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

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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?

Aha! Marketing Leaders Reveal Their Most Powerful Marketing Insights from 2011

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Tweet At the B2B Summit 2011 in San Francisco, Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content at MECLABS, asked me and a few other attendees to reveal our most important “aha” moments in 2011. Our responses are compiled in the video below; hearing what my colleagues had to say produced even more “aha” moments for me, and I’m sure they will for you, too. In fact, this will be well worth investing nine minutes to watch if you want a serious dose of inspiration and insight. Everything I thought was true wasn’t.” There are huge companies that are just as green as the startups ,” he confesses.

Fresh Ideas to Reignite Stalled Leads and Accelerate the Sales Funnel

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Tweet Longer selling cycles and stalled deals are impeding sales funnels everywhere. Use these three practices to convert more leads into revenue: Use Funnel-Specific Market Research. If you really want to understand what’s happening with customers at a particular point in your funnel, then you have to ask them while the last interaction with you is relatively fresh in their minds.

How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment

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Tweet In the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , 1,745 marketing organizations revealed that trade shows took up the biggest chunk of their marketing budget – over 21%. Yet, they only ranked fourth in marketing effectiveness, under websites, SEOs, and emails. suspect that part of the ROI problem may be due to improper prioritization. They need to do the same with trade shows. Booth visitors.

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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.

Webinar Replay: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

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Tweet Warning: If you watch only the first few minutes of this webinar, you might get discouraged about the state of marketing today. However, if you watch the webinar through the end, you’re going to be excited about marketing’s potential for driving more revenue than ever before. But their other responses point to what’s causing this. What does this mean? View Slides on Slideshare.

Email Marketing: Where’s the Innovation?

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Tweet I always look forward to the announcement of the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Award winners; they’re a great source of inspiration. In fact, just couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the B2B Best in Show Winner’s unexpected email approach grew its subscriber base by millions. Email marketing remains one of the top three lead-generation tactics, just below websites and SEO. 

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The Future of Marketing: The Evolution from Demand Generation to Revenue Performance Management

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In the free B2B Lead Roundtable webinar replay below, Paul Teshima, Senior Vice President of Customer Strategy and success for Eloqua, explains what revenue performance management is, and how the fastest-growing companies are using it to optimize return on marketing investment and achieve unprecedented competitive differentiation. This webinar is the latest in the B2B Lead Roundtable series.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Marketing Wisdom: In the end, it’s all about…

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If you’re looking for some marketing wisdom and inspiration, my MECLABS colleague, Daniel Burstein wrote a post on the MarketingSherpa Blog, “Marketing Wisdom: In the end, it’s all about…&# that’s definitely worth checking out. He brings together the collective wisdom of a project he spawned by asking  bloggers to reveal their most important message; look for posts on twitter with #lastblog. Here are just a few of Daniel’s favorite takeaways that are worth reading…. Pursue purpose. True entrepreneurs will never be satisfied with riches. Delight.

The Last Blog: It All Begins with Trust

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What if someone asked you what your last words would be? In essence, that’s what Daniel Burstein , Director of Editorial Content for MECLABS, asked of me when he requested I publish my last blog post today. Of course, this isn’t my last post, but I like Daniel’s idea and am honored to join other top bloggers in sharing our most important message. For me, that’s to embrace the power of trust and let it drive everything we do. You see, trust is the foundation of relationship, and relationship is what business is built upon. Without trust, there is no relationship and there is no business.

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Is Social Media Really Living Up to Expectations?

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Over the holidays, I had some time to really dive into the LinkedIn B2B LeadGen Roundtable discussions. One started by Ann Thornley-Brown , President & CEO, Executive Oasis International, Toronto, caught my attention. She started the discussion in August, yet members continue to provide feedback. Ann wanted to know how happy the group was with the lead generation results of their social media campaigns. Are your efforts on LinkedIn and Twitter paying off?” she queried. How many leads have you generated? How many specific pieces of business have you picked up? How about you?”.

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

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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.

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.

Have a minute? Brian Carroll reveals how sales teams pay dearly for cheap data

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Tweet The temptation to buy data at pennies per contact – especially when you have limited resources – can be overwhelming. But whatever you do, you must resist. In the short video below, taken at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Summit in Boston, Brian Carroll explains why. Did you find this valuable? If so, remember, this is merely one of 60,000 minutes of revenue-driving information that is unveiled at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Summit. There’s obviously a lot more where this came from and, even better, there’s still time to discover it all. Just register for the San Francisco summit, October 24 and 25.

Steal a Chapter from the Sales Strategy Playbook to Improve Marketing ROI

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Tweet A few weeks ago, I wrote about ways to combine sales and marketing knowledge to improve lead generation.  Let me be more specific about one strategy that the best sales organizations do that marketers should replicate in their demand-generation and lead-nurturing campaigns: Stratify resources as part of a coverage model. Probability of purchase is another.  Demand generation. Targeting.

