March, 2012

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5 Key Elements of Modern Inbound Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week, I made the case for a new definition of inbound marketing , or as Michael Brenner ( @brennermichael ) called it in the comments, a “call to arms” for inbound marketers. The new definition: Inbound marketing is marketing focused on being found through the recommendation of others and delighting everyone that finds you. Your content is what makes finding you valuable.

3 Ways To Connect With Today’s B2B Buyers

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. This is part 4 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. Connecting with today’s B2B buyers is on the minds of most CEO’s and their teams today.  Not too long ago, reaching and connecting with B2B buyers was a straight forward proposition. 

Best Facebook Marketing Tips, Techniques and Tools of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity

As it approaches one billion users, Facebook has evolved from a site where friends and family share photos to an online marketing juggernaut rivaling Google. And while its primary marketing value is on the B2C side, more than a third of B2B marketers also rate it as their most active social network. What common mistakes should marketers avoid? How can Facebook be used to support an SEO strategy?

Email marketing: Overcoming message overload

The B2B Research Blog

I’ve always felt my groaning inbox bore testament to the popularity of email marketing.  Now my suspicions are confirmed. . The latest report in B2B Marketing’s Benchmark series reveals that a whopping nine in ten (88%) B2B marketers make use of the technique.  Remarkably, amongst those doing so almost one half (44%) broadcast emails once a week or more often. Click for enlarged infographic.

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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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Your Top Priority Is Growing The SMB Revenue Base – Now What?

Tony Zambito

Do Your Research Before You Pick Up The Phone © All Rights Reserved Kenny Madden. This is part 1 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of target buyer modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . Another words, we are not getting significant real revenue growth from them.”. 500 listed companies across the globe. 

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Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

While B2C marketers focus on Facebook, LinkedIn is consistently cited as the top social network for B2B marketing. Part of the reasoning is that while Facebook is good for sharing coupons, promoting events, and showcasing corporate culture to potential employees, LinkedIn is powerful at generating web traffic and leads. What’s the best way to start and grow a LinkedIn group?

Infographic of the Week: 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content #infographic

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Copyblogger gives us a few ways to get over the content creation challenge that many of us feel (all too well!). Thanks guys, we all needed that! content production Infographics content creation content marketing

LinkedIn and Twitter Advertising and Marketing Options; A Primer

NuSpark

LinkedIn and Twitter provide unique advertising opportunities for those who wish to target messages towards those audiences within these networks.  If you’re buying online display for lead generation, you should consider social media advertising opportunities. Below is a basic primer on the options for larger businesses who wish to take advantage and test these channels. Targeting. Job function.

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.

8 Questions to Steer Your Marketing Priorities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet You could be racing the finest Formula One car, but if you’re always steering in the wrong direction, even a horse and buggy will beat you to the finish line. So it is with marketing. Too many marketers think they can lead the pack by leveraging the hottest channels, software and platforms. But these tools, like race cars, are only effective when they’re steered in the right direction.

Pinterest: Who Pins Your Content & How Much Traffic Do They Drive

Digital B2B Marketing

The latest report shows Pinterest now drives more traffic than Twitter. You may want to know not just how much traffic Pinterest is driving but also what users are pinning your content and driving the most traffic. Fortunately for marketers, Pinterest is one of the easiest platforms to track. Here is how to get the same information about Pinterest, even if you aren’t using Pinterest.

Grow SMB Revenues With Buyer-Based Marketing

Tony Zambito

This is part 3 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . Buyer Persona © All Rights Reserved Cristian Cardenas. The sheer size of the SMB makes for a daunting task for any organization intent on marketing to the SMB segment.  The U.S. Getting Descriptive.

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Are You Communicating Synchronously in an Asynchronous World?

Avitage

We live in a world that prefers to receive information asynchronously. But we tend to focus on using live, synchronous delivery methods. This is a key source of high costs and low results in every area of a business. cannot overstate the importance of this idea and distinction, as well as the implication for individuals and organizations. First, some simple definitions. Synchronous communications happen at the same time with all participants. Synchronous communications tend to be traditional voice-based conversations to deliver intended messages. According to Gerhard Gschwandtner from Selling.

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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.

12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011

Webbiquity

What is the distinction between “traditional” public relations (PR) and online / interactive / social PR? Is there really a difference anymore—or is the boundary blurring? One part of the confusion stems from the fact that in PR, as in many other crafts, the tools change and advance but the fundamental skills required remain the same. Small Business…Big Coverage! by Blogging PRWeb.

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Enter to Win – One Free Ticket to an Online Storytelling Conference

Stories that Sell

Stories are everywhere these days. And while businesses have always used stories to connect with their audiences, we seem to be in the midst of a story resurgence. New books, blogs and articles regale the power of story to win friends and influence people, and are filled with examples of organizations doing just that. I'm excited to attend. And I just happen to have one extra ticket to GIVE AWAY.

