How’s Your Digital Profile?

When’s the last time you Googled yourself? While it may seem vain, it’s also smart, because that’s exactly what other people do before or after they meet you for the first time. If managed well, your digital profile therefore can play an important role in defining your personal brand, promoting corporate agendas, and helping you stand out in a crowded field.

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Six Reasons Why a Digital Marketing Audit Might Be a Good Idea

It’s the second week of January and excitement about the new year seems to have waned. And for good reason, at least for marketing and sales executives, because that means it's time to figure out how to meet aggressive new targets. As you charge into 2015, here are few reasons to consider working a digital marketing audit into your plans.

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Auditing Digital Marketing: Promotion (Part II)

Earlier this month, we began this Auditing Digital Marketing article series by addressing the "infrastructure and applications" area of a digital audit. This week, we'll look at what we call the "promotion" component -- which is comprised of any online tactic that's used to drive website traffic and digital engagement: search, display, social, content, mobile, etc..

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Multichannel Content Marketing Is Your Next Challenge: Here’s How to Overcome It

IF YOU’RE A SENIOR MARKETER, YOU’RE PROBABLY TIRED OF HEARING about anything related to content strategy—multichannel, omnichannel, or otherwise. Chances are good that you may have even been asked about this by a C-level manager—it’s become pervasive. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help ensure your marketing organization is getting the job done.

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Digital Strategy Best Practices: Common Roadblocks & Workarounds

Successful digital strategies are increasingly serving as the common denominator between marketplace winners and losers. The following are common roadblocks to digital strategy advancement we’ve encountered over the years, and ideas for finding ways to work around them.
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"New Kid on K Street: The Internet Association"

“Already among the most powerful and influential companies in the world, several Internet giants have decided to band together to press their agendas in Washington. The big unknown is whether consumers will benefit or should be very afraid. “It’s absolutely not about protecting consumers’ rights,” said Tim Bourgeois, a partner at East Coast Catalyst.”

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Source: ECommerce Times

 

B2B Digital Marketing: Planning Tips & Techniques

Digital marketing is appealing to B2B companies — especially the small- and medium-sized (SMB)sector — because of its accessibility, targeting ability, track-ability, and flexibility. When done properly, a B2B website can be an organization’s most effective salesperson — an asset that works 24/7/365, around the globe — and digital marketing can attract valuable prospects into a sales pipeline. But the digital channel is a crowded and noisy place, and B2B marketers’ biggest challenge is standing out in the crowd. This article will help to focus planning efforts and resources.
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It's All in a Name: Digital Optimization, Innovation, Transformation & Disruption

What is the difference between broad digital strategy initiatives referred to as ‘optimization’, ‘innovation’, ‘transformation’, and ‘disruption’? More importantly, is there any reason to care?
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Digital Transformation Best Practices

In a recent commentary about the state of digital transformation among ‘old guard’ corporations, Dion Hinchcliffe of Dachis Group came out swinging with this insightful and challenging question: “Why is it that so many traditional companies with an enormous wealth of assets largely fail to transform them for the digital era?”
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5 'Digital Strategy' Questions Every CEO Should Be Asking

‘What is the company’s digital strategy?’ is a common question at board meetings these days, and one that - until recently - often caught CEOs offguard. A chief executive can quickly assess his organization’s digital state-of-readiness by posing the following five questions to top lieutenants.
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The Comprehensive Website Audit Checklist

Digital strategy assessments and website audits can be complex, time-consuming, invasive and politically-charged undertakings. But they are also absolutely necessary, given the sizable and growing web-related line item on most companies’ operating statements. This user-friendly, one-page website audit checklist can help guide and streamline the process.
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5 Questions to Guide Web Strategy Sessions

Web strategy and digital-related activities are steadily increasing in visibility, importance, and complexity at most organizations. While the digital industry is indeed moving fast and tactics and strategies are becoming more complicated and high-profile, core guiding principles can be tricky to identify. The following five questions were crafted for executive leadership to use to direct web strategy planning sessions.
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Digital Strategy, Moneyball & 5 Questions

During this year’s annual planning exercises, answers to the following five questions — offered up vis-a-vis examples from Michael Lewis’s Moneyball — should provide practical insights into the state of your organization’s digital readiness and web-enablement, and help to facilitate the digital strategy planning process.
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The Case For Establishing a 'Digital Strategy' C-Level Office

With spending on digital-related initiatives and activities accounting for 10% or more of ALL expenses at many companies — and forecast to increase at double-digit rates for the foreseeable future across most industry segments — it’s time for CEOs and boards to give serious consideration to establishing a “Chief Digital Officer” (“CDO”) office or equivalent. The stakes are too high, and the issues too complicated, to leave this domain left managed by an informal, undefined assemblage of mid-level and junior managers across an enterprise.
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A Low-Tech Case Study: How Mac-Gray Took Laundry Digital

Weaving a digital strategy into an existing company is tricky business. It’s much easier for a start-up to redefine the rules of an industry and innovate – see Zappos, Amazon, Priceline, etc. – than it is for decades-old companies with stubborn organizational behaviors to deal with, and a long list of amortizing capital investments that cannot be ignored.
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