Marketers’ digital skills have declined during the pandemic

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Digital marketing skills have stagnated or declined during the pandemic, research from training body Target Internet, in association with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), has revealed.

Their report has found that unlike many other sectors - which saw digital skills accelerated by the pandemic - the majority of digital marketing skills stagnated or declined between 2020 and 2021. This decline has occurred across almost all sectors, and at all job levels, with skills in...

5 things to consider when taking a content-first approach to SEO

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One of the biggest SEO mistakes companies make is within the SEO content strategy itself.

So much time and attention are paid to keywords, page titles, schemas, internal linking, and, of course, the all-important heading tags (think H1s, H2s, and so on) that the actual words on a page become almost an afterthought. This isn’t to say that the technical aspects of search engine optimisation are inconsequential — it’s more that content will always be the catalyst for a...

Lack of training and relevant content holding back sales and marketing

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The biggest challenge for sales and marketing in the UK is inadequate training to succeed when working remotely (46%), followed by an inability to access relevant content (27%).

This is according to a study by revenue enablement tech firm, Showpad, which also found that the percentage of service subscribers who discontinue subscriptions within a given period of time has also become an increasing problem. 59% of UK survey respondents now cite it as the main obstacle to overcome,...

Digital marketers among most in demand freelancers

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Technology, digital marketing and design workers have been the freelancers most in demand in the past 12 months.

This is according to a study by online jobs marketplace PeoplePerHour, which analysed data from 15,000 freelancers in the timeframe. Results showed that the most in demand freelancing jobs are in technology, digital marketing, and design with an increase in projects for freelancers with strong marketing, technical skills or programming...

Falcon.io: On authenticity in social – linking a post-cookie, post-Covid world

"When it comes to marketing and social media, data is really telling us the truth - and we always shy away from reading the data and using it because it might make us look bad," explains Wiebke Leffers, senior strategist at social media platform provider Falcon.io.

"This 'creative' feeling of if something worked on social media or not is just outdated," Leffers adds. "We really need to understand if we are achieving what we [want] on social media."

It's the age-old...

Why Covid-19 has taught content marketers the importance of going back to basics

Covid-19 has changed the way in which the world works and, like every other industry, marketing found itself in turmoil in March 2020. As consumer priorities and behaviours dramatically altered, marketing strategies naturally had to fall in line or by the wayside.

Brands navigated forward carefully, questioning whether they should pivot strategy for the climate or even continue marketing at all. Although many campaigns were inevitably scrapped after months of hard work, the answer...

The CMO guide to finding allies in the C-suite

There’s a lot of optimism in the air about the pandemic coming to an end, thanks to increasingly widespread vaccine deployment. People hope to resume normal lives at home and at work. But marketing executives already suspect there’s no going back to the way things were in 2019. Many CMOs saw huge budget cuts in 2020 and are wondering what comes next.

One thing seems certain: digital ad spending, which outpaced expenditures on non-digital forms of advertising for the first time...

Developing flexibility and agility in digital marketing: Five trends to explore

Recent headlines have shown how necessary dexterity and flexibility can be to dealing with business uncertainty. That lesson is incredibly relevant for professionals handling digital marketing efforts. After all, a campaign devised only a few months ago can come off as insensitive or in poor taste depending on the current environment. At the same time, having processes in place to change campaigns as necessary (whether you need to adjust tone, budget, or flighting) is of the utmost...

Analysing the haves and have nots for sales enablement: How can you become better?

If you want to be part of the C-suite at a visionary company, then you need a strategic, cyclical approach to the customer lifecycle. But where should sales enablement fit in?

This is the keynote of a new report issued by Seismic (landing page, email required). Not overly surprisingly, 'sales enablement platform provider says sales enablement is key' is not going to get tongues wagging. Yet while, as one would expect, the report says companies are applying sales enablement to...

Why you need to ensure your content works as hard as it can

Content now needs to work harder than ever to cut through the noise, resonate with the right people and impact on the bottom line.

Quality content that empathises with and engages audiences is a must to drive conversations, deliver unrivalled experiences and increase conversions. With so many brands leveraging content in one form or another, playing the long game is crucial if marketers are to make meaningful connections and create powerful content that converts in a space where...