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.

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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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.

Gartner: the Growing Role of the Social Customer Experience


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.

The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

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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?

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


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.

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 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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

Optimize: a Holistic View of Content and Marketing Optimization


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.

Digital Developments in Event Marketing


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. 

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.

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.

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


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.

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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Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers


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.

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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10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.

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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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.

Free Keyword Research and Landing Page Tools for Paid Search; Google Adwords Campaigns


Google Adwords has some great tools for keyword research, but missing are many tools that can help build strategic keyword lists and ad groups.  For my clients I use many tools; some of my own; and some from others, to ensure I begin paid search campaigns as strategic and relevant as possible.  Pay-Per-Click Tactical Services Video Posts

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?

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Is Touchpoint Marketing the Only Marketing Left?


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.

Lead Scoring: How to pick the right ingredients for high ROI

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Marketers use lead scoring to slice all the potential deals in their pipelines and serve the sales team what it’s hungry for — leads that are ready to buy. Values are assigned to each prospect based on attributes like authority, title, vertical and timing to buy, as well as behavior. For example, did the person: Download a video? Watch a webinar? Review a price sheet?

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. 

Selfless Giving and Selfish Companies: A Social Media Conundrum

Digital B2B Marketing

Gifts. When we receive them, we feel special. When we receive them from people we don’t expect them from, they are a wonderful surprise and make a far larger impression. Gifts are special in part because they represent an investment of time or money someone did not need to make. When we receive these gifts, it makes an impact on us. In fact, we may even come to resent these gifts.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.