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Create a 1-Page Marketing Plan

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. like working from a one-page marketing plan for my clients and for my own business, whether or not we have a multi-page written plan as well. My clients can more easily maintain the chart if they choose to, which is so important in light of the fact that marketing is an iterative process, ever-changing as we learn about new tactics, new markets, new ways to do things, etc. Do you use it?

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Top 10 Tips for Increasing Online Conversions

Savvy B2B Marketing

This is a guest post from Michelle Strassburg, Head of Sales and Marketing at online wooden worktops vendor Wood and Beyond. Michelle has over 10 years experience managing online sales and today shares with us her top 10 tips for increasing online conversions. It's a common practice nowadays for e-commerce website owners to focus on generating web traffic.

Lead Gen Tips from Yogi Berra

Smashmouth Marketing

Yesterday I was using ConnectAndSell as a training tool and had one of our BDRs (Business Development Reps) live and working a list and three others listening in and critiquing. This, btw, is one of the many benefits of ConnectAndSell. You can train with 5-10 pitches in an hour versus 1 or 2. You can see the Smashmouth ConnectAndSell product review here.) He had o bjection after objection.

YouTube and Your Personal Brand: 5 Reasons Why Every Professional Should Have a YouTube Channel

WindMill Networking

Hey, it’s 2010, so it’s time to shake things up a bit. You’ve seen me blog a lot about LinkedIn and Twitter, but yesterday I let you know that I wanted to add more Facebook content to my blog. Today I continue to expand my horizons, and hopefully yours, by talking about YouTube. No, I [.] Related posts: 7 Reasons Why Every Professional Should Be on LinkedIn If you are reading this you hopefully already have. Reasons to Start Blogging in 2010 As 2009 comes to a close, we start reflecting. Young Entrepreneurs: 5 Reasons Why You CAN & SHOULD Leverage LinkedIn!

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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Interview with David Meerman Scott

Digital Body Language

I had a chance to chat with David Meerman Scott recently on a wide variety of topics. As one of the leading thinkers on social media in a business environment, his ideas, examples, and perspectives are fantastic to hear. In this interview, we talked about why B2B marketers are so hesitant to embrace “ fun ” as an element of their marketing, and why we need to think about selling to people, not amorphous businesses. As part of that transition, we need to focus on creating a steady flow of rich, interesting, shareable content.

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The Origin of Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

As we begin a new decade, it is amazing to think how the term buyer persona has become part of the lexicon of business language.   I am often asked by clients, colleagues, friends, and family – where did the idea or the term buyer persona come from?   Like most watershed moments in life, there is an origin that exists which can sometimes get lost in the timeline of progress.   In the use of the term buyer persona , I believe such is the case.   Before a focus on the origin of the term and concept, it is important to grapple with how we have reached this point.

LinkedIn Search Optimization (LSO) Critical for B2B Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via natural search results. This gave birth to a whole industry centered on optimizing search results for a given term. For B2C or B2B Marketers this was a huge revolution. Late last year LinkedIn launched an advanced search feature on their site. Tweet This! Digg this!

B2B Demand Gen Rocks In January

Smashmouth Marketing

Just a quick note to everyone who might be spending the next few weeks planning for the new year. Don't take your eye off the ball. January, along with June and October, are the biggest Demand Gen months for Green Leads, and it may be for you as well. What was the best month? What was the most suprising month? The last two weeks do taper off, but December still came in 6th for the year

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

Marketing Trends for 2010 - And What to Do About Them

Cliff Allen on Marketing

There are several new marketing trends for 2010 that will have an impact on practically every marketing organization because of new trends in customer behavior, such as: Shift in consumer mentality from recession to recovery. Changes in how customers make purchase decisions. New technologies for communicating with customers. Spotting marketing trends. And, second, it's growing in adoption.

Savvy Week in Review - January 8

Savvy B2B Marketing

Looking for ways to kick-start 2010? The posts below should get your brain humming. Happy New Year! -- The Savvy Sisters It's Not About the Money! - by @treypennington Trey Pennington riffs on the concepts in Tom Asacker's book A Little Less Conversation and manages to make his American friends cringe when he says that the money you make is trailing indicator of how well you're doing your job.

ClickInsights: Mistakes to avoid in copy used for lead generation

Connect the Docs

One of the purposes of writing copy is to generate leads. What are the challenges in writing good copy that not only educates prospects and customers but also draws them in as leads for your business? We have invited White Paper Experts to shed light on the following question: "What mistakes must a copywriter avoid in copy used for lead generation?" " Read on to get their insights.

New Year, New Projects, New Writer?


