2012

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Social Media is Going Corporate [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

The following infographic was compiled by MBAPrograms.com and it showcases some recent and interesting findings on how corporations are tackling social media. Initially skeptical of it’s use for business purposes, it appears many have adopted the two-way communication mindset during this modern age of information and relationship building. 75% saw an increase in website traffic.

3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

B2B Lead Blog

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. The blog is our corporate thought leadership beacon, and it’s good mojo for our partners (blogroll!).  And as Neil Patel, Eloqua, Marketo and Hubspot have shown us, when B2B content is crafted correctly, it becomes a killer tool for attracting qualified prospects to your sales funnel. Maybe not. Ours didn’t.

How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

Digital B2B Marketing

I’m sure it has happened to you too. You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) and you get a profile page with basically no information. LinkedIn profile access is even more restricted, today you now need a premium account to view third degree connections. Searching in LinkedIn, this is all I was able to see of his profile: 1.

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10 Reasons Brands Fail to Convert Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Commerce Facebook Interactive Marketing Sales Social Media Social Networking Strategy. According to HubSpot, ninety three percent of adults on the Internet are on Facebook, yet only 1% of a brand’s Facebook fans will ever make their way to the company’s main website. And even fewer put a strategy in place to convert this highly active audience into highly engaged website visitors.

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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Social Business: Four Real-Life Truths about Collaboration

Conversionation

The 3 U’s apply to collaboration as well – source: Nicola Millard (Scribd) I haven’t been blogging a lot in recent months. Since nearly five months we started working with BT Global Services on an integrated global social business, training and content marketing program. Some facts and data. Social business is all about people, integration (the silos, remember?) and collaboration.

Social Media Marketing: 6 tips for running a valuable LinkedIn group that attracts prospects

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet How easy it is for the mighty to fall. Especially on social media. In early October, the B2B Lead Roundtable Group , this blog’s LinkedIn group, was recognized as one of the top LinkedIn groups for content marketing. Check it out for yourself here: “ 4 Hottest LinkedIn Groups for B2B content marketing.” Everyone answered “spammers and self-promoters” or some variation thereof.

10 of the Best B2B Internet Marketing Infographics of 2012

KoMarketing Associates

This year, there has been a tremendous amount of visual information presented on internet marketing, SEO, and B2B-related marketing initiatives. As 2012 winds down, here are 10 of our favorite internet marketing infographics related to the B2B sector. Do you have a favorite that we’ve missed? We would love to hear more via comments below. Hope you enjoy! Is SEO Dead? Is SEO Dead?

2013: The Year of Integrated Digital Marketing

Synecore

The widespread adoption of Internet, social, and mobile technologies has shifted power from the producer to the consumer. In this new “techonomy,” the increasingly sophisticated and highly-connected consumer expects more from brands; he or she wants personalization, relevance, convenience, simplicity, and proximity. They need an integrated digital marketing strategy. The Maturation of Mobile.

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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation – and yet, many assets fail to provide true ROI. Download the eBook to avoid the three top problems that keep content from living up to its potential.

Corporate Marketing Meets The Real World

Tomorrow People

Can traditional corporate marketing survive an apocalypse? Alistair Norman, Marketing Director at Tomorrow People, says the corporate marketing dinosaur needs to evolve, or face extinction. Old dog-breath. I’ve put in my time working at the cold face with old dog-breath (aka the unimaginative boss) sat behind me, trying to stimulate the market by churning out what he thinks the market needs.

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SMS Marketing Trumps Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

A recent infographic by Mogreet , a leader in mobile video and MMS messaging, stacks up the usage and engagement of SMS & MMS mobile communication against social media’s top players Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They separate the two into what they call Narrowcast and Broadcast. Broadcasting is the mass public sharing, such as a post or tweet. Yes, you can see that now. 

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3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

B2B Lead Blog

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. The blog is our corporate thought leadership beacon, and it’s good mojo for our partners (blogroll!).  And as Neil Patel, Eloqua, Marketo and Hubspot have shown us, when B2B content is crafted correctly, it becomes a killer tool for attracting qualified prospects to your sales funnel. Maybe not. Ours didn’t.

No!! LinkedIn Just Went Klout On Us!

Digital B2B Marketing

If you have viewed a LinkedIn profile in the last couple days, chances are you have seen a new box at the top of the page prompting you to endorse the individuals skills. Here is a screenshot of the endorse box on one of my connection’s profile page: With one click, I can endorse Lauren’s skills in these five areas simply because we are connected. But wait, there’s more!

