Happy International Women’s Day!

Margaret Thatcher once said, “If you want anything done, ask a woman.” We concur.

As a woman-owned, woman-run American small business, we couldn’t be prouder of our fellow female entrepreneurs, business leaders, and creatives on this day. Happy International Women’s Day from The Social Campfire! We always, always believe in you. ❤

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LinkedIn courts users in emerging markets with LinkedIn Lite, online job placement tests — TechCrunch

As LinkedIn continues to wait for the close of its $26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft, it continues to build out its business, with the latest developments on the international front. Last week, LinkedIn announced that it had hit 100 million users in Asia Pacific, and today at an event in Delhi, India, it unveiled three new…

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5 Must-Read Marketing Articles for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs know that there is no quitting: learning and growth are a daily rite to remain competitive and lead in the marketplace. With that said, here are 5 must-read marketing articles for today’s driven entrepreneur, CEO, CMO, or VP of Marketing. No matter who you are – marketing matters to you – and getting a handle on what is proven, and what’s just buzz, can get you to growth and ROI much quicker.

Here are The Social Campfire’s five picks for this week: 

Fix Your Social Media Strategy by Taking it Back to Basics

Harvard Business Review forecasts that marketers plan to double their spending on social media in the next five years. However, a report by IBM indicates that  nearly half of CMOs believe they are not prepared to manage the challenges of social media. This disparity highlights an important, and potentially costly, problem: Marketers continue to increase social media spending, yet many are still uncertain about management, strategies, and integration.

Explore how to go back to basics – with social media and marketing in general – to define your social strategy now and in the future in a way that creates impact – and ROI – to go along with that budget.

Are you Experienced? The Final Frontier of Content Marketing is all about You. 

First it was television, then came the constant bombardment of social media but now, marketing has found a new place right back where it started: the human experience. Experiential marketing is the best way to get your content exactly where you want it – with the people.

It’s important to note that at time when most people mistrust advertising, we are beginning to use real people to tell brand stories for us. The ability to be authentic and credible through real-world experiences is integral for brand trust. Great brands should be eager to create unfiltered engagements with their audiences, and experiential approaches to their marketing strategies do just that. Read more above.

Google’s Smart Bidding will soon include ability to set Target CPA by device in AdWords

Smart Bidding reporting is getting more robust, and the bid automation tool will continue to take more conversion signals into account, says Google. Powered by machine learning, Smart Bidding can factor in millions of signals to determine the optimal bid, and it continually refines models of your conversion performance at different bid levels.

Just a couple of days ago, Google introduced Smart Bidding, a new umbrella name for automated bidding strategies including Target CPA, Target ROAS and Enhanced CPC in AdWords and DoubleClick Search. Coming soon is the ability to set different Target CPA goals by device in search and display campaigns. This will roll out to all advertisers in the next few weeks. Learn more about Smart Bidding in the article above.

Giving Your B2B Buyer Personas a Makeover 

You’ve spent the time, effort and sweat equity to build B2B buyer personas. But, when you look at them, you’re not quite sure what to use them for or how to do it. Perhaps it’s time to assess your personas and give them a makeover to strengthen their contribution to content marketing performance. This article explains how to go about it.

Storytelling 301: Site Content as a Story 

Feel like you’re already over the term “storytelling” without ever really having understood how you can successfully apply it to your writing? You aren’t alone. Like so much jargon, this amazingly powerful and useful word is in serious danger of being consigned to LinkedIn profiles and marketing parody.

Read this article to get real – applying the logic of storytelling to site content in a way that really makes sense for your brand and business – which is more than just buzzwords or trendy tactics.

Curious about any of the marketing fundamentals and thought leadership in these articles? Give us a call at (321) 574-3854 or email us at content@thesocialcampfire.com to learn more today. 

 

 

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Don’t ask women why they should earn more–demand that managers justify paying them less — Quartz

This spring the U.S. women’s soccer team sued the sport’s governing body over wage discrimination, arguing their success should earn the players as much as their male counterparts. For Stanford labor economist and professor emerita Myra Strober, the US soccer lawsuit is a classic case of pay inequity. “Perhaps women soccer players in earlier days…

via Don’t ask women why they should earn more–demand that managers justify paying them less — Quartz

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10 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing is Essential to Today’s Small Business

Small businesses are still wondering why social media marketing matters. Whether your company is B2B or B2C, you can and will benefit from social media to help drive your sales and marketing efforts.

