Category Archive for: Strategy

What is Marketing Technology?

Marketing technology. You’ve heard the term in presentations. You’ve seen it in industry news. It’s changing marketing forever. But you still may be left wondering, “What IS marketing technology?” In short: Marketing met IT and marketing technology is their offspring. Let’s examine the corporate strategic landscape to understand what marketing technology is. In the chart…

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The Difference Between Influencer Marketing and Affiliate Marketing

As marketers and communicators, we have multiple goals. We are tasked with achieving: Increased reach and audience growth Increased engagement and mind share Increased prospect and lead generation to fuel sales Indirectly increased sales and revenue No one tool or method achieves all these objectives well. We would be foolhardy to assume that such a…

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Content Marketers: Stop Doing 70% of What You’re Doing

I know, I know. Heresy. You’re all about CONTENT MARKETING, right? You’re a master at INBOUND MARKETING, eh? That’s awesome. I am a whole-hearted believer in what you’re doing. I just wish you’d do a lot less of it. The increasing Content Shock that we all felt (but didn’t have a name for, until Mark…

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6 Ways Facebook Branded Content Changes the Influencer Game

On Friday, Facebook announced a significant change to its branded content guidelines: any influencer or publisher creating Facebook branded content MUST tag the brand in their posts. Facebook clarified this to mean: On Facebook, we define this as content that specifically mentions or features a third party product, brand, or sponsor (“marketer”). Publishers are required…

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The Relevancy Filter: Your Brand’s Strategic Guide for Mastering Instagram’s New Algorithm

On March 15th, Instagram announced its most impactful filter yet: an algorithm which sorts your feed by the moments you care about most. The decision, which will be implemented in the “coming months,” comes as no surprise; Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, has long mastered its own algorithm for monetization. The opportunity is ripe to increase…

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How to be a Media Expert

I Feel the Need, the Need to Read. Clients expect us to be media experts. The only way to deliver on this is to actually ingest the news on a daily basis. When I’m interviewing a prospective candidate for a junior-PR position, my go-to question every time is “what do you read?” It’s a simple…

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Effective Public Apologies

“I’m sorry.” Why are these two simple words sometimes so hard for corporations to utter when they’ve made a mistake? Often times it’s because of the illogical thinking that accompanies it: most top executives are loathe to admit they’ve made a mistake (or that their company failed its customers in some manner) because they view…

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Time for B2B Marketers to Pay Attention to Slack?

Marketers need to go where the audience is, and these days that seems to be on Slack. Launched just over two years ago, the platform has seen rapid adoption across the enterprise in a way not seen since the original days of Chatter and Yammer.  The difference for Slack, of course, is that you don’t…

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How DOES Mobile Change The Brandscape?

Today, with over 2 billion smartphones in use, the ways in which consumers experience brands is fundamentally different. This is no fad – it is projected that by 2020, 80% of adults on Earth will have a smart phone. The way we think of the “internet” as a place for brands must fundamentally change to…

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State of Social Media Q4 2015: Less than 25% Active LinkedIn Members

LinkedIn, the former dark horse of social media, has not only grown past Twitter, but is a serious publishing platform in its own right. Let’s see what LinkedIn reported for its Q3 earnings. Growth LinkedIn’s membership continues to grow, passing 400 million registered users: Above, we see sustained 4% quarter over quarter growth, indicating a…

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