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Salesforce.com Webinar Invitation Gets It Right

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There are many things that work well in the Webinar invitation below from Salesforce.com, but one of my favorite elements is the smallest: the link at the top left corner that reads: “View on a PDA.” Click and you’re linked to a hosted, plain text, narrow-column version of the same message. In a [.].

Is Social Media Wasted on PR Agencies?

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First, let’s get this out of the way: I know some very smart people in the PR field. Yes, some of my best friends are PR people. But good grief. I’m ready to conclude that many PR agencies don’t really get it when it comes to social media. Either that, or they’re just choosing to frame the discussion in such a way as to greatly limit the potential of their clients’ social media initiatives. Recently I was made privy to a social media plan authored by a client’s PR agency. The stated objectives of said plan were: * increase awareness amongst bloggers, influencers and prospects. All true.

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TechValidate: Marketing Content that Writes Itself

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What single hurdle keeps B2B marketers from achieving the best possible results from inbound marketing, social media, and lead nurturing? It’s content. (Or rather, it’s LACK of content.) Without a consistent stream of compelling, original, relevant information to offer, landing pages fail to convert visitors to leads, blogs wither, and lead nurturing [.].

Top 5 Lead Management Excuses (with Poll)

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Furthermore, only 15% of those same respondents planned to deploy or expand their lead management initiatives in 2009. According to a recent industry survey by Demand Gen Report , fewer than 10 percent of marketing executives who responded have automated lead nurturing strategies and processes in place. As someone who sees clients achieving very real, [.].

How to Choose the Right Offer for your PPC Landing Page

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Do search campaigns demand a different approach to offer strategy compared to other demand generation programs, say emails? Answer: yes. Remember, there are two fundamental truths about someone arriving at your landing page via a search ad: 1. He/she could be anywhere on the buying spectrum – from initial research and education, to final, I-want-to-buy-one-of-these-today evaluation. and so on.

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How to Make Your Thank You Page Work Harder

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The Thank You Page is the forgotten child of online marketing. As the place to send prospects once they’ve filled out your registration form, most thank you pages host the content on offer, a Google conversion code, a link to the corporate Website, and little else. But is that a missed opportunity? [.].

Take a Sales Guy to Lunch: Bridging the Sales & Marketing Divide

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It’s no secret that I am a fervent evangelist for marketing automation, and at our agency we see the real-life benefits every day in the form of clients generating higher conversion rates, more qualified leads, and shorter sales cycles. But marketing automation can also have an impact on a more strategic level, addressing the frequent disconnect between marketing and sales, and also by helping to make marketing departments more accountable. Barbara’s firm helps clients achieve business growth through strategic marketing management, sales leadership, and business process alignment.

Are Social Links the Answer to Lagging Email Response?

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Email marketing and marketing automation provider Silverpop just released a timely white paper (registration required) that gives new hope to B2B marketers looking for creative ways to increase response from email campaigns. In “Emails Gone Viral: Measuring “Share to Social” Performance” , Silverpop provides compelling data that suggests adding social links to emails can have a significant effect on email reach (views), click-through, and response. The report is based on research that reviewed more than 500 email messages containing links to social networking sites. In a word: no.

6 Easy Steps to Increase Leads from Your Corporate Blog

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Title your posts for Google and Twitter. Forget nuance. If your blog post showed up in a Google listing, would someone click on it? Is it short (well short of 140 characters) so that someone can easily retweet it without editing? Does it immediately communicate, in specific, tangible terms, what the [.].

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Common Email Mistake to Avoid

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One assumes that in this upcoming training workshop from TechTarget, one of the “common mistakes to avoid” will be: If you’re going to insert variable information (i.e. company name) into a subject line, make darn sure that a) your data is accurate, and that b) the fields actually contain the information you want. BEA Systems was a [.].

New Ebook – 65 Tips on B2B Demand Generation

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Newly updated, revised, and now available for the first time in convenient ebook format: The High Tech Direct Marketing Handbook. Download your free copy here. This is the 5th edition of the handbook, a compilation of 65+ tips and techniques on direct marketing strategy, creative, offers, media, and just about everything in between. [.].

Appointment Setting: Where Does It Fit In Today’s Demand Generation Mix?

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With inbound marketing all the rage, where does that leave old-school lead generation techniques such as cold calling and appointment setting? In today’s digital era, when everything lead gen seems to revolve around simply being in the right place at the right time, can it also make sense to simply call potential clients as [.].

