December, 2011

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The Three Most Dangerous Social Media Metrics

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By Srini nvas Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. while back I said that metrics and measurements have a tendency to limit our potential. What I failed to realize was that this is only the case when we measure the wrong things.  As bloggers it’s really easy to get caught up in comparison and competition. As a result we end up measuring the things that don’t have a strong impact on our business.

3 Developments that are Sabotaging the Social Media Movement

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. I’m worried about the social media movement. Although in some ways the initial enthusiasm in social was overblown, we were right to place high expectations on the convergence of media, social networking, and collaboraton. However, as of late, something seems to be missing. Thought Leadership has morphed into clever personal grandstanding.

#NewNewTwitter: A New Opportunity for Marketers

Digital B2B Marketing

Twitter announced a new interface, rolling out over the next few weeks, this morning. You can preview the interface and the new features at Compared to this change, the previous change to New Twitter (the current interface) was minor. This is a major change and for marketers, it is a far more interesting change. Discover. Discover. Discover.

The anti-prediction of 2012 social media predictions

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This is the time of year for predictions and it’s all starting to sound like yada-yada to me. Probably you too? But how many bloggers go back and actually let you know how they did with last year’s predictions? Lets’s start there, and then I will add four surprising 2012 predictions of my own at the end. Google+ will not be the Facebook killer. Doesn’t matter. Grade = A +.

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.

Brian Solis on Digital Darwinism and Customer-Centricity


As you probably know, Brian Solis published a new book a while back, called ‘The End of Business as Usual’. Since it’s an ideal time to catch up with my reading before going underground for the end of the year, I asked Brian some questions that are related to the ideas he develops in it.  [.]. Blog Connected marketing Customer-centricity Interview Social media marketing Brian Solis customer-centricity Digital Darwinism new consumerism The End of Business As Usual

2012 Content Marketing Trends for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

I just finished reading an excellent research report from the good folks at Content Marketing Institute (CMI). This report is chock full of statistics and graphs about B2B content marketing. In this post, I want to focus on some of their findings that I feel apply to content marketing for manufacturers and industrial companies. That’s not the only good news for blogs.

32 Resolutions to Prepare for Your 2012 B2B Lead Generation Program


Everybody does list-format blog posts this time of year.  Thought I’d give it a shot as well, running through a master list of “resolutions” as preparation for improving your inbound marketing and lead generation strategies for 2012 and beyond.  Consider these as the stepping stones for optimal business growth by aligning marketing & sales, and developing a content strategy designed to generate leads and nurture them into sales. Process: Set your lead generation campaign goals. How many qualified leads. Cost-per-lead. Inquiry-to-lead conversion rate.  Revenue-per-lead.

Aha! Marketing Leaders Reveal Their Most Powerful Marketing Insights from 2011

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet At the B2B Summit 2011 in San Francisco, Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content at MECLABS, asked me and a few other attendees to reveal our most important “aha” moments in 2011. Our responses are compiled in the video below; hearing what my colleagues had to say produced even more “aha” moments for me, and I’m sure they will for you, too. In fact, this will be well worth investing nine minutes to watch if you want a serious dose of inspiration and insight. Everything I thought was true wasn’t.” There are huge companies that are just as green as the startups ,” he confesses.

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.

How To Generate ROI (Return On Interesting) With Content Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Lately I have been having some very passionate discussions about the best place to start in Content Marketing. Do you start with products, personas or topics? You have heard me rant before about the biggest marketing mistake when we use our website and too much outbound promotion to just talk about ourselves. So you can eliminate product as the starting point. The Basic Argument. Test, test, test!

A Primer on Website Visitor ID and Smart Form Technology for Lead Generation


There’s a technology available that identifies company and prospect visitors to your websites, landing pages, and forms.  Long available within marketing automation, these programs complement sales and lead scoring efforts, by allowing you to capture intelligence and follow-up with firms visiting your digital destinations. Analytics packages do this all the time to measure website performance. 

