January, 2012

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Is It Really B2B, Or Something Different All Together?

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Jason Falls is an author, speaker and CEO of Social Media Explorer. He is also co-author of the book No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing , available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere. Marketing to the business consumer takes a special pedigree. Then consider the world of social media with its Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and YouTube videos.

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Turning Raw B2B Sales Leads Into Real Opportunities: Don’t Give Up Too Soon

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When qualifying and nurturing sales leads, the lead farmer (prospect development professional) has a challenging job. The starting point in lead management is usually an inquiry consisting of a name, title, a company, a phone number or email address. The lead farmer must have the patience, discipline and skill to engage the inquirer in a conversation. This step alone can take weeks or months. Executives often don’t respond until a need’s priority has escalated. The lesson: Don’t give up too early on non-responsive sales leads. The lead farmer is patient, but persistent.

Sales Leads: Why Your Reps Need Fewer, Rather Than More

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Contrary to popular belief, reps don’t need more sales leads. They need fewer leads—or more accurately, fewer raw, unfiltered, unqualified leads. Best sales lead management practices continually show that reps need qualified leads that have been carefully vetted, properly and consistently nurtured and appropriately developed, increasing the likelihood of a completed sale. Good sales reps are by nature hunters, eager to close in on highly qualified leads for the kill. Take Steve, for example. Not a senior executive? Budget undefined? Goodbye. Next-year decision? No way.

The 5 Top Media for Cold Prospecting

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Ruth Stevens is Founder of eMarketing Strategy , a consulting practice that assists companies in building their customer acquisition and retention strategies. Ruth is also author of Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers. Every business needs new customers. But what are the most effective outbound marketing channels for kicking off a business relationship?

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

Lead Qualification & Lead Nurturing: Who's Job Is It?

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Are marketing resources or sales reps the right resources to do lead qualification and lead nurturing in the B2B complex sale? The answer is clear, and may surprise you. But first, let's take a look at some lead generation challenges. Cahners Research has shown that 45 percent of qualified leads will end up buying a solution from someone within a year. Think of lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing as progressive steps in a funnel. Marketing pours raw, unfiltered leads from a variety of sources into the top of the funnel. Reality, unfortunately, rarely matches the ideal.

Do Your Sales Prospects Have Their Own Poker “Tells”?

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James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. An important skill in playing poker is being able to read the opponents at your table. A “Tell”* is a physical reaction, sometimes called a habit, or behavior that tells others information about you and your hand. If you can read the “Tells” of the others, you win; if you can’t control your own Tells, you might lose. We all have our own Tells, which are tics and habits. No interest? Got the shakes?

Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

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Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution. The problem is, Google+ Brand Pages are not the ticket to SEO success. Getting Into Your Audience’s Trusted World There are three ways to get into Your Audience’s Trusted World.

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Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011

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In just a few short years, Twitter has transformed from an odd little sort of public IM service where people posted what they just ate for lunch or what their cat was doing at the moment into one of the big four social networks and a significant channel for news, PR & marketing, politics and more. It has enabled revolutions in real life as well as in digital marketing. More than 80% of U.S.

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.

24 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides, Tips and Tools of 2011

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Despite any recent recent rants you may have seen about how blogging is dead or blogs are passé , the fact of the matter is that business blogging is now more important than ever. With Google’s most recent Panda algorithm updates, attributes like content freshness and social signals (strengths of blogs, not corporate websites) will gain increased importance in search ranking. Stuart W.

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. I 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 fast pace of change makes the crystal ball of how buyers will behave in the future enveloped in a hazy fog. It has been used both in business and in military exercises for several decades. Follow @tonyzambito.

Pinterest drives enormous blog and business success

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Guest Post by {grow} community member Lauren Schaefer. This is Kate. She’s a hairstylist, jewelry maker, and all-around crafter based in North Carolina. Kate started her blog ( thesmallthingsblog.com ) exactly one year ago. And like most of us, it was a labor of love without a whole lot of “community.” How did she achieve this amazing success in just five months? Pinterest!

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

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The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. How can an brand establish trust online? And again.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

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B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders. Meeting this challenge successfully is the essential lifeblood of survival for many B2B companies. What has been missing? Follow @TonyZambito. Related articles.

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

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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. Is blogging dying?

Forget demographics. It’s all about the socialgraphics

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Traditionally, marketers have researched their customers’ demographics to have a clear idea of their age, gender, income, location, and other traits. Marketers added psychographics to the mix, allowing them to take into account customer’s interests, values, and attitudes. Socialgraphics helps move your message. Levels of socialgraphics.

7 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog

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Have you ever considered the ways a blog can help you get a job? I meet a lot of young people entering the work force and I always recommend blogging as a way to get ahead … in almost any career. Here’s why: 1) Show what you’re made of. In any interview, you normally have to try to convince people that you know what you know. In a blog, you can SHOW them. Let’s face it.

