November, 2016

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Dear CEO: The Era of Accountability Starts in 2017

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(Photo Courtesy of Kenny Madden). This cartoon was sent to me in response to a blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago. just love the simplicity of it; not to mention that it absolutely captures what is wrong with marketing in many if not most companies today. At some point it has to stop, doesn’t it? You would think so, but there are few signs of it stopping in the real world today. Sales is mad.

How to Refine Your Sales Methodology

ViewPoint

Bob Apollo from Inflexion-Point Strategy Partners recently sent me three whitepapers to review and comment on. thought all three were excellent, but due to my background in, and passion about, lead qualification, that was the one topic that really stood out. Bob’s view: Traditional lead qualification, such as the over simplified BANT criteria (Budget, Authority, Need and Timeframe) are inadequate to reflect the dynamics of today’s complex buying process. recommend using ADOPTED as a highly refined methodology to guide the qualification process in today’s complex B2B sales environments. Options.

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Seven Ideas to Increase Sales (Reading time: Five minutes or Less)

ViewPoint

There isn't a senior executive at any company across the globe that doesn't want more sales. The trouble is, not every company truly understands what it takes to generate that additional revenue. Here are some best practices involved with increasing sales: Lead generation, lead qualification, lead nurturing: For every dollar you have closed, you have left two dollars on the table. Go to this blog to see why this is happening and what to do about it. Validation and calibration of lead scoring : Your scoring needs calibration. Avoid the missed potential that traditional database clean-ups miss.

Gold Calling vs. Cold Calling

ViewPoint

I've written many blog posts on the fact that cold calling isn't dead. In fact, doing the right amount of research, adding a personalized touch to your outreach attempts, and a lot of persistency will help you get in the door for more prospects than you might think. Using these gold calling techniques will help you have faith in the cold calling process. Whether you call high quality cold calling Gold Calling or Cold Calling 2.0, there are four primary differences between quality outbound touches and old-fashioned cold calling or “interruption marketing.”. Their company does not force them to.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. Today, of course, a comprehensive lead nurturing strategy is much more than that. Currently we have a bunch of leads sitting in that “contacted” stage. Do you agree?”.

30+ Statistics Designed To Guide B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy in the New Year

KoMarketing Associates

It’s that time in the year again. As we head toward the end of 2016, marketing budgets and planning for the new year will begin to take focus. While we realize that successful B2B marketing programs leverage a combination of investments, social media needs to remain in a part of that mix. Social Media Strategy and Budgeting. source ). source ). source ). source ). source ). source ).

Industrial Email Marketing for Targeting Engineers in Long and Complex Sales Cycles

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial email marketing doesn’t get as much respect as it deserves. I’ve read articles where people have claimed that email marketing is dead thanks to social media. That is simply not true when it comes to industrial marketing. Let’s say you are a provider of engineering services and you sell to the Medical Device industry. This is only a content summary.

Search: The art and science of identifying your target audience

Biznology

A common theme with marketers is to acquire as much intelligence, data, and insight as possible in order to “place your bets”: meaning, you want to make sure that the money you are spending on marketing will ensure the people you want to reach actually consume your messaging and then act accordingly. With digital, marketers have access to more data and insight than ever. Search is a critical piece.

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.

3 Tips for Better Aligning B2B Content Marketing & SEO in 2017

KoMarketing Associates

As every search marketer knows, content is critical in driving SEO efforts. Whether you’re looking to improve traffic, drive conversions, or acquire links, you need quality content in place to help get you there. As noted by Neil Patel , content marketing and SEO are like peanut butter and jelly. You can eat them on their own, but they complement each other so well. Just kidding. But how? Say what?

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Sales Management End of Year Checklist

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management End of Year Checklist.  . While I was working on ideas for the next few blogs it occurred to prepare a series based upon the end of the year and the start to 2017. Depending upon the person and the conditions in their sales organization each article may or may not be pertinent. decided to start with a Sales Management End of Year Checklist.  Did it achieve your goals for 2016?

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The ugly side of digital transformation

Biznology

Back in the early 1990s, the corporate world was seized by a concept called “business process re-engineering (BPR),” the goal of which was to rethink business from the ground up, questioning every assumption, and redesigning processes from scratch to achieve massive gains in efficiency and competitiveness. Unfortunately, the latter is more likely. Corporate structure resists transformation change.

