January, 2012

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Infographic: A History of Disruptions in B2B Marketing

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this “We’re gonna change the world” has become the battle cry for many tech startups. When you’re bootstrapping a company against all mathematical odds, the only thing better than ambition is wild ambition. But let’s face it: very few companies actually change the world. After all, it’s a tall order. It heralds a refined approach to content marketing.

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13 Questions Marketing Should Ask the Sales Reps

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by Michael Martin | Tweet this As marketers, we all want to deliver sales with the resources they need to close more deals…more often…and faster. If you’re going to develop a marketing plan that really pushes sales enablement , you need to talk the sales reps out in the field. Yet, too often, marketers get bogged down by personal gripes and don’t have a strategic process for approaching sales.

Why Google Social Search Means You’ll Probably Want a Google+ Page

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Gargantuan search king, Google, announced changes yesterday intended to provide people with highly personalized search results and drive folks to the company’s nascent social network Google+. Google is billing its new social search initiative “Search plus Your World.” You can get a full synopsis at Google’s blog. So, let’s say I wanted to search for “Antique Typewriters.”

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4 Steps for Making Demand Generation More Social

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by Rob Bois | Tweet this Pick up any sales or marketing trade pub, and you’re likely to see that 2011 was the year of social.  While B2B companies have jumped on the bandwagon, demand generation marketers often struggle to find its value. It’s one thing to tweet about your company and build a Facebook page, but B2B firms are now looking to tie Social to measurable lead generation. 

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

5 Wows from Altimeter’s A Strategy for Managing Social Media Proliferation Study

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He just published his latest free report, A Strategy for Managing Social Media Proliferation , which takes his previous analysis of the category to a new level entirely. The report is effectively two studies in one. The first half focuses on the state of the social strategist role; the second is a print-and-use resource – complete with vendor comparisons and project check-lists. Social Media

Chart: Where Did Our Twitter Traffic Go?

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by Egan Cheung | Tweet this Have you noticed that your referral traffic from Twitter has basically completely dropped off since July 2011? Of course, there are solutions to track managed Twitter campaigns without using referrer, but they require you to manage the link that gets tweeted.  So, this August, Twitter introduced a proprietary URL shortening service, called T.co.  Hello again, Twitter!

Chart: How Many Streaming Videos Do We Watch?

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by Egan Cheung | Tweet this How much streaming video do we watch? compiled some of Nielsen’s reports from October 2009 to December 2011 and plotted a time-lapse bubble chart for 5 of the consistent top-10 sites. The following trends really astounded me: Click to be taken to an interactive chart! Unique visitors to those sites increased a modest 18%.

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4 Unproductive Sales Gripes Marketing Needs to Anticipate

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by Michael Martin | Tweet this If enabling sales is one of your goals in 2012, then marketing is going to have ask the sales reps what they need. But if you go into the process unfocused and unprepared, you’re likely to run into some common, unproductive gripes from salespeople. Here are 4 examples of the kinds of non-strategic complaints you’ll need to expect and move beyond. 1. “Ya’ know, it’s all crap, crap, crap!”. This is the kind of complaint that gets you nowhere. Yet, when a sales rep feels they’re working with a lack of resources, this is the kind of frustration you might encounter.

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.

David Meerman Scott’s Tips for Scoring Big Interviews

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this David Meerman Scott doesn’t have a reporting background. But you might not know that considering the number of notable celebrities, political figures and business giants he’s interviewed over the years. Interviews play an important role in many organizations’ content marketing strategy. But many marketers don’t feel trained to pursue a high-profile interview.

Blogging Lessons from 317 Posts

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Why an arbitrary number like 317? Because that’s the number of posts we published in 2011. We focus on quality here so churning out that number of articles is no small task. Throughout the year we learned many lessons that could be applied to any number of B2B blogs. Today, we thought we’d share a year’s worth of tips for publishing a top-notch B2B marketing blog – even if you’re writing a new post every day. January: Think Far Out. Don’t be afraid to think ahead, especially when it comes to your core audience. The article is still relevant today. Explain the News.

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The Consumerization of the Enterprise App

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this This week tech companies from the around the globe plan to show off the latest gadgets at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Thousands gather for a first look at what might be the “next big thing.”. Consumer devices and apps that take off typically do something novel. But novelty is rarely enough. They also need to provide an intuitive, rich and even fun user experience. Those same qualities are now making their way into enterprise apps. Professionals expect the platforms they use for work to mimic the apps they use in their personal life. Assistly.

Video: What’s Holding Back UK Marketers from Social?

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If you think everyone is jumping into social advertising, think again. recent survey of UK marketers at ad:tech London found that 66% were currently running, or planning to use, social advertising. But that’s well below the 85% US marketers who said the same thing to the Pivot Conference and Brian Solis. So why are UK marketers lagging behind? According to Kath Pay, co-Founder of Plan to Engage , the issue is that marketers in the UK and Europe are approaching social with an ad hoc point of view. Enjoy! Click here to view the embedded video. What do you say?

3 Easy Ways Your Business Can Start Giving Back

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by Sheila Bohan | Tweet this It’s the start of a new year – a time when reflection occurs and resolutions are made. Instead of those cliché declarations to weight lose, what if we made a pledge to give back? At Eloqua, we recently created a service committee comprised of representatives from each office location with the goal of improving our local communities. From Boston to Toronto to San Francisco and London, each Eloqua office is serving their community in a variety of ways. Interested in doing something similar in 2012? It’s easier than you think. Below are a few ways to get started. 1.

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.

