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Now on YouTube: Our White Paper

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Demonstrating how to repurpose B2B content using simple video tools, we present the video version of "Secrets of Case Study Winners," based on our white paper about effective B2B case study programs. read more

More Cool Tools Applied to B2B Marketing: Video Capture

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Since email, as a marketing medium, has evolved past "mainstream" and on to "boring," let's get creative and look at some new ways to communicate to buyers. How about sending videos that show off a new product feature, explain a new research finding, or show how to do a task? Or even make a sales presenation? read more. Multimedia Tools

Sales and Marketing: Let Worlds Collide

The Content Factor

At a recent Focus Roundtable on Sales and Marketing alignment (or the lack thereof), we acknowledged the frequently discussed differences between the people who work in sales jobs and the people who work in marketing jobs. Marketing people think of their company’s prospects as a either a homogenous group or grouping of groups (segments), and they communicate with these groups through vehicles that are designed to reach masses of people. read more. Business to Business (B2B) Sales and Marketing Alignment

Google Fights Back Against Content Farms

The Content Factor

I applaud Google for using its enormous influence to fight back against the content farms, such as eHow and WikiAnswers, which clog search results with weak but heavily search-engine-optimized content to fuel ad sales. read more. Better Corporate Writing Business to Business (B2B) Content Marketing

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Is Perfect the Enemy of Good When it Comes to Corporate Content Marketing?

The Content Factor

Everybody wants everything to be perfect, and this is especially true of corporate content. Catching typos, making sure everything is grammatically correct and on message—those are certainly table stakes for corporate content. But what about legal review, approval by various subject matter experts, review within the marketing chain of command and third party approval from customers and industry analysts? Is touching base and “covering off” with everybody absolutely necessary? read more. Content Marketing

Content Strategy, Straight Up

The Content Factor

A wonderful discussion thread was started by Own McDonald in the Content Strategy group on LinkedIn, with this challenge: I challenge any CS group member to offer a working definition of content strategy that's light on industry-speak and easily digestible for the average marketer in 100 words or less. Straight up. It started in January and is still ongoing. There is more great insight here than can be packed into 100 words. read more. Content Marketing Content Strategy

What Can Food Trucks teach us about social marketing

The Content Factor

Much has been written lately about social media. One of the more interesting uses of social media involves food trucks and how they are using social to find and communicate with customers. This recent post from The Chempetitive Group is typical of what marketing experts are saying. read more

Case Study Winners: It’s a Program, Not a Project

The Content Factor

In a recent post, I told about my favorite discovery as we interviewed B2Bs for our new white paper, “ Secrets of Case Study Winners.” That discovery was that the “winners” created bene read more. B2B Case Studies Business to Business (B2B) Content Marketing

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Solving the Content Creation Conundrum

The Content Factor

As usual, Sirius Decisions is spot-on with some of their marketing and sales alignment insights. Here is a recent newsletter on how to solve the content creation issues. At The Content Factor, we have already been ebedding many of these best practices for years

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LiveScribe: Groundbreaking Tool for Content Creators

The Content Factor

I have a new toy. It's really an amazing tool that gives my writing more detail, makes me more responsive to the marketing managers and subject-matter experts I work with, and saves me a ton of time. But it's so fun to use that it feels like toy. read more. Better Corporate Writing Writing Tools

Marketing Success: When Buyers Self-Select

The Content Factor

I enjoyed speaking on the Focus Roundtable a few weeks ago on the topic of sales and marketing alignment, along with Dan McDade of PointClear , Tim Sullivan of Sales Performance International, and Karen Hayward of Centerbeam. You can listen to the recording of the event here. read more. B2B Buying Cycle Business to Business (B2B) Sales Support

Sales & Marketing Alignment: An Intriguing Question

The Content Factor

I'm looking forward to serving on the panel of Focus.com's Roundtable on January 28, "How To Achieve Stronger Marketing & Sales Alignment." The panel is a well-rounded group of experts on both the Sales and Marketing sides, and I expect the discussion to be lively. read more. Business to Business (B2B) Marketing Automation Sales Support

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Case Study Winners: It’s About the Client

The Content Factor

Our new white paper, “Secrets of Case Study Winners,” outlines quite a few specific strategies for B2B companies to create successful case study programs. The idea for this white paper was borne from my observation that case studies are remarkably difficult for most B2Bs to generate, yet they are usually the most valuable marketing content a B2B can provide for its sales force. read more. B2B Case Studies Business to Business (B2B) Content Marketing

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.

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7 Reasons Why Business Websites Are Still Important

Sazbean

With all the hype around Facebook, blogs and Twitter, I often get asked whether a business still needs a website. seriously) Having a good website for your business is even more important now that technologies like Twitter and Facebook make it easier for more people to find you. People search through search engines like Google or Bing, not via Facebook for fan pages. What do you think?

