3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing
DECEMBER 27, 2016
Guest post by Larry Alton. Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR. However, most of what’s written about social media functionality on a professional level tends to be focused on businesses that work directly with consumers (B2C) rather than B2B enterprises. Image credit: Jason Howle on Flickr. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Guest post by Josh Wardini. It’s something that you use almost every day, but how much do you really know about social media? We’re going in-depth, behind the scenes, on a mission to bring you facts. Maybe you know some of them already, but you definitely don’t know all of them, so take a look at the complete graphic once you’re done here. Social Media Is The New Newspaper.
Fluency of Culture, Not Language, Is Key to Winning Big in Global Online Markets
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
Guest post by Charles Whiteman. The smartest companies are always looking to reach untapped markets. These days, most are finding success by engaging new global consumers through digital channels. By communicating with online customers in their languages of choice—on their devices of choice—businesses can sell to more markets than ever before. They also need cultural fluency. On Social Media.
33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
As noted in the 2016 B2B Marketing Trends report , B2B marketing strategies and practices are in the midst of significant change, driven by new technologies and evolving buyer expectations for more “consumer-like” experiences. These changes are affecting tactics, budgets, messaging, and metrics as illustrated in the compilation of B2B marketing facts and statistics below. MediaPost ).
Social Media Automation 101
A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.
49 Noteworthy Social Networking Stats and Facts
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Though new social networks continue to be launched (e.g. SnapChat , Blab ) and some disappear (anyone remember Pownce or Friendster ?), the “big three” among both consumers and marketers continue to thrive and dominate. But there are no guarantees that leadership will last, and the social networking landscape is constantly evolving. Image credit: Social Media Examiner. Twelveskip ). 8.
47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts
JANUARY 19, 2016
Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. 70% of the U.S. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 billion last year to 2.5 billion by 2018. Image credit: The CMO Survey. Still, interesting contradictions remain. 70% of the U.S.
104 Fascinating Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2014 (and 2015)
DECEMBER 2, 2014
Looking at marketing surveys and studies from the past year, a few trends are clear, among them that buyers are firmly (and increasingly) in control of the purchase cycle. They prefer searching to being found, and will often be close to their final decision point before talking to a salesperson. What do buyers say is the most important signal of vendor credibility? General Marketing Stats. 1.
13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience
MARCH 25, 2015
You’ve put extensive effort into your business blog design, content strategy, research, and execution. Now—how you attract and retain a large audience? The short answer is to write great content and then promote it effectively. Simple—but not easy. Image credit: GreenPal. The longer answer(s) are presented below. Why isn’t your blog attracting a higher level of traffic? Email?
The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media
Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.
The Complete Guide to Google+ for B2B Marketing [Infographic]
AUGUST 12, 2014
Guest post by Dave Landry. Google+ seems to be an enigma in the social world, the quiet kid in the corner of the room that most are afraid to interact with. This is particularly so in marketing. But it doesnt have to be that way. In fact, Google+ can be friendly and a resource with amazing results when a respective marketer learns how to utilize it in the right manner. Need more details?
20 Brilliant B2B Marketing and Digital Business Stats and Facts
AUGUST 25, 2015
B2B marketers today certainly live in “interesting times” (in the sense of the not-actually-Chinese curse ). While search, social media, ecommerce and content marketing have dramatically altered the roles of buyers and sellers, a number of traditional channels (that is, pre-dating millennials) remain highly effective. Image Credit: B2B Marketing Insider. Death of the salesman? AdWeek ).
How to Calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing [Infographic]
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Quick: Can you list the goals of each and every one of your social media efforts? Do you know how each campaign performed when measured against those metrics, and how they contributed to the bottom line? If you’re like many marketers, those questions probably bring a quizzical look to your face. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They need to have an estimated value assigned to them.
