Return On Influence

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

    …, influence marketing is an indispensable tactic and one of the hottest trends around. In 2012 I wrote the first book on influence marketing (Return On Influence) and predicted that it would become a mainstream tactic. The reason is simple: Social media has flipped the center of power. Everyone with an opinion and a wifi connection can publish…

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  • Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

    …. It’s time to give up and surrender to Facebook. They want the content, you’ll have to give them the content. Seriously. It’s time to surrender. People don’t want to visit your website any more. They don’t even want your app. They want all their information in their newstream. This means we will be optimizing for Facebook — as well as Google…

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  • The disconnect between social media popularity and business effectiveness

    …. Stay centered. Do great work. Be kind to people and help them. Sure, some people fake it, but today anybody, anywhere can also build real influence on the web. And that is such a powerful and amazing opportunity. Mark Schaefer is the chief blogger for this site, executive director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions, and the author of several best…

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  • A course correction for influence marketing measurement

    …. In fact, he has little business experience at all. But he has a large social media following. Are you an influencer just because you declare it? What makes somebody an influencer? I did a project in 2014 for a large global ad agency to survey the world of influence marketing. What we found is that 85 percent of all ad/marketing agencies…

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  • Too much of a good thing? The weird truth about social proof.

    … are essential to many businesses. Research done by The New York Times showed that people believe content shared on the web — even from a stranger — before they will believe your advertising. Social proof can come in many forms — ratings, reviews, testimonies, badges, referrals, and associations with influential people, to name a few. It is becoming…

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  • An expanded view of influence marketing measurement

    …. Another view of influence marketing measurement With the help of Dr. Jonah Berger, the Keller Fay Group conducted research on what they called “micro-influencers,” (I referred to them as the Citizen Influencers in my book). These folks are not traditional celebrities, but knowledgeable, passionate experts seen as a trusted source through the content…

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  • 8 Practical applications for influence marketing

    …,” he said. “When the brand is being mentioned in a tweet, in a Facebook post, in a blog post, video, or comment, there’s great value to that. We are going out to people who have a huge following and a high degree of influence. “When you do an ROI analysis, the cost per thousand impressions (CPM) I’ve seen is coming in around $1.50 to $3.00. Very…

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  • A lesson in the remarkable marketing power of reciprocity

    … Rod Swanson, the owner of Colonel Mustard’s shop in Highlands, NC demonstrates the results of the power of reciprocity as he packs up my purchases. In my book Return On Influence, I do a deep dive on the changing nature of power on the web. The old ways of accumulating influence through connections, wealth, and a position on an organizational…

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  • The seedy underbelly of advocate marketing

    …, Return On Influence Crowdly The book The Content Code: Six essential strategies to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business Augustine Fou’s Slideshare channel on ad corruption New York Times article on why brands and influencers are getting picky Please support our extraordinary sponsors. Our content is free because…

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  • Can Marketers Predict and Measure Influence, Down to the Dollar?

    … deep into customer data and predict which customers would drive more spending through social media? Marketers have been wondering about this for years. In his 2012 book Return on Influence, Mark Schaefer predicted that companies would seek to assign dollar values to influencers. Even then, Schaefer saw influence as having a direct and measurable…

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  • The secret to getting me to become your brand advocate

    … classes and speeches. I would guess in the last 12 months 5,000 people have heard me mention IBM and they are not paying me to do it. I BELIEVE in what they are doing and they gave me extraordinary insight — not a sales pitch — so I could do my job better. That is advocacy done right. 5. Agency for advocacy? In my book Return On Influence (the first…

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  • 7 Ways social media has changed leadership

    … agenda or obvious leader. Without question, social media helped these initiatives coalesce. But to what end? The power vacuum in the Middle East has been filled with conventional parties again, leading to more discord. I’m not sure what concrete accomplishment the rudderless Occupy Wall Street movement can claim in the end. These movements had…

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  • Social advocacy marketing gains legitimacy

    … months? Walter: When I started with Branderati, we knew we had a lot to prove. Not only about our platform and our unique point of view, but about advocacy marketing as a whole. Over the past year we have witnessed a much wider acceptance of the power of advocacy marketing to drive real results. The conversation has changed. We spend far less…

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  • Should you make the leap into sponsored content?

    … book Return On Influence. As the effectiveness of “traditional” advertising channels dries up, marketers will seek to “borrow” the large and loyal audiences of bloggers and other content creators. This movement has exploded so fast in the past 12 months, one journalist asked me last week if it needed to be regulated. She pointed out the number…

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