2009

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5 Steps for Brainstorming Your Marketing Plan

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Tweet. One of the most fun aspects of marketing planning can be brainstorming. Here are ways to make sure your marketing brainstorming is fun and productive. Invite the right people. Don’t brainstorm in a marketing silo.

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5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets

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Tweet. One of the networks I belong to, ProVisors , advocates the use of one-sheets or one-pagers that describe each member’s differentiators and the benefits of the service(s) they provide. See samples at the end of this post.)

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Do You Have a Marketing Plan for 2010?

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Tweet. If you haven’t yet done your marketing plan for 2010, don’t panic. There is still time. If you have already done your plan, check it against some of our marketing planning success tips below. Marketing Plan Success Tips. Keep it simple.

Does Your Marketing Convey Your Values?

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This year I was introduced to a great resource: Mark Lefko of The Lefko Group, a corporate retreat and facilitation company, offers a free eBook on a topic that he has a passion for: the value-based organization

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The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts.

Trust: Get It, Measure It, Grow It Online or Offline

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Tweet. I just finished reading two books about trust, Trust Agents and The Trusted Advisor.

Which Way Will You Go With Your Marketing?

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Boost Your Business with New Incite. Strategic marketing consulting, marketing implementation, and marketing results measurement for (B2B) technology and manufacturing companies. Get more qualified leads; Launch successful new products

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Does your Headshot Paint a Thousand Words?

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In talking to my graphic designer, Trish Weber, we stumbled upon the topic of tips for taking great business photos for marketing purposes. Many business people are more casual that ten years ago, but I thought this would be helpful for

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Quit Yer Pitchin'

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This week I got a direct message as a result of following someone on Twitter. It said something like, Thank you for following me. I look forward to reading your tweets. If you need my XYZ services, I would be happy to help

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Make No Mistake: How Worst-Practices Derail Successful ABM Efforts

This Quick Study Slide Show from Node identifies the common mistakes of ABM executions and offers practical advice to help teams avoid them.

12 Questions SEO Vendors May Not Want You to Ask?

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And the Answers You Should Expect to Hear. The search engine optimization field is extremely fragmented, with companies ranging from solo independent consultants working from their garages to large established organizations

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Do Automated Twitter Tools Game Social Networking?

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This week I met with Jeff Hayes of The Vector Group, who is working with me to create a plan to measure and reduce my carbon footprint. As usual we talked about blogging and Twitter. Jeff mentioned that it would be great to highlight

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Why Brand Impressions on Facebook are Way Better than Email

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I recently compared the brand impression that I get from a company that I subscribe to via email versus on Facebook. The Greenopia emailed newsletter comes to my Microsoft Outlook, and I can scroll through it and view (in a cramped

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Recession Accelerates Marketing Trends Caused by Disruptive Technology

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Forrester Research reports that 71% of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) have cut budgets. Most of the reduction is in traditional marketing: 61% in TV, Radio and Magazine advertising and 52% in direct mail. Email has been cut 11% and

How to Choose a Web Development Company

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A friend who is starting a new company contacted me recently for a referral to a web development company that could create a great web site but not break the bank. Choosing a web development company is difficult for most businesses

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7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

Why Written Plans Improve Web Site Project Success

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Studies have shown that up to 30% of web site projects fail. What can be done to avoid this? When creating a new or updating an existing web site, marketing professionals have a tough role to play. They have to understand the web site

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The Big Question June 2009: Where is Your Time Spent?

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This is a great question posted on ASTD's Learning Circuits Blog. The original question posed to ASTD's LC Blogger Tony Karrer was: What is your typical day like? How do you do all you do and all the consulting and still remain

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There Are No Secrets to Social Networking, SEO and Web Development

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I got good comments on my last post, SEO Industry has some Snake Oil, But Also Much Success. In it I wrote that the SEO and web development industries are relatively young and fragmented with audiences that often don't understand the

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SEO Industry Has Some Snake Oil, But Also Much Success

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This week I read Nick Baron's blog entry, SEO is today's snake oil. Nick is a trend spotting and new media consultant who authors the Societrends blog. Nick's opinion is that SEO experts are selling snake oil - that anyone who can read

