The most effective marketers use immersive content

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30-second summary: Ceros polled a thousand industry professionals to see what works (and what doesn’t work) when it comes to creating compelling content. The poll found that immersive content was overwhelmingly used by the most effective marketers, versus static content like PDFs. Immersive content is defined as words, charts, data visualizations, and other content that a reader interacts with or experiences, rather than reads passively. Most companies don’t develop enough immersive content due to a lack of resources, in-house skills and buy-in from leadership and instead stick with static content such as blog posts and e-books. Ceros is an experiential content design platform whose clients include a variety of top-tier organizations like Red Bull, CBRE, and Bloomberg. These companies use the platform to collaborate on, create, and publish compelling visual content without the need for code. Ceros recently polled a thousand marketing, PR, and design professionals to better understand how their organization approaches the creation of immersive content . Ceros defines immersive content as, “Words, charts, data visualizations, quizzes, et al.—that a reader interacts with or experiences, rather than merely reads passively, as they would a static piece of content such as a PDF or white paper.” The survey includes marketing and design leaders at a variety of large, mid-sized, and small companies in both B2B and B2C sectors and five global markets including the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.K. Source: Ceros Content created in partnership with Ceros . Immersive content creates an exceptional experience Ninety percent of respondents in the Ceros survey agreed that immersive content—that is, content designed to create an experience—performs better than static content. Even so, the reality is that most companies overwhelmingly produce static content like blog posts and e-books over more interactive content like calculators and quizzes. Ceros writes, “While there’s broad agreement that immersive content is, in fact, more engaging and the majority of people we polled expressed a desire to do more interactive, those same people say they are still more likely to produce and share static content.” Immersive content is effective content. Respondents noted that the most effective marketers were more likely to produce content like games, interactive publications, and calculators while less effective marketers stuck with PDF e-books. So, if everyone agrees that immersive content is more engaging (and effective) than static content, why aren’t more companies creating it? In a word: resources. Over half the respondents …

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A guide to the changing role of the modern CMOs

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30-second summary: Domo partnered with global research company Censuswide to conduct a survey of nearly 700 senior marketers across seven international markets to assess the challenges and responsibilities facing modern CMOs. One major finding is that perpetual change in technology, data sources, and media channels is significantly impacting how CMOs do their job. The issue of who owns data—and how to manage it—is clearly a pain point for CMOs. Without any clear idea of who owns the data, managing it becomes a critical challenge, as does gleaning actionable insights from data that can hinder growth. 23% of senior marketers respondents indicated that the C-Suite’s focus on short-term over long-term results was a top communication barrier. Domo’s survey revealed that the data that matters most to marketing leaders is focused more on customer experience versus ROI. 23% of large enterprise organizations are planning to allocate over 40% of their marketing budget …

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How-To Content Isn’t Going Anywhere (and What That Means for Your Strategy)

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Posted by amandamilligan I’m a big fan of the Lore podcast, and in a recent episode , the host discussed a book called the Malleus Maleficarum. Two words starting with the “mal” prefix doesn’t sound super friendly, right? Well, the book is essentially a guide on how to identify witches and conduct witch trials. It turned out to have quite the horrible impact on society — as we’ve learned in history classes — but the host notes that it’s also one of the first how-tos ever written. And it was published in 1486, ore than 500 years ago. How-to content isn’t new, and from what I can tell, it isn’t going anywhere. Look at how many search results come back when you narrow content down to titles including “how to.”   It’s not just that there’s a ton of this type of content, either. People want to read it. …

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How-To Content Isn’t Going Anywhere (and What That Means for Your Strategy)

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Posted by amandamilligan I’m a big fan of the Lore podcast, and in a recent episode , the host discussed a book called the Malleus Maleficarum. Two words starting with the “mal” prefix doesn’t sound super friendly, right? Well, the book is essentially a guide on how to identify witches and conduct witch trials. It turned out to have quite the horrible impact on society — as we’ve learned in history classes — but the host notes that it’s also one of the first how-tos ever written. And it was published in 1486, more than 500 years ago. How-to content isn’t new, and from what I can tell, it isn’t going anywhere. Look at how many search results come back when you narrow content down to titles including “how to.”   It’s not just that there’s a ton of this type of content, either. People want to read it. …

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Five problems with B2B content (and how to fix them)

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30-second summary: Businesses expect a lot from their B2B content, which can make its failures deeply disappointing. There are five common problems that sabotage the effectiveness of your content. They are: focusing on your needs over your audience’s needs, failing to tie it to the buying cycle, inconsistency, poor (or no) management, and the lack of a champion or leader. Each of these top problems is addressed using data from the Content Marketing Institute’s (CMI) 2020 report. The overarching problem with content is that it must be part of a company-wide initiative that leverages internal and external resources, strategy, and intention or you risk creating an asset that does not contribute to company growth. Content is the fuel that powers both inbound and outbound marketing efforts. Whatever form it takes—paid ads, video, images, blog posts, social media posts, case studies, webinars, infographics, whitepapers, eBooks…well, you get the picture—its end goal …

