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B2B marketing sector bounces back: 57% report rising budgets

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Gross income reported by the top 40 agencies in 2010 is, on average, up by 18%. To say it’s been an eventful few years economically is an understatement.  First we had the credit crunch and a deep recession.  Now deficit reduction measures are biting and bond markets shaking. These turbulent times make the latest instalment of the bi-annual B2B Barometer interesting reading.  The survey – conducted in August 2011 and based on the opinions of 137 B2B agencies and marketers – shows that despite strong headwinds, the last 12 months have been rather rosy for most. And with good reason. 

Green shoots? Highlights from the B2B Barometer survey

The B2B Research Blog

This starkly contrasts with the low point of 48% reached two years ago in June 2010. . Double dip recession.  Greek bond defaults.  Spanish bailout.  We’re clearly not quite out of the ‘Great Recession’ yet. But we B2B marketers have always been an optimistic bunch.  . The latest B2B Barometer survey explored the opinions of 128 B2B marketing professionals collectively controlling budgets of £29.1 million. . It reveals that despite the economic turmoil, the majority of client-side B2B marketers see happier times ahead. Confidence is high. B2B marketing agencies are even more optimistic.

The French are stubborn

The B2B Research Blog

The French are stubborn.  Germans are meticulous.  The British are intelligent. National stereotypes are not always fair and should be challenged.  However, they’re also powerful, resistant to change and widely held.  To illustrate, try the following.  Type ‘why do French’ into Google and look at the auto-complete options.  These include ‘…people eat snails’ and ‘…people stare’. . Try the same for British, Italian or any other nationality.  An amusing exercise but one with a serious undertone.  Google is smart.  This implies that phrases like these represent common perceptions.

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Are B2B marketers neglecting their brands?

The B2B Research Blog

Every so often it’s healthy to reflect.  To identify learnings in success and take a pat on the back; to re-classify disappointments as valuable experience; then to focus on future ambitions with renewed energy. In doing so it’s sometimes useful to have a catalyst which supports the thought process.  That’s why in early 2009 Circle Research, in conjunction with ABBA and The IDM, launched The B2B Barometer. . A ‘state of the nation’ survey amongst B2B marketers which gauges economic confidence, benchmarks marketing activity and explores key trends. Through what they hear and see from you. 

Top-10 B2B Marketing Topics of 2010

Everything Technology Marketing

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. Thank you all for participating in this blog - I learned a lot from our discussions this year. See you in 2011

The State of the Blogosphere 2010

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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

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MarketingProfs Member Login | About Us | Members Benefits | PRO Members MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog Home Marketing Resources Online Seminars Conferences Videos Research Store PRO Members Forum Blog Jobs Blog Home Archives RSS/XML Veronica Maria Jarski BIO 12.20.10 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. Those are a few of the favorites we found in 2010. They all are very entertaining, too.

Best Email Marketing Tips, Tactics and Metrics of 2010

Webbiquity

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. Well, unlike social media, email is virtually universal.

50 (of the) Best Twitter Guides, Stats, Tips and Tools of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

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.

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Best of 2010 – Increase Sales by Improving Customer Touchpoints

Sazbean

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 ).

Best Social Media Stats, Facts and Marketing Research of 2010

Webbiquity

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.

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Best Twitter Guides, Tips and Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

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 of 2010 – How-To: Setup Social Media Monitoring in HootSuite

Sazbean

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?

Best Website Design Guides and Tips of 2010

Webbiquity

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.

Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2010

Webbiquity

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?

78 (of the) Best Social Media Marketing Tips, Guides, Tools and Strategies of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

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. s, 50?s,

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11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Buzz Marketing for Technology

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!

How to Produce and Promote Webinars Successfully [#B2Bchat Recap]

B2Bbloggers

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.

Top 56 B2B Marketing Posts for September 2010

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

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.

Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it

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 . 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!

31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

Economic conditions may have been tough in 2010, but there was no shortage of online innovation. Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2010 by Lifehacker. ** 5 Stars. Looking for an easy way to create a cool graphical email signature with trackable interactive buttons? Supplement your email list with your contacts’ social network info? Create video emails? Create animations?

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Want a Bigger Marketing Budget? Send Less Leads to Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

If your 2011 marketing budget is tighter than you want it to be, trying giving sales less leads. According to Marketing Sherpa’s just-released 2011 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , a whopping 80 percent of the 935 respondents said they pass unqualified leads along to sales. That’s a costly mistake. Let me explain why: For every 100 raw leads, only 4 to 7 are ready to buy.

A Simple B2B Marketing Framework

Everything Technology Marketing

We often discuss in this blog how B2B marketing is becoming more complex, and how to manage this complexity. Marketing is getting involved in many more areas that touch the customer along the buying process, multiplied by a dizzying variety of new tactics, online communications and engagement platforms. But that's content for another blog post. Let me know your thoughts about this framework.

The Best B2B Marketing Ideas of 2010

Fearless Competitor

Click to download How to Find New Customers, our remarkably popular white paper. It’s the first year of Fearless Competitor Favs – my favorite B2B marketing ideas from this past year. We’ll do this each December from now on. I … Continue reading → lead generation sales leadership Sales knowledge marketing funnel Management best practices Marketing Demand Generation Sales 2.0 Remarkable content Leadership

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A fascinating “hardcore” B2B social media success

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With many companies now engaged in social media marketing strategies for nearly two years or more, success stories are starting to emerge, even in the difficult marketing world of industrial B2B.  I discovered a great success story to share with you through a masters thesis being developed by Haakon Jenson of Norway. BACKGROUND. Limited marketing budget and employee resources. STRATEGY. RESULTS.

