Internet, with the likes of Google and Wikipedia, had a similar impact on the concept of knowledge. Outside our workplace, we became accustomed to easy access to information. If your kid becomes interested in Minecraft and you have no clue about what that is, you just Google the word, and in a few hours you may learn more than you ever wanted about that gaming platform.
    [Wikipedia] The month in #mrx
    Kristin’s Wikipedia page shows that she knows a thing or two about growth, so her session at IIeX Europe 2015 is well worth popping along to. Every four weeks we here at @circle_research find the most popular Tweets about market research (#mrx in Twitter talk) and take a look at what’s hot. What do surveys and Bollywood have in common? This month saw an unusual collision of two worlds.
    [Wikipedia] Chris Abraham joins Frank Eliason and Shel Holtz on FIR
    Burger King tried some subversive advertising last week that hacked both Google Home and Wikipedia. Every once in a while magic happens. Magic in the form of Shel Holtz , godfather of Digital PR and Social Media Communications, asking me to join him on his globally-popular communications podcast, For Immediate Release (FIR). Yesterday was such a day. And yesterday was especially fun because it felt like the show was a bespoke suit of clothing.
  • SAZBEAN  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Digging in the Cache – A Series of Tubes
    Here’s the partial text from Steven’s remarks (courtesy of Wikipedia ): Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? Digging in the Cache is a series where we go back in time to look at fun tidbits of Internet and computer history. How do you explain the Internet to someone who has never used it? What if that person was also in charge of regulating it?
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
    [Wikipedia] The New Social Buyer Ecosystem
    Image via Wikipedia. From a B2B market view, the new social buyer ecosystem continues to undergo a rapid evolution.    The pace in 2011 has noticeably quickened.    While the social customer ecosystem in the B2C market space is still legions ahead of B2B, it behooves B2B executives to not fall prey to the false sense that the comparative differences means they have to pay little attention. 
    [Wikipedia] Social Business: Facebook for the Enterprise?
    If you have to use comparisons to convey your message, you may be better off explaining that your corporate social networking platform aggregates features you see in Facebook, Google, Google Docs, LinkedIn, Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube, and the myriad of online discussion forums and communities into a single platform, and adds an enterprise-y flavor to it. Image via CrunchBase.
    [Wikipedia] Is There A Connection Between SEO Link Building and PR-Based Brand Mentions?
    ” In a search for “John Wayne,” the official John Wayne website shows up as the top result in Google and the second result is the John Wayne Wikipedia page. Google might be doing it’s best to create a divide between PR professionals and SEO practitioners. Last year Google updated their webmaster guidelines to specifically call out questionable link building practices used in press releases.
    [Wikipedia] Is Account-Based Marketing Ready for Take-Off?
    Image Source (Public Domain): Wikipedia. Like powered flight, account-based marketing has never been a bad idea. Considering that so many marketing best practices roll up into account-based marketing (ABM) – personalized messaging, precise and relevant targeting, pragmatic execution, and more – it’s clearly a worthwhile pursuit. Where marketers have historically crashed and burned with ABM, however, hasn’t been because of the strategy itself.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012
    [Wikipedia] You’re only renting in social media
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. What you’re learning by “renting” your pages on Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest , Tumblr, Blogger,, LinkedIn, and Google+ , is portable, which is to say that everything you’re doing, experiencing, and learning will improve your ability to engage and market online into the future. So, that’s good. The downside is that all good things come to an end.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
    [Wikipedia] 5 Tips to Get Your Online Marketing Ready for Swimsuit Season
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. What does summertime have to do with your waistline and your business? Well, if your business is at all seasonal, you’re gearing up for summer traffic peaks or slower demand as people go on holiday. At the same time, if you’re like me, you’re likely worrying about what you’re going to look like (and feel like) the first time you put on a swim suit this year.
  • HUBSPOT  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
    [Wikipedia] 7 of the Greatest Creative Collaborations of All Time
    Source: Wikipedia. Source: Wikipedia. This post originally appeared on HubSpot's Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to Agency Post. In a 2013 article in Forbes , contributor Ruth Blatt wrote about why “supergroups” -- bands comprised of independently successful artists -- so rarely work out when such an assemblage of talent should otherwise predicate success.
