March, 2010

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7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your Next Webinar Invitation

The Point

I’ve written a number of times in this space about how to maximize response from email Webinar invitations. The campaign below from Parallels , a Swiss-based software company, provides a handy illustration of those techniques by displaying what key mistakes to avoid. For example: 1. Sell the offer, not the product. Lead with compelling benefits, not just facts. Use images wisely. See #1 above.

How Do You Define a Quality Sales Opportunity?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

During my years as an Inside Sales rep, I've always appreciated working with the young hungry territory reps willing to talk to anyone "with a pulse". While I could appreciate that work ethic and the tenacity that hungrier reps displayed, I usually found that passing over anything lukewarm usually resulted in a lead that didn't go anywhere.and generally I was cold calling back into that company months later. On the other side of the coin, I struggled when passing leads to the veteran sales folks who wanted every opportunity completely teed up. Should you pass them anyone who wants to talk?

Creating Engagement in B2B Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

A recent Cone Inc.’s Social Media in Business study found that 60 percent of consumers believe they are already interacting with companies on the social Web. Nearly all participants — 93 percent — believe all companies should have a presence in social media. But the question has long been 2 fold: 1) How do you create engagement and 2) How do you measure it. Creating Engagement. Tweet This!

How to use social media for B2B

Chris Koch

Image by HubSpot via Flickr. want to do something ambitious and I’m hoping you’ll help. I’d like to create a guide for how to use social media in B2B that does not involve talking about the specific tools—as least not in the top line. think it’s important to try to do this if we’re going to get social media integrated with the rest of marketing. Here they are: Monitor. Engage. Manage. Monitor.

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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The One Effective Use of Facebook for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

You’ve seen the eye-popping statistics: Facebook now has more than 350 million active users. If it were a country, it would be the third most-populous on earth , behind only China and India. Given that level of popularity and traffic, it’s no wonder that marketers have embraced Facebook in a big way. Not even close. It isn’t demographics. They buy from people.&# Digg this!

The silent majority: Why people don’t comment on your blog

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

“Why don’t I get comments on my blog?&#. Brian O’Kane and I had a lengthy Skype call on a range of topics, including the fact that most people just don’t feel comfortable commenting … on anything. “Conventional businesses have no way of knowing how many engaged customers they have,&# he said. Engagement outside of the blog. Emotional connection without sharing.

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How to Choose a Social Media Listening Platform for B2B Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In the last post we covered how to create a Social Media Lead Flow. And once you have identified the conversations where you think a sales opportunity may be occurring you need to feed that into your listening platform so you can flag those opportunities when they come in. But what if you don’t have a listening platform? Which media sources are relevant to your goals? This one is the real kicker.

The Dos and Don'ts of B2B Content Reuse

Savvy B2B Marketing

One trend in B2B marketing is repurposing content. For instance, you can make your eBook into a podcast, a series of blog posts, an article, etc. Content reuse is a great idea because effective content is time-consuming to produce, and you want to extend its reach as much as possible. some people prefer tex while others prefer audio or video). again and again. That's not going to be very compellig.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Vital statistics for every B2B marketer

Earnest about B2B

Use and abuse at your leisure… where possible we’ve tried to accurately cite the source and provide a link to the site where we came across the research. B2B companies are ahead of their B2C rivals when it comes to social media adoption. 81% of B2B companies maintain company-related accounts or profiles on social media sites versus 67% of B2C. 75% of B2Bers participate in microblogging (eg. Twitter) versus 49% of B2Cers. Source: Business.com – 2009 B2B Social Media Benchmarking Study ( [link] ). And the FTSE 100 are just plain running scared of Twitter. Source: DemandGen Report. Versus.

10 Signals That Your Project Needs a Professional Copywriter

WriteSpark

In an ideal world, you would use a professional writer for every marketing or public relations document produced by your company. But limited budgets likely mean you can assign only the most high-value projects to a freelance copywriter. How can you justify the expense of a professional writer for other projects? These 10 signals can help build your case for budget approval: .

Stop Telling Me That Cold Calling is Dead

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

What ever happened to just picking up the phone and dialing? Every day, we are inundated with the message, "INBOUND, INBOUND, and INBOUND!" While I am a firm believer in the benefit of driving inbound traffic to your site and then to your teleprospecting reps, there is still (and always will be) a huge need for cold calling. Over our eight years in business we have amassed thousands of statistics on the success of our programs. There have been only two of those stats that have never changed. We believe the reason for this is simple. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Thanks, Pete

What Product Lifecycle (PLC) Means for B2B Inbound Marketing

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. One marketing tool to use in determining which marketing strategies and inbound marketing tactics will be most effective in B2B marketing planning is your product or service lifecycle stage. Over the lifetime of a product or service, you go through different stages of introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. Introduction Stage of Marketing Product Lifecycle. Please comment below!

