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The Future of Your Sales Team

Your Sales Management Guru

The Future of Your Sales Team      . This year, I anticipate we will see a reduction in external sales positions of around 20%: 10% will be lost for good, and the other 10% will move inside. believe that this pattern will continue for the next three years, until we are left with less than 10% of the total sales population working externally. The reasons for this are obvious: Advances in technology mean that we can communicate just as easily from our desks, using video conferencing etc. Jonathan Farrington www.topsalesmanagement.com. Blog:  www.YourSalesManagementGuru.com.  .

5 Ways to Get Readers to Respond

Writing on the Web

You spend a lot of time writing content on your blog but if the only comments you get are from people looking for free marketing, maybe it’s time to revise your content strategies. Here’s a guest post from Chris Peterson at Straight North integrated marketing services in Chicago. 1. Your Blog as an Interactive Tool. Polls. Make them feel as if they are a part of the blog.

Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models

Tony Zambito

©All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing.  Without question, changing buyer behaviors are also impacting how we think about Demand Generation or as it has been conventionally called – lead generation.   How Can CSO’s and CMO’s Respond? Follow @tonyzambito.

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. 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 ability to make decisions based on predictions is becoming an essential attribute for B2B executives.  Emphasis on modeling buyer behavior. Bringing a qualitative interface to the quantitative analytics.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

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

The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

Everything Technology Marketing

Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". As every year, I asked the 25,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about their B2B marketing priorities for 2012. And here are the results: 1 - Integration of social media Social media remains the #1 topic in 2012. The benefits of segmentation are substantial.

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

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

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. What do you think?

What Social Data can Teach You about Audiences

Buzz Marketing for Technology

My son is a senior in high school and I am beginning to help him with his search for the right school.  One of the aspects of college life that he is looking forward to is belonging to a university with strong school spirit. So to help with this, I suggested that we use football teams as a proxy to find the right environment. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

Three Ways Personas Improved My Marketing

Savvy B2B Marketing

In this week's guest post, Bob Scheier illustrates the value of buyer personas. Read on for inspiration! Like most folks new to content marketing (the use of content to nurture and drive prospects towards a sale) I was eager to dive right in. wanted to play with the marketing automation software and start blasting out content. And boy, did I get an education. Learning Curve. Very important?

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.

The Six Stages of Emotional Branding

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

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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Best Quora Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

Is Quora still a significant social media destination? When the service was first launched, I was (like many others) flooded with notifications of new followers and invitations to follow back, to the point of annoyance. But that flood began to subside in about April of last year and had slowed to a trickle by late summer. Blogger interest in the site seemed to follow a similar pattern.

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LinkedIn 277% More Effective for Lead Generation Than Facebook & Twitter [New Data]

Hubspot

Social media can be a huge contributor to a company's lead generation efforts in both B2B and B2C. But how efficient are the various different social channels in directly driving leads? In a recent study of over 5,000 businesses, HubSpot found that traffic from LinkedIn generated the highest visitor-to-lead conversion rate at 2.74%, almost 3 times higher (277%) than both Twitter (.69%)

Building Your Internal Social Media Expert Team

Conversionation

An important aspect of setting up a social media strategy is building a team to make the program work, regardless of the scope and goals. Social media is not a free lunch, and you need your internal team of social media experts to make it happen. Tips and considerations. Let’s agree on terminology first. [.]. Blog Connected marketing Management Social media marketing Christopher Barger personal branding social media strategy social media team The Social Media Strategist

How Not to Manage Email Unsubscribes [4 Awful Examples]

Digital B2B Marketing

Unsubscribing should be easy! Let’s face it, email is convenient, but sometimes email marketing sucks. Today’s business buyers are flooded with email they do not want and it seems cannot get rid of. The problem is, publishers and marketers rely heavily on email. This is the message I get when I click unsubscribe. CAPTCHA Protected Unsubscribe This one from TMCnet floored me.

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.