    [Wikipedia] 21 stats show CMOs leap before they look at ROI
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. The average tenure of a CMO has increased from 23.6 to 43 months since 2004 according to Spencer Stuart. That’s good news. Perhaps, companies are finally appreciating the business impact a CMO has. After all, if an organization is going to succeed, it’s got to grow its customer base, and nobody’s better at doing that than a strong marketer. Does longer tenure put more or less pressure on CMOs?
    [Wikipedia] Social media strategy leaders: an intro to the series
    Let’s start this conversation by getting to a core definition of what social media is – Wikipedia does a great job here: Social media are computer-mediated tools that allow people, companies, and other organizations to create, share, or exchange information , career interests, [1] ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks. Hello Biznology Readers! I am so proud to join the digital marketing experts who contribute to this blog.
    [Wikipedia] Got Writer's Block? 7 Tips and Tricks to Make Writing Easier
    5) Use Wikipedia as your style guide. instead of diving into a massive style guide, simply look up the phrase in Wikipedia. For example, if you''re not sure how to write a movie title, looking it up on Wikipedia shows you that the title should be italicized.)". - This post is an excerpt from Content Hacks: 34 Tips and Tricks for Planning and Creating Content. If you want some tips for making content creation much less painful, download the guide here.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [Wikipedia] Inventing Social Business
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. We all hear success stories about organizations that have developed social media marketing strategies, deployed social media tactics and reinvigorated brands and client relationships. We applaud these efforts, cite them as case studies and continue to preach the gospel of social media. But, what are the consequences of these changes and what comes next?
    [Wikipedia] New Developments in B2B Loyalty Marketing
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. Business marketers have much to gain from retention marketing. Business customers tend to be fewer and more valuable—meaning you can’t afford to lose even one. But how do you keep your customers active and buying from you, versus the competition? How do you prevent defection?
    [Wikipedia] High Bounce Rate Doesn’t Always Mean a Site is Bad
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. A business website is an important promotional tool. Regardless of industry, target audience members are searching online before making purchase decisions. Business owners are smart to carefully analyze the success of their website. One metric that website owners pay attention to is the bounce rate of the site, which is the rate at which a website visitor lands on a page of a website and then leaves (bounces) without visiting another page of the website.
    [Wikipedia] Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing: Magnet vs. Megaphone
    Here’s how Wikipedia defines it: Inbound marketing is promoting a company through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, enewsletters, whitepapers, SEO, social media marketing, and other forms of content marketing which serve to bring customers in closer to the brand, where they want to be. Photo Credit: Wikipedia , Megaphone/Magnet: HubSpot Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer Inbound marketing is gaining strength because of the changing ways people buy.
    [Wikipedia] Do we care if web content is “above the fold”?
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. When I started working at Page One Power as a fresh faced link builder, one of the first terms that caught my ear like a poor cast was the term “above the fold.” I was familiar with the term from my journalism courses in which above the fold was a literal term for what appeared on the top of the front page of a newspaper. This would be the biggest story of the day that would be eye grabbing in hopes of selling more papers.
    [Wikipedia] Testing for B-to-B Marketers: How hard is it?
    Image via Wikipedia. B-to-B marketers are often guilty of laziness when it comes to testing their communications, whether it’s testing the copy approach, the layout, the offer or the target audience. Well, to call it laziness may not be entirely fair. It’s a fact that the typical B-to-B campaign targets universes that are too small to support a split test. If you’re selling specialized machine tools, you’re lucky if you have 10,000 potential customers worldwide. .
    [Wikipedia] The Message of Google’s New Algorithm: Be Authentic or Else
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. Google has released the first complete overhaul of its world-famous search algorithm , which now rewards web sites that promote engagement and make it easier for users to find what they want. For digital marketers, the implications are clear: post a static web site that never changes or self-serving advertising that doesn’t engage users, and you will drop in the search rankings.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
    [Wikipedia] Unleash the power of storytelling in your content marketing
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. If I asked you to tell me about your best friend, how would you do it? Would you use a PowerPoint presentation with slides of bullet points? Or, would you tell me stories of long talks and adventures and other shared moments? Obviously, the first option is ridiculous and you would never use it to tell someone how great your best friend is, yet as marketers, it’s a trap we all fall into now and then when we’re designing our marketing materials.
