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How to Start a Social Media Consulting Business in 6 Steps

WindMill Networking

Social media truly levels the playing field for any business owner or entrepreneur. Starting any new business is a risk, and while I find many people might have the expertise in any given field, they might not have the sales skills nor even the social media marketing skills to develop a social media consulting business and build up a company.  Related articles.

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15 best Big Data companies and why they stand out

Biznology

Only 18% of companies believe they have the skills necessary to gather and use insights effectively. Only 19% of companies are confident that their insights-gathering processes contribute directly to sales effectiveness. Simply collecting data does not unleash its business effectiveness. Best Big Data companies with the biggest revenue . source: McKinsey ). PALANTIR.

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

Webbiquity

While a dwindling number of business executives still dismiss Twitter as a waste of time, recent research suggests it is one of the most valuable social networks for business. Although fewer Americans use Twitter than Facebook, Twitter users “are far more likely to follow Brands/ Companies than social networkers in general. So what are the best ways to use Twitter for business?

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R.I.P. Social Media Consultant

WindMill Networking

I wrote a post earlier this year about why companies shouldn’t outsource their social media and why I didn’t want to “do” social media on their behalf.  If you remember that post, you’re probably already taken aback by the title of this blog post, but over the last several months, the landscape for how businesses use social media has drastically changed. What’s your take?

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.

3 Business Blogs with Proven ROI from Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

A business blog is an important and integral component of inbound marketing. While there are plenty of business blogs from B2B marketing consultants (including this one), industry portals and vertical search engines, there aren’t too many from manufacturers and industrial companies. Do you know of other business blogs from industrial companies? Results: 2.7

Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2010

Webbiquity

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. 43% of employees at the largest companies in the US use LinkedIn for professional reasons, compared to 11% on Facebook. by My Venture Pad.

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

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Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform?  ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts. 500 is Facebook with 74% of companies using it. Only 24% of the companies have a formal social media policy.

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

Webbiquity

Despite the widespread use of the phrase “social media marketing,&# marketing is not the only business use of social media, as John Jantsch reminds us. Here he outlines five ways that sales can use these tools as well, from social CRM to teaching prospects how to solve business issues. Noting that “Smart and savvy companies have positioned themselves as authoritative experts and trusted sources of information by creating their own content,&# Gordon Plutsky outlines a six-step process for consistently connecting with prospects through relevant, compelling content.

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7 Questions to Ask When You Hire a Marketing Consultant

B2B Marketing Traction

Remember the ad where the two big company consultants sat in front of a corporate business executive’s desk, and when the executive asked them, “What do you do?” ” the consultants said, “Err, we don’t  do anything…”? What should you look for when hiring a marketing consultant? Is your marketing consultant honest?

35 (of the) Best Guides to Facebook Marketing, Advertising, Search and More of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

And it’s become an imperative point of presence for businesses (or has it ?). Dean Rieck shares his top 10 tips for creating a managing a successful business Facebook page, from using FBML to create a landing page to promoting your page through email and your company blog. In another “10 secrets&# post, Christopher Parr shares his tips for brand success on Facebook, such as talking like a friend (not a company), adding value through content, and doing some housekeeping (e.g. Hell for companies and users, heaven for Facebook consultants.

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

LeadSloth

In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion. In 2010 you’ll start to hear about marketing methods. At Marketbright, we believe Agile Marketing will emerge as a popular methodology so marketing professionals can adapt and survive in 2010. Social Media Marketing FAIL: In 2010, we’ll see a lot of companies spend a lot of money trying to make a big splash into social networks and many will crash and burn. predictions. The Contributors.

Social Media Strategy Map: How To Find Your Way

Leader Networks

Calling all Balanced Scorecard practitioners and strategy executives, here is a Strategy Map to guide the Social Media / Social Business initiatives within your organizations. After Leader Networks developed the strategic frameworks for social media at more than 40 companies, including many large enterprises, we sat down with pen and paper (literally!) Each takes a different approach.

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

B2Bbloggers

Not sufficiently promoting the event in advance Not sharing the content afterwards Droning on about “company capabilities&# esp. About the B2Bblogger: Andrew Spoeth is an independent marketing consultant who specializes in B2B demand generation. Technology Naughty Vs. Nice In 2010 2. We put this question to our #B2Bchat audience in our latest session. If a rep. Pacific).

11 Myths of Social Media Marketing

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing is rapidly advancing in terms of adoption and sophistication, many marketers and business executives still struggle with it. Because social media is fundamentally about conversations, the individual(s) behind your social media activities is often perceived as the public face of your company. Social media marketing doesn’t apply to my business.

Making Order Out Of Social Business Chaos in 2011

Leader Networks

As 2010 comes to an end, it is a natural time for reflections and predictions. This year has been dominated by a shift in focus from social media marketing to social business it evolved from being experimental to being a business imperative. These are some of the most compelling and useful writings I believe can be found on the topic of social business.

