December, 2023

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6 marketing priorities leaders will obsess over in 2024

Sprout Social

You are no stranger to long to-do lists. Especially as you embark on refining your goals and processes for the year ahead, it might seem like every meeting ends in a multitude of action items. But in 2024, it’s imperative to focus on the most critical marketing priorities to grow your business in the new year and beyond. The fast-paced nature of digital marketing, especially social media, complicates zeroing in on marketing priorities.

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Key Trends in Content Marketing 2024: 67 Predictions

Content Marketing Institute

What’s ahead in content and marketing for 2024? AI gets a lot of attention in these predictions, but in surprising ways. Plus, these experts forecast the impact of social media and world turmoil and give a healthy dose of hope.

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What Would Happen If You Stopped Marketing?

CMO Network

What would happen if CMOs and marketers stopped marketing? Like the "Got Milk" campaign, could a deprivation strategy help CEOs better see marketing's value?

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Google’s shifting approach to AI content: An in-depth look

Search Engine Land

The prevalence of mass-produced, AI-generated content is making it harder for Google to detect spam. AI-generated content has also made judging what is quality content difficult for Google. However, indications are that Google is improving its ability to identify low-quality AI content algorithmically. Spammy AI content all over the web You don’t need to be in SEO to know generative AI content has been finding its way into Google search results over the last 12 months.

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Dos and Donts: How to Pitch Your Press Release to Journalists

Speaker: Michelle Garrett, PR Consultant, Author, Speaker

Yes - press releases are still relevant in the world of public relations! 🎯 Ever wondered how to write a compelling press release, or what are current best practices for pitching your news to earn media coverage? In this exclusive webinar with Michelle Garrett, PR Consultant, we’ll cover tips and advice to help you get the most out of each piece of news you pitch!

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Breaking down data silos: Overcoming obstacles and planning for the future

Martech

This is the second of two articles exploring data silos in marketing. Part one can be found here. Every company has issues with siloed data. Many companies know this but continue to use systems that provide information to various parts of the organization. This is where organizations face their most significant obstacle — lack of leadership with vision.

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10 Content Promotion Strategies That Work (With Examples)

CopyBlogger

Even if you create the best piece of content possible, it won’t perform well if nobody finds it. Relying entirely. Continue Reading The post 10 Content Promotion Strategies That Work (With Examples) appeared first on Copyblogger.

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What Does Gmail’s New AI Spam Filter Mean for Email Marketers?

Customers.ai

A few weeks ago, Google rolled out its new AI spam filter for Gmail. The filter, known as RETVec, stands for Resilient & Efficient Text Vectorizer and is used to identify things like homoglyphs (manipulated letters and symbols), invisible characters, or keyword-stuffed text that is often used to try and bypass spam filters. According to Google , their new spam filter can help improve the spam detection rate by 38% and reduce the false positive rate by 19.4% This is great news for Gmail users

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6 ways to use generative AI for your marketing

Martech

Generative AI is revolutionizing digital marketing by altering how we create, analyze and optimize marketing strategies. This technology leverages artificial intelligence for tasks like content creation, data analysis and customer engagement. Understanding and harnessing its capabilities allows marketers to achieve new levels of efficiency and creativity.

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Google algorithm updates 2023 in review: Core, reviews, helpful content, spam and beyond

Search Engine Land

Google launched nine confirmed algorithmic updates in 2023, as well as a new AI search engine, the Search Generative Experience. In 2022 and 2021, Google had 10 confirmed algorithmic updates. Unless Google rolls out a new update this week, Google would have rolled out one less update in 2023 than it did in 2022 and 2021. Google confirmed algorithm update summary We whipped up this timeline documenting all the confirmed Google search algorithm updates in 2023, so you can visualize the updates ove

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5 Tips That Made Me A Consistent Content Creator

Buffer Marketing

Think about five content creators you admire. Regardless of who they are, there's a common thread: consistency.  Now, consistency might sound simple, but let's be real—it's tough. I know firsthand because I struggled with it myself. Before 2019, I was a freelance writer trying to make a name for myself. I joined LinkedIn hoping for opportunities, but my sporadic and lackluster posts went unnoticed, and my online presence was, to put it bluntly, a flop.

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Cracking the Code: Turning Intent Data into Go-to-Market Success

Speaker: Steven Bryerton, SVP of Sales at ZoomInfo & Robin Izsak-Tseng, VP of Revenue Marketing at G2

Join Steven Bryerton, SVP of Sales at ZoomInfo, and Robin Izsak-Tseng, VP of Revenue Marketing at G2 in this webinar where you're guaranteed to walk away with a fresh understanding of and a new perspective on intent data! Turn your go-to-market motions around with intent data! Instead of searching for ways to showcase your products, reach out to the customers that are searching for your solutions — then build your messaging around their needs to set you apart from the competition. 🚀 With

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The Gen Z Mindset Is Changing Coffee

CMO Network

The generations that proudly wear the labels of tech-savvy, socially conscious, and effortlessly unconventional have, unsurprisingly, ushered in a new era of coffee.

