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MktgProbz 17: How to grow your influence

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MktgProbz 17: How to grow your influence

What most people fail to remember when they approach the challenge of growing their influence is the true meaning behind the all too often used word 'influencer' —i.e., a person who have influence in the lives of others.

How influential you are or become is NOT determined by the number of followers you have. Influence is determined by the depth of your relationship with the people whose lives and news feeds your content, voice, brand, and products permeate. Influence is something that is earned. It is not won by battling it out with your competition on adwords or pushing out 500 instagram posts a day. Influence is earned by gaining the respect, understanding, attention, and trust of the audience or community you're trying to reach.

Watch below as we deep dive into your #MarketingProbz questions on gaining influence in a new marketplace.

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#MktgProbz (11): How millennials can create content to share their expertise, while also maintaining the privacy of their clients and employers

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#MktgProbz (11): How millennials can create content to share their expertise, while also maintaining the privacy of their clients and employers

This #MktgProbz question was submitted by Ernest, after my last Millennial Playbook webcast with the LinkedIn Marketing Solutions team.

Question: How do millennials create content that shares expertise while balancing not releasing potentially sensitive information from their employer? In the early stages, creating content feels high risk low reward.

 

 

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#MktgProbz (09): HOW TO GAIN SOMEONE'S TRUST

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#MktgProbz (09): HOW TO GAIN SOMEONE'S TRUST

The Key to Gaining Trust

—this one is for Brenda, Joshua, & Katherine

#MarketingProbz? Everyone's got 'em.

 I'm on a mission to be part of the solution. Enjoy these two minute marketing solutions to solve your greatest marketing challenges (#MktgProbz) in this series of short videos.

Brenda, Joshua, and Katherine all have one major marketing challenge they're facing right now and what it boils down to is winning trust. 

In the episode below, I address the challenges facing Brenda, Joshua, and Katherine below in this minute marketing video. Watch below to find out our best strategy for gaining the trust of your target customer or audience, no matter what odds are stacked against you.

 

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Millennial #MarketingProbz—guest host Alex Rynne from LinkedIn

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Millennial #MarketingProbz—guest host Alex Rynne from LinkedIn

SHOW NOTES—

Here's the 101 on Alex Rynnebasically she's a top millennial marketer, contributor to Social Media Examiner, and all around boss.

Alex Rynne is on the front lines of content marketing at revolution at LinkedIn. She's passionate about social media and the power it has to connect and inspire people around the globe.

Today, Alex manages Global Content & Social Media Strategy at LinkedIn, elevating the brand to marketers looking to grow their business and careers. Specifically, Alex serves as the voice of the LinkedIn Marketing Solutions brand across all channels, guiding content marketing strategy as well as managing paid, owned and earned distribution and amplification.

Alex started the Millennial Minute blog to clear up some misconceptions about our generation in the media, and to provide other marketers a better understanding at to "who" millennials really are.

THIS EPISODE—

In this episode Alex and I share our experiences at Advertising Week 2016 (#AWNewYork), our strategies for consistency in content creation, insights on hiring, and Alex shares how she landed the job of her dreams at LinkedIn!

As much as I love talking with Alex, we really want to hear what you have to say. So follow up with us both on Twitter and LinkedIn with #MktgProbz!

 

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HOW TO FIND THE BEST CHANNEL FOR YOUR CONTENT

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HOW TO FIND THE BEST CHANNEL FOR YOUR CONTENT

PART DEUX—A mathematical equation

I am of the belief that everyone should experience working in a restaurant at some point in their lifetime. The food biz teaches you discipline, teamwork, the perils of becoming a grumpy old bar patron, and every disgruntled consumer’s favorite mantra: the customer is always right. The theory “your customer is always right” is a great for teaching one how to maintain his or her poise under pressure and uphold the standards and quality of the brand or company he or she represents. Generally, I think most people would agree that “the customer is always right”... until you realize that the customer you’re working with is actually the wrong one.

