MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

Enhance Your Content Marketing with LinkedIn Sponsored Content

Posted by David Meerman Scott 05:21 PM on July 21, 2016

Last week, I delivered a keynote presentation at LinkedIn #ConnectIn16 in Sydney, Australia. It was a fantastic event where I had an opportunity to interact with many clever marketers to learn how they use LinkedIn to reach their audiences.

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Brand Journalism at Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Recently I had an opportunity to meet with Roseann Canfora, chief communications officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and spend a day with her entire team.

I led a session on Real-Time Marketing and PR but I think I learned more from them than they from me. It was an incredibly interesting to hear how CMSD deploys journalism techniques to communicate to students, parents, the media, and the wider Cleveland community.

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Tony Robbins & I Discuss 2016 US Presidential Candidates’ Marketing Strategies

Early this month I was in London working with my friend Tony Robbins on an information product we will be launching in August called New Marketing Mastery.

While we were chatting, conversation drifted to the US Presidential election. We were having so much fun analyzing the candidates positioning strategy and marketing tactics that we filmed part of the conversation.

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HubSpot and Ten Years of the Inbound Marketing Movement

Ten years ago today, Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah co-founded HubSpot with a SaaS-based marketing platform as the initial offering the company was working on. Happy birthday HubSpot(!)

Brian and Dharmesh recognized that the way people buy products and services had changed. People were doing independent research on the Web, and companies needed to adapt in order to reach them.

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Is Angie’s List an Email Spammer?

I was researching contractors for a home improvement project and found myself on Angie’s List, a paid subscription website with crowdsourced reviews of businesses. In order to unlock the customer reviews, I purchased a membership for under ten dollars a year. That’s when the email started. No matter what I do, I cannot stop it.

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Sales & Marketing Basics: Align With The Way People Buy

The way people buy has changed.

We’re fed up with unwanted phone calls interrupting us at home and at work. We hate wading through hundreds of unsolicited emails. We’ve had it with intrusive social media messages. We’re tired of poor service from companies that don’t treat us with respect or that send us into a phone mail maze that wastes minutes of our time and never connects us with a living person.

At the same time, all of us — you, me, and all our existing and potential customers — turn to the web to solve problems.

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Hillary Clinton’s Social Media Sharing Secret Weapon

Selfies are a thing. Love them or hate them, they are a part of modern smartphone culture, no more so than on a Presidential candidate rope line. Hillary Clinton has figured out how to optimize selfies for social sharing. It’s a small but fascinating marketing technique!

Presidential candidates are constantly asked to pose for selfies on the campaign trail. The fact that they are at the event to win votes means they feel an obligation to take as many as they can.

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Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers

“Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media.”

I just finished the book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. This is an important book if you want to learn how the young generation—both girls and boys—use their smartphones. It’s an essential read if you have teenagers or tweens in your life.

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The Woman Card on Kickstarter is Awesome Newsjacking of Donald Trump

On April 26, 2016 Donald Trump said in a speech after he won the New York Republican Presidential Primary: “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

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The Hidden Value of Content Marketing

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:48 PM on April 26, 2016

The fact that buyers reach your content through varied entry points including search engines, via social networks, and as links from other sites is often overlooked. Many people are dismissive of the value of writing a thoughtful blog, creating a video channel, or producing infographics because they underestimate the many ways that content is consumed.

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