Like most marketers faced with a sometimes overly conservative management, I too had to find a way to pull out every stop to sell the value of content marketing and prove my case for implementing it. This meant I had to get my hands dirty with our website’s analytics and show them why we weren’t doing a good enough job getting visitors to our website and keeping them there; that lack of regular content and a fluid way of delivering it were contributing to the problem. So, if you know you need to get your management team on board but you haven’t yet figured out how, here’s what I did and 5 selling points I used to win over the “suits”. Before we begin, remember to keep it simple and have real data to support your recommendations, keep marketing lingo off to the side.
It appears that weeks when Apple announces something the publishing world shuts down in anticipation; I found it surprisingly difficult to find good reading this week. Of course, I didn’t write much either. If you had the same problem, try reading a few of the pieces I did find below. Enjoy!
(Infographic) The Fundamentals Of Online B2B Lead Generation – SocialMouths.com published a fantastic infographic provided by Unbounce this week with a strong focus on B2B lead generation. I don’t typically like infographics but this one caught my attention. Continue reading
We all knew it was coming, and like most B2B marketers I too was faced with a harsh reality: create content or die. The good news is that now we’re empowered with the resources to position our marketing departments as a profit generator instead of a dead, immeasurable expense. However, this does go hand-in-hand with a higher accountability. MarketingProfs recently spotlighted the 2012 B2B Content Marketing Trends Survey conducted by Holger Schulze for Optify and found that 83.5% of B2B marketers surveyed say they are stepping up their content marketing production over the next 12 months. The point is, for B2B marketers, lead generation in 2013 will almost entirely be about content creation. Ouch! Is it too late to rewrite the budget? Sharpen your pencils, I’m going to share 5 things with you that I have implemented, or am in the process of implementing, to enhance your content marketing strategy. Continue reading
In my last post, Personal Branding Has Never Been More Important – Part 1, I discussed the importance of maintaining your personal brand. In this post I’ll be helping beginners with the steps they need to take in securing their personal brand. My hope is to help you take only the necessary steps to get started with your brand and follow it up with Part 3 in which I will provide some hints and tips to advanced readers on the things they can do to enhance their newly established personal brand. So, let’s get started!
Step 1 – Determine what your personal brand actually is. How do you want to be portrayed? The best way to come up with this answer is to write several one and two key words down that best describe you and your area of expertise. Continue reading
You could say that I am as much to blame as the next guy for not living up to the title of this post. I haven’t written in this blog in over a year, for any number of convoluted excuses I can come up with… primarily because I’ve been “too busy”. However, after a year of completely neglecting my personal brand, I’ve realized what a horrible position I’ve put myself in, and the damage I’ve done. You see, I spent years building my personal brand identity and working through every channel to enhance my presence on the major search engines. Continue reading
I’m often asked by friends, family and colleagues who own small businesses – “Is Facebook or Twitter better for my business?”. Some might suggest that there is a series of questions that need to be answered before determining the answer while others may imply that Facebook provides more opportunities to connect than Twitter. I’ll agree that further investigation is required before implementing a social strategy to your business, but my answer is both. Continue reading
When you’re developing a complete advertising campaign, you would think you’ve got all of your bases covered, right? Well, do you?
We’ve all seen our fair share of ad campaigns that suck and for the sake of legalities, I won’t mention any names or show any material to that effect. However, what I will do is recognize very successful endeavors (in my own opinion of course) and take a quick peak at what makes them not suck.
For the sake of visual stimulation, I’ll simply include the commercial portion of the ad campaigns. Continue reading