Latest B2B Marketing Blog Posts by Gerry Moran

Your Personal Brand’s Curbside Appeal Is Killing You

Personal Brand Curbside Appeal | MarketingThink.com | Gerry Moran

You work on your curbside appeal before you sell your house, right? So, you need to work on your brand’s social media appeal- personal and business – before you start selling, too. Think about it. You would never sell your house without making sure you presented it in the best light – mowing the lawn, painting the exterior and picking up around the property. The same goes for your small business, big company and personal brand on social media. When you say that you are able to solve problems with…
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Handy-Dandy Guide To Content Marketing

My great grandmother Michaelena always told me when I was growing up as a young boy, “Gerry, if you want better content, then you need to figure out a better way to ask for it!” Little did I know that this grandmotherly advice would translate into a very useful content marketing strategy. I find many B2B organizations linking business units to the feet-on-the-street sales organization without effectively integrating content into this supply chain. The hierarchy might be efficient, however, many times the content marketing strategy misses the mark. And, the…
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Romance Your Customers Before Asking Them For A Date

Customer Romance | MarketingThink.com | @GerryMoran

Would you agree to go out on a date with someone who you did not know and called you out of the blue? Of course not! You’d expect a little flirting and romancing first, right? And, you’d want to have an idea who’s asking you out too. Well, B2B decision makers expect that same flirting and romancing before they agree to a first appointment with you – even if you promise you can save them money, make them money or fix a problem you think they have! I bet you…
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If You Blog And No One Reads It Did You Really Write It?

If you write a blog post and no one reads it, did you really write it? Hmmm. Now that’s a question for a content marketing guru, ninja or king to answer. Many marketers have met the challenge of finding and motivating co-workers, internal thought leaders and executive leadership to write blogs. These subject matter experts (SME) are an excellent reputation-building resources a brand. This blogging ‘win’ is huge, since only a few years ago finding in-house content creators was like finding a four-leaf clover. While some marketers have solved the…
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7 Must-Read Tips To Simplify Content Marketing Planning

Simple is as simple does | content marketing

Forrest Gump tells us “Stupid is as stupid does.” Well, if that is the case then we should stop being stupid with our annual content marketing planning. Rather, the new quote should be “Simple is as simple does.” Simplification is the new innovator. Simplification is the new disruptor. Simplification is the key to a deeper customer connection. Let’s make things more simple in 2015! Too many brands have an enthusiastic, scattershot and complex approach to their digital and content go-to-market strategy. Sales, marketing and content creation have converged. The sooner…
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Head In The Sand With Your Personal Brand?

Head in the sand with your personal brand?

Do headhunters find your background and value appealing? Or, is your head in the sand with your personal brand? If you grew up when televisions were black and white, you probably saw many Tarzan episodes where he was saving a jungle visitor from lions, tigers and … headhunters. Flash ahead to today and many job seekers want to run to headhunters, or recruiters, instead of running from them. However, not all recruiters find your ‘head‘ appetizing, or even know that it‘s there! They are not hungry for your background for a number controllable (by…
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Can Content Marketing Accelerate Sales Pipeline?

ontent Vs. Phone | MarketingThink.com | @GerryMoran

Can posting the right content for the right customer on the right channel at the right time really speed up a sale? When it’s put that way, that type of sales success sounds more like it’s driven by publishing instead of selling, right? I thought only call-blitzing sales rep could make a sale close faster. So, here’s a news flash! Successful sales reps and marketers need to be good at publishing, too. Good content skills speed up the quota-busting long game. If you are not integrating your content marketing strategy…
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Social Selling Is More Than A Set Of Tools

Social Selling Tools | MarketingThink.com | @GerryMoran

You can’t build a house without the right tools. Just because you have the right tools does not mean you can build a house that is sturdy and will inspire people to visit or buy it. The same goes for social selling. You need the right social media and content tools to succeed, or at least come closer to meeting quota. However, the tools, like LinkedIn Navigator, alone do not equate to building a winning social selling program. You Need 3-part Blueprint To Succeed At Social Selling Successful sales organizations will…
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Break Off The Social Media Engagement

Social Media Engagement | MarketingThink.com | @GerryMoran

We need to end the love affair we have with the social media engagement metric. It’s time to break off the engagement and begin to ask the hard questions to understand how to measure the meaningful triggers that convert customers into long-term relationships. How many times have you heard a marketer who sets a business goal to drive ‘engagement?’ What does that metric really mean, anyway? The definition of social media engagement is so broad that it’s almost meaningless in the context with the ability to impact business. The Definition…
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Your Customers Complain About You On Social Media!

Listening For Customer Triggers | marketingthink.com

79% of your customers who complain on social media do so in hope that their friends see their dissatisfaction with your brand, reports Edison Research. Think about the negative impact of this commiserating on your big brand or small business. Ouch! Words really do hurt! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCysb4_-4jU My great grandmother Michelina used to tell me while we were watching Lone Ranger reruns and old cowboy movies, “Gerry, keep your ear to the ground and you will know how to solve a problem before it becomes a problem.” Little did I know…
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