Sat.Jan 14, 2012 - Fri.Jan 20, 2012

Chris Koch

14 Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing One Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

Over the years I’ve assembled a book of sample one sheets that I use to review with clients. With these 1-sheet samples I’ve been able to point out some of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of creating marketing one-pagers.

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Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

Digital B2B Marketing

Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution.

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24 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides, Tips and Tools of 2011


Despite any recent recent rants you may have seen about how blogging is dead or blogs are passé , the fact of the matter is that business blogging is now more important than ever.

Being Pretty Isn’t Enough for Social Media Marketing


Image via Wikipedia. I always tell clients that it is no longer enough to be beautiful when it comes to marketing online. The Internet has become more like an Oscar after-party than it is like the airport Ramada. Online, you’re never the lone beauty in the hotel lounge.

How a CMS Enables B2B Marketing Success

A CMS lies at the heart of a B2B marketing framework

Live Blog: Lotusphere 2012 Opening Session

Paul Gillin

Michael J. Fox kicks off as guest speaker, telling about his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 29 and how it sparked his interest in the Internet. “I found out I was part of a community.”

2 Recent Reports Show Mobile Ads And Apps Are Hot!

Marketing Insider Group

One of my “no-brainer” marketing predictions for 2012 was that mobile advertising and app development would begin to take up more than the meager 1% or less of marketing spend as reported by businesses in 2011.

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Web Presence Optimization Software Review: gShift Labs


gShift Labs is the first (at least that I’m aware of ) integrated software package for managing web presence optimization (WPO). Given that WPO is the fusion of SEO, social media, interactive PR , and online reputation management, that’s a tall order.

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B2B Social Media Opportunities [#B2Bchat Recap]

Digital B2B Marketing

In our most recent #B2Bchat discussion, we looked at a number of social networks and how B2B marketers can take advantage of them, and once again I was pleased to have the opportunity to moderate the lively discussion.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.

Online Advertising Ready To Takeoff In 2012

Marketing Insider Group

Earlier this week, I wrote about the multiple reports coming out that identify massive growth in mobile marketing ad spend and impressions.

B2B Marketers Don’t Get Left Behind

B2B Marketing Traction

There are several trends bubbling up to the top for B2B Marketing right now. If you’re not addressing or implementing them in the near future, you could get left behind by your buyers and your competition. Online content is more important than ever in getting found on the Internet.

Palmisano Reflects on a Decade as IBM’s CEO

Paul Gillin

As he retires from IBM after 10 years as CEO, Sam Palmisano reflects on what he’s learned about leadership, making tough decisions and thinking strategically (video, transcript and downloadable audio).

Three Reasons You Can’t Afford to Ignore the Latest Marketing Trends

Tomorrow People

Market trends 2012. Are they really something your business can afford to ignore? You may think so - or have the belief that if you’re already using tried and tested approaches, you shouldn’t need to change your ways just on the whim of the marketing world.

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9 Must-Have Basic Business Blog Features

B2B Marketing Traction

If you’re just getting started in blogging, it’s not easy to know the basic features you need to include in your blog. There is a lot of information on the Internet about how to blog and about blog features. This post is designed as a checklist for those of you getting started.

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.

A Checklist for 2012 Content Marketing Plans

Writing on the Web

2012 Content Marketing – how did we get here so fast? I’ve been reviewing my 2011 blog posts, email broadcasts, videos , and taking stock. I hope you’re doing the same, so you’ll get an idea of what’s needed for your own business in 2012.

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Fight Internet Censorship

B2B Memes

I have nothing particularly insightful or original to add in the case against Internet censorship represented by the bills up before congress, SOPA and PIPA, but not to say something today would be too miserable an omission to live with.

Turning Funny New Year Resolutions into Serious Business Marketing

Tomorrow People

How to turn funny New Year resolutions into serious business marketing. Wondering what you can do to make your business marketing more effective in 2012? Here’s a thought. Apply funny or daft new year resolutions to develop a wider range of marketing ideas.

Live Blog: Day 2 Kickoff Strikes Transformation Theme

Paul Gillin

Day Two of Lotusphere kicked off with a celebration of business transformation enabled by collaboration technology. Representatives from TD Bank Group and the author of a hot new book told stories of businesses that are rethinking the way business is done.

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.

Live Blog: How to Make Collaboration Cook

Paul Gillin

When building a collaborative workplace, a “build it and they will come” attitude is a recipe for disappointment. Effective deployment strategies demand a mix of promotion, training and tolerance of the adoption strategies that employees choose.

