MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

Restoring the Human Touch: The Compelling Power of Authenticity

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:40 PM on August 19, 2015

People want to do business with other people. That’s been true since the beginning of time. A hundred years ago our great-grandparents knew the people who sold them hardware or shoes or chickens. There was a personal touch. If there was good service at a fair price and maybe a kind word and a smile, you had a business relationship that lasted for many years.

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Donald Trump Winning the Social Networking Primaries in a Landslide

On Thursday this week, the first Republican US presidential primary debate is scheduled and only the top ten candidates based on average polling numbers will be invited onto the stage. Today, Donald Trump leads the polls by a wide margin.

As I’ve been following the news about the race, I’ve watched countless journalists dismiss the candidacy of Donald Trump. News stories continue to talk about him as a fringe candidate who will be out of the race very soon. There’s a smugness going around about Trump as a pretender while those who served as Senator or Governor are more legitimate.

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Boston Olympic Bid Squashed by Social Media

Posted by David Meerman Scott 07:12 PM on July 27, 2015

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after Boston mayor Marty Walsh said he would not sign the bid documents if they left city taxpayers vulnerable to cost overruns.

The fascinating story behind the failed bid is of the importance of social media and how corporate entities and their big budget consultants frequently underestimate the power of a few people with keyboards to create a movement.

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Advertising Agencies Just Want to Make Ads

Yesterday morning as I normally do, I checked my Twitter feed first thing while enjoying a cup of black coffee. I noticed the following tweet from @petermccormack: @dmscott would love your thoughts on my article about the failings of online advertising. Peter included a link to the article.

Peter was advertising his product - a report called Online advertising does not work using traditional online advertising techniques! I gotta dig deeper on this one! So I grabbed a second cup of coffee.

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Make it Free: Fifty Years of Content Marketing Grateful Dead Style

The Grateful Dead used free content to build a social network of fans before Mark Zuckerberg was even born. They pioneered many of the ideas we now use in social media and content marketing.

Unlike other bands, the Grateful Dead encouraged concertgoers to record their live shows, establishing “taper sections” behind the mixing board where fans’ recording gear can be set up for best sound quality. When requesting tickets to a show, a taper would request a seat in the special section reserved just for them.

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The Best Time to Market a Product, Service, or Idea

Now

Now is the best time to market a product, service, or idea!

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It’s Time for Content to be Valued Like Customers and Patents and Inventory

Posted by David Meerman Scott 04:01 PM on May 26, 2015

It’s time to treat content as a valuable asset instead of a monthly expense.

I’ve been involved in valuing a number of companies over the years and the assets that get added up include such things as the revenue from customers, real estate, equipment, inventory, and the like.

Let’s include content as an asset too!

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Hyundai Sends a Message to Space

Rich Jurek, my co-author on Marketing the Moon, sends us to this awesome video from Hyundai.

Stephanie from Houston misses her astronaut father working at the International Space Station. So she and Hyundai cooked up a fantastic message created using 11 Hyundai Genesis cars to share with her father in space.

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Social Media Launches First Three US Presidential Candidates

We’re officially into the 2016 US presidential election season with three major candidates officially declaring so far.

I love this time! There is so much to learn from the campaigns.

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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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