5 Points which impact Marketing Success (or Failure) …

So it is the Annual Appraisal time at work – The time to introspect on the good and not-so-good for the year gone by. Also the time to get feedback on what was good and what was not-so-good; take the lessons and move ahead into a new year.

As a I look back at last year wearing the lens of a marketer, I can say that it has been exciting and excellent. Most importantly, it has been wonderful to see the impact and difference marketing has made on business. As I go down memory lane to see what truly made a difference a few points stand out. In this post, sharing the 5 key points:

Marketing objectives are closely linked to business objectives

The role of marketing has changed significantly over the past few years – especially since the onset of the ‘digital revolution’. From being a supporting enabler for business, marketing is increasingly viewed as the custodian of the customer experience. As a result, success of marketing directly and significantly affects business, and hence it is imperative that marketing objectives are closely linked to business objectives. For e.g.: If a business objective is to be known as a ‘Market Leader in a particular area”, then a possible marketing objective can be to feature in a respected industry / analyst rating report as a Market Leader as an external (analyst / customer / partner) endorsement of a company’s brand is critical to achieve this objective. Or if a business objective is to increase business growth by X%, then a possible marketing objective can be to generate Y leads – where is a multiplier of X based on typical conversion metrics

Marketing has well defined “measurable” objectives

Again marketing teams have always known to focus / report the ‘soft / qualitative’ aspects, and hence marketers are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate the marketing impact. The most effective way to showcase any impact is through metrics. The only pre-requisite to capture and report metrics is to know what to measure and how to measure. For this, it is critical to have a sign-off with business on what “measurable” objectives are to be worked on. For e.g: If one of the focus areas for business is to create a compelling content strategy to demonstrate thought leadership for external branding and customer lead generation, then a measurable objective could be to publish 1 content piece a month on the company blog. This becomes easy to track, measure and report every month as opposed to an objective which states “Create content to reflect thought leadership”. Defining measurable objectives at the start of the year helps set expectations among all stakeholders, and provides a direction for marketing to focus their efforts.

Regular Monitoring, Tracking and Reporting “marketing outcomes”

Again, while defining ‘marketing objectives’ is the first step – continuous monitoring, tracking and reporting the marketing outcomes on a regular basis is key. Leveraging the power of tools and technology to capture key marketing metrics and sharing these metrics with key business / leadership stakeholders on an ongoing basis is critical for long term success of marketing initiatives.

Being able to show the co-relation between “marketing outcomes and business impact”

Again, this is one area where most marketers and businesses struggle with. How to show the co-relation between “marketing outcomes and business impact”? For e.g: Let us assume a B2B company hosted an online event – like a webinar or a virtual round table. The event was outstanding with an attendance of 500+ audience. Now most marketers are always asked “OK Great. But so what?”. In general, online / offline events are great opportunities to identify prospects and convert them to potential leads through focused lead nurturing initiatives. However, such initiatives need time and effort. And time is money – so it becomes important to track both. It is exactly for answering the marketing ROI questions that marketing technology in the form of automation solutions plays a key role.

Marketing sits on the table with Business, Technology, Finance and Operations

Last but not the least – Marketing has to be in-sync with business, technology, finance and operations. Marketing has to be part of the discussions, has to be in-tune with key data and has to be a key participant in decision making. For this, a shared vision and goals along with an environment which fosters communication and collaboration with the customer at the center of the universe is key for marketing and business success.

That’s my view. What do you think? Leave a comment to let me know..

A version of this post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse

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Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Bored of blogging? Tips and Tricks to recover revive and renew your blogging MOJO

Blogging Mojo I finished 5 years of blogging in March 2015. It’s been an evolving, enjoyable and enriching experience. While there have been many highs (ranging from media coverage, to awards, to heart-warming comments and appreciation on how my words transformed a reader’s life), I’d also have to confess that there have been times when I have been bored of blogging. Sometimes because it gets monotonous, sometimes because writing is lonely, sometimes because I don’t get the feedback / responses that I expect, and sometimes because I just hit a ‘blogging plateau’ or ‘the writer’s block‘ – and wonder what I should do next? During all these moments, I have attempted and strived to do something novel, unique or different on my blog. Experimenting and trying something new is fun and interesting, so I push myself to learn and experiment (May be a new tool, a new format, a different way of doing something, etc.). If you’ve ever been through such phases and are looking for tips and tricks to recover, revive and renew your blogging MOJO, then read on.

Create content using a new content format –What has worked best for me is below:

  1. Interview people you admire / who inspire. Click here to check-out Nischala’s Blog-o-Rendezvous in which I interviewed several global achievers. Interviews are always a phenomenal learning experience, and help create relationships with others.
  2. Do a series on particular topic. Click here to view the series I’ve done on the blog. It can be anything which is of interest to you.
  3. Create content in an alternate format – like infographics , videos or podcasts. I know I enjoyed the process of learning to create visual content. Though I’m yet to master it, I am certainly better than I was at start of 2015
  4. Curate content. Click here to view some of my round-up posts. You can do it for your own content, or other blogger’s content. It is always interesting and insightful to read diverse perspectives on the same issue / subject.
  5. Request a thought leader / friend / expert to write a guest post. One of my dearest friend wrote a wonderful post on “My education is a result of my experiences“. It has been very well received.

