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B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2015

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The social sites that used to be mostly promotion-free (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) are now inundated with paid promotion. At the beginning of each year, my team and I publish a report on significant trends in B2B sales and marketing. This report is based on our experience with our B2B clients as well as relevant industry research. You can read the full report here.

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Showcase Your Expertise – Increase Your Market Value

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Meg Rye, head of Design Recruitment at Facebook in the U.K., posted the following letter on LinkedIn. The letter was […]. B2B Marketing market value

B2B Marketing Leaders: 3 Things that Can Hurt You (And Your Company) in 2015

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Are we really paying people to Tweet and play on Facebook?’. The transition to a new year can be a perilous time for B2B marketing organizations. Sales managers, finance people and CEOs are gathered in rooms or on conference calls having tough conversations about priorities and funding for the new year. Why don’t we cut the marketing budget by 20 percent?”. Problem 2: Lack of accountability.

B2B Social Media: To Connect or Not to Connect

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Friends and colleagues occasionally ask me if they should accept the various connection requests from social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Likewise, a person who encourages you to friend them on Facebook just because they follow you on Twitter fits this open networking mold. On Facebook, I only accept requests from friends or close business colleagues.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

little data to having too much, leading to the rise of reporting "vanity metrics" such as Facebook "Likes". B2B Marketing. processes are fundamentally changing. The first generation of digital natives expects to be able to complete most of their selection process. through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. know which half." Everything is now measurable.

Use Social Media and Pull Marketing to Generate Business

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Although I tweet and blog regularly, and have a presence on Facebook, our most effective source of inbound business has been LinkedIn.   Social media and pull marketing have been around for some time but there is still a great deal of skepticism about their effectiveness. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “Social media may be the hot new thing, but it hasn’t generated any business for us.”. When I founded Fusion Marketing Partners , my objective was to generate our clients strictly through pull marketing methods. Otherwise, don’t bother. Pick your spots carefully. 

Creating Different Social Networking Personas by John Leavy

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The Facebook community is more casual, think of having a social gathering of family and friends at your home. Facebook. section on each Facebook member’s main page. Twenty Facebook friends at a time can receive a 1,000 word message as well. Facebook. Facebook works much the same way. Again, the only gap in communication is not logging into your Facebook account on some regular basis. No one would seriously think of visiting the President of the United States in the Oval office in jeans and their favorite rock concert T-shirt. LinkedIn. Twitter.

Don’t Drop Your Drawers on the Web – by John Leavy

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On Facebook. Facebook asks for First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Password, Sex and Birthday. Most members assume whatever community they belong to that the community builders such as Facebook or Twitter have taken every step possible to secure their account; sorry to say that’s not true. Based on a recent study, 13% of Facebook members befriend people they don’t even know. Businesses are naïve to think their competitors are not among their fans on Facebook or their followers on Twitter. little vigilance is in order. For example: On Twitter.

Outbound Marketing versus Inbound Marketing by John Leavy

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Examples of Inbound Marketing include; blogs, landing pages, articles, eZines, social networking, webinars, websites, videos, pod casts, virtual events, Facebook, Twitter et al.  .   “ In marketing there are those who satisfy needs and those who create wants. ” – Juan Carlos Castillo.  . There was a time when the housewife relished the thought of a salesman knocking at the front door; excited to see the latest technology for cleaning the floors. People actually enjoyed watching commercials when they first appeared at the beginning or end of their favorite television shows. Costly.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

little data to having too much, leading to the rise of reporting "vanity metrics" such as Facebook "Likes". B2B Marketing. processes are fundamentally changing. The first generation of digital natives expects to be able to complete most of their selection process. through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. know which half." Everything is now measurable.

Coming clean on Facebook reach

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Is there any greater source of emotional debate and mis-information on the web today than Facebook reach? recently had a little debate on this subject with a person who wrote a glowing article on the promise of Facebook reach — despite what appears to be pretty bad news in this corner of the web. “I’m tired of so much negativity about Facebook,” he said.

21 Fantastic Facebook Marketing Guides

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marketers have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. On one hand, not only is it an easy-to-use, low-cost platform with more than a billion members, but 77% of B2C companies and 43% of B2B vendors have acquired customers from Facebook, and the world’s largest social network drives 20% of all internet page views. What are the best page apps for Facebook today? Hell Yes!

