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    • What every marketer needs to know about the Internet of Things

      By Mark Schaefer No list of hot technology trends is complete without a mention of the Internet of Things (IoT). But as we go into a new year, how does this become real to us as marketers? How is IoT going to show up in our daily worklife? Tom Webster and I thought this would be a fascinating topic for an episode of our podcast but frankly the subject is over our heads! Not ...

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    • Smart speakers, the streamification of content and big changes ahead

      By Mark Schaefer I’ve been in marketing more than 30 years and I think we’re facing the period of greatest change in my experience, probably the greatest period of change in the history of marketing. In this new episode of The Marketing Companion, Tom Webster and explore the bold ideas that will have a profound impact on marketers including smart speakers, artificial intelli ...

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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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  • An insider’s view of the American election and its meaning for marketers

    … of “social desirability bias” and how it shows up on social media Was the election won on Twitter? How big data and analytics delivered the election win The importance of the focused message and a movement The impact of fake news If you listen to one podcast, it would probably be This American Life with Ira Glass. But if you listen to TWO…

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  • A content dominance strategy drives new media economy

    … is drying up. This trend also explains some of the content/carrier alliances and mergers. Could this open up new marketing opportunities? The development of this new media economy is simply a fascinating idea and you’ll not want to miss this recorded conversation. Click here to get up to speed on the new content dominance strategy: If you can’t access…

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  • What marketing skills do you need for career success today?

    … of change in the industry, we thought it was time to bring some attention to the issue. In the latest episode of The Marketing Companion we dissect the state of the marketing nation and explore the marekting skills needed to prevail in our field today. Ready for this? Here we go! If you can’t access the edition above, click on this link to listen…

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  • The true goal of influence: Persuasion

    … We talk a lot about influence, but what is the true goal of influencing? Persuading. While I was far afield in South America for the past few weeks, Tom’s wife Tamsen sat in for me in this episode of The Marketing Companion. Tom and Tamsen talk about the relationship between influence and persuasion, and what it really takes to not only make…

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  • How to create a winning strategy with crappy content

    … is either to be the content curator or to be the brand trusted above all others. If we can create content that is un-missable, unmistakable, and un-copy-able we might have a chance … but let’s explore this idea a little more, shall we? Tom Webster and I dive over the crappy content waterfall in our latest Marketing Companion episode. We punch…

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  • A thought exercise on social media and critical thinking

    … might surprise you. Social media and critical thinking Here is a grand irony. In this modern day, we have the accumulated knowledge of the human race in the palm of our hand, and we use this device primarily to rant about politics or share cat pictures. Although we have the infinite opportunity to learn and consider opposing views, the level…

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  • The reality of online influence and the only thing that matters

    … had to learn the hard way: There is an entirely new paradigm of power in the online world … or what I call the new “equity of influence.” Here’s what I mean. In the carbon-based world of a traditional corporate office job, these are some of the things that help create power and influence: Job title Salary Achievements Number of direct…

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  • Why Content Shock is coming to a Facebook ad near you

    … If you read between the lines, Facebook just told us it’s going to become a lot more expensive to be in marketing soon. In their recent blockbuster earnings announcement, CFO Dave Wehner said something interesting: Facebook’s ad load, or the total number of ads the company can show to each user, will be a “relative non-factor for predicting…

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  • Should Facebook be regulated?

    … Should children be exposed to graphic violence on Facebook without your knowledge and consent? Is it a widely-available broadcast channel like TV that should be regulated, or is it something different? The social web has created amazing opportunities to learn, discover, connect, and have fun. But with the advent of innovations like live…

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  • The new psychology of content consumption

    … when grandma joins in. The dramatic behavioral shift in consumer content streaming behavior. It appears that a massive psychological change is underway and there is more widespread trust in the cloud. There are some trends here that will amaze you. Facebook’s random acts of strategy. The company is introducing new concepts and then stopping them…

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  • Six thought-provoking and profound marketing trends

    … Each year, Mary Meeker compiles a wide-ranging report on the top Internet trends on behalf of venture capitalist firm KPCB. The report goes on for 213 pages. And do you have time for that? No! That’s why Tom Webster and I distilled the report into the profound marketing trends that will have the biggest impact on you. Some of the ideas we cover…

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  • Podcasts and advertising: Meet social media’s new super power

    … discussed it with Tom Webster on our latest episode of The Marketing Companion. If you love podcasting, marketing, advertising, social media, or just the sound of Tom’s voice, you won’t want to miss this show. Plus, you’ll learn about Tommodium, a new pharmaceutical product from the Marketing Companion Labs. It’s the solution to Social Media…

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  • How do you make your content the signal instead of the noise?

    … courtesy Flickr CC and Robin The post How do you make your content the signal instead of the noise? appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Related Stories Why “rich content” is central to your social media strategy The silver lining in the bad news about content marketing The business case for unbranded content Brand bullying and other things that need to change Are you ready for the mega-shift from social media to private media? …

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