    [Wikipedia] The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the perfect meme
    According to Wikipedia , the Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. According to Wikipedia , “a typical chain letter consists of a message that attempts to convince the recipient to make a number of copies of the letter and then pass them on to as many recipients as possible.
    [Wikipedia] 2013: The Year of Internet Marketing Basics
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. This will be the only 2013 prediction or whatever you want to call it kind of post. I have never been comfortable with trying to predict the future especially in an industry where the landscape can change very quickly and without much warning. In fact, I just looked at my prediction post on Biznology from last year where I was half right. I said that IF Facebook hit one billion users it would be after the August date predicted at the time.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Listening to Your Customers in Social Media
    Image via Wikipedia. Some of you know that once a month we do a free Biznology Webinar on a topic we think will interest you. Today I spoke for 30 minutes on social media listening--how your company can find out what people are saying about you online. Although we try to schedule each month's Webinar at a convenient time, we know that no matter when it's held, some of you won't be able to make it.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Digital Marketing Is Still Direct Marketing
    Image via Wikipedia. If you're a marketing executive, and you're not a member of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) , what are you waiting for? You're missing out on great networking and presenters like me, because I traveled to Philadelphia last night to address the local MENG chapter. I hope they learned something, but it was a great experience for me, too. MENGers always ask great questions and last night was no exception. I'll be using a few of them in future blog posts.)
    [Wikipedia] What's missing from your social media playbook?
    Image via Wikipedia. Some people think that B2B and B2C social media are very different. I think they are similar, however. But one thing people often see as the hallmark of B2B social media is actually useful in some B2C situations as well. I am talking about a technique that is missing from many social media playbooks: proving your expertise.
    [Wikipedia] Black Friday 2013: which toy retailers topped the rank vs. frequency chart in SEM?
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia). The Black Friday shopping weekend was an amazing opportunity to study the different search marketing strategies in play. The Search Monitor decided to look closely at one interesting vertical – toy retailers – and two important search marketing metrics in that vertical: ad rank and ad frequency. We were very curious how the leading toy retailers would balance these two important metrics. .
    [Wikipedia] Being Pretty Isn’t Enough for Social Media Marketing
    Image via Wikipedia. I always tell clients that it is no longer enough to be beautiful when it comes to marketing online. The Internet has become more like an Oscar after-party than it is like the airport Ramada. Online, you’re never the lone beauty in the hotel lounge. Online, you’re surrounded by equal or greater beauties. What’s more, the most successful online social media barflies are aggressive in addition to gorgeous.
    [Wikipedia] Three Reasons to Love QR Codes
    According to Wikipedia: A QR Code is a two-dimensional code, readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones that came into being in 1994. QR codes have great potential for savvy marketers. The technology has been used in Asia for a number of years and is beginning to gain traction in the U.S. With the rapid increase in smartphone adoption rates, the use of QR codes will continue to increase.
    [Wikipedia] Importance of Context to Understanding the New Social Buyer Persona
    Image via Wikipedia. One of the major outcomes of the recent advances in the social age is the resurgence of contextually-based persona development and its’ role in helping to inform as well as shape strategy.    This is especially true when you consider there are several important strategic areas evolving at a rapid pace. These strategy areas include content strategy, social marketing, marketing automation, social selling, demand generation, and buyer experience marketing. 
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Content Marketing and Sales Enablement Must Get Married
    Image via Wikipedia. The raging waters of the sales and marketing alignment debate continues to make its’ way through the halls of corporate America.    This is despite recent entrance of social technology enabled systems and processes all professing to be the cure that remedies this debate.      This is definitely becoming like the $60m question we all hope to win with an answer no one has come up with yet. 
    [Wikipedia] Build a Highly Targeted Prospect List Using LinkedIn
    I started by building a global prospect list merging data I’d gathered from Jigsaw, InfoUSA/Canada, Wikipedia, and associations. Stuart Armstrong faced a big challenge. He needed to get his company into as many decisions as humanly possible -- and he was starting from scratch. Below you''ll read how he used LinkedIn to jumpstart his prospecting initiative. But first, a datapoint from Cracking the LinkedIn Sales Code , which highlights our 2013 Sales & LinkedIn Survey results.
