Changes and Good-Byes

After 15 years Dave Silverberg is moving on from B2BNN and Digital Journal to pursue his passion for spoken word poetry, education and arts journalism. We are very sad to lose him. We will miss his sports-loving, gregarious expertise around the office. That doesn’t mean he’ll be invisible. Dave leads the poetry slam at the […]

Organic Matters: Advertising for permission vs. awareness only

Paid media can generate two things: awareness and action (in this case, permission). Here’s an overview of when to focus paid on permission and when to focus on awareness. 1. There are a couple of fundamental rules marketers often forget to take into consideration in their communications: For a significant percentage of your audience (as […]

The slow death of organic social engagement

Organic social content engagement numbers are sinking. We started noticing the trend at SqueezeCMM in February and it’s been accelerating ever since. While there’s no real typical standard for organic-to-paid performance (it depends on factors such as the budget for paid, the target audience, and the size of the organic community), some numbers were shockingly […]

Why B2B CMOs need to attend tech conferences – and 4 picks for 2015

If you’re experienced enough to remember B2B tech lead-generation pre-Internet, it was the dark ages of marketing. Tiny budgets. All direct mail, trade shows and conferences. Little influence. It was difficult to make any connection between leads and sales. The marketing function was typically so divorced from strategy and relegated to a pure marketing communications […]

12 years later, is the tech from Minority Report real?

The strangest thing about fiction is it can become truth. Especially science fiction. Twelve years ago Stephen Spielberg’s version of a Philip K. Dick future rolled across movie screens, a powerfully detailed vision of a technology-dependent society where murder is eradicated, and the state and corporations are using tech to continually surveill citizens. Minority Report […]

Rules for Reddit: B2B intro to the world’s most influential discussion forums

Your boss or your client wants to run a new B2B marketing campaign. And try some new things. And they’ve heard Reddit is big. What do you do? Start here. First of all, is it big? Yes. Nothing major happens on the web without Reddit noticing. That may seem like a grandiose statement, but it’s true. […]

Why “Dewrito” will never appear in stores: stunt marketing and B2B

Doritos-flavoured Mountain Dew, the food hybrid that launched a thousand headlines and a million winces. Attention sought? Mission accomplished. But don’t believe Pepsi expects to actually sell any; this is an example of the dark marketing art known as stunt marketing. Stunt marketing has a long history, stunt product development a shorter one, mainly in food […]

3 Monday B2B stories: a diverse speakers’ bureau, content marketing habits

It’s a polar-vortex-kickoff kind of Monday! Three stories to warm you up this morning: 1. Keynotes and events: There’s no longer a reason why you can only find white guys to speak at your conferences: introducing FRESHSpeakers. Check out this Fast Company profile. 2. Content marketing: Every audience is different, but there are some great guidelines […]

AdTechNY 2014: the industry that programmatic ate?

If the adtechNY conference floor of this past week is any indication, adtech is stuck in the doldrums. The most interesting vendors at the show wouldn’t even be considered traditional adtech but display and data: interactive large scale visualizations and pure analytics/BI platforms (which are starting to show promise on the promise of one dashboard; […]

A B2B content marketing editorial calendar program for anyone

Rule #1: don’t put them to sleep. Content marketing is effective, but it’s not easy to plan. If it isn’t aligned to corporate priorities, it won’t get the right results. Without a focus on relevancy and customer needs, it might cause drowsiness. A recent study showed that nearly 50 percent percent of the 88 percent […]

Social buisness

It’s 2014, is ‘social business’ dead or alive?

Management consultant Peter Drucker said: “There are only two things in a business that make money – innovation and marketing, everything else is cost.” Is business actually starting to believe this and what are the implications for marketing vendors? Social business is far from dead. Business is experimenting with customer engagement in areas like content, […]