Salesforce.com Webinar Invitation Gets It Right
MAY 14, 2009
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 [.].
TechValidate: Marketing Content that Writes Itself
SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
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 [.].
Is Social Media Wasted on PR Agencies?
OCTOBER 8, 2009
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.
Top 5 Lead Management Excuses (with Poll)
JUNE 16, 2009
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 Often Should I Email My Database?
MAY 13, 2009
A client writes: “What’s best practice in terms of how many times per month you hit each key contact in your database?” This is becoming a common question, driven in part by the trend in B2B towards more proactive lead nurturing and the rapid adoption of marketing automation systems. Suddenly, companies have the tools at [.].
How to Make Your Thank You Page Work Harder
SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
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
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
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?
OCTOBER 21, 2009
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
SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
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 [.].
Common Email Mistake to Avoid
SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
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
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
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?
AUGUST 24, 2009
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 [.].
Implementing Marketing Automation: 2 Biggest Regrets
AUGUST 14, 2009
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
AUGUST 10, 2009
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 [.].
eBook Review: Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing
AUGUST 4, 2009
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
JULY 28, 2009
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 [.].
Novell Webinar Invitation Needs a New Approach
JULY 21, 2009
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
JULY 15, 2009
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
JUNE 29, 2009
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
JUNE 26, 2009
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
JUNE 3, 2009
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 [.].
Generating Blog Traffic (and Leads) Using Email Subscriptions
MAY 28, 2009
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
APRIL 30, 2009
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 [.].
ConnectAndSell: Novel Solution for Increasing Sales Efficiency
APRIL 22, 2009
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
Is Direct Marketing Relevant Anymore?
APRIL 20, 2009
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
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.
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.
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.
Top 35 Most Useful Twitter Blog Posts of 2009
DECEMBER 30, 2009
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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?
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.