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Getting found on LinkedIn: how keywords can improve your visibility

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Today's Post is provided by journalist and e-copy writer; Lisa Jackson. **. LinkedIn may have started out being a job board, but it has become a powerful B2B marketing tool for freelance professionals and others. It is a strong resource for making connections with people and businesses, leading to increased sales for you. Are you in the top 10? Are you on the first page of search results?

6 Ways To Win As A B2B Social Media Turtle

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This week's guest post is by Billy Mitchell, president of MLT Creative based in Georgia. Read on for the first in his multi-post series on how to succeed with social media marketing. My B2B marketing agency is often tasked with assessing the social media landscape for new clients and prospects. Others, let’s call them the turtles, are taking their time and moving very slow or not at all.

4 Steps to Creating More Effective Content From the Buyer's Perspective

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We're pleased to present this guest post by Craig Rosenberg, aka The Funnelholic. Read on for Craig's insights into what it's like to be a B2B buyer. Author's note: I write this blog post with the sole purpose of becoming an honorary “savvy sister.” ” The most amazing thing happened to me recently. once watched a webinar with my colleague Chris Jablonski.

If Content Marketing is the Titanic, Could Low Marketer Confidence be the Iceberg?

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We're pleased to present this guest post by Tom Pisello, also known as The ROI Guy. Read on for Tom's ideas on how marketers can regain confidence in -- and prove the value of -- their content marketing efforts. After two economic downturns over the past decade, most executives are scrutinizing budgets much more closely, and marketing is no exception. Engagement Quality. Sales Lead Quality.

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.

4 Reasons to Use More Numbers in Your Writing

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We're excited to present this guest post by Tom Pick , who has been named one of the 50 most influential B2B marketing thought leaders, a Twin Cities Top 10 Titan in Social Media, and a B2B Marketer to Watch by the American Marketing Association. Read on for his thoughts on the power of using numbers in your writing. newspapers, and heaven forbid—books! Numbers get attention. Go ahead.

6 Ways to Align SEO With Your B2B Content Marketing Strategy

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While keyword research provides the foundation for every search engine marketing initiative, content marketing delivers results. In fact, there is a direct relationship between a successful search engine marketing and content marketing strategy. This post highlights six ways to apply tactical SEO strategies to ongoing content marketing initiatives. Optimize Key Page Elements. Meta descriptions.

Six Mistakes to Avoid In Selecting a Marketing Automation System

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We're pleased to present this guest post by David Raab , who specializes in marketing technology and analysis. Read on for insights into the right way to choose a marketing automation system. Marketing automation systems have reached that magical moment when people start to want one without knowing exactly how they’ll use it. Here are some errors to avoid along the way. 1. Not really.

Create and Deliver Content Like a Publisher to Accelerate the Customer Buying Process

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We're pleased to present this guest post by Jim Burns of Avitage. Read on for insights into how one B2B company mindfully repurposes its content. The concept of re-purposing content is maturing. If you're ready to take your content process to the next level, you could realize significant opportunities if you leverage your time, effort, resources and content. Re-imagining in Action.

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.

B2B Fail: Confessions, Apologies, and Questionable Motives

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Confession. Last week I did something really embarrassing. unwittingly became a spammer. Oh gods of marketing, social media, and E-mail forgive me. knew not what that click would do. should have dug deeper. should have checked references. ” Ewww. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Who wouldn’t like a few more referrals? Some emailed to ask if the message was spam.

Sales Enablement 101: Treat Salespeople Like Customers

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We're pleased to present this guest post by Jody Canavan, president of Launch International. If you're tasked with enabling your sales force, read on for ideas you can glean from successful demand-generation initiatives. For more than two decades, I've made my livelihood supporting salespeople. They sold my stuff because they knew I'd make sure they knew theirs. Nurturing Sales.

Four Things That Cause Marketing & Sales Misalignment and How to Fix Them

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We're thrilled to present this guest post by Carlos Hidalgo of The Annuitas Group. Read on for his prescription of how to fix the ails plaguing sales and marketing. Marketing and sales alignment continues to be a major challenge for B2B organizations. Just last week, Forrester released a report showing that only 8% of organizations claim tight alignment between marketing and sales. But it isn’t.

