September, 2011

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Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. ie “LOVE this post! …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). The rules are at best guidelines, and nobody is requiring you to share mediocre content.

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. Here are three steps I am taking to bring my content standards back up. I hope you will join me. Content Content Curation content marketing jessica northey

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

Digital B2B Marketing

Smartphones always have a corner of our attention. When they beep, buzz or blink, we take notice. Walking down the sidewalk, on public transit, or while watching television, our smartphones are our sidekicks. Even during meetings, or maybe especially during meetings. But our attention is rarely complete. Few people schedule smartphone time the way they schedule work time. Shortened attention spans.

Buyers to Marketers: Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

Digital B2B Marketing

“Why do you want my email and phone number again? So your sales consultant can contact me? No thanks, I’ll pass.” ” Most B2B marketers are still fixated on capturing registration data, and no wonder. The marketing automation machine lives on a diet of email and your sales process is built on the telephone. We are only willing to engage with you on our terms and timetable.

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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.

Optimizing Digital B2B Marketing Campaigns

Digital B2B Marketing

Plans are carefully laid. The creative is impactful. The content is compelling. The media surrounds your audience. Search, social and email are integrated in support of the overarching program. But the results are not there. Your plan is the result of your passion. When someone says it isn’t performing, it is nearly a personal affront, but it shouldn’t be. Doing something that doesn’t work is learning. Continuing to do something that doesn’t work is lunacy. Let’s skip past setting goals and establishing your metrics. When should you optimize your campaign?

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Recommending Content and Automated Sharing of Content

Digital B2B Marketing

You find a great blog, read regularly, and tweet or share everything posted. So why not automate sharing what you already share , and get a few minutes back each day? On the surface, it seems logical. However, if you are using automation, it likely is having side effects. Automation has made your algorithm, primarily your selection of sources , more important than the content itself. You share more than you used to. I follow people that, with the addition of automation tools, now share more content than I have time to read, even if they were my only content source. Your Turn.

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Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

Digital B2B Marketing

Smartphones always have a corner of our attention. When they beep, buzz or blink, we take notice. Walking down the sidewalk, on public transit, or while watching television, our smartphones are our sidekicks. Even during meetings, or maybe especially during meetings. But our attention is rarely complete. Few people schedule smartphone time the way they [.]. In Theory Mobile attention B2B marketing mobile Mobile Marketing smartphones

Optimizing Digital B2B Marketing Campaigns

Digital B2B Marketing

Plans are carefully laid. The creative is impactful. The content is compelling. The media surrounds your audience. Search, social and email are integrated in support of the overarching program. But the results are not there. Your plan is the result of your passion. When someone says it isn’t performing, it is nearly a personal affront, [.]. In Practice Media B2B marketing Digital Media Optimization

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.

Buyers to Marketers: Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

Digital B2B Marketing

“Why do you want my email and phone number again? So your sales consultant can contact me? No thanks, I’ll pass.” ” Most B2B marketers are still fixated on capturing registration data, and no wonder. The marketing automation machine lives on a diet of email and your sales process is built on the telephone. We are only willing to engage with you on our terms and timetable.

Three Social Media Lessons Learned

Digital B2B Marketing

There is no learning like hands on learning. Books, seminars, or cocktail discussions are valuable, but it cannot compare to what you learn by rolling up your sleeves and doing something yourself. In that light, here are three things I have learned through my increased involvement in social media and starting this blog seven months [.]. In Practice Social Media Allison Aldridge-Saur content marketing Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu Maureen Blandford michael brenner ROI Thanks

Recommending Content and Automated Sharing of Content

Digital B2B Marketing

You find a great blog, read regularly, and tweet or share everything posted. So why not automate sharing what you already share, and get a few minutes back each day? On the surface, it seems logical. However, if you are using automation, it likely is having side effects. Automation has made your algorithm, primarily your [.]. Content In Theory Social Media automation automation tools content feed content sources social media twitter

Buyers to Marketers: Don’t Call Me, I’ll Call You

Digital B2B Marketing

“Why do you want my email and phone number again? So your sales consultant can contact me? No thanks, I’ll pass.” ” Most B2B marketers are still fixated on capturing registration data, and no wonder. The marketing automation machine lives on a diet of email and your sales process is built on the telephone. The problem [.]. Content Demand Generation Social Media B2B marketing demand generation Facebook Google lead generation LinkedIn registration social media twitter

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.

