November, 2011

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Why the Term “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Creates Serious Confusion – Part I

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet. SiriusDecisions made a brilliant contribution to B2B marketing several years ago when they created their Demand Waterfall. That “waterfall” is a metaphor for key funnel stages. It seems like everyone I talk to who works in the technology industry, which is an early adopter of marketing innovations, uses the Demand Waterfall framework. What Does “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Mean to You?

Lessons from a B2B Summit Coach: Five Steps to Cut through the Noise, Turn off the Hype and Create a B2B Social Media Program that Works

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Tweet If you’re struggling with managing social media programs in the B2B marketplace, Zuzia Soldenhoff-Thorpe (pictured at below) has some news for you: Most of your peers are too. Why is she so certain? Read more about who attended here.) . Here’s what she has to say about her experience. After my time in San Francisco, I am further convinced. social media is one of the most. He was flummoxed.

My Key Takeaways as a B2B Summit Clinic Coach: Top lessons from real-world marketers and actionable ideas to drive marketing success

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I just got back from this year’s round of MarketingSherpa B2B Summits in Boston and San Francisco, where I provided one-on-one coaching to attendees, marketers from Fortune 500 organizations, leading private companies, and emerging businesses. You can read more about who attended here.). Frankly, I don’t know who walks away more enlightened – the marketers I was coaching or me.

Why the Term “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Creates Serious Confusion – Part 2

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In my post earlier this week , I outlined the challenge presented by SiriusDecisions’ Demand Waterfall taxonomy, specifically with the phrase “Marketing-Qualified Leads” (MQLs). Another problematic phrase is “sales-accepted leads.”. Often, funnels leak the most during the handoff between sales and marketing. Invariably, marketing blames sales and sales blames marketing. What do you think?

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

5 ways corporate culture determines social media success

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A while back I was working with a new client in New York. In the lobby of their impressive building, there was a huge plaque with the corporate philosophies of the company’s founder — a man who had died 25 years ago. In every meeting I attended, his name, and his values, were mentioned at least once. It is inevitably a function of the personality of the organization.

15 ways to use Twitter to toast your competition

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There are lots of success stories and case studies documenting business success through Twitter. Here are a few of my favorite ways to leverage this platform for new business benefits. 1) Using Twitter search and other simple listening tools, monitor real time conversations about your brand that can assist your marketing and management teams in seeing what is really being about your company today.

Social media pioneer says technology will transfom education

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LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman is sitting on top of the digital world. Hoffman helped create one of the world’s most successful social media platforms. He dominated his niche and monetized his idea. His company’s IPO assured that he has the financial resources to fund his dreams and passions for the rest of his life. And a particular passion is education. How do you work as a team?

Key to digital marketing success? Be less digital.

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One of the things that distinguishes me in the world of social media blogging is that I am old … at least old enough to remember how things used to be before we were digitally tracked, sliced, diced, priced, immersed, consumed, and tethered to these social platforms. I was working in sales and marketing before Facebook … before email … even before computers. Robert Cialdini.

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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.

How to create social media metrics that matter

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For years I’ve admired the real-world insights and experienced perspectives of Steve Goldner, perhaps better know as @Social Steve. I’m pleased that Steve has agreed to be the newest Contributing Columonist to {grow} and I know you’ll enjoy his work! By Steve Goldner, Contributing {grow} Columnist. So how do you even go about this? Don’t “Post” – Publish.

The World’s Best Digital Marketing Campaigns

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BEST DIGITAL CAMPAIGNS 2011 by gregory pouy. View more presentations from Gregory Pouy. Gregory Pouy is rapidly becoming one of my favorite social media marketing brainiacs! In this presentation, which he prepared in English exclusively for you, Greg goes beyond reporting on 11 catchy digital campaigns. He tells you WHY they excelled, and WHAT the results were.

As Business Goes Social, CIOs Sit on Sidelines

Paul Gillin

The disconnect between CIOs and the emerging world of social business became clear to me at a conference I attended about two years ago. I entered the room late, but figured I could quickly catch up on the proceedings by checking the Twitter stream of attendees. With an estimated 300 senior IT executives in the room, I expected there would be plenty of chatter going on. Same Old Song and Dance.

