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[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Use QR Codes for B2B Marketing

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I’ve been seeing QR codes more and more and wondered how I might incorporate them into my own marketing content and activities for B2B companies. After doing much research, testing, and my own brainstorming, I came up with this infographic to help pull it all together. Hope you enjoy it! You can also download the PDF version here.

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Simple Ways to Power your Website with Social Media

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Websites used to be easy. Just get your site designed, developed, launched, and sit back and wait for visitors to enjoy—right? Well, things have changed quite a bit in the last couple years. These days, our would-be website visitors have numerous avenues to find information. It’s now our job to make sure they find ours. That means getting your content out there where your visitors can find it.

How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch Series

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If you were to ask me which marketing content product I’ve been asked to create most often, it’s hands-down the white paper. One white paper can serve many purposes and plays a very important role in the sales cycle process. However, there can be a bit of mystery about what exactly a white paper is. For the past four years, I’ve taught the class “Writing White Papers” at Bellevue College.

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The Apple of BI: Tableau Makes the Complex Seem Simple

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The Apple of BI: Tableau Makes the Complex Seem Simple This year I had the privilege of attending the Tableau Customer Conference with 1400 other raving fans. This is up from about 300 just a few years ago. Tableau is one of those companies doing it right and they’re being paid back with a growing base of loyal customers. Most of the time, the difference between BI their products is shades of gray.

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.

Make Your Marketing Program Blossom in 2012

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Make Your Marketing Program Blossom in 2012 I love January 1 st ! The noise of Christmas settles down and life promises to get back to normal— whatever that is! But the New Year brings new possibilities. It brings hope and the promises of new and not so new passions. Flowers bring hope and promise too. Somehow, every January my flowers push their little buds through the soil once again.

Who Says Geeks Aren’t Social?

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Who Says Geeks Aren’t Social? Think you won’t reach IT decision makers with social media? Think again! UBM’s 2011 Social Media and IT Marketing research shows that 69% of IT decision makers use LinkedIn and 44% use Twitter for professional use. And, 84% visit corporate blogs for professional purposes and one-third of those contacted the technology vendor for more information after visiting.

B2B Finally Embraces Social Media

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B2B Finally Embraces Social Media It seems like for so long, B2B companies struggled with the social media concept–how to get the attention of their customers through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social avenues. But just give it time and most have found their social “voice.” Selling Through Social Media to Close More Leads. Marketing Sales Social Media B2B

The Content Marketing Sweet Spot

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I just finished reading this year’s latest marketing survey results over at the Junta42 site. It’s interesting to see the popularity of different marketing content pieces as part of the overall marketing strategy. You can download the report for yourself here. Social media marketing (with the exception of blogs) is now in the number one spot. More hits to the website? More inquiries?

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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.

Social Media Share Buttons Cause Link Overload

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I recently read an article on Fortune magazine titled, Oversharing: The Business of Share Buttons. The article captured something I’d been thinking about for quite a while: with so many means to share content, is content sharing becoming diluted? There are two major players in the “share button” space – AddThis and ShareThis. 271 services? I recognize maybe a dozen. What is Kaboodle anyway?

Just Finished New White Paper for Tableau Software

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Just Finished New White Paper for Tableau Software Just finished another white paper for another great client. Read Ensuring High Availability and Reducing Downtime with Tableau Server. AMC - Content Marketing for BI and High Tech - Freelance Marketer for High Tech with a focus on BI. BI Portfolio White Papers

My 3 Wishes from the Marketing Genie

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Remember watching cartoons about Aladdin and the magic lamp? I always hoped I’d find a magic lamp on a beach somewhere and I’d be granted three wishes. Didn’t you wish you could have three wishes too? Well today I’m setting aside my marketing hat, my BI hat, and my corporate sustainability hat. Here are my three wishes: 1. I want a real relationship with you. Are you approachable?

Read Two Fun Case Studies Delivered to My Client

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Read Two Fun Case Studies Delivered to My Client Been working on a couple case studies for my good client, Strategy Companion. Thought you might enjoy reading them! Sbarro Case Study. CapGemini Case Study. AMC - Content Marketing for BI and High Tech - Freelance Marketer for High Tech with a focus on BI. BI Case Studies Portfolio

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.

Who is Your Real Customer—IT or the Business?

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It used to be that if you were selling technology, you talked to IT. They were the ones who understood and controlled the role of technology, and they knew how to select a product that would support the business needs and still fit within the technical architecture. Technology vendors typically only called on IT with messaging focused mostly on technology and not so much the business value.

How to Write a White Paper from Scratch: Part Three—The Design

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We’re now half way through the white paper creation process. In part one , you defined your purpose and determined your topic. In part two , you got down to business, starting with the outline and then putting the meat on the bones. Now you have a fully drafted first version of your new white paper. Although you’ve done the bulk of the hard work, you’re not done yet! It just won’t happen.

How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch: Part Two—The Mix

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In Part One , we talked about planning for your white paper. You need to understand your purpose. White papers require a fair amount of effort, so you should be clear on what you expect to achieve. You also need a well-defined topic. Did you do your homework from last week? Great, let’s get started. I find it’s easiest to begin with an outline. You want the reader to be quickly interested.

How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch: Part One—the Recipe

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Welcome to part one of the “bake a white paper from scratch” series. Here you sit, ready to start your new white paper. You might be a product manager who needs supporting collateral for sales, a marketing team member who’s been given the assignment, or perhaps you have a small or mid-size business, without the luxury of a marketing team, writing it yourself. you better have a plan for its use.

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.

