A dozen professionals from Forbes Communications Council share insights they've learned from other sectors; for example, DataStax's Eric Brown advises communicating emotion first and facts second. Ambra Health's Mini Peiris says film studios like Pixar show business-to-business marketers the power of storytelling, with "emotional highs and lows, a hero and a villain, to make customer stories easier to relate to and more memorable."
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LinkedIn's advanced people-search tool can be used to build an audience for a targeted group, inviting them to join with personalized messaging. The group can help pinpoint customer pain points and foster trust by providing information to tackle their problems, Josh Turner writes.
Become a leader on social media by demonstrating knowledge, integrity, innovation and wisdom. Invest time in building an audience by engaging with key influencers and providing educational content that speaks to your community.
Ben Davis explains the difference between segmentation and personalization driven by artificial intelligence. He describes how machine learning can sift through vast quantities of digital user-generated content to identify products that might be of most interest to prospects.
To keep prospects engaged, provide content tailored for social media channels -- Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn -- and be responsive and conversational. The total number of interactions can be used as a measure for customer engagement on social; it is also important to look at how long visitors spend on each page, and how many return.
Register now for the 2017 ANA Digital & Social Media Conference, presented by Meredith, July 12 to 14, in San Diego, Calif. Hear the latest on AR, VR, AI, social media, e-commerce, native advertising, content marketing, measurement and more. Speakers include:
Lucas Watson, CMO at Intuit
Karin Timpone, global CMO at Marriott International
Brian Beitler, EVP and CMO at Lane Bryant
Doug Busk, global group director of digital communications and social media at The Coca-Cola Co.
Heather Figallo, senior director of innovation and labs at Southwest Airlines
Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, chief content officer at Mattel Brian Hovis, head of customer acquisition, media and digital, at Nordstrom