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If you read my last post, which spurred this follow-up post, then you know that you have nine business days to get your B2B marketing plan done for 2015. Get on it, slow guy. Like now. While the discussion of the five content marketing trends that should fuel your B2B marketing plan was an active one, it was limited to content-driven marketing. Yes, content should be a major part of your 2015 marketing plan, but it’s not the be-all and end-all for many organizations. So let’s go broader. Here are the five somewhat-misunderstood B2B marketing trends that everyone ought to be paying attention to in the planning process. 1. Truly Integrated Marketing: Not Social. Not Content. Not Search. All of Them. Together. For a while there, companies were disproportionately focused on search marketing. And then, they were focused on social media marketing. Next, content marketing.... (more)

Prediction: Marketers Will Publish Lots of Lists in 2010

I used to love lists.  I am a card-carrying list maker since 1980.  I still prefer a good pen-and-paper list on a notepad to a Word doc, wiki, or whiteboard. List-makers used to be somewhat unique, and kind of freaky types.  Now, everyone makes lists.  People Magazine publishes the Most Beautiful People list.  ESPN publishes the Top Athletes of the Century list.  Less known publishers distribute some really fascinating material, like the 50 Best SEO Blog Posts of 2009 or the Top 10 Most Important Tweets of 2009. I am taking a stance against lists, if only for about one week.  My ... (more)

You Don’t Need a Social Media Superhero

New Media on Ulitzer “I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?” These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn’t want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volu... (more)

5 Marketing Misconceptions That Need to Change

When I explain our business to people, I immediately get hit with questions.  And I love questions — it shows people are paying attention, interested and engaged (or at least somewhat good at pretending to be).  So questions are always good.  Sometimes what I hear, though, is somebody really looking for us to confirm a myth for them.  A few of those questions seem to come up time and time again and are easy to spot.  Here my Top 5 right now: 1). Why should we be on Twitter?  I don’t care what you had for breakfast. Well sure, I don’t care what I had for breakfast either, or proba... (more)

Fall Cleaning: Clean Up Your Online Brand

Personal Branding on Ulitzer As part of my normal procedure before meeting with a prospective partner, I explore as many of the company's marketing vehicles as possible. Sometimes that list is short - a website and a brochure.  Sometimes that list is longer - a website, brochure, blog, social media profiles, search engine listings, executive LinkedIn profiles, etc.   Over the weekend I went through this process to check out a prospective partner, and ran into some good news and bad news.  The good news is that this company has clearly embraced the idea of expanding its footprint b... (more)