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Cause Marketing on Ice

Mike | August 18th, 2014

The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly […]

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Content Marketing Will Fail Your Business If You Keep Doing This

Ross | June 3rd, 2014

Content marketing can be a valuable marketing strategy for just about any type of business. By giving your customers and prospects actionable content through great storytelling, you can help your brand increase trust, credibility and ultimately, sales. But there’s an important caveat: the moment a brand tries to push a direct sale through its content […]

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Advertising On Facebook For Likes Is A Waste Of Money

Ross | February 12th, 2014

We’ve experimented with many advertising and marketing channels over the years, including Facebook. A few years ago we tested whether promoting our posts on the crowdSPRING Facebook Fan page could expose us to more potential customers. We received more likes and fans, but discovered that our new fans were not engaging with us. During our […]

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Word Science: How To Influence Others To Share More Of Your Content

Ross | February 11th, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve read hundreds of posts and articles about content marketing. That’s not a coincidence. Content marketing can be a powerful tool to help grow your business. But even the best marketers sometimes struggle to come up with consistently good content for their blog posts, whitepapers, social media posts, […]

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Four Important Small Business Insights – Marketing in 2014

Ross | January 14th, 2014

A new 2014 State of Marketing Report from ExactTarget presents the results of a survey taken by approximately 2,000 marketing managers. The report contains four important insights for small businesses and startups: 1. Social remains an interesting but unproven channel. Forty-six percent of marketers claim that social is core to their business, but only 34 […]

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Content Marketing: Beastie Boys And Girls

Ross | November 20th, 2013

If you’re struggling with your content marketing strategy, read How To Grow Your Business With Content Marketing. But more importantly, watch the video below. More than anything else, great storytelling differentiates successful content marketing from noise. I’ve previously shared some outstanding examples of storytelling in content marketing. Here’s another good example from GoldieBox, a company creating […]

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How Content Marketing Can Help Grow Your Business in 2014

Ross | November 14th, 2013

Content continues to dominate media headlines and marketing programs at many startups and small businesses. But is content marketing effective? There’s very useful insight, especially for B2B (business-to-business) marketers in a recently published 2014 Content Marketing Institute/MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks Study. The study surveyed 1,217 marketers around the world in July and August 2013. […]

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Is Small Business Marketing On Facebook A Complete Failure?

Ross | October 31st, 2013

Earlier this week, Nate Elliot, a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester (a respected research firm), wrote an open letter to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Zuckerberg: Facebook is failing marketers. I know this statement sounds remarkable, perhaps even unbelievable. After all, you offer marketers access to the largest audience in media history and […]

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Four Key Lessons For Entrepreneurs And Small Businesses From The World’s Best Brands

Ross | October 1st, 2013

  Over the past few years, I’ve shared lessons that entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn from the world’s best brands. For example, I wrote about five lessons small businesses and startups can learn from the world’s best Brands, the 10 key learnings from PSFK’s Good Brands Report 2009,  the lessons for small businesses and startups from Interbrand’s Best […]

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The Secret To Content Marketing Success: Storytelling

Ross | September 17th, 2013

Marketing is storytelling. Stories help shape beliefs and also help people remember the things you want them to remember. Authentic and compelling stories help build a brand. For example, owners of the iPhone believe that each successive iPhone is much better than the model it replaces, which is not always true. Here’s a short video […]

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