January, 2009

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Learn how to create content that improves your lead gen conversions

B2B Lead Generation Blog

B2B marketing efforts heavily rely on content as a lead generation incentive. To be effective in the lead gen cycle, this content has to be something your prospects yearn to read or view. You’ll want to create content that will actually help your sales team have a valid reason to follow-up. Marketers looking for ways to create this relevant content will get practical training during MarketingShepa’s B2B Webinar Training coming up January 29 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST). I’ll join a panel of experts including Sherpa’s Research Director, Stefan Tornquist, and Senior Reporter, Sean Donahue.

How much is too much? Frequency management and control

Digital Body Language

One conversation I end up in a lot with clients is the "how many times can I email a person per month?" conversation. Unfortunately, there is not a magic number, and attempting to govern around one can be damaging. Think of this question in terms of your communications with your friends and family - how many times per month do you communicate with your spouse? Aunt Hilda? Neighbors?

Business Lessons From Mars

Smashmouth Marketing

Many of you have seen my tagline "Market with Courage!" This emerged as a saying of mine back in the 90's and has stuck ever since. The Market part started with my love of marketing. The courage part came from several life changing business events. Many companies simply try to extract their pound of flesh with every contract. The best marketing service providers, however, rarely suffer this pain.

Using Social Media: Part 5 – Blogger Relations

PR Meets Marketing

Blogger Social 2008.  . This is the fifth post in a 6 part series on how I using social media. In this fifth installment, I discuss blogger relations.  . Blogger Outreach”. While I would consider blogs an integral part of any “traditional” public relations strategy, blogs are somewhat unique compared to reporters at traditional publications. And most are writing in addition to their day jobs.  .

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.

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Trucks and Conveyer Belts; Lead Management in a Manufacturing Metaphor

Digital Body Language

(David Armano wrote an inspiring post last week challenging us to "Think Visually" - [link]. He makes a great point, so I exhausted my very limited artistic talents to come up with visuals for this week's post. It's an area not to take too lightly as it can derail a tremendous amount of great work in both sales and marketing if the handoff is not done extremely well. This terrifies me.

Does the Younger Generation Listen to Green Issues?

Smashmouth Marketing

So back in November I posted a couple articles about Apples and Oranges and how the industrialized US agriculture market has warped our natural foods. Then earlier today I got an email from my sister with the following picture of Ben showing me their version of the bionic orange versus the normal orange. Did they understand the ecology issues? Maybe not. But something stuck.

Using Social Media: Part 4 - Linking Strategies

PR Meets Marketing

 . This is the fourth post in a 6 part series on using social media. In this fourth installment, I look at linking strategies.  . Linking Strategies. believe it was Jeremiah Owyang who mentioned that your website is no longer the first place that sales leads or customers see. Rather, Google’s search results is now the new home page for your company.  . Conclusions. Tweet this on Twitter.

Positioning your Personal Brand

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Having taken on this new role of blogging on the Personal Branding Blog , I naturally have been looking at many of the other personal brands that are out there. A few names come to mind very quickly when you think about strong personal brands: Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, Steve Jobs (the only non blogger), Jonathan Schwartz, Gary Vaynerchuk. So what does your Personal Brand stand for?

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.

Twitter and Customer Service - Potential PR Nightmare

Anything Goes Marketing

Your company may have just started down the path of using Twitter as another communication channel. (If you're not there yet, that's cool but keep reading because there are some items to be aware of. Now back to our story). You may use it to highlight upcoming events, press releases and product/service updates. Using it for this purpose is fairly straightforward. Respond to the twitterer directly.

My book is now available on Kindle

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I just heard that Lead Generation for the Complex Sale is now available on Kindle. It joins more than 200,000 books available via this service. Here’s an overview of Kindle: Kindle is a portable reading device from Amazon.com that allows you to download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers in less than a minute. It’s a wireless device, so there’s no PC and no syncing required.

The Four Dimensions of Personalization

Digital Body Language

I did a webcast radio show for the AMA a few years back, and I remember that one of the hot topics was content personalization. At the time, I tried to broaden the topic to include other areas of personalization as well, but I am not sure many people understood what I was trying to articulate. Recently I have started to see examples of what I would call "The Four Dimensions of Personalization".

Business Lessons From Mars

Smashmouth Marketing

Many of you have seen my tagline "Market with Courage!" This emerged as a saying of mine back in the 90's and has stuck ever since. The Market part started with my love of marketing. The courage part came from several life changing business events. Many companies simply try to extract their pound of flesh with every contract. The best marketing service providers, however, rarely suffer this pain.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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

How I Use Social Media in My Job: Part 3 - Social Networking Sites

PR Meets Marketing

 .  . This is the third post in a 6 part series on how I use social media for my day-to-day job.  . To summarize, my company seeks to reach business-to-business marketers. We also seek to reach individuals who make purchasing decisions for virtual events and webcasting solutions. This can include a lead generation manager, training person, event planner, corporate planner and more. Conclusion.

How NOT to Create Loyalty in Tough Times

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Marketing’s mission is to somehow change a customer’s behavior. We try many things to affect that behavior: advertising, email, search, events, webinars, and the list goes on and on. And in tough economic times the opportunity to affect customer behavior is exceptionally acute, especially when it comes to existing loyal customers. Signed the SVP of Customer Loyalty Wow! what a heartfelt letter.

