November, 2011

Make Your CFO a Social Media Fan

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Social media definitely pays off, but you’ve got to focus on the approach not the tools. Social Media has hit the mainstream these days but the big concern on every product marketer’s mind has been how to justify the ROI? Never is that more true than at budget time.

As Business Goes Social, CIOs Sit on Sidelines

Paul Gillin

The disconnect between CIOs and the emerging world of social business became clear to me at a conference I attended about two years ago. I entered the room late, but figured I could quickly catch up on the proceedings by checking the Twitter stream of attendees.

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Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity

Sure, teenagers spend a lot of time on YouTube, but did you know that three-quarters of business executives watch work-related online videos weekly? Or that 73% of U.S. companies now use social media for marketing (though the figure varies widely based on size of company)?

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

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

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.

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B2B Marketers: 10 Ways to Juice Your Facebook Fan Page

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Have you ever been the only one dining in a restaurant? If you have, and if you are anything like me, I’m sure it took a while to shake off the depression. It’s pretty grim when the kitchen is as quiet as the dining room.

10 Reasons I Am One Nanosecond Away from Deleting your Email

B2B Marketing Traction

You only have a moment to get someone’s attention when you send them an email. Why do so many emails get deleted by the recipient? There is no business or person’s name in the email From field. There is no subject line. Your subject line is irrelevant to me.

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12 Ways to Avoid Being a Dork on Twitter

Webbiquity

Note: a version of this original post appeared previously on the B2B Twitterer of the Year (B2BTOTY) blog. If you regularly read blogs like this, you’re probably already a Twitter pro. This post will be review for you. But, you also almost certainly come across new followers and others who haven’t attained your level of expertise. You know the type. You may want to pass this along as needed. Complete your Twitter bio.

Basic Human Motivation: 4 Ways to Engage Readers

Writing on the Web

If you are writing content designed to persuade and influence, you need to know what makes people tick. photo courtesy of digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.net ). There are universal drives that are common in all human beings, across cultures, across the globe.

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.

The last of the anti-social marketing tactics

Chris Koch

Taglines are the last bastions of a classic, one-way marketing messaging strategy, preserving marketing’s perceived right to tell customers what to think. In truth, customers have never listened, except in a few cases of companies with the budget muscle to pound the tagline into customers’ heads over and over again though mass marketing and TV. In B2B marketing, we’ve never been given the right to tell customers what to think, much less the budgets to pound a tagline into their minds.

Romi Mahajan leaves Microsoft to Join Metavana as CMO

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Long time friend and well respected CMO buddy of mine Romi Mahajan is leaving Microsoft to join Metavana. Romi has been profiled on my blog several times so its only fitting that reached out to find out why. What follows is a transcript of what I learned.

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New eBook: Pay-Per-Click for B2B Lead Generation; The Ultimate Guide to Paid Search

NuSpark

So I was reading with some interest the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report from Marketing Sherpa because I always like to see B2B marketers’ top challenges in their businesses, which not surprisingly, is generating quality leads. 78% of their biggest challenge is generating quality leads. Second on the list is generating a high volume of leads; 49%. In general, their biggest priority is, of course, lead generation, and then converting quality leads into customers.

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The Seven Sins of Marketeing Automation System Selection

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ll be giving a Webinar this Thursday on evaluating marketing automation software, sponsored by Neolane. Part of the content will be a list of Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing System Selection. I thought that was worth a blog post of its own. So here goes. Ignoring Users.

Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

40 (of the) Best SEO Guide, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a key component in designing and developing an effective website , as well as the core of web presence optimization (WPO).

What is Newsjacking?

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Earlier this morning, marketing author and advisor (to Eloqua, among others) David Meerman Scott published a new e-book enticingly titled, Newsjacking: How to Inject Your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage (Wiley).

B2B Marketers Need To Wake Up and Get Social

Marketing Insider Group

A year ago, Forrester released their CMO Mandate: Adapt or Perish where they spoke about the large number of CMOs who are seeking to transform their upended marketing organizations in 2011.

