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Scott Monty on How Ford Empowers Customer Storytelling & Lessons Learned

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 7th, 2013     BlogWorld NMX, Online Marketing

As marketers we all know that storytelling is an essential part of connecting with prospects and customers.  Scott Monty (@scottmonty) and his team at Ford have taken the art of storytelling a step further.

In his moving (yes I said moving) keynote, Scott walked the audience through some of Ford’s most recent and innovative campaigns.   In many of these campaigns the story is told not from the perspective of Ford, but from that of the consumer.  Below you’ll find more about the stories of these campaigns, the people who told them, and the lessons learned.

Let Your Customers Tell The Story

The Car: Ford Fiesta

The Buyer: Millennium’s

Ashley Zeckman

7 Ways To Spice Up Your Online Marketing Using Photography with C.C. Chapman

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 6th, 2013     Blogging, BlogWorld NMX, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Believe it or not an image can help make or break a piece of content, once your visitors reach the page.  C.C. Chapman (@cc_chapman) shared sound advice and lots of laughs with his opening session on day one of the New Media Expo with a session entitled “How To Add Photography Into Your Marketing Mix”.

Whether you’re sprinkling your content marketing with imagery or looking to make it a larger part of your strategy, C.C. suggests some best practices for letting your images shine.

#1 – Always Create An Emotional Response
When someone looks at the images that you use to help tell the story of your content, it should illicit a response or reaction.  If a follower takes a look at your photo and then stifles a yawn it’s time to go back to the camera lens and find another image that is more suited.

Ashley Zeckman

New Media Rat Pack eBook – Win Big With These 52 Tips #NMX

Ashley Zeckman on Jan 3rd, 2013     Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

NMX 2013 SpeakersPeople flock to Las Vegas for many reasons.  Some want to experience the nightlife while others are interested in seeing acts perform, lounging by the pool, eating gourmet meals, or even attending marketing conferences.

To win big in Las Vegas  you need a little luck and an understanding of the game.  Similarly, if you want to make it in the world of search and social media, you need to understand what works and what doesn’t.

The Rat Pack of the 1960’s was the must see act of it’s time.  Fans would visit Las Vegas from all over the country for a chance to see the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dean Martin perform live.  The “must see” Vegas act in January is the “New Media Rat Pack” playing live at NMX and includes top new media experts and digital celebrities ranging from Dana White of the UFC to Guy Kawasaki.

Lee Odden

War of Words: Myth-Busting Search Engine Optimization

Lee Odden on Dec 27th, 2012     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, SEO

Mythbusting Search Engine Optimization SEOIn last week’s post about myth-busting social media, I asked what other marketing tactic or channel has attracted as much conjecture, blind advocacy and malarkey.  Only SEO can compare to social media when it comes to the volume of misperceptions and out-dated information posing as “best practices” online.

They say that the only things you can count on in life are death and taxes. Also, that search engines will change.

Google runs over 20,000 experiments per year and at any given time, 50-200 different versions of Google’s core algorithm are helping billions of searchers find what they’re looking for.   Add to that, personalization by location, past search history and the influences of the social graph and you have one of the most complex and fast changing systems ever created.

Lee Odden

War of Words: Myth-Busting Social Media Marketing

Lee Odden on Dec 18th, 2012     B2B, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Social Media

mythbusting social media marketingMarketing trends come and go, but what other “shiny object” topic has caused more debate than social media?

On the one hand, recent studies cited by eMarketer show that two thirds of the U.S. internet population will belong to a social network by 2013. On the other hand, a study by Harvard Business Review showed that 29% of the 2,100 organizations surveyed felt it was difficult to see the benefit of social media for their business purposes.

It’s true that with something as large, fast changing and ubiquitous as the social web there will be zealots and dissenters as well as the comfortably numb. The fact that opportunists make unsubstantiated claims as self-anointed social media experts doesn’t help matters when it comes to understanding social fact from fiction.

Lee Odden

Where Content & Community Meet: Interview with Rick Calvert & Dave Cynkin of NMX

Lee Odden on Dec 17th, 2012     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing
Dave Cynkin & Rick Calvert NMX

Dave Cynkin & Rick Calvert Photo Credit: New Media Expo (NMX)

In college I had a diverse group of friends, people that represented different interests and common experiences which made my time during those years a lot more fulfilling. Even better was that these different groups all came together fairly regularly for a themed event at a local watering hole. Connecting with diverse interests in a meaningful way has been a tremendous business advantage to this day.

When I attended my first BlogWorld conference in 2008, it was a similar experience in that there was a convergence of different groups: from new media/bloggers to public relations, to internet marketers to brands and business owners.  The common experience of using blogs and digital content as a communication platform has brought a lot of people together in a way like few conferences have. I’ve made some of the most meaningful connections for my business and personal growth through BlogWorld, now known as NMX.

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