Digital Advertising in 2017: Marketing Renaissance or Rebellion?

Social media, and Facebook in particular, has quickly become a staple of many digital marketer’s toolkits. For years now, those of us in marketing have worked to increase the likes on our pages and engagement in posts. The problem is, organic reach has been on the decline for a while now. Our audience/communities are seeing very few of our social posts—unless we pay for digital advertising to get content in front of them. So, what’s going to happen with Digital Advertising in 2017? When we say few, we mean almost none. According to recent research from Social@Ogilvy, organic reach for
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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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Winning Digital Marketing for SaaS Startups in 2016

It’s a whole wide world out there in digital marketing for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Startups. The abundance of data, technology and tools makes solutions that were unthinkable yesterday, today’s reality. But how do you get doctors who aren’t on social media to learn about your product (or even care)? How do you get quality control professionals across the globe to move from pen and paper to cloud and tablet? How do you get a fragmented c-suite audience to make the shift from disparate and costly office tools to a single, cloud-based solution? Over the last few years our digital marketing agency
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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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Part 1: How to Put the Top 18 2015 B2B Content Marketing Trends to Work for You Before Year End

Earlier this year, we compiled our gargantuan list of 2015 digital marketing predictions and trends as published by leaders in the industry. These included Vloggers and Gamification, to Augmented Reality and whether or not Businesses were questioning the benefits of Facebook. And while this periodic table covered digital marketing predictions, we realized that the common thread that tied the most successful trends together was content marketing. This drove us to capture some of the best practices in content marketing and compile a list of 2015 content marketing statistics. We’ve taken a look at what we’ve seen, and 18 content marketing trends
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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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Marketing Minions (and How It Was Done Right)

The Minions movie premieres this week – July 10th, to be exact. If you haven’t seen the minion-ized Amazon boxes delivered to your doorstep, then you must have at least seen the yellow trouble-makers hanging out in your local movie theater’s lobby. Maybe you’ve passed “#BEEDO” in a caption on your Insta-feed, and through all of this, you may have asked yourself why you’re seeing minion everything, everywhere. Sure, they have a movie premiering, but why has positive minion-reinforcement been the right way to promote their feature film? Trust me when I tell you, we’ll get to that – this is, after all, a marketing blog.
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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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