20 Expert LinkedIn Guides
JULY 7, 2014
LinkedIn has made dramatic changes to its platform over the past 18 months, making what was a rather plain but effective business networking tool into a content-rich, visually dynamic, more interactive professionally-focused social network. Facebook may be fighting back , but time will tell regarding its true intentions and objectives on that front. Making LinkedIn Work for You by NoddlePlace.
16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats
MARCH 15, 2016
As winter comes to an end, so too does the Winter Wonderland of Marketing Stats series that’s been running here over the past few months. This final installment covers some fascinating though sometimes contradictory and confusing stats about business blogging and the value of marketing. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? But apparently not. Meghan M. ClickZ ).
A World Gone Social
Learn how companies must adapt to survive.
10 Top Marketing Thought Leaders in Social Media
MAY 21, 2015
If you were asked to name the top thought leaders in marketing today–the 10 marketers you’d definitely advise others to follow on social media–how would you proceed? You’d probably start by looking at those you’re connected with on the major social networks, then do some additional research. Perhaps you’d look at existing “top” lists from other sites.
14 Dazzling Digital Marketing Stats and Facts
JULY 28, 2015
Digital marketing activities and budgets are growing, because they have an impact: more than half of all employed adults say that “digital media has changed the way they work.” Image credit: AdWeek. But that figure is projected to jump to 75% within the next five years. Marketers in the U.S. You’ll find more insights in these 14 dazzling digital marketing facts and statistics.
This One Thing Has Become The New SEO Reputation Management Secret This Year
AUGUST 4, 2015
Guest post by Jon Rognerud. As a business and/or brand, nothing is more important than maintaining a solid reputation throughout your respective industry. It is critical to maintain a solid reputation because an increasing number of consumers have started to use it as a way to dictate their purchasing behaviors and decisions. What Search Engines Are Looking For? 1) High Authority Domains.
Five Top-Rated Social Media Management Tools for 2016 [Infographic]
JUNE 27, 2016
Guest post by Lilach Bullock. What is the “best” social media management tool out right now? Every social media manager has a preferred one that they always use, and it’s usually one of a handful of the top social media management tools on the market. They are also useful for monitoring certain keywords or conversations, and for analyzing your social media performance.
14 Brilliant B2B Marketing Strategy Guides
JUNE 17, 2014
Much has been written about how the internet in general, and the explosion of content marketing in particular, has changed the nature of b2b marketing. In less than a generation, information has gone from being scarce to overabundant. Today’s b2b buyers are typically 70% of the way through their purchase process before they contact a vendor’s sales team.
35 Stupendous Social Networking Facts and Stats
AUGUST 11, 2015
Though “social media” broadly encompasses a variety of platforms including blogs (WordPress, Medium, Tumblr), content sharing (YouTube, SlideShare, Instagram), and content curation (Scoop.It, Triberr, Paper.li), the term is nearly synonymous to many for the big social networks. Image credit: The Wonder of Tech. Facebook is of course (by far) the largest social network. TechCrunch ). 3.
The Six Best Google+ Marketing Tools
JUNE 21, 2016
Despite its detractors , Google+ remains one of the “big four” social networks and has its share of prominent fans in the business world. For most websites, Google+ doesn’t drive the volume of social traffic that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter do. But it can still be interesting place to hang out, and it may help with SEO. Google Review Count: 70,400. Google Review Count: 33,800.
How to Get More Blog Traffic – Content Promotion Checklist [Infographic]
AUGUST 30, 2016
With apologies to George Berkeley , if a blog post is published but no one shares it on social media, does it make an impact? As the amount of online content produced each day has exploded over the past few years, it’s become more challenging to grab attention and stand out. What does that mean, exactly? But those are just table stakes. Pursue opportunities for interviews and guest posting.
The 12 Best Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking Tools
MAY 3, 2016
When evaluating the results of marketing and PR efforts, it’s vital to consider two perspectives: what is the trend of results (e.g., increasing social engagement, website traffic over time, etc.) and how do your results compare to your closest competitors? There are a wide range of monitoring, listening, and analytics tools available to answer the first type of question. 10) SpyOnWeb.