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The 6 Best Digital Marketing Companies of 2020

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Digital marketing covers everything from SEO and content marketing to email campaigns, social media strategy, and video marketing too. With new digital marketing companies popping up left and right offering a bit of everything (and truly speaking to no one), it’s no surprise you’re having a hard time finding the right one. The best thing to do is narrow down your options by bypassing those digital marketing companies trying to do too many things at once. Why? Because true highly-niched experts are the best way to get the results you want (and deserve) for your business. But, it’s not always easy to find those experts when you need them. So, I put together a list of the top digital marketing companies who genuinely excel at what they do to help you find the right fit for your business depending on what you need. Then, we’re going to talk about what …

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Four steps to ABM fueled targeting for B2B marketers

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30-second summary: Account-based marketing (ABM) is a B2B growth strategy that emphasizes targeting high-quality accounts by creating audience segments and maintaining an account-based funnel. Successful implementation of ABM requires that your marketing and sales teams are coordinated and that both teams approach ABM together. There are four accessible steps that companies can take to switch from traditional leads-based marketing to an ABM. These steps include: understanding the importance of high-value accounts, aligning marketing and sales teams, measuring and tracking what’s important, and investing in the right tools. Account-based marketing (ABM) is a B2B growth strategy that emphasizes targeting high-quality accounts over generating large quantities of leads. While an ABM approach may include both leads-based and accounts-based funnels, the emphasis with ABM is not on maintaining a high volume of leads, but on focusing your resources on fewer, more qualified, and higher-value prospects. Companies that are successful at implementing ABM tend …

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Tech Talk with censhare: Offering Universal Content Management to steer marketing content

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30-second summary: Organizations are working with convoluted content management processes that aren’t scalable. Lack of centralization can take valuable time away from creative teams. In our latest Tech Talk series, Josh Van Dyk, censhare’s Vice President, North American Sales shares some insights into their Universal Content Management platform. Learn how brands like Jaguar Land Rover, McDonald’s, GoPro, Toyota, and Dyson are utilizing the platform to efficiently create and deliver quality, contextualized, and exceptional content. It is vital for organizations to power their brand forward with buyer-centric experiences. This is where censhare delivers excellence. When it comes to content management, imagine not having to hunt for the most up-to-date assets, frantically looking for assets, or worrying about content rights or user permissions. Josh Van Dyk , Vice President, North American Sales at censhare talks about how organizations can significantly speed up their creative workflow. About censhare censhare was founded in 2001 …

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How to Use Promoted Videos to Generate More E-commerce Sales

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Organic and promoted videos serve multiple purposes for consumers in their increasingly multi-channel B2C journey. More than half of the participants said they switched between search and video channels (Google and YouTube) to make an informed decision about a purchase in a YouTube study. But it’s not just YouTube—Instagram’s video content consumption has shot up by 80% , and Facebook users consume one million hours of video content every day. All these platforms—along with most other social media sites—are ones consumers go to regularly. So as online sellers, these should become your go-to places for running promoted video content. In one study, US online shoppers said they expect to see at least three videos connected to each product when making an online purchase. But how do you use promoted videos from paid campaigns that translate to tangible results for your e-commerce store? Create Your Promoted Video E-Commerce Goals Goals of …

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What leading consultants say about the usage of AI in marketing?

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30-second summary: In Deloitte’s 2019 CMO Survey Report, 56% of participants anticipated using AI for content personalization. 33% of respondents foresee applying AI for improving marketing ROI by optimizing marketing content and timing. Mckinsey’s survey found that 44% of companies reduced operational costs and increased business revenue by using AI in marketing. The Bain and Company found that marketing insights gathered through new machine-learning capabilities helped gain 10x in marketing performance. The company also saw a 25% increase in additional revenue through cross-selling. An EY study of CEOs and business leaders reveals that 62% of respondents believe artificial intelligence will have a significant impact on creating efficiencies at their company. In a survey conducted by BCG, 90% of respondents agreed that artificial intelligence represents a business opportunity for their company. However, 70% of companies report minimal or no impact from AI so far. Marketers have started using artificial intelligence to …

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UX is the top brand differentiator among marketers in 2020

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30-second summary: Bynder commissioned Survata, to conduct an anonymous survey of over 1000 marketing and branding professionals in the US and UK. The goal of the survey was to assess how marketing automation and technology contribute to improved brand awareness and perception. Faster, more efficient content creation is the most effective use of marketing automation. Marketers, by and large, don’t feel that branding can be automated because it produces less brand differentiation and diminishes creativity. Respondents felt the best use of automation for marketing/branding purposes was in creating content more efficiently and faster. Respondents indicated that user experience was the strongest brand differentiator (over brand authenticity and superior product innovation.) About 1/3rd of respondents plan to increase their branded content efforts in 2020. In December 2019, Bynder commissioned independent research firm Survata, to conduct an anonymous survey of over 1000 marketing and branding professionals at organizations in the US and …

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