It’s the most wonderful time of the year for college basketball fans. That’s right, the NCAA basketball tournament is in full swing and the excitement is definitely in the air – or at least online.
What makes an effective content marketer? It’s not all about the writing, that’s for sure…
Sales and marketing should go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately, many organizations experience friction between these two areas, especially when it comes to meeting goals and hitting sales numbers. Sales tends to blame marketing for lack of sales support and successful advertising campaigns, while marketing becomes frustrated with sales….
For brands, it is vital to be everywhere that your potential target market is. It doesn’t matter how big the brand is, nor do past brand achievements. Not resting on laurels is a key component of an iconic global brand. Take for instance the Barbie brand, owned by Mattel. Barbie can claim the following achievements. 99% global brand awareness The typical American girl owns 10 Barbie dolls Annual sales are around $1.6 Billion The Barbie brand is valued at $2 Billion, making it the world’s most valuable toy brand Just from those two very simple marketing statistics, one might easily Read More
Just about all marketers now agree that social media can no longer be ignored. In fact, over the last few months the social media statistics we recently published are already grossly outdated (in that time, Facebook went from 900 million users to now over one billion). Growth like this makes it easy to understand why over 65% of marketers are planning to integrate social media into their marketing mix in 2013. However, for organizations that leverage a distributed marketing and local sales model (e.g., financial services, insurance, franchise, hospitality, healthcare, telecom, etc.) the percentage of marketers planning to integrate social Read More
by BILL TYSON • PRINT-FRIENDLY Recently, the expression “doubling down” has become part of the tech world’s nomenclature. “I think you’ll be pleased where we’re taking Siri. We’re doubling down on it.” – Tim Cook, Apple CEO, speaking at the D10 conference in May 2012. He also remarked that they are going to “doubling down on secrecy” too, indicating that there are loose lips at work at Apple. Later during the same conference, Skype’s CEO Tony Bates stated: “I’m not going to talk about future products, but I’ll steal a line from Tim Cook. We’re going to double-down on integration with Windows 8, Read More
Does your company practice social media marketing, or do you use social networks for marketing? There is a difference. The first – social media marketing – requires a strategy specific to social channels, and content tailored to those platforms. The second – marketing on social networks – is simply distributing traditional marketing messages through social media. Social media marketing works. Marketing on social networks doesn’t. Social media marketing is a true two-way conversation between a company and its customers, prospective customers, and the world at large. Marketing through social networks “pushes” company offerings to anyone who can hear them. This includes tactics Read More
When did you last open an unsolicited e-mail and think “Hey, this is really useful?” When did you last actually download the pictures for an unsolicited e-mail? There are those who make pretty convincing arguments that B2B email marketing is a dying art. I’m not one of them, although from a personal angle, I’ve seen more than my share of email campaigns that seem to be intent on killing it. The problem is that marketers have over-killed email marketing by getting it wrong, by thinking that because it was cheap, it was the best way “in” to a new prospect. And Read More
It seems like one thing that comes into sharp focus every time there’s a political campaign is just how fast a crisis fueled by Twitter, blog posts, Facebook, YouTube and other social media can strike. That’s true whether you’re a political candidate or a marketer with a brand’s reputation to build or protect. So we all need to take some baby steps toward online reputation management – if they aren’t already part of your multi-channel marketing communications plan, now may be the time to add them. It all starts with social media monitoring that tracks your online reputation. If you don’t know Read More