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Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity

Sure, teenagers spend a lot of time on YouTube, but did you know that three-quarters of business executives watch work-related online videos weekly? Or that 73% of U.S. companies now use social media for marketing (though the figure varies widely based on size of company)? Or which four cities rank ahead of Seattle and San Francisco as the “most networked?” And 73% of U.S. Oh yeah.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

Making Marketing Agility Cool

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Chief Marketing Officers take pride in being the trendsetters around the corporate corral – the arbiters of hip, the sharpest dressers, the consummate gadgeteers. But when it comes to using data to support decision making, the CMO is likely not to be the smoothest operator. Good creative will always be important in marketing. You have to be ready to act in a heartbeat. Now that’s cool.

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Neuromarketing Research: 3 Keys that Trigger a Buying Decision

Writing on the Web

The study of the buying decision process, or neuromarketing, has had a tremendous impact on content marketing. More brands are being studied in laboratories around the world as consumers are being hooked up to brain imaging machines, fMRI , EEG and other devices so that they are monitored while they read marketing messages and make decisions. Neuromarketing is extremely expensive market research to do, but fortunately most brains work the same, with some exceptions for age and gender. Whether or not there is emotional ENGAGEMENT. How easily the message and the brand is encoded to MEMORY.

Video 2: Benefits of Lead Nurturing and Better Conversion Tactics; a Lead Generation ROI Calculator

NuSpark

This is the second video in an ongoing series on optimizing your marketing and lead management efforts. Called “Musings, Advice, and Tips” I will be providing ideas and strategies that contribute to successful funnel optimization, which also includes inbound marketing and demand generation efforts. Editor’s note -still working on clean editing!!).

How many Twitter accounts should you have?

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How many Twitter accounts should I have? I have been asked this question three times in 24 hours, most recently by Edwin Mysogland of Indiana who writes: I received your book for my birthday last month and I have found it to be a fascinating read. Forgive me in advance if I missed it, but what is your position regarding handles? For instance I have two accounts, business and personal. Be you.

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

Basic Human Motivation: 4 Ways to Engage Readers

Writing on the Web

If you are writing content designed to persuade and influence, you need to know what makes people tick. photo courtesy of digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.net ). There are universal drives that are common in all human beings, across cultures, across the globe. We can learn a lot from evolutionary studies. Our brains haven’t changed much, nor have our fundamental motivations. What about you?

B2B Social Media On The Rise [Infographic]

PWB Marketing Blog

Are you one of the 86% of B2B companies using social media? Or are you sitting on the sidelines, not sure how to get started or maybe just waiting for the right time? Don’t wait. B2B social media is huge and we have proof. In a previous post we brought you 12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS ; now, we bring you even more data in the form of an infographic. Your customers are there.

Romi Mahajan leaves Microsoft to Join Metavana as CMO

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Long time friend and well respected CMO buddy of mine Romi Mahajan is leaving Microsoft to join Metavana. Romi has been profiled on my blog several times so its only fitting that reached out to find out why. What follows is a transcript of what I learned. I understand that you’ve recently made a significant change in your work situation what can you tell me about that? We are an engine!

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B2B Marketers: 10 Ways to Juice Your Facebook Fan Page

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Have you ever been the only one dining in a restaurant? If you have, and if you are anything like me, I’m sure it took a while to shake off the depression. It’s pretty grim when the kitchen is as quiet as the dining room. For B2B marketing professionals, Facebook can be just as bleak. Fan pages so empty the only conversation is between colleagues. Want more?

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

10 Reasons I Am One Nanosecond Away from Deleting your Email

B2B Marketing Traction

You only have a moment to get someone’s attention when you send them an email. Why do so many emails get deleted by the recipient? There is no business or person’s name in the email From field. There is no subject line. Your subject line is irrelevant to me. Your first sentence in the email is boring and/or irrelevant to me. You do not include a call-to-action, so I delete the email.

