November, 2012

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Social Business: Four Real-Life Truths about Collaboration


The 3 U’s apply to collaboration as well – source: Nicola Millard (Scribd) I haven’t been blogging a lot in recent months. Since nearly five months we started working with BT Global Services on an integrated global social business, training and content marketing program. Some facts and data. Social business is all about people, integration (the silos, remember?) and collaboration.

Corporate Marketing Meets The Real World

Tomorrow People

Can traditional corporate marketing survive an apocalypse? Alistair Norman, Marketing Director at Tomorrow People, says the corporate marketing dinosaur needs to evolve, or face extinction. Old dog-breath. I’ve put in my time working at the cold face with old dog-breath (aka the unimaginative boss) sat behind me, trying to stimulate the market by churning out what he thinks the market needs.

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Social Media Marketing: 6 tips for running a valuable LinkedIn group that attracts prospects

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet How easy it is for the mighty to fall. Especially on social media. In early October, the B2B Lead Roundtable Group , this blog’s LinkedIn group, was recognized as one of the top LinkedIn groups for content marketing. Check it out for yourself here: “ 4 Hottest LinkedIn Groups for B2B content marketing.” Everyone answered “spammers and self-promoters” or some variation thereof.

Seven strategies to stay ahead of overwhelming social media change

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Can we have an honest conversation among friends? Trying to keep up with social media is overwhelming! Little wonder. We are living in the middle of an unprecedented frenzy of change. When was the last time there was an innovation in television that impacted the way we marketed? But social media? What we considered best practices six months ago are passe’ today. How is this possible?

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.

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Don’t Be a Social Media Harlot!

Tomorrow People

Why one quality online relationship is worth a whole bunch of 'flings'? Tomorrow People’s Online PR Manager, Ahmed Ahmed , thinks that when it comes to social media, a proper relationship beats a fling any day. Do you get around? Be honest. Are you the sort of social media user that likes to post, tweet, reply, retweet, repin and share left, right and centre? What’s your number? Seedy, or what?

Trade Show Follow-Up: 5 tips to optimize response

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet For the past seven years, trade shows have surpassed websites, email marketing and paid search to secure the top spot as B2B marketers’ biggest investment, according to the MarketingSherpa 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report. But, do marketers make the most of this investment? I can’t help but wonder given my own trade show attendance experience. They dump this list into their database.

Best Social Media Management Tools for Small Business Owners

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By Kerry Gorgone, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Entrepreneurs are universally short on time and money. Everyone knows that social media needs to play a role in their marketing efforts, but managing all of the different social networks can seem daunting. Of course, if you want more versatility (additional profiles, analytics, etc.), some services require premium subscriptions. Hootsuite / Seesmic.

A Brief Guide to Increasing Website Conversions with Video


More and more I have been becoming a believer in the power of videos on websites and landing pages for conversions.  I’ve been reading various studies on the connection between video and conversion increase, and all have supported the use of video marketing as a key tool to increase engagement and conversions. Humanizing yourself or your firm builds trust, and trust increases conversions.

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.

Here Are 40 Charts Marketers Can’t Live Without

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Did you know that dynamic content can improve conversions by 50%? Or that emails sent on a Saturday get the highest number of click-throughs? Were you aware that when influencers share your content on social it can result in a dramatic increase in traffic and conversions? For those in the marketing game, data isn’t enough. We need insight. Why the redesign?

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6 Steps To Executing A Content Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

Content Strategy is a very confusing topic in business and marketing circles. There are plenty of folks out there trying to define content strategy and differentiate it from traditional marketing, content marketing, digital marketing, social media and search engine optimization. But exactly how do you execute it once you have defined it, sold it in and been handed the mandate to get it done?

6 Steps to Generate Leads Online with Content


The Internet is awash with content, some good, some bad, and some downright ugly. In this veritable maelstrom of information, how can brands use content to form connections that matter? Here is a useful six-step approach you can follow to generate leads online with content. Prospects and clients have one thing in common- they’re human beings with human motivations. Don’t forget this.

5 Ways B2B Can Learn from B2C Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Buying Cycle Conversion Conversion Optimization Customer Customer Experience Personalization Strategy. Business and consumer brands have traditionally approached marketing from two totally different vantage points. And it’s obvious why: buying cycles are longer, buyer mentalities are different, and products typically require more investigation before a purchase. You’ll be forgiven if you.

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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.

This is why I am not reading or tweeting your blog post

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Do you want to increase the readership of your blog by 400% in just one easy step? Lean in close now as I share this blogging secret: “Stop writing sucky headlines.” If you don’t have a headline that grabs me by the throat in a nano-second you have lost me, and most other people too. Maybe one of them is yours? Here Sell me baby. “What’s in a Word? want to read this.

Lead Generation: 43% say organic search drives most traffic, but only 29% say it drives most conversions

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In the MarketingSherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report , we asked 1,915 marketers about traffic volume and traffic that converts. Here’s what the data revealed …. Q: Which of the following sources generates the GREATEST VOLUME of traffic coming to your site? Q: Which of the following sources generates traffic with the greatest CONVERSION RATES on your site? Click to enlarge. Great data.