The Best Email Subject Line For Teleprospecting I've Seen Yet.

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

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.

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Cartoon: Who is creating content for your company?

Digital Body Language

Today's my first attempt at cartooning (okay, not really, all the hard work was done by gifted cartoonist Brady Bonus ). hope you enjoy it! First posted this morning on It's All About Revenue : Tags: Social media Content

SMEs: the great disenfranchised audience of 2010?

B2B Marketing Online

Regardless of who ultimately wins (won) the election, as co-owner of a small business, I’m frankly shocked by the fact that none of the political parties seemed to make any attempt to communicate with me as such. Sure, I got the usual literature through my front door, caught some of the debates on TV and got thoroughly bored by the never ending parade of polls and pollsters, all claiming a new insight. But no-one seemed interested in promoting themselves as being particularly pro-small business. Instead, I don’t really feel that any of them care how I vote either way.

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Best of 2010 – How-to: Use Netvibes for Social Media Monitoring

Sazbean

2010 in Review! original on social media monitoring posted September 24, 2010). We’re posting the best articles from the year to help you get 2011 off to the right start! Keeping track of everything that’s going on can be a challenge — especially with social media which moves at the speed of light. Enter a topic you want to track and click the “Dashboard it!&#

Top 25 Articles and 8 Topics in B2B Marketing for March 2010

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

March  2010. Great stuff in the world of B2B Marketing for March 2010.  Best Social Media Stats and Market Research of 2009 - Webbiquity , March 31, 2010 Whether you need data to back up a proposal for investing in social media marketing for CFO, want to understand which online tactics work best for engaging with customers and prospects, or are just an analytics data junky, you’ll find a treasure trove of key insights and happy hour trivia in this collection of the best articles and blog posts on social media and other marketing research of the past year. March 5, 2010.

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SAL is the Glue that Binds Sales and Marketing in Lead Generation

Industrial Marketing Today

A lead is a lead, right? Depends – are you in marketing or in sales? SAL – Sales Accepted Leads is the bridge between Marketing Qualified Leads (MQL) and Sales Qualified Leads (SQL). No, I am not splitting hairs nor am I indulging in semantics. Clearly defining and understanding the implications of MQL, SAL and SQL are critical to the success of B2B lead generation. Defining qualified leads.

55 (of the) Best Social Media Tips, Tactics and Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

If 2009 was the year many marketers puzzled over, poked at and pondered incorporating social media into their marketing mix, 2010 was the year of diving in. Social Media Metrics and ROI. 6 Key Metrics for a Social Media Measurement Dashboard [Best of SEW 2010 #4] by Search Engine Watch. 78 (of the) Best Social Media Marketing Tips, Guides, Tools and Strategies of 2010 (So Far).

7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your Next Webinar Invitation

The Point

I’ve written a number of times in this space about how to maximize response from email Webinar invitations. The campaign below from Parallels , a Swiss-based software company, provides a handy illustration of those techniques by displaying what key mistakes to avoid. For example: 1. Sell the offer, not the product. Lead with compelling benefits, not just facts. Use images wisely. See #1 above.

How PR and Social Media Can Work Together

Webbiquity

Social media and PR would seem to be natural allies. Both are primarily focused on brand awareness, credibility building and image enhancement. Both are critical tools for dealing with bad news or crisis situations. Both require relationships with influential people in one’s industry to be effective. And both rely on the ability to tell an interesting story. Since many (most?) Share this on Bebo.

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33 (of the) Best Marketing Strategy Guides and Insights of 2010

Webbiquity

Big Ed’s Top 10 B2B Marketing Trends For 2010 by Marketing-Gimbal. C. Edward Brice pretty much nailed the significant b2b marketing developments for 2010 (e.g. 2010: Social Network Advertising and Marketing Outlook by Brian Solis. What are our key objectives for social media marketing? Which emerging trends do we need to keep an eye on? Was he prescient or just playing it safe?

Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

Among her findings: “While most agencies didn’t link to their social media channels on their website in 2009, 83% included this on their home page in 2010. Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2010 (So Far). Social media marketing, online PR and SEO are three tactics that are all powerful on their own, but have far more impact when used in a coordinated, synergistic manner. How can you amplify and extend new releases through social media? Optimize company news for SEO benefit? Effectively connect with bloggers and other key online influencers in your industry? ‘Loser.

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2010 in review for Fearless Competitor

Fearless Competitor

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Seven Ways to Use Social Media for Business

Webbiquity

Though business use of social media is rapidly increasing, many executives remain skeptical of its value. more recent study reported by Forbes stated that while “60% (of small businesses surveyed) credit social media with positively impacting their businesses…(only) 36% have attracted new business as a result of their social media efforts.&#. Share content (your own and others’).

Facebook Advertising Tricks for B2B Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

If I could offer you a billboard in the middle of Times Square for little to no cost for you to advertise your company would you do it? One of the great things about the Facebook is that it provides you access to a large audience of over 550 Million people worldwide at a very low cost so why not take advantage of it. Trick 1) Place specific Job Titles into the Likes and Interest field. Tweet This!

Report: Blogs Are An Important Part Of The Marketing Mix

B2B Marketing Insider

Related Posts: Top Takeaways From Blogwell Philly 2010 Tweet Chats: Organized Chaos or Untapped Marketing Opportunity The Future of B2B Marketing: It’s Social Social Media: The Journey Begins With You The Role of B2B Marketing About Michael Brenner Michael Brenner is the author of B2BMarketingInsider and serves as Director of Online and Social Media Marketing for SAP. Who Blogs?