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What a Hotel Manager Taught Me About the Future of Business

Paul Gillin

Scott Wright is the general manager of the Wyndham Wingate Hotel in Erlanger, KY, and in a 15-minute ride to the airport yesterday morning he taught me something about the future of business. The fact that the manager of the hotel was driving me to the airport was unusual in the first place, but Wright makes it part of his routine. Customer service is number two. Certainly not with advertising.

3 of My Favorite Strategic Marketing Models

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Blog entry excerpted from the Marketing chapter written by Jennifer Beever in The Book on Business from A to Z. I have several favorite tools and models for analyzing a client’s marketing strategy. ” My favorite tools help provide three must-have pieces of information: 1. Know thy customer; 2. Know thyself; and 3. Know thy industry. SWOT Analysis – know thyself.

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Say NO to Auto-Feeds: Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites

Writing on the Web

Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites" alt=" Say NO to Auto Feeds: Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites" />. Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites" width="300" height="104" /> Today’s guest post is written by Christine Buffaloe, of Serenity Virtual Assistant Services , a great resource for social media know-how, for Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter. Keep it fresh.

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9 Experts Answer “What Makes an Online Video Worth Sharing?”

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this In viral video marketing, the question that starts off any effort is “What makes a video worth sharing?” Marketers and creative types are constantly on the hunt for video marketing tips. With that in mind, we asked nine experts across a wide range of disciplines – from journalism and advertising to video marketing and content marketing – to answer that simple question.

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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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When Sales and Marketing Collide – SMarketing

B2B Marketing Insider

One of the major problems at technology start up’s today is the lack of understanding of how much sales and marketing principles have changed. “If If I need to double revenue growth, I need to double my sales force to drive it” or “I need to generate 1,000 leads to generate one sale. Therefore 2,000 leads will generate two sales.”. Sales and marketing has changed so much it’s amazing. Listen.

Open Research: A Framework for Social Analytics

delicious b2bmarketing

After interviewing nearly 40 experts and working with Charlene Li and a bit of help from myself, she’s found six distinct use cases (see compass below) on how companies are measuring using these new toolsets. Why are social analytics so important? This is a new medium, and proof over re allocation of investment is key. The more you share it, the easier it is for us to produce more. Wowza!

No time to stop — Mobile pushes new boundaries

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

The other say I was walking a client through a social media strategy workshop. At the end of the long day, he turned to me and said, “And we’re probably behind on mobile too!&#. I could only sigh and nod in agreement. Of course he’s right. Just when we were starting to get social media down, the mobile imperative grows stronger. Most of the time, it already is for me.

Laugh and Learn featuring @fearlesscomp | Episode 40 “Always Be Helping”

Fearless Competitor

B2B Demand Generation | Laugh and Learn. In his weekly B2B marketing show, Jeff Ogden, President of the B2B Demand Generation. Jeff Ogden. company Find New Customers shares an important marketing lesson using wit and humor. Laugh and Learn runs every Friday at 11am ET. If you enjoyed our weekly show, why don’t you also follow my company on Linkedin or Facebook ? Dan McDade, Pointclear.

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.

Do You Expect Your Inside Sales Team to Practice Alchemy?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Too many marketers think that their inside sales teams are alchemists. They dump data that’s absolute garbage into the top of the sales funnel and expect sales lead gold to come out the other side. This came to mind when my teleprospecting team was struggling with one of our lead-generation clients. Think fast food joints and mom-and-pop businesses. Is the information current and complete?

The Social Buyer Engagement Index

Tony Zambito

Image by Ross Mayfield via Flickr. In my recent article, The Ascent of the Social Buyer , I made mention that social buyers today were exhibiting an internalized Social Engagement Index.    The mention of a Social Engagement Index is not new.    The people at Alterian have talked about a Social Engagement Index (SEI) as well as a Social Sentiment Engagement Index (SSEI). 

Top 10 Critical Elements of B2B Marketing Plans | Marketri

Marketri

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Can CRM Add-Ons Replace Marketing Automation?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve long believed that B2B marketing automation is just a passing phase: that, ultimately, B2B marketing automation systems will be absorbed into CRM systems instead of operating independently. It’s a view I discuss sparingly in public, since so many of my friends in the marketing automation industry have a vested interest to the contrary. But there are also a few vendors who have bet in favor of merged systems, so it wouldn’t be fair to ignore their view entirely. I wrote in February about ClickDimensions , which adds advanced email campaigns and Web tracking to Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

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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.

For Small Business, Social Media is Word-of-Mouth Struck by Lightning

Blue Focus Marketing

“Demystifying social media for small business&#. This is Part 1 of a 3 part series on how small businesses can use social media to build communities to grow their business. In part 2, we will talk to several experts for advice on how to leverage social media.). Successful small businesses have always focused on people – serving customers, making connections and going that extra mile.

Fix the Top 3 B2B Website Copywriting Mistakes to Turn Your Site into a Lead Generating Machine

Savvy B2B Marketing

You want your website to drive leads and sales, but for some reason it’s not doing either. It looks really pretty and everyone in the office thinks it’s great. So what’s going on? Some of the worst websites are created out of love; they are a classic example of being too close to the subject matter. Not stating what you do. He won’t bother. ” 2. No call to action.