Holiday Thanks to my Clients

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With deadlines looming, it’s easy to remain heads down and not take a moment to reflect on the year. So, I’m taking a few minutes to look back and send my thanks to some wonderful clients. Since the start of the year, I’ve had steady work that’s even meant often working weekends and evenings. Any self-employed person could not ask for a better gift! Biometrics. OpenXML.

Who Am I? Regularly Revisiting Your Brand

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As the New Year approaches, it’s a good time to take a step back and ask a fundamental question, “Who am I?” I don’t mean this from a personal perspective, though that is always helpful, too. It’s important to understand this from a business perspective. Some of my clients come to me without ever having done this, but it is fundamental to have before starting any marketing program. Budgets change.

The Ultimate Scorecard Discussion

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I watched the latest Hans Rosling talk on Ted Talks and it was as enlightening as it was entertaining. Professor Rosling has a wonderful way of captivating the audience and using visual data to tell a story. This time, he highlights the ultimate scorecard – the United Nations (UN) scorecard of eight high level goals. Just in this initial view of eight images, you learn a lot about each goal. Wow.”

Help! My Product is Boring!

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I was recently reading the latest B2B Content Marketing: 2010 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends survey by MarketingProfs and Junta42. I like seeing where content marketing is headed, how budgets are being reshaped to support it, and what kinds of challenges still remain. Seemed like your typical stuff. Smaller companies—less so. The answers also weren’t totally shocking. However! Start here: 1.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

The New MDM-It’s Not What You Think!

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As many of you know, I have a keen interest in the environment. Don’t even get me started on the whole global warming (weirding) topic!) I’ve often written about corporate sustainability and am enjoying the work I’m doing with Honeywell on marketing their energy management solutions. More importantly, communication between the energy provider and consumer will also be two-way. GTM Research.

Organize Passion Create a Movement

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I recently watched a Ted Talk video of Seth Godin discussing tribes. As Seth so clearly describes it, we are at a pivotal moment in time, where we are changing the way ideas are spread. No longer is it about money or power. It’s about leadership—the ability to organize passion. And, social technologies allow us to do that quite easily. But Nathan didn’t give up. He found power in organized passion.

Seeing through your customer’s eyes

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You have a great idea. You turned it into a product. It’s going to solve all kinds of problems. The company you work for is great (lucky you). You see it and you want everyone else to see it too. You want to make sure people know that you have the coolest thing around, so: • You write a white paper that tells all about your product and its features. • It’s natural. But guess what?

Is Twitter Dying?

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I thought it was just me. My daily tweet count is down this year but I attributed that to my suddenly being insanely busy. Busy is good but I do miss the pint-sized social interaction, even if it’s limited to 140 characters. However, I’m wondering if my trend is telling of something more significant. In January of this year (2010), CNN published an article, “ Has Twitter Peaked ?” Bohlen, George M.

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.

Be Green but Not a Green Washer

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“It’s not easy being green.” – Kermit the Frog. In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d write about something green—specifically, green washing. No this isn’t what happens when your three year old accidentally leaves a green crayon in his pocket and it goes through the wash. I found this on SourceWatch : The U.S.-based Ouch!! But, our efforts must be in the context of our overall environmental impact.

Will Social Media Replace Traditional Marketing?

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Social media is on the tip of most every B2B marketer’s tongue these days. They’re wondering which activities they should be participating in. Should we be blogging and tweeting?” Should we have a Facebook page?” What about LinkedIn? Should we be there too?” These are typical of the types of questions that are heard whenever new techniques are introduced. 55% use Twitter for marketing.

BI’s Place in Sustainability Reporting

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As some of you already know, I’m quite interested in the linkage between corporate sustainability, also known as corporate social responsibility or CSR, and business intelligence. There’s a very logical place for BI teams, processes, and technologies in CSR. CSR wraps the traditional, profit-making business efforts in ways that reduce their impact on both the environment and society.

On the Internet, Everyone’s an Expert

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They say content is king. But anyone with a good Internet connection can publish content. In fact, the Internet allows anyone to market themselves as an expert. This funny video mocks just how easy it is. Warning: there are a few cuss words tossed in. So, how do you separate the “wanna-be” experts from the real thing? Do your homework. Get to know the person or the company. Is it quality content?

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.

Futuristic BI: Are We Smart Enough?

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Came across this stunning TED video that demonstrates scientific data in both 3-D and audio. It’s not only functional but beautiful as well. Increasing the way we sense, perceive, and interact with data is brilliant. Is this the future of BI? Having watched the video, I find a renewed appreciation for the super intelligent minds out there. Do we need super intelligence to understand our data?

White Paper Format: Fact or Fiction?

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White papers are still one of the most popular marketing tools for BI and high tech companies, among others. Proof positive is that I just finished my fifth white paper in almost as many weeks. I find some long held beliefs about white papers very interesting. Like many opinions, some are held long past their expiration dates. The ToC is yet one more distraction. I understand it.

Social Networking Starts the Relationship, Face to Face Clinches It

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I skipped last week’s post since I was at the TDWI conference for business intelligence last week. It was a successful conference on a number of levels. One huge AHA (more like duh) moment for me was the reaction I got when meeting my social network friends in person for the first time. Let me set this up with a little background. Where else would you find so many of your customers in one place?

Visualizing Olympic Information

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I’ve always had a fondness for visual data, so in honor of the Olympics, I thought I’d share these winter sport and Olympic infographics I found. Maybe it’s my simple mind, but I appreciate their ability to distill complex information into a (relatively) simple graphical image. I’ve located these and offer them for your enjoyment. Here’s ice hockey: (infographic by Ciaran Hughes ).

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.