July, 2008

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Google Guide--Tutorials on How to Use Various Google Features and Services

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Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between. developed Google Guide because I wanted more information about Googles capabilties, features, and services than I found on Googles website. Nancy Blachman. Start now: Jump to a section: Overview. Contents. Favorites. Query Input. Understanding Results. Search Tools. Services.

Brave New World of Media Pitching: LinkedIn

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In late April, I wanted to start exploring different ways that we can now pitch media. Besides my page about how to pitch bloggers , I looked into the new way of pitching via Twitter in my post titled," Brave New World of Media Pitching: Twitter."   Social networking is a new avenue for public relations professionals. From my perspective, LinkedIn has some interesting opportunities. Here's

Sybase IQ: A Different Kind of Columnar Database (Or Is It The Other Way Around?)

Customer Experience Matrix

I spent a fair amount of time this past week getting ready for my part in the July 10 DM Radio Webcast on columnar databases. Much of this was spent updating my information on SybaseIQ , whose CTO Irfan Khan was a co-panelist. Sybase was particularly eager to educate me because I apparently ruffled a few feathers when my July DM Review column described SybaseIQ as a “variation on a columnar database” and listed it separately from other columnar systems. In truth, though, that original article was part of the problem. So there was no error in what I wrote. But I am not that someone.

Billboards, Strip Malls, and Social Media

Marketing Edge

The conversation on Chris Brogan’s blog about personal branding, strip malls and billboards has developed in a way that I think is a bit off the mark. I don’t disagree with Brogan or the comment on the blog post by Christopher Penn that many social sites can and are used as billboards for personal brands. much prefer that social networks be viewed as cafes, restaurants and bars along the road. Not franchises, mind you, although you might get that feel from some of them, but unique places in which you’ll meet some unique and some of the same people.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Excel at Social Media

Acquiring Minds

Today I attended Forrester' s Webinar "Defining Your B2B Social Media Strategy" with Vice President and Principal Analyst, Laura Ramos, and Vice President of Tech Industry Consulting, Dan Klein. The seminar was chock full of interesting facts on social media usage by B2B marketers and by B2B decision-makers. For both B2B vendors and the buyers of those solutions, social media is considered a second tier marketing medium. Last month, Laura Ramos released a report entitled: How to Derive Value from B2B Blogging. Laura attributes part of this to using `warmed-over press releases` on blogs.

Rainmakers and Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In professional services organizations the people who bring in the big revenue clients are often called rainmakers. They're the one's that make it all happen and become almost mythical in the process. In today's challenging business climate, we could all use more rainmakers. like what Ford Harding, author of Rain Making, Attract New Clients No Matter What Your Field, 2nd Edition and President of Harding & Company had to say about rainmakers. Harding writes, “A rainmaker, as we define one, brings in leads and converts them into business at such levels that she leaves her colleagues in awe.

Change or Die | Fast Company

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Off Topic: Alameda House for Rent

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Front of the House. My husband and I just moved and are seeking to rent out our Alameda house. UPDATE: We’ve rented the house. Thanks everyone! While it's a beautiful home, it was too good of a time to purchase another one! Here are the details. bedroom + Bonus room, 1 bathroom Bungalow style home, $2200 per month. Open house will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2008 from 11 am - 1 pm. Other viewings available via appointment. Available immediately. Address is 1713 9th Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Please do not disturb neighbors. Wood burning fireplace. More photos at: [link]. No Section 8.

How to Report on Ease of Use?

Customer Experience Matrix

Yesterday’s post on classifying demand generation systems prompted some strong reactions. The basic issue is how to treat ease of use when describing vendors. It’s hard to even define the issue without prejudicing the discussion. Are we talking about vendor rankings, vendor comparisons, or vendor analyses? Ranking implies a single score for each product. The approach is popular but it leads people to avoid evaluating systems against their own requirements. So I reject it. Vendor comparisons give each several scores to each vendor, for multiple categories. The final ranking is just a byproduct.

Keeping a social network rolling, America’s RV community

Marketing Edge

OK, I'll admit it, I'm a freak for RVs. All kinds, Class A, Class C, even conversion vans have a soft spot in my heart. Maybe it's because of the feeling of freedom I get on the open road, or the sheer comfort of some of these beautiful home away from home on wheels. Today I spent sometime with total strangers, yet they were as friendly as my next door neighbors. Paul, MN at the state fairgrounds.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Is There Hope For Google Placements?