47 Essential Social Media Tools for Content Marketers

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It’s hard to believe the sheer number of social media tools we use everyday to help grow the Content Marketing Institute and SocialTract , as well as my own personal brand. Which ones am I missing that you cannot live without? disclaimer: many of the tools below are CMI partner tools]. The Basics. LinkedIn  - Start the practice of connecting with every business card you receive from contacts.

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12 (of the) Best WordPress Guides and Plugin Reviews of 2011

Webbiquity

WordPress is not only the most popular blogging platform , but is increasingly becoming a leading website content management system (CMS) as well. Cost and ease of use are certainly factors, but one of the important reasons is its extensibility through plugins. How did WordPress emerge as the leading blog platform? Which plugins are the most popular / useful / vital? How did WordPress win?

Is Your Business Ready for Marketing?

Digital B2B Marketing

Businesses turn to marketing to drive revenue, but are you really ready? Before investing in marketing you must ensure other key areas of your business are ready first. Your Product or Service. If your offering isn’t ready for the market, your marketing will not solve your problems. Your Sales Organization. As a buyer, I have experienced this multiple times. New Releases. Educated Buyers.

Webinar: 5 Ways to Differentiate Your Company in a Highly Competitive Marketplace

Fearless Competitor

5 Ways to Differentiate Your Company in a Highly Competitive Marketplace  (click on title to register for this webinar). Date: February 15, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Presented by True Influence (“hand selected” Jeff as speaker for this event.). Overview. With prospects drinking from the fire-hose of content every day, their fingers hover over the Delete key. Some actual case studies.

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.

4 Steps for Making Demand Generation More Social

It's All About Revenue

by Rob Bois | Tweet this Pick up any sales or marketing trade pub, and you’re likely to see that 2011 was the year of social.  While B2B companies have jumped on the bandwagon, demand generation marketers often struggle to find its value. It’s one thing to tweet about your company and build a Facebook page, but B2B firms are now looking to tie Social to measurable lead generation. 

The Danger of Automatic Feeds in Social Media

The Effective Marketer

Note: This is a guest post by Brad Shorr is Director of Content & Social Media for Straight North. See Brad’s bio at the end of the article. Participating in social media is time consuming, so it’s only natural that people look for shortcuts. However, some shortcuts become disastrous detours, and this is often what happens when a company relies on automation for significant portions of its social updating. Automatic feeds come in two flavors. Fully automatic feeds publish to a social media platform without any human intervention. Semi-automatic feeds require intervention. Redundancy.

Align Industrial Websites with Sales Process

Industrial Marketing Today

If you want your industrial website to generate qualified leads and drive sales (Who doesn’t?), make sure the site is aligned with your sales process. Without this critical link, your newly redesigned industrial website may be nothing more than eye candy that does very little for your sales. In my daily conversations with manufacturing and industrial companies, I find the mindset is still very much centered on marketing the old way. They want their site visitors to call and their crack sales team will take care of everything to close the deal. Now it boils down to price and delivery time.

The Evolving Digital Divide

Sazbean

Created by: Online IT Degree. News & Notes Social Media Social Networks

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.

My February Challenge: 10 Tweets a Day

B2B Memes

It’s somewhat sad, I suppose, that my only effective mode of self-improvement is to set arbitrary goals. But it works. Last November, I challenged myself to write a blog post a day. I am happy to say I met my goal. Although I subsequently fell off the wagon in December (8 posts) and January (5 posts), it still feels like a significant achievement. This month, I’m setting my sights on Twitter.  I think of myself as an active and enthusiastic user of the platform, but when I actually calculate my daily tweets, the number is unimpressive. visit to How Often Do You Tweet? tweets a day. Perhaps not.

10 Fast Facts About Facebook

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this We all knew the day was coming. Now it’s here. Today, Facebook filed its intention to be traded on the public markets in an IPO that could value it at $100 billion. Being the resident financial document nerd, I’ve pored through the filing to pull some fascinating Facebook facts. Here they are in all their glory. Oh, and you can read the filing yourself here. Everyday We’re Facebookin’. We knew Facebook had a lot of users. The network has 845 million monthly active users. Social Has Gone Mobile. Facebook has gone deep into the mobile field. Billion Dollar Baby.