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Why We Need More Social And Less Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Social. Digital. Content. Inbound Marketing. Community. These are the words that swirl around in my head all day long and fly-by on my Twitter feed. And while there are plenty of big thinkers who are debating the semantics, I am concerned about driving real change in business. To me, marketing’s main goal is to advocate for customers. Social is not just a job title. Sharing is Caring.

QR Codes: Is Your QR Code Secure?

PWB Marketing Blog

QR Codes encode data, it doesn’t encrypt data. So, the code will encode bits of data that represent a website URL. As long as the QR generator website you use doesn’t redirect to the generator’s website but instead links directly to your website, you’ll be fine. Some generators will first point users to their own server or website to get analytics and then redirect the user to the actual website.

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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.

Google Adsense rewards super-quick page loads

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. by Chris Abraham. Maybe the reason why you can't even quite get into the top-five or number-one spot on Google search is because you're not spending enough time or money getting the best Web host and Web server you can afford and then optimizing how your serve your Web pages , especially when your modern CMS is backed by a database. Take it to the bank.

Marketing 3.0: How Marketing Gurus Catch Up With Old Realities

Conversionation

Last year, Philip Kotler, Hermawan Kartajaya and Iwan Setiawan published their book “Marketing 3.0: From Products to Customers to the Human Spirit”. It is essentially about how customers should not be looked upon as consumers but as “as complex, emotional, value-driven and multi-dimensional human beings”. Marketing 3.0, also known as human-centric marketing (or as I [.]. Marketing theory Opinion human-centric marketing Marketing 3.0 Philip Kotler

So You Think Your Sales Team Can Dance? Buyers Say “Think Again.”

The ROI Guy

In a recent discussion group on value selling, one of the participants indicated that they had just launched a new set of value-focused sales tools, and that the use of this approach was “old hat”. The good news is that many marketers and sales enablement groups have realized the change in buyers over the past decade. So challenge met and opportunity seized, right? Not so fast.

Can Your Customers Find Your B2B Industrial Company Online?

PWB Marketing Blog

Quick, type in your company name in Google. What are the search results? Does your company show up for the first listing? It better; if not, you have an SEO problem. But don’t stop there. Check the rest of the search results. Is your Internet presence active or absence? The first search result should be for your website. If not, you have a SEO problem. You’ve also created a credibility problem.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

The evolution of social media power and influence

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I was recently interviewed about Klout and social influence by Vinícius Cherobino of Galileu, a scientific magazine in Brazil. I thought his questions were especially good and wanted to share this content with you: Galileu: How do you view the rankings and people’s influence score published on the Internet (such as Klout or Peer Index)? What are the main consequences of this process?

The Road to Revenue: Feel Your Customer and Facilitate the Buy

Conversionation

Revenue Coach Kristin Zhivago, wrote a new book, called “Roadmap to Revenue: How to Sell the Way Your Customers Want to Buy”. She sent me a review copy (thanks for that, Kristin) and when starting to read it, I immediately realized that she is spot-on with the book that spares us from fancy marketing theories [.]. Blog Conversion Customer relationships Opinion Sales buying journey Kristin Zhivago roadmap to revenue sales

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Social Media Messages – How Many are Enough?

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. As a B2B Marketing Consultant, I am often asked how many messages a business should post on their social media accounts. Yesterday I was reviewing Hubspot information and saw that they recommend no more than two or three updates on Facebook each week. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Read my previous post, Is Your Marketing Plan SMART? , for more on this. How long should they be?

Sitelinks: Has Google Rewarded Your Site With Sitelinks Yet?

PWB Marketing Blog

Have you ever noticed those sub-links under a search listing when you do a Google search? Google calls them sitelinks and they appear only for certain websites triggered by certain keywords. Not every website gets them and ones that do reap big benefits. Site owners cannot manually add sitelinks to their website. Sitelinks appear only for websites chosen by Google that meet certain criteria.

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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.

Social Marketers: Is It the Seven Year Itch?

Marketing Edge

There are hundreds of surveys these days about social media usage with varying degrees of accuracy. Suffice it to say this one from GlobalWebIndex showcases the general mood of fatigue by users of. Hitting on a single topic in marketing, social media and business communications. Quick and to the point. corporate marketing marketing social media Facebook decline Facebook users defecting google+ social consumer decline social fatigue social media strategy

How Marketing Can Double the Effectiveness of Your Sales Force

Great B2B Marketing

I was talking to a former colleague yesterday and she made the claim that as a marketer, she had no control over the sales process and little or any impact on revenue. Regardless of whether this is true at her particular company, B2B marketers should (and do) have substantial impact on sales revenue. In fact, there are many instances where upgrading the marketing function can bring a much larger boost to the top line than hiring more sales people. Here are a few examples: Step 1: Tighten the message. Step 2: Generate a bunch of leads. Step 3: Qualify the leads.

New Features Added to B2B Marketing Zone and Social Media Informer

Webbiquity

Several great new features were recently added to the B2B Marketing Zone and Social Media Informer by co-founder Tony Karrer. One of the most obvious is that posts now include images, making the sites more visually appealing than the former text-only design. You can find a long list of the Featured sources on the right side. You can change the Edition at any time.