Pay for play: Not such dirty words any longer. In a time with fewer journalists and a need for content driven by the digital world, the lines between traditional PR (in which you earned coverage by pitching your company’s story to reporters) and marketing (in which you generally pay to reach your audience) hasn’t just blurred. It’s been erased and replaced by a new paradigm – a hybrid that calls on PR’s ability to shape content for paid opportunities that often look a lot like what a journalist would typically produce.
Posted by Stephanie Zercher
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 10:21 AM
Posted by Lauren DeRamus
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 11:20 AM
Fun fact: In 2011, Hubspot set the Guinness World Record for largest online marketing seminar.
Another fun fact: For about three months last year, I was submerged in a deep sea of webinars. A favorite client of ours asked us to help manage their annual digital conference. That meant more than a month of B2B digital marketing content presented worldwide, twice weekly, from the comfort of the internet. I emerged from that sea with a master scuba certification and hands-on experience and knowledge about best practices for B2B webinars that I’d like to share with you.
Posted by David Doughty
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 12:18 PM
Last week, we talked about pre-event marketing via the web, email, and social. This week’s blog discusses marketing strategies during and after your event to increase engagement and keep the excitement – and connection with potential new clients – alive after you fold up your tent.
During the EventWhile the event is happening, don’t let your strategy stagnate. Live events are a great opportunity to utilize social media.
During the event, have someone take over your Twitter feed. If your event is week-long, then consider having a different person do a take-over each day. You can introduce the person taking over and pin that tweet to the top until they are done. Encourage them to take a lot of candid pictures and post quick interviews with speakers or interesting attendees. Be sure that they know to use the common hashtag for the event in every tweet.
Some other great ideas to consider during the event:
- Create a game with a hashtag people can engage with, such as a photo scavenger hunt.
- Run a contest for posting a photo of the most creative activity at a booth.
- Ask people to create a funny meme from a candid shot taken at the event.
If you can spare the manpower, have someone monitor the hashtag to see if there are any issues or opportunities to interact with participants.
A major problem with events is how often the excitement created before and during them fizzles out. Done right, though, the post-event period is a great time to continue the conversation with prospects and nurture leads.
Web StrategyKeep your event page updated and create a media page with photos from the event. Be sure to make each photo shareable on social media. Are there any assets that can be created from the event? Maybe some of the breakout sessions were captured on video. It wouldn’t take much effort to edit them into standalone pieces that you could gate for lead generation. Finally, be sure not to delete your signup form from the pre-event stage; use it to get people to register for updates for next year’s event.
If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to create a separate email list for those who signed up during the event. Make sure to send a thank-you email to everyone who came and invite them to look at the photos you’ve posted. Encourage them to share them with friends and colleagues.
Now is also a good time to create a drip campaign with the new content that was created after the event. Send those who attended emails that encourage them to download assets. Don’t be afraid to ask if they would like a consultation or to continue a conversation. For more tips on creating interesting emails, read how emails engage and convert.
Take note of what aspects of your social media strategy worked and what didn’t. Did your videos take off? How can you create more throughout the year? Which tweets did people engage with the most? What could you do differently?
Once you start figuring out what was successful and what wasn’t, create a new social media calendar loaded with content similar to what worked for you. It doesn’t have to all be original. But make sure that whatever you retweet or repost is something your target audience will enjoy reading. Your content calendar and posts will be different for everyone, but if you keep your audience in mind, you’ll start to see followers and engagement grow.
One Last Word
Whatever you choose to do to market your event, you must execute flawlessly. One of the great things about events is the human element; in a world where so much of what we do is electronic, you get to meet people and talk face-to-face. But afterward, what you send your new contacts needs to be engaging and on target, with top-notch content, or you risk an “unsubscribe” when you could have been moving them down the sales funnel.
Remember the hard work we mentioned in the first blog? If you choose and implement your tactics well, it will all be worth it in the end, after you’ve managed and marketed an event that everyone will still be talking about the next time around.
Posted by David Doughty
Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
In what may be one of the greatest understatements ever, B2B events are a lot of work. Those who have managed events already know this; if you’re joining their ranks, you’re going to learn it fast.
Event logistics are often top-of-mind, but effective promotion should be done hand-in-hand with your planning. All your efforts to design a great event will be wasted if no one attends. Digital marketing tools can get the buzz out into the public much faster and more easily than many other forms of communication, and are cost-effective, too.
Because the topic is as large as the amount of work involved in holding a show, conference, or benefit, this post will talk about pre-event marketing via the web, email, and social. Part two of this series will discuss marketing strategies during and after your event. All are designed to expand awareness of, interest in, and engagement with your event and help to make it a success.
Posted by Carla Niknejad
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Digital information has taken over the marketing landscape.
Marketers used to be valued largely for their creativity and intuition. After good market research, experience and speed drove a successful campaign. However, through the years, marketing has gone through some changes and the way we develop and implement strategy has evolved.
Today, we have masses of data on our side. We can easily track analytics through more effective tools. Every action can be quantified and recorded. Because of this, we’re being held to even higher standards to show a tangible ROI and justify our budgets.
Trusting your gut simply doesn’t cut it like it used to. Why? Trusting your gut isn’t quantifiable.
Posted by Will Walker
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
When was the last time you dove head first into an experiment? If you’re like me, you haven’t seen much science action since a third-grade volcano project. However, experiments are essential to the development of knowledge. Where would our world be if Pavlov hadn’t taught us about the ability to condition dogs to salivate (although my Great Pyrenees drools without human intervention). To get myself back into the experiment game, I decided to test the foundation of B2B digital marketing: email.
Posted by Jeffrey Willis
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
"Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" — Groucho MarxYou court each other. You pitch a little woo. We all know first comes love, then comes marriage … then comes your marketing agency proposing a branding campaign that you don’t want anything to do with. Like sands through an hourglass, these are the agencies of your demise.
Signing the agreement and locking in your marketing plan can often feel like a marriage, bringing two parties together for better or worse.
So how do you avoid the worse and keep things better? By creating a strong foundation in these five areas, you can create a relationship that is happily ever after.
You’ve been through stuff. You’ve got baggage. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t open yourself up to another agency to market once again.
Trust should be cultivated in the early stages of the relationship. You’ve played the field and found the one. So how do you build trust with your agency?
Posted by Anne Marsden
Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 10:33 AM
Businesses in both the B2B and B2C arenas are demanding that marketing keep up with a world that never stops changing. Today, no one can wait weeks to create new content or months to build and release websites anymore. That’s where Agile Marketing comes in.
Posted by Lauren DeRamus
Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 02:00 PM
As 2017 continues to roll on, hopefully you’ve emerged from the sea of to-dos the beginning of the year brings and are back in the business of fishing for better ways to reel in new leads. We’d like to help with that.
This video explores some of the inbound marketing trends we believe will amp up your 2017 marketing strategy.
Posted by Charlotte Cook
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:30 AM
Picture this scenario. You walk into a large department store and speak to a sales associate. You ask her to see all their red shirts in a women’s size small. She then takes you to the women’s department and just walks away. Now you have to search through all the cluttered racks to find what you