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Companies are Embracing Influencer Marketing in 2015

WindMill Networking

Raymond is a francophone author and speaker who has 20 years experience acting as a senior strategic consultant and coach for organizations, SMBs and independent professionals. Author of the books «Culture Web à la portée des PME» (2001) and «Comment entreprendre le virage 2.0» (2010), he has also contributed to several magazines and bloggers platforms over the years. Companies are Embracing Influencer Marketing in 2015 by Raymond Morin - Maximize Social Business. Over 600 professionals in communications and marketing, in 32 countries and 30 industries, participated.

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

Industrial Marketing Today

Assigning a numeric score to business sales leads based on a predefined set of rules, takes away the subjectivity out of qualitative ranking like Hot, Warm and Cold leads. B2B marketers are being held a lot more accountable (as they should be) for their contributions to a company’s revenues. However, this may be an integration consultant instead of an end-user.

The Humanness of Moderating Online Communities

Leader Networks

Thank you for reading Building Online Communities for Business by Leader Networks. We are a research and strategy consulting company that helps organizations succeed in social business and B2B online community building. business communities professional networks social media Online Communities funnyThis has long been understood by experienced moderators.

Sarah Evans: Social Media Allows Us to Break Boundaries

Social Marketing Forum

Sarah Evans is a public relations and new media consultant, working with many non profit, social good and technology companies.  A self-described “social media freak,” Sarah initiated and moderates #journchat , the weekly live chat between PR professionals, journalists and bloggers on Twitter. What one piece of advice would you give a start-up (individual and company/organization)?

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The 39 Social Media Tools I’ll Use Today

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have a few goals set up, including visits to my speaking page; visits to my consulting page; time spent on the site, etc. for whatever search terms are important to you and your business. My presenation “ 7 Ways to Build Stunning Business and Personal Brands in Social Media &# was originally given in person to 35 people. Sheesh, you are busy. Smart. implement bit.ly

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The Difference Between Doing Social Vs. Being Social

Leader Networks

There is a rather large difference between companies "doing" social and "being" social. For a company to succeed at this new business model, they must learn how to do social and also, enable their people to be social. Being a social organization requires acting socially -- maintaining a deep dedication to supporting business relationships online.

Book Review: Defy Gravity

Webbiquity

In Defy Gravity: Propel Your Business to High-Velocity Growth , Rebel Brown shows business owners and executives how to shed the weight of legacy baggage, filter out the noise and focus on those opportunities which provide the best potential for profitable growth. This a high-level strategy book written for leaders of any sized business. Pay attention.&#. Share this on Bebo.

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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B2B Marketing Metrics That Matter [#B2Bchat Recap] | B2Bbloggers.

B2Bbloggers

About | Advertise | Submissions | Write for Us CrowdsourcedFRD Home Advertising Branding Content Marketing Lead Gen SEO-SEM Social Media More Strategy Design PR eBooks Educational Facebook Guest Posts Twitter Metrics That Matter in B2B Marketing [#B2Bchat Recap] August 27th, 2010 | By Andrew Spoeth Measurement is close to the heart of many marketers, and B2B marketing is no exception.

The New B2B Buyer Dialog: A Conversation with Kathleen Schaub

The Point

Most B2B companies will readily acknowledge how much the Web has transformed the way they market their product or service, most visibly in the form of vehicles like search, content marketing, social media, and lead management. Fewer companies, however, can claim to have adapted their sales process as readily. If your company has been persuasive on-line, you’ll make the short list.

How To Build An Online Community

Leader Networks

Your organization’s overarching business goals and strategy for the community will define what you want it to achieve -- the value it delivers both to its members and to your organization. There are three different models for online communities and it is important to decide which type of online community is best suited to your audience and company needs. Finally, look ahead.

Does Your Company Inspire Trust? How Online Communities Can Help!

Leader Networks

While school girl antics usually come and go, life lessons about the formation and maintenance of trust are the foundations on which relationships are built in friendship … and in business. The 2012 edition measures attitudes about the state of trust in business, government, NGOs, and media across 25 countries. Data points: 49% of businesses report having a customer community.

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28 Awesome B2B Social Media Statistics

Social Media B2B

Forecasts : Annual growth in US B2B online marketing spend is forecast at 8% in 2010 and is set to reach 14% by 2012. US business-to-business (B2B) advertising and marketing spending will increase by 0.8% Executive Interest: 36% of B2B execs surveyed said there was low executive interest in social media in their company, compared with 9% of B2C marketers who said the same. 46% of B2B respondents said social media was perceived as irrelevant to their company, while only 12% of consumer-oriented marketers had the same problem. Source ). Source ). Source ).

Top 15 Recommended Social Media Books of 2010

WindMill Networking

It seems like only yesterday when I was blogging about the top 15 recommended social media books of 2009 , but here we are ending out 2010.  2011 should see a continuation of this as well as an emphasis on metrics, business to business (B2B) social media marketing, the continued growth of location-based services, and a growing interest and investment into mobile social media integration. 

