How to Create Oscar-Worthy Content Marketing: Ann Handley of MarketingProfs #CMWorld

My pal Ann Handley has made it her life’s work to, in her words, “wage war on mediocrity in content.” Her best-selling book, Everybody Writes, is a practical guide to writing the kind of content that truly engages an audience. As the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs (the world’s first Chief Content Officer, in fact), Ann […]

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Learn How to Land Your Content a Leading Role: Jay Acunzo of NextView Ventures #CMWorld

A talented movie director makes sure that actors give an authentic performance that will emotionally affect the intended audience. A good content marketing strategist has the same goal: authenticity that creates audience engagement. And just like a movie director, content marketers are expected to deliver on time, under budget, and follow up each hit with a […]

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Where Social Media and SEO Fit in Today’s Content Marketing Mix

Whether your role is in search, social media, marketing communications or PR, the importance of content marketing is unmistakable. Brand content budgets and participation are up with the vast majority of B2C and B2B marketers now using content marketing. The industry is coming together on best practices and organizations are evolving their structures to include […]

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Enterprise Content Marketing Strategy: Ready, Set, Action! Carlos Abler of 3M #CMWorld

Long ago, I received the best business advice for accelerating performance: Find the smartest people in the industry and learn from them. Whether you’re a budding director with dreams of the big screen or the director of marketing charged with scaling content across the enterprise, finding the right people to learn from is essential. When it […]

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Interview: Content Strategy Words of Wisdom from Kristina Halvorson #CMWorld

When it comes to content strategy for the web, Kristina Halvorson wrote the book. Literally. Now in its second edition, Content Strategy for the Web is widely recognized as the go-to resource for content strategists all over the world. Kristina is also the CEO and Founder of Brain Traffic, and the founder of the Confab […]

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The Evolution of Public Relations Through Content Marketing

Brands are answering the call to create more value for customers and their community by publishing their own news and editorial content.  As companies adopt a publisher model of content and media creation, many are surpassing the reach and influence of traditional publications in their industry. Some great examples of popular content hubs include Intel IQ, […]

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If You Want Your Content Marketing to be Great, Ask Influencers to Participate

With ubiquitous internet connectivity and billions of people empowered to create and publish online, digital marketing competition is greater than ever. Companies are increasingly challenged to create quality content that can stand out to attract and engage new customers. How can businesses grow their reach and improve content quality in such a market? Through participation […]

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B2B Marketing Roundup: Resources, Trends and Case Studies to Prep for #BMA15

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For nearly 900 B2B marketers, this week will bring a cornucopia of ideas, insights and networking opportunities to the BMA National conference in Chicago. There’s a lot going on in the B2B marketing space from the increase in humanization of business marketing content to the application of big data, the impact of video, mobile and ecommerce.

The need to innovate isn’t owned by B2B marketers of course – CMOs are looking hard at differentiating their marketing and digital marketers are always looking ahead to see what marketing trends are worth exploring, experimenting with and adopting.

Making sense of it all takes time, so as part of my prep for the event, I’ve curated a nice mix of helpful resources, thoughts about future B2B marketing trends and even some case studies.

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B2B Marketing Trends, Research and Statistics:

2015 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends - North America

B2B Marketing Strategy

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B2B Marketing Tactics and Case Studies

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As I mentioned above, I’ll be attending BMA’s Global B2B Marketing conference this week in Chicago. Here are the sessions and people I’m really looking forward to most. You’ll see several of these presentations liveblogged later in the week and next here at TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog:

  • Capitalizing on Change: Skills for the New Era of B2B MarketingMichelle M. Smith, SPIM, CRP, VP, Research, BMA, and VP, Marketing at O.C. Tanner
  • Being 3MJesse Singh, SVP of Marketing and Sales at 3M
  • The Rise of the Data-Driven MarketerRussell Glass, Head of Products, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions; Founder, Bizo
  • Here’s Why You’re Failing at Content MarketingJoe Pulizzi, Founder at Content Marketing Institute
  • Predicting the Future: Unlocking the Power of Big Data in B2B MarketingLaura Ramos, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research
  • Taming the Marketing Technology Beast and Teaching It to Fetch (Customers)Scott Brinker, Co-Founder and CTO at ion interactive
  • The Cloud Games: Catching Fire – A big panel featuring:
  • INSPIRED: How Brilliant Brands Create a Sudden Urge to ActAndrew Davis, author, Brandscaping
  • Putting Editorial Content at The Heart of B2B MarketingJohn Bell, VP, Enterprise Digital Marketing at Travelers
  • Successfully Making the Tectonic Shift from B2C to B2BMark Wilson, SVP, Marketing at BlackBerry
  • Face-to-Face Marketing RulesRuth Stevens, President at eMarketing Strategy
  • Big Data, Little Data and Marketing at the IntersectionTheresa Kushner, VP, Data Governance at VMware
  • B2B Video: The Comedy Writes ItselfTim Washer, Senior Marketing Manager, Social Media at Cisco Systems

If you’re attending BMA, I hope to see you there.

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The Art of Repurposing Content – 5 Creative Tips for Content Marketers

Many companies chasing the “brand publisher” approach to content are running out of steam and troubled by their inability to tie content to marketing ROI. The most recent B2B content marketing study from from CMI and MarketingProfs shows the biggest challenge with content marketing is measurement (51%) followed by not being able to produce engaging […]

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Content vs. Advertising – Is There Really A Debate?

Recording last night’s BeanCast, Altruism or Consumerism, hosted by the talented Bob Knorpp brought up the topic of Content Marketing and whether paid placement of content is just advertising – among many other topics from Dove to Amazon Dash. This content vs. ad question was inspired by commentary from Mitch Joel in his post, Your Content Is Kidding […]