5 Easy Tools for Social Selling Success
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Guest post by Austin Duck. Social selling is an awesome way to get things done. But, like the early days of anything on social, it’s difficult, messy, and imprecise. A big reason for this is a lack of organizational tools. Remember trying to manage your brand’s presence on social media pre Hootsuite? It was the stuff of nightmares. Easy Tools for Social Selling Success. Now go sell something!
23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides
DECEMBER 16, 2014
Though the use of social media and social networks for marketing is now nearly ubiquitous, and 78% of companies have dedicated social media teams, many marketers sill struggle with certain aspects of social marketing, such as formalizing strategies and measuring results. Basic presence and listening tactics will no longer suffice, and certainly won’t differentiate brands. do that for me?”
23 Outstanding Social PR Guides
JULY 22, 2014
As noted in several of the posts highlighted below, the PR professional has changed considerably over the past few years. The audiences, topics, tools, and tactics employed in PR have evolved. Image credit: PRNews. This shift has led to today’s emphasis on “social” PR. What role do press releases play in PR today? Are they still important for SEO? Social PR Strategies and Tactics.
How to Use Social Media for Event Marketing [Infographic]
AUGUST 17, 2015
Using social media to maximize the impact of live events (like trade shows, forums and conferences) is where shiny new tools meet old school marketing. As noted here previously, trade shows and other live events remain one of the top three lead generation channels for B2B companies, despite the fact they’ve been around for a while (the first trade conferences were in the 1700s).
What are the Best Social Networks for B2B Marketing? (Research)
AUGUST 27, 2013
There’s no question that B2B marketers have embraced social media. According to recent research , more than 80% of b2b marketers now use the “big 3″ social networks—LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook—to distribute content. But are these efforts paying off in terms of website traffic and leads? And if so, which social networks are most productive?
The Basics of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy
MARCH 29, 2016
Although more than three-quarters of B2B technology marketers use social media to market their products, less than half say they can tie social channels to revenue generation for their businesses. Image credit: BundlePost. But it may also be a problem with basic B2B social media marketing strategy. Cross-Platform Social Media Strategy. It’s a low-commitment, low-risk way to check you out.
Small Business Marketing Optimization Tips for 2016
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Guest post by John Oechsle. The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking at the exciting opportunities 2016 will have to offer your small business. You’re probably thinking, “If only I had more time today!,” but what you should really be doing is focusing on areas you can improve your business every day for the remainder of 2015. Data Management. Social media.
31 Sensational Social Media Marketing and PR Stats and Facts
JULY 14, 2015
Business and consumer marketers are nearly unanimous in their belief in the importance of social media to marketing activities. As noted below, the money is following that belief: social media now accounts for about 11% of all digital marketing outlays, and spending on social media marketing will total nearly $10 billion this year. Be responsive. Strategize and measure. Know your market (B2B).
Content Marketing Strategy? Think Like A Reporter
APRIL 12, 2016
Although 93% of B2B companies are doing content marketing, less than half view themselves as successful with it. However, companies with a documented content marketing strategy are three times as likely to say their efforts are “very” or “extremely” effective as those without one. So—creating a content marketing strategy is vital. The Reporter’s Questions.
18 Expert Guides to Using Google+ for Business
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Despite the reputation Google+ has in some circles for being the social network that everyone has joined but no one uses , marketers are increasing viewing it as a vital platform for branding and engagement. making it a critical component in an overall web visibility strategy. So what are the best practices for posting and sharing content on Google+? Building an audience and networking? Dustin W.
The B2B Lead Generation Ecosystem and WPO [Infographic]
APRIL 18, 2016
The “Internet Marketing Lead Generation Ecosystem” infographic below was created by the Chicago SEO agency , Straight North. Its purpose is to serve as a blueprint to demonstrate how multiple online marketing channels can be joined to create one online lead generation campaign. Develop new ways to improve and scale your current campaign.