November, 2010

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Want a Bigger Marketing Budget? Send Less Leads to Sales

B2B Lead Generation Blog

If your 2011 marketing budget is tighter than you want it to be, trying giving sales less leads. According to Marketing Sherpa’s just-released 2011 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , a whopping 80 percent of the 935 respondents said they pass unqualified leads along to sales. That’s a costly mistake. Let me explain why: For every 100 raw leads, only 4 to 7 are ready to buy.

Cartoon: Who is creating content for your company?

Digital Body Language

Today's my first attempt at cartooning (okay, not really, all the hard work was done by gifted cartoonist Brady Bonus ). hope you enjoy it! First posted this morning on It's All About Revenue : Tags: Social media Content

Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it

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 . Building an engaged community through a business blog can be extremely difficult — sometimes impossible. Look at companies like General Electric who do an amazing job with their blog and yet have almost no “community&# or comments at all. There must be some good business reason they do it, right? . There better be. Do your competitors have a blog? This is valuable real estate!

Improve Service with a Customer Touch Point Map

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Have you ever bought a product or service where you were excited about your decision to buy (maybe after a rigorous buying process), only to be very disappointed by the delivery? It happens all the time. Could that describe your level of service to your customers? Make sure you provide an excellent customer eperience by doing a customer touch point analysis. “What’s that?”

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect from Marketing Automation

Digital Body Language

Marketing automation is becoming a vital tool in today’s B2B space, as more marketers need to gain a better understanding of their customers’ buying cycles and increase their ROI from every campaign. If you focus on the technology over the planning, you won’t have the backbone necessary to support your marketing automation efforts and convert more leads into sales. Define buyer personas.

The five elements of a perfect blog post

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“How do I create the perfect blog post?&#. That question by a young student stopped me in my tracks. After all, is there such a thing?  I had to dig deep on this question and turned to the qualities of my favorite bloggers to find some common themes.  They seem to fit for me — leave a comment and let me know how they land on you! 1. Hoist a hearty headline. Have the courage to be real.

How to Engage Hyperactive Tech Buyers: Insights from TechTarget

Savvy B2B Marketing

In my last post , I summarized key findings of the newest research from TechTarget: A Profile of TechTarget’s Hyper-active IT Researchers. Here Marilou Barsam, Senior Vice President of Client and Corporate Marketing for TechTarget, shares further insights from TechTarget’s interviews with the participants in the survey. It all comes down to nurturing and closed-loop marketing.

Internet Trends From The Web 2.0 Summit

B2B Marketing Insider

The 7th Annual Web 2.0 Summit was held on November 15th, 16th and 17th. While I was not able to attend, I was able to view some of the amazing presentations and videos on their website. suggest you spend the time to watch the videos

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.

Three Views On The Future Of The CMO

B2Bbloggers

Technology Transcendence. For kids today, technology is omnipresent. It's just there, in everything they do. They are born digital natives. Technology is just a part of life (kinda like sliced bread is for us

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5 Proven Strategies for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Top Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video Google Buzz Social media Android Mobile 2.0 Advertise Network Blippr iPhone App Mashable France MashDeck Twitter App Mobile Site Social Media Events Twitter Guide Book Facebook Guide Book Partners App Development WordPress Experts MaxCDN Content Delivery Dynect Managed DNS Rackspace Hosting Intridea About Us Submit a Tip! Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! The B2B Social Media Marketing Series is supported by IDG Enterprise. thanks!

3 Business Blogs with Proven ROI from Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

A business blog is an important and integral component of inbound marketing. While there are plenty of business blogs from B2B marketing consultants (including this one), industry portals and vertical search engines, there aren’t too many from manufacturers and industrial companies. They need to see verifiable results and not just screen shots in our online portfolios. Results: 2.7

Creativity with Blogger; using it to make quality websites beyond the Blog

Confluent Forms

Pinch Gallery website For some time now, we've been documenting how people can take advantage of Google's Blogger service to make blogs that really showcase their incredible content by using the flexibility provided by this free hosted service. Pinch Gallery 's website redesign project gave us the opportunity to take Blogger even further. Why did we do it? How did we do it? And the result?

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.

Alterian Alchemy Knits Together Marketing Components

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Alterian just announced Alchemy, which provides a new interface and tight integration across existing components. Alterian last week announced a new generation of products called Alchemy. It’s positioning these as “customer engagement solutions” rather than “campaign management” solutions. The general idea seems to be that customer engagement involves digital dialogs while traditional campaign management is mostly about outbound messages. Happily, there’s more here than new labels. across channels. These will be released throughout the first half of next year.

Google Pay-Per-Click Options; Enhancing Your Campaigns

NuSpark

Are Google Pay-per-click ad campaigns frustrating you? There are ways to make Google work better for you! So you’re looking at your Google pay-per-click program, and you scratch your head because you’re in a competitive field, and to be in the top three positions will cost you more than you wish to pay.  Google has increased the importance of the top three positions recently with the advent of Google Instant, and the reorganization of how Google Places works.  When searching … [ visit site to read more ].

