December, 2010

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Can Marketing Really be a Revenue Engine?

Digital Body Language

It's a key question in today's business environment - can marketing really be a revenue engine, or is this current energy around marketing driving revenue just a fad that will blow over. I was truly honored to host a panel at Dreamforce to discuss that question with three of the very best in the field. Revenue Performance Management marketing analysis marketing dashboards Revenue Engine

Four Interesting Trends from Dreamforce

Digital Body Language

Last week I had the pleasure of wandering the floor at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com ’s annual conference. As the SaaS conference of the year, it’s a great time to get a pulse on how everyone is thinking about the next few years. This year, I spent a lot of time talking with the exhibiting ISVs, both large and small, and as I did so, I found a few key themes that resonated.

11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about the 10 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 and while I would say 7 out of 10 have already materialized and the others are on their way. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for B2B Marketers next year? Here are 11 concrete ways I think the environment in which B2B Marketers operate will evolve in 2011. Enjoy! Email this to a friend?

SAL is the Glue that Binds Sales and Marketing in Lead Generation

Industrial Marketing Today

A lead is a lead, right? Depends – are you in marketing or in sales? SAL – Sales Accepted Leads is the bridge between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQL) and Sales Qualified Leads (SQL). No, I am not splitting hairs nor am I indulging in semantics. Clearly defining and understanding the implications of MQL, SAL and SQL are critical to the success of B2B lead generation. Defining qualified leads.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

Best of 2010 – 13 Twitter Tips for Increasing Engagement

Sazbean

2010 in Review! We’re posting the best articles from the year to help you get 2011 off to the right start! original on increasing engagement posted October 18, 2010) A major frustration for people trying out Twitter for the first time is figuring out how to get anyone to respond. They set up their Twitter account, tweet a few times and wonder why no one responds. Comment on their updates.

Top-10 B2B Marketing Topics of 2010

Everything Technology Marketing

With 2010 coming to an end, it is time for a quick review of the most popular B2B marketing posts on the Everything Technology Marketing blog. Thank you all for participating in this blog - I learned a lot from our discussions this year. See you in 2011

The More B2B Marketing Changes, the More It Stays the Same

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I’m back from presenting at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference in Barcelona; the experience was every bit as meaningful and memorable as I thought it would be. You see, I turned 40 there and brought my family along to celebrate. It was a great experience for all of us. Barcelona is a beautiful city. especially noticed this when we went out to dinner (at 10pm which is quite typical in Spain).

The New Marketing World: Conversations not Campaigns

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In just a couple of days, I’ll be in Barcelona speaking at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference. To say I’m looking forward to this opportunity is an understatement. I'm honored to be asked to share my insights with their channel partners from around the world. And I can’t wait to hear firsthand the challenges and opportunities these marketers are dealing with. The timing of this event couldn't be better. Marketing is undergoing a remarkable evolution at this moment. The multitude of mediums we can use to speak to our marketplace is revolutionizing how we work.

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.

15 things marketers should stop doing and thinking in 2011

Chris Koch

Here’s a list of things I wish we would stop doing and thinking as of December 31 st : Social media. Social media cause people to waste time at work. Companies have a long and pointless history of resisting new forms of communication. From Facebook to email to putting telephones on employees’ desks (remember, the telephone started as a “consumer” communication technology, too), companies think that every new wave is going to lead to gajillions in lost productivity. Dude, this stuff isn’t heroin, okay? Guess what companies, people wasted time at work long before Facebook came along. Mobile.

The More B2B Marketing Changes, the More It Stays the Same

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I’m back from presenting at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference in Barcelona; the experience was every bit as meaningful and memorable as I thought it would be. You see, I turned 40 there and brought my family along to celebrate. It was a great experience for all of us. Barcelona is a beautiful city. especially noticed this when we went out to dinner (at 10pm which is quite typical in Spain).

The End of ‘Social Media’

Paul Gillin

This is the time of year when a lot of people make predictions. I’ll resist that urge, though, and instead present a plea: Let’s make 2011 the year we stop talking about “social media.”. It’s not that social media is no longer important. On the contrary, today there’s almost no media today that isn’t social. The problem with much of the discussion is that it’s been focused on tools, and tools are far less interesting than what people do with them. Now that everyone knows the basics of Facebook and Twitter, things start to get interesting. Stunning. Barnum, BTW). IMDB has an app for that.

