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Sell Me This Pen. Some Advice for Technology Marketers

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Technology Marketers Need to Know How To Sell. Today, more than ever, technology marketers need to know how to sell. In fact, if a marketer doesn’t have experience selling it’s a key weakness…well actually an opportunity! The disconnect between sales and marketing is one of the reasons why tech marketers need to develop their sales skills. Sell Me This Pen. Blog Featured General

Head Scratcher and Belly Buster Post: April 2016

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About These Posts. UPDATED: April 15/16. Look for [NEW]. Here the Mi6 Team will post thoughts, quandaries and stuff that makes us scratch our heads, smile and laugh. They’ll be focused around stuff we’re interested in and that keeps us working of course in the areas of tech, B2B, sales and marketing. We’ll keep things light, airy, entertaining and maybe a bit provocative!

What is Disruptive Innovation? Where’s It Happening Now?

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I’m of the opinion that disruption needs to occur on an ongoing basis in order to innovate and improve. Disruption occurs within industries, companies, geographies, departments and in our lives. . When positive disruption happens we see new business opportunities, better services and new business models evolve. But what exactly is disruptive innovation? What is Disruptive Innovation?

Mi6 Agency’s Top Charts for April 2016

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This blog series is updated every week with charts that focus on: B2B sales and marketing, industrial technologies (no consumer stuff) and areas that we play in! Two charts will be featured each week with some insights and thoughts from the author. Week of April 4th. What are Marketers Top Priorities in 2016? Find out how they are trying to solve them. When Do We Use Mobile Devices vs. PCs? 14 Apr.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Mi6 Agency’s Top Charts for February 2016

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This blog series is updated every week with charts that focus on: B2B sales and marketing, industrial technologies (no consumer stuff) and areas that we play in! Two charts will be featured each week with some insights and thoughts from the author. If you want to discuss these charts and this post you can do so in our private forum. You can join our forum here. Week of February 1st. Sources.

Introducing Twitter Polls

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On October 21st, Todd Sherman, a product manager at Twitter, announced the roll out of Twitter polls which is another signal that Twitter is back on track when it comes to product innovation. Here’s what you need to know about Twitter polls. Coming soon! We're rolling out the ability for everyone to create polls on Twitter: https://t.co/pH5a8q9Ujz Here’s what you need to know. Stay tuned.

Mi6 Round Up: Social Selling, Startups, Tech Innovation & the Chief Digital Officer

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This Mi6 Round Up includes tips on social selling, Vancouver’s Startup Ecosystem getting downgraded, the importance of technology innovation for countries and a look into the evolving role of two c-suite roles. Round Ups are published twice a month and feature summaries and opinion on 6 handpicked articles that caught our eye in the areas sales and marketing; technology and the c-suite. Technology.

Mi6 Roundup: LinkedIn’s Disconnect, Budgets, IoT and Innovation

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This Mi6 Round Up asks if there is a disconnect with LinkedIn management and their members and answers the question “how much should I spend on marketing and sales”. We suggest that IoT will be adopted by enterprises but warn that security needs to be at the core of all IoT products and services. Sales and Marketing 1) The Disconnect with LinkedIn Executives and the Rest of Us.

Head Scratcher and Belly Buster Post: Week of April 4, 2016

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About These Posts. Here the Mi6 Team will post thoughts, quandaries and stuff that makes us scratch our heads, smile and laugh. They’ll be focused around stuff we’re interested in and that keeps us working of course in the areas of tech, B2B, sales and marketing. We’ll keep things light, airy, entertaining and maybe a bit provocative! Do IoT Product Makers Really Care About the Safety of Our Homes? Why is it that no home based Internet of Things products I’ve seen at Best Buy say anything about security? Nothing on their packaging! Nothing on their displays! Time will tell.

Mi6 Agency’s Top Charts for March 2016

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This blog series is updated every week with charts that focus on: B2B sales and marketing, industrial technologies (no consumer stuff) and areas that we play in! Two charts will be featured each week with some insights and thoughts from the author. Week of February 29th. What Investments Have Been Made in the Industrial Internet of Things? There will not be millions and millions of “users” of IIoT.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Mi6 Roundup: Influencer Marketing, Canada Doesn’t Get Innovation and Issues Facing CMOs

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This Mi6 Round Up covers influencer marketing, whether Canadian governments get innovation and startups (nope) and key challenges facing Chief Marketing and Chief Information Security Officers. What’s the key to getting Canada on track when it comes to innovation, creating, growing and keeping companies in Canada? What should you consider when developing and implementing an influencer program?