You may be coming back to work after the holiday break with new funds in your budget and a long list of new marcom projects to complete. Is it time to expand your list of project resources with new freelance writers? You may already have a good working relationship with one or more freelancers.great!  project needs a copywriter with highly technical knowledge. Working with Writers

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.

BI Solutions for Sustainability Exist-But Can You Find Them?

Content Marketing for BI

I’m very pleased to see another business intelligence software company has added an offering for corporate sustainability reporting. On December 15, 2009, SAP/Business Objects announced their comprehensive sustainability solution, joining both Actuate and SAS. Corporate sustainability is increasingly becoming an integral function of the business and reporting plays a key role. So I tried SAS.

When Viruses Really Make You Sick

Savvy B2B Marketing

For any of you out there who blog yourselves, you probably know what a pain it is to weed through SPAM comments and delete them on a regular basis. The Savvy blog recently fell victim to two separate attacks from the same website. Each time the SPAMmer left over 300 comments on our blog. But the latest attack did get me thinking. Anyone want to rant about a bad SPAM incident?

Influencers, Advocates, and the Mainstream

Digital Body Language

We've all heard the hesitations on social media - "I don't use it", "my peers don't use it", "our buyers don't use it", etc. Even if these statements are taken as true, the need to engage in social media in a B2B marketing context is just as great because of the effect of influencers and advocates, and their effect on the mainstream audiences. This is indeed the main challenge of today’s marketers.

Technology. Tastes great. Less filling.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

 . This week I had problems with every piece of hardware, every piece of software, and every technology service provider important to my business.  In the spirit of technology anxiety, I offer this photo as the best use for a computer.  Also, the keyboard can be used as a very stylish serving tray for an assortment of cheese and crackers. This picture was sent to me by my friend Carrie.

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.

BI Solutions for Sustainability Exist-But Can You Find Them?

Content Marketing for BI

I’m very pleased to see another business intelligence software company has added an offering for corporate sustainability reporting. On December 15, 2009, SAP/Business Objects announced their comprehensive sustainability solution, joining both Actuate and SAS. Corporate sustainability is increasingly becoming an integral function of the business and reporting plays a key role. So I tried SAS.

Want to Increase Your White Paper's Influence? Try a Webinar

Savvy B2B Marketing

In my last post of the year, I wrote about ways to repackage content to make it more valuable. So, I was interested when I came across this information in the Eccolo Media 2009 B2B Technology Collateral Survey Report: "We were curious if respondents would find value in white paper content presented in alternate forms -- specifically, in audio form via a podcast, or in a webinar.

Great Web Content is Authoritative

The Content Factor

Here's #7 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content." Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.Hallmark of Great Web Content #7: Great Web content is authoritative.Great Web content puts your company’s best foot forward. It is original and demonstrates your company’s expertise, not lifted from outsiders or distilled from brochures. It is in-depth.

The five questions small businesses need to ask about social media marketing

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’d like to start with an excerpt from a a recent Gregg Morris post. They are competing not just with local competition but also with online, distant suppliers and, of course, big box retailers. To the point: Joe average – architect, restaurant owner, retail store – are not stupid, nor are they unaware of the need to handle their customers better. Not so with social media marketing.  Sorry.

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.

Best Books of the Decade for Marketing and Selling Services

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Rain T oday , a great resource for those who market and sell services, selected their Best Book s of the Decade for marketing and selling professional services. I was humbled to see that they picked my book, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale for their list. They write, "Brian Carroll’s book is chock-full of information to help you identify ideal leads, align sales and marketing, build a strong pipeline, and effectively use lead-generation tactics.". If you market or sell professional services or have a complex sale be sure to put these “ best of the decade ” on your reading list. McLaughlin.

2010: Will Your Biz Fight or Flourish?

Savvy B2B Marketing

After a week off, it's back to the grind stone for this Savvy Sister. Though it was tough to hear that alarm go off, an intriguing post by Savvy friend Mark W. Schaefer entitled "Does Amanda Chapel Matter?" " jumpstarted my brain and kept me mulling through Kindergarten drop-off, my exercise class, and a quick round of local errands. Two comments on Mark's post really stuck with me.

Leverage Your Current Customers at Your Next Trade Show

B2B Lead Blog

At a trade show, you are all about talking to as many people (hopefully qualified leads) as you can.  But don't forget about your current customers that may be at the show.  More than likely you will have a few current customers already attending the events you sponsor.  Oftentimes with

Get out your dancing shoes, it’s time to blog

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

 . Pop quiz: Over the next three years, what is the number one skill that will be needed by marketing professionals? Answer:  An ability to entertain. realize that is not normally something you would put on a resume.  Let me explain. Who doesn’t? . Well, guess what … you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!   What will make that content riveting? Let alone understanding of the message. 

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.