    [Wikipedia] Why a Content BOM is Crucial to a Successful Industrial Web Design
    Wikipedia defines it as “A bill of materials (sometimes bill of material or BOM) is a list of the raw materials, sub-assemblies, intermediate assemblies, sub-components, components, parts and the quantities of each needed to manufacture an end product.”. Content BOM is not a typo in my headline. Read on…. I am amazed how often I find that creating content is an afterthought for people who are considering an industrial web design (more commonly a site redesign).
    [Wikipedia] Seth's Blog: How to read a business book
    Seth at Wikipedia. Seths Blog. Seth Godins riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread. For More Seth check out these links: Subscribe. Back to the home page for this blog. Check out Seths books. Visit the archives more than 2,500 posts). Seth on Squidoo. Dont Miss a Thing Free Updates by Email. Enter your email address. preview. powered by FeedBlitz. Search. href="[link] -->. Seths Web Pages. The Dip Blog. Books by Seth Godin. Seths Main Blog. Seths Squidoo Lens.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
    [Wikipedia] Creating great content for content marketing: don’t overthink it
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Frequently, we hear our clients worry about how to keep a steady stream of content flowing. Many of them don’t realize that they’re making more of the problem than they have to. You certainly have to devote some of your (probably too-scarce) marketing resources to content creation.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
    [Wikipedia] Creating great content for content marketing: don’t overthink it
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Frequently, we hear our clients worry about how to keep a steady stream of content flowing. Many of them don’t realize that they’re making more of the problem than they have to. You certainly have to devote some of your (probably too-scarce) marketing resources to content creation.
    [Wikipedia] 50 of the Most Dependable Web Resources for University Students |
    The site looks almost exactly like Wikipedia, but there is a difference between the two: Scholarpedia can be cited in research papers. Current style options include MLA, Chicago/Turabian, APA and Wikipedia. Knowing where to turn for facts, handy web apps and other types of resources can make student life a lot easier. Read on for a list of 50 of the most useful and. Associate Degree Programs. Bachelor Degree Programs. Master Degree Programs. Doctorate Degree Programs.
  • ACT-ON  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
    [Wikipedia] Top Instagram Influencers
    No profile on Instagram, information from Wikipedia). From Wikipedia). 10 People Who Built (or Strengthened) Their Personal Brand Using the Small Screen. Social media influencers hold a great deal of power. These people aren’t just racking up the followers; they’re building a brand and expanding their global reach. Brands everywhere are eager to form relationships with influencers in the hopes that they will endorse their product, or promote their agenda.
    [Wikipedia] 26 Social Media Secrets Skittles Knows
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. The Skittles website attracted 23,000 U.S. unique visitors in March 2012, while the Skittles Facebook Page attracted 320,000 visitors–14 times as many. That’s far from typical–very few companies have more traffic to any of their social media venues than to their old-fashioned website. But does Skittles have something to teach the rest of us? Are Facebook brand pages the new brand websites? .
  • SAZBEAN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
    [Wikipedia] How Typography Affects Your Internet Marketing
    English: Example of Tahoma typeface (Photo credit: Wikipedia). Suvir Mirchandani, a teenager from Pittsburgh, recently came up with a way to save the government a lot of money. No, it doesn’t involve massive cuts to social programs or reductions in military spending. Rather, he wants to cut printing costs by changing the font the government uses for its publications.
    [Wikipedia] Untangled Web: Why White Hat SEO Is the Way for You
    Image via Wikipedia. Marketing has always had an element of deception, even to the point that commentators believe that search marketers are nothing more than spammers. So-called “ black hat SEO ” has persisted for a simple reason–it has worked. But marketing, including search marketing, is becoming more and more a matter of customer relationships rather than traditional persuasion—now you can no longer fool people for any period of time.
    [Wikipedia] How do you persuade your boss that search is important?
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. If you are like most marketers, it’s a constant battle to get permission, resources, funding, priority–fill in the blank of what you need to do your job and don’t have–for your marketing programs. In some ways, it is especially galling with search marketing, because you would think by now that the evidence for its importance is so overwhelming that you could run on faith.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Plan for the Social Buyer Before It’s Too Late
    Image via Wikipedia. To say things are changing is an understatement.    Morgan Stanley (2010) recently reported in a study that there are now more social network users than email users.    An even more profound and sobering fact is that 80% of business buyers today say that they found their vendors as opposed to vendors finding them. 
