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  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010
    [Lead] Blog Marketing: To Do Or Not to Do?
    Its really simple:  more traffic equals more leads, and more leads equals more sales. Generate More Leads - for Cheaper! In the same survey by Hubspot, it was revealed that companies who DO blog acquire MORE leads compared to companies that are not blogging. How much more leads? Higher Conversion (More Sales!)
  • BUSINESS GROWTH DEVELOPMENT  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011
    [Lead] Is Internet Marketing Maturing As A Business Development Strategy
    Written by business development consultant Nic Windley who also advises businesses in the capacity of a marketing consultant and sales consultant to generate more leads and convert more sales. Businesses can listen to what people are saying and where they are saying it and react much more quickly.
  • BUSINESS GROWTH DEVELOPMENT  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011
    [Lead] Is Internet Marketing Maturing As A Business Development Strategy
    Written by business development consultant Nic Windley who also advises businesses in the capacity of a marketing consultant and sales consultant to generate more leads and convert more sales. Businesses can listen to what people are saying and where they are saying it and react much more quickly.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014
    [Lead] 3 Ways to Justify Your Event Spend
    According to Frost and Sullivan, marketers spend $565 billion on event marketing each year, but the resultant data is often reduced to a stack of business cards and a PDF of scanned leads. Understandably, this makes it difficult for data-driven marketers to justify expensive events, and to get clear insight into what works best.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012
    [Lead] 18 Growing B2B Content Marketing Trends to Share
    71% of B2B Marketers use content marketing for lead generation. Every year the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs collaborate on a content marketing survey of B2B marketers. This year’s results are based on responses from 1,416 North American B2B marketers from all industries and all size companies. Photo Credit: Flickr.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014
    [Lead] A Bigger Marketing Budget May Be an SLA Away
    For those unfamiliar with sales/marketing SLAs, they generally work like this: The marketing leader commits to generating a certain number of leads that meet a particular quality score, while the sales leader agrees to follow up with those leads in a pre-determined amount of time. Not me. But Marketing needs Sales to do things, too.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013
    [Lead] The Marketer's Go-To Guide for Creating Data-Based Content
    Tracing back content to follower-, lead-, and customer-generation -- and even being able to look up information on individual social contacts -- is the ultimate indicator of what kind of content you should be publishing more of, and less of, on social media. 5) Lead and Customer Data. We inbound marketers are a unique bunch. photos.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
    [Lead] New York Times: all’s fair in love and marketing
    All roads may well lead to Rome but all roads no longer lead to The New York Times. “ including a sense that the Times will simply serve as a destination — leading to a neglect of social promotion. It can easily offer history, context, and related content — things that most mainstream media stories are terrible at.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
    [Lead] 3 Ways to Improve Sales Certification
    On the other hand, leading organizations implement long-term certification programs based on sustained behavior change. 'In most sales organizations, successful completion of training results in certification. That said, few reps demonstrate newly acquired skills consistently for it to translate to improved sales results.
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012
    [Lead] 4 Ways to Measure Coaching Effectiveness
    From merely measuring sales outcomes, leading companies are creating stronger coaching quality indicators by measuring coaching impact quantitatively and qualitatively. But, unfortunately assessing the impact of coaching on sales results is not that simple despite its ability to improve sales performance by up to 19%.
  • THE B2B RESEARCH BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
    [Lead] From insight to action
    So, how can we ensure that insight always leads to action? Sometimes the biggest challenge with customer insight is not doing the research, but doing something with it. You start with determination to put the customer at the centre of decisions.  You carefully design a robust survey.  Then…. Well, nothing. Here are five tips. Be inclusive.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012
    [Lead] The Must-Have Components of a Modern Sales & Marketing Machine [INFOGRAPHIC]
    When combined, the result is a powerful machine that thrives by getting to know your best leads and customers inside and out, and marketing and selling to them on their terms. How powerful is your sales and marketing machine? If you're like most businesses, chances are, that machine could be a bit stronger. EST. ( Register Here!
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2011
    [Lead] How blogging changed a life
    You never know where this journey will lead next. I was at a party the other night and was discussing some of my exciting current projects with a new friend. He asked me: “Five years ago, could you have ever imagined you would be where you are today?” ” He probably didn’t get the answer he was expecting.  Blogging.
