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7 Reasons Every Business Needs to Twitter

WebMarketCentral

Staying in touch with customers on Twitter is not only more real-time than many other techniques, it's also far more cost-effective than direct mail, attending trade shows, picking up the phone, or even maintaining a customer newsletter. Here are seven reasons every business needs to be on Twitter. Growing existing customer business requires ongoing communication. Social Tagging

How to Write a Strategic Marketing Plan

WebMarketCentral

With so little written on this topic (at least according to Google Blog Search ), one could easily conclude that marketing professionals must be born with knowledge of how to write a strategic marketing plan embedded in their genetic code. If you didn't enter the world with this capability hard-coded into your DNA, you may find the following helpful. and new prospects.

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Marketing Automation: Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight

WebMarketCentral

One of the biggest challenges b2b marketers face is what to do with all of those "names" that come into your system that aren't really "leads" yet; contacts collected from white paper downloads, webinar registrations, trade shows and other activities. How do you separate hot leads from long-term leads from tire-kickers? They apply technology to a difficult process.

ON24 Launches Virtual Tradeshow Platform with Real Potential

WebMarketCentral

No limit on the number of employees you can use to staff your booth or "send to the show." No need to limit the duration of the show to just a few days. Their new Virtual Show platform combines the company's expertise in webcasting with rich graphics to create a compelling visual environment with useful tools for presenting information and qualifying online "booth visitors."

Viral Marketing for B2B Lead Generation, Part 1: Viral Media

WebMarketCentral

In addition, these have multiple uses; for example, they can be used effectively at trade shows to attract booth traffic while also pre-qualifying your show leads. Viral marketing campaigns can be effective for B2B marketers—but they aren't easy to pull off. Most Popular Forms of Viral Media Online video is the most popular viral medium for both B2C and B2B use.

Social Media ROI vs. RONI

WebMarketCentral

An individual may have seen your company at a trade show, read one of your press releases on an online news site, visited your website, read your blog, checked out an analyst's opinion of your offerings, viewed your Facebook page, been exposed to some of your banner advertising and checked out your Twitter feed, all before making that final click on your search ad. Understandably, as businesses begin to invest more marketing/PR dollars into social media, there is great concern over the ROI of these activities. Simple, right? Balderdash. Social Tagging

Make Sure Your Logo Can Handle the Job at Any Size

WebMarketCentral

Today, logos must work well at 2 pixels wide or stretching the full length of a trade show banner. Due to a miscommunication problem with the designer, it shows up at a ridiculous 18 inches tall. Sticking with the music theme for a bit, consider how graphic designers have had to adapt as the 12-inch LP jacket gave way to the 5-inch CD cover, and finally to the tiny icon that shows up on an iPod. Test it on business cards, banners, Web pages, letterhead, coffee mugs, name tags, anywhere you can imagine that it might show up some day. And I got burned. world.

WMC Interviews: Jared Reitzin

WebMarketCentral

We just raised a round of funding and we are going to start to do trade shows, radio and newspaper ads. Last week I got an update from Jared Reitzin , CEO of digital marketing firm mobileStorm and creator of the Entrepreneur Success blog. mobileStorm offers products and services that help any size organization—from small businesses to Global 2000 enterprises—quickly, easily and reliably create, deliver and analyze successful email marketing, mobile marketing, voice, fax, and rss marketing campaigns. What's your background? WMC: How and why did you get started in this business?

Viral Marketing for B2B Lead Generation, Part 2: Viral Promotion

WebMarketCentral

Having your campaign cited in online industry trade online publications is also a highly effective viral promotion tactic—and again, it costs nothing other than the PR legwork. Trade publication editors are more likely to write about viral media that are industry-related (and creative) than those that rely primarily on humor. After blog and trade press mentions, social media and social tagging sites such as Digg and del.icio.us are the most effective means of spreading viral content. These tactics can be helpful, but aren't at the top of the list for effectiveness.

More on Blogging for Business

WebMarketCentral

Blogs may show up well in search engines, though I remain unconvinced at this point. For a quick and easy check of how well your blog shows up on all of the most popular search engines, try a few key key phrases from your blog in this handy search position check tool from Mike's Marketing Tools.) George Dixon of the Minneapolis-based virtual marketing agency KC Associates recently put together a concise but helpful summary of the pros and cons of business blogging titled To Blog, or Not to Blog.

