November, 2011

Biznology

How to set up your Google+ Brand Page right

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. Last week, I wrote Maximize your SEO benefit on Google+ in 8 simple steps before Google opened up G+ Brand Pages, so first go read what I wrote in the previous post (because all of the advice still applies).

Google Plus was born prematurely and you should take advantage

Biznology

There is unnecessary unrest that has been buffeting the launch of Google’s newest online social network, Google Plus, and the reason for that is simple: Google was forced to launch G+ because Twitter blocked Google’s real-time and direct access to Twitter updates.

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Maximize your SEO benefit on Google+ in 8 simple steps

Biznology

Image by entertailion via Flickr. Let me boil my last post, Google Plus was born prematurely and you should take advantage , down to practical pieces.

The art of writing the perfect blogger pitch

Biznology

Image by Sean MacEntee via Flickr. Over the last five years that Abraham Harrison has been pitching bloggers on behalf of clients, we have learned a thing or two about how best to reach bloggers, how to engage them, how to get them to carry our client’s message to their readership. Whether we’re doing an outreach to the bloggers of mainstream media and celebrity blogs or to someone who has just set up a blog for the first time, it all begins with the message model.

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.

Are Daily Deals Sites a Good Deal for Your Business?

Biznology

Image by Getty Images via @daylife. Lots of conflicting evidence exists around deals sites, with opinions running the gamut from “they’re awesome” to “run far, run fast.” ” And certainly, judging by what’s happened to Groupon’s stock price since its IPO a few weeks back, the bloom is off the rose. But does that mean that daily deals are DOA? I doubt it.

Bean counters and Innovators: Facing off on social media ROI

Biznology

Image by seanmcmenemy via Flickr. ROI or no ROI? The answer depends on which side of the business case you sit at: asking for the investment or holding the purse.

Google’s new strategy: We do everything

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. Several years ago, I wrote a post called What’s Google’s Strategy? where I broke down the search giant’s real business model: advertising anything everywhere. And while I have had more to say over the last few years, I never really felt the need to redo that post because I hadn’t seen anything fundamentally changing about Google’s strategy.

Streamlining Efficiencies: Pushing Without Losing Innovation

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. My last post, about Steve Jobs’ passing , seems to have put me in mind of how innovation happens. One of Jobs’ secrets was that he always kept pushing innovation, even though Apple was growing larger and larger.

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.

Internet Industry Assumptions Can Be Dangerous for SMB’s

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. I read a post this week from one of the Internet marketing industry’s big names, John Jantsch. His premise was that we would all be using search engines less and less as we move toward an app centric world.

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Is there still room for new social networks?

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. If you’re like me, you probably remember a period not too long ago when you couldn’t open your e-mail without getting another invitation to join a new social network.

Mr. Executive: What Are You Really Saying About Internet Marketing?

Biznology

Image by Getty Images via @daylife. Part of what I do for a living is educate business people from the rank and file up through the C-level in organizations regarding Internet and social media monitoring. What I find fascinating is the resistance that many VPs, EVPs and C-level types put up with regard to them actually learning something about the Internet space. Typical responses when talking about their own level of education in this mission critical space include. I don’t have the time.

Google+ for Business doesn’t have a lot of pluses

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Perhaps you saw the announcement of Google+ for Business–it made big news for a day, but there isn’t that much to say about it. Honestly, if you understand how Google+ for individuals works, it will take about ten minutes to get up to speed on Google+ for Business, which is rather disappointing, because after months of development, Google added just a few fields for a business name and a photo.

I am thankful for the Internet industry

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. I don’t usually go with obvious themes but today I will. It’s about time because, looking back, looking around, and looking forward, I have a lot to be thankful for.

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.

Content Is the Foundation of a Good Link Building Strategy

Biznology

Image by Profound Whatever via Flickr. There are two parts of a search engine optimization campaign. The first involves keyword research and optimizing the actual website by incorporating selected keywords naturally into the content and meta tags of each page of the website.

Google+? No, Google Place

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. Wow, there is quite a bit of buzz around Google+ business pages. Most of it is complaining (surprise, surprise) while the rest of it is the expert examination and advice of a tool that has been out in the wild for a couple of days. I guess that’s like a year in Internet time because the “expert” advice is flying around like a “you-know-what” storm. As a result, I am taking my usual position of the Internet and social media marketing contrarian.

Organizational Social Media for Financial Services

Biznology

Image by Sean MacEntee via Flickr. Just because you know how to use social media doesn’t mean that you know how to make it work in an organization.

What text analytics do you need for social listening?

Biznology

Image by Johan Larsson via Flickr. Most of you know that I serve as Chief Strategist for Converseon , who offers social media listening services, among many other consulting and activation services. Most of you probably also know that I have over 20 years experience in text analytics (OK, I am old). So, you might be wondering how social media and text analytics work together. If so, you have come to the right place.

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.

Google giveth and taketh away search metrics

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. Lots of folks are aware of how much tumult exists in digital marketing techniques. We know that there is a new social media opportunity every day, that now mobile is “an imperative” (finally), and that even in venerable search marketing, nothing ever stands still. Just look at all the changes in local search over the last few years as evidence.

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.

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)?

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.

Making Marketing Agility Cool

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Chief Marketing Officers take pride in being the trendsetters around the corporate corral – the arbiters of hip, the sharpest dressers, the consummate gadgeteers. But when it comes to using data to support decision making, the CMO is likely not to be the smoothest operator.

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.

Neuromarketing Research: 3 Keys that Trigger a Buying Decision

Writing on the Web

The study of the buying decision process, or neuromarketing, has had a tremendous impact on content marketing. More brands are being studied in laboratories around the world as consumers are being hooked up to brain imaging machines, fMRI , EEG and other devices so that they are monitored while they read marketing messages and make decisions. Neuromarketing is extremely expensive market research to do, but fortunately most brains work the same, with some exceptions for age and gender.

Video 2: Benefits of Lead Nurturing and Better Conversion Tactics; a Lead Generation ROI Calculator

NuSpark

This is the second video in an ongoing series on optimizing your marketing and lead management efforts.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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

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.

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.

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).

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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Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

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