August, 2012

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3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

B2B Lead Blog

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. The blog is our corporate thought leadership beacon, and it’s good mojo for our partners (blogroll!).  And as Neil Patel, Eloqua, Marketo and Hubspot have shown us, when B2B content is crafted correctly, it becomes a killer tool for attracting qualified prospects to your sales funnel. Maybe not. Ours didn’t.

79 Remarkable Social Media Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2012

Webbiquity

Note: a slightly shorter version of this compilation was recently published as a guest post on Jeff Bullas’ blog. Social media and inbound marketing techniques have been a boon for marketers. Not only do leads generated through social and content marketing cost half as much as traditional outbound-generated leads (see below), they also close at higher rate (again, see below). Which U.S.

Five Biggest Infographic Mistakes Marketers Make

Digital B2B Marketing

It seems there is another marketing infographic hiding around every corner of the web, and it will probably fall well short of its potential. Instead of making information easier to consume, many infographics make it harder to understand the information they present or even outright mislead. Here are 5 of the biggest infographic mistakes marketers make with an example of each. 1. Source: [link] 2.

Interesting Marketing Trends of Small Businesses [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

Small businesses face challenges of small budgets and scarce resources, causing them to be even more selective of their decisions in growing their top line. They often don’t have the luxury of celebrity sponsorship or mass media ads such as Super Bowl commercials. Small businesses therefore test, pivot, and analyze to recognize where their dollars would be best spent. Postal Service.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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33 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Resoures of 2012 So Far

Webbiquity

Given the widespread adoption of social media marketing practices, the “if” and “when” questions seemed to have now been resolved by most midsized and larger companies (and a lot of small companies as well). However, as the posts and articles highlighted below show, plenty of questions remain, such as how much should we budget for social media? by MarketingProfs. Get a dog.

A Social Media Measurement Dashboard; One Approach

NuSpark

A re your social media efforts working?  That’s one of the most misunderstood questions in marketing today.  Working” can mean a number of different things, depending if you’re a content marketer, a business owner, a CMO, a CFO, and more. . A few months ago, I wrote a popular post on the right way to measure social media ROI, and now I want to take social media measurement to the next level. 

7 Characteristics of Tomorrow’s Best B2B Marketers

Digital B2B Marketing

If you are looking for another article that lists search, social media, persona development or lead management, this is not it. Those are skills that can easily be learned by the right person. The more important thing to know is what type of person can learn both the skills they need today and the new ones they will need tomorrow? Isn’t that the kind of person you need on your team? 1.

B2B Social Media Marketing: Focus on leads, not likes

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet It’s time to generate revenue. Do you know where your social media is contributing? Unless you can provide an unequivocal “yes” and the figures to prove it, keep reading. They reveal their top tips to help you do the same. Focus on metrics beyond “likes” and “fans”. Not that those are unimportant,” Baggott counters. From there, look at: How many people engaged. How many people converted.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Why social media strategy should NOT start with a drive for Facebook fans

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Why does every social media strategy seemingly start with a company cajoling people to come “like” their Facebook page? This post will explain why that is usually a bad strategy if you are aiming at creating long-term, loyal customers. I’ve been honored to be selected to help judge a global company’s internal social media competition. Tweet.

A Guide to Using Pinterest for Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Synecore

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The Top 9 Social Networks For Businesses

B2B Marketing Insider

Are you always wondering which social network is hot and which is not? Which one should be a priority for your personal branding efforts and which one should be a focus for your business? And how many social networks can your business really continue to pay attention to? In their research, Ignite documents the growth rates, demographics and top countries of 59 social media networks. Maybe.

Data and Content: the Two Biggest Issues for Any Marketing Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

If you're using content marketing as a method to generate new business leads, there's every chance your strategy needs rethinking! Ever wondered why, despite your best efforts, the sales aren't materialising? Skip back a few years and head to that murky refuge of the digital chancer and cyber fly-by-nighter, the SEO forum. But wait there one damn minute," I hear you cry. Not exactly. Focus.

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.

9 Ideas (and 1 Big Lesson) from the Marketo Social Marketing Roadshow

The Point

Last week I attended (and was a presenter at) the Seattle edition of Marketo’s 2012 Social Marketing Rockstar Tour , a roving conference/seminar series being held this summer in cities nationwide. Marketo bills the event as an opportunity to hear, learn, and share advice on B2B social media marketing strategy. Social media used to mean launching a blog, or designing a corporate Facebook page.

Why 75% of Marketers Are Experiencing Lead Generation Pain and How to Stop It Before It’s Too Late

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet The precursor of change is always pain. For most of us over the past four years, our marketplace has inflicted varying levels of it as we have slogged through the most challenging economic climate since the Great Depression. This tells me they either. have an impressively high pain tolerance, or. have been blessed with an unusually beneficent marketplace. What is a ULD? How do I create one?

What Social Media Can’t Do…

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. We exchanged business cards, offered the obligatory “love your card” compliments, and sat down at the wobbly coffee shop table. week earlier, the business owner sent a friendly email asking for a “pick my brain” session. Reluctantly I agreed to dispense advice in exchange for a $3.00 cup of coffee. He would “do some social media.”. Tough Assessment.

