Distributing information about your business in a way that viewers will find valuable — helpful and relevant to their business — is the definition of content marketing. The goal is to create relationships by building trust in your company, boosting your credibility and enhancing your “go-to expert” status.
If your business has an online presence, then Google+ is impacting your revenue. Love it or hate it, interacting with Google+ is an important piece of an online marketing strategy. As the second largest social platform (behind Facebook), it is important to integrate Google+ into your regular social marketing activity. For those new to the platform, here are some quick tips and best practices to get you started.
Excerpt from the guest post by Patricia Hume, President of Trapit, and published on MarketingProfs: "It's impossible for marketers to create enough original, quality material for each channel every day, which is why many rely on content curation to help build brand awareness and generate leads via social media and email marketing.
Here are five of the top content curation mistakes that B2B marketers need to avoid if they want to offer their audiences value, rather than noise.
1. Skimming the Headline and Sharing Immediately A good headline doesn't mean a good article. Sometimes, it doesn't even mean a relevant article. That's why it's important to take the time to read the entire article before sharing it with an audience. Content curation is about showing thought leadership, too; so, if you don't engage with the article yourself, then you can't show your expertise about the topic.
2. Checking Only the Most Popular Stories and Sources for Content If your content curation is supposed to attract people to the brand for originality and thought leadership, depending on the most-visited sources and most-read articles is merely going to backfire. Your social media accounts won't stand out, and prospects and customers won't see the value in following them.
3. Not Personalizing for Your Audience In a world of almost infinite content, your audience is going to be interested only in the stories that are most relevant to their needs. You should carefully consider the target audience for each piece of curated content.
4. Promoting the Same Content Across Every Channel One tactic that's employed by time-starved marketers is to share one link across a few different channels, all at once. Ultimately, doing so undermines the purpose of content curation.
5. Spending Too Much Time Curating Content It can take hours to create a blog post, and just a few minutes to curate content. So marketers may write blog posts a few days a week and fill the gaps in output with curated content very quickly. But curating good content that effectively engages the audience—and making sure each piece is promoted and distributed in the context of each social environment—can take hours..."
Excerpt from the guest post by Bryan Kramer, author of the new ebook "There is no B2B or B2C: Human to Human", and published on Brian Solis Blog. "Marketing has become so complex, in segmenting audiences into “B2B” (business to business) and “B2C” (business to consumer). This, plus the rise of social, digital and mobile channels, have created an atmosphere of anonymity. I fear that the social/digital/mobile world has created an angry mob of anonymous reactors who take short form communication literally.
That’s where “H2H” came from. The dawn of a more social web, i.e. forums, discussion boards, and pre- Web 2.0 online communities, would eventually equalize the media landscape and give a voice and brand to customers while introducing the need for a human persona in business. As Brian says of P2P, "people are now brands and brands are now people." This evolution has been guiding our society back into one that requires a more personal approach.
- Speaking Human Consumers are confused. Why can’t we make it simple for people to understand what we’re selling, so they can more easily share their experiences and the value they felt with others? Don’t care what language you speak, who your brand is or what message you’re trying to send, we all need to speak more human.
- A Human Approach: Social Sensory Marketing The future of social marketing involves “human sensory building”, and how it will become necessary to intertwine this approach into the marketing experience at each stage of the customer lifecycle. When we are able to weave directly relatable human experiences into social situations, it changes how we share and consume information forever.
- Customers are Fickle Humans Customers, as humans, are fickle and are so empowered today that they expect extraordinary, over-the-top experiences that rock their world. Customers are ready to move on unless they have one thing – an undying relationship with a person or people at your brand who made them feel uniquely special.
- Becoming Better Storytellers Humans require context to understand concepts. Without boundaries, short bursts of communication, coupled with a faster-paced, noisy society and shorter attention spans is affecting how we, as humans, tell stories. We need to become better storytellers. Storytelling is a great way to communicate how you feel, or how you want your audience to feel. A story helps us understand how things fit into our individual experiences and gives us context to make decisions. Stories add the color, personality and relevance about what you’re trying to sell..."
Youtility is marketing so useful, people would pay for it. Here are 9 inspirational examples of companies doing it right.I chronicled many examples of companies creating useful marketing in my book, Youtility. Since then, however, there have been dozens of new instances of companies making truly useful marketing. Here are 9 of my favorites: (note: I wrote a version of this post for the Marketo blog).
Excerpt from article written by Dennis Shiao and published on Scoop.it Blog: "Every time I visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, I see something I’ve never seen before. Wouldn’t it be great if our content collections drew as much interest, respect and admiration as the collections at MoMA? In order to achieve this feat, we need to become highly effective content curators. Let’s consider seven habits:
1. Focus on Goals
What are your goals around content curation? If you can’t answer that question, stop right now. Stop reading this post, too. Go answer the question, then return when you’re done.
2. Have Empathy
You’ll need to have empathy for your target audience. In other words, the better you understand their thoughts, interests and challenges, the more effective you’ll be at content curation.
3. Be Careful, Cautious and Selective Make sure you read (and digest) every piece of content you curate. Curate high quality content only, leaving the marginal pieces to the proverbial cutting room floor.
4. Editorialize Don’t just share content, tell us why you like (or dislike) the piece. What can your target audience learn from reading it and what are the key takeaways? In a sense, editorializing creates a nice blend of creation and curation.
5. Provide Attribution Providing attribution shows respect and helps drive visibility and awareness to content authors. As you curate, look up the author of the article (or blog post) and explicitly acknowledge them.
6. Understand What’s Timely and Trending Sharing fresh milk is good. Sharing spoiled milk is rotten. If you find content that is time sensitive, consider whether the “sharing window” has already passed.
7. Have an Eye for a Great Title Not everyone will be as thorough as you when reviewing content. A lot of people will click on a link solely because of a compelling title. As you sharpen your curating skills, you’ll begin to figure out what separates great titles from good titles. If you come across a great article that has just a good title, consider changing the title text when you curate..."
There are tons of apps and online tools available that can turn you into a Twitter rockstar. But with so many choices, it can be tough to know which tool is the best one to use to meet your particular needs. I've been there and done that myself. I've poked around, searching for different metrics…
Twitter’s getting a fresh new look. For brand marketers, that means its time for an audit. Last week, Twitter announced that they’re shaking things up and totally revamping profiles. The new look is definitely more visual, causing quite a stir amongst Facebook fanatics. These Facebook fans aren’t wrong — Twitter’s going photo-friendly and we can’t…
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.
Talking about yourself is hard. Doing it in 160 characters or less is even harderharder.
... It has to set you apart, but still reflect approachability. Make you look accomplished, but not braggy. Appear professional, with just a touch of the personal. Bonus points for a bit of humor thrown in, because hey, social media is fun!
All that in just a few sentences? No wonder The New York Times called the Twitter bio “a postmodern art form.”
In this post, we’ll go over the universal principles of a great social media bio – regardless of the network. We’ll also take a look at the big social media networks – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ – and discover how to make the most of the bio space provided by each...
A recent study revealed that 99% of brands are on Twitter. Although small businesses may have paved the way for Twitter marketing success, the world's largest brands are adopting the platform a both a customer service and marketing tool at an increasing rate.