November, 2012

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Is Modern Marketing an Art or Science? [Infographic]

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this You know the old lines and adages. Marketing is a dark art.” “I know half my marketing budget isn’t wasted, I just don’t know what half.”. These are common refrains of the marketing world. It’s always been the marketer’s job to stir the soul, win the heart, or at the very least relate convince people to buy. Science is the new buzzword.

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Social Business: Four Real-Life Truths about Collaboration

Conversionation

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.

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.

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?

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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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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?

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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A New Way To Connect Twitter To Lead Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

B2B marketers are so anxious to generate leads from social media they are turning Twitter into a list for cold calls and mass email blasts. In the last couple weeks, two companies have emailed or called me because I follow influential sales and marketing accounts on Twitter. There is nothing social about this! Social advertisers. Newsletter or email marketers. Photo by Thai Jasmine on Flickr.

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.

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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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

The Big Content Marketing Fail: How Much Content Do You Need?

Conversionation

This blog post tells some personal stories and takes you a bit back in time. In case you don’t feel like fully reading it, prefer the rules of short copy and want to read the conclusions first then this is for you: we are massively killing content marketing and are making the same old mistakes we always have. So, if you care about your budget and your customers read this. Hurray. It gets worse.

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.

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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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.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

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.

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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New Developments in B2B Loyalty Marketing

Biznology

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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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?

In A Social Business The Marketing Nerds Will Win

B2B Marketing Insider

There is one clear sign of a vibrant and growing marketing team: it attracts more of the right people and sheds the rest. In the digital marketing age, that means 3 things: digital and social business leaders who use analytics to drive their decisions. But what attracts the marketing leaders of the future? But it’s hard to argue with results. Marketing “brings the buyers.”

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.

6 Steps to Generate Leads Online with Content

Synecore

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.

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.

20 Stats Every Modern Marketer Should See

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by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If you were at Eloqua Experience last week, you probably heard a lot of stats cited. It’s inevitable. At every event we hear statistics rattled off as speakers and attendees attempt to quantify the world around them. It’s for good reason. Data is simply exploding as social, mobile and apps change the way we work, collaborate and deliver marketing campaigns. As marketers, we need to be able to represent these changes in an easily understandable way. That’s probably why I heard many requests for access to many of the stats cited at Eloqua Experience. Source ).

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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.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

A Brief Guide to Increasing Website Conversions with Video

NuSpark

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.

The 2013 Social Business Marketing Manifesto

B2B Marketing Insider

Planning season is well underway and I think it is never to early to look at the B2B Marketing 2012 year in review and start to make some predictions for Marketing and Social Businesses in 2013. So here I will lay out my perspective – a narrative really – of what happened in 2012 in B2B Marketing. The world has changed faster than our ability to keep up. We are talking about survival.

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 your social media plan needs gurus and storytellers

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By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. A few weeks ago Laura Click wrote a really interesting post questioning “who really is a social media expert? “ I’ve never been a big fan of the term and the self-proclaimed  ninjas, rockstars, and gurus cause the social web to seem like a giant pyramid scheme. ” . I’m a storyteller, not a strategist. Marry the two.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Emails That Say Thanks Get More Opens, Clicks [CHART]

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by Joel Rothman | Tweet this As we recover from  turkey hangovers , I decided to look at how appreciated giving a simple thank you is. took a look at about 875 million email sends looking for use of the word “Thanks” or “ Thank You ” in the subject line.  I am pleased to see that good old fashioned etiquette is still a best practice! Why should we say thank you more often? My take on this?

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

Biznology

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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How LinkedIn Company Pages Work Like Magic for B2B Marketers

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer With the new LinkedIn company page, B2B marketers can increase awareness of their company and products, improve search engine rankings and generate more leads. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network. Every second, two people join the network of over 160 million users in over 200 countries and territories.

4 Ways Your Website Can Replace Focus Groups

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Behavioral Targeting Conversion Optimization Online Testing Web Analytics Web Design. While focus groups attempt to simulate and gain insights on what the customer potentially thinks, nothing can substitute truly anonymous, honest and unbiased feedback. Websites, however, can now provide this level of data in real time. We look at four ways that your website can replace focus groups: 1.

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.

A Salesperson's Wishes from Marketing

ViewPoint

James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. “So, what do you want from Marketing?” I asked the gathered salespeople. Don’t hold back; tell me like it is. Don’t be shy; open up and let me have it.” Webinar attendees aren’t leads; get me leads.”. What gives?

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