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9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom. Differentiated. No “me too” ideas allowed. Relevant. Timely. Has a narrative. Demonstrates mastery.

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11 Twitter Tips for Building Business Relationships

PWB Marketing Blog

More and more businesses are jumping into Twitter to find new customers and connect with current ones. The word’s out that Twitter builds relationships – but many businesses get it wrong. Twitter has unwritten rules of engagement. If you don’t follow the norms, you can be a turn off – losing your chance at building a relationship with a prospective customer. Know the norms on Twitter.

Prospects DO Judge Your White Paper by its Cover

Savvy B2B Marketing

I’ve written quite a bit about white papers in my blog posts because they are one of the key content assets I develop for my clients. So I’m always on the lookout for new research and insights into how to magnify their effectiveness. That's why this study from IDG Connect caught my eye. The first cover was a standard, common cover design with a title and author name.

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How to Create Custom Tabs for Facebook Business Pages

Hubspot

With over 800 million active users, Facebook can be a powerful channel for your business , no matter what you sell. Coca-Cola's Facebook page is a great example (make sure to click "more" if you're checking it out) of a company that effectively uses custom tabs. So, how do you create your own custom Facebook tabs? Turns out it's not as difficult as you might think. Connect with HubSpot

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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3 Key Ingredients for Business Social Media Success

B2B Marketing Traction

There are three critical success factors business owners should think about when considering investing in social media marketing. presented these at the Los Angeles Vistage All City Conference this week, in two panel sessions called Social Media – What Business Owners Need to Know. 1. Be Strategic. An important part of the marketing persona is understanding your buyers. Survey them and ask.

Kate will join Jeff Cutler to discuss content curation at this year’s BlogWorld LA

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Jeff Cutler and Kate will be doing a joint panel discussion on Content Production at this years BlogWorld LA conference in early November. Talk details are below. Content Curation: New tools, new opportunities and new situations to consider. Whether you’re a blogger, a business or a journalist, curating content has become much easier in the past several years. You can register here.

2012 Revenue – Making It Happen vs. Hoping It Happens

Fearless Competitor

B2B Lead Generation | Ensuring You Make Your Number in 2012. The folks from CSO Insights  and 3FORWARD did a webinar by this title recently. The key lesson was that, for 2012 planning, what you do today is critical. The investments you make today pay dividends next year. Jim Dickie, CSO Insights. Here are some of their conclusions: Sales quotas keep going up and up – faster than ever. For instance, over 9 out of 10 companies raised quotas in 2011.). Product advantages are no longer adequate. Face facts, you’ve just been commoditized.). Do we know who our best prospects are?

7 Awesome New Mobile Marketing Infographics

Hubspot

As a follow up to the July blog post featuring 11 Mind-Blowing Mobile Marketing Infographics, we've kept our ear to the ground in order to bring more of the best to you. How Are Smartphones Being Used? This Tatango infographic was created by using a range of data culled via the Pew Research Centers , Internet and American Life Project. Inside the World of Android Usage. Text Message Spam.

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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation – and yet, many assets fail to provide true ROI. Download the eBook to avoid the three top problems that keep content from living up to its potential.

Tweets, Links, Circles and Likes: Necessity or Luxury for B2B.

Marketri

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A Dip Into Sales Data vs. Sales Intelligence

Sales Intelligence View

Sales Data vs. Sales Intelligence. Sales Data may be defined as the quantifiable facts and figures about prospects, including company and contact details as well as financials, that can be pulled from a variety of editorial or user-contributed sources. Essentially, sales data is exactly how it sounds: it’s just data. phonebook is a book of data. textbook is a book of data. Sales 2.0

3 Sites to Showcase Your Personal Brand

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I  had the opportunity to sit through another great Drew Davis presentation at the Niche Digital Conference this week. I don’t know how Drew finds the time to test and review online technology like he does, but he found a couple places I wasn’t aware of for building your personal brand online. Here they are. Here is the About.me Page for Joe Pulizzi. About.me. caught onto About.me

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Online Sales Leads Seen Needing Improvement

Fearless Competitor

B2B demand generation | The need for leads. Check out this from MarketingCharts. 94% say generating new leads needs help. When asked to rate how much (or if at all) five key areas of their company site need improvement, respondents were most likely generating new sales leads needed some level of improvement (94%). This was followed by building a sense of community amongst customers (92%), providing relevant product information (89%), tracking and reporting on unregistered/anonymous users (87%), and tracking and reporting on current/registered users (81%). ” Dan McDade, Pointclear.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Forget About Hot Leads. It’s Cold Leads that Make the Difference.

The Point

When sales teams need marketing to help them make their numbers, the natural response is to go fishing for hot leads. This requires a constant re-loading of the sales funnel with new, expensive leads. Note: the source for this statistic wasn’t quoted, so if someone from Marketo reads this, feel free to provide any source reference in the comments.]. The lesson in all this?

