“Be Prepared to Be Spontaneous”

Last week I attended BtoB Magazine’s Digital Edge Live conference in NYC.  One of the quotes which really resonated with me was from the Executive Director of Global Brand Marketing, Linda Boff who urged attendees to “be prepared to be spontaneous,” and try real-time marketing.   We live in a society now where people can consume media as they want.   What does that mean in the world of content marketing? That in order to succeed your brand must cut through the noise to reach your audience.  You must be spontaneous, cutting edge, and doing something different to capture their attention. One of the creator’s of the now famous Oreo super-bowl campaign was on the B2B’s Edgy Side: Top Trends in Digital Marketing panel with Linda.  He discussed the importance of always being ready as a brand, and leveraging the unknown for spontaneity, and the success that his client Oreo had from doing so.

From this Event I had four takeaways I’d like to share:

1) Journey:  It’s important to figure out the meaning of any campaign, before embarking on it.  Before doing anything, it’s important to set clear expectations from what you want while understanding the true DNA of your company, or your clients.  Deciding what to do, is just as important as deciding what not to do.

2) Online Video:  The discussion of online video and leveraging visual social media marketing was a hot topic throughout the day.  Panelists urged that the ideal time for a video is two minutes, and that whatever is produced should offer tips and trends or solve a problem.  Leveraging people and quotes are another quick way to make your video stand out.  Online video was picked as a 2014 top digital marketing trends by several of the speakers, so make sure your brand is ready!

3) Three C’s of Content Marketing: (Content, Conversation, and Commerce).  These three simple C’s are so simple; it all starts with good content before embarking on any campaign.  Good content should start the conversation and be shareable.  Leveraging that content into commerce comes last.  Think about how you can utilize that content whether it be in a lead generation campaign to drive downloads, or around an email campaign spelling out a customer journey.  So basic, yet so very effective if you can get this right!

4) Don’t Sell in Social: This to me was one of the strongest points of the day, and something I wish I could tell ALL of those vendors who send me LinkedIn messages! Don’t sell in social, ENGAGE in social media. Social media is a place to share content, and add and exchange value.

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As an old BtoB employee this conference was somewhat bittersweet as Crain Communications announced that BtoB will merge into Advertising Age effective 1/1/14.   Rance Crain, president of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief of Advertising Age said: “B2B and consumer marketers are increasingly using similar tools and wrestling with the same challenges, so it just made sense to have a single marketing publication. We think we can do a better job if we coordinate coverage of all marketing under one brand, with one strategy.”  It was fun to get together with a group of old & current BtoB staffers at the event… I’m wishing all of my old co-worker’s and colleagues the best as they embark onto the next part of this journey…

Stop Fighting Social Media Marketing and Try to Visualize the Impacts with a Nifty Infographic

I’m a huge believer in social media (shocking I know!) but as the industry continues to expand and the social media “bubble” continues to bloom people want proof to backup the statement that it indeed social media does work.  How you measure the sucess and ROI of social media may vary, but needless to say often ROI can be seen in things such as website referral traffic, lead generation, sales, and so much more.

A website I visit daily, Social Media Examiner released its fifth annual 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report back in May of 2013 which aimed to understand how marketers are using social media.   Over 3,000 marketers provided feedback, and some of the major findings are beyond powerful.  My top two findings from the report are below:

1) 86% of marketers indicate that social media is important for their business, up from 83% in 2012.

2) Increased exposure is the top benefit of social media marketing: A significant 89% of marketers stated that increased exposure was the number one benefit of social media marketing.

Wishpond, a maker of online marketing tools, created an infographic which nicely illustrates the study’s results.  As social media marketing continues to grow, this 43-page report makes the benefits of social media and future planning easily digestible. The Infographic below really speaks for itself with the top benefits achieved in social media in 2013.

I found this report very valuable and insightful, check out the infographic and report and let me know what you think in the comments section below…

Happy Reading!

-MP

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