KoMarketing Associates

As you know by now, Google has decided to merge its Placement Targeting (henceforth: Placements) into the normal campaign management taxonomy. Essentially this means where in the past you would have to set up a campaign specifically for Placements, now it will slide into your pre-existing Content campaigns. What Are The Benefits of This New Structure? Assuming you already separate Search and Content into their own respective campaign, Placement Campaigns would stick out like a sore thumb and require additional time and effort for data accumulation and comparison. Here only the bid talks.

Podcast: Interview on lead generation with Dave Stein

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I was was recently interviewed by Dave Stein, CEO and Founder of ES Research Group , and author of How Winners Sell (a great book by the way). During the interview we talk about the following topics: What works to get sales and marketing alignment. How the marketing funnel impacts the sales funnel. Reengaging and optimizing past sales leads. Teleprospecting and nurturing tactics. Listen to podcast now. Also, Check out Dave Stein's Blog for Sales Leaders. Dave is an internationally recognized thought leader in the area of sales performance, sales effectiveness and especially sales training.

Gene Carr's Patron Technology Blog

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Gene Carrs Patron Technology Blog. marketing Insight to help arts & non-profit organizations leverage the Internet. About. Your email address: Powered by FeedBlitz. Categories. mail Marketing. General E-marketing. Presidential Web-watch 08. Web Design. Web/Tech. Recent Posts. The Decline of Print Newspapers: Quantified. The Fall of Newspapers and the Rise of Self-Publishing in the Arts. We are!

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

How Do You Classify Demand Generation Systems?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been pondering recently how to classify demand generation systems. Since my ultimate goal is to help potential buyers decide which product to purchase, the obvious approach is to first classify the buyers themselves and then determine which systems best fit which group. Note that while this seems obvious, it’s quite different from how analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester set up their classifications. Their ratings are based on market positions, with categories such as “leaders”, “visionaries”, and “contenders”. This approach has always bothered me. Did you detect a note of hostility?


Gertler, Garza, thanks Food Network, what’s next?

Marketing Edge

Wait, I must be missing a major ingredient here. I get that the Food Network gets millions of viewers, hey I’m one of them. But why does Next Food Network Star runner-up Adam Gertler need cable to do his twist on what internet viewers want him to cook? And why does creative, attractive, Next Food Network Star runner-up Lisa Garza need a four camera set to bring her special flare to kitchen basics. Check them out in the last episode of Food Network Star. Will the financial model work? Maybe, especially if Adam and Lisa have the right business model minds behind them.

How to Get Bloggers to Write About You


Getting blog coverage for your product or service is now just as (if not more) important than getting written about in traditional media. Blogs are now mainstream, as almost 80% of Internet users report having read a blog within the last year. Blog coverage helps increase awareness, build credibility for your brand, and helps with SEO. But how do you get beyond the basics? It's bad for bloggers.

What causes webinar attendees to bail?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Webinars and webcasts are a key tactic in lead generation toolkit. The challenge with webinars is that if you don't do a super job, attendees will bail on you and they may never register one of your events again. That's why I found this chart What Causes Webinar Attendees to Bail? by MarketingSherpa useful. According to their research here are the top reasons attendees say they bail on a webinar. Content was not as advertised. Presenter(s) read directly from the slides. Webinar began with company/sales information (pitches). You were familiar with the information in the first few slides.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

Are You a Productive Reader? - Stepcase Lifehack

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ABOUT. HOWTO. FORUMS. ADVERTISE. ARCHIVES. PODCAST. WRITERS. CONTRIBUTE. TEMPLATES. CONTACT. SEARCH. ALL POSTS. FEATURED. PRODUCTIVITY. COMMUNICATION. LIFESTYLE. MONEY. TECHNOLOGY. MANAGEMENT. Your ID: Password: Forget your ID or password? Help. -->. Enter your email address: May 23rd, 2008 in Productivity. Are You a Productive Reader? know you can read. But are you productively literate? Teach it.


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Two Acquisitions Extend SQL Server

Customer Experience Matrix

I don't usually bother to post "breaking news" here, but I've recently seen two acquisitions by Microsoft that seem worth noting. On July 14, the company announced purchase of data quality software vendor Zoomix , and just today it announced purchase of data appliance vendor DATAllegro. Both deals seem to represent an attempt to make SQL Server a more complete solution--in terms of data preparation in the Zoomix case, and high-end scalability with DATAllegro. The whole point of the product was to use open source software (the Ingres database in this case) and commodity components.


Talk the language of politics, messages, and social media

Marketing Edge

Next week I will be hosting two political shows on OoVoo during the web-based video conferencing platform's political days. You can sign up at [link] for my slots on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:00m Eastern Time or Thursday night July 31 at 10:30 pm Central Time. Oovoo is great if you have a web cam and want to have a fireside chat or a heated discussion, hey I can go either way. We'll talk campaign tactics, what to expect at the conventions, and how social media is playing a role in this campaign. Now does this trip mean Obama has foreign policy experience? See you next week

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.

