July, 2009

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Annoucing a new family member

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I seldom write personal posts but I'm making an exception to share my joy. Lydia Faith Carroll was born on 7/8/09. She is 7lbs 6oz and 19 inches long. Mindy and Lydia are doing great! Lydia getting some rest : ). Our first family photo with Lydia. happy family of five! feel very grateful and blessed

what's your marketing approach?

The Effective Marketer

an interesting post by steve johnson talks about marketing not being a list, but rather an approach to solving customers problems and helping buyers to buy. as marketers, we sometimes fall victims of the routine day-to-day tactical

B2B PPC Optimization: Thought Leadership with Terry Whalen of CPC Search

Modern B2B Marketing

The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Terry Whalen, a partner at CPC Search , a full-service SEM agency that optimizes PPC campaigns on behalf of its clients. This interview is focused on search engine marketing as it relates specifically to B2B. Prior to running CPC Search, Terry led marketing initiatives at Citrix’s GoToMyPC, and before that he received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. How is B2B PPC campaign management different from B2C? Picture an e-commerce company selling products via credit card on its website.

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BtoB Content Marketing: Six Places to Find Hidden Content Gems

Savvy B2B Marketing

Looking for more content to support your marketing efforts? The Savvy Sisters welcome Joe Pulizzi, co-author of Get Content Get Customers, who shows you six places to uncover valuable content. It amazes me when I talk to b-to-b marketers who say they don't have enough content to support their online efforts. Companies churn out miles and miles of content. If so, do two things.

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150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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Participating in B2B Marketing Zone

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

There are several ways that you can participate in this content community. Subscribe. There are two main feeds for the site: Best Of - this feed will consist of posts that are limited in number and point to the content that is the best stuff based on social signals.  It will also contain a few posts that are updates on this topic hub.  We highly recommend subscribing to this feed even if you subscribe to the Full Feed. Full - this is a feed of all of the content coming into this topic hub.  This can be quite a bit of content.  The email sign-up form is top right.  Collect. Support.

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We seek RFPs for Innovation, not Inspiration

Confluent Forms

One of the biggest conundrums that companies encounter when they are reviewing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) that they are interested in bidding on is whether the RFP is for a real project, or whether it's a fishing expedition for ideas to be implemented by an existing vendor or internally. For us, this boils down to Innovation vs. Inspiration. If the RFP is asking for potential solutions to a clearly defined concept, challenge or goal, then that is Innovation (and good). How can you tell if it's seeking Innovation or Inspiration? Organizations must invest their time and effort.

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BtoB Content Marketing: Six Places to Find Hidden Content Gems

Savvy B2B Marketing

Looking for more content to support your marketing efforts? The Savvy Sisters welcome Joe Pulizzi, co-author of Get Content Get Customers, who shows you six places to uncover valuable content. It amazes me when I talk to b-to-b marketers who say they don't have enough content to support their online efforts. Companies churn out miles and miles of content. If so, do two things.

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5 Twitter Tips to Strengthen Your Content Marketing Strategy

Content Marketing Today

You may be wondering why something as seemingly simple as Twitter causes so much confusion and consternation among business people. Perhaps, it best likened to a tool like a hammer which is simultaneously simple and powerful. After all, a hammer can be used to put up a basic bookshelf or to build an entire home that will house a family for a lifetime. So too with Twitter.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Content Marketing Gaining in Popularity

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I had two phone calls this morning from colleagues that asked about the popularity of the term " content marketing " In looking at trend lines for "content marketing" on icerocket.com, the buzz over content marketing has doubled over the past two years. From August to October, 2007, there were an average of 8.57 posts per day about content marketing , totaling 771 posts. From April to July, 2009, there were an average of 15.59 posts per day about content marketing, totaling 1,403 total posts. Related Articles: A Corporate Media Checklist: Content Marketing on the Rise.

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4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer

WebMarketCentral

There's a tremendous amount of interest in Twitter among b2b marketers. I'm frequently asked by clients and prospective clients, "What should I tweet about?" Nobody wants to be a dork. Everyone wants to do it right, but b2b social media marketing in general is still so new, and rapidly evolving, that it can seem like the rules are being written and rewritten on the fly. Help me do my job better.

The Difference Between Drip Marketing and Closed Loop Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

These terms, often used interchangeably, are different approaches to how you nurture your prospects.    While they often imply use of email and online marketing, they have been used to improve the success of marketing efforts long before today’s marketing technologies were available.   The increase in the terms usage is due to marketer’s ability to better implement these programs, due to email, website monitoring and web analytics, campaign tracking, and campaign optimizing allowing for A/B email and landing page testing. lead nurturing

A List of B2B Lead Qualification Criteria by Category

Sales Lead Insights

I was thinking about all the lead qualification criteria I’ve seen used in B2B lead generation programs and started listing them by category. Here’s what I came up with so far: Firmographics (Industry, company size, location). Demographics (Contact’s title, job function). Contactability (Phone number, email address). Need for your product or service.

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.

Ebooks and White Papers: A Complementary Pair

Savvy B2B Marketing

I have been thinking a lot about ebooks lately. Stephanie recently posted a fantastic interview with Cindy Kim that discussed how Lumension added ebooks to their marketing mix , and this started my gears turning. Then, about a week ago I had a very thought-provoking conversation with Chris Herbert from MI6 that made me want to look into this issue some more. Ebooks have a very sharp title page.

