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How Trade Publications Can Capitalize on Content Marketing and Social Media

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Last week I asked the question: will content marketing kill trade publications ? Gordon Plutsky seems to answer in the affirmative, contending that marketers need to set up their own content distribution channels , bypassing the trade media. Ted Bahr, on the other hand, not only won't concede the death of trade magazines but isn't willing even to give up on print versions of them. Research.

4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer

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There's a tremendous amount of interest in Twitter among b2b marketers. I'm frequently asked by clients and prospective clients, "What should I tweet about?" Nobody wants to be a dork. Everyone wants to do it right, but b2b social media marketing in general is still so new, and rapidly evolving, that it can seem like the rules are being written and rewritten on the fly. Help me do my job better.

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Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 4

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With the rapidly increasing use of social media tools for marketing and PR comes growing pressure to demonstrate results. But what metrics are really most appropriate for social media measurement? How can you monitor everything that's being said about your company, competitors and key industry topics across the social media landscape without spending a fortune on monitoring software?

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 4

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Which factors are really most important in search engine rankings? How do search engines treat different forms of keywords? How can you get the most of out of Google's free webmaster tools to improve rankings? What other tools are worth checking out for keywords, linking and website analysis? Find the answers to these questions and others here in more of the best SEO blog posts from this year.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

How to Suck at Twitter (And Still Look Successful)

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There are a lot of great b2b marketers and social media contributors worth following on Twitter, like Ardath Albee , Mark Schaefer , Eric Fletcher , Jennifer Kane and Rob Rose to name just a few. These are people who definitely do not suck at Twitter. They are intelligent, discerning, helpful and social. All have respectable, even impressive, but not gargantuan numbers of followers. Social Taggin

Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media Announced

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Judy Grundstrom at the Just JudyJudyJudy blog yesterday announced the Twin Cities Top Ten Titans In Social Media 2009 , chosen by a distinguished group of judges. It's a very interesting list. The winners come from a variety of backgrounds, including politics ( Dusty Trice ), broadcast media ( Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson of FM 107.1, me ), among others. If you live in the Minneapolis - St.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 3

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While most marketers have now embraced social media for monitoring and participating in brand conversations, questions still abound. Sure, online video is hot, but how you optimize video assets? How are b2b buyers actually using social media in their research and buying decisions? What's the best method for approaching social media marketing? Which sites are most important to participate in?

137 Twitter Marketing Tips for Small Business

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In case you missed it (as I did), Anita Campbell a few months ago published 137 Twitter Tips: How Small Businesses Get the Most from Twitter , based on input from the readers of Small Business Trends. This report provides a treasure trove of guidance for marketers who seek to increase their brand awareness, credibility and business results using Twitter. The tips are categorized into six sections.

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.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Search Engine Marketing

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What's the real the optimal cost per lead for your SEM program? How can you improve conversion rates? Keep your search marketing program growing? Assure you that aren't overlooking any important opportunities for optimization? Discover the answers to these questions and others here in some of the best posts on search engine marketing (so far) this year.

Social Media, Cell Phones and Online Shopping: Is Big Brother Us?

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Is Big Brother watching you? Books like George Orwell's classic 1984 and films such as Minority Report and Eagle Eye present a nightmarish vision of an omniscient government watching our every move. The reality is far different story, paranoia about the Patriot Act notwithstanding. As recently as 2004, FBI agents still used laptops with Intel 286 processors. Facebook can even get a person killed.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Cool Web Tools, Part 2

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Looking for a more powerful way to share presentations online? Consolidate your online profiles and social networking presence? Create a cool Twiiter background even if you're not the artistic type? Generate word-of-word referrals? Use social media more effectively for research? You'll find tools for all of those tasks and others in this collection of more of the best cool online tools. with Bing.

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 2

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What two simple words answer almost every SEO question? What common SEO mistakes should you watch out for? How do you create a 301 redirect? Better yet, how can you avoid having to create one? What key trends in search should you be aware of, and how can you adapt to them? Among the mistakes are ignoring (or improper use of) h1, h2 etc. The Answer To All Your SEO Questions!

Which is Better for Driving B2B Blog Traffic - Twitter or LinkedIn?

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I recently did a little test to determine whether Twitter or LinkedIn was more effective at driving traffic to a few specific posts on this blog. While the results aren't scientific by any means, they are enlightening. Various posts were promoted on Twitter (with retweeting encouraged) and to three relevant and popular LinkedIn Groups focused on social media, PR and b2b lead generation.

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.

Best of 2009 (So Far): AdWords Tips and Tactics, Part 2

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How can you utilize rich media ads to take advantage of the coverage provided by Google's content network? Which AdWords reports are the most critical, and how you can take full advantage of the information they provide? How is AdWords Quality Score calculated, and how can you improve that score in your campaigns? Another Inside AdWords post worth checking out is AdWords Editor 7.5.1

Will Content Marketing Kill Trade Publications?

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Content marketing is all the rage. Check out Joe Pulizzi's Junta42 blog , pick up a copy of Ardath Albee's wonderful new book eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale (which builds upon the foundation laid by David Meerman Scott and others), follow @Mike_Stelzner on Twitter—it's everywhere. Even in the early days of online, trade publication websites and their newsletters were essential media.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 2

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Social media, and discussions of its value for PR and marketing, have become ubiquitous. But which social media tool do marketers find most valuable? What's the best tool for social media research and learning? How can you maximize the business value of tools like LinkedIn and Twitter? How can you explain the value of social media to skeptics? tools (delicious, Feedburner, LinkedIn et al.),

SEO for Product Pages

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It seems like so much of what is written about search engine optimization (SEO) assumes that you're writing a blog post, or a news story, or the next great "how to" article that's going to be syndicated far and wide on article marketing sites. Sometimes that is what you're doing, but often writing for the web—and SEO—involves less glamorous pages like product or service descriptions.

