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Sales and Marketing: Let Worlds Collide

The Content Factor

At a recent Focus Roundtable on Sales and Marketing alignment (or the lack thereof), we acknowledged the frequently discussed differences between the people who work in sales jobs and the people who work in marketing jobs. Marketing people think of their company’s prospects as a either a homogenous group or grouping of groups (segments), and they communicate with these groups through vehicles that are designed to reach masses of people. read more. Business to Business (B2B) Sales and Marketing Alignment

When you don’t have time for an elevator pitch.

The Content Factor

Working for  a staffing firm, I was trying to attract IT candidates to consider new jobs that were more interesting than their current ones. With apologies to Japanese poets everywhere, we came up with the following Haiku: Eat sleep work eat sleep. Work eat sleep work eat sleep work. A recent story entitled   Five Lessons on Compelling Content from Australian Football   from the  Content Marketing Institute caught my attention. With an intriguing title like that I couldn’t resist.  ” Consider storytelling in the age of the Internet. The All yes.

Content Strategy, Straight Up

The Content Factor

A wonderful discussion thread was started by Own McDonald in the Content Strategy group on LinkedIn, with this challenge: I challenge any CS group member to offer a working definition of content strategy that's light on industry-speak and easily digestible for the average marketer in 100 words or less. Straight up. It started in January and is still ongoing. There is more great insight here than can be packed into 100 words. read more. Content Marketing Content Strategy

What's in a Lead Source?

The Content Factor

In the corporate marketing departments where I've worked, a bone of contention has been, "What's the Lead Source?" For any given suspect/prospect/lead/opportunity in the funnel, what or who gets credit for bringing it in? read more.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Ambal Balakrishnan, Head of Marketing and Strategy, Click Documents [link] B2B Marketing Trends for 2016 9 Take Content Marketing to the Next Level Get Over Our Fear of Video 75% of executives watch work-related videos at least once a week, and. get granular with marketing tactics and messages, and plan tactics based on what is likely to work in the. B2B Marketing. know which half."

Branding Outside-In

The Content Factor

I'm working with a client who needs internal branding. Most marketing is all about communicating externally. In fact, I suspect that her customers hold a deeper impression of her brand by coming into her brick-and-mortar store than do her employees, who are inured to the environment. read more.

Your Great Content Isn't Great Enough

The Content Factor

The following headline on today's SmartBrief on Social Media caught my eye--which it was carefully designed to do: Why great content is never enough As one who works for an outfit called "The Content Factor," my interest was piqued. Please retweet: You can get more retweets now. Ask me how. Dan Zarrella has researched the characteristics that make content retweetable, and quality isn’t one of them. read more.

Dirty Jobs: Public Relations for BP

The Content Factor

Last week’s AdAge poll posed a fascinating question: As someone employed in marketing, advertising or public relations, would you work on the BP account in a professional capacity at this point? read more.

Craft Content to the Buying Cycle: Stage 3, the Engaged Buyer

The Content Factor

Does that mean that your work providing marketing content is done? Your suspects have become prospects, and then qualified prospects. They have landed smack in the middle of your sales funnel. They have even met with your account rep and senior executives. You’re on their short list. Hardly. read more.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Ambal Balakrishnan, Head of Marketing and Strategy, Click Documents [link] B2B Marketing Trends for 2016 9 Take Content Marketing to the Next Level Get Over Our Fear of Video 75% of executives watch work-related videos at least once a week, and. get granular with marketing tactics and messages, and plan tactics based on what is likely to work in the. B2B Marketing. know which half."

Chief Culture Officer: Gatekeeper to Thought Leadership

The Content Factor

I enjoyed this book excerpt by Grant McCracken in AdAge, "In His Nike Work, Dan Wieden Is the Prototypical CCO" (McCracken's forthcoming book is Chief Culture Officer: How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation.)McCracken McCracken identifies the trend called the "generous stranger," which is akin to "Pay It Forward" and "Practice Random Acts of Kindness." He tells of how Nike embodies this trend in a.

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Who are the bloggers?

The Content Factor

Among them: bloggers are far more well educated and wealthy than the population as a whole and 35% of bloggers have a journalistic pedigree in that they worked for a newspaper, magazine or broadcast outlet.What many are saying in terms of the ongoing ying and yang between traditional media andThis interesting report from Technorati, just published in October has some interesting findings.