My theory is that once small businesses understand the impact that social media can have on their target audience, their current customers, and the future of their brand, they will soon wonder how they lived without it.

At The Social Campfire, it’s my job to not only create and take responsibility for small business social media marketing efforts, but it’s also my duty to explain to entrepreneurs and business owners how they can tangibly benefit from platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

In today’s post, I’d like to share 10 of the biggest reasons why Social Media Marketing is essential for today’s small business online marketing strategy:

1. Establish Trust 

You probably haven’t even thought about it when it comes to your business, but when was the last time you held in high esteem a company that couldn’t be found online? Sure, it happens in rare cases – perhaps there’s an amazing, treasure trove Thai spice and grocery store down the street or an eclectic used book store owned by some of the nicest people in the neighborhood. They don’t have a website, and you still love their business. However, more often than not, a presence online is very similar to a nice, clean physical store window.

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Blog Potpourri: Jessica’s Latest Client Blog Posts

Thanks for visiting! Check out a sample of my most recent client blog posts and collaborations; you may find something you need!

50K Press Releases Later – What Do We Know about Press Release Publishing and Campaign Customization? 

Published via the Vial Momentum healthcare marketing website, this blog reviews PR.co’s data on 50,000 Press Releases published on their platform thus far, and offers advice on press release publishing and campaign customization and personalization.

What You Missed in the Medical Device Industry in May 2015 

I wrote Kapstone Medical’s monthly roundup blog for May 2015, which includes the hottest monthly stories you may have missed in orthopedics, spine, medical technology, and 3D printing.

Physical Therapy for Spine Conditions 

This neurosurgery blog, written by me along with Dr. Michael Gomez of Miami, FL, explains why physical therapy is important for your spine condition.

Synergy between Sales and Marketing Teams in the MedTech Industry

Med Tech companies come in all shapes and sizes, whether it is a team of 20 dedicated engineers and staff or a force of thousands. These organizations, with unique attributes and value propositions, require a strategic, solid marketing plan in order to properly monitor, adjust, and measure online marketing goals.

This Vial Momentum blog discusses the symbiotic relationship your company can create between your sales and marketing teams to find success throughout your entire sales funnel.

Need professional blogs written for your business to help optimize SEO and drive your online traffic? Email me directly: Jessica@TheSocialCampfire.com

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How Content Marketing Will Dominate 2015 and Beyond

Interested in how to kick start your brand’s marketing strategy in 2015?

Invest in Content Marketing.

What is Content Marketing? And Why Is It Important? 

When brands and businesses create and distribute content that is relevant and engaging to their target audience, they are able to influence their audience through their expertise and value.

In today’s digital marketplace, the consumer has more power than ever to make choices and influence others’ decisions. By building trust through content, and using that content to influence customer action, you are investing in a highly relevant way to attract business in 2015.

In Fact…

  • 93% of B2B companies and 90% of all organizations used content marketing as a primary marketing strategy in 2014, and the use of content will continue to grow throughout 2015 and beyond.
  • Through the rest of 2015, more money from PPC, SEO, and Social Media will be allocated to content.
  • B2B businesses report generating 67% more leads per month by publishing blogs.
  • 58% of B2B marketers plan to increase their content marketing budgets in 2015.
  • Interesting content is one of the top 3 reasons that people follow brands on social media.

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Big Hire: Cathy Englebert CEO at Deloitte, Women Continue to Rise in Business

Waking up to some Terrific-Tuesday-worthy news via Twitter: Cathy Englebert will be named CEO of Deloitte, the first-ever female head of a Big Four Consulting and Accounting firm.

Besides the fact that the Big Four was a big part of my world a couple of years ago, I am inspired by this hiring because of the sheer difficulty for a woman thus far to attain such a prestigious position in the Big Four world. Its culture is interesting, to say the least…at times, a mirror of the fractured yet current male-driven American business culture as a whole. Despite all that, strong, very capable women in these prestigious firms and in business of all sizes across the country continue to root themselves deeply in the foundation of the American business infrastructure.

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