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E-Quip Blog: Preparing for Another Possible Downturn

E-Quip

While the news outlets were abuzz last week about renewed concerns of another recession, many questioned whether the last one had really ever ended. But among engineering, architectural, and environmental firms, many

A Practical Strategy to Increase the Value of Your Blog

Sazbean

The value of a website or blog, or any other business for that matter, is derived from its earnings or free cash flows before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization—a term referred to as EBITDA in the professional sector. Therefore a web property’s value is predicated on its earnings, multiplied by a factor X called an earnings multiplier that is derived from similar transactions in the recent past. . For example, if a similar blog sold for four times its earnings couple months ago, there is a good chance you can count on a similar multiple when putting a value on your web property.

5 Things You Must Have Before Starting an SEO Campaign

Biznology

Search engine optimization is an important online marketing strategy that improves a website’s presence in the search engines and online overall. Like any other marketing strategy, prep work is important. In order to implement a successful SEO campaign, it’s important to first have the following five things: Dedication. SEO is a long term marketing strategy that takes a lot of time to implement and monitor. While many companies start out with the best of intentions, they are quick to throw in the towel when they don’t see results as fast as they would like to. Slow and steady wins the SEO race.

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.

Unlocking the content dungeon

Earnest about B2B

As B2B marketers begin to plan for 2012, brows are being furrowed, heads are being scratched and a problem is beginning to rear its ugly head. “We’ve just not got enough content.” ” Or as the more astute marketers are saying: “We’ve just not got enough GOOD content.” ” Whilst this is often true, it’s surprising how many businesses  when they start digging, would actually find a rich vein of content – often squirelled away across their business – which no-one seemingly knew about. Kind of like a content dungeon. Ask Sales.

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Why Are We Still Sending Bad Direct Mail? Part 1

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Even postal strikes aren’t what they used to be. Sure, there are picket lines, barrels full of burning (what do they burn, anyway?) stuff and a much emptier recycling bin, but the payoff wasn’t there. It used to be that the end of the strike was a bit of a postal Christmas morning. Beloved magazines,  postcards and letters from absent friends appeared and, for those of us who actually read junk mail, well it was a pretty great day. Both pieces feature clever custom comic-style characters, neither was followed up in any way, and both were profound wastes of wood cellulose. An ebook.

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Google+ business accounts sharpen focus with new adds

EMagine B2B Blog

Last month, we posted a heads-up in connection with the limited release of Google+, to suggest that B2Bs start thinking about how they’ll make use of this new functionality when it becomes available to them. Well, time passes, and some of those early adopters are making extensive use of Google+ already …chief among them Ford, [.]. B2B Web Strategy Social Media

Top Selling Mistakes According to Buyers (must-watch video)

Fearless Competitor

Do you ever wonder why some of the most innovative businesses in the world FAIL while other mediocre ones succeed? Think about it for a moment. Some attribute success to luck or timing. Others think that success depends on who you know or how well connected you are. But the fact of the matter is business success comes down to one thing: Sales. The reason so many great businesses fail is because they simply never learned how to sell. While others, which may have inferior products and services, do know how to sell and that makes all the difference. Watch the first video now. know I sure did.

Content Strategy for Marketing

Learn about the benefits and key considerations in developing a content strategy for marketing that's sustainable, scalable and sale-able.

Video: The Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make

Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies Blog

If you’re an entrepreneur, salesperson at a growing company or in charge of a sales team,  check this out right now.    Mike Schultz, president of RAIN Group and bestselling author of Rainmaking Conversations , just released a new free video series that focuses on how to: Overcome the unique challenges of selling in an entrepreneurship. Avoid the most common sales mistakes entrepreneurial sellers make. Best communicate the value of your product/service. Lead masterful sales conversations that result in new business  It’s worth your time to watch.

Stop Wasting Time on Marketing: 7 Easy Tricks

Hubspot

Being a marketer is stressful. The demands and the never-ending list of priorities seem relentless. Something has to give. As marketers, one of the most powerful things we can do to be better is giving back some time to ourselves. Getting time back essentially happens as the result of two actions. The first is removing marketing tactics from a strategy. Tricks for More Efficient Marketing. 1.

B2B All Day, Every Day: Are We Reaching Social Media Overload?

B2B Ideas @ Work

“I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he emailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It's exhausting.” ” - He’s Just Not That into You. Exhausting is an understatement. In today’s B2B marketing world, it’s imperative to stay on top of all forms of communication to keep your various professional relationships in check. But how much is too much? Excuse me? Get real.

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9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom. Differentiated. No “me too” ideas allowed. Relevant. Timely. Has a narrative. Demonstrates mastery.

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.