5 Things to Consider When Rethinking Your Customer Experience

By on August 13th, 2020

Consumers have always had power over businesses. Without the patronage of buyers, sellers can’t successfully build reliable revenue streams. But since the start of COVID-19, customers have gained even more of an upper hand. Accordingly, companies need to put shoppers’ needs first. Why are consumers more powerful than ever? Blame it on a quantum shift in what matters most to them. Data from mid-2020 culled by McKinsey & Company shows…

How to Build a Customer-Driven Marketing Strategy for 2020

By on August 13th, 2020

Every year is the Year of the Customer. The traditional, tried-and-true marketing methods of getting people to know about your brand and buy your products are no longer as effective as they once were. Successful marketing strategies in 2020 and beyond will focus on creating great customer experiences and building relationships with your audience. This shift has already been happening for a while, but not all businesses have fully embraced…

Taking Our Own Medicine: Our Strategic Approach to Generating More Organic Traffic

By on August 13th, 2020
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As a content marketing consulting company, we here at MIG wouldn’t be authentic if we didn’t take our own medicine. If we’re going to be content marketing experts, we’ve got to walk the walk. We are keenly aware that one of the biggest struggles any company deals with is generating more organic traffic. In our experience, it comes down to ranking and winning without spending. To show you how we…

The Role of Social Media in a Rocking Content Marketing Strategy

By on August 12th, 2020
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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 hub. Here are several ways to make your social strategy put in an Oscar-winning performance.…

Team Empowerment in Agile: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

By on August 12th, 2020

When it comes to what Agile can and cannot do for your team, there are truths and there are myths. Myth: “Agile means we don’t need to plan.” Truth: “The Agile mindset is equally, if not more important, than its practices.” The element of team empowerment, one of the most powerful qualitative benefits of applying the methodology, sits somewhere in the middle. Why? Because most new Agile teams just haven’t…

Personal Branding – Why Now is the Time to Build Your Personal Brand

By on August 11th, 2020

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 team's personal brands. At one point, there was such a thing as separation between your…

5 CTA Tweaks to Remove Friction from Your Lead Conversion Process

By on August 11th, 2020

Lead generation and nurturing often take center stage for digital marketers. They are commonly the top goal for most businesses, with the majority of their budget being funneled in this direction. But when the numbers at the bottom of the funnel refuse to budge it can be incredibly frustrating. As a result of excessive focus on lead generation or lead nurturing, marketers might be ignoring an important factor that is…

5 Awesome Marketing Campaign Examples and What Makes Them Special

By on August 11th, 2020
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Analyzing successful digital marketing campaign examples can shed light on what works, what doesn’t, and what audiences respond to. Unique ads, innovative uses of video and social media, and carefully crafted messaging from brands outside of your industry can inspire your marketing efforts. While we believe that always-on marketing gives you a much better chance of marketing success, there are some examples of marketing campaigns that rise above the rest.…

What Your Content Marketing Agency Needs to Be Successful

By on August 10th, 2020
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If your content marketing agency wants to achieve industry-leading success in today’s environment, your strategy needs to include several essential components. With these critical principles, even fledgling agencies can stand heads above their competition. Impossible? I’ve seen it happen. Starting from scratch, I used these principles to build Marketing Insider Group into an agency whose clients number among the finest companies in the country. It’s not rocket science. It’s just…

Executive Insights: Account-Based Marketing (ABM) with Eric Martin of SAP Marketing

By on August 10th, 2020

When I recently interviewed Kathleen Schaub about the changes in marketing over her long tenure as both a CMO and the lead of IDC’s CMO Advisory Practice, she commented on what had changed most for marketing professionals.  While digital clearly topped her list, it also included Account-Based Marketing (ABM) and the way we manage the Customer Experience (CX). We have come a long way from the “one-size-fits-all” and “spray-and-pray” marketing…

