May, 2024

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This is the most important word in marketing

Businesses Grow

Yes, there is a most important word in marketing! It’s not “niche” or “differentiation,” or even “conversion.” But before I reveal this important word, will you allow me to tell you a little story that illustrates my point? You will? Of course you will. You really have no choice do you? The most important word in marketing A few years ago, I helped a business selling highly engineered metal parts to the aerospace market.

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Did Google really lose search market share to Microsoft Bing in April?

Search Engine Land

Statcounter has updated its search engine market share stats for April – and the results are shocking. If they’re true. I’m doubtful – but hoping Statcounter will confirm whether these numbers are indeed accurate. By the numbers. Google’s U.S. search market share in the U.S. fell to 77.52% in April, down from 86.94% in March and down from 88.8% in April 2023.

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7 tips for using marketing automations to drive leads

Martech

You want to capture more leads. But your marketing team is already running on fumes, attempting to drive results with limited resources. How can you use software to build a lead-generation engine that delivers big results? Marketing automations can help you streamline processes, increase productivity, and yes, capture more leads. Are you ready to shift your team into high gear?

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6 unpopular SEO opinions you need to consider

Search Engine Land

It seems like the search algorithm changes have been hitting harder than a Taylor Swift breakup song. There’s been much talk about core updates , helpful content , reputation abuse , etc. OpenAI is building a search engine , and Google’s Search Generative Experience is likely expanding soon. It’s getting hard to keep up, and many SEOs are having some serious FOMO.

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The Best Times of Day to Contact Leads

Ensure you are contacting leads on their schedule with this report! In our study of over 754,000 leads, we looked at what time of day people are most likely to respond, as well as response rates and qualification rates during business hours and after-hours. Download now to learn more.

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How To Use Content Curation To Deliver Fresh Ideas Without Added Resources

Content Marketing Institute

Let other publishers create the new content. Then, your brand can curate it into valuable, relevant, and helpful content for your audience. It’s a good strategy to grow your content collection without any additional investment.

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What to A/B test: 10 A/B testing ideas to inspire your experiments

Unbounce

/ A/B Testing What to A/B test: 10 A/B testing ideas to inspire your experiments By Josh Gallant and Oli Gardner. Updated on May 13, 2024. 13 min read So your conversion rate isn’t where you want it to be. It happens to the best of us. The big question is, what can you do to right the ship? Should you just tweak the headline? Maybe you need to change your pricing?

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Maximize Your SEO Rankings Through Content Enhancement

Aspiration Marketing

Various SEO aspects, such as site optimization, image optimization, link building, technical SEO, and more, can define your SEO rankings. However, SEO changes over time. Some of the aspects that defined SEO output back then no longer contribute to SEO. Similarly, what may be considered part of SEO now might change in the future. But one aspect of SEO that is bound to remain intact forever is helpful, good-quality content.

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Even great demand gen can’t overcome a lack of brand marketing

Martech

For more than a decade of my career, I held various demand generation titles at multiple companies, and the function has evolved greatly in that time. However, if you’ve been listening to the chatter on LinkedIn over the past two years, that evolution has gained speed and influence. What was once a lead generation and nurturing function has now been rebranded into a full go-to-market (GTM) approach, often owning most of the budget, especially in smaller tech companies.

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Google responds to leak: Documentation lacks context

Search Engine Land

The search community is still unpacking and processing the huge reveal of the Google Search ranking documents that were made public yesterday morning. Everyone has been asking, why has Google not commented on the leak. Well, Google has finally commented – we spoke to a Google spokesperson about the data leak. Google told us. Google told us that there are a lot of assumptions being published based on the data leak that are being taken out of context, that are incomplete and added that searc

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2024 Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic — 14,106 martech products (27.8% growth YoY)

Chief Martec

Happy #MartechDay to you! On the first Tuesday of May, we celebrate the martech industry and all the talented marketing technologists and marketing ops professionals who work in it. Cheers to you for all you do in pioneering this wild and woolly field. It’s also the day when Frans Riemersma and I release our annual update to the marketing technology landscape.

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Do's and Don'ts: 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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LinkedIn SEO: How to Optimize Your Account in 2024

Buffer Marketing

Social media search is growing. Google search results are increasingly filled with results from social platforms. According to this study , 87 percent of social media marketers say social search is vital to their strategy. There’s even an industry inside joke that adding “reddit” or “pinterest” or, of course, "linkedin" at the end of your search terms will more likely deliver exactly what you need.

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What social media tasks to automate and what to personalize

Sprout Social

When you think of a social media manager’s job, you probably picture them planning and posting content all day. But there’s much more to the job description. That clever LinkedIn or eye-catching Instagram post? Social media managers brainstormed those ideas, wrote captions, designed visuals, researched hashtags and scheduled posts for the best engagement.

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Why Holding Attention Isn’t a Worthwhile Content Strategy Anymore

Content Marketing Institute

OpenAI’s many recent missteps devalue the currency brands should prize over anything else — trust. Here’s how to seize the kind of opportunity OpenAI appears willing to squander.

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Stop! Or go directly to email jail

Martech

I live in Texas, where the highway speed limits are more like minimums than maximums. Our interstates could pass for the Indianapolis 500 (AKA the “Idiot 500” here in Dallas). I contribute to this fast-moving culture because if you obey the law, you’ll get run over. The other day, I was cruising down the highway at traffic speed (at least 20 MPH over the posted limit), and I got pulled over.

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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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Why advertisers can no longer trust Google

Search Engine Land

The Department of Justice’s laid out a damning case against Google in the antitrust lawsuit closing argument. Search Engine Land Managing Editor Danny Goodwin highlighted some of the damaging evidence – including how Google has been increasing costs for advertisers – in How Google harms search advertisers in 20 slides In light of the revelations, I contacted search marketers to get their thoughts on Google Ads to evaluate the current confidence level.

