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32 Resolutions to Prepare for Your 2012 B2B Lead Generation Program

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Everybody does list-format blog posts this time of year.  Thought I’d give it a shot as well, running through a master list of “resolutions” as preparation for improving your inbound marketing and lead generation strategies for 2012 and beyond.  Consider these as the stepping stones for optimal business growth by aligning marketing & sales, and developing a content strategy designed to generate leads and nurture them into sales. Process: Set your lead generation campaign goals. How many qualified leads. Cost-per-lead. Inquiry-to-lead conversion rate.  Revenue-per-lead.

A Primer on Website Visitor ID and Smart Form Technology for Lead Generation

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There’s a technology available that identifies company and prospect visitors to your websites, landing pages, and forms.  Long available within marketing automation, these programs complement sales and lead scoring efforts, by allowing you to capture intelligence and follow-up with firms visiting your digital destinations. Analytics packages do this all the time to measure website performance. 

Measuring Content with the New Google Analytics

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Measuring Content with the New Google Analytics. There’s a new version of Google Analytics just released, and am starting to become familiar with the new functionality. Google’s updates are: A completely redesigned, faster interface. Multiple dashboards—build a custom dashboard for each department. Event Goals! Track your PDFs with events, or configure 2 minutes play time on a video as a goal.

The 3 P’s of B2B Lead Generation: People, Process, Platforms

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When people ask me what I do, I usually give them my standard 15-second commercial; generate quality inbound leads and shorten sales cycles via lead generation, lead nurturing, and content marketing.  I am also active on Google Plus. wanted to explain this approach in a little more detail, as my firm’s website was recently reorganized to focus on these 3 Ps.  How boring.  Quality people. . Process.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

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B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective. Marketing’s role is growing through the addition of what I call ‘sales enablement’ activities. With social media, buyers can reach out to colleagues, experts, peers, etc.

Is Blogging Right for my Business? The Benefits of a Business Blog

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The strategy of blogging, especially from a b2b perspective, can be somewhat misunderstood. What are your goals? Thought leadership, SEO, lead generation? How do I get people to read it? How to I build subscribers? Are my audiences really interested in my thoughts?  So I thought I’d raise the question on the benefits of blogging to the NuSpark Marketing content alliance team, and get their reaction to the following question. “I’m not convinced a blog is right for my business, plus I’m concerned over time and resources.  Below are the responses.  . From Apryl Parcher. From Maureen Monfore.

Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

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I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. First, my toolset: RSS Reader from Google. This is my preferred “first thing in the morning” check, so I can catch up on the latest feeds, news, and insights.  actually I start with Zite on iPad, but that’s in bed actually!). Google Chrome.  My process only works with this browser.  (But feel free to test others after it’s set up with Chrome). Accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Gmail account to use Google’s Reader. Extended Share for Google Plus.

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Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

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I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. First, my toolset: RSS Reader from Google. This is my preferred “first thing in the morning” check, so I can catch up on the latest feeds, news, and insights.  actually I start with Zite on iPad, but that’s in bed actually!). Google Chrome.  My process only works with this browser.  (But feel free to test others after it’s set up with Chrome). Accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Gmail account to use Google’s Reader. Extended Share for Google Plus.

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

The A-Z Guide to B2B Lead Generation

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I thought I’d have fun with this post and attempt to explain key principles of lead generation and inbound marketing in an A-Z glossary format.  Feel free to challenge me with your own list or a replacement term for one of the letters.    Here we go: A-    Analytics.   All activity of the lead generation process needs to be measured via a robust analytics program.  Specific dashboards exist to manage each step of the funnel; from prospect attraction to conversion to lead close.  By optimizing website and landing page traffic; conversion lifts will increase. B-    Buyer Personas. 

The Statistics of Lead Nurturing for B2B

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You know what lead nurturing is… Here’s my definition.  Lead Nurturing is the process of communicating to a lead on an ongoing basis in order to educate, inform, continue to qualify and build a relationship until the lead is sales-ready.  Most importantly, a sound lead nurturing marketing program has proven to increase revenues for firms.  It’s why I continually promote the entire lead management cycle, from email capture to sales.  Here’s some statistics: Forrester Research Report. Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost. Sirius Decisions.

The Statistics of Lead Nurturing for B2B

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You know what lead nurturing is… Here’s my definition.  Lead Nurturing is the process of communicating to a lead on an ongoing basis in order to educate, inform, continue to qualify and build a relationship until the lead is sales-ready.  Most importantly, a sound lead nurturing marketing program has proven to increase revenues for firms.  It’s why I continually promote the entire lead management cycle, from email capture to sales.  Here’s some statistics: Forrester Research Report. Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost. Sirius Decisions.

New eBook: Pay-Per-Click for B2B Lead Generation; The Ultimate Guide to Paid Search

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So I was reading with some interest the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report from Marketing Sherpa because I always like to see B2B marketers’ top challenges in their businesses, which not surprisingly, is generating quality leads.  78% of their biggest challenge is generating quality leads.  Second on the list is generating a high volume of leads; 49%.  In general, their biggest priority is, of course, lead generation, and then converting quality leads into customers. The number one priority of B2B marketers? Generate Leads: 46%. . This again is where numbers can be made to jade the picture. 

