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Five Awesome B2B Social Media Statistics

PWB Marketing Blog

Do you think social media isn’t for B2B organizations? Think again. It’s true B2B tends to be slower to adopt new trends. But social media is now mainstream and we have proof B2B companies are generating demand and getting leads using it. We set out to find the top five B2B social media statistics. We had some parameters: We wanted to find recent research no older than last year.

Prediction: A Paradigm Shift in Social Media Sharing

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Google + Circles has finally provided sharing in the way that most people want. Even Google may not realize the avalanche of changes it has started, though. Google’s implementation of Circles will usher in  a new paradigm for sharing: one where we no longer focus on where we want to share but instead focus on who we want to share with.

Five reasons why measuring influence is elusive

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Rebecca Denison is an outstanding, bright young professional and one of my favorite Twitter friends. She also happens to take exception with some of my musings on Klout and influence.  You know … I STILL think she’s bright! In the spirit of balanced debate I encouraged her to write a guest post.  Klout measures tweets, retweets, popularity and the like. Klout measures numbers. Period.

Gloomy Economy Results in Lowered Ad Spend Forecasts: An Opportunity?

Conversionation

We haven’t digested the financial crisis yet, and once again, we are faced with economic uncertainty, jumpy investors and extremely nervous stock markets. The reasons are different than last time and there is a big distinction depending on the region, but the shaky economic waters seem to have an impact on advertising spending already. Especially [.]. Advertising Opinion Research accountability ad spending crisis earned media global advertising spending online advertising owned media paid media recession ROI WARC World Advertising Research Center

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Help Our Client Choose a Home Page (Poll)

The Point

Your opinion is needed! One of our B2C clients, Elegant Clutter , is a boutique furniture and home accessories store in Danville, California. Spear is designing a new Website for the company and the client is having a hard time choosing between two home page designs. Just click on the thumbnails below to view the two designs and then vote for your favorite using our instant poll. View This Poll

Savvy Speaks: Inspiring Your Writing

Savvy B2B Marketing

When you're trying to be creative for the same (or similar) industries day in and day out, it's easy to fall into a rut. How do the Savvy Sisters keep it fresh? This week we share some of our more unusual (read: non-B2B) sources for creative inspiration. Stephanie. How do you weave a tale? Jamie. Serendipity. Even B2B writers must dance with the muse. The cosmos always delivers. Michele.

How Fearless Competitor differs from other B2B Marketing blogs

Fearless Competitor

B2B Lead Generation | How does Fearless Competitor differ? Want to understand Find New Customers ? Then watch Friday’s Laugh and Learn show> Great show! It’s a must-watch! Our Lead Nurturing and Scoring Service goes up from $24,995 to $29,995 on September 1, so book today! There are lots of great b2b marketing blogs out there, including  MarketingInteractions by Ardath Albee, ConvinceandConvert by Jay Baer, and Ann Handley’s MarketingProfs.com. I’m a fan of each of them. The writers of those blogs are brilliant marketers and experts in content marketing.

Facebook Kills Places, Foursquare and Gowalla Rejoice

Hubspot

Rest in peace, Facebook Places. At least that's what all 6% of the people who actually used it might be saying. It looks like Foursquare is going to win the location-based check-in service battle, as Facebook announced yesterday it would be killing the Facebook Places check-in feature within its mobile app. However, by last October, only about 6% of Facebook users were touching the service.

10 Steps to More Inbound Links to Your B2B Blog

Social Media B2B

If you’re a B2B blogger, you know that links are the currency of SEO. Building credible, authoritative and relevant links back to your blog is an excellent way in which to tell the search engines that your blog is valuable to their many customers (i.e. searchers) and needs to be ranked accordingly. But you also know that link building is not an exact science. The following tips and ideas will help ensure that your link building strategy doesn’t run aground. 1. Remember, quality trumps quantity. Find out who’s linking to your competitors. Who’s trying to hog your subject spotlight? Offer awards.

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The Importance of Thinking Outside-In

Fearless Competitor

B2B Lead Generation | Think Outside-In rather than Inside-Out. Want to truly understand the values of Find New Customers ? Then watch last Friday’s Laugh and Learn show. Great show! It’s a must-watch! How to do great marketing with (almost) no money. View more presentations from Find New Customers, Inc. said “ Great. Where do they turn for information? the channels).

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

10 Key Digital Media Happenings to Get You to the End of the Week

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Help! Lead Gen System Gone Amok Alienates Potential Customer

Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies Blog

This morning I got an email from a CRM provider about a free ebook on the social sales revolution. It  It piqued my curiosity. Before  Before you know it, I was registering to download it. But -- and now I'm going into true confession mode -- I didn't use my real name or phone number on the form. Nor did I give out my easily identifiable business email address.

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Green Marketing for Building and Design Firms: 5 Steps to Setting.

