How to Become a Thought Leader in Cyber Security

I’ve noticed a trend in our little corner of the world: demand for cyber security-related marketing is increasing tremendously. In the last 2 months alone, we’ve seen inquiries for digital or content marketing programs for cyber security firms or software providers in the space grow by 3x. The story’s the same—you’re an industry innovator who initially grew organically based on large government and/or private cyber security contracts, and you’ve reached a point where you need to begin a successful marketing initiative to begin driving leads. Unfortunately, you’ve probably had a less than positive experience with marketing, and are looking for
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How to Create a B2B Content Marketing Strategy in 8 Hours or Less

So, you’ve been asked to deliver your content marketing strategy, problem is you’re just like many other B2B marketers that use content marketing — you don’t have it documented and are now scrambling for how to create a B2B content marketing strategy in 8 hours or less. Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered! One thing we’ve learned in the 10 years we’ve been helping technology companies drive their B2B content marketing efforts, is that there are the best intentions of “doing content marketing right” and then the reality of “just getting it done”. As marketers we face time, resource, budget and
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The 21 Top Social Networks (and Content Distribution Channels) for B2B Marketing

Whether you’re doing content marketing for apps or for the next cloud-based SAAS solution, you’re facing the same challenge as the rest of us—do more with less. And with so much content being created, and so many social networks available to us, as B2B marketers we can be left pulling our hair out wondering what channels we should focus on to drive new business. We end up asking ourselves questions like “does Facebook make sense for a B2B marketing program—and if so—HOW?” or “Is Twitter dead yet?” And with new social networks popping up all the time, we end up
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Content Marketing Mission Impossible: How to Get Your Content Shared

It’s no secret—one of the things every content marketer struggles with—and how you, my friend, ended up here—is getting the answer to the misleadingly simple question, ”how do I get my content shared?” How DO you get your content shared? First caveat, I don’t get any money for sharing the following. In fact, I won’t even include a link to the book—it’s a google click away. Second caveat, totally stealing this (and hopefully adding some value) from @markwschaefer. I discovered his book, The Content Code, a few months ago on Audible. And frankly I can’t stop listening. Over and over.
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12 Content Marketing Resolutions to Keep in 2016

And jamming out a 500 word blog post every morning before you start to drown in reports, calls, and emails (don’t forget endless time lost scrolling through Twitter and Facebook feeds). Forget about it. While some resolutions were doomed from the beginning; others could be more attainable than you think. If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re less worried about your waistline and more concerned with the bottom line. You’re a content marketer, tasked with making some real things happen this year. Maybe this is the year you finally get the budget you’ve been asking for. Or perhaps you
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Part 2: How to Leverage the Top 18 2015 B2B Content Marketing Trends to Work for You in Q4

In this second part of our series on 2015’s Top B2B Content Marketing Trends, we take a look at social content, budgets, buyer personas, thought leadership and more. You can read the first part here. Social Content The Prediction: “Social media is becoming the de facto content sharing/distribution platform. As we move into 2015, we expect video to continue to increase its higher rate of growth over written or image-based content. You can convey a message faster in a short video than a 1,200 word blog post. We’ll also see brands responding faster with Real Time Social Media marketing. The
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2015 Content Marketing Statistics — With an Interactive Spin and A Few Other Examples

I recently read a post by inc.com on how content marketing is dead. Now to be fair they weren’t really saying that content marketing is dead—the point that they were making is the fact that everyone and their mother is doing content marketing and what really stands out—and is more effective in 2015—is interactive content marketing.  It’s interesting to me because it really highlighted something that we’ve been helping our clients solve for over the last 10 years, and that’s the question: how do you make your content and marketing programs stand out from all the other events, distractions, blogs
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24 Content Marketing Best Practices to Promote Your Killer Business App (and a few tools to help you do it)

While there is nothing terribly complicated about developing a content marketing plan for your app, getting all the right pieces done right—and at the right time—can actually be a lot to manage. But it’s worth it. Consider these stats: Revenue from apps in the US will soar to $76.5 BILLION in 2017 90% of American adults own a cell phone 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.” With these kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder you’ve considered developing a game-changing business app. But how do you market it? That’s a question I
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SEO for Content Marketing in 2015 (or how we got on the first page of Google in 24 hours)