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The problem with social listening platforms and disconnected customers

Businesses Grow

Sara Wilson and I are both obsessed with a similar professional passion: Cutting through all obstacles to reach our customers. Becoming the signal against the noise. I can argue that this is the most difficult time in history to break through and reach customers — by far. I’ve written about this extensively, but the short story is, our customers have largely become their own ad-free, isolated, curated media outlets.

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PayPal’s new ad business could be good news for financial marketing

illumin

PayPal just announced its new advertising business venture. This could spell out opportunities and huge potential for financial services marketing. The realm of financial marketing is spicing up, thanks to digital payments company PayPal’s recent news: it is venturing into the ad business space. In a press release issued in late May 2024 , PayPal appointed Mark Grether as the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of a newly established division, PayPal Ads.

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How to Recognize and Block Fake Instagram Accounts

Buffer Marketing

Over the past decade, Instagram has grown exponentially, with more than a billion monthly active users. However, with that increase in users has come an equal rise in fake accounts. According to this report, as of 2019, there were approximately 95 million fake Instagram accounts, representing about 9.5% of the platform's total user base​ With about 1 billion active users, that means roughly 1 in 10 Instagram accounts are fake.

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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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Growmatik Joins Forces With Convesio: A Strategic Leap Forward

GrowMatik

In a pivotal development, Growmatik has been acquired by Convesio, a leading managed hosting platform, opening a new chapter and promising a bright landscape for Growmatik. In a significant move within the e-commerce and web hosting industry, Growmatik, a prominent omni-channel marketing automation platform, is proud to announce its acquisition by Convesio, a leader in managed hosting solutions.

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AI is a threat to some marketing agencies, an opportunity for others

Martech

AI will soon be able to handle up to 95% of the work currently done by marketing agencies, creative professionals and specialists, according to Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI. If his prediction holds true, are marketing agencies headed for an extinction event in which some survive but many are wiped out, like the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period?

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Google begins enforcement of site reputation abuse policy with portions of sites being delisted

Search Engine Land

Google has started its enforcement of the new site reputation abuse policy by deranking or deindexing portions of websites from the Google Search index. This seems to have launched in the past hour or so, where sites as large as CNN, USA Today, Fortune, and LA Times are seeing their coupon directories no longer ranking for coupon-related keyword phrases.

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My commencement address: Enthusiasm in the darkness

Businesses Grow

Harbour Space University describes itself as “The State of the Art University for Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design.” But over two years, when I taught online classes for them, I also learned that it is home to some of the hungriest, most ambitious, and brightest students anywhere. I was delighted and honored to be invited to provide a short commencement speech for the students at their Bangkok campus.

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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 innovative automation to revolutionize outdated call review processes!

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What You Need To Know About Recent ChatGPT and Gemini Features

Content Marketing Institute

OpenAI and Google’s AI ecosystems made headlines this week. They’re going all in on analyzing images, video, and speech features. But it’s what they didn’t say or do this week that marketers should pay attention to.

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The 12+ Best Instagram Editing Apps for Creators in 2024

Buffer Marketing

Have you ever been scrolling on Instagram and seen a post that looked so good it could be displayed in a gallery? That’s a slight exaggeration, but a specific genre of post probably came to mind with that statement. There are many elements to creating great Instagram posts, and editing is at the top of the list. With the development of visual social media has come an equal development in the apps that support visual content creation.

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Prompt Engineering Fundamentals: How to Get Better Results With AI

Social Media Examiner

Want to improve the content generated by AI? Wondering how top AI pros get what they need from AI? In this article, you’ll discover a four-step AI prompt engineering framework and what to do if it doesn’t work. What Is AI Prompt Engineering? Prompt engineering is the art and science of communicating with large language […] The post Prompt Engineering Fundamentals: How to Get Better Results With AI appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

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Human + machine = marketing powerhouse: How AI empowers the marketing generalist

Martech

AI will soon be able to handle up to 95% of the work currently done by marketing agencies, creative professionals and specialists, according to OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. Here’s how this shift could lead to the rise of the “marketing generalist” — a new type of marketer who uses AI tools to rapidly execute campaigns across various disciplines, such as content, digital, branding and more.

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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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Google AI Overviews under fire for giving dangerous and wrong answers

Search Engine Land

Google looks stupid right now. And AI Overviews are to blame. Google’s AI Overviews have given incorrect, misleading and even dangerous answers. The fact that Google includes a disclaimer at the bottom of every answer (“Generative AI is experimental”) should be no excuse. What’s happening. Google’s AI-generated answers have gained a lot negative mainstream media coverage as people have been sharing numerous examples of AI Overview fails on social media.

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15 Best Examples of Professional Goals [+Tips to Achieve Them]

Hubspot Marketing

“So, where do you see yourself five years from now?” Oof, that can be a tricky interview question, especially if you’re unsure of your professional goals. When I graduated from college and started interviewing in my chosen field, I felt like I needed to plan my entire professional life, complete with one concrete end goal. To be honest, it was overwhelming.

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Time To Evolve Your Social Media Strategy for 2024

Content Marketing Institute

The TikTok “ban” grabs the headlines. But TikTok’s impact on other social media algorithms has a bigger impact for marketers. Is your content and marketing strategy ready?

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6 Ways to Remove the TikTok Watermark

Buffer Marketing

When you film a great video for TikTok, you might naturally want to cross-post it to other platforms – maybe YouTube Shorts or Instagram Reels. After all, why film all-new content when you already have something you’ve proven works?  However, as is the case with most competing sites, the algorithms of other top social media platforms don’t like content from other sites.

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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.