B2B Online Marketing Blog

August 28, 2014: B2B marketing isn’t a perfect industry (what industry is?), but the main arguments against B2B marketing, like unoriginality, competition, and boring products, are also the areas where a company can stand out most online. The following are some of the biggest problems with B2B marketing and how you can make your campaigns stand out.

It’s Not Original

b2b problemsBecause they aren’t forced to be innovative since their audience is so much smaller than the B2C market, B2B marketers (and usually their executive supervisors) may be used to just pushing the same postcards, email blasts, and online promotions over and over. However, it’s important to remember that those you are trying to reach from a B2B perspective are consumers as well, just in a business sense.

August 26, 2014: 18 Ways to Measure a Search Engine Optimization CampaignLast spring, I had the opportunity to instruct a course for MarketingProfs University’s Search Marketing School 2014. My contribution, “10 Measurement Tips for SEO Content” (now live on MarketingProfs University) focuses on key reports and analysis designed to connect SEO-related content marketing efforts with business performance.

While I’ve based my presentation for MarketingProfs on the performance of SEO-related content marketing assets specifically, there is a much greater range of SEO-related benchmarks B2B marketers should consider.

The following is a list of 20 performance metrics we recommend that B2B marketing managers use to establish goals and achieve success with their search engine optimization programs. Unless specified otherwise, all metrics are assumed to be tracked on a regular (at least monthly) basis.

August 21, 2014: As you may have noticed over the past few weeks, there has been a major shakeup in the world of Facebook advertising. The most notable change has to do with the increased size of ads on the right side of users’ news feeds. At first glance, this may seem like a minor change to an advertising platform that is constantly making changes and improvements.

Upon further inspection, however, this is a change that could have a huge impact on results if gone unchecked. Today, we will discuss the changes for Facebook ads and how you can best prepare to minimize negative impact.

August 19, 2014: If you’re an online quiz junkie like me, you’ve likely, at some point, taken a psychology test to determine whether you’re right- or left-brained. We all know we lean more to one side than the other, but isn’t it fun to tally up the points and find out for sure?

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As a writer, I’m of the mind that being right-brained is critical to the job (I’m not saying this just because my math skills are limited to basic arithmetic, but also because good writing involves a flair for the creativity). As a marketing writer, I’m convinced that it takes both the creative and the logical sides in order to execute an effective content strategy. Why? Because successful content marketing involves striking a certain degree of balance between campaigns that are both inspired and results-oriented.

August 14, 2014: Any time we bring on a new team member here at KoMarketing, one of the first things we do is get them up to speed on our clients, their products/services, industries, and much more. As a content marketer, fully understanding the ins-and-outs of these organizations and the industries they’re a part of is an essential step to take before the content strategy can take shape.

Content Strategy

August 12, 2014: One of the key benefits of online marketing is having the ability to capture information about our site visitors in order to better understand our Unbounce conversion quotemarketing efforts. Thanks to analytics, we know the various mediums they use, what they search for, how they interact on our site, and so much more…including the actions they take before they actually buy. Or at least we should know that.

Conversion tracking can be tricky, in particular for B2B businesses, where leads can come in the form of several types of actions. To help you get your conversion tracking up to par, and to help your business make smarter marketing decisions, I’ve outlined below a few mistakes not to make.

August 7, 2014: LinkedIn Announces Unique Content Marketing Score For UsersIn my latest column for Search Engine Land, I discussed how we use LinkedIn as a B2B link building tool, designed to research, identify, and communicate to potential third party publishers.

But at the foundation of all effective LinkedIn outreach is a well designed, fully developed LinkedIn profile. Without this, your outreach initiatives lack trust and credibility.

This post highlights ten key elements that every LinkedIn member should consider, whether you’re using LinkedIn for B2B link building, professional networking, or looking for your next job opportunity.

July 31, 2014: While competitors may seem intimidating, some marketers fail to realize there are opportunities lying discretely in their online footprint. One such location is in your competitors’ Twitter profiles. By analyzing both their successes and failures in the area, your company may be able to gain a significant competitive advantage.

One of my favorite quotes, from Niccolo Machiavelli, is, “Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.

Instead of being consumed by the existence of a threat (IE, the competition), opportunistic marketers will turn such to their advantage. And Twitter is a good place to start.

July 24, 2014: We’ve all heard it: “If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around, does it still make a sound?” While you may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, I have. Why is this the leading sentence in a marketing blog?” think of it this way: “If a content marketer writes an outstanding piece but fails to consider promotion and their target audience, does anybody notice?”

Falling Tree

July 22, 2014: If you’re like me, you spend a good amount of time scrolling through content marketing blogs for advice and suggestions that will give your content a leg up. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for any blog title that begins with the words “How-to” or “Tutorial.” Why?

Don't get stuck reinventing the wheel with your content marketing!

Don’t get stuck reinventing the wheel with your content marketing!

Because, as a content marketer, I’m always looking for ways to make my content better.

Recently, however, I’ve started feeling like I have a bone to pick with these old, familiar blogging archetypes. I don’t mean to pick on “How-to” or list-style posts; we all know these types of blogs can be very effective in establishing credibility and providing an audience with specific information they might be looking for (here’s a How-to post I found helpful when writing this blog, for example).

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