Conductive Ink, Big ass content, Robot writers, kinetic text motion graphics and marketing apps.
Those sound as the future, but they are not.
Which content marketing trends are on the verge of breakthrough?
Coca Cola, Cisco, Kraft Foods and many more have shown that content marketing is not just a hype type of marketing. For them it is considered modern marketing in todays world where digital and the internet surrounds our buyers.
Facebook has made numerous changes in 2014, ranging from Facebook Zero, and halting “click-bait headlines” and “like-gating”. Also Google has changed their algorithm with Panda and Hummingbird, and Twitter is preparing itself to start filtering for relevance.
All these social network leaders are implementing measures to make sure the content explosion is not harming their users, by making sure users get relevant and qualitative updates in their newsfeed and search results.
Because of these changes in the digital and social bazaar, content marketing is rapidly becoming the default marketing tactic for the years to come.
But content marketing is changing rapidly, and marketers must go with the flow, and keep experimenting with new tactics, content formats, tools and technology.
This is why I have created a Slideshare presentation to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the land of content marketing! Read more
In the end CEO’s prefer to see clear results. Hard business results. They want to see the ROI of Content Marketing.
In this article I show you those hard business results using 22 examples of companies that used content marketing, and which had clear business results. These are not business results in terms of brand lift, social following increase, or whatever vanity metric you can come up with.
I will show you real cases, providing you with real numbers, where content marketing is increasing revenue for both B2C as B2B companies.
Before we jump into those 22 cases of hard cold business results of content marketing, first a little intro on the business value of content marketing. Read more
Interrupted during dinner, by a phone call… should I take it or not?
Buyers are attracted to companies that provide value to them. Why is it then that these same companies keep on applying old school telco marketing tactics as if it where 1983?
Case Study from Major Telco in Belgium (spoiler alert: this is a rant)
A couple of days I received a call from a major telco in Belgium.
It couldn’t be more typical. In the middle of dinner, a phone call. Should I take it, should I not? What the heck, I’ll take it.
A split second after I answered the call I already regretted doing that.
What to use in the marketing mix?
The debate about outbound marketing being “interruption” marketing, and inbound marketing about “deserving the attention of buyers” is actually a flawed argumentation.
The question is about how you successfully go about in combining inbound and outbound marketing.
It is true that traditional advertising is less effective.
People today like to skip TV commercials when they can. They are blind for online banners (on average 0,2% click on banners). They sign-out for telephone calls (2 out of 3 people in USA are on do-not-call list). And they opt-out of commercial email, with Google Gmail helping them with easy opt-out buttons.
But when you combine the inbound philosophy with the power of outbound, both re-enforce each other. Combining inbound and outbound marketing works when you:
- Using advertising to create awareness, with messages they care about.
- Paid content promotion about content they want to read.
- Send emails that are relevant to them
- Use outbound call center calls that are timed and relevant to them as respond to a pre-qualified need.
Buyers today have become more digitally empowered than ever.
It’s changing their buying behavior, which provides new challenges to those aspiring a digital marketing organization.
In this blog post I’ll cover:
- the overarching reasons why marketing must change to keep up with changing buyer behavior
- how certain marketers are trying to trick the system, without any chance to success
- why marketers are loosing ground against the digital adoption speed of buyers
- what roadblocks you need to overcome to become a digital marketing organization
And at the end of the post, I’ll cover
- 19 specific changes you can make in terms of organization, technology and tools, so you can become a digital marketing organization.
OK, a little warning is appropriate here. This is a blog post where I slightly get out of my comfort zone because I am actually going to tell you a story.
Before you go all mellow and zap away, bare with me for a second. Just listen to me for a while, and you’ll begin to see a much bigger trend currently happening in marketing. Using a few brilliant examples I’ll explain the bigger trend behind visual storytelling, and how it should transcend to become part of everything you do in your marketing.
What follows is a true story, but don’t tell me I didn’t warn you: I am not the best storyteller.
So here goes nothing… Read more
The goal of any marketing initiative is to reach your business objectives. These business objectives can be very divers. You might want to create awareness around a new product, get more market share or sell more of an existing product in existing markets or new markets.
In practice you’ll create strategy elements and tactical elements that align with each of these different business objectives.
In the world of content marketing, that means developing content programs specifically aimed at each of these business objectives.
But once you get multiple content programs, or when your content programs become larger, it becomes complicated and difficult to keep you focused on the goal of a particular program. Read more