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At this year’s INBOUND 2014 conference in Boston, one session in particular really got me thinking about brand / consumer relationships. In his session, “A Culture of Change: How Brands Adopt to an Ever-Changing Consumer,” president of Twist Image, Mitch Joel  (@mitchjoel), pointed out two trends that are changing the rules of modern marketing.

  1. Today’s consumer doesn't need to own. Why own when you can share, and increase cost efficiencies at the same time?  Two prime examples: the increasing popularity of shared music, like Spotify, shared spaces, like Airbnb, and shared transportation, like Lyft.

    According to
    Fast Company, “Airbnb has become one of Silicon Valley's most imitated successes. There are Airbnb-inspired companies for sharing cars, parking spaces, laboratories, and grown-up toys like boats and motorcycles.” 
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Marketing automation software is an integral component within an organization’s tech stack, as it supports core business goals, such as optimized marketing and sales alignment, improved lead-to-sale conversion and an enhanced customer experience. 

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Marketing Trends to Watch in 2015

Posted by Taylor Radey on October 22, 2014

The marketing rate of change is accelerating, the technology matrix is growing, and the lexicon is ever evolving. Preparing 2015 marketing budgets and strategies can seem overwhelming with so many variables at play.

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It’s that time of year again. As 2014 winds down, content marketers are reassessing budgets and planning for an impactful 2015.

But, a lot has changed during the past ten months. In horrifying pop culture: the popular show “How I Met Your Mother” came to an end, and we all followed the “Kimye” wedding in our social feeds (not voluntarily for most). In February, Facebook bought Snapchat for a whopping $19 billion, the Internet of Things took over the tech scene, oh, and there are now more mobile devices than people in the world.

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Boards control the purse strings and power in many organizations, and achieving their support is often paramount to your success as a CMO. However, for many, board meetings are an elusive ordeal, in which you’re not quite sure what to present or how your marketing program is being evaluated.

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What is the ROI of social media?

Nearly 90% of marketers want to know the answer to that question. Twitter’s (@twitter) new analytics feature is certainly a step in the right direction.

In July, Twitter launched its Tweet activity dashboard exclusively to a few advertisers and verified users. In late August, Twitter granted access to everyone, as long as you tweet in English, French, Japanese or Spanish, and have had an account for at least 14 days.

The activity dashboard enables us to know more information on how our tweets are performing, who and where our audience is geographically, and what topics are most popular.

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Insights from INBOUND 2014

Posted by Taylor Radey on September 25, 2014

A movement is rising in businesses and agencies across the country and around the world. It can be seen in the exponential growth of HubSpot’s (@HubSpot) annual conference, with attendance nearly doubling every year since 2010.

More than 10,000 marketers, sales professionals, agency owners, developers, entrepreneurs and students gathered in Boston for the four-day event called INBOUND.

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What do movie stars, marketers and journalists all have in common? 

“When you strip everything away, we are all striving toward the same goal, and that is connecting with our audiences,” proclaimed Kevin Spacey on stage to close Content Marketing World 2014, the largest content marketing event on the planet held in PR 20/20’s backyard of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Marketing talent, technology and strategy gaps are very real, and they are impacting your business’ performance. But with obstacles come opportunities. Smart marketers who are able to adapt and overcome the challenges in their paths can exceed ROI expectations and outperform their competition.

Paul Roetzer’s newest book, The Marketing Performance Blueprint, draws on key findings and insights from dozens of industry reports, articles, books and interviews to demonstrate the gaps that exist in today’s marketing programs. The infographic below highlights some of our favorite findings.

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