September, 2011

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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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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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Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for?

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale.

Can you make money managing social media?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

In a blog post almost two years about the best business idea for social media marketing , I made a prediction that I think stands up.

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout.

The hidden costs of social media conversation

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

It’s all about the conversation. Have you heard that a thousand times? It’s a ubiquitous mantra of the social web to the point where sometimes I think it takes over as the ultimate goal. It’s not the goal. The goal of any organization is to increase shareholder value … a.k.a.

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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.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

Modern Marketing

by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing.

Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer.

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9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom.

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A broken heart for the social media community

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

My friend Trey Pennington , one of the most popular figures on the social web, committed suicide today. I have been trying to figure out how to deal with this tragedy. I’ve been pushing it down, pushing it down. I want it to go away.

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.

Oops! I made this Social Media mistake. How about you?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Many passionate and hardworking social business operatives are making a business-killing mistake. Proud of their impressive Twitter followings, Facebook crowds and Klout scores they are lulled into a false sense of security.

Social Media — Just flirt with me, won’t you?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Guest post by {grow} community member Krysia Hepatica. As a newly-divorced mom, being both back on the dating scene and trying to establish a new career, my life has been anything but dull. Because I was married at such a young age, I missed out on a lot dating and the drama that goes along with it.

Influence of Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) on Buyer Behavior and Decisions

Tony Zambito

Image by Will Lion via Flickr In my recent article, Buyerology: The New Science of Understanding Buyer Behavior, I introduced the concept of Buyerology and the need for a renewed focus on understanding buyer behavior in the Social Age.

The Blog Tree: New Growth. Fruit for Your RSS Feed [Infographic]

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this A couple weeks ago, I attended Content Marketing World , where I presented on the business value of infographics. Although the conference was chock full o’ content marketing goodness, one line rang most loudly: “You’ve gotta go through the eyes to get to the brain.”.

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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.

What Moneyball Teaches Digital Marketers About Winning

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“Adapt or Die” – Billy Beane.

What is Thought Leadership and Why Do you Need It?

B2B Marketing Insider

These were some of the questions asked recently at the #profschat back on September 16 th by @MProfsEvents and the good folks @MarketingProfs.

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E-Books: The Next Front for Journalists in Transition

B2B Memes

Over the weekend, I read a couple of blog posts that highlighted for me the shifting battlefront in the digital-media wars. Twitter is no longer a matter for debate among thinking journalists. Twitterland is settled, and the analog natives have either converted or consigned themselves to the dustbin of history. The next front is something quite different: e-books.

The Ultimate Facebook Marketing Cheat Sheet

Hubspot

Facebook's social network domination may frequently get challenged by emerging social media platforms like Google+, but the facts remain. With more than 750 million members in its user base, it's still the most popular social network around.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 5 Simple Steps (With Video!)

Hubspot

You may already use Facebook for personal reasons such as keeping up with your friends or sharing photos, but the idea of running a business page on the world's largest social network might still seem intimidating. Where do you start? What should your goals be? How much work will it take?

Experiential Buying Behavior Takes B2B Center Stage

Tony Zambito

Image by davidking via Flickr. In my previous article, Enhance the Buyer Experience with Intelligent Engagement , I referenced a trend I called Experiential Buying. 

Buyerology: The New Science of Understanding Buyer Behavior

Tony Zambito

Image by Taz etc.via Flickr Over the course of the past two years, we’ve seen a marked shift in buyer behavior and buying choices.

Content Strategy Visualized – The Blog Tree Sprouts New Growth

B2B Marketing Insider

The most popular article I’ve written thus far posed the question: “ will content strategy save marketing? ” The question is being asked by marketing leaders at companies large and small.

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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.

[Chart] Does Klout Impact Conversions?

Modern Marketing

by Joel Rothman | Tweet this About 5 years ago, “Social Media” seemed like the hula hoop scene from the Hudsucker Proxy. You know, for kids”. Today, it’s considered an essential part of any complete marketing strategy.

Influence of Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) on Buyer Behavior and Decisions

Tony Zambito

Image by Will Lion via Flickr. In my recent article, Buyerology: The New Science of Understanding Buyer Behavior , I introduced the concept of Buyerology and the need for a renewed focus on understanding buyer behavior in the Social Age. 

The Traditional Marketing Playbook Is Dead!

B2B Marketing Insider

Are you tired of being badgered by sales people before you are ready to buy? In some organizations, the primary role of marketing is simply to help sales make a deal. How do you help them make a deal? You negotiate amazing offers like price reductions and special financing.

5 Content Marketing Questions: #1 What’s the Problem?

Writing on the Web

In a previous post, Writing Web Content that Gets Results: Questions , I reviewed the basic rules of writing web content. In this post, we’ll explore the 5 content marketing questions that will help you organize and simplify your web page and blog writing by asking 5 important questions: What is the problem (pain, predicament)? Why hasn’t this problem been solved? What is possible? What is different now? What should you do now?

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.

Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. If you’re like me (and if you’re not, read this anyway), you’re looking for ways to monitor social media and blog feeds without jumping around to multiple platforms. We’re all busy, and am sure we have our own methods to monitor, share, and comment on the tweets, posts, blogs, and updates we receive each day.

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Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. If you’re like me (and if you’re not, read this anyway), you’re looking for ways to monitor social media and blog feeds without jumping around to multiple platforms. We’re all busy, and am sure we have our own methods to monitor, share, and comment on the tweets, posts, blogs, and updates we receive each day.

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[Chart] Google+ Posts Drop Even as Accounts Rise

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Google+ is growing fast, and most marketers should be considering what, if any, plans they should make for conducting programs through this new social network when they eventually launch their inevitable business offering.

B2B marketing sector bounces back: 57% report rising budgets

The B2B Research Blog

To say it’s been an eventful few years economically is an understatement. First we had the credit crunch and a deep recession. Now deficit reduction measures are biting and bond markets shaking. These turbulent times make the latest instalment of the bi-annual B2B Barometer interesting reading. The survey – conducted in August 2011 and based on the opinions of 137 B2B agencies and marketers – shows that despite strong headwinds, the last 12 months have been rather rosy for most.

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.