Search Optimization Is Still Part of Social Media Marketing

31 08 2011

There’s a panel at SES that usually ends up drawing a packed house. “SEO is Dead! Long Live SEO” never fails to impress the audience, especially with all the cries that “Social media is now ‘king.'” As I am primarily a social media marketer, but have deep roots in search engine optimization, I raise my eyebrow with skepticism at those marketers who proclaim that with social media, you no longer need to worry about SEO. Apparently they missed the memo that people also search in social media communities.



17 Content Creation Ideas to Inspire You

8 07 2011

In a MarketingProfs University course for Marketing Writing Bootcamp, instructor Ann Handley answered the oft-asked question “What do I write about when there’s nothing to say?”

And so, I pulled out the color Sharpies and doodled Ann Handley’s answers for y’all.

Brightly doodled, the 17 content creation ideas covered in the course should inspire beginning bloggers (and, heck, even those with a zillion posts under their belt) to churn out engaging, awareness-building posts all the time.


Publishers Build Out Digital Marketing Services

13 05 2011

If everyone’s a publisher – from solo bloggers to Fortune 500 companies that maintain YouTube channels, mobile apps, and Facebook Pages – where does that leave traditional publishers?

Publishers have been forced to supplement traditional media sales with more advanced services, including interactive marketing strategies and technologies – or risk becoming obsolete.


Why Elevating Your Metrics’ Sophistication Matters

26 04 2011

To evolve marketing from a cost center into a revenue generator, marketers know they must measure the impact their campaigns have on revenue. Traditional measurements may become inferior and unable to scale to meet the needs of today’s B2B marketing professional.

To obtain optimal results, marketers need a powerful and efficient marketing analytics solution.


Pitfalls of Corporate-Rebranding Implementation

19 04 2011

Corporate rebranding is intricate and time-consuming; but with the mergers, acquisitions, and ownership changes of the current dynamic business environment, it’s a necessary endeavor.

The corporate visual identity becomes especially important in instances of organizational change, because that identity symbolizes the new entity, provides visibility and recognizability, and communicates the new corporate structure.

Many studies and guides cover the benefits and management of corporate identity, the principles and process of rebranding, and the essentials and mistakes of strategic implementation, but there are far fewer that deal with tactical execution and follow-through.


Forrester says b2b marketing budgets will increase 6.7% this year

23 03 2011

B2b marketers will increase their marketing budgets on average 6.7% this year over last year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

The report, “Bigger B2B Marketing Budgets Come With Great Expectations,”  found that the high-tech services area is leading growth (an average 17.0% increase this year), followed by finance and insurance (7.8%), high-tech products (5.9%), business and professional services (4.3%) and manufacturing (4.3%).


Celebrity Followers, Fans, Valuable to Brands

23 03 2011

Celebrities can be valuable to advertisers, but so too can the people who follow them on social media sites: 64% of US adults who follow a celebrity also follow a brand, according to a survey from The Nielsen Company.

Celebrity fans and followers are more likely to offer advice and opinion to fellow online consumers, particularly on entertainment topics. For example, 32% of adult fans of celebrities online frequently provide advice on movies, and such fans are 44% more likely to do so than online adults on average.