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Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 28, 2012

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Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 28, 2012…  . Social Media Trends With Benefits in 2012  (Marketing Profs). Blogging, feedback and improving   (Internet Marketing). StumbleUpon: 10 Tips and Tricks for Power Users (Mashable!). Social Survival for Bloggers: a Peek from the Inside (ProBlogger). Is Your Site Mobile Friendly?

SEO: Are You Relevant, or Are You Vital?

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Relevant web pages. Relevant title tags. Relevant meta descriptions. Relevant copywriting. You’ve heard it a million times, right? I’m guilty of talking about relevance to pretty much every SEO client I’ve ever had. No more. Relevancy is overrated. Anybody can be relevant; just throw a keyword on the web page a few times and BAM! You’re relevant. You want to do better than that. And what’s better than being relevant? Being vital. SEO Quality Scale. – SEO: Are You Relevant, or Are You Vital? by Matt McGee. News & Notes

Perception is Worth 1,001 Words

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In the world of business, marketing and advertising is everything. Marketing is at least as important as the products or services you sell. Without marketing, you have no one to demonstrate the superiority of what you offer! There is a reason people build businesses in cities surrounded by people, rather than in a desert surrounded by cactus! You need people to market to, and you need customers coming in your door. The success of your business relies on how well you market your product or service first, and second by how well you deliver it. Very few businesses survive on word of mouth alone.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Why Blogging Isn’t Growing Your Business (and What to Do About It)

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I joined a couple other B2B Marketers for a meal a few weeks ago, and the topic of content marketing and blogging came up.  This came as no surprise – I know they occasionally read our blog and can see that we are passionate on the topic.  They recounted some of their challenges with blogging, including some common challenges: Getting content from subject matter experts, when these experts are also required to focus their energy on billable hours. Occasional missed deadlines and the need to build a backlog of content before this happens. Varying levels of commitment from different authors.

The Rockstar You Need to Hire to Manage Your Blog

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At this stage in the game, you know blogging is a crucial element to the success of your inbound marketing. But that doesn’t mean you’re doing it consistently like you know you should. Why don’t marketers and business owners find time to blog even when they know how important it is to meeting their marketing goals? Because blogging takes time you don’t have; you don’t fancy yourself a great writer; you can’t think of good topics on a regular basis; or any of the other myriad reasons people don’t blog when they know they should. Writing Ability.

Launching a Social Command Center (Without The Center)

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“Social command centers” are all the rage today and it’s not without some merit. Many organizations now find themselves in a real-time business environment where news travels faster than sound, and information is set free. As a result, some forward thinking companies have put “monitoring” in place either in-house or in combination with partners. This isn’t enough. Tech platforms are only one third of the problem. The media hasn’t helped. So, how does any organization who wishes to be better equipped for real-time business move forward? News & Note

5 Ways to Get Readers to Respond

Writing on the Web

You spend a lot of time writing content on your blog but if the only comments you get are from people looking for free marketing, maybe it’s time to revise your content strategies. Here’s a guest post from Chris Peterson at Straight North integrated marketing services in Chicago. 1. Your Blog as an Interactive Tool. Polls. Make them feel as if they are a part of the blog.

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform?  ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts. For the first time in the five years that this research has been conducted, the use of blogging declined. What do you think?

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. would not be surprised today if a group of B2B executives said they were using fortune tellers to peer into a crystal ball to make predictions about the future.  The ability to make decisions based on predictions is becoming an essential attribute for B2B executives.  Emphasis on modeling buyer behavior. Bringing a qualitative interface to the quantitative analytics.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models

Tony Zambito

©All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing.  Without question, changing buyer behaviors are also impacting how we think about Demand Generation or as it has been conventionally called – lead generation.   How Can CSO’s and CMO’s Respond? Follow @tonyzambito.

The Six Stages of Emotional Branding

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By Contributing {grow} Columnist “Social Steve” Goldner. Creating an emotional connection between customers and a brand is probably the Holy Grail of marketing. Most often, brands strive for this by being the pinnacle of something and then reinforcing that position at every touchpoint. Maybe the easiest brand to think of in this sense is Apple.  Apple is cool, the hipster of technology. 

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4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Benefit from Pinterest

B2B Marketing Traction

Like many of you I’m enamored with Pinterest , but I can’t help but ask, “Can Pinterest benefit B2B Marketers?” ” Pinterest is a social media site that allows members to create boards for images that they like. You can name the boards whatever you like, and assign them to a category from a list of pre-determined by Pinterest. Market Research on Pinterest.

