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Practitioner Marketing Builds Killer Apptitude

October 12, 2017 - Influencer marketing

What does it take to find a killer app? Killer Apptitude—that is, knowing how to suss out the most compelling problems to solve. Does it have to be the best technology? No. Does it have to be the smartest approach? No. So how can you…

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Practitioner Marketing Ethics

October 3, 2017 - influencer content marketing

As Fixate continues to innovate in the area of influencer marketing by recruiting technical practitioners who create persuasive, authentic content marketing for technical markets, we find there are many aspects of this approach that are still undefined. Among them is the all-important question: What is…

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Injecting a Marketing Gene into Developers, Engineers, and Scientists

September 28, 2017 - Marketing

I have both a technical background and a marketing background, so I get that marketing for developers can seem like a  chore. When I was working primarily in a scientific and engineering research environment, I did a lot of liberalarts-splaining where Drama majors told me…

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What the Photon! The Power of Nerd Cursing in Practitioner Marketing

September 19, 2017 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing

Who would advocate something as silly as nerd cursing in practitioner marketing? I humbly take that bow. Content marketing is not just messaging. Content marketing is a tool used to create a relationship with your customer. Practitioner marketing deploys content created by a practitioner, using…

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Viral Posts Don’t Necessarily Mean an Epidemic

September 12, 2017 - influencer content marketing, Share of voice

Our last post about how Kubernetes won the share of voice war with Docker and dominates the market of open source container orchestration engines just went viral! http://designextensions.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/OfficeHighFive.gif That is so cool! Yet, while we were patting ourselves on the back, we caught a glimpse…

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Connecting Keywords and SOV

August 29, 2017 - Share of voice

Calculating share of voice (SOV), and building and maintaining keyword strategies are often two disparate activities. While this may be okay operationally, strategically, they are linked at the hip, and changes in one will impact the other. The challenge we have seen for our customers…

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Content Marketer’s Notebook: When Should I Outsource Content?

August 17, 2017 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing

Even the largest companies have a limit to their content marketing budgets.  Part of the role of the marketing professional is to know when to create content in-house, or outsource content. By starting with your business goals and metrics, this decision can be easy to…

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How to Create a Topic Strategy to Increase SOV

August 8, 2017 - influencer content marketing

The details matter in content marketing. One of the peskier details that is difficult to get right is topic selection that can move the needle on your share of voice (SOV). When marketing to a technically savvy audience, this can become a particularly gnarly problem…

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Why Effective Content Marketing Needs Inefficient Communication to Achieve Thought Leadership

August 3, 2017 - Marketing

Effective content marketing has inefficient communication built-in to get customers to reach out. For example, effective content marketing relies on repetition, incomplete information to tantalize customers, and promises, hooks, and emotional tugs rather than just providing information or answers. Practitioner influencer marketing has integrity, but…

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The Inefficiency of Efficient Communication

August 1, 2017 - Business Psychology

One of the biggest myths I’ve had to confront as a professional is the holy grail of so-called “efficient” communication. What I’ve learned on a personal level is that efficient communication is not necessarily effective, and I’ve seen this play out to the detriment of…

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