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9 Key Points About Google+ Pages for Business for the B2B Marketer

KoMarketing Associates

Earlier this year, we began putting together a strategic recommendation for our clients on Google+ Pages for Business.  This new solution blends elements of popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter with social sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube, integrating search engine optimization and marketing into the Google network of sites. minutes in November 2011 and 4.8

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Being Busy is Not Being Productive

Puzzle Marketer

One of the most misleading but commonly held beliefs is being “busy” means that you’re being productive and accomplishing a lot. The problem is that the busy work for most people isn’t focused on the things that need to be done. It’s just that, busy work. People get into a mindset that these things have to be done and there is no other way. Therefore, they get consumed by the same tasks over and over and because they are endless, the day is over and it’s time to check-out. The next day begins a new cycle of non-productivity. Social media is the future. Reply.

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.

Use Buyer-Based Selling To Engage The New SMB Buyer

Tony Zambito

©All Rights Reserve by PhotoSteve 101. This is part 5 and final article 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. Prognosticators today abound on the demise of sales.  Not so fast.  Where are we today?  The phone now is only one of several.  Follow @tonyzambito.

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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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Three careers that will dominate social media (and it’s not what you think)

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I’m a marketing guy. And boy I love it. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a great case study! Well, almost nothing. The social web’s need for content and storytellers is insatiable. I was recently on a panel with a dean of a large journalism school and he said they are having record enrollment. Where are these people getting jobs? Alternative media. It’s corporate culture.

18 (of the) Best Web Analytics Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

The measurability of the web can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the data should allow companies to monitor every activity, every campaign, to evaluate based on solid data what’s working, what’s not, and where to expend budget, time and effort to improve results. Fortunately, there is help. What You Can Learn from Bounce Rate & How to Improve It by KISSmetrics. Brilliant.

Why Pinterest Matters to Us Social Media Marketers

Biznology

If you use images or photos on any of your sites, you’re already on Pinterest , whether you’ve registered on Pinterest or not. So, what’re you going to do about it? If you’re not on Pinterest, you’re already losing control of your visual brand as we speak by virtue of not participating. But you’re not going to be lame like that, right? Let’s move on.

3 Ways to Fuel Your Marketing Automation Cycle with Data

Digital B2B Marketing

Marketing automation is built on the premise of delivering the right communication to the right person at the right time. Successfully delivering the right content at the right time hinges on data. Data that is provided explicitly by prospects, and more importantly, data that is provided implicitly through their engagement with your communications and content.

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.

This is why you must use Twitter

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

If you’re like me, you probably hated Twitter when you first tried it. The first tweet I ever received was “It’s 4 a.m.” ” – confirming this was the stupidest idea ever! What if I told you it was an agent of peace and global connection? A way to help students?  Solve tech problems? Networking on steroids? Instead of SAYING these things, I wanted to SHOW you.

How to Run a Great Dinner Meeting

Paul Gillin

I had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner last night with some local technology luminaries and guest of honor Reid Hoffman , the co-founder of LinkedIn and already a Silicon Valley legend at the age of 44. The meeting was hosted by Larry Weber , a local PR legend and founder of the company that became Weber Shandwick. Get a round table. Round tables avoid this. Personalize introductions.

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Be human. Your customers will thank you.

Savvy B2B Marketing

Technology, analytics, ranking, ROI, KPI, metrics, SEO, statistics, widgets, automation, media … each of these has a role to play in marketing a brand, but sometimes we put too much weight on them. We get caught up in making sure we have installed the latest plug-in, created a presence on the newest social network, and optimized our content to within an inch of it’s life. Embrace it.

Manufacturing Infographics for Content Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Infographics, short for information graphics are hot right now. It seems everyone is creating one these days. Infographics have been around for a while and are used to communicate complex concepts visually and easily. If done right, they can be very effective in content marketing for manufacturers and industrial companies. Infographics fit the bill the perfectly for this purpose. Infographics.

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 Rise of Content Strategy–What to do about Google killing SEO

Biznology

I was sitting in a hotel lobby preparing to present as part of a panel at OMMA Global in San Francisco when a co-panelist said something that shocked me. People ask why I got out of SEO to focus on paid media. I answer that Google wrecked SEO, so all that’s left is paid.” The context: we were talking about all the changes Google has made recently to make SEO more difficult–some might say impossible. As As the global search strategist for IBM and a co-author of a book on writing for search engines, I am well aware of the difficult times ahead for SEOs. How is Google killing SEO?

Lead Nurturing: Market to personality and behavior, not job title

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In my most recent research project, the MarketingSherpa 2012 Executive Guide to Marketing Personnel , we identified key behavioral and motivational differences between marketing specialists. Much of what we learned applies beyond HR and can improve your lead nurturing and sales efforts. The key to navigating your way to a sales-ready lead is navigating through individual personalities. When you apply the human touch, you must establish credibility and, essentially, establish and manage relationships with many different people at many different levels in an organization. Your champion. 2.

Savvy Week in Review April 6th

Savvy B2B Marketing

Friday, again? And - APRIL? Really? When did that happen? And, how did we escape April Fool's Day intact?). Well, the Easter Bunny may be hopping down the bunny trail, but all our marketing buddies have been busily hopping down the blogging trail - dishing up lots of fabulous posts to inspire and educate. Here are our favorite picks of the week. the right way. No Pictures Allowed by @mitchjoel.