    [Wikipedia] Email bankruptcy and internal social networking
    Credit: Wikipedia. Today, you need Google search more than you need Yellow Pages, Wikipedia more than Britannica. You have probably been there a few times already: after a one-week vacation or a short business trip, you come back to the office and suddenly 1,000 unread emails are waiting for you in your inbox.
    [Wikipedia] Get rid of the spam link I left on your site!
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. I’ve been receiving the same kind of e-mail over and over again lately. Because Google has finally started to crack down on spammy links, webmasters everywhere are beseeching other webmasters to remove the links that, not too long ago, they desperately wanted pointing at their sites. I guess I can understand that, but what I can’t understand is how nasty and rude they can be in doing it.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Hi, my name is Frank and I am an Internet marketer
    Image via Wikipedia. by Frank Reed. In a dimly lit church basement, Internet Marketers from around the area have gathered for their IMA (Internet Marketers Anonymous) meeting. It's an interesting crowd that is obviously not used to being around actual people very often. In fact, they have a pasty-white look to most of them--they don't even seem to get outside of their dark offices all that frequently.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011
    [Wikipedia] Do online shoppers still care about brands?
    Image via Wikipedia. Conventional wisdom says that shoppers do not care about brands anymore. Retailers lament as to how brand loyalty is dead--that customers just search for products now instead of coming to their Web sites. Where once, shoppers cared about Sears or Macy's or dozens of other names, now they don't care where they buy from. To some extent, they are right, but they are drawing the wrong conclusion. It isn't that brands don't matter anymore.
    [Wikipedia] Trends and tips for search marketing
    Image via Wikipedia. I was honored to be asked to do a one-hour interview with Jake Johnson from Full Sail University , whose class is using Search Engine Marketing, Inc. as its textbook.
    [Wikipedia] When will Web Analytics catch up with mobile usage?
    Image via Wikipedia. A few months ago, I asked the musical question, "Is the mobile activity you are counting really mobile? " The musical answer was, "no." No matter what you think you mean by mobile, I can wager that your analytics vendor is counting something else. If you didn't read that post back then, do it now (I'll wait right here), because the situation with mobile is only getting worse. I am hoping it will eventually get better, however, so read on.
    [Wikipedia] Selling Marketing to SMBs: No Personal Touch? No Sale!
    Image via Wikipedia. by Frank Reed. The SMB space is the biggest puzzle that the online world has been trying to solve and, with just a few exceptions, it has failed miserably to this point. We could sit and wonder why this is the case, with all kinds of neat theories and thoughts on models and processes and all other things that wreak of the Internet space. I can save all of you a lot of time and effort with the answer to the problem: people.
    [Wikipedia] “I don’t spend on social because I don’t understand it.”
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. Someone recently told me that this is what her boss says every time she tries to get him to do something–anything–in social media: “I don’t spend on social because I don’t understand it.” ” Each time, she happily tries to explain it to him, so that he would take something–anything–away from the TV budget to try something in social. She bought him books.
    [Wikipedia] Integrating Awareness and Demand Generation Marketing
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. Last month, I explained how I help executives descend a common learning curve, to get them to buy into outside-in marketing. Most executives from traditional marketing backgrounds build branding campaigns and drive eyeballs to them through advertising. I explained how this model doesn’t work especially well in digital, where the target audience is more skeptical and proactive than in traditional media.
    [Wikipedia] Delay Is Killing Major League Baseball
    The average length of a major league baseball game has increased from less than 2:38 in the 1970s to nearly three hours today, according to the baseball Wikipedia entry. The Boston Red Sox beat the Colorado Rockies 11 – 4 last night in a game that lasted three hours and 40 minutes. The first four innings alone took more than two hours to play. I was among the 7,000 or so fans who stayed till the end.
  • SAZBEAN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
    [Wikipedia] Successful Marketing Always Has a Return
    coins (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As a business owner it can be tempting to look at all the money going out and worry about spending. That’s good and healthy, but too much worry can mean that you’re not making the right investments to help your business grow. I see this especially happen with marketing decisions. Instead of thinking of marketing cost, think about marketing investment.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
    [Wikipedia] What Are Your Customers Saying About You?
