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How most Social Media experts are wrong about LinkedIn

Biznology

I’ve read from many social media experts (including Jay Baer ) that you should take a scattershot approach to LinkedIn. on his blog, in LinkedIn group discussions, on LinkedIn Pulse and even in his presentations (including the one at Social Fresh), Jay mentioned that shotguns trump rifles in social media. Like this post?

Real examples of how account-based marketing & selling is driving higher revenues on LinkedIn

Biznology

Many social media and social selling experts say “volume” is the key to success on social media platforms like LinkedIn. And, the same thing happens when you do not take a rifle approach and focus on targeted audiences on LinkedIn. So, why aren’t we taking an account-based marketing and selling approach on LinkedIn? Specific” companies.

There is no community on social media

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And when I saw that headline reporting on a speech provided by a Forrester executive , it made me pause. If you want a community, you need to build a community, and that means a branded community on a domain you own. I am generally a fan of Forrester and their research but this observation has me dumbfounded. You social media connections are generally weak relational links.

CMOs fail to go beyond brand awareness on LinkedIn

Biznology

Recent studies show 87% of B2B sales and marketing leaders are using LinkedIn and other social media platforms, but less than 1 in 5 can clearly prove and demonstrate social media ROI. Xerox CMO John Kennedy mentioned that they are using LinkedIn to share content with their followers.  LinkedIn marketing is simply becoming a numbers game. Revenue.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. And again.

The New Market for Social Media Consultants

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To date, most social media consultants have focused on helping organizations use social networks for marketing and  customer service. But there’s a new career opportunity for social media consultants — helping your company use social technology for collaboration inside the enterprise, called social collaboration. What is social collaboration?

5 Myths of Social Media Marketing

Marketing Action

Have you tied your social media efforts to a positive ROI? Or, have you heard claims that social media marketing just isn’t worth the effort for B2B companies? B2B social media has gotten a bad rap in the marketing community, with many marketers claiming a low ROI and seeing a lack of interest from prospects. Myth #1: Social Media is Only for B2C Companies.

Test Your Digital IQ with Mark Schaefer’s Social Media Quiz

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How much do you know about social media platforms, facts and trends? Take out a piece of paper and write down your 20 answers to this fun social media quiz! famous 1999 book prophesized the human-to-human sharing economy that we now know as the social web. Which of the following platforms was founded first? a) YouTube. b) Facebook. c) Google+. d) LinkedIn.

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Best Social Media and Digital Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity

Reports, surveys, studies and infographics are among the most popular content posted and shared across social networks. How widespread, really, is the use of social media for marketing? How are B2B marketers using social media differently from their B2C counterparts? How are marketers measuring social media success? General Social Media Statistics.

55 (of the) Best Social Media Tips, Tactics and Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

If 2009 was the year many marketers puzzled over, poked at and pondered incorporating social media into their marketing mix, 2010 was the year of diving in. 500 companies now call social media “very&# or “somewhat&# important to their marketing or business strategy. How should you integrate social media with other marketing tactics like email?

Social Media Audiences Are Great, But Email Audiences Are Better

Act-On

Which would you rather have: 3,000 email newsletter subscribers or 30,000 social media followers? You know that while social media represents a vast potential audience, the engagement rates are awful. Step one: Organic reach on social and deliverability for email. It’s not a whole lot better on Twitter or LinkedIn. Average engagement rates on social?

The LinkedIn Publishing Platform Puts Power in the Hands of the B2B Buyer

KoMarketing Associates

This past month LinkedIn announced they will be opening up the ability for every user to publish their own content on LinkedIn, through individual profiles. According to the LinkedIn blog post , influencer posts have been very successful, averaging more than 31,000 views and receiving more than 250 likes and 80 comments per post. The B2B buyer controls the marketing message.

What’s the Best Social Media Monitoring Tool? It Depends

Webbiquity

The explosion of social media has led to a corresponding need for more sophisticated monitoring tools that can crawl the hundreds of social networking and bookmarking sites and millions of blogs across the globe. You can find a list of more than 150 social media monitoring tools here or close to 200 here , but—that can seem overwhelming. Social Mention. If Google Alerts had been developed with a focus on social media, this would be it. blogs, microblogging sites, social networks, etc.). Social Media Monitoring. UberVU.

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Social media ROI sucks! (Or, you can prove anything if you send out a survey)

ViewPoint

Social media marketing is now precariously ensconced as a more-or-less mainstream marketing channel. Companies try to dutifully engage with customers and prospects on all the main social channels, plus as many of the secondary ones as possible. And even with concerns over social metrics, the rise of content marketing has rushed in to boost social’s street cred.

