June, 2007

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Social Media Pundits Disconnect from B2B Marketing

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as someone in b2b, do you feel left out of the social media buzz? i read a good article on "what's wrong with social media for b2b marketing" by john miller who also writes the modern b2b marketing blog

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Tracking RSS Feeds

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A couple of months ago, we added RSS feeds to our press room , providing our website visitors an opportunity to receive updates about our company. Our main objective was to provide people another way to stay up-to-date on our news and press releases without having to come to the website every other day. Furthermore, this provides me feedback on what content resonates with our audience.

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Driving More Web Traffic: The Community Effect

Anything Goes Marketing

I was at a wedding this past weekend and I was talking to a 10 and 12 year old who were avid "gamers" (video game players). As a side note I equate gaming with gambling as they both can be costly and are ridiculously addictive. I myself am not a gamer but was recently handed a free Xbox (the old one) and couldn't help playing a "few" games. This is where gaming is like gambling. Watch out A-Rod!

James Taylor on His New Book

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A few months ago, James Taylor of Fair Isaac asked me to look over a proof of Smart (Enough) Systems , a book he has co-written with industry guru Neil Raden of Hired Brains. The topic, of course, is enterprise decision management, which the book explains in great detail. It has now been released (you can order through Amazon or James or Neil), so I asked James for a few comments to share. What did you hope to accomplish with this book? Fame and fortune. I have been writing about this topic a lot for several years and seen lots of great examples. That’s a unnecessarily manual decision.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Podcast: Interview with MarketingSherpas Anne Holland

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Would you like some inspiration or some fresh ideas for your marketing and lead generation strategy? If so, MarketingSherpa just released their “Business Technology Marketing Benchmark Guide 2007-08” and I had the privilege to interview

Search and Find - SEO Your Press Release

PR Meets Marketing

Press releases are an important component of PR. Typically, I focus on writing the right headline to catch a reporter's attention, while crafting intelligent quotes for my spokesperson. But sometimes, a catchy headline and eloquent phrasing may fall short of helping your client from a marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) perspective.

Web 2.0 Social Tagging Sites, Part 7: The Best

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Based on two months of testing across a half-dozen B2B websites and blogs, these Web 2.0 social bookmarking sites produced the best results, in terms of driving direct traffic and having active, engaged discussion communities. Overall, Web 2.0 sites didn't drive a large amount of direct traffic (depending on the B2B site, Web 2.0 The percentages shown below are the proportion of total Web 2.0

Free Data as in Free Beer

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I found myself wandering the aisles at the American Library Association national conference over the weekend. Plenty of publishers, library management systems and book shelf builders, none of which are particularly relevant to this blog (although there was at least one “loyalty” system for library patrons). There was some search technology but nothing particularly noteworthy. The only exhibitor that did catch my eye was Data-Planet , which aggregates data on many topics (think census, economic time series, stocks, weather, etc.) Also available: a 30 day free trial and $49.95

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 Power of a Domain Name

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I knew the words in a domain name were important but yesterday I got a lesson in just how important a domain name is to ranking well in Google. I'm working with a new client who is a mortgage broker in Virginia. His domain name is [link] and we've been working on his website for about three weeks now. The site is live but there is no content on the pages. It's just a shell right now while we fine tune the graphics and work on the content. The first two results were my client's blog but what was especially surprising was that his website ranked #8! What's the lesson in all of this?

Blogger: Redirecting

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Last week (after I recorded a podcast with Malcolm) I got to hear him address an audience of ~500 people at the World Innovation Forum. This speech was not his usual The Tipping Point or Blink related speech. This was new material

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Online Lead Generation and Management Strategies that Get Results

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back in 2005, i did an 11 city speaking tour sponsored by globalspec to teach manufacturers how to become better at lead generation, lead management and lead nurturing. i traveled with guy maser vp of marketing for globalspec and i

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How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

More on (Moron?) Behavioral Targeting

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Shortly after my last piece on behavioral targeting for online advertising came out, the folks at MediaPost published three more enlightening articles on the topic. First was What's Next in Ad Targeting? from Dave Morgan of behavioral targeting advertising network Tacoda. He closes by writing ""What could slow this down? Finally, there was Democratizing BT from Steve Smith.

Using Lifetime Value to Measure the Value of Data Quality

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As readers of this blog are aware, I’ve reluctantly backed away from arguing that lifetime value should be the central metric for business management. I still think it should, but haven’t found managers ready to agree. But even if LTV isn’t the primary metric, it can still provide a powerful analytical tool. Consider, for example, data quality. One of the challenges facing a data quality initiative is how to justify the expense. Lifetime value provides a framework for doing just that. Roll this up to business value, and there you have it. related to that purchase. payroll processing).

So What Do You Make?