  • B2B MARKETING TRACTION  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
    [Lead] Why You Should Rethink That Snarky Social Media Comment
    And, what this “B2B Marketing Consultant” doesn’t know is that a leading social media guru came up with the idea of comparing Twitter to a radio station so that the uninitiated could understand it. Happy, that is, until “the comment.” The comment was not thoughtful; there was nothing positive in it at all.
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
    [Lead] How to Use Cliffhangers in B2B Marketing Content
    During the Broad Reach + Intelligent Lead Nurturing = Increased Revenue webinar I participated in yesterday with Scott Mersy of Genius.com , Brian Carroll of InTouch and Andrew Gaffney of DemandGen Report , I talked about how content can help promote prospect responsiveness. After all, your content has a job to do, right? Cliffhangers.
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
    [Lead] How to Identify and Remedy Duplicate Content Issues on Your Website
    For example, the following URLs could all lead to the same page: [link]. This can often lead to duplicate content issues. For example, the following URLs would lead to the same page. For example, the following URLs would lead to the same page. 'It''s easy to be fooled into thinking SEO is just about link building. link].
  • MARKETING INTERACTIONS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010
    [Lead] Takeaways from The Great Content Marketing Experiment
      Social Media is about more than lead generation. Last week, John Bottom ( @basebot ) from Base One Group in the UK took a unique approach to his presentation at the IDM conference. He designed an experiment to show 150 B2B marketers the impact that can be achieved with content marketing. could go on, but you get the gist. Yes, John.
  • B2B MEMES  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011
    [Lead] Adam Tinworth: Journalism in a Period of Continuous Change
    Though no doubt disconcerting, it is the kind of change that will surely lead to rewarding new experiences both for him and his readers. Or Tony Collins hitting the point where he had more leads from his blog readers than he had time to follow up. Adam Tinworth. What was the pivotal moment that shaped how you view the post-print era?
  • SALES CHALLENGER  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
    [Lead] 6 Keys to Influencing Customers
    Reps can essentially lead customers through the sale and provide guidance on the next steps to take. We call this approach of leading customers through the purchase process Commercial Coaching. Loss Aversion —a tendency to prefer choices designed to prevent losses over choices designed to obtain gains.
  • VIDYARD  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013
    [Lead] Tips for Running Successful Event Campaigns
    The goal of any conference is to generate leads We took this a step further and split it into two sub-goals: First, we drive traffic to our booth at conferences so we can convert visitors into leads in person. Reaching out in advance allows you to generate leads outside of the conference itself. Campaign Goals. Campaign Assets.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
    [Lead] Seven of the Best Guides to Marketing with Pinterest of 2012
    The seven experts below contend that the site is indeed worthwhile for business, that it’s sort of helpful for SEO, and that their tips can lead to business success there. While consumer brand marketers are embracing Pinterest enthusiastically, many B2B marketers are still in a quandary about the visual sharing site.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
    [Lead] What Brain Research Teaches about Selecting Marketing Automation Software
    Apparently the research shows that carefully analyzing such choices actually leads to worse decisions than making a less considered judgment. I’m spending more time on airplanes these days, which means more time browsing airport bookshops. Since spy stories and soft core porn are neither to my taste, the pickings are pretty slim.
  • THE EFFECTIVE MARKETER  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [Lead] What’s Wrong with Marketing Education?
    Marketing Automation : the typical step-up from email marketing, marketing automation software (such as Marketo , Eloqua , Act-On , Pardot , and others ) allows you to automate the sending of your emails and, more importantly, of nurturing your leads. What are College Students to Do? The Modern Marketer. Good luck!
  • THE EFFECTIVE MARKETER  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2009
    [Lead] The Fun Theory: How to Change Behavior
    The Effective Marketer Effectiveness is a discipline and it can be learned Home About the Effective Marketer Books Speaking The Fun Theory: How to Change Behavior How do you change people’s behavior? You have to fill out forms, get approvals, and meet goals otherwise there’s no pay raise or bonus. Some food for thought.
  • THE EFFECTIVE MARKETER  |  FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010
    [Lead] What Trigonometry Has to Do With Marketing?
    The Effective Marketer Effectiveness is a discipline and it can be learned Home About the Effective Marketer Books Speaking What Trigonometry Has to Do With Marketing? recent post by Chris Brogan talking about Typing Classes reminded me of my own experience. had classes on those old typewriters and you had to press each key really hard.
