Wed.Mar 28, 2012

Trending Sources

Why You Should Stop Mapping Content Formats to the Buyer’s Journey

Digital B2B Marketing

I have had it with “research” about the content formats B2B buyers prefer at each stage of the buyers journey. Multiple B2B publishers are pedaling this misinformation and as B2B marketers struggle with content marketing, it is diverting their focus. Here is one example from TechTarget : eBooks are earlier than white papers which are earlier than virtual trade shows? Yeah, right.

How does social media affect trust and your brand?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Contributing {grow} Columnist “Social Steve” Goldner. You want successful social media marketing for your company or brand?  Think “Trust Marketing.”  You can say you heard it here on the {grow} blog first. In 2009, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith released their book Trust Agents.  But I am talking about something different here.  Stop and think of your brand’s position. 

Trust 83

5 Uses for Your Business Blog

Writing on the Web

Maintaining a business blog is time-consuming. However, if you have clear objectives in mind, the effort very well could be worth your while. As you establish your blog, define your goals to determine whether to keep it alive. Below are five common uses for feeding regular content into a business blog. photo courtesy digitalart ). 1. Raw Sales. Company and Industry News. Customer Service.

25 Clever Ways to Grow Your Email Marketing List

Hubspot

It's a sad fact, but your email marketing database degrades by about 25% every year. Your contacts' email addresses change as they move from one company to another, they opt-out of your email communication, or they abandon that old AOL address they only use to fill out forms on websites. 25 Ways to Grow Your Email Marketing List. 1) Create remarkable email content. Share your ideas in the comments.

List 62

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

More Trending

How to Analyze Facebook Insights to Improve Your Content Strategy [With Video!]

Hubspot

Your Facebook business page is a haven for well-crafted status updates, photos, and links -- it's the ultimate content-sharing platform. Trouble is, if you’ve ever exported data from Facebook Insights, you understand the overwhelming nature of what you receive. Many of the data points are repetitive and/or provide no way to improve your marketing. First, we need to export the data. Toss it.

INFOGRAPHIC: SEO Trends for 2012

Client Bridge

From Indus Net, here's an infographic of what to expect when thinking about search engine optimization in the coming year. View Original Article

3 Simple Ways To Differentiate Your Business To Attract Today’s B2B Buyers

B2Bbloggers

In the uber-connected and ultra-competitive world we live in today, you have to differentiate your product, your company and your people from others looking to knock you off your game. It is not a matter of simply showing buyers how good your product is, it’s about connecting with your buyer so they can solve a problem, improve performance or have the confidence necessary to open their wallet. Building that differentiation is difficult, especially when you offer a commodity-based product. Here are three tips to help you connect more deeply with buyers. Have a Voice. Humans are social animals.

Social media monitoring tool video: Why should I monitor social media?

Sazbean

Social media monitoring tools have become widespread among many sorts of businesses. For example, even offline businesses like clubs and restaurants have started using social media monitoring tools. But why? Well, social media monitoring allows businesses to do many things, such as: See what competitors are doing. Target competitors’ customers. See how effective your branding campaign is. and more! As a result, the benefits of using a good social media monitoring tool far outweighs the drawbacks. Some businesses simply utilize “drive by” social media, but this does not work.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

7 Ways Sales Intelligence Gives You Super Powers

Sales Intelligence View

Guest post written by Tom Meriam  . Tom Meriam is the VP of Sales at Spear Marketing Group, a B2B Marketing Agency , and writer for his personal website: ROI Marketing Insights. Tom has spent over the last 15 years in the sales and executive levels. He is deeply involved with leveraging social selling and the sales intelligence tool, InsideView , to empower himself as a sales professional. Steve W.

Media 45

Best Website, UX and Mobile Design Guides and Tips of 2011

Webbiquity

Inspired web designers continue to push the envelope on what’s possible in online presentation, utilizing HTML5 and design elements and techniques like parallax scrolling effects, imaginative icons and unusual typography to stand out from the ordinary and grab visitors’ attention. It’s a lot to keep with, but these 33 remarkable web design guides should help. From 2008.”

7 Ways Sales Intelligence Gives You Super Powers

Sales Intelligence View

Guest post written by Tom Meriam  . Tom Meriam is the VP of Sales at Spear Marketing Group, a B2B Marketing Agency , and writer for his personal website: ROI Marketing Insights. Tom has spent over the last 15 years in the sales and executive levels. He is deeply involved with leveraging social selling and the sales intelligence tool, InsideView , to empower himself as a sales professional. Introduction. In his June 27, 2011 Harvard Business Review article, “ Seven Personality Traits of Top Salespeople ,”. Steve W. Conscientiousness. Achievement Orientation. Curiosity. Lack of Gregariousness.