Content Curation And 12 More Content Marketing Terms Defined

B2B Marketing Insider

“Social Media” is so 91 days and 42 seconds ago…. Content Strategy and Content Marketing may be the marketing buzz words of 2012 but their meaning is still debated by the best consultants in the field, in the halls (or conference calls) of large organizations and on the trade show floors of today’s hottest marketing conferences. But I am certainly not the expert. What key terms are missing?

Why You Should Stop Mapping Content Formats to the Buyer’s Journey

Digital B2B Marketing

I have had it with “research” about the content formats B2B buyers prefer at each stage of the buyers journey. Multiple B2B publishers are pedaling this misinformation and as B2B marketers struggle with content marketing, it is diverting their focus. Here is one example from TechTarget : eBooks are earlier than white papers which are earlier than virtual trade shows? Yeah, right.

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.

How To Get To Know The New SMB Buyer

Tony Zambito

© All Rights Reserved Peter Schofield. This is part 2 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . In the first article of this series, we visited two new realities.  The second reality is that they are finding a very different buyer this time around than in the past. 

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Online Persuasion: Seeing Through the Eyes of Customers

Writing on the Web

There’s an important shift in  content marketing  tactics that affects professionals who want to  get found, get known and get clients online. And that shift means a different mindset. Not too long ago I came across a great blog post. There was a picture of a pair of glasses lying on a bench with this caption:  Don’t you wish you could see through your customers’ glasses?

Is Your Website Working for Lead Generation and Inbound Marketing?

NuSpark

How’s your website doing? . How do you think it’s doing?  Is it performing to expectations?  Do you even have expectations? How much did you spend on it? Measuring ROI? Was it written by internal staff, an outsourced tech writer, or a marketer? The answer starts off with what your goals are for the website, and then determine if those goals are being met. . Prospects are busy, and they scan.

12 Benefits of Blogging for B2B Marketers

B2B Marketing Traction

Is blogging worth it for B2B marketers? Here are 12 benefits business to business marketers can gain from blogging. 1. Add value for prospects and customers. Blog posts that include how-to information or provide insightful opinions about your industry serve your audience, create goodwill for your company, and move you away from just selling. 2. Create credibility for your business.

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.

The Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Do Social

B2B Marketing Insider

There is an observation in social media called “ Participation Inequality “ or the “ 1% rule “ that says that 1% of us create content, 9% of us share content and 90% of us are pure consumers of the content created. As a marketer, I feel like it is our role to at least be in the 9%, and ideally in the the 1% of active social users creating or sharing content. Value (12).

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Marketing Gimmicks versus Value: A Disappointing Example

Digital B2B Marketing

B2B marketing often includes thought leadership in areas that are outside a company’s core product or service focus. Omniture (now Adobe) wants to be a leader on driving business results with digital marketing, not just measurement. Eloqua has an active voice on the entire spectrum of content marketing. What happens when a company tries to align with something new to them? Be an Expert.

Channeling Buyer-Based Experiences in SMB

Tony Zambito

© All Rights Reserved I-5 Design and Manufacturer. This is part 4 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . Therein lays the new buyer realities of today.  In a span of 5-7 years we find ourselves in a drastically different world.  What Does This All Mean? Really? 

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How ECI Telecom Discovered the Surefire Sign that Sales and Marketing Are Aligned

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet If you’re among the roughly half of B2B companies that have strong alignment between your sales and marketing teams, then congratulations! Your salespeople are your biggest fans, right? If not, then you’re probably not as aligned as you think. Michelle Mogelson Levy, Associate Vice President of Marketing Programs, ECI Telecom , learned this the hard way. Looked great on paper.

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.

The Death of Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)

Tomorrow People

Is PPC past its Sell By date? For something that’s been around for just a few years, PayPer Click advertising , or PPC has become an established part of online marketing for many companies. Put simply, “Paid search marketing is the process of gaining traffic by purchasing ads on search engines. ” (Source: Search Engine Land ). Why use something that’s not working right?

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How (and Why) to Map Your Company’s Digital Landscape

Webbiquity

With more than 90% of companies now using social media to find employees and 82% having a Facebook page , there’s no question that business use of social media has become commonplace. But “use” and “success” are two different things. What your competitors are doing in social media. Which voices are most influential in your market space.

New Infographic: B2B Lead Generation & Content Marketing Trends

NuSpark

Presenting my first infographic. The infographic summarizes key data from a variety of research reports covering B2B and technology lead generation, media strategy, and content marketing trends, from initial solution research to lead nurturing. Here are links to the specific research studies noted on the Infographic: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report, Marketing Sherpa, Sponsored by Marketo.

It’s 10:00 PM. Is Your Content Where It Belongs?

Digital B2B Marketing

Comscore recently issued a release showing 31% of banner ads from a sample of advertiser had no opportunity to be seen. The problem is, advertisers often do not know where their ads are running. Increasingly, marketers don’t know where their content is either. Here are two examples and four steps you can take to protect your content. Example 1: Sage on Hey, It’s Free! Period.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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