A Taste of Social and Influencer Marketing: What B2B Can Learn from B2C

ONLINEMARKETINGSEOBLOG | December 3, 2018

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B2C brands pioneered the use of influential voices to boost their brand appeal, sales, and campaigns. And as more and more B2B brands and marketers dive into the world of influencer marketing, the question is: How can we leverage the knowledge, insights, and tips B2C marketers have to share for our marketing efforts? Last week, a panel of foodie influencers and bloggers provided some insights that can help answer that question. My TopRank Marketing colleague Jack Fitzpatrick and I attended Social Media Breakfast – Minneapolis St. Paul’s (SMBMSP) panel moderated by Michele Phillips, a food blogger, writer, photographer, and content creator, which included food personality Lindsay Greene, tweeting BBQ enthusiast The Product Poet, and Eat.Drink.Dish MPLS founder Golnaz Yamoutpour. The panel covered insights on finding and working with influencers along with a smattering of great social media marketing tips. Let’s see what they had to say.

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