January, 2024

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Survey says: CEOs getting back to basics in marketing

SmartBrief - Marketing

What are CEOs thinking when they contemplate marketing and their chief marketing officer? What are their dominant business concerns? Do they trust their CMOs? Are they invested in CMO longevity? Do they see them as critical to driving business outcomes? What are they thinking about AI? Boathouse Group’s Third Annual CEO Study on Marketing and the CMO answered these questions, yielding some surprises and flagging some back-to-basics trends.

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6 Strategies To Convert the Content Clueless in Your Brand’s Leadership

Content Marketing Institute

Frustrated by executives who don’t “get” content marketing yet? Mix and match these six strategies to convert them into content champions (or at least get them clued in.

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Alternatives to third-party cookies: The state of play

Martech

“I’m actually shocked because I really just thought they were going to be regulated away, but yes, they started out with 32 million folks, so it’s happening.” Tara DeZao, product marketing director for adtech and martech at Pega, was reacting to the news that Google had finally begun phasing out third-party cookies. After multiple delays.

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How To Create Inspiring Personalized Emails

Litmus

Here’s the deal: whether they’re subscribers, prospects, or loyal customers, the demand for personalization is non-negotiable. (And we’re not just talking about “Hello %%first_name%%.”) With artificial intelligence (AI) becoming increasingly prevalent, there’s a growing demand for more human-centric marketing. In fact, 64% of emails sent by companies leverage personalization using dynamic content—making it a standard practice in the industry.

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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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Social Media Marketing for Beginners: 10 Tips

Hootsuite

Your mind is ready. Your body is ready. It’s time to take your first steps into social media marketing. And we’re here to say that we couldn’t be more proud of you. More than 4.95 billion people are social media users. Worldwide, social users spend almost two and a half hours on social platforms each day. No matter your industry—accounting, consulting, dog-food manufacturing, wig-weaving—this is a captive, active audience that your brand can’t afford to ignore. ( Find more eye-popping stats abou

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Goal Setting in Inbound Marketing - Is it Important?

Aspiration Marketing

In the fast-paced world of inbound marketing, staying focused and achieving targeted results can feel impossible without a proper plan–and plans are built around goals. Without clear goals, it's easy to find yourself spreading resources thin, struggling to measure progress, and ultimately questioning the effectiveness of your efforts. This is where effective goal setting becomes your guiding light through the tunnels of inbound marketing.

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55 Funny Commercials We Love From the Last Five Years

Hubspot Marketing

It seems like every commercial is trying to be funny these days, and it makes sense because humor is a way to sell your brand without outwardly selling something. By appealing to a consumers' funny bone, you’re able to engage with them and help them remember your brand. Incorporating humor can work for almost any business or any product. Businesses with highly specialized or expensive products can take advantage by appealing to all audiences.

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9 Killer Social Media Call-To-Action Examples

SocialPilot

Social media has too many things to offer to brands and users. That’s why if you want your audience to reciprocate, you need to mention it explicitly. Your marketing strategy should be planned in such a way that it propels maximum people to complete their sales journey and be converted into your customers. The simple hack is to add a CTA that creates a sense of urgency in them.

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3 keys for email marketing in 2024: AI, change, learn

Martech

Welcome to 2024! A new year is like a new car — it comes with that amazing smell of promise unsullied by life events. So, let’s look at what we can do to make this new-year smell linger as long as possible for our email marketing efforts. Everything in this new year should be about setting goals for the year, creating aspirations and deciding what we need to accomplish — like how we will reach that seemingly impossible sales number our boss gave us because we smashed our goal in 2023.

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How to Effectively Promote on Reddit Without Getting Banned

Calvyn Lee Blog

Reddit can be a great platform for promoting your business, but because many subreddits prohibit direct self-promotion, it’s important to use Reddit wisely. In this in-depth guide, we’ll cover how to effectively promote on Reddit without getting banned. By understanding Reddit’s rules, building credibility through engagement, and providing value to the Reddit community, you can position your business for organic growth and exposure.

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The Resurgence of Direct Mail as a Growth Marketing Strategy

Speaker: Jeff Tarran, COO, Gunderson Direct & Margaret Pepe, Executive Director of Product Management, U.S. Postal Service

Learn the secrets to direct mail success for growth marketers! Industry veterans Jeff Tarran and Margaret Pepe are here to delve into how direct mail has completely evolved in recent years, and has rightfully earned a seat at the table alongside the email and digital marketing plans of SMBs, enterprise companies, and agencies as they look into strategy for 2024 and beyond.

