Is Social Media Marketing the New Snake Oil of Today’s Marketing World

Marketing on the Web has become a black hole of intuition and analysis of data that compares to augury practices from the Middle Ages. There is a vast array of “Thought Leaders” and “Typing Heads” that present themselves as authoritative on the inner workings of search engines, branding, social media marketing, email marketing, lead generation, and the list continues to grow with confusing acronyms and trade speak words that are yet to be defined. Continue reading “Is Social Media Marketing the New Snake Oil of Today’s Marketing World”

What I Have Seen in Content Lately

I encourage my team to read a lot of marketing and branding articles. To make sure I am not preaching and not practicing what I preach, I have been perusing many different types of content lately in an informal survey. Reading 4-5 blogs, articles, Tweets, etc.  a day for the last year has led me to several conclusions. Continue reading “What I Have Seen in Content Lately”

We Hate “Like” Buttons

What if I saw you were eating my favorite type of ice cream and I said to you; “I like you.” First, you would think that I am crazy since I don’t know you and then you think; “So what?” Then forget about me. That is the relevance of the “Like” button on your company’s web page or social media site. Continue reading “We Hate “Like” Buttons”

Ice Bucket Challenge Shows the Gray Area of Social Media Marketing

The Ice Bucket Challenge results are what every social media marketer dreams of when their heads hit the pillow at night. Virality, a ginormously successful call to action, and engagement make this the perfect case study of why SMM campaigns work and why traction for media campaigns is so difficult to attain. Implementing the Continue reading “Ice Bucket Challenge Shows the Gray Area of Social Media Marketing”

What It Takes to Make It In Social Media Marketing

Everyone at 7x lives in the world of SMM(social media marketing) and GH(growth hacking-hate the term, growth marketing should be the moniker and is gaining acceptance). My personal perspective is from many years of living with the ebbs and flows of algorithms that at one point made me envision that I would be retired by this time. Instead, I have become addicted to Continue reading “What It Takes to Make It In Social Media Marketing”