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B2B Marketing: Know the Trends, Pick the Right Strategy

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While Google changes its search algorithm hundreds of times per year with Panda, Hummingbird, and Penguin rollouts, the overall trends place greater value on better-written, more relevant copy. What key tactics best fit our Marketing Strategy? What B2B marketing tactics are working now for others, and how well? Where should we emphasize or deemphasize our marketing focus?

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How to Rejuvenate a Troubled B2B Brand

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Yes, you want to validate your new brand with the Google search algorithm. Two months ago, I wrote an article titled The Economic Value of Your Company Brand. The theme of the post: No matter the size and scope of your company, the brand position you hold with your prospects and customers has monetary value in terms of sales, stock prices and even employee retention. Live the brand position.

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The Economic Value of Your Company Brand

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Rounding out the list are Microsoft, Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, McDonalds, GE, Samsung, Toyota, and finally Louis Vuitton, with a brand value of almost $30 billion dollars. I was a guest speaker for The Center for Business Modeling at a video/podcast on a subject near and dear to my heart: the economic value of a brand. Following is a summary of what I said on the podcast. Brand Branding

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B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2014

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With Google’s recent Panda, Hummingbird, and Penguin rollouts, simple keyword packing and volume content strategies are giving way to better-written, more relevant copy. One of the great things about my job is the opportunity to work with some of the leading B2B companies in the US and worldwide. With that in mind, here are five key trends that can contribute to your success in 2014.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Coached the president of a small sales management training company to become a widely-known figure in social media, capture the #1 Google search spot, and. 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.

B2B Marketing Actions You Can Take Now to Have a Better 2013

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Google+ or Pinterest) or can you better leverage your existing tools? 5.  For most people, the end of the year means enjoying holiday celebrations, taking time off work, and making sure tax items are in order before Dec. For B2B marketers, the last weeks and months of the year can also mean opportunity. Ending the year successfully—and gaining solid footing for 2013—starts with asking the right questions. Instead of waiting until late December, ask yourself these six essential questions to optimize your action plan: 1.  How does the holiday season affect your product or service?

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Manic Depressive or Social Media Maniac? – by John Leavy

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Scan Google Alerts for my name and brand – respond as appropriate. Clinically speaking, a manic depressive disorder is defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated mood. Some manic episodes include increased energy, activity, with rapid talking & thinking, followed by sustained periods of unusual, even bazaar behavior. That would describe some social media personalities. They don’t post to their blog or text to their friends or colleagues for weeks at a time. The company site looks like they have gone out of business. Suffered a grave illness? Not committed.

Where to Find B2B Leads – Part 2

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Pay Per Click – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo offer you the ability to bid for specific search terms/phrases. In a recent post, I talked about six direct marketing sources of B2B sales leads.  You can view that post here. Let’s now turn our attention to nine more lead sources from two important categories – online media and pull marketing. Pull Marketing. Social Media – The big three B2B leadgen social media tools are LinkedIn, Twitter and blogging. Public Relations – Yes you can generate leads with media relations. And when you doso, give the audience members something of value. 

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The Dangers of Magical Marketing Thinking

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Another example: About two years ago, I spoke with a software startup founder who told me his ambition was to be “bigger than Google.”  Today’s post is about realism, which is the opposite of the magical thinking. What the company was selling was names, contacts, raw suspects, but they were definitely not leads.  Many companies have spent lots of money on such promotions, only to be severely disappointed when the so-called leads turned into little more than what can be found in the Yellow Pages. His answer:  “I need to be taking orders within 60 days with a website full of content.” 

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Coached the president of a small sales management training company to become a widely-known figure in social media, capture the #1 Google search spot, and. 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.

Where to Find B2B Sales Leads – Part 3

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Capterra offers both free and paid listings and operates much like Google or AdCenter. The I hope you have found my two previous posts on where to find sales leads to be helpful.  This week, I will share some ideas on how to fill your sales funnel with leads from events and content marketing. This is a sample of the possibilities but it should give you a good start. Events. Online Events – Having spoken at and/or conducted many web seminars, I am a fan of this medium and have used it to generate tens of thousands of leads.  video stream or PowerPoint slides).  Content Marketing.

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Why Your Brand Promise Must Be Specific – by Christopher Ryan

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Since I don’t have a favorite chip repairer, I did what you would expect and googled the term: “windshield chip repair Colorado Springs.”  The results came back in three general categories: General automotive services companies that also happen to do chip repair. Second, rank high in the Google and other search terms for your chosen niche.  In my book, articles and presentations, I often talk about the importance of a specific , compelling and differentiated Brand Promise to achieve success in B2B marketing and sales.  Okay, time to get it fixed. 

