New technology helps top brands build a consistent story. What is your brand’s story, and how are you going to tell it?
We analyze and provide insights for lots of industry research at DistributedMarketing.org, and based upon everything we are reading, 2013 will be a very exciting year. Marketing budgets are expected to rise with a substantial increase in spending directed towards digital marketing and other marketing technology software investments. There certainly will be plenty to write about in the upcoming year as many marketers look to adopt new technology platforms to better connect their organizations with their customers and prospects. But before we begin looking forward and planning for next year, let’s reflect on all the great content generated and shared Read More
The cost of doing business continues to climb within regulated industries like healthcare, insurance and financial services. Just this week, it was revealed that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is on pace to far exceed the amount of fines imposed last year with the total amount anticipated to jump a whopping 15%. According to a recent survey conducted by Sutherland, FINRA’s top enforcement issue was the violation of advertising and marketing regulations. In fact, sanctions associated with advertising and marketing violations grew 344% with the total number of alleged violations doubling compared to the prior year. The recent increase Read More
On Wednesday, the editor of this blog (Deb McAlister-Holland), will be moderating a webcast that features Christie Campbell of Socialware, and Steve Selby of LIMRA. It’s the second in a series of monthly webinars sponsored by the three organizations. Details and registration information is available here. Anyone who’s studied journalism or business is likely to look at the headline of this blog post and say, “Look! The 5W’s are out of order.” Except that they’re not. The traditional order (who, what, where, when, why) that helps journalists, writers, copyeditors and marketers plan and tell a compelling story don’t happen in Read More
Social Media Today just published a list of the 10 Most Common Oversights in Digital Marketing. It’s an interesting list of common mistakes marketers make in social media. One of the ten (#8) jumps out at anyone who’s ever managed a multi-channel marketing campaign in a distributed marketing organization: Settling for mediocrity: In the age of superior technology and unprecedented connectivity, settling for mediocrity is a crime. What a powerful indictment of “business as usual”! Maybe it isn’t a crime, but failing to harness the right technology is certainly responsible for lost opportunities, increased costs, and slower time to market for many companies. Forrester Read More
http://flic.kr/p/86P7Yw Forty years ago, engineer Ray Tomlinson sent the first electronic mail message. No one remembers now what the message said, only that it was short and difficult to compose. But whatever it said, it changed the communications picture forever. When he showed his work to a colleague, he was told firmly, “Don’t go telling anyone! That’s not what we’re supposed to be doing.” Tomlinson never profited from his pioneering work, but his story of the creation of email, and how he came to use the “@” symbol to direct messages between networks, is fascinating and available online here. Here are Read More