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. A couple of weeks back, I had the great honor of presenting at the RKG Summit , where I explained some of the issues around social media listening. I’ve been the Chief Strategist at Converseon, a leading social listening company, for nearly four years now, so I have some experience in seeing what clients need in this area. But I have been reflecting lately on how much has changed.
    [Wikipedia] Matching Marketing Technology to Business Strategy: A Starting Framework
    Wikipedia tells me that strategy maps are obsolete but I still find them useful. As you may know, I’m working with Scott Brinker of Chief Martech blog fame and Third Door Media on the MarTech marketing technology conference set for August 19-20 in Boston.* When Scott asked for content suggestions during the early stages of the conference planning, my reaction was that one thing everyone needs is a framework for relating marketing technology investments to larger business strategy.
  • FATHOM  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    [Wikipedia] Consumer Brand SEO Pulse: 5.14.15
    Try using, along with Wikipedia and schema markup. Welcome to the weekly Consumer Brand pulse, where we keep you updated on what’s going on in the world of SEO! Our goal is to stay on top of any new strategies and changes to make sure we are constantly using the best on-site and off-site SEO methods. What’s next for Google and mobile? Can you possibly replace “not provided” keyword data? And what’s been going on within the SERPs?
    [Wikipedia] How Does Your Brand Experience Translate in Social Media?
    According to Wikipedia, who quote the American Marketing Association, the definition of a brand is a “Name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.”
    [Wikipedia] The Fatal Flaw of A/B Testing
    If you search significance of A/B testing, Wikipedia gives you the following scenario: Email test group A: 50 out of 1000 (5%) success rate. If you search significance of A/B testing, Wikipedia gives you the following scenario: Email test group A: 50 out of 1000 (5%) success rate Email test group B: 30 out of 1000 (3%) success rate. By Kiki Schirr, {grow} Contributing Columnist.
    [Wikipedia] Swag, Tchotchke, Bauble: 7 Things To Consider For Event Giveaways
    In case you’re unfamiliar, a tchotchke ( choch-key ), according to Wikipedia , is “a small bauble or miscellaneous item. Author: Michael Gerard Earlier this year I attended Content Marketing World in Cleveland, Ohio representing Curata as its CMO and hoping to learn best practices in content marketing from other marketers. That said, I also had a special mission assigned to me by three very important people–my children.
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Wikipedia] Why Marketers Need to Rise Above the Deluge of Crappy Content
    Or the Tyrannosaurus Rex of content: Wikipedia. When we at Velocity Partners published our latest SlideShare rant, “Crap: The content marketing deluge,” we got a big, big response. The rant is all about how the rush to content marketing in every industry will make it harder and harder for your content to rise above the noise -- and how the only defense is to build a Great Content Brand. If you didn't see the slideshow, take a quick look.
    [Wikipedia] Will 3D Printing Change Manufacturing as We Know It?
    Wikipedia ), 3D printing is an “additive” manufacturing process for making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital model. Imagine loafing about on a quiet Saturday afternoon perusing for a sleek new pair of shoes; ahh yes, that perfect pair of pink pumps. You survey the one-click checkout options: 1) free Prime two-day shipping, or 2) instant 3D blueprint download. You pick the latter; after all, tonight is the big party - no time to wait for shipping.
    [Wikipedia] 3 Steps To Creating Content Like A Journalist
    Nothing is quicker or more efficient than going through the top Google results and/or surfing Wikipedia to gain general understanding.”. Content marketers are not journalists. However, because of layoffs, economic circumstances, and the opportunity to expand their portfolios, many journalists have become content marketers.
    [Wikipedia] SEO Basics for Small Business Professionals: 2 Steps Anyone Can Do
    Image: Wikipedia ). 2 Steps Anyone Can Do" alt=" SEO Basics for Small Business Professionals: 2 Steps Anyone Can Do" />. 2 Steps Anyone Can Do" width="228" height="166" /> If you’re a small business professional, you may end up doing a lot of your website updating yourself. Without being a geek, you can take care of a few key elements of SEO basics to help prospects and clients find you online. This article explains the basics.
