How to Create Content That Doesn't Stink


When was the last time you were enthralled by B2B "content?"

If you're struggling to remember, or are having daymares about your own content, the first thing you need to do is stop thinking of content as just "filler," like packing peanuts or bubble wrap.

Visiting a website with filler content is a lot like walking into a living room and finding a coffee table book like "Extraordinary Chickens" or "United States Coinage: A Study By Type." As a visitor, you're under no obligation to read either book, but you have to question the judgment of the person who chose them. In other words, I would argue that bad content is worse than a lack of content.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-13    
Topic: Opinion, Social

4 Ways Social Media Can Build Brand Awareness


Using social media to build brand awareness is a primary goal of most social media marketers. Hundreds of millions of people are talking, learning and engaging through social media channels. If you don't have a presence in social media, your company is missing what's become a fundamental communication channel in the marketing mix.

It's arguable that there isn't a single company or organization that doesn't have brand awareness as one of its core organizational goals. Social media has quickly become one the best ways to reach large audiences who are hungry for information and conversation. For professional communicators, having social media as a tool in the arsenal for building brand awareness is no longer a nice to have. It's a must have.

Download this Spreadfast report, Social Media Quick Guide: Building Brand Awareness, now to make sure you're properly using social media to build your brand.

by Steve Hall    Nov-12-13    
Topic: Research, Social

The Definitive Guide to Corporate Blogging for Marketers


Blogging. For one contingent of marketers, pumping out posts on the company blog is their favorite part of the day; an opportunity to muse about industry news, highlight their product, and release creative fuel that is otherwise bottled up. For other marketers, blogging is the chore in the way of getting "more important" work accomplished. In other words, writing daily posts is an endless nuisance, like listening to "The Song That Never Ends."

Consider why you should be a member of the former group:

  • B2B marketers who use blogs generate 67% more leads per month than those who do not.
  • B2C companies that blog generate 88% more leads per month than those who do not.
  • 92% of companies who blog multiple times per day have acquired a customer from their blog.
  • 57% of companies with a blog have acquired a customer from their blog.
Download this whitepaper, The Definitive Guide to Corporate Blogging for Marketers, from Bridgeline now to ensure your brand is maximizing its blogging efforts.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 5-13    
Topic: Research, Social

10 Ways User Generated Video Can Boost Your Brand


Smart marketers understand the many benefits of video -- increased engagement, increased time on site, increased click-through, increased conversion rate to name a few. As smartphone adoption increases placing a video camera in everyone's hands and services like Vine and Instagram make video sharing seamless, the amount of user-generated video has soared.

But how does a marketer crowdsource, capture, curate and leverage all this content? In this SparkReel whitepaper entitled How to Be Successful With User Generated Video, you will learn 10 ways your brand can encourage fans to create video and how to use those videos to support your brand's marketing goals.

Download this whitepaper now and ensure your brand is capitalizing on user-generated video.

by Steve Hall    Oct-31-13    
Topic: Research, Social

Really? Really? A Bra That Tweets


Yup. OgilveyOne Athens, the agency behind the amazing Lacta Chocolate work, has created a bra that will send a tweet each time it is unclasped.

Why? Well to encourage women to perform self-exams from breast cancer detection. Sponsored by Nestle, The Tweeting Bra uses a mechanism that is connected to a smartphone via bluetooth and automatically posts a tweet every time it is unhooked. The campaign features Greece's popular and well known television personality/celebrity Maria Mpacodimou. For 15 days, Maria will wear the bra and each time she unhooks it, it will post a tweet to her hundred of thousands of fans/followers about breast self-exams.

Hmm. Seems parents of teens might want a device like this for their daughters to who may be taking their bras off for reasons other than to simply undress.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-13    
Topic: Racy, Social, Strange

Your Guide to Implementing Kick-Ass Social Media Programs


Every company wants to make social media an essential component of marketing, communications, lead generation and customer support programs. If you are responsible for social media efforts at your company, this means you will be running more initiatives, tracking results more closely and involving a whole lot more people in your efforts than ever before.

That is a whole lot of work heading your way. Fortunately, there is a a framework, Spredfast's Social Media Planning Guide, that will help you plan out everything from high level social media strategy and communication to day-to-day social media best practices.

Download the Guide now and ensure your social media efforts are top notch.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-13    
Topic: Research, Social

Twitter Used to Determine Whether or Not Talking to A Plant Helps it Grow


Carmichael Lynch has created an interesting tweet-to-grow social media campaign for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to support MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. The initiative, called Talk to a Plant, invites everyone on Twitter to help test the myth that talking to a plant helps it grow stronger and healthier.

Here's how it works: People can go to and send the plant a message. It doesn't matter what you tweet. A custom tweet-to-speech technology, developed by the agency using an Arduino-based device, will then read the tweet aloud to one of the plants. The other plant, as a control, sits in silence.

The plants run on 12-hour light cycles and are watered by an in-house lab technician. People can watch a 24/7 live stream over the next couple of months to see if the myth might just be busted.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-13    
Topic: Social

The Top Six Ways to Use Social Media for Kick-Ass Business Results


Of course you're already implementing social media and social business strategies for and within your brand but have you covered all the bases? Are your social activities and strategies the best they can be?

This Social Media Pocket Guide (one of the best we've ever seen!) from Spredfast, part of the Adrants whitepaper series, outlines the top six objectives every company should consider having at the core of its social strategy. The guide helps point companies in the right direction for creating and implementing social media initiatives based on proven success tactics. In this 40-page social media guide, discover:

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-13    
Topic: Research, Social

Is Influencer Marketing Dead? What Will Replace It?


There's been a lot of talk about social media influence and its role in the new consumer decision journey. Big brands are not only buying into the concept of leveraging people with influence, but are spending serious money. From Polaroid actually hiring Lady Gaga to a study showing that the majority of marketers are allocating budget to influencer marketing, it's clear that companies are keen on figuring out how to leverage "influencers."

But what many brand marketers don't realize is that influence doesn't matter unless the influencer is willing to endorse your brand and its products. Jay-Z won't promote your phone charger unless you pay him (a lot) and bloggers are starting to demand the same.

Moreover, brands don't trust social scoring tools anymore, as they only measure potential influence.

So what's a brand to do?

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 1-13    
Topic: Opinion, Research, Social

Why You Need to Implement Social Business Practices Within Your Marketing Team


Social media is great. It's great for marketing efforts but what about your business as a whole? That's where social business comes in. Today, marketing teams have to work smarter and faster across a growing range of activities and an increasingly diverse array of participants. Improving cross-functional collaboration is the new marketing mandate, and social business is the enabler, allowing marketing teams to drive more leads, increase sales and cut operational costs.

Download this Jive whitepaper now, part of the Adrants Whitepaper Series, to learn how marketers are achieving success with social business technology.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-13    
Topic: Research, Social

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