A Quick Guide to a Successful Trade Show [Infographic]

Webbiquity

trade show can give your business countless opportunities to build networks, showcase new ideas, and interact with a wide audience – all at a personal level. But the success of your participation depends to a large extent on your pre-show preparation and how well you are able to present yourself and your business at the event. To begin with, you need to set up a trade show booth or tent that not only draws your audience, but also wows them. For this reason, many businesses leave the responsibility of setting up their trade show tent to a professional.

10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign

The Point

Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. 2010 study concluded that fewer than 70 percent of exhibitors have any formalized plan or process in place for how leads are followed up after the show. Here are 10 tips for designing an effective trade show follow-up campaign.

Trade Shows and Trade Offs

Salesfusion

The post Trade Shows and Trade Offs appeared first on Salesfusion. Events

Ignite Your Trade Show Success in 2016

Kaon

According to “The Marketing Spend Decision,” the most important objective for companies investing in trade shows is lead acquisition. Today, it is reported that 35-percent of exhibitors’ leads obtained at trade shows ultimately result in a sale, according to Exhibitor Magazine. So now you ask, ‘Well how do we create higher lead conversion at trade shows and beyond?’.

Report: Trade Shows Generate Highest Quantity & Quality of Leads

The Point

To quote Software Advice, “Trade shows were most commonly cited as generating both the most and the best (leads) …” And indeed, the data supports that observation: 77 percent of respondents said that trade shows generated either “somewhat” or “very high” quantities of leads, and 82 percent said that trade shows generated leads of either “good” or “excellent” quality.

Trade Shows Can Work!-new idea!

Your Sales Management Guru

Trade Shows Can Work-new idea ! NOTE: Several weeks ago I wrote a blog on “ Why Trade Shows Don’t Work” , shortly after a good friend, Todd Schnick, wrote me a note to discuss how he makes trade shows work!  I asked Todd to write a blog regarding how he works with organizations in a very unique manner using podcasts.  Shame. Your efforts will fail. Really?

Trade Show Follow-Up: 5 tips to optimize response

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet For the past seven years, trade shows have surpassed websites, email marketing and paid search to secure the top spot as B2B marketers’ biggest investment, according to the MarketingSherpa 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report. But, do marketers make the most of this investment? I can’t help but wonder given my own trade show attendance experience. Trade Show ?

Pssst. Trade Shows Suck at Lead Generation. Pass it on.

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Here’s a fun way to get their attention: tell them you’re cancelling all the trade shows next year. Yes, these are the same people who refuse to take a shift at the booth, sit around eating, reading and talking on the phone when they are at the booth and who take a perverse pride in wearing a suit instead of the swell golf shirts you ordered for the show. Uh oh.

The Trade Show Follow Up Process

Salesfusion

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Event Marketing: How a technology start-up made a trade show splash booth-free

B2B Lead Generation Blog

The best opportunity to kick off that effort was at the NRF Big Show. It combined these elements to promote the new brand at the trade show. These buttons directed them to the blog site where a running clock showed how much time is wasted by waiting. When the CEO put the pants on and showed them off around the office, that sealed the deal,” she laughed.

Trade Shows Don’t Work

Your Sales Management Guru

 . Trade Shows Don’t Work. have heard that phrase and similar comments from people about why they don’t include trade shows in their marketing programs, when in reality the reason many organizations do not gain a payback from their trade show investment is “they” don’t work the trade show. Another sin I see often is that pre-event work has not been performed; no lead goals set, no booth appointments/meetings prearranged and no trade show specials created. What are you best tips on working a trade show?

The Very Simple System For Picking Your Trade Shows

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Last time we established that trade shows are many things, among them giant cash-sucking machines, that are terrible at lead generation. Before we dive into the Very Simple System, let’s remember that trade shows exist for one reason: to make money for someone who isn’t you. So how do we pick which shows to go to?  In the first place, ignore your Sales Squirrels.

