Re-Evaluating Content KPIs in a Sea of Shifting Editorial Policies
With the recent shifts in policies affecting social feeds and the media players who feed them, how can content marketers cope with these changes? Discover some ways to interpret key performance indicators and streamline your content strategy to be more powerful in the ever-evolving online marketplace.
10 Zapier Apps All Content Marketers Should Use
Wherever your marketing seems to slip into a neverending time suck, there’s likely a Zap to help. Martech expert Ben Beck shares his picks for the best Zapier apps to help you save countless hours, from optimizing social posts to automating contact lists and notifications.
The 5 Hottest Martech Categories for 2018
Have you refreshed your martech stack? Ben Beck recaps 2017 and shares the top five marketing technology categories for 2018, including: content marketing, big data, machine learning, social media marketing, and analytics.
AMP Stories and Email: Google Flexes Its AMP Muscles During Breakout Week
This week, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project shows its might. Also, that embedded tweet on your blog might be violating copyright laws; Chrome is set to destroy annoying ads from your browsing experience; and you may want to think twice about grabbing screenshots from Instagram Stories.
How Martech Is Rescuing the Marketing Profession (Without Trying to “Annoy People”)
Too much recent buzz has focused on the bad or “annoying” side of marketing tech. But that’s just missing the point. Martech expert Ben Beck outlines a more positive approach to embracing the best of martech to the betterment of every customer or potential customer, and ultimately your brand’s long-term success.
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Who Scores Better at Being an Editorial Assistant: Alexa or Siri?
Can AI personal assistants really *assist* in the process of creating better quality work? And generally make life easier for writers? We asked both Alexa and Siri a bunch of questions (and a few requests) to see who has the greatest potential as an at-home editorial assistant. Who’s better at grammar, fact-checking, spelling, language and more? See who wins in our final scorecards.
A Fireside Chat With Alexa on the State of Her Voice-Search Technology (and Social Skills)
Voice search is here… And it’s on the cusp of accelerating into more and more facets of our (content marketing) lives. So we took a break for a fun social experiment on Amazon Alexa’s current state of social skills, in a one-on-one interview with the queen bee of smart speakers.
How to Burst the Social Media Bubble With Lookalike Audience Matching
Has your brand got caught in a social media bubble? Break out. One way that midsize companies are broadening their reach on social media is through the gain and manipulation of lookalike audiences. Martech expert Ben Beck shows you how you can create lookalike audiences and make them work to your advantage.
How to Audit Your Martech Stack and Eliminate Bloat in 2018
Out with the old and in with the new… martech. Ben Beck offers his seven recommended steps to keep your organziation on track and up-to-date. Find out how you can conduct an effective audit of your martech stack, trim off that excess, and enjoy a freshly streamlined set of tools in 2018.
Bitcoin, Blockchain, Content Marketing: How They Connect, Why It Matters
Bitcoin and content marketing? Where’s the relationship? Blockchain. If you’ve heard of blockchain, it was likely in connection with Bitcoin. But blockchain is far more than simply the method of recording Bitcoin ownership. Let’s take a look at what blockchain is, and then how it relates to content marketing.
Moving Beyond Gated Content: Other Tech to Help Generate Leads
Driving consumers to a landing page to capture their contact info in exchange for something (white paper, case study, webinar, etc.) might be a tried-and-true technique for lead gen, but has your go-to strategy lost its mojo? Rethink your entire approach to “the content gate” with these fresh martech ideas.
What the Facebook News Feed Apocalypse Means for Your Brand
This week, the Facebook news feed apocalypse is finally upon us. Also, Vine is coming back as V2; Amazon is primed to cut into Google’s search dominance; and YouTube is done pairing sponsored ads with risky content.
8 Simple Sources for Creating Artificial Intelligence to Make Your Own Chatbot
Looking to build your own chatbot AI? In today’s #MarTechMonday post, Ben Beck offers eight sources to jumpstart your efforts.
Two Significant Additions Will Change How You Use Instagram in 2018
This week, two major changes are setting up Instagram for a huge 2018. Facebook is (finally) nearly ready to let you know actual reach. And marketers, get ready to spend more on audience data.
Getting Ahead of Martech Disruptions in 2018: Voice Search and Autonomous Cars
Have you dedicated a portion of your resources for experimental content, to prepare for future martech shifts? Take a look at two of the technology trends that you should account for when making your marketing plans for 2018: voice-enabled content platforms and autonomous vehicles.
Facebook’s New Study Might Change How You Use Direct Messages
This week, direct messages and emojis may be the future of your marketing communication. Also, Facebook gives more insight about who is sharing your videos; Snapchat is making its app easier to use; and Messenger Day and Facebook Stories combine in hopes that somebody starts using them.