Why Startups and Bloggers Both Fail at Blogger Outreach

Startups need attention and a very relevant technique to gaining attention is maintaining a healthy relationship with bloggers. Bloggers (no matter how popular) need content, things to write about and news to spread. Sounds like a joint venture made in heaven? True – but as always, things aren’t that simple. The Diversity of the Blogosphere The Blogosphere is made up…

Why Facebook Zero Is Bulls… and Why Consultants Claim It’s Not

Warning, the following article is a bit of a rant…Nothing to start the week better than with a rant. Facebook recently launched another update – and it didn’t take long until articles began to appear that claimed that it is the next step to “Facebook Zero.” In case you didn’t know, Facebook Zero is the term coined by marketers describing…

The Social Media Traffic Generation Masterclass – Launch of Part I

Many times we get asked: „How did you build your social audience?“ „Wow, how can you have 1 Mio. followers on Twitter?“ and „How did you grow traffic and publishers for exploreB2B without a huge marketing budget?“ And then people go on saying: “We do not have the money to spend on advertising with Facebook to build our followers”, “I…

Content Creation Is Only One Part Of Content Marketing

I recently came across an article on Copyblogger tackling the question „What’s the Difference Between a Professional Writer and a Content Marketer?“ My first reaction was: Hell, I can be a content marketer and not a writer at all – what about all the video-, graphics or illustrations? That is content, too. Many people actually do content marketing without ever…

132 Social Media Case Studies – Successes and Failures

In a recent comment to one of our blog posts, one of our readers wrote that „Social Media is Bullshit.” Social Media would be good for brand and engagement and terrible for conversion. Social Media would not make you money, and if you need sales, you should pick up the phone and make calls. That is such a short-sighted and…

7 Steps To Get Your Pinterest Account On The Road To Success

The following post is a guest post by Sarah Landrum. After graduating from Penn State with degrees in Marketing and Public Relations, Sarah Landrum moved to Harrisburg to become a digital marketer. She is also a freelance writer and the founder of Punched Clocks, a career development blog that helps readers find happiness and success in life and at work. Follow…

7 Ways To Grow Your Social Audience That Are Not Paid Ads

Many people are frustrated when they are starting out in Social Media. They are stuck in a circle: No Followers – No shares and retweets – no social audience – no new followers. No matter how great the information is which you share on your social accounts without an initial audience, it is like a well-hidden secret which no one…

Why Some Traffic Is Freezing Cold And Some Blazing Hot – And How To Heat Up Some Of Your Traffic

You have probably all heard about cold calling in connection with sales. And most of you probably know, that the success rate for warm sales as for instance through referrals from happy customers are much higher than for cold calling. Not talking about the bad feeling many people (including me) have when they have to do cold calling. Recently I…

Email Marketing Is Not Dead And Connections Count

I recently went to a startup event where there was a lot of talk about „viral marketing“ and creating „buzz“ for whatever you just need the buzz for. I think the term “viral marketing” is often used in a rather dangerous way, which leaves the door more than open for wrong expectations and misunderstandings. So I will stick with the…

10 Reasons Why An Intern Will Not Solve Your Marketing Problems

Before all marketing interns now hit me: I am not saying you are not doing a good job. That is not what this is about. I have worked with great interns, and they were doing a great job. This is a plea for more acknowledgement of the importance of marketing in (young) companies. It sometimes shocks me out of my…