In marketing today, one of the most impactful trends is the use of employees to build trust with customers and to establish your brand as a thought leader within your industry. I call this employee activation – a concept that goes much deeper than boosting your marketing ROI. With activated employees, you have access to

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Employers are all too aware that they need to do all they can to keep their employees. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. No matter what the economy does, there’s a statistical relationship between employee activation and ROI. Quick Takeaways: Employee engagement programs build employee satisfaction. Employee satisfaction keeps employees on the job longer.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Employee Activation Program

By Michael Brenner on September 24, 2019

An employee activation program can be a fantastic way to build brand awareness, reach a wider audience, and attract new talent. However, it’s critical that such a program is planned and managed carefully so you can make the most out of your efforts. A poorly executed employee activation program will be ineffective, but it could

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Employee activation may be the secret ingredient that’s missing from your organization. To run a successful business you need more from your employees than the bare minimum. And yet the majority of people working in the US don’t fully commit their time, energy, and talent to the organization they’re working for. Gallup research shows that

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How to Launch Your Employee Activation Program in 8 Steps

By Michael Brenner on February 12, 2019

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset.” – Anne M. Mulcahy, former Xerox chairperson and CEO. This popular quote is popular for a reason – because it’s true. Employees are your greatest asset and when companies implement employee activation programs, they turn into your company’s greatest marketing asset as well. Employee activation requires you to assess

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What Is Employee Activation?

By Michael Brenner on June 18, 2018

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately speaking about employee activation. I’m not talking about employee advocacy (getting your employees to blindly share your press releases.) Employee activation even goes beyond employee engagement. Although you need engaged employees to activate. What is employee activation? Employee activation is a formal program that encourages employees of

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When developing a content marketing strategy for your business, you probably put a lot of thought into your goals, audience, content channels, and the types of content you will produce. But many businesses overlook one of the most effective strategies: engaging their employees and turning them into employee advocates. Quick Takeaways: Employees can be the

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employee advocacy on social

Employee advocacy is the new influencer marketing. By activating your employees to be passionate about their work and your company, you can grow them into your most dedicated and authentic brand ambassadors, which boosts your brand reputation and attracts new talent. Employee advocacy on social media is essentially the promotion of your brand, products, services,

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There are many aspects to building employee engagement in the workplace. Supportive and strong leadership, a positive work environment, and a culture of trust are all important for engaging employees. New ideas and new initiatives can also spark excitement for your employees, and they can be an effective way to build engagement. Getting all departments

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Your employees are the most important asset in your organization. Investing in employee engagement means more than just implementing initiatives to keep your employees happy. Highly engaged employees are the driving force behind any successful organization. When your employees truly believe in your company values and that the work they are doing is important, they’ll

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Have a seat. Prepare for a shock. It’s not your meticulously researched blog posts that get all the online love. It’s employee-generated content (EGC) – the secret sauce that can transform your content marketing strategy beyond your wildest dreams. I know. You spend hours researching, and then you shine up your grammar so well that you’d

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How to Use Employees’ Ideas to Drive Business Growth

By Michael Brenner on January 13, 2020

With 53 jobs under my belt, I’ve come to realize one thing about office politics: “Behind every bad idea is an executive who asked for it.” Traditional, top-down structure often hampers the formation of great ideas. After hearing “no” one too many times, employees stop suggesting the very ideas that could spur unbridled growth across the

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Why You Need to Market Your Businesses to Your Employees First

By Michael Brenner on November 18, 2019

I can hear you now. “Isn’t making sure our employees are happy HR’s job? Why should my marketing team waste their time on marketing our business to our employees when there are potential customers out there?” you ask. Glad you asked. If you’re still thinking through the lens of last century’s way of doing work,

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Why Pay Influencers When You Can Activate Employees?

By Michael Brenner on October 15, 2019

Influencer marketing is a hot topic these days. Businesses around the world, some of them huge, are turning to people on social platforms like Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to tout their products and get their sometimes millions of friends to buy their product or service.  It feels organic, right? Ha! It’s anything but that. Often

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Why Advocacy Marketing Must Include Employees

By Michael Brenner on September 18, 2019

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With the shifting world of marketing and the ever-increasing use of social media by brands, marketing advocacy strategies are imperative. One of the most important parts of advocacy marketing, besides your loyal customers, is your employees. Let’s explore why they are the key to your success. First, What is Advocacy Marketing? Advocacy marketing is a

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Why Do We Write So Much About Employee Engagement?

