January, 2012

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One Simple Way to Stop Undermining Your Brand’s Credibility

B2B Marketing Unplugged

I really do try not to be squeamish about them, and mostly I manage to resist the urge to scream, at least in public,  when one startles me by creeping out of a corner or looking me in the eyes in a public toilet. But sometimes, they’re so big, so gross and so, um, present, that I have to leave the room or I will simply lose it. Let’s see some examples. Follow me on Twitter @bizmkter.

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Please Stop Sending Bad Holiday Greetings

B2B Marketing Unplugged

The Slow Elf’s Tale. Gather ‘round, boys and girls and let me tell you about how we did company Christmas, excuse me, Mutli-Denominational Winter Holiday (MDWH) cards in the olden days. Horizontal blinds across the land would be decorated gaily with dozens of MDWH cards in the knowledge that Santa would give more presents to the people with the most cards. Well, kids. Really? Exactly.

Why Marketing Should Stay Off the Pitcher’s Mound

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Some people think I don’t like sales people. Not true at all! love, respect and fear most of the good sales people I know. The lousy sales people I know, on the other hand, don’t usually end up on my Christmas list. It It happens that a fair number of the bad sales people I know are actually marketing people dressed up as squirrels. Here’s a recent example of why that doesn’t usually end well. A few months back we invited a boutique agency that had been doing nice work on small, usually unplanned things to come in and pitch us. We figured they had. Not so much. Oh dear.

Welcome to Our Resolution-Free Zone

B2B Marketing Unplugged

What did you expect for the first working day of the year? quiet bit of time, perhaps, to hide the last of the 2011 bodies and steal that nice chair from the conference room? Had you counted on having to rid your Inbox of 2012 Predictions, 2011 I-Told-You-Sos and Helpful New Year Resolutions for marketers everywhere? I don’t know about you, but dumping that rubbish took most of the morning on Tuesday, leaving me far too exhausted to offer you more this week than a bunch of links to helpful, amusing places: All This and Katherine Hepburn Too. Reason to Stop Screaming at Your Dry Erase Markers.

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.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. How can an brand establish trust online? And again.

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. would not be surprised today if a group of B2B executives said they were using fortune tellers to peer into a crystal ball to make predictions about the future.  The ability to make decisions based on predictions is becoming an essential attribute for B2B executives.  Emphasis on modeling buyer behavior. Bringing a qualitative interface to the quantitative analytics.

Pinterest drives enormous blog and business success

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Guest Post by {grow} community member Lauren Schaefer. This is Kate. She’s a hairstylist, jewelry maker, and all-around crafter based in North Carolina. Kate started her blog ( thesmallthingsblog.com ) exactly one year ago. And like most of us, it was a labor of love without a whole lot of “community.” Pinterest! Pinterest is the hottest social media platform around right now.

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

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Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform?  ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts. For the first time in the five years that this research has been conducted, the use of blogging declined. What do you think?

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 B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

Tony Zambito

B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders.  Meeting this challenge successfully is the essential lifeblood of survival for many B2B companies.  What has been missing?  Follow @TonyZambito. Related articles.

Forget demographics. It’s all about the socialgraphics

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Traditionally, marketers have researched their customers’ demographics to have a clear idea of their age, gender, income, location, and other traits. Marketers added psychographics to the mix, allowing them to take into account customer’s interests, values, and attitudes. Socialgraphics helps move your message. Levels of socialgraphics.

7 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog

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Have you ever considered the ways a blog can help you get a job?  I meet a lot of young people entering the work force and I always recommend blogging as a way to get ahead … in almost any career. Here’s why: 1) Show what you’re made of.  In any interview, you normally have to try to convince people that you know what you know.  In a blog, you can SHOW them. They’ll do it.

Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring. Now I’m going to share nine tactics that will drive those lead scores – and your ROI – even higher: Do thorough research. Take note.

This is why you’re not Seth Godin.

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Seth Godin  is an insanely successful entrepreneur, marketing author and speaker.  Is his social media model of broadcasting without engagement scalable for you too? recently received this inquiry from a friend: I launched a new blog on Sunday. He has over 137,000 followers but that Twitter account follows 0. Well, if it works for Seth, why can’t it work for you? Let’s take a look.

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.

Is New Google like the New Coke?

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A guest post by {grow} community member Helen Brown. Let me tell you a story:  Back in the 1980s there was a brand war, and it was a big deal at the time.  Named the Cola Wars, it was a knock-down, drag-out fight to decide which of the two mega brands of cola was better, Coke or Pepsi.  Both felt that neither could survive while the other lived, and you, the consumer,  had  to choose.  Every.

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20 of the World’s Wittiest Twitter Bios

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I know you LOVE these funny Twitter bios. Yes, they’re real and they’re fabulous. Here we go! organising. Let me bitch at you every day until you sort your shit out. Newtoblogging. Maybe I should rethink this, when I spelled it Blooging at first. danecook. When I tweet, I tweet to kill. maurastl. Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together. SALJmum. ankurtz.

Free eBook: How Buyer Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Thinking

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. Recently, I embarked on a series of articles related to buyer trends and how they are changing conventional business thinking as we know it.  These series of articles, referenced as Buyerology Trends, highlighted 7 areas of where buyer trends are challenging conventional thinking. The world has become hyper-connected and hyper-competitive.  Follow @TonyZambito.

