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4 Content Marketing Initiatives You Need in 2015
Michelle Linn / Content Marketing Institute / November 14, 2014
We all know content marketers are working on too much, but some of our latest research puts this challenge into perspective. When presented with a list of 28 initiatives, B2C marketers indicated they are working on an average of 13 initiatives now, and they’ll be working on an additional nine initiatives on average in the next 12 months. And, these initiatives aren’t easily achieved (i.e., better converting website visitors, creating higher-quality content, developing a better mobile strategy). While there is validity in every single one of these initiatives, is tackling so muchRead More
B2B Marketers Measuring Campaign Influence For A Better View Of Buyer Behavior
Brian Anderson / Demand Gen Report / November 12, 2014
As B2B marketers plan next year’s campaigns, it has become common practice to analyze past campaigns to understand which programs, channels and content are driving pipeline and revenue. However, many B2B marketers still struggle with understanding to what extent individual campaigns have influenced overall buying decisions. Campaign effectiveness has traditionally been measured by looking at the first and last interaction that the lead had with the company before making a buying decision. As B2B marketers move to a more multi-touch approach, often interactions between the firstRead More
Jesse Noyes / Content Marketing Institute / November 3, 2014
“What’s more important in content marketing, quantity or quality?”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. The debate wages eternally. But my answer is always the same: “Consistency.”
At Kapost, we publish a lot of content – more than 200 assets per quarter. But quantity doesn’t mean much without consistency. Whether you’re publishing one blog post per week or every day, what matters most is that you deliver good content within an established cadence. Your audience should know what to expect and when to expect it.
Many organizations fail on the consistencyRead More
Ayaz Nanji / MarketingProfs / October 28, 2014
A similar proportion (43%) say their efforts are only somewhat coordinated, and 15% say demand generation and sales teams are not coordinated at all.
The report was based on data from a survey of 420 B2B marketing and sales professionals from around the world.Read More
Jeff Freund / Content Marketing Institute / October 22, 2014
Let’s start with some introductions. Content Marketing, meet Software Development, whose job is to continually deliver high-quality, functional software. And Software Development, meet Content Marketing, whose job is to continually deliver high-quality content that has an impact. You have some big things in common.
Incredible time has been devoted to increasing the throughput and quality of content or software development. The number of new tools, new processes, new practices, new paradigms, and new philosophies is increasing rapidly. However, one revolution in software developmentRead More
Verónica Maria Jarski / MarketingProfs / Oct 21, 2014
What are the most important skills that a marketer needs?
The following infographic by Formstack highlights seven skills that companies expect from their marketers.
The ability to understand data ranks high on the list. “Research predicts a shortfall of up to 1.5 million data-savvy managers by 2018,” Formstack states.
Technical skills, such as basic coding or video production, also make a job applicant more desirable. “Two of four new marketing hires will require technical skills,” according to Formstack.
Knowing how to get along with others (“soft skills”)Read More
Evan Rodgers / Content Marketing Institute / October 14, 2014
As more of you expand your efforts in video content marketing, you undoubtedly know (and have been told) that a call to action (CTA) is an absolute must have. That all-important prompt encourages someone to actually dosomething and it offers an opportunity to evaluate your video’s effectiveness.
Advice on how to weave an engaging and tightly integrated CTA into your video is much less decisive. Create a funny and personal or slick-motion graphic? Incorporate in video or description? The fact is that there is no single answer. The secrets to crafting a great CTA depend on your uniqueRead More