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Why the Term “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Creates Serious Confusion – Part I

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Tweet. SiriusDecisions made a brilliant contribution to B2B marketing several years ago when they created their Demand Waterfall. That “waterfall” is a metaphor for key funnel stages.

Aha! Marketing Leaders Reveal Their Most Powerful Marketing Insights from 2011

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Tweet At the B2B Summit 2011 in San Francisco, Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content at MECLABS, asked me and a few other attendees to reveal our most important “aha” moments in 2011. Our responses are compiled in the video below; hearing what my colleagues had to say produced even more “aha” moments for me, and I’m sure they will for you, too. In fact, this will be well worth investing nine minutes to watch if you want a serious dose of inspiration and insight.

Moving from Demand Generation to Revenue Performance Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

We had no more announced the subject of our last B2B Lead Generation Roundtable Webinar – 2011 Lead Generation Trends and Challenges , presented by our own selling expert and Director of Best Practices, Dave Green – when Eloqua posted this blog about the “next frontier of competitive advantage.”.

Do You Expect Your Inside Sales Team to Practice Alchemy?

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Tweet Too many marketers think that their inside sales teams are alchemists. They dump data that’s absolute garbage into the top of the sales funnel and expect sales lead gold to come out the other side.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment

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Tweet In the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , 1,745 marketing organizations revealed that trade shows took up the biggest chunk of their marketing budget – over 21%. Yet, they only ranked fourth in marketing effectiveness, under websites, SEOs, and emails.

Email Marketing: Where’s the Innovation?

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Tweet I always look forward to the announcement of the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Award winners; they’re a great source of inspiration. In fact, just couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the B2B Best in Show Winner’s unexpected email approach grew its subscriber base by millions.

Lessons from a B2B Summit Coach: Five Steps to Cut through the Noise, Turn off the Hype and Create a B2B Social Media Program that Works

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Tweet If you’re struggling with managing social media programs in the B2B marketplace, Zuzia Soldenhoff-Thorpe (pictured at below) has some news for you: Most of your peers are too. Why is she so certain?

Webinar Replay: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

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Tweet Warning: If you watch only the first few minutes of this webinar, you might get discouraged about the state of marketing today. However, if you watch the webinar through the end, you’re going to be excited about marketing’s potential for driving more revenue than ever before.

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.

Is Social Media Really Living Up to Expectations?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Over the holidays, I had some time to really dive into the LinkedIn B2B LeadGen Roundtable discussions. One started by Ann Thornley-Brown , President & CEO, Executive Oasis International, Toronto, caught my attention. She started the discussion in August, yet members continue to provide feedback. Ann wanted to know how happy the group was with the lead generation results of their social media campaigns. Are your efforts on LinkedIn and Twitter paying off?” she queried.

My Key Takeaways as a B2B Summit Clinic Coach: Top lessons from real-world marketers and actionable ideas to drive marketing success

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Tweet I just got back from this year’s round of MarketingSherpa B2B Summits in Boston and San Francisco, where I provided one-on-one coaching to attendees, marketers from Fortune 500 organizations, leading private companies, and emerging businesses. You can read more about who attended here.).

Marketing Wisdom: In the end, it’s all about…

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If you’re looking for some marketing wisdom and inspiration, my MECLABS colleague, Daniel Burstein wrote a post on the MarketingSherpa Blog, “Marketing Wisdom: In the end, it’s all about…&# that’s definitely worth checking out. He brings together the collective wisdom of a project he spawned by asking bloggers to reveal their most important message; look for posts on twitter with #lastblog. Here are just a few of Daniel’s favorite takeaways that are worth reading….

The Last Blog: It All Begins with Trust

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What if someone asked you what your last words would be? In essence, that’s what Daniel Burstein , Director of Editorial Content for MECLABS, asked of me when he requested I publish my last blog post today. Of course, this isn’t my last post, but I like Daniel’s idea and am honored to join other top bloggers in sharing our most important message. For me, that’s to embrace the power of trust and let it drive everything we do.

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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.

Steal a Chapter from the Sales Strategy Playbook to Improve Marketing ROI

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Tweet A few weeks ago, I wrote about ways to combine sales and marketing knowledge to improve lead generation.

Email Marketing Awards Winner Proves, with Millions of New Subscribers, that It Pays to Share

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Tweet How many emails have you sent prospects and customers this week? How many opened them? How many acted on them? If you’re like most marketers, the answer too often is, “Not enough.”.

Have a minute? Brian Carroll reveals how sales teams pay dearly for cheap data

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Tweet The temptation to buy data at pennies per contact – especially when you have limited resources – can be overwhelming. But whatever you do, you must resist. In the short video below, taken at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Summit in Boston, Brian Carroll explains why. Did you find this valuable? If so, remember, this is merely one of 60,000 minutes of revenue-driving information that is unveiled at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Summit.

