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3 Audience Types Essential to Successful Content Marketing
Joe Pulizzi / Business 2 Community / November 30, 2013
As you may or may not know, I earned my stripes in the publishing business, and had the opportunity to work with over 100 different B2B brands during my time there. It’s with this experience in mind that I’d like to ask you to name the most important asset to a publisher. Is it the people? The brand image? The facility and its capabilities? Without an audience, publishers can’t generate any revenue. No one will advertise in their magazines. No one will sponsor their email newsletters. No one will buy any direct company offers. There’s nothing but silence. As a content marketer yourself, youRead More
Do You REALLY Know Your Customers?
Stephanie Walden / Mashable / November 25, 2013
Know your audience: it’s basic marketing 101. (In fact, it’s probably the first lesson of the first class.) Who is buying or utilizing your product, service or platform? Even businesses that don’t meticulously record this information are at least aware of their customer base — it’s simply common sense. Take, for example, the following scenario: Your brand is a high-end line of women’s footwear with locations throughout Southern California. You know which basic demographics to target: women between 25-45, within a specific income bracket, living inRead More
John Crosby / HW.com / October 9, 2013
The conference will kick off next week with thousands of remodeling industry pros converging on Chicago’s Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. Make your plans to attend and gain an edge for your business with the latest product knowledge, business know-how, and new business contacts – all at the 2013 Remodeling Show. Check out the details on the show.
Remodeling magazine’s Lauren Hunter asked five 2013 Remodeling Show & DeckExpo presenters to describe their sessions in five words or less. Needless to say, they didn’t mince words. Read more.Read More
Avinash Kaushik / Occam's Razor / September 30, 2013
Two things I love a lot:
1. Frameworks, because if I can teach someone a new mental model, a different way of thinking, they can be incredibly successful.
2. Visuals, because if I can paint a simple picture about something complex it means I understand it and in turn I can explain it to others.
This post is at the intersection of those two lovely things.
Each of the six visuals re-frames a unique facet of the digital opportunity/challenge, and shares how to optimally take advantage of the opportunity/challenge.
We’ll start with digital at the highest strategic level, which leads us into contentRead More
eMarketer / September 30, 2013
In-house content is most common
Digital marketing has driven home the importance of content, as marketers strive to keep customers engaged and drive brand awareness. These were the top two benefits of content marketing, according to an August 2013 survey of marketers in North America from Unisphere Research. And marketers are certainly putting money behind that effort: 48% of respondents reported devoting at least 10% of their budget to content creation, with 19% of marketers allocating 25% or more.
That said, there are still holdouts among marketers who either do not think contentRead More
Ann Shea / Skyline Trade Show Tips / October 1, 2013
LinkedIn, especially when combined with Twitter and Google+, offers show presenters and attendees a way to connect with others before, during and after trade shows.
When you plan to attend or exhibit at a trade show, one of the first things you can do is determine whether there is a Twitter hashtag (denoted by a one-word keyword + the pound or # sign prior to the word) for the event. Hopefully event organizers have had the foresight to designate a short and unique hashtag. As an example, one of the largest trades shows every year is the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. The hashtag for recurring annualRead More
Vince Koehler / Sales Benchmark Index / October 1, 2013
The Holy Grail of 2014 Planning: Marketing Contribution as a % of Total Revenue.
2013 is the last year executives accepted activity-level results from marketing. CEO’s don’t accept activity reports from Sales leaders without revenue results. Expectations of marketing accountability have increased to the level expected of sales performance.
It’s easy to get caught up in reporting activity and miss the big picture. There is so much interesting click data available. Executive marketing leaders need to push the debris aside. Focus on the core business drivers thatRead More