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A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

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Here’s a sample excerpt of a  digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. Our approach to lead generation beings with a message strategy. From there, the lead generation plan is developed, followed by lead nurturing. There’s more to the proposal than this, but the basics of a lead management plan is in place. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction. Objectives. Generate increased digital visits to your website. Complement current  marketing efforts. Increased leads.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

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Here’s a sample excerpt of a  digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. Our approach to lead generation beings with a message strategy. From there, the lead generation plan is developed, followed by lead nurturing. There’s more to the proposal than this, but the basics of a lead management plan is in place. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction. Objectives. Generate increased digital visits to your website. Complement current  marketing efforts. Increased leads.

It Might Be Time to Make Age One of Your Segmentation Criteria

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Any demand generation expert worth her salt (and consulting fee) will advise you to segment your sales leads. In its simplest form, segmentation is the process of sorting the names in your lead database into neat little piles. Not unlike what you do on laundry day. Only instead of keeping your white shirt from turning blue, these piles set the stage for a range of marketing and sales activities – from personalizing outbound content, to prioritizing sales resources, to predicting whether a particular lead will turn into an honest-to-goodness paying customer. Here’s the scary part. What to do?

Think Twice Before Hiring Your Next Salesperson; You May Need a Better Lead Generation Strategy Instead

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That’s true; I just went on LinkedIn and noticed 5,000 sales jobs and 600 more business development jobs.  Sales, of course, are the lifeblood of most companies, but marketing is what drives leads to those salespeople.  If you’re relying on telemarketing and cold calling without a complementary inbound marketing strategy, the quality of your leads will suffer, and your close rates will be a struggle to obtain. Outbound Marketing for lead generation covers those activities to reach … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy

Market Research: The First Step to a Lead Generation Strategy; Interview with Carolyn Frith

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Lost in all the buzz on social media and lead generation is the importance of market research as the seeds to a content marketing strategy. Too often, this key approach is not thought of when developing a lead generation or a social media strategy. Below is an interview I recently conducted with our Research Strategist, Carolyn Frith. Paul: Why is it important to conduct market research before developing a content marketing strategy? Carolyn: Content marketing is all about attracting and retaining customers. How and why does your buyer buy? Where do your buyers hang out online?

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.

Must Read: Don’t Commit to SEO until you take these important steps

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Hey, Not So Fast with that SEO or Search Engine Optimization. just wanted to address a few considerations when considering SEO for your website.  Before thinking about SEO, let’s work backward and think about your website goals as it relates to lead generation. You have a website.  You promote products or services.  That’s what websites do.  Promote.  Engage. Persuade.  If your website were able to talk, it would say “Thank you for visiting me; I understand … [ visit site to read more ]. Conversion Tactics Search Marketing Tactical Services

Two Google Adwords features worth testing for lead generation optimization: Call Metrics and Remarketing.

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The Google Adwords pay-per-click platform has a number of fairly new features that can contribute to lead generation and increased conversions.   Here’s a couple to consider (promise to explain easily!)  FYI:   Click Images to Enlarge! Call Metrics (or can be called Call Tracking). Call Metrics allows you to easily measure phone calls originating from your ads. Calls divided by impressions! whew!).

Content Marketing Strategy; How you need both an SEO and a lead generation/landing page plan.

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Been thinking about content marketing again and after some recent engagements with some clients, I thought I’d better shed some light on some important considerations as a further understanding of what content marketing is and how it is deployed. From an inbound marketing perspective, prospects can find you in a number of ways- here’s two: Via your website. Via your landing page. Let’s briefly take a deeper dive into each destination channel. By doing so, you’ll realize that each tactics has its own accompanying content strategy.  Website Content Strategy. First, what is a website really?

Content Marketing Strategy; How you need both an SEO and a lead generation/landing page plan.

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Been thinking about content marketing again and after some recent engagements with some clients, I thought I’d better shed some light on some important considerations as a further understanding of what content marketing is and how it is deployed. From an inbound marketing perspective, prospects can find you in a number of ways- here’s two: Via your website. Via your landing page. Let’s briefly take a deeper dive into each destination channel. By doing so, you’ll realize that each tactics has its own accompanying content strategy.  Website Content Strategy. First, what is a website really?

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.

