Infographic: The science of building buyer personas

If you’re selling a product or service, you need to know your buyers. Maybe you don’t know them personally, but at the very least you need to recognize their personality, their passions, their challenges. Below is a handy infographic breaking down the science of buyer personas, courtesy content marketing firm Single Grain. The infographic’s concluding […]

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Law marketing: The high cost of doing nothing

For as long as there has been law marketing, practitioners and firms have been stopping worthwhile business development initiatives cold for a whole host of reasons. They raise questions about the cost of the project. They fret over how clients might react to what the lawyer thinks is a “too aggressive” effort. They worry about […]

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. […]

Dissecting the content marketing funnel

Content is king, and for your business to excel in today’s fast-paced marketplace you need a solid content marketing strategy to generate leads and turn them into paying clients. According to CMI’s study 2015 Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends, consistently creating engaging content, and on a variety of subjects, are the biggest challenges that […]

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 […]

How we launched B2BNN on Twitter: Day One to two weeks

Launching a new B2B presence on social networks with zero budget and no existing web presence on a Friday night? Requires tons of patience and you won’t really see results for months, right?   Not necessarily. On September 19 2014 we launched the @b2bnewsnetwork Twitter account. We kicked off (somewhat unintentionally) at the worst time […]

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Path to real content marketing relevancy? Your audience.

You wouldn’t serve wagyu to vegans or request formal attire at your Burning Man meditation meetup. So why do marketers deliver untargeted content? Yes, bad content is everywhere, and any way to create more relevant, useful marketing content works for us. But a way to do that AND cut your content marketing production costs dramatically […]

Content marketing agency lessons: beyond messaging + copy to utility

In an on-demand B2B universe, content marketing becomes information, useful experiences that are useful to the marketer too. It’s  measurable, delivered however the information seeker prefers, from 140-character tweets with answers to the most popular questions asked by customers to triggered emails, catalogs, whitepapers, and more. For content to really develop relationships, however, marketers must […]

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Sayonara SEO firms, hello content relations

Guest post by Adam Dawson Oh search engines; you glorious portals to millions of tidbits of information that have made settling arguments over useless facts painless. Because of you, there is a scarcity of scenarios where questions go unanswered because someone can whip their smartphone out and “Google” it. Instead of wandering through libraries, spending […]