The Content Factor

Breathe Life into your B2B Marketing Using Humor

The Content Factor

Having worked in technical industries for 25+ years, I can use a lot of words to describe engineers, but “humorless” is definitely not one of them. In fact, it works best at the top of the marketing funnel, or early in the buying cycle.

Sales and Marketing: Let Worlds Collide

The Content Factor

At a recent Focus Roundtable on Sales and Marketing alignment (or the lack thereof), we acknowledged the frequently discussed differences between the people who work in sales jobs and the people who work in marketing jobs. Marketing people think of their company’s prospects as a either a homogenous group or grouping of groups (segments), and they communicate with these groups through vehicles that are designed to reach masses of people. read more.

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

The Content Factor

Working for a staffing firm, I was trying to attract IT candidates to consider new jobs that were more interesting than their current ones. With apologies to Japanese poets everywhere, we came up with the following Haiku: Eat sleep work eat sleep. Work eat sleep work eat sleep work. A recent story entitled Five Lessons on Compelling Content from Australian Football from the Content Marketing Institute caught my attention.

Content Strategy, Straight Up

The Content Factor

A wonderful discussion thread was started by Own McDonald in the Content Strategy group on LinkedIn, with this challenge: I challenge any CS group member to offer a working definition of content strategy that's light on industry-speak and easily digestible for the average marketer in 100 words or less.

The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts

Dig Deep with B2B Buyer Personas

The Content Factor

Now our team is working with several clients to really drive this concept home, and apply personas more aggressively to the content they are creating. Every B2B marketer I talk to is on board with the concept of user personas to guide their web content strategy.

Fulfilling a Content Strategy for the Enterprise: It's Much More than Writing

The Content Factor

I'm frequently approached by writers looking for work, and the first thing they want me to see is a sample of their writing. In ten seconds, I can tell whether a writer can put a decent paragraph together.

LiveScribe: Groundbreaking Tool for Content Creators

The Content Factor

It's really an amazing tool that gives my writing more detail, makes me more responsive to the marketing managers and subject-matter experts I work with, and saves me a ton of time. I have a new toy. But it's so fun to use that it feels like toy. read more. Better Corporate Writing Writing Tools

Branding Outside-In

The Content Factor

I'm working with a client who needs internal branding. Most marketing is all about communicating externally. In fact, I suspect that her customers hold a deeper impression of her brand by coming into her brick-and-mortar store than do her employees, who are inured to the environment. read more.

Your Great Content Isn't Great Enough

The Content Factor

The following headline on today's SmartBrief on Social Media caught my eye--which it was carefully designed to do: Why great content is never enough As one who works for an outfit called "The Content Factor," my interest was piqued. Please retweet: You can get more retweets now. Ask me how.

Dirty Jobs: Public Relations for BP

The Content Factor

Last week’s AdAge poll posed a fascinating question: As someone employed in marketing, advertising or public relations, would you work on the BP account in a professional capacity at this point? read more.

Craft Content to the Buying Cycle: Stage 3, the Engaged Buyer

The Content Factor

Does that mean that your work providing marketing content is done? Your suspects have become prospects, and then qualified prospects. They have landed smack in the middle of your sales funnel. They have even met with your account rep and senior executives. You’re on their short list. Hardly. read more.

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Chief Culture Officer: Gatekeeper to Thought Leadership

The Content Factor

I enjoyed this book excerpt by Grant McCracken in AdAge, "In His Nike Work, Dan Wieden Is the Prototypical CCO" (McCracken's forthcoming book is Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation.)McCracken McCracken identifies the trend called the "generous stranger," which is akin to "Pay It Forward" and "Practice Random Acts of Kindness." He tells of how Nike embodies this trend in a.

Who are the bloggers?

The Content Factor

Among them: bloggers are far more well educated and wealthy than the population as a whole and 35% of bloggers have a journalistic pedigree in that they worked for a newspaper, magazine or broadcast outlet.What many are saying in terms of the ongoing ying and yang between traditional media andThis interesting report from Technorati, just published in October has some interesting findings.

Great Web Content: Written for the Target Reader

The Content Factor

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.

How to reach your customers at work or at home

Biznology

On the flip side, consumer marketers can use the capability to broaden the profile of their targets—where they work, their titles, schools attended, past employers, their LinkedIn URL, and maybe even their business email address—all kinds of data points that provide additional insight and access.

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How co-working spaces are revolutionizing the workplace

Biznology

Recently, however, companies are slowly adopting a more open and collaborative work environment through co-working spaces. Studies have shown that co-working spaces allow employees to thrive far more than traditional offices, as per Harvard Business Review.

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How to Make Remote Work Actually Work

Hubspot

One of my favorite things about working remotely -- which I do a few times a month -- is the freedom to get comfortable. When I work from home, I'm usually find myself in one of three positions: sitting up at the table, laying down with my laptop, or buried in a pillow avalanche on my couch.

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Why walking meetings can be wonderful at work

Biznology

This works for many of today’s most successful business leaders and there is really very little reason why you shouldn’t adopt this concept. If you don’t have a nature path near your office, a walk down the street will work too.