Best Social Media Stats and Market Research of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Data junkies, stats addicts, web trivia buffs rejoice — here are a deluge of social media, search and other marketing research facts and figures from 50 articles and blog posts published so far in 2010. What percentage of Fortune 100 companies are on Twitter? What social media tool helps small business double their reach on Twitter? based (86%) companies. business.

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The Best B2B Marketing Ideas of 2010 – Q1 Review

Fearless Competitor

Today is the end of Q1 for most companies – a good time, I think to review the most innovative B2B marketing ideas of last year. Lots of companies can learn from these superb approaches by these great marketing firms. This contest, which ran at the end of 2010 was won by Kinaxis. This campaign, by the marketing automation software company, Marketo , used the game developers at Jellyvision to create a fun and interesting way to test business knowledge. This is from the supply chain software company in Ottawa called Kinaxis. Juan Eloqua. Suitemates.

Metrics That Matter in B2B Marketing [#B2Bchat]

B2Bbloggers

About | Advertise | Submissions | Write for Us CrowdsourcedFRD Home Advertising Branding Content Marketing Lead Gen SEO-SEM Social Media More Strategy Design PR eBooks Educational Facebook Guest Posts Twitter Metrics That Matter in B2B Marketing [#B2Bchat] August 26th, 2010 | By Andrew Spoeth Measure everything! Does your company measure less or more than it did two years ago? Q.

Translate Features into Benefits if You Want Your Marketing.

Industrial Marketing Today

Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Translate Features into Benefits if You Want Your Marketing Content to Engage and Sell by Achinta Mitra on July 6, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies Marketing 101 teaches you “Customers buy benefits and not product features.” I’m not disputing that nor am I making a new revelation.

You May Not Be My Online Friend -- But You Influence Me

Leader Networks

Nothing in the world will replace a good old-fashioned face-to-face handshake or a business dinner, where stories can be shared and the gritty nuances of the project and the politics are revealed. In business, social credibility stems from expertise, accomplishments, battle scars and length of service in one's given profession. believe this is a real mistake.

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Social Media for the B2B Marketer - Doing The 4-Step

Leader Networks

We focused on the process of marketing for B2B companies and how it differs from B2C. From the questions to ask before starting a marketing program to the steps to engage, the panel team covered the experiences and best practice to help B2B companies be more effective. Strategic questions include: What are the top three business goals this program can help support?

5 Proven Strategies for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Home Social Media Business Entertainment Tech Web Video Dev & Design Apple Mobile Social Good Jobs Business News Advertising & Marketing Small Business Advice Career Development Money & Finance Business Apps Now Trending : Skype Group Video Calling Comes to Mac November 4, 2010 Erica Swallow View Comments 5 Proven Strategies for B2B Social Media Marketing email share email share Do you like this story?

What the Future Holds for B2B Social Media Marketing

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5 Proven Strategies for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Home Social Media Business Entertainment Tech Web Video Dev & Design Apple Mobile Social Good Jobs Business News Advertising & Marketing Small Business Advice Career Development Money & Finance Business Apps Now Trending : 3 Tips for Maximizing Engagement With Facebook “Likes&# and Shares November 4, 2010 Erica Swallow View Comments 5 Proven Strategies for B2B Social Media Marketing email share email share Do you like this story?

What the Future Holds for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Top Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video Google Buzz Business Small business Social media Advertise Network Blippr iPhone App Mashable France MashDeck Twitter App Mobile Site Social Media Events Twitter Guide Book Facebook Guide Book Partners App Development WordPress Experts MaxCDN Content Delivery Dynect Managed DNS Rackspace Hosting Intridea About Us Submit a Tip! Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Learn more. Social media is capable of so much more.

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4 Tips for B2B Marketing on Facebook

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Top Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video Google Buzz Social media Business Mobile 2.0 Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! Leyl has more than 15 years experience driving high-impact communications programs for emerging technology companies. Here are some tips for creating a powerful presence on Facebook that will engage a business audience. 1. All of these ideas will help your fans make a stronger and more personal connection with your company.

What Is The Future Of The Social Media Role?

B2B Marketing Insider

Skip to content Home About Michael Brenner Appearances B2B Marketing Insider Michael Brenner's Blog on B2B Marketing Content Marketing Demand Generation Mobile Sales Alignment Search Marketing Social Media Strategy December 16, 2010 8 Subscribe What Is The Future Of The Social Media Role? Michael Brenner Dec 16 2010 Thanks Tom. Dan Greenfield/PR+MKTG Camp Dec 16 2010 Good post.

The 3 Can’t-Miss Pieces of Any Consulting Case Study

Stories that Sell

When companies sell consulting services, there’s a similar dynamic; they promise lots of great end results but really, what’s going on behind the curtain? Buyers need to understand how a consultant brings about specific results and what sets that one apart from others. Let’s look at three critical pieces of any consulting case study: Expertise. Share