Get on the fast track to meet, exceed end-of-year goals

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Tweet The graph at right, published in MarketingSherpa’s 2011 Benchmark Report , provides a snapshot of what marketers care about most. And it’s very telling, especially now. As we approach the fourth quarter, I am acutely aware of why marketers believe generating better leads is a higher priority than generating more leads. In an economy that’s more precarious than ever, there’s simply no room to waste time, budget or resources.

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.

From a Challenging Marketing Past to the Most Promising Marketing Future: Top Takeaways from the 2011 B2B Roundtable Webinars

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Tweet I can’t stress this enough: when it comes to marketing, if we’re not constantly learning, we’re going to find ourselves left behind faster than ever. Some people say I’m an expert in B2B lead generation because I wrote a book on it, but you know what?

Webinar: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

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Tweet I am especially looking forward to the next B2B Lead Roundtable webinar. You should be, too, if you’re eager to find out how you r peers are responding to today’s marketplace, and how this represents an unprecedented opportunity to drive the highest performance from your marketing efforts.

Is Social Media Really Living Up to Expectations?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Over the holidays, I had some time to really dive into the LinkedIn B2B LeadGen Roundtable discussions. One started by Ann Thornley-Brown , President & CEO, Executive Oasis International, Toronto, caught my attention. She started the discussion in August, yet members continue to provide feedback. Ann wanted to know how happy the group was with the lead generation results of their social media campaigns. Are your efforts on LinkedIn and Twitter paying off?” she queried.

The Last Blog: It All Begins with Trust

B2B Lead Generation Blog

What if someone asked you what your last words would be? In essence, that’s what Daniel Burstein , Director of Editorial Content for MECLABS, asked of me when he requested I publish my last blog post today. Of course, this isn’t my last post, but I like Daniel’s idea and am honored to join other top bloggers in sharing our most important message. For me, that’s to embrace the power of trust and let it drive everything we do.

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Moving from Demand Generation to Revenue Performance Management

B2B Lead Generation Blog

We had no more announced the subject of our last B2B Lead Generation Roundtable Webinar – 2011 Lead Generation Trends and Challenges , presented by our own selling expert and Director of Best Practices, Dave Green – when Eloqua posted this blog about the “next frontier of competitive advantage.”.

Why the Term “Marketing-Qualified Lead” Creates Serious Confusion – Part 2

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In my post earlier this week , I outlined the challenge presented by SiriusDecisions’ Demand Waterfall taxonomy, specifically with the phrase “Marketing-Qualified Leads” (MQLs). Another problematic phrase is “sales-accepted leads.”.

Webinar Replay: Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part 2

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Tweet For proven approaches to drive the highest return on the money you’ve invested in marketing and sales this year, watch the replay of the second half of our webinar presentation, “ Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong. ”.

Webinar Replay: Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part I

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Tweet If you attended our most recent B2B Lead Roundtable Webinar, Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part I , you found out that even though the end of the year is less than 125 days away, there’s plenty of time to drive more opportunity through your sales funnel and to the bottom line.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.

B2B Webinar Part 2 – Finish 2011 Strong: Six Funnel Focal Points to Maximize Time, Resources and Revenues

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Tweet Your success hinges on what you accomplish in the time you have, and that is never more true than these last few months of the year as we all race to meet projections, quotas and sales goals. At our next B2B Lead Roundtable webinar, I will once again be joined by an outstanding in-the-trenches marketer, Pamela Markey, MECLABS Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy.

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Yes, you’re in the right place

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As you can see, my blog has a new look. That’s because it isn’t just my blog anymore. There are a multitude of thought-leading voices that deserve a platform, and I look forward to making sure this blog provides that opportunity. This will truly be a roundtable to discuss and explore the best ideas. Click here to see our regular contributors; I look forward to adding more in the coming months. There’s a new name, too.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification.

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The Nifty 50 Top Women of Twitter for 2011

Webbiquity

Few phenomena have ever spread as far and grown as rapidly as social media; obviously, this has tapped into something essential to our nature. What is it? The answer may come from the email marketing field.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

Connect Your Blog to Facebook Automatically

Writing on the Web

Are your blog posts fed automatically into Facebook? The other day I was horrified to learn that a dear client was manually posting his blog articles to Facebook. Yikes! No wonder blogging seems tiresome and time-consuming.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind.

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Are we killing our customers with engagement?

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Facebook is seeing a decline in use. Studies show that users are un-Liking business pages. Consumers are getting savvy and more jaded about businesses use of social media—and they’re responding negatively. The thing is, it’s our own fault.

7 ideas to turn PowerPoint slides into social media marketing gold

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Although PowerPoint has been around for years, it is still the king of presentation software tools. It is an absolutely critical arrow in my business marketing quiver … and for some reasons that might surprise you!

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.