News & Opinions
The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Britt Klontz / Content Marketing Institute / February 3, 2015
Data doesn’t have to be boring. With a little thought, it can be turned into something that is intrinsically engaging, inspires conversation, and works hard for your brand.
From one-off stats to extensive studies, consider why data that at first seems dry or irrelevant might be interesting to your target audience if you give it a new lease on life. Carefully researched and credible data gives a blog post clout. Whether it’s data from another company (yes, really) or already in the public domain, data curation can mean content creation – brand new content that drives your key performanceRead More
Andrew Hanelly / McMurry / TMG / November 5, 2014
You’ve probably had this conversation with a cabbie:
“Where ya headed?”
You give a destination address.
“Any preferred route?”
Years ago, unless you were a local or a control freak, you’d usually just let the cab driver choose the route that would avoid traffic and get you there fastest.
But technology has changed all of that. Thanks to apps such as Waze, which displays real-time traffic data and highlight the quickest route, the backseat driver has never been more empowered or opinionated — and the cabbies don’t like it.
As it is with cabbies, so it is with marketers: Too oftenRead More
Craig Webb / ProSales / August 13, 2014
Think of your LBM life for the past seven years as like being in a triathlon.
The housing crash tossed you into the swimming part of the race, forcing you to focus on not drowning. When at last you stagger onto dry land, you can see blue skies, but you know the race isn’t over. For this leg, you climb onto a bicycle and continue the race in a new way. But unlike the swimming or running sections of the event, this leg won’t be decided solely based on how hard you work. It also will hinge on how good your bicycle is.
In the building material supply triathlon, data is that bicycle, and it’s already helpingRead More
Brian Anderson / Demand Gen Report / September 17, 2014
While the role of content continues to mature, many marketers are just beginning to discover its true value — primarily in the data they can obtain through prospects’ interactions with content and its ability to enhance engagement through multiple channels.
At Marketo’s Marketers First virtual event, roughly 20,000 marketing professionals attended sessions throughout the day, highlighting best practices for content marketing, data analytics and social media. A recurring theme was that content needs to build trust and should not be used primarily as a sales tool.