Email Marketing Awards Winner Proves, with Millions of New Subscribers, that It Pays to Share

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Tweet How many emails have you sent prospects and customers this week? How many opened them? How many acted on them? If you’re like most marketers, the answer too often is, “Not enough.”. It’s a hard fact: people are being inundated with so many sales pitches via email that it’s harder than ever to get prospects to not delete your email, no less take action. Email Marketing Social Media

Get on the fast track to meet, exceed end-of-year goals

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Tweet The graph at right, published in MarketingSherpa’s 2011 Benchmark Report , provides a snapshot of what marketers care about most. And And it’s very telling, especially now. As we approach the fourth quarter, I am acutely aware of why marketers believe generating better leads is a higher priority than generating more leads. In an economy that’s more precarious than ever, there’s simply no room to waste time, budget or resources. And there is little that is more wasteful, and frustrating, than chasing down leads that will never be customers. CDT, and 9 a.m.

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.

The Last Blog: It All Begins with Trust

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What if someone asked you what your last words would be? In essence, that’s what Daniel Burstein , Director of Editorial Content for MECLABS, asked of me when he requested I publish my last blog post today. Of course, this isn’t my last post, but I like Daniel’s idea and am honored to join other top bloggers in sharing our most important message. For me, that’s to embrace the power of trust and let it drive everything we do. You see, trust is the foundation of relationship, and relationship is what business is built upon. Without trust, there is no relationship and there is no business.

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Is Social Media Really Living Up to Expectations?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Over the holidays, I had some time to really dive into the LinkedIn B2B LeadGen Roundtable discussions. One started by Ann Thornley-Brown , President & CEO, Executive Oasis International, Toronto, caught my attention. She started the discussion in August, yet members continue to provide feedback. Ann wanted to know how happy the group was with the lead generation results of their social media campaigns. Are your efforts on LinkedIn and Twitter paying off?” she queried. How many leads have you generated? How many specific pieces of business have you picked up? How about you?”.

From a Challenging Marketing Past to the Most Promising Marketing Future: Top Takeaways from the 2011 B2B Roundtable Webinars

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Tweet I can’t stress this enough: when it comes to marketing, if we’re not constantly learning, we’re going to find ourselves left behind faster than ever. Some people say I’m an expert in B2B lead generation because I wrote a book on it, but you know what? I am astonished by what I didn’t know then compared to what I know today. This year’s B2B Lead Roundtable webinars are testament to that.

Webinar: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

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Tweet I am especially looking forward to the next B2B Lead Roundtable webinar. You should be, too, if you’re eager to find out how you r peers are responding to today’s marketplace, and how this represents an unprecedented opportunity to drive the highest performance from your marketing efforts. We weren’t surprised by their responses. Tuesday, October 18, 2011. PST, 11 a.m.

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.

Moving from Demand Generation to Revenue Performance Management

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We had no more announced the subject of our last B2B Lead Generation Roundtable Webinar – 2011 Lead Generation Trends and Challenges , presented by our own selling expert and Director of Best Practices, Dave Green – when Eloqua posted this blog about the “next frontier of competitive advantage.”. In it, they describe what the companies that out-perform and out-compete their peers have in common:  Revenue Performance Management, and Brian Kardon, Eloqua’s Chief Marketing Officer, perfectly articulates the goals of today’s smartest marketers. What a synchronicity. View webinar here

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

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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.

Webinar Replay: Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part I

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Tweet If you attended our most recent B2B Lead Roundtable Webinar, Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part I , you found out that even though the end of the year is less than 125 days away, there’s plenty of time to drive more opportunity through your sales funnel and to the bottom line. CDT, noon EDT. View and download slides via slideshare. Want to jump ahead to key points fast?

Webinar Replay: Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part 2

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Tweet For proven approaches to drive the highest return on the money you’ve invested in marketing and sales this year, watch the replay of the second half of our webinar presentation, “ Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong. ”. In this webinar, Brian Carroll is joined by Pamela Markey, MECLABS Director of Marketing , and Dave Green, Director of Best Practices. There’s much more.

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B2B Webinar Part 2 – Finish 2011 Strong: Six Funnel Focal Points to Maximize Time, Resources and Revenues

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Tweet Your success hinges on what you accomplish in the time you have, and that is never more true than these last few months of the year as we all race to meet projections, quotas and sales goals. At our next B2B Lead Roundtable webinar, I will once again be joined by an outstanding in-the-trenches marketer, Pamela Markey, MECLABS Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy. Every day, Pamela is driving opportunity to MECLABS and is all too familiar with the challenges marketers are facing, especially at year’s end. Missed the first webinar? Watch it here:  b2bleadblog.com/part1 ).

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Yes, you’re in the right place

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As you can see, my blog has a new look. That’s because it isn’t just my blog anymore. There are a multitude of thought-leading voices that deserve a platform, and I look forward to making sure this blog provides that opportunity. This will truly be a roundtable to discuss and explore the best ideas. Click here to see our regular contributors; I look forward to adding more in the coming months. There’s a new name, too. That’s because, when I began this blog in 2003, lead generation had a far narrower scope than wh a t it encompasses today. The platforms weren’t available to execute them.

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Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

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Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 59.95.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at  Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

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.

7 Reasons Why Business Websites Are Still Important

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With all the hype around Facebook, blogs and Twitter, I often get asked whether a business still needs a website. seriously) Having a good website for your business is even more important now that technologies like Twitter and Facebook make it easier for more people to find you. People search through search engines like Google or Bing, not via Facebook for fan pages. What do you think?