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What is a marketing strategy, anyway?

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While making final preparations for a Business Builders session on Marketing Plans, I went looking for a simple explanation of  “marketing strategy.” marketing strategy is the WAY you will create customers. Basically there are four things you need to keep in mind about marketing strategy. 1. Marketing strategy is shaped by business goals and strategy. Strong marketing strategies are built on a foundation of business goals and direction. Without a clear business strategy, marketing is like a crazy dog without a leash. 2. strategy

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me

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” One that can grow despite external market conditions.  It is also time to STOP doing things that got us in trouble last time around, and froze us in our tracks. Stop reading press from National news sources that have little bearing on your local market, and your local niche inside of your local market. Capitalize on “all” leads. I just received an email blast with the title “Double Dip Predicted for Home Remodeling.” Things to Stop Doing this Time Around. 1. Things to Start Doing this Time Around. 1. Good, better, best.

I want to grow revenue in 2010. Should I hire a sales rep?

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Invest in leads, then hire reps. What if, instead of spending $100,000 on the rep, you spend $50,000 on marketing to create more leads and opportunities for your existing staff? How much would morale increase with this new found lead flow and income potential? Once you have “maxed out” your existing sales force, and you no longer have the capacity to handle incoming leads, that’s when it’s time to hire an additional rep. For maximum revenue: balance your sales and marketing portfolio. Consider this: is your marketing and sales portfolio balanced?

Nothing Left to Cut – Now what?

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Typical goals involve profitability, response times, warranty claims, production time, errors, closing rates, market share, return on investment, customer loyalty, retention, revenue size, innovation, and diversification. So if you don’t have a system in place for managing customer relationships as they move through the marketing and sales pipeline, you are losing revenue. Be realistic about your marketing budget. If you want your marketing to produce opportunities, and referrals, you’ll need to invest in attracting, winning, and retaining customers. Set goals.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful

How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Depending on which statistics you read, the common thread in the past few years has been that content marketing effectiveness has been declining.  To me, that is what content marketing can become for some organizations.   A grand illusion bought into and often promoted as an unquestioned element of marketing. Illustration by Hea Poh Lin. Produce high-quality content, yes. 

Predictive Marketing Vendors Look Beyond Lead Scores

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It’s clear that 2015 has been the breakout year for predictive analytics in marketing, with at least $242 million in new funding, compared with $366 million in all prior years combined. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that predictive marketing vendors seem to have anticipated this. wrote last month about Everstring ’s expansion to the world of intent data and account based marketing.

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

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Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. The post 5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox appeared first on The Point. That’s not because email is going away any time soon.

A Simple 2-Step Technique for Improving Lead Follow Up

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In an era when “demand generation” and “content marketing” are virtually synonymous, most B2B sales leads are the result of a prospect downloading or requesting content. That latter group becomes fodder for ongoing nurturing, in the hope that further education and brand awareness will ultimately result in conversion to qualified leads. There is a better way.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

Measure Your Way to Lead Nurturing Success

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Demand Gen Report just published “ Top B2B Marketers Measure Lead Nurturing Effectiveness to Boost Performance ,” a special report in which they address the whys, whats, and how tos of measuring lead nurturing’s true impact. That, ultimately, is what lead nurturing is designed to do – move leads towards opportunity and close. The results were dramatic.

Why Technology Marketers are Leading the Way in Lead Generation

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Technology marketers are ultimately in the business of solving customer problems using technology. recent survey on B2B content marketing technology found that technology marketers were standouts in lead generation. B2B Lead Generation Lead Nurturing marketing marketing programs It makes sense, […].

Introduction to Lead Management

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Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. However, companies continue to spend untold dollars on lead generation efforts ultimately doomed to fail. 79% have not established lead scoring.

What is a Marketing-Qualified Lead? What MQL Really Means

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Just a few years ago, marketers everywhere rejoiced. Reliable marketing metrics were finally here! Definitions were set, processes were tested, sales and executives bought in across the board, and the panacea of the Lead Marketing Funnel brought peace to all. Marketing Qualified Lead (MQL ). The term is broadly used across marketing and sales.

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How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

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What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. Effectiveness vs. Difficulty for Lead Generation. We’ve seen it in a couple of places before: Lead quality is now more of a priority than lead quantity. In this last survey, lead quality beat out quantity by 36%. Well, yes.

Qualified vs. Unqualified Leads

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The post Qualified vs. Unqualified Leads appeared first on Salesfusion. Lead Nurture Nurture Marketing

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

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Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. sent an email to a marketing technology firm, one with whom I was vaguely familiar, about a client campaign for which I thought their technology might be useful. question: at this point, what kind of lead am I? By my own reckoning, I’m an MQL (Marketing Qualified Lead).

Best B2B Lead Posts in 2014: Lead generation, lead nurturing and content marketing

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Read on to find out what B2B Lead Roundtable Blog posts were shared the most as well as the three topics B2B marketers valued most in 2014. Topic #1 — Lead generation is king. Lead generation was a huge topic for 2014 and for good reason. Every lead nurturing campaign, every lead conversion, every sale depends on first generating a lead.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

Is B2B Lead Generation Really This Difficult?

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Results are in from a recent survey on B2B Lead Generation by the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn ( free report download here ), and the numbers tell a disheartening story. At face value, it’s hard not to conclude based on this data that many B2B marketers are struggling to even measure lead generation success, let alone achieve it. Why is that?