Chart: A Year of Marketing Excellence

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by Egan Cheung | Tweet this Thank you to all of our customers, partners, friends, and fellow Eloquans for making 2011 such a phenomenal year.  We decided it would be fun to look at a few selected numerical highlights of the year and compress them into one 600 x 600 pixel square. Thinking of setting some New Year’s Resolutions? 

4 Signs You Should Call Your Marketing Automation Partner

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by Peter Armaly | Tweet this Ever felt you knew enough to get things done, but then nothing moves? Is it pride? Ignorance? Or is it the desire to appear competent to our colleagues? Whatever the reason, marketers often go it alone. They collaborate and communicate well, but often rely on handcrafted tools cobbled together, or even intuition, to get the job done. Success Leads to Questions.

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Chart: Benchmarking Ourselves

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by Egan Cheung | Tweet this Eloqua has a very data oriented culture.  Whenever possible, we make decisions only after asking “What does the data tell us?” Nonetheless, as our list grows our open rates are declining.  Our most forwarded email was when we stuck your names in the subject line !

Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

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Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution. The problem is, Google+ Brand Pages are not the ticket to SEO success. Getting Into Your Audience’s Trusted World There are three ways to get into Your Audience’s Trusted World.

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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.

Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011

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In just a few short years, Twitter has transformed from an odd little sort of public IM service where people posted what they just ate for lunch or what their cat was doing at the moment into one of the big four social networks and a significant channel for news, PR & marketing, politics and more. It has enabled revolutions in real life as well as in digital marketing. More than 80% of U.S.

24 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides, Tips and Tools of 2011

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Despite any recent recent rants you may have seen about how blogging is dead or blogs are passé , the fact of the matter is that business blogging is now more important than ever. With Google’s most recent Panda algorithm updates, attributes like content freshness and social signals (strengths of blogs, not corporate websites) will gain increased importance in search ranking. Stuart W.

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. would not be surprised today if a group of B2B executives said they were using fortune tellers to peer into a crystal ball to make predictions about the future.  The ability to make decisions based on predictions is becoming an essential attribute for B2B executives.  Emphasis on modeling buyer behavior. Bringing a qualitative interface to the quantitative analytics.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

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The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. How can an brand establish trust online? And again.

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.

How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

Tony Zambito

B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders.  Meeting this challenge successfully is the essential lifeblood of survival for many B2B companies.  What has been missing?  Follow @TonyZambito. Related articles.

Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

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Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring. Now I’m going to share nine tactics that will drive those lead scores – and your ROI – even higher: Do thorough research. Take note.

Free eBook: How Buyer Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Thinking

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. Recently, I embarked on a series of articles related to buyer trends and how they are changing conventional business thinking as we know it.  These series of articles, referenced as Buyerology Trends, highlighted 7 areas of where buyer trends are challenging conventional thinking. The world has become hyper-connected and hyper-competitive.  Follow @TonyZambito.

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8 Great Marketing Infographics To Inspire Your 2012 Objectives

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It’s the dawn of a New Year and maybe you are looking for some marketing inspiration as you set your 2012 objectives and plan for the year ahead. And if you are trying to drive positive change in your organization, sometimes a picture is better than a thousand powerpoint decks. hope these infographics help to inspire your objectives and efforts as we kick off 2012! ” by  Milena T.

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.

7 Things Marketers Should Stop Doing Today

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s that time of year when a lot of folks like to make resolutions. New beginnings and all that. Well I’m not gonna take the conventional path here. mean if you want to lose weight, the steps are pretty simple, right? Exercise every day, weigh yourself once a week, count your calories. Everyone knows that if you can only do one thing to lose weight it is to stop eating so darned much.

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Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work

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A new set of stats show that two out of every three people agree that social media should be banned in the workplace. Simply Zesty brings us some interesting visuals on how social media is seen at work (in the UK…but let’s be honest, it’s probably similar in the US!). Infographics infographic social networking at work

4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Benefit from Pinterest

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Like many of you I’m enamored with Pinterest , but I can’t help but ask, “Can Pinterest benefit B2B Marketers?” ” Pinterest is a social media site that allows members to create boards for images that they like. You can name the boards whatever you like, and assign them to a category from a list of pre-determined by Pinterest. Market Research on Pinterest.

10 Requirements to Deploy Successful Online Content Marketing

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Content marketing is a really hot topic these days and is considered the foundation of any good inbound marketing strategy. In today’s competitive online business environment it’s a must for search engine visibility, social media marketing, lead conversion, brand building and referral traffic. Below are 10 requirements for deploying successful online content marketing.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Focus Roundtable Recap: Optimizing Landing Page Conversion Rates

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I recently hosted a fantastic roundtable discussion on Focus.com on the topic of Increasing Landing Page Conversion Rates. Among the topics discussed: Linking prospects to a landing page, microsite, or website, and which direction makes sense. How to implement A/B tests and what factors to consider. The content and design elements of a landing page that drives conversions.

The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

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As we head into the winter months and most of us aren’t out as much, it’s a good time to catch up on some good reading material.  Books are listed by funnel category. Click the book images to be hyperlinked to Amazon. General B2B Marketing & Lead Generation. Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs. Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah. Ruth P. Stevens. Brian Carroll. Media.

5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Are Impacting B2B Sales

Tony Zambito

For many in B2B sales, from senior leaders to sales representatives, it may be a discouraging time.  If you follow conventional and social media closely, the storied demise of sales has been told many times. 

Best B2B Marketing and Sales Strategy Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

Social media, content aggregation and curation , user-generated content and other developments have dramatically changed the B2B buying cycle over the past few years. This evolution has changed life for sales reps as well. Prospects often don’t surface until much later in the buying process than they did just a few years ago. B2B Marketing Trends,  Tips and Strategies. by MarketingProfs.

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.