Thu.Feb 16, 2012

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Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

Lead generation and demand generation, although related, are at odds with each other. When many B2B marketers say demand generation, they mean lead generation, and the program will be measured on leads and the value of those leads.

Slow Death of the Funnel: Why Buyer Choice Matters to Revenue

Tony Zambito

IT Buying Process © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. This is part 1 of a limited series on why buyer choice modeling is the new view B2B Business must adopt to improve revenue performance and develop long lasting relationships with buyers. .

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The Leadership Gap in B2B Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

CMOs feel largely unprepared for the challenges of today’s marketing challenges when it comes to the changing buyer, the corporate pressures to contribute and the skills and tools they have to work with. And yet much of the B2B Marketing conversation is still on generating leads.

Seven Guides to Better Copywriting


In this age of inbound marketing, content is king. And all content, regardless of format—text, video, audio, presentation—begins with the written word. The ability to arrange words and phrases in ways that capture interest and compel action is a skill at a premium. But good writing isn’t easy.

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

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How to Balance the Content Marketing Equation

It's All About Revenue

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You know the feeling: Just when you think you have something (almost) all figured out, someone goes and blows up your self-image.

7 Rookie Social Media Mistakes From Big Brands


Social media can be tricky. If you do a million things well, they may go unnoticed. But if you make just one bad mistake -- just one -- you can be the source of criticism for months, and maybe even years, to come.

How the Hospitality Industry Can Use Pinterest

WindMill Networking

Pinterest has emerged as a social platform to watch as more businesses jump on board (no pun intended). It lets users organize things they find on the web by creating pinboards then “pinning” items onto boards of each corresponding category.

How to Map Lead Nurturing Content to Each Stage in the Sales Cycle


Lead nurturing is a crucial part of your marketing and sales success. Studies show that 50% of leads are qualified but aren't immediately ready to buy something from you [Source: Gleanster Research]. With lead nurturing , however, you can bring those leads through your sales funnel and garner 4-10 times the response rate compared to a regular email blast while doing it [Source: SilverPop/DemandGen Report].

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

The Value of Tweeting Events

Paul Gillin

A list of tips for building a quality business Twitter following that I recently contributed to The CMO Site mentioned the value of being the eyes and ears of your followers. When you attend a conference, play reporter and tell your followers what you’re witnessing,” I advised. An experience from this morning demonstrates the value of what amounts to sharing notes you would probably take anyway.

Mad Marketing TV – Actionable Marketing for a Mad World

Fearless Competitor

This summary of Mad Marketing TV was created for the press. We wish to share it with you, as you may be unfamiliar with the show. Jeff Ogden. The host of Mad Marketing TV is Jeff Ogden , President of the B2B demand generation and global marketing firm, Find New Customers. What is Mad Marketing TV?

B2B Social Media Should Amplify Traditional Marketing, Not Replace It

Social Media B2B

Some B2B marketers approach social media with shiny object syndrome and think it will solve all their company problems if they can only replace all their traditional marketing with social media marketing. That is a terrible idea.

Teleprospecting and Social Media: 2 Tools Sure To Improve Results

Sales Prospecting Perspectives

By the time you have finished reading this, there will have been 37,349 new profile pictures on Facebook, 3,400 new connections added to your network, 15,654 publicly +1’s,8,700 new viral videos and approximately 1.2 million tweets. (**Editor’s Note: These numbers are completely fictional and used for dramatic emphasis, but I imagine that real numbers are similar.)

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7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

Et Tu, David: Why Raab Associates Became Part of Left Brain DGA

Customer Experience Matrix

You may have seen yesterday’s announcement that Raab Associates’ marketing technology practice* has become part of LeftBrain DGA , an agencyspecializing in demand generation strategy and execution. My role at Left Brain will be to build the “optimization”practice, which means working on marketing analytics as well astechnology. I’m looking forward to deeper involvement in client marketing programs than the project-oriented work at RaabAssociates allowed.

Never Ramble In Your Communications with Busy People

Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies Blog

In today's words of "never" wisdom, Lori Richardson , author of 50 Days to Build Your Sales and CEO of Score More Sales shares an invaluable lesson a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) taught her about email prospecting and email communications. A number of years ago when I worked for a technology startup, I was communicating with a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of a Fortune 500 company. Periodically I'd send him email messages regarding things that needed to get done to move the project forward.

