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.

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?

7 Reasons Your Content Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working

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Guest post by {grow} Community Member Sarah Goliger. Not to mention, it also provides a great opportunity to create more ways to engage your website visitors and social media followers.  But while it is extremely important, having a good content strategy isn’t always easy.  Here are 7 reasons your content strategy might not be generating leads as effectively as it should be. 1.

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Recommended Books to Read

Puzzle Marketer

If you’re a leader that is constantly putting together all of the pieces to a marketing puzzle, chances are one of your mantra’s or beliefs in life is to never stop learning. You’re probably always keeping yourself up-to-date on the latest blogs, books, and magazines. You read about business, leadership, productivity, negotiation, marketing, social media, etc.

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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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.

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?

My five biggest blogging mistakes

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I am creeping up on 1,000 blog posts —  I’ve probably blogged “a bible!” ”  So I’ve been reflecting on what I would have done differently if I had to start all over. Here are some mistakes I’ve made, and sadly, in some cases, continue to make … 1) Pre-occupation with numbers. ” What a waste of time. There are no shortcuts. Arrrgh.

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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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation – and yet, many assets fail to provide true ROI. Download the eBook to avoid the three top problems that keep content from living up to its potential.

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.

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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A New Definition for Inbound Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Inbound marketing is a hot topic in B2B marketing. However, as more B2B marketers grab the inbound marketing flag, many will miss the two keys to making inbound marketing effective: Be found through the recommendation of others. Delight those that find you. ” The most common functional definition of inbound marketing is the combination of search, social and content. Social media?

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.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

How to turn blog readers into brand advocates

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By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. If you have been blogging for more than a few months than you have super fans whether you know it or not. You just have to keep an eye out for them. Fortunately there some key indicators. They comment regularly. They send you personalized emails. They share EVERYTHING you write. But simply knowing who they are is not enough. Approachability.

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.

Lead Nurturing: Build trust, win more deals by helping prospects – not selling them

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Imagine this scenario: Boy meets girl. Boy asks girl out. On their first date, boy asks, “Will you marry me?” Girl says no. Boy promptly sends her phone number to the bottom of his list. Six months later, boy calls again. Want to marry me yet?” he asks. Girl rolls her eyes, hangs up and blocks his number. This is what lead nurturing is all about. Know whom you’re talking to. Tip #2. Tip #3.

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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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.

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.

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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Straight Talk on Social Media Gurus

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. love experts. These folks have invested their own time and money learning something so I don’t have to.  My problem is with you.  Specifically, I think you are learning the wrong lessons from social media luminaries. Here are three common “crutches” that tend to mess up “expert groupies”: Thinking That “They Are Just Like Me!”

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?

Content Strategy for Marketing

Learn about the benefits and key considerations in developing a content strategy for marketing that's sustainable, scalable and sale-able.

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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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.

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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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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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.