February, 2012

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34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

Google+ (or Google Plus) is many different things, depending on who you ask. It’s the fastest-growing social network ever. It’s the tool Google will use to beat Facebook. It will fundamentally change SEO. It’s a pain in the arse because it’s yet another social network to join. It’s Google’s latest attempt at social media, and they finally got it right. ”).

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Social Sleuthing: Who is Sharing Your Content: Twitter & LinkedIn Edition

Digital B2B Marketing

Have you ever wondered who is sharing your blog posts or other content on social media sites but don’t have access to expensive social media monitoring applications that can tell you? Here are ways you can find out who is sharing your content, and in some cases how much traffic each share is driving, on Twitter and LinkedIn. Topsy Example My post on G+ and SEO is more than a month old.

5 Ways to Get Readers to Respond

Writing on the Web

You spend a lot of time writing content on your blog but if the only comments you get are from people looking for free marketing, maybe it’s time to revise your content strategies. Here’s a guest post from Chris Peterson at Straight North integrated marketing services in Chicago. 1. Your Blog as an Interactive Tool. Polls. Make them feel as if they are a part of the blog.

Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models

Tony Zambito

©All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing.  Without question, changing buyer behaviors are also impacting how we think about Demand Generation or as it has been conventionally called – lead generation.   How Can CSO’s and CMO’s Respond? Follow @tonyzambito.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

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Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

Lead generation and demand generation, although related, are at odds with each other. When many B2B marketers say demand generation, they mean lead generation, and the program will be measured on leads and the value of those leads. The problem is, one is focused on changing the audience’s perspective, the other is focused on capturing their information.

The Pros of LinkedIn vs. Facebook for Professionals

Writing on the Web

You’re probably already on Facebook , sharing photos of your kid’s first birthday party and links to your favorite articles , recipes and videos. After all, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But when it comes to using social media for your business, do you really want your professional network colliding with your personal life? Keep your personal life personal.

Slow Death of the Funnel: Why Buyer Choice Matters to Revenue

Tony Zambito

IT Buying Process © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. This is part 1 of a limited series on why buyer choice modeling is the new view B2B Business must adopt to improve revenue performance and develop long lasting relationships with buyers. . B2B marketing and sales is still predominantly tethered to traditional ideas, approaches, and systems that are being dragged into the modern era. 

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Social Media ROI: Check Before You Start

Conversionation

An army of social media thinkers has deemed it useful to redefine ROI. In 2010, Brian Solis introduced it in his book Engage! as Return on Influence (and also as Return on Investment, Return on Involvement, Return on Innovation and Relevance of Interaction). The term Return on Influence (now Realization of Influence as well) [.]. Blog Management Social media marketing Jim Lenskold marketing ROI return on influence return on investment social media ROI

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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.

The Top 5 Reasons Your Great Content Fails

Savvy B2B Marketing

We're pleased to present this guest post by Chris Fell, managing director and owner of g2m solutions in Australia. Read on for his insights into typical content pitfalls and ways you can avoid them. Sometimes your truly great content flops. It's a nasty shock. After all, you have done everything right. You have carefully avoided promoting your own products and services. No one can find it.

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How B2B brands approach Twitter

The B2B Research Blog

Social media has become a bit of an obsession for me. Not so much as a participant, but as an observer. I’m the technology equivalent of a bird watcher. I’ve been observing B2B marketers in their natural habitat. Noting their behaviours. Sketching and documenting the different species I see. call them ‘Twitologies’ and I’d like to share an outline of them here. It all began with a study Circle Research conducted for B2B Marketing late in 2011 to establish the ‘state of the nation’ in B2B social media. And after more than 250 interviews with client-side readers we had a solid benchmark.

Replacing “Authentic” in Social Media

Digital B2B Marketing

Authentic. You can’t turn around in the social media echo chamber without bumping into this word. The problem is, beyond the social media land of unicorns, authentic isn’t relevant. As I explored in Don’t Be Authentic: Real Social Media Marketing Advice on SpinSucks , we don’t really want to see authentic in social media. Authentic is the wrong objective.

Why Now Is The Time To Build Your Personal Brand

B2B Marketing Insider

Brands used to be only for businesses. And we, the employees, were expected to uphold and support the principles of the brand. Some of us in marketing were even lucky enough to help our businesses build their brands. But as trust has eroded away from corporations and government institutions, we are seeing the ushering in of a new era: the employee-brand. Layoffs. Downsizing. Rightsizing.

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.

The Single Buyer Model: A Dangerous Road Towards Competitive B2B Marketing

Tony Zambito

Building A Tribe Of Buyers ©All Rights Reserved Kenny Madden. Many B2B Marketers today are faced with the daunting tasks of connecting with buyers in new ways and using new mediums that are still in infancy.  New tactical approaches have been introduced at a rapid rate and some old ideas repurposed with new labels – all in an effort to find the ever flowing fountain of gaining buyer attention. 

5 Trends in Customer Case Studies – An Interview with Projectline

Stories that Sell

What's new with customer stories and where are we headed? That's the question I recently asked Erica Hansen, director of customer engagement at Projecline. The fast-growing marketing services firm has built a solid reputation by assisting companies like Microsoft with customer references and evidence. I've followed the firm and gotten to know a few folks via social media the past few years.

