I need to proclaim my love for Eric Wittlake’s recent post in Business 2 Community, where he talks about the underlying message behind a LinkedIn event he attended (Tech Connect 14). In it, the founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, talked about his vision of delivering a “world-class education.” Wittlake takes this message and runs with it, challenging marketers to rethink their approach to content quality.
Essentially, Wittlake says that B2B buyers aren’t only raising their expectations—they’re restructuring them at an elemental level.… Read the rest
Is your company interrupting potential clients with your digital marketing initiatives, or are you seeking their permission to share useful content with them? If you’re only doing the former and not including the latter, then you might want to reconsider your digital strategy.
Marketing guru Seth Godin was the first to coin the distinction between permission marketing and interruption marketing. Traditional media heavily relies upon interruption marketing, a method which involves purchasing the right to interrupt your target audience with advertising.… Read the rest
3 in 4 consumers say online research will help them decide which gifts and brands they’ll buy this holiday.
Much like 2013, holiday marketing in 2014 is more critical than usual because the holiday shopping season is shorter. With Thanksgiving falling at the end of November, this season has relatively few shopping days, making each single one more valuable. By knowing and preparing ahead of time, retail marketers can set realistic expectations with their bosses and budget accordingly.… Read the rest
Reaching The Community With Your Hospital Blog
Free webinar on 10/22 at 2pm est.
When writing for an audience concerned about their health, a personable, humanistic approach is almost always a good method to take.
Dealing with an aspect of life close to a person’s heart is no small feat, but there are plenty of ways to create content that can appeal to a person’s need for information from hospital bloggers who understand, not marketers simply trying to convert.… Read the rest
Manufacturing companies have been figuring out ways to automate repeatable processes for over two centuries. Automation, in one form or another, has been driving the improvement of manufacturing since the first industrial revolution.
Today, manufacturers have an opportunity to improve their sales and marketing performance by implementing automation strategies as they have throughout history. However, many manufacturers have built their empires using more labor intensive marketing methods such as tradeshows, direct mail and printed catalogs combined with a manual lead management process managed by the sales team.… Read the rest