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Someone Missing at your Company? The Demand Architect

B-to-B Labs

It’s more than obvious that most B2B marketing departments are feeling the stress of a marketing environment that has changed radically over the past several years.  It’s used to be enough just to have one or two digital folks and perhaps a campaign strategist on the team to achieve some good demand programs results.   Not [.]. Database Marketing Digital Marketing Automation CMO People Strategy

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Benchmark AdWords Campaigns Against PPC Best Practices with WordStream’s New Free Tool

Sazbean

WordStream’s new AdWords Performance Grader helps marketers evaluate how their AdWords campaigns are performing and identify where to make improvements. WordStream’s AdWords Performance Grader is available to use free at: [link]. The Grader examines key campaign features including: Effective use of negative keywords. Quality score for text ads and keywords targeted. Click-through rates.

The CMO Corner – Data Quality 2.0

B2B Lead Blog

Guest post by David Raab Marketing data quality used to be simple: the more comprehensive and accurate a data set, the higher its quality rating. That made sense when most marketing programs were targeted at known individuals. Knowing exactly who you were reaching (accuracy) and reaching as many qualified people as

Yes, social media can boost your traffic & leads

Sazbean

Owing to the lingering perception out there that social media’s rise was primarily spawned by some sort of echoing geeky buzz, we’re always on the lookout for real research on the topic …our most recent being this post, just a few weeks ago. This time around, we’re focusing on social media in lead generation; and we’ve leaned on Phil Mershon’s timely post over on Social Media Examiner, which among other things presents selected results from HubSpot’s 2011 State of Inbound Marketing report. – Yes, social media can boost your traffic & leads. News & Notes

7 Tactics to Delete From Your Email Marketing NOW

Hubspot

Take a quick look at your favorite blogs. Now take a gander at Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. All of these sources are overflowing with more and more advice on what to do to make your inbound marketing better. The problem is, as marketers, we can only do so much. In fact, sometimes we need to STOP doing things in order to improve results or make time for new strategies. Nobody. They don't.

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.

Customer Intelligence aligns with Marketing Power in Dynamics CRM

Sales Intelligence View

CoreMotives and InsideView form Strategic Partnership. InsideView and CoreMotives increase adoption and value for Dynamics CRM users by combining sales intelligence and web intelligence. When used together within Dynamics CRM, CoreMotives and InsideView give customers the power to win more deals more quickly, without resorting to cold calls using low hit prospect lists. About CoreMotives.

5 Reasons Your Blog Needs More Than One Contributor

Hubspot

Business blogging is a key part of any inbound marketing strategy. Every blog post you write is a unique entryway for someone new to come to your website, learn about your company, and perhaps even buy from or do business with you. So, no question about it: the more blog content you publish on a regular basis, the better! But who should be producing that content? But is your blog a one-man show?

INFOGRAPHIC: Near Field Communication (NFC)

Client Bridge

Near field communication, or NFC, allows for simplified transactions, data exchange, and connections with a touch. Smartphones with embedded NFC chips can send encrypted data a short distance to a reader device like a cash register. From Frictionless, here's an infographic that shows the business potential for NFC technology. View Original Article

3 Steps to Prepare for Emerging Mobile Platforms

Hubspot

This guest post was written by Matt Silk, SVP of Waterfall Mobile. Waterfall’s mobile and social CRM platform, Msgme, empowers enterprises to build and monetize a mobile subscriber database. But these are just a few new developments. More will likely emerge as the popularity of smartphones continues to increase and time goes on. recommend considering the following three steps. ”).

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.

If It’s Truly Easy-To-Use, Let Sales Do the Demo

Modern B2B Marketing

by Fergus Gloster Recruiting good salespeople is difficult in any business, but most especially in the software world. Many Cloud/SaaS companies have solutions they claim are easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy and easy-to-adopt. Salespeople love to highlight simplicity as a selling point, as it can be used to generate more leads and help them to close more deals. B2B Sales sales demos sales leads

How to Leverage Customers' Social Behavior for Inbound Marketing

Hubspot

A few years ago, while working at a management consulting firm, I was using some focus group findings to craft two prospective marketing personas for a new product launch. One of these personas was a "social media user," and the other was not. It was one bullet point. A yes or no question. Man, it was simple back then! What platforms do they use, and why? When do they log into these platforms?

How to Make an (R)VIP Appearance at Dreamforce

Hubspot

Earlier this year Salesforce.com invested in HubSpot. Five months later at Dreamforce , the biggest cloud computing event in the world, HubSpot will demonstrate why Salesforce.com made that investment. 10 Info-Packed Sessions. 1. Catch this session on Wednesday, August 31 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM and on Friday, September 2 from 8:30 - 9:30 AM. 3. Is social media your passion? smsci. 4. KillingIt. 5.

Alinean Named to Inc 5000 Fastest-Growing U.S. Private Companies for Second Consecutive Year

The ROI Guy

Demand Remains Strong for Alinean’s Interactive Content Marketing and Value-Based Sales Enablement Services and Tools Alinean, the premier provider of interactive content marketing and value-based sales enablement services and tools, today announced its two-time honoree ranking among the 5 th annual Inc. 500|5000’s list of fastest-growing U.S. private companies. Alinean was ranked 299 among the top Advertising & Marketing providers and 3,354 on the Inc. 500|5000 list, accomplishing 55% revenue growth over the last three years. said Tom Pisello, Chairman and Founder of Alinean.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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