Empowering employees to be champions of your brand is more important than ever before. 92% of people trust recommendations from their family and friends over any form of advertising. Employees who are advocates for their employers help to lead recruitment, increase brand awareness and even drive leads.
Traditionally businesses, especially in B2B, have focused on products and specs. Yet the classic advertising model has been upended in the era of social media and digital content. Buyers have rejected outdated campaigns in favor of engaging and informative material.
With these changes, B2B marketers often confuse product marketing with content marketing.
It's one of the most cliche phrases in marketing, yet undeniably true. Content is king. But as more mediums add to the vastness of content - how as a marketer do you create content to stay relevant and influence the buying cycle?
For companies, there’s nothing more important than finding the right person for a job. Filling a role can be difficult, but landing star talent makes the challenge worth the effort. In this Careers Podcast, Brandon Morgan, Senior Director of Client Services at MarketScale, reveals what he’s looking for in hiring a Senior Digital Marketing Strategist (DMS).
Excessive Exclamation Points?!!! Who? Me?
I recently received a note expressing concern over my “overuse” of exclamation points: “You might want to reconsider your tendency to overuse exclamation points.” Overuse? Overly emphatic? Me? OK. Fair enough. Still, I requested an explanation. I wasn’t offended by the feedback. I was just curious about the commentary. I sensed a big discussion behind the advice. Alas, I received no reply.
So I began to think about the meaning of my reader’s feedback. I "might" want to reconsider my overuse of exclamation points? Was this a complaint? A soft recommendation? Sarcastic criticism?
At the end of the day, the use of exclamation points is about communicating tone. And tone is largely a matter of taste—as in “there is no accounting for…”
Still, tone is hard to determine in online communication. But then that's the whole point: communicating tone in digital media requires content writers rethink the traditional rules and tools of style - including the use punctuation to project meaning and tone. Effective brand writing across digital channels is a complex issue, one that requires more than placing a ban on multiple exclamation points. Here are some issues to consider.
The Danger of SEO as “SEO”
In the content marketing biz, one tends to get a lot of questions about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Certainly, concerns about enhancing SEO make sense. After all, publishing content on a company blog site will not generate business growth if prospects can’t find that content when searching the web.
Marketing and sales tend not to have a reputation for collaboration—in terms of partnerships, the two are more likely to inspire comparison to King Kong and Godzilla.This is a big problem. Without a sales content strategy – a plan that targets leads through strategically segmented and valuable content throughout their entire decision-making process – your sales process simply can’t win.
Working with HBO was an opportunity to experience creative freedom and 'long-form development' that filmmakers didn't have a chance to do before the emergence of shows like The Sopranos.
Subscription Service and the Importance of Risk Taking
Martin Scorcese is not alone in his opinion that HBO offers an "opportunity to experience creative freedom." References to creative freedom and idependence have become hallmarks of HBO's brand identity. Less aknowledged, however, is the business model that supports this freedom. At its core, HBO's capacity to provide "an experience of creative freedom" reflects the autonomy of a subsrciption-based business model that enables independence from external commercial funding.
Stressed by the Demand to Create all that Content?
If the answer is "yes," you're not alone. Studies show that marketers are undergoing increased job stress. And it's no wonder, given the increased complexity of the work. Marketers face many challenges today: High growth expectations, hyper competition in crowded market places, and the digital and social-media revolution. What’s more, growing pressure from the C-suite to implement marketing return on investment measures as a way to track and evaluate marketing success is increasing the marketer’s workload. Studies show that stress rates for marketers are on the rise.