June, 2009

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6 steps to writing a better Request for Proposals, a primer

Confluent Forms

We believe strongly in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as a tool for companies to find the best products and services at competitive prices, but also as an evaluation method for finding that elusive "best fit". However, too often the RFP process is run by people who have never experienced the process before, either from the issuer or vendor side, and essentially don't know what to say or what to ask.

What Exactly IS Digital Body Language?

Digital Body Language

I've been using the term "Digital Body Language" on this blog quite a lot for obvious reasons. However, I have not really taken a moment to define the term, as I realized recently after a presentation on the topic. So what is it? What we are referring to when we talk about Digital Body Language is the aggregate of all the digital activity you see from an individual.

TriComB2B: Smart. Strategic. Technical. - Technically Focused B2B Marketing Agency - formerly TriCom Marketing & Communications

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We get it. From writing technical bulletins for your sales force to composing a speech for your CEO, our technically oriented staff of engineers, account managers and marketers will produce deliverables that make sense for your business with results you can measure. We are distinctive due to our technical aptitude , industry knowledge and business acumen. Combined with a comprehensive portfolio of marketing tools and top-notch creative, these attributes enable us to develop innovative strategies and compelling concepts that accurately and effectively position your products and services.

5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling

Smashmouth Marketing

Today is fathers day, and my kids lived up to the holiday tradition by surprising me with a baked french toast casserole and bacon. The joke was (for the big guy that has one stent in place already) that they were out to kill me. We're heading up to my sister's house today to visit with my dad, Roger Damphousse ("Pepere" as the kids call him), and eat again. Dad, here's to you.(see,

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The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

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Social Media Stages of Involvement - Where You Should Be Spending Your Time

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Great social media presentation short by Andrew Davis from TippingPoint Labs given last week at Custom Media Day in New York City. The video is three minutes long and worth the time. DISCLAIMER: I took this with my new Flip camera, which I love.  The only problems with the Flip are that you need to be close to get a good video and you need steady hands.  I failed on both accounts. 

Inbound Marketing University | inboundmarketing.com

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Subscribe by RSS InboundMarketing.com Home News Jobs Forums University Search this site: Home Inbound Marketing University Posted May 5th, 2009 by Rick Burnes Register for IMU | Class Schedule | Professors | Student Tools | IMU Badges | Partners | Student Bulletin Board >>Click here to attend this weeks classes! **By clicking the above link, you will have access to the upcoming and recorded webinars. NOTE: If you have not registered for IMU, you will be prompted to register when clicking the above link! The IMU program includes ten webinar classes and one review session. No problem.

Practical Public Speaking Tips from Janet Jordan of Keynote Communications

Savvy B2B Marketing

In part one of my interview with Janet Jordan of Keynote Communications , she shared her insights into brand communications and the power of storytelling. In part two , she discussed the necessary skills for effective consultative selling. In this final part of the interview, she shares tips for public speaking. Q. These can shut down the body. All of that is psychological noise.

5 tips to build more relevant and engaging lead nurturing emails

B2B Lead Generation Blog

A recent MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients found that 58% of those who stop reading, disengage, or unsubscribe after cite "lack of relevance" as a key factor. This is hugely important because most marketers rely on email as their main lead nurturing tactic. As B2B marketers, we should have it drilled into our brains that relevance must be an essential part of our lead nurturing touches. But be honest: How well are you really connecting with your audience? encourage you to look beyond your unsubscribes and find a true measure.   It’s a common phenomenon. Tip 2. Tip 3.

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.

Lead Scoring: Eight Critical Questions to Consider

Digital Body Language

Much of the conversation around how best to set up lead scoring tends to focus around the aspects of the buyer's digital body language that are most interesting. What whitepaper, excerpt, or download they last looked at, and what this means in terms of their propensity to purchase. These are all great discussions to have, but there are eight critical questions that need to be contemplated and discussed in order to build a lead scoring algorithm that will truly work in a business environment: 1) What are Your Outputs?: are you using lead scoring to determine who to hand off to sales?

