November, 2010

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Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

 . 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!

Primer: Understanding Word-of-Mouth Marketing in the Social Media Age

Social Marketing Forum

Word-of-mouth is not something new. People have always talked about their experiences, emotions, needs and also products, services and brands. With the arrival of interactive and social media the patterns, role and impact of word-of-mouth have changed. However, the rules of word-of-mouth marketing have changed and evolved and they continue to evolve. Think about it. Period. Distinction. Certainly.

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

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.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

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?”

Report: Blogs Are An Important Part Of The Marketing Mix

B2B Marketing Insider

The proof is in folks: blogs are an important part of the marketing mix, according to Technorati's recent ”State of the Blogosphere” report. And even though bloggers stated feeling that they aren't treated with the same respect as

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.

Content Sharing: the What and Why

Social Marketing Forum

Why do people share content? It’s a simple question but when looking at it, you’ll quickly discover it is all but easy, depends on many factors and requires a good deal of psychological insights. However, in trying to answering it, one can find a lot of value for his business and “target groups” in this integrated social media and cross-channel marketing age. Content is an enormously broad concept that we use every day without really defining it. We seldom talk about what it is. Nor about the complexity of what makes it get shared. The focus on content relevance is normal.

Neuromarketing and How Content Marketing Works

Writing on the Web

What are 3 ways to frustrated your reader’s brains? Last week, I presented a speech at the 5th International Customer Media Congress in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Besides sharing what neuromarketing is teaching us about the brain and marketing, there are tips here for most web-based content publications. hope you enjoy it and learn something. Let me know if you have questions… Blog this on Blogger. Subscribe to the comments for this post? Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this! Share this on Facebook. Share this on FriendFeed. Email this via Gmail. Add this to Google Bookmarks.

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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!

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

5 Importants Tips You'll Need To Be Successful At Cold Calling

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

At times it can be difficult for us to sum up the keys to success for any of our new hires that walk into the door here at AG. The goal during their first week is to get them a general sense of the basic traits required to consistently attain their goals. Like any other well run organization I've worked for, we recognize that it's also up to us to provide the infrastructure to ensure a reliable lead volume from the team. Here are 5 key areas we’ve found that can help to drive consistent performance from your campaigns. One call and one email a week will not generate a response.

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

Why Facebook is more important than your house

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

“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?

Sarah Evans: Social Media Allows Us to Break Boundaries

Social Marketing Forum

Sarah Evans is a public relations and new media consultant, working with many non profit, social good and technology companies.  A self-described “social media freak,” Sarah initiated and moderates #journchat , the weekly live chat between PR professionals, journalists and bloggers on Twitter. She is also a guest writer for Mashable and runs her own blog at PRsarahevans.com. An interview. 1.

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

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!

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 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.

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.

Marketing Technology: 3 Solutions You Can't Live Without

In order to successfully execute modern marketing initiatives around attracting, engaging, prioritizing, converting and retaining customers, you need technology. Of course that opens up a whole other can of worms, as both the type and number of marketing technology systems has exploded over the past few years.

Get ready. Social scoring will change your life.

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There is an interesting, and perhaps alarming, trend brewing on the social media scene.  Take a look at a couple items in the news last week: The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas is providing perks to guests based on their Klout score (an assessment of social media influence)**. By the end of the year, Twitter said their new analytics will provide influence scores for every user. This CREEPS ME OUT.

Employees Have No Clue if Their Company Has a Social Media Policy

Social Marketing Forum

Almost 40% of British employees criticize their ‘workplace’ on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore, one in five admit slandering their bosses on them. These are conclusions from a survey done earlier this year by MyJobGroup.co.uk. About 60% of the 1000 questioned employees said, they would change what they wrote on their social networking profiles if they knew their boss could read it. 53% of the employees find that their colleagues should be disciplined by their employer if they slander the company on social networking websites. MyJobGroup.co.uk

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.

Content Marketing Matters: What’s Your Brand Personality?

Writing on the Web

What are two key elements to creating content that get results? stumbled across an interesting quote on a site that gets to the heart of content marketing matters: “Evolution tends to favor action over thinking.  That hasn’t changed.  Emotion controls the mind as it did when humans first came on the scene. “People react much more emotionally than companies dare to think.  The gecko.

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.

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? 

B2B Marketing Predictions For 2011

B2B Marketing Insider

Whenever I start to see Thanksgiving turkeys flying out of the grocery store and Black Friday ads start to appear, I know it's that time of year to prognosticate. So here is my list of B2B Marketing Insider predictions for 2011

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

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 ].

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.

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.

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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

Are kids Brains Different when it comes to Social Media?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I know it sounds like a crazy idea but hear me out. So you know how your grand parents used to tell you about the Great Depression and how you needed to save for a rainy day. My grand dad used to save everything including the wood and nails from old construction projects but I bet if he could have saved the paint he would have. Will there be courses in grammar school and high school in the future?

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.

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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.

Will Social Media Kill the Cold-Call?

Social Marketing Forum

In the old days it might have taken many emails and phone calls to get to the person you'd like to connect with for business opportunities. Now it seems that with some genuine effort and taking time to building a social media report with people, these connections are much easier and more fruitful.

12 Social Media Tools for B2B Pre-Event Marketing

Social Media B2B

Social media has enabled B2B marketers with a wide range of opportunities for promoting their events. Whether it’s a webinar or a multi-day conference, leveraging social media can help event organizers extend an event’s visibility, attendance and pre-event conversations. Using social media to build event attendance. LinkedIn Events. Facebook Events. Eventbrite. Plancast. Twitter.

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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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?

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

B2B Brands and Integrated Marcom—Are We Ceding Control to Social.

B2Bbloggers

Are B2B marcom managers losing control of the brand thanks to social media? Social media isn't forcing B2B marketing communications (marcom) to cede control of the brand to customers. The reality of branding from a B2B perspective is