October, 2011

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Hog-tieing Social Media

Savvy B2B Marketing

Something has got to change. start everyday with the best of intentions. have my to-do list, each day I know that I need to write a few blog posts and an article or two, as well as, knock out at least 6 pages of my book. I'm a woman on a mission. read about stuff that I never knew - isn't that cool? After about an hour or so I then turn to Facebook. But is it really? Guilty. What worked?

Savvy Speaks: How Do You Engage B2B Customers with Social Media?

Savvy B2B Marketing

FaceBook. Linked In. Twitter. Google +1. You've done your research, you've picked your poison(s) and you've hung out your social media shingle. But while examples and advice abound for B2C social media engagement (coupons and contests, anyone?), how do you get B2B customers engaged with your social media outlets? Jamie. Answer Questions. Ask Questions. Cultivate the Culture. Michele.

Savvy Speaks: Google Plus What?

Savvy B2B Marketing

So we couldn't help noticing that Google has launched its own version of a social media plaform, called "Google Plus." " You may have noticed all those little "+1" symbols suddenly floating around the internet lately. So what does that mean for your social media marketing strategy? Are you jumping right in with both feet or taking a more cautious approach? Jamie. Wendy.

A Brave New World in Book Marketing

Savvy B2B Marketing

Things are changing as quickly in the publishing world as they are at your local phone store. The old model of an author writing a book and then handing it over to an agent and then publisher to do all the marketing are long gone. Unless you are a big-name seller guaranteed to bring in the bucks (even though your writing may not be the greatest) you’ll get a marketing budget.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

Do you mix business and pleasure?

Savvy B2B Marketing

Should I write about personal stuff on my business blog? How much? Which topics are acceptable and which are taboo? Can I swear? Should I voice political opinions? Can I post pictures of my cat? My kid? My dinner? hear these questions from new bloggers of all kinds – B2B business people, start-ups, creative entrepreneurs, artists, coaches, etc. It depends. Be honest. ” and a cannonball.

Savvy Speaks: How Do You Stay Organized?

Savvy B2B Marketing

We Savvy Sisters are BUSY. When we get busy, we're often juggling several clients and dozens of projects (not to mention kids, SO's, pets, hobbies, etc). And because the copywriter is almost always the unofficial project manager too, that means on any given day we could be tracking hundreds of milestones and deadlines, too. How do we stay organized? Michele. Wendy. Jamie. Good luck! Try it!

Week in Review - Oct 14th

Savvy B2B Marketing

Another week - another batch of must-read blog posts from our friends and colleagues around the web. With all this great content to read, it's a wonder we get any work done at all! Enjoy our picks, feel free to add your own in the comments, and have a wonderful weekend (hopefully with some apple or pumpkin picking in it!). Please. Stop Making Your Company Blog Suck. by @markwschaefer. How can you not love that headline? This post features Mark's SlideShare presentation about why companies should blog and how they can do it without sucking. Good stuff to know, right?

Savvy Toolkit - Guide to Marketing Automation Vendors

Savvy B2B Marketing

One of the best perks of working as a freelance marketers is that we get to see the landscape of vendor tools and hear reviews from all our clients. Even with all that inside scoop we have never conceived of what it would take to put together a definitive guide of Marketing Automation solutions. If you are a CMO who is putting together an RFP list I can't imagine a more helpful tool

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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.

Savvy Toolkit - The next generation presentation tool!

Savvy B2B Marketing

I have long been an advocate for better powerpoint presentations. have been singing the praises of Rick Altman and his "Why Most Powerpoint Presentations Suck and How You Can Make Them Even Better" for a while on this blog. The logical next evolution of the powerpoint is to make it more hands on. We are in an iPad, touchscreen, handheld revolution and the powerpoint is still a flat mostly projected image with fixed forward and back directionals. Or so I thought! Then a friend in London sent me a link to Prezi. Check it out and tell me what you think

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Savvy Week in Review: October 28

Savvy B2B Marketing

We look forward to Friday for the obvious reasons, but also love that it's time for us to compile our favorite reads of the week. So read on and enjoy! And point us to your faves of the week! 10, 862 Comments Later, I Realize Blog Comments are NOT a Business Model by @TheSalesLion. Marcus Sheridan brings us another a-ha moment with this post that is especially appropriate for B2B bloggers. Six Ways to Challenge Best Practice Plus Measurement by @Soulati. Thought-provoking, kick-in-the-pants post from Jayme Soulati. Tips for More Effective Email Campaigns by AshleyZ on @toprank.

Lessons from the Field – Comment Paralysis

Savvy B2B Marketing

This is the second post in a series focused on the Top Ten List of B2B blogging that I originally wrote for my DemandCon Social Media Best Practices presentation. The other posts in the series can be found here. The Scenario. From the Top Ten Rules of B2B Blogging #7 was Comment, Comment, Comment. The Problem. The comment world is fickle. Am I counting out comments? Absolutely not! The Fix.

Lessons from the Field – Blogger Outreach

Savvy B2B Marketing

A few months ago I ran a post – Top Ten Rules of Blogging , that came out of my participation in the Social Media Panel at DemandCon. wanted to go back and do a deep dive on a couple of those rules which I got the most live questions and tweet about after the show. Unfortunately summer hit with a vengeance and it fell off my radar. TheBloggess. " 6 Oct via web. The full post is here.

