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Be a Strategic Planning Action Hero with Micro-Strategies

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Dave Logan, Co-Founder/Senior Partner of Culture Sync, Professor at the Marshall School of Business at USC, and C0-Author of the book Tribal Leadership , presented the opening keynote at the Association for Strategic Planning annual conference in Pasadena, California. Here’s a summary of the talk: Dave started by discussing an important disconnect in strategic planning. 93% compliance!

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Nine mistakes to avoid in writing online B2B lead-generation copy

EMagine B2B Blog

Ambal Balakrishnan has done us a great service by collecting the thoughts of several experts on the subject above, then posting the collection in ClickInsights.  His experts:  Michael Stelzner, Stephanie Tilton, Cindy King, Michele Linn, Jonathan Kranz.  We’ve picked out a “top nine” here;  for the rest – plus more depth – just click on [.].

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Three reasons why the “experts” are wrong about social media measurement

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 . There is an argument around the blogosphere that is DRIVING ME CRAZY.  . Their point is that you just need to accept the social web as something ubiquitous and necessary, so why worry about it?  . This is lunacy.  Here are three reasons why this “no need to measure&# view is an irresponsible position:  . 1) Never get caught with your stats down  . Yes, that company car  may be cut. 

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Brands as Publishers - Where's Your Content Strategy?

Junta 42

Just returned back from Online Marketing Summit 2010 where the statement "brands as publishers" almost seemed overused. Although we've been talking about that on this blog for three years now and in more detail in Get Content Get Customers , this is the first time I've heard this type of statement in force "out in the real world". It started with John Batelle from Federated Media. John might be most well-known for being one of the creators of Wired magazine. does not work without first having content strategy. Need more proof? what are the informational needs of my customers? Want proof?

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

There is no social media strategy, only marketing strategy

Chris Koch

Image via Wikipedia. I’ve been working with my colleagues at ITSMA on another survey on social media for B2B marketers that I hope you’ll take by going here. As we put together the questions, we struggled with the issue of social media strategy. B2B marketing lays the path to a sales discussion and supports relationships with existing customers. Social media is no silver bullet. What do you think?

Optimize Your Tradeshow Presence

PR Meets Marketing

"conference hall" by shinemy via Flickr. Exhibiting and sponsoring at trade shows is an important component of the marketing mix.  While While physical meetings and conferences experienced a hit in 2009, I believe that more marketers will return to physical events in 2010. Here are five tips to optimize your trade show presence: Media Alert. Consider issuing a media alert (a smaller version of a press release) one to two weeks before the conference. Announce News. Consider announcing significant news at the conference to drive buzz about your company. Media Outreach. Social Media.

Social media measurement: Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand tweets

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In all of the posts I’ve read about social media measurement, very few address the possible role of qualitative research — measuring when you don’t have data — so let’s take a look at that today, shall we?  This will not be boring, I promise. These are the facts and figures that get all the headlines. . Story time. Sound familiar? What are your ideas?  Digg this!

Business Karma

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I just got back from a ski trip in the Birkshires with my wife and two boys. love vacation time, absolutely love it. Some people use the fact that "they have not had a vacation in 3 years" as a badge of honor. While I respect and live by a strong work ethic as one of the keys to success philosophy, there is a point of diminishing return. You can always make more money, you can't make more time. Enjoy your time, it's going by faster than you might think. Clearly few people would argue that taking time to "charge the batteries" is not important. find it's not that common.

10 Reasons I Won’t Follow You on Twitter

Webbiquity

Before I start this rant, let me make it clear that I love gaining new followers on Twitter and I’m honored by (almost) every one—I’m grateful that you want to hear what I have to say! Also, as indicated by my high ratio of following to followers (currently 87%), my default rule is to follow back. There are no RT’s in your tweet stream. How sad. 2. Your profile is blank.

How social media will change lead generation in B2B

Chris Koch

The era of the sales process beginning with a lead is over. The number of B2B buyers who are ready to buy as soon as they engage with our marketing is small—and social media will make it even smaller. We have to come to terms with the fact that there is a stage of the buying process that comes before the buyers we are pursuing are ready to become leads. We call it the epiphany stage. This is the stage that occurs long before any discussion of products, services, or RFPs—indeed, it occurs before customers have even begun to think about a purchase. This is where social media comes in.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

The NEW “Four P’s” of marketing

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Place, product, price and promotion. We all learned these basic marketing principles in college and they still stand up today. But the social web is a true shift in the way we communicate and go to market.  For the first time, mankind has access to real-time, free, instantaneous, two-way, global communication — and the good old marketing mantra needs a little updating.  People. Publicly. 

