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Anything Goes Marketing

On Lead Nurturing - thinking beyond the send

B2B Lead Generation Blog

The challenge today is not in generating leads, but truly connecting with them. That's why lead nurturing matters. This is why I found this post by my friend Ardath Albee titled, " Strategy Beyond the Send " helpful. Ardath's post gives some useful ideas on how we can better connect by thinking, "like your prospects do when they set out to solve a problem. One step leads to another.and another." " I agree.

Helping Your Customers Market to Their Customers

WriteSpark

Have you considered that helping your customers market the value of your products to their customers might be way to increase your company's sales? This strategy goes beyond creating materials for dealers, resellers, and system integrators that may also be appropriate to your product.

Trending Sources

B2B Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) Must Change

B2B Marketing Traction

Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) have high turnover (average tenure is 18 months), and good ones are hard to find. What makes a good CMO in today's challenging B2B environment? The answer is that a good CMO has the ability to change and

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Facebook Marketplace - Time to take another look

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I am sorry I haven't updated my blog in a while - with my new job and writing the book on weekends - spare time has been even more at a premium! But this weekend while writing a chapter of Facebook Marketing for Dummies I was very impressed by the Marketplace on Facebook.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

ConnectAndSell: Novel Solution for Increasing Sales Efficiency

The Point

If part of your lead generation or lead nurturing strategy involves outbound sales calls, then you already know one of the key metrics critical to sales productivity is connection rate – i.e. the percentage of dials that result in live conversations. Typical B2B connection rates range from 15 to 30 percent, which means that [.]. inside sales b2b lead generation lead generation telemarketing telesales

Demand Generation Implementation -- Take My Survey, Please!

Customer Experience Matrix

Update - 4/23/09: I have some preliminary results, but would still like more responses. Click here to take survey. One result of interest: how quickly people deploy the features they eventually use. I had expected people to start slow and add more features over time. Not so much. It seems that by the end of the first month, people have already used 2/3 of the features they will ever use. Interesting.

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study.

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B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study.

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Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

Is Direct Marketing Relevant Anymore?

The Point

DM News, the venerable tabloid that I remember reading while cutting my direct marketing teeth back at Oracle in the late 1980s, is switching from a weekly to bi-weekly publication schedule. This prompted a discussion on LinkedIn wondering if the change augured tougher times ahead for direct marketers. On the contrary: after almost 20 years [.].

Twitter, Common Decency and the Corinthian Spirit

BaseOne

When the penalty kick rule was first introduced to English football in the late 1880s, it was greeted with horror by the Corinthians, the dominant team of the day.

Who is the social media voice for your business?

BaseOne

You don't often hear phrases like "305% ROI" attached to discussions about social media, so I was delighted to read, via Kipp Bodnar , about Forrester's recent research into "live chat" as a sales tool.

Should I cut my marketing budget?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

It depends. If your company is burning furniture to heat the offices, yes. cut the budget! Go through the grieving process, get over it and be the leader your company needs you to be in difficult times. If your company is viable and competitors are struggling, this is the time to be aggressive. It might be wise to INCREASE your spend. The recession will sort out the weak competitors. Are you going to be a market leader when the economy comes back or teetering on collapse?

Is print dead?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

This morning a colleague asked me this question regarding a new health-related magazine he was starting and the prospects for attracting advertisers. Here was my response: Although advertising budgets are rapidly moving toward online media, print is definitely not dead. Paper media still has a couple of advantages. First, your target audience may not have the time or interest to scan the Internet for content.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

MarketingSherpa Seeks Case Study speakers for 2009 B2B Demand Generation Summits

B2B Lead Generation Blog

If you have a great B2B story to tell, think about sharing it with other B2B marketers at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Demand Generation Summit 2009. MarketingSherpa is looking for speakers for the events which will be held September 23-25 in San Francisco and October 23-25 in Boston. These summits feature case studies based on real-life marketers’ actual lessons learned about what is working at this moment in advanced business marketing.

5 steps for using LinkedIn as lead generation tool

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Like many of you, I’m using LinkedIn to connect with work friends and colleagues. But I’ve been intrigued by how LinkedIn has quietly developed into a useful lead generation tool for marketers and sales people to build relationships with potential customers. I’ve discovered that it’s a pretty simple process if you’re willing to invest the time to freely share your expertise and thought leadership with others.

Social Media Relations vs. Traditional PR Skills

WebMarketCentral

The emergence of social media has dramatically changed the role of public relations. While traditional journalists still have significant authority, influence is now more diffused among writers, analysts, bloggers, customers, and other internal and external subject matter experts.

Best of 2008: SEM Landing Pages

WebMarketCentral

Once you've optimized the list of keywords in your search engine marketing campaign, tweaked the bids and crafted stellar ad text to bring visitors to your site, landing page design is critical to converting those visitors into sales or leads.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

Beyond the B2B Buying Funnel: Exciting New Research about How Companies Make Complex Purchases

Modern B2B Marketing

There are entire industries devoted to researching consumer buying behavior, but until now there has been relatively little research into B2B buying behaviors. Marketo recently worked with. Enquiro Research (as well as Google , Business.com , Covario , and Demandbase ) to perform new qualitative and quantitative research into the (often irrational) ways that businesses make complex purchases.