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Allison Kurz

Allison Kurz is an associate consultant at PR 20/20. She is a 2014 graduate of Kent State University with a concentration in organizational communications and public relations. Full bio.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: conference season.

It’s up to proactive marketers to stay on top of emerging trends and best practices— or risk falling behind. What better way to come together with fellow marketing individuals than during industry conferences? 

But, how can you truly ensure you are getting the most out of your time away from the office? Conferences can often be costly and time consuming, so it’s critical to find ways to truly apply what you’ve learned.

I recently attended Content Marketing World (@CMIContent) where I sat in on a valuable session presented by Content Marketing Institute employees. The session, A Content Marketing World Review - What to Do Next After a Week of Learning, presented by Lisa Dougherty (@BrandLoveLLC) and Michele Linn (@michelelinn), discussed how attendees can truly take away value from conferences. 

Below are a few ways to get the most out of your next conference, based on key points from this session and other best practices.

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As content marketing continues to evolve, businesses across the globe have adopted it at a rapid pace. And that’s not stopping in 2017.

So what’s predicted to become of content marketing this year? To help cut through the clutter, I've compiled influencer trends from top shared posts based on BuzzSumo data from the past year.

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Content Marketing World or as others may know it, #CMWorld, is an incredible event for marketers, journalists and techies from across the globe to gather and share niche content knowledge. As the largest content marketing event around, the opportunities to learn trade tricks, network with leading influencers and fuel creativity are endless. 

This year, the PR 20/20 team sent four employees, including myself, to the local conference to mingle with the best and brightest in content marketing. From September 6 – 9, we attended roughly 35 sessions total, including our CEO, Paul Roetzer’s session, alongside more than 4,000 pros.

Did you miss the event this year? Not to worry. Our PR 20/20 attendees including director of marketing, Taylor Radey (‪@TaylorLauren‪), consultant, Megan Wolk (‪@megan_wolk‪), associate consultant, Shannen Laur (‪@slaur9‪) and myself (@AllisonKurz) recapped a few of our favorite sessions (and actionable takeaways) below. And if you were there, tell us about your top sessions and speakers in the comments!

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U.S. travelers are expected to make up to 488.8 million business trips per year by the year 2020.

Traveling to in-person meetings is a great way to build relationships and inspire big ideas for your client. But, they can be intimidating—especially if it’s your first one.

So how can you ensure you are properly prepared and ready to take on your first big trip?

I recently went on my first long-distance business trip and wanted to share a few vital tips that can help set you up for success, while also having fun along the way!

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As Malcom Gladwell (@Gladwell) states in his book Outliers, 10,000 hours of deliberate practice are needed before you can become an expert in your desired field. Writing every day is the golden rule to becoming a better writer, but that’s not the only guideline you should be following.

I recently read Ann Handley’s (@MarketingProfs) book, Everybody Writes, and boy, did I learn a lot about my current writing techniques. I discovered common habits that many often overlook when producing content, and couldn’t help but share.

As Handley states, “The key to becoming a better writer is to write.” But before you can do that, throw these five habits out the door.   

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LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) offers the perfect opportunity for your company to connect with industry professionals. 

It’s the most professional of social networks, and arguably the most important for B2B networking. In fact, LinkedIn traffic has the highest visitor-to-lead conversion rate at 2.74%.

But like any social strategy, you must have a grasp on your approach before you can maximize the benefits.

I recently watched a webinar hosted by Jonathan Vazquez, Customer Success Representative at LinkedIn, called “How to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn Company Pages.”

Outlined below are four actionable takeaways businesses should follow to enhance marketing techniques for their LinkedIn company pages.

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So you’ve landed your dream internship— now what?

Internships can be a great way to gain knowledge that only firsthand experience can give you, but being an intern can be a little overwhelming at times.

Outlined below are ten valuable tips I learned during my internship with PR 20/20 that can help you not only succeed, but excel during your marketing internship.

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Companies that sell costly items may not experience the same repeat buying behaviors as other companies, often making it difficult to market to customers. 

Vitamix (@Vitamix) knows this problem well. The company’s blenders are long-lasting, high-ticket items, making repeat purchases rare. Instead, the company focuses on helping its customers learn how to use their newly purchased blenders to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

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What do Google, Salesforce and HubSpot have in common? They’ve realized that partner programs are a powerful way to catalyze reach, sales and loyalty.

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