Mi6 Roundup: Influencer Marketing, Canada Doesn’t Get Innovation and Issues Facing CMOs

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This Mi6 Round Up covers influencer marketing, whether Canadian governments get innovation and startups (nope) and key challenges facing Chief Marketing and Chief Information Security Officers. What’s the key to getting Canada on track when it comes to innovation, creating, growing and keeping companies in Canada? What should you consider when developing and implementing an influencer program?

Mi6 Agency’s Top Charts for May 2016

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This blog series is updated every week with charts that focus on: B2B sales and marketing, industrial technologies (no consumer stuff) and areas that we play in! Two charts will be featured each week with some insights and thoughts from the author. Week of May 2nd. How Well Are Marketers Measuring ROI? This chart was created from a report done by Oracle and Econsultancy. Just to be clear though!

Mi6 Roundup: How Marketers Buy, Canadian Startups and Innovation

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This Mi6 Round Up includes a glimpse into how marketers buy technology; Buffer’s challenges with declining web traffic from social media channels and the challenges (and opportunities) facing startup ecosystems in Canada. You can also learn more about how Reid Hoffman, Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur, invests and see what Jack Dorsey’s been up to since becoming CEO of Twitter (again).

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Should My CEO be on Social Media?

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There are many reasons companies, business leaders and CEOs themselves use for not being on LinkedIn or Twitter or any other social media platform for that matter. In the early days of social media (circa 2010 ish) it made sense for CEOs to be cautious and prudent. The reality is however, that many of their peers are now tweeting, blogging and putting themselves “out there”. Cue the music. Sources.

Career Advice From Three Canadian CIOs

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The DNA of the CIO. At Mi6 Agency, we’re focused on learning as much as we can about the key leadership roles in organizations. We apply these learnings to the programs we develop and execute with and for our clients. We also like to share what we’ve learned with you. have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone and accept challenges in order to innovate. Having integrity.

Mi6 Round Up: LinkedIn advertising, IBM’s Watson and Startup Enterprises

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This Mi6 Round Up includes tips on advertising on LinkedIn, IBM’s Watson and the weather, a glimpse into Salesforce’s enterprise SaaS investment strategy and enterprises thinking and acting as startups. . Round Ups are published twice a month and feature summaries and opinion on 6 handpicked articles that caught our eye in the areas sales and marketing; technology and the c-suite. Or they could be!

Social CRM for Small Business

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An Interview with Jon Ferrara, Nimble Founder. In this episode of the B2BSpecialist podcast I interview Jon Ferrara, founder and CEO of Nimble. wanted to learn more about Jon, why he founded Nimble and his vision for the product. Personally, I would describe Nimble as a social switchboard that helps you create and develop relationships with customers and prospects. But, Nimble is much more.

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.

Linkedin for B2B Marketing

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Advice from Marketing Peers. Every Thursday night Jeremy Victor and a group of B2B marketers hold a B2B Twitter Chat session. These sessions are a tremendous source of ideas, insights and data. More importantly these chat sessions can create a body of knowledge on best practices and you can make new connections and build relationships with peers. Mining For Gold in the Chatstream. Peers are the primary source of advice, recommendations and referrals for virtually any professional role (especially IT professionals for those of you in hitech marketing and business development. Learn more here ).

Twitter for B2B Marketing

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Advice from Marketing Peers. Every Thursday night Jeremy Victor and a group of B2B marketers hold a B2B Twitter Chat session. These sessions are a tremendous source of ideas, insights and data. More importantly these chat sessions can create a body of knowledge on best practices and you can make new connections and build relationships with peers. Mining For Gold in the Chatstream. Peers are the primary source of advice, recommendations and referrals for virtually any professional role (especially IT professionals for those of you in hitech marketing and business development. Learn more here ).

Win Tickets

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Enter Our Draw for Free Tickets to The Art of Marketing Conference. Riding the heels of a sold out tour in 2010 this years event includes a stop in Toronto on Monday March 7th, 2011. Learn about Creativity and Innovation, Brand Strategy & Growth, Social Media and Word of Mouth Marketing, Consumer Behaviour & the Psychology of Choice and Brand Measurement and Metrics. Five Fabulous Speakers.

The Emerging Role of the CMO

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The B2C and B2B Buyer Controls the Sales Process. If you haven’t read IBM’s CMO Study it’s a core piece of research marketers should have sitting on their desks and on their screens. Over 1700 CMOs from a variety of verticals, sizes and geographies provide their views, opinions and insights about what keeps them up at night, their profession etc. Key Points from the Video.

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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.

Mi6 Quick Tip #5

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Bringing social and email messaging together. Trying to keep up with the all the messages you are getting from key contacts? Tracking emails is hard enough but what if they use Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook? How can you ensure you don’t miss that important message from them? Fortunately there are some tools that help you address this issue. Picture too blurry? Click on image to see full size.