B2B Marketing is Just B2P. Right?

Digital B2B Marketing

B2B salespeople are looking to talk to people that influence or make decisions for business purchases. Businesses do not make decisions. People make decisions on behalf of businesses. And outside of some trusts run by lawyers following the direction of legal documents, this has always been the case.

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.

The Homer Simpson Guide to Neuromarketing

Writing on the Web

Content marketing experts and the people who write marketing messages ought to understand how consumers’ brains work if they want to engage and create trust and loyalty.

6 Creative Ways to Make Content More Visual

Hubspot

We humans are visual creatures, and sometimes the best way for us to learn or understand a new concept is to actually see it. After all, that's why they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words," right? So if humans love visuals, why not leverage that fact on your blog and in other content creation?

On-Page SEO: Eight Techniques for On-Page Website Optimization

Webbiquity

While search engines use hundreds of signals to determine how any particular web page should rank for a given search phrase query, all of those signals feed into two primary measures: relevance and authority. Relevance is principally determined by content and other site-wide or on-page factors. For example, on a search for information about a specific breed of dog, a page devoted to that breed would typically be deemed more relevant than a page about dogs in general.

5 Marketing Problems Google+ Says It Can Solve

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Modern marketers face a slew of problems: a fractured media environment, a need to target and segment messaging across platforms, a noisy marketplace. Social media was supposed to help address many of these issues.

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.

5 Steps To Get Your Social Media Game On

Marketing Insider Group

Are you thinking about getting started in social media personally? Don’t worry, you are not alone. You are not the last one to drag your feet a bit and jump on the social bandwagon!

Klout’s Best Move: Making You Not Care About Your Score

Digital B2B Marketing

Were you upset by Klout’s recent algorithm change? Do you pay less attention to Klout than you did before the algorithm changes? If so, you may be doing exactly what Klout wants you to do. If you care about grades in school, you study for your exam. The algorithm is clear (test results, possibly quizzes, attendance or participation) and you work to influence the result.

It Might Be Time to Make Age One of Your Segmentation Criteria

NuSpark

Any demand generation expert worth her salt (and consulting fee) will advise you to segment your sales leads. In its simplest form, segmentation is the process of sorting the names in your lead database into neat little piles. Not unlike what you do on laundry day.

How to Create a Google+ Business Page in 5 Simple Steps

Hubspot

Google has announced the launch of Google+ Pages , pages specifically engineered for businesses on Google+. While Google indicated that Google+ Pages wouldn't be immediately accessible to all, it looks like they're actually becoming readily available. (In

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.

Eight Factors to Consider When (Re)Launching a Business Blog

Webbiquity

Over the last decade, business blogs have gone from being a novelty to a leading-edge practice to an essential element for any company seeking to optimize its presence on the web. According to Small Business Trends and HubSpot , the percentage of businesses with blogs has increased from less than half in 2009 to nearly two out of three in 2011. Why are so many companies now embracing blogging?

Marketers Do a Bad Job Selecting Marketing Automation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

I presented my Seven Deadly Sins of Marketing Automation Software Selection during last week’s Webinar with Neolane. (To To replay the Webinar, click here.) If you’re wondering how many companies actually commit those sins, the sad answer is: a lot. Here are some statistics.

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How To Create Marketing That Doesn’t Suck

Marketing Insider Group

Consumers are bombarded with thousands of marketing messages per day. Millions of Americans have joined the U.S. “Do Do Not Call” list. And who doesn’t skip television ads or throw away unsolicited direct mail? As a result, response rates to traditional advertising are down.

Klout’s Best Move: Making You Not Care About Your Score

Digital B2B Marketing

Were you upset by Klout’s recent algorithm change? Do you pay less attention to Klout than you did before the algorithm changes? If so, you may be doing exactly what Klout wants you to do. If you care about grades in school, you study for your exam. The algorithm is clear (test results, possibly quizzes, attendance or participation) and you work to influence the result.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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