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TikTok Marketing

American Marketing Association hosted a TikTok coffee break, where Raechel Cihlar from Mavrck shared insights on the trending social media app. TikTok is a video sharing app that is quickly becoming one of the most popular apps in the world. TikTok Stats 800 million monthly active users worldwide 69% of users in the US are between the ages of 12-24; 39% of users are 25-34 Due to the pandemic, in April 2020, 11 million millennials joined TikTok Top Brand Categories Fashion & Retail Beauty & Health/Wellness Food & Beverage Sporting & Entertainment Industry Top Emerging Brand Categories Home Décor, Gardening, DIY Fitness Services (financial, automotive, etc.) #BeanTikTok (the humorous side of TikTok) New to TikTok New Advertising Opportunities TikTok for Business ...

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Coronavirus and Brand Innovation

Obviously, Coronavirus is not what businesses planned for, but maybe this illness helped businesses in a certain area: brand innovation. Many companies had to think outside the box to adapt to the new challenge in the world. This new adaption has allowed brands to revolve in a way they never thought was possible. As reported by Forbes on October 26th, 2020 by Larry Light. Coronavirus Spurs Brand Innovation As miserable and devastating as coronavirus is, there is exceptional creativity happening around us. When we finally arrive at the other side of a national vaccine, we will see a changed brand-business world of remarkable new ideas. What is amazing is that some of this innovation is already underway. Innovation is the development of new ...

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What is B2P

We all know what business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing is, but what is business-to-people (B2P) marketing. During the pandemic, a lot has changed in marketing. The target audiences’ life has made a change. So why are marketers now talking about a B2P world? As reported by MarketingProfs on September 23rd, 2020 by Colleen Martell. Forget B2B and B2C: It’s a B2P World Now Once upon a time, defining whom you were selling to guided everything, from how you priced and distributed your products to how you marketed them. The starting line for just about any company's go-to-market strategy was to figure out whether it's a business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), or business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) firm. You may have noticed the use of the past tense ...

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Marketing Strategy

Having a step by step plan allows marketers to achieve their goals. Having a strategy in place will help marketers grow and succeed in the future. As reported by Forbes on September 16th, 2020 by Lynne Golodner. Successful Marketing Requires Strategy My son wanted to run a half-marathon for a while. As a high school cross-country runner, he longed to pass the 5K mark and run clear to 13.1 miles. But he knew it would take planning and preparation. So, he did some research to figure out the best way to build up to running such a long distance and devised a plan to follow over the course of several months. Since most major races are sidelined or canceled due to the pandemic, ...

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Content Marketing

Content marketing is not just a strategy; it is a skill set. You must understand where to post the content, who should see the content, and all in all, how to market the content. A lot has changed in the past few years, which has led to the discussion of adding a new definition for content marketing. As reported by Content Marketing Institute on July 27th, 2020 by A. Lee Judge. Is It Time to Add a New Definition for Content Marketing? Is it time to expand the definition of content marketing? I admit this is a bold question for someone writing his first guest post for the organization that owns the definition. Content Marketing Institute defines content marketing, in part, as a strategic marketing approach, ...

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B2B Reviews

Do you still believe in reviews? How about B2B reviews? Well, you should start believing in business-to-business (B2B) reviews and adding them to your marketing mix. As reported by Forbes on September 22nd, 2020 by Elizabeth Shea. Why B2B Reviews Should Be An Essential Part of Your Marketing Mix No matter what industry you're in, gaining third-party validation and customer reviews is important. Just like a consumer is more likely to buy a well-received product on Amazon or Travelocity, your customers are more apt to purchase your services if you have peer groups and other customers actively touting the benefits of working with your company and its solutions. Statistics show that 92% of business-to-business (B2B) buyers are more likely to purchase after reading a trusted ...

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Marketing and Finance

Digital transformation continues to gain momentum, permeating corporations and organizations of all types and sizes, and deploying across functional areas. Digital transformation is defined as the use or adoption of technology, software and systems to improve and automate processes. The promise of Digital Transformation is disruption, new business models, productivity, cost savings, speed, and ideally improved financial results. Back to our title, like other functional areas, digital transformation is embraced by marketing and finance; providing new opportunities for collaboration between previously "siloed" or even adversarial departments. Following are details on how marketing and finance can collaborate, along with the Top 10 Marketing key performance indicators (KPIs). Today, marketing technology (MarTech), marketing automation, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM), supports detailed and timely ...

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Have you started to use digital marketing in your business? It is 2020 and with everything going on in the world, digital marketing is becoming the hot topic in the marketing industry. Digital marketing has different ways to make your company stand out to your audience. As reported by Forbes on June 14th, 2020 by Mike Wood. A Quick Guide To Digital Marketing For Newbies With the madness going on in the world right now over COVID-19, every business is looking to jump into digital marketing. Many of you are way behind the curve, while some of you haven’t previously had any digital footprint. So, where do you begin? There is a lot of advice out there, good and bad, and many people ...

