Enterprise Social Networking Platforms: Think Amazon, Not Facebook
APRIL 22, 2013
Inc.com profiled Bezos in its Great Leader Series back in 2009, and the excerpt below gives us a glimpse of that strategy and its results: After inviting 300 friends and acquaintances to test his creation, Bezos took the site live and, within a month, the company had sold books in all 50 states and in 45 countries. amazon.com (Photo credit: soumit). Read on to understand why. in 1997.
B2B Marketers Should Take Another Look at E-Commerce
APRIL 29, 2013
Xiameter sales grew so successfully that in 2009, Dow Corning moved as much as 2500 of its 7000 products to the site. Photo credit: Wikipedia. commerce opportunity is evolving fast, but only 25% of B2B marketers are taking advantage of it, according to a 2012 Oracle study. Time for another look. Today, Xiameter represents 40% of Dow Corning’s $6 billion in sales.
Business tweeting is a life-sentence
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
As of October 2009, the company had about 7,000 employees, 700 of them in Tulsa). Before you decide on a whim to register, activate, populate, respond, and promote your business or brand via Twitter , take a second to think this through. My first question is: why have you waited until now? My second is: why now? Is that your solemn vow? To a point. Related articles. styleblazer.com).
Copyright expert Nicholas Wells on the newest Google Bowling
OCTOBER 3, 2012
He has been practicing intellectual property law for eight years, founding a boutique law firm in 2009 that handles technology and intellectual property issues, with offices in New York and Salt Lake City. Photo credit: Wikipedia. How can a lawyer explain Google Bowling? Nicolas Wells is not your ordinary lawyer, that’s how. Me: What is a takedown notice? But it’s a difficult balance.
B2B data decay and list rental – buyer beware!
FEBRUARY 13, 2015
We all know that B2B data is less accurate than B2C data for a number of reasons, and one of them is that it decays far faster than consumer data. In 2009, we updated our original 2002 study on B2B Data Decay that has been cited by Dun & Bradstreet, Zoom, Jigsaw (now part of Salesforce.com) and others. Offer for response. Contact media sequence and frequency. Creativity. No news there.
Why Millennials Are Resistant to Advertising and Politics
JUNE 17, 2015
Consistent with this negativity, government officials score the lowest for trusted leadership (38%), with CEO’s next at 43%. A 2014 survey of Millennials by Reason-Rupe confirmed these negative perceptions, noting that our government has a high potential for corruption: 66% say the government is inefficient and wasteful (up from 42% in 2009). our kids). Environment/resource scarcity, -12%.
For ranking algorithms, AdAge is no Google
SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
One especially well-written piece alleges that one high-ranking blog under the new AdAge ranking system has not been updated since 2009. Image by dpstyles™ via Flickr. As someone who has worked on ranking algorithms, I know how difficult they are to develop. No, check that. They are easy to develop. They are hard to develop only if you want them to actually work. Internet Marketing
How choosing “Birdman” hurts the Oscars brand
MARCH 16, 2015
viewers, its lowest rating since 2009. The recent Oscar choice of “Birdman” as the best movie of 2014 not only defied moviegoers’ preferences, but it is also a lesson on how a strong brand can lose credibility and hence trust when it becomes so self-obsessed. For example, was “Birdman” indeed the “best” movie, or simply the “favorite” of the Motion Picture Academy? ” Like this post?
The 5 Things You Need to Know about the New Google Search
FEBRUARY 13, 2012
think they have been running scared from Bing since 2009. Image via CrunchBase. Some of you follow the news every day, watching Google like a hawk every time it makes a move. This post is not for you. This post is for everyone else that has vaguely noticed that Google has made lots of changes over the last couple of years, but they aren’t sure about what all of them mean for search marketers. You can look over the whole set of slides, but here are the five things that I highlighted: Google indexes content faster than ever. Google shows search results as searchers type. Certainly.
Can social media be the new white hat SEO technique?
JANUARY 17, 2011
Besides, back in late 2006 (and as late as 2009), Search Engine Optimization was considered to be snake oil, especially since Google was obviously omnipresent and had compensated for silly things such as ALT, Description, and Meta tags, right? I had even done Online Reputation Management (ORM) to quite a lot of success, but even there lurked constant threats of commoditization, as well as competitors willing to do something faster, and cheaper, and better. Image via CrunchBase. by Chris Abraham. Several months ago, I met up with Mike Moran in New York and we were chatting about search.
Why Zagat might be a smarter purchase for Google than Yelp
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Google famously flamed out in its bid to buy Yelp in 2009, and has finally added the restaurant reviews it has craved. Image via CrunchBase. By now you’ve heard the news that Google has purchased Zagat Reviews. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zagat, it has a worldwide set of reviews that travelers have relied on for decades to choose the right restaurant.