The more the messier for content marketing SEO success

Biznology

You need to spend only 20% of the time you do on your content marketing and marketing SEO than you’re doing — at least for now. Be quick, be messy, be pedestrian, maybe even turn off your Grammatik and your Autocorrect. Churn out five-times the amount of content you’ve been writing then hit publish and walk away for a couple days. Please. America voted Donald J. And though only.4%

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Agile Marketing in B2B

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Agile marketing increasingly is being recognized as a powerful key to content effectiveness. Buyer interest and trends can change in the blink of an eye, in particular as social and other media drive the news. Breaking news creates windows of opportunities, but only if marketers are quick and smart enough to take advantage of them. And did I forget to say it can produce stupendous ROI results?

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.

A Deeper Look Into B2B Demand Generation

It's All About Revenue

We just completed our third annual B2B Enterprise Demand Generation Study , which evaluated the maturity of the demand generation function within enterprise organizations. While the results are showing incremental improvement overall, it is clear that organizations are still looking to master the art and science of demand generation. stated that their team skill set is highly effective.

Top 5 B2B Marketing Tactics You Can’t Ignore

B2B Marketing Insider

In our ever-advancing world, it can be hard to keep up – for B2B marketers, especially. Seemingly every week there is a new marketing tactic to not just analyze for validity and endurance, but to learn, implement and take advantage of. Notably online, there are endless marketing platforms, software and tools, each promising to fulfill […]. Marketing Strategy

Solving the Multi-channel Conundrum: How to Leverage Your Marketing Data for Success

It's All About Revenue

Who are you really marketing to? It may sound like a crazy question, but it’s increasingly difficult for marketers to answer these days. Prospects and customers can no longer be seen as having a single customer journey. They exist, operate, and interact with brands on multiple platforms, devices, and channels. More than 60% of UK adults online use two or more devices daily. Main Takeaways.

Think Beyond Mobile-First and Consider Mobile Experiences Like These Brands

It's All About Revenue

A few years ago, mobile was viewed by digital marketers as a side channel; a sort of “diet-digital” that was marginalized because of smaller screen sizes and a less mature marketing ecosystem. Fast forward to the present, and mobile is the alpha dog of the pack: Two-thirds of marketing emails are opened on mobile devices ( eMarketer ). What’s Different on Mobile? Social value.

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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.

Why “White Hat SEO” is Just Another Name for “Beautiful Content Marketing”

B2B Marketing Insider

Having been in the Internet marketing profession for eight years now (seven of which have been specific to SEO and search marketing,) I’ve worked for several companies that employed both “black hat SEO” and “white hat SEO” programs. Now, as I reflect on my experience, I solidify my belief that actualizing ethical, white hat SEO strategies […].

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Be Thankful for Account-based Marketing this Holiday Season

It's All About Revenue

Account-based marketing, or ABM, is what seemingly every B2B marketer has been talking about in 2016. And if you believe the experts and the surveys, it is something that marketers should be thankful for. Talk is cheap, but real results are something that your should proudly shout your thanks to the hills. Revenue. Customer Experience. Marketing Sales Alignment. " Oh that elusive ROI.

14 key facts on website speed and 4 top tips when it ‘s slow

Biznology

Website speed has long been recognized as a important factor that impacts search engine rankings. And a top factor in Search Engine Optimization  (SEO). Slow website speed creates a bad user experience, one that may result in visitors not coming back to your website or going to your competition. And that it even more important than search rank because search engines don’t buy products, people do.

Accelerate Conversions with Clean Data and Relevant Content

It's All About Revenue

B2B organizations are rethinking established processes to increase collaboration between marketing, sales, and other customer facing departments to create a more consistent, targeted customer experience. These new capabilities give marketers the power to strategically align sales and marketing communications to transform conversations into conversions. Product News

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.

How 4 Brands Are Revolutionizing the Customer Experience

It's All About Revenue

As consumers, we don’t actively think about the “customer experience” — we just know when a brand makes us feel good. And the number of ways that we encounter brands is vast and continuing to expand thanks to things like native advertising, mobile app experiences, the Internet of Things and innovative offline and in-store experiences. Ideally, it does both.

