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Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

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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!

Revenue Performance Management: An interview with Jon Miller, VP Marketing and Co-founder of Marketo

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94% of Marketing qualified leads will never close ( SiriusDecisions 2009). This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. RPM is a systematic approach to identifying the drivers and impediments to revenue, measuring them, and then optimizing them for top line growth.

B2B Email Marketing: Interview with Stephanie Miller

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This study tracks with Return Path’s Deliverability Benchmark Report on the first half of 2009, which is based on the data Return Path manages for ISPs and corporate system administrators. This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Stephanie Miller , email expert and co-author of Sign me up! Marketer’s Guide To Email Newsletters That Build Relationships and Boost Sales. This is true for even the best of marketers. Yikes!

B2B Marketing Strategies for Small Companies: An Interview with Dianna Huff

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Dianna Huff of DH Communications. Dianna helps businesses with their B2B marketing communications content strategy and implementation. Dianna, what are some of the marketing mistakes you see smaller companies making with regard to B2B marketing communications strategy, and what should smart marketers do instead? Second, strategy doesn’t match the objective.

Your B2B Lead Generation Budget: Start by Cutting It Into Thirds

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Here is a simple and effective way to allocate your business-to-business lead generation budget. Use the first third of your B2B lead generation budget for Internet marketing. Start with: Search engine optimization (SEO) so your web pages will be found when prospects are using the leading search engines to find companies, products or services like yours. Improving your website so it does a better job of helping visitors move from awareness to inquiry to consideration to purchase (Help yourself to my complimentary Web site design checklists for B2B marketers.).

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

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B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009. Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study. Are you interested in knowing how your company’s programs and results compare to other companies’ B2B lead generation efforts?

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

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B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009. Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study. Are you interested in knowing how your company’s programs and results compare to other companies’ B2B lead generation efforts?

2009’s 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management

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I promised to link to the list of the top 50 most influential people in sales lead management. The ballots are counted. Imagine the drum roll.) And the winners are: [link]. To those of you who voted for me, my sincere thanks! If you'd like to learn more, please use my Contact Form , call me directly at 1-800-944-5553 or +1-401-294-7730, or check out the marketing consulting or speaking and training pages on my website.

The Top People in Sales Lead Management in 2009: Friday, November 13th is Your Last Chance to Vote!

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Don’t miss this opportunity to vote for your top five candidates to be among the fifty most influential people in sales lead management in 2009. Then be sure to watch for the results on November 16, 2009. Because the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) is closing the polls at Midnight Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday, November 13th. Both members and non-members can vote. So why don’t you click this link to cast your votes right now: www.salesleadmgmtassn.com/top50_vote.htm. promise to publish the list of winners right here, whether I make the cut or not.

A List of B2B Lead Qualification Criteria by Category

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I was thinking about all the lead qualification criteria I’ve seen used in B2B lead generation programs and started listing them by category. Here’s what I came up with so far: Firmographics (Industry, company size, location). Demographics (Contact’s title, job function). Contactability (Phone number, email address). Need for your product or service.

Benchmarking shows B-to-B marketing budgets have been cut by roughly 44 percent, but spending on pipeline acceleration programs has doubled

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A recent press release from SiriusDecisions states that based on the company’s business-to-business benchmarks: Roughly 44 percent said their marketing spend for 2009 will be reduced; The hardest hit marketing budget categories are advertising (down 17 percent) and events (down 12 percent); 25 percent said marketing spending will remain about the same as in 2008. If so, what got cut?

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Benchmarking shows B-to-B marketing budgets have been cut by roughly 44 percent, but spending on pipeline acceleration programs has doubled

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A recent press release from SiriusDecisions states that based on the company’s business-to-business benchmarks: Roughly 44 percent said their marketing spend for 2009 will be reduced; The hardest hit marketing budget categories are advertising (down 17 percent) and events (down 12 percent); 25 percent said marketing spending will remain about the same as in 2008. If so, what got cut?

