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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.

WHY You Should Avoid Business Jargon and Clichés Like the Plague

The Content Factor

I worked at a company where it became common for people to say, “Well, to be perfectly honest” and “Frankly.” OK, so I used a cliché in the headline, but there is definitely a pestilence of business jargon in today’s workplace.

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.

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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 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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Does corporate storytelling work? Some mega-brands say no.

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But as you’ve seen today, sometimes even the biggest and most successful brands who are throwing everything at their “story” can’t make it work. The post Does corporate storytelling work? By Mark Schaefer.

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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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 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.

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.

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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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?

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

B2B Marketing Insider

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

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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 working in marketing makes you bitchy

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Part of this irritability may stem from the copious amounts of BS shoveled at us each day, but a new “ State of Marketing Work ” report from Workfront points to some other factors. In fact, reading this report, it’s hard to believe you might work in marketing and NOT be kind of a b h. Some of the highlights of the findings include: Marketers now work 45.9 Work spaces where people are shoulder to shoulder. By Mark Schaefer.

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When all the hard work on social media … just doesn’t work

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Nobody has worked harder to build a digital consulting business than Ray. And, it didn’t work. The following post is about the choice I made to leave my company, NewRayCom to work in a Call Center. When social media doesn’t work. And, it didn't work.

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

B2B Marketing Insider

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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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.

Trade Shows Can Work!-new idea!

Your Sales Management Guru

Trade Shows Can Work-new idea ! NOTE: Several weeks ago I wrote a blog on “ Why Trade Shows Don’t Work” , shortly after a good friend, Todd Schnick, wrote me a note to discuss how he makes trade shows work!

5 Big tips to make LinkedIn ads work for you

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Stop expecting people to work that way. One of the best converting offers I’ve worked with was a piece of content promoted with the line “we’ve read all the books so you don’t have to.” And it worked extremely well.

When social media marketing doesn’t work

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Sure there can be a social component at some point, but in this situation, advertising still works. The post When social media marketing doesn’t work appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}.

How Experiential Marketing Works: 7 Enlightening Tips

Hubspot

It can work on a number of different levels. We’ll talk more about partnering with other brands in a bit, but working with other businesses on these initiatives can benefit everyone involved, especially if it enhances the experience and helps you both reach previously untapped audiences.

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56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works

B2B Marketing Insider

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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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 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.

7 Steps to Improve Collaboration at Work

Vertical Response

Whether everyone in your company works from the same office or you’re part of a virtual team, engaging with others who have complementary perspectives can lead to increased productivity. Is your team working on increasing conversion rates ? Allow large chunks of individual work time.

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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.