Is social media making you a lazy communicator?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. We live in a world where people are in a real hurry.  Getting things done as efficiently and quickly as possible has become a calling card for humanity and it’s bleeding into our social interactions. The technology that has enabled us to connect with people in a way we never could before has made us lazy communicators, maybe even lazy marketers.

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.

I Blog for Content, Not for Comments. Surprised?

WindMill Networking

Here’s why: 1) I am Not Blogging to “Engage” You Some bloggers tell very personal stories with an emotional attachment or flat out write a blog post asking you, the reader, a question.  I don’t.  I’m not here to “engage” you – I’m here to hopefully provide you some insight and education based on my own experience in the social media industry.

7 Customer Loyalty Programs That Actually Add Value

Hubspot

According to Inc. , it costs a business about 5-10 times more to acquire a new customer than it does to sell to an existing one -- and on average those current customers of yours spend 67% more than a new one. So, what are you doing to keep your customers coming back to your business? If you’re like 65% of marketers, your company has implemented a loyalty program. But is it working? Companies lose money on time and effort, and customers get no more value from the businesses to which they are "loyal.". So how do you keep your business out of that one-third segment? Image credit: joelogon.

Top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of March 31, 2012

Sazbean

Here are the top Internet strategy, marketing and technology links for the week of March 31, 2012… Mascots Are Brands’ Best Social-Media Accessories  (AdAge). Consumers are Demanding Customer Service on Social Media  (New Media Knowledge). Is Social Media Strategy Required or Redundant? Convince and Convert). Ways to Rescue Your Crucial Social Media Data from Oblivion  (Mashable!).

B2B Lead Management – 6 Best Practices

Great B2B Marketing

Some companies are good at generating B2B sales leads , others are good at qualifying and closing those leads, but the top performing companies, are those that leverage B2B lead management techniques and can do both.  Here are six strategies you can implement to create your own unstoppable marketing and sales machine: Follow up every inbound inquiry within 48 hours – preferably 24 hours.  Leads have a short shelf and the person who was enthusiastic about your offer yesterday, may not remember who you are tomorrow.  Set-up a service level agreement (SLA) between marketing and sales. 

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.

15 Critical Business Success Tips after Five Years in Business [with special giveaway]

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According to the myriad of small business success studies , it seems that about 50% of startups fail after five years in business. Well, it’s nice to be on the right side of that statistic! It’s hard not a get at least a little romantic about celebrating our 5th year in business. We officially launched Junta42 , now the Content Marketing Institute  and SocialTract , on April 2, 2007.

The Inbound Marketing Multiplier [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Marketers often debate the merits of inbound marketing vs. outbound, but few discuss the added benefits you can achieve by combining both. well rounded B2B marketing mix should include elements of both inbound and outbound marketing strategies. We call this the Inbound Marketing Multiplier and here’s how it works. Inbound Marketing Infographic Social Media Marketing

How ‘Draw Something’ Is Taking Over the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

Ever since Draw Something was launched in both Apple App Store and Android Market, everyone it has sold 37 million times worldwide. See these 20 Amazing Smartphone Sketches by Mashable. To view the infographic, click the arrows on the bottom to move to the next slide, and watch the sketches bring the numbers to life. Created by MBAOnline.com

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Optimizing your Videos for Search Engines

EMagine B2B Blog

In a recent article, a staggering statement has been made. YouTube is the second largest search engine on the internet. The ramifications of that are big to your content development strategy. You should be making videos. And making them should be a priority. But there’s more to consider than the content and execution of these [.]. Online Marketing Search Engine Marketing Social Media YouTube

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.

Best Local SEO Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

While the web is worldwide, search is often local. An enterprise software developer may want its website to show up in relevant searches virtually anywhere on the globe, but a restaurant, retail shop, marketing agency or IT services firm is generally much more concerned about showing up in searches from its own backyard than from Bangladesh or Turkmenistan. by AllBusiness. ** 5 STARS.

What’s it like to be in Generation Flux? #IU12

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Kate will be speaking at Fast Company ‘s Innovation Uncensored event in New York on April 18th about what it’s like to be in Generation Flux. Hear more of her thoughts o ver at Fast Company. Related articles. Generation Flux And Women Leaders (entrepremusings.com). How To Get From A Great Idea To Actual Innovation (fastcompany.com).

How To Keep Your Blog From Undermining Your Brand

B2Bbloggers

Your brand is about much more than your logo or your name—It’s the complete look and feel of all of your media efforts across platforms and mediums. It’s what defines you to customers. It’s who you are. And when a blog fights a company’s brand in terms of design, tone and vibe, it can be very damaging to that firm’s growth. How can you create a blog that seamlessly matches your website?

4 Key Components for Hosting a Branded Charity Event

Marketri

Branded charity events are an excellent way to give back to your local community, bring your firm’s employees together and even improve your business by raising brand awareness. In a previous post we discussed the many benefits of hosting a branded charity event, but you may be wondering what’s involved. Here’s some of her advice on the key components to consider: 1. Make it Fun.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

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