April, 2012

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Too Much Crappy Social Media Content!

Digital B2B Marketing

We all know people that overshare. They are the people that discuss their sex lives, their drinking problems or their last conversation with their probation officer for all to hear. These are all conversations I have overheard recently on public transit). The Oversharing Trap Oversharing generally starts with a reasonable purpose: share valuable content in order to serve and grow an audience.

Gartner: the Growing Role of the Social Customer Experience

Conversionation

Providing great customer experiences and optimizing touchpoints in a consistent way equals successful marketing. It’s as simple as that. We are shifting to a more customer-centric marketing view. In the age of the connected and empowered consumer, providing relevant information and engaging in a mutually valuable way, is a must. The result of doing so is ROI. Guess why? Indeed, social.

Three careers that will dominate social media (and it’s not what you think)

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I’m a marketing guy. And boy I love it. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a great case study! Well, almost nothing. The social web’s need for content and storytellers is insatiable. I was recently on a panel with a dean of a large journalism school and he said they are having record enrollment. Where are these people getting jobs? Alternative media. It’s corporate culture.

Digital, Social, Brands in 60 Seconds [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

I recently attended a digital marketing conference where they showed this very interesting infographic as a slide in their presentation. found it so interesting that I’d thought I’d write a post and share it. The infographic was created by a web design company called Go-Globe. It summarizes all of the activities that happen online in 60 seconds. It just seemed easier.

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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.

38+ Cool Social Media and Web Tools and Reviews

Webbiquity

Innovation is alive and well in the development of cool free and low-cost web-based tools and apps. It’s great to find a tool that automates some little process or provides a new capability you’ve been looking for, and fun to find a tool you didn’t even know you needed. How can you quickly find out how far a link has spread on Twitter? Back up your Gmail account? PingTags. Buffer.

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The Cost of Bad Content

B2B Marketing Insider

According to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs 2012 report on B2B Content Marketing , 90% of organizations are marketing with content! (I’d love to know what the “other 10%” are doing?). But does anyone have a handle on the costs? What are the costs of producing content that never gets used? What are the costs of publishing bad content in the form of lost revenue?

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Universal Lead Definition: Why 61% of B2B marketers are wasting resources and how they can stop

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Confession: I wish I could flash this across every marketer’s computer screen the moment it powered up: A universal lead definition (ULD) clarifies what a lead is to everyone in your organization. It also: Fits the profile of your ideal customer. Has been qualified as sales-ready. Spells out the responsibilities and accountabilities of Sales and Marketing. Are these truly leads?

B2B Marketing Meets Video: Insights from 21 Marketers

Digital B2B Marketing

Just over half (52%) of B2B marketers are now using video, a 27% increase over the year before. However, that means nearly half of B2B marketers are not using video yet. Last week for #B2Bchat I moderated a discussion on video in B2B marketing, including why B2B marketers should care , how to get started, production quality and tools and resources. Ideal Length of B2B Videos Short.

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Why Facebook will become the most dangerous company on earth

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Within the next 60 days, an event will occur that may be the most devastating development in the young history of social media and for the businesses and individuals who love it so much. Facebook is going to become a publicly-traded company. If you have ever worked for a public company you can relate to what I am about to say. If you haven’t you’ll have to trust me. You and me.

The Future of Social Media: Identifying the Drivers

Conversionation

Recently, I was asked to write a chapter in a book on digital marketing and business about what’s coming next in social: the future of social media, both from a business and consumer perspective. It might seem like a challenging task, but it really is not. I’m in the process of writing it and will share my thoughts as I move along. Today, these drivers start being recognized. Yes and no.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Being Busy is Not Being Productive

Puzzle Marketer

One of the most misleading but commonly held beliefs is being “busy” means that you’re being productive and accomplishing a lot. The problem is that the busy work for most people isn’t focused on the things that need to be done. It’s just that, busy work. People get into a mindset that these things have to be done and there is no other way. Therefore, they get consumed by the same tasks over and over and because they are endless, the day is over and it’s time to check-out. The next day begins a new cycle of non-productivity. Social media is the future. Reply.

The Most Important Words In Social Media

B2B Marketing Insider

“ I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ”  ~  William Shakespeare. And so I offer up to you that the most important words in social media are “thank you!” ” They may be the most important words in, well, the history of words. But in social media , where we only see avatars and not real expressions on real human faces, they are particularly important.

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The Death of Copy Writing

Tomorrow People

Is copywriting really dying? After all, it plays a central role in creating a company’s brand and credibility. It helps to shape public perception of a business and what it has to offer. strong, clear written message forms the core of marketing content for many businesses, from the big budget adverts - to the growth of business websites and SEO copywriting. Copy - over and out? The result?

9 Key Points About Google+ Pages for Business for the B2B Marketer

KoMarketing Associates

Earlier this year, we began putting together a strategic recommendation for our clients on Google+ Pages for Business.  This new solution blends elements of popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter with social sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube, integrating search engine optimization and marketing into the Google network of sites. minutes in November 2011 and 4.8

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

This is why you must use Twitter

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If you’re like me, you probably hated Twitter when you first tried it. The first tweet I ever received was “It’s 4 a.m.” ” – confirming this was the stupidest idea ever! What if I told you it was an agent of peace and global connection? A way to help students?  Solve tech problems? Networking on steroids? Instead of SAYING these things, I wanted to SHOW you.

Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers

Conversionation

Consumers are becoming channel-agnostic. They are effortlessly switching from one channel to the other. People discuss their experiences as they get in touch with a business, product and service. They share their buying decisions and actively seek information throughout every step of the buying journey, relying upon trusted advisors and even perfect strangers. The shift is clear.

Are Your Marketing and Sales Systems Broken?

Tony Zambito

Everything Is Broken (Photo credit: Wikipedia). For many in marketing and sales, the march continues towards the attempt to develop tactical plans that will connect them to buyers.  We have seen many variations over the past two as these attempts are made.  After two or three years, there is still much frustration that some of these new tactics are not working.  Buyer Designed Systems.

New Research: B2B Content is a Dead End

Digital B2B Marketing

According to research from the Content Marketing Institute , B2B marketers are now spending 26% of their budget on content marketing. What happens when someone downloads or accesses some of the highest value and most in-depth content marketers are offering? Best Practice: Enable Self-Directed Research Many B2B websites enable prospects to find the information they need, and they should.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

How Labels works in Google Adwords; benefits of the new feature

NuSpark

For those who manage multiple paid search campaigns for lead generation (like yours truly) with Google Adwords, or have others do it, I started testing a new feature that was rolled out this week, called Labels. The new feature allows you to organize campaigns, ad groups, ads, and keywords by label classifications, so that you can see what types of categories work better than others. Label: How-To.

Digital Developments in Event Marketing

Biznology

Getty Images via @daylife. Event marketing has long been a staple in B-to-B, where the face-to-face conversation enabled by a trade show or corporate event plays a valuable role in launching or deepening a business relationship.  Harnessing attendee word of mouth. private social network for attendees. Events designed for both virtual and live audiences. Smart card” badges for richer data capture. 

Yes, you can be addicted to social media

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Guest post by {grow} community member Kaity Nakagoshi. For most people, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are harmless platforms that allow for social interaction and personal expression. For others, social media has become more than an entertaining form of engagement; it has become an increasing compulsion. The question is – can a person really become addicted to social media?

Optimize: a Holistic View of Content and Marketing Optimization

Conversionation

Lee Odden, the founder of online marketing agency TopRank and the widely acclaimed TopRank marketing blog, released his new book, “Optimize”. In an interview, Lee outlines some key takeaways of his book, that is yet another appeal for a more customer-centric and holistic (digital) marketing approach. The consumer is channel-agnostic, and empowerment is not a buzzword. That’s optimization.

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.

Are Your Lead Generation Tactics Targeting The Wrong Buyer? 4 Steps You Can Take.

Tony Zambito

Target (Photo credit: Wikipedia). I am a big baseball fan and a one-time want to be pitcher.  Hitting the target within the strike zone with a variety of different pitches is what separates Cy Young award winners from ordinary pitchers.  Lead generation today is becoming the art and science of targeting.  A problem facing organizations today is getting a handle on who to target and where to target. 

Looking Beyond Sales and Marketing Alignment

Digital B2B Marketing

In many B2B marketing organizations, marketing is expected to deliver leads and sales is expected to close. In a world of perfect sales and marketing alignment, marketing and sales have a common definition of qualified leads, the number of leads needed, when leads should be delivered and how the handoff from marketing to sales will function. But is this really perfect sales and marketing alignment?

