Communty-Building

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

      By Mark Schaefer With much flourish, Coca-Cola announced in 2011 that it would be moving from “creative excellence to content excellence.” It made an epic, two-part animated video on their strategy, explaining that they would be creating such amazing content that it could not be contained. Shortly after this announcement, the company launched a magazine-style site called Coca-Cola Journey.

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    • Three proven tips on finding niche markets hungry for your work

      By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Bestselling author Larry Correia once gave advice on how to be a professional author who actually WRITES for a living. His two-point advice is deceptively simple: 1) “Get good enough at your writing that people give you money for your stuff.” 2) “Find the people who give you money for your stuff” Even though these examples ...

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  • A Simple Rule for How Brands Should Work with Influencers: Attention Retention

    … By Jay Acunzo, {grow} Community Member TL;DR—Influencer marketing is a big and growing trend, but few organizations are reaping the biggest possible rewards of the approach. Let’s reset our thinking, so we can improve our results. When a new trend starts careening towards ubiquity, the pundits beat their blogs for blood—declaring victors…

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  • How to build a truly actionable social media audience

    … of positioning, consistency, quality, SEO, social media, engagement, analytics, and more. But most of all, it takes patience to build a truly actionable audience, not merely a bunch of social media followers. Mark Schaefer is the chief blogger for this site, executive director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions, and the author of several best-selling digital…

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  • Stop creating Random Acts of Content

    … 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. After listening intently for a couple…

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  • The language of business: What you’re selling may be not be what they’re buying

    … 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 what we’re selling is not necessarily what they’re buying! If you can’t view…

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  • Three strategies to take the heat out of customer conflict

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist It’s an uncomfortable topic most of us never want to face, but let’s be real. Working with clients may eventually run you into trouble. We are unique individuals and carry different ideas, and when we don’t communicate them effectively, verbal crossfire ensues. I had my fair share of customer…

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  • The greatest content marketing case study in history

    … Solutions, and the author of several best-selling digital marketing books. He is an acclaimed keynote speaker, college educator, and business consultant. The Marketing Companion podcast is among the top business podcasts in the world. Contact Mark to have him speak to your company event or conference soon. Illustration courtesy Flickr CC and MK Feeney The post The greatest content marketing case study in history appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. …

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  • How SMBs can get more leads through marketing automation

    … campaign – i.e. one where you roll out a few emails one after the other, with the purpose of building up interest in your business. Scoring: one of the best parts of using marketing automation software is that you can score your subscribers in order to better define them. With scoring, you can prioritize your leads more easily; basically, the better…

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  • Case Study: Using influencers to quickly build an audience for your content

    … consultant. The Marketing Companion podcast is among the top business podcasts in the world. Contact Mark to have him speak to your company event or conference soon. The post Case Study: Using influencers to quickly build an audience for your content appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. …

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  • 5 Marketing Lessons I learned from the dystopian “Black Mirror”

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist A viciously addictive series has taken my mind hostage and filled it with warnings about the future. The culprit is Black Mirror, a dystopian sci-fi show from the UK, now bought by Netflix and prolonged to a third season. Each episode works like a standalone cautionary tale and deals with ordinary…

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  • Strategies to deal with losing readers through the newsfeed evolution

    …, economics of social media, economist, foundr, mark schaefer, newsfeed Posted in Blogging best practices, branding, Case studies, Communty-building, Content distribution, economics of social media, Entrepreneurism, facebook, Facebook marketing, Internet marketing, Marketing best practices, Marketing Strategy, Mobile marketing, ROI and measurement, Snapchat, Social Media best practices, Social Media Strategy, Traditional media and advertising, Uncategorized | No Comments » All posts …

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  • How to Host a Marketing Conference That Doesn’t Tank

    … By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist I travel a lot, either to present at conferences or to facilitate workshops. I’m even in a Facebook group for frequent business travelers (great luggage tips)! Attending so many events has led me to appreciate the ones that are well organized. The difference between hosting a memorable, worthwhile…

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  • Finally, the truth about social media and customer engagement

    … By Mark W. Schaefer When I started on Twitter in 2008, it was THE cool place to connect, share ideas, and meet new people. I would hang out there in the evenings and have amazing conversations with new friends from all around the globe. And then, it got crowded. My precious little band of followers ballooned to hundreds, thousands, and tens…

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  • How to turn social media connections into an actionable audience

    … a “like” button, for example. But it takes more investment to actually act on a person’s influence and buy a book, show up at a rally, or contribute to a charity. And so we bust one of the Internet’s big myths. Audience size does not equal “activation.” Building social media connections that work SO how do we create action on the web? You would think…

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