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Make Your Content Both Timeless and Timely by Integrating Your Website and Your Blog

Content Marketing Today

The best small business solution is to eliminate a separate blog and website. Unfortunately, typical small companies often misunderstand the power of a business blog–and cannot envision how it can and should be the driving force behind your online presence. Your best bet is to leverage the power of blogging software to create an online presence which is, at once, timeless and timely.

Giving Away Your Expertise IS Your Competitive Advantage

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Erica brings up a great point about companies not wanting to share their expertise through content marketing. Why not share? Sharing secrets and expertise arms customers with too much information. Sharing secrets and expertise gives an advantage to the competition. Neither are true, and I'll tell you why. Most companies believe that their competitive advantage is in some process, some product, some service. That's hardly ever the case. Anyone at almost anytime can copy your process, product or service.especially today. Now what are you waiting for?

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Buyers Increase Use of New Info Sources

WriteSpark

Buyers involved in large purchase decisions are more hungry than ever for information resources, according to an article published by Marketing Sherpa. The resources with the highest levels of increased usage (20% or more): . Virtual events. Search engines. Business news and information websites. Vendor websites. Research and analysts. Technology B2B websites. Social media. Content Marketing

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.

Medical Symptoms and B2B Marketing Processes

Digital Body Language

The medical world is very used to the fact that symptoms such as pain, headaches, and nausea are often the body's way of indicating that something has gone wrong. When a treatment is applied to the symptoms alone, it can mask an underlying problem. salesperson cherry picking leads that the lead scoring algorithm has not deemed ready for sales may be an indicator of a deeper underlying issue.

Why You Don't Date Inbound Marketers [Cartoon]

Smashmouth Marketing

Jill is going back to the Outbound Marketers when it comes to dating. Who do you date? Inbound or Outbound? inside sales

Ebooks and White Papers: A Complementary Pair

Savvy B2B Marketing

I have been thinking a lot about ebooks lately. Stephanie recently posted a fantastic interview with Cindy Kim that discussed how Lumension added ebooks to their marketing mix , and this started my gears turning. Then, about a week ago I had a very thought-provoking conversation with Chris Herbert from MI6 that made me want to look into this issue some more. Ebooks have a very sharp title page.

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Word of Mouth Marketing Is Becoming Incredibly Important

Content Marketing Today

Powerful Online Trend Reinforces Need for Effective Content Marketing strategies. Word of mouth marketing has carried marketing messages since the time of cavemen. Back then, it didn’t get your message more than a few cave doors down. Intuitively, we know this to be true. Solid research now reinforces that intuition. This contrasts with the dramatic decline in the US and global economies.

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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.

Time to Replace your Online News Room with Facebook!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Back in October of 2007 at a MarketingProfs conference I remember listening to a panel on how someone used a blog as their online news room. The panel was run by David Armano and featured Todd Andrilik the director of marketing and PR, for Leopardo Construction, who was using WordPress as a online news room. shout out to Andy Sernovitz who runs a blog by that name - [link] ). Think about it.

Business Value of Social Networking

Industrial Marketing Today

Saw a very interesting video where Seth Godin talks about how useful social media is to businesses. Even though the use of social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is growing exponentially, there is a raging debate about

Lessons on Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I've heard more B2B marketers citing LinkedIn as a key social network they want to add into their lead generation and marketing strategy. often get asked questions like "how do you generate leads via LinkedIn (without alienating your network)? How are you doing it? My colleagues over at MarketingSherpa just posted a terrific case study on Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation. Check it out

Marketing Automation - What does it mean?

Digital Body Language

Consistently, the term “marketing automation” is applied to our industry. find it a term that is less than ideal when it comes to describing what the industry does, but nonetheless, the term has stuck. often get the question of “can marketing really be automated” and I think that there’s an opportunity to clarify what aspects of marketing truly can be automated, and what aspects cannot.

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.

Lose Control: Three Reasons Not to Require Registration for B2B Content

Savvy B2B Marketing

I've been thinking a lot of the registration process lately. How should marketers decide if they want they want to require registration for their latest offer? In the past, it seemed common to require registration for most things. It's an easy trade: a bit of information for some content, right? What's the harm in that? My second "ah ha" moment was more gradual. Makes a lot of sense!

Inbound & Outbound Marketing Mix - Poll Results

Smashmouth Marketing

Last week we conducted a poll on LinkedIn where we asked: Inbound Marketing & Outbound Marketing - what is your mix for lead gen? Mostly Inbound Mostly Outbound Both Equally Inbound Only Outbound Only The complete results were published today on the DemandGen Reports site. The short version excerpted from the article: The experts balance Inbound Marketing with Outbound Marketing.

10 Signs that Sales & Marketing are Mis-Aligned

Acquiring Minds

Office Fight by trawin Poor quality leads and a broken lead process are warning signs that sales and marketing are not aligned. As a provider of lead generation services, we are afforded a unique position at the intersection point between sales and marketing to observe many of these 'canaries'. Rental Lists as Leads. Marketing refers to accounts and contacts on rental lists as 'leads'.

Spot the spammer

Beyond

Was it something I said? Although I was initially alarmed to find I had lost more than a hundred of my loyal and dedicated (?) following on Twitter last Friday, I was reassured to hear that this was just Twitter clearing out some of the spammier accounts. They should be applauded for doing this, although I wonder how they identify spam accounts.

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.