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How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

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Writers note – This as a primer for my session at Dreamforce 2016 next week. We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. Today’s crazy-busy customers are weary of pitches, cold emails, hype, and manipulative messages, and as a result, they tune them out. Our customers aren’t saying, “We need solutions.”

How giving useful ideas and secrets builds trust

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I had coffee with a potential partner, and our conversation ebbed to us talking about business philosophy, marketing, and lead generation. talked about freely sharing ideas and helping people. He replied something like,  “I think companies [like yours] give away too many of their trade secrets on their website and blogs. They provide too much information freely. ” My response.

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Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

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Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. development? In this post, I interview Susan Tatum, Partner at The Conversion Company. I met Susan through following her writing on her blog and her work in the LinkedIn community. Brian: What inspired you to do your work with LinkedIn? Psychology and persuasion were a significant part of the curriculum.

Fast Growth Marketing: From 0 to 500,000 Users

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How can you drive fast growth with marketing? In this interview you’ll hear from Jim Fowler, founder of Owler on what he’s learned to grow fast. Owler – a free competitive intelligence platform – went from 0 to over 500,000 users. And they’re on pace to exceed a million users by the end this year. images/2016/09/Jim-Fowler-interview.mp3. Writers note: The transcript has been edited for publication.

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.

3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

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Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . If not, you’re in good company. We had a memorable time sharing ideas, and research. thought Frank had a practical approach to aligning sales and marketing. Writers Note: I edited this interview for length and grammar only. Brian: What inspired you to write about Aligning Strategy and Sales? Frank Cespedes. Question 1.

How to deal with change stress and be a better marketer

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As marketers, we deal with a lot of change stress. Seriously. The marketing world is exploding. We’re dealing with an explosion of touchpoints, channels and marketing technology. We need to navigate creating more content, generating more leads and achieving more results. Even our customer buying process has changed. And, there’s more change inside our companies too. Be more reflective.

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

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You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. Image credit: PhotoDune. That’s because it’s my personal blog again. After a stint at MECLABS (resulting from the acquisition of InTouch ) I’ve been given a great opportunity to do something new. Over the next few months, I’ll be starting a business and working on my next book, a sequel to  Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.

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How to Use Trigger Events for More and Better Leads

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People aren’t ready to buy when we want to sell. Think about it. . This common statement has big implications if you’re doing account-based marketing (ABM) and lead generation. Why doing more lead generation activity doesn’t help  . CEB discovered that a typical for B2B customer is 57% into their purchase process before they directly engage a sales rep or talk to a supplier. Conclusion.

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.

6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

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Tweet I’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization. Segmentation. Customer focus. Connection. Authenticity. But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. If not, ask them.

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

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Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. Not having these two teams aligned can be a vital — and costly — mistake. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? Be honest. They love them — couldn’t be happier! They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads? Marketing gives us leads?

Lead Nurturing: What it is, and what it is not

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Tweet Building on my post last week , I was reminded of a conversation I had with a marketer who was meeting with her new boss to explain the need for a new lead nurturing strategy. The problem was that her boss felt their current integrated marketing campaigns qualified as lead nurturing. Starting to get my point? Pretty, well-designed fluff is not going to “feed” your prospects.

Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

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Tweet Ask most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity. Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15%  of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly sales-ready opportunities. challenge. Create a marketing funnel . You might also like.

4 Steps to Lead Nurturing: Walking the buying path with your customers

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Tweet Lead generation can take you on a long hike. The one thing I can guarantee you about the journey is that more is not better if you don’t know how to nurture. The The goal of lead nurturing is to help progress leads from initial interest toward purchase intent. It’s about progression. Get out your walking shoes, and take a journey with your customers. What is a customer journey map?

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.

Lead Nurturing in 6 Simple Steps

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Tweet What’s the quickest, cheapest way to implement lead nurturing? I get that question frequently when I talk to marketers about lead nurturing. Lead nurturing is pretty easy to understand, but hard to execute when you have little time or budget. thought I’d share my barest-bones lead nurturing strategy. I’ll do my best to resist the urge to elaborate. In fact, they have been. Step #1. Step #2.

Lead Generation via Influencers and Experts in 4 Steps

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Tweet Proactively building relationships with influencers and industry experts and is a powerful way to generate leads and positive word of mouth (WOM). Most of us know this as influencer marketing , aka influence development. Influence development is a practice of building relationships with key individuals who have influence over your buyers’ decisions. Remember, less is more. Why does this work?

How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

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Tweet Putting customers first in lead generation. As marketers, we have more ways to observe our customers behavior and can leverage tools like marketing automation, Web analytics and CRM systems to help us manage all this complexity. That missing piece is customer empathy. Unfortunately, empathy is often ignored or lost when we start to become overly clever and complex with lead generation.

Lead Nurturing: Unique tracks and impactful tests

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Tweet I was recently interviewed by Marketo for their Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing eBook, and I wanted to share some ideas that didn’t find their way into the guide as well as some additional thoughts on lead nurturing with you. Think relevance. This is the essence of lead nurturing. Without relevance, lead nurturing becomes just another marketing campaign. Sowing + Nurturing = Reaping.

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.

Best B2B Lead Posts in 2014: Lead generation, lead nurturing and content marketing

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Tweet The holiday season is always a time of reflection for what we have and what we have accomplished over the past year. However, it is also a time to reflect on all we have learned that can help us improve the blank slate that is 2015. Read on to find out what B2B Lead Roundtable Blog posts were shared the most as well as the three topics B2B marketers valued most in 2014. The difference?