By Michael Brenner on September 4, 2019

Most employees feel desperately disengaged from their work. How can your company enjoy marketing success with such low levels of employee engagement? Corporate wellness consultant Naz Beheshti put it best. In her January 2019 Forbes piece, Beheshti points out that 66 percent of the workforce doesn’t show up to work with “passion, purpose, presence, and energy.” Those very

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20 years ago, the responsibility of building a company’s brand fell solely on the shoulders of the marketing department. The role of the marketing team is to build a strong brand, increase awareness of that brand, and to manage its reputation. This is still the case, but the responsibilities of the marketing team have now

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While employee engagement was once thought of as just another “buzzword” or HR trend, it’s now a must. Organizations large and small are realizing the importance of engaging their employees at work for improved productivity and a better working environment. In fact, employee engagement in the US has increased to a high of 34% according

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Employee engagement is traditionally a concern of the HR department rather than the marketing department. Employees who are fully engaged at work deliver benefits, including improved productivity, higher retention, and increased employee loyalty. All these things are great for the business as a whole, and it’s true that if your marketing team is fully engaged, they’ll

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What Does Employee Engagement Have to Do with Marketing?

By Michael Brenner on April 17, 2019

“What does employee engagement have to do with marketing? Isn’t that HR’s department?” managers and business owners often ask me. Before you go off into your siloed compartments, head shaking at such a crazy idea, hear me out. What is the number-one goal of marketing? To discover the best way to reach and convert new customers,

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When you master the concept of the service profit chain, you can unlock the secret to higher profits. This groundbreaking idea shows the irrefutable link between employee satisfaction, customer loyalty, and ultimately, profits. If you haven’t read the book of the same name yet, put it on your must-read list for this spring. The Service Profit

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Employees who are fully engaged in their organization tend to work harder, deliver strong results, and have a high level of satisfaction and pride in their employer. Companies that have highly engaged employees and encourage and support employee engagement outperform their peers by up to 147% in earnings per share. (Source: Everyone Social) Employees of

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When your internal experts become a part of the industry conversation, your audience will pay attention. But, in order to gain this marketing advantage, you need the right climate for activation. You need an engaged team. Once you do successfully motivate your employees to share branded content, create their own, and to build their reputations as thought leaders

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Why Marketing Should Own Culture and Employee Engagement

By Michael Brenner on July 24, 2018

No department understands the idea of change like marketing does. Forced to adopt new technology, upskill like crazy, reshuffle positions and create new roles to manage content marketing, social media marketing, and marketing analytics, marketing has already gone through the ring of fire. I challenge you to find a single CMO or marketing manager who

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How to Activate Your Employees For Growth

By Michael Brenner on July 16, 2018

Looking for a way to bring your brand authority to the next level? Consumers don’t just have higher expectations today, gravitating towards quality content, better experiences, and meaningful brands. It’s also harder to gain their trust. Over 40 percent of American consumers trust brands less than they did 20 years ago. And, nearly half want to see a

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How To Involve Employees In Your Content Marketing

By Guest Author on January 6, 2016

When we invest in content marketing we’re making two equally important and interrelated promises. First, we’re promising our management team that we’ll garner a measurable return that aligns with one or more specific business objectives. Marketing Land columnist and Altimeter Group analyst Rebecca Lieb lays out the framework for this first promise on measuring content ROI.

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ultimate guide to content marketing roi

Content marketing, when you peel away all the layers of techniques, trends, and possibilities, is a business opportunity. At its core, it’s a tool businesses can use for growth. Content marketing is the kind of marketing that delivers ROI you can measure. And that’s important – now more than ever. Unlike other methods of marketing,

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lead generation website conversion

Guest Post by Lead Generation Specialist Lauren  Johnson Content marketing drives free traffic to this website everyday. Michael Brenner posts new blog articles consistently 2-3 times per week and generates a couple thousand visitors every day – nearly a million page views every year. But what happens once Marketing Insider Group gets that traffic? How

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SEO. Social media. Websites. Blogs. Developing an effective content marketing strategy can feel daunting with so many options and strategies available. Earlier this week, we shared the results of our approach to developing content. Here in this post, I am sharing how we do it for brands like yours. We speak with brands on all

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Consistent blog publishing is the heart of successful content marketing. With the right strategy in place, even companies with a limited marketing budget can produce high-value content that not only ranks #1 in search results but also converts visitors into leads. According to HubSpot, marketers that blog consistently are 13 times more likely to see a positive ROI. Marketing

