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C Level Tweeters

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The following is a list of confirmed C Level Executives that are using Twitter. If you have names that should be added to this list, please post them using the comments feature at the bottom of this post and I’ll get it included ASAP - please send me - full name, title, agency/firm, and Twitter URL.

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CMO of the Future

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The CMO title barely existed 15 years ago but it is already undergoing a significant transformation. There are some major shifts in landscape in which they operate: changes in Technology, Consumer Behavior and the Media Landscape. Marketing is moving from a pure brand image play to something much more interesting. This is becoming an art in itself.

6 Really Simple Marketing Metrics for your Execs

Digital Body Language

We've all seen a similar cycle. if you ask a marketing exec in a B2B company what metrics they'd want, it ends up in a complex description of ROI, funnel velocity, or influence measurement. Great goals, for sure, but not exactly quick wins. So, the reports aren't created for them and they end up with nothing. Let's start from the other direction, and look at 6 very simple measurements that you can provide them that they give them some simple insight into what's actually going on in marketing. What are they most interested in, and is it more awareness, discovery, or validation?

Emotional Unsubscribes

Digital Body Language

I get asked a lot about unsubscribe rates as an indication of buyers losing interest. always caution people not to look to hard at that number. If you think of your own behaviour when you lose interest in a particular sender, you'll see why (most of you). You just ignore them. That's it, no unsubscribe, nothing. heard someone at Eloqua call this an "emotional unsubscribe" and I like that term for it. The trouble is, this is much harder to detect and react to. You might even see a little bit of email open behaviour from these recipients if they are using preview panes in their email client.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

How to create your own Personal Brand?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

As the economy twists and turns with more layoffs mounting – having a strong personal brand is becoming ever more important from a career perspective. But what does that mean? Do you launch a blog? Do you start a Twitter account? Do you launch your own Vlog? Or maybe some combination of all of the above. He will also be releasing a new book called Me 2.0: He is the author of “Me 2.0: Finance

Can Your Personal Brand Be Too Popular?

Marketing Edge

This post was inspired by Jeremiah Owyang on the topic of personal brands within a corporate community. In some ways this is more an issue of individual popularity rather than a personal brand, but I'll use the term personal brand because it is commonly accepted. The issue of personal brands clashing with corporate brands is something I've commented in the past. Ouch, that's a tough one.&#.

10 Opinions - Business or Personal in Social Media?

Smashmouth Marketing

There is the business me, and there is the personal me and always the two have mixed. It's obvious by the two feeds you see on the right. post both topics here on my blog and I believe that the coexistence of business and personal identities given today's social media is the way to go. We are all connected one way or another. Personal branding does impact business branding. business is personal.

No Impact Man - The Sundance Movie

Smashmouth Marketing

After following the No Impact Man blog for a couple years now, I'm so pleased to find out that the No Impact Man Movie based on the Beavan family (experience of living a zero impact green life) is being premiered at Sundance Film Festival. fell in love with No Impact Man when I first started reading Colin Beavan's original posts in 2007. You will also fall in love with them.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Word of Mouth Beats Out Comparison Shopping for Health Care

Marketing Edge

Time 28:43. Health care is going through some growing pains when it comes to social media. Word of mouth, especially from friends and family, is the leading resource for consumers selecting a primary care physician, according to a study from the Center for Studying Health System Change.(CSHSC) When it comes to consumers selecting a provider. Where does this put social media in healthcare?

Lead Scoring; Points, Ranks, and Sales Handoff

Digital Body Language

Everyone uses the term "lead scoring" in demand generation. It's definitely a foundational concept for the industry, but under the covers, there are (or should be) two things happening, only one of which is scoring. The goal, of course, is to look at your prospects, and understand whether they are the right person (explicit scoring) and/or are showing the right level of interest (implicit scoring).

Why Writing Blogs for SEO Will Inevitably Fail

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Should you write a blog exclusively for search engine visibility? Business blogs can offer little-known companies name recognition, and the chance to boost traffic and generate leads well beyond what they'd get if they were simply offering a list of goods and services for sale on their website. Now it's pretty common advice to hear: launch a blog because the content will attract links and improve your search engine rank. Lee Odden over at the Online Marketing Blog shares a helpful perspective on why blogs written solely for SEO objectives will inevitably fail.

World Aids Day

Smashmouth Marketing

World Aids Day. Thinking of my Uncle Eddie today. Always laughing, always having fun.passed away on June 3, 1998. He was 51

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Holiday Time: Top 10 Wish List for Sales

Digital Body Language

An interesting chat between Rob Leavitt ( [link] ) and Drew Neisser ( [link] ) on Marketing as a Service got me thinking about Marketing's other customer - Sales. What can we as marketers do for them. Okay, sales complains about marketing. But, it's the holiday season, so in that spirit, let's look at the Top 10 gift ideas for marketing to give to sales. Most of these are quick to implement and show real value to sales. Who knows, maybe next year, sales will even have you on their holiday gift list. okay, I don't guarantee that, but it's a nice thought.)

