MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

“Benefits, Not Features” Is the Wrong Way to Market

As a young marketer, I was always taught: “Write about the benefits of your product, not the features.”

This dusty old marketing approach is wrong.

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America’s Next Moonshot, Curing Cancer, Requires Marketing

Last night, President Obama delivered his eighth and final State of the Union address. It was an amazing display of his formidable communications skills.

The president quickly touched on partisan issues that he’s championed and then moved to areas that he will focus on during his remaining year in office and his vision for the nation in the five and ten years beyond.

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This Year’s Score: Bush’s Advertising 3, Trump’s Real-Time 39

There’s no question that Donald Trump has a better command of real-time media than any other candidate for President. And that is a big reason that his poll numbers are high. Trump uses Twitter more often than other candidates and he is faster to respond to what’s in the news than other candidates.

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The Awesome Content that Drives the Surfing Industry

Early this month I visited the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii to do some surfing (on smaller waves) and watch the pros (on the bigger waves).

I had time to think about how content driven the business of surfing is. 

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Business lessons from the Brilliant Miley Cyrus

I’m a Miley Cyrus fan. 

That may seem strange to those who only know of Cyrus’ antics as reported by the media outlets that report sleaze in a quest for clicks and eyeballs. But if you really dig into what she’s doing like I have, you find an artist at the top of her game.

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Newsjacking Can Work For You! My new course will show you how

Posted by David Meerman Scott 11:50 AM on December 03, 2015

Earlier this week I shared an example of how Trent Silver, a young entrepreneur who learned Newsjacking from me, uses the technique to grow his businesses. Just one of Trent’s newsjacking efforts generated $250,000 in new revenue for his young company.

Since that post, many people have asked if newsjacking works for other organizations such as business-to-business outfits, nonprofits, and consultants. Some people have been skeptical about the applicability outside of consumer brands. 

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Showcase Your Experts to Generate Media Attention and Grow Business

Some of your most important assets for securing interest in the media as well as educating your buyers are the experts who work at your organization. As a part of a virtual newsroom or other appropriate place on your site and blog, highlighting your employees is a great way to generate attention.

When reporters are looking to quote someone in a story, having a name, photo, bio, and examples of content makes it much more likely they will want to conduct an interview. This is especially true when you are newsjacking.

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Surprising Buyer Insights from Journey Mapping at The Co-operators Group

Posted by David Meerman Scott 01:21 PM on November 19, 2015

Understanding buyers is essential to great marketing. When you are properly aligned, you have confidence in your marketing strategies and your tactics are more effective.

A customer journey map details a representative customer’s experience and includes company interactions from initial contact, through the process of engagement and into a long-term relationship. It can include virtual as well as human interactions.

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How Buyer Personas Drives Marketing at the Co-operators Group

Posted by David Meerman Scott 01:36 PM on November 16, 2015

Most marketers make stuff up. They sit in nice comfortable offices and imagine what interests buyers and then create “copy” and “campaigns” typically with the help of equally clueless agencies.

But as I’ve said hundreds of times on this blog and in my books and live presentations, the more you know about buyers, the better aligned your marketing and sales becomes. The strategy of buyer persona research combined with journey mapping is an incredibly powerful way to rise above the competition.

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How to Create an Awesome Indiegogo or Kickstarter Launch

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:15 AM on October 28, 2015

About six months ago I was paging though my favorite newsweekly The Week (yes I read it in print) and found a small review of the brand new FluidStance Level.

I thought, Wow! That’s cool. I have a standup desk and I am a surfer, so this looks like a great thing for my lifestyle. So I went to the FluidStance site, found they were launching via Indiegogo, and before the video was done, I knew I wanted to buy one.

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