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Dan Blank: “Best Practices” lead to mediocre results


by Jeff Molander
jeff-at-thoughtshapers.com


“Best practices are often used to try to reduce the risk of failure.  But oftentimes, these strategies are things that worked well six months ago, and… that the value you will eek out of it will be meager and hard fought… I see this again and again in social media. Instead of people thinking INTENTLY about their customers and how to serve them, they look for tactics on how to increase followers or ‘grow their conversion.’

So they move from flavor of the week to flavor of the week of jargon, tactics, and strategies. And they are often too slow and too late to create any meaningful value.”

Dan Blank
We Grow Media

June 04, 2010

Resources

Multi Channel Retailing



Thoughtshape of the Week: Ron Shevlin


by Jeff Molander
jeff-at-thoughtshapers.com




“Marketing is suffering from Ignis-fatuus-itis.”


* Igni fatuus: Something that misleads or deludes; an illusion.





Ron Shevlin
Sr. Analyst
Aite Group
(via Slideshare)

May 21, 2010

Multi Channel Retailing



ThoughtShape of the Week: Adam Singer


by Jeff Molander
jeff-at-thoughtshapers.com

“As more businesses realize the truth, that every company is now a media company, the number of organizational entities contributing content to the web will continue to increase. 

Yet as the supply of content increases, the aggregate amount of attention available remains static, meaning the fight for attention is an aggressive, daily battle across the spectrum of niches… Fresh content only happens as a by-product of being agile.”

Adam Singer
TheFutureBuzz.com

August 22, 2009

Resources

Multi Channel Retailing

Lead Generation Strategy

Interactive Business



ThoughtShape of the Week: Charles Wiedenhoft


by Jeff Molander
jeff-at-thoughtshapers.com


“As an avid Internet marketer, I continue to be amazed by the occurrence of discussions that focus more on how to boost Web analytic capabilities and less on figuring out what those numbers mean or, even worse, how to profit from them…

I propose that Internet marketing agencies and internal departments do away with the job title ‘Web analyst’ and instead take time to establish and conduct cross-training programs with all personnel to help them understand what the figures mean and how best to use them in order to meet or exceed a campaign’s stated objectives. In the end, marketing departments will have a much easier time showing a quantifiable return for the investments made.”

Charles Wiedenhoft
Red Door Interactive

February 12, 2009

Resources

Multi Channel Retailing

Lead Generation Strategy



ThoughtShape of the Week: Chris Rollyson


by Jeff Molander
jeff-at-thoughtshapers.com


“The financial crunch will accelerate social network adoption among those focused on substance rather than flash…

Social media can save money.. how much did it cost the Obama campaign in time and money to raise $500 million? Extremely little....

People like to get involved and contribute, when you can frame the activity as important and you provide the tools to facilitate meaningful action. Engagement raises profits and can decrease costs. Engaged customers, for example, tend to leave less often than apathetic customers…

Social media presents many new possibilities for revenue, but to see them, look outside existing product silos. Focus on customer experience by engaging customers, not with your organization, but with each other...”

Chris Rollyson
The Global Human Capital Journal

January 12, 2009

Resources

Emerging Technologies

Multi Channel Retailing

Lead Generation Strategy



ThoughtShape of the Week: Lewis Green


by Jeff Molander
jeff-at-thoughtshapers.com


“At the end of the day, the objective of inbound marketing is not conversation for its own sake, as some social media evangelists suggest, but to use those conversations to learn as much as we can about what customers most want and need from us…

... and then create great customer experiences by meeting those wants and needs at the right time and the right place, which are when customers contact us and wherever they do so.”

Lewis Green
L and G Business Solutions

January 03, 2009

Resources

Multi Channel Retailing

Lead Generation Strategy



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