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B2B Marketing Conference

5 Takeaways from #BMA16

I had the pleasure of attending my 4th BMA National Conference this week at the Hilton Chicago. Every year the conference seems to grow and change, this year with the ANA partnership front and center. Regardless, I can always count on the BMA Conference for great networking, quality content and a wealth of insights and ideas to bring back to my job and my clients. Some of the most common themes from this year’s conference included how marketing can and should drive business results, ways to build compelling brands through storytelling, and making marketing more important within organizations.   There were plenty of great B2B insights to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 takeaways over the 3-day event.   It’s not B2B or B2C its B2H= Business to Human. While this isn’t a new idea, it bears repeating. Linda Boff, Chief Marketing Office at GE, reminded us that business...

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Social Media PR

Join Our Team: Social Media & PR Manager

Tell Your Story, a story marketing agency, is looking for a full-time Social Media & PR Manager to join the team. We are looking for someone with 3-7 years experience at a marketing agency or PR firm, in a similar role. The candidate would need to have the flexibility to work at our downtown Chicago office (WeWork Fulton Market) as well as remotely. Benefits include a flexible and nimble work culture, health insurance, 401K and a competitive paid time off policy.   Responsibilities would include assisting the Tell Your Story team in development, implementation and management of marketing, business development, social media and public relations efforts for a variety of Tell Your Story clients.   Writing / Content Development— We need someone with excellent writing and editing skills that is comfortable writing for B2B and B2C clients. The candidate must also be able to help write proposals, press releases and blog posts, and...

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Social Media Advertising 101: How to Get Started

Social news feeds have become a highly competitive space over the last few years, as platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and most recently, Instagram, have opened their self-service advertising models to all businesses. In order to get the maximum results and ROI desired from their content, brands and organizations are finding they have to “pay-to-play” in the social media game. Achieving stellar results organically is more difficult than ever as competition for eyeballs continues to increase, and various marketing research supports the notion that organic reach will be next to zero in the next few years.   Social media advertising, when planned, executed, optimized and measured correctly, is an effective way to: • Increase brand awareness • Extend content reach and help ensure content is served in the right place, at the right time • Promote thought leadership • Create engagement and dialogue among influencers and audiences • Drive targeted website traffic • Enhance SEO and build...

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Promotions and New Titles

Promotions and New Titles Are Fun

When you find people you work well with, you want to make it last.  And when you find people who make your clients happy, you really want to make it last. At Tell Your Story, I’ve had the privilege of having two such people work side by side with me, Amanda Pollard and Nicole Benzer.  And it’s about time I recognized them properly!   Amanda Pollard has been promoted to Director, Content & Social Strategy. We have been on a fun journey so far, having first met when I was heading up and growing the Chicago office of what is now gyro. I introduced her to Twitter! True story. She was a skeptic then, but now she jokes she spends half her day on Twitter and the other social channels we use to tell our clients’ stories. She was my first full-time hire at Tell Your Story in 2011, and was an...

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TYS One North Enhance

Tell Your Story and One North Enhance Partnership

For almost two years, our team at Tell Your Story has partnered with digital marketing agency One North Interactive on a variety of projects. Today we are announcing that One North has made a strategic investment in Tell Your Story in order to offer both of our client organizations a full range of digital marketing services.   This partnership further solidifies both of our agencies’ positions serving the unique needs of B2B and relationship-based organizations. For One North, it gives them the storytelling and content marketing capabilities that many current and prospective clients need in their overall marketing mix. For Tell Your Story, we gain One North’s second-to-none digital, technology and strategy know-how to better serve our clients.   We believe great partnerships are formed when each organization can build upon each other’s strengths. One North’s strengths lie in creating extraordinary interactive experiences that deepen the relationships between businesses and their most important audiences. Tell...

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8 Steps for Storytelling Success

8 Steps to Storytelling Success

Tell Your Story Founder George Rafeedie gave a recent breakfast seminar with the Chicago Business Marketing Association where he taught a group of B2B marketers how to develop and share stories on any budget.   In his dynamic presentation, George explained how every organization (big, small, start up, non-profit, division) has a story. And our job as marketers is to find it. Then develop it. Tell it. Measure it. And lastly, improve it. The story should be unique and tied to an organization’s purpose, the difference they make in the world, says George.   He shared the following 8-step process that marketers can use, right now, to develop and share their story/purpose.   1) Executive download & brainstorm. This is where executive buy-in happens. It is where you go to your boss/CMO/President/whomever and explain the process and why your organization needs it. This step is crucial as it ensures your stakeholders feel like they are part...

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George Rafeedie Story on Bootstrapping

Tell Your Story Founder George Rafeedie Shares His Story on Bootstrapping in America

As a marketing agency that focuses on developing compelling and valuable stories for its clients, it’s not everyday that we get an opportunity to share our own story.   Tell Your Story’s Founder, George Rafeedie, was a recent guest on Bootstrapping in America, a live online segment produced by the Tastytrade network that highlights entrepreneurs and their paths to success.   George discussed why effective story telling is crucial for an organization’s marketing efforts, in addition to a primary factor in overall business success and growth.   Hear how he’s applied his experience as a corporate marketer to build a small business that’s rooted in creating and sharing great stories through social PR.   ...

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Tell Your Story Talks Brand Purpose on Cranium Studio Blog

Tell Your Story Founder George Rafeedie shares his thoughts on how identifying and communicating a brand's purpose is essential for marketing success on the Cranium Studio blog, Brand Musings.   Read what George had to say and see examples of purpose-driven branding here: Brand Purpose, Key to Content Marketing Success...

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Top 5 Themes at #BMA15

Be More: Top 5 Themes from #BMA15

“Be More.” Two words, countless nuances, depending on whom you’re talking to. For the hundreds of B2B marketers that attended BMA15, this slogan invariably implies how we must continually adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of a world guided by technology and innovation. B2B’s potential is overwhelming, yet promising, as we continue to strive for improvement in all areas. After attending dozens of sessions and combing thousands of posts on Twitter over the past few days, these 5 themes seemed to rise time and again for marketers looking to Be More. Customer experience and satisfaction is the catalyst for all marketing initiatives, but great customer service isn’t enough anymore. Experiential marketing is becoming the norm and successful brands are learning how to deliver exceptional experiences to their customers. Employees are the foundation and support system for customer loyalty, acquisition and retention. Every brand, regardless of industry, should make employee...

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