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The Perils and Pearls of Thought Leadership

January 10, 2014 by Marc Hausman

Larry Ellison.

Thought leaders have thoughts. It’s this predictive, engaging and often provoking insight that is the foundation of a successful content marketing program. That’s straightforward, right? So, why is it such a challenge for executives at many organizations to articulate a unique opinion? The equally straightforward answer is a single word: risk.[read more]

LinkedIn Top Contributors: New Alternative for Developing Thought Leadership

December 9, 2013 by Tracy Sestili

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This week, LinkedIn rolled out a new feature for Groups called “Top Contributors.” For the group owner, the hope is that it will generate more engagement from members and breathe new life into groups that otherwise have low activity. But for group members, it’s opened up a whole new avenue for thought leadership.[read more]

Is "Thought Leadership" Just Business Jargon?

April 17, 2013 by Gini Dietrich

I’m tripping over thought leadership these days. Stubbing my toes on #thoughtleader hashtags and barking my virtual shins on “how to become a thought leader” articles and posts. With the rise in popularity of inbound marketing, content creation, and the ongoing migration of offline to online, the terms “thought leader” and “thought leadership” are close to being overused.[read more]


Don't Tell Me You're a Thought-Leader: Just Be One

March 24, 2013 by Barry Feldman

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Thought leaders don’t call themselves thought leaders. They don’t think that way. Think. Lead. Publish. Share. Advise. Influence. But don’t tell me you’re a thought leader. Just be one.[read more]

10 Mechanics of Personal Branding

March 15, 2012 by Stephanie Gehman

Have you a personal brand? Of course you do! Uncover the process, map it out and live it out.[read more]


Creating a Business from The Meeting of Ideas & Thought Leadership

September 1, 2011 by Haydn Shaughnessy

We talk about thought leadership in a vague enough way that it can easily be aligned with PR and the business of reputation. In the ideas economy we have to move to a distinct thought leadership process and that means associating ideas with products and sales.[read more]

Real Thought Leadership for Social Media Strategists

August 25, 2011 by Haydn Shaughnessy

How can social media experts feed the growing hunger of companies for true thought leadership?[read more]

How To Find Your Thought Leadership Voice Online

August 30, 2010 by Vanessa DiMauro

There is plenty of information online about using social media for thought leadership. The returns and values have been well-calculated and, in some cases, well-articulated. One great example is our friends over at Bloom Group, who are the thought leaders for thought leadership. Few seasoned marketing professionals would argue that...[read more]

Accelerating Leads with Topic Microsites

May 13, 2010 by Tim Parker

I have already written on this site about how social media are requiring  B2B content marketers to take their expertise to market in different and better ways. The logical extension of that, and which we yet see few companies doing, is to develop a point of view and publish it simultaneously. This accelerates lead generation,...[read more]

The New Rules of Thought Leadership Marketing (Part 3)

May 10, 2010 by Tim Parker

B2B content marketing has changed enormously with the advent of social media. In the last installment I talked about the third and fourth new rules of thought leadership marketing. In this final installment, I'll explain rules 5 and 6. Rule #5, Sustained Traffic Supersedes Downloads. After you generate Internet chatter about your...[read more]

The New Rules of Thought Leadership Marketing (Part 2)

April 23, 2010 by Tim Parker

B2B content marketing has changed, especially with the advent of social media. Last week I talked about the first two of six new rules of thought leadership marketing. These rules are primarily about how behaviors and expectations have changed with the advent of new technologies, especially social media — and the changes are...[read more]

The New Rules of Thought Leadership Marketing

April 16, 2010 by Tim Parker

B2B content marketing has changed, especially with the advent of social media. This post is not about the technology — it's primarily about how behaviors and expectations have changed — and the changes are substantial. Rule #1: The Customer has Become the Hunter, the Marketer the Hunted This started with Web 1.0 and...[read more]

Developing an Authentic Social Media Personality for Your Brand

March 2, 2010 by Mike Volpe

This is a guest post from Kristin Dziadul, a recent college graduate with a marketing major, she is the 2009 New England Direct Marketing Association scholarship recipient, and has a strong passion for marketing and social media and blogs at She is also a big Boston sports fan! Social media has revolutionized the...[read more]

Thought leadership is still dead; long live idea marketing

February 6, 2010 by Christopher Koch

So much of what passes for thought leadership these days is little more than warmed over brochures. It may look better and read better than a brochure, but it's still a brochure because it emphasizes our products and services over the needs of the people we are trying to reach. Last year, I wrote a piece that talked about why thought...[read more]

Thought Leadership for Social Marketing Success

August 20, 2009 by Maria ReyesMcDavis

Thought leadership on a marketing blog?  Indeed, at first read it sounds not relevant to marketing your business online — but really it's more important than you can imagine.   Thought leadership, as defined by Wikipedia, is a (company) or “person who is recognized among their peers and mentors for innovative ideas...[read more]

Thought Leadership is Not Enough

May 1, 2009 by Brains on Fire

Don't get me wrong, being considered a thought leader is a great thing (not that I'm one, I'm just speaking in general here). You can write bestselling books, pen articles, or have a blog that boasts thousands of readers and people will listen to you because they consider you a thought leader in your field. Someone who is considered to...[read more]

The Key Ingredient for Thought Leadership -- Thoughts

August 13, 2008 by Chris Parente

Thought leadership is very important in public relations. It is incredibly powerful when your client is seen an an expert in his or her field, and it makes earned media coverage much easier to secure. But sometimes clients assume that thought leadership is simply a process PR pros have mastered, when it really starts with them. Some can'...[read more]

Using thought leadership to position Motorola, a podcast with Eduardo Conrado

October 30, 2007 by Paul Dunay

Eduardo Conrado and I met up at the MarketingProfs conference at the beginning of October. I really liked his approach to using thought leadership in the positioning of the Enterprise Division of Motorola.As global marketing VP, Eduardo controls the marketing for all of Motorola's enterprise B2B products worldwide. So naturally I wanted...[read more]