Lead Generation: Balancing lead quality and lead quantity

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Tweet Lead generation is somewhat like a tightrope act. Generate too many leads, and the rope between Sales and Marketing breaks. If you don’t generate enough leads that turn into sales, your ROI plummets. As Debbie Pryer, Program Manager, Siemens Healthcare , discovered, finding the right balance between lead quantity and quality takes trust, teamwork and planning.

Social Lead Validation – The Missing Ingredient From Most Inbound LinkedIn Marketing Programs

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All sales leads are not equal. know this is something that most sales and marketing leaders understand and it’s why they put lead qualification and validation into most of their sales, marketing and lead generation programs. They don’t want to waste time and money like the companies that Straight North recently evaluated. For more […].

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

New Dilemmas For Marketers. Such a reaction to the explosion of content, like the employ of content gatekeepers, creates new dilemmas for marketers.  In cases where such is present, not only must content get through to a potential buyer, it must meet the test of making it through arbitrary gatekeeping. Requiring marketers to thus become more precise. by Creative Stall.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

B2B Marketing. Trends for 2016 Edited by Tom Pick and Tony Karrer 25 Thought Leaders Weigh In 0 Executive Summary B2B marketing practices are in the midst of profound change, driven by three powerful trends: • Changing expectations of buyers: as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials move into and up within the ranks of B2B enterprises, buying. Marketers need to take the. content.

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads? Marketing gives us leads? Centralize the lead qualification process. Be honest.

New Research on How B2B Marketers Get More Leads

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Lead generation, also commonly referred to as lead gen, continues to be one of B2B marketers’ top goals. It’s so important that if you distilled an average B2B marketer’s job description down to two words, they might well be “get leads”. Most marketers struggle to land enough leads, and enough quality leads. Lead scoring  gets more important. Many

Demand 101

Lead Generation Marketing

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Gartner Group and Forrester Research Group predict record levels in Marketing Automation (MA) spending and exponential growth in the field. The post Lead Generation Marketing appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Best Practices Customer Interaction Lead Nurture [one_half valign="middle"].

Social lead validation—the missing ingredient from most inbound LinkedIn marketing programs

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All sales leads are not equal. know this is something that most sales and marketing leaders understand and it’s why they put lead qualification and validation into most of their sales, marketing, and lead generation programs. Of those 350,000, about half—178,000—were actual sales leads. However, those sales leads they were delivering sucked!

Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Ask most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity. Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15%  of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly sales-ready opportunities. challenge.

Lead Qualification: Rethinking BANT in the Modern B2B Sales Cycle

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In today’s complex B2B sales cycle, it’s important that an organization’s sales and marketing teams create a clearly defined and agreed upon, definition of a qualified lead. Distinctly identifying where the lead handoff happens is the first step in creating a seamless transition between sales and marketing. Why is BANT Failing Marketers? Did they watch a demo?

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How to Use Predictive Lead Scoring

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6 Ways to Make Your Marketing More Effective Using Predictive Scores. If you’re in B2B marketing, you’ve likely been hearing a lot about predictive lead scoring. So, let’s look at how you can use predictive lead scoring and predictive insights to maximize your team’s results and drive more revenue: 1. Prioritize Your Lead Follow-Up. Account-Based Marketing (ABM).

Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

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Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. In today’s B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll look at three lead nurture tracks you should automate to aid your email marketing efforts from a MarketingSherpa Lead Gen Summit 2013 presentation featuring Keith Lincoln, Vice President of Marketing, SmartBear.

Why Lead Nurture Matters for Marketing

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The post Why Lead Nurture Matters for Marketing appeared first on Salesfusion. Lead Nurture Nurture Marketing

Content Marketing Tips for Lead Nurturing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I was asked by a reader to provide some examples of what lead nurturing touches may look like. Lead nurturing is something that’s fairly easy to understand, but for many, it’s become a frustrating thing consistently execute for two reasons: Lack of content. No plan for consistency. I’ve found that many marketers get stuck on not having enough good and effective lead nurturing content. My advice is to start accumulating and building your lead nurturing library now. How do you build your library of relevant lead nurturing content ?

A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads

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It’s important to recognize that content syndication leads are not like most sales leads. If you hand off content syndication leads to your sales force without setting these expectations, your program may be doomed to fail. The post A Follow-Up Strategy for Content Syndication Leads appeared first on The Point. references the specific content asset. 2.

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Getting Started with Lead Segmentation in B2B Marketing

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In the age of big data, marketers who have a handle on their lead data are able to segment leads into specified groups and then target each group with customized content and messaging. B2B Lead Generation Big Data Marketing Database Marketing Lead SegmentationSome, however, struggle with where to begin.

The Biggest Lead Scoring Mistake

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Modern Marketers know it’s important to score leads, and lead scoring is a well-known best practice. However, not all lead scoring programs will do the job and in fact, some can actually harm your demand generation efforts if not developed correctly. When developing a lead scoring program, look at your data first. But should they be? It depends on data too.

No Lead Left Behind – Prioritizing Your Leads with Lead Management

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While too many leads certainly isn’t a bad problem to have, it can be a problem for companies nonetheless. If you feel like your marketing efforts are delivering results but your sales team thinks you aren’t providing enough quality leads, it’s time to get those leads under control with lead management. Lead management was introduced to ensure nothing leaked out of the marketing funnel by providing the framework for tracking potential customers from the point the lead is generated to when it’s converted to a win. Marketing Insights.