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The Dog Bowl of Big Data

Big data continues to confound the average marketer. The issue surrounds comprehending the data that matters. Marketers need to understand how to use the technology. Big data has no value unless you can mine information sets to achieve better business outcomes. Which data sets make for richer relationships with prospects and customers? How will it impact business? What should a marketer look for? Go back to key performance indicators (KPIs). One worthwhile KPI might be return customers. Let’s apply that to both a hypothetical B2C and a B2B scenario. If you are a retailer, instead of examining the immense amount of data produced from web site and social interactions, intentionally predetermine what will matter to your company. One thing we […]

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9 Videos on the Digital Future

Happy April Fool’s Day! We now resume our regular programming… Five weeks ago at xPotomac, nine speakers and one emcee delivered speeches and conversation starters that sparked 25-30 minutes of questions and answers each. The following nine videos are listed in the order of presentation. Special thanks to my client Vocus for providing videography services. Vocus is hosting the Demand Success 2013 conference in Washington, DC this June 20-21. The event focuses on marketing best practices for converging media, and includes speakers like Arianna Huffington, Content Marketing Institute Founder Joe Pulizzi, digital journalism expert Jay Rosen, and many more. Check it out. Please feel free to leave comments and feedback about the conference here. We’re listening! xPotomac Introduced: BlogPotomac Legacy […]

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How Social Empowers Journalists

Pew released its annual State of the New Media report highlighting a continued decline in all forms of journalism except online. Yet online reporting has come with an increase in journalists using social media. My client Vocus issued its fourth State of the Media report last month, revealing a strong synergy between traditional and social media. What was once viewed as an either or choice is now irrevocably intertwined as a powerful synergy of content and fan engagement. Traditional media outlets from newspapers and magazine to broadcast use social media to distribute news and engage their readers. For example, a vast majority of reporters use social media to report and to promote. Over half of respondents use social media primarily […]

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The Yogi Berra School of Marketing

Image by cliff1066 Pitchers and catchers report today, marking the beginning of the long journey to the World Series. What better way to celebrate than apply some of Yogi Berra’s quotes to marketing? I believe in speaking to an audience using their vernacular. That’s why I love Yogi Berra, and his terribly funny euphemisms for life, which just absolutely drive grammar perfectionists crazy. Here are my five favorite Yogisms as they apply to marketing: “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Geoff Livingston on Google+

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The Rise of Dynamic Content

Today’s release of Hubspot 3 marketing automation software at the Inbound Conference marks the rise of dynamic content, a method of customizing the way individuals view content, images or actions. Now small and medium enterprise marketers can easily deploy dynamic content segmented by niches. Dynamic content harnesses database marketing to serve unique content to people based on a wide variety of factors, including their sales history, social media preferences, historical content preferences, and prior interactions with the company. Delivery mechanisms for dynamic content include both online web pages and forms, and emails. Of course, if you engage in direct mail, you can deliver print pieces based on segmentation and individual preferences (depending on your vendor). Geoff Livingston on Google+

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