The Evolution of Email for Lead Generation

Acquiring Minds

According to our recent survey of B2B marketers, email is widely used for lead generation: 86% of responders deploy email for lead generation. In fact, email was the top online medium for B2B marketers, besting both webinars and paid search. Although it is often suggested that email is best suited for customer retention, this survey of 249 B2B marketers indicates that email is a key tool for customer acquisition. Salesforce.com , a CRM tool and other lead generation suites such as Vtrenz , Aprimo and Marketo also crack the top 20 list. So there you have it, even an old Web 1.0 media

Lead nurturing putting the human touch into action with video and email

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I had a great time doing my webinar on putting the human touch into lead generation sponsored by Citrix Online and we had almost 1600 people register. In my presentation I emphasized how lead nurturing is about timing, consistency and relevance. Today (which happens to be my 38th birthday) I got this email with a personal video from Gary Anderson, CEO of NetBriefings. wanted to share this with you because I think it is a great example of lead nurturing by combining the human touch and timing in a personal and relevant way that connected with their business value proposition. You deserve it!!

The Contact Washing Machine

Digital Body Language

I think we can all agree that B2B marketing has shifted from a purely creative discipline to a much more operational, process-oriented, data-centric, analytical discipline. It's a long road though, as the data we get to work with is often. terrible. Data comes in through so many sources, most of which are not controlled in any way - free-form text. Web forms, tradeshows, lists, internal systems, etc. We're then expected to use that data for analysis, segment targeting, lead scoring, etc. Time is too short for bad data.

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

Two Interesting Blogs on Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

I noticed a visitor to the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems site from a new source the other day, which turned out to be a mention on blog by Jason Stewart of Demandbase. The context was a discussion of system selection and the Raab Guide was paired with a reference to a very excellent series of posts on system selection on Maria Pergolino’s Inbound Marketer blog. Actually, only two of promised three parts are posted, but the first two are well worth a look. In particular, part 2 has a long list of evaluation criteria. Thanks a bunch, Maria.

Measuring Usability: A Task-Based Approach

Customer Experience Matrix

I think we all know that the simplest practical measure of intelligence is how often someone agrees with you. On that scale, University of Ottawa Professor Timothy Lethbridge must be some kind of genius, because his course notes on Software Usability express my opinions on the topic even better and in more detail than I’ve yet to do for myself. Happily, Lethbridge provides additional refinement of the concepts. language skills, physical disabilities, etc.). I’d be more specific and add skills such as analytical or technical knowledge. efficiency , defined as proficiency of an expert.

Books, Blogs, and Demand Generation

Digital Body Language

I'm in a bit of a circular world right now as I write a blog about Demand Generation that explores the topics in a book I've just written about using various web media, including blogs, for Demand Generation, and of course both the blog and the book will be used for generating demand. So, I should probably explain that, me, this blog, and the book. It all started about a year ago, in a conversation with our CEO, after a long series of trips to visit a lot of clients. And then Joe (our CEO) said "you should write a book about this". So, the book. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Smashmouth Review - ConnectAndSell, Off to the Sales 2.0 Races

Smashmouth Marketing

If new clients for your business is a pure numbers game, then you have to look at ConnectAndSell. This is one Sales 2.0 offering that I have to rave about! friend of ours recommended CAS a year ago and at first were reluctant. It seemed like a predictive dialer/call center offshore mashup and didn't resonate and for the price seemed like it would be questionably worth it. But then over the summer a good client of ours told us they were achieving results with it (thanks Char!). So we finally gave it a shot. It's INTENSE and I don't recommend more than a 2 hour session at a time. Need I say more?

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.

Training On a Tight Budget

E-Quip

Given the economy, your firm may be looking for ways to reign in overhead expenditures. Perhaps training is one of those "discretionary" items you're thinking about cutting. Let me urge you to reconsider. There are a number of ways to trim training costs without reducing professional development opportunities for your staff. Here are a few suggestions: Plan training in advance. Human Resources

Level 5 Marketing

E-Quip

Marketing in this business suffers from low expectations. find this true even among most marketing professionals. In the midst of a recession with the worst still ahead for most A/E firms, perhaps it's time to raise the bar in terms of what we expect our marketing efforts to achieve. First let me clarify that I use the term marketing in the conventional sense. Ah, now that's a tough question!

Getting More Out of Each Click with "Post-Click Marketing"

WebMarketCentral

With the economy now officially in a recession (as if we didn't know that), marketers are under increasing pressure to do more with less. On the interactive marketing side, few marketers will get budget increases enabling them to drive more clicks. The challenge, then, is to maximize marketing productivity-to get more leads out of the same number of clicks. lead automation management vendors.

Why Marketers Should Act Like 3-Year Olds

WebMarketCentral

Granted, some people think we already do. But, here's the thing-if you've ever had a three-year old try to carry on a conversation with you, you know it often goes something like this (and if you haven't, you can apparently buy a 3-year old on eBay; another example of why web marketers need to be careful with variable text insertion): 3-year old: Why is grass green? You: Because it has chlorophyll in it. 3-year old: Why? You: Because that's what helps it turn sunlight into food. 3-year old: Why? You: So it can live. 3-year old: Why? You: Because grass WANTS to live. 3-year old: Really?

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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.

Testing Your B2B Marketing: Thought Leadership with Hunter Boyle

Modern B2B Marketing

The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Hunter Boyle, Managing Editor for MarketingExperiments. Hunter's passion for finding what works and what doesn't work in optimizing marketing communications has equated to best practices to help marketers generate leads more effectively. 1. Tell us a little bit about how you got into B2B marketing and what you like most about it. I got into marketing from the creative side, because my background includes writing, design and Web development. Use "friction" to your advantage. Stay relevant. Great question.

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