July, 2016

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The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell

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B2B marketing and sales is a drawn out process that takes months, or longer, to convert leads to customers. That extended timeframe means tons of touchpoints, multiple leads from single accounts, lots of nurturing, and too many opportunities to fall into marketing hell. But, if you know what to avoid, it’s much easier to navigate the marketing landscape and steer clear of traps. Think about it.

No I Do Not Want To See Your Demo

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege and opportunity to deliver the closing keynote for the B2B Summit in London.  The event, hosted by B2B Marketing , was a one-day event that delivered multiple sessions focused on best practices on everything from content, measurement, demand generation and Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategies. Then, they ask if I have time for a 30-minute demo. ”   .

3 Things Jerry Seinfeld Can Teach Us About Creating Quality Content

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Jerry Seinfeld’s show “ Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee ” is not just good fun – it’s also built on a simple foundation of quality content gold, which you can replicate without breaking the bank on antique automobiles. Yes, that’s Margaret Cho cracking up at something Jerry Seinfeld just said. Ferrell, for the last time, we're going to ask you to put the cigar out.”.

45 Impressive Marketing Operations Champions You Should Follow [Infographic]

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Marketing operations success continues to grow in importance. The marketing operations function allows organizations to deliver the right message to the right segment at the right time. Who are these unsung heroes? We gathered together a variety of marketing operations professionals spanning numerous industries. We encourage you to follow and connect with them on social. Kimi Abdullah. Ryan Abrams.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

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Guest post by Ken Sterling. Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. Here’s how to hit a home run every time. According to researchers at the University of Florida, 20% of all salespeople make 80% of all sales (also known as the 20/80 rule or the Pareto principle ), which makes securing a spot in that top 20% crucial to running a competitive and profitable business.

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How to turn social media connections into an actionable audience

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By Mark Schaefer. Probably the biggest myth — and mistake — I see regarding social media marketing is the idea that audience equals action. It doesn’t. Most of the time, your social media connections begin as “weak relational links.” ” It’s like a handshake. It simply means the door has been opened. Don’t believe me? Let me prove it to you. Fowler.

Batman, Pokemon, and an essential lesson from the heart of marketing

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Let me tell you about me and Batman. When I was a little boy, I would eagerly await each new episode of the old Batman TV series. It was campy and funny, but to me, Batman was real, and my first true hero. ordered a Batman utility belt from my cereal box, I collected Batman cards, I even drew up plans to build a Batmobile in my basement. dwelled in a cardboard Bat Cave. How did this happen?

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BANT Criteria in a Buyer-Centric World? No More

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Everyone in sales and marketing knows what BANT stands for – Budget, Authority, Need and Timeframe. This concept was first introduced by IBM in the early 2000s and was the gold-standard for qualifying sales and marketing “leads.” It was used religiously to determine sales-ready leads and almost every sales representative (inside as well as outside) and marketer knew the value of these qualifiers.

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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.

6 Success Factors for Adopting Marketing Automation

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Are you getting ready to implement marketing automation? Congratulations! Marketing automation is not rocket science, but it does take strategy, planning, and preparation to make it work well and meet your company’s expectations. Six readiness factors for implementing marketing automation. #1: Get your website in order. Your website should be: Current. Easy to navigate, user-friendly. Well-branded.

Deleting Your Social Media Business Page? Read This First.

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Let’s say you’ve had it up to the heavens with Facebook and you want to delete your social media business page. Is deleting it the way to go? Or is is better to let it sit there and garner what little attention it can muster? Perhaps you should automate some promotional posts to go out so it doesn’t look like the ghost town it really is? Let’s discuss. But still. Yikes!

If you post it will they come?

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I work harder promoting my online content than I do writing the posts themselves. And so does everyone else, including mainstream media. If you build it, they won’t come unless you get the party started yourself. Not even revolutions just happen. Everything requires a  vanguard of the proletariat , a catalyst , a shove , a newsie , a  royal entrance fanfare , even the King ! Like this post?

6 Tools for Automating B2B Social Media Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

Social media can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a B2B marketer, because it can be a struggle to find things to share. However, as KISSmetrics suggests, hire someone who is experienced in social media, not your niche, as most social media for any industry will have similar goals: getting more visibility for the company. That doesn’t change, no matter the target audience. Buffer. Edgar.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

All 11 Marketing Attribution Models, Explained

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A few months ago we put together an attribution flow chart to help marketers figure out which attribution model was the right fit for their situation. Based on questions like, “How many marketing channels do you use?” or “How long is your marketing cycle?,” the chart recommended appropriate models. First Touch Attribution. The issue here is that if you are using conversion tracking (e.g.

Growing Up – Moving Away from Kid’s Menu Content

Type A Communications

July 7, 2016 by Jeff Julian Content marketers love writing content.  It’s almost like we made Content Marketing up just to fool our managers into letting us write and get. read more. Content Marketing Strategy Marketing Strategy Personas B2B Marketing content marketing content marketing strategy Jeff Julian personas

20 Online Marketing Tools That Boost Campaign Results

KoMarketing Associates

As online marketers, we are required to understand all corners of the internet and continually expand our knowledge of the industry. However, like any profession, we’d struggle to be successful without tools. With this is mind, we recently hosted an internal team training event  where each member of our team shared some of their favorite online marketing tools. SEO Tools. What is it? FAQ Fox.