Inbound Marketing: How a B2B company used a content marketing strategy to improve customer experience

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Tweet Inbound marketing is typically a term reserved for B2C companies striving to draw customers in with flashy social media campaigns, witty tweets and beautiful infographics. Starting off, attracting the right people and the speaking to the right audience is essential in a B2B inbound marketing campaign. Who are we speaking to? What message are we trying to convey? What do we want them to do?

The Most Important B2B Marketing Metrics for CEOs

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Tweet CEOs expect their marketing leaders to provide metrics and be accountable in meeting their numbers, just like their expectations for sales leaders. Oftentimes, CEOs’ marketing leaders only have various activity KPIs and some squishy metrics, such as brand recognition. At the same time, most CEOs agree that they aren’t receiving enough activity from Marketing into the sales funnel.

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Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

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Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. So where do you even begin in terms of an automation strategy? Path #1. Separate users from prospects. When you boil down behavior automation, using prospect actions as triggers for email sends ultimately creates a list within a list as you separate product users from potential prospects. Keith asked.

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.

Introduction to Lead Management

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Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. However, companies continue to spend untold dollars on lead generation efforts ultimately doomed to fail. Lack of lead management impacts lead conversion and ROI. Are they a fit?

15 Tips to Generate More Leads in 2015 (Part 1, featuring tips 1-5)

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Tweet It’s a new year, and you’re likely kicking off marketing and lead generation programs to drive more new leads for 2015. Most new leads go nowhere. Often, it’s because Sales and Marketing have not agreed on a true lead definition and have not created a joint process for finding who’s ready to buy and building relationships with those who aren’t. Here’s how. Authority is in the buying process.

Building Your Strategic Lead Generation Portfolio

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Tweet To be successful at lead generation, marketers can’t rely on one specific tactic. Rather, they must leverage a portfolio of channels. The best marketers approach their work like a portfolio manager would run a mutual fund. Portfolio managers are constantly thinking about, and testing, the optimal investment strategy. hope you find it helpful. Which are our competitors using?

Where’s the Passion in B2B Marketing?

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Tweet I’m writing this post at Dreamforce 2014. It’s been an amazing experience, and I’ve loved meeting leaders in sales and marketing from all over the world and being part of this community. In one of the keynote sessions with Tony Robbins, Tony talked about the power of engagement, citing a Gallop poll that showed 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. What drives us?

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.

Lead Nurturing: Why good call scripts are built on storytelling

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Tweet In teleprospecting, it’s not just about what you “ask” prospects; it’s about when you ask them. This is where a lot of teleprospecting gets it wrong. Intuitively, fast, upfront and to the point seems like a sound approach and I’m a big fan of brevity. But, I also believe in timing and sequence, as both can make or break conversion. The company identifier. The “ask”. You may also like.

15 Tips to Generate More Leads in 2015 (Part 3, featuring tips 11-15)

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Tweet To kick off the new year I’m sharing 15 ideas on improving your lead management. have so much to share that I’ve split this post into three parts (you can read Part 1, with tips 1-5, here and Part 2, with tips 6-10, here ), and today will be the final Part 3, with tips 11-15. And these 15 tips (across all three blog posts) will help make your lead management more effective. Bonus material:  .

5 Ways to Deal with Change for Successful Marketing

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Tweet As marketers, we deal with a lot of change. The B2B marketing world is exploding with touch points, channels and marketing technology, just to name a few blasts of change. We need to navigate toward creating more content, generating more leads and achieving more results. Even Even our customer buying process has changed. But how do we do it? Remember that attitude is everything.

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

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Tweet I was asked by a reader to provide some examples of what lead nurturing touches may look like. Lead nurturing is something that’s fairly easy to understand, but for many, it’s become a frustrating thing consistently execute for two reasons: Lack of content. No plan for consistency. I’ve found that many marketers get stuck on not having enough good and effective lead nurturing content. My advice is to start accumulating and building your lead nurturing library now. How do you build your library of relevant lead nurturing content ? What can you send via email? How can you leverage events?

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.

Lead Nurturing: How a social business strategy can help you move from selling to helping your prospects

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Tweet At MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 , I had the privilege of sitting in on a session with Todd Wilms, Head of Social Strategy, and Adriel Sanchez, VP, Demand Generation, both of SAP , as they discussed how they use a business model called “social business” to help their teams across the globe engage local audiences. So, what is social business exactly? From strategy to practice. Tip #1.

How the Halo Effect Drives Lead Generation

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Tweet Building upon my post from last week , I was reminded of an important lesson I learned on influence that’s served me my whole life. ” He didn’t know it the time, but he explained how the halo effect  works. In this post I’m going to explain how it applies to lead generation. They built alliances with nuts-and-bolts professors in America’s heartland. You might also like.

B2B Content Marketing: Find the bigger story

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Tweet “Anybody here think you have nothing to create content around? No exciting stories to tell?” ” Joe Pulizzi, Founder, Content Marketing Institute, has heard this issue from a lot from B2B marketers. Many do not think they have any content that is relevant or exciting enough to share to their audiences. million Facebook page likes (now at 1.8 You might also like.

Lead Generation: How to speak the language of your prospects

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Tweet At Lead Gen Summit 2013, Keith Lincoln, Vice President, SmartBear Software, discussed the importance of speaking the language of your customers, and, more importantly, when to say nothing at all. “If you’re ever tired of hearing from us,” the email read, “you can opt out.”. Curious eyes met the screen at those words. How did Keith make the decision to abandon best practices with his campaign?

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.