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Time to abandon spray-and-pray lead generation


A couple of years ago, a client told me he was having some lead quality problems. The company had contracted with a major IT publisher for a webcast that guaranteed 150 leads. But the leads weren’t panning out; the quality was terrible and salespeople were pointing the finger at marketing. That means lead quality suffers, and bad leads cost more than no leads at all.

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome


It’s the same sort of rejection you get every day in sales if you don’t have a warm or hot lead already. I’ll be honest with you, relatively few companies can conduct a successful earned media influencer marketing campaign. Earned That’s cool. Earned media influencer marketing is time-consuming. It is like sales. It’s cold-calling. Well, you can. Let me explain.

What’s new in content marketing?


The three overarching goals of content marketing are lead generation, market education, and brand awareness. Content Marketing Digital Marketing Search and Content Marketing Amazon Associates Automated Content brand awareness Cisco Content marketing Curata Google AdSense influencer Knowledge Graph lead generation linkedin market educationAutomated Content. Niche Content. Blog Content.

How to implement a Video 1st content marketing strategy that drives action


Because of the importance consumers and business decision makers are putting on content, many marketers and business owners are challenged with how to create the ongoing flow of quality business content that they need to drive their marketing objectives. Why a Video First content marketing strategy makes sense. Back in 2005, we mostly used the internet for browsing. Forget about video! Take

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150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more

Why don’t more marketers use keyword research?


At a certain point, Joan will collect leads for the sales department to follow up on. In order for the sales people to close the deals, they need to know the whole customer journey for each one of the leads. I recently had the privilege to sit in on FIR B2B episode 45 : a podcast by Paul Gillin and David Strom. All kinds of data living together. Hint: there are more now.

How to select the right lead generation media mix


Most B2B lead generation campaigns involve multiple touches via multiple media channels. But how do you decide which media are optimal, and more to the point, how they work together to generate a qualified lead?  It’s an iterative process. Can you get enough leads from this channel to satisfy your requirements? Lead flow requirements. Calculating Cost Per Lead by Medium.

Lead Qualification: The Secret Sauce of B2B Lead Generation Marketing


The Number One rule in B2B marketing:  Never, ever, pass an unqualified lead to your sales force.  But all this assumes that the marketing team has a clue about what kind of lead is ready for a sales rep.  Enter the concept known as lead qualification. Instead, marketers today should be looking for more subtle clues to determine whether a lead is ready for the sales team. 

10 essentials missing from your business website


Offers that insist customers “sign up” using an email allow you to capture a lead and nurture the customer until they are ready to make a purchase. You want a business website that sells. If your online marketing fails to pull in prospects, then you may be missing some essential digital marketing features. There are plugins and website features that make your life easier. How does it do it?

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

B2C Marketers companies that excel at lead nurturing generate. 50% more sales-ready leads at a 33% lower cost 15 1,200 Blog posts per month Avg new monthly leads ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY11 Content marketing's impact also extends to social me- dia, where brands that don't have compelling content to. Do you want to drive more leads? leads.

Why SEO is just the start for digital marketing


Our last piece of advice for this introduction to online lead conversion is creating comfort. Content Marketing Search and Content Marketing Search Engine Optimization Digital marketing online lead conversion sales funnel SEO site trafficCongratulations. You’ve won! You show up on the first page when the world searches for the goods or services you offer. Why in heavens not?

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How much should you pay for a sales lead?


When planning a B2B lead generation program, you need to deliver leads to your sales team at an affordable price.  A neat way to determine in advance how much you can spend on a lead is to calculate the Allowable Cost per Lead for your campaign.  Then, estimate the costs associated with qualifying a lead. Lead qualification rate. Lead conversion rate.

Add For Immediate Release to your podcast queue


Chris Abraham , digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreach, blogger engagement, and Internet crisis response. So, it was an honor to be included. Will this help or hinder the growth of the category? Go git ’em!

Do-it-yourself influencer marketing


Chris Abraham, digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: SEO, online relationship management, internet privacy, and online PR. Chris Abraham’s latest webinar was about influencer marketing. You built it, where are they? Unless you’re a celebrity, influencers won’t come to your open mic night unless you’ve already won them over. Like this post?

5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

helps generate qualified leads, but moves customers through the buyer stages. generate quality leads, but to deliver valuable insights along a buyer’s journey. 3. “No matter how the CRM industry evolves, getting the sales and marketing teams. Encouraging lead alignment sessions around the customer journey with. platforms that connects marketing leads with sales opportunities.

How to get 50% more leads with smart content marketing


Now, your restaurant leads might not buy your software if they click on a site geared toward farmer’s market vendors. You can predict that people who read the article will be interested in the whitepaper, so you’ve already prequalified your lead. Capture the Lead. Don’t overlook the most important step of this entire process: collecting your lead’s information.

The challenge of authenticity


The article synthesized dozens of studies which showed that authenticity often leads to less success than would be expected given the quality of work done. There are three ways your audience might react when you lead with your differentiation: Nobody finds your branded content because there is no demand for the brand names. still want to do that, but not this time. Like this post?

Personalized content for more effective content marketing


Those prospects should get a CTA that leads them to the next step of engagement. (A worksheet template? Don’t call them, they’ll call you. In today’s B2B world, your prospects don’t want to hear from you until much later in the buying process, so attracting, engaging and nurturing them until they’re ready to talk to a sales person is no longer a nice way to supplement the top of your funnel.

All Online Digital Roads Lead to Google Plus


As the saying goes, “all roads lead to Rome.” Google’s almost completed their new roads project: all roads lead to Plus. Google can’t get any of us to use Google Plus, but they’re still trying. And they’re pushing hard. One of the reasons I love blogging is, for good or evil, I don’t need any evidence for anything I say. Rejoice! Enjoy!

