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B2B Marketing Meets Video: Insights from 21 Marketers

Digital B2B Marketing

Just over half (52%) of B2B marketers are now using video, a 27% increase over the year before. However, that means nearly half of B2B marketers are not using video yet. Last week for #B2Bchat I moderated a discussion on video in B2B marketing, including why B2B marketers should care , how to get started, production quality and tools and resources. Ideal Length of B2B Videos Short.

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Why Facebook will become the most dangerous company on earth

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Within the next 60 days, an event will occur that may be the most devastating development in the young history of social media and for the businesses and individuals who love it so much. Facebook is going to become a publicly-traded company. If you have ever worked for a public company you can relate to what I am about to say. If you haven’t you’ll have to trust me. You and me.

38+ Cool Social Media and Web Tools and Reviews


Innovation is alive and well in the development of cool free and low-cost web-based tools and apps. It’s great to find a tool that automates some little process or provides a new capability you’ve been looking for, and fun to find a tool you didn’t even know you needed. How can you quickly find out how far a link has spread on Twitter? Back up your Gmail account? PingTags. Buffer.

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Lead Scoring: How to pick the right ingredients for high ROI

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketers use lead scoring to slice all the potential deals in their pipelines and serve the sales team what it’s hungry for — leads that are ready to buy. Values are assigned to each prospect based on attributes like authority, title, vertical and timing to buy, as well as behavior. For example, did the person: Download a video? Watch a webinar? Review a price sheet?

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

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The Lead Generation-Inbound Marketing- Funnel Optimization Toolkit


In the old days, we had a phone.  And a fax machine.   If you were in marketing, you had media kits and circulations statements.  Rate cards were actual cards.  Flow charts were designed on paper with markers and rulers.  Budgets determined using Texas Instruments’ calculators.  Then computers came.  Wordperfect and Lotus123. Then Compuserve and Prodigy …  You also had Thomas Register and mailing lists to find leads…. could go on, but I won’t.  Nowadays there are hundreds and hundreds of online tools and platforms that assist us in generating, converting, and nurturing leads into sales. 

An Inconvenient Truth: Your Advertising is Invisible

Digital B2B Marketing

A growing portion of online advertising is purchased through DSPs and ad networks, and with literally millions of sites that sell ads through these channels, online advertisers cannot rely on knowing every site their ads are on. With this has come a new wave of quality control issues for online advertisers. So how many banners really go unseen? trillion online banner ads were served in 2011.

An inside view of the blogging process

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Mitch Joel recently threw down the the gauntlet and challenged a number of bloggers to blog about how they blog (does that make sense?) I highly recommend you read his original article called “ Watching me Blog.” ”  I only caution you about trying to match Mitch’s pace. There is Mitch, and then there is the rest of us! currently have about 70 ideas in the hopper. PUBLISH.

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“Fortune 500 CIO” is Not a Target Market – A Conversation with Bob Wright

The Point

I’ve had the pleasure of watching Bob Wright conduct messaging workshops with clients, and there is no-one better in my view at helping companies hone their message and strategy. Bob has worked with more than 100 technology companies during his career, and is currently Managing Director at Firebrick Consulting , a firm devoted to helping technology companies drive revenue growth.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Blogs and Social Marketing in the Upstream Oil & Gas Industry

Industrial Marketing Today

The Upstream Oil & Gas industry, also referred to as the exploration and production (E&P) sector, has a reputation of being very conservative and conventional. Even though the companies that operate in this sector are well-known global brands, they are not exactly forward thinking online marketers who use business blogs and social media regularly. Twitter: Tweets with #shale.

15 Things People Absolutely Hate About Your Website


One of the tenets of inbound marketing is not to annoy. So why is it that many websites are still chock full of the elements that so many visitors have bemoaned over and over? Perhaps with the sheer excitement (or terror, depending on your personality) that comes with designing your own website, all of the user experience quirks that have driven you crazy over the years escape your mind. Shhhh!

What do I write about?

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In our information-dense world, I know how hard it is to keep coming up with consistent, compelling, original content. And sometimes you just get STUCK. The problem is, many folks think they need to have all the answers to write a great, original blog post but most of the time, quite the opposite is true. You don’t need to have the right answer. You need to find the right question. Go there.

Answers to Your Google+ for Business Questions, Part 2


A couple-few weeks ago, I answered the first of many questions that the participants asked both during and after my recent webinar, Google+ for Business. Below are the next batch of questions and answers. hope they answer your questions. And I have really enjoyed answering them. Q: What are the benefits of selecting one type of category over the other? So, what would PR Running do? Thanks again!

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

Content Marketing: 6 Steps To Sell It In [Slides]

B2B Marketing Insider

Content Marketing is all about the battle for customer attention. As most marketers try harder and harder to interrupt their audience, smart marketers are using valuable and helpful content to attract the audience of future buyers. Because all marketing is content. In this presentation, delivered @ MarketingProfs Social Tech , I showed 7 reasons why most marketing stinks. All Marketing Is Content.

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4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Take Advantage of Instagram

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this $1 billion. That’s how much social networking giant, Facebook, is paying out for the photo-sharing service Instagram. Not bad for a company without revenue. But who uses Instagram? Teenagers and nostalgia-starved hipsters, right? Believe it or not, at more than 27 million users , Instagram has wide and active group of fans. Yet, B2B companies haven’t taken to those fuzzy filters like their B2C counterparts. That’s too bad. Here we outline 4 ways B2B marketers can use Instagram. Curate Your Fans Work. It’s the same on Instagram. Host a Contest. for a Instagram shoot.

