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#fail: 5 Ways to Fail Hard at Product Management

Raven Chapman - Thursday, July 9, 2020

Slime

A dream is a really fragile thing and market research is a death sentence when it comes to really stupid dreams…

Product managers – sometimes referred to as product marketers – are responsible for incorporating the voice of the customer into the development process to produce something – sometimes referred to as a product – that somebody will want to buy, possibly.

What is the big deal exactly? 15-year-olds can do it. We live in a world where it is possible to whip up six-figure profits selling slime out of your parents’ kitchen.

So when you hear the so-called “experts” droning on about things like “product roadmaps” and “market research,” just remember that a dream is a fragile thing and market research is a death sentence when it comes to really stupid dreams like becoming a millionaire by selling rocks or blankets with arms.

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SEO & The Role of Content Marketing

Sean Parnell - Monday, June 29, 2020

SEO & The Role of Content Marketing

“Creating compelling and useful content will likely influence your website more than any of the other factors discussed here.” – Google SEO Starter Guide

Once all of your current web pages and blogs are fully optimized for SEO, you’ll see significant rankings increases often 2-30% or more. For keywords where you’re not yet ranking on Google page one’s top 3 results, you will need more content to drive them higher in addition to offsite link building, which we will cover later.

After brainstorming and prioritizing new content ideas, you will have a new content calendar. We recommend that you create at least three new website content items per month that include fully optimized page names, titles and meta descriptions once published.

Professional Copywriting

A writing team with experienced copywriters, ideally some of whom are former journalists,

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#fail: How to Lose Friends & Influence Nobody with B2B Social Media

Raven Chapman - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

How to Fail at B2B Social Media

“Everyone” knows that social media is the key to #success. “Studies” have shown that harnessing the power of so-called social “influencers” can yield ROI that is like, literally, millions of times higher than other methods of outbound marketing.

We’re not sure what other forms of marketing these studies measure but the point is, when you consider the fact that the top nine or 10 influencers count 500 million people as followers, the open rate on your latest email campaign is not even worth talking about. So how do you get there?
Experts say it helps if you’re already famous:

“It helps to already be famous or to become famous to become a social media influencer…”

—  Digital Marketing Expert

Thanks, Digital University of the Obvious. But the point is, millions of people are using social media every second of every day to communicate their “brands” to millions of other people.

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#fail: How to Repel Prospects with B2B Email Campaigns that Go Nowhere

Raven Chapman - Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Fail at B2B Email Campaigns

To:  Email List Person@gmail.con

From: Our New Marketing Intern

Subject: Re: Hi! Are you looking to COMPLETELY CRUSH your email marketing strategy?!! Read me! 😊

Dude:

Ever wondered why some email campaigns get results and others go so completely ignored that you find yourself googling the outage map? How is it possible for an email campaign to fail to connect to so many people?

It’s more than possible. With the right techniques, you can craft B2B email pitches so repellent they won’t even be opened by mistake. Here’s how:

  • Start with subject lines that are wordy, urgent and heavy on punctuation!!? If the spam filters don’t reject you first, you can almost guarantee a straight-to-trash result with credibility-straining embellishments like “greatest ever,” “like no other” and “once-in-a-lifetime-opportunities.”
  • Grab their attention with a flashy clickbait title: You won’t believe what happens at the end of this email!
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Brand Story & SEO: Increasing Website Conversions

Sean Parnell - Sunday, April 19, 2020

B2B Website Lead Conversion & Generation

To increase your website’s capacity to generate leads, many often turn to a commissioning new web design. Facelifts can help but only addresses the style of your brand and not its substance.

Savvy marketers know that you can increase traffic to your website with content marketing leveraged by search engine optimization (SEO) and PR to increase leads but that’s only half the battle.

While a creative, professional web design, content marketing, SEO, and PR are all important pieces of the puzzle, converting more website traffic into leads depends more upon how strongly your messaging resonates with prospects.

