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Search, Social and Content – The Keys To Inbound Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

If you think SEO is the abbreviation for an airport, then you’re in big trouble. If If you think customer-focused marketing is about deciding which segment of customers to SPAM, then you’re in big trouble. If If you think you need to get some “more of the twitter,” then you’re in really big trouble! And you can’t do that with boring, promotional content.

Is there a formula for viral content?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Every now and then I will write a post that meets the following formula: It has a clickable headline (i.e 7 ways to increase traffic, 5 ways to get more followers, etc). It’s something I think will get shared plenty. It’s a safe topic that has probably been repeated 1,000 times before. You Can’t Manufacture Authenticity.

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The Future of Social Media: Identifying the Drivers

Conversionation

Recently, I was asked to write a chapter in a book on digital marketing and business about what’s coming next in social: the future of social media, both from a business and consumer perspective. It might seem like a challenging task, but it really is not. I’m in the process of writing it and will share my thoughts as I move along. Today, these drivers start being recognized. Yes and no.

5 Really Good Reasons LinkedIn Bought SlideShare

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Big happenings in the social media world today as a giant star collided with a smaller, but powerful, cousin. LinkedIn has decided to purchase SlideShare for $119 million in cash and stock. It’s not a deal I can say I saw coming, but it makes total sense. For those of you uninitiated with SlideShare, it’s a platform where you can upload and spread professional presentations. Or what I like to call, the backbone of buying and selling these days. It’s Like Pinterest for Business. What makes Pinterest compelling is the way it strips sharing down to visuals.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

Is Your Organization Likeable? Are You Attracting the Right Buyers?

Tony Zambito

Sally Field (Image via RottenTomatoes.com). The phrase “ Laws of Attraction ” first appeared in the early 20th century around 1906 by William Walter Atkinson as part of the new thought movement and release of his book  “ Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World ” (Chicago, 1906).  Simply stated – is your organization even “likeable” in the eyes of your buyers? 

Five of the All-Time Biggest Blogging Questions Answered

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

As I teach and speak, I start to see certain themes in the questions I’m asked. Here are the most common questions I am asked about blogging and some answers! How do I get started with blogging? Start with your strategy. What are you trying to do and why? What does “success” look like to you? Money? Community? Actions? New friends? Compare this with your strategy. Does it fit?

Five Cultural Reasons Marketers Fail to Keep Up with Consumers

Conversionation

Consumers are becoming channel-agnostic. They are effortlessly switching from one channel to the other. People discuss their experiences as they get in touch with a business, product and service. They share their buying decisions and actively seek information throughout every step of the buying journey, relying upon trusted advisors and even perfect strangers. The shift is clear.

How Labels works in Google Adwords; benefits of the new feature

NuSpark

For those who manage multiple paid search campaigns for lead generation (like yours truly) with Google Adwords, or have others do it, I started testing a new feature that was rolled out this week, called Labels. The new feature allows you to organize campaigns, ad groups, ads, and keywords by label classifications, so that you can see what types of categories work better than others. Label: How-To.

Can You Predict Your Ideal Scenarios For Lead Nurturing?

Tony Zambito

"Sales Checking For Leads" © All Rights Reserved Kenny Madden. Depending on which reports you may read when it comes to lead nurturing, approximately 60% or more of B2B businesses do not have a formalized lead nurturing program.  Which begs the question: why are companies slow to adopt to lead nurturing? Reasons. Buyer Scenario Modeling. Changing B2B with Predictive Buyer Modeling.

5 Must Top Skills for Today’s Marketing Professional

PR Meets Marketing

I originally started my career in public relations before moving into the marketing function. Throughout the years, there are several skills that  I’lve picked up that have been essential to my role. Here Here are the five key skills that I believe are a must for today’s marketing professional, in no particular order: 1. This requires understanding where the conversations are happening.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

4 Reasons No One Likes Your Email Campaigns

It's All About Revenue

by Jennifer Talcott | Tweet this Buyer’s remorse. We’ve all felt it at one point. Sometimes it’s a pair of ill-fitting shoes, in worse cases it’s a fixer-upper that turns into a money pit. Whatever the case, you definitely don’t want to feel remorseful about your email marketing vendor. If you’re launching email campaigns, but you’re not seeing the results you expected, don’t blame the sales guy…yet. There are four common reasons why you may be experiencing roadblocks and some email marketing tips to combat them. 1. Your Message is Too Generic. Deliverability is a Problem.

Your followers care about you, but do you care?

Biznology

Over the course of a couple days, my Klout score went from 65 to 67 because my mother died. Not Not because I had some sort of amazing Klout-gaming strategy but because I have been honestly and openly sharing my grief at the sudden loss of my mother on Google+ , Twitter , but mostly on Facebook. But, it is like a mirror, right? You received exactly what you put out there. Zits and all. Thank you.

B2B Lead Generation vs B2B Advertising: What You Need to Know

Digital B2B Marketing

Among paid media and advertising tactics, lead generation programs like content syndication are a key source of leads for B2B marketers, especially in the enterprise technology space. Tell a B2B publisher that you are interested in lead generation and the majority will point to some form of white paper syndication program they offer. Warning: You Cannot Have Both! Buyer beware.