Content Marketing: Stories are Key

Writing on the Web

If you want your  content marketing  messages to be remembered, you must engage the  emotional memories  of your readers. Memory formation happens in two ways: 1.  You say or do something that makes an emotional connection. 2.  Something happens that closely resembles a previously established emotional connection. At some point, something was important enough because it was emotional.

Tips for Next Gen Digital Marketing and PR Pros


Photo credit: Wikipedia. What’s the future of digital media marketing and social public relations? What trends are we, as seasoned digital media marketers, seeing in the marketplace? What advice can we give the next generation of digital media marketing or PR pros for landing a job in digital marketing or communications? It’s It’s spring, which means it’s mentoring season. Content marketing.

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A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

Four questions you should always ask a branding agency

Tomorrow People

Are you thinking about, or are you working with a branding company to update your business brand? Here are four questions every business-owner should ask their branding agency before going ahead with a business rebrand: 1. How well do you understand my business? It will help ensure that they create a brand that truly reflects you and where you want to be. 2.

Why Social Shouldn’t Scare Email Marketers

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Last year was all about social media, right? Everywhere you turned people were talking about social. It dominated headlines. It was the hot topic at conventions. And several pundits claimed its popularity signaled the death knell for email. But is the outlook for email  really that bleak? Let’s consider some facts and figures. The number of registered email accounts reached 3.1 billion in 2011, and is expected to grow by another 1 billion by 2015, according to The Radicati Group. And for many companies, email continues to drive the largest share of traffic.

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10 Ways To Put Old Blog Posts To Good Use


If you have brilliant posts gathering dust in the archives, there’s plenty of things you can do to with them to give your marketing a major lift. Here are 10 proven ways to repurpose or remarket valuable blog content. Some options take a great deal of time; others, little more than a few clicks. I’ve included some thoughts at the end to help you determine how much effort is right for you.

The Tyranny of Images: Why Instagram and Pinterest Worry Me

B2B Memes

Today’s news that the mobile photo-sharing platform Instagram has been acquired by Facebook for $1 billion underscores a trend that’s been gnawing at me for the last few months. Mark Zuckerberg clearly understands that images are an increasingly important element in social discourse. guess I fear that the emphasis now being given to the visual is upsetting that balance.

The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

Riding the Social Media Struggle Bus? You’re Not Alone


Recent research from MarketingProfs shows that 84% of B2B companies use social media marketing in some form, and the figure is likely higher for B2C firms. But that’s a bit like saying that most Americans exercise regularly; it’s probably true, but there is a big difference between walking the dog around the block a couple of times per week and training for a triathlon. Reach out.

“The Twitter Hashtag is the New Neon Sign”

Blue Focus Marketing

“The brand lives in connections.” This simple—yet powerful—statement from Noah Brier, co-founder of Percolate, emphasizes the importance of social media. Yet compelling as it is, we can take this statement one step further: I offer that your brand can also live in hashtags. If you are not an avid Twitter user but would like to start, let me give you a good reason.

Affiliate Marketing Tips – Future of Publishing


Targeted leads produce the highest conversion rates, but does it even matter for the publisher if they’re getting paid per click? Many publishers genuinely want their PPC merchants to succeed, but they simply won’t drive results without getting some form of payment each time a sale is made. Highlights: Market toward people you know…. That are within your product’s niche… Write good copy!

Four Ways to Get Sales Off Your Back and Out Selling

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Last week I gave you a small song to sing at the end of the quarter as the inevitable fingers seek to assign the inevitable blame. hope that saw you through to this, the first full week of the shiny new quarter. So full of promise, so full of hope, so full of time.  Uh oh. Here come the Sales Squirrels. They’re shaking all the bird seed out of the funnel. Recycle Some Content.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

The CMO Guide to Inbound Marketing [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller The primary job of the CMO is to position a company for success and to drive revenue. But the trends of information abundance and attention scarcity mean that the tried-and-true ways of accomplishing these goals don’t work as well anymore. Now companies can engage and build relationships with buyers – and influence their preferences – using inbound marketing.

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A Cloudy Outlook for Instagram. A {growtoon}.

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Join the growtoonists each Friday for a humorous take on marketing, social media, and current business events. Kacy Maxwell is a guy who loves his work, family and a good challenge. See more of his cartoons at growtoons

Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of April 7, 2012


Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of April 7, 2012… The Total Package: A Marketing Message That Resonates  (Small Biz Trends). Fight Premature Monetization – Add a Second Step to Your Content Marketing  (Convince and Convert). 16 Terrible Social Media Mistakes You’re Making  (Business Insider). Small Biz Trends). brick by brick).

Why You Need a Catch & Release Program for Subject Matter Experts

B2B Marketing Unplugged

When my friend the sales director blew me off for lunch the other day, I wasn’t surprised. “I’m really sorry but someone just spotted a product manager on the fourth floor,” she gushed like a drunk birder. “I need to corner that slippery little *^#@?%, brush the Cheetos dust off his shirt and get him in front of my customer’s IT director this week or they won’t buy the upgrade”. If you are lucky enough to have such creatures, you know that sooner or later, there are questions or customers that simply demand a greater level of expertise or seniority. Let’s stereotype: Hermit Crabs. Demo Dudes.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.