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12 Ways to Avoid Being a Dork on Twitter

Webbiquity

Note: a version of this original post appeared previously on the B2B Twitterer of the Year (B2BTOTY) blog. If you regularly read blogs like this, you’re probably already a Twitter pro. This post will be review for you. But, you also almost certainly come across new followers and others who haven’t attained your level of expertise. You know the type. You may want to pass this along as needed. Complete your Twitter bio. You’ve got 160 characters to tell the world who you are, what you do, who you do it for, what you’re passionate about. Plus a link. Use it. or “Master of the Universe.”

The last of the anti-social marketing tactics

Chris Koch

Taglines are the last bastions of a classic, one-way marketing messaging strategy, preserving marketing’s perceived right to tell customers what to think. In truth, customers have never listened, except in a few cases of companies with the budget muscle to pound the tagline into customers’ heads over and over again though mass marketing and TV. In B2B marketing, we’ve never been given the right to tell customers what to think, much less the budgets to pound a tagline into their minds. Not that the defenses were much more than Maginot Lines to begin with. Agility made possible. Applying thought.

Is Your Business Ready for a Google+ Page?

PWB Marketing Blog

When Google+ Pages for businesses was launched last week, I began to reason through and consider if it was a good or bad thing. After all it has the equal potential to spin-out into the next big thing in social media, or the potential to tank into the depths of past failed attempts – think Google Buzz. They look really great. Lingering questions plague my thoughts: Is it really all that?

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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.

New eBook: Pay-Per-Click for B2B Lead Generation; The Ultimate Guide to Paid Search

NuSpark

So I was reading with some interest the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report from Marketing Sherpa because I always like to see B2B marketers’ top challenges in their businesses, which not surprisingly, is generating quality leads. 78% of their biggest challenge is generating quality leads. Second on the list is generating a high volume of leads; 49%. In general, their biggest priority is, of course, lead generation, and then converting quality leads into customers. The number one priority of B2B marketers? Generate Leads: 46%. . Of course! . 57% say SEO. 45% to pay-per-click. 24% to SEO.

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40 (of the) Best SEO Guide, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a key component in designing and developing an effective website , as well as the core of web presence optimization (WPO). And with continual algorithm changes by the search engines and the emerging importance of social signals and content, SEO ranking signals, responsibilities and best practices continue to evolve. How to keep up? And more.

The Seven Sins of Marketeing Automation System Selection

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ll be giving a Webinar this Thursday on evaluating marketing automation software, sponsored by Neolane. Part of the content will be a list of Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing System Selection. I thought that was worth a blog post of its own. So here goes. Ignoring Users. Selection teams often don’t take the the time to understand how future users of the system do their jobs today. Lack of Purpose.

How to Fascinate -- and Better Connect With -- Your Audience

Savvy B2B Marketing

I’ve previously written about how marketers can deliver better white papers by applying the “triggers for compliance” laid out in Robert Cialdini’s Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Now I'm going to share new triggers that marketers can use to their advantage. Let’s walk through how marketers can use these triggers to better connect with their audiences.

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.

Research shows companies re-trenching on social media

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An annual study by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts concludes that social media use by the largest companies in the world has stalled, or perhaps is even re-trenching. Let’s look at some of the numbers from the study. But the issue is even more dramatic than this chart depicts. The top 100 companies are the most active blogging companies.

Do you want a blog community or do you just want nicey-nicey?

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When I immersed myself in the social media world three years ago, one of the most remarkable things I noted was how freaking boring it was. There was an almost total lack of any meaningful debate or community. Sure, everyone SAID they wanted community … that was the big buzz word … but that is NOT what was happening! ” It was remarkable to observe. So why risk it? Take a risk.

What is Newsjacking?

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Earlier this morning, marketing author and advisor (to Eloqua, among others) David Meerman Scott published a new e-book enticingly titled, Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage (Wiley). First the stated topic: Newsjacking. The definition of the term is pretty much self-evident. News, jacked. It’s PR judo.

Sazcast Episode 34 – Mobile Websites with Dave Peckens

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Mobile websites and applications with co-host Dave Peckens. Everything you wanted to know about whether you should have a mobile website or mobile application for your business. Show notes. Here are the links we discussed in the podcast: ComScore: Mobile Social Networking App Audience Grows 126% In Past Year (ReadWriteWeb). Half of adult cell phone owners have apps on their phones (Pew Internet).

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.