When effective content marketing meets your customers, the magic happens. Before we dive in to the secret sauce behind the magic, what comes first, content or the customer? That’s not a trick question. It’s a real test to see which direction your content marketing is headed. If you’re not sure about how this should play out for the benefit of your marketing and your customer…read on.
In our two-part series, we are unpacking the definition of what translation in marketing really means, and the value of doing it well. In Part 1 we reviewed the tactical aspects of being a marketer and how translation factors in your day-to-day workflow. Here in Part 2 we will delve into four new areas equally as important, yet different in function and impact. Let’s get started.
Have you ever wondered about the volume of change you have to endure because you’re in a marketing career? I mean, really… it’s akin to a fire hose attached to your mouth and you just can’t keep up. But wait, that’s not the tricky part. Because technology, consumer behavior, media, analytics and digital options shift frequently, that means as a marketing leader you must shift with them and understand how to translate the change-environment that is occurring and how it impacts your business.
Marketing leaders always look at their budgets it comes with the territory. Usually, the result of where your budget ends up by years-end is; you are over-budget, on-target or under-budget. However, crazy as it sounds, ending up in any of these three could also mean there were poor marketing decisions along the way. Determining your marketing spend is not as cut and dry as bean-counters think.
With today’s advanced metrics revealing more consumer behavior patterns than ever before, the term conversion has risen to the top of the discussion food chain in marketing circles. What it hasn’t done yet is provide a crystal clear definition as to why a conversion should be looked at differently based on where the customer touch point location in the funnel is.
How many times have you sat at your desk in the morning wondering what content to create and if it is really needed or not? Hmm… regardless of how many cups of coffee you have, the answer to that question is not going to be easy to find unless you already have a process in place.
Today’s business schools should really spend some time on touch points and personas or the next generation of marketers will overlook a very important component of their marketing strategy. This article is about the importance of the target audience (or persona) and the touch point. It also uncovers some key questions embedded in a touch point location which today’s digital and social marketers need to answer. Here we go.
The brand attributes that make your brand successful on the outside are the ones you clearly define, embrace, communicate and reinforce over and over again on the inside.
Is your company always looking for new ideas? Or, are you waiting for someone else to think of them for you? If you are working in digital marketing every day like me, coming up with new ideas, is critical. Ask your team to have an “always on” alert system for creative, innovative ideas. Some employees may fully embrace this concept and some will not do anything. However, this exercise keeps your marketing department sharp and always thinking of ways to keep the brand on the leading edge. It also keeps your department thinking, cultivating, percolating and looking for new and different ways to reach your business goals.