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

This is why you’re not Seth Godin.

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Seth Godin is an insanely successful entrepreneur, marketing author and speaker. Is his social media model of broadcasting without engagement scalable for you too? I recently received this inquiry from a friend: I launched a new blog on Sunday. It’s sort of a quote of the day/micro blog for entrepreneurs. My model is Seth Godin’s blog. Let’s take a look. They want you. Right?

Free eBook: How Buyer Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Thinking

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Image via Wikipedia. Recently, I embarked on a series of articles related to buyer trends and how they are changing conventional business thinking as we know it. These series of articles, referenced as Buyerology Trends, highlighted 7 areas of where buyer trends are challenging conventional thinking. The world has become hyper-connected and hyper-competitive. Follow @TonyZambito. Related articles.

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Is New Google like the New Coke?

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A guest post by {grow} community member Helen Brown. Let me tell you a story: Back in the 1980s there was a brand war, and it was a big deal at the time. Named the Cola Wars, it was a knock-down, drag-out fight to decide which of the two mega brands of cola was better, Coke or Pepsi. Both felt that neither could survive while the other lived, and you, the consumer, had to choose. It was huge.

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20 of the World’s Wittiest Twitter Bios

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I know you LOVE these funny Twitter bios. Yes, they’re real and they’re fabulous. Here we go! organising. Let me bitch at you every day until you sort your shit out. Newtoblogging. Maybe I should rethink this, when I spelled it Blooging at first. danecook. When I tweet, I tweet to kill. maurastl. Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together. SALJmum. ankurtz.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

8 Great Marketing Infographics To Inspire Your 2012 Objectives

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It’s the dawn of a New Year and maybe you are looking for some marketing inspiration as you set your 2012 objectives and plan for the year ahead. And if you are trying to drive positive change in your organization, sometimes a picture is better than a thousand powerpoint decks. I hope these infographics help to inspire your objectives and efforts as we kick off 2012! ” by Milena T.

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7 Things Marketers Should Stop Doing Today

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It’s that time of year when a lot of folks like to make resolutions. New beginnings and all that. Well I’m not gonna take the conventional path here. I mean if you want to lose weight, the steps are pretty simple, right? Exercise every day, weigh yourself once a week, count your calories. So here’s my list of 7 things for marketers to stop doing right now. Stupid!” Be human.

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It’s time to evolve the social media mindset

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By “Social Steve” Goldner, Contributing {grow} Columnist. It’s time to bring social media marketing to an end. I do not make this statement lightly. In fact it is pretty humbling. How do you think I, SocialSteve, feel about telling you about the end of social? Damn … not sure if my name can live on and switching it to DigitalSteve … just doesn’t have the same ring. Email.

Are you ready for Return On Influence?

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We are on the cusp of a marketing revolution. And it is being led by YOU. Dozens of companies like Klout are slicing, dicing, and dissecting the billions of bits of information published on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook each day and grading your ability to create buzz. Today, anyone can get behind the velvet rope … if you know how! So I did. This is OUR time. Many thanks!

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.

Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work

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A new set of stats show that two out of every three people agree that social media should be banned in the workplace. Simply Zesty brings us some interesting visuals on how social media is seen at work (in the UK…but let’s be honest, it’s probably similar in the US!). Infographics infographic social networking at work

4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Benefit from Pinterest

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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.

Focus Roundtable Recap: Optimizing Landing Page Conversion Rates

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I recently hosted a fantastic roundtable discussion on Focus.com on the topic of Increasing Landing Page Conversion Rates. Creating the proper conversion architecture is so critical to a company’s bottom-line, I wonder why more attention isn’t paid to this crucial element of funnel optimization. How to implement A/B tests and what factors to consider.

10 Requirements to Deploy Successful Online Content Marketing

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Content marketing is a really hot topic these days and is considered the foundation of any good inbound marketing strategy. In today’s competitive online business environment it’s a must for search engine visibility, social media marketing, lead conversion, brand building and referral traffic. Below are 10 requirements for deploying successful online content marketing.

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.

The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

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As we head into the winter months and most of us aren’t out as much, it’s a good time to catch up on some good reading material. B2B lead generation and lead management is a complicated process that can’t be detailed all in one book. It’s easier said than done which is why firms like mine exist, to implement proper lead generation tactics that build revenue. Books are listed by funnel category.

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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Infographic: A History of Disruptions in B2B Marketing

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by Joe Chernov | Tweet this “We’re gonna change the world” has become the battle cry for many tech startups. When you’re bootstrapping a company against all mathematical odds, the only thing better than ambition is wild ambition. But let’s face it: very few companies actually change the world. After all, it’s a tall order. It heralds a refined approach to content marketing.

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5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Are Impacting B2B Sales

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For many in B2B sales, from senior leaders to sales representatives, it may be a discouraging time. If you follow conventional and social media closely, the storied demise of sales has been told many times.

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.