Ashley Zeckman

The Mortified Marketer: 8 Lessons To Help Evolve Your Content Marketing Strategy

Ashley Zeckman on Aug 4th, 2015     Blogging, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

The Mortified Content Marketer

Blogging, Day 1
Dear Diary,
Today I wrote my first blog post. Everyone is going to love it! I am going to blog every day.

Blogging, Day 10
Dear Diary,
I can’t think of anything to write. I’ve published one post, and the only person that read it was my mom.

The format above may sound familiar if you’ve ever heard the Mortified podcast (if you haven’t tuned in, you’re really missing out). In this podcast, adults get on stage and read passages from their journals, plays or fan fiction, all penned when they were children or teenagers.

Their understanding of how the world works (and their place in it) has vastly evolved from the time they wrote these entries, to the time they read them on stage.

Lee Odden

4 Ways to Build Content Marketing Authority with SlideShare

Lee Odden on Aug 3rd, 2015     Content Marketing

SlideShare Content Marketing

Managing different types of content and where they fit into an integrated marketing mix across customer segments and stages of the buying cycle can be overwhelming. Amongst all the content that brands, publishers and consumers create, only the most authoritative sources are able to capture consumers’ attention.

Why is authority important in content marketing? Authority engenders trust, confidence and can motivate people to take necessary next steps.

Becoming authoritative in an age of information overload requires more than simply creating additional content. It requires content that attracts relevant audiences and engages readers to take action. Creating content authority also requires strategy, process and the right tools.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Twitter Gets Eventful, Facebook Gets Secretive, Google+ Gets Going

Ben Brausen on Jul 31st, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Why Are B2B Content Strategies Important

Why Are B2B Content Strategies Important – The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council launched a new study centered on how marketing can more effectively generate qualified sales leads through compelling thought leadership content – a task that has proven to be a struggle for marketers today. Find out more from this great infographic. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council

Survey: 42 Percent of Business Leaders Say Consumers Shame Them on Social – Lithium Technologies, a social customer experience management platform, announced the results of a recent survey performed on its behalf by Harris Poll, finding that brands are increasingly under pressure by consumers to innovate. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

4 Time Management Tips for Social Media Managers

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 30th, 2015     Social Media

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It seems that a social media manager’s job is never done. It doesn’t matter what time of day or day of week you’re in, there’s always more to do. Social media moves at an astronomical pace, and it can be hard to keep up.

In fact, research has found that the top two barriers impeding adoption of social business within organizations are lack of overall strategy and competing priorities.

Raise your hand if the scenario below sounds familiar:

A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager

6am – 12pm

  • Check company social media notifications before you even roll out of bed.
  • Quickly respond to any messages or tweets
  • Sneakily check for brand mentions as you’re stuck in traffic
Lee Odden

B2B Mobile Marketing for Demand Generation? Yes! Examples and Quick Tips

Lee Odden on Jul 29th, 2015     B2B Marketing, Mobile

B2B Mobile MarketingWhen you think of mobile marketing, visions of searches for store hours, maps and getting tips from Facebook friends about good restaurants probably come to mind – all consumer focused. But what about B2B marketing and mobile?

Why mobile marketing for B2B demand generation:
In many countries, including the U.S., more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers. (Google). That means B2B demand gen content must be mobile friendly.  Also, 52% of B2B customers are using smartphones to research products for their businesses. (Forrester) so the demand is certainly there.

So which B2B companies using mobile marketing can we learn from?

Here are a few examples:

Fedex Access Mobile Magazine
ACCESS is a FedEx Corp publication available for mobile consumption through iPad, Kindle Fire and Android devices. The ACCESS mobile magazine app offers interactive features designed specifically for tablets and Android smartphones, including videos and dynamic slideshows.

Ashley Zeckman

What You Need to Know About Playing High Stakes Content Marketing

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 28th, 2015     Online Marketing

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The game of poker is filled with many complexities, opportunities and luck of the draw. Content marketing follows a similar theme and can lead to big winnings or high losses.

If you want to be a key player in the content marketing game, it’s time to up the ante. In 2015, only 30% of B2B marketers believe that their content marketing initiatives are successful. With the overwhelming amount of content created these days, the stakes are high and competition is fierce.

What can you do to walk away from the table better off than what you started? It’s all about playing the game the right way.

Plan for the Buy-In

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Lee Odden

Why Content Marketing is Imperative for the Future of Public Relations

Lee Odden on Jul 27th, 2015     Content Marketing, Public Relations

Content Marketing Public Relations

Whether you’re considering media relations, brand journalism or managing corporate communications, content has always played an essential part of effective Public Relations.