My Travels on the Net

I had the great pleasure of seeing the poet Taylor Mali perform a poem at a private fundraiser associated with the Wordstock Book Festival last year. Tim Boyle, the owner of Columbia Sportweare donated $5,000 for the poem and it was worth every penny. I was just poking around on YouTube and came across a different poem for teachers and anyone else who's ever tried to make a difference. Check it out at: [link

Blogger: Redirecting

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You're about to be redirected. The blog that used to be here is now at [link] Do you wish to be redirected? This blog is not hosted by Blogger and has

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: The Physics of Trigger Events for Lead Generation

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intouch_trigger_events_list most buyers aren't ready to buy when we're ready to sell. this trite but true observation has significant implications when it comes to lead generation. it means that we must continue to nurture viable

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What Works in B2B Technology Marketing

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Marketing Sherpa has just published a free whitepaper titled Business Technology Marketing Benchmark Guide 2007-08: Practical Data for B2B Software, Hardware & Services Marketers. While experienced B2B IT marketers won't find any shocking revelations here, there are some minor surprises, and even the confirmatory data make it well worth the quick read. It's the hunter concept turned sideways.

Unica Paper Gives Marketing Measurement Tips

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If the wisdom of Plato can’t solve our marketing measurement problems, perhaps we can look to industry veteran Fred Chapman, currently with enterprise marketing software developer Unica. Fred recently gave a Webinar on Marketing Effectively on Your Terms and Your Time which did an excellent job laying out issues and solutions for today’s marketers. Follow-up materials included a white paper Building a Performance Measurement Culture in Marketing laying out ten steps toward improved marketing measurement. This is useful, so far as it goes.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

Plato's View of Marketing Performance Measurement

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I reread Plato’s Protagoras over the weekend for a change of pace. What makes that relevant here is Socrates’ contention that virtue is the ability to measure accurately—in particular, the ability to measure the amount of good or evil produced by an activity. Socrates’ logic is that people always seek the greatest amount of good (which he equates with pleasure), so different choices simply result from different judgments about which action will produce the most good. I don’t find this argument terribly convincing, for reasons I’ll get to shortly.

Accenture Paper Offers Simplified CRM Planning Approach

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As I’ve pointed out many times before, consultants love their 2x2 matrices. Our friends at Accenture have once again illustrated the point with a paper “ Surveying and Building Your CRM Future ,” whose subtitle promises “a New CRM Software Decision-Making Model”. Yep, the model is a matrix, dividing users into four categories based on data “density” (volume and update frequency) and business process uniqueness (need for customization). Each combination neatly maps to a different class of CRM software. Of course, some vendors might disagree.) A couple of things still bother me. But am I a cynic?

Hosted Software Enters the Down Side of the Hype Cycle

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“ SMB SaaS sales robust, but holdouts remain ” reads the headline on a piece from SearchSMB.com Website. For the acronym impaired, SMB is “small and medium sized business” and SaaS is “software as a service”, a.k.a. hosted systems.) The article quotes two recent surveys, one by Saugatuck Technology and the other by Gartner. These seem to be conflicting findings, although it’s impossible to know for certain without looking at the actual surveys and their audiences. But the very appearance of the piece suggests some of the bloom is off the SaaS rose.

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Autonomy Ultraseek Argues There's More to Search Than You-Know-Who

Customer Experience Matrix

In case I didn’t make myself clear yesterday , my conclusion about balanced scorecard software is that the systems themselves are not very interesting, even though the concept itself can be extremely valuable. There’s nothing wrong with that: payroll software also isn’t very interesting, but people care deeply that it works correctly. In the case of balanced scorecards, you just need something to display the data—fancy dashboard-style interfaces are possible but not really the point. Nor is there much mystery about the underlying technology. Contrast this with text search systems.

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.

Looking for Balanced Scorecard Software

Customer Experience Matrix

I haven’t been able to come up with an authoritative list of major balanced scorecard software vendors. UK-based consultancy 2GC lists more than 100 in a helpful database with little blurbs on each, but they include performance management systems that are not necessarily for balanced scorecards. The Balanced Scorecard Collaborative , home of balanced scorecard co-inventor David P. Norton, lists two dozen products they have certified as meeting true balanced scorecard criteria. Most of these firms have purchased specialist products.

Why Balanced Scorecards Haven't Succeeded at Marketing Measurement

Customer Experience Matrix

All this thinking about the overwhelming number of business metrics has naturally led me consider balanced scorecards as a way to organize metrics effectively. I think it’s fair to say that balanced scorecards have had only modest success in the business world: the concept is widely understood, but far from universally employed. Balanced scorecards make an immense amount of sense. A disciplined scorecard process begins with strategy definition followed by a strategy map, which identifies the measures most important to a business and how they are relate to each other and final results.

So Many Measures, So Little Time

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been collating lists of marketing performance metrics from different sources, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds. One result that struck me was how little overlap I found: on two big lists of just over 100 metrics each, there were only 24 in common. These were fundamental concepts like market share, customer lifetime value, gross rating points, and clickthrough rate. Oddly enough, some metrics that I consider very basic were totally absent, such as number of campaigns and average campaign size. These are used to measure staff productivity and degree of targeting.)