B2B Marketers: Have You Localized Your Content Plan?

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If one thing has become clear, it’s that IT professionals search online for information to support their buying decisions. And understanding their online preferences and habits is critical to connecting with these prospects. But it’s a mistake to think that these patterns are transferable across geographies. That’s why marketers should be eating up this latest research from TechTarget.

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How to Fascinate -- and Better Connect With -- Your Audience

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I’ve previously written about how marketers can deliver better white papers by applying the “triggers for compliance” laid out in Robert Cialdini’s Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Now I'm going to share new triggers that marketers can use to their advantage. Let’s walk through how marketers can use these triggers to better connect with their audiences.

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.

Savvy Survey - Do you repurpose content from other blogs?

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Coming up with orginal content for a blog 5 days a week is hard! We at Savvy know because there are 6 of us and even with the strength of numbers we often recruit guest posters, crowdsourced posts and our Friday Wrap Up to give our blog readers new information each day. We realize that "borrowing content" to fill space is often utilized in the blogging world.

Basic Training For B2B Social Media Turtles: Research & Preparation

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In a previous post , Billy covered the first step in five-step plan for B2B social media marketing success: listen and learn from experts in your industry. Here he explains the second step: research and prepare. Many B2B marketers have fallen behind at using social media, but I say it’s never too late to make it a viable part of your marketing mix. Research Fundamentals.

Savvy Speaks: White Paper Writing Best Practices

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These days everyone has a white paper or an ebook they'd like you to download. What makes a white paper stand out from the crowd? The Savvy Sisters have some ideas. Jamie. It solves my problem. not your lead gen problem - but my problem. They see these content marketing pieces as glorified sales brochures where they get to beat their chests and talk about all their gnarly features. Michele.

4 Lost Copy Opportunities that Handicap Your Brand

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The devil is in the details. One rotten apple ruins the crop. chain is only as strong as its weakest link. There’s a reason these sayings have become cliché – they’re based on truisms, and these truisms hold in business as much as they do in Life. The Big Things are important, but the details can have just as much impact on a person’s overall impression of your brand.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.

4 Smart Ways to Repurpose Content

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While your kids may turn their noses up at hand-me-downs, and your sweet significant other gives the thumbs down to left-over pot roast, there is a magical place where reusing, recycling and repurposing is a good thing. You guessed it – it’s in the B2B marketing world. But you have to be careful. You should really read that article before you start reusing. Use it on your website.

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Prospects DO Judge Your White Paper by its Cover

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I’ve written quite a bit about white papers in my blog posts because they are one of the key content assets I develop for my clients. So I’m always on the lookout for new research and insights into how to magnify their effectiveness. That's why this study from IDG Connect caught my eye. The first cover was a standard, common cover design with a title and author name.

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Establishing A Formal Approach to Thought Leadership: Interview with Chris Koch

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In March, I attended ITSMA’s road show on Thought Leadership Marketing: Moving from Ideas to Revenue. caught up with Chris Koch, Associate Vice President, Research and Thought Leadership for ITSMA, to dig down further into the topic. 1. What are the concrete steps to selecting the right issues to focus on and prioritizing ideas to develop for a thought leadership program? Why is this ?

Want to be Essential and Memorable? Teach Your Prospects!

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I have always been someone who leaped before I looked. Impulsive, I believe is the word my teachers wrote on my report cards. Then in 6 th grade I had a wise but gruff old science teacher who made me slow down and watch experiments. He let me fail by trying to rush them but never got angry. He would just hand me a new set of supplies and tell me to start over. The Subject Matter Expert.

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Keeping Content Fresh: 7 Ideas for Group-Managed Blogs

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This past week, a few people have mentioned to me that they are embarking on group blogging. In fact, we just received a comment from someone who is starting a blog: “Our biggest challenge will probably be publishing a continuous flow of interesting posts seeing everything is done on a volunteer basis.” ” Ah, yes, that is a huge challenge! Provide a list of topics. Get feedback.

