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Trade Show Marketing | Smart Marketing Strategies

10 Tips for Choosing a B2B Trade Show Sponsorship

If you’re a business-to-business (B2B) marketer, sponsoring your industry's trade show can deliver high visibility for your brand. But trade show sponsorship can be a big investment. Sponsorship packages for some national shows are topping six figures and even smaller sponsorship options can be costly. Before you spend valuable marketing dollars on a trade show sponsorship, here are 10 guidelines for choosing sponsorships that are worth the marketing investment....

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Social Media Marketing: 21 Tips for Smarter Tweeting

Marketers everywhere are discovering the value of Twitter for sharing content and insights with customers and prospects and creating top-of-mind awareness. I used to be skeptical of Twitter but I've become convinced of its marketing power. As I approach my 1,000th tweet on Twitter as @jeangianfagna, here are 21 tips I’ve learned for using Twitter in a smart marketing strategy. ...

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Social Media Marketing Success | Smart Marketing Cleveland

For Social Media Success, Think Like a Direct Marketer

Clients of my marketing agency often want help with social media marketing. So I’ve been researching best practices and using my own experience as a blogger and social media marketer to help clients integrate social media into a smart marketing strategy. And guess what? I’ve discovered a simple secret about social media: To achieve success, you need to think like a direct marketer....

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How to Tell Your Branding Story in Your Product

There’s more to effective product branding and marketing than putting a logo on a label or box. Telling a brand story through well-crafted marketing copy can capture the essence of a brand. And building those brand messages into the physical product itself can reinforce the brand’s value proposition every time the product is used. Here are three consumer product marketers who are doing this brilliantly, and some branding advice for your smart marketing strategy. ...

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10,000 Subscribers: How a Marketing Blogger Achieved Success

Blogging is one of the most powerful ways to market your company. But only a few of the 156 million people who are publishing blogs achieve a big following. One is Chris Brown, owner of Marketing Resources & Results, a full-service marketing consulting firm in Northeast Ohio that helps companies attract new customers. Chris has published the blog Branding & Marketing since 2006. She’s written more than 900 articles on marketing strategy, marketing tactics, branding, social media, and market research. Last week, she reached a major blogging milestone: 10,000 subscribers. In this interview...

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Blogger Outreach | Gianfagna Strategic Marketing

5 Right Ways – and 4 Wrong Ways – to Reach Out to Bloggers

Bloggers wield enormous influence in many markets and smart marketers strive to get bloggers to write nice things about them. But outreach to bloggers can be tricky. Many bloggers resist overtures from marketers and other outsiders. Here are five do’s and four don’ts when approaching bloggers to write about your company, product, or service, from my perspective as a blogger and a marketing consultant who advises clients on social media. ...

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Shut Up, Already: How Over-Marketing Kills Relationships

Permission-based marketing is now at the heart of relationships between companies and their customers and prospects. People opt-in to receive your emails, like your company on Facebook, subscribe to an RSS feed from your website or your channel on YouTube, or follow you on Twitter or LinkedIn. But having permission to market to someone isn’t a license to bombard them with marketing messages. In fact, not knowing when to shut up is a classic marketing mistake. Here’s how over-marketing can kill a customer or prospect relationship and 7 ways to avoid this...

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13 Creative Ideas for Your Next B2B Direct Mail Campaign

Smart marketers know that direct marketing can play a crucial role in a business-to-business lead generation marketing strategy. But creating a direct mail campaign that makes it past the mailroom and the administrative assistant to the desk of a business decision-maker – and captures the executive’s attention – can be a real marketing challenge. Here are 13 ideas for creative direct mail formats – some familiar and some you may not have thought of – that can help get your next B2B mailing past the gatekeepers and entice business executives to open...

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Marketing Insights: New Stats Profile Top Social Media Users

The 2011 Social Media Habit Report by Edison Research and Arbitron, reported on Hubspot last week, provides a wealth of statistics that prove the ubiquity and influence of social media. But what’s most fascinating about this new research is the window it opens on the habits of the 46 million Americans who check social sites several times a day. Who are these habitual social media users? And what can marketers learn from their extraordinary level of engagement with social networks? Here’s what this important study shows and three takeaways about social media for...

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