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Customer Nurturing: It's Not Lead Nurturing so Stop Calling it That

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You know, I really want to do X with your product. Can you get on a call to chat? This is a typical message that customer success managers or any customer facing person hears from their customers almost on a daily basis. In many of these situations there is in fact a solution. The problem is that the customer wasn’t aware of it. This can happen for many reasons. The trick is to try and get in

Survey Shows B2B Marketers Will Prioritize Email Marketing, SEO, Social Media in 2013

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This is a guest post from CRM Analyst Ashley Verrill. This is the first ever guest post on this blog in its seven year existence so you know the content is going to be good. Much of this verifies what I've been saying for years but it's always good to see this data for yourself for a sanity check. For example, before you go upload that list of emails that you just bought, read the data below

The Rules of Lead Generation Defined – Book Review

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For years I’ve been helping B2B marketers execute on their marketing strategies and at times I felt like I was working from scraps of information here and there that I have learned over the years. The issue was that there really wasn’t a guide for B2B marketers. We now have one: The New Rules of Lead Generation: Proven Strategies to Maximize Marketing ROI by David T. Scott. David was kind enough. email marketing lead generation marketing metrics lead conversion Advocate Marketing social media lead management integrated marketing closed loop

Improve Your Writing Style: Solve Their Problem, Not Yours

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I was recently inspired by this simple yet insightful post by Jonathan Greene from MarketingSherpa on how a small change in how you phrase items can mean the difference in the response you get on social media. Too many companies are too focused on what they want when they post updates on their social channels and don''t focus enough on how their message will help the people that they are

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

The Modern Marketer's Field Guide: Have You Read it? You Should

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When it comes to B2B marketing, there are not a lot of great books out there. For the most part, the books that do exist focus on the novice marketer or focus on high level approaches. Matt Heinz has brought us probably the most practical book out there for the more advanced B2B marketer - the modern marketer. The Modern Marketer''s Field Guide is a must read for any marketer that is looking to. Advocate Marketing B2B blogging content marketing lead generation lead management lead nurturing lead scoring marketing automation marketing metrics social media

5 Corporate B2B Blogs That You Should Copy

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The importance of blogs in your B2B marketing mix can't be overlooked. Blogs are too important in keeping customers and future customers informed about your industry, your products and your company, driving people to your website, and generating leads. recent study by Hubspot found that those companies that use blogs generate 67% more leads than those that don't. However, anyone that can open a.

Marketing Automation Not Just About Revenue (But it's Damn Important)

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I've had the following conversation a few times with clients who have implemented marketing automation: "so now that we have marketing automation in place we want to do ROI reporting - TODAY". Jumping into ROI/closed loop reporting right away can be difficult. You need to have the right processes in place including a strong relationship between marketing and sales as well as a focus on revenue. marketing automation marketing metrics lead management closed loop

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Transformation to Advocacy: Summit on Customer Engagement Summary

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This past week I joined more than 100 customer reference and advocacy professionals at the Summit on Customer Engagement in the Bay Area. I was there to learn as well as share what I''ve experienced with our customers at Influitive. The The theme of the conference was to go broader when it comes to reference management and advocacy - to get to "the other 90%". While I came away from the conference. Advocate Marketing

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Rethink Your Approach to Customer Testimonials: Mobilize Your Advocates

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This was a post I originally created for Kapost''s Content Marketeer Blog. “I’m too busy.” “I’m travelling." “It’s end of quarter.” “I never got your email.” How many excuses like these have you seen when you’re asking your customers for a testimonial? How many letters, emails, calls, texts, tweets etc… do you normally have to send before you hear back from your customers? It’s been proven that

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When Lead Scoring Will Fail

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Having worked with B2B marketers for many years, it's typically a no-brainer when someone asks me "should we implement lead scoring?". Lead scoring, which is the process of automating the qualification of leads that you generate, is a key stepping stone to get marketers to the next level. Having said that, your company may not be fully ready for it and there are some steps to start moving in. data management lead management lead qualification

The Slow Death of Email and What You Can Do About it

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Being in the world of marketing automation for as long as I was, I was a bit jaded and defended email as a marketing tool like it was the be all and end all of marketing. Since moving to another part of B2B marketing and executing different types of email campaigns I now have a completely different perspective. Email is in fact losing its touch. In this fantastic Slideshare by Gary Vanderchuck ". Advocate Marketing content marketing email marketing integrated marketing social media

5 Tips to Improve Email Response

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Are your recipients not responding to your emails? This is a topic that I’m sure hits home with many of you. You work hard on getting an email campaign together, you send it out and then you find that the results were not what you were hoping they would be. originally responded to a discussion on Focus called What strategies can you recommend for enhancing performance of email marketing. email marketing deliverability

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Advocate Marketing: An Introduction

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Very recently I made the decision to shift to a different aspect of marketing that involves mobilizing your biggest fans or your advocates. This was a bigger shift then I thought it would be after specializing in marketing automation for almost eight years. But it''s been extremely exciting to be part of building a new frontier in marketing. To summarize this concept of advocate marketing, it. Advocate Marketing

Managing Your Social Network: Top Tools You Should Use

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After having my kids I took a step away from social media except for posting adorable pics of my kids on Facebook. That's about all I had time for - so I thought. My thought process was driven by a severe lack of sleep (which still exists) and a desire to focus on my core tasks which included leading my team. Here's the problem: my role is all about helping out customers and providing the best. social media RSS customer service social bookmarking Twitter online communities social networks

B2B Webinar Best Practices from VMware

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As you’re gearing up for a great new year, I wanted to highlight some webinar/event best practices from the marketing team over at VMware. VMware has found that this marketing channel is one of their most successful when it comes to ROI so taking a few pointers and optimizing your own efforts could pay off big time this year. They They achieved an ROI of 1324% in 2010 - not too bad! They were kind. marketing metrics webinars / webcasts

HP Gets it Right With Their "Change Artists" Lead Generation Campaign

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Arguably the whole concept of comments on a blog make blogs authentic and entertaining. On many blogs, a web visitor may find a post with some rich interaction between the original author and some commenters. Typically the item that is being discussed is one that both the author and commenter are passionate about. This is simply brilliant. In addition, the conversation doesn't focus on HP.

