Learn how to utilize content marketing and marketing automation to increase sales and improve business outcomes—at ITEXPO next week (Feb. 8-10) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Your business will benefit from attendance at ITEXPO regardless of your vertical. The show will highlight the latest developments in the technology and communications sector. It’s the perfect way to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry.
Business owners have a decision to make when it comes to website marketing: do it in-house or farm it out to a content strategy vendor. The most important determinant for this choice is the quality of the content that will be created. After all, your brand’s very worth will be impacted by the content you use to engage customers, position your products and services, and create a brand “voice.”
If your content marketing strategy isn’t documented, getting buy-in from stakeholders will be pretty difficult. Gaining team collaboration around the strategy and measuring its effectiveness will be tricky as well. What are you waiting for? Without a documented strategy for your custom content, your 2016 successes must have been hit-or-miss at best. Continue reading →
Everything users do on their smartphones and tablets leaves a digital footprint. Savvy marketers are collecting that information to benefit their customers and prospects and, hence, their brands. Such opportunities are expanding exponentially these days as the mobile audience surpasses the desktop audience, now representing 65 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of all digital media time. Continue reading →
Marketers have a couple major hurdles to overcome: generating traffic and leads, and proving the ROI of marketing activities. According to a HubSpot survey of 4,500 marketing and sales professionals, these were the top two challenges agreed upon by 65 percent and 43 percent of respondents.
To address these challenges, successful companies are turning to marketing automation (MA) software, which is also known in some quarters, aptly, as “lead generation software.” While MA is certainly a boon to marketers—helping them to shorten the sales cycle and close deals more quickly—it is only as good as the content it supports. Continue reading →
Maybe I’m getting old or have been in the content marketing business too long, but are we really still arguing whether more or less content is the issue—vs. the value of the content itself?
Content marketers: Your goal is to write—or have your in-house staff or outsourced content producers write—succinct content until you’ve made your point/concluded your argument with reasonable premises and so forth. This is the well-established standard for good writing. Even Shakespeare told us that “brevity is the soul of wit.”
Consumers are inundated with content as company after company seeks to garner their business in one way or another. But, there’s a limit to how much one person can take in and respond to on any given day. As a result, today’s brands must take extreme measures to make any headway with key targets. So, which of their marketing strategies is proving most successful at gaining buyer interest, engagement and loyalty?
The answer is personalization—personalization of marketing messages to the nth degree. Continue reading →
What happens to a business when its preeminent product becomes passe? Just ask Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner. The 90-year-old magazine magnate agreed to stop publishing images of naked women—Playboy’s claim to fame—with the March 2016 issue of the 62-year-old publication, which debuted in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover.
What caused Hef to change his tune? As the Internet evolved and pornographic images became freely available, the magazine known the world over for its provocative photos was forced to undergo a redesign. The content was simply no longer relevant, having lost out to the Web in shock value, commercial value and cultural significance. Continue reading →
What is good content? You know it; you’ve been lucky enough to read it most of your life. I believe it consists of three primary characteristics: It is engaging, fulfilling and strengthens relationships. Today’s leading content marketers incorporate these attributes into their brand messaging to drive consumer interest in their products and services. Otherwise, they’d be missing opportunities to connect with key targets in a meaningful way. And I couldn’t help but note that these same characteristics brought to bear in the bedroom would lead to successful outcomes there as well. Continue reading →