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The 10 Best Corporate Blogs in the World

The 10 Best Corporate Blogs in the World | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

My reaction to most company blogs: “Blah, Blah and Double Blah!”

 

I recently taught a class on corporate blogging at the amazing social media marketing graduate program at Rutgers University.  In my research for the class, I pored through hundreds of websites looking for examples of the best company blogs in the world.

 

Amid the coal pile that is the state of corporate blogging today, I did manage to find a few diamonds that don’t bore to tears with pronouncements, promotions and product announcements (the Killer P’s)....


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Great blogging and business storytelling inspiration...

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 8, 2013 4:06 PM

Great blogging and business storytelling inspiration...

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Great blogging and business storytelling inspiration...

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6 PR Strategies Guaranteed to Increase Business Visibility

6 PR Strategies Guaranteed to Increase Business Visibility | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
When you think about promoting a business one of the first things that traditionally comes to mind is the media.  After all, who doesn’t want to see their product or business featured in the pages...

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malek's curator insight, January 24, 6:21 PM

PR makes the world go around

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Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy

Data Is Clear: To Be Effective at Content Marketing, Have a Documented Strategy | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Talk is cheap. So it should come as no surprise that when it comes to content marketing strategy, simply talking about it is not enough.

That is the big takeaway from the 2015 benchmarks, budgets, and trends study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, sponsored by our own Rainmaker Platform.

According to the study, only 39 percent of B2B small business marketers have a documented content marketing strategy. The rest either have a strategy that they have only talked about (47 percent), have no strategy at all (12 percent), or are unsure (1 percent).

Here’s why this matters …

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Start Building Social Media Brand Advocates - Here's How | JUST™ Creative

Start Building Social Media Brand Advocates - Here's How | JUST™ Creative | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

There have been several studies that show statistical proof that consumer advocates work. A study from the Wharton School of Business, R&G Technologies, and McKinsey all revealed the benefits of consumer advocates:

Consumer advocacy reduces the cost for acquiring new customers.A referred customer has a 16% higher life-time value.Referral leads convert about 30% better than leads from other channels.Referral leads take less time to actually convert. (Less decision time on the part of the referred customers.)Word of mouth is behind 20% – 50% of all purchasing decisions....
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 28, 1:03 PM

Powerful influence for marketers when approached strategically.

Fancyhaha Zhang's curator insight, January 28, 10:59 PM

very helpful

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Why good storytelling helps you design great products

Why good storytelling helps you design great products | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

“It’s not uncommon for designers to confuse a beautiful looking product with one that works beautifully. A great technique for creating smarter, better products is to approach them using story-centered design.”


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A great aspect of storytelling is how well it can convey the emotional state of the user throughout their experience. 

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Mapping your User Journey

Mapping your User Journey | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Deliver value quicker by knowing what your users want to accomplish.

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24 Ways To Power-Up Your Social Channels In Under 24 Hours - SocialBro

24 Ways To Power-Up Your Social Channels In Under 24 Hours - SocialBro | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
24 quick tips to sharpen your social media pages in under 24 hours, includes Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & more. Improve your profiles in seconds!

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malek's curator insight, January 24, 6:01 PM

7. Try A New Tool
1 Minute, 17 Seconds

Social media tools can save time, improve results, and help you carry out a multitude of tasks better than before. 

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When to Sell with Data, When to Appeal to Emotions Figured Out

When to Sell with Data, When to Appeal to Emotions Figured Out | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Most of our purchase decisions take place unconsciously.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 27, 3:36 PM

Congrats to biz story colleague Michael Harris -- who does great work in story and sales -- for getting this article published by HBR. It's all about when to share a story and when to share data. Important to know!


I really like the research Harris shares, and it adds to our knowledge about how much data to share with people and still stay effective.


Enjoy this easy to read piece, add the research to your repertoire, and build this strategy into your biz story toolkit.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Scott Langston's curator insight, January 28, 11:31 PM

The title says it all....

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Demystifying SEO with experiments

Demystifying SEO with experiments | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Demystifying SEO with experiments
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Why Courage Is More Important Than Creativity

Why Courage Is More Important Than Creativity | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
There is no way around this fact: innovation entails tough sacrifices in often drastic circumstances. It's harder to stop doing old things than it is to start doing new things.

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Rona Lewis's curator insight, January 27, 1:27 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention, after all!