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.

Generating a Buyer Persona with Facebook Advertising

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I am a big fan of David Meerman Scott’s work and I am in the middle of re-reading his book the New Rules of Marketing and PR 2nd edition ! In the book he stresses the importance of having a “buyer persona” and his definition a buyer persona is a “distinct group of potential customers expressed as an archetypal person whom you want your marketing to reach”. Not any more …. How … Facebook! Digg this!

Kickass Webinar Content in 3 Steps

Savvy B2B Marketing

"Sure," you say, "I know that delivering valuable, informative, and engaging content is an excellent way to earn trust, increase credibility, and generate interest in my products and services. but, HOW DO I DO THAT?" " Last week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with fellow Savvy Sister, Heather, at the 2010 iConnect conference sponsored by iLinc. No pressure there.

The real reason why Telemarketing is coming out on top

B2B Marketing Online

Guest blog by Geoff Thomas, managing director, Integrity Business Connections. What’s the real reason telemarketing, or appointment arranging, works? Here’s the intellectual reason. During the recession I’ve noticed some companies have been forced to find another angle to reach their audience and gain new business. Direct marketing has been pushed down the list because of cost, public relations has also been dropped as there was no guarantee that the business would see an instant ROI. So what marketing campaigns are worth pursuing? Building trust has got to be top of the list.

Skill Set For Content Marketing: Number Crunching and A Gut Feel

What Works - What Doesn't

Back when the earth was young and so was I, feedback on my writing came from a grizzled, chain-smoking editor throwing a story back at me and growling “What the hell does this mean? Clean it up.” Now that I’m doing content marketing for clients, the feedback is a pop-up suggesting I tweak the title or juice up the metadescription. Or, rather, tries to tell us what readers want.

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.

How to use Twitter to crowd-source creativity

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I have a “virtual&# company. Well, it’s a real company, but I don’t have a building and employees and all that traditional stuff. work with a posse of freelancers who might be spread out all over the country. So I have the best of both worlds. Great company, great people, but no worries about payroll and HR issues. Everything works great about this model except for one thing.

Sales 2.0: Marketing Automation & Salesforce Chatter

LeadSloth

Today I’m at the Sales 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. write about Marketing Automation, so why am I at a sales conference? I’m here because I believe Sales & Marketing should be on the same team. Marketing Automation can help both Marketing and Sales, but it requires intense collaboration: that’s what Sales 2.0 is all about. Chatter and Marketing Automation.

It pays to provide Support with Social Media

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In a recent Forrester Report on “ Customer Experience Pays Off as Social Media reduces Obstacles for Real Change ” they have really nailed down the argument I have been making over the last year about why Support is the single best place to build your business case for Social Media. Someone can come in and undercut you (think Sam Walton against every major retailer). Tweet This! Digg this!

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An Experiment in Brand Journalism

Marketing Edge

I covered the South by Southwest Interactive Festival from a mobile perspective because that is the “hot” area for the social web. I am fascinated by location services and what I think are the conservative predictions by web analysts that half of the web connections will be on a mobile device within 3 years. The mobile device is central to social web 2.0 Web In My Pocket.

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.

Destination anywhere

B2B Marketing Online

“I want a B2B PR campaign,” says the prospective client. Fine, that’s great. So we go in with the creds to have an initial meeting on objectives and audiences. The client talks a lot about being a ‘thought leader’ and ownership – all of course perfectly valid. But it’s perfectly possible to get caught up in discussing tactics and mechanics then go away without ever actually teasing out from the client what the glossy new PR campaign is supposed to be delivering to the business. You need to pick your destination before choosing your vehicle.

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Is Foursquare Relevant for B2B Marketers?

Digital Body Language

Recently, I’ve been playing around with foursquare to get a better understanding of it, and think about how it might have a significant impact on B2B marketers. Whereas I’m far from a power user, I have unlocked a few badges (sadly, one of my first was the “Jetsetter” badge that is given for checking in at 5 airports), and I’m in strong contention for the Mayorship of Eloqua.

Do Outlook Meeting Requests Really Work for Teleprospecting?

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

We, at Sales Prospecting Perspectives, thought it would benefit our readers to also hear from the folks who are in the trenches of teleprospecting, making dials every day to find sales qualified opportunities for our clients. Today's post is a special guest post by one of our BDR's, Dan Marx. She explained, as a VP, she often receives meeting requests, some polite and others just plain rude.

Save Time & Stress – Blog Editorial Calendar Template

Savvy B2B Marketing

Blogging is hard work. You must consistently create and publish great content. Today's post is about saving yourself time and stress by implementing a simple editorial calendar. Sure, it's going to require a little work up front, but - trust me - you'll thank me once you're up and running. The Editorial Calendar - what is it? How do I create one? Sweet. Painful. Tragic. Unnecessary. Panic sets in.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.