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How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch Series

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One white paper can serve many purposes and plays a very important role in the sales cycle process. If you were to ask me which marketing content product I’ve been asked to create most often, it’s hands-down the white paper. However, there can be a bit of mystery about what exactly a white paper is. For the past four years, I’ve taught the class “Writing White Papers” at Bellevue College.

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Make Your Marketing Program Blossom in 2012

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How about finally writing that white paper sales has been clamoring for? 2.  Make Your Marketing Program Blossom in 2012 I love January 1 st ! The noise of Christmas settles down and life promises to get back to normal— whatever that is! But the New Year brings new possibilities. It brings hope and the promises of new and not so new passions. Flowers bring hope and promise too. Take a risk.

B2B Finally Embraces Social Media

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Marketing Sales Social Media B2BB2B Finally Embraces Social Media It seems like for so long, B2B companies struggled with the social media concept–how to get the attention of their customers through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social avenues. But just give it time and most have found their social “voice.” Selling Through Social Media to Close More Leads.

The Content Marketing Sweet Spot

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Even more sales? I just finished reading this year’s latest marketing survey results over at the Junta42 site. It’s interesting to see the popularity of different marketing content pieces as part of the overall marketing strategy. You can download the report for yourself here. Social media marketing (with the exception of blogs) is now in the number one spot. More hits to the website?

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Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

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. as sales, employee advocacy, customer service, audi- ence engagement, thought leadership, and hiring. All rights reserved.

Will Social Media Replace Traditional Marketing?

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But I think the point made is that social media tactics still have a ways to go before they produce the returns of more traditional marketing tactics such as e-mail, search marketing, and inside sales. Forrester’s 2010 study did show that e-mail, search marketing, and inside sales were the only tactics to show steady upward trends in both branding and lead generation.

Seeing through your customer’s eyes

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It’s the basic solution-based selling over product sales. You have a great idea. You turned it into a product. It’s going to solve all kinds of problems. The company you work for is great (lucky you). You see it and you want everyone else to see it too. It’s natural. When you’re passionate and proud of something, you want to tell the world. But guess what? Save my company money.

An Example of Creating Customer Passion

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From the CEO, Christian Chabot, to the VP of Marketing, Elissa Fink, down to the sales staff and developers, they have fun. This week I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 Tableau Customer Conference. Tableau is a business intelligence company which is my niche and they specialize in visual analysis  and data visualization. Something you might want to think about for your own B2B niche.

An Example of Creating Customer Passion

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From the CEO, Christian Chabot, to the VP of Marketing, Elissa Fink, down to the sales staff and developers, they have fun. This week I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 Tableau Customer Conference. Tableau is a business intelligence company which is my niche and they specialize in visual analysis  and data visualization. Something you might want to think about for your own B2B niche.

Who is Your Real Customer—IT or the Business?

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The sales force needs to make sure that both teams are at the table together. They need to provide sales with information that supports both the business value and functionality, as well as providing the technical assurance that IT needs. Content Marketing Sales Strategy and Planning business divide IT message technologyThen things began to shift. It’s not an either/or.

How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch: Part One—the Recipe

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You might be a product manager who needs supporting collateral for sales, a marketing team member who’s been given the assignment, or perhaps you have a small or mid-size business, without the luxury of a marketing team, writing it yourself. Will you leave it behind after a sales call? Think of this as more of an educational tool than a sales pitch. Hand it out at trade shows?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content serves as a powerful tool for sales. Sales staff are. industry metrics such as sales and leads, or. lead score • Sales-qualified leads (SQLs) • Opportunities • Search traffic • Return visitor rate Lead nurturing: Move leads. personas at each stage of their journey through the sales funnel. Content. Methodology: A Best. All rights reserved. Definition II.

How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch: Part Two—The Mix

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And, finish with your call to action – which might be reading a case study on your website, downloading an e-book, or even contacting a sales rep for more info. In Part One , we talked about planning for your white paper. You need to understand your purpose. White papers require a fair amount of effort, so you should be clear on what you expect to achieve. You also need a well-defined topic.

Content Relevance Boosts B2B Vendor Success

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The rush is on to get in the content game and offer information prospective and current customers will find valuable and that will ultimately drive sales. I came across some research done by IDG spread across two different posts that was pretty interesting. They interviewed over 100 information technology buyers about their content preferences from vendors.