    [Wikipedia] Why you should consider centralizing your search keyword lists
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. Last month, I wrote about 2 challenges to keyword collaboration. Among other things, I argued for the importance of developing a corporate keyword database for digital marketers. Without keyword collaboration, your digital assets will compete for the limited time and attention of your audience. Chances are, a relatively small set of words are both relevant to your product offerings and your client’s needs.
    [Wikipedia] You’re doing a terrible job with search and social
    So, it’s time to evolve your own personal Encyclopaedia Britannica into your own personal Wikipedia. News articles, Wikipedia articles, blog posts, magazine articles, forum discussions, and ratings from Yelp, Better Business Bureau, Amazon, Google Product Search, etc). My consulting includes doing very deep, thorough, site audits. I’m looking for issues that have been recently killing their recent performance on search.
    [Wikipedia] QR Codes Have the Beer Can Problem
    Here’s the Wikipedia definition. There continues to be a steady buzz about QR codes, those bar code-looking thingys that can be scanned by a smart phone to link you to added content, a website or perhaps even a coupon at the point of purchase. I’m not an expert in QR codes – or anything for that matter — but I’ve been around long enough to have a good idea if something is going to work or not.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
    [Wikipedia] Enterprise gamification is a spoon full of sugar
    According to Wikipedia, “Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems and increase users’ contributions.” “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. In a most delightful way” — Mary Poppins.
    [Wikipedia] How Performance Marketing Accelerates B-to-B Prospecting
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. Every time you turn around, a new “performance marketing” opportunity turns up for B-to-B marketers. What a treasure trove! And on the face of it, a real boon, because you only pay when your prospect takes the action you’re looking for—the click, the download, the purchase, whatever. But there are some potholes to consider. Let’s look at how marketers get value out of this approach to finding new customers. .
    [Wikipedia] 3-Point Checklist: Leverage Your Online Brand Presence To Boost The Bottom Line
    Grande Guide to Wikipedia. by Nick Bell | Tweet this. You spend time, money, and resources to develop your online brand presence. Not so great at managing it? Looking for ways to tie your hard work back to the bottom line? Check out this 3-Point Checklist for maximizing your online brand presence. Identify and rally your front line brand ambassadors. These resources are primarily your internal brand personnel, but do not relegate your collection strategy to marketing or PR.
    [Wikipedia] How can you pick the right social media tool for your situation?
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. The other day, I posted about choosing the right social media listening tool for the right job. I usually don’t post again so quickly on the same subject, but I got so many questions that I thought I needed to.
    [Wikipedia] Your social media faults are not in the tools but in ourselves
    Credit: Wikipedia. Aaron Kim had a great post yesterday on our expectations of what social media tools will do for us. That got me thinking about how social media wasn’t the first tool that we have such outsized expectations for. For some reason, we expect that tools will help us impose the self-control around our days–maybe even our lives–that we fail to impose on our own.
    [Wikipedia] Will Google be your new credit card?
    Image via Wikipedia. Mastercard and VISA certainly hope not, but Larry Page wants to be in your wallet. Well, not exactly–he wants to replace your wallet. Last month, when I talked about Google’s new strategy –we do everything–I mentioned that Google is working hard to unseat PayPal, the online payments leader, but I think that I undersold Google’s ambitions. Google wants to be the leading form of payments anywhere, not just online. So, how might they do that?
    [Wikipedia] Reinvent B2B Sales With Buyer Personas
    Image via Wikipedia. Without question, while B2B Marketing is focused on developing its new prominence in the early stages of the buying cycle via content strategy and content marketing, B2B Sales is caught flat-footed on how to adapt to changing buyer behaviors.    Professionals in B2B Sales must feel like they under assault from the constant dire predictions of outright dissolution in organizations as well as the constant pressure to squeeze more revenue out of the pipeline. 
    [Wikipedia] The Fixed vs. Growth Mindset – to Which Do You Believe?
    Let’s look at what Wikipedia says about Relationships and Personal Change: Relationships. Do you believe that change is possible or do you believe that, no matter how hard one tries, change is impossible? The Fixed Mindset or. Growth Mindset? Mindset: The New Psychology of Success was written by Carol S. Dweck and focuses on how differing attitudes affect the way that people view both themselves and their interactions with others.
    [Wikipedia] 3 predictions for online marketing in 2016
    I know for me, my core competencies are social media marketing , digital PR , influencer outreach and engagement , reputation management , and wikipedia curation services. Happy holidays, readers!
