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B2B marketing as media: Six ways to think like an editor

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customers, prospects, and other stakeholders) with interesting and useful material on a regular basis as the starting point for creating and sustaining interest in our products and solutions. Your product management and customer support people have great wisdom and experience in how things actually work. We have to focus on providing "readers" and "viewers" (i.e., Who's In, Who's Out.

Customer references and solutions marketing: Building blocks for business impact

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Great products may sell themselves based on features or price. But when you're asking business buyers to invest serious money in a complex solution, typically involving a customized mix of products and services, they need to know you've done it before and that other customers have derived real business benefits. ITSMA has found this repeatedly in sales studies. Benchmarking the Best.

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Sustainability best practices can guide social media too

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As we all look toward getting much more effective with social media, though, they seem to provide a useful guide to moving forward in the most productive possible way. Jon Hampson, Environment Director, for Capgemini UK , gave a great presentation last week on the top lessons for building sustainability programs at large corporations. Focus on what matters. Social media is similar.

B2B ads worth spreading

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BMW made a huge splash in the ad world in 2001 by commissioning top Hollywood directors to create short, high production value films promoting the ultimate driving machines. Most agencies today at least hope their productions will catch the popular imagination and go viral. It wasn't an original idea. So what's the B2B connection? Am I setting the bar too high? Not very often, right?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Product and research divisions can provide dynamic. When Marriott began production on Two Bellmen, its award-winning short film, Beebe largely gave director Miguel Cabrera full reign to exercise his creativity. and crisis management, or even productivity. your product and brand message. market for relevant and/or similar products and. Content. Methodology: A Best.

HP backs solutions rhetoric with org change and investments

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As a result, we see companies promoting "solutions" that are really just bundles of existing products and services, launching marketing programs that neglect real customer needs, and falling back on the old feature-function approach to sales that customers long ago rejected. HP and other big tech companies all have tens of thousands of products and even so-called solutions. Then you can focus new resources on these areas, not on everything, and create integrated offerings to address those needs at a higher level rather than just selling a bunch of products.".

The four engines of B2B marketing success

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Solutions Development Engine: Like many B2B companies, my friend's firm has a long history of successful products, satisfied customers, and productive partners. At the same time, also like many B2B companies, his firm is feeling the heat from increasing competition, margin squeeze on products, and buying decisions moving higher up in their customers' organizations.

Two cheers for Eloqua's Content Grid

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What's missing are the nitty gritty product and service and solution descriptions and related (horror of horrors!) If new directors of content marketing (another trend I support enthusiastically) just manage all the inbound stuff, we're likely to fall short in revamping and refreshing the basic product promotion material that still helps to seal our deal. Nice job, folks!

Lessons from IBM's CIO community program

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They're busy, they don't really care about your products, but they are anxious to learn and grow, most especially with their peers.   In this context, IBM has taken a strong community approach to serve CIO (and IBM) needs, with four core objectives: Establish a shared agenda for engaging with peers and influencing IBM's strategy. They're the ultimate decision makers. They

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

emerged with smart products that offer features like. attention from a high level of production to. increase productivity. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. 2016 STAFFING, MEASUREMENT, AND. EFFECTIVENESS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY 2Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry I.

Marketing lessons from the Grateful Dead

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Keep them happy with customer councils and forums, executive access, and early warning of new products and services, and they're much more likely to remain loyal, provide useful insight, and spread the word on your behalf. . Crazy week last week, but it was hard to resist the HubSpot webinar, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead -- at least for me and 800+ other Dead-loving marketers.

Master narratives and framing the debate with B2B marketing

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While trying to promote the value of our products, services, and solutions, we need to focus as well on the master narratives that frame the relevant market conversation. Years ago, when I was a lowly graduate student at MIT, I learned an essential lesson about communications while taking a course on "framing" the news. Politicians understand this the best. Delivered." Make sense?

TL in 4D: Four dimensions for thought leadership success

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There is no dedicated staff, no editorial calendar for content production, and a heavy reliance on subject matter experts "volunteering" their nights and weekends to bang out a few white papers, articles, and blog posts. . Publications typically are one-off productions with little coordinated effort to leverage new thinking into multiple formats, networks, and channels.  .

Reengineering the white paper, part 1

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The first part of our three-part series, "Developing a Point of View," explores the aspect of white paper production that is most often lacking: the creation of a powerful, credible, and novel argument about how to address an important business challenge. Several months ago, I began talking with colleagues Bob Buday and Tim Parker about "reengineering the white paper."

