MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

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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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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Top 8 Marketing Ideas for Hospitality Businesses

This post is a collection of some of my best ideas for how restaurants, hotels, destinations, and attractions can use the ideas of The New Rules of Marketing & PR to generate attention.

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Trump: the Real Time Marketing Master that the Pundits Dismissed

I first wrote about Donald Trump’s mastery of real-time communications back in early August 2015 with my post Donald Trump Winning the Social Networking Primaries in a Landslide.

This was way before anybody set foot in a polling booth. In my post, I shared detailed analysis on how Trump was way ahead of the other candidates in his use of real-time social media.

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Marketing Basics: Create Content Like a Publisher

I’ve been talking about how content drives action and serves as the backbone of marketing for more than 15 years now. I've seen hundreds of companies implement these stratgeies and they work.

There’s no doubt that when a buyer is investigating companies, their products and services, as well as people to do business with, it's content that generates interest.

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NH Primary: Sales & Marketing Lessons from Attending Multiple Campaign Events

Living in the Boston area gives me an incredible window into the U.S. Presidential election. Since Boston is less than an hour’s drive from the New Hampshire border, candidates with deep pockets advertise on television here in Boston hoping to influence the first in the nation primary voters who have access to Boston TV. My hometown paper, the Boston Globe has extensive coverage of the primary race.

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Marketing Basics: The Story Customers Tell Themselves

Stories are universal. No culture has survived without them. They are widely recognized as an essential part of human cognitive development.

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Marketing Basics: Nobody Cares About Your Products (Except You)

The biggest mistake I see with marketing (and I see it all the time) is when companies focus too much on their own products and services.

Many marketers steeped in the tradition of product advertising naturally feel drawn to prattle on and on about their products and services. But I have news for you. Nobody cares.

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Marketing Basics: Buyer Personas

For the New Year, I’m starting a series of blog posts I’m calling Back to the Basics.

The first in the series is this post on the importance of buyer personas in any sales and marketing strategy.

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Ten Years of Content Marketing. Look How Far We’ve Come.

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:50 PM on November 02, 2015

Ten years ago, my book Cashing In With Content: How Innovative Marketers Use Digital Information to Turn Browsers Into Buyers was published.

As far as I know, it was the first book written about Content Marketing. A year before the book came out I started this blog, so I’ve been writing about Content Marketing for more than a decade.

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David Meerman Scott

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