B2B does not mean Be Too Boring

Posted by David Meerman Scott 08:19 AM on April 08, 2015

Most business-to-business marketing is dreadfully boring.

Why is that? I think marketers get hung up on that “business” word and forget that they should be communicating to people.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

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Chronicle Your Life and Business with Live Video Feeds

Several weeks ago, live video streaming app Meerkat scored as the product with the most buzz at the South-by-Southwest festival. Not to be outdone, on Thursday Twitter launched a rival app dubbed Periscope.

While these apps and a related one from Snapchat called Snapchat Stories are still very new, I see a fantastic opportunity for people to use them to live-stream interesting aspects of life and business and gain new followers and customers as a result.

I’m particularly excited about what Periscope can do for me as a professional speaker and how the app can enhance live events. (More on that later in this post).

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Hire a Journalist to Show your Products and Services in Action

I’ve written a bunch times in the past decade about the power of hiring a journalist as part of your marketing team.  For example, here’s how Raytheon implemented a brand journalism approach to content marketing.

Many organizations are desperately seeking people to create interesting information online that serves to educate and inform consumers. People now realize web marketing success comes from creating content-rich web sites, videos, podcasts, photos, charts, ebooks, white papers and other valuable content. Which is where journalists come in.

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How to deal with resistance from your bosses

Posted by David Meerman Scott 11:52 AM on March 17, 2015

I frequently get emails from people who tell me that the new ways of marketing and selling are not appreciated at their company.

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Unleash the Power Within

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:40 PM on March 11, 2015

This past weekend, I participated in a four-day Tony Robbins seminar called Unleash the Power Within. It’s an intense, high-energy event focused on the breakthroughs that transform your business, health, and personal life. I participated with my wife Yukari Watanabe Scott.

I was not a speaker at UPW, so I was all in with the program! I’m struck by how well Tony’s ideas apply to those who are still doing the same old things. It’s about momentum. We need a catalyst to change, to do something different and UPW helps you to make lasting change. 

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Transform Your Business With Buyer Personas (the new book)

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:29 AM on March 09, 2015

This week marks the official publication of the new book Buyer Personas: How to Gain Insight into your Customer's Expectations, Align your Marketing Strategies, and Win More Business by Adele Revella.

It’s a book I’ve been waiting for because I’ve been talking about buyer personas for nearly ten years but have always wanted much more detail on this important strategy so I can share with people who want to transform their business.

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How's that working for you?

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:53 PM on March 06, 2015

Because my books cover the new rules of reaching buyers directly in today’s real-time world, many people assume that I am against any and all traditional sales and marketing tools and techniques.

That’s not the case at all. I don’t think it is an either / or proposition. If something is working for you, by all means keep going! 

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When Venture Capitalists Are Worth Much More Than Their Money

In the VC world, there are people who are forward thinking, providing valuable advice to the management teams of portfolio companies. These are the VCs that you want to be associated with your start up.

And then there are VCs who are living the past who who therefore deliver terrible advice. If you’re looking for funding, beware of this latter group.

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From Rejected to a Blog to a NYT Bestselling Author to Walking the Red Carpet at the Oscars

Last night, Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar for her role as a university professor whose descent into dementia due to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease was portrayed in the film Still Alice.

The amazing backstory behind the award is that all the big publishing houses had rejected Lisa Genova, the author of the novel Still Alice from which the movie was based.

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Marketing Lessons from Miley Cyrus on #SNL40

Posted by David Meerman Scott 04:34 PM on February 19, 2015

I was 13 years old when Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975. While I remember staying up to watch some episodes of the show’s first season, it was a few years later when I was in High School that I became a fan. I’d come home after an evening partying with my friends and my parents would be asleep, I’d be properly mood adjusted and I’d crack up at the zaniness. It seemed the actors were of my generation and we were on the inside of the jokes.

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