The Six Best Google+ Marketing Tools


Despite its detractors , Google+ remains one of the “big four” social networks and has its share of prominent fans in the business world. For most websites, Google+ doesn’t drive the volume of social traffic that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter do. As with Facebook , Twitter, and other popular networks, Google+ has also inspired its own ecosystem of tools.

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How to fix Google+

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Whether you think Google+ is dead, dying, or still on the rise, one thing is certain: something has to change. Google+ was meant to take on Facebook. Facebook was capturing a disproportionate share of our personal information and Google had to do something. Their You could argue that it did that … so why is Google+ in turmoil? Do we really need Google+?

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Two Killer Google+ Mistakes

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Last week WSJ ran an article entitled “ There’s No Avoiding Google+ ” on the front page. In short, it highlighted the drive by Google to make Google+ pervasive across other Google services. Here is why: There is no Google+ identity. I don’t mean a brand identity. mean Eric Wittlake, as a person, does not exist on Google+.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Coached the president of a small sales management training company to become a widely-known figure in social media, capture the #1 Google search spot, and. 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.

Google+ is an antisocial network


Summary: While there may be a subculture of Google+ zealots who treat Google+ like a forum instead of a social network, the majority of people who love Plus are using it, according to Michael Reynolds , as a “source of content, inspiration, and communication” – more like a reader, a place to keep up with mentors, creators, influencers, and thought leaders. Google+ did no such thing.

Google “mobilegeddon” starts today — are you prepared?


You’re in luck if you’re on the East Coast: Google’s on PST. Rarely does Google actually warn up of an upcoming apocalypse — but they did this time : Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. Mobilegeddon Checklist: How To Prepare For This Week’s Google Mobile Friendly Update: Are you ready for Mobilegeddon?

Seven Expert Google Analytics Guides


Google Analytics (GA) is the most popular tool for tracking web visits, used by more than half of all companies , including two-thirds of the Fortune 500. Why you can’t ignore Google’s new Universal Analytics by iMedia Connection. How to Quickly (and Correctly) Track Google Analytics Across Multiple Domains by Moz. Image credit: iMedia Connection. It’s very common.”

The Complete Guide to Google+ for B2B Marketing [Infographic]


Google+ seems to be an enigma in the social world, the quiet kid in the corner of the room that most are afraid to interact with. In fact, Google+ can be friendly and a resource with amazing results when a respective marketer learns how to utilize it in the right manner. Google+ is all about visibility , exponentially so when it comes to B2B campaigning. Need more details?

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How to be a Google+ success


It just occurred to me, after spending a week deep-diving into Google+ , that Plus is not a social network — or even a social layer — it’s a global reboot of the message board. There are cooler, smarter, funnier people on Google+ than we have in our own lives now. Google Plus is a Forum and Not a Social Network. That’s apparently how Google+ is set up.

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Google is a lying liar that lies


The following list of Google lying liar lies all have exceptions to the rules. And, Google does make examples of bad actors. That’s all Google has and that’s really all you have when it comes to whether or not someone clicks on your content or not. You still need to write for robots  – Google is smart. And Google acts pretty dumb. Do it! Do it!

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Where does Google+ fit into your B2B Marketing plans? [infographic]

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Have you made Google Plus a part of your marketing strategy yet? After all, it’s not every day that a social media website goes to great lengths to make your business more visible, but that’s exactly what you’ll get from Google’s services. By giving every plus profile a page rank, Google makes it easier for everyone to show up online in the search engine.

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Five good reasons to ignore Google

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Google is holding us back. Think about how much of what we create, and how we create it, is influenced by Google’s rules (or what we know of them). Conforming to SEO best practices forces us into a very small creative box, and the more we we get creative and stray from that box, the less likely we will show up in Google’s search results. Google is holding us back.

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Google+ on its Third Birthday


I have been covering Google Plus since its inception three years ago. It feels to me like a very rich, very opinionated Google has decided what the right way to do social media is and they’re going to implement this utopian vision whether or not anyone else is interested in joining — or attending — their Church of Plus. Is G+ Google’s Ellis Island ? No more.

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Google+ is an island of misfit toys


Google+  Is Potentially Everyone. Maybe the promise of Google+ is not reconnecting with everyone you have or will have ever know – Facebook is amazing at that – maybe Google+ is designed to be the most effecting olly olly oxen free ever to exist, potentially. Does Google Know how Money Plus Is? Google+ Is Suffering from a Catch-22. Currently, Google+ is pristine.

