Strong brands outperform weak ones, and one of the most important aspects of a strong brand is consistency. People trust consistent brands up to 30% more, and establishing a consistent brand where there previously wasn’t one can boost revenue by upwards of 23%.
Most companies are still adjusting to marketing in the digital age. While 86% of marketers used content marketing in 2017, only 18% of marketers rate their organization’s content marketing approach as “much more successful” compared to the year before.
Content ideas don’t always, if ever, fall from the sky. Everyone has a creative block at some point and need to find ways to develop new material. You could wait for your internal light bulb to turn on or have a “Eureka!” moment while out to coffee with a friend, but you can’t predict when that next moment will come.
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If you’re looking for one of the best resources for content for your marketing team, you don’t have to look any further than your sales department. Marketing and sales teams achieve the best results when they work together. One of the benefits is that the marketing team will then be able to make content tailor-made for the sales team.
Good poker players know how to play their cards, but great poker players master how to play their opponents. They gather intel about the people they’re in a pot with and study how they act and react to various outcomes. They then use this information to determine the probabilities that their cards are better, or if they can make their opponent fold by having them think they are. The more you learn about your competitor, the better chance you have of being three steps ahead and gaining a competitive edge.
Every now and then an ingenious idea goes viral, and a brand is remembered for their unique thinking, inspirational sentiments, or humor. Whatever the case, these social media campaigns evoked emotions that we did not expect and left you in awe of the people who came up with them.
Content not only is an invaluable pillar of marketing, it’s also a pretty handy when it comes to the sales process – particularly when it comes to nurturing leads. As your team refines it’s lead nurturing process and masters it’s content utilization, determining what content was responsible for converting leads into customers can help you build an easily repeatable sales process. Here’s how to refine your content to bolster your lead nurture process.
While working remotely has its benefits, it can make keeping your team on task more difficult. Flexible schedules, varying time zones, and the inability to physically see your team work on the tasks at hand can lead to miscommunications, rushed work, and missed deadlines. We’ve covered ways to boost your productivity while working remotely. In this sister post, we will discuss 6 ways to keep your remote team on task:
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If the content that marketers are producing isn’t tailor-made for their target personas, the hand-off from the marketing team to the sales team can be messy—and it often is. SiriusDecisions reveals that sales teams don’t use 60%-70% of the marketing content available to them, and sometimes that number is higher. Luckily, there’s a simple solution.
Your favorite restaurant has eggplant parmesan on the menu. It sounds delicious, but you’re not 100% sold on the idea. You ask your girlfriend of her opinion, and when the waiter walks by you ask him if it’s worth ordering. Then, you look around for other customers that have ordered it, hoping that you can see the dish before making a choice. Whether you know it or not, you’ve become an undecided lead that needs some nurture marketing, and you’re looking for content to help make your decision.
Companies both small and big have access to the world’s most influential marketing tool: the internet. The web helps level the playing field, giving advantages to companies who know how to use it. A small business with a tiny marketing budget but a smart and well targeted campaign can outshine its much wealthier competitor.
Topic clusters provide a simple, highly-effective way to nurture leads with more content. Not only is the information that clusters provide tailored to the buyer’s persona, they also give every blog, article, and any other content in your cluster an SEO boost in the process. This shows your lead that you’re not just an expert in your product’s market, but you’re the expert that’s going to make them a satisfied customer.
A 2017 study revealed that Americans check their phone around 80 times per day, or once in every 12 minutes. It’s been said that we also see or hear around 4,000 ads in a day. Attention spans are shrinking and brands have to work harder than ever to gain and maintain their audiences attention.
In the old days of influence marketing, you watch a YouTube celebrity eat a stink bug on a dare, then open up a can of Coke’s new flavor. After going “mmm,” he would talk about its refreshing taste and other key points as if reading from a script. The YouTuber could then expect a sizable portion of his 250,000 followers to go out and buy Coke’s new flavor and receive money for endorsing it.
The drive from stakeholders for more content in less time puts creative managers in a tough space that presents multiple challenges. Thriving businesses are run on the inspired content that creative departments produce; however, individuals outside of the creative department oftentimes don’t fully grasp all the effort it takes to build these creative masterpieces.
Whether your company is a small startup or a massive corporation, every business has a type of organizational culture. Some of them focus on flexibility and discretion, while other workplace cultures fixate on stability and control. An organization's culture can have an internal or external focus and may value integration or differentiation.
Managing a creative team requires incorporating data-driven goals into a process that naturally has a loose structure. Despite the difficulties that arise when implementing creative operations practices while managing a creative team, doing so helps streamline the production of content.
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We’ve all been there: staring at a blank screen without knowing what to type or finding it hard to focus at the task at hand. Creative block doesn’t just affect writers. Whether it’s due to a lack of inspiration, feeling overwhelmed, or dealing with a personal or emotional hardship, you can be mentally encumbered in any industry.
Marketers and creatives must effectively work alongside one another to produce content for a company. However, creative teams often have a different perspective and a unique process that may be foreign to a marketing team or another potential collaborative group - and while creative teams and their processes may not always mesh well with your own team’s efforts, simply implementing a few changes can make a difference in boosting your creative team’s result.
The marketing funnel model has become invaluable when organizing your content. The top of the funnel represents everyone that is aware of your brand. Marketers use a variety of tactics and channels to grab a potential customer’s attention. They cast their fishing lines in the water, hoping for a few nibbles. The bottom of the funnel involves the closing of a sale when a fish has been hooked and reeled in.
After you cast a line but before you catch a fish, there’s the middle of the marketing sales funnel. The middle of the funnel is where you’re trying to get the fish to bite. You entice them with different kinds of bait, jostle the rod, try different depths, and convince them that your hook is the one worth biting.
While in the past the majority of companies entrusted the creative end of content production to external agencies, this business tradition is slowly becoming less and less common. There’s been a recent move towards internalizing these projects by placing them into the hands of an in-house creative team.
Technology has allowed teams to embrace innovation and push past the limitations of collaborating in a traditional working environment. However, just because technology makes collaboration a more streamlined and easy process, it doesn’t guarantee employees will be excited to produce their best work every day.