Teradata Buys Aprimo for $525 Million: More Marketing Automation Consolidation To Come

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Teradata's acquisition of Aprimo takes the largest remaining independent marketing automation vendor off the market. The market will probably split between enterprise-wide suites and more limited marketing automation systems. Teradata announced today that is acquiring marketing automation vendor Aprimo for a very hefty $525 million – even more than the $480 million that IBM paid for somewhat larger Unica in August. Given the previous Unica deal. This is obviously a huge decision for Teradata, a $1.7 billion company compared with IBM’s $100 billion in revenue.

20 of the all-time best Twitter bios

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Twitter biographies might be the ultimate creative-writing challenge. You have 160 characters to spin your personal story!  Here are 20 great mini-biographies that caught my eye and stole my heart.  Enjoy! QueenRania. A mum and a wife with a really cool day job…. Glinner. apologise in advance. oilman. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. TheMadHat. AllisonBatof. BittrBetty.

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.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: Part 2

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Yesterday's post described the objectives of my product fit scores for B2B marketing automation vendors and how I set up the original weighting for individual elements. But the original set of scores seemed to favor more complex products, even for small business marketers. Here's how I addressed the problem. decided I could base this on the features each set of vendors provided.

Top 11 Ad Agency Predictions for 2011

Blue Focus Marketing

Madison Avenue Crystal Ball for 2011. If you think 2011 will be the same as this year, get ready to strap on an extra seat belt.  The agencies that thrive in the future will succeed by helping their clients navigate these turbulent times, building brands that consumers wish to engage. We have already seen top creative directors leaving the best agencies to find their souls.   Tom Peters.

How to make social media add up to thought leadership

Chris Koch

Back in the eighties, when newspapers were only beginning to disappear, I worked for a local paper in a very competitive (journalistically, anyway) part of the world: the moneyed, New York City suburban area of Fairfield County, CT (Greenwich, Stamford, etc.). Among the five different newspapers that covered the same turf as I did was the New York Times, which had a section called “Connecticut Weekly” on Sundays. In this section, the Times would do something that drove me insane with envy and jealously. neighborhood might get really angry and stage a rally protesting development, for example.

Predictions for B2B Marketing in 2011

Customer Experience Matrix

I don't usually bother with the traditional "predictions for next year" piece at this time of year. But I happened to write one in response to a question at the Focus online community last week. So I figured I'd share it here as well. Summary: 2011 will see continued adjustment as B2B lead generators experiment with the opportunities provided by new media. 1. Marketing automation hits an inflection point, or maybe two. Mainstream B2B marketers will purchase marketing automation systems in large numbers, having finally heard about it often enough to believe it's worthwhile.

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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.

The New B2B Buyer Dialog: A Conversation with Kathleen Schaub

The Point

Most B2B companies will readily acknowledge how much the Web has transformed the way they market their product or service, most visibly in the form of vehicles like search, content marketing, social media, and lead management. Fewer companies, however, can claim to have adapted their sales process as readily. Vendors leveraged that knowledge gap. Fast forward to today. The proliferation of Web 2.0

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#TEDWomen and social media, with Joanna Blakely

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There was one interesting talk about social media that came out of TEDWomen concerning how social media tools may help reshape societal stereotypes that I thought I’d share. Joanna Blakely is deputy director at the Norman Lear Center.  A few tidbits from her talk: Social media tools will help us dismantle stereotypes about gender that we see in the media and advertising.

Can Find New Customers help my business?

Fearless Competitor

Someone asked on Twitter “Aren’t most of Find New Customers clients in tech?&# Yes, but that is where we started. To learn if your business can benefit from Find New Customers, we have just 3 questions. Do you sell products … Continue reading → Business relationships Buying Process Content marketing Demand Generation lead generation Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring Leadership Leadership Lessons Sales-Marketing Alignment

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12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

What Works - What Doesn't

The frigid cold along Route 128 the other morning didn’t keep a standing-room-only crowd from Schwartz Communications’ Breakfast Roundtable on content marketing (using information shared on the Web to drive sales.) Featured speakers were Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at online marketing site MarketingProfs , and Brian Halligan, CEO of inbound marketing software vendor HubSpot.

