Michael Hurlock

Michael Hurlock

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Pandemic offers chance to change focus just four years after £10m deal UK pub and hotel chain Fuller's has bet the farm on Microsoft Dynamics to run its core finance system after it kicked out a £10m Infor system following the sell-off of its brewery business.…
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The FTC's chief technologist aims to shift away from reliance on legalistic remedies to stop data abuses and wants technologists who understand ad tech and algorithms to help. The post Now hiring: The FTC seeks ad tech and social media experts as it shifts its approach to investigating data abuses appeared first on Digiday.
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Goldman Sachs is aiming to create an exchange-traded fund dedicated to decentralized finance and blockchain technology, a regulatory filing on Monday shows.
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Gas comprises about 6.2% of India’s primary energy mix, far behind the global average of 24%. The central government plans to increase this share to 15% by 2030
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The three horsemen of the borkpocalypse: CMOS error, XP and... death BORK!BORK!BORK!  Windows XP is coming up to a 20th birthday yet it is heartening to see that the OS can still be guaranteed to take its place as one of the three horsemen of the borkpocalypse.…
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Mark Read first walked the hallways of WPP, a then nascent holding company, in the late 1980s when he was just embarking on his career in advertising. There was no way for him to know that almost 30 years later--in 2018, to be precise--he would occupy the office of CEO. Read's tenure as CEO began...
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After more than a decade of delays, Russia finally launched a long-awaited research module to the ISS this week. The module is called the Russian Multipurpose Research Module (MLM) and is known as Nauka. The laboratory was supposed to have arrived and been fitted to the orbiting space station 14 years ago. Nauka launched on Wednesday, July 21 at 1058 … Continue reading
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The U.K. media company has seen its e-commerce affiliate revenue increase by 56% in the first half of 2021 to represent more than 30% of its total revenue. The post Future PLC drove nearly $1 billion in e-commerce sales in 2020 appeared first on Digiday.
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How is successful B2B marketing like a master jeweler working with diamonds of the digital marketing variety? Diamonds are forever, as the 1971 James Bond film and its title song made famous, and with the archival global power of the web, your B2B marketing efforts are also likely to endure — so why not strive to make them truly memorable? Also like diamonds, B2B marketing is a multifaceted endeavor. Let's explore five enduring tactics that can help you achieve B2B content marketing clarity and create your own digital marketing diamonds. 1 — Achieve Content Marketing Clarity via GIPHY Bring diamond-like clarity to your B2B content marketing by identifying and focusing on the heart of your effort’s primary goal. While it can be tempting to digress into periphery elements of the topic at hand, honing in on the purpose of your content and delivering a clear answer in providing it will make your marketing creations shine with diamond-like brilliance. Part of providing content marketing clarity is knowing what your audience is hoping to learn from what you’ve got on tap, and this type of knowledge can come from a number of places. One of the best sources for finding the root topics that your audience is seeking information about are the tools and services that show the questions people are asking online. Some of the question research tools that B2B marketers can benefit from include: Answer the Public StoryBase SEMrush’s Topic Research Competitive Research Tool Ahrefs Google Search Console KeywordTool.io BuzzSumo’s Question Analyzer Other often-untapped resources for finding out what your audience is looking for include: Asking Directly with Polls, Surveys, Focus Groups & Questionnaires Tapping Into Search Intent From Voice Search & Chatbots Online Form Queries, Server Log Files, & E-mail Questions You can learn more about each of these tools and tactics in my “10 Smart Question Research Tools for B2B Marketers,” and also dig in to other relevant questions in the following helpful articles: 9 Questions to Ask When Hiring a B2B Influencer Marketing Agency B2B Influencer Marketing Strategy: 5 Questions to Ask First Project Management FAQ: Top Questions B2B Marketers Ask About Projects and Process 4 Questions to Drive More Productive Marketing Meetings Clarity in B2B content marketing can help deliver a diamond rating to your efforts, so take the time to research and fully understand what you’re trying to achieve with any written, visual, or audio marketing efforts. [bctt tweet="“Honing in on the purpose of your content and delivering a clear answer in providing it will make your marketing creations shine with diamond-like brilliance.” — Lane R. Ellis @lanerellis" username="toprank"] 2 — Get a Cut Above With a Marathon of Commitment via GIPHY In today’s B2B marketing world it takes more than a little commitment to get a cut above when it comes to crafting the best digital diamonds of content. B2B marketing’s lengthier sales cycles mean you’ll need dedication and commitment to achieve the type of long-term success that powers businesses outside of the B2C realm. You don't necessarily need to be Batman or Robin to craft compelling and memorable B2B content, however you will need commitment. B2B marketing is more akin to a marathon than a sprint, and I’ve explored the similarities between marathon running and marketing in “26.2 B2B Marathon Marketing Lessons,” along with the importance of proper pacing when you’re in it for the long marketing haul, in “5 Payoffs B2B Marketers Win From Precision Pacing.” [bctt tweet="“B2B marketing’s lengthier sales cycles mean you’ll need dedication and commitment to achieve the type of long-term success that powers businesses outside of the B2C realm.” — Lane R. Ellis @lanerellis" username="toprank"] 3 — Finding Hidden Gems Can Sometimes Be Key via GIPHY Not all that glitters is gold, yet what’s hidden out of sight just below the surface are often gems that can digitally bejewel your B2B marketing content, if you know where and when to look. Although no handy treasure maps are on offer, B2B marketers can use a number of tactics to unearth the hidden gems that will set your content apart. Doing your own research and investigation can often be the best way to go beyond what everybody else is doing, allowing you to go far beyond