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The Future of Content Marketing: 3 Takeaways from Content Marketing World 2014

Posted by Mike Kaput on

CMW14Content Marketing World 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio was punctuated by best-of-breed marketers from all over the world sharing information, insights and, at the event’s keynote, a little wisdom from none other than Kevin Spacey. 

What does the future hold for content marketing? What trends and takeaways should you be paying attention to? Unlike Spacey’s iconic character in House of Cards, Frank Underwood, we can—and will—possibly comment.

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Topics: Content

Marketing + Technology: Themes from the Inaugural MarTech14 Conference

Posted by Jessica Donlon on

Last week’s inaugural MarTech conference brought nearly 400 attendees to a sold-out venue in Boston. The conference showed the progress and potential of a new breed of marketer: the chief marketing technologist. 

Our team’s expectations were certainly met. The program included a mix of marketing and tech strategy, how different organizations implement technologies, lessons learned along the way, and growth hacks for making it all work. 

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Topics: Industry Reports, Marketing Technology

New Book from Marketing Score Creator Explores the Convergence of Marketing Talent, Technology and Strategy

Posted by Jessica Donlon on

book-marketing-performance-blueprint“Marketing is now, as it has always been, an art form. But the next generation of marketers understands it can be so much more. These innovators are rewriting what is possible when the art and science of marketing collide.”

Paul Roetzer (@paulroetzer), from The Marketing Performance Blueprint

 

The marketing industry continues to transform at an unprecedented rate. The result?  Growing gaps in marketing talent, technology and strategy.

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Topics: Marketing Resources

Who’s Leading Your Digital Transformation?

Posted by Jessica Donlon on

Accenture-DigitalTransformation-2014Accenture’s latest CMO Insight Survey, CMOs: Time for Digital Transformation, or Risk Being Left on the Sidelines, reminds us that we’re in the midst of a digital transformation.

Yes, we’re using digital channels more effectively than in the past, and yes, CMOs are for the most part leading the charge, but if the 2014 survey indicates one message: it’s time to bring digital efforts up a notch.*

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Topics: Industry Reports

The Social CEO: 3 Trends from BRANDfog’s Social Media Survey

Posted by Sam Brenner on

Screen_Shot_2014-07-09_at_4.25.26_PMSocial media has been a part of our business landscape for more than five years now, forever influencing the way companies communicate with customers, market products and services, respond to current events, and share brand stories.

In today’s social world, a company’s brand imageand that of its leadershipare inherently linked. The C-level executives who ignore social media run the risk of allowing others to determine their brand’s accessibility, messaging and visibility.

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Topics: Industry Reports, Social Media

What Marketers Need to Know About Mary Meeker's 2014 Internet Trends Report

Posted by Mike Kaput on

Mary-MeekerEach year, Mary Meeker, lauded venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, presents a highly researched picture of the growth, trends and adoption rates that are reshaping the tech industry.

This year’s report isn’t just for angel investors with equity stakes in hot startups. It’s a valuable primer for marketing technologists everywhere.

But we know marketers are busy managing increasingly complex roles, tools and channels. So we analyzed Meeker’s 164-slide 2014 Internet Trends report and extracted the most valuable takeaways.

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Topics: Industry Reports, Marketing Technology

Marketers: Connect the Dots of the Digital Divide

Posted by Sam Brenner on

Deloitte’s recently released report, The New Digital Divide, underscores that digital devices are having a rapidly increasing influence on retail purchase behavior in today’s B2C environment. 

The report, based on a national sample of 2,006 consumers, makes clear that retail marketing is at a tipping point—a point where digital channels should no longer be executed in silos, but should be considered as business imperative. Download the full report for details.

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Topics: Industry Reports

Digital Marketing Budgets Continue to Rise: Up 10% in 2014

Posted by Jessica Donlon on

Digital marketing budgets continue to rise. From Gartner’s Digital Marketing Budgets Increase, Reflecting Focus on Customer Experience report: digital marketing budgets will rise by 10% in 2014 following a double-digit percentage increase the prior year.” The largest increases were reported in digital or online advertising, mobile, ecommerce, and the corporate website.

This was the Gartner digital team’s second annual report. (We recapped the first here: U.S. Digital Marketing Spend to Increase 9% in 2013.) For context, 2014 findings were based responses from 285 individuals (located in the U.S.) responding on behalf of their entire organizations. Respondents’ average company revenue was $4.4 billion. 

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Topics: Industry Reports

On Navigating the Content Marketing Vendor Landscape [ALTIMETER GROUP REPORT]

Posted by Sandie Young on

content-toolsThe content to marketer relationship is probably a lot like the one you have with your iPhone. You can’t go anywhere without it.

Content drives marketing activities. It’s the eloquent middleman between your brand and your consumers. So, why are marketers behind the ball on strategy and execution?

Earlier this month, Altimeter Group released a report showcasing The Content Marketing Software Landscape. The report found that 70% don’t have a “consistent or integrated content strategy.”

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Topics: Content, Marketing Technology

Work Core Business Strength into Marketing Strategy and Performance

Posted by Jessica Donlon on

When the PR 20/20 team evaluated Marketing Score assessment responses from more than 300 marketers, executives and entrepreneurs at the end of last year, Business Cores and Marketing Cores led as highest rated sections, at 63% and 56% respectively. 

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Topics: Business Cores, Marketing Performance, Industry Reports