Is Quora Relevant for B2B Marketing?
FEBRUARY 24, 2011
Quora , made available to the public in June 2010, was co-founded by Facebook’s former CTO Adam D’Angleo, and at first glance appears similar to LinkedIn Answers, Wikipedia, Focus.com or Yahoo Answers. It was just over two months ago that Robert Scoble gave an implicit endorsement for Quora, asking the question: Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years? But do we need another Q&A site? And why is Quora getting so much attention lately? In this Thursday’s B2Bchat, we dive into Quora’s role in B2B marketing. Will Quora kill blogging? What is the future of Quora?
Content Marketing: How Companies are Doing It [Infographic]
MAY 16, 2011
The data for this Infographic came from Marketo’s Content Marketing Cheat Sheet and the 2010 B2B Content Marketing white paper on benchmarks, budgets, and trends from MarketingProfs and Junta42! Why do companies pursue content marketing, and how are they doing it? Here are some of the highlights: Companies with over 1,000 employees use an average of 9 content marketing tactics.
What is Google TV?
JUNE 15, 2010
On May 20, 2010, Google announced the launch of Google TV , a service which brings the Web and TV closer together. The product managers at Google TV released a new video today explaining what Google TV is and what it may mean to you. Here are some of the main features that Google TV will offer: Tune to channels or specific shows by conducting a text search. Record and play back shows.
Social Media Statistics for B2B Marketers
SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Here is a new, must-see video for B2B marketers interested in social media. It has been prepared by our friends at Earnest Agency in the UK. Of the stats presented, here some which are especially noteworthy: CIO’s could well be the biggest blocker to social media adoption. Fifty-four percent of CIO’s prohibit use of social networking sites while at work.
Lead Scoring Best Practices
JUNE 14, 2010
More and more B2B marketers are turning to lead scoring as a way of optimizing lead management. Many of us will remember when we used to process raw Excel lists, handing over hundreds of names with job titles and companies to our sales department, only to find that leads weren’t being followed up on. Here is a summary of the questions and comments, compiled: Q. What is lead scoring?
The Top 10 iPad Apps
APRIL 3, 2010
At Bat 2010 for iPad. It was just over two months ago that Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad , the company’s new flagship product. As with the iPhone and iPod Touch, apps are going to be central to the iPad. Nearly all of Apple’s iPhone apps will run on the iPad, but there is also an emerging market for apps designed specifically for the iPad. OmniGraffle. N.O.V.A.
YouTube Turns Five
MAY 16, 2010
YouTube has reached a couple of milestones recently, including: more than 24 hours of video uploaded per minute. over two billion video views per day ( see the Mashable post ). YouTube also turned five years old a couple of weeks ago, and here is a video which celebrates its remarkable short history and growth.
How to opt out of Facebook’s new Instant Personalization Program
MAY 15, 2010
Over the past couple of weeks, a storm of angst has been gathering over Facebook’s new Instant Personalization Program. The program has been criticized by privacy advocates as many Facebook users are unaware that it now shares your personal information with partner websites, by default. On the privacy settings page, click on Applications and Websites. Click on the Edit Setting button.
Measuring the Value of Digital Marketing
MAY 3, 2010
How do B2B marketers tackle the question of marketing campaign value? Do we make strategic decisions based on real, actionable data? With the firehose of data that is available to marketers now-a-days, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the information that truly matters. And this is especially true for B2B with their typically complex, drawn out sales cycles. Search (PPC and SEO).
Get Ready for the iBoard
APRIL 5, 2010
I saw this image as a blog post comment yesterday and unfortunately can’t remember where I found it. If you know the copyright owner, please let me know so I can attribute it accordingly. This was just too funny to not share.
Predicting Twitter’s Success in 2006
MARCH 29, 2010
Twitter Feasibilty Study Excerpt (2006) from 747 Media on Vimeo. When did you first hear of Twitter? Four years ago, could people have predicted the evolution of this micro-blogging site at its onset? Apparently, yes. The 20-somethings that were interviewed as part of a study by 747 Media were able to assess the power of Twitter quite accurately, even though they had never used it.
The More You Think About ROI…
MARCH 10, 2010
What is the Return on Investment (ROI) of an ad campaign? How do you go about measuring it? Which attribution models work best for your sales process? These are some of the things I was working on this afternoon which led me to ponder the following relationship. As you start to think of the ROI question, it sounds very straight forward. Return on Investment = (Gain – Investment) / Investment.
Seth Godin Talks of the Lizard Brain
MARCH 3, 2010
Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo. Why do humans abandon projects just before they’re finished? In this talk, recorded at the 99% Conference , Seth Godin explains how our fearful “lizard brain often gets in the way of success. Here’s a shout out to @w_chris_davies who first pointed out this talk to me.
To Follow Or Not To Follow: That is the Question on Twitter
FEBRUARY 28, 2010
You go through the ritual once every couple of days. Unless you have auto-follow, that is. How do you decide whether or not to follow someone back on Twitter? I fielded the question on Twitter and here are some of the responses I got. CWarfield: shared interests; no spam or useless “eating a ham sando posts. walkerjill: but not tweet TOO MUCH! Looking at these, I consider: 1. Tweet volume.
