• Content Marketing – Is Your Best Content “Cast Away” Without Human Capital Management?

    In the 2000 hit movie Cast Away, FedEx executive Chuck Noland, played by Tom Hanks, is marooned on a tropical deserted Island and left with only his smarts and savvy in a daily fight for survival. But beyond his smarts he was somewhat fortunate in that he had more than just what resided on that island to help him get by. If you recall, several FedEx boxes washed ashore, as well. Inside of many of them it turned out there were items that turned out to be extremely useful and which aided him at different times (I remember him opening the ice skates and thinking, perfect, just what Chuck needs on a tropical island.) But just about every single item played a role in Chuck’s survival. Now imagine the same movie, with all of those boxes washing ashore, but instead of opening them, Chuck decides to make a fire on day number one using the unopened boxes as kindle… or maybe he just never pays attention to them and they wash back out to sea.

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  • From the Gut: Rethink the Display CLICK

    It sure is en vogue to be riding the “death of traditional media bandwagon.” Attend any modern marketing event and you can’t escape the feeling the moment you walk in the door of a cultish ambience that permeates the room as the finger of modern marketing’s creeping death lurks all around to slay anything that doesn’t represent the new thinking (ok, I might be blacklisted from these events by the close of this blog.) And lumped into the anti-traditional marketing mentions that often seem to have little to no B2B vs B2C distinction are the “rah rah” keynotes calling for the end of days when it comes specifically to the online display advertisement (which is an infant compared to typical forms of traditional marketing.) So I’ve decided to go traditional too, the old-school REAL blog style – a stream of thought with no research while resorting to just the gut to defend the display ad. Let’s get this out of the way before I go any further, I’m a bit of a hybrid – I’ve relied on content marketing to drive lead generation through my tele

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  • ALL TV is INSTANT Response TV

    Scenario: you own a business selling widgies (competitor to widgets and not to be confused with the painful wedgie). You come to find out there is a Zookapalooza Festival in a nearby park where a thousand people will gather. You also know, through research and the expertise of your media consultant that about 80% of these gatherers are avid widget consumers and hence, also hold a high potential to buy your widgies. So what do you do? Perhaps you print up a thousand leaflets with widgie coupons and you plan to personally hand them out one by one. Or maybe you negotiate with the event organizers to sponsor the event, maybe set up a table to promote and sell your wares. Bottom line – you know your audience, and in this case you know where they are gathering and you also plan to have some degree of active involvement to brand your business and drive revenue. Makes sense right? Of course it does – you are a smart business person. Hold that thought and let’s switch gears

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  • Unicorn Meat, Klingons and ERP Platforms – All the Write Moves: Part 1.1b

    ta’ jegh – That’s Klingon for “Content is King” (hey, don’t tell me you didn’t learn something today!) But unless you are at a Star Trek convention, that piece of unearthly wisdom is likely not going to earn you any merit badges of mainstream social inclusiveness or even build personal equity for your ascent up the Corporate ladder. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and infuse a little awkwardness by dabbling in Klingon speak with your friends over a beer, or perhaps during your next Quarterly Business Review. But I digress… Point is, as a Demand Generation professional, I find myself constantly swimming in the deep end of the content marketing pool – and I come across some great examples of extremely well-written, engaging and impactful pieces and then some, well – examples that might have well been written in Klingon. And all too often it comes down to missing what is typically rule #1 in writing: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE! (Oh how my High School English Teacher Mr. Stroud would be so proud of me for that – except my grammar

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  • Land of the “Lost” – Local Business and the Evolving Advertising Landscape

    Running a successful small business can be a daunting task – keeping up with the challenges of advertising it can seem almost impossible. After spending the day fighting for every dime with suppliers, acting as the company’s judge and jury for all HR issues, balancing the books, forging partnerships, checking for product quality and inventory levels, and – oh yeah, acting as a marketing expert – who has time to keep up with all the advertising changes today. Fact is, for many business owners when it comes to advertising, they still go with what they know – and oftentimes it’s not the same story they once knew just a few years back. But the Advertising Landscape Seems to Evolve by the HOUR! And it’s not just the local business owner who feels this way – heck, there are multinationals with loads of resources zigging when they should’ve zagged when it comes to media – especially with “new” media. And when time is already not your friend, it’s that much harder to keep up with the changes. I can’t

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  • CRM – Opportunity Knocks! How Sales Can Help Marketing Help Sales

    Before I start, if you have a weak stomach or are prone to get nauseous in the face of cheesy sales lines, then look away until the next paragraph. If not, well, let me start by saying I used to be in sales and when I say “sales,” I mean I started in the worst variety: the “boiler-room” type. There, I was trained to blurt out all sorts of unthinkable lines, but there is one in particular that strikes me each time the word “opportunity” comes up: “Mr. Jones [I tap the phone on the desk], you hear that, that’s opportunity knocking!” Ugh… my stomach! Ok, you don’t have to look away anymore. Now, opportunity these days, thankfully, means something completely different to me than that “Mr. Jones” example. It’s something, as a marketer, that I use to gauge the potential success of my campaigns when using CRM in conjunction with Marketing Automation. I’m always looking ahead, trying to project out by using a pipeline multiple to give me some sort of an idea of

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  • Everyone Starts With An Audience Of Zero

    I mentioned my new page to a co-worker recently. I joked that I could very well have the greatest thing to say here in my first blog – but in the presence of my audience of zero, does it matter? So I start at the top – with how I fundamentally see the world of Demand & Lead Generation. I break it down into an acronym that has been used in the business world before: FOSA (formerly Facts Objections Solutions Actions – so technically I’m not complicating the world by adding a NEW acronym). To me, Demand & Lead Generation is a machine that requires Marketing and Sales to work hand-in-hand to be both effective and efficient. FOSA focuses on four things that are critical to help drive revenue (no matter how small or big your organization may be). Here is a very brief overview, and expect to see more detail in upcoming blogs: F – First interaction/purchase: Heavily focused on basic demand generation activities to feed and nurture leads in the top end of the

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