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SMEI Launches Exclusive New AI Group for Sales & Marketing

SMEI

Willis Turner, President & CEO of SMEI This video was produced using an AI Avatar of Willis Turner and text to voice. “As a community, we can come together and learn to adopt AI tools to be better contributors as sales and marketing professionals. I hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey today!” -Willis Turner, President & CEO, SMEI Learn More About Sales & Marketing AI Vanguards!

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A complete guide to the Search Generative Experience (SGE)

OnPassive Marketing

The future of search is undergoing a significant transition in the rapidly changing digital world. Google is the industry powerhouse in the field of search engines. It is leading the drive with its AI-powered search feature, Search Generative Experience (SGE), which is destined to transform how we access information online. We’ll look into what SGE is in this blog article, discuss how it can affect organic traffic, and discuss how website owners can adjust to this major change in the digit

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Google is shutting down websites made with Business Profiles

Search Engine Land

Websites made with Google Business Profiles will be turned off in March. Customers attempting to visit your website will then be automatically redirected to your Business Profile until June 10. Beyond this date, visitors will encounter a “page not found” error, Google announced. Why we care. Businesses wanting to maintain their own website must create a new site using alternative tools, then update their Business Profile with the new site address before the deadline to ensure a smoot

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How to Optimize Web Copy: 3 Steps for Semantic SEO (plus a helpful AI prompt)

Orbit Media Studios

By Andy Crestodina Once upon a time… SEO was mostly about just using a keyphrase a certain number of times. Not too many times or you look spammy. Not too few or you don’t look relevant. I did SEO back then. It was very weird and search results were bad. Those were dark days online. Today… Search engines are much better and SEO has evolved. Through research and experimentation, SEOs learned that it isn’t just about using the target keyphrase.

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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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How to transform customer experience with AI

Martech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changing force for revolutionizing customer experience (CX). With the ability to process vast amounts of data and drive automation at scale, AI empowers brands to deliver personalized, seamless CX journeys that foster loyalty and satisfaction. This article explores how leading companies leverage AI across three key areas — clear messaging, frictionless interactions and tailored experiences — to shape customer experience. 1.

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Our First Fixathon: How We Squashed 44 Bugs in One Week

Buffer Marketing

Buffer, as a company, closes the last week of the year every year, and historically, as an engineering team, we’d do a code freeze for the week before we’re closed so nothing broke heading into the holidays. (Pretty smart of us.)  This year, we did something different, and it still worked out. We used the last week of the year as a “fixathon” for our whole engineering team.

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Gmail Inbox Insurance: Expert Advice for the Google Spam Update

Customers.ai

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the new Google bulk sender guidelines roll out on February 1st. As we’ve previously discussed , this is a big deal for email marketers and sales teams, especially those who tend to rely on cold outreach and ABM efforts. Meeting the 0.3% spam complaint threshold will be challenging for a lot of people and if teams don’t adjust, they are in big trouble.

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10 Non-Obvious Social Media Trends You Need to Consider Right Now

Businesses Grow

Annual social media prediction posts deserve their own category of boring. They usually name the same obvious trends over and over! This is the year of video! (yawn) And yet, we are in the midst of unprecedented, cataclysmic change. Let’s consider some non-obvious social media trends that are insightful, bold, and important! And you will be happy to know that I barely AI at all (too obvious!).

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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

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Google confirms a search ranking bug where sites disappear from search results over the weekend

Search Engine Land

Google confirmed a search ranking bug, a “very narrow issue,” as Google called it, that affected a “small number of websites” where those rankings would drop out of the Google Search results over the weekend and then reappear during the weekdays. Google’s statement. A Google spokesperson told Search Engine Land this issue has already been resolved and that it only impacted a “small number of websites.” Google wrote: We’re aware of a very narrow iss

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13 Things To Remove From Your Website Immediately

Orbit Media Studios

By Andy Crestodina It’s a website. You can put anything there. But should you? People add all kinds of crazy stuff to their sites, often without a thought for strategy or their visitors. It’s common to see websites that distract, confuse or worse. On this blog, we’ve published research showing which website features are standard and how some of those features don’t align with best practices.

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2024 Predictions: Social media’s evolution

Martech

Marketers will continue to engage with audiences on social media through advertising and organic social campaigns. The space continues to diversify, with more user-generated content inspired by the emergence of TikTok in recent years. And for consumers with money to spend, there are new ways to shop through social commerce. How will these opportunities shake out in the upcoming year?

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How to Grow on Threads: 9 Learnings from the Buffer Team

Buffer Marketing

OK, I’m going to call it: Threads is here to stay. After a record-breaking start, Threads is fast proving that it was no fly-by-night fad but a force to be reckoned with among the other social media giants. Threads by Instagram now has an estimated 160 million monthly active users and counting. To put that into perspective, that’s a little over a third of X’s (formerly Twitter) monthly active users of 550 million — and X has a good 16 years on Threads.

