Make Your CFO a Social Media Fan

Social media definitely pays off, but you’ve got to focus on the approach not the tools.

Social Media has hit the mainstream these days but the big concern on every product marketer’s mind has been how to justify the ROI? Never is that more true than at budget time. The purse string holders might […]

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” — General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff

The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century. Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. Have your marketing efforts evolved […]

Why Your Marketing Needs Real-Time Data

Another Advertising Week in New York is upon us and so far I have seen some great presentations from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quantcast, comScore, and even Yahoo!. However, if there is one thing that is becoming painfully clear to me is the need to be relevant to your audience – whether you are […]

What Moneyball Teaches Digital Marketers About Winning

“Adapt or Die” – Billy Beane

Moneyball, a book by Michael Lewis and now a movie starring Brad Pitt, is an amazing story of how Billy Beane, the then Oakland Athletics General Manager, chose to abandon baseball’s collective wisdom and applied what many considered to be “outsider” thinking to develop a winning team. Hindered […]

Marketing needs to be more Adaptive!

Ok so this isn’t the newest concept you ever heard of – but hear me out – its time we really changed a few things in the marketing organization.

So its easy to see that today’s marketing teams are not that well equipped to handle “real time marketing” as David Meerman Scott defined it. […]

Ideal Customer Persona – made with Social Data

Some advertising agencies charge you hundreds of thousands of dollars to create what they call the “ideal customer persona”. I discussed how you can do this for FREE with Facebook in a prior post called Generating a Buyer Persona with Facebook Advertising but unfortunately you do get what you pay for.

What if there […]

Small Budget – Big Impact

So let me ask you a question – if you could get more mileage out of your existing car – would you do it? Of course you would! So if I could show you how to improve the “gas mileage of your existing marketing budget – would you do it? Same dollars just more […]

Microsoft’s Future in Digital Marketing

Over the weekend I got to meet with Romi Mahajan the World Wide Director of the Digital Marketing Platform Group at Microsoft. His role is to create the vision for Digital Marketing as it relates to Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites, and Microsoft FAST Search Server technology to create great digital experiences for […]

Monitoring vs Analytics [Infographic]

After two years at the helm of Avaya’s social media strategy which produced a very strong ROI in the Social Customer Support area, I am happy to say we finally got that strategy institutionalized within the Support organization so I found myself with a rare opportunity to evolve our strategy from brand monitoring and reputation […]

11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Around this time last year I wrote about the 10 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 and while I would say 7 out of 10 have already materialized and the others are on their way. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for B2B Marketers next year?

Here are 11 concrete ways […]