Savvy Week in Review - February 3

Savvy B2B Marketing

February is upon us, and the days are getting longer. If you're hungering for ways to fill your time productively, read on for our favorite posts from around the blogosphere. The Essential Guide to Meta Descriptions that Will Get You Found Online by @ bradshorr via @ Junta42. If you think meta descriptions are nerdy details left to your Web administrators, think again, B2B marketers. Here's why you need to craft them with care -- and some tips on how to do it. Sharing Your Way to B2B Social Media Lead Generation by @ jeffreylcohen via @ MarketingProfs. Are you sure?

Six ways to turn Yelp into your most effective marketing channel

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. Jeff Bezos, Founder/CEO Amazon. Guest post by {grow} community member Kathi Kruse. How important is it for your to look your best to a potential customer?  Today many companies are still ignoring what’s said about them online, both positive and negative.  Folks, your customer is online most of their day and night. Signage.

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.

Want to be a Rock Star Guest Poster? Read This!

Savvy B2B Marketing

We get a decent amount of Guest Post requests here at Savvy. Early on we thought this was great! The more guest posters the less work for us! Well the joke is on us because managing guest post submissions has become at times more laborious than simply writing the posts! We did all the things the experts suggested. The ones that weren’t didn’t ever make it to the blog! If not move on.

Branding 101: Why Every Executive Needs a Great About.Me Profile

Fearless Competitor

Have you heard of About.me? If not, you should. Any executive today should have a strong About.me profile. While you should also work on your profile on Linkedin, About.Me creates visually stunning profiles. Let’s see the difference here by looking at Jeff Ogden, President of Find New Customers, on both Linkedin and About.Me: Marketing

HubSpot Expands into Voice-Based Marketing Automation

Fearless Competitor

Editor’s Note (Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers was the featured guest on Hubspot TV some time ago. Click the underlined words to watch that show.). As soon as a new lead comes into sales, a clock starts ticking.  In this world of empowered buyers, by time a prospect reaches out, he or she is ready to move. So a quick response is imperative. About Ifbyphone ®. About HubSpot. HubSpot, Inc.

7 Trends From The Focus Technology Marketing Handbook

B2B Marketing Insider

I started the B2B Marketing Insider blog to share marketing tips and tricks and my view of the marketing landscape from my perspective – someone who’s living and breathing this stuff every day. Recently Focus released their Technology Marketing Handbook  (no registration), a compendium of marketing tips, tricks and trends crowd-sourced from us technology marketers ourselves. Strategy

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 28, 2012

Sazbean

Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of January 28, 2012…  . Social Media Trends With Benefits in 2012  (Marketing Profs). Blogging, feedback and improving   (Internet Marketing). StumbleUpon: 10 Tips and Tricks for Power Users (Mashable!). Social Survival for Bloggers: a Peek from the Inside (ProBlogger). Is Your Site Mobile Friendly?

Social media, our voice, and the power to destroy

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

The ability for all of us to publish on the social web — to have a voice — is among the most profound sociological, economic, and political developments of our lifetime. It gives us the power to elevate a little boy from Canada to an international singing superstar or to unite a group of people to tear down a dictatorship. This new power is breathtaking and beautiful. HAVE A VOICE!”

B2B Professionals: Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Networking?

Marketri

When professional services firms are looking to increase awareness in their community, professionals often seek out associations to join. Sounds like a solid recommendation, but are you reaching the goals you set out to achieve by joining these groups? Are your staff members getting tangible results from their networking efforts? That’s not to say, everyone should have a canned “script.”

Measure Your Social Media ROI with Google Analytics Part 2: Advanced Segments

EMagine B2B Blog

In our first post of the Social Media ROI series, we looked at campaign tagging, and how we can measure campaign performance, compare campaigns or social mediums, and even group campaigns together. This week, we’ll look at another way to measure Social Media ROI with Google Analytics – Advanced Segments. Advanced Segments Advanced segments allow [.]. B2B Web Strategy Google Analytics

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.