The Integrated Marketing Organization: How to Lower Waste, Increase Collaboration, and Turbocharge Performance – NewsCred

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Integrated marketing — possible now more than ever because of technology — is the solution to many of the challenges facing marketers today. The old established marketing models have broken-down, there’s mounting revenue pressure and scrutiny on marketing investments, and there’s a laser focus on minimizing risks and maintaining security, especially in the new era of GDPR………

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Steve Jobs’ Amazing Marketing Strategy Must Watch – Evan Carmichael

Steve Jobs shares his amazingly different approach to marketing and how he used it to build Apple into one of the largest companies in the world. * Join my BELIEVE newsletter: http://www.evancarmichael.com/newslet… Transcript: To me….marketing is about values. This is a very complicated world. It’s a very noisy world. And we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. No company is! And so, we have to be really clear on what we want them to know about us.

Now Apple, fortunately, is one of half-a-dozen best brands in the whole world. Right up there with Nike, Disney, Coke, Sony — it is one of the greats of the greats. Not just in this country, but all around the globe. But even a great brand needs investment and caring if it’s going to retain its relevance and vitality. And the Apple brand has clearly suffered from neglect in this area in the last few years. And we need to bring it back! The way to do that is NOT to talk about speeds and fees.

It’s NOT to talk about bits and mega-hertz. It’s NOT to talk about why we are better than Windows. The dairy industry tried for 20 years to convince you that milk was good for you. It’s a lie, but they tried anyway. And the sales were falling. And then they tried “Got milk” and the sales went up. “Got milk” wasn’t even talking about the product. In fact, it focuses on the absence of the product. But the best example of all, and one of the greatest jobs of marketing that the universe has ever seen, is Nike.

Remember, Nike sells a commodity. They sell shoes!!! And yet, when you think of Nike you feel something different than a shoe company. In their ads, as you know, they don’t ever talk about the product. They don’t ever tell you about their air soles and why they are better than Reebok’s air soles. What does Nike do in their advertising? They honor great athletes. And they honor great athletics.

That’s who they are, that’s what they are about! Apple spends a fortune on advertising — you’d never know it….you’d never know it! So…when I got here, Apple just fired their agency and there was a competition with 23 agencies that…you know…four years from now we would pick one. And we blew that up and we hired Chiat\Day, the ad agency that I was fortunate enough to work with years ago and created some award winning work including the commercial voted the best ad ever made, 1984 (by Advertising Professionals).

And…we started working about eight weeks ago, and the question we asked was, “Our customers want to know who is Apple and what is it that we stand for…where do we fit in this world?” And what we’re about isn’t making boxes for people to get their jobs done — although we do that well. We do that better than almost anybody, in some cases. But Apple is about something more than that! Apple at the core…its core value — is that, we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better. That’s what we believe!

And we have had the opportunity to work with people like that. We’ve had the opportunity to work with people like you; with software developers, with customers, who have done it. In some big, and some small ways. And we believe that, in this world, people can change it for the better. And that those people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones that actually do! And so, what we’re going to do in our first brand marketing campaign in several years, is to get back to that core value! A lot of things have changed.

The market is in a total different place than where it was a decade ago. And Apple is totally different — and Apple’s place in it is totally different. And believe me, the products, and the distribution strategy, and the manufacturing are totally different…and we understand that. But values and core values — those things shouldn’t change. The things that Apple believed in at its core, are the same things Apple really stands for today. ENGAGE *

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They Are Making Millions of Dollars of Influencer Marketing – Gary Vee

It’s not “everything is changing”, it’s “everything has already changed.” There is such a massive disconnect between people and what’s already going on… AI, VR, AR, mobile, digital, voice, etc. already are ruling our lives. I will be and already am successful because I am seeing this and noticing that this is where the attention is… I am day trading people’s attention.

Thank you for watching this video. I hope that you keep up with the daily videos I post on the channel, subscribe, and share your learnings with those that need to hear it. Your comments are my oxygen, so please take a second and say ‘Hey’ ;). —

Follow my entrepreneurial journey here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… — ► Subscribe to my channel here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… ►Check out my second channel here: http://www.youtube.com/GaryVaynerchuk — Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 4 locations. Gary is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists. Gary is the host of the #AskGaryVee Show, a business and marketing focused Q&A video show and podcast, as well as DailyVee, a docu-series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO, investor, speaker, and public figure in today’s digital age. Make sure to stay tuned for Gary’s latest project Planet of the Apps, Apple’s very first video series, where Gary is a judge alongside Will.I.Am, Jessica Alba, and Gwyneth Paltrow. —

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The Greatest TED Talk Ever Sold With Morgan Spurlock – TED-Ed

With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. (And yes, onstage naming rights for this talk were sponsored too. By whom and for how much? He’ll tell you.)….

