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  • If you gather information to gain a strong understanding of your competitive landscape and market environment, you can improve your strategy across every area of marketing. Let's take a look at how to gather intel in three areas to help you stand out against your competition and win.

  • Marketers must stand out: not as the people who make things look pretty, but as the people who drive tangible value for their organization. These metrics can help prove that marketers are indispensable for growing any business.

  • B2B customers are demanding education and advice as part of the sales experience. They see through the bright and shiny marketing speak. They want proof. Real thought leadership is that proof. Take these four steps to identify your company's most powerful thought leaders and their perspectives.

  • As more and more consumers use voice search, they are often following up on those search results via voice as well—by calling the businesses they want to reach. Here's how you can make sure your business is set up for customers to find and connect with you via voice.

  • Thinking hard about how your approach to pricing impacts conversions and sales? When applied with know-how and finesse, the right psychological pricing tactics can turn your customers’ brains into buying machines. Well, almost. Here's how to put the basics of "price psych" into action.

  • "Customer participation" is sometimes used interchangeably with "customer engagement," but the former is so much more than the latter. In today's competitive business landscape, customer participation trumps customer engagement. Here's why the time to invest in customer participation is now.

  • The rise of smart speakers, smartphones, AI, and voice search is changing the SEO landscape before our eyes. Meanwhile, many marketers and businesses are just now catching up to text-based, traditional SEO. This is your opening—your opportunity to gain an edge over the competition.

  • Content on different channels and on different devices is consumed in different ways; as a result, there are more challenges for the storyteller, but more opportunities, too—including transmedia storytelling. Find out about the persuasive capabilities of storytelling across platforms.

  • What will 2019 bring for marketers? These predictions from 19 CMOs can help you figure out what to expect in four key areas, from creating better customer experiences to keeping marketing data secure. See how they can help you plan for a stronger 2019.

  • Your company probably has some social media presence. But if you're not incorporating it into your strategy for marketing to customers, you're missing out. to expand your customer base, keep current customers engaged, and increase profits, take steps to build a social media marketing plan.

  • Baffled. Enthralled. Amused. Maybe insulted. Those are just a few reactions you might experience when encountering a nail polish name. Whatever the emotion, top marketing executives agree the name is nearly as important as the color. That can be true for other products as well. Here's a high-level look at a naming project—along with naming tips and techniques that might prove useful for brand managers and marketing execs.

  • You have a business that specializes in providing a B2B service or product. But all your keyword search terms return results that are B2C. The unpleasant outcome? High bounce rates, irrelevant traffic, and low conversion percentages. So, how can you attract the right kind of audience via search?

  • Although the phone remains the most used customer service channel by consumers, its appeal appears to be declining, according to recent research. See what other channels are being used and by which generations.

  • The beloved American children's classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was published in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward department store. So it's tempting to think of it as yet another lasting piece of seasonal content marketing. Except Rudolph is so much more than that. It's also a handy framework for telling our own brand stories.

  • 21 industry stars, 21 pieces of valuable advice for you to up your marketing game in the new year: don't miss this special yearend video episode of the Marketing Smarts podcast!

  • Dear SEO professionals: Clients don't simply want our SEO recommendations... they want guaranteed results. Why should you offer SEO guarantees? When should you offer SEO guarantees? And what kind of SEO guarantees should you offer? Read on to find out.

  • Sponsoring an event can be an effective way to improve brand awareness, and it can even help your local SEO efforts. And sponsorship doesn't have to be monetary. Your company can give back in many ways—and get positive recognition in return.

  • Here's the hard truth: Most CMOs will never be able to get all their work done. Yet, Marketing is critical to the success or failure of organizations. The solution? A rigorous focus on the things that matter most. So here are three areas for CMOs to prioritize, and three to let go of.

  • Why is online marketing poised to be heavily influenced by AI? Because many marketing processes are already automated—and so can be managed by AI technologies relatively easily. And because AI can improve the performance of marketing campaigns and drive revenue. These three areas of marketing will likely be affected first.

  • Most B2C marketers are seeing improved results from content marketing and plan to increase their spending on it in the year ahead, according to annual research from MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute.