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Evaluating Marketing Automation - 10 Questions To Ask

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Are we going to ask prospects for every piece of information we need? The market for marketing automation software is doing very well these days. This has lead to an unprecedented variety of options for marketers to choose from, and the range of options can be dizzying. While many of the discussions can focus on software and feature/function comparisons, this is only one element of success.

Marketing Dashboard: Passive Discovery

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This dashboard metric gives you a clear sense of whether prospective buyers in the early stages of their education process are learning about you through paid efforts, such as advertisements, or through your efforts to earn their attention, such as through content marketing. This thinking needs to be applied to all areas of the revenue engine, and each has its own unique challenges.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect from Marketing Automation

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Unless your marketing department has sales intuition (the ability to read your prospects’ behaviour and anticipate their next actions), defining a good lead will be difficult to do on your own. Your sales team can view specific data about your prospects, including the links they clicked, the registration forms they completed and their lead scores. Define buyer personas.

The Changing Dimensions of Lead Flow

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As a marketer or salesperson interacting with a prospective buying audience, how that audience is defined changes as a more direct connection is made with them. However, in building an end-to-end plan for managing your overall revenue performance, it is important to stay aware of how the “dimensions” change over time. For example, if 15 opportunities are created out of 1000 leads, a 1.5%

Trust, Reputation, and Inside Sales

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That company reputation, if built on a foundation of corporate openness and transparency , can contribute greatly to the amount of trust prospective buyers are willing to give to the salesperson they are dealing with. There is a significant shift underway in how we establish and build trust. Some organizations are seeing effective use of inside sales up to $100,000 in ASP.

CEOs and Marketing Metrics

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When prospective buyers understand a business challenge or opportunity and seek to solve it, do they discover your company? - How are solutions selected and validated in your category? Done well, this structure and encouragement can facilitate a transition to a buyer-centered, efficient marketing and sales organization.

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6 Ways For Marketing to Help with Social Media

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This means that the "marketing" folks generally work with two major levers: - A Budget for campaign spend (ads, search keywords, event promotions, show attendance) - A Marketing Database of interested or potentially interested prospects Because they don't fit into these two major levers, the "social media" person's efforts often feel a bit disconnected from the major promotions being run.

Calculating the True Cost of an Email Campaign

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To understand how it takes for your prospects to disengage, you must analyze your email marketing history. Since the advent of email marketing in the mid-1990s, companies have embraced the misconception that email is virtually “free” as a marketing medium. To understand true cost, you need to first understand your marketing database a little better. Let’s use this figure for our example.

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Marketing Automation and B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010

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Buying relationships will be more and more built on a foundation of buyer education, and the B2B organizations who can educate and nurture prospective buyers over time, without annoying them will win. 2010 will see aggressive adoption of basic listening techniques by marketers in order to understand where they are falling short. Sort of. What do you think?

Mapping the Buying Process - A Framework

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One of the recurring themes in this discussion has been the concept of thinking in terms of a buying process not a selling process. Many times when I speak about this topic publicly, there is general agreement in the audience, but the question of how to map a buying process often comes up. Every organization, and every industry, deals with a slightly different set of buying challenges.

6 things the iPad means for B2B Marketers

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salesperson carrying an iPad can easily segue into a live demonstration if the conversation goes that way, and a prospect carrying an iPad can be guided to online resources during the booth conversation if it makes sense to. It's a beautiful device, as is expected from Apple, and will surely see plenty of uptake over the coming year. What are your thoughts on these trends? Any I have missed?

The Foundation for Great Marketing is Great Data

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Data and the User Experience In thinking about data, there can be a temptation to burden your audience of prospects with the data requirements of your marketing database. Data is key to all your marketing efforts. However, when thinking about your marketing automation efforts, data management can often be an afterthought. Current Database First, you need to understand your current database.

Who and What Do We Trust?

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Are you measuring how and why prospective buyers build their trust in you? As the role of the relationship-based sales person shifts, with buyers collecting more of their information online, both prior to, and during conversations with sales people, we need to pay close attention to the most crucial aspect of a sale. Trust. It is trust that every relationship has as its foundation. However, with the changing dynamic of how the conversation happens, there is also a changing dynamic of how trust is developed. Online Personas: Within these communities, active individuals often stand out.

Behavioral Targeting and Large Populations

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However, the key to relevance is understanding the interests of each prospect so that a marketing message can be delivered accordingly. Within your universe of prospects, there may be only a small percentage of them at any one time who are the precise buyer role and executive level, at the particular stage of the buying process that your marketing message ideally targets.

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Information Will Find Me

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The logical extension of this trend is that the consumers of information – our prospective buyers – will expect that the information they should be interested in will find them, rather than them finding information. As the way that we find information becomes increasingly driven by social influence , it’s interesting to look at where this trend goes in the longer term.