  • THE EFFECTIVE MARKETER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011
    [Lead] WordPress Plugins for Marketers
    To make it easier for everyone I’ve compiled the suggestions from the group into an easy-to-read list (sorted alphabetically). An Excel file is available at the end of the post with all this info. WordPress Plugins for Marketers (click to zoom) Note: Only WordPress.org (the free, host-it-yourself version of WordPress) allows for plugins.
  • SALES INTELLIGENCE VIEW  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
    [Lead] The Hottest Sales Trends of 2013
    Rather, salespeople need to carefully comb through gathered data and employ lead qualification techniques to spot leads with the highest possible returns. Instead of betting on these worn-out horses, salespeople need to embrace new sales strategies (such as Twitter’s new ‘Advertising Card’ lead generation tool).
  • ANNUITAS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014
    [Lead] The Rise of the Marketing Technologist – Part 1
    Even more importantly, “…71% of these CEOs believe that while B2B Marketers are focused on the latest marketing technologies (such as marketing automation, lead management and CRM) supposedly to generate customer demand, they are still failing to deliver the level of incremental customer demand expected of them.”
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011
    [Lead] The 5 Elements of Exceptional Business Content
    Marketers' goals for creating content can include brand awareness, lead generation , thought leadership, and search engine optimization. The other thing for which your content should be optimized is lead generation mainly because, when optimized effectively, your content can be such a great source of leads for your business.
  • YOUR SALES MANAGEMENT GURU  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
    [Lead] Sales Leadership: Climbing Mount Everest
    While I was in Hong Kong leading a 2 day sales leadership workshop, I picked up a Chinese newspaper and in the business section there was a large article on this topic. Sales Leadership: Climbing Mount Everest. Climbing Mount Everest takes skills, plans, a strong team and luck.  Immediately I knew it would be a good topic for the blog. Goals.
  • LEADERSHIP  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014
    [Lead] Interesting Infographics: 25 Tools To Boost Your Content Strategy
    'I keep hearing that digital marketing continues to be a significant focus of marketing and lead generation campaigns. Curata – for brands and enterprises when they need to generate leads. As we have all heard before, successful digital marketing requires fresh and high quality content. Tools To Help Produce Content.
  • THE POINT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2011
    [Lead] Report: B2B Blogging Trends in 2011
    Specifically, smart B2B marketers will wake up to the fact that blogs can also be prime sources of a) search traffic, and b) net new sales leads. Tony Karrer and Tom Pick, founders of the popular B2B Marketing site B2B Marketing Zone just released a compelling report on B2B Blogging Trends in 2011.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [Lead] 5 Ways To Maintain Your Clients
    After I met with the Sales Director, I asked other colleagues what they thought were the key reasons leading to our success with client retention. I was chatting with a Sales Director at our company this morning who asked an interesting question: How do you explain the increase in our client retention rates recently?
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012
    [Lead] Make the Short List by Connecting with Content
    About the author: Stephanie Tilton is a content marketing consultant who helps B2B companies craft content that nurtures leads and advances the buying cycle. With content marketing gaining in mindshare and importance, it’s valuable to keep pace with developments in this area. Goals and measurement. Budgets and production. Challenges.
  • HUBSPOT  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
    [Lead] 5 Creative Ways to Recycle Content
    Here are 5 great ways you can recycle your content and get more traffic and leads for your content creation efforts. This will save you the time of creating a blog post or ebook from scratch while still affording you the benefits of a new article or lead gen offer. E-C-Y-C-L-E. Recycle content , that is. Hurting for blog content?
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
    [Lead] From the Diary of an Eloquan: How Eloqua University Reminds Me of High School
    could host a party and get a whole bunch of leads. We could filter some of those leads out before they went through to sales. 'by contributor | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes courtesy of Ian Hutchinson , a  Vidyard Video Marketing Specialist who helps modern marketers drive revenue with video.
  • MARKETRI  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012
    [Lead] Show Me the Money: Proving ROI for Social Media
    That is, measuring how many leads come to your business through social media and how many of those leads are converted into actual business. The best way to think about a company’s social media exposure is that it represents your entire pool of potential leads from social media. ” We all know the scene.
  • THE ROI GUY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013
    [Lead] Are White Papers Dead?
    For traditional white paper campaigns, it now takes significantly more reach to generate the same amount of lead responses. As a result, IDC reports that Interactive White Papers generate 3x more leads than traditional white paper fueled campaigns, and result in 150% more qualified leads per campaign.
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
    [Lead] How to Use NPS Surveys for More Powerful Marketing Automation
    I''m not an ecommerce marketer, but it got me thinking -- could NPS surveys help all marketers get more customers into their funnels, and nurture those leads to become customers? You send a survey to a group of customers, leads, partners, etc. Note: You can segment even further than that if you have different lead and customer types.).
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
    [Lead] 13 Brands Using LinkedIn Company Page Features the Right Way
    We recently reported that, in a study of the over 5,000 inbound marketers where we pitted LinkedIn against Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn proved to be the most effective social media channel for lead generation -- 277% more effective, in fact. You want to leverage LinkedIn's lead gen potential for your business as much as possible, right?
  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2008
    [Lead] Smashmouth Review - ConnectAndSell, Off to the Sales 2.0 Races
    Knowing a good thing when we saw it, Green Leads decided to tune the CAS system and do one better. If new clients for your business is a pure numbers game, then you have to look at ConnectAndSell. This is one Sales 2.0 offering that I have to rave about! friend of ours recommended CAS a year ago and at first were reluctant. Need I say more?
  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2008
    [Lead] Smashmouth Review - ConnectAndSell, Off to the Sales 2.0 Races
    Knowing a good thing when we saw it, Green Leads decided to tune the CAS system and do one better. If new clients for your business is a pure numbers game, then you have to look at ConnectAndSell. This is one Sales 2.0 offering that I have to rave about! friend of ours recommended CAS a year ago and at first were reluctant. Need I say more?
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013
    [Lead] The Tell-Tale Signs It's Time to Hire a Marketing Agency
    The challenge is that when you’re an inbound marketing team of one (or even just a handful of people), you also become copywriter, designer, strategist, accountant, sales lead, editor, SEO specialist. Sales leads are given prime attention, between the hours of 11:30 p.m. the list could go on for paragraphs. Awful visual, right?
  • BLUE FOCUS MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014
    [Lead] Join Wharton’s 4th Annual Super Bowl Tweet Meet Sun, Feb 2 #WhartonFoA #SuperBowl #Seahawks #Broncos #SB48
    'The 4th Annual Wharton FoA Super Bowl Tweet Meet will shortly be underway leading up to the day of the big game on Sunday, February 2. Join in the fun and tweet your reactions to the ads with the #whartonfoa hashtag. Reposted from Wharton University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton Future of Advertising Program. Advertising & Mktg.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    [Lead] 4 Ways to Manage Change Management For Successful Demand Generation
    As CEO and Principal of ANNUITAS, Carlos drives strategy and leads core practice teams to Transform Demand? 'by Contributor Friendly | Tweet this Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes Courtesy of Carlos Hidalgo , an innovative thought-leader with more than 20 years experience as a B2B marketing practitioner and industry visionary.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013
    [Lead] 5 lessons to build a business that I learned from my clients
    Will that all lead to client work eventually? Will that all lead to client work eventually? 'By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Whenever the end of a year comes nigh, I reflect on the past 12 months. And as think about 2013, I realize that I learned five important lessons from my clients. I Here we go. They don’t. Really.
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
    [Lead] Should Social Media Be Used as a Sales Channel? – The Ongoing Debate
    Trust and sales – Becoming the go-to resource for your industry will earn trust and this leads to improve lead generation. When lead scoring classifies a prospect as sales-ready, move them into the funnel. To build revenue, the question still remains: should B2B social media be used as a sales channel?
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012
    [Lead] Savvy Toolkit - GetListed.org
    We're advocates for search engine optimization best practices that will lead to sustained, long-term search engine rankings for small businesses I was recently doing research for a client and ran across GetListed.org. It is one of those cool little tools that saved me so much time and energy I knew I had to share it with you. Million U.S.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012
    [Lead] Did You Make A Resolution That Will Help Your Inside Sales Success?
    As a BDR, a constant in having success this year is passing great leads. Mark Hunter, Sales Speaker and Motivator claims that “top-performing salespeople know the secret to getting better prospecting leads is by approaching each day with the attitude that they’re going to be successful.” Ahhh Resolutions.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010
    [Lead] Weekly Teleprospecting Recap
    Instead of worrying about the volume number for lead generation, start focusing on showing pipeline transitions, sales accepted leads and closed deals. That's what leads to marketing accountability.". Nurture the 70% of the leads you produce that would normally go to waste. Great blogs this week! Monday June 7th.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010
    [Lead] 4 Tips for Sale Reps to Get Better Results from Inside Sales Teams
    Occasionally, when we follow up on our passed leads, the feedback is that they never occurred. Working directly with the Sales reps has been the most helpful tool in enhancing my performance levels, and thus the amount of leads I commit to client pipeline. How can we avoid this huge waste of time? Calendar invitations can be gold.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010
    [Lead] How to Deal with Slacker Sales Reps and Optimize Sales Prospecting
    Another suggestion would be to make all the fields you need to track required when they are entering lead notes into your system. 2) Team Meetings: Marketing, Sales & the Teleprospecting teams need to meet regularly (ideally once a week) to review all leads passed to the outside sales team. So where can we take it from here?
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011
    [Lead] Why Internet Marketers Must Always Be Testing
    Bryan: Anybody who wants more leads, sales, subscribers or fans from their website. New Research: Lead Generation Lessons From 4,000 Businesses. Discover how social media, blogging, and website content correlate with traffic and leads. Download the free ebook to learn B2B and B2C lead generations lessons from 4,000 businesses.
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
    [Lead] Internet Outage Crash Your Website? The Marketer's Response Plan
    Ecommerce sites can't make sales; lead generation sites stop getting leads; and ad driven sites stop getting visitors. Leads are important, sure, but you shouldn't forget your current customers. But if you can keep your community, your leads, and you customers happy, it will reduce the impact of those outages on your business.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
    [Lead] Signs of a Burned Out Teleprospector
    Has the quality of their leads diminished? Lead quality is what builds a sales team's pipeline and results in closed business. Tie compensation into the feedback you receive on the leads your team sends over, and this should help to keep quality consistent. No shows generally tie back to lead quality.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013
    [Lead] How Marketing Teams Can Support Their Sales Reps’ Good Habits [Infographic]
    Make time for the important discussions- alignment isn’t just about lead handoff. 'by Amanda Batista | Tweet this We always give marketers props for wearing many hats – rightfully so. But let’s take a moment to honor the sales rep: The deal closer; the revenue generator — without whom we wouldn’t have customers to serve and enable.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2013
    [Lead] Book Review: Content Rules
    One of our clients was generating, on average, 10% of all leads via referral traffic from their blog within one year of launching it.). 'The phrase “content marketing” may well disappear at some point in the not-too-distant future. According to recent research , nearly 80% of CMOs see custom content as the future of marketing.
  • B2B LEAD BLOG   |  FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
    [Lead] B2B vs. B2C: What Does It Really Mean?
    This blog and the LinkedIn group to which it’s connected are all about B2B lead generation. It ultimately ended with a phone call from a sales professional to the warm leads. Certainly, broad terms like B2B and B2C have their place – like big networking groups such as the B2B Lead Roundtable. ve spent my career working in B2B.
  • PHOENIX RISING  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2009
    [Lead] The Company You Keep
    One of my clients was viewed by their industry as the leading integrator of the toughest solutions. Remember when your folks told you to choose your friends wisely?    They were trying to protect you, but they also knew that you'd be judged based on your friends. That's why all these sayings apply to business and life!
  • INBLURBS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
    [Lead] Social Media can be thread to your reputation
    Free report: Get found and get leads the smart way. Companies engage increasingly in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other forums and platforms. They go to step into conversation with their audience to offer better service and support and to strengthen the band between actual and future customers.
  • ILLUMINATING THE FUTURE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
    [Lead] What Jack Bauer Can Teach Us
    They can provide them not only with qualified (or “sales-ready”) leads but vital intelligence about a prospect that can dramatically enhance sales conversations and interactions. Marketers are not only charged with providing better leads, they are expected to provision the field sales team with better intelligence. Jack is back.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013
    [Lead] Answers to 5 of Marketing's Most Frequently Asked Questions #AskTheExpert
    Are you focusing on generating leads and aiming to advertise at the lowest possible cost-per-lead? My goal is to generate leads through paid advertising , and by testing each of these platforms, I’ve been able to optimize for the lowest cost-per-lead. 'Trying out this whole inbound marketing thing? Where do I start?