Marketo Sales Insight Expands Salesforce Access to Marketing Data

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Marketo's new Sales Insight ranks prospects for sales people, based on recent Web and email activities. It lets Marketo sell seats to sales departments, which could be more lucrative than selling its core demand generation system. But I expect the sales automation vendors to take the business for themselves. Features include: - a ranked prospect list, based on measures of interaction intensity (represented by one, two or three flames) and prospect value (up to three stars). The idea is to help the sales rep decide who to call first. three Web site visits in two days).

10 Social Media Tools - Best Kept Secrets

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My friend Scott Abel ( The Content Wrangler ) gave an outstanding presentation at Web Content 2009 on social media tools - best kept secrets.    The full presentation is below, but here's the quick take on the 10 Scott shared: 10 Web 2.0 Tools Marketers Can Use Today View more Microsoft Word documents from Scott Abel. Google Docs Forms Designer. Create custom forms for surveys and downloads. Customize in less than 10 minutes. Delicious Promotions. Scott reviewed the power of promoting events and offers through Delicious. Scott's favorite tool. Ping.fm. GoView. bit.ly. Kwout.

The Content Marketing Workbook | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies

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HOME | RSS FEEDS | SITEMAP | CLIENT ZONE | CONTACT US Who we are What we do Our clients About Velocity Our blog The B2B Content Marketing Workbook.by Doug Kessler Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 Your prospects are being buffeted by a firehose of information. If you’re hoping to win their attention, you’d better be prepared to earn it. Content Marketing is your way to cut through the noise and hop over the barriers. So we hope you don’t mind our asking for a little info (it’s worth it) and we promise not to spam you. Add Comment Click here to cancel reply. Come and get it!

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.

Practical Public Speaking Tips from Janet Jordan of Keynote Communications

Savvy B2B Marketing

In part one of my interview with Janet Jordan of Keynote Communications , she shared her insights into brand communications and the power of storytelling. In part two , she discussed the necessary skills for effective consultative selling. In this final part of the interview, she shares tips for public speaking. Q. These can shut down the body. All of that is psychological noise.

Smashmouth Review - LeadLander - Who's Really Visiting Your Site?

Smashmouth Marketing

We thought it might be interesting to augment our thought leader interviews with some demand gen product reviews. We are keeping the reviews independent--actually using the products/services, and then critiquing them. I had heard about LeadLander from a competitor (surprisingly, not all competitors are enemies.that's another blog post). It touts the ability to provide to you all the standard website visitor stats, along with one huge differentiator - the names of companies that visit your website. They meet their promise. The following took place in the last 3 days. Day 1. Day 2. Day 3.

What is Your Unique Buying Proposition?

Content Marketing Today

Toss Out the Company-Centric USP and Bring In the Customer-Centric ‘UBP’ to Underlie Your Content Marketing Strategy. Don’t get me wrong. The unique part is critical. But the age old concept of a unique selling proposition views the problem of positioning almost backwards. Your UBP is what will get your customers excited about doing business with you and your company. Insightful reports.

Top 5 Lead Management Excuses (with Poll)

The Point

According to a recent industry survey by Demand Gen Report , fewer than 10 percent of marketing executives who responded have automated lead nurturing strategies and processes in place. Furthermore, only 15% of those same respondents planned to deploy or expand their lead management initiatives in 2009. As someone who sees clients achieving very real, [.].

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.

You Might be a Twitter Beginner if You Make these Mistakes

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Look, I'm no @chrisbrogan when it comes to Twitter followers, but I have a nice following ( @juntajoe ). At this point, I still take the time to individually review who follows me. During this process, it pains me to see the many Twitter "beginner" mistakes that turn me off from following a person back. So, you might be a Twitter Beginner if you make these mistakes (think of Jeff Foxworthy's "You Might Be a Redneck" when you read this). 1. If you don't fully complete your Twitter profile.   First, enter your name.   Your real name.  Be careful here. 