How B2B brands approach Twitter

The B2B Research Blog

Social media has become a bit of an obsession for me. Not so much as a participant, but as an observer. I’m the technology equivalent of a bird watcher. I’ve been observing B2B marketers in their natural habitat. Noting their behaviours. Sketching and documenting the different species I see. call them ‘Twitologies’ and I’d like to share an outline of them here. It all began with a study Circle Research conducted for B2B Marketing late in 2011 to establish the ‘state of the nation’ in B2B social media. And after more than 250 interviews with client-side readers we had a solid benchmark.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

Everything Technology Marketing

Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". As every year, I asked the 25,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about their B2B marketing priorities for 2012. And here are the results: 1 - Integration of social media Social media remains the #1 topic in 2012. The benefits of segmentation are substantial.

New Marketing Automation Report: Venture Funding is Key to Success

Customer Experience Matrix

I released the 2012 edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report today, an event that deserves more hoopla that I’ve given it. The VEST provides by far the most detailed, objective information available on industry vendors. It’s also interactive: you can change the weights assigned to different items and watch the vendors zoom around the quadrant as a result.

10 Fast Facts About Facebook

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this We all knew the day was coming. Now it’s here. Today, Facebook filed its intention to be traded on the public markets in an IPO that could value it at $100 billion. Being the resident financial document nerd, I’ve pored through the filing to pull some fascinating Facebook facts. Here they are in all their glory. Oh, and you can read the filing yourself here. Everyday We’re Facebookin’. We knew Facebook had a lot of users. The network has 845 million monthly active users. Social Has Gone Mobile. Facebook has gone deep into the mobile field. Billion Dollar Baby.

Webinar: 5 Ways to Differentiate Your Company in a Highly Competitive Marketplace

Fearless Competitor

5 Ways to Differentiate Your Company in a Highly Competitive Marketplace  (click on title to register for this webinar). Date: February 15, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Presented by True Influence (“hand selected” Jeff as speaker for this event.). Overview. With prospects drinking from the fire-hose of content every day, their fingers hover over the Delete key. Some actual case studies.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

The Danger of Automatic Feeds in Social Media

The Effective Marketer

Note: This is a guest post by Brad Shorr is Director of Content & Social Media for Straight North. See Brad’s bio at the end of the article. Participating in social media is time consuming, so it’s only natural that people look for shortcuts. However, some shortcuts become disastrous detours, and this is often what happens when a company relies on automation for significant portions of its social updating. Automatic feeds come in two flavors. Fully automatic feeds publish to a social media platform without any human intervention. Semi-automatic feeds require intervention. Redundancy.

4 Steps for Making Demand Generation More Social

It's All About Revenue

by Rob Bois | Tweet this Pick up any sales or marketing trade pub, and you’re likely to see that 2011 was the year of social.  While B2B companies have jumped on the bandwagon, demand generation marketers often struggle to find its value. It’s one thing to tweet about your company and build a Facebook page, but B2B firms are now looking to tie Social to measurable lead generation. 

Three Ways Personas Improved My Marketing

Savvy B2B Marketing

In this week's guest post, Bob Scheier illustrates the value of buyer personas. Read on for inspiration! Like most folks new to content marketing (the use of content to nurture and drive prospects towards a sale) I was eager to dive right in. wanted to play with the marketing automation software and start blasting out content. And boy, did I get an education. Learning Curve. Very important?

LinkedIn 277% More Effective for Lead Generation Than Facebook & Twitter [New Data]

Hubspot

Social media can be a huge contributor to a company's lead generation efforts in both B2B and B2C. But how efficient are the various different social channels in directly driving leads? In a recent study of over 5,000 businesses, HubSpot found that traffic from LinkedIn generated the highest visitor-to-lead conversion rate at 2.74%, almost 3 times higher (277%) than both Twitter (.69%)

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.

Building Your Internal Social Media Expert Team

Conversionation

An important aspect of setting up a social media strategy is building a team to make the program work, regardless of the scope and goals. Social media is not a free lunch, and you need your internal team of social media experts to make it happen. Tips and considerations. Let’s agree on terminology first. [.]. Blog Connected marketing Management Social media marketing Christopher Barger personal branding social media strategy social media team The Social Media Strategist

What Social Data can Teach You about Audiences

Buzz Marketing for Technology

My son is a senior in high school and I am beginning to help him with his search for the right school.  One of the aspects of college life that he is looking forward to is belonging to a university with strong school spirit. So to help with this, I suggested that we use football teams as a proxy to find the right environment. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

Is Your Business Ready for Marketing?