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Why Event Marketing Works and Then Some

Marketing Insider Group

The post Why Event Marketing Works and Then Some appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. What’s one of the most powerful content marketing tools used today? Event marketing. 58 percent of marketers consider conferences, trade shows, and other events to be important for improving the customer experience. For B2B marketers, the appeal of in-person marketing is even higher. 67 percent believe events are their most effective content tool.

Getting Big Data to Actually Work

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Most marketers I talk with today say they are drowning in data. But in reality data they really want sits in disparate systems throughout the organization. Or if their company has invested big money in a traditional data warehouse, the results have fallen short of expectations.

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Infographic: 12 Phrases You Should Never Say at Work

Contently

A new infographic about work from Headway Capital lists 12 common statements that you should never say at the office. And if you have other suggestions for what not to say at work, please let us know on Twitter @contently.). Voices Infographic language work

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Does Paid Social Media Work?

Modern Marketing

Wondering what works for other businesses? It's Friday Five time and this week's topic is Social Media. New Research Reveals Paid Social Media Effectiveness. Do you know where to spend your social media marketing dollars?

Crafting content that works

Biznology

For too many marketers, content marketing doesn’t work. Here’s a guide to crafting content that really does work. The post Crafting content that works appeared first on Biznology. There’s a growing chorus against content marketing, and with good reason.

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Does Native Advertising Work?

Content Standard

For those who are unfamiliar, let me explain: imagine your team is working with a journalist to create your next native ad. The post Does Native Advertising Work? “Look, you’re going to love this piece! No more smashing your customers in the face with ad hammers.

HubSpot’s Marketing Team Worked Remotely for One Week. Here’s What We Learned.

Hubspot

Not everyone you work with is able to sit down in the same room with you. It means learning to work with our colleagues in a completely different (and potentially challenging) way. To improve our communication with remote workers, and be at our best when working remotely.

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Proof that Account-based Marketing Works

ViewPoint

One healthcare IT solutions company with a complex solution and a finite market learned first-hand just how account-based marketing works. When sales and marketing work together to drive revenue (and that takes process for sure) everybody benefits—the prospect/client, the team members, and the organization as a whole.

How Google Works [Infographic]

Hubspot

So how does Google actually work? Ever wonder how Google manages to serve you just the content you''re looking for? You put in a few words, and within a few microseconds, you''ve got pages and pages of results ready to address your query.

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2014 B2B Marketing Trends That Work

ViewPoint

As a B2B company, it’s paramount that you stay on top of trends so you know which to adopt and which to nix. This is a standout year for B2B marketing.

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Creative Work Relies on Failure

Hubspot

According to Adobe's State of Create report, "At work, there is tension between creativity and productivity." Rather, they keep experimenting until they find what works. Conversely, doing good creative work requires comfort with risk.

Creative Work, Blogging, Writing and Resistance

Writing on the Web

Everyone encounters resistance when it comes to blogging, writing, and creative work. When it comes to doing work – putting words on the page… or electrons on a screen – you can’t escape getting stuck. Work requires you to actually do something.

Why this LinkedIn Ad Works: 2 Key Tips for Success

The Point

Why this LinkedIn ad works – 2 Key Tips for Success via @spearmktg. The post Why this LinkedIn Ad Works: 2 Key Tips for Success appeared first on The Point. For many B2B Marketers, advertising on LinkedIn is becoming a demand generation staple.

10 Marketing Reports Everyone Working Online Should Read

ScribbleLive

Through testing different approaches, marketers can get a sense of what works best for their demographics. Because there is often a lot of content created off the heals of these trends, it can be difficult to get the full scope of what actually works.

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“How I Work”: Melissa Nazar, Director of Content for SnapApp @melnazar #HowIWork

Heinz Marketing

How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series, and recently several sales experts (including Anthony Iannarino , Dave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi ) participated as well. How I work

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Work Hard, or Work Smart? Automate Your B2B Lead Nurturing

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer Are you losing touch with prospects who are not ready to buy, but might buy from you in the future? Automated lead nurturing will help you keep in touch. The B2B buying process has changed forever.

Modern Marketing Transformation – Why It Won’t Work Without the Right Culture

Marketing Insider Group

The post Modern Marketing Transformation – Why It Won’t Work Without the Right Culture appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

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56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works

Marketing Insider Group

56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works: 2014 Edition from NewsCred. Marketers work in very small teams: 81% of all content teams contain fewer than six people. The post 56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works appeared first on B2B Marketing Insider.

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Digital Transformation Works — So Why Are Companies Struggling to Transform?

Marketing Insider Group

The post Digital Transformation Works — So Why Are Companies Struggling to Transform? The post Digital Transformation Works — So Why Are Companies Struggling to Transform? Digital transformation isn’t an overnight process; it takes time and commitment.

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How Account Based Advertising Really Works

Digital B2B Marketing

Or to put it a little bit differently, how do all of these companies most of us have never heard of know where we all work? Think of it like a billboard outside an office: nearly anyone working in that location has the potential to see it.

Why Formulas Work Better than Templates for Email

Act-On

Verbatim email templates that worked like gangbusters for the author, now available to you – lowly sales creature! Naturally, when Obama’s team shared these details post-election, email marketers got to work.