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Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 – How will you reach the best prospects?

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Step 10: Determine how to reach the best companies and contacts. After you have identified the right companies and contacts to target with your B2B lead generation efforts, you need to determine the best ways to reach them. The first step is to determine to what media your target audience is exposed to. For example, which magazines do they read? In addition, you should think about the.

Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 - How will you reach the best prospects?

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Step 10: Determine how to reach the best companies and contacts. After you have identified the right companies and contacts to target with your B2B lead generation efforts, you need to determine the best ways to reach them. The first step is to determine to what media your target audience is exposed to. For example, which magazines do they read? In addition, you should think about the.

Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 9 – Who are your best prospects?

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Step 9: Target the best companies and contacts with your lead-generation efforts. Determine who has the business problem your products and services address, both at the level of companies and at the level of contacts within those companies. Create three lists that rank your current customers using three criteria: Gross revenue. Profitability. This ranking is more subjective than the first two.

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Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 9 - Who are your best prospects?

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Step 9: Target the best companies and contacts with your lead-generation efforts. Determine who has the business problem your products and services address, both at the level of companies and at the level of contacts within those companies. Create three lists that rank your current customers using three criteria: Gross revenue. Profitability. This ranking is more subjective than the first two.

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Who are the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management?

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The Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) announced today that it has opened the voting to determine the 50 most influential people in the field of sales lead management for 2009. The results will be published on November 16, 2009. Here is your chance to vote for up to five of the fifty most influential people in sales lead management. Both members and non-members can vote for up to five nominees each. Use this link to vote. Or visit www.salesleadmgmtassn.com/top50_vote.htm. P.S. I’m honored to be included in the list of nominees and sure would appreciate your vote !

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B2B Marketing Tests Webinar: How to Improve Your Results & Fight for Your Budget

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On Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 at 2pm Eastern (1 hour). look forward to having you join us on Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 at 2pm Eastern! B2B marketers responsible for lead generation. live webinar, B2B Marketing Tests: How to Improve Results & Fight for Your Budget , presented by Anne Holland with her special guest, B2B lead generation expert Mac McIntosh. Yes, I’m honored to say that’s me!). Where? From any handy computer with broadband Internet access. Register for free here or visit www.whichtestwon.com. NOTE: Attendance is limited to 100 people.

B2B Lead Generation by Phone: An Interview with Michael Brown

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Michael A. Brown. He is the B2B telemarketing and telesales consultant and telemarketing trainer whom I frequently recommend to our clients. Michael, first off, I know you hate to use the word “telemarketing.&# Why? Three reasons: First, the word carries lots of unpleasant baggage from the business-to-consumer world. What should we call it instead? before trying to get. Most are not.

Planning B2B Lead Generation for 2010? Attend this Webcast on January 27th

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Are you responsible for B2B lead generation at a large company? The webcast will be moderated by Mike Wallen , CEO of the Lead Dogs and presented by Albert Springall , Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft and B2B lead generation expert (yours truly) Mac McIntosh. The good news is that as the economy recovers and the new year begins, business spending is starting to increase. However, as a result of the recent downturn, business buyers are being cautious. We will show you how best to accomplish this, and more.

B2B Copywriting: Interview with Miller McMillan

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Miller McMillan is a copywriter who worked on high-profile accounts at ad agencies in Atlanta and Boston before establishing his copywriting boutique in Los Angeles. Miller has worked with such clients as CNN, Hughes, Nestlé, Avery and Microsoft. His copywriting capabilities include websites, direct mail, email, ad campaigns, brochures, slogans and names. Am I right? Absolutely. Benefits are everything. Love subheads.

Web Inquiry Management: Interview with Mike Wallen

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest is Mike Wallen , CEO of The Lead Dogs , a B2B lead development company that provides sales lead generation, telemarketing and telesales services. Mike, I understand that you recently published a special report about the handling of web inquiries, titled " The Truth Behind Web Inquiry Management." What do you include under the definition "web inquiries," and why did you focus the report on them?