20 Super-Awesome Infographics to Inspire Your Content Marketing

By on August 7th, 2020

According to Google, searches for the term “infographic” have increased over 800% in the last two years. To date, there are 79,000,000 search results on Google for “infographic.” Consumers like them because they are consummately useful for informing, entertaining, and even evoking emotion. Why wouldn’t you want to use infographics in your content marketing? In the last four hours alone, the hashtag #infographic has been used 3,300 times, with monthly…

5 Reasons Automation is the New Reality in Digital Marketing

By on August 5th, 2020
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When you hear the term “automation,” you typically associate it with the latest technology, AI, and computer data science. However, automation is actually not that new. Humans have always been searching for ways to make our daily lives easier by getting machines to take over various tasks. In fact, the earliest examples of automation can be traced back over 2,000 years when the Chinese developed trip hammers powered by flowing…

4 Ways Marketing Automation Takes the Uncertainty Out of A/B Testing

By on August 3rd, 2020

The mark of a successful business is its commitment to constant improvement. Change is inevitable, especially in today’s fast-paced environment. If your brand is out of step with the latest technology or design trends, it’s at risk of being passed over by consumers. But of course, change is never easy, especially when it comes with a big price tag and runs the risk of lost sales if things go wrong.…

Why Sales-Marketing Alignment Is Necessary for ABM to Be Effective

By on August 3rd, 2020
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Account-based marketing (ABM) offers a lot of benefits to most B2B organizations. An expert round-up on Forbes Agency Council revealed that the majority of B2B business leaders saw incredible results from an ABM program, including improved lead generation, opportunities for personalization, lowered costs, and better relationships with clients. All of these things can clearly lead to a more profitable company and a better customer experience, which is why many companies…

Why Employee Engagement is the New Content Marketing Strategy

By on July 31st, 2020

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 source of high-quality content that is also the most effective in connecting with your audience.…

30 (or So) Terms Every Sales and Marketing Professional Should Know

By on July 30th, 2020

The marketing field is always evolving and to succeed, every marketing professional needs to keep up with the latest in industry trends, including its ever-expanding glossary. Marketers are naturally good at talking the talk; it’s kind of in our job description. Fortunately, these terms are pretty straightforward, you just need a little context to get the gist of things. Get these 30 words down and never get caught flat-footed in…

Insights from Content Consumption Patterns of Software Developer Segment

By on July 30th, 2020

How is a B2B Marketer supposed to gain a better understanding of their prospects beyond the actions taken on their own site? Google Analytics won’t do the trick. And in a landscape of more than 8000 Martech companies, there really is no tool available to B2B marketers to understand and inform on this matter aside from what we call Audience Explorer. What is Audience Explorer? Based on the content users…

3 Content Marketing ROI Areas Every Marketer Should Watch

By on July 29th, 2020

In an omnichannel world, drawing the line from specific content initiatives to dollars earned can be tricky. To know whether your content initiatives are working as intended, measure the effectiveness of your campaigns, and prove the value of your work to your leadership team, you’ll need to tackle the challenge of measuring your ROI. Quick Takeaways: Content to which you can't directly assign a dollar value isn't wasted. Decide how…

How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Lead Generation

By on July 29th, 2020
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When it comes to lead generation, most marketers prefer to be doers, meaning that they enjoy coming up with ideas and then executing them. Measuring and reporting on their effectiveness is no one’s favorite part of the job as it requires a lot of research, takes up tons of time, and is honestly, quite boring. The reason that many marketers dread the reporting process of their lead generation strategies is…

CMO Salary Data Suggests Declining CMO Influence?

By on July 28th, 2020

What does a CMO's (chief marketing officer) salary have to do with their influence? It's an interesting question. Logically, we think the higher the salary, the greater the influence on a company. While marketing remains a critical aspect of business growth, CMOs are losing ground in the realm of influence. But that doesn't mean marketing doesn't matter. It's evolving, and so must the role of the CMO. Quick Takeaways: There…