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No more SEO worries for dynamic content?


Image via Wikipedia. If you care about how your site is found in organic search, you must spend some of your time thinking about search engine optimization (SEO). In the olden days (2005), certain kinds of content had no shot of showing up in the search index (and thus, could never be found).

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Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring.

Why does your website need SEO?

Puzzle Marketer

Before you begin with the cultural and strategic “buy-in” of Search Engine Optimization, it’s important to start at the beginning and understand how you got here and why you need it. It’s likely that your website was created by designers. Either an individual designer on staff, a free-lancer, or a company. Designers (I’m generalizing here) know how to make a great looking website but don’t always know the most efficient way to code the website.

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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.

What B2B Marketers Can Learn From a 14-Year Old Baseball Player


Over the past few months, I have most assuredly become a candidate for rotator cuff surgery. This development is due to the countless number of pitches I have thrown to my son during batting practice in preparation for the upcoming high school baseball season. Pitch after pitch he works to fine-tune his swing. He also began throwing, working on his pitching mechanics. What started out as a fun backyard activity when he was three, has become an obsession.

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40 New Year’s Resolutions for Marketing in 2012

Tomorrow People

How to choose your marketing New Year’s resolutions for 2012. The brand new year brings with it the chance to review and update your marketing approach for your business. Are you making the most of your marketing? Have you made some New Year’s resolutions to get more out of your marketing in the year ahead? A great place to start is by looking at some key areas including: Your marketing strategy: Your overall marketing strategy and plans, both for 2011 and 2012.

Digital Advertising that Fits Both Consumer and Marketer


Image via Wikipedia. Tablets may well change digital advertising and increase conversion by fitting the digital advertising to the consumer’s preferences. Studies show that people engage with their iPads and other tablets at a higher level and have a higher level of trust.

Wikipedia and the wiki utopia, revisited


Image by Octavio Rojas via Flickr.

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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.

Friday Wrap-Up: This Week in B2B Marketing Tips


Each week we present a collection of some of the best marketing tips, guides, and best practices from thought leaders around the blogosphere to help you stay informed, hone your craft, and improve your marketing efforts. Enjoy! Is a Google+ Brand page or Facebook Brand Page Best for Your

Listening to Your Customers In the Digital Age

The Effective Marketer

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new” – Steve Jobs. What do customers want? Let’s do a focus group and find out. This tried-and-true approach to innovation leading to brand extensions, new product categories, and new marketing approaches has and continues to be used as a cornerstone of market research efforts.

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10 Minutes to Better B2B Marketing

Great B2B Marketing

I was attending a fitness class at my health club this past weekend and the instructor was talking about how full the club was in early January and how many of the people were “New Year’s resolution” exercisers who would probably be absent within a month. He said that many people have noble intentions and set major goals, but they take an approach bound for failure, by overdoing it in the early stages – for example, exercising every day for an hour or running six miles.

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The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing

The Effective Marketer

Note: This is a guest post by Lior Levin. See Lior’s bio at the end. The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing is one of ProBlogger ’s newest ebooks, written by the Web Marketing Ninja. ProbBlogger was started by Darren Rowse, who wrote the most popular of the ProBlogger products, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Written specifically for bloggers, this online marketing guide features yet another set of 31 steps intended to help bloggers start making money with their blogs.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

A Lesson from Microsoft: Control Your Own Destiny


It’s nice to know that what happens in Vegas stays there. But with Microsoft’s announced departure from the Consumer Electronics Show, there will be fewer secrets in Glitter Gulch. Or not. Steve Ballmer’s opening-day keynote last week apparently conjured up a little déjà vu , with many of his product announcements having been heard before – more than once. There is even some speculation in the press and blogosphere that Microsoft’s decision to exit may not have been entirely its own.

Friday Wrap-Up: This Week in B2B Marketing Tips


Each week we present a collection of some of the best marketing tips, guides, and best practices from thought leaders around the blogosphere to help you stay informed, hone your craft, and improve your marketing efforts. Enjoy! The 2015 Digital Marketing Rule Book. Change or Perish. If you’re going to

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Chart: Where Did Our Twitter Traffic Go?

Modern Marketing

by Egan Cheung | Tweet this Have you noticed that your referral traffic from Twitter has basically completely dropped off since July 2011? If so, you aren’t alone.

OpenView Names Top 25 Sales Influencers for 2012

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet I received some news today that leaves me both humbled and honored. OpenView Labs named its top 25 sales influencers for 2012, and I am among them. This is especially meaningful for two reasons.

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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.