Content Relevance Boosts B2B Vendor Success

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The rush is on to get in the content game and offer information prospective and current customers will find valuable and that will ultimately drive sales. I came across some research done by IDG spread across two different posts that was pretty interesting. They interviewed over 100 information technology buyers about their content preferences from vendors.

Product Selling is Dead

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thought by now, every sales organization practiced solution selling-but I was wrong. Michael’s post says, “For nearly 10 years, sales organizations have emphasized the desire to become “trusted partners&# with their B2B customers. With B2B’s extended sales cycle, relationship building becomes even more important. As marketers, what research can we provide our sales team?

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

percent, was lead conversions and sales. SALES 20 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Results and Analysis It’s reassuring that leads and sales, two elements. While leads and sales were deemed the most. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Marketing. Introduction II.

Product Selling is Dead

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thought by now, every sales organization practiced solution selling-but I was wrong. Michael’s post says, “For nearly 10 years, sales organizations have emphasized the desire to become “trusted partners&# with their B2B customers. With B2B’s extended sales cycle, relationship building becomes even more important. As marketers, what research can we provide our sales team?

If We Can't Laugh at Ourselves…

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We’re running around, trying to keep the sales staff happy, trying to create content that stands above the crowd, trying to measure title effectiveness with split testing, trying to prove our ROI to our executive team, all with less money and headcount. Marketers today are spending a lot of energy trying to do more with less. and now the “fun&# mirror has been turned back at ourselves.

If We Can't Laugh at Ourselves…

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We’re running around, trying to keep the sales staff happy, trying to create content that stands above the crowd, trying to measure title effectiveness with split testing, trying to prove our ROI to our executive team, all with less money and headcount. Marketers today are spending a lot of energy trying to do more with less. and now the “fun&# mirror has been turned back at ourselves.

How to Bake a White Paper from Scratch: Part Four – The Consumption

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Sales meetings – White papers are great tools to leave behind after a sales demo or meeting. Sales training – You’d be surprised what your sales team can learn by reading your white papers. Having been in IT and been pitched by sales folks, I’ve seen many who understand their product but have no clue how it would be used in the real world. So there you have it—a nicely-written, neatly-formatted, white paper. Now, it’s sitting there, all shiny, just begging to be read. Now it’s time to make it available and get the word out. We need to do more. Tweet about it.

Advocate Marketing Creates B2B Relationships That Lasts A Lifetime

help sales close deals, and B2B buyers prefer to. what sales and marketing claim. when marketing sees them simply as sales support. they correlate positively with satisfaction and retention.” › References help sales accelerate deal conversion. When they visit your website or engage with sales for the first time, they. deals that sales wins or closes. enjoy?”

The Buzz about Social Media Marketing

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In reading dozens of blogposts on the topic, I recently came across a post by Mac MacIntosh who writes the Sales Lead Insights blog that made me go “hmmm….” So much buzz about social media marketing (Facebook, Ning, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, LinkedIn), it’s almost tough to separate practical information from the hype. And here are the answers: Peers and colleagues – 84%. Blogs – 24%.

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

ViewPoint

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function. The responsibility for addressing prospects’ needs remains a major part of the sales job.

Emotional Sales Leadership

Your Sales Management Guru

Emotional Sales Leadership. I was recently interviewed on a podcast based in Europe around the topic of the importance of emotional leadership. In retrospect based upon the podcast I came away with even a stronger opinion on the topic of generating the right level of emotion-that is positive emotion into the sales team. HINT: Run an annual sales trip contest.

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Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. Perhaps I was an SQL (Sales Qualified Lead) at one point in the conversation, but no longer. I’m also a perfect candidate for lead nurturing. And secondly, and more critically, these kinds of “touching base” phone calls are the worst possible use of a sales rep’s time. But no.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

for 2015 our goal is to make content for the whole sales funnel, including white papers, e-books, webinars, case studies, and. In 2014, many brands learned that a sales pitch doesn’t. 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.

Industrial Content Marketing Boosts Sales for Distributors

Industrial Marketing Today

My conversations with distributors about industrial content marketing almost always start with them needing help in growing their sales. Most distributors define their problem as “lack of sales.” Content Marketing Industrial content marketing Industrial Marketing Industrial salesThat should come as no surprise. This is only a content summary.

