Your Most Valuable Assets Are: People

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) Looking at online businesses today, I sometimes get the feeling that many forget about the one most important purpose behind all online activity: The people. Here are some examples of what happens when people are not part of the equation enough. Relying on content specifications too much: We create content for Google, Facebook, Pinterest and many…

The (Un-)Desirable Disconnect – Copyblogger’s Brave New World

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) When it comes to online content marketing, you cannot deny that Copyblogger is a big name. One of the biggest out there. They are in the place where dreams become reality. Brian Clark founded Copyblogger as his own simple one-man-band style blog back in 2006, started talking about marketing with content and it grew from there…

“Success is a process, not an event”

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) I read this remark in G+ yesterday (Shared by Brian Gosur), and it nails down one of the biggest misunderstandings of social media I have to deal with in conversations with clients or potential clients. Many people still believe they can simply snap their fingers in social media and see results. Or in other words, they…

Customer Support – Problem Solved When Client Runs

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) Update Feb 5 2015: Gavin Hammar, Founder and CEO of Sendible got in touch today via the comment section. He apologized and offered us 6 month free with Sendible for our trouble and assuring us that the technical problems have been fixed. While this remains an incredible example of what not to do I have to…

Grammarly: Just another Spellchecker, or your path to better content?

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) Content and social media marketers write a lot of content. For us, The Social Ms, the process usually goes: One of us writes a piece of content and the other reads, corrects, comments and adds his/her thoughts. I think this process adds to the original piece of content. But I know that sometimes it would be…

How “Brands” relate to “Sales” in Social Media

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) I am sure, some of my readers will already have the response on their tongue: “Social Media is not about selling” – but that is less than half the truth. Most of us marketers (and not only us) would not even be in social media (or maybe only to chat with friends) without the possibility to…

Climbing The Marketing Success Ladder With Data

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) Measuring is key to marketing success. It is the fine art of marketing. Without measuring what you are getting out of what you are doing, you are flying blind. Numbers are not only for bragging; they are the proof that what you are doing is taking you where you want to go (or that you are…

A Quick Way To Test Your Marketing Assumptions

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) Very often I make assumptions: This product is of interest to that audience This message will convert This message will lead to sharing This action will lead to this reaction … More often then not these can be tested before being implemented in a wider context. The importance of testing marketing assumptions Yesterday I published a…

Lean Marketing – It Will Change Marketing Forever

Have you heard of “Lean Startup” or “Lean Innovation”? Well, then it is time to adapt the concept to lean marketing. And a new generation of marketers is already doing it, changing the landscape of marketing forever. Lowering the costs and generating results that old school marketers can only dream about. You can be one of them! What Is the…