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8 Great Marketing Infographics To Inspire Your 2012 Objectives

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s the dawn of a New Year and maybe you are looking for some marketing inspiration as you set your 2012 objectives and plan for the year ahead. And if you are trying to drive positive change in your organization, sometimes a picture is better than a thousand powerpoint decks. hope these infographics help to inspire your objectives and efforts as we kick off 2012! ” by  Milena T.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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

7 Things Marketers Should Stop Doing Today

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s that time of year when a lot of folks like to make resolutions. New beginnings and all that. Well I’m not gonna take the conventional path here. mean if you want to lose weight, the steps are pretty simple, right? Exercise every day, weigh yourself once a week, count your calories. Everyone knows that if you can only do one thing to lose weight it is to stop eating so darned much.

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It’s time to evolve the social media mindset

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By “Social Steve” Goldner, Contributing {grow} Columnist. It’s time to bring social media marketing to an end. I do not make this statement lightly.  In fact it is pretty humbling.  How do you think I, SocialSteve, feel about telling you about the end of social?  Damn … not sure if my name can live on and switching it to DigitalSteve … just doesn’t have the same ring. Email.

Are you ready for Return On Influence?

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We are on the cusp of a marketing revolution.  And it is being led by YOU. Today, anyone can get behind the velvet rope … if you know how! So I did. This book is unlike any marketing book you have ever read and features: In-depth explanations of the surprising new sources of online influence — and how they can work for or against you! This is OUR time. This is YOUR time. Many thanks!

Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work

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A new set of stats show that two out of every three people agree that social media should be banned in the workplace. Simply Zesty brings us some interesting visuals on how social media is seen at work (in the UK…but let’s be honest, it’s probably similar in the US!). Infographics infographic social networking at work

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

Infographic: A History of Disruptions in B2B Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this “We’re gonna change the world” has become the battle cry for many tech startups. When you’re bootstrapping a company against all mathematical odds, the only thing better than ambition is wild ambition. But let’s face it: very few companies actually change the world. After all, it’s a tall order. It heralds a refined approach to content marketing.

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4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Benefit from Pinterest

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Like many of you I’m enamored with Pinterest , but I can’t help but ask, “Can Pinterest benefit B2B Marketers?” ” Pinterest is a social media site that allows members to create boards for images that they like. You can name the boards whatever you like, and assign them to a category from a list of pre-determined by Pinterest. Market Research on Pinterest.

10 Requirements to Deploy Successful Online Content Marketing

Savvy B2B Marketing

Content marketing is a really hot topic these days and is considered the foundation of any good inbound marketing strategy. In today’s competitive online business environment it’s a must for search engine visibility, social media marketing, lead conversion, brand building and referral traffic. Below are 10 requirements for deploying successful online content marketing.

Focus Roundtable Recap: Optimizing Landing Page Conversion Rates

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I recently hosted a fantastic roundtable discussion on Focus.com on the topic of Increasing Landing Page Conversion Rates. Among the topics discussed: Linking prospects to a landing page, microsite, or website, and which direction makes sense. How to implement A/B tests and what factors to consider. The content and design elements of a landing page that drives conversions.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.

The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

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As we head into the winter months and most of us aren’t out as much, it’s a good time to catch up on some good reading material.  Books are listed by funnel category. Click the book images to be hyperlinked to Amazon. General B2B Marketing & Lead Generation. Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs. Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah. Ruth P. Stevens. Brian Carroll. Media.

The Six Stages of Emotional Branding

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By Contributing {grow} Columnist “Social Steve” Goldner. Creating an emotional connection between customers and a brand is probably the Holy Grail of marketing. Most often, brands strive for this by being the pinnacle of something and then reinforcing that position at every touchpoint. Maybe the easiest brand to think of in this sense is Apple.  Apple is cool, the hipster of technology. 

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Best B2B Marketing and Sales Strategy Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

Social media, content aggregation and curation , user-generated content and other developments have dramatically changed the B2B buying cycle over the past few years. This evolution has changed life for sales reps as well. Prospects often don’t surface until much later in the buying process than they did just a few years ago. B2B Marketing Trends,  Tips and Strategies. by MarketingProfs.

5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Are Impacting B2B Sales

Tony Zambito

For many in B2B sales, from senior leaders to sales representatives, it may be a discouraging time.  If you follow conventional and social media closely, the storied demise of sales has been told many times. 

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.

The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

Everything Technology Marketing

Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". As every year, I asked the 25,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about their B2B marketing priorities for 2012. And here are the results: 1 - Integration of social media Social media remains the #1 topic in 2012. The benefits of segmentation are substantial.

Being Pretty Isn’t Enough for Social Media Marketing

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. always tell clients that it is no longer enough to be beautiful when it comes to marketing online. The Internet has become more like an Oscar after-party than it is like the airport Ramada. Online, you’re never the lone beauty in the hotel lounge. Online, you’re surrounded by equal or greater beauties. Mind you, there are exceptions.

The Lament of the Inside Sales Team: Data, Data Everywhere, but Who’s Ready to Buy?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet As the MECLABS Research Partnership analyst team, my colleagues and I speak with professionals who attend our events (like the next month’s MarketingSherpa Email Summit in Las Vegas), purchase our publications, and want more information about how MECLABS can help grow their business. So every day we hear about the challenges they’re facing. This hit way too close to home.

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13 Questions Marketing Should Ask the Sales Reps

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by Michael Martin | Tweet this As marketers, we all want to deliver sales with the resources they need to close more deals…more often…and faster. If you’re going to develop a marketing plan that really pushes sales enablement , you need to talk the sales reps out in the field. Yet, too often, marketers get bogged down by personal gripes and don’t have a strategic process for approaching sales.

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.