The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Budgeting and Planning Season for Marketing Executives

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Ah… You can feel it in the air, can’t you? This is the time of year when you start hearing the furtive stirrings of C-suite professionals in their caves. They’re humbled by how great, or unexpected, or weird, or hard the current year is. And...
Mark Piquette

Programmatic Plain Speak for B2B CMOs

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Programmatic tends to get a bad rap in the marketing world. Not only is there an immense amount of marketing jargon surrounding it, making it sound complex and difficult, but the threat of fraudulent data and media spend is ever-present. I’m here to help you...
Tiffany Fitzgerald

A Beginner’s Guide to the Complex and Often Strange World of Intelligent Demand

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I spent the first part of my career in journalism. And sure, there’s some stuff to get used to. Like, we spell “lead” “lede,” and instead of saying “paragraph” we say “graf.” And, instead of starting a critique like, “This piece is good, but..,” we...

Healthcare Marketers, It’s Time to Transform

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In healthcare, extraordinary technology and innovative strategies exist side-by-side with last century’s tools, systems, and out-of-date status quo. This old world / new world dichotomy makes healthcare operations difficult and confusing. And it’s the same with healthcare marketing. The promise and payoff of modern marketing often…

Kelsey Franklin

Why “Fulfillment Emails” Are a Best Practice

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Congratulations—you’ve carefully crafted an email that’s attracted engagement from your target audience…Now what? Oftentimes, in the business of writing for marketing, life can seem to revolve around a single email. Sure, in the age of modern marketing and marketing automation, the email itself is a…

Lizzie Catalano

2016 MARKETING TECHNOLOGY LANDSCAPE BY SCOTT BRINKER IS OUT! (AND OVERWHELMING AS EVER)

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3,784 marketing technology solutions on a single slide. You read that right. Scott Brinker's annual marketing technology landscape graphic grows larger and larger every year - to be expected in an industry where more and more solutions to company's marketing issues are being thought of  every day....
Nikki Flores

Writing Content That Converts: It’s Not Just About the Subject Line Anymore

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True or False? 50 characters, including spaces and punctuation, is all you the room you get to convince someone to open your email. The answer is “kind of true.” Allow me to explain… It is true that 50 characters, including spaces and punctuation, is the...
Nikki Flores

How to Write Content That Is Readable – and Prove It

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When I was a little girl and a budding writer-in-the-making, my sixth grade class had a rare opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors over the phone. I distinctly remember fidgeting with my notebook and wiping the sweat off of my palms right before…

Nikki Flores

Top 5 Blunders Brands Make When Trying to Engage Customers

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At this year’s Marketo Marketing Nation Roadshow,themed, Inspiration in the Nation, I had the pleasure of sitting in on Vidya Chadaga’s presentation, Engagement Marketing in Practice. As the Director of Marketo’s Product Marketing, Vidya emphasized the importance of engaging consumers at every single stage of their…