An Overview of the Google Adwords Recent Changes & New Features

NuSpark

Pity those poor writers who’ve written books on Paid search and Google Adwords. There have been so many modifications in search over the last couple of weeks that it makes those authors scrambling to update.  Well, change is normal; just ask Google and Facebook.  Many of the paid search changes are welcome; others are drawing controversy.  Our challenge as lead generators is to stay abreast of the changes and action what makes sense for our clients. . Here, then, is a roundup of what occurred, with my own thoughts and grades of the changes (1-5, with 5 being highest approval). link]. Grade: 3.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Deliver Results With A Search-Driven Marketing Plan

B2B Marketing Insider

Why should any marketer consider a search-driven marketing plan? Can’t we just take what we did last year, do 80% of that and add some new bits? You know, we’ll add in some social strategery and what not. Create some viral videos. Update our Facebook page…no? search-driven marketing plan is the only way to ensure that your marketing activities are aligned to your audience.

Social media success also breeds risk

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I’ve occasionally used this blog to document my social media journey and in that spirit it would be impossible not to mention last week’s epic Social Slam event. By successfully gathering 600 social media friends and fanatics and highlighting some of the coolest speakers and topics anywhere, this must be considered a milestone, a signature moment. Gini Dietrich kicks off Social Slam.

Lead Generation: Phone calls turn first-time webinar into million-dollar leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet What’s a marketer to do when leadership dismisses marketing and insists that a superior product will sell itself? Follow the lead of Jeremy Scully and take a high-stakes gamble: Put your reputation on the line to prove marketing’s value. Leadership was reticent. The competition had been hosting webinars for years with hundreds of attendees. The risk? Get prospects on the phone.

From Conversation Company to Optimization Organization

Conversionation

A friend and fellow country-man, Steven Van Belleghem from InSites Consulting , wrote two books, ‘ The Conversation Manager ’ and, more recently ‘ The Conversation Company ’. Steven makes very valid points of how important it is to involve people and facilitate conversations while having a ‘social’ mindset across the organization. Again, feel free to comment. Indeed: “Join the conversation.”

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

Read this report to learn how B2B marketing professionals are developing strategies and programs to engage buyers in shaping opinion and sentiment about offerings. And learn how advocate marketing builds longstanding relationships that persist even when individuals move from one career opportunity to the next.

Stop the Insanity; A View on Social Media ROI for Lead Generation

NuSpark

I’m a former Media Director at an ad agency.  For years I planned and implemented media strategies for a multitude of clients.  I still do when my clients ask me; radio, television, print, outdoor, etc.  I currently manage some digital media buys and paid search campaigns, but I don’t include my rates and fees on a cost-per-conversion report.  So let’s remove salaries and time fees from any social media ROI calculation. Conferences?  I don’t believe the cost of doing a job should count into ROI calculations. I say stop the insanity.  Let’s keep these measures apples-to-apples. video:  $1,000.

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6 Boards to Consider for Your Pinterest Brand Page

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Pinterest is one of those sites where you log on for five minutes and end up staying for 45. visual smorgasbord, the now third most popular social media site in the world is highly addictive. Yet, Pinterest’s fast rise to fame and users has confused some marketers. Maybe you’re used to Facebook and LinkedIn, but what kind of presence should your brand have on this rapidly growing network? Stumped? Having launched our own Pinterest page today , we decided to detail the six boards we created and why. 1) Infographics. Visuals are what rule Pinterest.

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What My Paper Route Taught Me about Content Marketing

The Effective Marketer

Note: This is a guest post by Brad Shorr. See his bio at the end. My career in content marketing started at age 12. Every day I’d load up my red Schwinn Varsity bicycle with The Aurora Beacon News and head out to make deliveries, learning valuable lessons about digital content marketing that just starting to sink in lately. Here are a few of these lessons, which I’m sure you will pick up a lot faster than I did! 1.     Content Marketing Is Hard Work. There are no shortcuts, either. Back in the day, if I cut across a neighbor’s yard to get to the next house … I’d get yelled at. Theming.

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Defining Link Metrics that Impact SEO Link Building Development

KoMarketing Associates

As SEO becomes more involved in the marketing initiatives of the organization, search marketing professionals work in greater coordination with additional team members and departments. Last week our SEO team met with an organization’s marketing communications team. It is interesting how our teams use different metrics in evaluating opportunities, but still seek to provide similar outcomes.

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.

Mobile Positioning: A Business Must

Webbiquity

Guest post by University Alliance. Mobile access to the web has surpassed browser usage. Consumers are growing fonder of their smartphones and tablets, using them to access content and make online purchases in staggering numbers. In fact, by 2015 more U.S. Internet users will access the web through smartphones than through PCs, according to technology site Mashable.com. Still not convinced?

How to Select a B2B Marketing Agency

Fearless Competitor

Criteria for Choosing a Full-Service Content Marketing Agency. That’s the name of an article that recently appeared at the Content Marketing Institute and it was written by a good friend and interviewee on Mad Marketing TV, Joe Pulizzi. Joe’s brilliant, but I also think he missed a key point in agency selection: Their internal network of experts. Strategic Planning. Tactical Expertise.