Holiday Spending Delivers Q4 Gifts to E-commerce Sellers
FEBRUARY 22, 2012
For example, in 2009, online sales equaled $129 billion, increasing to $143 billion in 2010, with a projected increase in 2011 to $197 billion. billion in sales during the 4th quarter as compared to $39 billion in 2009. Image by Getty Images via @daylife. The 2011 holiday shopping season blur, though hectic, was a welcome event for e-commerce sellers and online retailers.
A Skewed Web: Are you an outlier?
AUGUST 16, 2010
If you believe that Google's Zeitgeist is a good proxy for "the spirit of times" as its name claims, last year we apparently cared more about Jon and Kate and Twilight's New Moon than about the presidential inauguration, and there was also a quite unusual interest in paranormal activity : Google Zeitgeist (US) - 2009 News - Fastest Rising. Google Zeitgeist (US) - 2009 News - Overview.
2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs
Proteus B2B Marketing Blog
AUGUST 27, 2009
With all the micro-blogging, I’ve often wondered whether the number of bloggers who actually create original, substantial content is decreasing. Don’t get me wrong, you can create meaningful thought in 140 characters, but it’s a lot easier to write 140 characters (no matter how well crafted) than it is to consistently create original content for [.].
Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity
AUGUST 3, 2009
The topic of Quality vs. Quantity in demand gen has been a constant debate. Whether it's inbound marketing or outbound marketing there are costs associated with a lead, there are costs associated with the time and effort needed to convert that lead to an opportunity, and there are costs tied to the quality of those leads and how that impacts conversion rates. As David Greenberg, Sr. Quality Vendor.
2009 Junta42 Golf for Autism Another Success - $30k in Proceeds in 3 Years
AUGUST 17, 2009
Our original goal for 2009 was $12,000. 2009 was our first year and we have every intention of participating next year. It was another perfect day for an amazing cause. On August 14th, nearly 100 golfers and over 80 sponsors and contributors came together to raise more than $10,000 to help get children with autism get speech therapy services. All proceeds for the event go to Easter Seals Northern Ohio. By late 2008, it was apparent that this year was going to be much more challenging. All told, we feel pretty good about surpassing the $10k level. Thanks Joe!
6 steps to writing a better Request for Proposals, a primer
JUNE 19, 2009
We believe strongly in Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as a tool for companies to find the best products and services at competitive prices, but also as an evaluation method for finding that elusive "best fit". However, too often the RFP process is run by people who have never experienced the process before, either from the issuer or vendor side, and essentially don't know what to say or what to ask.
Winners of the 2009 Markie Awards
Digital Body Language
NOVEMBER 4, 2009
It was a great night last night in San Francisco with the Markies awards gala being the show highlight at Eloqua Experience. The competition was intense this year with submissions from all sizes of companies, all industries, and all regions of the world.
What Exactly IS Digital Body Language?
Digital Body Language
JUNE 18, 2009
I've been using the term "Digital Body Language" on this blog quite a lot for obvious reasons. However, I have not really taken a moment to define the term, as I realized recently after a presentation on the topic. So what is it? What we are referring to when we talk about Digital Body Language is the aggregate of all the digital activity you see from an individual.
Fire your Director of Social Media!
Buzz Marketing for Technology
DECEMBER 22, 2009
At a recent ANA conference I was interviewing Brian Wallace VP of Digital Marketing and Media for RIM when I heard him say “2 years from now- if I still have a Director of Social Media – I should be fired! and after thinking about that I can’t help but agree with him. Said differently how do we make social part of the very DNA of the firm? What’s your view? Tweet This! Digg this!
Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009
B2B Lead Generation Blog
JANUARY 29, 2010
Read Forecasting Clouds' Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009 Forecasting Clouds ranked the top 20 CRM blogs based on their content, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list of blogs, I discovered some new ones worth reading along with a number of bloggers I already follow. Here's a partial list of the CRM blogs on their list: PGreenblog and CRM: The Conversation – Paul Greenberg. Beagle Consulting Blog – Denis Pombriant. Brent’s Social CRM Blog - Brent Leary. Think Customers: the 1 to 1. Jeremy Nedelka. Carfi. Blog - Michael Maoz.
5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets
B2B Marketing Traction
OCTOBER 28, 2009
Tweet. One of the networks I belong to, ProVisors , advocates the use of one-sheets or one-pagers that describe each member’s differentiators and the benefits of the service(s) they provide. See samples at the end of this post.) These one-sheets are important, because in each ProVisors meeting there are about thirty different service providers giving their elevator pitch to the group. The Grabber.