Industrial Content Marketing Fails to Engage with Target Audience

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial content marketing used by manufacturers, distributors and engineering companies is failing to engage the target audience – engineers, technical professionals and industrial buyers. This is not a new problem. Back in 2014, Forrester had published their research report titled B2B Content Fails The Customer Engagement Test. This is only a content summary.

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

Don’t Bore People: 10 Ideas for B2B Newsletter Content

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What’s the first thing you think when you hear “B2B newsletter”? If you’re like most people, it’s boredom. Let’s face it, email newsletters don’t exactly have a rep for being riveting entertainment. Neither does most B2B marketing. Pair the two, and some of us can already feel our eyes glazing over. It’s time to change that. Social media content. This one’s so easy. Want extra credit? Mushrooms?

3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

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Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . If not, you’re in good company. We had a memorable time sharing ideas, and research. thought Frank had a practical approach to aligning sales and marketing. Writers Note: I edited this interview for length and grammar only. Brian: What inspired you to write about Aligning Strategy and Sales? Frank Cespedes. Question 1.

July is Sales Leadership Month

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July is Sales Leadership Month. As a sales leader you must always have a vision and action plans for a rolling six months, this is why July is the perfect month for anyone that has sales management responsibility—so why not name it Sales Leadership Month !  Ok, it is not an act of government and it is only Acumen’s opinion, but let’s explore why I feel that way. And what has not?

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New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

B2B Lead Generation Blog

You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. Image credit: PhotoDune. That’s because it’s my personal blog again. After a stint at MECLABS (resulting from the acquisition of InTouch ) I’ve been given a great opportunity to do something new. Over the next few months, I’ll be starting a business and working on my next book, a sequel to  Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.

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5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.

How Your SMB Company Can Adopt ABM Tactics

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Account-based marketing continues to lure in marketers with the ever-seductive dance of engagement. But some of us feel like ABM wallflowers, lanky with mismatched clothing, shuffling our two left feet closest to the exit while the cool kids show off on the dance floor. We want to be just like them. But, we’re afraid we won’t fit in. What if you’re neither of those things? No, it doesn’t. That

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The new psychology of content consumption

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Is the psychology of content consumption changing? That’s the central idea behind an amazing new discussion featured on The Marketing Companion podcast. Have you tried our free Internet radio program yet? You’ll have to hear this podcast to believe it — the first order of business is the introduction of the world’s first audio emojis! But then we get serious.

How to Use Trigger Events for More and Better Leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

People aren’t ready to buy when we want to sell. Think about it. . This common statement has big implications if you’re doing account-based marketing (ABM) and lead generation. Why doing more lead generation activity doesn’t help  . CEB discovered that a typical for B2B customer is 57% into their purchase process before they directly engage a sales rep or talk to a supplier. Conclusion.

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I’m an influencer, pay me more!

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Back in January I had the honor of being a guest on Shel Holtz ‘s premier PR podcast,  For Immediate Release. It must have gone well because I was back on a panel of PR professionals yesterday , joining Shel,  Zeno Group EVP Frank Eliason , and Cision SVP Heidi Sullivan. Lucky for me, a major focus of our time together was influencer marketing. Kindness opens many doors 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.

Four Strategies to survive automated writing and content bots

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A few months ago, I participated in a study to rate the quality of 10 different blog post writers. assigned a rather difficult topic to these writers and rated the anonymous results from 1-10. The top three posts were very close. Extremely well-written, well-researched, and interesting. As it turned out, two of the top three posts were written by a computer. Automated writing! Almost un-readable.

How to Focus Your Marketing Efforts Through ToFu, MoFu and BoFu Stages

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As modern marketers, we’re all familiar with the lead generation funnel. You know, the one that hasn’t changed since the 90s, the one  that shows up in every general marketing deck, created in Microsoft Paint with some sort of awful gradient. Top of funnel is the beginning of the buyer’s journey. It’s critical to understand where your leads are in the process . Social media marketing.

Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?

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I recently had the privilege to sit in on FIR B2B episode 45 : a podcast by Paul Gillin and David Strom. When my wife heard it, she said they sound like the “Click and Clack of tech.” Needless to say, it was a lot of fun. I had a few belly laughs and we also covered some serious topics. brief description: you build digital experiences using the words and phrases of your target audience.

4 Simple Tips for Making the Most of Your Marketing Budget

It's All About Revenue

As every senior marketer knows, it’s essential to squeeze every last drop of value from your marketing budget. With boardroom expectations high, you need to be able to not only get maximum results supported by data, but also by customer experiences. If the conversation is only about financial stats, you need to make a change. Great experiences lead to great finances. Consumer sentiment.

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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.

Earned media influencer outreach is alive and well

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As I mentioned last month in Influencer Marketing Tools of the Trade , Dan Krueger and I are in the midst of an earned-media blogger outreach campaign on behalf of Skinny & Co.  We just finished our first week and we’ve already delivered products to 47 bloggers and have another 60 queued up for delivery this week — and we’ve only reached out once so far. The Skinny & Co.