Return On Influence

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

      By Mark Schaefer Here’s the current state of my advertising consumption. I subscribe to digital versions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and my local paper. I have not seen a newspaper ad in five years. Maybe longer. With the exception of the news or a live sporting event, I never see ads on TV. Nearly all of my video consumption is through Netflix or Amazon Prime.

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  • Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

    … By Mark Schaefer This is the time of year people post their prognostications for the next year. The predictions will be … predictable: More video! More Snapchat! More podcasts! Well, OK. It’s pretty easy to make a prediction based on what’s already happening. But there are less obvious tectonic forces rumbling through our marketplace. Here’s…

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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

    … business discipline and broader measures into consideration to reap the vast potential benefits of these powerful advocates. If you enjoyed this article, you might benefit from my book Return On Influence, a book the American Library Association characterized as “path-finding.” The post A course correction for influence marketing measurement…

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

    … the ego, but the truth about social proof is that they’re nothing to lose sleep over—and can actually help your sales. Illustration courtesy of Flickr CC and Jurgen Appelo The post Too much of a good thing? The weird truth about social proof. appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Related Stories A lesson in the remarkable marketing power of reciprocity An expanded view of influence marketing measurement The seedy underbelly of advocate marketing …

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  • An expanded view of influence marketing measurement

    … way to measure anything when it comes to true influence. So WHERE is the power of influence marketing occurring … if it is happening at all? In a recent post, I explained that there are eight benefits of influence marketing: Reach/Awareness (especially when yours is limited) Research (since these people are generally experts in their field…

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  • 8 Practical applications for influence marketing

    … In late 2011, I turned in a manuscript for the first book on social influence marketing, Return On Influence. At the end of the book I predicted that influence marketing would become a mainstream activity within two years, a bold prediction since nobody was even using the term back then! But my prediction did come true. The ability for everyone…

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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

    … Advocate marketing is getting a bit … prickly. While there are undoubtedly some wonderful programs out there, and many brands are doing it well, there is a rising tide of weird stuff going on in the influencer space, as we explore on the latest episode of The Marketing Companion. The ability for anybody to publish content and gain an active…

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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

    … Influence marketing is becoming shrill and annoying. Every day I get nonsensical pitches asking me to become a brand advocate and write about a brand, watch a demo for a brand, or accept a guest post (about auto glass tinting, tanning beds, accounting software?). I guess it’s predictable … like anything in business, when people find a good…

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  • 7 Ways social media has changed leadership

    …. Which one do you choose? The sad and strange truth is that these numbers matter and actually create an image of leadership from nothing. In my book Return On Influence, I tell the story about a former social media leader who admitted to me that he had manufactured his entire social media presence. He bought Twitter followers and Facebook Likes…

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  • Should you make the leap into sponsored content?

    … Stories Influence Marketing is hot and about to get hotter Social Media and the Stock Market: A Lesson in Global Manipulation Monetizing blog comments: Why your blog is economic gold Social Media and the History of Aggression Are the bad guys winning? …

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