Using QR codes on television: Good or bad?


Imagine a late night of channel surfing. There's nothing worth watching so you stop to check out the latest gadget on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). And, in the right hand corner of your screen you notice that little black squiggly QR code.

What B2B Marketers Need to Know About the Facebook IPO Filing

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Last week I was interviewed by Demand Gen Report regarding the recent IPO filing by Facebook and how it’s going to affect the B2B marketers’ world. You can download the full report here.)

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Ten Ways to Rock Your Trade Shows

B2B Marketing Unplugged

Here it is, only the middle of February and already I have one trade show under my belt. It was a great show and I have nothing but respect for anyone who bets the farm on a show in January in Canada. But sadly I don’t see hopeful signs that marketers and sales people are getting any better at these things. In fact, since my series of rants almost two years ago, I think things might actually be getting worse.

How to Get Optimal Results from Twitter

Fearless Competitor

Twitter has become one of the best ways to get company messages out and share valuable content. But how can you get the most out of Twitter? Jeff Ogden of the B2B demand generation and global marketing firm, Find New Customers , wants to share some new insights.

How Social Media Capitalism Will Affect Your Future Marketing Strategy


We are all living the marketing high life. Today, great inbound marketers can transform their business thanks to “free” traffic and leads from social media and search engines. Sure, this traffic isn’t exactly free — marketers have to invest in time and tools to take advantage of these inbound channels. But inbound leads are still 61 percent less expensive than outbound leads. Can This Last Forever?

No-Cost, Cornball Marketing Can Drive B2B Top-of-Mind Awareness

Marketing Craftmanship

LtoR: Heather Fuller, Andrew Crisp, Percy, Gary Thompson, Mickie Kennedy. Missing: Nimmi, the acrobatic dog.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

A Marketer's Guide to Picking the Perfect Analytics Tool


Stop me if this sounds familiar. You log in to your analytics program and poke around. The data is interesting. The charts are multicolored. And yet, at the end of looking around, you still don't know how to improve your marketing as a result. Been there?

Google is checking your conversions–are you?


Image via Wikipedia. Yesterday, we talked about how Google might have cracked the code on qualified sales leads through search.

eNewsletters – How Much is Too Much?

Savvy B2B Marketing

eNewsletters are a great way to keep in touch with your client base and maintain “top of mind” awareness. If you’re not already sending one out on a regular basis, you really should be. But like any B2B marketing effort, a clumsy execution will do more harm than good.

Why Your Prospects Love Inbound Marketing

Tomorrow People

Your prospects love inbound marketing. But they don’t know it yet. This is because inbound marketing gives both you and your customers a great deal more than a conventional marketing strategy.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Quest for the Perfect B2B Marketing Cocktail

MI6 Marketing Agency

A Twitter Q&A with B2B Marketing Professionals. Every Thursday night a bunch of really smart B2B marketers get together on Twitter to listen, learn, engage and chat on a specific topic. The best way to experience this is to participate live every Thursday from 8 to 9pm Eastern Timezone. You can follow along here and they also have a Linkedin group as well. But, in case you miss one the folks at B2B Marketing Asia , have curated some of the chats using Storify. Thanks for doing this!

Getting the Most Out of Tradeshow Marketing

Client Bridge

Skyline Exhibits , a maker of tradeshow and event exhibits, held a webinar yesterday titled "What's Working in Exhibitiing", intended to give marketers advice for increasing the effectiveness of their participation in tradeshows. Below are some of the highlights from the presentation. How are Exhibitors Increasing Results? Pre-Show Marketing 26%. Selecting Shows and Spaces 23%. Exhibit Design 14%. Lead Management 12%. Booth Staffing 4%. How are Exhibitors Stretching Budgets?

How to Make Social Sell: From Thought Leader to Thought Provoker


Jeff Molander is a professional speaker, author of Off the Hook Marketing: How to Make Social Media Sell for You and adjunct faculty at Loyola University Business School. He blogs at and can be reached at Why is it so difficult to generate actual leads and sales using social media in the B2B world? At risk of my wife divorcing me, I decided to take a year off and find out how those brands who were succeeding with social media were doing it.