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Rick Short Explains How to Turn Staff Into Prolific Bloggers

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Blog HubSpot TV Contributors Marketing Kit Internet Marketing Blog The HubSpot Inbound Internet Marketing blog covers all of inbound marketing - SEO, Blogging, Social Media, Landing Pages, Lead Generation and Analytics. Submit guest post ideas to rburnes[at]hubspot[dot]com. Wrong. What made you want to start your first blog? It also delivers our customers a sophisticated source of support. Move on.

Truth #5—The Truth about Multi-touch, Multi-media Marketing Programs

ViewPoint

Product Selling is Dead

Content Marketing for BI

Read a great post by IDC’s Michael Gerard about solution selling. I was fortunate to experience that for the first time several years ago by a very successful vendor rep who has since become a good friend. thought by now, every sales organization practiced solution selling-but I was wrong. It’s been around for a long time. People do business with those they know, like, and trust.

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.

Data Management Is as Sexy as a High Quality Mattress

Digital Body Language

I'm excited to have Tim Wilson from Gilligan on Data contribute today's guest post. Tim is one of the smartest guys on data management and data quality in the industry and brings a great perspective on what works in the real world. He also has one of the wittier writing styles out there, that makes his posts fun to read. enjoyed this one, and I hope you do too. but it's still awfully important!

Social Media is no Punk - Know Your Rights!

Smashmouth Marketing

One of the blogs I read is Web Ink Now by David Meerman Scott ( @ dmscott ). Love the insight and tone, and the fact that he rarely lets me down. follow it completely, but I'll add to it in a way that seems to extend or complete the analogy (for me at least). Punk was Rebellion. Punk was Revolution. Punk was a Protest. Social Media, on the other hand is. Social Media is so much more than Punk.

Inbound Marketing Automation

LeadSloth

Should Marketing Automation systems add Inbound Marketing tools as standard features? Or is it better to keep those tools separate? brought up this question in my previous blog post , and Maria Pergolino had some very good comments on which tools to use and how to integrate them for ROI reporting. That gave me enough ideas for a new post, so here it is. What is Inbound Marketing?

B2B Marketing | Business to Business Marketing Information Portal

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B2B Marketing News SMEs flock to BT Tradespace 10 June 2009, 11:30 GMT BT Tradespace has announced 400 per cent year-on-year growth. The B2B social networking site – which was launched with the ‘specific mission’ of helping SMEs promote themselves, communicate with other businesses and grow – marked its second anniversary this month by signing up its 350,000th member. Tap into the resources in the Data section of the Knowledge Bank to get the biggest bang from your data buck. But too few marketers understand how to use it as a strategic route-to-market. HOW TO. HOW TO. only little!

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.

Are Backstage Players Affecting Your Marketing Performance?

Savvy B2B Marketing

At Savvy B2B Marketing, we thrive on different perspectives and new ideas, which is why we are thrilled to welcome today's guest blogger, Susan Fantle. We enjoy Susan's blog, B2BMarketingSmarts, for its, well, B2B marketing smarts! More fantastic guests are planned for the weeks ahead, so stay tuned. For a few years earlier in my career I was in commercial real estate. It was hard work.

Product Selling is Dead

Content Marketing for BI

Read a great post by IDC’s Michael Gerard about solution selling. I was fortunate to experience that for the first time several years ago by a very successful vendor rep who has since become a good friend. thought by now, every sales organization practiced solution selling-but I was wrong. It’s been around for a long time. People do business with those they know, like, and trust.

Social Search could it be a Google Killer?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

This morning I typed into Google the search term: VoIP (which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol) and I got 64 Million responses. 64 Million!! How archaic is that? Does Google have any idea how long would it take me to go through 64 Million responses? know, I know the point is Google is trying to bring me the best responses to the term in the first few pages (if not the first page).

Social Media is no Punk - Know Your Rights!

Smashmouth Marketing

One of the blogs I read is Web Ink Now by David Meerman Scott ( @dmscott ). Love the insight and tone, and the fact that he rarely lets me down. follow it completely, but I'll add to it in a way that seems to extend or complete the analogy (for me at least). Punk was Rebellion. Punk was Revolution. Punk was a Protest. Social Media, on the other hand is. Social Media is so much more than Punk.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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