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Developing a Marketing Communications Strategy

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Raising awareness of your product in your target market is where sales begin, and this is where marketing communications activities begin the selling process. With today's multiple channels for content to reach potential customers, the art and science of marketing communications has become increasingly important. Another key part of the messaging process is creating the positioning statement.

Turning Marketing Strategy into Marketing Program Plans

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Every good strategic marketing plan includes two elements: strategic direction and plans for moving the company in the new direction. After you have developed your strategic marketing direction , it's time to develop strategies for each of your major marketing functions. You've probably seen companies where the advertising didn't match the actual customer experience at the point of sale.

Strategic Direction - The Core of a Strategic Marketing Plan

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Taking a long trip is like marketing. You need to pick a direction, which will determine what to pack -- shorts and sandals for summer, or coats and gloves for winter -- and who you will meet along the way.  . The same is true for marketing. The importantce of choosing the right strategic marketing direction. For many years Sears was the low price leader for many products that consumers buy.

Using Marketing Analytics in Strategic Marketing Planning

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A good marketing strategy is based on good data. That's why it's important to start the strategic marketing planning process with data about your industry and specific market, and about your customers. Industry and market data. When your industry is growing, your company is probably growing, too. Macro economic trends. Industry size and growth. Competitor size and growth. Customer behavior data.

Mind Maps Make Marketing More Meaningful

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Success in any area depends on having a clear, sound plan -- then acting on that plan. It's especially challenging to do this in marketing for two reasons: Marketing strategy is based on how multiple groups of customers think and feel about products. Marketing has become increasingly complex as the number of communications and sales channels has increased.

9 Marketing Trends for 2009

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While the economy in 2009 looks challenging for most companies, the outlook of marketing executives is rather bright and upbeat. Deborah Kania and her team at Brightworks Interactive have just released results of their survey of marketing executives' plans for 2009. Here are nine marketing trends you can expect during 2009: Marketing Trend #1: Increased use of digital media and a decrease in television, radio, and print media. Marketing Trend #3: Increased use of e-mail to reach out to prospects and customers more frequently at a very low cost.

9 Marketing Trends for 2009

Cliff Allen on Marketing

While the economy in 2009 looks challenging for most companies, the outlook of marketing executives is rather bright and upbeat. Deborah Kania and her team at Brightworks Interactive have just released results of their survey of marketing executives' plans for 2009. Here are nine marketing trends you can expect during 2009: Marketing Trend #1: Increased use of digital media and a decrease in television, radio, and print media. Marketing Trend #3: Increased use of e-mail to reach out to prospects and customers more frequently at a very low cost.

Get in the "Zone" with B2B Marketing Zone

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Marketing has become more and more complex as the Internet has become part of everyone's lives. Blogs have sprung up everywhere on all aspects of marketing, but it's been hard to find the really good marketing blogs, especially good blogs on B-to-B marketing. Recently, a couple of really savvy guys created a great site that allows us marketers to find the latest blog posts on B-to-B marketing from some top notch marketers. added B2B Marketing Zone to my blog reader when it launched, and it's made it so much easier to keep up on hot B2B marketing topics.

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Market Research Answers the Second Question

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Every marketer has done market research, even if it's just looking at a competitor's traffic at Compete.com. But, we sometimes forget just how many ways we can use market research. Recently, I found a list of ways market research could be used that included a few I hadn't thought about. It reminded me that many experienced executives and sales managers have a good feel for where a potential market is -- but it may not be such a good market. customer may have ordered a product that isn't normally purchased by that type of company. Two questions about that market come to mind: What is it?

Market Research Answers the Second Question

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Every marketer has done market research, even if it's just looking at a competitor's traffic at Compete.com. But, we sometimes forget just how many ways we can use market research. Recently, I found a list of ways market research could be used that included a few I hadn't thought about. It reminded me that many experienced executives and sales managers have a good feel for where a potential market is -- but it may not be such a good market. customer may have ordered a product that isn't normally purchased by that type of company. Two questions about that market come to mind: What is it?

Keeping Up with Tech in Southern California

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Southern California is a hotbed of technology companies that are leaders in their sector. This includes MySpace, CitySearch, Ticketmaster, eHarmony, and thousands of lesser known technology companies. high-tech community like this also has many bloggers and Web-based news outlets that cover our companies, venture capital, and events -- plus a number of advisers who help technologies entrepreneurial companies grow. It's been difficult to keep up on all aspects of the technology sector in Southern California. For example, here's a page on that site that summaries my recent blog posts: [link].

Keeping Up with Tech in Southern California

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Southern California is a hotbed of technology companies that are leaders in their sector. This includes MySpace, CitySearch, Ticketmaster, eHarmony, and thousands of lesser known technology companies. high-tech community like this also has many bloggers and Web-based news outlets that cover our companies, venture capital, and events -- plus a number of advisers who help technologies entrepreneurial companies grow. It's been difficult to keep up on all aspects of the technology sector in Southern California. For example, here's a page on that site that summaries my recent blog posts: [link].

Keeping Up with Tech in Southern California

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Southern California is a hotbed of technology companies that are leaders in their sector. This includes MySpace, CitySearch, Ticketmaster, eHarmony, and thousands of lesser known technology companies. high-tech community like this also has many bloggers and Web-based news outlets that cover our companies, venture capital, and events -- plus a number of advisers who help technologies entrepreneurial companies grow. It's been difficult to keep up on all aspects of the technology sector in Southern California. For example, here's a page on that site that summaries my recent blog posts: [link].

Are You an Analytics Leader?