 

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Getting Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future: Avoiding Narrative Fallacy

Getting Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future: Avoiding Narrative Fallacy | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Thinking about the future is hard, mainly because we are glued to the present.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 26, 12:48 PM

ARTICLE LINK: https://hbr.org/2015/01/an-exercise-to-get-your-team-thinking-differently-about-the-future


This post by Leonard Fuld for HBR is both interesting and problematic. I am always on the hunt for good articles about creating future stories -- because they are not easy to do.


So this one caught my eye. Fuld describes a team who used a technique for scenario planning from Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman uses a technique that promises to avoid "narrative fallacy" -- seeing the future as merely a slight variation of yesterday. 


I was having a wonderful conversation last Friday with Alan Briskin, author of Collective Wisdom, where he was sharing with me some brain research. It's been documented that humans are terrible at forecasting into the future because of cognitive and emotional biases (how I will feel in the future: "if I'm successful in business all my problems will be solved"), plus projection bias (projecting my current state of mind into the future and onto others: "my boss will never change"). Yet neuroscience researchers are finding that mindfulness, "walk a mile in my shoes" stories creating empathy between people, and the quality of storytelling might  help us overcome these barriers.


HEADS UP: Future stories help us communicate about the future we are deliberately and consciously creating. Scenario planning is a process for uncovering hidden risks and better planning for the future.


So you can see why I was interested in Kahneman's process for avoiding those biases and "narrative fallacy". It is hard to think about the future and craft stories about what we are creating/or what we can plan for that aren't pie-in-the-sky junk or totally miss the mark.


Here is where the article disappoints, however. The actual technique is never shared so we don't really know how to avoid "narrative fallacy". Bummer. The article instead focuses on the scenarios and implications the group came up with.


Bottom line: this is an interesting development in "future story" that we need to know about, but we are not out of the woods yet. Hopefully really good techniques for avoiding our biases and learning how to use story processes to create effective future stories of all types will continue to emerge.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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The New Era of the Hybrid Marketer

The New Era of the Hybrid Marketer | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

Being a one-dimensional marketer is not a good way to get ahead. Today’s successful marketers are hybrids. We integrate old and new channels into one overall marketing strategy. Learn what you need to know to be a good hybrid marketer.


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9 Pillars of Customer Retention via @WindsorCircle

9 Pillars of Customer Retention via @WindsorCircle | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

9 Pillars of Customer Retention Include

Know Your Customers

 

 Get Connected


Thank Your Customers

 

 Amaze Your Best Customers

 

 Help Your Customers Buy More

 

 Save Your Churning Customers

 

 Create Evangelists

 

 Listen to Your Customers

 

 Acquire Retainable Customers

 

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Great post and we love #3 - THANKING customers. Often over looked or done badly there are a lot of cool ways to think customers now such as:

* Follow them BACK!

* Curate their content into your social streams.
* Link to them.
* Share their content about you (with permission and attribution).

The social web creates many new ways to say THANKS other than  boring auto-response.

 

 


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Why #H2H Broke Twitter

Why #H2H Broke Twitter | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

A year ago Bryan Kramer coined the term “There is no more B2B or B2C. It’s H2H: Human to Human” and accompanied it with the now infamous #H2H hashtag. It was truly amazing to see how this very simple concept caught on like wildfire. In fact H2H was just named as the business term most likely to “catch on” in 2015 so move over “disruption”!

 

The revolutionary nature of this term is in its simplicity and relatability. It’s so easy to get caught up in Corporate-Speak where everyone becomes a labeled statistic or grouped into acronyms. Before long your strategy can begin to look like a nighmarish algebra problem.ROI of B2C= X per month where C= GenZ and B=Electronics Products. Solve for X...


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Julie Rescourio's curator insight, January 25, 4:09 AM

On l'oublie trop souvent !

The Agile Monks's curator insight, January 25, 3:43 PM

First off H2H - yes, it catching on would be nice - as was is really sad is that we have lost the concept of a HUMAN BEING for so long, that it has been a downfall for many industries. CRM - what relationship?  If all you are doing is using it to SELL MORE. Customer Service and Support and Tech Support - where is the HUMAN factor in so much of what companies are doing to systematize and "technofy", rather than realizing that the Service and Support comes from the HUMAN being - both the Human in the Customer and the Human in the Service Provider. We need to remember that the HUMAN SPIRIT and it's desire to make a difference, to be different, and to serve a purpose, will always trump the business and the consumerism.  Let us be US and let US be the humanity and the love and the divine spark that exists in each of US.  We can then be the people we hopefully want and desire to be. Serve other first and foremost, and ultimately you shall be served.  Long live the HUMAN. :)

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Where Is Your Company Telling Meaningful Stories?