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What Regulations Will Impact Sustainability Comms in 2024?

Navigating the waters of sustainability reporting disclosures and regulations can be intimidating, to say the least. With various measures set in motion in 2023 to keep companies accountable, there is a lot in store for brands’ impact communication in the upcoming year. 3BL is kicking off this January with our Navigating ESG Comms Through the Cosmos - Capricorn Edition by highlighting the impact of: The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Climate disclosure rules The European Commission

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Protected: B2B Marketers Aren’t Ready for Google’s New Email Guidelines [Report]

Customers.ai

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: B2B Marketers Aren’t Ready for Google’s New Email Guidelines [Report] appeared first on Customers.ai.

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Best practices for multicultural marketing

SmartBrief - Marketing

Multicultural marketing in the US is expected to grow 8% in 2024, per PQ Media , though it’ll still account for less than 6% of total marketing spending this year. While 8% growth is definitely not bad, it’s still underwhelming, considering the US Census Bureau expects the country to be “minority white” in about 20 years. And, you don’t have to wait that long for some age groups.

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Google has started phasing out third-party cookies

Search Engine Land

Google has officially started to phase out third-party cookies. A new feature called Tracking Protection, which restricts third-party cookies by default, began rolling out to 1% of Chrome users globally on January 4, 2024. If you have been affected, you will will receive a notification when you open Chrome on either desktop or Android devices. Why we care.

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Has Google Gotten Worse? Here’s What New Data Says

Hubspot Marketing

“Google is getting worse” is almost a meme at this point. Go into any forum or subreddit that mentions search results, and you’ll find someone complaining that SEO has ruined Google Search. Joke’s on them. SEO has been ruining Google Search for 26 years. I was there for keyword stuffing, cloaking, and link farms. The idea that Google is somehow getting worse is a claim I’ve rolled my eyes at in both my official capacity as a marketer and as a consumer.

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Let's Get Physical: How to Blend Direct Mail Marketing with Your Digital Strategy

Speaker: Akeel Jabber, B2B SaaS Investor and Growth Marketer at Horizen Capital

⭐ Are you ready to boost campaign success? Consider the untapped potential of integrating direct mail marketing seamlessly with digital marketing strategies. Combining the physical, tangible impact of direct mail with the dynamic reach of digital marketing can be a game-changer, significantly increasing your ROI when done right. Direct mail grabs attention, making it great for reaching your target audience 📩 Digital marketing keeps the momentum going, driving action 📲 So.

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From efficacy to efficiency: 2024’s B2B marketing revolution

Martech

As we slide into 2024, B2B marketing leaders face new challenges: deals are harder to close, budgets are shrinking, and expectations are rising. It’s a challenge beyond being more efficient with limited resources. We must rethink what it means to be effective in marketing. Traditionally, aiming for something like a 20% improvement in activity or efficiency in marketing, especially during budget constraints, has been normal.

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Social media personalization: The opportunity and risks to consider

Sprout Social

When you walk into a brick-and-mortar store, you expect a sales associate to greet you and ask how they can help. They’re always available, ready to swoop in and save the day when you want a recommendation, can’t find what you’re looking for, or need help with a return or past order. Consumers expect that same level of service online. According to The Sprout Social Index™ , consumers across age groups agree the most memorable thing a brand can do on social media is respond to customers.

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Founder’s Story: The Origins of Customers.ai

Customers.ai

For most of us, heading into a new year means taking a look back. While somewhat counterintuitive, looking back often allows us to move forward. So, as we kick off a new year, I thought I’d take a look back and share with you the origins of Customers.ai. I’ll tell you how we got here, who we are, and of course, where we are going. How Customers.ai Came to Be As the founder of WordStream, the world’s largest PPC advertising software company, I’ve had the privilege of managing approxim

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5 Themes We Expect to See Across Social Media in 2024 (ft. Expert Contributions)

Buffer Marketing

“This year is going to be transformative!” As humans, we tend to say (and believe) this statement about every year. And it’s true – we don’t stay stagnant, and neither do the industries in which we work. But something about 2024 makes me think it stands poised to redefine the social media landscape and the creator economy.

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5 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns to Take Yours to the Next Level

Your next big B2B marketing idea starts here. Get inspired with these five successful B2B marketing campaigns. Ready to generate more leads, interest, and revenue with your B2B marketing? In this comprehensive eBook, you’ll get: In-depth studies of five successful B2B marketing campaigns spanning a wide range of industries Key takeaways and lessons from each story to implement in your own strategy Resources to help your own B2B marketing thrive By submitting this form, you agree to have your con