Four ways Facebook Instant Articles will dramatically impact marketing

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Facebook announced it would open up Instant Articles -– formatted and optimized to load almost immediately -– to any publisher  without a special approval process. To make it effortless for even small bloggers, Facebook announced in a post this week that it is teaming up with WordPress for a plugin that allows us to publish from our blog directly to Facebook. Time will tell. 3.

Has a Facebook Rebellion begun?

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I am amazed at how much Facebook can get away with. often get asked,  ”What competitor will unseat Facebook,” and my answer is “Facebook.” Facebook is the most pervasive social networking platform , with a whopping 80 percent of the U.S. But are there cracks forming in the Facebook master plan? What can “defeat” Facebook?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

little data to having too much, leading to the rise of reporting "vanity metrics" such as Facebook "Likes". B2B Marketing. processes are fundamentally changing. The first generation of digital natives expects to be able to complete most of their selection process. through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. know which half." Everything is now measurable.

Should Facebook be regulated?

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Should children be exposed to graphic violence on Facebook without your knowledge and consent? Facebook’s “terror policy” is pretty weak. So, for example, if a hostage is live-streaming a beheading, that’s deemed appropriate content for a Facebook live stream. Kind of a weird line, but that’s the Facebook guideline right now. Or, is it?

What will replace Facebook? Six considerations

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A question I often receive in my classes and talks is “What will replace Facebook?” We look to history to see the progression of upstarts replacing established companies — didn’t Facebook replace MySpace? — and of course assume there is a new idea out there somewhere waiting to unseat Facebook as the leading social network. Facebook.

Facebook, You’ve Failed Us

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There is an unsettling buzz about the future of Facebook. Some analysts report that Facebook usage is declining , or at least  slowing in some parts of the world  and if that is true, it is a problem of Facebook’s own making. The Facebook is foremost a place to connect with family and friends. Secondarily, Facebook provides a place for self-expression.

Adding fuel to the fire: How important is Facebook?

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The research does not necessarily say teens are moving away from Facebook. Only 15 percent of teens in the survey said Facebook topped the list. How important is Facebook? Before declaring Facebook dead, consider that other reports offer a dramatically different view. How important is Facebook? Facebook owns Instagram of course. How important is Facebook?

Wasting your ad money? All Facebook fans are unequal

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By Brooke Ballard, {grow} Contributing Columnist What if you were given $20,000 to acquire new fans on Facebook? But is there strategy in trying to acquire new fans on Facebook? Just a few months ago I was begging for more Facebook ad dollars for my client accounts and our own unique page simply because Facebook said so. Sounds thrilling, right? Or is it fruitless?

Why Facebook Live is not ready for prime time

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” Here’s the number one marketing prediction I see everywhere: “This is the year of Facebook Live. When I posted this sentiment on Facebook I received a strong reaction. The post Why Facebook Live is not ready for prime time appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. facebook streaming video mark schaeferBy Mark Schaefer.

B2B Paid Content Distribution: Facebook vs. LinkedIn

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At one point, I explained that experimenting with paid Facebook distribution could be a cost-efficient way to grow its target audience. “We don’t think anyone’s looking for our content on Facebook. They also believe users won’t be interested in work-related content on other social networks—particularly Facebook. We only want to use LinkedIn.”

Facebook Tag Bombing is the new telemarketing

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This is a post that is probably going to p**s some people off, but it must be said. I am increasingly being tagged in stupid Facebook posts like this one: What’s your favorite flavor of lollipop? The post Facebook Tag Bombing is the new telemarketing appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Perhaps that surprises you? Why would they?

Five reasons to be freaked out by the Facebook experiment

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Like most of the online world, I’m stunned by the Facebook experiment designed to surreptitiously toy with the emotions of its customers. The news emerged that in 2012, Facebook conducted a study to determine whether it could alter the emotional state of its users. This was a corporate decision. I’m not a person who hates Facebook and is looking for a reason to ding them.

Facebook content strategy is a time bomb for inbound marketing

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The economics of the social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn are also driven by content, but their metrics are different. The economic driver for both of these priorities is time on site , also known as dwell time , which is becoming a factor in SEO, Facebook content visibility, and content marketing strategy. You get the point. Really. The goal of inbound marketing. Really.

A plan to challenge the Facebook monopoly

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A very frequent question I am asked is “What will be the next Facebook?” ” For many people, the logical assumption is that a better product will come along to replace Facebook because MySpace bumped AOL and Facebook bumped MySpace and so it is inevitable something will bump Facebook in the foreseeable future. Facebook is not a “technology.”