The Whole Truth - Why CEOs Need to Know What Makes Sales and Marketing Click

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Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the final of a multi-part blog series. Many challenges facing Sales and Marketing have been around since the beginning of time. The two organizations don’t understand each other, and often point fingers: Sales says marketing delivers bad leads; and marketing says sales doesn’t follow up.

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3 Tips to Shrink Your Long Enterprise Sales Cycle

Act-On

You can’t overturn a single rock nowadays without some thought-leading salamander slithering out from under to tell you how to shorten your sales cycle and proposing magical elixirs for driving your time to close down to days as opposed to months. While many of these folks give sound advice, the reality for some of us is that we simply have a long sales cycle. ” No thanks!

7 Truths About Sales and Marketing (That CEOs Need to Know - Part 1)

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Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the first of a 9 part blog series. In his book New Sales. Whether you are the CEO, or aspire to be, there’s some chance that in your opinion marketing and/or the sales organizations in your company are far from operating efficiently or effectively. Simplified. Stay tuned.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

before they went on sale? ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY12 While the business goals of your content marketing efforts are import- ant—be it generating leads, sales, brand awareness, industry education, or, more likely, some combination of initiatives—we find it extremely. from coaches, entrepreneurs, sales heads, or, heck, even. All rights reserved. So was I.

Changing Your Sales Mindset

Avitage

Unfortunately, most sales professionals focus primarily on learning sales techniques. Adopting a better sales mindset might be what’s required. With the typical sales mindset, techniques might be even be experienced by prospects as gimmicks. With this sales mindset, you’re going to work every day with an inherently conflict oriented mindset.

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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? The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Consider having short huddles daily and weekly between the marketing and sales team members. Be honest. The say leads, what leads?

Sales Leadership: Why Winners Win!

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Leadership Thoughts:  Why Winners Win! Salespeople must be trained on the emotional elements of success at the same level that they are trained in pure sales skills training. My blog on Creating Intensity is also focused on the emotional aspects of sales leadership and sales team performance. Need more sales management resources? Feel the fear-do it anyway!

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Sales Management & Discipline

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and Discipline. received a call from a former client that was concerned about the status of their sales team and VP of Sales-it seems that their revenue was off more than $2M over the previous year and below their growth goal! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales.   The VP of Sales and President failed on one major tenet of sales leadership; they forgot about the need for discipline. Development of a Sales Plan for the new year with quarterly objections/goals. Need more sales management resources?

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

Why Marketing—Not Sales—Is the Best Sales Forecasting Engine

Captora

With the visibility and data available to marketers today, marketing departments are the ones able to accurately forecast sales furthest into the future. No department’s forecast capabilities — sales included — comes close. The nature of demand generation means marketing has an impact higher up the funnel than sales. ToFu CAC sales forecastingThe bottom line?

The Sales Development Playbook #PeopleMatter #MustRead

Smashmouth Marketing

My opinion of Trish as a sales development expert is beyond what I could deliver in this article. Just last week I attended her launch party for her new book, The Sales Development Playbook (amazon link) and she fielded a few questions that pointed directly to the underlying theme of the book, that sales development is all about the people. sales books reviews sales managers

How Marketing Operations Can Align with Sales (and Why)

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One of the most common phenomena I encounter in the wonderful world of B2B companies is the creation, and then continual expansion, of a chasm between sales and marketing. Wouldn’t this be great information for a sales rep to have when building out prospecting lists!? Empowering your sales team will dramatically increase their output and inevitably, your revenue.

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Is Marketing the new Sales?

It's All About Revenue

You probably all heard this in one way or the other: in our digital era, buyers are 2/3 through the decision process before they engage with the first sales person. Both in private and business life, Google, Amazon, blogs, social networks and mobile completely changed our buying habits - which disrupts many legacy sales and marketing mechanisms. But all that’s easy said.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

through their own research, without talking to sales—until late in the journey. Align marketing with sales: as buyers complete more of their journey online and sales pros get involved only later in the process, close. Focus marketing and sales resources within chosen vertical. normal point of sales/marketing contact. CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales/Marketing.

Deliver More Sales Qualified Leads Using Predictive Intelligence

SalesPredict

One of the biggest challenges today’s B2B marketers face is generating sales qualified leads (SQLs). While marketers might not have such a hard a time generating a large volume of leads (quantity), they are having an increasingly tough time attracting leads that convert into sales opportunities and eventually into customers (quality). Why leads aren’t qualified. How does it work?

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