Three Requirements as Marketers, Agencies and Publishers Converge

Digital B2B Marketing

In April Crain Communications, the publisher of BtoB Magazine, announced the creation of CrainsSocial , a new marketing services group offering social media solutions to marketers. This is one more introduction in a long line of changes that are blurring traditional roles in the marketing landscape. As these lines move, the role marketers need to take is shifting as well.

Is Pinterest a Good Social Media Marketing Investment?

It's All About Revenue

by Egan Cheung | Tweet this In the words of Mugatu:  “Pinterest, so hot right now”. But, is all the hype warranted? scoured the web looking for statistics on Pinterest, and I came up with some pretty interesting stuff, which I have pinned right here. Recently, Pinterest has seen its growth skyrocket. There is no shortage of stats showing that it is not just one of the fastest growing Social Networks, but one of the fastest growing sites on the internet. All interesting, especially for a site that is still in beta. Twitter – 140 million. Pinterest – 10 million.

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.

Google’s Latest Slap – How Un-natural Links May Affect Your SEO

Puzzle Marketer

Google has been one of the leading forces in the search engine industry for several years now and it seems like everything they do tends to set the trend for other search engines. Over the years, they have implemented several new algorithm changes that have effectively slapped webmasters down the rankings when they engaged in things Google didn’t approve of. The latest Google slap dealt with individuals who used unnatural linking practices to achieve higher rankings. Many webmasters in this category have been negatively affected and are unsure of where to turn from here.

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The Cost-Per-Lead Fallacy in Measuring B2B Lead Generation Investments (Pt 3 of 3)

ViewPoint

The introductory post in this series addressed the problems and costs of applying the cost-per-lead metric to measure the success of B2B lead generation investments. In the second post, we looked at elements of a complex sale that impact B2B lead generation costs. Shifting to outcome-based accountability and revenue metrics. Leads must offer high potential close value. Cost-Per-Lead. Cost-Per-Sale.

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10 Ways to Kickstart Your Inbound Marketing Program

Digital B2B Marketing

You are creating great content and your website delivers a great experience with a strong conversion rate. Your initial inbound marketing results are promising, but you need more. Inbound marketing represents a major investment for B2B marketers. Not only do you still need to create content to capture leads, nurture prospects and support sales, you need to create sharable and discoverable content also and then patiently wait before you see the return on this new investment. Traditional B2B marketers face a challenge. Meanwhile, newer competitors are at a distinct advantage.

Putting Customer First in Practice: a Humble Example

Conversionation

Sometimes ‘small’ examples and experiences can help you illustrate a more important point. As I am writing this, I’m sitting in a hotel room, wrestling with deadlines and taking care of some last-minute preparations for our annual Fusion Marketing Experience congress. Somewhere else in the same hotel are the speakers. Among them, Kristin Zhivago. You’re maybe even bored with the message. Knowledge.

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

Can Elephants Really Learn to Dance?

Fearless Competitor

Can a huge 150 year old company adapt to the new age of Marketing? Can an elephant learn to dance? Just got a call from one of the largest and most highly respected insurance firms out there. They asked to meet with the President of Find New Customers. That was certainly an inbound marketing win. never called them. This begs a question. The odds are not good. Look at Kodak. Time will tell.

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Why You May Be Screwed If You Don’t Take Google+ Seriously

Content Marketing Today

Pay  Careful Attention to the Upper Right hand Corner of Google Search Results. If you have recently checked your category’s Google search results, you may well have been as surprised as was when I recently checked  our first page placement in the  ‘content marketing’  topic. In weeks and months past, text ads would have appeared in the upper right-hand corner. Yikes!

Why Twitter Needs to Change to Keep Up with Social Media Marketing

Webbiquity

Guest post by Nisha Kaushal. Twitter has long dominated the social media scene in terms of spreading the word to a lot of people at once. The reach of Twitter is incredible. For every one person that reads a comment of yours on Facebook , there’s a chance that a dozen will read it on Twitter. Lack of Community. You don’t have friends on Twitter, you have followers. Zero Monetization.

SO A SLAM DUNK! The 2012 SOCIAL SLAM Delivers All Day Long

Marketri

For anyone who believes the best social media ideas come of out of New York, Chicago or other major cities, you better think again. Originally famous for the 1982 World’s Fair, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and Bush’s Baked Beans, Knoxville is now burgeoning with social influence as the home to SOCIAL SLAM. Micro-niching is Trending in the Blogosphere. Holy –WOW!

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Reserve your spot on Wednesday for a great event: Maximizing B2B Campaign Conversions

Fearless Competitor

Register for the Free Webinar: Maximizing B2B Campaign Conversions. With Real Case Studies!). Join Us On May 2, 2012 at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET. B2B email response rates are down, but moving to inbound marketing alone is not the answer. If inbound is expensive & outbound is becoming less effective, how do you get more bang for your marketing buck? Co-Founder & CEO, WiderFunnel.

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