Sazcast Episode 35 – Twitter Analytics with Dave Peckens


Twitter Analytics – Why, What & How to Measure Your Efforts on Twitter with co-host Dave Peckens. Show notes. Here are the links we discussed in the podcast: HootSuite. Twitalyzer. SproutSocial. PeerIndex. CoTweet. Twitter Grader. Wildfire Analytics. Klout. 10 Twitter tools for better social networking (Webdesigner depot). Subscribe to the Sazcast podcast: Subscribe in iTunes.

Five Step Guide: Gaming Google for the Long Term

Digital B2B Marketing

Google makes approximately 500 search algorithm changes a year. Looked at another way, Google averages two algorithm changes every business day. Many of these changes, like the well publicized rounds of Google’s Panda updates, are designed to remove ways companies have found to game Google’s search results. So how do you keep up with all the changes Google makes? Think Twylah. 5.

Five Step Guide: Gaming Google for the Long Term

Digital B2B Marketing

Google makes approximately 500 search algorithm changes a year. Looked at another way, Google averages two algorithm changes every business day. Many of these changes, like the well publicized rounds of Google’s Panda updates, are designed to remove ways companies have found to game Google’s search results. So how do you keep up with all the changes Google makes? Think Twylah. 5.

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.

Getting found on LinkedIn: how keywords can improve your visibility

Savvy B2B Marketing

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?

B2B Blogging and Video Takes Off

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Some might say 2011 was the year of social media in b2b. But according to a survey released this week, it might have been the year of the blog. The survey found that blogs saw an 27% increase as b2b content marketing usage tactic this year over 2010, with 65% of respondents claiming they use blogs as part of their content marketing strategy. Want help from the experts?

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Marketing Automation Skills are Scarce: Strategies to Close the Gap

Customer Experience Matrix

The marketing automation industry continues to grow quickly, with many vendors announcing their client bases have more than doubled in 2011. But there’s also a growing realization that many marketing automation systems are used for only simple tasks – often no more than email, landing pages, and CRM integration. Surveys, like this one from IBM , show many obstacles to successful deployment.

5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Will Affect B2B Marketers in 2012

Tony Zambito

Changes in buyer behaviors continue to march on as new social technologies take root into the mainstream of B2B businesses. 

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.

The A-Z Guide to B2B Lead Generation


I thought I’d have fun with this post and attempt to explain key principles of lead generation and inbound marketing in an A-Z glossary format.  Feel free to challenge me with your own list or a replacement term for one of the letters.    Here we go: A-    Analytics.   All activity of the lead generation process needs to be measured via a robust analytics program.  Specific dashboards exist to manage each step of the funnel; from prospect attraction to conversion to lead close.  By optimizing website and landing page traffic; conversion lifts will increase. B-    Buyer Personas. 

Marking the 100th anniversary of the PR profession’s identity crisis

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I started my business career as a public relations professional 30 years ago. Since then I have morphed into new careers like sales, marketing, business development, consulting, and teaching, but there is a little piece of my heart that will always belong to PR. So I’m disheartened that the same tired questions about “what is PR?” Of course it is a profession. Calm down. Business.

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Connecting Thought Leadership to Lead Generation in B2B Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Many B2B marketers look to content marketing as a key part of establishing thought leadership. However, companies frequently expect the same content marketing program to capture contacts or leads as well. The problem is, registration and thought leadership are at odds with each other. Instead, thought leadership should be your door opener.

Sometimes not having a strategy is the best strategy

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The importance of strategy is woven into the fabric of every consultation and class I teach.  I shout it from the mountaintops.  And yet, sometimes I break my own rules … and with good reason.  In a fast-changing competitive marketplace, sometimes not locking into a strategy is the best strategy. In my particular field, the dynamics are changing tumultously. Right And then there is {grow}. 

The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

Klout rants are becoming a cottage industry

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Klout seems to be the blogger’s best friend these days.  Is anybody NOT writing about it? What’s driving the frenzy? Are you really serious about privacy? The biggest complaint about Klout (recently) is the fact that they have had some privacy breeches, most notably “opting-in minors” who were connected to people who had legitimately participated in Klout. Not one post.

