October, 2010

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The New Marketing Accountability

B2B Marketing Insider

The most popular posts on B2B Marketing Insider over the last few weeks have a common theme: accountability and The Role of B2B Marketing. You can review both How To Align Marketing With Sales and Marketing Leads: Quality Vs

The 39 Social Media Tools I’ll Use Today

delicious b2bmarketing

Also, at my social media speaking engagements hither and yon I’m often asked what tools I use. So, I took a personal inventory and created this overview of the 39 social media tools I use daily. Twitter Tweetdeck I use Tweetdeck for serious twitter sessions. Tweetie This extremely intuitive Mac-only app is my hour-to-hour choice for Twitter. It’s a good choice for agencies, too. Smart.

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50 (of the) Best Twitter Guides, Stats, Tips and Tools of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

While a dwindling number of business executives still dismiss Twitter as a waste of time, recent research suggests it is one of the most valuable social networks for business. Awareness of Twitter has exploded; 87% of Americans said they were “familiar with” Twitter in a poll taken earlier this year, versus just 5% in 2008 and 26% in 2009. So what are the best ways to use Twitter for business?

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It's Budget Season - B2B Marketing Budget Trends for 2011

Everything Technology Marketing

MarketingSherpa asked more than 900 B2B marketers how they expect their marketing budgets to change for 2011. The results are in: The majority of B2B organizations are increasing marketing budgets for inbound marketing tactics, including social media, virtual events and webinars, SEO and PPC. this year over 2009. last year. last year. last year. last year.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

7 Hot Trends In B2B Marketing Analytics | B2Bbloggers.com - B2B.

B2Bbloggers

Marketing analytics are key to successful marketing campaigns. With the B2B market always changing, you need to stay prepared with insightful analytics information

Bringing down the Twitter snobs

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

It seems that Mitch Joel and I are becoming the Social Media Odd Couple.  I like Mitch. He’s smart. It’s just that I think he is so frequently wrong. Like in his latest post, “ Being a Twitter Snob is a Good Thing &# when he states “it annoys many people when they follow you on Twitter and you do not follow them back. Too bad. Don’t do it.&#. Don’t.  Tweet This!

How To Focus On Your Marketing Plan

B2B Marketing Insider

I started writing this article a month ago but became sidetracked when I realized that marketing plans were as unavoidable (and as important) as Death and Taxes. And while we all try to avoid these topics, the best way to deal with them

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5 Corporate B2B Blogs That You Should Copy

Anything Goes Marketing

The importance of blogs in your B2B marketing mix can't be overlooked. Blogs are too important in keeping customers and future customers informed about your industry, your products and your company, driving people to your website, and generating leads. recent study by Hubspot found that those companies that use blogs generate 67% more leads than those that don't. However, anyone that can open a.

What’s the Best Social Media Monitoring Tool? It Depends

Webbiquity

Until fairly recently, keeping track of your organization’s online presence was relatively easy. Other than your company’s website, most mentions were likely in well-known online news sites or trade industry publication sites. Your PR team was aware of most of these as it often had a hand in generating those placements. simple tool like Google Alerts would pick up most stray citations. No more. rapidly proliferating collection of tools are being developed to meet the need. Budget: $0 (I have no budget, I need something free!). Alterian SM2 Freemium. Social Mention. UberVU. Trackur.

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It’s The Little Things That Make Inside Sales Teams Perform Better

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

Like having your operations director dress up as a figure skater. We don’t play around on Halloween. Store bought costumes and cliché ideas are frowned upon at AG Salesworks. Today is our Halloween party and the office is buzzing. One of our operations directors is dressed as a male figure skater. How does a figure skating director increase sales for the outside reps? Absolutely!

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Eloqua Experience 2010

LeadSloth

This week I attended the Eloqua Experience, Eloqua’s user conference in San Francisco. The big news of this event is the launch of Eloqua 10. It’s the result of 2 years of hard work, and it looks very good. The revamped user interface makes working with Eloqua a lot of fun. Here is a preview: Eloqua 10 Campaign Builder (click to enlarge). They are raving about Eloqua 10. Overall.

