October, 2011

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Use Content Marketing to Manage Industrial Sales Funnels

Industrial Marketing Today

B2B and industrial marketers are usually tasked with two main responsibilities: Fill the top of the sales funnel (ToFU) with high quality leads. Maximize the middle of the funnel (MoFU) for converting more leads into sales opportunities. Achieving those two objectives are difficult enough, now add to that the constant pressure of having to lower the cost per lead at the same time.

Are Community Forums Good for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies?

Industrial Marketing Today

Blogging and mainstream social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube get all the attention these days. What about good ol’ community forums? Community forums have been around a lot longer than the newer social media channels. Some even consider it the original crowdsourcing platform for content. See chart). How do industrial companies benefit from a community forum?

What You Ought to Know About Inbound Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Confused about Inbound Marketing? Never heard of it? View this hilarious and entertaining video from HubSpot and it will tell you everything you ought to know about inbound marketing. Click here to view the embedded video. In the past I’ve written about manufacturers such as Indium Corporation and Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. and their success stories of inbound marketing with content. However, overall adoption rate of Inbound Marketing and Marketing Automation (MA) is still low among smaller manufacturers and industrial companies. There is still quite a bit of confusion out there.

Making Your Industrial Website Be All It Can Be

Industrial Marketing Today

Remember the old US Army commercial – “Be All You Can Be?” It was one of the most popular and successful recruiting slogans and the army used it for over twenty years. It was created in 1981 by E. N. J. Carter (he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his efforts) when he was with N. W. Ayer & Son, the first advertising agency in the United States. Source: Wikipedia ). What does any of this have to do with industrial websites? Right from the get go, the entire focus of the site redesign is on search engine optimization (SEO). So what’s wrong with that singular focus on SEO?

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real.

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I hesitate to be drawn into the Klout firing line again but I have had so many requests from the {grow} community to comment on the Klout Meltdown this week that I guess I need to respond. At the risk of adding to Klout weariness, here are a few observations. My Klout score dropped from 82 to 64. Who cares?  My wife and kids still love me. Funny. They’re the same level now. agree with him.

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The business case for Facebook, in one sentence

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What is the most-debated question in social media today?  One candidate is,  “Should my company have a Facebook page?” ” The tension comes from several angles. It could be due to: The company is not culturally-ready to deal with comments from real people. The company has whacked-out expectations about how sales will increase once they have a Facebook page. ” Think about it. 

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? 2. Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How. Thou shalt not require scrolling. Thou shalt sell the offer, not the product. Thou shalt use benefits, not features. What did I miss? ”

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5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

It's All About Revenue

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. Here are five ways social media marketing can be used to drive revenue. 1. Extending Your Reach. Social media has once again changed that model.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

A glimpse of the next generation of social media entrepreneurs

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columinst. One of my children attends a private school that is offering a new class called “The Evolution of Society.’  ’  I recently had the opportunity to sit in on this class and if the kids in this course are any indication, watch out!  The next generation of entrepreneurs is going to rock the world! To kids, free is just part of life.

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Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Thinking in those terms, Beanstalk Data is a tasty morsel. It provides all the basic B2B marketing automation functions: mass email, landing pages and surveys, behavior tracking, lead scoring, nurture campaigns, and CRM integration. Anyway, back to BeanStalk.

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” – ” – General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century. Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. The answer: You don’t.

Are there any ethical bloggers left out there?

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With your kind support, {grow} has become a fairly popular blog. With this distinction, I’m deluged with requests to do sponsored posts (companies offering to pay for their promotional content to show up as a blog post). There must be a critical mass of influential bloggers out there accepting money for blog posts, otherwise these people would go away! Are you interested? Susan. Hi Mark!

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. According to the study results, Marketing Automation technology paired with appropriate, systemic processes can yield four to five times the number of closed deals when compared to deployed technology alone. The magic lies in realizing higher conversion rates throughout the Sales cycle. No MAP / No Processes. Lessons Learned.

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The 3 P’s of B2B Lead Generation: People, Process, Platforms

NuSpark

When people ask me what I do, I usually give them my standard 15-second commercial; generate quality inbound leads and shorten sales cycles via lead generation, lead nurturing, and content marketing.  I am also active on Google Plus. wanted to explain this approach in a little more detail, as my firm’s website was recently reorganized to focus on these 3 Ps.  How boring.  Quality people. . Process.

The 3 P’s of B2B Lead Generation: People, Process, Platforms

NuSpark

When people ask me what I do, I usually give them my standard 15-second commercial; generate quality inbound leads and shorten sales cycles via lead generation, lead nurturing, and content marketing.  I am also active on Google Plus. wanted to explain this approach in a little more detail, as my firm’s website was recently reorganized to focus on these 3 Ps.  How boring.  Quality people. . Process.

Why Your Marketing Needs Real-Time Data

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Another Advertising Week in New York is upon us and so far I have seen some great presentations from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quantcast, comScore, and even Yahoo! However, if there is one thing that is becoming painfully clear to me is the need to be relevant to your audience – whether you are advertising to them, being social with them, or just creating the right kind of conversations about your brand. We often throw this idea around as marketers – “being relevant”, but few people discuss how! So to illustrate this, I decided to run a research experiment to show at IAB MIXX.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

7 Ideas for Advanced Social Media Education

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For the past three years I have been teaching college or graduate level classes in social media marketing. Executives are clamoring for the next level of education in this area and so I’ve been wondering … what would an Advanced Social Media Class look like? What new skills and ideas would go into the next level of social media education? How do you organize to optimize?