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Top 10 Marketing Ideas COVID-19

No question, the Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 present an unprecedented “crisis marketing” challenge to marketers of all types and sizes, consumer and business-to-business marketers alike. Consumers and business customers are distracted to say the least. Many businesses are closed, people are working remotely for the first time, or even losing their jobs. And many are busy shopping to stock up for the inevitable lock down. Given this environment, is it even appropriate to do marketing?  The answer is an unequivocal yes, but likely in different ways. Intuitively, clear and timely communication is required. Customers and prospects need to know that you are still doing business, or how you are doing business, e.g., revised hours, online sales, shipping schedules, etc. So what are ...

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CCPA

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) was effective on January 1st, 2020. It outlines new standards for data collection and the penalty if businesses do not follow these standards. How does this affect marketers? Well, the way marketers use personal information has changed. What is CCPA? As stated by the Marketing Profs, “the law is meant to protect consumers’ personal information as well as increase the transparency of how the personal data of California residents is being used.” What Marketers Need to Do At the highest level Understand how personal data is being used to serve your customers Ensure your team has a clear understand on the law Make sure CCPA responsibilities are delegated within your organization Within the marketing team If you’re providing discounts ...

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Outsource vs Insource Marketing

Whether to insource marketing to an employee,  or outsource marketing to an external agency or consultant is a common but very important decision. No question, there are pros and cons of either option, and a combination of both marketing staff and outsourced marketing is the most common scenario. The right balance is surely unique to each organization. To assist in your consideration and decision making, following are definitions of Outsourcing and Insourcing, the pros and cons of both, some typical marketing organization structures, a Cost/Benefit Analysis, and finally recommended resources. But first, please consider some modern marketing realities. Modern Marketing Realities Marketing has changed rapidly, evolving to a digital marketing mix, and often employing marketing technology, or MarTech. The skill sets for managing a multitude of disparate marketing activities typically requires multiple individuals; skills ...

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2020 Marketing Vision

January is that time of year for prognostications of the future, for outlooks and trends, and of course, New Year's resolutions. So why not a 2020 Vision - The Future of Marketing? Of course 20/20 vision is perfect, so is the future of marketing, perfection? If you are reading this article, you are interested in marketing. So why not indulge ourselves for a moment? Marketing is now mission critical to the success of every organization. Every brand. Every thing! In hyper-competitive markets, categories or industries, perfected marketing is the key differentiator. Of course your products and/or services have to be perfected. But quality or excellence no longer guarantee success. Consumers and business customers will no longer beat a path to ...

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Battlecards

Sales is unique from other departments. Salespeople are on the frontline of every organization’s battle with the competition, and their need for competitive enablement is much more tactical in nature. That’s why battlecards are becoming so popular. As reported by Crayon in Guide to Competitive Battlecards. What are Battlecards? A battlecard is a piece of enablement collateral aimed at helping salespeople overcome competitive threats at any point in the sales process. They are typically created by the team responsible for gathering and analyzing Competitive Intelligence, or by a sales enablement team in conjunction with CI or product marketing team. Here is an example of a battlecard from HubSpot. What Battlecards Are Not Most product marketing, competitive intelligence, and sales enablement teams are familiar with ...

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Webcast Checklist

Have you noticed that everyone, every competitor, every business-to-business brand is doing webcasts or webinars? Webcasts must be the “killer marketing app”, but then you produce a webcast and 5 people register for it, and 2 show up. Ok, perhaps some exaggeration, but for many marketers webcast success can be elusive. Which begs the question, how can webcasts be more effective? Answer: planning, execution, branding, promotion, and much more. How about a printable pdf of 57-Point Webcast Effectiveness Checklist more? Before we get to that checklist, please consider that unless you are a celebrity, or your company is a Unicorn, your product/service might be boring? Yet webcasts are used by lots of boring companies and services. So how are they successful? ...

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Trade Show Marketing Checklist

Before we get to that checklist, please consider some well-known event marketing truths. First, trade shows and live events are still very important in many industries including technology, healthcare, construction, and markets that require continuing education. Second, trade shows and live events are typically expensive to participate in, and difficult to measure marketing return on investment (MROI). Finally, trade shows and live events are often ineffective due to lack of promotion, and many other reasons. The event marketing experts at Modern Marketing Partners address these truths regarding trade shows and live events with a 88-Point Trade Show and Live Event Marketing Checklist, along with some additional, relevant resources. Need help with Webcasts? Check out our  57-Point Webcast Effectiveness Checklist. Event Marketing ...

