Is Marketing Really Changing Radically?

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This infographic pulls together some great results from a Accenture’s CMO Insights of 2014, but I’m afraid that it opens with a dramatic title that’s misrepresented. It states: 78% of Respondents Agree that marketing is expected to undergo radical changes over the next 5 years. Respectfully, I disagree. Marketing is evolving and digital is in the forefront of most strategies. Budgets are shifting, social and … Continue reading

You Spend 83 Days a Year Emailing

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The average salesperson logs over 2,000 hours per year on business communication, mostly on role-specific tasks (39%) and reading/answering emails (28%). While it would seem that social media is becoming the most popular mode of communication, as 72% of companies are now using social media in some form, email is still the top preference among businesses around the world. According to the McKinsey Global Institute … Continue reading

24 Inbound Marketing Pro Tips for Ecommerce Content Marketing

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The folks at ReferralCandy have done it again with this great compendium of inbound marketing advice for e-commerce content marketing in an infographic. I love this format they’ve put together… it’s a very cool checklist and a format that easily allows marketers to scan and pick up some great strategies as well as advice from some of the best industry professionals out there. Here are … Continue reading

The 13 Most Popular B2B Content Marketing Tactics

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This was an interesting infographic that I wanted to share from Wolfgang Jaegel. Not simply because it provides insight into what content marketing strategies are being deployed by B2B marketers, but because of the gap that I see in what content is being deployed versus what the impact of those strategies might be. In order of popularity, the list is social media, articles on your … Continue reading

The 8 Step Approach to Successful Content Marketing

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Vertical Measures has developed an 8-step approach for developing a successful content marketing project that includes strategy development, ideation, content creation, optimization, content promotion, distribution, lead nurturing and measurement. Viewing this content marketing as a cohesive strategy throughout the customer lifecycle is imperative because it aligns the content with the stage or intent that the visitor to your site and ensures there’s a path to … Continue reading

Tablet Growth: Usage Statistics and Expectations

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I’m an avid tablet user… I have an iPad and an iPad Mini aside from my MacBook Pro and an iPhone. Interestingly enough, I use each of the devices very specifically. My iPad Mini, for instance, is a perfect tablet for bringing for meetings and on business trips where there’s a lot of walking and I don’t want to drag around my laptop and all … Continue reading

2014: The Year of Customer Experience

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I would hope that every year is the year of customer experience for each of our companies, don’t you? I know that’s not the title was eluding to. In the past I’ve said that customer service is now a core to every company’s social strategy. Because of the natural tendency of consumers to share and research information online about the products they use, companies they … Continue reading

6 Myths of Social Sharing

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There are no rules! This has been my mantra for as long as I’ve been marketing. What I watch that works fantastic for one company barely moves the needle for another. Virtually no two businesses are alike, yet we have an entire marketing consulting industry of so-called experts that give bunk advice every single day. Of course there are strategies that may not align with … Continue reading

Brief History of Social Media Advertising

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While many social media purists tout the power and reach of organic social media marketing, it’s still a network that’s difficult to be discovered in without promotion. Social media advertising is a market that did not exist just a decade ago, but is projected to generate $11 billion in revenue by 2017. This is up from just $6.1 billion in 2013. Social advertisements offer the … Continue reading