  • WRITING ON THE WEB  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013
    [Lead] How to Find Great Blogs for Better Business Blogging
    In turn, this creates good blogger relations which can lead to reciprocal projects and posts. 'Writing quality content is key for your business blog. Never stop focusing on  better business blogging. But what about reading great blogs yourself? Why do you need to find great blogs to follow? It’s not only for inspiration. and PostPost.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012
    [Lead] Applying the Olympic Model to Marketing and Sales Alignment
    The marketing department builds awareness and generates inquiries, then hands off qualified leads to the sales department who applies their magic to convert these leads into customers. The way Blanchard sees it, the big problem is that people use a hot topic (e.g. swimmers. Also, everyone on your team gets the same medal.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2012
    [Lead] Be Prepared And Make The Most Out Of Your 30 Minutes!
    My Director, Matt Fitts , does a really good job of leading a structured call that touches upon each of these points. On our call, we were able to reschedule opportunities, get a sense of where the new leads were in the client’s pipeline, and come up with some new target organizations. Trust me, you’ll surprise yourself
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
    [Lead] Tips On Commanding Respect While Teleprospecting Tough Prospects
    Here is simple example of a way to turn a conversation around that isn’t getting off to a great start: Marketing Executive : “We’re already generating more than enough leads for our sales team.” How are you making sure the best quality leads are landing in front of your sales team?”
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
    [Lead] How To Avoid FrankenMarketing!
    Adding an automated marketing tool will not increase your revenue if there is no one to fully follow up on the leads it produces. Hiring an outsourced lead generation firm is a waste if there is no process to pass the leads to sales and track their rate of forecast. My wife is constantly planning. call this Franken-marketing.
  • SAVVY B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011
    [Lead] Savvy Week in Review - March 18
    One to file in your "at least I have never done that file" Lead Generation is NOT IT by @ardath421. Ardath Albee shares her thoughts on why B2B marketers are missing the boat by ignoring lead nurturing. B2B Social Media Lead Generation Explained by Eric Schwartzman via @briansolis. Happy spring equinox!
  • VIEWPOINT  |  MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011
    [Lead] Jeff Pedowitz on The State of Marketing Automation
    Manufacturer's dealing with OEM and distributors—trying to develop marketing and lead programs for a distributed partner network. I recently read an article by Jeff Pedowitz about the state of marketing automation and it caused me to think back to a lunch I had with Jeff just a couple of short years ago. Marketing should embrace it.
  • VISIONEDGE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013
    [Lead] Transitioning from Service Provider to Value Generator
    When Marketing acts as a service organization, its objectives and priorities are typically focused on service delivery (time, quality, and budget) and on Sales satisfaction (measured in “qualified leads generated by marketing”). 'Are you one of those superhero marketing organizations? Feeling pretty good about your responsiveness?
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
    [Lead] How to Cheat at Inbound Marketing
    Well, when you’re prospecting for sales leads by using social analytical search engine optimizationical quantifications of technologicadoodies blah blah blah blah… Let’s face it – you’re busy. Want to know every last detail about how it works? Things like: What is inbound marketing? We’ve got you covered.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
    [Lead] Content marketing is not enough — The fulfillment gap
    Their content marketing effort had hooked me with precision — I was an “inbound lead&# and had already received a lot of good information from their website, newsletter and podcast that had turned me into a hot sales lead — and now I needed to make that personal call. Community Week Post by Natasha Gabriel.
  • EMAGAZINE B2B BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
    [Lead] What’s Happening in the World of B2B Online Marketing?
    Steps to Stronger Lead Scoring. Erica Bell’s blog post on Business.com provides an insightful discussion into steps that can lead to a better scoring system to make your marketing and sales efforts more efficient. Conversion Form Best Practices for B2B Lead Generation. Utilize Other Industry Blogs to Improve Your Own SEO.
  • HUBSPOT  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011
    [Lead] 5-Step Guide to Optimizing Landing Pages
    The most effective way to boost lead generation is to improve the performance of your landing pages. It refers to the elements on your landing page that make it difficult for a visitor to convert into a lead. So, how do you do that? In fact, the folks at MECLABS came up with a formula to create top-performing landing pages.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
    [Lead] Social Media Supports Changing B2B Buying Landscape
    This is defined from first lead inquiry to purchase. You need to work harder to discover new leads and work harder to retain customers. B2B marketers understand that they are operating in a different environment for a variety of reasons. The first shows the change in average deal size from 2010 to 2011.
  • CONFLUENT FORMS  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013
    [Lead] Capitalizing on Pinterest Rich Pins price notifications
    In May 2013 Pinterest added some functionality (which was later to become Rich Pins) to a number of leading websites. 'Most online retailers know about Pinterest, and have made sure to add a "Pin It" button to their site, blog posts, and product pages. Then in October 2013 Pinterest made Rich Pins available to everyone. How huge?
