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How Long Does it Take to Get Results from Content Marketing?

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“ Marketing is impatient. Everything we do feels like we need to do it faster.”. – Ann Handley. How the chef prepares, combines and cooks quality, fresh ingredients determines how delicious a seafood paella will be. If she wants to serve up a mouth-watering dish, she’ll also sample her cooking during preparation to make sure she blends the ingredients to perfection. Be patient. Source ). Content

6 Tips for Collaboration When Producing and Sharing Great Content

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Is your content marketing strategy plagued with glitches and slowdowns? Is there mutiny in the ranks that threatens to derail it altogether? Sometimes you have to re-think how your team works together to produce and distribute your content. This includes not just planning and production, but the way the entire process flows. Get Your Players Together. Is Everyone on the Same Page? Loop in Design.

Integrating Google AdWords with Salesforce to Measure Your Sales Funnel

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Google AdWords has recently integrated with Salesforce so that you can import Salesforce leads and opportunities into AdWords and thus measure the performance of your Salesforce campaigns within Google AdWords.  Google of course has been tracking ecommerce data for years, but never the complexities of a B2B sale.  Example. This is determined on a company-by-company basis. “Proposal,” 4.

Google Analytics- Calculated Metrics for Lead Generation Websites

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Google recently released a new update to Google Analytics, featuring a new Calculated Metrics feature. Calculated Metrics are user-defined metrics that are computed from existing metrics available on Google Analytics, and allow more customized and relevant analyses than ever before.  I love the new feature and allows so much more reporting opportunity. Make note. Website newsletter sign-up (NSU).

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

How to Convince Your CEO of the Power of B2B Content Marketing

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CEOs and marketing leaders often stand on opposite sides of a deep chasm in terms of their belief in the power of B2B content marketing. While marketers recognize that content marketing can boost ROI, many corporate leaders still live in a worldview where traditional direct marketing campaigns rule. Such campaigns are familiar. And, sadly, they are not today’s most lucrative marketing investment.

Why Your B2B Buyer Personas Are Not Helping to Increase Lead Conversions

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To create content that boosts lead and demand generation, you need to construct B2B buyer personas that give you a clear picture of your customer, mapping their journey from when they decide to solve a problem to their purchase decision. Or, at least, that’s the theory. But here’s what happens. Many companies create personas, and not one itsy-bitsy thing changes. And sales cycles linger endlessly.

A CMO’s Guide to Conversion Metrics with Google Adwords

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Google AdWords continues to expand and improve conversion tracking metrics, and without a full understanding of the data provided, your firm may not be optimized with regard to generating efficient quality leads and sales.  Obviously search advertising is a must when the goal is to capture prospects in active research or buying mode. You can target top and bottom funnel. Top funnel. Bottom funnel.

Who Should Nurture B2B Leads with Social Media?

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B2B marketers have always been more resistant to using social media than their B2C counterparts, which is in large part a mind-set issue. Only five years ago, almost half of B2B executives still thought social media was irrelevant to their company, and this attitude has definitely had an influence on slower adoption. There is still some work to be done on that mind-set issue. Social Selling

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.

Retargeting; An Internet Marketing Tactic to Increase Conversions Rates & Leads

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Let’s talk retargeting.  For lead generation, conversion optimization, and lead nurturing strategies, retargeting may be the overlooked child, but there’s no question it can be very effective and an efficient tactic to bring prospects back to your website or content.  The web form or conversion funnel may have been too long or complicated, meaning prospects abandon the funnel before completion.

Retargeting; A Internet Marketing Tactic to Increase Conversions Rates & Leads

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Let’s talk retargeting.  For lead generation, conversion optimization, and lead nurturing strategies, retargeting may be the overlooked child, but there’s no question it can be very effective and an efficient tactic to bring prospects back to your website or content.  The web form or conversion funnel may have been too long or complicated, meaning prospects abandon the funnel before completion.

How B2B Marketers Sabotage the Power of Case Studies to Generate Demand

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“ People are often bored or put off by facts, but they never tire of hearing stories ” — Jay Conrad Levinson, Author “Guerilla Marketing” series of books. Case studies are bursting with promise for use in B2B lead generation and sales. contend, however, that only a minority achieve their full potential. Most are mind-numbingly dull. Why Case Studies? Ways Case Studies Fail. The bottom line?