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Every company wants to improve its performance. Here’s the secret: Focus on improving your workplace culture. Discover how here. We’ve all heard how important it is to have a positive workplace culture. After all, it costs quite a bit of money to replace unhappy employees. But what you might not know is that when you get it

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How Large Companies Can Minimize Content Creation Costs

By Michael Brenner on March 9, 2020

Just because you’re with a large company doesn’t mean that you have an unlimited budget for content marketing. In fact, some larger companies – especially those that have been around since dinosaurs walked the earth – still do the bulk of their marketing with traditional TV and print ads. Whatever your situation, it’s always wise

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It’s not difficult to replicate the best brands’ success when it comes to content marketing. All it takes is a little strategy. If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already realized the importance of a content marketing program for your business. You have questions, though. One of the most frequent remarks I hear from business

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12 Content Marketing Trends You Need to Follow in 2020

By Michael Brenner on August 1, 2019

Content marketing is always changing. It’s not something you set and forget, especially in an age when all marketing is going digital. Content has become the essence of branding, lead generation, and even sales campaigns, across inbound and paid channels, primarily due to one thing: its effectiveness. With more access to data and a better

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5 Examples of Brilliant Online Brand Communities

By Michael Brenner on May 9, 2019

The genius of branded communities – when done well – is that they create a participatory experience for the customer. Instead of projecting need for your product/service and value-driven content onto the customer and perpetuating the ‘us-them’ relationship, you’re dissolving boundaries and forming a ‘we’ experience – a community. You’re opening the door, welcoming them

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The digital marketing landscape changes so much and so frequently that it’s almost impossible to imagine what the future of digital marketing may offer in terms of opportunities. During the last year or two, we’ve seen new technologies, a backlash of sorts in social media, and influencer marketing maturing from its early days as a viable

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How to Gain Buy-In for Content Marketing

By Michael Brenner on July 10, 2018

You know how powerful content marketing is for brand awareness, lead nurturing, and building lasting relationships with your customers. So do the 91 percent of B2B marketers who are using content marketing today. But, chances are, your organization’s executive team isn’t as excited about your content marketing efforts as you are. While content marketing budgets have been

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11 Expert CSR Predictions for 2017

By Jennifer Spencer on January 17, 2017

As millennials begin to dominate the workforce and consumer market, the way our world looks at the products and services we buy has changed for the better. Today’s consumers are more careful, cautious and educated about where and with whom they spend their hard-earned money. Successful brands are moving toward greater transparency and accountability to

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8 Strategies to Grow Your Business with LinkedIn Stories

By Michael Brenner on September 16, 2020

You had to know it was coming, right? Facebook smashed Snapchat’s entire business model when it launched Instagram Stories. Stories are so successful that almost every social media app – including messaging apps like WhatsApp – offers their own versions now.  It’s time for LinkedIn to get in on the action. And time to update

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The question of why Sales and Marketing need to be in sync is a no-brainer. Studies have shown that companies with “good” sales-marketing alignment achieve 34% more revenue from new customers 108% more acceptance of Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs) 36% increase in customer retention That’s enough for any B2B company to run with and give

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social media rocks content marketing

I’m a big believer in making the content you publish the hub around which your content marketing strategy revolves. However, to rock content marketing in today’s omni-channel world, social media plays a key supporting role. For that reason, it pays to learn how to leverage social media to draw your target audience into your content

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We’ve been writing a lot about how employee engagement is the future of content marketing. And many of our current clients are tapping into our experience in building marketing programs that scale using personal brands with true authenticity. So we are re-posting one of our most popular articles ever on the power of building your

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We recently sat down with Michael Brenner, CEO of Marketing Insider Group, for a Q&A around COVID-19 and its impact on the marketing industry. Brenner discussed where teams should be allocating resources, how content programs should be shifting and ways the pandemic has impacted event strategies for brands. As the industry landscape changes daily, what

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How One Event Company Transformed in the Face of COVID-19

By Michael Brenner on June 29, 2020

Events like exhibitions and summits play an important role in connecting businesses with their customers as well as providing a platform for people to learn, share and gain new connections. With the ongoing pandemic and social distancing rules in place, the event industry has been hit hard. Physical events are being postponed and cancelled and

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CMO Content Marketing Budget

You know how important content marketing is in the 21st century. Especially right now, you know that today’s customers tune out salesy ads and flashy promos. But you also know that you’re on a tight budget. “Is there such a thing as budget-friendly content marketing?” you ask. Today’s customers want information. And they want to

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The phrase “culture eats marketing strategy for breakfast” was coined by management consultant Peter Drucker 20 years ago and remains as true today as it ever was. If anything, culture has become even more important in recent years. The millennial workforce of today value company culture more than any other generation, and are more likely to