Aligning B2B Sales and Marketing Efforts in Social Media
DECEMBER 16, 2010
Marketing and public relations departments tend to be the ones driving social media within companies. But what about Sales? How can they best contribute to carrying the brand message and communicating with prospective customers? Join us for our upcoming #B2Bchat session on Thursday, December 16 at 5:00pm Pacific, where we’ll dive in to: Aligning B2B Sales and Marketing Efforts in Social Media. What are the do’s and don’t's of posting for members of the sales team? What can marketing can do to help the sales team be more effective with social media? does it have to be defined?
How Productivity is Killed
APRIL 12, 2010
Thought-provoking insight on the contemporary workplace from Jason Fried, co-founder of 37 Signals and author of New York Times bestseller, Rework.
Top-10 B2B Marketing Topics of 2010
Everything Technology Marketing
DECEMBER 1, 2010
With 2010 coming to an end, it is time for a quick review of the most popular B2B marketing posts on the Everything Technology Marketing blog. 36) I hope you had a successful and productive 2010. The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts (by number of re-tweets) 1 - 5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success (100) 2 - The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready? (98) See you in 2011
Best of 2010 – 13 Twitter Tips for Increasing Engagement
DECEMBER 22, 2010
2010 in Review! original on increasing engagement posted October 18, 2010) A major frustration for people trying out Twitter for the first time is figuring out how to get anyone to respond. We’re posting the best articles from the year to help you get 2011 off to the right start! They set up their Twitter account, tweet a few times and wonder why no one responds.
Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2010 (So Far)
SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
Read on to learn how social media is changing PR, how pitching bloggers is different from traditional media outreach, how to optimize press releases for search and online distribution, which tools should be in your social PR toolbox and more here in some of the best articles and blog posts on social PR of 2010 so far. Social media has fundamentally altered the practice of public relations. And as any blogger can tell you, PR pros understand this, as witnessed by the incredible increase in blogger outreach “pitches from corporate PR departments and firms over the past two years.
Eloqua Experience 2010
OCTOBER 20, 2010
This week I attended the Eloqua Experience, Eloqua’s user conference in San Francisco. The big news of this event is the launch of Eloqua 10. It’s the result of 2 years of hard work, and it looks very good. The revamped user interface makes working with Eloqua a lot of fun. Here is a preview: Eloqua 10 Campaign Builder (click to enlarge). They are raving about Eloqua 10. Overall.
The State of the Blogosphere 2010
DECEMBER 13, 2010
Brian Solis Home Articles Business – Marketing PR 2.0 – New Communications Social Media Speaking Books Appearances About The State of the Blogosphere 2010 December 13, 2010 View Comments The question we ask ourselves when examining the state of the blogosphere is whether or not the cup is half full or half empty? If drinking from the glass, it is then half empty. startups.
The Best B2B Marketing Ideas of 2010
DECEMBER 20, 2010
The Best B2B Marketing Ideas of 2010 A guest post by Jeff Ogden , president of Find New Customers Although companies like Marketo, Eloqua and Kinaxis have produced terrific written content in blogs, e-books, etc., 19 , 2010, the marketing take-away I shared was “Think Different. 19, 2010. Those are a few of the favorites we found in 2010. like Marketo’s new lead scoring e-book or Eloqua’s Grande series) here we want to focus on B2B marketing key #2—Entertain. We say this because we find almost all B2B marketing deadly dull. Thanks.
Best Email Marketing Tips, Tactics and Metrics of 2010
FEBRUARY 21, 2011
3 items that should be in your 2010 email budget by BtoB Magazine. While social media is the flashy show horse of online marketing, email remains the solid workhorse. According to recent research , 92% of marketers consider email to be one of their “most important marketing tools” and 54% plan increased spending on it in the coming year. Avoid mistakes that will cost you readers? Karen J.
Best of 2010 – Increase Sales by Improving Customer Touchpoints
DECEMBER 30, 2010
We’re posting the best articles from 2010 to help you get 2011 off to the right start! original on customer touchpoints posted on November 30, 2010) You may think improving your website or your point of sale system or even your after-sales service will help increase your sales. The year in review! They most likely will. How do they accomplish them? image by Patrick Hoesly ).
50 (of the) Best Twitter Guides, Stats, Tips and Tools of 2010 (So Far)
OCTOBER 5, 2010
You’ll find the answers to these questions and many more here in 50 of the best Twitter tools, posts, how-to guides and rants of 2010 so far. Brian Solis provides a wealth of statistics that answer these questions and more, e.g., 87% of Americans said they were familiar with Twitter in 2010, up from just 26% in 2009. So what are the best ways to use Twitter for business? Crabs.
Best Social Media Stats, Facts and Marketing Research of 2010
JANUARY 17, 2011
Americans spent nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs in 2010, up from 15.8 At its current rate, Twitter will process almost 10 billion tweets in 2010. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn continued to add users in the second half of 2010, albeit at a slower pace than in previous quarters. The State of the Blogosphere 2010 by Brian Solis.