How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

NuSpark

B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective. Marketing’s role is growing through the addition of what I call ‘sales enablement’ activities. With social media, buyers can reach out to colleagues, experts, peers, etc.

How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

NuSpark

B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective. Marketing’s role is growing through the addition of what I call ‘sales enablement’ activities. With social media, buyers can reach out to colleagues, experts, peers, etc.

How do you make your content go viral — offline?

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You’re probably stressed. It’s likely that you (and your customer contacts) are doing the job that used to be done by three people. The information density of our wold is overwhelming. Budgets and resources have been cut. It seems that everything is working against our ability to connect with customers and share information that could influence a purchasing decision and close a deal!

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Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Is Blogging Right for my Business? The Benefits of a Business Blog

NuSpark

The strategy of blogging, especially from a b2b perspective, can be somewhat misunderstood. What are your goals? Thought leadership, SEO, lead generation? How do I get people to read it? How to I build subscribers? Are my audiences really interested in my thoughts?  So I thought I’d raise the question on the benefits of blogging to the NuSpark Marketing content alliance team, and get their reaction to the following question. “I’m not convinced a blog is right for my business, plus I’m concerned over time and resources.  Below are the responses.  . From Apryl Parcher. From Maureen Monfore.

5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service. One area that few people have written about is how to use social media for solution marketing. So there you have it.

Please. Stop making your company blog suck.

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Mark Schaefer on Blogging. Let’s face it.  Company blogs suck.  They just do, at least most of the time. But they don’t have to and I’m on a mission to bring the world my message of blog anti-suckology.  I’ve been giving a lot of presentations lately and this has been one of my most popular! Highlights include: A few stats on blogs. New directions in corporate blogging.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. It was great getting the perspective of marketers outside of technology. But they call it “financial services” for a reason: They have all of the same struggles as technology services companies—with the added complication of tons of regulatory requirements. But when the panel was over, I realized something scary: Most of the success factors we wound up talking about had nothing to do with social media. Social doesn’t happen in B2B without a culture change. 30% said yes.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

B2B and B2C Marketing Automation: Understanding the Differences

Customer Experience Matrix

As you might have guessed from my recent list of B2C marketing automation systems , I’ve recently been spending some time helping consumer marketers to select vendors. This is more a return than a departure: although I’ve written mostly about B2B systems for the past few years, my earlier work was largely in consumer marketing. Like any traveler, I’ve returned home with some new perspectives. Here are some observations - consumer marketers have to build databases; B2B marketers don’t. This accounts for most of the work and most of the cost. This might spark some debate.

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Content Will Not Be King

Digital B2B Marketing

Nearly every marketer in every industry has heard the cry “ Content is King “ Even the cover of Ad Age was emblazoned with Content is King last month, complete with a crown. Once a call for change and recognition of a new marketplace reality, Content is King has become conventional marketing wisdom. The problem is, conventional wisdom is average. Content marketing was not the norm.

10+ Ways To Use B2B Social Media In Your Business

PWB Marketing Blog

Social media should be an integral component of everything your B2B organization does including marketing, customer service, sales, and product development. It’s surprising how many B2B companies still overlook this key task. Eleven Different Ways to Integrate B2B Social Media. Every e-newsletter and email should have a call to action for the social web. Skin your YouTube page. Tweet with them.

What is Web Presence Optimization, and Why Should I Care?

Webbiquity

Web presence optimization (WPO) is the art and science of being found online. As indicated in the masthead of my blog, it has both an explanational definition (The fusion of SEO, search marketing, social media, reputation management, content marketing and social PR) and a reasonal one (Being omnipresent on the web for the search phrase that uniquely describes you or your organization.) It’s the evolution of search engine optimization (SEO), or alternatively,  SEO on steroids. And getting found is the necessary first step to winning that business.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Swabbing the Decks of the Titanic: Why You Should Learn Programming

B2B Memes

Last week journalism professor Matt Waite wrote a blog post worrying about the typical defeatist reaction of journalism students when faced with a coding challenge, whether in HTML, JavaScript, or other language: “I can’t do this,” they tell him. This is impossible. I’ll never get this.” When I tweeted a link to the article, I wrote “”Journos: If you fear coding, you fear the future.”.

5 Reasons Content Marketing is Getting Harder

Writing on the Web

I hate to be a purveyor of gloom, there’s too much of that around these days. But I’ve been thinking about this and want to share my thoughts with you. Here are some reasons content marketing is getting more challenging. There exists: A shift away from focusing on your products and services (what you know well). shift towards the reader/customer and their needs (what you may not know very well). business environment that is changing rapidly (what is unknown). More people online in your field writing about the same things (some better, some worse). So what to do? What else?

12 Internet Trends You Need To Know From Mary Meeker

B2B Marketing Insider

Every year I look forward to the amazing insights provided by Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit. Mary moved from Morgan Stanley to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. If you don’t know Kleiner Perkins, they’ve invested in some companies you may have heard of…like Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, LegalZoom and Groupon. Globalization Continues. While U.S. Mobilization. Sound.

Does integrity make you a social media loser?

Chris Koch

In three plus years of tweeting, I’ve picked up what I perceive to be the general etiquette for engaging on Twitter. I’ve also done research asking B2B marketers how they engage and how they educate their employees and SMEs to engage. I’ve rolled all that up into an approach that I doubt constantly. I don’t seem to be alone. Lots of people seem to be having Twitter identity crises these days. Another popular blogger, Mitch Joel, worries that he sucks at Twitter because he doesn’t follow everyone back. Do you? Integrity is one of my few talents and I’m afraid it’s wasted on Twitter.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016