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.

The Nifty 50 Top Women of Twitter for 2011

Webbiquity

Few phenomena have ever spread as far and grown as rapidly as social media; obviously, this has tapped into something essential to our nature. What is it? The answer may come from the email marketing field. According to a recent study by email service provider Aweber, four simple words virtually guaranteed to get an email opened are: “You are not alone.”. Jennifer Aaker. aaker. Diana Adams. Ambal.

Social CRM and Return on Marketing: Customer Life Cycle Value

Conversionation

No marketing activity is an island. No customer-centric business process should be isolated. Every business should be working on integrating all data platforms, silos, marketing channels and businesses processes right now in order to have a single customer view and 360 degrees social CRM approach. Smart campaigns and branding are crucial for every business. Integrated. People-centric. Why now?

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Why the Term “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Creates Serious Confusion – Part I

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet. SiriusDecisions made a brilliant contribution to B2B marketing several years ago when they created their Demand Waterfall. That “waterfall” is a metaphor for key funnel stages. It seems like everyone I talk to who works in the technology industry, which is an early adopter of marketing innovations, uses the Demand Waterfall framework. What Does “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Mean to You?

Connect Your Blog to Facebook Automatically

Writing on the Web

Are your blog posts fed automatically into Facebook? The other day I was horrified to learn that a dear client was manually posting his blog articles to Facebook. Yikes! No wonder blogging seems tiresome and time-consuming. took my pencil and rapped him on the knuckles, gave him a virtual scowl and promised to write a post about how to do this. How to Automatically Link Blog Posts to Facebook.

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.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

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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?

6 Reasons Social Media Sucks, But You Need to Use It Anyway

Webbiquity

Amid all of the hype, conferences, and rapid adoption of social media marketing by organizations from sole proprietors to the Fortune 100, there remains an undercurrent of skepticism. This surfaces in posts like Social Media Skepticism , 5 reasons why social media skeptics maybe right and Business social networking: where’s the ROI? Image credit: Spin Sucks. Reasons Social Media Sucks. 1.

Are we killing our customers with engagement?

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Facebook is seeing a decline in use. Studies show that users are un-Liking business pages. Consumers are getting savvy and more jaded about businesses use of social media—and they’re responding negatively. The thing is, it’s our own fault. So, lots of companies have done just that. Sure, there are exceptions. Those customers are a minority, though.

7 ideas to turn PowerPoint slides into social media marketing gold

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Although PowerPoint has been around for years, it is still the king of presentation software tools.  It is an absolutely critical arrow in my business marketing quiver … and for some reasons that might surprise you! Here are seven ideas to use PowerPoint slides to create new value for your social media marketing efforts: 1. Populate Slideshare. Do it. 2. Spice up a blog post. Make an eBook.

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.

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?

Content Marketing: What Content People Share And Why They Do It

Conversionation

Why do people share content? It’s a simple question but when looking at it, you’ll quickly discover the answer is all but easy, depends on many factors and requires a good deal of psychological insights. However, in trying to answering it, one can find a lot of value for his business and “target groups” in this social media and multi-channel marketing age where content plays an increasing role and content marketing is a hot topic. Content is an enormously broad concept that we use every day without really defining it. We seldom talk about what it is. Thus context. Or are we both?

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.

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.

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.

Monitoring vs Analytics [Infographic]

Buzz Marketing for Technology

After two years at the helm of Avaya’s social media strategy which produced a very strong ROI in the Social Customer Support area, I am happy to say we finally got that strategy institutionalized within the Support organization so I found myself with a rare opportunity to evolve our strategy from brand monitoring and reputation management to something higher order like Social Insights.

The making of a social media slut

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I crossed the line.  I think I have become a social media slut. Before I tell my tale, let me relate a few of my experiences this week … A very talented friend told me he was rejected for a job at a major ad agency because his Klout score was too low. A B2B marketing agency Managing Director told me he chose between two qualified candidates based on their Klout score. Oh my God. Filthy. 

What a Hotel Manager Taught Me About the Future of Business

Paul Gillin

Scott Wright is the general manager of the Wyndham Wingate Hotel in Erlanger, KY, and in a 15-minute ride to the airport yesterday morning he taught me something about the future of business. The fact that the manager of the hotel was driving me to the airport was unusual in the first place, but Wright makes it part of his routine. Customer service is number two. Certainly not with advertising.

The New Social Buyer Ecosystem

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. From a B2B market view, the new social buyer ecosystem continues to undergo a rapid evolution.    The pace in 2011 has noticeably quickened.    A new social buyer ecosystem is developing with implications on our conventional thinking about how B2B buyers in particular may actually go about researching and buying. New Buyer Perspectives Evolving.

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.