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As we hurtle into Q4, planning for 2017 marketing is underway at organizations everywhere, asking questions such as:

  • What should we do?
  • What shouldn’t we do?
  • How much budget should we submit for?
  • How do we justify it?
  • Should we be hiring?

To help, I’ve put together a list of a few resources to help with your 2017 planning process. Some resources are paid; many are free. All will help you craft the most informed, data-driven marketing plan you’ve ever assembled.

Paid Resources

Courseware

Build a Data-Driven Customer Journey: in this hour course, you’ll learn how to assemble a data-driven customer journey from your digital marketing analytics data to better understand how your customers arrive at a purchase decision unique to your business. You’ll also learn how to use Google Analytics Benchmarking to effectively plan your 2017 digital marketing budget and resourcing.

Books

Marketing Blue Belt: in this book, you’ll learn the MAISTER framework: measurement, analysis, insight, strategy, tactics, execution, and review. Learn how to find insights trapped within your data and build a strong analytics practice in your organization.

Marketing White Belt: do you have a new person on your team or in your company who needs a review of digital marketing basics? Refresh their knowledge of the fundamentals like SWOT and PEST analysis, types of marketing strategy, calculating ROI, and more.

Free Planning Resources

Books

Cultivating Influence eBook: a guide to understanding social media influence, including how to select influencers, how to measure them, and how to do outreach responsibly. You’ll also learn the READ influencer scoring framework, an invaluable methodology for objectively assessing the reach and engagement of your influencers.

ABCs of Marketing Your Blog and Brand: a webinar and guide for learning how to analyze, build, and convert a blog’s audience. Great for planning out a new blog-centric content marketing strategy.

Reinventing Public Relations: you’ll learn what modern public relations looks like and what three trends will change how you publicize your company, from Big Data to artificial intelligence. You’ll also discover just how different and difficult the modern media landscape is compared to just 10 years ago.

Reports and Data

KPCB 2016 Internet Trends Report: The annual data-dump by KPCB’s Mary Meeker is a buffet of data useful for any kind of marketing planning. While you won’t need everything listed, it’s a helpful guide for adding color to your 2017 marketing plan.

The Podcast Consumer: considering starting a podcast or sponsoring one? Edison Research has the definitive guide to understanding the modern podcast audience and whether it’s a good fit for you.

The Google Consumer Barometer: need charts and data to back up your digital marketing plan you build with my Data-Driven Customer Journey course? Google’s Consumer Barometer offers self-serve charts in virtually every category of digital device and Internet usage. Learn how consumers make decisions, purchase behaviors, multi-screen behaviors, research for major purchases, and much more. The Consumer Barometer will also help you assemble your own graphics and charts for your marketing plan.

The 2016 Social Media Marketing Industry Report: Michael Stelzner’s Social Media Examiner did an exhaustive interview series with thousands of social media marketers to understand how they’re planning, what networks and apps have their attention, and how B2B and B2C social media marketers differ in their approaches.

Plan for 2017 Marketing Now!

If your organization hasn’t already started marketing planning for 2017, now is the time to start. We’ve never had more, better quality data to use for planning. Start early, analyze thoughtfully, and assemble the best marketing plan of your career with these resources.


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