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.

Top Marketing Budget Priorities for 2010

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Given the continued high unemployment rate and uncertain prospects for economic recovery, marketing budgets will be tight heading into the new year. Most B2B marketers are likely to find themselves with fewer dollars to spend but more pressure to spend them carefully. In this environment, what are the three or four areas where marketers should focus scare resources ?

Best of 2009 (So Far): Twitter Tips and Tactics, Part 1

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Despite a recent dip in users, Twitter remains a hot social media platform (and arguably a better venue for b2b marketers than Facebook). Bloggers not only use Twitter to promote their content, but writing about Twitter frequently is their content. Check out these posts, the first of the best from this year on using Twitter for b2b marketing. Twitter FAIL! Social Tagging

Best of 2009 (So Far): Cool Web Tools, Part 1

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Looking for a slick tool to easily build branded widgets? How about a social media browser that integrates social search and sharing across multiple sites? Maybe a cool application for online project management? sophisticated yet free analytical tool for optimizing your CRM implementation? Low-cost video production? Social media analytics? And it's free.

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A Unique Approach to Integrated Advertising Campaigns: Nabbit

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In March of last year, I highlighted Nabbit as a cool online tool for tagging songs on the radio using your cell phone. It still is, though there are now competing technologies available. But what sets Nabbit apart, and makes it interesting to both b2b and b2c marketing professionals, is the tool's ability to serve as a platform for integrated advertising campaigns. Here's our discussion.

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.

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 1

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How do you determine who your competitors really are for top search engine position? How can you get new pages indexed by Google more quickly? What key aspects of SEO should you consider when doing a site redesign? Which SEO tactics should you avoid? What can SEO professionals learn from traditional marketers? Why do SEOs forget about REAL marketing? Just say "no" to nofollow.

SEO Rant: The Insidious Nofollow Tag

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I'm normally a positive, upbeat kind of guy, and as someone who's been writing professionally since the days of disco, rarely at a loss for words. The nofollow tag was misguidedly inflicted upon the online world by Google in 2005. According to Wikipedia (among the worst nofollow offenders ), "The nofollow HTML attribute was originally designed to stop comment spam on blogs. I'm not alone on this.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Blogging for Business, Part 1

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How can you attract more traffic to your blog? Generate more comments? Increase the effectiveness of guest-posting opportunities? Find free and legal images to add to your blog posts? Crank out posts more quickly? Make money from your blog? Discover the answers to these questions and others here in the first set of the best posts about business blogging so far this year. The most promising?

How to Use Social Media to Leverage the Power of Google

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Note: This is a guest post written by Christopher Angus, an award winning Internet Marketer. While Google and social media are two separate entities, they are closely intertwined. Google ranks its results based on several hundred quality signals. These range from website backlinks to the actual words on a particular page and whether a website has trust and / or authority. Social Tagging

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.

Best of 2009 (So Far): AdWords Tips and Tactics, Part 1

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What common mistakes made by AdWords marketers should you avoid in order to optimize your results? What are some AdWords myths you shouldn't believe? How is the AdWords quality score calculated, and what can you do to improve scores in your campaigns? Which element of campaigns is often overlooked, but should be optimized and tested just like ad text or landing pages? Find Out!

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 1

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Welcome to the first best-of-2009 (so far) compilation. This year will feature expanded, finer-grain categories (such as separate best-ofs for Twitter- and Facebook-related posts) and some renamed categories ("social media marketing" will replace "social media optimization" which in turn replaced a varied basket of terms before it). Social media continues its rapid growth"—check. Social Tagging

Marketing Automation: Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight

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One of the biggest challenges b2b marketers face is what to do with all of those "names" that come into your system that aren't really "leads" yet; contacts collected from white paper downloads, webinar registrations, trade shows and other activities. How do you separate hot leads from long-term leads from tire-kickers? They apply technology to a difficult process. Most sales people still don't.

5 Painfully Common SEO Mistakes to Avoid

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Every company wants their website to show up well in search engines, and their marketing teams understand the importance of search engine optimization. And after the thousands of articles and blog posts written about search engine optimization , SEO is no longer the black art it once was. To their credit, many have integrated this basic knowledge. Products," "Services," "Technology" etc.).

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Looking Back at 400: Top 10 Posts

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As I recently passed 400 posts on this blog, here is a look back at the 10 most popular items here of all time. The list has changed considerably since the last look back after 300 posts. #10: Best of 2007: Website Design , February 4, 2008 Reviews of articles and tools on website design, including a couple of pieces from the brilliant and frequently cited Stoney deGeyter.

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A Better Way to Launch New Products - Rolling Thunder

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According to research by Schneider Associates , only 38% of b2b product launches are rated "successful" by the companies introducing the new products. After decades of new product launch experience, why such a dismal rate? Why does the following still sound familiar? Traditional launches act as big corporate Lighting Bolts, the big Ta Da. Then comes the big ‘Ta Da’. Then reality strikes.

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 6

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How can online video help with SEO and online reputation management ? Which social bookmarking sites have the most clout? Can social media really increase revenue? What common mistakes should you avoid in social media marketing? Get the answers to these questions and others here in the final set of the best posts on social media marketing from last year. Take Advantage of.TV Social Tagging

Best of 2008: Amusing, Creative and Just Plain Odd, Part 2

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Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang running an ad agency. How Internet marketing is like a ruptured disc. Bizarre yet real images on the web. Ads that never should have seen the light of an LCD screen. What do all of these things have in common? They're all here in the final best of funny, creative and just plain strange blog posts from the past year.

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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.