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By Mark Schaefer Last year, one of the major emerging themes at the annual SXSW festival was influence marketing and again this year, it dominated the branding sessions. Key “influence” ideas this year included shedding big influencers with large followers in favor of people who have trust, authority, and true impact. Certainly influence marketing is mainstream marketing today.
By Mark Schaefer Is social media turning into a three-horse race? New research by Edison indicates that Americans are starting to migrate to three big social media platforms, while usage and preference is flattening out on secondary platforms. In this scintillating, 99th episode of The Marketing Companion, Tom Webster reveals a study 2o years in the making: The Infinite Dial.
By Mark Schaefer I was sitting in a workshop with my friends at a big multi-national company and, like many companies, they were struggling to come up with a comprehensive content marketing plan. The company had little pockets of activity across their divisions but they were just not gaining any traction.
By Mark Schaefer I come from a world that celebrates impatience. Most of my career was spent in a large public company where there was only one standard of progress — beat the expectations of Wall Street, every quarter, every year, without excuse, without end. Life was run in the short-term. It was not unusual to compromise long-term benefits for short-term realities.
By Mark Schaefer To me, SXSW is the most exciting place in the world, featuring all the coolest breakthrough thinkers in media, publishing, technology, and marketing. I did my best to pluck out a few meaningful sessions and here are some interesting highlights I picked up from my trip. This is PART TWO of my report from Austin. You can see my earlier notes here.
By Mark Schaefer Each year I look forward to attending the annual SXSW conference to push my brain in some new directions. This is my eighth SXSW and to me, this is the most exciting place in the world featuring all the coolest breakthrough thinkers in media, publishing, technology, and marketing convening in one big Austin Texas madhouse.
By Mark Schaefer The story of my book KNOWN is really about how successful people establish a personal brand in the digital age. One of the things that impacted me profoundly is the discovery that all of them followed the same four steps to do it. From time to time, I want to feature people I meet along the way who can relate their own journey of becoming known.
By Mark Schaefer If you’ve been following popular culture at all, you’ve probably learned by now of the downfall (at least temporarily) of YouTube’s greatest star, PewDie Pie. PewDiePie, a Swedish gamer and humorist, is the first person alive to hit 10 billion views on YouTube. He pulls in more money each year than most Hollywood movie stars and he’s the epicenter of YouTube culture.
Sometimes I get concerned when my friends get caught in the social media bubble and start to lose touch with the language of real business. In this short video, I give some advice that might help you make progress with your internal and external customers: Sometimes wh ...
By Mark Schaefer It’s honesty time. I was a content screw-up in my early years because I made everything too complicated. When I started teaching, my college classes were FAR too packed with information. I made my students dizzy because of the information overload. My blog posts were too self-absorbed because I thought I had to be smart all the time.
By Mark Schaefer My friend Mitch Joel has been on a roll lately. I’ve always considered him one of the world’s great marketing bloggers but the quality of his thinking lately seems to have gone up a notch. If you don’t yet subscribe to his blog Six Pixels of Separation, you should! One of his recent posts inspired today’s topic … and it’s a juicy one: How social media is upe ...
American baseball star Babe Ruth was among the first celebrity influencers. He made more money from his sponsorships than his sports career. By Mark Schaefer After uttering one sentence a few weeks ago, I was “fired” from a consulting job … before it even started. But it is an interesting tale and I wanted SOME good to come of it, so here it is — with a lesson about the future of advertising.
By Mark Schaefer The other day a friend offered to post my content as a marketing column in his regional lifestyle magazine. It would require almost no work on my side and potentially expose me to a different audience. A no brainer, right? I said no. Here’s why. The critical three I once worked with a business leader who would constantly ask, “What are your critical three?” ...
By Mark Schaefer Three years ago, I was working on what would be the biggest consulting contract of my career. It was a potential deal with a U.S. government agency and as part of the bidding process I had to be interviewed by their senior procurement professionals via Skype. It was a bit intimidating. The stakes were high and I was facing a table full of people I didn’t know.
By Mark Schaefer I’m often asked: “What is the next big thing in marketing?” This seems like a simple question, but I’m not sure I know any more. I started thinking about this and came up with at least 10 “big things” that will profoundly impact my career, and yours. I first posted this list on Facebook and it provoked some interesting comments.
By Mark Schaefer I had lunch with a friend the other day and we were observing a bunch of young people taking selfies. “You know,” he said, “the marketing world is just one big selfie.” So this became a discussion topic and perhaps it’s true. Here is what we would learn if we looked at the current marketing culture through the psychology of a selfie: It’s all about me. I want to be cool.
By Mark Schaefer I’m proud to announce the official launch of my sixth (and best) book, KNOWN: The handbook for building and unleashing your personal brand in the digital age. At the end of this post, you can download a chapter for free! And you can see a “trailer” for the book here: Click here if you can’t see the KNOWN book trailer.
One of the myths on the web today is that the people we look up to were mysteriously placed there by alien forces. They have some unknowable advantage over us that made them rise to the top. But that’s not the case at all. Everybody starts at the bottom. Everybody can rise to the top. This post will prove it.
By Mark Schaefer Over the past few months I have enjoyed working with Cisco and a project headed by the company’s director of leadership, Robert Kovach. I’ve been helping Robert with a program to coach Cisco executives with social media proficiency and on how they can become “known,” based on the principles of my new book which is cleverly titled … KNOWN.
Isadora Becker as Marge Simpson By Mark Schaefer I recently had an interesting conversation with my friend Jeremy Floyd, the CEO of FinWorx, and he made a provocative comment. “When we create material for our customers, we never call it content,” he said. “Content has become the enemy.” He had my attention! “Content is like a food buffet that feeds Google,” he continued.