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5 Must Top Skills for Today’s Marketing Professional

PR Meets Marketing

I originally started my career in public relations before moving into the marketing function. Throughout the years, there are several skills that  I’lve picked up that have been essential to my role. Here Here are the five key skills that I believe are a must for today’s marketing professional, in no particular order: 1. This requires understanding where the conversations are happening.

Why Pinterest Matters to Us Social Media Marketers

Biznology

If you use images or photos on any of your sites, you’re already on Pinterest , whether you’ve registered on Pinterest or not. So, what’re you going to do about it? If you’re not on Pinterest, you’re already losing control of your visual brand as we speak by virtue of not participating. But you’re not going to be lame like that, right? Let’s move on.

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.

Using Klout and social scoring for sales and marketing teams

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One of the things I have been interested in is examining practical applications of Klout and social scoring to an internal enterprise. If you are unclear about social scoring systems and what they attempt to measure, it might be useful to start with this blog post about Why Klout Matters. began with an overview of the basics behind these systems and what we can really learn from them.

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18 (of the) Best Web Analytics Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

The measurability of the web can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the data should allow companies to monitor every activity, every campaign, to evaluate based on solid data what’s working, what’s not, and where to expend budget, time and effort to improve results. Fortunately, there is help. What You Can Learn from Bounce Rate & How to Improve It by KISSmetrics. Brilliant.

Can You Predict Your Ideal Scenarios For Lead Nurturing?

Tony Zambito

"Sales Checking For Leads" © All Rights Reserved Kenny Madden. Depending on which reports you may read when it comes to lead nurturing, approximately 60% or more of B2B businesses do not have a formalized lead nurturing program.  Which begs the question: why are companies slow to adopt to lead nurturing? Reasons. Buyer Scenario Modeling. Changing B2B with Predictive Buyer Modeling.

Is Touchpoint Marketing the Only Marketing Left?

Conversionation

Content marketers like to use Seth Godin’s famous saying that ‘Content marketing is the only marketing left’. Content is obviously crucial in marketing. It has always been. It just took businesses a very long time to realize it, helped by what we call ‘content marketing’. Content is not an afterthought. Unfortunately, I see an increasing attention for content as such. Empowerment is not new either.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

An Inconvenient Truth: Your Advertising is Invisible

Digital B2B Marketing

A growing portion of online advertising is purchased through DSPs and ad networks, and with literally millions of sites that sell ads through these channels, online advertisers cannot rely on knowing every site their ads are on. With this has come a new wave of quality control issues for online advertisers. So how many banners really go unseen? trillion online banner ads were served in 2011.

Content Marketing for Engineers

Industrial Marketing Today

I’ll go out on a limb and state that content marketing for engineers is different. Yes, I do get it that the lines between work and personal lives have blurred thanks to today’s hyper-connected world where everybody is always “On.” And I agree that at the end of the day, marketing to engineers is still all about communicating with people. Call it P2P (Person-to-Person) marketing if you will. However, to engage with engineers and address their needs (WIIFM), your marketing content needs to have a different flavor of storytelling. know it’s Emerson again.

Why Google+ Needs to be Jay-Z

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Google+ is probably not gaining enough ground to go mainstream as a social media platform and to do so, they need to “go Jay-Z.” ” This is what I mean … Has Google+ been successful in attracting a large and engaged audience? ” As long as that is the major value of the platform, it’s going to be a difficult proposition to compete with Facebook. The Kids. Reliable.

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Content Marketing: 6 Steps To Sell It In [Slides]

B2B Marketing Insider

Content Marketing is all about the battle for customer attention. As most marketers try harder and harder to interrupt their audience, smart marketers are using valuable and helpful content to attract the audience of future buyers. Because all marketing is content. In this presentation, delivered @ MarketingProfs Social Tech , I showed 7 reasons why most marketing stinks. All Marketing Is Content.

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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.

Use Buyer-Based Selling To Engage The New SMB Buyer

Tony Zambito

©All Rights Reserve by PhotoSteve 101. This is part 5 and final article of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. Prognosticators today abound on the demise of sales.  Not so fast.  Where are we today?  The phone now is only one of several.  Follow @tonyzambito.

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