  • DIANNA HUFF - B2B MARCOM  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012
    [Lead] Honor Your Creative Self: Instill Some Quiet in Your Work Life
    Group think doesn’t lead to innovation, new ways of looking at things or creative problem solving , a topic Cain discusses at length in her book. Tweet When I asked for my newsletter subscribers for feedback in December regarding challenges they faced, a vast majority said, “I’m overwhelmed!” The result? also got lucky.
  • HUBSPOT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012
    [Lead] Facebook Launching 9 More Targeting Options for Organic Updates
    Face it -- having more targeting options can only lead to better marketing. Consider HubSpot's own research , in which we found that targeted and segmented lead nurturing emails generate an 8% click-through rate compared to general email sends, which generate just a 3% click-through rate. New Facebook Post Targeting Options. Gender.
  • SAZBEAN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
    [Lead] Give Your Marketing a Chance
    Your key performance indicators (KPIs) are direct measures of success (leads generated, conversions, etc.), 'Crowd down Stockton street (Photo credit: niallkennedy) When you market your business, do you give your tactics enough of a chance to actually succeed? Invest Appropriately Marketing isn’t free. Be Patient Nothing is instant.
  • CONNECT THE DOCS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
    [Lead] 42 Rules For Your New Leadership Role: Interesting insights
    If that’s the case, rush to the scene of the inferno, grab a hose, do your best to find qualified firefighters, and get back to your real job of leading your group to results. This book is a perfect manual for those who are recently been offered or promoted to a top position. Topics covered in this book are 1. Normal. personal. 10.2625.
  • SAZBEAN  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
    [Lead] How Your Products Influence Your Brand
    Communications with customers throughout the sales process (including post sales and customer service) is vital for meeting and molding expectations and can lead to much better products (and brand perception) in the future. Other than advertising and marketing, products and services are how people experience your brand. Thoughts?
  • SAZBEAN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [Lead] Old Spice Viral Campaign Increases Sales
    While the Old Spice ad campaign, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like,&# was amusing to watch, marketers were interested in whether it could lead to increased sales. According to The Nielson Co. Recent sales figures from SymphonyIRI  also show a lift for Old Spice Body Wash products. He  added that Old Spice  is now the No.
  • B2B MEMES  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [Lead] The Coming Content Marketing-Publishing Continuum
    The reason for this, he said, is that “his magazines are most often the first point of contact leading to the sale of all the other services he is now selling.”. Writing on Foliomag.com earlier this month, blogger Josh Gordon spun a comment heard at the Folio: show into a bullish prediction for print magazines.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
    [Lead] What Could Kill Google and Facebook
    Yet we tolerate exactly that type of behavior from leading search and social media sites every day, and even reward them with growing traffic and more of our precious time. The leading micro-blogging tool isn’t as friendly to other web services as its cute little bluebird icon would make it appear. Twice. Facebook. Google.
  • E-QUIP  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
    [Lead] How Leaders Undermine Their Own Initiatives
    But in my experience, one reason stands out: Leaders failed to lead. This means that you need to assemble a team with enough authority, influence, and expertise to lead the change process. The potential downside of having a strong team is the temptation to step back from actively leading the effort. That''s no real surprise.
  • B2B MARKETING UNPLUGGED  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
    [Lead] Your Customers Want to Talk to You
    The last time I looked, the cost for a decent B2B lead in Canada was well over $20, and even more for an enterprise lead. 'Last week we looked at the Customer Service Theatre that follows a hyper-vigilant Seal Team Six intervention on social media. This week, we should look at the much more pernicious problem of Customer Hide and Seek.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014
    [Lead] Time Management Tips for Cold Calling Inside Sales Reps
    Let''s paint the picture on typical Monday: Joanie will come by to ask a business-related question that leads into what happened over her zany weekend. 'Over the years, I found that I innately gravitate towards the part of my job I enjoy doing the most. think we''re all guilty of that at times. The key thing is to set your day up accordingly.
