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Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Facebook Email is Dead, G+ Analytics Live, Best Brand Vines, Pizza Tweets

5 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 28th, 2014 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |

B2B Content Marketing Success on the Rise for Small Businesses – Content Marketing Institute’s newest B2B content marketing research report confirms that small businesses are doing many things well when it comes to content marketing. Download the report here.

Gmail Adding Prominent ‘Unsubscribe’ Option to Marketing Emails – Starting last week, a new, clearly marked “unsubscribe” link will appear at the top of the header field in marketers’ emails. Previously only appearing for a small percentage of users, the feature will now be made available for most promotional messages with unsubscribe options. Email recipients do not need to take action for the links to appear. PC World

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Research and Surveys: Pros, Cons, Examples, Best Practices

9 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 25th, 2014 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing |

content marketing surveysAll marketers need actionable insight to make important decisions. As the internet reaches a crescendo of voices all vying for their customers’ short attention span, the need for quality citations and third party industry research becomes even more important to stand out.

Therein lies an opportunity: Companies that create credible surveys, reports and playbooks on a regular basis can become known authorities and trusted resources – ahead of the competition. Such authority leads to trust and in the content marketing world those are essential characteristics to attract a target audience whether they are buyers, journalists or investors.

Ironically, it’s this exact labor-intensive exercise that provides some of the most sharable, citable content. The ability to attract substantial citations, social shares and attention is a very powerful capability for agencies and corporate marketing marketing departments to have right now.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: WhatsApp Facebook? Bots Overtake the Net, Social Wins for SMBs, Twitter Facelift

2 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 21st, 2014 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |

Location-Based Marketing Infographic

How Location-Based Marketing Delivers Ads to In-Store Shoppers [Infographic] – Micro-location and proximity targeting are happening in brick and mortar stores right now. This infographic explains some of the location-based marketing systems out there and how they tap into wifi, GPS, NFC and other technologies to detect location and help deliver ads. Marketing Land

LinkedIn Unlocks Influencer Program – LinkedIn has expanded their influencer blogging program from 500 to 25,000 this week. The blogging function will extend to more members in the future. Enabling LinkedIn members to blog will give LinkedIn substantially more content and engagement opportunities to drive pageviews and website visits. It should also provide more value for members. LinkedIn Blog (client)

Nicolette Beard

Content Marketing With Real-World Events: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

3 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 18th, 2014 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing |

Lee OddenConferences, symposiums, summits, trade shows, roundtables and world expos. From intimate, invitation-only events to sprawling Las Vegas-style exhibit halls, most of us have attended at least one industry-specific event.

While the business value has been debated off and on over the years, and it was predicted that webinars and other digital forms of online training would eventually replace live events, there is just no substitute for face time when you want to establish rapport with people who share your interests and business goals.

As content marketing strategy continues to gain momentum, an interesting phenomenon is occurring – real-world, in-person events are starting to edge out trendier content tactics, like video. In fact, according to Content Marketing Institute, in-person events have been ranked as the most effective content marketing tactic over the past four years by B2B marketers.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Pinterest Rules, Facebook Hacks, Google Tracker, Twitter Plummets, Yahoo! Yelps

Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 14th, 2014 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |

Pinterest Infographic

30 Reasons Pinterest Will Rule in 2014 [Infographic] – As much as we would like to think Facebook is the most powerful social media tool, Omnicore has made a good argument that Pinterest has really picked up the pace and is here to rule over all the other social media tools. See why here. Sociable Blog

10 Ingenious Hacks That Helped Facebook Take Over the Internet – Behind the scenes, inside the massive data centers that power this worldwide social network, you’ll find all sorts of other technologies that have changed our world in very different ways. Learn about Zuckerberg’s “Hacker Way” on an epic scale. Wired

The 2014 Google Tracker – This post is a collection of all the hints, announcements, and acquisitions  from Google lately, such as plans for Android, gaming, smart homes, healthcare, robots, and much, much more along with some speculation. Arstechnica

Nicolette Beard

Print Newsletters as Content Marketing Tactic: Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

4 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 11th, 2014 in Content Marketing, Integrated Marketing |

Print Newsletters Mail DeliveryOne of the oldest forms of content marketing are printed newsletters that arrive by snail mail, providing valuable, information-rich content that your customers and prospects want. They can be an effective compliment to online promotions or serve niche markets where print is a preferred format.

Given the overall decrease in postal mail, a print newsletter can stand out to the recipient, unlike an online newsletter that can get lost in an already too full in-box. Conversely, due to the continuing rise of postal costs, newsletters are more likely to be concise and targeted, providing special appeal.

