Why Market to Developers? Developers Have Influence

Why Market to Developers? Maybe your product’s customer is actually a CIO. Maybe the purchasing team sits on the business side of the house. Maybe developers aren’t even really your customer, you just need to convince their company’s C-suite to build a product with your API and put that on their product development map. So, why should you pay attention to developers? It turns out that they are often part of the decision making unit.  Our survey of a developer community results showed that 60% of developers have the ability to approve or reject a tool purchase.  We asked  [...]

Check Out the 2019 Developer Media Audience Profile by Evans Data

Meet the Developer Media Audience If you are marketing to developers, you need to understand your audience. We can help you by understanding ours. Get the skinny on who our audience is from the March 2019 Developer Media Audience Profile — gathered for you by Evans Data Corporation, one of the most trusted research organizations in our industry. In the profile, we serve up the latest data about our greatest assets: the developers who make up the developer-to-developer (D2D) communities we reach. To learn who they are, what they do, and how they influence tool purchases, click here to [...]

Developer Marketing Resolution: Use Sponsorships Strategically

Investing a lot of marketing dollars to reach the modern developer? Industry influencers such as celebrity developers have a ready-made audience who tune in with trust. Use sponsorships strategically to support these influencers and reach their audience. Who is an Industry Influencer? For the modern developer, industry influencers usually owe their celebrity to their technical chops and their industry exposure. Rarely are they simply industry trend experts, but are truly practitioners—or at least were recently—and can speak to current technical issues with authenticity and credibility. Sponsorships and ads placed within these communities offer credibility and brand protection, as your brand [...]

By |2019-02-27T12:53:32-05:00March 13th, 2019|Marketing to Developers|

Developer Marketing Resolution: Tie your content marketing strategy to a promotion strategy

You are trying to drive modern developer engagement, correct? If you are looking for ads or content marketing alone to inspire this development (*snicker*), then you’ll be disappointed. The best way to engage the modern developer is with compelling content. But, without a promotion strategy, those developers may never know your content exists. Content + Promotion: A Winning Combination According to Evans Data Corporation’s Developer Marketing 2017 survey results, we know that the modern developer clicks through links to content advertised on newsletters from D2D communities. When we interviewed developers, we learned that they are lifelong learners who are [...]

Developer Marketing Resolution: Andify Your Practitioner Content Marketing Strategy

Tempted to look for the content marketing silver bullet to reach the modern developer? Here’s a news flash: there really isn’t one. If you’re struggling to select the most powerful type of content to influence or inspire your developer audience and prospects, it’s because the right answer for your practitioner content marketing strategy (or any strategy) isn’t “or.” It’s almost always “and.” Practitioner Content Marketing Creating an authentic voice in the fragmented market of tools and services for the modern developer can be challenging. Practitioner content marketing uses the voice of developer and IT practitioners outside your company. This voice [...]

Technical Content Marketing ROI: It Doesn’t Have to Hurt to Work

Technical content marketing is hard, and it can hurt — perhaps badly enough that you’ve given up on executing your technical content marketing strategy. Listen: “no pain, no gain” is for exercise, not content marketing. Technical content marketing doesn’t have to hurt to be effective.  Check out the six pain points decreasing your technical content marketing ROI, and learn how to get your content marketing strategy working, without hurting. What Pain Points Do to Your ROI Savvy content marketers have a handle on their costs and more than a clue about the benefits. Excluding the cost of putting together [...]

Developer Marketing Resolution: Stop Over Infogating Content

What do modern developers do? Thanks to devops, more and more. In fact, your modern developer may even be an IT operations professional acting like a developer. Bottom line: your audience and your customers are BUSY. So when you make them fill out multiple fields, or give them the chance to hesitate about how their information will be used when they want to access your content, you risk losing them. The most egregious violation? Asking them for their phone number. Just don’t. Infogating – How Much is Okay? What the Data Shows Based on Evans Data Corporation’s Developer Marketing 2017 [...]

Writing Winning Content: Meet CodeProject 2018 MVP Roger Deutsch

Modern developers like Roger Deutsch (who goes by the handle Raddevus) have evolved with their field because of their love of learning. Fortunately, developers like Roger also love to share what they learn, in part to archive their own knowledge for themselves. Roger loves to challenge himself to learn new things as a developer and then write about it, which has led him to contribute several articles to CodeProject (CP), one of which has received over 300,000 views. The quality and popularity of Roger’s contributions in articles and answers to community-posed questions earned him the CodeProject MVP award in [...]

By |2019-11-19T17:22:20-05:00February 15th, 2019|Content Marketing, Writing Winning Content|

Developer Marketing Resolution: Date your customer before you ask them to go all the way

What does it mean to go all the way in a customer relationship with the modern developer? It's more than just asking them to pay. Anything from asking for information like phone numbers up to and including asking for surveys to be filled out, feedback to be given, or APIs to be written all qualify as big commitments in your customer’s eyes. These asks require a high-trust relationship. Maybe it’s time to date your customer. Why You Need Trust First We learned a lot about how developers behave from Evans Data Corporation’s Developer Marketing 2017 and 2018 surveys. Surprisingly, [...]

By |2020-02-26T14:15:25-05:00February 13th, 2019|Marketing to Developers|

Developer Marketing Resolution: Create Contests That Teach

Why use contests to drive modern developer engagement? Unlike hackathons that attract a wide range of developers, often mainly students, online events like contests can engage developers with jobs, including those who influence or make purchases. However, what drives developer engagement? There are several knobs you can turn to create successful developer contests. But within the context of experimentation, managing expectations, and creating a memorable experience, there are a few guidelines that we learned by talking to developers. Based on Evans Data Corporation’s Developer Marketing 2017 survey results, we know that contests advertised on newsletters from D2D communities are likely [...]

By |2019-02-27T12:54:50-05:00February 6th, 2019|Marketing to Developers|
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