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Implementing Marketing Automation: 2 Biggest Regrets

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DemandGen Report just released a report detailing the results of a survey in which they heard from more than 50 executives at organizations who have implemented marketing automation solutions. You can download a complete copy of the report, sponsored by Manticore, here.) Some of the survey’s conclusions are fairly predictable. Companies are showing strong [.].

Marketo’s Ebook: A Lesson In Content Marketing

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When marketing automation vendor Marketo released their “Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing” last week (see earlier post) they knew pretty quickly they had a hit on their hands. Within 6 hours, 1,000 people had registered and downloaded the guide. Think about it: that’s 1,000 sales leads (and make no mistake, that’s what they [.].

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eBook Review: Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing

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Do a quick Web search on “lead nurturing” these days, and you’ll find plenty of high-level, strategic content on the “whys” – how nurturing can improve demand generation ROI, increase conversion rates, accelerate sales cycles, recycle long-discarded prospects, etc. What’s far less common and much needed, however, is practical advice on the “hows” – [.].

Why Free Trial Offers Aren’t Always the Best Choice

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There’s a great article (and not just because I’m quoted) in this week’s Demand Generation Report describing how marketers are actively seeking alternatives to the free trial offer. As I say in the article, free trials have become popular – too popular, in my opinion – as offers, because they’re perceived to be the shortest route [.].

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Novell Webinar Invitation Needs a New Approach

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As I have often lectured in this space, much of what makes for an effective email has less to do with deliverability, mobile compatibility, social media functionality, and all the technical bells and whistles that most people fret about, and more about basic direct response principles such as a strong subject line and a compelling [.].

Great New Resource for B2B Marketers – B2B Marketing Zone

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Here’s a new site to head for when you’re looking for the latest insight, news, or tips on B2B Marketing. B2B Marketing Zone was launched earlier this month by a pair of Web entrepeneurs, Tony Karrer (BrowseMyStuff) and Tom Pick (WebMarketCentral). B2B Marketing Zone is designed to be a one-stop destination for B2B [.].

Lead Gen: Don’t Go for the Quick Sale

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Here’s an interesting post by Mike Damphousse of Green Leads that I found through Funnelholic (thanks Craig) on how lead nurturing impacts the effectiveness of calling campaigns designed to secure qualified sales appointments. The conclusion, not surprisingly: that prospects who have been nurtured over time are much more likely (by a factor of 15 [.].

Demandbase: Converting More Web Visitors into Leads

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An average conversion rate for a B2B landing page, if you believe the people who claim to measure such things, is around 4 percent. Conversion rates for organic traffic to a corporate Website may be as high as 10 percent or more. But even at those lofty standards, fully 90 percent of Web [.].

5 Reasons to Include Branded Terms in Your Paid Search Campaign

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A client writes: “If we include our company and product names as keywords in our PPC (paid search) campaign, won’t we simply be cannibalizing our SEO effort, i.e. paying for clicks that we otherwise would have generated for free?” Answer: It’s true that you may have generated Web traffic from the same people anyway, but there [.].

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Generating Blog Traffic (and Leads) Using Email Subscriptions

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Either by the time you read this (or, if not, soon thereafter) this blog will have undergone a design facelift, its first since we launched it two years in April 2007. The new design is in sync with a similar upgrade (coming soon) of the CDI Website, as well as the monthly bulletin that [.].

7 Lead Gen Techniques I Learned From My Junk Mail

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Sometimes it pays to look outside your normal circle of peers for inspiration. Here’s a postcard I received recently from the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. What do fishing licenses have to do with B2B demand generation? Not much. But the very fundamental direct marketing principles on display here [.].

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ConnectAndSell: Novel Solution for Increasing Sales Efficiency

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If part of your lead generation or lead nurturing strategy involves outbound sales calls, then you already know one of the key metrics critical to sales productivity is connection rate – i.e. the percentage of dials that result in live conversations. Typical B2B connection rates range from 15 to 30 percent, which means that [.]. inside sales b2b lead generation lead generation telemarketing telesales

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Is Direct Marketing Relevant Anymore?

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DM News, the venerable tabloid that I remember reading while cutting my direct marketing teeth back at Oracle in the late 1980s, is switching from a weekly to bi-weekly publication schedule. This prompted a discussion on LinkedIn wondering if the change augured tougher times ahead for direct marketers. On the contrary: after almost 20 years [.].

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

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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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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.

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!

Winners of the 2009 Markie Awards

Digital Body Language

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.

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.

5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

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.

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