Upgrade Your Brand Story

We believe your brand should tell a story. It’s one thing to bring prospects to your website using SEO best practices but you need to stimulate their interest so they reach out to you and become a lead.

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#fail: How to Completely Screw Up Your B2B SEO

Sean Parnell - Wednesday, April 15, 2020

B2B SEO Fail

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the most thoroughly understood subjects in digital marketing – just ask 20 different SEO experts for help and you’ll get 20 different plans.

Hire them all and presto! You’ve got… a lot of plans.

If that seems confusing, you could try to learn it on your own. Keeping up with Google is fun – there are only 500-600 ranking algorithm updates per year.

We’ve Seen It All

With a landscape that changes every couple of clicks, SEO know-how requires a lot of keeping up. But SEO know-how-not-to is its own kind of expertise as well.

We’ve optimized websites since the days of Lycos and AltaVista. Some of us even remember surfing the internet on blue UNIX screens – good times.

Over the years,

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5 Key Building Blocks of Successful B2B SEO

Sean Parnell - Monday, April 13, 2020

B2B SEO Building Blocks

There are numerous components to search engine optimization (SEO) in business-to-business (B2B) marketing, so how do you know where to start. Here are five key building blocks that, once mastered, will increase traffic for any website by 30-300% or more.

Keyword Rankings

“The power of keyword research lies in better understanding your target market and how they are searching for your content, services, or products.” – Moz

Tracking keyword rankings is central to the success of all SEO activities. Keywords are a leading indicator for lead generation, along with organic search traffic and lead generation. Rank for the wrong keywords, and you will have wasted a lot of time and money. Rank for the right keywords, and your lead generation activities are likely to be very successful.

We conduct extensive keyword research using the Keyword Planner of Google Ads to tailor our on-site content to align with the keywords searched for by prospects.

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#fail: How to Suck at B2B Marketing Strategy

Sean Parnell - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

B2B Marketing Strategy & Failure

They say 80% of businesses fail, so it’s actually pretty easy to suck at B2B marketing strategy.

Still, a broken clock is right twice a day and you could get lucky, so here are some tips for covering all the bases in your next strategic marketing debacle.

Don’t Listen to Your Customers

The quickest way to fail is to ignore the people who might actually buy from you.

You know what’s best for your channel partners and customers, so why bother with getting their input? After all, it would be better if we didn’t have to deal with them at all, right? So why would we want to [gulp] actually talk to them? [shudder] It’s better to just go with your gut or just wing it altogether, what could go right?

Market research?

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Why SEO?

Sean Parnell - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

B2B Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Before you jump into the bottomless pool of opinion on how to do B2B search engine optimization (SEO), it’s important to consider an often-overlooked question in the overheated debate around SEO strategy: Why do it? What is the underlying goal?

SEO is perhaps the single most misunderstood factor around the process of creating a B2B website in the hope of converting visitors into customers: if you don’t have high-quality content aligned to a sales and marketing strategy, an SEO strategy is worthless.

The Whole Point

Strange but true – SEO efforts often overlook the fundamental purpose behind the whole exercise: delivering information to a target audience in a way that will prompt them to buy what you’re selling.

A strategy that delivers a bigger audience to a website that has nothing to say is not a strategy at all.

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#fail: How to Write B2B Blogs that Suck

Pat Dunnigan - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

How to Write B2B Blogs that Suck

There are a lot of ways to fail at B2B blogging and sometimes we feel as if we have seen them all, but then from out of the blue – and yes, the internet is in fact, mostly blue; we looked it up – will come a daring and original new form of just plain terrible blogging.

We’re looking at you,                   .com

But you don’t have to be super creative to fail at B2B blogging. There are plenty of ordinary ways to create B2B blog content that is limp, unreadable, ineffective or that actively repels or offends your prospects.

We’re going to walk you through some of the best ways to accomplish all of those things, because while the concept of terrible blogging can be somewhat subjective, terrible B2B blogging happens in some pretty specific ways.

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