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K’s Top Five for the Week – April 17

K’s Top Five for the Week – April 17

This week’s list of picks has some good tips for helping you make the most of your content marketing program. There’s tips on how to choose the right content for your business and how to keep that content in tip-top shape.

I’ve also got some posts on how to improve your B2B social media effort, and the impact some good stories can have on making your content more engaging. And last, but not least, there’s a post on how good data can make your marketing program shine.

Hope you enjoy this week’s picks!

 

How to Find the Right Type of Content for Your Business by @tpisello via @junta42 If you want to improve the performance of your content, it’s important to match it with both your goals and what your prospects expect. This post breaks down what types of content will work best for your business, and examples specific ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – March 13

K’s Top Five for the Week – March 13

This week my top five picks focus on content marketing.

First there’s content creation. The first three picks show you how to properly prepare for content creation, how to write excellent copy, and how to create SMART emails.

But content creation is only part of the battle. You need to properly promote your content and have a good content marketing program to begin with. The last two picks focus on these two areas.

Enjoy!

Discovery Process: The Do-Not Neglect First Step to Creating Fabulous Content by @diannahuff via @Savvy_B2B As a content creator, you can never have too much information. Many times what we call writer’s block is actually lack of enough information. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling like you (or your writer) isn’t getting it, it might be because the best information isn’t always in a brief.

The Apple Guide to Copywriting Magic by @pushingsocial I normally ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – December 10

This week’s top five list features an article about the importance of writing as a marketing skill, a nice blogging ebook, and how to develop a social media content strategy.

There’s also a nice post that talks about how much marketing has changed over the last few years. It’s a change driven by content marketing and shifting the focus from push to pull. If you’re in any doubt about that, check out MarketingSherpa’s announcement that they’re changing the name of their Great Minds newsletter to Inbound Marketing.

Enjoy!

Writing is a Critical B2B Marketing Skill by @ardath421 There’s no doubt about it. Marketing is driven by content. Do you have the critical skills needed to be a player in the new world of B2B marketing?

The New Marketing World: Conversations not Campaigns by @brianjcarroll We’re all in the midst of a radical transformation in how B2B marketing works. Check out ...

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6 Keys for Creating Compelling White Papers

In the latest 2010 B2B Technology Collateral Survey Report business to business technology marketers found out what works when trying to influence their prospects.

What was at the top of the list?

White papers.

Of course not all white papers are created equally. Done well, white papers can mean the difference between a prospect engaging in the sales process with you, rather than the competition. Done poorly, white papers can do more to make you look bad than influence your prospects to buy.

So whether you call them white papers, executive briefings, or special reports it’s important to take the time to make them the best they can be.

Here’s my list of six things that will help you make your next white paper as compelling and effective as it can be.

#1 – Write to a single ideal prospect

I know many of you may bristle at this one, ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – November 19

This week my top five picks feature three articles about how to improve your website. Whether its calls to action, landing pages, or making your site mobile-friendly, you'll find something to help your web marketing efforts.

The last couple of picks feature information that can help improve your B2B marketing processes. In both cases it can be small changes that make big differences in how well things are working.

Hope you find something you find helpful. Leave a comment if you’ve found an especially helpful tidbit this week. I’d love to hear about it.

Until next week!

Finding the Right Calls-to-Action for Your B2B Website via @sengineland

If MarketingSherpa research is any indication, most B2B marketers aren’t thrilled with the calls to action on their website. This article gives some good ideas on how to figure out if yours are working and how to improve them.

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K’s Top Five for the Week – November 5

Sorry for the long absence! As most of you know, I’ve been working on moving my website both to WordPress and to a new domain. I’m happy to report I’m finally finished, and the new site is working beautifully. Plus it’s a dream to maintain and update. Gotta love that!

I’ve really missed blogging over the last couple of weeks, but I’ve still been out checking out the great information other folks are putting out there. So this week I’m back on track with a top five post and next week I’ll be back with some fresh new content as well.

This week’s posts focus on web development myths and maximizing the results your website generates. Hope you find them useful.

Until next week!

5 Web Development Myths Debunked by @HelenaBouchez via @MarketingProfs

Great article on the myths of web development and what really makes it difficult. (It’s not ...

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K’s Top Five for the Week – September 24

This week’s top five starts with analysis of a fresh batch of research from Eccolo Media on what B2B Technology Buyers like in their collateral.

It’s followed by some posts on how to be a thought leader and become a trusted expert resource.

All content is meant to have prospects take some sort of action. If you think you may fall short in this area, check out the post on how to improve your calls-to-action.

Last, but not least, see some metrics on the impact of Google Instant.

Enjoy this week’s reads and let me know if you’ve found something you think I’ve missed. Until next week!

B2B Technology Buyers Share Their Content Preferences by @StephanieTilton via @Savvy_B2B

Eccolo Media just released their third annual B2B Technology Collateral Survey Report. In this post Stephanie summarizes the collateral buyers like the most and when they’re most likely to consume it. ...

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3 Reasons Why You Need a Creative Brief

When you think “creative brief” you may automatically think “ad agency.” And that’s ok. Creative briefs are well within the traditional stomping grounds of agencies. Many won’t start a project without one.

Interestingly, while clients seem happy to provide key project information for a creative brief, they often look at it as an agency product. Too often they look at it as something unique to agency projects.

It’s not.

A good creative brief is a vital document that should be done for every marketing project regardless of who’s involved. Even if it’s an internal project. Even if it only involves a freelancer or two.

Why?

Here’s three reasons why you need a creative brief for every marketing project.

They Set Expectations

A good creative brief sets expectations for the project. It answers key questions such as:

  • What is the project? (i.e. banner ad, white paper, e-mail, ...
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K’s Top 5 for the Week — September 3

It’s been a busy week!

Before I head out for a restful holiday weekend, I wanted to share a few posts that stood out for me this week.

From email subject lines to personas to figuring out which page of your website could be doing more for you, these posts won’t disappoint.

Enjoy and have a great Labor Day weekend!

Email Subject Lines that Won’t be Ignored via @copyblogger

Email is back. It’s an important way to build relationships and nurture your prospects through the buying cycle. Check out this post and see how to write subject lines that will enhance your clickthrough rates.

The Anatomy of a Great Web Persona by @bmassey via @junta42

We’ve all heard of the importance of buyer personas. This post explores how touchpoint personas are different from a typical buyer persona and how they can enhance your marketing program.

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The Power of Why

I have two kids under the age of four, both of whom are now talking. I tell you this because lately my house has been awash with the word “why.”

At first it started with just my oldest answering any statement with the word “why.” Now that her brother is talking, let’s just say the power of imitation has taken over.

Here’s what a typical conversation in my house looks like:

“Please don’t touch the oven.”

“Why?”

“Because the oven is hot.”

“Why?”

“Because I was cooking dinner.”

“Why?”

“Because we need to cook our food before we eat it.”

“Why?”

The questioning goes on until I lose my patience and inform them we’re done discussing it to please just do as I ask. (This violates my oath to never tell my kids to do something “because I said so” since I hated that when I was young, but that’s ...

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