Generating Leads from a Facebook Fan/Business Page Engagement Strategy

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Facebook and B2B lead generation.  Have you considered Facebook as a channel for lead generation?  Yes I know the jury is still out, but you can’t deny the power of Facebook as it relates to brand building and audience reach.  In 2011, 70 percent of B2B marketers used Facebook to share content with their networks, a 30 percent increase over the previous year. Understand EdgeRank.  Original content. 

Why Marketing Automation Does Not Work

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You’ve likely heard the information technology gurus. They have a mantra — people, processes and systems. For technology to be effective in decreasing costs or increasing revenues, people and processes have to be in place first. It makes sense. You cannot automate a process that does not exist. It’s the good old cart before the horse problem. Lack of planning for marketing automation is widespread.

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.

A Social Media Measurement Dashboard; One Approach

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A re your social media efforts working?  That’s one of the most misunderstood questions in marketing today.  Working” can mean a number of different things, depending if you’re a content marketer, a business owner, a CMO, a CFO, and more. . A few months ago, I wrote a popular post on the right way to measure social media ROI, and now I want to take social media measurement to the next level. 

17 Ways to Promote Your White Paper for Lead Generation

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You’ve written, designed and produced a white paper. That was a lot of work. Now you can relax. Not so fast. You’re only half way there. Why did you write it? So people would download and read it. Your objective was likely to establish thought leadership, generate leads and perhaps use it to nurture existing leads until they’re ready to buy. Sadly, Now you need to distribute and promote it. Video.

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How The Beatles’ Songs Optimize B2B Marketing Strategies

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The Beatles Give B2B Marketers Important Lead Generation and Content Marketing Optimization Lessons. Many of the Beatles songs do have lessons for B2B marketers especially when it comes to content marketing, inbound/outbound marketing, and analytics. As a big Beatles fan, I thought I’d have some fun in reviewing their song titles, and coming up with a marketing statement that relates to the titles.

New ebook: Increase Conversion Rates- Conversion Rate Optimization; Websites, Landing Pages, Pipeline

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The Ultimate Conversion Rate Optimization How-To Guide to B2B Lead Generation. “A-B-C. Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing” That’s a famous quote from the old movie Glengarry Glen Ross, spoken by Alec Baldwin. Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art” Willian Bernbach, legendary creative director, DDB. Convert! explain.

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.

New ebook: Increase Conversion Rates- Conversion Rate Optimization; Websites, Landing Pages, Pipeline

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The Ultimate Conversion Rate Optimization How-To Guide to B2B Lead Generation. “A-B-C. Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing” That’s a famous quote from the old movie Glengarry Glen Ross, spoken by Alec Baldwin. Advertising is fundamentally persuasion and persuasion happens to be not a science, but an art” Willian Bernbach, legendary creative director, DDB. Convert! explain.

Effective Social Selling = Mindset over Tactics

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What is it about the term “Social Selling” that gets people riled up? If you listen to enough conversations on LinkedIn surrounding sales, you’ll get lots of differing opinions. Many say that sales people should concentrate on honing their sales skills rather than social media skills. Some discount social altogether as a non-starter. Others swear by it as the holy grail of lead generation.

24 Favorite Inbound Marketing & Digital Media Buying Tools That Don’t Include Google

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Tools that Cover Search Marketing, SEO, Social Media, Conversion Rate, and Content. As a digital marketing lead generation strategist and online media buyer, you just can’t have enough tools to help manage my clients’ online activities.  calculators, and pencil erasers.  On the shelf were multiple SRDS books; each one the size of a phone book.  Need a radio station in Miami?- look it up.  Need to find a prospect? Dial a phone and make friends with a gatekeeper.  Luckily my number will be on a pink message pad for the boss.   I digress! Paid Search. Acquisio. Online Display. Doubleclick. AdRoll.

18 Ways to Promote Your White Paper for Lead Generation

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Well, your firm has written and produced a white paper. quality white paper can one of the most important content marketing vehicles to generate leads within your internet marketing plan. Now what?   How do you promote it? Your ultimate goals with white papers are typically the following: .  . Generate new leads. Nurture existing leads. Establish thought leadership.  . Here we go: Website. Video.

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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.

A Tour of Online Display Advertising; DSP, DMP, RTB, Ad Exchanges

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Ever wonder how a banner ad finds you? Nowadays, exposure to banner ads continues to be rising.  Imagine- all of this serving and big data technology; in business to target messaging accurately as possible, and to increase that CTR from.02% to.04% and higher.  Here’s an amazing chart detailing the major players in online display advertising.    . Let’s talk about DSPs.  . DEMAND SIDE PLATFORM.

