Monday, September 08, 2014

FIR B2B #15: How Adobe’s Uses Curation to Build Thought Leadership

FIR B2BPaul again anchors the podcast solo this week. In this episode:

News & Trends

Google has pulled the plug on authorship, its once highly touted initiative to tie author identities to search results. Considering how heavily Google promoted this initiative a couple years ago, this about-face looks deceptive or, at best, clueless. Is Google taking its users goodwill too much for granted?

The title of Chris Abraham’s recent Biznology post is great - “Google is a lying liar that lies” - but the message is serious. For all of Google’s PR about how smart its search engine is, not that much has really changed

LinkedIn eliminates premium fees for SlideShare in a move we don’t see too often these days: a vendor giving money back to its customers. Meanwhile, the new campaign for LinkedIn’s lead management system points to its aspirations to be a force in the CRM market.

Starwood features customers in a new $30 million ad campaign, showing that at least one hotelier has caught on to the idea that customers make decisions on factors that go beyond amenities and clean floors.

HubSpot has filed for an IPO, further validating its vision of inbound marketing as a powerful lead generation force.

Special Guest: Tim Moran,

Our special guest is Tim Moran, editor of A 25-year-veteran of the electronic media and former Editor in Chief of, he brings a journalist’s instincts to a content marketing vehicle. started as a curated collection of online content for marketers, but as the site has grown it has added a steady stream of original content as well. While Adobe uses to build thought leadership, it maintains a strict church-state separation between ownership and the editorial product. Adobe doesn’t even have access to the 30,000-name newsletter mailing list. The key to’s success is a tight focus on the reader, Moran says. That’s second-nature to a journalist, but not something that all marketers understand instinctively. Learn how to use and even how to contribute to the site in this interview.

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About Your Hosts

Paul GillinPaul Gillin is a veteran technology journalist and a thought leader in new media. Since 2005, he has advised marketers and business executives on strategies to optimize their use of social media and online channels to reach buyers cost-effectively. He is the author or co-author of five books, including Social Marketing to the Business Customer (2011), the first book devoted entirely to B2B social media marketing. He is also a social media trainer and coach at Profitecture, a training firm for B2B companies and their channel partners.

Allan SchoenbergAllan Schoenberg is based Vice President, Corporate Public Relations and Communications at TIAA-CREF in New York. As part of the firm’s Enterprise Communications team within Marketing, this role helps the team drive firm-wide corporate communications, employee communications, reputation and crises management, social media, CEO positioning and public policy communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in B2B communications, including his work for Accenture, Edelman Worldwide, Fleishman Hillard and CME Group..

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