Digital B2B Marketing

Businesses turn to marketing to drive revenue, but are you really ready? Before investing in marketing you must ensure other key areas of your business are ready first. Your Product or Service. If your offering isn’t ready for the market, your marketing will not solve your problems. Your Sales Organization. As a buyer, I have experienced this multiple times. New Releases. Educated Buyers.

Best Quora Guides and Insights of 2011

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Is Quora still a significant social media destination? When the service was first launched, I was (like many others) flooded with notifications of new followers and invitations to follow back, to the point of annoyance. But that flood began to subside in about April of last year and had slowed to a trickle by late summer. Blogger interest in the site seemed to follow a similar pattern.

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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.

Six ways to turn Yelp into your most effective marketing channel

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Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. Jeff Bezos, Founder/CEO Amazon. Guest post by {grow} community member Kathi Kruse. How important is it for your to look your best to a potential customer?  Today many companies are still ignoring what’s said about them online, both positive and negative.  Folks, your customer is online most of their day and night. Signage.

How Not to Manage Email Unsubscribes [4 Awful Examples]

Digital B2B Marketing

Unsubscribing should be easy! Let’s face it, email is convenient, but sometimes email marketing sucks. Today’s business buyers are flooded with email they do not want and it seems cannot get rid of. The problem is, publishers and marketers rely heavily on email. This is the message I get when I click unsubscribe. CAPTCHA Protected Unsubscribe This one from TMCnet floored me.

12 (of the) Best WordPress Guides and Plugin Reviews of 2011

Webbiquity

WordPress is not only the most popular blogging platform , but is increasingly becoming a leading website content management system (CMS) as well. Cost and ease of use are certainly factors, but one of the important reasons is its extensibility through plugins. How did WordPress emerge as the leading blog platform? Which plugins are the most popular / useful / vital? How did WordPress win?

Social media, our voice, and the power to destroy

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The ability for all of us to publish on the social web — to have a voice — is among the most profound sociological, economic, and political developments of our lifetime. It gives us the power to elevate a little boy from Canada to an international singing superstar or to unite a group of people to tear down a dictatorship. This new power is breathtaking and beautiful. HAVE A VOICE!”

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Branding 101: Why Every Executive Needs a Great About.Me Profile

Fearless Competitor

Have you heard of About.me? If not, you should. Any executive today should have a strong About.me profile. While you should also work on your profile on Linkedin, About.Me creates visually stunning profiles. Let’s see the difference here by looking at Jeff Ogden, President of Find New Customers, on both Linkedin and About.Me: Marketing

HubSpot Expands into Voice-Based Marketing Automation

Fearless Competitor

Editor’s Note (Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers was the featured guest on Hubspot TV some time ago. Click the underlined words to watch that show.). As soon as a new lead comes into sales, a clock starts ticking.  In this world of empowered buyers, by time a prospect reaches out, he or she is ready to move. So a quick response is imperative. About Ifbyphone ®. About HubSpot. HubSpot, Inc.

47 Essential Social Media Tools for Content Marketers

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It’s hard to believe the sheer number of social media tools we use everyday to help grow the Content Marketing Institute and SocialTract , as well as my own personal brand. Which ones am I missing that you cannot live without? disclaimer: many of the tools below are CMI partner tools]. The Basics. LinkedIn  - Start the practice of connecting with every business card you receive from contacts.

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7 Trends From The Focus Technology Marketing Handbook

B2B Marketing Insider

I started the B2B Marketing Insider blog to share marketing tips and tricks and my view of the marketing landscape from my perspective – someone who’s living and breathing this stuff every day. Recently Focus released their Technology Marketing Handbook  (no registration), a compendium of marketing tips, tricks and trends crowd-sourced from us technology marketers ourselves. Strategy

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

[Video] 3 Critical Questions You Must Ask Every Hot Prospect

Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies Blog

Have you ever been called in to meet by a prospect that's all excited about making the change? They're busy meeting with vendors, looking at all their options. And, they want you to get a proposal to them right away -- or to do a presentation. Stop, stop, stop! If you don't fully understand the why behind all this activity, you may be spinning your wheels for nothing. 1. Find out what they say.