MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

The power of SlideShare for social sharing

Less than a month ago, I released a presentation on SlideShare titled The New Rules of Selling.  Because many of you viewed the presentation and shared it on social networks, the presentation has been viewed more than 107,000 views as I write this. Thank you

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How OPEN Cycle communicates relentless simplicity to customers

OPEN Cycle, a company building an extremely lightweight and strong mountain bike, was founded in 2011 as a completely open company taking advantage of the new communication tools that I frequently write and speak about. As a brand-new company, the founders were able to create an organization completely around their vision of the company’s character and then set a goal to communicate that directly to the marketplace.

OPEN’s greatest assets are the fantastic engineering that goes into creating the best mountain bikes in the world, and the stories they convey to their customers about the bikes and the company they created. Everything they do is shared with customers, retailers, and vendors on social networks and via email in real time—it helps them build better products, keep existing customers happy, and grow their business.

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Silver Oak Cellars builds passionate fans through social media “bottle stories”

After I delivered a talk called “Business Lessons from the Grateful Dead” to a group of enthusiastic company leaders at YPO, I had a chance to spend some time with David Duncan CEO of Silver Oak Cellars, a producer of delicious and distinctive Cabernets from Napa Valley and Alexander Valley, California.

Duncan told me about the importance of social media for his winery and how they communicate with the passionate fans of his wines. Like other CEOs active on social networks who I wrote about in my recent post The #Social CEO Drives Business for their Company, Duncan is an enthusiastic supporter of content creation and social media engagement at his company.

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Upgrade to Canada #social program nabs tourists from other countries

Last month I presented at an event in Winnipeg, Canada for Travel Manitoba. The travel market is crowded and consumers have lots of places to find information about places to visit. Into this environment, the best content can win the day.

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Great content creation ideas come from seeing patterns

As I write this I am in Istanbul, Turkey preparing for a speaking engagement later today. As I always do when I’m on the road, I’m looking for patterns that I might be able to use to create a blog post.

Many people ask me about finding stuff to write about on their blogs. They know they shouldn’t just talk about their products and services but they struggle with what else to focus on.

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Not so new: Apps and infographics from 45 years ago

When discussing the world of web content and social media, many people like to say how everything is new and different and untested: Smartphone apps! Infographics! Content marketing!

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Authors of Return on a Share Report do not really value sharing

A new research report from ShareThis, the Paley Center for Media, and Beresford Research calculates dollar value and influence of sharing on purchase decisions.

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Personal brand or corporate brand

Twelve years ago, I left the corporate world to go independent and live by my wits. And ten years ago I started writing my blog.

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This Is a Generic Brand Video

Rick Friesen sent me awesomeness This Is a Generic Brand Video.

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Making healthcare personal

Recently, I wrote a post about Dr. Kate Burke, an emergency physician who uses video in her practice, shooting clips for patients at the end of an emergency room visit explaining the treatment and what to do upon getting home.

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David Meerman Scott

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