Rite Aid impresses with active customer service

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But how many companies are reaching out and touching their customers in a a true service-oriented fashion, not to sell new products or services but simply to improve the customer experience?   Yes, the better companies bend over backwards to respond to problems (although most companies still don't). Little things really do add up. Today, though, I caught the next wave.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

products.” I’d imagine that sentiment rings true for many marketers in all. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. Marketing is Effective? What’s working—and what’s not—for over. 700 content marketers. CONTENTLY STUDY: HOW MUCH OF YOUR CONTENT MARKETING IS EFFECTIVE? Content marketing is having a moment. content.

Bad service blowback - United Breaks Guitars

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The reality, of course, is that if you're providing lousy products or service, the bad comments are coming anyway, and with an ever larger megaphone. Lots of companies are still nervous about participating in social media; they fear negative comments, among other things. Four days after posting the video, and 1.3 Obviously the damage is done. Thanks to Marketing Pilgrim for the pointer.

Blog as hub, site as spoke

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Most of the people you're trying to connect with care a lot more about your latest thinking than they do about your carefully crafted but static product, service, and solution pages. So It's a good story, and a great reminder that social media marketing is about ongoing and integrated presence, not individual campaigns or discrete tool-based initiatives. With the blog as a hub." Well, maybe.

Words and meaning: The power of alignment

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In a great many cases, progress on the real work of bringing new offerings to market, sharpening marketing messaging to emphasize strategic business problems rather than product features and functions, and reorienting sales forces to sell integrated business "solutions" could only happen after all the relevant stakeholders agreed on a common language. Pricing? Client loyalty?

The joy of tweets: Twittering Rocks on Bloomsday

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For three years now, Ian Bogost, a Georgia Tech professor, and friend Ian McCarthy, a product manager at LinkedIn, have commemorated "Bloomsday" on Twitter on June 16. Normally I write about B2B marketing, thought leadership, sustainability, solutions, and other allegedly useful and important things.  But sometimes you just have to stop and revel in the joy of sheer creativity. 

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. Don’t just talk about your product or service. time for B2B marketers to let go of their obsession with perfect production. Define your business strategy: products, prospects, distribution, sales and. develop a highly productive online lead generation system.

Put everyone in marketing? Yes, and with a social spin

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All employees should be looking for new uses of existing products and new areas for potential customers. When morale is down, productivity suffers. Harvard management guru Rosabeth Moss Kanter last week suggested: "In a Recession, Put Everyone in Marketing." The idea, of course, is that you can't just keep cutting costs endlessly, and your employees are your most important asset.

Acid test for social media: The lunch lady blog

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We've enabled our marketing teams, key communication groups and our engineers and product developers but we have not yet pushed social media all the way through the company.  We will have finally reached truly social businesses when we let the lunch lady blog. Tac Anderson at NewCommBiz  just posted the true test for companies working in social media: Will they let the lunch lady blog?

Smarter marketing at IBM: Big Blue's latest green consulting launch

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Pardon me for talking about IBM yet again, but the company continues to impress me with its ability to ride the green wave with intelligent and high-potential offerings. The latest example is last week's announcement of a new Sustainable Procurement consulting offer.  Marketing Lessons At the same time, the initiative points to a powerful reminder for B2B marketers in today's challenging economy.

The lure of cheap content, continued

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According to AdAge , major publishers including Thomson Reuters, Hachette Filipacci, and Cox Newspapers are outsourcing article production to cheap content mills that pay freelancers as little as $5 per article. I wrote the other day about the lure of cheap content in B2B marketing. A few weeks back, I also wrote about the potential of marketers taking a journalistic approach to marketing.  Now comes news that more mainstream media companies are themselves falling prey to the lure of cheap content. Aargh! know times are tough for the media, but really folks. This ain't the way forward.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. Don’t just talk about your product or service. time for B2B marketers to let go of their obsession with perfect production. Define your business strategy: products, prospects, distribution, sales and. develop a highly productive online lead generation system.

Can corporate journalism work?

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For companies willing to try, and I hope there are many, here are a few suggestions: Good journalism is, first and foremost, about reporting, not making product pitches or solutions delivery examples sound better. Read an interesting post by Ike Pigott today (thanks Amber ) suggesting that as mainstream journalism continues to shrink, struggling journalists should consider jumping to the dark side and plying their trade as corporate journalists.  To some extent, this isn't that new. And for journalists, it may simply be a matter of survival. A job is a job, after all. Well, maybe.

