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2019 Marketing Strategy: Food for Thought From Seth Godin

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on January 16, 2019 at 2:24 PM | 6 minute read

The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate your current marketing strategy and decide which tools and changes you can implement to drive maximum success in the months ahead. Now, I know strategizing is no easy feat, but approaching this task doesn’t have to be daunting when you’ve got guidance from the pros.

Seth Godin, a best-selling American author and entrepreneur, recently shared a multitude of thought-provoking perspectives while promoting his newest book This is Marketing on the podcast Self Made Man. The episode focuses on how marketing is changing, and when the host asks about how people should measure the effectiveness of their marketing today, Seth said:

“It begins with the feeling of knowing who would miss you if you didn't show up tomorrow. If your brand were to disappear tomorrow, who would truly miss you? If your podcast didn't go live on its scheduled day, how many people would you hear from? If you shut down your restaurant on Thursday, how many people on Friday would feel bereft?”

You can get a better idea of where you are today, and where you want to go, by considering your answer to this question and contemplating some more of Seth’s marketing points.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Marketing, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy

7 Ways to Refine Your Buyer Personas with Community Data

Written by Annie Moncure on January 15, 2019 at 8:30 AM | 13 minute read

All great buyer personas are alike; each bad buyer persona is bad in its own way. 

Sound familiar? Well, it’s not exactly how Leo Tolstoy began his classic novel, Anna Karenina, but if he’d been a marketer, we’d bet at least a dollar that he would have.   

And what is that common ingredient that makes all great buyer personas alike

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community Management, Online Community Software

Ace 2019 with 6 Expert Marketing Strategy Tips

Written by Marina Devalia on January 2, 2019 at 11:32 AM | 13 minute read

How can we better engage our customers? How can marketing and sales teams work more efficiently? How can we produce more qualified leads?  

If these types of marketing strategy questions are floating around in your mind as we enter the new year, keep reading. Nobody wants to be the company left behind because they missed the trend, and everybody wants to get ahead with new groundbreaking marketing techniques. 

As always, marketing is evolving. Successful marketers know that staying ahead of the game means adopting the trends that will give you sustainable growth and make your company more competitive 

So, how do you know which trends are worth pursuing? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the six most promising trends to adopt. You’ll find practical tips along the way to help you get started with each one. 

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Topics: Marketing, Marketing Automation

How to Use Social Media to Humanize Your Brand in 2019

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on December 27, 2018 at 12:54 PM | 4 minute read

Dear [Valued Customer/Wrong Name],

I have a hunch that being greeted like that made you feel more like a machine than the living, breathing, unique, and invaluable human that you are. Wouldn’t you say? Now, as a consumer in 2019, how much generic and lifeless content are you hoping to, well…consume? My guess would be little to none, but you’ll still run into it, whether it’s in your inbox or your social feeds.

When you’re thinking about how to market your brand in the new year, remember that generic content might be easier to produce, but it’s also easier for people to ignore (and to be honest, it’s not even that much easier to produce, thanks to timesaving tools like marketing automation). Don’t be afraid to take risks. Because here’s the thing about risks – people take them, not brands.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Customer Engagement, Member Retention, Social Media, Marketing, Engagement

3 Ways Online Communities Help Software Companies Drive Revenue

Written by Brian Sugarman on December 20, 2018 at 8:17 AM | 8 minute read

As consumers, we know that brands that consistently deliver value and make our buying experience effortless will continue to win our business over time. In my household, for example, we’re more likely to buy add-ons like Audible and Amazon music because we know the same level of convenience we get with our Prime membership will exist.

Our relationships with companies like Amazon remind us of the high bar that’s been set for the modern day customer experience, not just in the consumer world, but also for business-to-business (B2B) sales. Whether consciously or subconsciously, this standard of service influences our expectations for our buying relationships with B2B technology vendors.

This is nothing new, by the way...although technology has changed how and where we buy, successful brands have always focused on delivering valuable products to their customers and making it easy for them to purchase. However, companies that compete in markets with little to no competition have found ways to be successful over time, simply by being the best or only option available.

Think old school cable television – with so few consumer options, your area provider could win your business despite a reputation of delivering horrendous customer service. Now, with the rise of Over-the-top (OTT) streaming subscriptions, I’ve found that the level of service and ease of doing business has actually improved with my cable company.

The software business model is another example with (historically) limited competition – until now. In a sea of growing competition, it pays to focus on your customers.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing, Customer Retention, Customer Experience, Customer Success

20 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Could Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

Written by Tien Dinh on November 27, 2018 at 7:58 AM | 10 minute read

 

Before we get started, let me say this: making mistakes is part of learning how to do anything well.

That being said, it’s time to take a closer look at your marketing automation strategy to see if you’re making any of these common mistakes. Knowing what you’re doing wrong is also a vital part of learning how to do something well.

And don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging. We’ve got a solution for every mistake on the list.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Email Deliverability, Engagement, Marketing

7 Tips to Improve Your Marketing Reporting and Prove Your Worth

Written by Marisa Fiore on November 1, 2018 at 5:05 AM | 5 minute read

Proving your association marketing team’s effort’s worth to upper management and a board can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be!

Solid data analysis and reporting are some of the best ways to show the value of the work you do and prove that your organization is getting a great return on their investment. (Now you’re saying, “but Marisa…reporting is the hard part.”)

Well, have no fear, I’ve got seven tips to help you learn how to track the right thing and understand your numbers.

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Topics: Marketing, Member Retention, Volunteer Management, Associations, Online Community

The Top 5 Reasons Your Members Aren't Renewing (and What to Do About It)

Written by Elizabeth Bell on October 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 14 minute read

Marketing General’s 2018 Membership Marketing Benchmark Report revealed fascinating statistics on why members don’t renew their association membership.  

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Member Retention, Marketing, Associations, Member Engagement

SPF, DKIM, DMARC: The 3 Pillars of Email Authentication

Written by Brad Gurley | on October 11, 2018 at 7:55 AM | 5 minute read

If you’re an email marketer, you’ve probably heard acronyms like “SPF,” “DKIM,” and “DMARC” being tossed around with little explanation. People might assume you automatically understand these terms, but the truth is that many marketers’ grasp of these concepts is vague, at best.

The good news is that SPF, DKIM, and DMARC can work together for you like a triple rainbow of email authentication, and that’s why we want you to have a thorough understanding of them.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Marketing

48 No-Brainer Tools Every Marketer Needs

Written by Elizabeth Bell on October 4, 2018 at 7:56 AM | 12 minute read

Whether you’re on a small team, a team of one, or a large team with divided responsibilities and resources, marketers all have a few things in common:

We need to accomplish things quickly, handle multiple projects at once, stay inspired, keep ourselves updated about current events, and collaborate with others across our team or departments. Another similarity? Tools, technology, and coffee keep us running.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Marketing, Email Marketing, Social Media

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