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The New Social Buyer Ecosystem

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. From a B2B market view, the new social buyer ecosystem continues to undergo a rapid evolution.    The pace in 2011 has noticeably quickened.    A new social buyer ecosystem is developing with implications on our conventional thinking about how B2B buyers in particular may actually go about researching and buying. New Buyer Perspectives Evolving.

How social media muteness endangers your company: The crisis at McKinsey

Chris Koch

McKinsey recently learned a difficult lesson about what happens when the world takes your thought leadership marketing seriously—and when you lack the ability to respond in the moment through social media. The trouble started when the McKinsey Quarterly published an article in early June entitled How US health care reform will affect employee benefits, based on a survey the firm did about what will happen to employer-sponsored health care insurance coverage when the President’s health care law goes into effect in 2014. A textbook example of pragmatic thought leadership. And so it did.

6 Ways to Increase Word of Mouth Referrals with Social Media

Sazbean

Many small businesses rely almost entirely on word of mouth referrals for new business. People are much more likely to trust a colleague, friend or relative over what a business has to say about their products or services. Social media, when used properly and consistently, can help small businesses increase referrals. Here are some ways social media can help increase word of mouth referrals.

Web Presence Optimization, Reloaded

Webbiquity

As online strategy increasingly is business strategy , web presence optimization (dominating the search results for your name and unique tagline) is now more important than ever. So I figured it was time to update my inaugural post on this blog, What is Webbiquity? How to Be Everywhere Online based on four questions that often come up: • Why is web presence optimization important?

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

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B2B telemarketing: An interview with Michael Brown

Sales Lead Insights

Ask before telling and learn before selling. Michael Brown is our “Business to Business By Phone Expert”. When it comes to using the phone to generate, nurture and qualify leads, there’s nobody better than Michael. With all the developments lately in B2B marketing, telemarketing still has a prominent position and I want to highlight that. Mac: Michael – tell me what you’ve been up to. Well put.

Web Presence Optimization, Reloaded

Webbiquity

As online strategy increasingly is business strategy , web presence optimization (dominating the search results for your name and unique tagline) is now more important than ever. So I figured it was time to update my inaugural post on this blog, What is Webbiquity? How to Be Everywhere Online based on four questions that often come up: • Why is web presence optimization important?

Awareness E-Book Raises the Bar on Social Measurement

Paul Gillin

The question of how to measure social media performance, particularly in a marketing context, continues to be one of the industry’s hottest topics. Although many people are aware that traditional metrics like page views, visitors, followers and likes are poor indicators of success, the vast majority of marketers I speak to still focus on these overly simplistic criteria. Practice SEO.

Savvy Wrap Up: July 29

Savvy B2B Marketing

If you find yourself lolling about in the dog days of summer, perhaps you need a little pick-me-up. Read on for some posts sure to recharge your batteries! And be sure to share your own inspirations from the week! Outbound vs. Inbound: The Risk Management Issue in the Complex Sale by @PointClearPD. 13 Ways to Make Your B2B Resource Center Rock via @junta42. Tread lightly, brands.

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.

Content Marketing Strategy; How you need both an SEO and a lead generation/landing page plan.

NuSpark

Been thinking about content marketing again and after some recent engagements with some clients, I thought I’d better shed some light on some important considerations as a further understanding of what content marketing is and how it is deployed. From an inbound marketing perspective, prospects can find you in a number of ways- here’s two: Via your website. Via your landing page. Let’s briefly take a deeper dive into each destination channel. By doing so, you’ll realize that each tactics has its own accompanying content strategy. Website Content Strategy. First, what is a website really?

Blogging, social media use skyrocketing at universities

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

From time to time I have been pleased to feature the research of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research. They’ve uncovered some fascinating trends among non-profits, Fortune 500 companies and fast-growing Inc. 500 firms and the latest research turns to social media usage trends at four-year accredited collges and universities in the U.S. The rise of the blog.

Tips on Blog Post Optimization

Writing on the Web

What are the steps you need to follow to ensure each blog post is optimized for search engines as well as well-written for your readers’ interests ? Oh my… there are a lot. But to keep me out of overwhelm, I wrote them down, and put them into a flow chart. This is good for days when I’m brain dead and likely to forget something important. How neat is that?

The Humanization of User Experiences: the Emotional and Personal Must

Conversionation

How genuinely human can a business be? How much does a business take human values into account? Despite what social hippies might like to believe, the truth is that a business exists to make a profit and that a genuine, open, human and empathic business is still quite rare. Fortunately, they are becoming exceptions. Giving a shit does indeed matter. Towards human user experiences and touch points.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

Content Marketing Strategy; How you need both an SEO and a lead generation/landing page plan.

NuSpark

Been thinking about content marketing again and after some recent engagements with some clients, I thought I’d better shed some light on some important considerations as a further understanding of what content marketing is and how it is deployed. From an inbound marketing perspective, prospects can find you in a number of ways- here’s two: Via your website. Via your landing page. Let’s briefly take a deeper dive into each destination channel. By doing so, you’ll realize that each tactics has its own accompanying content strategy. Website Content Strategy. First, what is a website really?

A History of Dreamforce [Infographic] #DF11

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this There are few skills I value more than speed. If I were a gambler, I’d put my money on the “fast and good enough&# tandem over team “slow and perfect&# every time. But once in a while you need both speed and accuracy. For example, when you create content that relates directly to a brand other than your own. click to view full size). Facebook. LinkedIn.