According to the 2014 B2C & B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report for North America, B2C marketers use print newsletters with greater frequency at 29% compared to their B2B counterparts at 22%. In addition, customer retention/loyalty is cited as a top marketing goal for B2C compared to lead generation for B2B.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Facebook Paper, Super Social Bowl, Vine Rising, Olympic Tweeple

Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 7th, 2014 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |


9 Principles for Influencer Marketing – Based on the influencer marketing programs their customers have built, this reputation management firm analyzed the drivers behind their success and identified 9 guiding principles to influencer marketing. From “Think beyond demographics” to “Create experiences”, they’re simple tips that will help you find the right influencers and build relationships with them. Traackr

Squandered Bowl? Or Branding First? With precious few interactive call outs and even fewer mobile calls to action in this year’s Super Bowl advertising and programming, many mobile agency executives were left wondering this morning if brands missed a great opportunity to truly engage customers at this year’s big game. MediaPost

Nicolette Beard

Print Magazines for Content Marketing: Pros, Cons, Brand Examples and Best Practices

Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Feb 4th, 2014 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing |

Print Magazines for Content MarketingOver 100 years ago, a tractor company set out to get the attention of farmers. They didn’t buy advertising or hire salesmen to go door-to-door. Instead, the John Deere Company created a custom print magazine, called The Furrow, designed to educate farmers on developing technology and trends in agriculture. With over 1.5 million copies currently in print and distribution in over 40 countries, this iconic company based in the heartland of America could be considered the first content marketer.

While John Deere Company was an early, early adopter, for many years, print was the sole purview of magazine publishers.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: Top Vine Brands, Google DeepMind, Pinterest Gives GIFs, Google Dumps Smartphones

7 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Jan 31st, 2014 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |

How do colors affect purchases

How Do Colors Affect Purchases? –  For retailers, shopping is the art of persuasion. Though there are many factors that influence how and what consumers buy, a great deal is decided by visual cues like color. When marketing new products it is crucial to consider that consumers place visual appearance and color above other factors such as sound, smell and texture.  KISSmetrics

Pinterest Gives the Gift of GIFs, Recipe Search – Pinterest news this week includes the launch of a new recipe search feature for special dietary requirements, personalized home pages (still being tested) and functionality for GIF images. ClickZ

Nicolette Beard

Podcasting: Storytelling for the 21st Century – Pros, Cons, Examples and Best Practices

7 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Jan 28th, 2014 in Content Marketing, Online Marketing, Podcasting |

Podcasting for Content MarketingThe human voice can convey much more meaning through tone and inflection than the printed word ever can. It’s why millions of Americans sat, fixated, during the Golden Age of Radio – listening to everything from adventure, comedy and drama to classical music concerts, news and farm reports.

As broadcast radio gave way to television, television to cable and cable relinquishing to the internet of everything, it comes as no surprise to content marketers that, spurred by technological advancements, broadcast radio has come full circle with podcasting and represents a new platform for storytelling.

The average podcast listener stays connected for 22 minutes on average (Sticher). This is one of the reasons why including podcasting as part of a long form content marketing strategy is so powerful. You have the opportunity to build a deep, rich relationship with your target audience.

Nicolette Beard

Online Marketing News: New LinkedIn Marketers Guide, Instagram is HOT, Twitter Social Shopping, Bitcoin Basketball

3 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Jan 24th, 2014 in Online Marketing, Online Marketing News |

LinkedIn Marketing Soluitions eBook

The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn – Today’s successful marketers aren’t just good at one thing; they are multifaceted. They are a new breed of socially savvy practitioners grounded in timeless, Mad Men-era tactics as well as new, modern technologies. They constantly strive to be the best at what they do by combining proven strategies with the latest and greatest tools to crush their marketing objectives. This guide is as comprehensive as it gets. Download it here. You can also register for a webinar to be held February 19, 2014. [TopRank client]

Nicolette Beard

Online Magazines & Apps for Content Marketing: Brand Examples and Best Practices

18 Comments | Posted by Nicolette Beard on Jan 21st, 2014 in Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Visual Marketing |

Online Magazines and Apps

“Think like a publisher” has become the mantra for many marketers over the past 2 years.

While experienced marketers already recognize the value of great content, the lines are blurring between traditional publishers and brand publishers as more companies adopt more sophisticated content marketing practices.

Just as publishers are creating digital magazines and apps to better engage audiences, so too are brands who want to engage directly with target audiences as part of their owned media demand generation programs.

But what kind of content makes sense in a digital magazine? What effect does interactive digital content have on creating compelling customer experiences? And how do online magazines fit with other digital marketing efforts like social media and online advertising?

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