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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).

Converting B2B Leads Through Social Content: 3 Keys to Success

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For a couple of years now, B2B marketers have been hearing the “social selling” buzzword, and there are some convincing social media statistics regarding sales through social channels. However, creating and delivering social content is a big challenge for many B2Bs. The Missing Link: A Cohesive Social Content Strategy. The Right Content in the Right Channel. The Power of Visual Social Content.

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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.

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?

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

How to Conquer 5 Common B2B Marketing Problems with Content

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Which of the following is the easier product to market —chocolate chip cookies or 3D laser scanners? The cookies taste good. The scanners can accurately detail the conditions of an oil refinery, power plant, automobile assembly line and much more. It’s true, the chocolate chip cookie market is crowded. The marketing challenge is to gain massive exposure that leads to awareness and trial.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

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.

Matching the Offer with Buyer Mindset: The Website Dilemma

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In the 1990 film “Cadillac Man,” Joey O’Brien, a car salesman played by Robin Williams, stops to assist a funeral director whose hearse is broken down by the side of the road on the way to the cemetery. Having assisted the grieving widow to make the painful, but necessary decision to move the casket into a less dignified transport (a truck bed), he’s sizes her up. You get the drift. Awareness.

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.

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.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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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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.

Get Real with your Search Engine Optimization; Practical Advice to Drive Traffic

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That’s my goal with clients.  It’s why you always have to track and optimize your efforts, think about what keywords you are optimized for, and what keywords you SHOULD be optimized for. It’s time to get real with this task, but not over-think it. Examples: Query type:  Research. Search query “information on how to _”. Query type: Service or business solutions. Query type: Purchase. Formula:  .

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.

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.

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.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

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.

How To Develop Keyword Lists for Adwords and Pay-Per-Click Campaigns

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Coming up with really good long-tail keywords for your SEO or pay-per-click campaigns can sometimes be daunting if you don’t understand how buyers use Google, what buying cycle they are in, and how your content or offers align with those search terms people use to look for what you do. Reviewing competitive sites (and tools such as Spyfu). Your organic keywords obtained from your analytics program.

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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. 

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.

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.

Facebook Business Pages; Measuring What Matters for Success

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How’s your Facebook business page doing? Ask that question 50 times, and I am sure you’ll get 50 unique answers.  Despite the wealth of data and measurement tools available, there still needs to be some clarity on what makes a successful business page, and how you optimize your content for success. The result?  then gather the metrics that are important to me and my analysis.  New Likes.

B2B Online Video Marketing; Planning to Execution Best Practices for Lead Generation

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 A B2B Video Marketing Strategy Overview. Name a memorable ad in the past.  Chances are, it’s a television ad.  Because nothing beats the power of a message that combines the senses of sight and sound.  That brings us to a discussion of video marketing for B2B.  With B2B video marketing, it’s not about the number of viewers your video gets, but is that video reaching your target prospects. .

7 Recent or Unique Google Adwords features you should be utilizing today.

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When you run as many substantial internet marketing and paid search programs as we do, you realize how many new features occur over time, whether it is within Google Adwords, Bing Ad Center, Facebook Ads, or YouTube ads.  Sometimes we get reminded of features we haven’t used in awhile, but then might be appropriate for a client.  . NuSpark Marketing is approved to test these with clients. 

A Brief Guide to Increasing Website Conversions with Video

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More and more I have been becoming a believer in the power of videos on websites and landing pages for conversions.  I’ve been reading various studies on the connection between video and conversion increase, and all have supported the use of video marketing as a key tool to increase engagement and conversions. Humanizing yourself or your firm builds trust, and trust increases conversions.

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.

The Many Roles of an SEO Professional; What an SEO Tactician Does

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What is a search engine optimization tactician. So here is a summary of the attributes of today’s search engine optimization tactician (at least attributes I need to have!):   We are Technical Analysts. We are Content Strategists. We need to know what makes good content writing; being able to consult on your website content from a readability and searchability standpoint. We tweet, post, and share.

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