Increasing Teleprospecting Connect Rates

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

A question we often ask ourselves here at AG is "How do we increase our conversion and connect rate?" Let's face it, the traditional methods of prospecting have a much higher likelihood of failure than success. If you've spent enough time in the trenches making cold calls, inevitably you've had that day where you feel like nothing has been accomplished. Eight frustrating hours of constantly leaving voicemails, assistants pushing you to a vendor-line, emails getting caught in a prospects spam filter.the list goes on. Our answer - send Outlook Invites. Good luck and happy prospecting

Inbound Marketing vs. Content Marketing; Hubspot vs. Junta42

Junta 42

Junta42 has been receiving quite a few calls/emails regarding our content marketing matching service versus the new Hubspot inbound marketing marketplace. In response, I took a few minutes to explain what I believe is the difference based on what Hubspot has shared.   Here are the highlights from the video: Inbound Marketing vs. Content Marketing. Hubspot vs. Junta42.

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Are You Backing Up Your Social Data?

Savvy B2B Marketing

What would you do if Gmail crashed, your facebook account got suspended for suspicious activity, your LinkedIn network disappeared, or the Fail Whale moved in permanently? Online networking and collaboration services provide us with great tools that have become part of our everyday routine. It's important to remember, however, that we don't own that data. EVERYTHING. admit it. Now - off we go!

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Publicly Available Pricing: Theory and Practice

Digital Body Language

A lot of what I write on this blog has to do with the changes that have happened as a result of buyers’ increasing access to information. Often, these changes are looked at from a general perspective. Today, I want to look a very specific example of how this overall market transition affected us at Eloqua. It’s a very representative, specific, example of what’s going on in the market in general.

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Buyer Persona 2.0 – Part 7 – Buyer Personas Segmentation

Tony Zambito

Over the past few years, our firm Goal Centric has engaged with high profile organizations that place a high value on performing market segmentation.   Where buyer personas fit in the scheme of segmentation has been a source of confusion since the early days of design personas.     Buyer Personas Segmentation.   Bring to Life. Humanistic.   Goals Not Roles.

Sales Prospecting Perspectives, February 22nd - 26th

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Well, we're just about to close the door on another month. Looking back on the start of February, we kicked off our year of "winning" and the folks who work with us made sure that we did so in full force. Our BDR's are uncovering more sales ready opportunities than ever, all because we want our clients to experience more wins than they ever have. We're very thankful for the organizations who've entrusted us with the mission to bring them sales qualified leads, and we're hoping to ride February's successes right on into March and throughout the rest of the year. Who do Your Teleprospectors Call?

You Can’t Expect to Hear “No”

The CRAP Report

Did you ever have a Magic 8-Ball ?  You remember that, right?  You ask it questions, shake it up, and then look at the bottom of the ball to see which side of the twenty-sided die inside floated to the top.  And what do you think happened?  They said “no” and hung up on me more often.  But was it because I was expecting them to?  I think so.  . Focusing on what has already happened does no good. .

Marketing Technology: 3 Solutions You Can't Live Without

In order to successfully execute modern marketing initiatives around attracting, engaging, prioritizing, converting and retaining customers, you need technology. Of course that opens up a whole other can of worms, as both the type and number of marketing technology systems has exploded over the past few years.

Conversen Simplifies Complex Messages Through Multi-Channel Dynamic Content

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Conversen makes it easy to generate dynamic messages across multiple channels. It's more a supplement than a replacement for conventional campaign management but should save a lot of work for marketers and their agencies. The problem is that this requires creating hundreds of versions of the messages and making sure that each is matched to the correct end-point. So where’s the catch?

Surprise – powerful way to engage prospective buyers

Fearless Competitor

In an earlier article this week, we discussed how doing the unexpected is a great way to engage the minds of prospective buyers. This is so important, we should look at other examples. Let’s look at an illustration from the book Made to Stick. The minivan stops at an intersection and the camera zooms in on the face of the young boy — staring out the window at leafy trees.

First Impressions

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

In college, I took a series of leadership classes. The focus of the series was about how to be a leader, how to manage yourself, and the people around you. remember how much the professors stressed that how you can not take back a first impression. Of course, this was my last semester, so the professors were preparing their students to spread our wings and enter the real world's trials and tribulations -the interview process. While the classes were relevant when I was job searching, I have been fortunate enough to bring what I learned to my teleprospecting profession.

Savvy Webinar Resources from the iConnect Conference

Savvy B2B Marketing

Greetings to those who attended the iConnect Webinar event From Sale to Renewal: Leveraging Webinars to Improve Your Entire Customer Lifecycle this afternoon sponsored by iLinc. As promised during the live webinar we are sharing our presentation and some additional resources to further illustrate the points we made during the presentation. Have no idea what I am talking about?

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

Going Mobile with B2B Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

As I mentioned in my Top 10 predictions for 2010 – I think the Mobile Marketing in 2010 will become more mainstream. As a marketer I always like to play the “odds not the lottery&# and to me when you have a market of 3.3 Billion Handsets worldwide (half the population) versus only 1 Billion PC’s with Internet access playing with a 300% larger base is pretty safe bet. Tweet This!