Book Review: The Logic of Life


A book written by an economist, that attempts to use economic theories to explain pretty much everything in life, probably sounds more like a cure for insomnia—perhaps even masochism—than a page-turner. Just to make sure he's got your attention, Harford begins his book with discursions on the economic rationales underlying teen sex, Mexican prostitutes, and the world of professional poker.

Execution is the key to go-to-market success

B2B Lead Generation Blog

The biggest obstacle to go-to-market success (and lead generation ROI for that matter) is the lack of good execution. The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council's latest study, “ Driving the Bottom Line from the Front Line ,” assessed the go-to-market processes and capabilities of global companies. Todd Ebert over at the BAD Marketing Blog gives some additional insights on the CMO study here. agree with their findings. With that said, it requires more than just effective upper management involvement. believe that effective collaboration requires each of us to better managers ourselves.


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Haro and PR Spam

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Help A Reporter Out. Help A Report Out (or Haro).com com  is a free version of Profnet. Started by Peter Shankman, this great service is growing greatly based on word of mouth. Frankly, if it’s free and a way to pitch stories to journalists, us PR folks are on it faster than flies on shit. So it saddened me when I saw this in a recent Haro newsletter:  . This morning, I got a pitch (as did MANY of my key journalists on HARO) about the rumor that Matthew Broderick cheated on Sarah Jessica Parker, and offering me a celebrity life coach to talk about it. This is MY list. Don’t like it?

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.

Sybase IQ vs. Vertica: Comparisons are Misleading, But Fun

Customer Experience Matrix

I received the “Vertica Fast Lane” e-newsletter yesterday, which I am amused to note from its URL is generated by Eloqua. This is only amusing because I’m researching Eloqua for unrelated reasons these days. Still, if I can offer some advice to the Vertica Marketing Department, it’s best to hide that sort of thing.) The newsletter contained a link to a post on Vertica’s blog entitled “Debunking a Myth: Column-Stores vs. Indexes”. This is worth knowing, but doesn’t apply to Sybase IQ because IQ’s primary indexes are not B-trees. There's no alternative to live testing on actual tasks.

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ok, i'll admit it, i'ma freak for rvs. all kinds, class a, class c, even conversion vans have a soft spot in my heart. maybe it's because of the feeling of freedom i get on the open road, or the sheer comfort of some of these beautiful

Best of 2008 (So Far) - SEO Guidance, Part 1


There have been so many excellent blog posts and articles written already in 2008 that it's just not practical to wait until January of next year to recognize them. I may have to start doing these monthly or something, but for now, here are some of the best pieces written about the art and science of SEO so far in 2008. This was actually from December 2007, but I overlooked it last January.

The Time Investment Principle


I received an email recently from a friend who serves as an operations manager for one of the top environmental engineering firms. He was asking for advice on how to balance meeting a utilization goal of 75% and managing a staff of 70 in five offices. His predicament, unfortunately, is not uncommon in our business. Is 75% a reasonable utilization goal for a manager of 70 people? don't think so.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

YouTube - Diigo V3: Highlight & Share the Web! Social Bookmarking 2.0

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QlikView 8.5 Does More, Costs Less

Customer Experience Matrix

I haven’t been working much with QlikView recently, which is why I haven’t been writing about it. But I did receive news of their latest release, 8.5, which was noteworthy for at least two reasons. The first is new pricing. Without going into the details, I can say that QlikView significantly lowered the cost of an entry level system, while also making that system more scalable. This should make it much easier for organizations that find QlikView intriguing to actually give it a try. This is admittedly esoteric, but it does address an issue that came up fairly often. But wait: there’s more.

Strong Social Media at Top Two Best Hospitals

Marketing Edge

Is it a coincidence that the top two hospitals on US News and World Reports honor roll of the best hospitals in the US also have strong social media programs? I'm delighted to make that connection with two friends who do an outstanding job at their respective leadership positions in social media for Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic. Elizabeth Tracey is Director of the Johns Hopkins Health Newsfeed and has pioneered podcasting for the large healthcare entity in Baltimore. The podcasting is used to educate patients as well as provide content to other media outlets.

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.

B2B Marketing Fast Fixes


The slowdown across some sectors of the economy is forcing B2B marketers to pull back on spending, yet continue to produce great results (or else). With that in mind, MarketingSherpa last week presented their Top 10 B-to-B Marketing FastFixes: How to Generate & Nurture More Qualified Leads. Here are the highlights from the webinar. Revisit SEO Technologies, needs and customers change over time.

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