Activating Persona Insights

As leaders, we do a lot of work to understand our audience. We talk to customers, we survey buyers, we watch and interpret traffic patterns. All of this research gives us insights into what messages and offers are most likely to resonate for a given audience segment. However, the knowledge is only valuable if we

Untangling content and product marketing

As the discipline of content marketing matures I’ve had an increasing number of questions about it’s relationship to product marketing. The question arises in many forms. Do product and content marketers do the same job? Should every product marketer be a content marketer? Does product marketing need to exist any more? Do great product marketers need

Three Rules for Publishing High Impact Research

I recently read The Content Experience Report by Uberflip with much interest.  After all, content strategy is a big part of what we do here at the Marketing Advisory Network.  In summary, I think the report offers some good tips and is worth reading, particularly the section about navigation. However, the report also falls victim

Must-read books for 2018

Guest post by Erika Goldwater Books have always been my strongest foundations for learning and there is no shortage of great business and marketing books to keep me busy. I love to have a book in my hands and a notepad by my side. I am a voracious reader, sometimes reading two books a week.

Have customer satisfaction scores become useless?

Exceptional customer experiences are what drive word of mouth marketing.  As marketers we often strive to improve customer advocacy by using customer satisfaction surveys to collect feedback about our service interactions. Sadly, the method is easily manipulated and instead of soliciting sincere feedback, many teams are gaming the system to collect high scores. This is exactly