Create / Compile / Contribute to a book / e-book (free / paid) – I have contributed to 2 e-books : one for a social cause and one with fellow bloggers. The experience makes you appreciate the nuances of the blogging world and book world. Trust me, there are a zillion differences though at the core of it – both are about writing and expression  

Don’t blog for sometime, Just promote contentBlog promotion is an integral part of the blogging journey, and makes all the difference to your blogging success. So create a multi-channel social promotion plan (using channels like FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) for content (again can be your content or someone else’s content), and share it regularly across all channels. The more you share, the more you understand about promotion and social behaviors. Also, chances are it gets read more and that can initiate some conversations, interactions and idea exchange

Participate / Speak at an event (online / offline)Attend events and connect and converse with people across the globe on any topic of your interest. Share your views and make your presence felt. It can be a virtual event (like a Tweetchat or Google Hangout) or a real event (like an industry / community event). Events are great to network, listen to diverse perspectives and also get a break from the every monotony.

Guest blog – Whenever I am bored of posting on my own blog, I write a guest post. No wonder the list of guest posts I have to my credit is so long! The good thing about guest posts is that it helps you create and nurture relationships with other bloggers and publishers, so your reach / response is different  

Blog about something you’ve never blogged about before – Again, try a new format like poetry or humor. Or write a story. Or do a blog prompt. Or blog for a cause. Or host a blog hop. Or create a survey. Whatever you do, attempt to get out of your comfort zone, and try to write in a different way. For me, an attempt at poetry always helps.  

Read / Comment on other blogs – Reading / commenting on others blogs gives several ideas on topics to blog about, articulation style or just a new perspective to a subject / life. It only helps!  

Go on a self-imposed blog exhile – Yes, go a self-imposed blog exile as I do many times to recover, renew and revive your blogging MOJO!

What are your secrets to keep at blogging? Leave a comment to let me know

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Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
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Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Among the Top 10 Marketing Blogs of India

Look what the news brought in.. Happy and Honored to be featured in the list of Top Marketing Blogs of India published by SEJ (Search Engine Journal). The list includes some of the best / most reputed Indian brands / blogs like Digital Vidya, Social Samosa, Lighthouse Insights, Blogworks . Full reading here For those who don’t know, Search Engine Journal was launched in 2003 and publishes fantastic articles by marketing experts. They spotlight the important trends, news, strategies and personalities in the industry. They have ~95K Twitter followers and 1 Lakh+ likes on FB.Search Journal ——————————————————————————————————————————————

Connect with me on Nischala’s Social World
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Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Infographics for Dummies | 5 Steps to create your first Infographic

Regular readers of my blog know that ‘infographics’ are my latest muse. Over the last few weeks, I’ve received a lot of requests asking me how I’d created my infographics. So I thought why not write a blog answering this.

I’ve spent all of January and February browsing / sharing infographics on the blog, and spent significant time in March to create my own infographics. Based on all these experiences, I created a simple infographic in response to “How to create your first infographic?”

I hope you find it useful in creating your infographics.

How to create infographics

And as they say, Practice makes a man perfect. So repeat all the steps above.

Have fun, and enjoy creating infographics. I know I did!

If your looking for some design resources to help you take infographics to the next level, be sure to check out the links below

Canva Design School

How to become a designer without going to design school?

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Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Infographic | What to do before you click “PUBLISH” for your content?

 

Before You Click Publish

Via Salesforce

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Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Infographic | What every blog post should have?

11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs [Infographic]

Like this infographic? Get content marketing advice that works from Copyblogger.

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Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Mention in | “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Mention in | “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
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Infographic | Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – What to use for social promotions and Why?

As a marketer and social media manager, one is always looking for determining the right social channel for different social campaigns.

The dilemma many times is –
LinkedIn? FaceBook? Twitter?
Paid? Free?

The below infographic was a treasured catch and answered almost all my questions.

Social Media Advertising Cheat Sheet[Src: Newscred ]

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Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Sheroes Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) , 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter(2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in | “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in | “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in | “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Infographic | Total Social Network users in 2015 (Millions)

I always wonder how the growth of social network users will be in 2015. What will be their demographics and which social channels they will adopt?

Below infographic is an excellent compilation which highlights interesting perspectives:

[Src: Adweek ]

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Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Sheroes Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) , 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter(2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Quoted in | “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Quoted in | “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in | “Are entrepreneurs born or made?”

Infographic | 10 rules that make an infographic cool, effective and viral

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Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Sheroes 20 Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) , 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter(2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Mention in | “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Mention in | “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in | “Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Infographic | Art of Social Media – Top 10 Power Tips

Social Media is a science, skill and art. And as I try to master them every day, I always look for resources to assist. Below infographic is a good one for exactly this.

 

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Twitter : @nimu9 [Featured among Sheroes 20 Must Follow Indian Women on Twitter (2014) , 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter(2012)]

Interviews and Media Mentions
Newspaper Interview | Twittering Heights (Deccan Chronicle, 2015)
Mention in | “Open Letter to Women looking for job
Mention in | “The Best Advice you’ll receive as young women starting your careers
Interview | My blogging journey – How it came to be?
Interview | A wise Blogger
Interview | Secrets to Successful Blogging
Quoted in | “Are entrepreneurs born or made?