September, 2011

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Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

Sazbean

Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 59.95.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at  Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. …&# or “+100 RT …&# ). As Jessica Northey wrote recently, Don’t Should On Yourself and instead, find what works for you. Forget the Rules.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

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Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout. haven’t reviewed these tools in detail just yet, but it appears that influence is a red-hot topic in PR and marketing circles right now. TopazPartners.com. Just be skeptical.

9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom. Differentiated. No “me too” ideas allowed. Relevant. Timely. Has a narrative. Demonstrates mastery.

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Why Klout matters. A lot.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Now, for a different perspective. Even me. Right?

The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence

Conversionation

An analysis of Klout, the use of it and the concept of influence from the Klout and social network perspective. Let me start by disappointing you. I do not know the ultimate truth. just wanted to grab your attention. That’s what you do with a post title now and then. However, now that you’re [.]. Opinion Social media marketing Eloqua influence Joe Fernandez K+ Klout Klout score PeerIndex

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.

Influence of Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) on Buyer Behavior and Decisions

Tony Zambito

How Social Media Overtook Legacy Media

Sazbean

How Social Media Overtook Legacy Media. On September 3rd, 1786, a man from Peter’s Creek, Pennsylvania wrote to his local newspaper, commenting that “I see by your last paper that you have not been crammed with news.&# The Pittsburgh Gazette had been printing the news since July 29th of that same year, but Gilbert Gichen was the first to have his comments on the newspaper published for other readers to see. In the New Media era (social media, blogging, online journalism), Gilbert Gichen’s contribution seems somewhat trivial. How the Switch to New Media Impacted Business.

11 Twitter Tips for Building Business Relationships

PWB Marketing Blog

More and more businesses are jumping into Twitter to find new customers and connect with current ones. The word’s out that Twitter builds relationships – but many businesses get it wrong. Twitter has unwritten rules of engagement. If you don’t follow the norms, you can be a turn off – losing your chance at building a relationship with a prospective customer. Know the norms on Twitter.

Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. First, my toolset: RSS Reader from Google. This is my preferred “first thing in the morning” check, so I can catch up on the latest feeds, news, and insights.  actually I start with Zite on iPad, but that’s in bed actually!). Google Chrome.  My process only works with this browser.  (But feel free to test others after it’s set up with Chrome). Accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Gmail account to use Google’s Reader. Extended Share for Google Plus.

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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.

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,”  readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too!  So here we are with the third edition. These are all real Twitter bios … @MichaelACaruso. I’ve learned I don’t know anything. 

The Blog Tree: New Growth. Fruit for Your RSS Feed [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this A couple weeks ago, I attended Content Marketing World , where I presented on the business value of infographics. Although the conference was chock full o’ content marketing goodness, one line rang most loudly: “You’ve gotta go through the eyes to get to the brain.”. Michael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner delivered that gem as he riffed on the importance of design.

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Infographic of the Week: The NEW Marketing Trifecta [INFOGRAPHIC]

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For this week’s infographic by Flowtown, we take a look at the digital space of marketing. Check out how companies are utilizing Mobile Devices, Social Media, and Email to promote themselves. Infographics social media infographic infographic of the week Marketing

What Moneyball Teaches Digital Marketers About Winning

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“Adapt or Die” – Billy Beane. Moneyball , a book by Michael Lewis and now a movie starring Brad Pitt, is an amazing story of how Billy Beane, the then Oakland Athletics General Manager, chose to abandon baseball’s collective wisdom and applied what many considered to be “outsider” thinking to develop a winning team. When everyone’s way isn’t working for you, find your own path.

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.

Three Dangerous B2B Social Media Mistakes

PWB Marketing Blog

Social media is more effective when you’re not making mistakes. Mistakes are costly. The best case scenario is you get nervous because management is breathing down your neck for bottom line results. The worst case scenario is you get fired for making a social media mistake. Social media investment is expected to increase among B2B companies (Source: Worldcom Public Relations, 2011). Wrong.

Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. First, my toolset: RSS Reader from Google. This is my preferred “first thing in the morning” check, so I can catch up on the latest feeds, news, and insights.  actually I start with Zite on iPad, but that’s in bed actually!). Google Chrome.  My process only works with this browser.  (But feel free to test others after it’s set up with Chrome). Accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Gmail account to use Google’s Reader. Extended Share for Google Plus.

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Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations. Look through the success stories in your blog reader. Coca-Cola. And of course the ever-present Zappos. Is anybody paying attention to the little guys?

Blogger outreach is scary

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. That’s what my company, Abraham-Harrison does, and lots of other companies try to do it, too. But I am still surprised that many companies don’t do blogger outreach, even today.

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.

What is Thought Leadership and Why Do you Need It?

B2B Marketing Insider

These were some of the questions asked recently at the #profschat back on September 16 th by @MProfsEvents and the good folks @MarketingProfs. During the one-hour “tweetchat” that occurs every Friday from 12-1pm EST, there was a great dialogue on the definition, the need and the value of Thought Leadership. It can also include your unique perspective on hot topics relevant for your customers.

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Content Marketing As A Process: Three Rules Before Starting

Conversionation

Content marketing is defined as a marketing technique. However, it’s also  a process that it is very connected – and thus should be aligned – with several marketing purposes and business processes. Note that the definition of content marketing as a technique should not make you focus too much on the content itself. To succeed, [.]. Blog Blogging Content marketing Conversion Opinion AIDAS content marketing conversion customer life cycle customer-centricity lead management metrics ROI

[INFOGRAPHIC] How to Use QR Codes for B2B Marketing

Content Marketing for BI

I’ve been seeing QR codes more and more and wondered how I might incorporate them into my own marketing content and activities for B2B companies. After doing much research, testing, and my own brainstorming, I came up with this infographic to help pull it all together. Hope you enjoy it! You can also download the PDF version here.

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Prospects DO Judge Your White Paper by its Cover

Savvy B2B Marketing

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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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.

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale. Gone are the days when bloated claims could pass as truth and lies went unpunished. Now is the time of social SEO. Then Came SEO.

Experiential Buying Behavior Takes B2B Center Stage

Tony Zambito

Image by davidking via Flickr. In my previous article, Enhance the Buyer Experience with Intelligent Engagement , I referenced a trend I called Experiential Buying.    Buyer behaviors in B2B marketplaces are shifting tremendously towards more holistic experiential expectations that defy the conventional straight re-buy, modified re-buy, and new buy behaviors of the past. 

E-Books: The Next Front for Journalists in Transition

B2B Memes

Over the weekend, I read a couple of blog posts that highlighted for me the shifting battlefront in the digital-media wars. Twitter is no longer a matter for debate among thinking journalists. Twitterland is settled, and the analog natives have either converted or consigned themselves to the dustbin of history. The next front is something quite different: e-books. In response to a reader of his superb recent series of posts on why and how to use Twitter, Steve Buttry addressed the question of how to handle curmudgeonly journalists who continue to resist it. He gave two answers. Probably not.

The Ultimate Facebook Marketing Cheat Sheet

Hubspot

Facebook's social network domination may frequently get challenged by emerging social media platforms like Google+, but the facts remain. With more than 750 million members in its user base, it's still the most popular social network around. And yes, businesses are beginning to understand its potential to help them achieve their marketing goals. Setting up a Page is simple. link] at [link]. 3.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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