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Less is More when you Pitch

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One of the important roles for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) in business-to-business (B2B) marketing is to ensure consistent and effective communications throughout the organization. As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for your

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B2B Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) Must Change

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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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Technology Marketers Adopt Web 2.0 Earlier

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The pain of this economic downturn, combined with the availability of cost-effective marketing technologies, is forcing a necessary shift to new, more desired, marketing tactics. In his BNet technology blog, Michael Hickins references a

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Strategic B2B Marketing Tactics to Get You Through the Recession

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Blog entries and articles about how to market in this recession seem ubiquitous. Everywhere you go, someone has an opinion on this. Here's mine. Focus your marketing messages on cost savings and revenue generation

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30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Less Email, More Web 2.0

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As job losses and market downturns increased in the beginning of this year, I wanted a way to reach out to technology and manufacturing businesses to provide some marketing new insight. But I just couldn't bring myself to send out yet

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Does Your Marketing Convey Your Values?

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Tweet. This year I was introduced to a great resource: Mark Lefko of The Lefko Group , a corporate retreat and facilitation company, offers a free eBook on a topic that he has a passion for: the value-based organization. I downloaded and read Unlock the Power of Your Team: How to Build a Powerful Organization Through Principles and Values one afternoon.

5 Steps for Brainstorming Your Marketing Plan

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One of the most fun aspects of marketing planning can be brainstorming. Here are ways to make sure your marketing brainstorming is fun and productive. Invite the right people. Don't brainstorm in a marketing silo

How Live Blogging Makes You a Better Blogger

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Tweet. I don’t know about you, but one of the challenges for someone new to blogging is researching and writing entries without spending tons of time. I’m pretty conscientious about my blog entries. I don’t want to put out only my opinion nor do I want to generate fluffy or light blog entries. I want to reference other opinions, videos, blog entries, etc. so that readers get value. Last month I live-blogged at a conference.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.

How Live Blogging Makes You a Better Blogger

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Tweet. I don’t know about you, but one of the challenges for someone new to blogging is researching and writing entries without spending tons of time. I’m pretty conscientious about my blog entries. I don’t want to put out only my opinion nor do I want to generate fluffy or light blog entries. I want to reference other opinions, videos, blog entries, etc. so that readers get value. Last month I live-blogged at a conference.

Is Your About Us Page First or Last?

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Tweet. In my last blog entry, Trust: Get It, Measure It, Grow It Online or Offline , I wrote about what I learned in reading the books Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith and The Trusted Advisor by David Maister et al. The exercise made me think of an issue I’ve seen on a lot of web sites: the position of the About Us page. I take note when an About Us page is the first one on a web site menu.

Is Your About Us Page First or Last?

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Tweet. In my last blog entry, Trust: Get It, Measure It, Grow It Online or Offline , I wrote about what I learned in reading the books Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith and The Trusted Advisor by David Maister et al. The exercise made me think of an issue I’ve seen on a lot of web sites: the position of the About Us page. I take note when an About Us page is the first one on a web site menu.

5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets

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Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.

How To Make Sure Your Drip Marketing Campaigns Are Not Water Torture

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How To Make Sure Your Drip Marketing Campaigns Are Not Water Torture

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Tweet. A fellow consultant emailed me recently and asked, “What is a drip marketing campaign?” ” I explained that the phrase refers to marketing communications that are systematically dripped over time to a prospect to stay in touch and inform them about the product or service you are selling.

Does your Headshot Paint a Thousand Words?

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Tweet. In talking to my graphic designer, Trish Weber , we stumbled upon the topic of tips for taking great business photos for marketing purposes. Many business people are more casual that ten years ago, but I thought this would be helpful for those of you who want to put your best foot forward. If business casual: Medium to dark shirts with collars. No T-shirts or loud patterns!

Quit Yer Pitchin’

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Tweet. This week I got a direct message as a result of following someone on Twitter. It said something like, “ Thank you for following me. I look forward to reading your tweets. If you need my XYZ services, I would be happy to help. Visit my website, www.XYZ.com.” ” It was nice to get a thank you, but there is a pitch embedded in it! A better message (and I assumed it was direct) was from one of the first people I started following, Mike Stelzner, author of Writing Whitepapers.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

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