Social media feedback as customer prophecy

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

My wife and I decided to celebrate for no particular reason at a favorite restaurant. When my wife went to the restroom, I checked-in on Foursquare to pass the time. When I “checked in” to this location, I was surprised and delighted to see a review from one of my best friends pop up on my screen. What a coincidence. He had been to the same restaurant within the same week.

TV Really Is Easier to Measure than Social Media

Digital B2B Marketing

KMart’s CMO made waves recently by saying TV, and other traditional channels, are easier to measure than social media. Social media proponents responded, defending social media’s measurability and highlight the data social media provides. My favorite was this tweet from Jay Baer (who I have a tremendous amount of respect for and I don’t disagree with lightly). I disagree. link].

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

You can do some amazing things with Blogger

Confluent Forms

Confluent Forms LLC specializes in creating gorgeous, engaging websites with custom content management systems (CMS, software that enables easy management of your website content without a web developer), but we’ve found that Blogger can be a great platform for web development when a custom CMS isn’t needed. I know - unexpected, right? Using blog software for a website?

Find Out What’s Trending by Demographic on YouTube with YouTube Trends Dashboard

Sazbean

Wondering what’s hot on YouTube? Need to know what the latest video craze is for a certain demographic or geographic segment? YouTube provides this information with their YouTube Trends Dashboard and lets you compare one segment to another (both by most shared and most viewed). Hopefully, they’ll also add the ability to segment on topic. Analytics Content Social Media Social Networks

Marketing Tools and Technology – How Does A Marketer Decide?

B2B Marketing Insider

Much of marketing today is all about using new technologies to drive better decisions, more effective campaigns and more efficient customer support. Technology is becoming critical for marketers to remaining competitive. . So how does a marketer decide which technologies to test and use to grow their business? Cheryl Burgess is the Managing Partner at Blue Focus Marketing. Now, people ask me.

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Email Productivity Tips for Marketers

The Effective Marketer

A recent article on LifeHacker talks about tips to get faster email responses. They talk about: Write shorter emails. Write fewer emails. Ask for a response. Start with a deadline. Only email one person at a time. Those are good, but I’d like to expand a bit on them and also put it in the perspective of a marketing manager. Five Email Productivity Tips for Marketing Managers. See below.&#.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

The social media numbers game. A {growtoon}.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Proud to intoduce Kacy Maxwell of Nashville as our newest {grow}toonist. Together with Joey Strawn, I’ve got the best one-two cartoon punch on the blogosphere. Well, perhaps they are the ONLY social media cartoonists on the blogosphere, but who’s counting? Anyway, hope you’re enjoying a little Friday levity. — Mark. growtoons

How Social Media Activity Affects Sales

Sazbean

Measuring social media ROI can sometimes be difficult. Metrics like followers, fans, and site traffic are easy to measure. What’s not so obvious is how your efforts on social media are affecting your bottom line (sales, revenue). While there are ways to directly measure certain campaigns (clicks on a specific link, visits to a landing page, etc.), how does social media activity affect sales?

Word of Mouth Marketing: When a Human Phenomenon Goes Business

Conversionation

People have always talked about their experiences, emotions, needs and also products, services and brands. Word of mouth is an old and human phenomenon. With the arrival of interactive and social media the patterns, role and impact of word of mouth have changed. However, the rules of word of mouth marketing have changed and evolved and they continue to evolve. Period. Remember the ripple effect.

How Social Media Gave True Blood a Transfusion

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The first episode of a new TV season needs to grab the audience, and social media campaigns have become an integral part of doing just that. But counting the number of conversations won’t by itself tell a producer or network executive that a show is going to continue to attract viewers and remain popular. Our research provided insights into who is watching the show (moms!),

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.

The Great Ghost Post Scandal

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I recently had an experience here on {grow} that sickened me. I feel betrayed and I think it illustrates another example of the whacked-out ethical approaches in our business as SEO-seekers search for the Almighty Backlink. Earlier this year I was approached by a guy named David Murton to do a guest post for {grow}. I would say I get at least 2-3 requests like this every day. Can’t.

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Chris Brogan on Google +, Monetizing Information, and the Value of a $.99 Margarita

Marketing Edge

Time 26:39 Chris Brogan is like the James Brown of social media. Brown was called the hardest working man in show business and the same moniker can be applied to Chris Brogan in social media. Hitting on a single topic in marketing, social media and business communications. Quick and to the point. Time 26:39 Chris Brogan is like the James Brown of social media. Brown was called the hardest working man in show business and the same moniker can be applied to Chris Brogan in social media. Brogan and I met over $.99 99 margaritas in Vegas at an early Blog World conference. Fast forward several [.]

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Benchmark your digital marketing activity

The B2B Research Blog

Have you ever wondered how other B2B marketers spend their digital marketing budgets? Where they invest the greatest amount of time? And how effective they feel different digital activities are? I certainly have so when Omobono and The Marketing Society asked Circle Research to survey B2B marketers and establish how they behave in relation to digital, we jumped at the chance. The research results – based on feedback from over 80 senior B2B marketers collectively controlling budgets of more than £33m – provide a valuable benchmark.