Background/Results As part of a new series on why and how content marketing works (or doesn’t), we recently talked about 7 places your content marketing strategy could go wrong, and how to fix it. In doing some research for that piece, I discovered something shocking: according to a May 2015 Study by Gleanster, “mid-to-large B2B organizations lose an estimated $958M each year in inefficient and ineffective content marketing.” Wow. The report goes on to say that “B2B firms spend over $5.2B a year on content creation efforts”. That’s almost a 20% waste of resources and energy. In talking to a
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7 Reasons Why Your Content Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working and How to Turn it Around

120 Years since John Deer first published The Furrow, it’s well established that effective content marketing methodologies work. There are plenty of posts out there about content marketing that focus on the appropriate approach (at a high level), but don’t dig into specifics on what works or what doesn’t. This week, I’ll take a look at what content marketing methodologies you should be considering, what your marketing stack looks like, and where your content marketing programs might fail. Like anything else, content marketing has some fairly universally accepted methodologies. While there are no guarantees in content marketing, if you aren’t incorporating
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When Should I Start a Content Marketing Program for My Technology Company?

I recently had a conversation with the founder of a technology company (fill in industry here—I’ve actually had this exact conversation—literally—with 7 different technology companies in the last 5 weeks). They were referred to us by a mutual connection based on their need (increase in qualified sales leads), and what we provide to technology clients (more, and better nurtured sales leads). They wanted to talk to us about marketing their company. Tell me if this sounds familiar: “We’ve never engaged with a content marketing agency before—we haven’t had to. We’ve grown our business to $X Million in revenues through word-of-mouth
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2 Ways Microtargeting Buyer Personas Will Help Your Paid Advertising Campaign Improve Your Bottom Line

People always want to know the secret to crafting an amazingly successful advertising campaign. Is it choosing the product that is most ad-friendly? Is it placing ads in high-traffic locations or oft-used social channels? Is it amazing creative components? It’s all important, but the true secret might seem a little mundane… at first. Your campaign can practically build itself. We all struggle with developing that next winning campaign—who doesn’t? And why is that? Often, while we have a high-level idea of who we’re marketing to, it’s not really the microscopic, detailed view that’s needed to target today’s distracted consumer. Taking the distraction factor
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13 Reasons Why Your Sales and Marketing Teams Need Adaptive Buyer Personas to Develop Qualified Leads

One thing I’ve learned in the twenty or so years I’ve been involved with marketing and sales teams is that there’s one area that’s always been a challenge: understanding who your customer is and why they buy your product or service. Whether its been with an international consulting firm, major medical device company, the next cool app startup, or a funded SAAS provider, everyone struggles with customer insights, and aligning sales and marketing. We may not have called them buyer personas twenty years ago, but the idea of interviewing your ideal customers about how and why they buy has been
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4 Free Tools to Help Your Marketing Campaigns Maximize Hashtags

Ah, the hashtag. Though Twitter pioneered the movement, no post on any social media site is complete without at least one or two hashtags. We see them day-in and day-out on our own accounts, but why are they important to you and marketing your business? Think about it this way – you have the power to hashtag anyone and anything. Consumers hashtag celebrities, brands, television shows, etc. However, B2B relations are where things get interesting. Businesses can create customized hashtags for their brand or specific campaigns – these allow for simple navigation through related posts and keeps users’ interests continuous. Brand recognition can grow exponentially by choosing unique, consistent and
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9 Things Buyer Personas Can Do for Sales and Marketing in 2015

True story: we were sitting around the table with a client a few months back talking about a few new blog post ideas. We’d been hired to replace an underperforming marketing agency a few weeks before, and were looking for some simple customer-related background information to start crafting new content. The client was an international technology company that had been struggling with sales in the US, and their content marketing efforts over the previous 2 years had been robust, but netted little in the way of results. Yes, some of the content had resulted in traffic, but few of those
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