However, PR pros that don’t accelerate their ability to develop content strategy, development and measurement quickly and effectively are being left behind as the future of digital PR evolves. This is a topic I’ve advocated for the past 3 years, starting out as a warning and now a reality.

Major changes in the digital marketing and PR world have revealed how social technologies, devices and ubiquitous internet access have opened the doors for all-the-time, “everywhere” connectivity to the web.

That connectivity enables consumers and brands alike to:  Create, Consume, Publish, Interact and Transact anywhere, anytime. From tablets to smartphones to getting digital content via your car, the relationship between technology and people has had a major impact on how information is discovered, consumed and shared or acted upon.

Ashley Zeckman

Why Collecting Customer Information & Listening to Feedback Can Make You a Better Marketer

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 27th, 2015     Digital Marketing, Online Marketing

Collect Customer Feedback for Marketing

It can be so easy to find yourself drooling over the prospect bringing in new customers. Unfortunately, this can mean that current and previous customers are overlooked.

Current customers are a goldmine of information that can be used to draw in new customers. In 2013, Nielson found that 68% of people trust online opinions from other consumers. Did you notice that the study didn’t say that consumers trust “marketers”, instead it mentioned “other consumers”.

We often talk about executing all digital marketing tactics with customers in mind. Sometimes we fall into the trap of focusing strictly on creating customer personas (they do have their place) and deciding as a marketing team what our customers need and want.

Ben Brausen

Online Marketing News: Twitter Gets Safer, Google Panda Gets Fresher, Facebook Video Gets Edited

Ben Brausen on Jul 24th, 2015     Online Marketing, Online Marketing News

Next Generation Commerce

How Digital Media is Shaping a New Generation of Commerce (Infographic) – Social shopping has grown significantly in the last few years. As younger generations gain purchasing power, they are reshaping the commerce market. An infographic from Acquity Group, a digital marketing agency, studies how user behaviour differs between the generations. Acquity Group

STUDY: Brands on Facebook Post More to Combat Declining Reach – Brands on Facebook posted more frequently during the first quarter of 2015 in an attempt to combat declining organic reach, while Periscope is starting to pull away from Meerkat in the live video-streaming sector, according to the latest research from Adobe Digital Index. SocialTimes

Ashley Zeckman

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Content Marketing Sundae

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 23rd, 2015     Content Marketing

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There’s almost nothing better on a hot day than a frosty ice cream (or frozen yogurt) sundae that uses quality ingredients and just the right balance of toppings. You have to be careful not to overdo it with a blast of different flavors which can cause the sundae to become muddled and headed for the trash can.

Content marketing programs often start strong with a great base, but the desire to create a quantity of content instead of focusing on the quality of ingredients can cause it to fall short.

In 2011, Gartner predicted that by 2020, 85% of of customers will manage their relationships without even talking to a human. Content marketing plays one of the biggest roles in this trend. Good content marketing enables customers to self qualify themselves for your services and begin building a connection to you, before an email, phone call or in-person meeting ever takes place.

Ashley Zeckman

4 Creative Email Marketing Campaigns That Inspire Action

Ashley Zeckman on Jul 22nd, 2015     Email Marketing, Online Marketing

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Email is a private experience. Unlike social media where comments are public email provides a safety zone for both B2B and B2C customers. What does that mean?

You can receive an email, and take no action. Alternatively, a personalized email may be the tipping point that determines that you will make a purchase.

According to a study from MarketingSherpa, 7 in 10 people have made purchases influenced by email marketing. Interestingly, that study also found that the vast majority that do purchase, are not just making purchases online.
While it’s true that some businesses do not fit under the in-store or “over the phone” model, many do. A well developed email campaign will solve a pain point, inspire action and make you feel connected.

Brooke Furry

Find the Right Content Marketing Agency for a Happily Ever After

Brooke Furry on Jul 21st, 2015     Content Marketing, Online Marketing

content marketing agency happily ever after

Heartfelt vows. First dances. Sparkler send-offs. Nothing says happily ever after quite like a romantic wedding. When it comes to finding “the one,” weddings beautifully illustrate the success of two people making a perfect match.

When you’re looking for love and the match is right, you just know. It might be the way your personalities meld, how you never run out of things to talk about, or the ease you feel when you’re with your Prince (or Princess) Charming.

Finding the right content marketing agency is a lot like finding your perfect match. From choosing a content partner that measures up to your dream list of qualities, to ensuring the agency really is who/what it claims to be, marketers are looking for a relationship that’s going to last. However 32% of marketers say they are challenged with finding trained content marketing professionals in 2015, which is over three times greater than the number of marketers who cited it as a problem in 2014.