Where Is Your Company Telling Meaningful Stories? | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

“Authentic storytelling in the workplace (and outside of it in social media channels) is an amazing way to impact talent strategies. It’s part science: apparently, we respond to storytelling with a change in brain chemistry.”


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 28, 10:20 AM
This is a quick article identifying some of the best high-leverage places to be sharing stories within a company. Yes, marketing is eventually mentioned, but other areas are tackled first. Like attracting and retaining talent.Read the article for specific insights and start thinking about ways to expand your story efforts for bigger results.
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Storytelling in a Digital Age: A Conversation between Al Gore and Brian Grazer

Storytelling in a Digital Age: A Conversation between Al Gore and Brian Grazer | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
At a recent KPCB event in Los Angeles, former Vice President and KPCB partner Al Gore interviewed film and television producer Brian Grazer on what it’s like to be a storyteller in the digital age. How has YouTube changed talent scouting? How does entertainment content spread across platforms? Al Gore and Brian Grazer tackle these and many more questions in a conversation about the new era of entertainment and media.

 


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The 7 Best Resources for Social Media Marketing

The 7 Best Resources for Social Media Marketing | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
We live in an increasingly globalized age and knowing the difference between a Like or a Follower can be a defining factor in a company’s success. So how do you as an online marketing company, soci…

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2015 Design Trend to Watch: Responsive Storytelling

2015 Design Trend to Watch: Responsive Storytelling | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

We’ve spent a lot of time here at Propoint thinking about the new year and what it means for the world of information presentation, visualization, and design.


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How to Work with Journalists by Adapting Your Media Strategies

How to Work with Journalists by Adapting Your Media Strategies | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

Journalism and media relations is ever-changing in the age of social news consumption. Understanding and adapting to the changing social landscape helps brands and public relations pros work more efficiently with journalists, which can establish and strengthen relationships with them.


The Edelman Media Network teamed with NewsWhip and Muck Rack to study news consumption in the age of social media. The study uncovered how journalists are adapting and how 76 percent of them feel more pressure to think about their story’s potential to get shared on social platforms.


The study took a deep dive into what ingredients made news stories social in 2014 across five sectors to better understand how media strategies must adapt....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 27, 5:29 AM

Here's how to adapt your media relations strategies in a social mèdia impacted world.

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adicionar a sua visão ...

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Stories: What Sinks Organizational Change Infographic

Stories: What Sinks Organizational Change Infographic | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

Some aspects of organizational culture are visible on the surface, like the tip of an iceberg, while others are implicit and submerged within the organization. Because these ingrained assumptions are tacit and below the surface, they are not easy to see or deal with, although they affect everything the organization does.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 8:37 PM

There is a lot more going on under the surface than meets the eye.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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4 surprising storytelling lessons marketers can learn from Howard Stern

4 surprising storytelling lessons marketers can learn from Howard Stern | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Marketers can take away some strong tips from the self-proclaimed King of All Media.

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How Lidl used storytelling to alter the brand's perception - Econsultancy (blog)

One of the big news stories in UK retail last year was the massive growth of discount grocery stores Lidl and Aldi.

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9 Content Marketing Hacks to Help You Thrive in 2015

9 Content Marketing Hacks to Help You Thrive in 2015 | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
The idea of content marketing can be daunting. Being responsible for creating high quality content that actively engages your customers and prospects can sometimes seem overwhelming. But there’s hope! Here are nine content marketing hacks to ease the burden and help you excel.

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Leanne Cohens's curator insight, January 26, 11:37 PM

The first three steps are essential:  Create a strategy, Use an editorial calendar, Curate others content!

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Going Visual: The Rise of Pinterest & Messaging Apps

Going Visual: The Rise of Pinterest & Messaging Apps | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
As visual platforms and messaging apps continue transforming the social media landscape, businesses find themselves forced to adapt to their markets.

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Upcoming trends for organic marketing in 2015

Upcoming trends for organic marketing in 2015 was presented at the first #searchlondon event of 2015. This deck is to help people understand what happened in 2…


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Where To Find Hundreds Of Publicity Leads (All For Free)

Where To Find Hundreds Of Publicity Leads (All For Free) | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Publicity leads can be an author's ticket to publicity and more media opportunities which can help you gain wider exposure and sell more books.

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Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com's curator insight, January 26, 6:18 PM

Great resources if you are looking to increase exposure for your work!