Three More Trade Show Goofs and a Ray of Hope

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Last week we revisited one of my favourite themes: the shocking inability of  most companies to properly execute a trade show. It must be the lack of rain, flies, noise and threat of Mongol hoards that makes us lazy and not very bright when it comes to trade shows.  Awesome Ideas Trade Shows B2B marketing bizmarketer Elizabeth Williams give-aways linkedin trade shows

5 Best practices of trade show lead qualification

Biznology

Following my last blog on lead qualification, I received some great comments and several questions as to whether lead qualification differs for trade show leads. Yes, it does, and here is a revision of my last blog specifically addressing trade show lead generation and qualification. BEST PRACTICES OF TRADE SHOW LEAD QUALIFICATION. We all know this!

Trade Show Marketing: Tips for increasing prospect engagement

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves trying to promote products and services before we’ve given the prospect a reason why they should learn more, and trade events can exacerbate the issue. However, trade shows can do so much more by creating opportunities for more meaningful engagement for everyone. Trade Show Follow-Up: 5 tips to optimize response.

8 Social Media Marketing Ideas for Your Trade Show Exhibit

B2B Marketing Traction

Skyline’s recent webinar, “Social Media for Trade Show Promotions,” was full of great ideas. It turns out YouTube is great for all phases of trade show promotion. Facebook, Blogging, and Twitter work great for pre-show marketing and marketers can post the trade show exhibit as an event on LinkedIn. Tweet.

Content Marketing’s Role at Trade Shows

Brandpoint

The trade show marketing mania. No matter what industry you’re in, if you’re planning to go to a trade show, get ready for what is often an overwhelming sensory experience. With so many companies trying to stand out and capture your attention, many trade shows resemble something like Comic-con rather than a showcase of an industry’s latest trends and developments.

How Technology on the Trade Show Floor Can Help Your Sales Team Work Smarter and Sell More

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Trade shows and conferences are still the biggest areas of investment for marketers, according to the most recent MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing Benchmark Report. Yet, many companies still measure marketers on cost-per-lead metrics when such metrics are inadequate for measuring face-to-face interactions at trade shows. The real value of trade show interactions. Trade shows and conferences are a great way to have many face-to-face meetings in a short time. Optimizing face-to-face conversations at trade shows.

Treat a Trade Show Like Your Office, Not Your College Dorm

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Just back from my first two trade shows of the season, and I am sad. Let’s say it together: trade show booths are very, very, expensive inside sales calls that happen to have nicer carpet than your office.  So why is there so little selling? Marketing people just resent the interruption to their busy day on the trade show floor. Exactly. And

5 trade show marketing mistakes

Biznology

trade show industry is BIG. In 2012, there were 10,900 trade shows that drew 27 million attendees. While the overall industry has grown 2-3% in 2014, not all shows have seen this increase. Part of the challenge today for trade show marketers is to cost effectively attract attendees. Offline Marketing CPM registration trade show The U.S.

Five Dumb Things That Unrock Trade Shows

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Last week we talked about how to rock your trade shows. This week let’s follow that up with a glimpse into trade show stupidity with some stuff that just shouldn’t happen, but sadly does (and I have proof). It is right at the front of the show floor and it’s pretty sleek. Sales Manager Action Item:  Go to the show. Let’s look at this booth. It’s a 20 by 20.

How Trade Shows Can Impact Inside Sales Reps’ Sales Skills

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

What better opportunity to do so than at trade shows? By giving inside sales reps trade show experience, you allow them to become comfortable speaking in person the same way they would on the phone in a concentrated amount of time. Trade shows also give inside sales reps visibility to the competition. Getting in-person experience early on is invaluable.

I Went to a B2B Trade Show, Was Underwhelmed by Your Presence and Kept Walking

Social Media B2B

With all that awesomeness in mind, take a look at your trade show presence. Even as a teenager my daughter still loves kitschy trade show giveaways. This is what happens when your only trade show metric is gathering leads rather that acquiring qualified prospects. Here are 5 tips to change the outcome of your next trade show: 1. This is spam.

Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring. Trade shows often reward people if they visit as many booths as possible. Are they interested?