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3 Landing Page Conversion Roadblocks And How To Get Around Them.

B2Bbloggers

Landing pages are great way to help generate quality leads. Read this article for ways to improve your landing page conversions

5 Proven Strategies for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Top Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video Google Buzz Social media Mobile 2.0 Android Advertise Network Blippr iPhone App Mashable France MashDeck Twitter App Mobile Site Social Media Events Twitter Guide Book Facebook Guide Book Partners App Development WordPress Experts MaxCDN Content Delivery Dynect Managed DNS Rackspace Hosting Intridea About Us Submit a Tip! Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! The B2B Social Media Marketing Series is supported by IDG Enterprise.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

Stop doing PR. Start doing visibility.

Chris Koch

Thanks for the great comments on last week’s post, “Is the Era of PR Over.&# Okay, so if the traditional model for PR is failing, what do we do instead? Most journalists have discovered social media as an important research tool. And research shows that even the stodgiest C-level executive does at least three web searches per day. Every company needs a guard dog or two to be around in case of a PR disaster. But it does mean removing PR people from their traditional role as gate keepers between subject matter experts and influencers and customers. Outreach. Gatekeeper. Placement.

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B2B Market Segmentation – Part 3: How to Prioritize

Everything Technology Marketing

The previous B2B market segmentation exercises ( Part 1 | Part 2 ) likely produced a large number of potential target segments. If focus is one of the reasons for segmentation in the first place, then having too many segments will obviously distract from this goal. suggest starting with the same criteria you used to define the segments and also use them to score your segments.

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits: 10 Potential Objectives for Using Social Media

WindMill Networking

I had a chance this week to speak at an event in front of several different local Orange County nonprofit organizations.  While nonprofits are beginning to understand the potential for social media engagement, my sense during the meeting was that efforts seemed to be centered around Facebook for the objective of merely gaining awareness for their organization in the community.  Where to reach out? 

Five Reasons You May Not Be Spending Enough on Content Marketing

Tom Pisello

Interactive Smart Content™ and Dynamic Sales Tools Required to Meet Changing Buyer Needs. Marketing of B2B solutions has clearly become more difficult over the past several years, evident in research from IDC indicating that

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

The Changing Dimensions of Lead Flow

Digital Body Language

One of the more interesting ways of assessing the revenue performance of an organization that we looked at in thinking about revenue benchmarking was via an overall plan (whether just an adjustment of historicals, or a forward-looking revenue projection). Depending on what is being sold, this is associated with an annual contract value, total deal size, or other measurement of bookings. company?

What the Future Holds for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Top Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video Google Buzz Social media Small business Business Advertise Network Blippr iPhone App Mashable France MashDeck Twitter App Mobile Site Social Media Events Twitter Guide Book Facebook Guide Book Partners App Development WordPress Experts MaxCDN Content Delivery Dynect Managed DNS Rackspace Hosting Intridea About Us Submit a Tip! Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! The B2B Social Media Marketing Series is supported by IDG Enterprise.

Mapping Content to the Sales Funnel AND Buyer types

Buzz Marketing for Technology

You often hear about the concept of mapping content to the sales funnel (especially in B2B Marketing) but it’s not so common in practice. will self confess that I have ignored this one for a while. The other version of this is the mapping of content to your buyer types and this too is one I have ignored for a while … until now! This would include eBooks, Research, White papers, etc. Tweet This!

Why Facebook is more important than your house

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“What’s going to be the next Facebook?&#. love debating the implications of social media trends with my students and this question comes up a lot.   . My short answer is “There isn’t going to be one&# … a response which always results in surprised and confused faces! But for most decisions we make as consumers, this switching cost is relatively low. Agree?

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.

Is There a Crisis In Crisis Management?

Blue Focus Marketing

The risk social media brings to. brand reputation is real. We don’t live in a world where conventional risk-management textbooks  prepare us for social media’s  impact on brand reputations.   Because of the Internet and globalization, social media threats have increased and so has the urgency of crisis preparedness. This approach is crisis management and certainly not risk management. 

Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: IDC: Economic Buyers, Digital Overload.

Tom Pisello

I just had the pleasure of presenting a webinar with Randy Perry, VP Business Value at IDC. In this session we discussed some important value selling and content marketing research for technology marketers, much of which extends to

An Introduction to Lead Scoring

NuSpark

Lead Scoring for B2B companies can be a very valuable method to ensure that sales people in your organization are spending time with quality sales-ready leads. As potential buyers navigate through their own personal purchase funnels, their level of engagement typically increases as they get closer to their first contact with your sales people. Research supports that companies that have a sound lead scoring process in place, their win rates increase as well as their … [ visit site to read more ].

The Three Biggest Mistakes Companies Make with B2B Websites

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The main focus was the printed product brochure. Once the brochure was complete, it was then added to the website, usually in the same format in which it was printed. Because of this history, some B2B companies still consider a website an “online brochure,” a misconception that causes a lot of trouble. Today’s B2B website is a living, breathing, dynamic marketing asset. is good. Admin.

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The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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