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Jeffrey L. Cohen
Regardless of how well you plan, every year has a few surprises that catch you while you weren’t paying attention.
Here is what nineteen experts reveal was their biggest surprise in the marketing sphere this past year.
While marketing made significant gains in 2012 in terms of social media, content marketing and mobile, not every campaign was a winner. There were notable marketing #FAILs in 2012.
Based on how effectively a marketing campaign’s executed, there’s a range of potential results from excellent to poor. But to fail in today’s always-on, connected social media ecosystem means the marketer is tone deaf to what’s happening in the world or hasn’t focused on the appropriate elements of their marketing plan.
Here’s what seventeen top marketers viewed as the top marketing #FAILs of 2012. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog
Content marketing and search optimization are intricately interwoven. Content provides context to better understand products and services. Going beyond text descriptions, it answers consumers’ questions at every step of the purchase process. Great content enriches your audience persuading them to choose your firm’s product through a variety of different formats and keywords. Sixteen experts give their advice for leveraging content marketing to support your search optimization plans. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog
Search optimization is a critical component of every marketing plan because it extends the reach of online and offline content and interactions. [Here's some SEO tips to start.] Search engines are where consumers go to get their questions answered 24/7 via computers, smartphones and tablets. To help, here are the suggestions of fifteen search optimization experts with a variety of different approaches to optimizing for search .
Mobile search is an integral part of any mobile marketing strategy with steady growth of smartphones and tablets. Use mobile search to ensure prospects and customers can find you when they actively look for you when they’re on-the-go. (Here’s some more mobile shopping data you need now!] Here’s advice from fifteen SEO experts regarding how to optimize you mobile search strategy. Your top priority for mobile should be to have a mobile optimized version of your website.
Social media plays an important role in search. Therefore, marketers should ensure that their social media marketing is optimized for their key search terms. Here are fifteen search experts’ recommendations for social media.
Search engine optimization (aka SEO) and blogs are intricately intertwined. By their nature, blogs are attractive to search engines. Here’s what 15 SEO experts recommend for maximizing your blog’s search optimization. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog.