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16Jan
MSN 2019Marketing Aspects Magazine is Media Partner at MSN 2019

Marketing Aspects Magazine is Media Partner at MSN 2019

Marketing Show North 2019 (MSN 2019) was previously known as Prolific North Live, and is the largest marketing expo outside London, which covers the broad interests of marketing and media.

That makes it an ideal fit for M3 Media Publishing to partner with them, via our Marketing Aspects Magazine.

 

The Importance of Content in Marketing

We talk a lot about the importance of content, but that’s because it really does matter.

One of the topics we’ve discussed is the way that content and expos complement each other, and how digital and physical marketing activities dovetail to maximise opportunities.

MSN 2019 provides us with the opportunity to put our words into practice.

The expo provides professionals from across a range of marketing disciplines to come together. It’s also an excellent opportunity for buyers and suppliers to connect with different marketing businesses.

 

We aim to showcase the power of content, and the huge potential of content marketing in raising the awareness of target audiences and helping businesses engage and connect with them

 

In this, we have our own unique publishing platform in Marketing Aspects Magazine.

At the expo, you’ll find us in the Media Partner Zone.

 

About MSN 2019

Marketing Show North promises to be an unmissable opportunity for anyone connected to – or interested in – marketing and its various strands.

Expect to see key figures representing leading brands in the world of marketing. There’ll be seminars and workshops to attend, along with expert speakers and dynamic demos.

For its networking value alone, MSN 2019 is a key event in the marketing calendar, and a dynamic destination for making new contacts and meeting potential prospects and clients.

It is run by Prolific North, an independently-owned publishing and events company based in Manchester, and event specialists Don’t Panic Event Management.

Marketing Show North runs for two days, on 27 and 28 February 2019, in EventCity, next to the Trafford Centre, Manchester.

For more information about Marketing Show North 2019, or to register, please visit marketingshownorth.co.uk.

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16Jan
content marketingCan Content Marketing Boost Business Exhibition Success?

Can Content Marketing Boost Business Exhibition Success?

The marketing activity you do before a business exhibition plays a vital part in deciding whether it is successful. A content strategy is critical to this.

Business events are unlikely to be effective in simply selling themselves. Marketing is essential.

This means putting in the necessary work in advance, and much of this should focus on content marketing.

 

How Content Marketing Helps Events

The point of content marketing is to use content to raise awareness, both of the event and of its exhibitors.

This content should be shaped, refined and distributed with the aim of changing people’s behaviours and actions, to ensure they attend the event.

To do this, it must work to fulfill certain key objectives, such as:

  • Attracting more attendees to the event
  • Attracting prospects for the event’s exhibitors
  • Driving event attendees to specific exhibition stands
  • Cross-selling products or services, or highlighting opportunities on the back of the event

 

Exhibitions will typically have a broad range of exhibitors, with different target audiences, so it must be clear who this content is aimed at

 

What Kind of Content is Effective?

Content comes in a variety of forms, including videos, audio and written words. However, one kind of content that works across these different media and is highly effective is storytelling.

 

Making storytelling a focus for content means finding the hook that will attract audiences to you

 

This includes discovering your audiences’ pain points and how you demonstrate your understanding of them, and what you can do to ease them.

Content marketing is not about direct sales messages.

 

Distributing and Sharing Content

Which channels you choose to ensure your content reaches its target audience is also a hugely important decision.

It relies on you developing a clear understanding of your audience and where you’re most likely to be able to engage with them, including the social networks and platforms they use.

A useful way of making content attractive to target audiences is through the use of a third party platform.

This is where someone talks about you, and quotes you as an expert in your field, rather than you addressing your audience directly.

Our portfolio of sector specific magazines offers this kind of third-party platform for content marketing.

 

What Happens After the Event?

This is as important as preparation before the exhibition, and activity during it.

 

For following up leads, content can continue to add value by refining and repurposing it to help further engage and connect with leads, turning them into prospects

 

These follow-ups should be relevant and you should make them a priority.

It is important not to let your content go to waste. Use it as a vital strategic tool in marketing your business exhibition, and to support your exhibitors.

To discover how content can improve your chances of success before, during and after your next business exhibition, please click here.

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9Dec
marketing challenge pitchMarketing Challenge: Could You Become Pitch Perfect?

Marketing Challenge: Could You Become Pitch Perfect?

At our Marketing Challenge Breakfast events, we focus on real life marketing issues and use the actual problems that our attendees face as the basis for problem-solving discussions.

At our most recent event, held at The St James’s Club, in central Manchester, our guests had a lively, roundtable discussion looking at how to re-position an events and destination management company.

Why focus on one business’ issues?

Because, by looking at what kinds of issues are involved, and with the help of our marketing partners, we can help shed a light on various aspects of business and marketing strategies.

Making it real makes it more immediate, and accessible, for our attendees.

 

Our Marketing Challenge events are multi-faceted, not only looking at one business as a case study and discussing possible solutions, but also involving everyone attending looking at how they present their own business offering

 

Striking the Right Pitch

Another major aspect to the Marketing Challenge event is encouraging attendees to think differently about how they market themselves, and even what marketing means.

For example, what do you understand content marketing to mean?  Is it restricted to material you publish or broadcast online or in print, or can it encompass your own, personal business interactions?

What about when you pitch yourself to others? How can you stand out from the crowd?

Our answer: storytelling.

 

We encourage attendees to look at different ways of talking about or introducing themselves and their business; to focus not on job titles, or overused ways of describing their service or product but using a story about the value they bring to their customers

 

What challenge did the customer face? What was the result of your help? How did this impact their business?

The idea is to boil this down to something very concise, little more than a strapline, that can hook listeners in.

When we ask our event guests to perfect their own individual story as a pitching device, we’re really asking them to create and draw on their own content, as a valuable, personal marketing resource.

 

Are You Pitch Perfect?

Our Marketing Challenge events focus on how both business and marketing strategies can work in real situations. It’s not cold and theoretical. Ultimately, it’s about people coming together to learn from each other.

If you want to attend a future Marketing Challenge event, please contact us.

Read more about our recent Marketing Challenge event by visiting Marketing Challenge Event Champions Differentiation

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31Oct
differentiationWhat is the Lasting Impact of Differentiation?

What is the Lasting Impact of Differentiation?

Differentiation can give your business a competitive advantage with prospects and customers, but only if you choose the right kind of differentiation and you have the right marketing strategy to achieve it.

For many companies, their focus is on making minor adjustments to products to try and differentiate them in the marketplace. This is very much a “new and improved” approach.

However, it is unlikely to yield lasting results.  In fact it can become a one-hit wonder, and end up negatively impacting how target audiences perceive your brand.

There is a way to look at differentiation differently and to use dynamic content to turn it into something with lasting impact.

 

Raising Awareness and Changing Perceptions

If you tell your story powerfully and differently enough, it can help to attract your target audience while building your credibility.

This is differentiation through strategic positioning, using content marketing as the means to achieve this.

 

Good quality, properly targeted content has the potential to engage and connect with audiences and help build and shape a brand’s personality

 

This is likely to have a more lasting impact than individual product differentiation because it is about your entire brand and what it represents to your audience.

What does this involve?  It means shaping narratives that are appropriate to your target audience, and that identify with their issues, needs, fears and pain points.

 

It is crucial to creating powerful story arcs that emphasise your expertise while focusing on what your audience wants to know

 

It is a measured, consistent process of disseminating information about you, creating a positive impression of you that stays in the minds of your audience.  It is not a hard sales message, nor is it to do with publicising your achievements.

What will differentiate you is depth. The more your audience feels it knows you, the more it will feel it can trust you, and, ultimately, buy from you.

 

What Could Differentiation Mean For YOU?

M3 Media Publishing hosted one of their regular, dynamic breakfast workshops in Central Manchester, which explored how differentiation can help your business to thrive.

For more information about these events, or to book your place, please watch the video below or click here.

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5Oct
Marketing challenges at the Marketing Challenge eventMarketing Challenges: Should You Think Differently About Pitching?

Marketing Challenges: Should You Think Differently About Pitching?

M3 Media Publishing’s recent Marketing Challenge event, held at The St James’s Club in Manchester City Centre, focused on storytelling as a prospecting tool.

Pitching to prospects, or even starting a conversation, can be an important part of your marketing strategy, and it should involve content.

 

The Marketing Challenges of Storytelling

What sort of introduction should you make when meeting potential prospects?

You might provide an answer that may just be a job title or role.  You may describe the nuts and bolts of what you do.  Instead, you should capture concisely how you help others.

 

The legacy of what you do is what counts. If you have substantially made a difference to a business, or saved or made them lots of money, that will immediately get your potential prospect’s attention

 

How does this translate into a narrative?

It’s like constructing a plot. How many films or books have you seen where they begin with something riveting and explosive? They might even begin with a climactic event, then work back to show you how this event has come to be.

In our recent Marketing Challenge event, we encouraged our guests to look again at how they communicate on a personal level, and how to leverage storytelling to help them become pitch perfect.

 

What Content Marketing Means

One of the marketing challenges is that people don’t always realise that certain aspects of their communication and interaction are marketing activities.

 

Content marketing is not restricted to words or images, or things posted online or put into print, as it can also be about the verbal delivery of content

 

This is one of the ways our Marketing Challenge events set out to challenge thinking: it’s about how marketing is integral to your business objectives.

It’s not simply to do with whether you choose to spend your budget on campaigns, or enlist specialist help.

 

You are marketing yourself whether you intend to or not, by the very act of communicating to others about your business

 

That means that it makes sense to make this marketing activity count.

What marketing challenges do you face?  Contact us to find out how we can help you think differently about addressing them.

Alternatively, to discover more about our Marketing Challenge events, or to book onto a future event, please click here.

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24Sep
business prospectingWhat is Challenging Your Business Prospecting Success?

What is Challenging Your Business Prospecting Success?

Business prospecting has certain things in common with a much older form of prospecting.

The California Gold Rush began in 1848, drawing approximately 300,000 people to what became a frantic scramble for gold.  For many of these prospectors, they relied on basic, labour-intensive techniques to extract gold from streams and riverbeds, such as panning.

Later, more advanced mining technology allowed people to recover the modern-day equivalent of billions of dollars of gold.  However, by the end of the Gold Rush, relatively few prospectors had significant riches to show for their efforts.

 

In business prospecting, competing for the attention of potential prospects, it can also feel a touch primitive, involving lots of energy for little return

 

What if there a was a way of striking a richer seam of reward, using more sophisticated methods to attract prospects?

This is what dynamic content marketing offers.

 

Is There an Alternative Route to Prospecting Success?

There’s a potentially valuable online business audience looking for answers, for guidance and for things that will make their lives easier.

How would you get their attention? How do you attract, engage and connect with these valuable business leads?

 

Like the original Gold Rush prospectors, do you run with the crowd? Are you attending the same networking events as everyone else, or looking for the same kind of contacts, the managers and decision-makers?

 

What if there was an alternative route to success, a different map to lead you to the richest seams for prospecting?  And what if you could use it to partially pre-qualify your prospects?

This is where using powerful content can make a difference.

Content marketing is the map to your gold seam. But there’s a twist.  You supply the map to your prospects, so that instead of you spending all your time looking for them, it brings them to YOU.

 

Will You Take the Marketing Challenge?

What’s the best way of discovering alternative routes for business prospecting, how to use content to attract your target audience, and how to help you build useful and potentially profitable relationships?

M3 Media Publishing’s regular, dynamic Marketing Challenge events, held at The St James’s Club in Central Manchester, answer these questions and more.

The Marketing Challenge event, on 3 October 2018, focuses on how you can avoid the competition when prospecting.  To attend this event, or to discover more about future events, please click below:

 

 

For an accompanying read about our previous events, please visit:

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13Jul
storytelling legacyStorytelling: What is Your Legacy?

Storytelling: What is Your Legacy?

“What do you do?” How common is that question when you’re networking, or in most conversations?

And what is your answer?

Take a pause here, because you can answer that question differently, in such a way that you make people take notice.  This is about the power of storytelling and leaving a legacy that lingers in people’s minds.

This is what we explored in the most recent of our Marketing Challenge workshops, held at The St James’s Club, Manchester.

 

Contains No Nuts

Marketers will reiterate that when you promote a product or service you highlight the benefits, not the features.  The features are not always what your prospects and customers need to know. What they need to know is how what you offer them will make a difference to their lives.

That is why marketing consumer goods is all about marketing lifestyles, aspirations and emotions.

Effective storytelling follows a similar principle. You miss out the nuts and bolts and focus on the stuff that resonates emotionally.

There are two key elements here: pain and legacy.

 

Pain and Legacy

Start with the pain:

  • What problems do your customers and prospects have?
  • What issues keep them awake at night?
  • What could their long-term consequences be without your involvement?

Are they failing to maintain their profit margins, or suffering a high staff turnover? Are their energy bills too high, or their distribution channels too restricted?

Knowing and understanding these pains can be an initial attention-getter.

Then it’s about following it up with the legacy part:

  • What changes have you enabled your customers, similar to the prospect you are addressing, to make?
  • What are the long-term benefits of your involvement?

Boil this down to something concise and it is far more effective than simply telling people what you do.

 

Practical Aspects

While much marketing should be common sense, like all deceptively simple things, it can be hard to tell your stories well.  It’s as much about developing a mindset as following guidelines or rules.  This is what the first part of our recent Marketing Challenge event looked at.

 

Our Marketing Challenge events are informal and friendly, but focused.  They are events with a purpose, enabling guests to attract, connect and educate their target audiences

 

Guest were given a storytelling structure, then we lead them through a dynamic, involving workshop where they developed their legacy stories.

Our aim is to ensure that guests leave with something that not only can they think about, but which they can use to improve their own marketing and engagement with customers and prospects.

That’s our legacy. What will be yours?

 

To read more about July’s Marketing Challenge event, please click here.
To discover more about the Marketing Challenge events or to register for a future event please click here.

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3May
marketing connectionsM3 Media Publishing Event Addresses Your Marketing Challenges

M3 Media Publishing Event Addresses Your Marketing Challenges

While it’s true that marketing isn’t rocket science, it does require clarity and following a strategy to maximise results.

Most businesses engage in some form of marketing, but many don’t have a defined strategic approach, or understand properly why they should be marketing themselves in certain ways.

The concept behind our Marketing Challenge workshops is to get people thinking about broader aspects of marketing for the success of their businesses.  Our latest Marketing Challenge event was held at The St James’s Club in central Manchester.

 

The Effort Behind Marketing Success

In front of an invited audience of entrepreneurs, business owners, influencers and professionals, M3 Media Publishing’s CEO, David Lomas, gave a compelling talk about marketing strategy, content and the power of storytelling.

David talked about the importance of developing a marketing plan and why focusing first on the effort, before any expected results, was crucial.  He explained the value of content, when to use it, and how to use stories to attract, engage and connect with a target audience.

 

david lomas addressing audience

David Lomas addresses the audience

 

Going through M3 Media Publishing’s six-step strategy for content marketing, known as FACETS, David demonstrated how stories, told in the right way, and shaped for a specific target audience, can help pre-qualify prospects and, ultimately, attract new customers.

Taking on board lively feedback from the audience throughout, David illustrated the potency of storytelling as a marketing tool, and how to strip this down to its bare essence for maximum impact.

 

How Did You Do That?

David’s formula for storytelling success is a simple one: it is not about the detail, but rather the leagcy. It should encourage the listener to want to know more about you, and whether you can do for them what you did for others.

A key part of the workshop was to encourage attendees to develop stories of their own, share them, and improve them.

As David explained, people don’t buy from you without trust, and that stories and engaging content are an effective means of building that trust.

To discover more about the Marketing Challenge events, or to book onto the next event, please click here.

