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.

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

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.

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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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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How to Build the Ultimate Online Newsroom

Webbiquity

by TomPick and guest blogger Maria Verven. Almost every PR pro over a certain age remembers press kits–actual physical folders stuffed with a company’s recent press releases, management bios,  a corporate fact sheet, a few case studies, and maybe an article reprint or two. They were bulky, killed lots of trees, and of course weren’t searchable.

Marketing needs to be more Adaptive!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Ok so this isn’t the newest concept you ever heard of – but hear me out – its time we really changed a few things in the marketing organization. So its easy to see that today’s marketing teams are not that well equipped to handle “ real time marketing ” as David Meerman Scott defined it. We need better systems to take in data and analytics in order to make smarter better business decisions.

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.

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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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation – and yet, many assets fail to provide true ROI. Download the eBook to avoid the three top problems that keep content from living up to its potential.

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.

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.

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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Thanks to Alltop and InspiredMag for this goodie! Infographics social media history of social media infographic

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

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.

How to Make Content More Engaging: 10 Tips

Writing on the Web

The Content Marketing Institute hit a home-run with their question to content experts, “ How do you make content more engaging? &# This is an important post to read for anyone blogging and posting content to connect with readers. Ten experts responded, including moi , and their answers are illuminating. In my opinion and experience, content that engages is emotional. Tell a story. Digg this!

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Case study: Is Facebook Screwing Your Brand?

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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.

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.

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.

Google Analytics Part 8: Need Help With Google Analytics? | PWB.

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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.

My First Award!

Content Marketing for BI

I’m very pleased to have my white paper chosen as the winner of the 2011 Apex Marketing and PR Publications Award. have written several Verizon white papers for my client Pivot Communications (who is terrific to work with by the way). APEX 2011 is the 23rd annual awards program put on by Communications Concepts recognizing excellence in publications work by professional communicators.

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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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Content Strategy for Marketing

Learn about the benefits and key considerations in developing a content strategy for marketing that's sustainable, scalable and sale-able.

Your Social Media Yearbook

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Graduating from high school is oftentimes a major life milestone, but this hilarious infographic by Flowtown , entitled Social Media High School Class of 2011, takes that iconic landmark and hurls it into the bizarre, crowded and highly competitive realm of Web 2.0 networking platforms. From Digg (the ex-best friend) to LinkedIn (the class president), this thoroughly amusing satire of web 2.0

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.

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.”

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.

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.