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It’s common knowledge that people don’t trust brands – they trust other people. All too often, digital marketing can come across as cold and lifeless. But it’s not hard to warm up your digital marketing, and win the trust of prospects and customers. Why? Because your company consists of people: people who probably have a healthy appetite for sharing their thoughts via social media.
You’re a sales and marketing machine. You’re constantly selling yourself and your ideas. You’re attaching your name to a specific area of expertise and delivering useful content – online and off – to earn more visibility and build trust with your peers. Or you’re not. In either case, you have a personal brand.
Marketing automation is the future of marketing. But it can be intimidating when you’re first getting started. Even the basics can seem overwhelming. But, as always, there are tricks to getting away from the overwhelm. And sometimes, getting started with automation is best done on paper – or whatever your favorite system of preparation happens to be – before you start in on us ...
In a recent webinar with GetResponse, Barry Feldman discussed ways to grow your email list with an essential piece of content: a lead magnet. What’s a lead magnet? You might know it by another name: opt-in offer, gated content, content upgrade, sign-up incentive. It is a piece of content you offer in exchange for your website visitor’s email address (and any other information ...
Hey, Barry here, your anti-expert in marketing automation. I’m learning it with you. Fun, fun, fun. Seriously, if I yack on about it as if I’m the mighty ninja of marketing automation, you’ll call my bluff and bail. I came clean in an eBook I wrote for GetResponse, A Solopreneur’s Journey Into Marketing Automation.
If you’re a solopreneur, you’re constantly busy running one aspect of your business or another. The last thing you have time to do is to adopt yet another marketing channel. Or so you think… Marketing Automation will have a learning curve, there’s no doubt about that. If you’re already using email marketing, adding automation will make you more efficient.
SEO has hit the fan, man. Hmm. What? I mean, if you think you have foolproof tactics up your sleeve and magic linking techniques in your back pocket for optimizing your content, I’m sorry to inform you that your sleeve and pocket are see-through. In 2016, you can’t hide your tricks. The search gods see all. And they don’t look kindly on your 2010-era SEO.
Blogging remains the cornerstone of most content marketing efforts. According to HubSpot, marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13 times more likely to enjoy positive ROI. The data presented by HubSpot also claims B2B companies that blog produce 67 percent more leads than those that don’t.
Marketers have been using “spray and pray” tactics for decades. The email equivalents are often called “blasts.” The idea: purchase a large list, push your message to the masses and hope some buckshot hits the target. This form of email marketing is outdated and ineffective. It can backfire. Sending spam can tarnish your reputation and sever more relationships than it builds.
Content marketers beware: The battle you fight for attention is hard and getting harder. Customers don’t know what content they’re looking for (or even that they’re looking for content). They simply want answers. While a company blog is a smart content marketing play, it’s probably not enough. Consistently creating and publishing great content can be insanely difficult.
Internet. Interactive. The two were destined to collide. The term “internet” came to be because it connected networks. The prefix “Inter” means “between.” It follows that “interactive” means “action between.” Or something like that. The point is we were destined to interact online. We live for interaction and the Internet lives to give it to us.
There’s a greater than 4-to-1 chance you’re missing out on a gigantic opportunity to put your content in the path of your prospects. See, according to the new Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 85% of marketers don’t use SlideShare. Here’s the data. In the report, Social Media Examiner’s Michael Stelzner writes, “Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest ...
LinkedIn enters into every conversation I have about personal branding. It comes up in the daily conversations I have about content marketing and new media advertising. And whenever I’m tasked with helping people get started with social media marketing, the discussion always includes LinkedIn. There has never been a more powerful business networking tool than LinkedIn.
Give me a C. Give me an R. Give me an O. What’s that spell? CRO. Let’s go! Yes indeed, savvy marketers are rallying around conversion rate optimization, the process of improving conversion. CRO is the big game. The winners in online marketing know this. They focus on developing CRO skills. They practice the discipline daily.
I spent a chunk o’ time messing with the headline above. See, I want a lot of people to read this blog post. Bloggers generally attach great value to the number of viewers a post earns. And a proven strategy for increasing the reach of your content is to inspire readers to share it via social media.
There’s this charismatic, orange-clad character trotting the globe evangelizing a better way to build your business. Joe. Joe gave it a name. Content marketing. Joe gave it a home. Cleveland. Joe gave it a main event. Content Marketing World. And Joe wrote the bible. Epic Content Marketing. Epic isn’t Joe’s first book. It’s his third.
Want to build an online community? When you understand the power of the online community, you’re bound to answer in the affirmative. Vanessa DiMauro, CEO of Leader Networks, will tell you the online community is the most powerful way to connect with prospects today. Well-run online communities advance trust building.
You can define conversion any way you choose. Marketers, especially those with longer sales cycles, often elect to call an email opt-in a conversion. It’s not wrong to do so; but let’s face it, most of your email subscribers don’t give you a lot of their time, and only a few give you their money.
A few weeks ago here on Copyblogger, Demian Farnworth presented the infographic as the Salvador Dalí of content marketing — the most interesting person at the cocktail party. More than just a superficial presence, an infographic is a significant asset pillar with diverse possibilities that help you grow your media empire. Today, let’s equate the Internet to the world of pop music.