TriComB2B: Smart. Strategic. Technical. - Technically Focused B2B Marketing Agency - formerly TriCom Marketing & Communications
JUNE 1, 2009
more » News / Press Releases TriComB2B Named as 2009 Best Places to Work Winner. We get it. From writing technical bulletins for your sales force to composing a speech for your CEO, our technically oriented staff of engineers, account managers and marketers will produce deliverables that make sense for your business with results you can measure. We are distinctive due to our technical aptitude , industry knowledge and business acumen. Contact TriComB2B to learn how our focus on technical products and services can help make your marketing efforts more effective. All Rights Reserved.
Inbound Marketing University | inboundmarketing.com
JUNE 1, 2009
Subscribe by RSS InboundMarketing.com Home News Jobs Forums University Search this site: Home Inbound Marketing University Posted May 5th, 2009 by Rick Burnes Register for IMU | Class Schedule | Professors | Student Tools | IMU Badges | Partners | Student Bulletin Board >>Click here to attend this weeks classes! **By clicking the above link, you will have access to the upcoming and recorded webinars. June 15-19, 2009: Inbound Marketing University Classes June 22, 2009: Review Session and Certification Exam New feature! Program Schedule: ( Cant make one of the classes?
Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?
OCTOBER 16, 2009
Even though some vendors have been around for almost 10 years, Marketing Automation is still relatively new. According to Forrester, only 2-5% of B2B firms have invested in full-featured Marketing Automation. But that percentage is rapidly growing. Increasingly, B2B companies realize that Marketing Automation software requires skilled operators. But – if you decide to hire a Marketing Automation manager – what should you look for, and where do you find them? New technology requires people with a new set of skills, nothing new about that. But that’s for web analysts.
Lead Generation Tips - Take 3 Hour Lunches
OCTOBER 1, 2009
There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion. It got me thinking. Layer the times together and stagger them for time zone.
5 quick tips to writing better proposals (RFP responses)
MAY 27, 2009
We're frequently asked for any tips we might have for people writing proposal responses to Requests for Proposals (RFP) that they've received. After finding us through the RFP Database , seeing the abundance of RFPs that it contains, and knowing that all of those RFPs are open competitions, the natural question is "if I'm going to spend time writing a proposal it has got to be a winner". Faced with the situation of having to read 300+ pages of different vendors' proposals many people read the first page and then start skimming, and if they're not skimming, their minds are probably going numb.
5 Things My Father Taught Me About Selling
JUNE 22, 2009
Today is fathers day, and my kids lived up to the holiday tradition by surprising me with a baked french toast casserole and bacon. The joke was (for the big guy that has one stent in place already) that they were out to kill me. We're heading up to my sister's house today to visit with my dad, Roger Damphousse ("Pepere" as the kids call him), and eat again. Dad, here's to you.(see,
10 Most Popular Content Marketing Posts of 2009
Content Marketing Today
DECEMBER 16, 2009
In fact, visitors searching our site for the phrase “content marketing” increased by 85% in 2009 over 2008. In 2009, most small businesses do have websites and the term, ‘content marketing,’ has gone from obscure to fashionable. Thanks to everyone for their support in 2009! It’s been a very good year for content marketing. Want to Attract and Retain Great Customers? But now.
Cold calling and the Complex Sale: observations you can learn from (thanks to my daughter)
B2B Lead Generation Blog
SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
I was somewhat shocked to find out that my 14-year-old daughter had searched YouTube recently for any mention of her dear old dad. She stumbled across a video that included a recent mention of my book, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale. Isn’t it just amazing how easy it is in today’s world for our children to get the goods on their parents? But, excuse me, I’m digressing. With it.
13 Top Books for CMOs - Recommended by The CMO Club
MARCH 5, 2009
Pete Krainik of the CMO Club posted thirteen books that members of the CMO club have recommended. Great list : Breakthrough Marketing Plans: How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Driving Growth. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Leading Change. Marketing Champions: Practical Strategies for Improving Marketing's Power, Influence, and Business Impact.
Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?
Sales Lead Insights
APRIL 13, 2009
I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales. Yet many of these same companies eventually come to the realization that not every prospective customer is ready to buy now. What’s all this have to do with social media? about a survey they recently conducted. Not bad!
what's your marketing approach?
The Effective Marketer
JULY 29, 2009
This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 8:29 pm and is filed under Communication , Marketing Management , Marketing Strategy. The Effective Marketer Effectiveness is a discipline and it can be learned Home About the Effective Marketer Books Speaking What’s Your Marketing Approach? An interesting post by Steve Johnson talks about marketing not being a list, but rather an approach to solving customers problems and helping buyers to buy. As marketers, we sometimes fall victims of the routine day-to-day tactical activities and forget why we are doing them.