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

Lead conversion (32 percent) is the most. budget can lead to more time if you’re able to hire. percent, was lead conversions and sales. ON SITE 7% OTHER 6% 32% LEAD. SALES 20 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Results and Analysis It’s reassuring that leads and sales, two elements. Copyright © 2015 Contently.

Marketers need to play a stronger sales enablement role on LinkedIn


But if those leads get stuck on the top because they don’t have the value-added relationships that buyers want, what good are those leads? What Marketing’s Sales Enablement Role Should Look Like on LinkedIn. 1) Marketing as a Sales Enabler on LinkedIn Goes Beyond Top-of-the-Funnel Awareness and Lead Generation. What’s Wrong with the Role Marketers Play on LinkedIn Now….

How long should your online business video production be?


What is the golden rule for how long an online video should be for business? A B2B promotional video that is made for lead-generation, like a landing page, needs to be quick; whereas a online business video production that is used during, or as a follow up to a presentation is very different in length. But what is the optimal length of an online business video production ? 180 seconds?

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Lead generating machine: is your website actively helping your business grow?


Your website, when done right, can be one of the most effective lead generation tools in your arsenal. To get those leads moving through the funnel, focus on creating a stellar user experience. Research shows a one second delay in page load time could cause a 7% loss in conversions, while also leading to a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction, and 11% fewer page views.

The top 10 tricks for sales lead generation


Yesterday’s webinar with Ruth Stevens and me was about making sure the leads you send to your sales team are qualified and the process of how to qualify them. The productivity of a sales force or distributor improves dramatically with a steady supply of qualified leads. So how do you provide your sales team with the leads that will increase their productivity by 200% or more?

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 1 THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE 2 Introduction For the last decade, DivvyHQ’s founders have been helping the world’s leading marketers. generate more leads” aren’t good enough. Meghan Casey, lead content strategist at Brain Traffic, suggests finding your organization’s. Consistent and continuous content publishing leads to organic engagement that drives.

Say hello to Outside-In Marketing


It’s an attitude about your marketing message that leads you to figure out what customers want before you open your marketing mouth, and to listen to their reaction before you say something back. It’s a lot like sales, which is what we hope it leads to for  you. So, just what  is outside-in marketing? You must constantly adjust your messaging to improve the odds.

Tools I use to amplify social campaigns


Here are the top social media applications I use in order to help lead my clients and my own brand through all the background noise and into the spotlight. I am surprised how much of a one-man band I have become through social media thanks to a little help from my friends. It’s no longer okay to just drop links into your social media stream from Mashable or the Huffington Post. Buffer.

Your website must adapt based on data


The state of the art in marketing and advertising and how they use big data, logic, and computing, is light years ahead of what most of us know. While many of us are just discovering the power of WordPress Plugins and freeish tools like  MailChimp , the Fortune 500 have their entire companies wired for sound. remember, years ago, that Amazon was doing this. How many hours would an MAS save you?

4 Elements that drive B2B direct marketing results


Over the past few months, I have gotten a number of calls from individuals who are seeking new sales leads for their company. We then get into a conversation about the issues of developing a lead generation campaign, and it becomes painfully apparent that few know the basics of how to develop a campaign that has even a small chance to generate leads.  . Do You Know the Basics?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

industry metrics such as sales and leads, or. generation Lead generation: Create. high-quality leads. Lead conversions • Avg. lead score • Sales-qualified leads (SQLs) • Opportunities • Search traffic • Return visitor rate Lead nurturing: Move leads. leader with industry-leading. Content. Methodology: A Best. All rights reserved. going.

Are you doing webinars for lead gen? You should be.


As a marketer, I’m always looking for new ways to engage prospects and drive leads for my sales team. That’s why webinars become interesting as a lead generation tactic. That’s why you see webinars rated as one of the top lead-gen tactics today (source: Placester ). We generated 23 marketing qualified leads for our sales team to start working right away. It’s not easy.

Six strategies behind the trend in B2B client conferences


These attendees were treated like leads, with post-event nurturing communications and sales follow-up. Have you noticed how so many B2B companies seem to be running their own proprietary conferences these days?  I can’t turn around without another customer event popping up on the radar.  AppNexus has its Summit, going on three years now. Quad/Graphics relaunched its Camp Quad last year.

Prospecting data accuracy


PointClear provides lead generation and management services, and houses a sophisticated and efficient call center run by Karla Blalock.  . Good news:  B2B prospecting data is more accurate than you may think. Business marketers are always complaining about their customer data.  “It’s pretty bad,” they’ll say.  “It’s a mess.” vendors today.  . Our sincere thanks to them all. overall.

Five often-overlooked reasons senior executives should use social media


Many executives create thought-leading content all the time in emails and posts on the company intranet. “I don’t have time to build my LinkedIn profile. already get more useless messages than I can handle anyway.”. Why would I want to be on Twitter? It’s a lot of noise, and no one cares about what I’m reading.”. “I want to be a thought leader, but I don’t have time for blogging.”.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

returned to the company after a 28-month stint leading. And it would lead to GE’s. leads through inbound marketing. “I think it’s almost. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. Introduction 3 II. Adopting a Winning Perspective 7 III. Back at GE and in.

How Many Leads Do You Need to Generate? Use This Simple Calculator


One key to successful B2B lead generation programs is to calculate exactly the right number of qualified leads to provide to sales—as part of your campaign planning.  If you generate too many leads, you’ll be wasting precious marketing dollars. So, let’s look at a neat way to figure out in advance how many leads your company needs, so you can invest accordingly. . Voila.