June, 2011

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6 Reasons Social Media Sucks, But You Need to Use It Anyway

Webbiquity

Amid all of the hype, conferences, and rapid adoption of social media marketing by organizations from sole proprietors to the Fortune 100, there remains an undercurrent of skepticism. This surfaces in posts like Social Media Skepticism , 5 reasons why social media skeptics maybe right and Business social networking: where’s the ROI? Image credit: Spin Sucks. Reasons Social Media Sucks. 1.

Content Marketing in a Blink: The Content Grid v2 [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Last June, Eloqua published the first infographic on the then-nascent content marketing industry. We called it The Content Grid.  The public seemed to like the visual. It earned six awards, sparked dozens of speaking engagements, and triggered a number of “how do you _&# calls from Fortune 500 companies. What a difference a year makes. Enter June 2011. Facebook.

What You Really Must Know To Succeed in Social Media Marketing

Conversionation

Social media and networks have been part of many internet users’s life for the last six to seven years, with services popping up and falling down at an astonishing pace. And, yet,  social media marketing is still a very “hot&# topic. From forums to blogs: online conversations are happening since years and the success of [.]. Blog Connected marketing Social media marketing social media marketing

Top ten B2B marketing challenges

The B2B Research Blog

Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. love this question for two reasons.  One, it forces a focussed answer.  Given the volume of opinion I thought I’d help the digestion process by creating a word cloud.  Relevance.

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20 Experts, 1 Awesome Resource: The Social Media ProBook

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You may have noticed that over the past month or so, several influential social media professionals changed their profile pictures to funky avatars of themselves.  Edelman’s David Armano went so far as to name his digital persona Vector David (I didn’t have the heart to point out his digital doppelganger’s unfortunate initials). That project goes live now. Right now.

How Much Should You Pay For Content?

Paul Gillin

Marketers often ask how they can train engineers and technical people to blog, podcast and otherwise engage in deep online conversations with customers. My advice: don’t bother. You’re better off investing in professional communicators and teaching them what they need to know about your business. What’s that going to cost you? Like most things in life, it depends. Media Dividend. 10 per word.

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Will Content Strategy Save Marketing?

B2B Marketing Insider

The media habits of today’s B2B buyer have changed dramatically in just the past few years, and yet B2B Marketing departments are struggling to keep up. Pull back the covers of most B2B Marketing plans and you’ll find a significant amount of outbound activity working harder and harder to achieve decreasing results. Today’s buyers are clearly in charge. What can save marketing?

6 Ways to Align SEO With Your B2B Content Marketing Strategy

Savvy B2B Marketing

While keyword research provides the foundation for every search engine marketing initiative, content marketing delivers results. In fact, there is a direct relationship between a successful search engine marketing and content marketing strategy. This post highlights six ways to apply tactical SEO strategies to ongoing content marketing initiatives. Optimize Key Page Elements. Meta descriptions.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

The five stages of social media grief—have you passed through them yet?

Chris Koch

Image via Wikipedia. Social media (along with skimpy marketing budgets) are causing a transformation in marketing to a degree that we haven’t seen for a lifetime. But in our rush to embrace the new, we haven’t taken adequate time to honor the painful transition we are experiencing. Think of me as your grief counselor for good ol’ message-based marketing. Denial. This can’t be happening—not to me.”

The Statistics of Lead Nurturing for B2B

NuSpark

You know what lead nurturing is… Here’s my definition.  Lead Nurturing is the process of communicating to a lead on an ongoing basis in order to educate, inform, continue to qualify and build a relationship until the lead is sales-ready.  Most importantly, a sound lead nurturing marketing program has proven to increase revenues for firms.  It’s why I continually promote the entire lead management cycle, from email capture to sales.  Here’s some statistics: Forrester Research Report. Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost. Sirius Decisions.

Social Buyerology: Listening to the Social Buyer

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. This is the third installment of my reflection on Social Buyerology.    The first article, Social Buyerology: Understanding Buyers in the Social Age reflected on the need for a new science of examining buyers in the social age.  One of the first premises of Social Buyerology is that it must reside within a social organization.  Behavioral Listening.

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Two B2B Social Marketing Initiatives Worth Checking

Paul Gillin

A couple of notable B2B efforts have caught my eye recently that I wanted to share. One is Element14 , a social community for engineers sponsored by an electronics distributor of the same name. wrote in B-to-B magazine early this year about a Make magazine-like video series they started last fall that appeals to engineers’ passion for tinkering as well as for fun. It respects its audience.

B2B Fail: Confessions, Apologies, and Questionable Motives

Savvy B2B Marketing

Confession. Last week I did something really embarrassing. unwittingly became a spammer. Oh gods of marketing, social media, and E-mail forgive me. knew not what that click would do. should have dug deeper. should have checked references. ” Ewww. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Who wouldn’t like a few more referrals? Some emailed to ask if the message was spam.

Case study: How 20 high school students ignited a social media success

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Now here is a neat trick. Precisely as your read this exciting guest post from the brilliant Jon Buscall, I will be meeting him for the first time in Stockholm, Sweden. Jon has become one of my oldest and dearest Twitter friends so the timing of this post is only fitting. Enjoy! This is a story to inspire even the grumpiest social media naysayer. The Backstory. Not bad, eh? They were IGNITED.

The Statistics of Lead Nurturing for B2B

NuSpark

You know what lead nurturing is… Here’s my definition.  Lead Nurturing is the process of communicating to a lead on an ongoing basis in order to educate, inform, continue to qualify and build a relationship until the lead is sales-ready.  Most importantly, a sound lead nurturing marketing program has proven to increase revenues for firms.  It’s why I continually promote the entire lead management cycle, from email capture to sales.  Here’s some statistics: Forrester Research Report. Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost. Sirius Decisions.

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The 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Reprise

Webbiquity

Note: This post, a joint effort between Cheryl Burgess and me, originally appeared on the Blue Focus Marketing Blog last month. Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 ) present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list. Adam L.

[Infographic] The History of Social Media

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8 Social Media Marketing Ideas for Your Trade Show Exhibit

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Skyline’s recent webinar, “Social Media for Trade Show Promotions,” was full of great ideas. View Skyline’s webinar here or view the slideshow itself. It turns out YouTube is great for all phases of trade show promotion. Facebook, Blogging, and Twitter work great for pre-show marketing and marketers can post the trade show exhibit as an event on LinkedIn.

Sales Enablement 101: Treat Salespeople Like Customers

Savvy B2B Marketing

We're pleased to present this guest post by Jody Canavan, president of Launch International. If you're tasked with enabling your sales force, read on for ideas you can glean from successful demand-generation initiatives. For more than two decades, I've made my livelihood supporting salespeople. They sold my stuff because they knew I'd make sure they knew theirs. Nurturing Sales.

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Case study: Is Facebook Screwing Your Brand?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Facebook is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re going to get.  And sometimes, it’s not even sweet. Let’s take a look at what’s going on here. Curiously, the next avatar is also from a Bieber-like child who is clearly below the drinking age. This little boy is thanking Budweiser for supporting LGBT issues. This stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transsexual.

Top B2B marketing challenges – an update

The B2B Research Blog

I recently posted an analysis of a question to the B2B Marketing LinkedIn group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B marketing today?”. At the time 162 people had replied.  Just two weeks on that’s risen to 246.  The original analysis can be found here , but given this volume of response I thought it time to provide a brief update on the key metrics. Content.

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Enterprise Social Media and Personal Branding

Webbiquity

Personal branding is a hot topic for entrepreneurs and solo consultants, by does it matter to large enterprises? Oh yeah. Consultants and small business owners get the concept of personal branding , because in one-person or very small companies, one person is the “corporate&# brand. Not at all. That brand image matters little in social media. How is this achieved? Through personal branding.

7 Ways to Format Blogs to Engage Readers’ Brains

Writing on the Web

What are the two most important parts (a.k.a. opportunities to engage readers) of your business blog post? Most experts will tell you this: The headline. The call to action. The headline is what gets read and spread. It’s your “shout-out&# on social media sites, in feed readers, and email updates. Writing magnetic headlines is crucial. It starts the participation process. How? 1. P.S.S.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

B2B marketing automation: An interview with Will Schnabel

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Marketing automation has become a growing issue for B2B marketers as they strive to maximize lead generation efforts and provide personalized touch points for all prospects. Can you tell us about those? That is a clever feature.

Savvy Survey - Do you repurpose content from other blogs?

Savvy B2B Marketing

Coming up with orginal content for a blog 5 days a week is hard! We at Savvy know because there are 6 of us and even with the strength of numbers we often recruit guest posters, crowdsourced posts and our Friday Wrap Up to give our blog readers new information each day. We realize that "borrowing content" to fill space is often utilized in the blogging world.

Adventures of a Social Media Strategist {growtoon}

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Small Budget – Big Impact

Buzz Marketing for Technology

So let me ask you a question – if you could get more mileage out of your existing car – would you do it? Of course you would! So if I could show you how to improve the “gas mileage of your existing marketing budget – would you do it? Same dollars just more effective. Of course you would! Well you take the program budget (non compensation dollars) and you rank order them by spending level.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

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