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Google integrating G+ Pages and YouTube Channels


Yes, Vic Gundotra is leaving Google+ and 1,200 Google+ employees are being moved to other parts of the Google , but Google+ isn’t dead. In fact, it’s becoming more and more embedded into everything that is Google. Google+ as Social Layer. If You Want to Produce Video Content You Need to Join Google+. Isn’t that interesting?

Essential SEO advice directly from Google


This news directly from Google is old news for those of us in the SEO game. It come to us directly from Google Webmaster Central Blog  way back on Friday, May 6, 2011, but it’s becoming more and more essential to read as Google becomes more and more brutal and less and less forgiving when it comes to exiling websites that have ever wronged Google’s sense of SEO integrity.

How to Build a Super Tribe using Google+

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It is his book  Tribes , however, that’s been on my mind lately, and I believe Google+ is the place where people can come together like never before to create those critical communities. Get Started. I’ll keep it simple: If you are a person then set up a Google+ profile. If you are a business then set up a Google+ Page. Related Stories The changes to Google+ are great.

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Is Google really Sauron?

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In the most ridiculous example of this, Google convinced customers to pay them $1,500 for Google Glass, aggressively built a community around the product, and then ended the program due to performance issues they could have discovered in a 48 hour consumer test. In fact, Google’s power and popularity grows unabated. Is Google really Sauron? And Google?

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


Will Google+ be a “Facebook killer” or just Google’s next failed social network? 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. Many of this year’s best posts about Google’s newest social platform were written early in the year. You can!

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Google demands your papers with the Hummingbird algorithm update


Why is Google being such a dick? Because there’s not only billions of dollars being spent of getting to the top of Google, but everything to lose — losing just one spot, going from 2nd to 3rd, to say nothing about going from a top-three organic result on Google to the fifth spot. also rock a 78 Klout score (maybe that matters to Google? Google Bourse.

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France’s Google is different than ours


As part of that trip, I brought my unlocked Google Nexus 5 phone, my Apple iPad Air, and my x220 Lenovo ThinkPad in order to (try to, attempt to) keep up with email, business, and this blog. Google, too, doesn’t spend as much time innovating in France, from my limited, 10-day experience. One: visitors from the US cannot use Google the same way we do in the States. Right?

Help Google help you optimize your content for search


It’s really hard to get Google’s attention. Google loves structured data. One way to make things even clearer is to take advantage of structured data that Google understands immediately: events, reviews, recipes, etc. Google also understands eCommerce and products and so forth, but that’s not what I do. Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Like this post?

Spending more time on SEO than adding value to Google?


asked him what he thought of Hummingbird, Google’s latest search algorithm, and he said: “Aside from just making sure you have all of the share and +1 buttons sorted out on your sites and committing to Google Authorship, the only thing that’s left is simple: creating content that gives value to Google.” ” Give Value to Google.

A couple Google Webmaster Tools tips and tricks


Too few webmasters move beyond Google Analytics , which is a pity. Google Webmaster Tools is all you really need to become a Google-whisperer. Do it for Google. There’s two ways to signify your language and location to Google and they are through the use of Hreflang Tags and through Country Targeting. Strangely enough, Google’s a little odd.

18 Expert Guides to Using Google+ for Business


Despite the reputation Google+ has in some circles for being the social network that everyone has joined but no one uses , marketers are increasing viewing it as a vital platform for branding and engagement. So what are the best practices for posting and sharing content on Google+? What are the best tools for analyzing Google+ activity and results? ” Google+ and SEO.

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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Google+

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My name is Ray, and I’m a Google+ addict. Google+ is the place for me … and maybe for you too. The “plus” in Google+ is the skeleton key that opens the doors to the wonders of the Googleverse: YouTube, GMail, Android, Drive and more.You can trip on the high resolution images, the awesome photos and gifs and spend days reading insightful posts. And so does Google.

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How and Why To Set Your Site Up for Google’s Rich Answers


What’s a “rich answer”? A “rich answer” is any attempt by Google to answer the searcher’s query in search results in a way not requiring a click through to a website.             – Eric Enge, CEO of Stone Temple Consulting. Featured Snippets:  These are results extracted by Google from third-party websites and shown at the top of the web search results. Consider a quiz. An app.

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Two more Google Webmaster Tools tips and tricks


Last week I shared a couple Google Webmaster Tools tips and tricks  with you. If you have been obsessing on your Google Analytics numbers, cruising the SEO boards, and picking through MOZ and Woorank , wondering what Google wants and needs from you while scratching your head, then let me enlighten you! Google wants you to be successful! saved the best for last. Pathetic!