August, 2010

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Don't Fix Your Marketing Process

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: In a constantly changing world, flexibility is more important than optimization. Marketers need people, processes and technology that allow them to react quickly to new opportunities. The always-insightful Adam Needles is running a series of blog posts this week that summarize the “real state” of B2B demand generation. So far, his main points have been that the role of B2B marketing has expanded to cover the entire buying cycle from initial lead generation through closed deals and that new technology must be accompanied by changes in people, process and content to have an impact.

Exclusive Interview With SAP's Director Of Social Media - Michael.

B2Bbloggers

Michael Brenner, SAP's Director Of Social Media, talks B2B marketing, social media, content marketing, and ROI. with Jeremy Victor of Make Good Media

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28 Awesome B2B Social Media Statistics

Social Media B2B

Below are a collection of B2B social media statistics collected from various sources covering a wide range of topics. We We hope you enjoy digging into the numbers. If you have any other interesting stats, please add them in the comments and include the source with link. Usage : 86% of B2B firms are using social, compared to 82% of B2C. Source ). B2B firms aren’t as active in their social media activity with only 32% engaging on a daily basis compared with 52% of B2C firms. Source ). This is up from 2009, when 45.0% of marketers said they used social media for marketing. Source ).

The Spirituality of Social Media

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Sure the social web is filled with rants and quacks, but I’ve also been thinking about how the science and technology of this channel lifts people up, and perhaps even makes us better in a deeper, spiritual way.  Here are a couple of personal observations. would love to hear what you think! experience these tiny tugs of hope, optimism and encouragement every day.  The communion of community.

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150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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Practical B2B Blog Strategy | B2Bbloggers.com - B2B Social Media.

B2Bbloggers

What's the Best Approach for B2B blog success? Having a Practical B2B Blog Strategy

78 (of the) Best Social Media Marketing Tips, Guides, Tools and Strategies of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

With the amount of helpful content about social media marketing growing faster than Facebook’s user base or Lindsay Lohan’s court appearances, it’s tough to keep up. Here’s a modest contribution to help with that effort; more than six dozen of the best, most bookmark-able articles and blog posts about social media tactics, tools and strategies written so far this year, by leading writers like John Jantsch , Lori Dicker , Lee Odden , Lisa Barone , Jay Baer and many more. Social Media Marketing Tips, Tactics and Guides. by Kuno Creative. by Cultivating Your Customers.

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5 Ways To Incorporate Direct Mail Into Your Marketing Mix

The Point

Pop Quiz! Direct Mail is: a) more expensive than email. b) quaintly old-fashioned. c) regaining popularity in B2B circles. d) often overlooked as an effective way to reach customers and prospects. Answer: (e) all of the above. Yet many B2B marketers continue to be allergic to the idea of using direct mail, simply because it seems such a throwback in our mobile-social-online era. Lead Nurturing.

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25 Great B2B Content Marketing Articles

LeadSloth

While doing research for my upcoming webinar on creating content that converts , I found many great articles on B2B Content Marketing. Here are the 25 articles that I liked best. Most are blog posts, but I’ve also included some eBooks. My focus is on B2B, rather than B2C. Often, some of the basics are the same, but not always. For example, the complex sale is usually unique to B2B selling, and that’s when you would map content to stages in the buying cycle. So here are the articles: Overview Articles. Joe Pulizzi, What is Content Marketing? Personas. Content Planning. Content Reuse.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Content Marketing Tips from Computer Games

Writing on the Web

What can we learn from online computer games about content marketing for business? A lot, apparently. If you write content designed to trigger action in readers, pay attention to this. My husband, Attila the Honey , plays World of Warcraft , an online game that’s part of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry. He’s speaking this weekend at the local Lake Chapala Society about this.

More data, so what?

B2B Marketing Online

Guest blog by Graham Cooke, managing director of QuBit Digital. The recent Ofcom report, which states that we are consuming multiple sources of media over half our waking lives through multitasking, could mean we are approaching an information overload. We have become data consumption monsters in both our personal and business lives – Overrun with emails, reports, stats and charts but is it making us any more productive? The short answer is not really – we have increased the amount of data in our lives by 40X over the last 20 years, while our output has not matched this level of growth.

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Metrics That Matter in B2B Marketing [#B2Bchat]

B2Bbloggers

#B2BChat Thursday 8:00 PM Measure everything! That has become the marketer's mantra since modern analytics tools have made it easier than ever to measure almost every aspect of our businesses. But is a comprehensive measurement strategy

Ten social media and technology mega-trends to watch

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I just read a fascinating (and lengthy!) report from McKinsey on tech-enabled business trends to watch and thought it was important enough to summarize for our community.  Here are some highlights from this excellent report: 1. Crowd-sourcing moves into the mainstream. Wikipedia and a handful of open-source software developers were the pioneers. Making the network the organization. Digg this!

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Tips For Making That “Networking” Meeting More Fruitful

Paul Gillin

Back in the early days of my career, I made a point to go on frequent informational interviews. These meetings, which were usually conducted in person, gave me a chance to sit down with people who were successful in their field and to learn from their experience. never overtly asked people for a job or anything more than a little of their time. Today, the shoe is on the other foot. Have an agenda.

Will Marketing Automation Be Free?