The Problem Pursuing Perfection, Especially in Marketing

ANNUITAS

Perfect is the enemy of Good. The quest for excellence shouldn’t be confused with pursuing perfection, yet it’s a trap many marketers fall into. Many enterprise marketers get caught up in producing the “perfect” campaign or the “perfect” web site. This is a clear case of missing the forest for the trees. It’s uncomfortable for most involved, most people and organizations tend to resist change.

5 Roadblocks Your Content Strategy Needs to Avoid in the Buyer's Journey

It's All About Revenue

The B2B buyer’s journey consists of the actions that a prospect takes from discovery of the product to purchase of the product, and your marketing content has a great influence on that journey. Consider these two points: 67% of the buyer’s journey is now digital. Today’s buyer can be up to 90% of the way through their journey before they personally reach out to sales. webinar.

The B2B Value Sale is Actually Three Distinct Sales

Avitage

Companies trying to execute a B2B solution or value sale must overcome selling problems that start at the prospecting stage and persist to the end. Symptoms include too few quality additions to the sales pipeline, protracted and lengthening sales cycles, and low win rates. significant cause is sellers haven’t realigned messages, sales conversations, and sales process to the way buyers buy.

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.

What If Brands Stopped Thinking “Content” & Started Thinking Something Else?

B2B Marketing Insider

Ah, “content.” The Tupperware of the internet. Just saying “content” brings to mind a hollow shell, a container. And so us marketers plod along, obsessing over exactly that. We talk about “pieces” and “deliverables” or even name the things — posts, ebooks, tweets, videos — rather than agonize over the stuff inside, i.e. the stuff the audience is really […]. Content Marketing

3 Irrefutable Data Driven Marketing Facts

It's All About Revenue

Anytime anyone uses the word "irrefutable" you know they mean business. The definition alone tells you just how serious whatever context they're using the word in is - as it were: impossible to deny or disprove. Even the definition has a serious word in it: impossible. So when I write these are 3 irrefutable data driven marketing points I am going to make, you know I mean business. 1.

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Today’s online influencers are wicked tough

Biznology

Back in 2006 when I started doing online public relations, blogger outreach was a minefield. Everyone was an INBOX-monitor and each pitch was a tentative toe into boggy turf. Landmine? Solid ground? — and it was years before anyone else besides my little agency was willing to engage these bloggers on behalf of products and brands. But it’s not like that anymore. These are amazing times.

Real examples of how account-based marketing & selling is driving higher revenues on LinkedIn

Biznology

Many social media and social selling experts say “volume” is the key to success on social media platforms like LinkedIn. In an article in Content Marketing Institute’s magazine , Jonathan Crossfield compares this scattershot “volume” method to a realtor’s flyer marketing efforts. Now, Jonathan is renting so I’m sure his landlord would have something to say about it.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Want to Raise Prices? Focus on Storytelling

Type A Communications

November 17, 2016 by Carla Johnson Storytelling still gets a bad rap. Companies – especially B2B – see it as soft. Execs don’t see it as something to do if. read more. Storytelling Carla Johnson Digital Storytelling storytelling Type A Communications

Over Half of Global CMOs Are Making Data Driven Decisions

It's All About Revenue

With topics such as predictive analytics and artificial intelligence growing in not only importance but popularity among the c-suite, the idea or concept of using data to determine and drive marketing decisions is hardly breaking news. While there is still an art and creative science to marketing, even the creative aspects of the job are now driven by insights and analysis." Singles Only.

4 Ways to really engage your customers on social media

Biznology

It isn’t too tough to get your fans to like and share your posts on social platforms, but it is trickier to get them to leave comments. Many businesses really want to interact with their fans and ignite more engagement on social media to build relationships and loyalty. People want and like a better customer experience, so make sure to give them one if you want to really engage them.

4 Things That Should Be On Every CMO's Wish List

It's All About Revenue

With Thanksgiving now in our rear view mirror, it's time to focus squarely on those items we all crave, pine and dare I say, yearn for as marketers. Ok perhaps a little melodramatic but you get the idea. As kids of course we would make our wish list, and if we were lucky get a few of the items on it, like that way cool 10-speed bike I got when I was 14. Oh, sorry. where was I? " How?

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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.