The “Be-Attitudes:” Creating influence on Facebook

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How to Become Powerful On Facebook from Mark Schaefer. wanted to let you all know that I’ve created a cool new eBook for you called “The Be-Attitudes: Creating Influence on Facebook.” Related Stories A plan to challenge the Facebook monopoly Dear Facebook. The Business Case for Buying Facebook Likes What’s next for Klout? The Be-Attitudes.

If the Beatles ran Facebook

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More changes from Facebook … You know … sometimes I just wish they would Let It Be. When I find myself immersed in Facebook, Zuckerberg will come to me. The post If the Beatles ran Facebook appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. More changes from Facebook …. facebook humor facebook humor social media humor

Dear Facebook. Please let me pay you.

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There is probably nothing more debated, despised, and dissected on the social web than Facebook’s ever-changing scheme to monetize its vast audience. My Facebook mobile stream is now dominated by banner ads. Facebook, you’re just p **g off people every day. Let’s assume that the people who would pay for Facebook, like me, never click on ads any way.

Navigating the shifting sands of Facebook marketing

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Have you figured out Facebook marketing? Well, then you will need to catch up with our new episode of The Marketing Companion where we discuss the “secondary advertising ripple” and how it’s creating new complexity for companies trying to figure out what’s happening on their Facebook page. billion people logged into Facebook on a single day last month.

The new urgency to create sticky content for Facebook

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Just when you think you’ve figured out Facebook, it moves and morphs in interesting new ways. A few days ago, Facebook announced that the algorithm it uses to determine which content is prioritized in user News Feeds will now take into account how long users spend viewing posts. This should not be a surprise to anyone following Facebook closely. And, it makes sense.

Your brain is wired for Facebook (really)

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There is mounting evidence that social networking sites like Facebook tap into a need for connection that is embedded in our DNA.  We may be actually chemically-predisposed to wasting time on social networks. Neuro-Facebook. Facebook is brain crack for a generation. In the long run, this may be the real business benefit of Facebook for many companies. Not ads.

The Business Case for Buying Facebook Likes

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Perhaps the most prestigious symbol of social proof today is the Facebook “Like.”  Among many companies, there is a Facebook arms race in progress as competing brands do anything necessary to gain the upper hand on this important metric. As you might predict, an underground market has emerged that will happily sell you manufactured Facebook Likes. The essence of social proof.

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Why Should You Verify Your Facebook Page?

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Within the competitive Facebook space, every inch you can gain over the competition helps. Just over 1 month ago, Facebook began to roll out verification status for pages. How To Verify Your Facebook Page. Verifying your staffing firm’s Facebook page is as as easy as following the 6 steps below. Click Call Me Now to allow Facebook to call you with a verification code.

Update to Facebook Promotions

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Facebook announced today that they updated their Page Terms  allowing businesses to run promotions directly on Page Timelines not just in apps as before. According to the Facebook for Business blog , you can now: Collect entries by having users post on the Page or comment/like a Page post. The post Update to Facebook Promotions appeared first on VR Marketing Blog.

How to Compel & Not Repel Customers on Facebook [Infographic]

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How do you get more Facebook Likes? What are major Facebook no-nos you should seriously avoid? Ask no longer because we’ve put together an infographic addressing what you should or shouldn’t do as a business on Facebook. © 2013, VR Marketing Blog. The post How to Compel & Not Repel Customers on Facebook [Infographic] appeared first on VR Marketing Blog.

Why Content Shock is coming to a Facebook ad near you

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If you read between the lines, Facebook just told us it’s going to become a lot more expensive to be in marketing soon. ” Translation: Facebook is about to max out on the number of ads it can show users inside its platform, which means it will need to find other ways to grow the company’s ad business in the future. So what does it mean? Monetization options. But here they come.

Best Facebook Marketing Tips, Techniques and Tools of 2011, Part 2

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As it approaches one billion users, Facebook has evolved from a site where friends and family share photos to an online marketing juggernaut rivaling Google. So, as Facebook continues its never-ending stream of changes, what are the current and emerging best practices for marketing on Facebook? How can Facebook be used to support an SEO strategy? running Facebook ads).

The start-up strategy for beating Facebook

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If we compare Snapchat and Blab we can tease out lessons for all of us when it comes to strategies for beating Facebook. By rejecting a $3 billion takeover bid by Facebook, it immediately became a Zuckerberg target. And it didn’t own any significant intellectual property that Facebook couldn’t easily copy. The key to beating Facebook? What do you think?