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

Marketers Deserve Attention Too

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you had some great marketing successes this year? Then you’ll want to let my colleagues at MarketingSherpa know. They’re compiling their ninth annual MarketingSherpa 2011 Wisdom Report. It shares the best thoughts, ideas, anecdotes and takeaways from marketers in 2010. In fact, even if you've had disappointments, and are willing to share, they’d like to hear from you as well. After all, failure is often the best teacher. Tell us, what are some of the best lessons you learned this year? Great marketers are always working so diligently to put everything and everyone else in the spotlight.

4 Tips for B2B Marketing on Facebook

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Five Audiences for Social Media Marketing

Webbiquity

One of the first precepts aspiring writers learn is to “write for your readers.&# A technical audience is different from a business one. level executives respond to different messages than do mid-level management. Every industry and profession has it’s own “language.&#. Here are five audiences to keep in mind when posting any content or engaging in social media interactions.

The New Marketing World: Conversations not Campaigns

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In just a couple of days, I’ll be in Barcelona speaking at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference. To say I’m looking forward to this opportunity is an understatement. I’m honored to be asked to share my insights with their channel partners from around the world. And I can’t wait to hear firsthand the challenges and opportunities these marketers are dealing with. The timing of this event couldn’t be better. Marketing is undergoing a remarkable evolution at this moment. The multitude of mediums we can use to speak to our marketplace is revolutionizing how we work.

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.

12 Social Media Tools for B2B Pre-Event Marketing

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Whether it’s a webinar or a multi-day conference, leveraging social media can help event organizers extend an event’s visibility, attendance and pre-event conversations. If you are running an event, consider promotion in the following areas: 1. LinkedIn Events Setting up an event in LinkedIn is a fairly simple process. Once your event is created, invite your connections to attend.

Ranking B2B Marketing Automation Vendors: How I Built My Scores (part 1)

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: The first of three posts describing my new scoring system for B2B marketing automation vendors. I’ve finally had time to work up the vendor scores based on the 150+ RFP questions I distributed back in September. The result will be one of those industry landscape charts that analysts seem pretty much obliged to produce. On the other hand, such charts are immensely popular.

4 BtoB Marketing Action Items for 2011

Fearless Competitor

As 2010 comes to an end, this blog post is more important than ever. Happy New Year from Find New Customers! Fortunately, the economy seems to be improving, despite the recent unemployment rise. This week some prognosticators predicted lots of growth in … Continue reading → Business relationships Buyer Personas Fearless Competitor Leadership Leadership Lessons Management best practices Marketing Sales 2.0 sales challenges Sales knowledge sales leadership Sales-Marketing Alignment

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Facebook vs Twitter Infographic

Fearless Competitor

Very cool info graphic. Bottom line – Facebook is bigger but Twitter users are more loyal. If you are into b2b lead generation, you should use both. Focus Roundtable on B2B Lead Generation Jeff Ogden (@fearlesscomp on Twitter) is President … Continue reading → Marketing Social Media Social Networks

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

The Ultimate Giving Tree #theblogtree | B2Bbloggers.com - B2B.

B2Bbloggers

A visual depiction of the interrelationship among marketing blogs. It's both a blog list and an infographic

The State of the Blogosphere 2010

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Brian Solis Home Articles Business – Marketing PR 2.0 – New Communications Social Media Speaking Books Appearances About The State of the Blogosphere 2010 December 13, 2010 View Comments The question we ask ourselves when examining the state of the blogosphere is whether or not the cup is half full or half empty? Personally, I believe the answer lies in the nature of circumstances.

Content is king (in 2011), again

Fearless Competitor

(Originally published on August 6, 2009) And if you enjoy Fearless Competitor, we also hope you’ll visit the B2B Sales Lounge, the blog we also write on behalf of the Find New Customers client, OneSource. FastCompany had a great post Content is … Continue reading → Content marketing Demand Generation lead generation Lead Nurturing Lead Scoring Management best practices Manufacturing Sales Marketing marketing campaigns Sales-Marketing Alignment

The Best B2B Marketing Ideas of 2010

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MarketingProfs Member Login | About Us | Members Benefits | PRO Members MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog Home Marketing Resources Online Seminars Conferences Videos Research Store PRO Members Forum Blog Jobs Blog Home Archives RSS/XML Veronica Maria Jarski BIO 12.20.10 The Best B2B Marketing Ideas of 2010 A guest post by Jeff Ogden , president of Find New Customers Although companies like Marketo, Eloqua and Kinaxis have produced terrific written content in blogs, e-books, etc., The great book, Content Rules , urged marketers to “be different.&# They all are very entertaining, too. Thanks.

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.