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B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

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Well, in the main it means the use of social networks, two of which dominate – Twitter (used by 85% engaged in social media) and LinkedIn (77%). B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark Report – based on a survey of 274 client side B2B marketers conducted by us here at Circle Research – finally seems to provide a definitive answer.

Time to get with the programmatic

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Follow us on Twitter , LinkedIn and Google+. Here’s my attempt at a bit of Derren Brown-esque trickery. If you’re a B2B marketer, annual planning is on your mind. Events, email and content feature heavily. Two fifths of your budget is allocated to digital channels. How did I do? If I got close to the truth, it’s not clairvoyance but just educated guesswork. In particular the B2B Barometer suggests that, on average, B2B marketers spend 39% of their budget on digital. Now, let me try again. If online advertising is in your marketing plan, it’s not programmatic (i.e. Three things.

Top ten B2B marketing challenges

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Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. See the LinkedIn B2B Marketing discussion. Business Ideas Observations on B2B marketing Stuff we like B2B trends LinkedInCan you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. I love this question for two reasons.

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Social media in B2B – the latest stats

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Instead, the power of social media is merging around two behemoths: Twitter and LinkedIn. As Twitter and LinkedIn continue their charge for dominance, it’s easy to assume they will continue to overshadow competitor networks. The allure of social media in B2B is growing rapidly. Over one third (35 per cent) of organisations now subscribe to a paid social media monitoring platform.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. 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. They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. Look for.

47% of B2B marketers endorse using sex to sell

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Perhaps that’s why my interest was piqued by a recent discussion on the B-to-B Marketing LinkedIn Group. Ever since I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Women (Birmingham Group), I’ve felt more in touch with my feminine side ( see post here ). Kate Bishop, Marketing Co-ordinator at Custom Fluidpower, has a dilemma. To use, or not to use, promotional girls at a trade show stand? Her boss is insistent but she has concerns. I share them. First, let’s be clear about exactly what a “promotional girl” is. The clue is in the name. 47% are in favour, 53% are against.

20 Expert LinkedIn Guides

Webbiquity

LinkedIn has made dramatic changes to its platform over the past 18 months, making what was a rather plain but effective business networking tool into a content-rich, visually dynamic, more interactive professionally-focused social network. 7 Guides to Using LinkedIn for Career or Networking. Boost Your Brand’s Visibility With LinkedIn’s New Profile Features by Sprout Social.

Are LinkedIn Groups experiencing a crisis?

Biznology

After all of the changes LinkedIn has made to groups, it’s no wonder LinkedIn users and social selling experts are questioning the value of LinkedIn groups for sales and marketing programs. It makes you wonder if LinkedIn groups will experience the same fate as Google+ Communities , deserted after members go elsewhere for relevant discussions and cutting-edge content?

How LinkedIn Uses LinkedIn for Marketing [Infographic]

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If you've applied for a job within the last several years, you've probably used LinkedIn somewhere along the way. Whether you're updating your resume, applying for a role, or communicating with a recruiter, LinkedIn has become a huge part of the modern job search. Check out the infographic to learn more insider tips about LinkedIn marketing straight from the source.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. 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. They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. Look for.

5 Reasons LinkedIn Has Lost Its Luster

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Twitter may be my favorite social network, but LinkedIn was always the network I valued the most. LinkedIn is where I connected with colleagues, clients and business partners. notifications on Facebook and the firehose of updates on Twitter, LinkedIn was a quiet and peaceful place. LinkedIn gamified the recommendation. But LinkedIn is seeing dollar signs. Stop!

26 Outstanding LinkedIn Tips and Tactics

Webbiquity

Indisputably the largest business-oriented social network, LinkedIn has emerged as a crucial site for professional networking, B2B marketing, hiring and job seeking. LinkedIn now boasts more than 200 million members across 200 countries, and adds two new members every second; what’s more, 35% of LinkedIn members use the site daily. LinkedIn can help by iMedia Connection.

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

B2B Marketing Insider

The post Social Lead Validation – The Missing Ingredient From Most Inbound LinkedIn Marketing Programs appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. All sales leads are not equal. I 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.