Google, Display Ads, and B2B Marketing

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The Flaw With Search The problem with this is that it relies on the prospect to "actively" seek information. As prospective buyers show an interest in investigating a certain area, say by clicking on a link, shared socially, that refers to an article on generating more leads for sales, Google may be able to then show them a display Ad targeted at any interest in “demand generation”.

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Message Delivery vs. Message Discovery

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prospective buyer actively seeks information on a given topic based on keywords. The most obvious change in marketing that we are seeing lately comes down to how our messages reach their intended recipients. This is driven, of course, by changes in the behavior of our audience of potential buyers. Search, either natural or paid, provides an active way to discover information.

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Deep Searches and Content Proliferation

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Instead, prospective buyers are using longer and longer terms find exactly the information they need. This is a significant fact as it means that prospective buyers are seeking information that fits a very specific challenge they are facing or precise question that they have. Take, for example, search.

The Buzz about Google Buzz – 6 things relevant to B2B?

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Therefore, social media as a marketing strategy in B2B was often used to influence influencers , rather than connecting directly with end prospects. Yesterday, Google announced their next major foray into social media, with the launch of Google Buzz. While the main concepts behind Buzz are very familiar with anyone who is at all familiar with social media – friends, status updates, photo sharing – the way that Google brings it all together, and their sheer weigh in the market, means that this may be quite interesting. As a B2B marketer, what does this mean? What do you think?

Eloqua Experience 2010

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It is an easy to understand, prioritized view of the hottest, most engaged prospects and accounts. 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. Overall.

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.

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

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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. 10 Free Social Media Tools Every PR Pro Should Master In 2010 by the COMMS corner. Social Media Marketing Tips, Tactics and Guides. by Kuno Creative. s, 50?s,

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Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

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In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. The rep may try to contact the prospect several times but will give up after a certain point. 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.

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

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Whether you’re anxious to get started marketing on Facebook, already there but looking for better results, or not sure if Facebook is right for your company (despite the eye-popping audience numbers), you’ll find guidance here in some of the best posts on Facebook marketing so far in 2010: tips, tactics and best practices for building Facebook pages, growing your fan (or “like&# ) base, advertising, optimizing for search, using Facebook apps and tools, and more, from experts like Mari Smith, Lisa Barone, Ching Ya, John Haydon, Brian Carter, Marty Weintraub and Shel Holtz.

Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2010

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Mark Walsh reports on company pages, another new feature added by LinkedIn in late 2010. For these types of businesses, LinkedIn is a much better alternative,&# Michael Gray provides tips on using your profile, groups, questions and answer, status updates and other LinkedIn capabilities to generate referrals and sales prospects. What new features should you get familiar with?

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

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Economic conditions may have been tough in 2010, but there was no shortage of online innovation. handy way to supplement your email contact list with information about those prospects from the most popular social networks. Most Popular Free Windows Downloads of 2010 by Lifehacker. ** 5 Stars. Supplement your email list with your contacts’ social network info? Flowtown.

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A Simple B2B Marketing Framework

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The goal is to attract interest that converts into qualified leads which you can follow up with and/or nurture over time. (2) Lead Nurturing – Leads that are not sales ready need to be nurtured with the goal of guiding prospects through their buying decision process with educational and actionable content. But that's content for another blog post.

How to Optimize Your Website for Sales Prospects

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Sales Prospecting Perspectives is pleased to bring you a guest post from Damian Davila, Content Marketing Consultant at idaconcpts.com. Leverage responsive web design – Don’t design your site like it’s 2010! An online presence is essential in today’s competitive sales environment. Still, it is not just a matter of “putting yourself out there” and launching just any site. Stop it! 2.

Facebook Advertising Tricks for B2B Marketers

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In 2001 when Google AdWords was just announced – I was buying and converting potential prospects into leads for pennies on the dollar with keywords like Globalization, eCommerce, Interactive Marketing (I was in a consulting firm at the time). 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? Tweet This!

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

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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. As I was closing out the email I glanced at the subject line that Brad had sent to the prospect. Your content means NOTHING if you don't first get the prospect to open the email. The best email subject line I've seen in my career came through my Inbox this week.

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

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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).

36 (of the) Best Facebook Guides, Stats and Rants of 2010

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It started 2010 with roughly 350 million users and is now on its way to 600  million. How can you stand out from the crowd, grow your fan base, get “likers&# to come back to your page, engage your audience, target your prospects, conduct research, and basically prove to the CFO that all of this work isn’t just a colossal waste of time? Facebook Marketing Tips and Guides.

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11 Myths of Social Media Marketing

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But people in your marketplace—customers, prospects, analysts, journalists, shareholders and others—are talking about your company and/or industry across social media channels right now. Though social media marketing is rapidly advancing in terms of adoption and sophistication, many marketers and business executives still struggle with it. Social media marketing is really hard. Argh, no!

Top 56 B2B Marketing Posts for September 2010

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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. But what about sales prospecting? uberVU.