How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , 1,745 marketing organizations revealed that trade shows took up the biggest chunk of their marketing budget – over 21%. Yet, they only ranked fourth in marketing effectiveness, under websites, SEOs, and emails. suspect that part of the ROI problem may be due to improper prioritization. They need to do the same with trade shows. Booth visitors.

How blogging changed a life

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I was at a party the other night and was discussing some of my exciting current projects with a new friend.  He asked me: “Five years ago, could you have ever imagined you would be where you are today?” ” He probably didn’t get the answer he was expecting.  In fact, this question hit me like a punch in the stomach. You see, five years ago I was hopeless. Blogging. Personal

10 Ways to Use Social Networks for B2B Marketing


Social networks are essential for expanding your web presence —not only for creating social signals now a key component in search engine rankings, which makes your website and blog easier to find in search, but also by giving you more places to be found online. Creating your profile on each of the major social networks is a first step, but just that. profile alone won’t get you much. As with most things in life, you’ll get out of social networks what you put into them. Interact (e.g., ask and answer questions). Recommend. Repeat. Plaxo). Create valuable backlinks for SEO.

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.

Beyond Marketing Automation: Building a Complete Marketing Infrastructure

Customer Experience Matrix

This started as a post about Empathy Logic , a company that merges data from marketing automation, CRM, Web tracking, order processing, social monitoring, and other systems; lets marketers segment and select from this more complete set of data; and sends the resulting lists back to message delivery systems such as email and Web sites. So, yes, there’s a need for a company like Empathy Logic.

Five Ways B-to-B Marketers Need to Change Their Game


Image via Wikipedia. The Internet has driven dramatic changes in business buying behavior.  Just as no one buys a car anymore without first checking prices and features online, business buyers now research and educate themselves online, months—even years—before ever seeing a sales person. In These days, the sales person has lost control.  But there’s more.  deliberate contact strategy.

Marketing IS Business: The Wisdom of Peter Drucker

B2B Marketing Insider

I have been using a lot of Peter Drucker quotes since I entered marketing over 18 years ago. And I have been using them a lot lately in this blog  here  and  here , and in many of the  presentations I’ve been giving. So I did some research and found this great paper  by Frederick E. Webster Jr., published in the Academy of Marketing Science in 2008. It encompasses the entire business.

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The customer is the customer. Adapt or die.

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I’ve had a variety of sales jobs in my career and have dealt with some great people … and some world-class jerks. Not just difficult and demanding people, but unethical, bullying, liars at Fortune 100 companies. One time, a powerful VP demanded that my company buy-back $1.2 million of our material due to a cosmetic issue that did not affect the performance of their end product. Right?

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.

Is “social media campaign” an oxymoron?

Chris Koch

If you had asked me a few years ago whether the traditional marketing campaign had any place in social media I would have scoffed. Just more evidence of marketing’s old-fashioned, ADHD-driven, love-’em-and-leave-’em approach. would have had only slightly less disdain for the audience for these campaigns. Fly-by-night opportunists hoping to win your Facebook sweepstakes. Win or lose, after the contest is over, they’d ditch you as quickly as a toddler dispatching a fistful of broccoli. After all, “engaging” is one of the four components of social media management. Then HP did something cool.

Email Marketing: Where’s the Innovation?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I always look forward to the announcement of the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Award winners; they’re a great source of inspiration. In fact, just couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the B2B Best in Show Winner’s unexpected email approach grew its subscriber base by millions. Email marketing remains one of the top three lead-generation tactics, just below websites and SEO. 

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They told us so. An amazing film of the future.

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If you can’t view the video above, please click here. This 57-year-old film, recently unearthed by GE, might be the most interesting five minutes you spend all day. It predicts our current technology with uncanny prescience. Among the innovations correctly predicted in this film are: DVR. refrigerator ice-maker. baby monitor. Skype. flat-screen, 3D television. the personal computer.

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Why Writing Like You Talk Works Better for Your Brain

Writing on the Web

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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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