B2B Buyers vs. B2C Buyers—Do Their Differences Really Matter in the End?

Savvy B2B Marketing

Advice about marketing in a business-to-business (B2B) industry is continually flowing through the web. There are tons of best practices and “how to” advice out there to help make sure that you get the most out of your marketing efforts. In other words, what are the differences, and do they really matter in the long run? Consider a few of the basic differences: B2B.

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.

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? 2. Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How. Thou shalt not require scrolling. Thou shalt sell the offer, not the product. Thou shalt use benefits, not features. What did I miss? ”

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5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

It's All About Revenue

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. Here are five ways social media marketing can be used to drive revenue. 1. Extending Your Reach. Social media has once again changed that model.

Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Thinking in those terms, Beanstalk Data is a tasty morsel. It provides all the basic B2B marketing automation functions: mass email, landing pages and surveys, behavior tracking, lead scoring, nurture campaigns, and CRM integration. Anyway, back to BeanStalk.

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” – ” – General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century. Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. The answer: You don’t.

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.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. According to the study results, Marketing Automation technology paired with appropriate, systemic processes can yield four to five times the number of closed deals when compared to deployed technology alone. The magic lies in realizing higher conversion rates throughout the Sales cycle. No MAP / No Processes. Lessons Learned.

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

NuSpark

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.

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

NuSpark

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.

Why Your Marketing Needs Real-Time Data

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Another Advertising Week in New York is upon us and so far I have seen some great presentations from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quantcast, comScore, and even Yahoo! However, if there is one thing that is becoming painfully clear to me is the need to be relevant to your audience – whether you are advertising to them, being social with them, or just creating the right kind of conversations about your brand. We often throw this idea around as marketers – “being relevant”, but few people discuss how! So to illustrate this, I decided to run a research experiment to show at IAB MIXX.

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.

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

NuSpark

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.

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

NuSpark

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

NuSpark

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.

5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service. One area that few people have written about is how to use social media for solution marketing. So there you have it.

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.

Web analytics Is Not Sufficient For Customer-Centric Inbound Marketing

Conversionation

Web analytics offers enormous possibilities for those able to take all out of it. For many companies they are sufficient to measure and improve the results of content marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing and what we generally call inbound marketing. However, if you want to go a step further and know the efficiency, [.]. Blog Inbound marketing Web Analytics Avinash Kaushik ClickTale heatmap HubSpot inbound marketing web analytics

When social media destroys a career — The business case for being a fake

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

A guest post by {grow} community member Leslie Lewis. Leslie Lewis is not my real name. You don’t need to know my real name, and you may never know it.  Here’s why. I’ve worked in social media since 2005, and I knew I needed a tightly controlled message and presence online.   You could Google my real name and find my blog, or find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, or Facebook.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. It was great getting the perspective of marketers outside of technology. But they call it “financial services” for a reason: They have all of the same struggles as technology services companies—with the added complication of tons of regulatory requirements. But when the panel was over, I realized something scary: Most of the success factors we wound up talking about had nothing to do with social media. Social doesn’t happen in B2B without a culture change. 30% said yes.

Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I hesitate to be drawn into the Klout firing line again but I have had so many requests from the {grow} community to comment on the Klout Meltdown this week that I guess I need to respond. At the risk of adding to Klout weariness, here are a few observations. My Klout score dropped from 82 to 64. Who cares?  My wife and kids still love me. Funny. They’re the same level now. agree with him.

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The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

What is Web Presence Optimization, and Why Should I Care?

Webbiquity

Web presence optimization (WPO) is the art and science of being found online. As indicated in the masthead of my blog, it has both an explanational definition (The fusion of SEO, search marketing, social media, reputation management, content marketing and social PR) and a reasonal one (Being omnipresent on the web for the search phrase that uniquely describes you or your organization.) It’s the evolution of search engine optimization (SEO), or alternatively,  SEO on steroids. And getting found is the necessary first step to winning that business.

Content Will Not Be King

Digital B2B Marketing

Nearly every marketer in every industry has heard the cry “ Content is King “ Even the cover of Ad Age was emblazoned with Content is King last month, complete with a crown. Once a call for change and recognition of a new marketplace reality, Content is King has become conventional marketing wisdom. The problem is, conventional wisdom is average. Content marketing was not the norm.

10+ Ways To Use B2B Social Media In Your Business

PWB Marketing Blog

Social media should be an integral component of everything your B2B organization does including marketing, customer service, sales, and product development. It’s surprising how many B2B companies still overlook this key task. Eleven Different Ways to Integrate B2B Social Media. Every e-newsletter and email should have a call to action for the social web. Skin your YouTube page. Tweet with them.

Swabbing the Decks of the Titanic: Why You Should Learn Programming

B2B Memes

Last week journalism professor Matt Waite wrote a blog post worrying about the typical defeatist reaction of journalism students when faced with a coding challenge, whether in HTML, JavaScript, or other language: “I can’t do this,” they tell him. This is impossible. I’ll never get this.” When I tweeted a link to the article, I wrote “”Journos: If you fear coding, you fear the future.”.

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.