10 New Websites to Add to Your Social Media Blog List in 2013

WindMill Networking

Looking for new blogs to follow in 2013 for unique and insightful information on social media? We are always looking for new insight as to how we can be better utilize social media for our business. On a daily basis, however, it is the blog posts of individuals, and a growing number of companies, which might have the biggest impact on our understanding of social media.

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The 39 Social Media Tools I’ll Use Today

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Also, at my social media speaking engagements hither and yon I’m often asked what tools I use. So, I took a personal inventory and created this overview of the 39 social media tools I use daily. My presenation “ 7 Ways to Build Stunning Business and Personal Brands in Social Media &# was originally given in person to 35 people. Smart. Nifty.

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Three Tips to Get Manufacturers Started with Social Media

Savvy B2B Marketing

Business-to-business (B2B) companies are starting to embrace social media to a greater extent these days. According to a report by Forrester , roughly 81 percent of B2B companies reported that they used social media in 2011. One industry that’s been relatively slow to adopt social media, however, is manufacturing.

27 surprising facts about salespeople who are Social Selling

Biznology

Social Selling is the use of social media to interact directly with prospects, to answer questions and offer thoughtful content until the prospect is ready to buy. Social selling is not hard selling. Here are 27 facts about salespeople who are Social Selling. IBM saw an Increase of 400% in sales in a Social Selling Pilot Program (source:  IBM ).

28 Awesome B2B Social Media Statistics

Social Media B2B

Below are a collection of B2B social media statistics collected from various sources covering a wide range of topics. We Usage : 86% of B2B firms are using social, compared to 82% of B2C. B2B firms aren’t as active in their social media activity with only 32% engaging on a daily basis compared with 52% of B2C firms. More than half (53.5%) of marketers surveyed said they currently use social media as part of their marketing strategy. This is up from 2009, when 45.0% of marketers said they used social media for marketing.

78 Tweetable Moments From Social Media Plus #SMPlus

B2B Marketing Insider

This week I attended the Social Media Plus conference in downtown Philadelphia, PA and for the second year in a row, the organizers of the event did an amazing job bringing together some of the best minds in social media in both the speakers and the attendees. But read on and hear the 78 Most Tweetable moments from over 40 social media rock stars… @LauraDuran: Social media is a fundamental shift … it is a great democratization of content and influence says @Michael_Nutter. What is the ROI of social media? Serve.

The Simple, 3-Step Process to Generating Leads and Revenue through Social Media Channels

Marketing Action

Social media is a huge opportunity for businesses to spread their message to a large number of people in a relatively short amount of time. Facebook click rates are unimpressive, LinkedIn sponsored posts are quite expensive, and tweets get lost in the mix. So first, how do you drive more traffic to your site through social channels? Advertise it on social media.

Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

What’s all this have to do with social media? have been working hard, for at least a couple of years now, trying to use social media to measurably move the needle in regard to generating B2B sales leads and driving B2B sales. I’m sad to say I’m not seeing anything beyond anecdotal results, either from my own extensive social marketing efforts, or from those of my clients. So I’ve also been searching for evidence of leads and sales from social marketing everywhere I can. Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Why You Should Consider Using Twitter for B2B Leads

Act-On

Every day there are new B2B opportunities waiting for you on Twitter, LinkedIn and the other social media channels. – Social Media Today , 2014. Using Act-On’s Social Media Prospector tool, he recently won a sale with the Dallas Mavericks. Fully 100% of business decision-makers use social media for work purposes. Forrester , 2013.

Are marketers getting lost in the Dark Funnel?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

The rise of online and social marketing and the vast distribution of content have added another level of complexity to what we used to think of as a sales funnel. Before the explosion of social media and content marketing, marketers probably knew the answers to these questions. Follow her @KristaLaRiviere and on LinkedIn. By Krista LaRiviere, {grow} Community Member.

12 Social Media Tools for B2B Pre-Event Marketing

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Whether it’s a webinar or a multi-day conference, leveraging social media can help event organizers extend an event’s visibility, attendance and pre-event conversations. LinkedIn Events Setting up an event in LinkedIn is a fairly simple process. Sharing photos, videos, press releases, media coverage, speaker updates, etc. Use this to your advantage.

Is Your Social Media Strategy Dynamic?

Marketing Action

Social media, once the province of teenagers and the PR people who work for celebrities, crossed the chasm some time back and has become so mainstream that your grandmother probably has a Twitter handle. Her points underscore a key proposition: Social media is extremely dynamic. 79% are Joiners (they maintain a profile on social networking sites). See if Ms.

How Social Media Helps Marketing, PR, And Sales Become Better Friends

B2B Marketing Insider

The biggest question I get asked here on B2B Marketing Insider is about the challenges of sales and marketing alignment. I am always trying to address the big issues in B2B marketing—such as integrated marketing, demand generation, and social media—but somehow, the topic comes back around to the relationship between sales and marketing. The answer is social media.

