Why We Still Fight Over Social Media and Content Marketing
FEBRUARY 4, 2013
A few years ago I wrote a piece on the commoditization of content (marketing) in a social jungle. And the same goes for social media (marketing). If you follow a bit what’s going on, you’ll even find genuine fights over who’s right and who’s wrong about this or that in content marketing or social media marketing. It’s about PR, reputation and social capital.
The Future of Social Media: Identifying the Drivers
APRIL 28, 2012
Recently, I was asked to write a chapter in a book on digital marketing and business about what’s coming next in social: the future of social media, both from a business and consumer perspective. invite you to comment and thus contribute in a way to the book since collaboration and involvement are key in knowledge and participation a must in a social world. Yes and no.
Content marketing strategy beyond the first degree(s): value chains
MAY 1, 2014
Each successful content marketing strategy is a social and connected content marketing strategy by definition. I’m not just talking about the areas where social media marketing and even social business overlap with content marketing. I’m even not just talking about the need to work with audiences of audiences in an era where everything is (getting) […].
Social Media ROI: Check Before You Start
FEBRUARY 25, 2012
An army of social media thinkers has deemed it useful to redefine ROI. Blog Management Social media marketing Jim Lenskold marketing ROI return on influence return on investment social media ROIIn 2010, Brian Solis introduced it in his book Engage! as Return on Influence (and also as Return on Investment, Return on Involvement, Return on Innovation and Relevance of Interaction). The term Return on Influence (now Realization of Influence as well) [.].
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What You Really Must Know To Succeed in Social Media Marketing
JUNE 1, 2011
Social media and networks have been part of many internet users’s life for the last six to seven years, with services popping up and falling down at an astonishing pace. And, yet, social media marketing is still a very “hot topic. Blog Connected marketing Social media marketing social media marketingFrom forums to blogs: online conversations are happening since years and the success of [.].
Email marketing versus social media – once more
Social Email Marketing
DECEMBER 28, 2014
If we can believe the people of Email Delivered there is a “heated debate inside marketing circles” about what’s the best option when it comes to focusing your marketing efforts: social media or email marketing. Email marketing Integrated marketing Social media marketing content marketing Email Delivered Social Media Today social versus email
Social Media Metrics: Jim Sterne on why, what and how to measure
JULY 3, 2011
In his book ‘Social Media Metrics’, Jim Sterne says: “The Internet has always been a social medium”. Blog Connected marketing Social CRM Social media marketing Jim Sterne social media metrics social media ROI web analyticsAnd he’s right where he writes that the Internet is the first many-to-many communication channel.
Defining Social Business: a Call for Clarity and Collaboration
JUNE 9, 2012
Yes, you are right: social business is a buzzword. It is omnipresent and it is trendy to proclaim “it’s not about social media anymore but about social business.” ” However, social business is not a hype, on the contrary. Dada on MarketingProfs, titled “ What Exactly Is a ‘Social Business ‘?” Social is social.
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Most Employees Have No Idea if Their Company Has a Social Media Policy
AUGUST 6, 2011
Social media marketingA company is a legal entity. It does not produce anything. It does not communicate, and it has no activities. Production, communication and all other activities are done by the people within the company and within businesses that collaborate with it. That’s obvious, right? The people in the company operate within a market environment. A [.].
The Smart Marketer's Guide to Social Media Management
Engaging in social media isn't an option anymore. So if you're going to do it, you want to do it well
B2B: Involve Your Sales People in Social Media Marketing and CRM Now
JULY 21, 2011
Divisions such as sales, can be involved much better in social CRM and social media processes. No matter how your organization is structured: it’s crucial to involve your sales people in cross-channel interactions and in your social media strategy as well. Social media monitoring and other measuring systems are not your only “ears and eyes” in the social space.
Great Content Marketing Case: the Vocus Social Media Strategy Tool
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Content is a social object. Content marketing Social media marketing Beth Harte content marketing case MarketingSherpa Serengeti Communications social media marketing strategy tool social media strategy app VocusBy that I mean it is defined by what people want and how they interact, not the other way around. Content can take many forms. Often, it’s narrowed down to the types of content we immediately think of such as a blog post, a paper, a presentation, a video, the [.].
Building Your Internal Social Media Expert Team
JANUARY 28, 2012
An important aspect of setting up a social media strategy is building a team to make the program work, regardless of the scope and goals. Social media is not a free lunch, and you need your internal team of social media experts to make it happen. Blog Connected marketing Management Social media marketing Christopher Barger personal branding social media strategy social media team The Social Media StrategistTips and considerations. Let’s agree on terminology first. [.].
The Big Content Marketing Fail: How Much Content Do You Need?
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
My employer and the original founders of the company, who still had a stake in it, asked me to come up with a plan. I was active in media, online publishing and digital marketing strategies at that time and didn’t have to think long about the way forward of that small business. I had them redesign the logo so the first ‘W’ looked like a crown and the baseline simply became ‘content is king’.