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22Feb
linkedin content strategyHow Crucial is LinkedIn to Your Content Strategy?

How Crucial is LinkedIn to Your Content Strategy?

LinkedIn is a social media platform for business. It was launched in 2003, with a focus on career-development for its users. However, since then, things have changed.  What LinkedIn now offers is an excellent platform for B2B content marketing.

However, to use it effectively requires that you first have a content strategy.  If you do not, you risk treating LinkedIn too randomly, casually dipping in and out, without making any kind of impact, or, more importantly, the sort of connections that will mean more business for you.

 

What is Content Strategy?

A content strategy means working out how to use content to engage with others. Your content must have value for this to be effective, and you should be measuring the value of its effectiveness.

What is your strategy for?

 

You should be using content to achieve specific objectives, whether this is raising awareness of your brand, driving more sales or building useful relationships Click To Tweet

 

To meet these objectives with your content strategy requires you use certain tactics.

This is where LinkedIn can play a key role, as a social media channel to help you reach your objectives through the tactical use of content.

 

The Value of LinkedIn for Content

LinkedIn is not the biggest social media network, but it is full of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs. It is where you find decision-makers, people who are otherwise hard to reach.

How can you build relationships with these people? By engaging with them.

This is how to use your content on LinkedIn.

 

Your content is an asset, and it’s up to you to use it properly Click To Tweet

 

There are over 500 million LinkedIn users worldwide. On the one hand, that’s a lot of opportunity; on the other it presents a challenge. Where do you start?

The good news is that LinkedIn enables you to develop a targeted reach. Its members have profiles, CV details. You can set your parameters and filters. And you can connect with selected individuals.

Then you can strengthen these connections, and broaden your base, using carefully constructed content.

 

The right content can help position you as an authority in your field and help you attract interest from your target audience by addressing issues they are interested in Click To Tweet

 

Remember, LinkedIn is a platform especially for business people and professionals, therefore your content should be useful to them. Unlike on other social media platforms, business and work-related issues are the main reasons why they’re here. This should give you an in-built advantage with your content and how you shape and distribute it.

 

Visibility and Attraction

Being active means people are more likely to find you. This is a guiding principle behind using content online.  Fundamentally, creating content should give you greater visibility and attract people to your brand.

LinkedIn is a gift in this respect, because the more active you are on it, the more likely it is that prospects will find you.

Content will help them to do this, but first you must get it right.

 

The Tone of Your Content

B2B customers are people too. LinkedIn members are individuals, with emotional responses to content.  Just because LinkedIn is a social media platform for business doesn’t mean you should neglect the social aspect.

 

Your content must be engaging on a human, emotional level. Yes, it can still have weight, carry substance, but keep it readable and, most of all, make sure it resonates with its readers Click To Tweet

 

Posting content that reads like a dull, corporate report will not engage your target audience.  Content that makes them feel something, that stimulates their thoughts, will.

What are their pains and problems? What slant can you take on business issues that will appeal directly to their emotions, that will make them think you understand their needs?

Use your content to share the experiences that will be relevant to your target audience, inform and inspire them with your insight.

 

LinkedIn Users Trust Content

More people trust a brand’s social media content than its advertising, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer report of 2017.  Business Insider has reported that more users trust LinkedIn than either Facebook or Twitter.

People trust the information and advice given to them on LinkedIn. Trust is a powerful element when it comes to building business and winning new customers.

LinkedIn offers the opportunity to help build your reputation and build relationships on this kind of trust.

 

Content and Conversions

LinkedIn is neither a magic bullet nor a fast route to business success. It is, however, a hugely valuable platform from which to launch targeted content which can, in time, lead to sales conversions.

 

LinkedIn isn't about posting a single piece of killer content, but rather the cumulative effect of being consistent, and establishing a trustworthy presence on the platform Click To Tweet

 

This goes back to your content strategy. Treat content creation for LinkedIn as a long-term investment.

Be persistent, and patient, and then you will start to see significant returns.

To discuss how we can develop and turn your content into opportunities, please contact M3 Media Publishing.

 

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