Jason Falls is a digital marketing strategist, author, and keynote speaker based in Kentucky.
There’s been an evolution in business-to-business (B2B) influence marketing lately. Both software companies and agencies are pushing the idea of brands creating influencers out of company executives. Mel Carson was an early company-based influencer, long before we were talking about all this. He was a digital evangelist at Microsoft in the mid-2000s whose whole job was to become known in the marketing and technology circles as a company spokesperson of sorts. Carson moved on from Microsoft to create his own agency that builds influence for its clients in a variety of ways, including executive thought leadership and personal branding. But it’s more than just the CEO, it’s building influencers within a company throughout leadership and management positions. He is creating this newly defined category of company-based influencer after having been one of the first of that kind. Carson joined Winfluence recently to talk about his journey from that evangelist role at one of the world’s largest companies to creating positions of influence for other leaders in the B2B space. We also talked about the perspective that B2B influence marketing is more sophisticated than most B2C approaches. Mel even explains he doesn’t typically pay influencers for the programs he develops, either, thanks to the long-term relationship building with value exchange at the core. Lots of great ideas and inspiration in today’s episode. Do give it a listen and share it with someone you know who might find it useful as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For business-to-business marketers, lead generation has become something of a puzzle. COVID has forced the postponement or cancellation of may conferences, exhibitions and events that some brands use as primary lead sources. But replacing part or even all of a company's leads with digital and virtual content isn't easy.Netline is a company that offers B2B content syndication to drive leads. David Fortino, Netline's chief strategy officer, sat in on Digging Deeper to explain how that works, what the shifts he's seeing in the B2B space are and where companies can make up some of that difference. We also talked about the B2B research report Netline and On24 collaborated on as well.Discover a creative way to drive leads with content syndication in this episode. And be sure to share it with a B2B marketing friend when you're done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The landscape of influencer marketing tools is wide and varied. We’ve talked to some of the software company executives here on the show. The IZEAs, Onalyticas and Mavrcks of the worlds are large databases with a high-touch managed services that sit on top of them. I’ve used several of them and they’re great. There are others, like ApexDrop, that are more about product distribution and micro-influencer engagement. Still more are just do-it-yourself databases like HypeAudtior that help you find, but you do a lot of the work. And that’s just scratching the surface.Trend is a relatively new entry into the space and it’s a bit of a hybrid of an influencer marketing discovery platform and a creator marketplace. But it has a slightly different spin than most of the others. It’s an application and invite only platform of highly curated influencers.Jay Desai is the head of growth at Trend. He joined me to explain a little more about what distinguishes the platform, what they vet influencers for to ensure it’s a strong offering and Trend-specific topics. But more broadly we talk about the current state of the influencer space, the different philosophies in approach, both for brands and for software companies, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Jan 18th, 1973
Louisville, KY, USA
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