Is social media creating a generation of cowards?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’ve been asked about my perspective on Malcom Gladwell’s article, “ Small change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.&#   My take on it may surprise you … and provide uncomfortable reading if you are a parent or social media junkie. Social media and leadership. in the 1960s. Perhaps I am the only blogger around who agrees with Mr. Gladwell.  The toxic childhood.

Marketing, Death and Taxes

B2B Marketing Insider

So Marketing may not be as unavoidable as death and taxes, but lately it is becoming harder and harder to escape. As a marketing professional, I am not proud of our reputation as SPAM-ers. It seems as if the lower our outbound marketing

What the Future Holds for B2B Social Media Marketing

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Top Topics Twitter YouTube Facebook iPhone Google Video Google Buzz Business Small business Social media Advertise Network Blippr iPhone App Mashable France MashDeck Twitter App Mobile Site Social Media Events Twitter Guide Book Facebook Guide Book Partners App Development WordPress Experts MaxCDN Content Delivery Dynect Managed DNS Rackspace Hosting Intridea About Us Submit a Tip! Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! The B2B Social Media Marketing Series is supported by IDG Enterprise.

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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.

Marketing Dashboard: Passive Discovery

Digital Body Language

We spoke recently about various ways of looking at marketing benchmarks and how to better dashboard and analyze the entire revenue performance management process. This thinking needs to be applied to all areas of the revenue engine, and each has its own unique challenges. Building an understanding of how your messages are being passively discovered is an interesting challenge.

7 Social Media And Content Marketing Articles You May Have Missed

B2Bbloggers

With the speed at which everything moves today, keeping up can be a difficult thing to do. Over the past several months, I've contributed to a number social media and content marketing blogs around the web

B2B Market Segmentation – Part 2: How to Approach Segmentation

Everything Technology Marketing

In part one of our segmentation series , we discussed the importance of and rationale behind market segmentation. Let's take a closer look at actual implementation of market segmentation. Focusing on WHO a buyer is makes for more easily observable and actionable data that can be used to define segments and their boundaries. What value driver represents your best opportunities? Regulatory drivers?

CMO Council: CMOs and CIOs Are Not Aligned

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: a CMO Council survey shows that CMOs and CIOs agree they need to cooperate, but disagree on how well they're doing and what their roles should be. Both sides need to work harder to close an increasingly-unacceptable gap. This affects marketing automation vendors too, since they sell to both sides. The free 32-page summary provides a detailed analysis and commentary. Or both. You decide.

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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.

5 Sales Closing Techniques

B2B Marketing Insider

With all of the discussion on marketing and sales, I thought it made sense to bring in a sales persepctives and guidance to the site. The following excerpt is certainly important to sales and comes from my colleague, Rob Krekstein

7 Ways to Market to the Subconscious Brain: The Homer Simpson Guide to Content Marketing

Writing on the Web

The Homer Simpson Guide to Content Marketing" alt=" 7 Ways to Market to the Subconscious Brain: The Homer Simpson Guide to Content Marketing" />. Content marketing and the people who write marketing messages must understand how consumers’ brains work if  they want to engage and create trust and loyalty. We think we are rational, logical, and smart human beings. billion in US alone. Clutter.

How to Optimize LinkedIn Profile Website Links

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Here’s a video that show you how to optimize your LinkedIn Profile website links with keywords. Making this easy change will help make your links more compelling so that visitors to your profile will be more apt to click on them and help optimize your profile so that you will come up higher on LinkedIn search results when users search for what you do. Congratulations!

5 Best Practices for B2B Corporate Blogging | B2Bbloggers.com.

B2Bbloggers

Here are five best practices to keep in mind when beginning your B2B corporate blog

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.

Top-7 Challenges for B2B Marketers

Everything Technology Marketing

According to MarketingSherpa , the top challenges for B2B marketers are becoming, well, more challenging. B2B buyers don't trust the slow recovery and and take their time before pulling the trigger. This situation makes persona-based content marketing more critical than ever. Here are the top-7 B2B marketing challenges: What are your biggest B2B marketing challenges?

Integrate Social Networks with your Corporate Website with ‘Social Sign On’

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Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang Home About Speaking Research Media Contact Subscribe via RSS Connect with Jeremiah: twitter friendfeed linkedin flickr technorati Connect with Jeremiah on twitter A few years ago, critics said Blogging was a fad. Managing these multiple login systems from all these social networks is cumbersome due to changing APIs, protocols. Or do I interpret this wrong?