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No matter how much you use marketing analytics, you could probably be doing more. Mila D'Antonio at Think Customers: The 1to1 Blog reports that Garther, the consulting and analyst firm, says that many of the largest companies will miss opportunities because of under funding their analytical processes: Gartner reports that through 2012 more than 35 percent of the top 5,000 global companies will fail to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business markets due to under investment in the information infrastructure and business user tools.

Are You an Analytics Leader?

Cliff Allen on Marketing

No matter how much you use marketing analytics, you could probably be doing more. Mila D'Antonio at Think Customers: The 1to1 Blog reports that Garther, the consulting and analyst firm, says that many of the largest companies will miss opportunities because of under funding their analytical processes: Gartner reports that through 2012 more than 35 percent of the top 5,000 global companies will fail to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business markets due to under investment in the information infrastructure and business user tools.

Gravity Summit Slide Presentations

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I recently mentioned that I attended the Gravity Summit one-day seminar on social media marketing. Here are slide presentations from representatives of three large brands on how they have used social media marketing: Yahoo. Sprint. In addition, here are slide presentations from two social media consultants who presented examples of clients they've helped: David Reis. Rodney Rumford , co-producer of the event. These presentations show what's possible by using social media to raise awareness of brands.

Gravity Summit Slide Presentations

Cliff Allen on Marketing

I recently mentioned that I attended the Gravity Summit one-day seminar on social media marketing. Here are slide presentations from representatives of three large brands on how they have used social media marketing: Yahoo. Sprint. In addition, here are slide presentations from two social media consultants who presented examples of clients they've helped: David Reis. Rodney Rumford , co-producer of the event. These presentations show what's possible by using social media to raise awareness of brands.

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Gravity Summit

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Social media marketing is the current "hot" marketing technique that marketers are turning to. recently attended the one-day Gravity Summit seminar on social media marketing. The speakers from Sony, Sprint, and Yahoo presented excellent examples on how major brands can generate attention for a product by using social media. And, representatives from social media marketing agencies described how they help clients plan, implement, and monitor a social media marketing campaign. Create social media profiles on sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and others.

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Gravity Summit

Cliff Allen on Marketing

Social media marketing is the current "hot" marketing technique that marketers are turning to. recently attended the one-day Gravity Summit seminar on social media marketing. The speakers from Sony, Sprint, and Yahoo presented excellent examples on how major brands can generate attention for a product by using social media. And, representatives from social media marketing agencies described how they help clients plan, implement, and monitor a social media marketing campaign. Create social media profiles on sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and others.

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What Data Crunchers Did for Obama

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The election of President Obama was significant in many ways to many people. As marketers, it represented a continuing evolution of the use of market research data at the individual level. Political consultants have used survey statistics for a long time to help their candidate tailor campaign messages. However, small survey samples resulted in imprecise analysis, and messages that were not always on target. Today, marketers can obtain access to comprehensive databases about what people have bought, which gives some insight into how they make decisions.

What Data Crunchers Did for Obama

Cliff Allen on Marketing

The election of President Obama was significant in many ways to many people. As marketers, it represented a continuing evolution of the use of market research data at the individual level. Political consultants have used survey statistics for a long time to help their candidate tailor campaign messages. However, small survey samples resulted in imprecise analysis, and messages that were not always on target. Today, marketers can obtain access to comprehensive databases about what people have bought, which gives some insight into how they make decisions.

Why Marketers Must be Better

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Strategic Marketing for Growing Companies Why Marketers Must be Better By Cliff Allen on April 10, 2007 4:08 PM | No Comments | No TrackBacks A lot has been written about increasing the ROI of various marketing activities. But, one thing is usually missing from those articles and sales pitches -- explaining just how to calculate that higher marketing ROI that they talk about.

A new beginning again

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Cash Flow is Profit

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2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs

Proteus B2B Marketing Blog

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 [.].

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Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

Smashmouth Marketing

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.

Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

6 steps to writing a better Request for Proposals, a primer

Confluent Forms

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.

Top 35 Most Useful Twitter Blog Posts of 2009

WindMill Networking

2009 was, without doubt, the year of Twitter. Related posts: Top 25 Most Useful LinkedIn Blog Posts of 2009 As the year comes to a close, it is. Whether it was the massive hacker attacks that created a massive Twitter outage and reminded us of how Twitter has now become an important part of our lives, the interest in both Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses to utilize Twitter as part of their [.] Twitter Tip #1 for Beginners: Follow Lists Before You Follow People! This is a continuation of my previous post, where.

2009 Junta42 Golf for Autism Another Success - $30k in Proceeds in 3 Years

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  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!

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Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

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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.

TriComB2B: Smart. Strategic. Technical. - Technically Focused B2B Marketing Agency - formerly TriCom Marketing & Communications

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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.

Cold calling and the Complex Sale: observations you can learn from (thanks to my daughter)

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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

Smashmouth Marketing

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.

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Annoucing a new family member

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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

What Exactly IS Digital Body Language?

Digital Body Language

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

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!

Inbound Marketing University | inboundmarketing.com

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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?

5 quick tips to writing better proposals (RFP responses)

Confluent Forms

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.

The Content Marketing Workbook | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies

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Doug Kessler Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 Your prospects are being buffeted by a firehose of information. First Name (required) Last Name (required) Email (valid email required) Company (required) cforms contact form by delicious:days Tags: Add new tag , B2B content marketing , B2B Demand Generation , B2B lead generation , B2B social media Posted in Featured Paper , Papers | Comments The Velocity B2B Content Marketing Workbook | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies says: June 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm [.] Add Comment Click here to cancel reply.