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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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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Retargeting Is Critical to Your B2B Content Marketing Program

This blog is part of an ongoing series as part of our 2015 Periodic Table of Marketing Trends and Predictions. Disclaimer about Retargeting. In all reality, retargeting drives me a little nuts. Like any paid advertising, it’s invasive. I get that, and appreciate it. It’s a necessary, yet useful, tool. What really bugs me about retargeting is its ability to “stalk” you all around the ‘net, adding a certain level of creepy to it. Seeing an empty pair of Express Jeans following me around Facebook—and other sites—frankly reminds me of a Dr. Seuss story I read to my three year
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Interactive Periodic Table of 2015 Marketing Trends and Predictions

Phew. Well that’s done. 2 months of research, design, development, creative, marketing, copywriting, fact-checking, hand-wringing, alcohol and it’s finally live. We’re going to go downstairs and have a margarita (or 8) to celebrate now. But before we do, I want to take a moment to explain what this is, why we built it, and what it hopefully means to some of us in the digital marketing community. First, what is it? What we hope we’ve created is a resource for marketers that pulls some hot 2015 marketing trends and predictions from leading experts into one gorgeous graphic dashboard for desktop and
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Squeeze More Juice Out of SEO as its Position in Your Digital Marketing Toolkit Changes in 2015

According to a poll conducted by Smart Insights only 4.3% of digital marketers polled named SEO as the most commercially important digital marketing trend in 2015. Why would we include it? That 4.3% doesn’t include how many people see it as the 2nd or 3rd most important trend. We all know that ranking in search is important, and the more relevant our content is to the person searching, the better chance we have of developing a sales lead. But what worked a year or two ago, doesn’t—or it’s less effective today. Don’t just take my word for it. SEO is definitely
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2015 Periodic Table of Digital Marketing Predictions and Trends

As a marketer, you’ve experienced the influx of marketing predictions and forecasted trends that are out there. But how difficult has it been to stay on top of all the emails, blogs and reports and still get your day-to-day responsibilities accomplished? Exactly. It is nearly impossible to stay ahead of all of the information, not to mention make sense of it all so you can do something smart with it. That’s why the team here at MESH took January to do our research and aggregate all of the data to create this easy-to-digest periodic table of digital marketing predictions and
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You’ve Decided To Pull The Trigger and Hire a Digital Marketing Agency

Your company recently decided to engage a digital marketing agency to help with your marketing strategy. This is a big decision and one that we believe highlights your organization’s readiness to invest in the future. How do you get started? Every agency has its strengths and weaknesses, just as any marketing candidate does, and you should identify early on what criteria is most important to your team (and stakeholders) to ensure you hire an agency that makes for a collaborative and successful partner. So, let us take off our agency hat for a moment and spend some time in your
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Your 2015 Marketing Strategy, Courtesy of Bill Belichick

While the NFL still tries to wrap its head around the genius Patriots formation that no one has seen before, we wonder if there are valuable lessons for marketers here. What Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots did on Saturday has been called deceitful by some and smart by others. If you ask Tom Brady, you’ll hear: “Maybe those guys gotta study the rulebook and figure it out.” The question is: Are there takeaways for today’s leading marketers? Is it time to get more imaginative with your marketing playbook? With the ushering in of a new year (hello 2015)
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