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Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Top Automated Marketing Personalization Tactics

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There is a lot of talk these days that personalization is back in marketing but what does that really mean and what are some of the tactics you can use? This is important : Besides all of the technology out there that can make this process easier, it’s important to keep in mind that the goal is to create engaging experiences for your customers and potential customers so that they will respond and ultimately purchase your products and services. personalized approach facilitates this process. I've listed the top tactics that I typically discuss in my day to day client meetings. What do you do?

Top 10 LinkedIn Tips for Lead Generation

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I had the pleasure of guest blogging on the “It’s all About Revenue Blog”. Here is a snippet from that post: If you haven’t logged into LinkedIn these days, it’s time to get back in there and see some of the cool stuff that is now available. This post will provide tips for sales professionals and marketers to get the most out of LinkedIn so you can stay on top of your customers and prospects and

Email Autoresponders 2.0 in B2B Marketing

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By autoresponder email, I mean the confirmation email that a registrant immediately receives when they fill out a form on a website. Heather has some good tips to ensure that your information and call to action(s) is up to date. At times, marketers set these up and then forget about them. The Evolution of the Autoresponder Email Let's start with the evolution of the autoresponder. That's correct.

Improving Your Upsell/Cross Sell Conervsions

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I was recently asked about approaches to take for creating a cross-sell nurturing program - what are the best practices? could highlight a few examples of some well crafted emails and messaging but getting a good conversion rate goes well beyond a good email design and an engaging call to action. Amanda Hinkle wrote a great a simple yet powerful article over at MarketingProfs "Three. segmentation lead nurturing lead conversion

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Top 10 Triggered B2B Email Marketing Campaigns

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One of the themes for marketers in 2009 is “doing more with less”. While some marketing teams are facing cut backs and spending freezes or reductions, they still need to hit their goals which may include generating X number of leads, Y amount of influenced pipeline and/or Z amount of influenced sales. A key part of “doing more with less” is automating your email marketing campaigns. Trial tips.

Integrated marketing campaigns using YouTube!

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Thinking about a new marketing campaign to promote a new product? Why not consider doing a video that could be used as a TV ad, website video, posted on YouTube , added to your business blog, linked to from emails and advertised in magazines and print material. Sounds difficult eh? Check out the video below from NFLShop.com. Don't have enough money for a TV ad? Simplify this. Keep all options open.

Tips to Improve How You Segment Your Database

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Hi everyone. Between taking a nice vacation, recovering from the vacation and then work travel, the ‘old blog was collecting some dust. During my travels and discussions with customers, one of the items that keeps coming up is the need for clean, complete and accurate data. This hopefully results in more sales opportunities and closed business for your company and that nice bonus that you deserve.

How To Build a Lead Nurturing Culture Part I

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Are any of you out there new fathers? How about new parents? I’m still getting the hang of holding my 2 month old son while I check my emails or read a book. I’m getting much better at this juggling act and on some of those nights when he stays up I’ ve been able to generate some blog post ideas – I just didn ’t have the two hands needed to type until now. :) So here we are. 20 Formats to Consider.

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.

Wake up and Send More Email

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Social media is all the rage these days and I’m in complete agreement that it should be part of your campaigns but let’s not overlook the power of email and how it’s being underutilized by many organizations today. On the other hand, what you may find is that there are opportunities to send more relevant and timely email communications to certain segments of your database. Social media highlights.

So You Think You Know Marketing Automation

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If you've recently rolled out marketing automation or are considering it, have a look at this two part series that was orginally published on the "It's All About Revenue" blog: So You Think You Know Marketing Automation Part I Have you recently rolled out a marketing automation platform like Eloqua, have you been using one for awhile, or are you considering one in the near future? Welcome to. marketing automation

How do I Generate More Leads from my Website?

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Many B2B marketers ask these questions daily: We have this great website, we use email, we use search - what else can we do? How can we further optimize our practices to increase the amount of leads we generate? recent study by MarketingSherpa and KnowledgeStorm provides some additional insights that marketers should be aware of. They surveyed both vendors and users (people who actually fill out registration forms) to better understand what and why they fill out forms on websites. This item didn't even crack the top 5 for vendors! What does this mean? What does this mean? link beside it.

10 Tips for Using Twitter And Email Marketing for B2B

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I was told that every blog needs a "top 10 post" and I thought today would be a good day to write one on a topic that is growing in popularity. That topic is Twitter and how best to use this tool for your B2B marketing efforts. thought I would take a stab at providing tips on blending a tried and true tool like email with Twitter. Let me know what you think and if you have additional tips (let's see if Darren Rowse from Twitip is listening) 10 Tips for Using Twitter And Email Marketing for B2B 1. Add a link to your company's Twitter account to all mass email communications. Most likely.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

5 Mistakes B2B Marketers Need to Avoid in 2010

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2009 has been a long year but as I reflect back on my many conversations, I've created a top 5 list of items to avoid in 2010: 1. Not having a defined social media strategy You would be surprised by the number of companies that say “yeah, social media is important but it’s not important to us at the moment”. For example, check out [link] and search for your company name. You may see a theme here.