Marketing Best Practices

    • Content shock re-visited, the content marketing myths and realities

      By Mark Schaefer For the past few years I’ve been a contributor to The Harvard Business Review. I submit my very best article once a quarter or so, an editor reviews it, she suggests some minor modifications, and then it would be published. Last week, I received a note from my editor that stabbed me in the heart: Mark, this is an excellent article.

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  • 4 Ways Marketers Can Up Their Mental Game

    … By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist For marketers, our mental game is likely one of our most valued (and valuable) assets. Mental challenges for marketers include creativity, focus, and juggling the five Ps: Your product(s) Your pricing Placement Promotion And of course, your people Here are four ways to up your…

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  • The gig economy and conversational marketing

    … In the next episode of The Marketing Companion Tom Webster and I explore three rich and timely topics: The “Gig economy” — The ability to match buyers and sellers in order to monetize incremental time has revolutionized the economy. As much as 2 percent of the U.S. economy may be gig-based. But there is a seedy underbelly to this trend…

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  • What it’s like to be hugged by a brand. Literally.

    … that the best brands are no longer B2B or B2C, they’re P2P — connecting their people with consumers who need them. Despite the amazing new technology we have to connect with people directly, most brands have fallen into the same bad habits of using social media content to advertise, sell, and promote. What are some of the biggest digital marketing trends…

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  • Content marketing strategy: Start with questions, end with insights

    … By Mark Schaefer A great way to initiate your content marketing strategy is to “start with answers and end with insights.” Let’s unpack that idea. A few years ago, YouTube came out with a white paper stating that companies doing the best job building brands on the web used three different kinds of content: Hygiene — The “everyday content…

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  • Your marketing strategy is not a decision. It’s decided for you

    … marketing options, they don’t know where to start. I’ve been offering this service for more than three years and I have a 100 percent success rate at helping people get on track. Here’s my secret to success: I demonstrate that there really aren’t that many marketing options at all. In fact, most of the time your market strategy is dictated to you…

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  • What is the role of content marketing in an ad-free world?

    …. Many content marketing best practices are still just advertising in disguise and that needs to change. “Lead nurturing” is a kind way to say we’re going to keep bugging you until you tell us to go away. Pop-up ads are so annoying that Google is taking action to penalize sites that use them. Ultimately, we have to treat people with respect online…

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  • A content dominance strategy drives new media economy

    …” (getting all your media from the internet instead of traditional TV and cable) is only growing at just 1 percent per year. Growth in cord-cutting has been blunted because just 12 percent of the U.S. has access to the minimum speeds needed for multiple pay TV video streams. In our new episode of The Marketing Companion, Tom Webster and I dissect…

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  • Strategies to deal with losing readers through the newsfeed evolution

    … 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 Irina Slutsky Related Posts Tags: blogging best practices…

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  • 5 Ways to distinguish your content and brand by using research

    … of The Marketing Companion podcast. Illustration courtesy Married to the Sea. Tags: content marketing, research, tom webster Posted in Content distribution, Content Marketing, Content Shock, economics of social media, Infographics, Marketing best practices, research, Social Media best practices, Social Media Strategy | No Comments » All posts …

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  • What is Blockchain and what is its impact on marketing?

    … be selling products through Blockchain, but marketing companies who run off of it as well. A basic grasp of how it works and how important it will prove to be is likely sufficient now, but won’t be in the future. The importance of privacy is becoming more clear. Right now people are flocking to ephemeral applications like Snapchat and to encrypted…

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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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  • I’ll be telling my stories on Sundays

    … The hottest social media trend is live-streaming video. It seems like everybody is trying to figure out how to give behind-the-scenes peeks and on-the-fly insights. It’s a great new technology — I’m a big fan of Blab and have done a few Facebook live and Periscope events. But with this opportunity comes a new pressure to “perform” on camera…

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  • Highlights from my #SMMW keynote speech

    … holding us back: ROI and measurement, RESOURCES to get things done, and REACH in a noisy world. Let’s look at these in a little more detail. ROI How do we measure social media marketing? This is a topic we have been debating for more than a decade! I challenged the audience to consider qualitative measures in addition to things they could easily…

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  • The world’s best creativity technique

    … OK, some blog post headlines tend to be a little sensational. Not this one. I want to share with you the absolute best, can’t-miss technique for truly breakthrough thinking I have ever used. That sounds like a cheesy affiliate ad or something, but there’s no catch here. I am simply giving you one of my best leadership ideas. But it gets better…

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  • Martin Lindstrom on instinct and competitive advantage

    …, or a British housewife reading The Sun. The founder of IKEA was no different. You’d find the enigmatic Ingvar Kamprad running cash registers in his stores. Why? Because he was determined to understand not just what people buy, but also why. Sitting at the checkout stand let him interact with customers, one at a time. “There is only one boss…

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