Best of 2010 – How-To: Setup Social Media Monitoring in HootSuite
DECEMBER 28, 2010
2010 in Review! original on social media monitoring posted September 13, 2010) A vitally important part of achieving success with social media is responding when someone does reach out to you. We’re posting the best articles of the year to help you get 2011 off to the right start! Choose the Twitter profile and click the “+ Add Stream button. How do you monitor Twitter?
The Best Email Subject Line For Teleprospecting I've Seen Yet.
Sales Prospecting Perspectives
JULY 28, 2010
The best email subject line I've seen in my career came through my Inbox this week. Brad G, one of our inside sales reps shared an email he had received from a prospect praising his persistence in prospecting him. We call it "polite persistence" here at AG and I was very proud that the prospect not only responded to Brad, but took the time to compliment his approach and work ethic. Love to see that. As I was closing out the email I glanced at the subject line that Brad had sent to the prospect. It read " Attention: Jim - Final Follow up". or "do I know Pete"? Next he uses Jim's name.
Best Twitter Guides, Tips and Tools of 2010
JANUARY 31, 2011
Twitter came of age in 2010, growing at a scorching pace —from 75 million users at the beginning of the year to more than 190 million by the end of December. Best of 2010: 14 Ways Every Business Should Be Using Twitter by Inkling Media. All You Need to Know About Twitter in 2010 [Infographic] by Mediabistro. What types of information are worth sharing, beyond blog posts?
Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2010
FEBRUARY 16, 2011
Mark Walsh reports on company pages, another new feature added by LinkedIn in late 2010. LinkedIn is firmly ensconced among the “big 3″ social networks for marketing and business purposes, and though its base of 80 million members is far smaller than the 600 million users of Facebook, its impact in B2B marketing is larger. What new features should you get familiar with?
Best Website Design Guides and Tips of 2010
MARCH 3, 2011
5 Things That Websites Need in 2010! Website design standards continue to evolve and grow more sophisticated. Tables are out; CSS is in. Flash is out (or should at least be used sparingly): HTML5 is (almost) in. Screen sizes now range from small smartphone screens to large, widescreen desktop monitors. What website design trends should graphic artists take note of? Visual Website Design.
11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011
Buzz Marketing for Technology
DECEMBER 8, 2010
Around this time last year I wrote about the 10 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 and while I would say 7 out of 10 have already materialized and the others are on their way. Related posts: 10 BtoB Marketers Predictions for 2010 Around this time last year I wrote about some Predictions. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for B2B Marketers next year? Enjoy!
Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it
grow - Practical Marketing Solutions
NOVEMBER 7, 2010
. Building an engaged community through a business blog can be extremely difficult — sometimes impossible. Look at companies like General Electric who do an amazing job with their blog and yet have almost no “community or comments at all. There must be some good business reason they do it, right? . There better be. Do your competitors have a blog? This is valuable real estate!
78 (of the) Best Social Media Marketing Tips, Guides, Tools and Strategies of 2010 (So Far)
AUGUST 16, 2010
10 Free Social Media Tools Every PR Pro Should Master In 2010 by the COMMS corner. With the amount of helpful content about social media marketing growing faster than Facebook’s user base or Lindsay Lohan’s court appearances, it’s tough to keep up. Here’s a modest contribution to help with that effort; more than six dozen of the best, most bookmark-able articles and blog posts about social media tactics, tools and strategies written so far this year, by leading writers like John Jantsch , Lori Dicker , Lee Odden , Lisa Barone , Jay Baer and many more. 5 stars.
Top 56 B2B Marketing Posts for September 2010
B2B Marketing Zone Posts
OCTOBER 5, 2010
Best of B2B Marketing for September 2010. Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2010 (So Far) - Webbiquity , September 1, 2010 Social media has fundamentally altered the practice of public relations. Social media and the big conversation “fail” - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , September 26, 2010 I am feeling sad and a bit ashamed of myself. Savvy B2B Marketing , September 1, 2010 The other week I had a post on the Content Marketing Institute about how to develop an editorial calendar for content marketing. Here are the top items based on social signals.
How to Produce and Promote Webinars Successfully [#B2Bchat Recap]
JUNE 22, 2010
Technology Naughty Vs. Nice In 2010 2. What advice do marketers have when it comes to producing, promoting, and following up on webinars? We put this question to our #B2Bchat audience in our latest session. Here is what the experts had to say: Q. What are innovative ideas of promoting webinars? Schedule the webinar on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Offer a short video preview. If a rep.
How Do You Define a Quality Sales Opportunity?
Sales Prospecting Perspectives
MARCH 23, 2010
During my years as an Inside Sales rep, I've always appreciated working with the young hungry territory reps willing to talk to anyone "with a pulse". While I could appreciate that work ethic and the tenacity that hungrier reps displayed, I usually found that passing over anything lukewarm usually resulted in a lead that didn't go anywhere.and generally I was cold calling back into that company months later. On the other side of the coin, I struggled when passing leads to the veteran sales folks who wanted every opportunity completely teed up. Should you pass them anyone who wants to talk?