Mobile Marketing in B2B: #B2Bchat at 8 PM EST on 9/22

Digital B2B Marketing

We will be picking up the Mobile Marketing conversation this evening with a look at experiences in 2011, priorities for 2012 and how mobile is changing sales enablement. Here are the questions to start off this evening’s discussion: Q1. Where are we starting from: did you use mobile marketing this year? Why not or what did you learn? What is your top mobile priority in 2012 and why? i.e. apps, mobile website, email, search/advertising Q3. Is there an element of mobile you do not plan to pursue in 2012? If so, why not? Is your sales team equipped with mobile devices?

Content Marketing and Choose Your Own Adventure Books

Digital B2B Marketing

Choose Your Own Adventure books were a staple when I was growing up. I could read them for hours, choosing different paths and seeing each outcome unfold. As a child, these books gave me a sense of control, they engaged me with choices and opportunities throughout the book. Today, B2B marketers use content to meet [.]. Content B2B marketing Buying Cycle choose your own adventure content marketing CYOA

Mobile Marketing in B2B: #B2Bchat at 8 PM EST on 9/22

Digital B2B Marketing

We will be picking up the Mobile Marketing conversation this evening with a look at experiences in 2011, priorities for 2012 and how mobile is changing sales enablement. Here are the questions to start off this evening’s discussion: Q1. Where are we starting from: did you use mobile marketing this year? Why not or what [.]. Mobile #B2Bchat mobile Mobile Marketing twitter twitterchat

Mobile Marketing in B2B: #B2Bchat at 8 PM EST on 9/22

Digital B2B Marketing

We will be picking up the Mobile Marketing conversation this evening with a look at experiences in 2011, priorities for 2012 and how mobile is changing sales enablement. Here are the questions to start off this evening’s discussion: Q1. Where are we starting from: did you use mobile marketing this year? Why not or what did you learn? What is your top mobile priority in 2012 and why? i.e. apps, mobile website, email, search/advertising. Is there an element of mobile you do not plan to pursue in 2012? If so, why not? Is your sales team equipped with mobile devices? Filed under: Mobile.

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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.

Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

Sazbean

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! 87. $164.

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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.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Klout can be “gamed.&# Even me. Nothing more.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

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Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,” readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too! So here we are with the third edition. These are all real Twitter bios … @MichaelACaruso. I’ve learned I don’t know anything.

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations. Look through the success stories in your blog reader. Coca-Cola. And of course the ever-present Zappos. Is anybody paying attention to the little guys? Get it?

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

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By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale. Gone are the days when bloated claims could pass as truth and lies went unpunished. Now is the time of social SEO. Then Came SEO.

Can you make money managing social media?

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In a blog post almost two years about the best business idea for social media marketing , I made a prediction that I think stands up. I said that there would be increasing demand for out-sourced social media management and content farms that would pump out low-cost, low value content in a Wal-Mart kind of way. I’m not not saying this is recommended or ideal! ” Medium-sized companies.

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.

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. I haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. TopazPartners.com.

12 Tweetable Statistics Prove B2B Social Media ROCKS

PWB Marketing Blog

Know B2B social media fact from fiction. Fiction: Social media offers limited value to B2B marketers. Fact: 86% of B2B companies are using social media. B2B companies are absolutely using social media to generate leads , connect with customers, and reach business goals. We compiled twelve tweetable facts about the prolific use – and success – of social media among B2B marketers.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. It’s our attempt to spice up the stodgy principles of marketing. Here are the 4 New P’s of Marketing you’ll see throughout the syllabus. Personality. Publishing.

The hidden costs of social media conversation

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It’s all about the conversation. Have you heard that a thousand times? It’s a ubiquitous mantra of the social web to the point where sometimes I think it takes over as the ultimate goal. It’s not the goal. The goal of any organization is to increase shareholder value … a.k.a. make money. Even non-profits. What is the future of the social media “conversation?” Marketing, interrupted.

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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.

Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer. Even a well-written white paper, by a respected author, on a hot topic of vital interest to your target audience, can still generate leads your salespeople will consider “junk.” Then your offer should have as broad appeal as possible.

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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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A broken heart for the social media community

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My friend Trey Pennington , one of the most popular figures on the social web, committed suicide today. I have been trying to figure out how to deal with this tragedy. I’ve been pushing it down, pushing it down. I want it to go away. But I decided that not writing something would be cowardly and a disservice to a man who has helped me and so many people around the world. In a car. In a bus.

Oops! I made this Social Media mistake. How about you?

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Many passionate and hardworking social business operatives are making a business-killing mistake. Proud of their impressive Twitter followings, Facebook crowds and Klout scores they are lulled into a false sense of security. The rude awakening often comes when they try promoting their product to their audience. Their error is simple. It’s easy.

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.