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Social Business Failure Is a Choice: Speaking a Common Language
FEBRUARY 3, 2013
Gartner predicts 80% of social business efforts will not achieve intended benefits through 2015. In practice, social business is a huge Babylonian confusion. Just look at other umbrella terms such as social media marketing or at the incapability within many organizations to properly measure across silos due to non-standardized metrics and Key Performance Indicators.
The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence
SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
An analysis of Klout, the use of it and the concept of influence from the Klout and social network perspective. Opinion Social media marketing Eloqua influence Joe Fernandez K+ Klout Klout score PeerIndexLet me start by disappointing you. I do not know the ultimate truth. just wanted to grab your attention. That’s what you do with a post title now and then. However, now that you’re [.].
Five Customer Empowerment Tips: the Days of Intuition are Over
JANUARY 28, 2013
The fact that consumers are more empowered is one of the reasons why businesses adopt a cross-channel touchpoint approach and use social media, for instance. We all talk about the empowered consumer and it’s safe to say that consumers indeed dispose of more ways to inform themselves, interact and buy when, where and how they want. So, what is it about? Insights matter most. Integrate!
The Perception of Social Media Marketing: it’s a Free Lunch
MAY 27, 2011
Recently, Belgium-based Leads United (part of Lewis PR), released the results of a social media marketing survey among communication and marketing “professionals. The fourth edition of the survey indicated that the use of social media and networking tools is relatively well established, but that is about all, really. When looking at social media marketing, there still is a huge lack of a social media strategy, let alone some sort of plan. Furthermore, 73% of the questioned companies don’t have a social media policy.
Customer-Centric Social Media: What is Your Unique Social Proposition?
MAY 29, 2011
Since the upswing of social media we even got a lot more of them and ‘experts’ started giving new meanings to existing acronyms. Blog Connected marketing Social media marketing customer-centric ROI social media Unique Selling Point Unique Selling Proposition unique social proposition USPThere is no shortage of acronyms in the marketing jargon. This way, e.g. ROI became Return On Involvement and even Return On Ignorance, just to name one acronym. It’s really confusing and [.].
Research Sheds More Light On Why People Follow Brands Via Social Media
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Over the last year, several studies have shown that people mainly start to follow brands on social media because of discounts and promotions. Once a social connection between a brand and a follower/fan is established, the continuity of it depends on your unique social proposition. Connected marketing Research Social media marketing brand followers customer experience Facebook InSites Consulting promotions research social media marketingIn other words: what you have to offer matters most. [.].
The Rise of Digital Influence: From Persuasion and Passion to Action
MAY 28, 2012
Relevance is key , always: in fact, it’s the glue of relationships on the social web and thus of word of mouth and influence. More about influence in the Brian Solis Social Business Sessions. Blog Research Social media marketing Altimeter Group Brian Solis digital influence infliuencer marketing influencers persuasion relevance Robert B. Indeed, by being relevant.
Brian Solis on Digital Darwinism and Customer-Centricity
DECEMBER 29, 2011
Blog Connected marketing Customer-centricity Interview Social media marketing Brian Solis customer-centricity Digital Darwinism new consumerism The End of Business As UsualAs you probably know, Brian Solis published a new book a while back, called ‘The End of Business as Usual’. Since it’s an ideal time to catch up with my reading before going underground for the end of the year, I asked Brian some questions that are related to the ideas he develops in it. [.].
Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers
APRIL 28, 2012
The alienation between organizations and consumers Different reasons stand in the way of solving the continuing disconnect – social media or not – between organizations and customers /consumers. As I wrote earlier, silos are the death of everything that we can call social. Consumers are becoming channel-agnostic. These discussions have a huge impact on buying decisions.
Content Marketing: What Content People Share And Why They Do It
MAY 22, 2011
However, in trying to answering it, one can find a lot of value for his business and “target groups” in this social media and multi-channel marketing age where content plays an increasing role and content marketing is a hot topic. But – let’s be honest – we especially want to know why sharing of content happens because everyone dreams of their content being “tweeted” massively, appearing on social media bookmarking sites thousands of times and getting shared via all possible channels with viral options, including email. Why do people share content?
Altimeter Report: the Convergence of Paid, Owned and Earned Media
JULY 18, 2012
Co-author Rebecca Lieb By now, you probably know what paid, owned and earned media are. You probably also know that the number of media and channels has been growing for years now, often at adoption speeds we never witnessed before. Easy, although media proliferation made it look harder. Furthermore, it’s even not so much about channel or media integration.
Optimize: a Holistic View of Content and Marketing Optimization
APRIL 18, 2012
Think about search engine optimization and social media optimization, for instance. Lee Odden's Optimize: Discover - Consumer - Share Obviously, we optimize for media as well. Not optimization as improving SEO and keywords but optimization as a state of mind of doing better all the time in all touchpoints: search, social, content and more. That’s optimization.
