Marketing Companion

    • What does digital transformation mean to marketing?

      Is your head spinning over the prospect of digital transformation and marketing? Certainly the change ahead might seem dizzying. Social media and social selling, Big Data and analytics, new listening platforms, and artificial intelligence are just a few of the ideas gaining momentum. How does a marketing leader manage through this level of change? In this new episode of The ...

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    • A strategy to stay relevant in a tumultuous marketing world

      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.

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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…

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

    … new podcast available here: fullmontyshow.com. BuzzSumo is the world’s best way to discover, analyze and amplify your content. Run over to BuzzSumo today for a 14 day free trial. Beyond data, BuzzSumo offers priceless insights into content discovery, monitoring, influencers and outreach, content research and planning, and competitor research. Find…

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  • The gig economy and conversational marketing

    … Other ways to enjoy our podcast Click here to download the latest episode or subscribe in iTunes Complete Marketing Companion Episode Guide Click here for the show’s RSS feed – for Android listeners. Find the podcast on Stitcher Please support our extraordinary sponsors. Our content is free because of their generosity. BuzzSumo…

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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?

    … By Mark Schaefer There has been nothing short of an intense debate about the marketing skills needed for career success today. Gurus like Gary Vaynerchuk have decried college educations, claiming they are a waste of time and money. In an excellent and thought-provoking post, the brilliant Christopher Penn scolds the profession for falling…

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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

    … or conference soon. Illustration courtesy Flickr CC and Robin Zebrowski Related Posts Tags: automated writing, economics of content marketing, marketing companion, podcasts Posted in Artificial Intelligence, B2B and social media, Big Data and Analytics, Content distribution, Content Marketing, Content Shock, economics of social media, futurist, innovation, Marketing Strategy, Podcasts, Technology, The Marketing Companion | No Comments » All posts …

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  • A thought exercise on social media and critical thinking

    … at upgrading our Millennial reach by introducing a Would You Rather segment. You’ll learn why Tom would prefer to crap his pants in Starbucks and Mark can rock a thong. You are probably gripped with anticipation for this Marketing Companion episode and thankfully relief is in sight. In fact, it’s right here: If you can’t access the edition above…

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

    … reports Control of scarce resources Where you went to college Executive relationships/sponsorship Awards and certificates Size of office … there have even been studies that show how tall you are, how good-looking you are, and how you dress contribute to personal power in the “real world!” But on the Internet, none of this matters. Nobody…

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

    … better ads” part seems more difficult. Facebook will either need to do a better job proving its ads lead to sales, which it’s already trying to do, or offer more premium ads, like the commercials you might see on TV. A few years ago, I wrote a post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not Sustainable which predicted this eventuality…

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  • Should Facebook be regulated?

    … safeguard to keep horrific content away from the eyes of children. Shouldn’t this be a topic of national discussion? Can’t we expect some option that gives parents the right to keep horrific content away from their children? This is important. Let the debate begin here, on The Marketing Companion podcast. In our latest episode, Tom Webster and I tackle…

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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

    …, and switching costs. Will Facebook need to get into the music business? The game-changing technology of voice recognition accuracy. The malignant complexity of data and the vulnerability of a “single-source” supply channel. Pretty interesting stuff? If that wasn’t enough, it’s the third anniversary of The Marketing Companion and Tom and I have…

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