The Terrible 2014 CMO Guide to the Social Landscape

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Yesterday, I had this post completed and was just about to click publish when I knocked a beer over on my laptop. I hope it wasn’t karma coming to kick my butt. The laptop survived, but somehow the blog post disappeared. I’m writing this post with the faint smell of beer in the background to remind me to keep my snarkiness down. Here’s the thing, … Continue reading

Here’s How to Optimize Your Blog for Content Marketing

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No matter what kind of content you’re creating, your blog should be the central hub for all things content marketing. But how do you make sure that central nervous system is set up for success? Luckily, there are some simple tweaks that will amplify distribution and ensure that your followers know exactly what they’re supposed to do next. It’s safe to say today that people like … Continue reading

How the Connected Enterprise Will Create a $47B Identity Security Market

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In the last year, the average data breach cost companies a total of $3.5M, which is 15% more than the previous year. As a result, CIOs are searching for ways to keep their corporate data protected while minimizing productivity loss for employees. Ping Identity presents the facts about the identity security market and offers solutions for how companies can enable secure access in the infographic … Continue reading

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

The Art and Science of Content Marketing

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While much of what we write for companies are thought leadership pieces, answering frequently asked questions, and customer stories – one type of content stands out. Whether it’s a blog post, an infographic, a whitepaper or even a video, the best performing content tells a story that’s explained or illustrated well, and supported by research. This infographic from Kapost really pulls together what performs best … Continue reading

Will Your Branded Content Idea Work? 5 Ways to Know

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Branded content is not one size fits all. What works for one brand may not work for all, and it’s good to know if your content idea is likely to work before you pour resources into executing it. Column Five has come up with 5 questions you can ask yourself and your team to see if your brilliant ideas will translate from the meeting room to your target … Continue reading

What $22 Billion Can Get You: Facebook’s Acquisitions in Perspective

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Imagine if your company had so much money that you could spend $22 billion on acquiring other companies. While this would only happen in most people’s wildest dreams, it is the reality for Facebook. In 2013, Honduras and Afghanistan brought in less money than Facebook’s acquisitions. The top 13 big budget blockbuster films combined only total $2.4B, yet that $22B in acquisitions is still $8B away … Continue reading

The Content Marketing Conundrum

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Whether you’re across the pond or here in the Americas, I don’t believe the challenges with content marketing are indifferent… developing a measured strategy that develops compelling content relevant to your audiences across mediums and levels of intent is tough. There’s no secret, it’s simply hard work. As many of us would have expected their findings revealed that content budgets were due to rise in … Continue reading