    [Wikipedia] What's WYSIWYG? How Today's Online Editor Came to Be
    Xerox Alto (Image Credit: Wikipedia ). WordStar running on DOS (Source: Wikipedia ). WYSIWYG. No, this isn't another one of those newfangled acronyms the kids are using these days -- it's actually been around for quite some time. What You See Is What You Get," or WYSIWYG for short, refers to an HTML editor in which the content appears as it would when it's live.
    [Wikipedia] Find New Customers Sept 11 Tribute
    2,996 people, as per Wikipedia.). This post published today at 8:46am, precisely 10 years after the moment the first plane struck the North tower of the World Trade Center. On September 11, 2001, Jeff (Now President of Find New Customers ) was handling GE for Business Objects and was crossing the Throgs Neck Bridge on his way to a meeting at General Electric in Stamford, CT when he saw the first tower burning. The plane in this photo had hit about 15 minutes earlier.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011
    [Wikipedia] The Influence of the Social Buyer on B2B Business
    Image via Wikipedia. In the B2B world, the emergence of the Social Buyer is causing organizations to search for better ways to reach its’ base of buyers.    What we do know is that B2B buyers are demanding more social experiences in their buying processes.      To date, it appears that many of the efforts to reach buyers remain tactical in nature. 
    [Wikipedia] Happy Independence Day from Find New Customers
    Here are some fact on the day from Wikipedia. The sales lead generation company , Find New Customers wishes you and yours a happy and healthy Independence Day. An Independence Day invitation from 1825 is pictured here.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012
    [Wikipedia] Adventures in Frictionless Sharing
    Well, according to Wikipedia , frictionless sharing describes the transparent sharing of resources using social media services. I have been exploring frictionless sharing for years in the form of auto-tweets, retweets, automatic cross-posting, and attention data. What is it, you ask?
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
    [Wikipedia] The infancy of social technologies
    Image via Wikipedia. Taking a step back, it becomes clear that we came a long way since the days where Wikipedia sounded like a misplaced hippie idea transplanted from the 60s. by Aaron Kim.
    [Wikipedia] Is social media all the market research you need?
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. In Mike Moran’s recent post, he pointed out that digital marketing is more about understanding marketing than it is about being a technology expert. I could not agree more. One certainly needs to understand the basics of marketing to be successful in digital marketing. But, I would like to take this argument even further, understanding marketing is necessary but not sufficient. It is all about understanding customers and their wants, needs and values.
    [Wikipedia] New developments in B2B marketing list acquisition
    Photo credit: Wikipedia. To reach cold prospects among business audiences, sales and marketing teams often begin by developing a list of prospective targets. Marketers can find just about every target company, title and job function they need from traditional list suppliers. Plus, the Internet has made possible the introduction of some excellent new opportunities for identifying prospects at various stages of the buying cycle. Let’s look at what’s new in B2B lists these days.
    [Wikipedia] 13 Experts Chime In on Klout’s New Algorithm to Determine Social Influence
    Today, Klout scores are impacted only by activity on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Google+, Klout, and Wikipedia. And, they pretend that they will introduce new metrics of real-life influence by adding signals from Wikipedia and LinkedIn, as by scoring the +K received by users. I tend to doubt many Klout influencers that focus on the social side of things (in-house, agency or consultant) would have a Wikipedia page, though.
    [Wikipedia] Buyerology Trend: Think Experience Creation Versus Content Creation
    Image via Wikipedia. This is the first of a series of articles planned on looking at buyer trends that will influence marketing and sales in the near and foreseeable future.    This article looks at how buyers are seeking experiences and the new role of the C-Suite as experience creators. Buyer Trend: Overwhelmed By Content. During the past two years, we’ve seen a significant rise in focus on content and how content is the new marketing. 
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
    [Wikipedia] The difference between "fail fast" and just failing
    Image via Wikipedia. Peter Kim is a smart guy and I usually agree with him. But a friend of mine sent me a post he did a couple of weeks back where he explains " Why fail fast is bad advice." I could characterize his argument, but it's better that you go read it yourself, so I don't prejudice you. I'll wait right here.) Peter's point is that he's rather help brands succeed, and it's heard for that to be controversial.
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