A Social Media Measurement Dashboard; One Approach

NuSpark

A re your social media efforts working?  That’s one of the most misunderstood questions in marketing today.  Working” can mean a number of different things, depending if you’re a content marketer, a business owner, a CMO, a CFO, and more. . A few months ago, I wrote a popular post on the right way to measure social media ROI, and now I want to take social media measurement to the next level.  There really is no “right” way to measure social media.   The more blogs and books you read on the subject, the more confused you probably get.  For each category, metrics should be weighted by importance.

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.

Marketing ROI Is a Broken Metric

Digital B2B Marketing

Your marketing makes me dislike you. In fact, it makes me, once a potential customer, reconsider if I should even do business with you. However, your marketing performance measurement doesn’t capture my disdain. I am simply one more individual that did not buy. I am just part of your standard drop-off rate. How many more people like me are out there? More than you realize.

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Journalism is Dead: Welcome to the Era of Content Marketing

Tomorrow People

Content marketing is here to stay and the good news is it's a damned sight more reliable than firing out endless press releases to indifferent journos, in the hope one sticks. Mainstream journalism has always skirted at the seamier edges of life. The tide has turned though. Journalism is dead! Welcome to the era of content marketing. You're doing it right now. It's about taking control. Really?

5 Simple Ways to Take Your Lead Nurturing Program to the Next Level

The Point

We need to talk. You know that monthly newsletter you blast to your entire database under the guise of “lead nurturing”? And those Webinar invitations that you broadcast to every trade show lead you’ve generated since 2005? You can do a lot better. There was a time when lead nurturing was synonymous with simply staying in front of prospects. Campaigns based on selling stage.

5 B2B Brands That “Get” Storytelling

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Corporate storytelling is nothing new. Presentations and books on telling a great story – opposed to shilling product – are abundant. But examples of brands doing it well are harder to find. That seems to be changing, though. Seeing is learning. With that in mind, we wanted to point out some examples of B2B brands that truly get corporate storytelling. 1. Cisco. Boeing.

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.

Florida State University class using Klout to determine student grades

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Todd Bacile, Florida State University. Thirty-five” was the answer to the following question posed to a marketing agency’s hiring manager: “ What is the minimum Klout score a college student can have and still be considered for an internship at your firm ?”. As an instructor, I had to ask myself: “Am I doing everything I could to prepare my students for the real world workplace?”

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Why SEO is Really Dead This Time and What to Do About It.

Biznology

Photo credit: Wikipedia. SEO is dead! SEO is dead! It’s always a great headline, and I know, I know, you’ve heard this story before. Every time Google changes its algorithm or a new social media technique takes off, it’s tempting to say that SEO is dead. But let’s take a look at some signs that SEO is really dead. There are four key reasons why it just might be true.

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Raab Report: Act-On, Eloqua, Pardot, and Marketo Vie to Lead in Mid-Size B2B Marketing Automation Segment

Customer Experience Matrix

Today I’ll present the third and (mercifully?) final installment in my series of posts on leaders in the different B2B marketing automation sectors, as determined by the ratings in our VEST report. I’ve saved the best for last, in the sense that the small to mid-size sector is the heart of the industry and its most complicated arena. They have one to fifteen marketing automation users.

Top 10 Reasons You Need a Corporate Blog for Lead Generation

NuSpark

Do You Have a Corporate Blog? . There are numerous benefits to blog as a company. It’s an essential internet marketing tactic.  If managed right, blogging will drive website traffic, expose your thoughts to prospects, and contribute to conversions.  So I decided to do a blog post on blogs!  Here are the 10 key reasons you need a blog, and why you need it updated frequently with quality content.

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.

Become An Inbound Marketer Without Creating Content

Digital B2B Marketing

Inbound marketing is all about your content, right? If you use the components of inbound marketing I have shared or the common definition centered on content, social and search, content is at the core. Content is definitely one path, and the path most companies traditionally take. However, it isn’t the only viable approach. Utility Do you offer something useful for free? Sign up here.

15 Ways B2B Marketers Can Be Using Twitter

KoMarketing Associates

The ever-growing world of Twitter has unlocked opportunities for every type of user; everyone from emerging artists, celebrities, big brands, news sources, and B2B marketers can find a Twitter niche. Twitter offers users the chance to share, connect, converse, link, view, follow, search, engage, praise, and vent in 140 character tweets. Answer and Ask : Twitter is a network of asking and receiving. 

Six hot trends in social influence marketing

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Now that access to the high-speed Internet and free social media publishing tools are widespread, everyone can create their own content and have a voice about topics they love. The ability to create powerful content that moves through an audience is a legitimate source of influence on the web, and something that just could have happened now. Influence has been democratized! Tweet.

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The Thorny Question of Marketing Attribution: Does It Apply to B2B?

Biznology

Photo credit: dolphinsdock. Have you noticed how marketers are focusing on attribution these days?  Which media channel is really driving the sale, they ask.  What touch sequence is most productive?  Where should we assign credit?  There is much confusion and gnashing of teeth on this subject, but I say that in B2B, these are the junior questions, and just a building block to the bigger issues. 

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.