Savvy Week in Review - June 17

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School may be out for summer for the kids, but there is no lack of idea sharing from the B2B marketing community! Here are some of our favorite posts from the week. And if you're a Dad in the US, enjoy your Father's Day weekend! The Problem with Content Marketing [infographic] by @juntajoe. The five stages of content-marketing grief by @ tomcopy. Don't make this mistake.

Savvy Week in Review - February 18

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It's been a tough winter for many us. Which is why we in the Northeast (and in other areas) are deeply appreciating this spell of mild weather. It's amazing how much lighter and inspired it you can make you feel! The same holds true for the favorite posts we're featuring this week. Hope some of that good feeling rubs off on you after reading them! Classic. Those naughty Facebook people.

How Can We Perfect Social Media?

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We're thrilled to present this post by Joe Chernov , Director of Content for Eloqua. Read on for Joe's thoughts on what's needed to elevate the effectiveness of social media and interactions (and check out his presentation from the Social Media Insider's Summit). How can we perfect social media?" Impossible, but also kinda fun. And it was held in Miami. So I did. Here’s a summary. It’s a mess.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

The 7 Cs of Twitter Success

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Not sure how to get started with Twitter, what to focus on, how to find the time to keep up with tweeting, or how to effectively tap into this social media tool? Follow these seven principles to get started on the right path. 1. Create a Strategy – Before jumping on the bandwagon, define what it is you’re hoping to achieve by being on Twitter. How have you made Twitter work for you?

Savvy Wrap Up: July 29

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If you find yourself lolling about in the dog days of summer, perhaps you need a little pick-me-up. Read on for some posts sure to recharge your batteries! And be sure to share your own inspirations from the week! Outbound vs. Inbound: The Risk Management Issue in the Complex Sale by @PointClearPD. 13 Ways to Make Your B2B Resource Center Rock via @junta42. Tread lightly, brands.

How to Fit Social Media into Your Marketing Strategy

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At the beginning of the year, ITSMA released a special 47-page report that outlines the steps marketers need to take to successfully integrate social media into their larger marketing strategies. Here Chris Koch , the Associate VP of Research and Thought Leadership for ITSMA , shares insights into key points from the report. 1. Why is it important for organizations to adopt this approach?

Savvy Toolkit: FOCUS network

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I know what you're thinking, "Great, ANOTHER business network - just what I need." " I have to admit, that was my initial reaction when the Savvy Sisters were invited to join as FOCUS experts. However, since joining, I've found the site to be full of focused (hence the name, I'm assuming) information and active conversations and posts from a wide range of contributors.

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 Survey - Who are all these experts?

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Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his best selling book Outliers that to become an expert in a given field one must focus on practicing that field deliberately for 10,000 hours. That means in order to be an expert you would have to focus 8 hours a day for nearly 3 1/2 years without taking a day off in order to achieve "expert" status. So we are trying to find the experts.

Savvy Week in Review: June 10

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Many parts of the US have been experiencing a heat wave.and when things get THAT hot, one's brain can slow WAY down. So if, like us, you're looking to jump-start your neurotransmitters, check out these fine gems from the around the Web. The Blueprint for the Perfect Blog Post (Infographic) by @ briansrice via @ B2Community. Need to visualize how to pull together a blog post?

Savvy Week in Review - May 27

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If you are in the US, Happy Memorial Weekend! We hope that you have a great holiday weekend - and a fabulous start to the summer. We'll see you on Tuesday! Ten Marketing Lessons from DemandCon by @heinzmarketing. Matt Heinz wrap up of the two day conference DemandCon last week captures many of the current trends and issues of our industry. My Social Media Hangover by @BrennerMichael.

Savvy Toolkit: Content Marketing Mindmaps

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Whether you're a marketer, consultant, or business owner, you're likely looking for ways to get your content strategy and plan in order. That's why we at Savvy B2B Marketing were thrilled when Savvy sister Michele pointed us to these two mindmaps published by the MarketingSavant Group. Don't delay -- download them both today

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.