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

8 Indispensible Tools to Improve Your Social Media Efficiency

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By {grow} Community Member Ian Cleary. Being organized with your social media efforts is essential because it can be so time consuming. It’s easy to spend many hours on social media but are you using that time effectively? Here are 8 tools that I use on a regular basis that helped me be more effective and efficient on social media and hopefully it will help you too! 1. Commun.it my company name.

24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity

Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? It’s certainly gaining traction, with over 500 million users now on board, already half of Facebook’s total. Then again, the average Facebook user spends nearly seven hours per month on the site—compared to just three minutes for the average Google+user. So what makes Google+ special?

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Retargeting; A Internet Marketing Tactic to Increase Conversions Rates & Leads

NuSpark

Let’s talk retargeting.  For lead generation, conversion optimization, and lead nurturing strategies, retargeting may be the overlooked child, but there’s no question it can be very effective and an efficient tactic to bring prospects back to your website or content.  The web form or conversion funnel may have been too long or complicated, meaning prospects abandon the funnel before completion.

Defining Social Business: a Call for Clarity and Collaboration

Conversionation

Yes, you are right: social business is a buzzword. It is omnipresent and it is trendy to proclaim “it’s not about social media anymore but about social business.” ” However, social business is not a hype, on the contrary. Last week I stumbled upon a blog post by Gerardo A. Dada on MarketingProfs, titled “ What Exactly Is a ‘Social Business ‘?” Social is social.

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.

How IntraLinks Used Social Media to Generate Twice as Many Sales-ready Leads as Any Other Channel

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Do you think social media is better for researching prospects than for attaining face-to-face meetings where deals are won and contracts are signed? If so, think again, and pay attention to the experience of Gari Johnson, Vice President Australia & New Zealand, IntraLinks. If you hear about a merger, acquisition or IPO in the news, chances are IntraLinks was involved. Setting direction.

The Pros of LinkedIn vs. Facebook for Professionals

Writing on the Web

You’re probably already on Facebook , sharing photos of your kid’s first birthday party and links to your favorite articles , recipes and videos. After all, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But when it comes to using social media for your business, do you really want your professional network colliding with your personal life? Keep your personal life personal.

Social Data can Adds Years to a CMOs Tenure

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Over the last few years, marketing publications have reminded us countless times of the dangers of being a CMO, of which the most lamented was the role’s short-tenure.  At the bottom of the corporate trough, the figure of 22 months was bandied about regularly.  Research indicates that the number of months has risen slightly but by any measure, it’s still a short duration for any C-level role.

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Predatory Thinking - Welcome a New Breed of Marketers

Tomorrow People

What is predatory thinking? And how can it help you produce killer strategy? Peter Winter, Performance Consultant at Tomorrow People , says that there are two stages to producing a strategy. First: you need to understand the problem. He was Dave Trott, Executive Creative Director at CSTTG. Or, perhaps more simply, turning a problem you can’t solve into one you can. Hunting ‘Outside the Box’.

Content Strategy for Marketing

Learn about the benefits and key considerations in developing a content strategy for marketing that's sustainable, scalable and sale-able.

Interesting Marketing Trends of Small Businesses [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

Small businesses face challenges of small budgets and scarce resources, causing them to be even more selective of their decisions in growing their top line. They often don’t have the luxury of celebrity sponsorship or mass media ads such as Super Bowl commercials. Small businesses therefore test, pivot, and analyze to recognize where their dollars would be best spent. Postal Service.

Moving On: Lessons from the B2B Marketing Trenches

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve just ended my six month tour as VP Optimization at LeftBrain DGA, and am now returning full time to my usual consulting, writing, and general shenanigans. It was fun to work again as a hands-on marketer. Here are some insights based on the experience. lots of content. We all know that content is king, but sometimes forget the king has a voracious appetite. accounts for maybe 10% of the result.

LinkedIn Just Went Into the Publishing Business

Digital B2B Marketing

A number of publishers and blogs covered the launch of LinkedIn’s new follow feature for 150 thought leaders or influencers over the last few weeks. However, labeling it the ability to follow thought leaders (as LinkedIn did) misses the real point. LinkedIn did not launch a new feature to follow thought leaders or the ability for select individuals to publish articles on LinkedIn. Nowhere.

Your 2013 Social Media Strategy: Grow a Pair.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

First I would like to explain this strange headline to my international readers. “Grow a pair” (not ot be confused with “grow a pear”) is American slang for stepping up to be tough and bold. Now, on with the show. There is an infection overwhelming social media strategy development and the virus is fear. Really? It’s been on the table for at least 3-4 years now.

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.