  • HUBSPOT  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Lead] Data Shows: On Twitter, Women Are More Social
    Free Download: Marketing Data: 50+ Marketing Charts and Graphs HubSpot has complied over 50 marketing charts and graphs on topics including Lead Generation, Blogging and Social Media, Marketing Budgets, Twitter and Facebook Download the ebook now! In our database, women follow 2% more people than men do on average.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA B2B  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2011
    [Lead] 10 Tweetable Twitter Tips for B2B Marketers
    Tweet offers and links to your landing pages to generate leads. Many B2B companies start their social media adoption with Twitter because it seems to be the easiest platform to jump right in without a plan. Let’s start twittering, the boss says. And the junior marketer complies. Use industry keywords in your Twitter bio.
  • SYNECORE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013
    [Lead] How to Run Your Social Media Marketing Like a Newsroom
    SyneCore has a rather modest following on Instagram, but our use of the prolific, in my humble opinion, hashtag, #RoyalBaby, lead a NYT reporter to snatch it up for a story. 'Some may call it silly. Some may call it a waste of time. But, you just can’t argue with the power of social media. Prepare the royal bottle service! Let’s do it.
  • VOICE-BASED MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2014
    [Lead] 4 Reasons to Focus on Location-Based Marketing
    Not focusing on location-based marketing may lead your business down the same path. Relevance is becoming a requirement and leads to people expecting it at all times. Increasing mobile audiences leads to more mobile advertising inventory as well as innovative opportunities to engage customers. Call Routing Call Tracking
  • CONTENT MARKETING FOR BI  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011
    [Lead] How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch: Part Four – The Consumption
    For a fee, they will host your white paper on their site, get the word out to their larger community, provide optimized search methods so that your paper will more likely be found, and collect leads from prospects that download. So there you have it—a nicely-written, neatly-formatted, white paper. We need to do more. Tweet about it.
  • REPUTATION TO REVENUE  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009
    [Lead] Aren't we past random acts of "selling"?
    How is this random calling to "qualify" a "lead" based on white paper download a month or two earlier worth anything?   Sigh -- another random call this morning from a telemarketer on behalf of a large tech company:  Caller: "Hi, this is [name] from [company name] on behalf of [tech company]. noticed you downloaded some research.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
    [Lead] How To Generate ROI (Return On Interesting) With Content Marketing
    The problem comes down to simple math: we’re getting fewer leads for the same money. And the only way to reverse the tide and save marketing is with a  content strategy  that produces valuable content people want, converts them at the appropriate time and generates more leads for less money. The Basic Argument. Test, test, test!
  • B2B INTERNET MARKETING STRATEGIES  |  SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
    [Lead] Marketing Engines vs. Marketing Campaigns
    Or you might implement marketing automation, lead nurturing and scoring, drip campaigns, accelerator queues, and so on–all marketing engines that, once running, could almost be left to themselves without a sudden drop in the benefits they yield. 'Marketing campaigns are giving way to marketing engines. SaaS Marketing
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
    [Lead] Five ways the mobile revolution impacts your blog
    Top navigation bar leading to other parts of my site. Every single day your blog is becoming less useful and relevant … and there is nothing you can do about it. The difference is pretty dramatic: Here are five implications of this shift: 1) Less blog engagement. 2) The end of calls to action. 3) Less traffic. 4) A crunch on creativity.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
    [Lead] What the $200 Million Tweet Can Teach You About Personal Influence
    Your audience will reward you with new sales, leads, and referrals. Is this the new face of power and influence? By Contributing {grow} Columnist Stanford Smith. ve been thinking about what makes a person influential. Can it come from a single tweet? The other day, I saw an infographic that plotted the hockey stick growth of Draw Something.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011
    [Lead] Twitter is dying—and it’s all your fault
    While it’s still easier to scan the stream than use other social networks, too often clicking a link leads to junk–or at least subpar content. By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. m going to get flak for this post, but I don’t care. m so frustrated that I have to write something. love Twitter.  Tribes are killing Twitter.
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013
    [Lead] The Criteria of an Effective B2B Marketing Offer
    By contrast, a hard B2B offer requires much more from the prospect, for example, a credit card payment for a direct sale or filling out a multi-question web form for a two-step lead generation campaign. Typically, soft offers will produce many more responses, but the average lead quality will be lower. part of the marketing equation.
  • SYNECORE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
    [Lead] Your 5 Step Approach to Business Blogging
    'You’ve heard it before: in order to generate leads online, your business needs to blog. Then, watch as your leads increase (and then keep writing). So, that''s got you convinced? Awesome. Next step: you need to start. Settle those nerves, folks; I’ve got five steps to help you jump start your business blogging strategy. state? score.
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