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Lead Gen Companies Should Not Dictate Your Pace

Smashmouth Marketing

On a recent sales call, the prospect told me he is working with a pay-for- performance appointment setting company like Green Leads. The difference, and the reason for the call, is that he wants more meetings per month, but the other vendor is " dictating the pace " at which he gets them. Was I dreaming? Did I hear that right? Establish and manage to a Service Level Agreement (SLA). list issue?

Who do Your Teleprospectors Call?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

One of the most important items that needs to be addressed when building an inside sales team, or outsourcing this function, is who your reps are going to call. We have talked before about how crucial it is to have a quality list of prospects for your telesales team to go after. There is another piece of this that is just as important - how long should your telesales team focus on a single campaign before moving on? If you have a marketing department that runs numerous campaigns throughout the year it is important to make sure these leads are getting followed-up on in a timely fashion.

Are people really reading more?

Savvy B2B Marketing

For years "they" have been telling us that the next generation is going to heck in a handbasket. This includes a serious decline in the nobler pursuits, including marriage, lifetime careers, and reading. The report is based in part on information derived from data gathered by the United States Census Bureau in 2008. The greatest gains were made in the 18-24 year old set. MTV who?

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.

The sorry state of sales today – from Jim Dickie of CSO Insights

Fearless Competitor

Attended Selling Power  Webinar: 2010 Sales Performance Challenges; Jim Dickie and Gerhard Gschwandtner recently and heard one of my favorite presenters, Jim, present a litany of sorry statistics from the beginning of 2009 (undoubtedly worse today), which I share with my readers: 59% — the percentage of salespeople who exceeded quota (the lowest ever measured). no improvement).

Blog with Discipline to Get Marketing Results

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. recent Hubspot survey showed that most business bloggers write no more than one blog entry a week. In 2010 2-3% write multiple blog entries per day, 8% write one per day, 29% write 2-3 per week. 38% write once a week, 17% monthly and 6% less than once a month. For those who write 2-3 blog entries per week, Hubspot says 69% have acquired a customer from their blogging activities.

How to Answer a Question: 5 Tips for Making the Most of LinkedIn

The Point

One of the biggest clients of my 15+ year agency career was won as a direct result of a question to which I responded on LinkedIn , the popular business networking site. LinkedIn now boasts more than 60 million registered users , but far fewer than that number are active members in group discussions and in LinkedIn’s “Answers” section. Set up alerts for questions in your area of expertise.

Management Motivation from Jay-Z

The CRAP Report

Where do you get inspiration from?  How do you get them to do that if you’re feeling burned out yourself?  If you’re a manager of BDR’s, you can’t afford to burn out.  You can’t afford to do anything BUT burn bright.  You’ve got to keep yourself ablaze if you expect your reps to even glow , so how do you do that? . For me, I listen to music.  Music like Jay –Z and Alicia Key’s Empire State of Mind. 

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.

Google, Display Ads, and B2B Marketing

Digital Body Language

Google just pushed a tiny bit further into their long-stated strategy of making display advertising their next billion dollar business. Former DoubleClick exec Barry Salzman joined the team to bring this vision closer to reality, and it’s expected that we’ll see more movement from Google in this direction over the next year. What does this strategy mean for B2B marketers? A lot.

Getting Provocative: How Visual Provocation Engages Buyers and Drives Growth

Savvy B2B Marketing

This week we are happy to have a guest post by Britton Manasco. Britton has a very insightfl blog that we enjoy called Illuminating the Future. In this post, he illumintes us on how we can use visuals. It's now tougher than ever to turn prospects into customers. These are complex matters requiring far-reaching discussions and explanations. The Unprovoked Buyer. The Case for Visual Provocation.

Weekly Contest - Win a high-level website SEO review!

Connect the Docs

Our expert contributors to ClickPredictions 2010 eBook are giving away many exciting and wonderful prizes this week. Win eBook version of Jonathan Kantor's new book Crafting White Paper 2.0. To enter this giveaway, just use this precrafted tweet or include the link to this post or this page with '#CLICKPRIZE'. Include @clickdocuments and @Jonathan_Kantor in your tweet. Over to you.

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Spring is in the air

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It’s going to be 66 degrees and sunny in Tennessee today. Discuss. Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this! Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon. Share this on Facebook. Tweet This! Subscribe to the comments for this post? Share this on Linkedin.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

5 Tips for Killer Presentations

Fearless Competitor

Sorry, dear readers, but this Friday I’m on a bit of a rant.   If I see one more boring PowerPoint presentation, I’m going to vomit! Let’s keep this really simple. What should be in a PowerPoint presentation? Few words — if you have more than 8 words on your slide — kill it. Pictures — people love images. Use them to convey your ideas. iStockPhoto is a great and inexpensive source of images. Story — people respond to stories. Tell a story in your presentation. Simple — less is more. Few slides. Less words. Watch Steve present here.