 

 

 

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Affiliate Hub Unlimited – Automatically Assemble Hundreds of Thousands Of Affiliate Products Into Your Store Without A Single Approval

This is where the fun starts. Fetching products without the need for an API. No more time consuming processes of waiting for product advertising API approvals  before you can  get your affiliate stores live and start selling with the Automation Hub built into Affiliate Hub Builder, including the groundbreaking Ten Second Setup technology, you’re up and running right faster than you can imagine. It’s no Longer news that the more products you can list on your store the greater your chances of bigger and better commissions. Gone are the days where you can only join overrated affiliate networks that only allow you to fetch products with their API. What happens to your local eCommerce stores that are not part of the big affiliate networks but provides deeplinks……

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11 Fashion Brands That Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Barry Samaha

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Orange, red and yellow are generally what spring to mind when one considers October colors. But instead of rocking those autumnal hues, think pink instead. It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month after all. The use of pink to symbolize breast cancer awareness started in 1992, and came in the form of an overlapping ribbon. It was meant to show solidarity with those that have been impacted by the disease, which affects one in every eight women in the United States. Needless to say, over the years, the use of the color has evolved and it is now cast on a number of items…….

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/barrysamaha/2018/10/04/fashion-beauty-brands-support-breast-cancer-awareness-month-pink-products-2018/#27e5e066d3cb

 

 

 

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MemberFactory Unlimited – How To Make Your First Profit Pulling Membership Site In Less Than 2 Minutes

Over 13,000 smart marketers like you trust MemberFactory by Invanto to create and run their membership sites. Beautifully designed membership themes created by our in-house designers that can be fully customized! Sell and protect unlimited digital downloadable files (ebooks, videos, audio, software, .zip files, and more)

Publish immediately, at a specific day/time, or drip-feed – full control publish settings available!Get reports of your membership sites’ performance or dive deeper to see detailed analytics!Receive payments from your members using some of the top payment gateways including Paypal, Stripe, and more…..

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Home Improvement & Remodeling Ideas that Increase Home Value (And What to Avoid) – Heather Levin

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With the real estate market still in a slump, more and more people have decided not to sell their home. Instead, they have chosen to stay put, until things get better. I count myself in this group; I had my own home on the market for two years. My house sold, and the sale fell through, on two separate occasions. As a result, I’ve resolved to stay put until the real estate market improves.However, now that I’ve decided to stay in this home instead of moving, I plan to make several home improvements to make my home more comfortable (e.g. building a sunroom to combat the dreary Michigan winters, and building a backyard deck)…..

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3 Ways to Build Your Brand Identity Using Content Marketing – Brian Hughes

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Can your company’s content pass the “no-logo test”? When I work with digital strategy clients who are struggling with content marketing, I always ask them to take the logo test, inspired by this excellent Content Marketing Institute article. You should try it, too.

Related: 5 Tips for Building a Strong Brand Identity

To do that, copy and paste articles you’ve written, along with articles from your competitors, into Word documents. Print out the documents and lay them side by side. Now, can you identify your content from the competition’s without the aid of any logos or company names? If your content lacks a distinct voice and tone, it won’t stand out.

I get it: When you’re first getting started with content marketing, even publishing a blog post every few weeks can feel like a major victory. But once you work out the mechanics of content ideation, you should put in the time needed to create content that brings your brand to life. Why? In a world drowning in digital clutter, content marketing is most effective when you provide a clear, distinct viewpoint that’s beneficial to your target audience.

What’s the secret ingredient that elevates generic content to a brand-building masterpiece? Your brand voice.

“Brand voice is the intentional, consistent communication of your business identity,” brand strategist Dima Midon told me in a recent phone interview. Midon, who founded the brand strategy and digital marketing firm TrafficBox, is an expert in all things SEO and search-engine marketing. He also knows that these digital strategies are incomplete without a solid branded content foundation.

“From startups to global businesses, the organizations with the best content strategy are those that create content reflective of their brand’s unique personality and then use this content to build stronger relationships with prospects and clients,” says Midon.

Branded content has exploded in popularity over the last five years. For clients and customers, reading branded content — in general — is far more interesting and relevant than a marketing ad. “Branded” means content that’s informative, interactive and entertaining and brings value to a reader’s day. Thanks to social media, such content can catch on like wildfire, rapidly reaching a far wider audience than a standard marketing message.

