January, 2024

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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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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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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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Marketing, the Applied Division of Psychology

Set Up

At Set up , we regularly interview marketing leaders from different industries ranging from Tourism to Packaging to Entertainment and Healthcare. Having periodic conversations with marketing leaders not only helps us keep a pulse on every industry, but reveals common trends and challenges that all marketers are facing. This Industry blog explores the ins and outs of the Professional Service industry.

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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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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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Humans prefer AI-generated copy, survey finds

Search Engine Land

Humans are more likely to prefer content generated by AI than written by a human, according to a surprising new survey. Why we care. While AI can’t entirely replace humans in content creation, clearly generative AI can create content that resonates with consumers. Generative AI 6, humans 0. In six AI- vs. human-generated content battles, the generative AI version “won” each.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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94% of Google SGE links are different from organic search results, study finds

Search Engine Land

The AI-generated answers in Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) do not match any links from the top 10 Google organic search results 93.8% of the time. That’s according to a new Authoritas analysis, which focused primarily on commercial keywords. Why we care. Google SGE is expected to reduce organic traffic significantly to websites for many keywords because searchers will be able to get the answer directly in Google’s AI-generated answer.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Weird Words in English: 100+ Terms You Need to Know from 2023 and Beyond

Hubspot Marketing

In 2023, the Oxford English Dictionary again updated its lexicon, adding 80 new weird words and phrases. From technological jargon like “Bitcoin” and “Deepfake” to colloquial gems such as “Bestie” and “Binge-Watching,” the OED continues to capture the ever-evolving tapestry of the English language. The words newly added not only reflect technological advances but also capture the cultural zeitgeist.

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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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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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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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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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Navigating the creator economy: Strategies for brands and marketing teams

Martech

The $100 billion creator economy is changing how brands collaborate with influencers across social media and niche communities. Today’s brands recognize the value of authenticity and targeted reach for online consumers. They’re embracing the demand for relatable content, the power of niche audiences and the unignorable effectiveness of influencer partnerships.

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How to measure organic traffic in GA4

Search Engine Land

With Google Analytics 4 (GA4) reports, you can better understand the performance of your organic search efforts. Knowing how much traffic is coming from Google or other search engines lets you enhance your SEO strategy for better results. This article will cover how to view and analyze your organic traffic data in GA4, the key dimensions to look at, such as source and medium, and the main metrics to assess, like total users and sessions.

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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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Q1 Marketing Plays That'll Start Your Year Strong, According to State of Marketing Data

Hubspot Marketing

Ah, quarter one. It's a time when many of us reflect on the last year, make new bets, and refresh our playbooks. If the fourth quarter is about finishing strong, then the first quarter is about starting smart. It's an exciting time but also a bit overwhelming. You have new goals to reach and new strategies to execute. You also need to create enough room to pivot at a moment's notice.

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Social Content Strategy: How to Build a Loyal and Profitable Audience

Social Media Examiner

Want to improve your marketing content? Looking for a proven, data-driven content strategy model that’s simple to apply? In this article, we’ll explore a social content strategy. Why is a Social Content Strategy so Important? In today's crowded online marketplace, simply having a social media presence is no guarantee of business success. While creators often […] The post Social Content Strategy: How to Build a Loyal and Profitable Audience appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

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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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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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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