LinkedIn Has Opened the Content Marketing Floodgates

Digital B2B Marketing

LinkedIn has gone Tumblr on us and B2B content marketers are drooling. Finally, you can publish directly on LinkedIn, along with people like Bill Gates and Richard Branson. B2B Content Marketing Will Flood LinkedIn. LinkedIn is already a must-have partner for nearly every large B2B marketing program. LinkedIn doesn’t make it easy. How should you approach it?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. 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. They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. Look for.

No!! LinkedIn Just Went Klout On Us!

Digital B2B Marketing

If you have viewed a LinkedIn profile in the last couple days, chances are you have seen a new box at the top of the page prompting you to endorse the individuals skills. Comparing LinkedIn to Klout The process to give someone +K on Klout is very similar to LinkedIn. +K-ers A Gamified LinkedIn? LinkedIn has been free of most direct gamification for years.

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

Biznology

But when it comes to social selling and LinkedIn marketing, it seems that lead qualification and validation are getting thrown out the window. They are playing a numbers game, pushing out sales messages on LinkedIn to as many prospects as they can hoping that something will stick and that people will say yes to a demo or sales call. All sales leads are not equal. Like this post?

Leveraging LinkedIn for Business

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This is certainly the case with LinkedIn, a social media site designed with business in mind. At its core, LinkedIn was created as a place for business professionals to network. LinkedIn users are, on average, better educated with higher paying jobs. Find ways to advertise your business to the LinkedIn crowd. If you own a bar and grill, maybe push your happy hour.

LinkedIn Just Went Into the Publishing Business

Digital B2B Marketing

A number of publishers and blogs covered the launch of LinkedIn’s new follow feature for 150 thought leaders or influencers over the last few weeks. However, labeling it the ability to follow thought leaders (as LinkedIn did) misses the real point. Since LinkedIn has also been called the best social media site for B2B marketing, this is a change and you should care about.

How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

Digital B2B Marketing

You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) LinkedIn profile access is even more restricted, today you now need a premium account to view third degree connections. Searching in LinkedIn, this is all I was able to see of his profile: 1. Search On Google Don’t start with LinkedIn. Here is what it should look like.

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B2B Paid Content Distribution: Facebook vs. LinkedIn

Contently

We only want to use LinkedIn.” I get the instinct to assume LinkedIn is the only worthwhile place to pay for content distribution if you’re a B2B company. LinkedIn has incredible ad targeting for B2B brands. On LinkedIn, it’s pretty much required. If I want to target the CMO of Pepsi with an e-book, LinkedIn is the first place I go. on LinkedIn).

5 Big tips to make LinkedIn ads work for you

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LinkedIn is today’s B2B media powerhouse. If you are a B2B marketer, in nearly any sector, chances are you are paying attention to LinkedIn, as well you should. LinkedIn brings three things that make it stand out from other B2B media companies. According to comScore’s July 2015 rankings, LinkedIn is the 15th largest media property in the US. Scale. Scale.

What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers

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Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook?

How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 2

B2B Marketing Insider

In my last post, I started to show how even the most recognized social media and social selling authors, experts, and consultants are getting LinkedIn wrong. The post How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 2 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

10 Ways to Misbehave on LinkedIn

Act-On

But LinkedIn in is a different story. Tis the season, but I beg you not to spread – or smear – political opinions on LinkedIn. Pretty much anywhere else on the web appears to be fair game (especially Twitter), but leave LinkedIn alone. LinkedIn is not Facebook. I wonder if the experts might have responded differently if the negative post had been published on LinkedIn.

How Even Social Media & Social Selling Experts Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong – Part 1

B2B Marketing Insider

In previous posts, I shared how CMOs at Xerox, Lithium, G2Crowd, Wiley and XOJet are getting LinkedIn wrong as they are simply focused on brand awareness, reach and filling the funnel. The post How Even Social Media & Social Selling Experts Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong – Part 1 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. I met Susan through following her writing on her blog and her work in the LinkedIn community. Brian: What inspired you to do your work with LinkedIn? So I kept my eye on it, and several years ago I saw LinkedIn begin to morph from a job site to a true business networking site.