Vision, voice, and value: Bringing branded content marketing to life

As the name implies, “branded content marketing” needs to be grounded in your brand’s identity. If your content can’t pass the “logo test,” it will be just another of those generic pieces daily bombarding your target audience. To make your content stand out, bring your brand identity to life with three steps:

Define your vision. Your organization likely has a mission or vision statement, company goals and core values. Consider how the content you create will reflect this mission, goals and values. Then align this vision with your customer’s needs. Every piece of branded content you create should apply your company’s unique perspective and expertise to problems your customers face.

Example? Consider the “Open Forum” American Express sponsors, to provide small business owners with the “insights, inspiration and connections” they need to grow their business. While topics range from money management to team building, every piece of content Amex publishes here is dedicated to advancing its vision of helping small businesses thrive.

Define your brand voice. A distinctive, unwavering brand voice is an essential component of successful content marketing. While you may have a very clear idea of your brand’s voice, ask yourself, is everyone else at your company on board with this voice, too? Brands, like people, need to prioritize certain traits, to build a reputation. Scattered messaging and inconsistent brand voice can confuse your audience.

So, take time now to codify brand voice and guidelines. Many B2B companies, for example, seek to strike a balance between professionalism and accessibility. They want to be viewed as subject matter experts without sounding too technical or complex. Consequently, the corresponding brand-voice guideline might emphasize the use of clear, concise language that avoids technical jargon.

Example? MailChimp’s brand voice is a great example of how a B2B company can strike this balance. The company isn’t afraid to show a little personality with the use of cultural references and colloquial phrases its customers can relate to. Consider the clever Sherlock Holmes reference for the website’s 401 error message, below.

Your own brand guide needn’t be lengthy: Voice and tone can be covered by just a few guidelines. (I’m a fan of MailChimp’s voice and tone guide, available free as part of its master Content Style Guide.) What matters most is that you codify these guidelines so there is a single set of rules for everyone working on content at your company. From the work of freelance writers to that of marketing directors, your company’s content marketing will reflect a consistent brand voice.

3. Define your value. Branded content is beneficial not only for defining the buying vision in your favor but also for reminding existing customers about how valuable your offerings truly are. From case studies to white papers, how can you create content that helps existing customers maximize the value of your offerings? Perhaps you can spotlight a new offering or provide tutorials for advanced features. The key is to use your branded content to move from a transactional relationship to a customer-centric one that delivers real value.

Example? The enterprise software company SAP has nailed this mission. While many of its products and services seem technically complex to the average B2B decision-maker, the company’s white papers expertly explain the importance of digital transformation in accessible layman’s terms. Most importantly, this content is never a “hard sell” for SAP, but instead subtly reminds customers about the valuable benefits SAP can present as a strategic partner.

Rather than sending marketing material to customers touting your “top of the line products,” then, send them branded content that explains how to use your products to solve their problems. Content that maximizes perceived value strengthens your brand and drives customer retention.

Bottom line

Content marketing is an essential B2B marketing strategy that’s continuing to gain in importance. According to HubSpot, B2B marketers allocate 28 percent of their total marketing budget to content marketing. But before you too jump on this bandwagon, be sure your content is aligned with your brand vision, voice and value. Doing so will ensure your content is impactful, relevant and worth the investment.

 

 

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McDonald’s Is Spending $6 Billion To Play Catch-Up – Micheline Maynard

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For years, you’ve been able to drive up to California Pizza Kitchen and have someone run your order out to your car. At many Panera Bread outlets, there are parking spots for people running inside to pick up mobile orders.

Now, McDonald’s is swiping these ideas and more from fast casual restaurants in a bid to remake its fast-food image.

It plans to spend $6 billion at its 8,700 restaurants in the United States and Canada to implement new ideas. The renovations will run through 2020. And if the speed of innovation in the industry is any indication, McDonald’s probably won’t stop there.

But the fast-food giant is way late on many of its concepts, which have been widely applied at fast casual chains, not to mention independent restaurants and other fast-food competitors. Still, McDonald’s is giving them a try, knowing it has to get more modern, or lose more customers.

Last year, when it implemented mobile ordering, McDonald’s acknowledged that it has lost half a billion potential transactions, aka guests, since 2012. That’s as many customers as it had from 1955, the year it was founded, through 1961.

The ideas unveiled on Tuesday include an expansion of the mobile ordering kiosks that McDonald’s has already installed in a number of its outlets. McDonald’s also plans to modernize its dining rooms and adapt them to local tastes. Some will get table service and bigger areas for McCafe beverages, and it plans to install digital menu boards inside and in its drive-through areas. That presumably will allow McDonald’s to update more easily when it adds menu items, and to change prices to match any special deals that it offers.

 

 

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