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Who says executives don’t use social media?

Here are some excellent examples of Cisco executives celebrating our Partners at Cisco Partner Summit 2015 #CiscoPS15.

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What Makes Engaging B2B Social Content

Why do you login to your various social media accounts? Is it to be entertained by videos and images? Catch up on the latest news in your industry? Engage with colleagues? My hunch says you do all of the above.

Nobody has time to sift through every piece of content on social media though. We quickly scroll through our feeds, bypassing updates that do not grab our attention. So how do we as social marketers create content that is not ignored? Here are some absolute musts for creating engaging B2B social content.

The content must be a balance between entertainment and education

Let’s look at marketing content as a spectrum. On the left we have lengthy and boring technical data sheets and white papers. On the right, we have funny videos, memes, and other amusing pieces. While we all need to push the left content to our audiences, we need to incorporate aspects from the content on the right to grab our audience’s attention. The middle of the spectrum is where we as B2B social marketers need to be.

Gary Vaynerchuck writes in his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, “If we want to talk to people while they consume their entertainment, we have to actually be their entertainment.” But not only is our B2B audience looking for entertainment, they are also seeking information and new insights so they can be ahead in their industry. Some examples of good content for this include infographics, informational short videos, and visual SlideShare decks of key highlights. We must strike a balance between informative and entertaining content, such as the examples below.

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Are you Ready for Social Video?

Are you considering using video in your digital marketing strategy?  Here are a few statistics on the topic:

  • Visitors who view product videos are 85% more likely to buy than visitors who do not. (Internet Retailer)
  • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. (YouTube)
  • 92% of mobile video viewers share videos with others. (Invodo)
  • Video promotion is 6 times more effective than print and online ads. (Atlas)
  • More than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute. (The Telegraph)

But most importantly:

As a digital marketer, it is crucial to plan for video in your marketing efforts. Moreover, you must understand which social media platform is correct for your target audience and what type of social video you need to create. Read More »

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Networking Goes Social

As you probably know, networking can bring your career to a new level. Who you meet can open a variety of doors – you’re able to meet new clients, gain referrals, meet future peers, find a mentor, or begin a new partnership. The possibilities are endless.

Gone are the days where you would print out a stack of business cards and keep them in your wallet to hand out wherever you go. Now, with the digital age, your business card is your social presence. Interacting with someone digitally is the new norm; connecting with a colleague on LinkedIn, tweeting at your favorite brand or company, sharing your favorite articles on Facebook – these are all ways to network from right behind the keyboard.

Networking Goes Social

So, what’s the benefit of getting active on social networks? Here are my top three benefits for taking your networking skills to the computer:

Reach Brands Directly. Many brands are active on social media and are curious about how their customers and partners are using their products. Use this to your advantage and start a conversation about their latest launch, an article they posted, or good customer service. They’ll likely respond back with a follow-up question or a kind note as a way to thank you for reaching out.

Save Time and Money. While you should continue to go to live events when possible, you can network through social channels whenever and wherever you go. You can reach out to brands on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn through your phone or desktop without the hefty price tag that comes with traveling.

Interact with Industry Leaders. If you refer to an article written by an industry leader, tag them by using @[their handle]. On Twitter, for example, many company executives and brands will favorite or retweet your post as a way of engaging back. It’s a way of interacting with people you might otherwise not get the chance to.

Have you started networking online? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Join Us for #IoTChat on Wednesday 11am PT!

IoTChat Aug 13Last week we kicked off our first #IoTChat!  The topic was also the theme for this year’s Internet of Things World Forum, and the overall theme we’ll be embracing for this quarter: IoT is Here, IoT is Now with the implied: (and what does that mean?)

Here are three simple steps to join tomorrow’s #IoTChat:

  1. Follow the hashtag #IoTChat
  2. Introduce yourself when you join
  3. Respond to a question number starting with its answer number  [For example if you’re responding to Q1, start your tweet with A1]

And dive in when you have something to say – we’re all friendly!  This week we’ll be discussing the concept of the “Killer App” – what does this mean for IoT?

Below, a few of the highlights from #IoTChat week 1 (I may have gone overboard with ‘highlight’): Read More »

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