Annoucing a new family member
B2B Lead Generation Blog
JULY 16, 2009
I seldom write personal posts but I'm making an exception to share my joy. Lydia Faith Carroll was born on 7/8/09. She is 7lbs 6oz and 19 inches long. Mindy and Lydia are doing great! Lydia getting some rest : ). Our first family photo with Lydia. happy family of five! feel very grateful and blessed
My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To
Customer Experience Matrix
NOVEMBER 18, 2009
One of the audience members at the B2B Marketing University in Boston asked about demand generation systems for small businesses, and how to distinguish among the vendors in general. My brief answer was that the biggest difference was less functionality than the target markets the different vendors pursue. This has more to do with the degree of personal selling (and after-sale service) than anything else. also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is. Incidentally, there's one more B2BU session left this year, in Seattle on December 1.
Rick Short Explains How to Turn Staff Into Prolific Bloggers
JUNE 30, 2009
Posted by Magdalena Georgieva on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 @ 07:40 AM COMMENTS Been searching for an answer.everyone (nearly) agrees that blogs are a great way to bring eyes to your pages. posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:02 AM by Jack Leblond Jack - thanks for the comment. posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM by Rick Short Rick, Great blog topic - enjoyed reading. Wrong.
The Content Marketing Workbook | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies
JUNE 12, 2009
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B2B Marketing | Business to Business Marketing Information Portal
JUNE 3, 2009
B2B Marketing News SMEs flock to BT Tradespace 10 June 2009, 11:30 GMT BT Tradespace has announced 400 per cent year-on-year growth. Edward Appleton 15 June 2009 Alternative marketing goes mainstream Scot McKee 11 June 2009 Dont hurt me Arch.Im The B2B social networking site – which was launched with the ‘specific mission’ of helping SMEs promote themselves, communicate with other businesses and grow – marked its second anniversary this month by signing up its 350,000th member. But too few marketers understand how to use it as a strategic route-to-market. HOW TO. HOW TO.
Lead Generation Checklist - Part 2: Sales and Marketing – One Team
B2B Lead Generation Blog
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
I’ve started an eight-part series I’m calling the ‘Lead Generation Checklist.’ Each post in the series addresses a step that will help to make your lead generation campaigns work like a well-oiled machine. In the first installment , I discussed tackling your organization’s mindset. Your touches should be conversations not just campaigns. Your “marketing” approach should be more consultative. The post received a lot of great comments. Ardath Ablee was fascinated by one and wrote about it in her blog. think you’ll find “How to Use Existing Content in B2B Demand Generation Programs” helpful.
7 Reasons Why Marketing Automation Projects Fail
AUGUST 24, 2009
Needless to say, Marketing Automation software is very popular today. It can be used for email campaigns, drip marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring, landing page management and for brewing coffee. It is often positioned as something that will solve all your marketing problems for a couple of thousand dollars per month. Okay, I made up the part about brewing coffee. Unclear Prospect Profile(s).
5 tips to build more relevant and engaging lead nurturing emails
B2B Lead Generation Blog
JUNE 19, 2009
A recent MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients found that 58% of those who stop reading, disengage, or unsubscribe after cite "lack of relevance" as a key factor. This is hugely important because most marketers rely on email as their main lead nurturing tactic. As B2B marketers, we should have it drilled into our brains that relevance must be an essential part of our lead nurturing touches. But be honest: How well are you really connecting with your audience? encourage you to look beyond your unsubscribes and find a true measure. It’s a common phenomenon. Tip 2. Tip 3.
5 Steps for Brainstorming Your Marketing Plan
B2B Marketing Traction
NOVEMBER 18, 2009
Tweet. One of the most fun aspects of marketing planning can be brainstorming. Here are ways to make sure your marketing brainstorming is fun and productive. 1. Invite the right people. Don’t brainstorm in a marketing silo. Invite others who deal with your customers, including customer service, product development, sales, distributors and possibly suppliers or strategic alliance partners. Worst?
Podcast: Why sellers don’t have the right tools to help buyers buy
B2B Lead Generation Blog
OCTOBER 15, 2009
A recent lead generation poll showed that converting leads to pipeline revenue (accelerating sales) was the biggest challenge for marketers. What are we doing as sellers that keeps us from closing sales? It’s a tough question, and it’s one that gets a lot of feathers ruffled. However, this is one question that Sharon Drew Morgen isn’t afraid to tackle. spoke with Morgen recently to ask her about her take on the question and her new book Dirty Little Secrets: why buyers can’t buy and sellers can’t sell and what you can do about it. Basically: How do we convert leads to sales?