The new Demand Waterfall from SiriusDecisions; An Introduction

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This week SiriusDecisions presented their new demand waterfall model. It was very well received at the annual conference this week. Where before it took a narrow approach to the funnel, the new approach showcases how inbound marketing, marketing automation and telemarketing intertwine with regard to demand generation. Here is the new Demand Waterfall. Both have their own conversion metrics.

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The new Demand Waterfall from SiriusDecisions; An Introduction

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This week SiriusDecisions presented their new demand waterfall model. It was very well received at the annual conference this week. Where before it took a narrow approach to the funnel, the new approach showcases how inbound marketing, marketing automation and telemarketing intertwine with regard to demand generation. Here is the new Demand Waterfall. Both have their own conversion metrics.

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SEO, Meta Descriptions, Content, and Generating Leads

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Hi, It’s Paul Mosenson, President of NuSpark Marketing.  I welcome a guest post from our chief SEO tactician, Elizabeth Donkus. You’ll find this interesting. Most SEO people aren’t marketers. Meta description tags, though no longer as important as they once were believed to be in terms of achieving top search engine ranking results, still have incredible significance.

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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.

Implementing a Content Experiment from Google Analytics with a WordPress Website; Conversion Testing

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Proper conversion rate optimization requires testing of landing pages. Google recently introduced Content Experiment on Google Analytics as a replacement for the old Google Website Optimizer that was part of the Adwords platform. Now, Content Experiments allows me to test elements of my landing page. For this exercise I tested landing page headlines. Step 2: Name your experiment. Excellent!

Implementing a Content Experiment from Google Analytics with a WordPress Website; Conversion Testing

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Proper conversion rate optimization requires testing of landing pages. Google recently introduced Content Experiment on Google Analytics as a replacement for the old Google Website Optimizer that was part of the Adwords platform. Now, Content Experiments allows me to test elements of my landing page. For this exercise I tested landing page headlines. Step 2: Name your experiment. Excellent!

Implementing Your Lead Nurturing Campaigns; Free Templates That Help You Plan

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Lead Nurture Planning. Considering that around 80% of leads never turn into sales, you need a proper lead nurturing plan, including lead scoring, with the goal to transform those leads you do have into potential sales opportunities. Remember, lead nurturing is the process of delivering highly relevant content to prospects that may have shown some interest in your company but not ready to buy. 

Online Display & Social Media, Branding & Attribution- Affects on Conversions

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Marketers have for years been struggling to determine how online display campaigns contribute to sales, conversions, and branding. The industry has made great strides with research initiatives and attribution modeling to determine how online display, and also social media and other internet marketing channels, contribute to “lift.” Lift is a term many publishers use as an outcome to their research.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Online Display & Social Media, Branding & Attribution- Affects on Conversions

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Marketers have for years been struggling to determine how online display campaigns contribute to sales, conversions, and branding. The industry has made great strides with research initiatives and attribution modeling to determine how online display, and also social media and other internet marketing channels, contribute to “lift.” Lift is a term many publishers use as an outcome to their research.

A Strategic Guide to Automated Rules in Google Adwords Pay-Per-Click

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Google Adwords Automated Rules is a compelling campaign and bid management tool that results in better performing paid search campaigns. That means better ad positioning, lower cost, higher click-thru rate, more conversions, reduced cost-per-conversion, and thus more efficient leads into the funnel. When managed properly, more efficient leads are generated, and campaign ROI increases. Summary.

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A Strategic Guide to Automated Rules in Google Adwords Pay-Per-Click

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Google Adwords Automated Rules is a compelling campaign and bid management tool that results in better performing paid search campaigns. That means better ad positioning, lower cost, higher click-thru rate, more conversions, reduced cost-per-conversion, and thus more efficient leads into the funnel. When managed properly, more efficient leads are generated, and campaign ROI increases. Summary.

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17 Lead Generation- Demand Generation 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

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Happy New Year!   I know it’s that time of the year that every blogger tries to put out a holiday-themed blog; well this is mine.   As we head into mid-decade, the state of online advertising and communication continues to be constantly evolving.   As a demand generation firm, we are consistently reading about new technology, strategy, and tactics that contribute to a client’s lead generation efforts.  The multitude of tools, platforms, and techniques can be overwhelming at times.  In the last two-three weeks, I participated in 3 webinars and 5 software demos, with more planned this week.

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.