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We’re not full enough to think we know it all; we’re constantly learning. Out of the dozens of articles we read each week, these are the ones we believe you should read. They’re practitioner case studies, new vantage points, and thinking that challenges conventional marketing thought. They’re decidedly not fluffy and never clickbait.

10 Truths About Marketing After the Pandemic

The Iron Horse Insight: Consumers are expecting more, and this adage directly translates to the events industry. If you deliver a virtual experience that falls flat, it tells me that your company didn’t put in the time and effort to give me what I want, which reflects poorly on your overall brand. Conversely, if you host an in-person event in an area of the country currently experiencing a spike in COVID cases, you run the risk of looking extremely tone deaf. Consumers don’t just want companies to think about them as individuals instead of buyers/attendees, they are demanding it. This means that data will continue to be an important part of both marketing and events, ensuring that all experiences and touch points can be personalized to a tee.

Read on Harvard Business Review Arrow Right

The Future Of Events Through The Eyes Of Industry Professionals

The Iron Horse Insight: In-person events are coming back, but virtual ones are not going away. Event planners have begun to shift their focus to hybrid experiences and look to the future in building integrated virtual and in-person events, but the outcomes will vary in this new format. When looking to hybrid, companies looking to dip their toes into the hybrid event pool should over-index on either the in-person or virtual aspect of the event and then sprinkle in the other. Planning a full-blown virtual experience plus an in-person extravaganza is a tall task to take on (as of now). Instead, a good strategy is to ease your way into a hybrid model by focusing on one while making sure you address the other to some extent.

Read on Forbes Arrow Right

How to Sell to 20M Software Developers With an Amazing Onboarding Experience

The Iron Horse Insight: At the core of any successful developer marketing or DevRel activity is the experience itself. Beyond just providing basic materials and resources for your developer audiences, how are you facilitating the discovery and consumption of those assets? In this article Tan and Utard, discuss the secret behind Algolia’s developer program. While many facets reflect your typical dev marketing approach, Utard reveals how they focused strictly on developer needs (as opposed to business KPIs) to build a platform that truly was helpful and functional for any dev. Much like individual resources and campaigns, it’s crucial to remember that when building developer assets it’s important to “create something that is low bar (anyone can use) and high ceiling (so powerful there is never a reason to switch).”

Read on Garry’s Posthaven Arrow Right

Developers Have More in Common With Marketers Than They Think

The Iron Horse Insight: As marketers, we often preach personalization in regards to customizing outreach to resonate with potential audiences. In developer marketing, that methodology is even more important to captivate user bases. In this article by Len Shneyder, he explores the similarities between marketers and developers. He illuminates the fact that both parties share the same objective when it comes to building a relationship- attenuance and personalization of an experience is key to success. So the next time you launch a developer-focused product ask yourself, “What would *I* want out of adopting this solution?”

Read on DevOps.com Arrow Right

Empathy for the Developer: Making 22 Year Olds Love 26 Year Old Software

The Iron Horse Insight: When reviewing developer content, Iron Horse often finds a disconnect between what brands think developers want versus what developers actually need. Empathizing with developer audiences and providing functional resources is the key to success. At the core of this article, is a deep-dive into your target audiences and truly understanding what assets they are looking for at certain points in their development journey. While documentation is always good, it’s important to keep in mind that supporting content should provide an immediate solution for most developers rather than a litany of case studies and/or thought-leadership. Listening to and empathizing with your constituents is important to providing a streamlined journey and facilitating the consumption and active use of your solutions.

Read on DevRel Arrow Right

Measuring the Impact of Your Developer Relations Team

The Iron Horse Insight: Developer relationship (DevRel) programs are often loosely defined with more qualitative, than quantitative goals. It’s important to find a balance between the two and at a bare minimum establish some baseline in order to compare against. Aligning activities with basic business goals is crucial to continued DevRel success. As a starting point, Iron Horse often maps business goals to development milestones to understand progress and efficacy. For example, a typical DevRel goal would be community growth, with marketing looking at database growth and DevRel looking at the volume of community conversations and engagement. Developers are not typical clients/customers. DevRel success will look different than general marketing programs, thus tracking and attribution should also be customized to match the uniqueness of activities and audiences.

Read on Openview Partners Arrow Right

Community and Empathy

The Iron Horse Insight: Establishing strong developer relationships is key to successful developer programs. Advocacy is almost always the true end state and being able to genuinely connect with the developer community will yield dividends. At the core of DevRel is being able to understand developer problems and help solve them. Developers are both end-users and decision-makers from a business sense—so outside influences could affect them more than the average stakeholder. Being compassionate and empathizing with developers is incredibly important within peer-driven communities. Attending to real-world issues, both sociological and technical, will help your brand establish itself as a contributor and a true community partner.

Read on DevRel Arrow Right

Traditional SEO Has A Growing Visibility Problem

The Iron Horse Insight: SEO is about getting the top spot for your key terms when someone is searching on a search engine like Google, right? Wrong. For many search terms, the top organic search result is now below the fold. This means that if your organization isn’t thinking about and actively working on securing featured snippets, paragraph style “best answer” for searches phrased as a question, and the increase of zero-click searches, your organization’s SEO is slowly eroding. Our take is to ensure your marketing team, but also executive management knows why the “SEO of today” is fundamentally different than it was five years ago. It’s important to know what that means in terms of marketing strategy and marketing measurement.

Read on The Local Lighthouse Arrow Right

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