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Mi6 Chart Topper

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#10: 2011/2012 Prediction for Tablet Sales in US (Source: @eMarketer) [ Link to chart ].

Groundswell Blook Report, Chapter Three: The Social Technographics Profile

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Author: Chris Herbert. Audience: Senior Executives, Marketing and Sales Professionals, Social Scien. Groundswell is broken down into three parts. Part one (chapters 1-3) focuses on understanding the groundswell. Chapter 3. The Social Technographics® Profile. Defines a data tool for analyzing social behavior of any group of customers. CASE: A community for alpha moms. tags: social media ).

What is Marketing?

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Who Needs Marketing? It boggles my mind that marketing is seen “nice to have&# or “other duty as required&# in some small to medium sized companies. It confuses me that organizations see marketing as separate and distinct from sales. cringe when I hear the term “marketing fluff&#. Great marketing and sales work together in order to establish a positive perception about your company and its product, creates demand and generates revenue. It’s that simple. The Marketing Mix. During college, I learned about the 4 Ps of marketing also known as “the marketing mix&#.

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Building Your B2B Brand

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What Is A Brand? Don’t be led to think that branding and advertising are the same thing. Branding isn’t about what you say it’s about what people think and feel about you, your people, your product and your company. Let’s take a look at examples from each extreme. Pets.com. During the.com/.bomb So, let’s benefit from hindsight shall we? Nothing! Red Bull. Tylenol.

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Mi6 Quick Tip #2

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Using Linkedin To Generate Web Traffic. Looking for a simple way to generate more traffic to your website starting tomorrow? Need ways to promote new content posted on your website? Maybe promote new offers? If your employees are on Linkedin ask them to spread the word! Real World Example: Thought Leadership Content. They share insights and knowledge on these topics on their blog. To Consider.

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Mi6 Quick Tip #1

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Using Flickr to Tell a Story About Your Events. Remember the phrase: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”? Wikipedia definition ]. Do you take photos at your events? Pictures help people visualize what the event was like and if they attended what the experience was like. Flickr is a good tool to use to organize your photos. There are other advantages to using Flickr as we will leave those for future quick tips. Real World Example: Silicon Halton. Silicon Halton [ Website ] is a grass root technology community in Halton Region. Ryan is a member of Silicon Halton. To Consider. Related Posts.

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Inbound vs. Outbound: What’s Better?

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The Mi6 Chart of the Day is a new blog series where we feature a chart each weekday that we think is relevant and of interest to our readers. Our readers are comprised of entrepreneurs, business owners, marketing, sales and business development professionals. tweet charts regularly via my Twitter stream which are archived on my Posterous site here. Not Surprising But Good to Know.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

B2B Company Websites

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Advice from Marketing Peers. Every Thursday night Jeremy Victor and a group of B2B marketers hold a B2B Twitter Chat session. These sessions are a tremendous source of ideas, insights and data. More importantly these chat sessions can create a body of knowledge on best practices and you can make new connections and build relationships with peers. Mining For Gold in the Chatstream. Peers are the primary source of advice, recommendations and referrals for virtually any professional role (especially IT professionals for those of you in hitech marketing and business development. Learn more here ).

How to Align Marketing & Sales

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An Interview with Christine Crandell, Marketing & Sales Alignment Thought Leader. In this episode of the the B2B Specialists podcast I interview Christine Crandell. For more than 20 years Christine has advised and worked with enterprise technology CEOs around the world on the opportunities and challenges that stand between them and success. A key challenge facing many companies, especially in hitech, is how to achieve sales and marketing alignment. Christine has conducted extensive research on this topic and has experience in making marketing and sales alignment happen. Related Posts.

Mi6 Quick Tip #7

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How to use Social Media to Listen to Your Customers and Competitors. The key to success in any marketing and business development activity is the value it provides to you as a B2B professional. Let’s take social media for example. Whether you or I think social media is a fad or a game changer is irrelevant at this point in time. Okay, it’s time to roll our sleeves up and make this happen.

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B2B Marketing Framework

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Foundation for B2B Marketing. Today, I’m launching a new blog series on the topic of Marketing Integration. This is my first post which introduces our B2B marketing integration (MI) framework. Marketing should be viewed as a key function that is to be performed by each and every individual in the company. I’m not talking about bad marketing but productive marketing. What is a framework?

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.

Mi6 Tip #4

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Getting Value From Website Traffic Data. In B2B marketing measuring web traffic is important to measure but tools like Google Analytics provide the marketer with a firehose of data. The key is to decide what data is important to track and analyse. Each business is unique so defining what is important to track is up to the marketer. This post is one such example. Here’s What To Do. What to do.