the same few tactics and techniques that are often repeated in perpetuity in all-too-similar how-to guides and lists. Creating original B2B research that's both credible and impactful is the focus of our CEO Lee Odden's insightful "How to Optimize Original B2B Research Content For Credibility and Impact." [bctt tweet="“Brands that co-create experiential content with relevant experts and influencers can build industry confidence, grow brand trust, create a more effective digital customer experience and drive business growth.” — Lee Odden @LeeOdden" username="toprank"] 4 — Making The Hardest Substance Into a Softer Journey via GIPHY Diamonds are famously and unyieldingly inflexible, but that doesn’t mean that the marketing journey you offer your audience can’t be a pleasant one. Some B2B industries may have notoriously friction-riddled obstacles, and smart marketers will turn these challenges into opportunities. By helping audiences smoothly navigate around troublesome hot-spots, the best B2B content marketing offers the kind of smooth sailing that competitors can’t easily match. Easing the B2B customer journey is key in 2021 and will most likely become even more critical in 2022, as increasing competition and an influx of more B2C-like tactics mean you’ll need to serve up diamonds and not just more disposable digital dust. These resources offer fresh takes on the B2B audience journey and using storytelling to smooth the way: 6 B2B Content Marketing Summertime Sizzlers To Increase Audience Engagement Microsoft’s Miri Rodriguez on How B2B Marketers Are Embracing Empathy For Better Customer Storytelling Hophead Marketing: What B2B Marketers Can Learn From The Craft Beer Industry Create a Stellar Audience Experience By Slowing Down with These Tips from Ann Handley [bctt tweet="“Brands want to transact with people who are showing high levels of empathy.” — Miri Rodriguez @MiriRod #B2BMX" username="toprank"] 5 — Keep a Watch Out For Imposters In The Search For Authenticity via GIPHY If it appears too good to be true, it’s wise to be wary and take extra measures to make sure the information and answers you’re providing are genuinely helpful and contain the latest accurate information. Authenticity in B2B marketing is a subject close to our heart at TopRank Marketing, and as such we’ve developed several approaches marketers can take to achieving the most genuine and human connections. A selection of some of our recent efforts highlighting the importance of authenticity in B2B marketing include: Inside Influence 12: Paul Dobson from Citrix on The Secret Sauce of B2B Influence: Authenticity The Real Thing: 5 Ways Authenticity Inspires Vibrant B2B Marketing Authenticity and Great B2B Content Marketing Go Hand In Hand 10 Expert Pointers To Create Better B2B Content With Authentic Influence 5 Tips For Finding Your Authentic Marketing Identity In Search of Trust: How Authentic Content Drives Customer Experience [bctt tweet="“Part of the benefit of working with influencers is that they have a different lens on what’s happening in the world and what’s happening with your company.” — Paul Dobson @svengelsk" username="toprank"] Digital Marketing Diamonds Last Forever & A Day via GIPHY We hope that these five tips for achieving B2B content marketing clarity by getting a cut above with commitment, finding hidden gems, making a softer audience journey, and keeping watch for imposters, will help as you create your own digital marketing diamonds. Creating award-winning digital experiences and storytelling takes significant time, resources, and effort, which is why many of the world’s top B2B brands choose to partner with a leading B2B marketing agency. Contact us today and learn why for more than 20 years brands from LinkedIn and 3M to Dell and Adobe have chosen to work with TopRank Marketing. The post Digital Diamonds: 5 Multifaceted Tactics To Boost Your B2B Marketing Clarity & Commitment This Summer appeared first on B2B Marketing Blog - TopRank®.
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Though a touch lower than the $20 billion Bankman-Fried had previously sought, the valuation has come on the back of heavy growth.
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A screenshot of HalloApp. | HalloApp Two of the earliest employees behind WhatsApp have emerged with a new private social network called HalloApp. Starting Monday, anyone can download and sign up for HalloApp in Apple’s App Store and Google Play on Android devices. There are many parallels between HalloApp and WhatsApp: the app is designed for group or individual chats with close friends and family, the only way you can find people is by knowing their phone number, the messages are encrypted, and there are no ads. While other startups have over the years tried and failed to build successful social networks for close friends (RIP Path), the pedigree of HalloApp’s two cofounders, Neeraj Arora and Michael Donohue, makes this particular effort notable. They both worked at... Continue reading…
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The Sony Direct PS5 restock will happen this week, and we have the date and time if you still need to buy the PlayStation 5.
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After this allotment, the holding of the promoter group in Reliance Infrastructure would increase to 22.06 per cent upon full conversion of warrants
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The clear culprit is China, where the government's anti-crypto stance has forced mining operations to shutter from Sichuan to Xinjiang.
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(University of Waterloo) Researchers are using computer models to simulate COVID-19 infections on a cellular level which allows for virtual trials of drugs and vaccines, opening the possibility of pre-assessment for drug and vaccine efficacy against the virus.
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The Sims 4: Cottage Living adds some much-wanted features, but the novelty of rural life quickly wears off.
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Android phone makers have for years got away with barely supporting their devices, and that needs to change.
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As people venture back out into the dating world post-pandemic, Insider found the highly rated dating apps that offer exciting new ways to match.
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After announcing the Steam Deck yesterday, Valve is wasting little time opening up reservations for the handheld PC gaming device. Reservations are opening later today for the first batch of Steam Decks that will be available in December 2021. Here we’ll tell you not only how to reserve one, but also what you should know before reserving. The reservation process … Continue reading
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