LeadSloth

Today Genius.com announced a free version of their Marketing Automation system. Only about a month ago, Loopfuse also started offering a free version of their Marketing Automation system. What does this mean for companies interested in adopting Marketing Automation? How Much Is Free? Let’s first look at the features of the free versions: Loopfuse. Genius.com. Users. unlimited. 5. Emails / month. 5,000. 2,500. Contacts. 2,500. 3,000. Pageviews / month. 100,000. unlimited. Support. community-driven. community-driven. So these offerings are closely matched. Why Free? Why are they doing this?

The Content Marketing Sweet Spot

Content Marketing for BI

I just finished reading this year’s latest marketing survey results over at the Junta42 site. It’s interesting to see the popularity of different marketing content pieces as part of the overall marketing strategy. You can download the report for yourself here. Social media marketing (with the exception of blogs) is now in the number one spot. More hits to the website? More inquiries?

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Mobile Internet – If not now, when?

B2B Marketing Online

It would appear, that in matters of debate, I favour the alternative. Having been roundly thrashed proposing 'the future of marketing was digital' at a B2B marketing conference last year, imagine my enthusiasm when I was asked to propose the motion at a recent IDM B2B conference, 'This house believes that mobile marketing will be a crucial channel for B2B brands in the UK in the next 12 months'. politely declined. Mobile.” The comment (and the vote) highlights the staggering degree of ignorance about mobile technology in the B2B space. Mobile. No one is talking about SMS or telemarketing.

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.

How Simple Is Your Strategy?

B2Bbloggers

B2B Strategy. This tweet by @MarkYolton inspired me today. I was struck me by its simplicity. And, by the ease at which you can tell Mark wrote it. SAP is a 50000 employee company being guided by a 72 character strategy

12 Amazing SEO Infographics

Hubspot

Search engine optimization (SEO) is an industry and practice in constant flux. As search engines continue to work toward improving the results returned for their users, marketers must continue to optimize websites and create relevant content to build relevancy and authority. Check out these awesome infographics for some visual instruction and information about SEO: 1. Order of SEO Operations. 2.

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Engaging Content is Key to Content Marketing Success?

Tom Pisello

According to recent survey results, 90% of B2B marketers are actively involved in producing custom content, and are investing some 25% of marketing budgets to custom content creation and promotion. The level of commitment and investment

B2B Marketing Personas in Action: What Would Morton Do?

B2B Ideas @ Work

In B2B marketing, creating a buyer persona is key to understanding your audience. Really using that persona can help your B2B company realize its full potential and speak to the needs and goals of your prospects. Going beyond general demographics to fully identify with the persona as an individual will allow you to personalize your message, focus on a niche and match goals.

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.

35 (of the) Best Guides to Facebook Marketing, Advertising, Search and More of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Facebook is an extraordinary phenomenon. Depending on the day, it’s either the #1 or #2 most-visited site on the web. It’s inspired a movie. It has half a billion adherents. And it’s become an imperative point of presence for businesses (or has it ?). Also included are a few posts from Facebook proponents, and skeptics, to help you determine if you even really need to be concerned with any of this — or if your social media marketing efforts might be best directed elsewhere. Facebook Marketing Tips and Tactics. Tips for B2B Marketing on Facebook by Mashable. Always.

5 Ways for B2B Companies to Engage on Twitter

Social Media B2B

Just as B2B sales relationships aren’t built over night, sustained B2B Twitter relationships – often the basis for industry insight, lead generation and media coverage – require a commitment to engagement. When considering and crafting Twitter contributor, monitoring and legality strategies to support B2B sales efforts, it’s also important to think about how your company can leverage two-way communication. Here are five ways to approach B2B Twitter engagement: 1. Original content. The more non-promotional, the more valuable. Retweets. On-the-ground updates.

B2B Marketing Metrics That Matter [#B2Bchat Recap] | B2Bbloggers.

B2Bbloggers

Here is an edited recap, the highlights of our August 26, 2010 Metrics That Matter in B2B Marketing Twitter chat. B2Bchat

The most powerful leadership lesson I’ve learned

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

In graduate school I took a class on “Leaders and Leadership&# that I hoped would give me respite from the grind of finance and economics. It turned out to be one of the most interesting classes I ever attended and it set me on life-long study of leaders. When I worked for Alcoa, there was one Group President who seemed to personify the best theoretical aspects of a leader. Be trusted.

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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.

Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: Don't Just "Sell the Problem", Quantify It

Tom Pisello

I recently read a great blog post, Sell the Problem, by renowned Marketing Guru and Author Seth Godin. In this article Seth explains how "No business buys a solution for a problem they don't have." And yet, so many B2B marketers launch

Content Marketing Perfection in 29 Words on Facebook

Content Marketing Today

B Squared Marketing Shares Its Wisdom While Making It Short and Sweet. might be getting carried away. But, I loved this very brief bit of marketing advice when it showed up on my iPhone this afternoon. think it proves how brevity can be the soul of content marketing brilliance in a social media milieu. Advertising Tip of the Week: Want to drive more traffic? It is short. It is authentic.

The B2B Word on the Street: Creative

B2B Ideas @ Work

This Week's B2B Word on the Street is: CREATIVE. The first time a person is called "creative" usually happens early in life, and it's sometimes used as an explanation for the child being a bit "different." Coloring outside the lines" and "marching to the beat of a different drum" are not actions attributed to conformists. Creative people are, first and foremost, very observant.

Marketing Leads: Quality Vs. Quantity

B2B Marketing Insider

Michael Brenner blog Last night I had the pleasure of dining with one of our media partners. We discussed the great lead quality vs. lead quantity debate. And the conversation went way later than the restaurant manager and our wonderful

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.