IT Buyers Are Calling for a Change in How You Market & Sell to Them on LinkedIn

B2B Marketing Insider

IT Buyers Are Calling for a Change in How You Market & Sell to Them on LinkedIn If you want to reach, connect and engage with more IT buyers, then as a sales and marketing professional, you need to position yourself as an expert who wants to have a real relationship that’s based on up-front […].

How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 1

Biznology

In previous posts, I shared how CMOs at Xerox, Lithium, G2Crowd, Wiley, and XOJet are getting LinkedIn wrong as they simply focused on brand awareness, reach, and filling the funnel. I showed how the actions of these CMOs and others are the reasons behind why 8 out of 10 sales and marketing leaders are unable to prove a clear social media ROI on LinkedIn. Like this post?

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How to Get Marketing Results from LinkedIn Group Discussions

B2B Marketing Traction

There is an art to getting followers and engagement on social media platforms like LinkedIn. The social media platform in question is LinkedIn. “I have a LinkedIn question. Last year I started an aggressive LinkedIn campaign. From what you know about LinkedIn, does this ring true? The problem with LinkedIn Group Discussions. for group member viewing.

Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

While B2C marketers focus on Facebook, LinkedIn is consistently cited as the top social network for B2B marketing. Part of the reasoning is that while Facebook is good for sharing coupons, promoting events, and showcasing corporate culture to potential employees, LinkedIn is powerful at generating web traffic and leads. What’s the best way to start and grow a LinkedIn group?

LinkedIn Sponsored Updates: The Best B2B Social Advertising Option Yet?

Digital B2B Marketing

If so, LinkedIn’s new Sponsored Updates may just change your mind. Up until now, advertising on LinkedIn was just advertising. With great targeting options, LinkedIn was compelling, but advertising opportunities didn’t fit the increasingly social framework of LinkedIn. Social Advertising, With LinkedIn Targeting. Fills the Mobile Gap. Your Turn.

Go beyond brand awareness & drive revenue with LinkedIn

Biznology

This webinar featuring LinkedIn expert Kristina Jaramillo gives LinkedIn strategies to increase your revenue and not just your connections. How your LinkedIn marketing and social selling strategy should focus on the entire awareness-to-revenue customer lifecycle. The post Go beyond brand awareness & drive revenue with LinkedIn appeared first on Biznology.

How most Social Media experts are wrong about LinkedIn

Biznology

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

5 Simple Strategies for Growing Your LinkedIn Influence

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Can positioning yourself as an influencer on LinkedIn really help you achieve your personal and professional goals? Building LinkedIn influence is the key to becoming both the trusted authority and the likable expert in your industry. The good news is, not that many people on LinkedIn are interested in building influence, which means you can really stand out and take the lead!

5 Tips for Creating Shareable LinkedIn Posts

Contently

Publishing a post on LinkedIn is easy. According to Content Marketing Institute’s report, “ 2016 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America ,” 94 percent of B2B marketers use LinkedIn to distribute content. Just like regular LinkedIn updates, LinkedIn Sponsored Updates are posts published by your account. Media Social Featured LinkedIn

4 Reasons to Publish on a LinkedIn Blog

Writing on the Web

Do you know about LinkedIn blogs? And are you blogging yet on LinkedIn ? Since early 2014, LinkedIn opened its publishing platform to its 300+ million users. The importance of using a LinkedIn blog is that it will add dimension and help in building a well-documented profile. You can also connect with her on Facebook , Twitter and of course, LinkedIn.

28 (of the) Best LinkedIn Marketing Guides of 2014

Webbiquity

As noted in several of the posts highlighted below, LinkedIn is no longer just a hangout for job-seeking professionals, who largely abandon it in between job searches. What’s more, as reported here previously , LinkedIn is the top social network for B2B marketing; 83% of marketers say they prefer to use LinkedIn for distributing B2B content. Image credit: Cox Business.

10 Examples of Highly Impactful LinkedIn Profiles

KoMarketing Associates

Last summer I wrote about the importance LinkedIn can be for executing B2B SEO link building. And the first place to start is through your LinkedIn profile. While I detailed several key LinkedIn profile elements that help convey trust, the objective of this post is to provide even more examples through exemplary LinkedIn user profiles found online. Why LinkedIn Again?