The Most Effective Time to Tweet

Sazbean

I crunched some numbers on my Twitter account to see what the most effective time is to tweet (at least for me).  I took a look at the number of clicks on tweets by what time of day and what day of the week for a 2 month time period (August and September) and then averaged them to remove discrepancies due to the number of tweets. Number of Clicks per Day – by Time of Day. How do you know?

What is Social Media’s Next Big Thing?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

One possible answer:   The Enterprise. No, no. Let’s step back a minute and think about some of the benefits an individual realizes from social networking: Linking people who might not otherwise be linked. Information sharing and education. Crowd-sourced innovation and problem-resolution. Collaboration. Relationship-building through trust and community. Exposure to diverse ideas. Tweet This!

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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.

Facebook’s Like Button adds Life to your Content

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Like it or hate it – the Like button is here to stay. In the first week of its launch 50,000 like buttons were integrated on various websites and more than 1M “likes” were registered within 24 hours of its introduction. At last count well over 100,000 websites integrate some form of Facebook’s social plugins (including my site!). Hello affiliate marketing – I love it! Email this to a friend?

Improve Lead Generation: Top Takeaways from MarketingSherpa's B2B Marketing Summit

B2B Lead Generation Blog

If you didn’t get a chance to attend MarketingSherpa's B2B Summit in San Francisco a last week, you missed an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge you could have used right away for better results. I had a great time. For me, what was most valuable was learning and connecting with fellow attendees and hearing about how they’re driving results for their companies. I’m looking forward to gaining even more insight at the B2B Marketing Summit in Boston, October 25-26. If you haven’t signed up for the B2B Summit, I encourage check it out, since they’re offering a special rate saving you $400.

1-Page SWOT Analysis with Action Items

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. SWOT Analysis may have a simple presentation, but the analysis is the hard part. My clients have really appreciated this 1-page SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis with Action items. One CEO included it in her presentation to investors because it very clearly and transparently showed the company’s situation and what we planned to do to grow the business.

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Sales Handoff and the Net Quality Score

Digital Body Language

One of the most controversial and challenging areas of any revenue engine is the hand-off process from marketing to sales. It is this transition that bears the brunt of all the inter-organizational process differences, motivation differences, and politics. This makes it a vital area to focus on in building the benchmarks and dashboards that will help optimize overall performance.

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

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

Is It Time Now For A Chief Marketing Technologist? [#B2Bchat Recap]

B2Bbloggers

The line between marketing and technology are not quite as demarcated as they they were years ago. So when Mitch Joel wrote a blog post on 'Chief Marketing Technologist', and Christopher Penn chimed in, how could #B2BChatters be far

Social CRM: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Paul Gillin

If you’re a marketer in a medium-to large-sized B2B company, you’re almost certainly using customer relationship management (CRM) software to track your customers and prospects. And if you’re a CRM user, you’re almost certainly hearing about Social CRM, the hottest new craze in that 20-year-old field. encourage you to restrain your enthusiasm. right. What’s more, it would be pointless. anything.

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3 More ROIs in Social Media – Conversations Leads and Advocates

Buzz Marketing for Technology

If you follow me you know I talk a lot about the ROI of Social Media since I happen to have stumbled on a great ROI using Social Media in providing support for our customers at Avaya. Listening for and spotting a customer issue, responding to them and solving their problem in minutes using social media not only lets you conquer social media but delight your customers in the process. Tweet This!

Are Marketers Measuring Their Success or Someone Else’s?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Everyone’s getting squeezed for ROI. This is nothing new but the pressure is even higher for marketers who are looking at proving their revenue contribution. We've all heard the stories about the accolade-winning marketing campaigns that didn't move the sales needle. CEOs want far more than just awards and pretty brochures. They want proven results. But should they? Image by: j.towbin.

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.

6 Consequences of NOT Using Social Media

Sazbean

I’ve heard from a lot of business owners who are interested in using social media, but when it comes down to actually doing it, they complain about the time and/or money involved. Yet these same people will make time for other things they deem crucial — networking, advertising, etc. Lost opportunities to interact — Your customers (or potential customers) are online.

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