On #MktgProbz this week we answer the question, how to find your brand’s best channel for social media. In the video I share the strategic approach I employ when preparing to open up a new channel of communication with my audience. But, truthfully, the answer to this question is more complex than a 3-minute video would allow for. Below I deconstruct what makes a channel the right one for your brand, and you can refer to #MktgProbz episode 06 for instruction on how to apply this for your company or personal brand.

I) What is social media good for? More than you think.

Communication has two major purposes. One, to share information and, two, to create understanding. This seems simple enough, right? Good, so we can all agree that social media is just a technologically enhanced way of communicating. Right? Wrong. Social media is a lot more than that. Social media is most often utilized by brands as a public form of discourse. What’s the difference? It’s visibility.

Social media platforms are visibly public channels of communication that enable us to have personal conversations across time and space. Not seeing the importance here? Public communication or symbolic expression has way more implication on the world around us than does private, interpersonal conversation. Social media rhetoric (aka—activity, media, communication) doesn’t just create one-to-one impact and understanding. Rather, the unprecedented visibility of social media communication creates meaning is society which, in turn, helps us make sense of our experiences, construct our identities, and live our public lives.

Why does any of this matter? Because it alters the reason for communicating in the first place. When your customers are on social media they’re not looking for a sales pitch, a giveaway, a promotion, or a product demo. They’re looking to gain some greater understanding about the things they are experiencing, themselves, and everything going on in the crazy world around them. But, when you take a look at a lot of the content marketers are serving up on social media few brands are putting out content that satisfies an audience's’ hunger for deep understanding and identification in a technologically enhanced world.

II) Why is this absolutely vital for you?

All this to say, that your blog, your Twitter, your Snapchat, your Facebook, Instagram, and more are not about you. They are about your customer. And, it matters A LOT as to who that customer is, what he or she wants to understand, and where they’re looking for it.

The fit of each marcom (or “marketing communications”) channel can be assessed through a simple PQ x CP equation. PQ is the prospect quality, or how closely the audience on a specific channel matches your target customer. CP is the conversion probability, or where this individual is in your customer lifecycle journey. Each channel has a different combination of PQ x CP fit. AKA—there is no single channel by which you should communicate to individuals at every stage in your customer lifecycle. Instead, think about each channel as being perfect for communicating with intent at a specific stage in the customer journey. In #MktgProbz I start and end my strategy with why. I did this intentionally to make the point that before you can determine where is the best place to communicate you must first identify for what reason and with whom, specifically, it is that you want to communicate with.

So, before you decide to open up a new marcom channel first ask yourself why. Take a look at your customer journey. Identify the areas in which you see targeted or qualified leads fall off the funnel. Figure out “who” that person is. What characteristics do your fallen prospects share? What about their journey is similar? Do some research and figure out what this segment is looking for that you are not supplying. Once you identify who this audience is and what are they seek to understand, you can then appropriately assess the different social media channels available to you for best fit. Ultimately, in marketing it will serve you well to remember that your brand is not a Denny’s. The customer is always right mantra has no place here. Instead, marketers should live & die by the theory theory that only the right customer is always right.

 

Are you communicating by default, or by design?

—this #MktgProbz episode is for Jason!

 
 
 

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Youth Empowerment Podcast

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Youth Empowerment Podcast

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Personal branding in the context of college football

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Personal branding in the context of college football

My method for building your personal,“hero" brand.

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3 tactics to align your marketing efforts

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3 tactics to align your marketing efforts

#Marketing Probz? Find the answers to your greatest marketing challenge here!

QUESTION OF THE DAY GOES TO JOSH: his SaaS software company needs help finding a clear direction and purpose for their marketing efforts

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Communicating the value of social media

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Communicating the value of social media

#Marketing Probz? Everbody's got 'em, and I'm eager to help them get solved. 

Today's question was from Searcy: her greatest marketing challenge is communicating the value and ROI of social media to her prospects and customers

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