Savvy Speaks: Favorite Books for Inspiration

Savvy B2B Marketing

We are all avid readers, and offline we sometimes trade suggestions. While business books are great, we also find inspiration from non-marketing books. Here are some of our recent favorites. Heather. I am a mystery / fantasy reader primarily. Last year my 9 year old son got me hooked on the Inheritence (Eragon) Series by Christopher Paolini. For him it was like meeting a rock star! Wendy. Jamie.

Trade 23

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

The 7 Aspects of Inbound Marketing Most People Screw Up

Hubspot

Too often, marketing is just plain bad. The problem is that bad marketing often works better than no marketing at all. Inbound marketing is helping to change this by creating marketing that people love, which luckily also results in 61% lower lead costs. But change is hard and doesn't happen overnight. Does it sound like a robot wrote your customer testimonials? Can they do it? don't.

Press 22

Are you a VP, Marketing, content leader or channel director? If so, this is for you.

Fearless Competitor

Mark your calendar for this LIVE special video briefing  tomorrow, March 29th at 2:03pm ET. Practices to Create Content Like a Publisher. Looking to plan your week? suggest you put this video briefing on your calendar. Since Content is the Fuel of Revenue today, it’s a must-see event. Please note: It’s not a webinar. It is a live, interactive video briefing.

Facebook: 3 Steps to Update Your Page for the Timeline

PWB Marketing Blog

Make sure your Facebook Page works for your business! As of Friday, Mach 30, your business page on Facebook WILL convert to the new Timeline format. There is no getting around it, until Facebook decides to change again. So what does that mean to you as a business? It means you should stop burying your head in the sand, embrace change and edit your page before it automatically changes.

4 Ways to Ensure Peace of Mind When You Outsource Social Media

WindMill Networking

Coming to the decision to outsource social media isn’t easy. But once your organization decides it’s the right move in order to maintain consistency and grow your presence online, there’s a lot you can do to confidently get the help that your company needs. consultant or outsourcing team will need to know how you’re currently performing so they can help you improve your results.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Facebook: 3 Steps to Update Your Page for the Timeline

PWB Marketing Blog

Make sure your Facebook Page works for your business! As of Friday, Mach 30, your business page on Facebook WILL convert to the new Timeline format. There is no getting around it, until Facebook decides to change again. So what does that mean to you as a business? It means you should stop burying your head in the sand, embrace change and edit your page before it automatically changes.

Shocking Statistics about Lost Marketing Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

by Seth Resler It’s 10 o’clock in the morning…do you know where your leads are? On March 6th, Brian Caroll, author of Lead Generation for the Complex Sale , shared his marketing wisdom in a webinar. Some of the statistics he’s uncovered about lead generation and lead nurturing may shock and awe you – and could lead to fisticuffs between you and your sales team!

The Key to Understanding New Media Is Attitude, Not Technology

B2B Memes

Gina Tapani. Anytime you write in depth about  a new technology, you are at risk of falling into what might be called the Trapani Trap. couple of years ago, Gina Trapani , the founder of Lifehacker and a cohost of This Week in Google , wrote and self-published the Complete Guide to Google Wave , which she described as “an experiment in iterative publishing.” No related posts

Google takes another swipe at site search facilities

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. I am used to seeing Google try to siphon off traffic that once went to site search engines. It makes sense, from Google’s point of view, to grab as much search traffic as they can–the better to show their ads and put a few more pennies towards the bottom line. But what I saw today still surprised me. Do you see it? Hanging out just above this text you are reading?

Sites 14

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Sales Pros: Don't Sell, Have A Conversation

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Just read a couple of great blogs by Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power. Revamp Your Sales Pitch Today (You Might Win Big) and It's the Conversation Economy, Stupid! Gerhard speaks about the power of having a conversation vs. using a sales pitch to help your prospects come to a buying decision. He also quotes the great Zig Ziglar who said “logic makes people think, emotions make people act.” ” These are two of most powerful sales tips I have come across in a long time. Think about it, I’m sure you know of someone who is a joy to speak with. Anyway, you get the point.

Buy 11

Hey Marketers, Need a Custom Facebook Cover Photo? We Got You Covered!

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Facebook timeline cover photos for business are all the rage this week, but what about the marketers behind these businesses? We thought it would be fun to create custom Facebook cover photos for all the marketers out there who love what they do and want to show the world. Here are 10 ready made cover photos to choose from that will surely jazz up your Facebook profile.

Click 10

Measures for the C-Suite

VisionEdge

In his book, Kotler on Marketing (1999), Phil Kotler claimed that, “Marketing has the main responsibility for achieving profitable revenue growth for the company (pg 18).” Kotler suggests that achieving profitable revenue growth is derived from finding, keeping and growing profitable customers. His premise is that finding, keeping and growing profitable customers form the basis of marketing’s role: We can easily connect finding a customer to customer acquisition and keeping and growing to customer penetration and growing customer value. This depends on high brand equity. Moving the Needle.

35 Days to Great First Sales Meetings

Avitage

Marketing and Sales Strategy buying process content marketing program Deliver content demand generation lead generation Lead nurturing marketing automation sales execution

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.