Marketing as service: Samsung and Best Buy put customers first

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As explained today in Clickz, the "Brand Answers" feature (based on technology from Bazaarvoice ) has just finished a five-month trial and almost doubled views of Samsung products on the Best Buy site: When visitors click a button on the brand's products details pages, a pop-up FAQ feature that's called "Mr. I love this new effort from Samsung  to generate helpful user questions and answers on the BestBuy.com. Samsung" appears. Then, visitors can read pages of questions and answers that were previously supplied by other viewers.

Winning with thought leadership: Six lessons from IBM and Deloitte

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It sounds obvious to say that thought leadership marketing should focus on what your customers really care about, but far too many marketers take a product- or solution-first approach and try to fit some larger issue neatly around their offering. B2B marketers know they need to invest in thought leadership, and many have indeed invested more during the last few years. Making the most of these investments, however, rests on having the right answers to a set of difficult questions: What topics should we highlight? How should we produce and package thought leadership content? Stick with It.

Spring 2016 Product Release Highlights

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This next generation of products and services will simplify marketers’ ability to prioritize, launch, and optimize a portfolio of high performing campaigns across Search, Advertising, and Social channels. New Product Release Highlights. Want to see a full product demo? The post Spring 2016 Product Release Highlights appeared first on Captora Blog.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Manage the customer experience: great content alone won't save a lousy product or cumbersome experience. Don’t just talk about your product or service. time for B2B marketers to let go of their obsession with perfect production. Define your business strategy: products, prospects, distribution, sales and. develop a highly productive online lead generation system.

Benefits of promotional products advertising campaigns

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Have you used promotional products for advertising and branding for your company? If you have not run a campaign using branded products, then you might be interested to know that according to surveys of promotional product recipients, they really do work to increase branding, favorable sentiment, and sales. Promotional Products Can Show Off Your Brand. Summary.

How long should your online business video production be?

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But what is the optimal length of an online business video production ? 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.

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Promotional products: making them effective branding tools for your business

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Promotional products have really stood the test of time in the marketing world. You may think of promotional products as something that is only used at trade shows or conventions, but they can be effective tools for branding and promotion anywhere and anytime. Research Shows the Positive Impact of Promotional Products for Businesses. Useful Promotional Products.

The Making of Vidyard’s New Website Product Tour Videos

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We didn’t want a lot of fanfare, but we knew it was time to deliver our customers something new and valuable.The previous site had been fairly stagnant for a while, and our product and story had evolved so much that it was time to revisit, readjust, and put our best foot forward so we could deliver to our customers what they deserved: something exceptional. Pre-Production. Production.

How to use Product Hunt to boost your business

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By now you might have heard about Product Hunt  – a website and mobile app that ranks new products every day. There are seemingly posts every day about how Product Hunt made some startup thousands of dollars overnight, or brought in 12 new lucrative clients, or about how their servers nearly crashed under the sudden onslaught of traffic. How do I get on Product Hunt?

Being Busy is Not Being Productive

Puzzle Marketer

One of the most misleading but commonly held beliefs is being “busy” means that you’re being productive and accomplishing a lot. The next day begins a new cycle of non-productivity. Busy but non-productive tasks include: Checking emails Making/returning phone calls Holding meetings Reading the news & blogs Reading/updating social media Wait a second.You’re telling me that I can’t check my email? I can’t make phone calls? If you’re still with me, then let me explain what I mean by labeling these tasks as non-productive.

9 Willpower Workouts to Maximize Your Productivity

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According to author Robert Pozen, regular exercise increases productivity. Although you might put an emphasis on going to the gym for that reason, are you putting enough energy into arguably the most important muscle affecting your productivity -- your willpower? Willpower Workouts to Maximize Your Productivity. 1) Eat a hearty meal. Productivity Daily Syndication

Two reasons to invest in online business video production

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They’ll be looking out for online B2B video content, like sales videos, video FAQs, corporate overview videos, and online video case studies that can give them the insight they need into your company, people, products, and services. Although you’re going to invest in your online business video production content today, you can literally extend those benefits for four years.

Are Pessimists More Productive Than Optimists?

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There’s no arguing that positive thinking is a key to productivity. With a multitude of studies backing positive thinking as a key to being productive, is the converse true? As it turns out, according to new research, pessimists might actually be more productive than their colleagues. Productivity Professional Development Daily SyndicationW.O.O.P