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Freelance Writing Niches That Pay Well In 2024

CopyBlogger

AI writing tools can create basic content, like how-to style SEO blog posts, and many clients are using them instead. Continue Reading The post Freelance Writing Niches That Pay Well In 2024 appeared first on Copyblogger.

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From Paycheck to Purpose: Why I Stopped Growing My Business

Businesses Grow

Somebody in my community asked me, in the coming year, what are your plans to grow your business? This question stopped me in my tracks for a moment because this year, I have no plans to grow my business. Isn’t that a strange and unexpected answer? Might make a good story. So here it is. A different view of success I used to be a corporate pig-dog, climbing the corporate ladder.

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2024 Predictions: Better customer experience is on the way

Martech

Marketers will improve customer experience in 2024 so brands can remain competitive and demonstrate to customers that they matter. Every year the bar gets raised. In 2024, keys to customer success will include better personalization delivered at scale by ramped-up automation and generative AI. And better digital content will surface, if organizations put in place the necessary guardrails for generative AI to fuel the anticipated content surge.

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Scan to Success: How to Leverage QR Codes for Offline and Online Marketing Power

Speaker: Corey Daugherty, Head of Business Development at Flowcode & Georgette Malitsis, Senior Customer Success Manager, Enterprise at Flowcode

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty and Georgette Malitsis of Flowcode will dive into how innovative QR technology not only enhances traditional marketing strategies, but also drives meaningful customer engagement and analytics. Register today to gain practical knowledge on using QR codes to increase conversion rates, optimize customer journeys, and ultimately unlock a new realm o

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Why brand mentions are the future of backlinks

Search Engine Land

“Stop building links; build your brand.” These six words should be plastered on the desks of every SEO in the world. In this article, I’ll explain why brand mentions are the new backlinks. Let’s dive in. Back to the brand future Nearly 10 years ago, Rand Fishkin was talking about brand mentions. That wasn’t a typo; it’s been nearly 10 years!

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9+ Ideas for Your Next LinkedIn Carousel (+Examples)

Buffer Marketing

LinkedIn carousels are a great content format for many reasons. First, the LinkedIn algorithm prioritizes this content format, probably thanks to the visual appeal and subsequent engagement. Much like Instagram carousels , they tend to be very appealing because they differentiate from the other types of content you might come across on your feed. 0:00 / 0:17 1× They also tend to perform quite well – I’ve only posted a few, but they tend to be one of my top-performing formats,

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Why The Holiday Season Is Critical For Many Small Businesses

CMO Network

The importance of the holiday season to small businesses along with use of innovative technology by these business is reviewed (includes American Express survey results).

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Email Marketing Audit — The Complete Guide

Hubspot Marketing

Increased open rates, click-throughs, and sales: If you want these results, running an email marketing audit can help you get there. That’s why I've teamed up with six email marketing experts to help you create an audit of your own. Together, we cover: What is an email marketing audit? The Benefits of Email Marketing Audits The Anatomy of an Email Marketing Audit How to Conduct an Email Marketing Audit Tips for Conducting an Email Marketing Audit What is an email marketing audit?

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How to Optimize Call Monitoring: Automate QA and Elevate Customer Experience

Speaker: Laura Noonan, Chief Revenue Officer at CallFinder + Angie Kronlage, Director of Program Success at Working Solutions + April Wiita, Vice President of Program Success at Working Solutions

Are you still manually reviewing calls? 🤔 It's time for a change! The traditional method of manual call monitoring is no longer cutting it in today's fast-paced call center environment. Industry experts Angie Kronlage and April Wiita from Working Solutions are here to explore the power of automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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How to schedule Facebook posts: 3 Ways

Sprout Social

It’s common knowledge amongst social media marketers that Facebook’s organic reach is tough to get. It involves a hefty strategy of great content and consistency. In fact, without continuously engaging your Facebook audience, you may lose credibility, authority and brand loyalty, on top of your reach. If the concept of maintaining a steady stream of content seems daunting, don’t worry—you have the ability to schedule Facebook posts in one of three different methods.

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Top tips for building a successful brand strategy in 2024 and beyond

Martech

In this two-part feature, Jade Bunke offers a step-by-step guide to building a successful brand. A brand is an organization’s most valuable asset. The art of capturing the hearts and minds of your customers starts with crafting a brand strategy that evokes emotions and behaviors that benefit your company. Brand is more than a collection of logos and colors — it’s the personification of your organization.