B2B Marketing Summit: Learn what’s really working best in today’s difficult business environment

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Join me, your B2B marketing peers and other marketing experts at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009. 23-24 in San Francisco. 5-6 in Boston. Join America’s top B2B marketers to learn, apply and share the latest advancements in marketing while honing your traditional B2B marketing skills in parallel. With over 26 speakers, 16 real life case studies and countless, practical marketing ideas, you’ll be certain to take home multiple strategies and tactics you can apply tomorrow. Leveraging white papers, webinars, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

An Interview With Mike Damphousse About B-to-B Appointment Setting

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This is the first in a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners in the field of B-to-B demand generation. Today’s guest is Michael Damphousse , CEO/CMO of Green Leads, LLC , a firm that specializes in using the phone to get qualified appointments for its clients’ salespeople on a pay-per-performance basis. Mike is an experienced marketer, having served as CMO of two software companies before starting Green Leads. His blog, Smashmouth Marketing , has developed a wide following among B-to-B marketing professionals. Appointment setting can also be cost-effective.

Be my guest at my all-new webinar on A/B and multivariate testing *specifically for B2B marketers*.

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I’m presenting this Webinar with my co-host Anne Holland. You probably already know Anne. She founded MarketingSherpa. Now she’s publishing a new resource site called WhichTestWon.com. In our webinar, you’ll get: Case Studies of A/B tests run by B2B marketers to improve lead generation. How to convince your boss (or the CEO) to let you run tests. What to test (and what not to bother testing). The live webinar takes place next Thursday Sept 24th at 2pm/11am. Here’s your sign up link: [link]. Yes, you may share this with colleagues.). See you there!

Want To Generate More Leads? Leverage Your Prospects’ Five Senses

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If you want your B2B lead generation campaigns to be as successful as possible, you need your lead generating messages to break through the clutter, get your prospects’ attention and provide them with compelling reasons to respond. To accomplish these objectives, consider leveraging your prospect’s five senses. Sight: Many of your prospects process information best visually. So if you have a few minutes now, or next time you are looking for just the right image for an ad, brochure, email, website or presentation, visit www.fotolia.com/macmc to get your free credits.

Business Software Marketers: Finally a Conference Designed Just For You!

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Join me and your business software marketing peers at this conference just for software marketing leaders. Capterra: The Conference. Empowering Software Marketing Leaders. September 13-15 in Washington DC. Make the absolute most out of your marketing efforts across the board. That’s the goal of this first-ever business software marketing conference. You’ll learn cutting-edge strategies for improving everything from your online marketing to your lead generation efforts from top industry experts (including yours truly). Learn more about them here. How To Motivate Action Online.

How to Write Good: 12 tongue-in-cheek rules and a proofreading service

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If you write for fun or profit, you’ll want your very own copy of Frank Visco’s tongue-in-cheek poster, How to Write Good. Originally published as an article in Writers Digest, How to Write Good. gives you twelve rules of writing, each humorously broken to make the point. Examples include, “One should never generalize&# and “Who needs rhetorical questions?&#. Twelve Ways to Write Even Gooder and How to Write Most Goodest are also available. All three posters in the series are offered as t-shirts too. Learn more at www.proofread NOW.com.

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How to Write Good: 12 tongue-in-cheek rules and a proofreading service

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If you write for fun or profit, you’ll want your very own copy of Frank Visco’s tongue-in-cheek poster, How to Write Good. Originally published as an article in Writers Digest, How to Write Good. gives you twelve rules of writing, each humorously broken to make the point. Examples include, “One should never generalize&# and “Who needs rhetorical questions?&#. Twelve Ways to Write Even Gooder and How to Write Most Goodest are also available. All three posters in the series are offered as t-shirts too. Learn more at www.proofread NOW.com.

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Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

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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!

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 [.].

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.

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

Junta 42

  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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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.