Great Web Content: Written for the Target Reader

The Content Factor

Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.There is a lot of tweeting about tweeting--and all the other ways that social media are changing the ways we work and think. Here's #1 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content." But at the heart of it all, every tweeter needs great content to tweet. Retweeting everybody else's great content is easy, but.

How to reach your customers at work or at home

Biznology

On the flip side, consumer marketers can use the capability to broaden the profile of their targets—where they work, their titles, schools attended, past employers, their LinkedIn URL, and maybe even their business email address—all kinds of data points that provide additional insight and access. Offer business people consumer products based on their work status. Like this post?

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Crafting content that works

Biznology

For too many marketers, content marketing doesn’t work. Here’s a guide to crafting content that really does work. If you can weave a narrative through the individual items you publish and through your work as a whole, you’ll grab your audience’s attention in a way few other approaches can match. The post Crafting content that works appeared first on Biznology. It should.

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Ambal Balakrishnan, Head of Marketing and Strategy, Click Documents [link] B2B Marketing Trends for 2016 9 Take Content Marketing to the Next Level Get Over Our Fear of Video 75% of executives watch work-related videos at least once a week, and. get granular with marketing tactics and messages, and plan tactics based on what is likely to work in the. B2B Marketing. know which half."

How to Make Remote Work Actually Work

Hubspot

One of my favorite things about working remotely -- which I do a few times a month -- is the freedom to get comfortable. When I work from home, I'm usually find myself in one of three positions: sitting up at the table, laying down with my laptop, or buried in a pillow avalanche on my couch. Why is remote work becoming such a big deal? How to Make Remote Work Work.

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Does Paid Social Media Work?

It's All About Revenue

Wondering what works for other businesses? It's Friday Five time and this week's topic is Social Media. New Research Reveals Paid Social Media Effectiveness. Do you know where to spend your social media marketing dollars? In this article you’ll discover recent insights on the effectiveness of paid social media marketing. Read the full story on Social Media Examiner.

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Getting Big Data to Actually Work

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Most marketers I talk with today say they are drowning in data. But in reality data they really want sits in disparate systems throughout the organization. Or if their company has invested big money in a traditional data warehouse, the results have fallen short of expectations. This is not just my opinion. And only a small percentage reported effective data management practices.

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How Google Works [Infographic]

Hubspot

So how does Google actually work? Ever wonder how Google manages to serve you just the content you''re looking for? You put in a few words, and within a few microseconds, you''ve got pages and pages of results ready to address your query. It''s so fast, so accurate, and so comprehensive, it almost seems like magic. Almost. Check it out below: SEO Daily Weekly

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10 Examples of Facebook Ads That Actually Work (And Why)

Hubspot

Sure, you can throw money at your efforts to drive people to your Facebook Page and send them to your website, but that only works if you're smart about it. Check out this example from Key Jewlers below: Why this works: It's visual. Here's an example of a photo ad from NatureBox: Why this works: It's visual. Why this works: It's visual. The lesson for Facebook marketers?

Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work

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Simply Zesty brings us some interesting visuals on how social media is seen at work (in the UK…but let’s be honest, it’s probably similar in the US!). Infographics infographic social networking at workA new set of stats show that two out of every three people agree that social media should be banned in the workplace.

10 Marketing Reports Everyone Working Online Should Read

ScribbleLive

Through testing different approaches, marketers can get a sense of what works best for their demographics. Because there is often a lot of content created off the heals of these trends, it can be difficult to get the full scope of what actually works. Companies and organizations work every year to bring a bit more clarity to the field by diving deep and asking the bigger questions.

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How Account Based Advertising Really Works

Digital B2B Marketing

Or to put it a little bit differently, how do all of these companies most of us have never heard of know where we all work? Think of it like a billboard outside an office: nearly anyone working in that location has the potential to see it. But people who travel, work from home or have their nose in their mobile likely won’t. IP Targeting. Onboarding Offline Databases.

Why working in marketing makes you bitchy

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Part of this irritability may stem from the copious amounts of BS shoveled at us each day, but a new “ State of Marketing Work ” report from Workfront points to some other factors. In fact, reading this report, it’s hard to believe you might work in marketing and NOT be kind of a b h. Some of the highlights of the findings include: Marketers now work 45.9 When asked what gets in the way of work the most, marketers say wasteful meetings (62%) and excessive oversight (51%) are the biggest offenders. Work spaces where people are shoulder to shoulder.

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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.  The blog below is Todd’s.  I hope you enjoy!  Shame.