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4 pillars of an effective SEO strategy

Search Engine Land

SEO can be complicated – in many cases, overcomplicated. It’s easy to get lost in the SEO rabbit hole, spending significant time with minimal results. This article will help you cut through the noise and focus on the four key pillars of SEO that will help you improve visibility in 2024 and beyond. The four pillars of SEO The four key areas of SEO that site owners need to consider are: Technical SEO : How well your content can be crawled and indexed.

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Our Best Performing Social Media Content of 2023, And Why We Think It Worked

Buffer Marketing

Last year, I shared Buffer’s top social posts and why I thought the posts performed so well. It was so much fun looking back at the past year, so now I’m back to do it again for 2023! Today, I’m sharing Buffer’s top-performing social posts from each platform and will give you an analysis of why I think these posts performed so well.

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Are Your Impact Comms Resonating With Stakeholders?

Whether your organization is at the start of its sustainability and impact journey or years into it, many brands share a common concern: the uncertainty of whether they are sending stakeholders mixed messages. Creating content that speaks to your audience's “love language” can be a tricky dance. But, worry not! 3BL has put together tips to ensure that your content not only finds its rhythm but also resonates with your target audiences.

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Break writer’s block with one true sentence

Businesses Grow

I recently visited Ernest Hemingway’s writing room at his home in Key West, Florida. Ernest Hemingway is one of my favorite writers. He’s surely influenced my sparse style. If it doesn’t move the story along … get rid of it! He also offered me a fool-proof method to break writer’s block. I recently re-read A Moveable Feast.

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A Guide to Integrating AI Tools in Your Marketing Processes [New Data + Expert Tips]

Hubspot Marketing

As I sit here wrapping up this blog post, I've gotten stuck trying to come up with a snazzy, but concise, title. So I turned to HubSpot’s AI Blog Writer for suggestions, prompting it with the command to generate headline ideas for a blog post about integrating AI tools into marketing processes. This is just one way to leverage AI tools into your day-to-day workflow as a blog writer.

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Reverse IP Lookup Tools Are Dead

Customers.ai

For years, marketing and sales teams relied on IP data for everything from lead generation to ad targeting to analytics and contact enrichment. After all, the ability to identify attributes like who is visiting your site and where they live can go a long way toward better targeting and outreach. Unfortunately, times have changed and the reverse IP lookup tools we relied on for so long are no longer as powerful as they once were.

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New rules for bulk email senders from Google, Yahoo: What you need to know

Martech

This February, Google and Yahoo will begin enforcing new requirements for bulk email senders. The guidelines largely focus on three areas: authentication of outgoing emails, reported spam rates and the ability to easily unsubscribe from email lists. Google defined bulk senders in an early-October announcement as “those who send more than 5,000 messages to Gmail addresses in one day,” which caught the attention of email marketers in both B2B and B2C circles.

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How to Improve Email Deliverability and Optimize Each Send

Learn how to optimize email deliverability and drive greater email ROI. What lands your email in the customer’s inbox? Understanding those factors, otherwise known as email deliverability, is critical to getting the most return on your campaign investments. But the “rules” around which factors land you in the spam folder aren’t always easy to keep up with.

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Google local search ranking algorithm strengthens “openness” signal

Search Engine Land

Google’s local search ranking algorithm has recently been updated to strengthen its “openness” signal for non-navigational queries. Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison, said, “we’ve long used “openness” as part of our local ranking systems, and it recently became a stronger signal for non-navigational queries.” What changed.

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How One Viral TikTok Generated Over $25,000 in Sales for My Business in a Month

Buffer Marketing

As a Gen X founder, I initially thought TikTok was not for me. I didn’t want to dance, figured the Gen Z audience of TikTok wouldn’t be interested in seeing me on screen, and didn’t think entertaining videos would lead to sales for my company, PerfectDD , which designs clothes specifically tailored to fuller busts. I had the privilege to attend Gary Vaynerchuk’s 4Ds program , where he encouraged me to rethink TikTok, emphasizing that the message of my company would re

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We wanted to explore consumer misconceptions of social media professionals: Instead, it sparked a dialogue about the need for greater diversity

Sprout Social

“Who do consumers think runs brand accounts?” That’s the question we set out to answer when we surveyed 1,623 consumers from the US and the UK. The results are telling: According to our Q4 2023 Sprout Pulse Survey, respondents believe the average social media manager is: white (65%), female (73%), 25-40 years old (55%), and a part-time employee or freelancer (40%).

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8 Holiday Gifts for the Content Creator in Your Life

Hubspot Marketing

Welcome to The Creative, a series that gives content creators actionable advice from professionals in the creator economy. Whether you're a seasoned creator or just starting out, read The Creative to learn how to grow your platform, improve your content, and stay ahead in the ever-shifting creator landscape. If you're anything like me, you're probably still racking your brain trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an