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Help! I Need a Marketing Automation Vendor with Social Media Savvy

WindMill Networking

Sure. I’ve found the following lists to be helpful: RaabGuide Top SEOs Business Software Forrester , via Marketo The lists above include vendors with varying degrees of focus on Web 2.0 If you’re a progressive marketer who integrates social with lead nurture, you should focus on automation vendors who can accommodate your combination of social media- and CRM-driven engagement styles.

B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work?

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Are you a Search Engine Watch Member? | Log in now ClickZ Interactive Marketing Events Search Engine Watch Search Marketing Conferences Subscribe to Newsletter Subscribe to RSS Feeds Free Webcasts Members Area Forums Advertise You are here: SEW Home › Experts › Social Media Marketing › B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work? Real-Time Activity Stream B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work? The big question here is, however, does a B2B social media marketing campaign actually work? With roughly 2.3

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How to Leverage LinkedIn for Lead Generation and Recruitment

Marketing Action

Though it might lack the flair its younger siblings on social possess (Facebook, Twitter, et al.), LinkedIn remains the great stalwart of professional networks, regularly attracting some 81% of today’s B2B marketers (“How B2B Marketers Use Social Now ,” Zachary Reiss-Davis , Forrester Research ). LinkedIn for Recruiting. LinkedIn for Lead Generation.

Ascent of the social media climbers: Klout goes mainstream

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Because this excellent piece from Boston Globe reporter Beth Teitell represents one of the first times the concept of social scoring systems like Klout have jumped into the mainstream media. Here is Beth’s fine article: Ascent of the social-media climbers. Ten points would be pretty nice,’’ he said, speculating on a potential boost. “It counts as social proof.’’.

It pays to provide Support with Social Media

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In a recent Forrester Report on “ Customer Experience Pays Off as Social Media reduces Obstacles for Real Change ” they have really nailed down the argument I have been making over the last year about why Support is the single best place to build your business case for Social Media. Why not use Social Media to delight your customers. Tweet This!

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Social Media Hierarchy of Needs - Best Practices for ROI Success

The ROI Guy

From our social media ROI studies, analyzing the investment, popularity, practices and results of social media marketing for the Fortune 500, and select small / medium companies, a key indicator to social media ROI success was level of engagement. the quantified return on investment (ROI) from social marketing efforts.

Winning the Social Media Popularity Contest

Tom Pisello

Thursday, December 09, 2010 Winning the Social Media Popularity Contest Alinean Research of Fortune 500 Popularity on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The findings highlight distinct differences in popularity based on company practices and customer profiles, with many companies and industries displaying an enormous leveraging of social media versus peers.

Canadian Companies Use of Social Media

MI6 Marketing Agency

Over 50% of Canadian Companies Don’t See Social Media as Important. If you think social media should play a role, find out if the markets and customers you serve are using social media first. Consider using Forrester’s POST framework. Here’s a post on Forrester’s POST method entitled: Strategies for Tapping the Groundswell.

6 Social Media Predictions for 2014

Marketing Action

If you are, like me, an avid user of Facebook and Twitter, you might think about social media and the path it will take in the year to come. Forrester gives social even more weight, declaring that fully 100% of business decision-makers use social media for work purposes. An emphasis on multi-media before written copy. The bottom line. Normal. 0.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

But, seemingly in support of Kundera’s quote above, Forrester Research says marketers are the ““sole source of sustainable competitive advantage.”. Business Blogging Content Marketing Marketing Research Social Media Marketing 2016 business blogging statistics Advanced AV brand purpose ClickZ Laurie Sullivan MarketingProfs Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Meghan M.

It’s Time to Kill Off Your Dreary Customer Reference Program

B2B Marketing Unplugged

This is the pool of customers to which you return every time a Sales Squirrel needs a reference, every time a P-Cuber needs to check off that they have checked up, every time the media call looking for someone who will support the drivel in your latest product announcement. We just aren’t good at it. If you are a B2B company of any size, you have at least one of these programs.

Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: Social Media Hierarchy of Needs - Best.

Tom Pisello

Thursday, December 23, 2010 Social Media Hierarchy of Needs - Best Practices for ROI Success From our social media ROI studies, analyzing the investment, popularity, practices and results of social media marketing for over 500 companies, a key indicator to social media ROI success was level of engagement. Do White Papers Still Engage?

Should Social Marketing Still Get Your Vote?

Act-On

First, let me start by saying that I get social. I was in a variety of product and marketing leadership roles from 2007-2016 for a leading company in the “social business” space, Jive Software. I was helping marketers adapt when the fundamental shift in consumer habits occurred – i.e., when the percentage of Americans who turned to social to get their news (vs. Getting to Yes.

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