Context Marketing in Context: Beyond Inbound and Content
DECEMBER 10, 2012
Or better (in my definition): finding what they are looking for. A few reasons behind it: the changing behavior of people when preparing to buy, less trust, decreasing impact of interruption, disgust of marketing BS and monologues, media proliferation, etc. Marketing is not about social media. It isn’t combining channels such as social media and email. Great.
Is Touchpoint Marketing the Only Marketing Left?
APRIL 3, 2012
In that regard, it looks a lot like social media, which seemed necessary for businesses to realize that marketing is not a one-way street. The same philosophy is often heard when it boils down to social media, inbound marketing, integrated marketing and more. They bring social connections – who are also customers in the social space – closer to us.
Open Letter to the CxO: Can You Survive the Age of Integration and Collaboration?
APRIL 24, 2013
In the social era we have started calling this the audiences of audiences of audiences, etc. Another (new) role that often gets mentioned is that of the Social (Business) Strategist , who then often gets a role in the collaborative and digital decision process as well. Am I a social media strategist? social business thinker? IT is connected with social business.
Recruitment and Social: the Shift in Control Employers Forget
JUNE 3, 2012
When it boils down to the future of your business, your workforce is essential. I was completely stunned when reading recent findings by Gartner , stating that “monitoring employee behavior in digital environments is on the rise, with 60 percent of corporations expected to implement formal programs for monitoring external social media for security breaches and incidents by 2015.”
Listen to the Voice of the Customer or Stop Doing Business
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
In a recent study by MarketTools 34% of executives surveyed stated that they were aware of customers using social media to comment on or complain about their company and/or its products. Blog Connected marketing Customer engagement Customer relationships Customer service Research Social media marketing customer experience customer feedback social media sentiment analysis voice of the customerThat’s about one-third of respondents. Great, isn’t it? It seems some executives realize that the voice of the customer is channel-agnostic and consumers use [.].
From Conversation Company to Optimization Organization
APRIL 28, 2012
Steven makes very valid points of how important it is to involve people and facilitate conversations while having a ‘social’ mindset across the organization. This is my second post in the series of ‘ The Future of Social Media ’. In social media, the emphasis has been on the holy conversation for quite some time now. Again, feel free to comment. Sounds familiar?
Marketers Need Return On Marketing Investment Now
MARCH 30, 2012
That’s why it’s pretty revolting that some ‘thought leaders’ (and I won’t mention names anymore or even link to them), especially in the social media space, keep repeating marketing ROI leads to failure (!). Yesterday, I had a long and interesting conversation with the president of STIMA , Belgium’s largest association of marketing professionals. Marketing ROI. And it’s about time.
The Humanization of User Experiences: the Emotional and Personal Must
JULY 26, 2011
Despite what social hippies might like to believe, the truth is that a business exists to make a profit and that a genuine, open, human and empathic business is still quite rare. The fact that the web has become more social and given a voice to people, surely has an impact on most business and forces them to listen to their customers and ecosystems. Giving a shit does indeed matter.
By: The Perception of Social Media Marketing: it's a Free Lunch
JANUARY 14, 2014
[…] Belgium-based Leads United (part of Lewis PR), released the results of a social media marketing survey among communication and marketing “professionals” Although the respondents were […
Social Media, Monitoring and Research: Opportunities and Risks
MARCH 6, 2012
We all know social media monitoring solutions and processes can provide valuable information regarding our brands, competitors, customers, individual preferences, trending topics, the market and whatnot. On top of these platforms, more cross-channel oriented solutions and specialized surveying and research applications, enable us to listen to the voice of the customer on social media [.]. Blog Customer relationships Research Social CRM Social media marketing customer research market research social media monitoring
B2B buyers and professional social networks in the purchase decision
Social Email Marketing
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
In case you believed we can forget about social media in marketing and business, here’s a wake-up call: according to the latest Social Buying Study from IDC, 75% (!) of B2B buyers “studied social media” to SUPPORT purchase decisions. Even more impressive: 84% of C-level/VP executives in the research also use social media for the […].
Second Screen Engagement: the Social Dimension of the TV Experience
MAY 28, 2011
One of the speakers who made a lasting impression, Olivier Blanchard of Red Chair Group , will be back in Belgium on June 30 for our second collaboration already this year, the Social Media Day Antwerp , where he provides a full afternoon social media training program. Using TV and other media at the same time: beyond multitasking. Now to the point. Kevin Slavin.
On Twitter and real life: some love and some tips #socialsong
DECEMBER 23, 2012
Some of us are taking a deserved break, others continue working because they have to or don’t celebrate Christmas and some do something else. I’m working on a few trainings for a company to get their employees involved in a social business program. And I have a list of people I like to talk with, be it on Twitter or any other social network or in real life. Socially (dis)connected?
Social Business: the Essence of Collaboration and Purpose
JUNE 20, 2012
The wisdom of the crowd, participation, co-creation, engagement, empowerment, collaboration,… The literature and ‘collective wisdom’ regarding social business is filled with statements on how important all these expensive words are today. Fortunately, there are also many practitioners and theoretical thinkers who know the reality of business and of social psychology. There is hope.