SQLStream Simplifies Event Stream Processing

Customer Experience Matrix

I spoke earlier this week with SQLStream , which offers software to execute queries against data streams such as stock market prices, Web logs and credit card transactions. These queries can include on-the-fly calculations such as moving averages, as well as scans for patterns like a sequence of failed log-in attempts. Typical applications include security monitoring, fraud detection, and general business activity monitoring. Marketers can use the queries to identify new leads and select cross-sell and upsell offers. This is clearly not a group to mess with. Back to SQLStream.

Technology Spend - A Repeat of 2001?

Acquiring Minds

Fasten your seat belts. We will be encountering turbulence. Like an airplane riding out choppy flying conditions, technology marketers wonder when the outlook will stabilize. Will our stomachs be spared the next gut-wrenching drop? For those of us with memories of the last downturn, we ask: Will we see a repeat of the 2001 Tech Meltdown? In 2000, technology spending in America grew 16% but then dropped 6% in 2001. According to a recent article in the Economist , we are unlikely to repeat the cataclysmic events of 2001. IT Departments today are much leaner and less likely to overspend.

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Twitter, Chris Brogan, and Black Swans

Digital Body Language

Chris Brogan asked an interesting question the other day on Twitter, and it got me thinking. He asked "Why do you try to acquire followers? Meaning vs just building relationships?" It's a great question because we've all seen people on Twitter aggressively trying to acquire new followers. Past about 500, it's virtually impossible to have a meaningful relationship. reduction in the number of users.

Thought Leader With A Value-Added Opinion

Smashmouth Marketing

Just got an interview published on Craig Rosenberg's funnelholic blog. I'll share the intro here, and you can get the rest of the article on the site. Craig is publishing a series of Thought Leader articles and thus far they have been great reading for B2B Marketers. You can find all his articles on his site. Thanks Craig! Enjoyed doing the interview. Check out his blog and you’ll believe me.

How I Use Social Media in My Job: Part 2 - Search Feeds

PR Meets Marketing

This is the second post in a 6 part series on how I use social media for my day-to-day job.  . To summarize, my company seeks to reach business-to-business marketers. We also seek to reach individuals who make purchasing decisions for virtual events and webcasting solutions. This can include a lead generation manager, training person, event planner, corporate planner and more. Search Feeds.

People don’t buy “run of the mill” anything anymore!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I work in a professional services firm and in order for firms like ours to differentiate themselves they have to create perhaps hundreds of personal brands around individuals who understand niche topics extremely well. Elise Bauer once wrote in an article on thought leadership. Same applies in consulting because people just don’t buy run of the mill consultants anymore. It is a state of being.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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

Salespeople: One Question Matters Most

Customer Experience Matrix

Back in December, the Sales Lead Management Association and LEADTRACK published a survey on lead management practices that I haven’t previously had time to write about. The survey is still available on the SLMA Web site.) It contained 10 questions, which is about as many as I can easily grasp. The two clearest answers came from questions about the information salespeople want and why they don’t follow up on inquiries. Note that none of listed categories included behavioral information such as email clickthroughs or Web page visits, which demand generation vendors make so much of.

When Your Business Bears Its Soul, Keep The Story Going

Marketing Edge

It is a story replayed across the country, small business struggles to stay afloat, owners don’t take salary, banks don’t give them credit, now what? Every publication is looking for angles on the same theme and so the Wall Street Journal did a piece on JW Hulme a manufacturer of fine leather goods , briefcases, duffle bags, and other luggage items. Yipes. As a business owner, I’m reading the article in yesterday’s paper half wondering how they are going to get out of this predicament and half hoping it doesn’t happen to me, Double Yipes. Not enough communication.

You can't build your own television network

Digital Body Language

I was in a long conversation the other day trying to explain the importance of social media in the world of marketing, as I suspect many of us have tried. Given that I'm originally a techy and an engineer, I tend to approach things in a certain way, so my explanation went down that path also. You get that. Right now it's not; some are investing in it, some are not. So why invest NOW? bought it.

Does the Younger Generation Listen to Green Issues?

Smashmouth Marketing

So back in November I posted a couple articles about Apples and Oranges and how the industrialized US agriculture market has warped our natural foods. Then earlier today I got an email from my sister with the following picture of Ben showing me their version of the bionic orange versus the normal orange. Did they understand the ecology issues? Maybe not. But something stuck.

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.

What are YOUR Top Three Marketing Challenges for 2009

PR Meets Marketing

  I recently asked a question on LinkedIn about what were the top three challenges that marketers faced in 2009. The responses were varied and unexpected in many ways. Based on those responses, I believe the following will be the top three marketing challenges in the coming year:  . Budget Woes. Budget is definitely one concern for marketers. Customers Rule. Getting More out of Less. Conclusions.

Twitter Squatting - a new cyber sport

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Its a snowy Saturday and I just picked up an email comment from one of my blog readers pointing out an incorrect twitter handle for Levi's on my list of Brands that Tweet. vowed right then to scrub the whole list, since it beat shoveling the driveway by a long shot! But what I found amazed me enough to blog about the shear volume of Twitter Squatters I was able to find in a short period of time.

New Best Practices White Paper

Customer Experience Matrix

As promised, I've written a white paper with the 37 Marketing Automation Best Practices listed in last week's post. This is in the Resources section of the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems site; you have to register and then log in. Registration is free.

Marketing Edge

Marketing Edge

time 20:53. as more consumers use the web to research their medical needs and choices, the greater the demand for some type of performance metrics in healthcare delivery. this dynamic taking place in healthcare is causing greater

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.