Social Intelligence adds value throughout the Stage Gate Process

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Social data is becoming increasingly important in the new product development processes of many companies. In particular, manufacturers are tapping into social conversations as they explore new product ideas in order to learn what consumers are interested in and talking about. Later, when launch is imminent, social channels are becoming a key factor in setting media and advertising strategies.

The six elements of human behavior that drive social media

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

You have to love a person who describes herself as somebody who studies “the dark side of Customer Management.” ”   Ana Isabel Canhoto is just such as person. An instructor at Oxford Brookes University, Ana is a Twitter friend who recently shared with me highlights of a speech by Paul Fennemore , a Managing Partner at Viapoint. Altruism. Hedonism. Homophily. Memetics. Narcissim.

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.

20 B2B Marketers Losing their Brand on Pinterest

Digital B2B Marketing

Pinterest is the marketing flavor du jour. Media and press are tauting the ability of Pinterest to drive traffic and the time spent on Pinterest. Many B2B marketers do not have any presence on Pinterest. In my search for major B2B marketers on Pinterest, I only found a handful using it actively. Here are three of the better B2B marketing examples I found. Hubspot : In classic Hubspot style, Hubspot’s boards are all about content. It isn’t surprising to see Hubspot as an early adopter on Pinterest. Constant Contact : Looking for marketing and social media tips? IBM Juniper CSC. CSC

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Will Content Marketing Destroy Social Media?

B2B Marketing Insider

There was a recent exchange on twitter where a prominent, intelligent and well-respected analyst predicted that content marketing will destroy social media. mean “Whoa!”…The ”…The power of content marketing! The suggestion was that content marketing will result in the rapid erosion of the sacred trust we all have in the established media. Is it blurring? chiprodgers.

Eric Got Me Thinking About The Next Buyer Revolution

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. In my most recent article, Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models , a comment was posted by the ever thoughtful Eric Wittlake, author of the blog B2B Digital Marketing and a member of the team at the Integrated B2B Marketing Agency – Babcock and Jenkins.  This comment really got me thinking.  Organization Infrastructure. Research and Insight.

Best Social Media and Digital Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity

Reports, surveys, studies and infographics are among the most popular content posted and shared across social networks. We’re all hungry for data. Marketers, we’re told, need to think like publishers. But which networks are most effective for spreading the content produced? How widespread, really, is the use of social media for marketing? Who is actually consuming all of this content?

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.

A new eBook; Content Marketing Templates for Lead Generation

NuSpark

If you’re a content marketer, then you know the challenges you face. sound content marketing plan is critical to the success of your lead generation efforts. Some of the biggest challenges we see are: 1. Producing well-written quality content that engages prospects to convert. 2. Not having the time or resources to produce enough content. 3. So what do you do? Easier said than done, right?

The social media measurement smackdown

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Last week I was involved in what one tweeter characterized as an “ROI smackdown.” ” I was speaking on a panel for Social Media Week New York when one of my fellow panelists said “This ROI stuff is just a bunch of crap. I’m so tired of it. You can’t measure what you’re doing and people should not even try.” ” I began to twitch. That’s $12,000.

The Key Question Marketers Forget to Ask

Conversionation

“What do we want?”. It is the question marketers (and managers) ask each time they consider launching a new project or solving a business question. Answering it is a must if you want to develop a proper strategy. Define the goals, analyze the best ways to achieve them, determine how to measure success, launch, [.]. Blog Customer-centricity customer-centric Kristin Zhivago touch points

The Coming Death of Self-Publishing

B2B Memes

It won’t be long before self-publishing as a concept is dead. That’s not to say that the activity of publishing, whether it’s done by an individual, a small loose-knit group, or a corporation, is in decline. In fact, it’s healthier and growing faster than ever. These distinctions were once a reliable measure of quality. But the rise of self-publishing has complicated the equation.

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.

As The World Churns For CMO’s

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. The good news is that CMO tenure continues to rise.  Spencer Stuart, the executive search consulting firm, in their study released early last year reported that average tenure rose to 42 months.  Up from 35 months two years ago and up from 27 months in 2007.  The bad news is that the CMO position still churns and remains one of the riskiest positions in corporate business. 

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Lead Generation or Demand Generation? It’s All Just Content Marketing!

B2B Marketing Insider

Last week, Eric Wittlake (@ wittlake ) wrote a great post called  Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation  where he argued that these two marketing activities were working against each other due to the different outcomes each is trying to achieve. Many marketers lose focus on the bigger picture as they chase more leads. Many marketers focus on leads instead of the larger demand picture.

The Two Core Elements of B2B Social Media Marketing Success

Webbiquity

There have been numerous models proposed for social media and content marketing (including the Four C’s of Social Media Marketing model previously published here), but when all of the complexity is stripped away, social media marketing success comes down to two core elements: content and amplification. Content is like singing a song. Amplification (done well) is like singing that song into a microphone. On American Idol. Late in the season. Content can be produced in a wide variety of formats: • White papers. Case studies. Video. Podcasts. Presentations. Product data sheets / brochures.

25 Non-Financial Benefits of Business Blogging

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

While the use of blogging as a marketing and communications platform continues to grow for many organizations, you still might be facing this question from your boss — “Why are we doing this?” ” The most obvious answer is that you are ultimately trying to influence some behavior or attitude. You want your readers to buy, register, understand, donate, attend, etc.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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