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Many of the nation’s largest companies haven’t moved beyond the days of the “mad men” of Madison Avenue’s ad campaigns when it comes to marketing. Major ad agencies still control the purse strings for these enterprises’ ad spend. Yet the very tactic that entrepreneurs have used to snatch away some of these companies’ business—content marketing—can

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Digital transformation is essential for the businesses of today to grow and succeed. Incorporating new technologies into business processes means your company can become more efficient, become more productive, and ultimately deliver more value to customers. Digital transformation goes beyond simple modernization. In many cases, it fundamentally changes the way an entire business operates. New

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Being a CMO is an increasingly challenging job. In today’s world, marketing has evolved beyond simply advertising and branding to infiltrate all aspects of how a business is run. The role of the CMO has also had to change to keep up with the broadening definition of marketing. Today’s CMOs are marketers, of course. But

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8 Gamification Strategies to Encourage Social Media Advocacy

By Cameron Brain on December 11, 2019

When implemented appropriately, gamification serves as an important element of a company’s strategy to get its employees to engage with corporate social media. Employees who are activated through games and competitions to expand their employer’s reach and recognition on social media can be huge assets to their employer. After all, the more “likes,” shares and

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It’s time to start thinking about your holiday marketing campaign. No matter what your business, there’s always a way to work in a little holiday cheer into your end-of-year marketing. There’s one character, though, you don’t want to creep through. Scrooge. But what if your employees think you’re a bit of a Scrooge? How engaged

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What Does Company Culture Have to Do with Marketing?

By Michael Brenner on November 20, 2019

All too often, company culture becomes an excuse for not hiring a diverse range of otherwise qualified candidates. In fact, according to HR platform provider Onbordia, over half the nation’s companies use “cultural fit” as a way to exclude rather than include. Yet I would argue that this misuse of company culture dampens the organization’s potential.

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The attitudes and motivations of today’s consumers are a world apart from previous generations. While it used to be enough to have a great product and a solid marketing plan in place to achieve success, these days it’s more about how your brand is seen to the world. The Millennial generation and Generation Z care as

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Whether you are in marketing, social media, or recruiting, you’ve probably found yourself hearing about “employer branding.” The term and strategy is not exactly new, but the value of it has increased dramatically in the digital age and with social media platforms. Typically, when we think of “social media,” immediately our minds tend to gravitate

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According to Hubspot, Content Marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing. But it still takes time to produce. And, as they say, time is money. Make every piece of content that you write, photograph, or film count. With more effective content distribution strategies, you can make your web traffic soar to the moon and back.

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For your business to grow and succeed, you must market your business. However, before this can happen, you have to know what marketing really is. Marketing ain’t what most people think it is (ads) and it has changed dramatically in the digital era. Marketing today no longer revolves around outbound techniques. It’s no longer one-dimensional,

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If you’ve heard me deliver one of my keynote speaking presentations anytime in the last two years, you’ve heard me tell the story of Lyly Lepinay who used to be the digital marketing manager at global consulting services powerhouse Capgemini. I met Lyly (over the phone) about 5 years ago when she reached out to

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Has our devotion to work and hustle turned into the UnAmerican Dream? Some of the hardest working people I know are in sales and marketing. We often read success stories about how hustle and grit drove fantastic success. That said, the relentless pursuit of success can leave behind damaged relationships and personal life carnage in

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Creating authentic content is potentially one of the most valuable skills for marketers to learn in 2019. Consumer trust in brands and advertising is at an all-time low. Earning back that trust is one surefire way to win more business in an increasingly skeptical world. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, globally only 56% of people

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Your company culture forms the basis of everything you do. No matter how much time or how many resources you plow into marketing, if your audience and customers don’t align with your key values, your success will be limited. Company culture and brand are now merging and some experts already consider them to be synonymous. To put

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Artificial intelligence, or AI, is already transforming the face of marketing as we know it. Beyond just another trend or buzzword, AI technology can help to optimize and speed up many different marketing tasks, improving customer experiences and driving conversions. If you’re involved in enterprise marketing, there’s a good chance you’re already using some type

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When Crossfunctional Marketing Teams Make Sense

By Andrea Fryrear on February 28, 2019

Recently at the end of a two-day onsite training with an enterprise financial organization, one of the leaders of their internal creative agency approached me with an extremely common Agile marketing question: “Do we really need crossfunctional marketing teams for Agile to work?” As is often case with Agile marketing questions, there many potential answers

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