5 Charts That Could Change Your Email Marketing

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Email is a solid part of the modern marketing mix. It’s not going anywhere. But like any practice, it can get stale, even ineffective, if you’re not trying different tactics and using fresh data. That’s why we regularly bring benchmarking data on how customers are using email and the results they see with our Chart of the Week project. Make it Work for the Weekend.

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New Developments in B2B Loyalty Marketing


Photo credit: Wikipedia. Business marketers have much to gain from retention marketing.  Business customers tend to be fewer and more valuable—meaning you can’t afford to lose even one.  But how do you keep your customers active and buying from you, versus the competition?  How do you prevent defection?  Traditional approaches in B2B retention marketing. Incentive programs.

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.

Five Hootsuite Features And Their Benefits

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Recently I had written a post about the five marketing tools I am most thankful for and I included Hootsuite as one of my five. Since, I have received multiple questions asking how I use Hootsuite and what some of my best practices are, I figured it might be easiest to respond with a quick blog post. I am logged into our Hootsuite Pro account every day, all day long, and I also utilize the application for my Droid smartphone. So how would I recommend using Hootsuite and what are some of the key features to use? There is no better way to manage your posts then using the bulk scheduler.

Why Digital Marketers Need to Get More Personal

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in behavioral targeting Personalization. What does personalization really mean? You’ll be forgiven if you have absolutely no idea. As trendy catchwords go, “personalization” has become a go-to term for websites and online marketers, laden with all the possibilities of connecting with individual consumers and a departure from the limitations of a one-size-fits-all approach. It makes sense.

The kid who wanted a door for Christmas

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In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to tell you a little Christmas story. For the past three years, I’ve mentored a bright young boy named Elijah. Elijah is growing up in small, crowded house with his three brothers and a sister (all by different fathers — none of them are around). Elijah’s father was murdered when he was two. Elijah is fortunate in many ways.

The Most Toxic Words In Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

When done right, effective marketing will generate a quantifiable “multiplier effect.” ” While social media gets much of the recent credit for this phenomenon, it has existed forever, long before the famous shampoo commercial that explained how happy customers “tell their 2 friends, who tell their 2 friends and so on, and so on.” So you should thank them! Test it.

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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.

4 Ways of Measuring Marketing ROI

It's All About Revenue

by Sylvia Jensen | Tweet this Most CMOs believe ROI should be the primary measurement of marketing effectiveness. This isn’t me saying that. That’s according to an IBM survey revealing  63% of  CMOs surveyed think ROI will be the main measurement by 2015 and that 56% feel ill prepared to manage ROI. Other surveys have found the same thing. What exactly constitutes a good ROI result?

Don’t Forget These Important SEO Elements When Launching a New Site


Tweet Photo credit: Wikipedia. As an SEO provider , it’s always a bit nerve-wracking when a client mentions that they are planning to launch a new website. It’s understandable that things need to be refreshed from time to time, however a huge SEO ranking factor is the trust of your website. Be sure to follow these guidelines (and show them to your web developer) when making the switch.

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Don’t Be a Social Media Harlot!

Tomorrow People

Why one quality online relationship is worth a whole bunch of ''flings''? Tomorrow People’s Online PR Manager, Ahmed Ahmed , thinks that when it comes to social media, a proper relationship beats a fling any day. Do you get around? Be honest. Are you the sort of social media user that likes to post, tweet, reply, retweet, repin and share left, right and centre? What’s your number? Seedy, or what?

Four Ways to Evolve Your Online Conversions

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Conversion Conversion Optimization. When you think about it, the Darwinian idea of evolution is not a far cry from the way we as marketers adapt and change to new technology. With new ways of selling, new channels for promoting a brand and new ways of engaging customers, we’re constantly evolving to stay ahead of the game. Learn from those who are bigger, faster and stronger.

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.

Does it pay to be honest on Twitter?

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Does it pay to be honest on Twitter? Increasingly, the answer may be “no.” ” In the past, I’ve written a blog post about my life in social media each time I hit a milestone on Twitter. 10,000 followers , 20,000 followers , etc. Last week I hit 50,000 followers so I thought I would reflect on one of the philosophical issues I’m dealing with. Please welcome him.”

16 Slides On The Future Of Digital

B2B Marketing Insider

This week I attended Business Insider ‘s Ignition conference where the topic was “The Future of Digital.” ” The topics ranged from digital content to advertising, to the rise of the mobile web and e-commerce to social media and technology start-ups. Looking out to 2015, internet access from mobile devices including tablets will be a large majority of the broadband traffic.

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Why Inbound Marketing Will Cost More

Digital B2B Marketing

Inbound marketing leads, according to Hubspot, cost 62% less than leads from outbound marketing. But don’t expect that cost advantage to last. One of two things is happening: Inbound isn’t really more cost effective. Maybe Hubspot’s sample is biased or methodology is bad, but for whatever reason, the 62% isn’t true. If not, it will be soon. Better content. Shorter Forms.

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Why you should consider centralizing your search keyword lists


Photo credit: Wikipedia. Last month, I wrote about 2 challenges to keyword collaboration. Among other things, I argued for the importance of developing a corporate keyword database for digital marketers. Without keyword collaboration, your digital assets will compete for the limited time and attention of your audience. Keyword collaboration isn’t just important for digital marketing.

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.