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News, views, opinions and general musings from across the Fifth Ring world.

Building Engagement with the 'Always On'

by Michael Madden
13 Jan

The world around us has changed, our lives are becoming increasingly busy and we are now living in an age of 'always on.'

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Topics: Content, Marketing, Strategy

How to Fill Your Empty Social Media Schedule

by Michael Madden
11 Dec

We've all been there before. A blank social media calendar with no ideas to fill it. So you type "social media strategy" in google search and hope to find the creative spark that will help you produce killer content.

But, in reality, you'll be offered pages and pages of results all offering you the same thing. A downloadable template or calendar. This isn't going to change the game or help you stand out. Thousands of other marketers have just done the same thing. And, you are just adding to the growing list of crap. So don't waste your time. 

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy, Digital Marketing

10 Sloppy Social Media Mistakes to Fix NOW

by HubSpot
09 Oct

Mistakes are a healthy part of every marketing strategy, and they're certainly nothing to be ashamed of in the new(ish) world of social media. That said, being sloppy is a whole different story.

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Topics: Social Media, Marketing, Strategy, Digital Marketing

5 Simple Ways to Boost the Impact of Marketing Automation Workflows

by HubSpot
02 Oct

We've talked about the basics of marketing automation workflows quite a few times before. If you're reading this post, you are probably already running a few workflows. So I'm not going to talk about how to get them started -- Instead, I want to talk about what to do after you've got a few workflows under your belt.

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Marketing, Inbound Marketing

The Marketing Multiplier

by Chris Wolf
27 Sep

The real secrets of why companies with in-house marketing and
communications teams partner with agencies

Most small to mid-size businesses work with marketing and communications (a.k.a. marcomms) agencies on everything from sales campaigns to brand building. 

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy, Digital Marketing

How to Use Email Newsletters to Boost Organic Search Traffic

by HubSpot
25 Sep

You may be asking yourself, “How can something usually stuck behind an inbox or a mailbox, have anything to do with driving organic traffic to my website?” To illustrate how this works, I will share a recent experience of my own.

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Topics: Strategy, Digital Marketing, Inbound Marketing

The Age of Earned

by Fifth Ring
19 Sep

This is the age of earned. In recent times, there has increasingly been more focus on digital marketing for owned and paid media with the ability to accurately measure the result of our campaigns. But with public relations moving at a greater pace than anyone else in marketing and communications – turbo charged by digital, our skills are more relevant than ever. But we need to move fast to take advantage!

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Topics: Public Relations, Marketing, Strategy

How to present, like a boss, to your Board

by Chris Wolf
18 Sep

Private Equity boards are comprised of individuals with a significant amount of wealth at risk, so naturally, their primary concern is the growth trajectory of the company in which they invested. Beyond that, by the time you are presenting to your board, they will have conducted all of their due diligence before the buyout, and are now focused on the ongoing operations of the business. They want to see a structured plan that is a mix of aspirational and realistic, as well as the concrete steps that will be taken to achieve that growth. 

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy

Why Copywriting in 2019 Doesn't Mean Shit

by Alan Stobie
16 Sep

I was on Linkedin earlier. No, I wasn’t looking for a new job. I was looking at a friend request from someone involved in a strategic business streamlining network who had ‘felt some synergies between our business methodologies’ and felt it was a great idea to link. I didn’t really feel the synergy. Really, I didn’t. In fact I don’t know what synergy feels like…a tingling sensation? An unrelenting calling? Hives?

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Topics: Marketing, Strategy, Copywriting, Creative

How to brief your sales team. Before you make an exhibition of yourself.

by Michael Madden
06 May

 

The only thing worse than having no sales team, is having a poorly briefed one, because they won’t make you any money, but they will cost you.

So, how do you build a sales team that is high impact?

The answer is properly briefing your sales person (or team) to ensure they are well equipped to have conversations with your prospects, articulate the value of your event, and close the sale.

A well-briefed sales team is the key to an effective exhibition.

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Topics: Exhibitions, Marketing, Strategy, Sales team