Optimizing Pay-Per-Click; Real world examples

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Pay per click , search marketing, and the issue of relevancy. Although I’m a Google certified professional and help clients manage and improve their pay-per-click efforts, I’m not going to do another “how to&# blog post. However, I am serious when it comes to optimizing campaigns; and that includes the ads themselves and conversion-friendly landing pages.  So, below I am reviewing various companies promoting software by category, with some opinions on how I would manage these … [ visit site to read more ]. Advertising Landing Pages Pay-Per-Click

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A B2B Marketing-Lead Generation Fable: “The Lead That Jack Sold”

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If you remember the fable, The House That Jack Built , then you’ll enjoy the below. The fable below shows a typical flow of how a b2b lead can become a sale through a solid marketing process and lead management strategy. Have a little fun… The Lead That Jack Sold. This is the lead that Jack sold. This is the CRM that gave the lead that Jack sold. This is the high lead score that … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy Uncategorized

How to Get Started with a Content Marketing Plan

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A content marketing plan has now become an integral component of any digital or traditional marketing strategy.  Without a content plan, your firm can lose focus on its messaging objectives, its outreach tactics, its social media strategies, and more.  Since the Internet is the number one source for product and service information, valuable content has become the reason buyers purchase from vendors.  Buyers utilize the Internet to become as informed as possible on their solutions before … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy

Is It Time to Start Over with Your Marketing Strategy?

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I’ve written much about how b2b companies execute their marketing strategies; and am always surprised at how much these companies just don’t get it when it comes to investing in optimize their marketing and sales strategies. Well, despite the efforts and funds these companies have spent, you might just have to start over many of your marketing strategies. Here’s some thoughts that come to mind: 1. If your firm is not adapting to new and digital marketing strategies, holding on to old … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment

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I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study.  The focus of the study was to determine what activities and approaches separated Word Class sales organizations versus the rest.  A World Class sales organization generally is better at: Finding and winning new business. Keeping existing customers. Improving productivity among its sales teams. They generally show 20% growth year-after-year in. Qualified opportunities. Account acquisition.

Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment

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I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study.  The focus of the study was to determine what activities and approaches separated Word Class sales organizations versus the rest.  A World Class sales organization generally is better at: Finding and winning new business. Keeping existing customers. Improving productivity among its sales teams. They generally show 20% growth year-after-year in. Qualified opportunities. Account acquisition.

Permission Marketing Drives White Paper Relevance

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As terrifying as it may be for many sales and marketing executives to admit, today’s buyers have more control over the sales process than ever before. The Internet has dramatically transformed buyer behavior. Your prospects have access to vast amounts of content, and they want it on their terms. In a prophetic 1998 Fast Company article , Seth Godin (who coined the term permission marketing ) said, “We are entering an era that’s going to change the way almost everything is marketed to almost everybody.” [1]. They no longer tolerate traditional interruption marketing methods.

Location Targeting Options: Google Adwords

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There’s a new Google search setting option; worthy enough to write a summary about. It’s called Location Targeting. With Google’s new options, it gives me a chance to fine—tune how I want to target audiences geographically. Three options are available : a. By Physical Location. b. By Search Intent. c. combination. There are also geographic exclusion options. Let’s look at an … [ visit site to read more ]. Pay-Per-Click Search Marketing Tactical Services

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.

Calculating the ROI of B2B Lead Nurturing and Marketing Automation

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I’ve written consistently and have spoken on the benefits of b2b lead nurturing and marketing automation with regard to ROI.  Since this is a blog post rather than a white paper, you can read my blog archives as well as the NuSpark Marketing website on the power of marketing automation.  This post will go into my views on how to measure the ROI of lead nurturing. There are a number of thought leadership blogs that discuss ROI, but below is an attempt to show the ROI with a realistic case … [ visit site to read more ]. Lead Nurturing Marketing Automation Marketing Strategy

2011 Marketing Resolutions to Consider

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Welcome to 2011. Everyone seems to be doing their list of resolutions. This is a good time to think about your goals for 2011. For b2b marketers, think about your target audiences, and continue to understand how they research products. Have you done any business resolutions? Perhaps the list below can help: 1. You will embrace social media for what it is, and do a better job engaging with prospects. Yes, I had to start with a social media … [ visit site to read more ]. Marketing Strategy

An Email to Bob in Sales: Thanks for aligning with us in Marketing

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Dear Bob, It’s Paul in Marketing.  How are you?  I haven’t seen you much around the office lately; I know we’re both crazy busy people. You’re busy training all those sales guys and going to conferences.  I’ve been speaking to some of the folks in sales recently, and they seem to be in better spirits lately since we implemented our new initiatives.  I’m sure you remember the old days. Your definitions of quality leads differed from ours. We weren’t on the same page when it came to target marketing and reaching your desired sales-ready leads. You guys only knew the basics of Salesforce.com.

An Email to Bob in Sales: Thanks for aligning with us in Marketing

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Dear Bob, It’s Paul in Marketing.  How are you?  I haven’t seen you much around the office lately; I know we’re both crazy busy people. You’re busy training all those sales guys and going to conferences.  I’ve been speaking to some of the folks in sales recently, and they seem to be in better spirits lately since we implemented our new initiatives.  I’m sure you remember the old days. Your definitions of quality leads differed from ours. We weren’t on the same page when it came to target marketing and reaching your desired sales-ready leads. You guys only knew the basics of Salesforce.com.

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.