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The Marketing of Digital Marketing

by · October 14, 2013

There are very few agencies – advertising, public relations, digital or otherwise – in the world that like their website. The case of the Cobbler’s Shoes gets everyone in the marketing business. We’re supposed to be experts at building awesome marketing campaigns, yet seldom stop to focus on building them for ourselves.

Digital marketing agencies probably have less stress about this than traditional ones. There’s certainly something to read into the situation when the firm telling you they can make your web presence pop has a web presence that just fizzles.

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Debunking the Vanity Metrics Myth

by · August 30, 2013

Last December, HBR published a post titled “Why Your Social Media Metrics Are a Waste of Time,” in which the author referred to social media metrics as “false idols of analytics.” While she did, in fact, make a few valid points, her blanket unfavorable statement really fires me up, as I believe it negates the true potential that social media offers when it comes to driving revenue.

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Treasure Maps and Shovels

by · July 5, 2013

Treasure maps get all the glory. After all, without a treasure map, how else is the young adventurer  supposed to find where that chest of doubloons is buried.  X marks the spots, you know the drill. But what about the lowly shovel. Though never taking center stage in any story, the shovel is still a necessary part of the treasure gaining process. Without a shovel, how are you supposed to dig up the buried treasure? Without a shovel, a treasure map is essentially worthless.

Sure you know where the gold is buried, but without a shovel you have no way of getting to it.

Coincidentally, your content strategy is a lot like a treasure map. Obviously you aren’t going to find your content strategy stuffed inside an empty rum bottle; but like a treasure map, your content strategy does outline the steps you need to take to find true content success.

However, a content strategy will only take you so far. I’ve seen too many people create a content strategy and then assume that success is already theirs, “We’ve got our content strategy right here! The gold is ours!” A strategy is only part of the success equation, at some point you’re going to need to put down the map and start digging. 

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Rebooting With Mitch Joel

by · June 17, 2013

There are few authors I’d recommend buying their books based solely on who they are and what they know. But Mitch Joel is one of them. With his first book, Six Pixels of Separation (Business Plus, 2010) he solidified his reputation as one of the leading minds in digital marketing. His new book, CTR ALT DEL: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends On It (XXXX, 2013) Joel is at it again, telling us what we need to know to be successful tomorrow, not just today.

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Transforming into the Digital Marketing Agency of the Future

by · June 11, 2013

As digital marketing has continued to become a powerhouse in the marketing tool belt it has required agencies to consider how they can best serve the needs of the brands they serve. We’ve seen agencies slap social media on their list of services with little true expertise. Now we are seeing agencies slap content marketing on their list of services as it has become the new cool that everyone is all the rage about. This is a natural progression of service offerings and frankly agencies have to figure out how to provide these services because their clients are starting to demand them. We’ve seen transformation in the traditional full-service agency as well as a resurgence for boutique digital marketing and social media firms. But is that enough? The report “The Digital Marketing Agency of the Future” released today by Skyword argues that it isn’t even close to enough. They took the insights of 16 innovative agency leaders and created a forward thinking view of what tomorrow’s digital agency needs to look like.

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The Great Debate: Is Social Media Bullshit? [PODCAST]

by · April 26, 2013

Welcome to the latest episode of Explore Marketing Uncensored, Social Media Explorer’s official podcast. Explore Marketing Uncensored is your one-way ticket into the twisted minds of some of the greatest digital marketing and social media thought leaders around. The goal: to provide marketing executives with the knowledge they need to be rock stars in their organization.

For this episode Brandon Mendelson, author of Social Media Is Bullshit, goes toe-to-toe with hosts Jason Spooner and Jason Falls, to finally state once-and-for-all whether or not social media is indeed bullshit.  Inspired by Jason Falls’s and Brandon’s fireside chat at the last Explore event, the group talks through the various shades of bullshit currently affecting the social media marketing world. We also identify the true “secret” for how to get your content to go viral. No bullshit.

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Is Content Truly King? Debunking the Content Mythos [PODCAST]

by · March 29, 2013

Welcome to the latest episode of Explore Marketing Uncensored, Social Media Explorer’s official podcast. Explore Marketing Uncensored is your one-way ticket into the twisted minds of some of the greatest digital marketing and social media thought leaders around. The goal: to provide marketing executives with the knowledge they need to be rock stars in their organization.

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The Death of the Sales Funnel As We Know It

by · February 19, 2013

The sales funnel has been around for as long as any of us have been in business. It is a tool that has been used to visualize everything from the sales process to marketing impact on an organization. I’m a big fan of the sales funnel. It is one of the primary visuals I’ve used to help executives understand where social media and digital marketing fit into the context of business. But the truth is, the traditional sales funnel model has been dead for years; we just haven’t come to accept it yet. So why do I still use it? Because people understand it. I know it isn’t perfect, but I look for the opportunity to create progress while we work on optimizing for perfection.

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Your Content Needs to Shake It Up, Baby

by · January 9, 2013

No doubt you’ve seen those folks on street corners waving around signs and giant arrows attempting to entice you to patronize a nearby store. I have to believe they earn minimum wage. The job doesn’t demand a lot of skill. These human ads often have some shtick. Costumes are common. Maybe they wear a sandwich board or have a prop of some sort. It’s dreadfully dull stuff.

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