October, 2011

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Marketing’s Perfect Storm: Copywriting, Optimization & Technology

B2B Marketing Traction

There’s a perfect storm brewing in successful marketing campaigns these days, and there are three key components: great copywriting, optimization, and use of technology.

What if There Were Nothing As Sure As Marketing, Death and Taxes?

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…and Marketing? What if marketing were regulated the way taxes are? Would the world be a different place? As another tax deadline looms I’m reminded of this question that often comes to my mind. What if marketing were regulated and legislated like taxes?

Why I Hate Fear-based Selling….

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I hate fear-based selling. You know, the kind where the seller lets you know one way or another that if you don’t buy their product or service you’re going to lose out.

How Dare You Call That Article a Whitepaper?

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If I see another online article masquerading as a whitepaper, I think I will scream! It is not OK to slap a few paragraphs together, upload the finished document, and invite visitors to your website to “Download Our Whitepaper.” ” It happened a few years ago.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog in Your Marketing Plan

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Are you thinking of implementing the newest marketing tactics, such as social media, in your next marketing campaign? It’s important to look before you leap, and have a clear understanding of your customers and your industry when you plan your marketing.

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B2B Marketer: Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?

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In business there are hedgehogs and there are foxes. I believe the concept applies to marketers, too. In the book Good to Great , Jim Collions wrote that great companies acted more like hedgehogs – simple, dowdy creatures that know one thing and stick to it.

What Do I Spend on My Marketing Budget? Part 1

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Blog entry excerpted from the Marketing chapter written by Jennifer Beever in The Book on Business from A to Z. Business owners and marketing managers often ask how to figure out what their marketing budget should be. Here’s a classic marketing consultant answer: “ It depends.

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Fuel Your Online Marketing Machine with Dynamic Content

B2B Marketing Traction

Does your online content make your phone ring? It did mine recently – I received a call about a post I did in 2009 from an executive at a financial services company on the East Coast.

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.

You Paid for More Traffic to Your Website – Now What?

B2B Marketing Traction

If you’re a business owner, chances are you’ve spent a lot on online marketing. You invested in a great corporate website. Then you paid for search engine optimization (SEO) and perhaps Pay-Per-Click Advertising (PPC). You got traffic, but did you get results?

When social media destroys a career — The business case for being a fake

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A guest post by {grow} community member Leslie Lewis. Leslie Lewis is not my real name. You don’t need to know my real name, and you may never know it. Here’s why. I’ve worked in social media since 2005, and I knew I needed a tightly controlled message and presence online.

Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real.

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I hesitate to be drawn into the Klout firing line again but I have had so many requests from the {grow} community to comment on the Klout Meltdown this week that I guess I need to respond. At the risk of adding to Klout weariness, here are a few observations. My Klout score dropped from 82 to 64.

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The business case for Facebook, in one sentence

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What is the most-debated question in social media today? One candidate is, “Should my company have a Facebook page?” ” The tension comes from several angles. It could be due to: The company is not culturally-ready to deal with comments from real people.

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.

A glimpse of the next generation of social media entrepreneurs

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columinst. One of my children attends a private school that is offering a new class called “The Evolution of Society.’ ’ I recently had the opportunity to sit in on this class and if the kids in this course are any indication, watch out!

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

Modern Marketing

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic.

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How.

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Are there any ethical bloggers left out there?

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With your kind support, {grow} has become a fairly popular blog. With this distinction, I’m deluged with requests to do sponsored posts (companies offering to pay for their promotional content to show up as a blog post).

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.

Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Thinking in those terms, Beanstalk Data is a tasty morsel.

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” ” – General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns.

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7 Ideas for Advanced Social Media Education

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For the past three years I have been teaching college or graduate level classes in social media marketing. Executives are clamoring for the next level of education in this area and so I’ve been wondering … what would an Advanced Social Media Class look like?

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Why Your Marketing Needs Real-Time Data

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Another Advertising Week in New York is upon us and so far I have seen some great presentations from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quantcast, comScore, and even Yahoo! However, if there is one thing that is becoming painfully clear to me is the need to be relevant to your audience – whether you are advertising to them, being social with them, or just creating the right kind of conversations about your brand.

How do you make your content go viral — offline?

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You’re probably stressed. It’s likely that you (and your customer contacts) are doing the job that used to be done by three people. The information density of our wold is overwhelming. Budgets and resources have been cut.

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5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service.

Please. Stop making your company blog suck.

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Mark Schaefer on Blogging. Let’s face it. Company blogs suck. They just do, at least most of the time. But they don’t have to and I’m on a mission to bring the world my message of blog anti-suckology.

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.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. It was great getting the perspective of marketers outside of technology. But they call it “financial services” for a reason: They have all of the same struggles as technology services companies—with the added complication of tons of regulatory requirements.

B2B and B2C Marketing Automation: Understanding the Differences

Customer Experience Matrix

As you might have guessed from my recent list of B2C marketing automation systems , I’ve recently been spending some time helping consumer marketers to select vendors. This is more a return than a departure: although I’ve written mostly about B2B systems for the past few years, my earlier work was largely in consumer marketing. Like any traveler, I’ve returned home with some new perspectives. Here are some observations - consumer marketers have to build databases; B2B marketers don’t.

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Content Will Not Be King

Digital B2B Marketing

Nearly every marketer in every industry has heard the cry “ Content is King “ Even the cover of Ad Age was emblazoned with Content is King last month, complete with a crown.

What is Web Presence Optimization, and Why Should I Care?

Webbiquity

Web presence optimization (WPO) is the art and science of being found online. As indicated in the masthead of my blog, it has both an explanational definition (The fusion of SEO, search marketing, social media, reputation management, content marketing and social PR) and a reasonal one (Being omnipresent on the web for the search phrase that uniquely describes you or your organization.) It’s the evolution of search engine optimization (SEO), or alternatively, SEO on steroids.

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.

Swabbing the Decks of the Titanic: Why You Should Learn Programming

B2B Memes

Last week journalism professor Matt Waite wrote a blog post worrying about the typical defeatist reaction of journalism students when faced with a coding challenge, whether in HTML, JavaScript, or other language: “I can’t do this,” they tell him. This is impossible. I’ll never get this.”

5 Reasons Content Marketing is Getting Harder

Writing on the Web

I hate to be a purveyor of gloom, there’s too much of that around these days. But I’ve been thinking about this and want to share my thoughts with you. Here are some reasons content marketing is getting more challenging. There exists: A shift away from focusing on your products and services (what you know well). A shift towards the reader/customer and their needs (what you may not know very well). A business environment that is changing rapidly (what is unknown).

12 Internet Trends You Need To Know From Mary Meeker

B2B Marketing Insider

Every year I look forward to the amazing insights provided by Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit. Mary moved from Morgan Stanley to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

Does integrity make you a social media loser?

Chris Koch

In three plus years of tweeting, I’ve picked up what I perceive to be the general etiquette for engaging on Twitter. I’ve also done research asking B2B marketers how they engage and how they educate their employees and SMEs to engage. I’ve rolled all that up into an approach that I doubt constantly. I don’t seem to be alone. Lots of people seem to be having Twitter identity crises these days.

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.