Why This Cold Sales Email Template Works So Well

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

The truth is, every prospect is different, so there''s no guaranteeing that one best practice will work above all others. That''s why this cold sales email template works so well: Hi , As an avid business professional, I like to stay up to date on industry news and insights. If you''re in inside sales, customize this message and see if it works for your company. EST sound?

56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works

B2B Marketing Insider

56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works: 2014 Edition from NewsCred. Marketers work in very small teams: 81% of all content teams contain fewer than six people. The post 56 Reasons Why Content Marketing Works appeared first on B2B Marketing Insider. By NewsCred Social Media Strategist Alexa Biale ( @ Alexa_Biale ). We believe three things absolutely: 1. Where Are We Coming From?

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6 Reasons Inside Sales Reps Should Start Exercising Before Work

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

I know a lot of people who go to the gym regularly after work, and I myself have always followed that familiar routine. It wasn’t until I started reading over all the benefits from exercising before work and talked to friends who were doing it that I decided to give it a fair shake. So why make the move and exercise before you go to work? You gain more personal time after work.

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Creative Work, Blogging, Writing and Resistance

Writing on the Web

Everyone encounters resistance when it comes to blogging, writing, and creative work. When it comes to doing work – putting words on the page… or electrons on a screen – you can’t escape getting stuck. Work requires you to actually do something. Resistance aims to stop us from doing our work. Ever get stuck? And it loves fear. The solution? Write.

Why Marketing Automation Does Not Work

NuSpark

Again and again, prospects and clients tell us they have invested in marketing automation systems that they want to put to work. After all, the more relevant, the more your emails work like a salesperson working one-on-one. The post Why Marketing Automation Does Not Work appeared first on NuSpark Marketing. You’ve likely heard the information technology gurus.

Stop working so hard on your marketing

Biznology

I work with many clients (I just can’t hold down a job), and I see one thing over and over. What I see all the time is the idea that we need to work really hard on our marketing to do something that has never been done before, and will take the industry by storm. The post Stop working so hard on your marketing appeared first on Biznology. Clever. So smart. Like this post?

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5 Reasons Your Mobile Strategy Isn’t Working

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Whether you completely neglected to build a website for your mobile platform or there’s a lacking call to action, there are common mobile faux pas than can result in lost loyalty, brand following and even support.

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Are You Addicted to Work? [Flowchart]

Hubspot

How many of you out there wrestle with the urge to work outside of normal working hours? If you have a hard time taking a break from work to the point where your physical and mental health are on the decline, it's very possible you're actually addicted to work. Working too much might not sound like a serious problem. So, are you addicted to work?

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Why Coupons Work [Infographic]

Hubspot

My gym is located next to a Walgreens and across the street from a CVS. When I need headache medication, more shampoo, or a pair of scissors, I always plan my trips to the pharmacy after a sweat session. Which pharmacy do you think I go to? You might think that I''d go right next door, as Walgreens sometimes has lower prices and it''s a more convenient location. It''s become a routine.

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BANT May Not Work in Qualifying Leads for Industrial Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

It made a lot of sense from salesperson’s point of view because they want to know up front if the prospect has the money or can […] The post BANT May Not Work in Qualifying Leads for Industrial Sales by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article.

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Your client is your work-time spouse

Biznology

Just because we’re digital and work in the cloud doesn’t mean everyone does. They choose you because they like you, trust you, and want to spend time with you during their work hours. Clients choose you for three reasons: 1) to do the job 2) what hiring you says about them 3) to have a cool new work-time best friend. We spend upwards of 16-hours-a-day working.

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How Content Marketing Works on Pinterest

Writing on the Web

So how does your content marketing strategy work for this site? When Business Blogging Works Too Well… Content Marketing: Connect the Dots and Drive Results. For a social media site to truly step into the spotlight, it has to have something special. Pinterest is one show-stopping sharing site that has taken the Web world by storm. What to Share. Inspire your followers!

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When all the hard work on social media … just doesn’t work

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Nobody has worked harder to build a digital consulting business than Ray. And, it didn’t work. The following post is about the choice I made to leave my company, NewRayCom to work in a Call Center. When social media doesn’t work. thought I had thrown away the last six years working as a digital marketer. And, it didn't work. What went wrong?

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Effective Industrial Content Marketing Requires Working Closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Industrial Marketing Today

It is not too difficult to prove effectiveness with top of the funnel results such as increased traffic, page views, content downloads and newsletter signups. […] The post Effective Industrial Content Marketing Requires Working Closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. This is only a content summary.