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Digital Marketing Transformation Buzzwords 2020

Digital Marketing Transformation or DMT is a hot topic as marketing evolves from traditional strategy and tactics, to digital marketing that can be tested, measured, optimized and reported with new tools and technologies. To help understand DMT better, the experts (nerds) at Modern Marketing Partners researched and developed a comprehensive Digital Marketing Transformation Glossary of Terms. Next, we used the Google Algorithm to identify keyword search volume of these terms which leads to the Top 10 Digital Marketing Transformation Buzzwords for 2020, that every marketer and business professional should know and understand. Download the complete Digital Marketing Transformation Glossary of Terms here: https://www.modernmarketingpartners.com/resources/digital-marketing-transformation-glossary-of-terms/  Top 10 Digital Marketing Transformation Buzzwords for 2020 1. HTTPS With 450,000 average monthly searches on Google, HTTPS ranks first on our list of top ...

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Lead Conversion Rates MMP

Lead conversion rates in the business software industry is a topic of high interest to software publishers and software channel partners alike. That said, little information exists publicly on this very specialized subject. To be sure, lead conversion rates vary for different software ecosystems. To shed some light on the subject, the software marketing experts at Modern Marketing Partners will provide some necessary sales lead definitions and background information, then compare lead conversion rates for two software ecosystems, and finally, provide some relevant, additional information on sales lead generation. MQLs vs. SQLs Before digging into lead conversion rates, it will be helpful to understand some useful definitions. First, Marketing Qualified Leads or MQLs are defined as individual contacts that can be identified, and ...

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New MMP B2C 2019

Content marketing is becoming more important to organizations as the years go on. The Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs provide a yearly study with thorough research and benchmarks for content marketing strategies. Discover the content marketing study results below. Modern Marketing Partners (MMP) would like to thank and acknowledge the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs for providing this data. MMP has broken down some of the research into categories that’ll help readers better understand the findings. The annual study is available in versions for business-to-consumer (B2C), business-to-business (B2B), and other versions like technology and enterprise. Per the title above, this blog will focus on B2C findings. If interested in B2B content marketing survey results, click here. Key Findings Based on some of ...

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New MMP B2B 2019

The Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs have provided thorough research and benchmarks for content marketing strategies in 2019. Modern Marketing Partners (MMP) would like to thank and acknowledge Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs for providing this content marketing study. We’ve broken down some of the research into categories that’ll help readers better understand the findings. The annual study is available in versions for business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), and other versions like manufacturing and technology. Per the title above, this blog will focus on B2B findings. If interested in B2C content marketing survey results, click here. Some of the most important results can be found in the image above. Content Marketing Goals Goals and metrics are key to making sure content marketing is ...

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Digital Marketing Transformation

Before delving into the relatively new topic of Digital Marketing Transformation, please consider its predecessor, Digital Transformation, a trend that has, and is taking corporate America by storm! Digital Transformation is often referred to as the use or adoption of technology, software and systems to improve processes. Benefits or Digital Transformation are productivity, cost savings, disruption, speed, and of course, improved business or financial results. Digital Transformation may require new skills, different talent, and organizational change. So how does marketing fit into Digital Transformation? Or is Digital Marketing Transformation its own shiny, new buzzword that can have its own acronym, DMT? Please allow the gurus at Modern Marketing Partners to provide insights and tips for implementing Digital Marketing Transformation (DMT for brevity) including ...

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Lead Generation Types and Tips

In most business-to-business (B2B), and many business-to-consumer (B2C) scenarios, lead generation is necessary prior to sales, contracts, or customer acquisition.   So what is lead generation, and how can you improve or maximize lead generation? Great questions! To answer, Modern Marketing Partners (MMP) will share a Definition of Lead Generation, along with some insight into the differences between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs), and Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs). Then, per the title, MMP will provide a list of 25 Lead Generation Types, along with corresponding tips that you can apply to achieve maximum lead generation effectiveness. Lead Generation Definition Fundamentally, Lead Generation is defined as the action or process of identifying and cultivating prospective customers (prospects) for a business's products or services. There are ...

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Social Media Analytics Platforms

Companies devote a great deal of time and resources today into developing and executing social media strategies to deliver on the goals important to their organizations. They create well thought-out content that addresses these goals, which may differ based on the social channel as well as their industry, value proposition or ROI expectations.  For example, a company may use social media to build a community around thought leadership, or to increase brand awareness and trust among its clients or to help nurture prospects during the lead gen process.  Or you may be nodding your head up and down to all three of these goals.  On the flip side, your clients are utilizing social media every day too – posting thousands of ...

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It's estimated that there will be 1.92 digital buyers this year. With an estimated 7.7 billion people on the planet today, that means a quarter of the world's population will be buying online. The world is becoming more connected and as more people are lifted out of poverty and into the middle class, online buyers are only set to increase in the coming decades. This explosion in online buying activities is providing huge opportunities for e-commerce merchants that will only increase over time. The e-commerce industry has flattened over the years. That means you don't have to be a large big box store to be selling products online. In fact, the number of online merchants is in the millions, and a vast majority of them are small businesses. Starting an e-commerce business isn't ...

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