In an age where relevance is not only desired, but expected, we can’t underestimate the value and opportunity this dance with the customer creates. What’s interesting and unexpected, is how this dance becomes a conversation in which your response begins to tell your own story, even while you learn your customer’s.
Play Cards Against Humanity a few times, and you quickly find out that there are a few cards you can count on to get a reaction every time—and a few duds. Surprisingly, it shares an M.O. with what some are calling an integral part of Content Marketing’s future: Intelligent Content.
There’s a lot of talk out there about personalizing content and having “one-to-one” conversations with buyers. And while personalization can yield some great benefits, it’s difficult to scale, with marketers citing the ability “to personalize every single customer interaction with relevant data and offers” as their biggest challenge according to Forrester. There's an easier way.
With content marketing in the B2B segment, the increased competition for engagement has made traditional methods of distributing content obsolete. What you need is a more targeted content marketing approach, made possible by these 3 essential resources.
Avoid the trap of putting your cart before the horse. Focus instead on creating the relevant, rather than the personalized.
“When you think about people’s needs, you need to ask yourself what you already have that can help. The harder thing is aiming to meet the wants of your customer. That’s harder because those wants usually require something that you haven’t created yet.”
In the spirit of Cards Against Humanity, we’ve created our own expansion pack, “Marketers Avoid Calamity.” A mashup of digital marketing references and jargon, the pack is designed to mix in with the original game to create some, ahem, interesting content experiences.
At its most sophisticated, intelligent content adapts according to what it “knows” (hence the termintelligent) about the person on the receiving end. Or should we say the persona? The Content Marketing Institute's Marcia Riefer-Johnston examines the apparent contradiction between "personalization" and "persona-ization."
“It’s getting tough out there.” So begins “Connecting Content Marketing Experiences: Three Keys to more connected and aligned technology and marketing agendas.” Author Robert Rose (Digital Clarity Group, Content Marketing Institute) is commenting on a particularly sticky challenge marketers face.
If you want to craft content that generates results, embrace these tips to ensure that it’s well-planned and truly speaks to your target audience.
We all know what it’s like to get that spark of an idea. We feel inspired and ready to take on the world with our blog post. The bones of the idea are there, but to make sure we’re credible, we need to see if the facts and figures back up our claims. With research, we can feel solid about the questions we’re asking and what we have to say in response.
By now, most marketers have been schooled on the importance of lead nurturing. We know that, according to Forrester Research, companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales leads at 33% lower cost per lead. And we know that in order to keep our sales teams happy, we should educate and engage prospects before we pass them off to sales. But how do we nurture leads beyond the inbox?
Can you really talk about something as “way back when” when the “back when” is really just 20 years ago? Well, you can when something as significant as the rise of the internet sits in the divide. So here we are, talking about “way back when” in the late 90’s…
Nurturing a lead shouldn’t be a disjointed series of assets delivered sequentially. It should reflect a progression of narrative, focused on the customer and across channels to create a connected experience.
Our audiences don’t just want experiences from us as brands. They want creative experiences. They want us to surprise and delight them. But instead of doing just that, we marketers fall back and resort to the same old everything that we’ve always done, succumbing to all the reasons we hear about the ridiculousness of creativity.
Marketers have lost control of their brand conversations. Back when only a handful of channels existed, marketing and sales controlled the flow of information — particularly in the medium and high-consideration buying decisions.
Described as a “rock star” of the marketing world, Robert Rose, the Chief Strategy Advisor for the Content Marketing Institute and host of the This Old Marketing podcast, knows how organizations of all stripes can create experiences that go beyond what we typically define as success.