Sat.Jul 09, 2011 - Fri.Jul 15, 2011

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Are we killing our customers with engagement?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Facebook is seeing a decline in use. Studies show that users are un-Liking business pages. Consumers are getting savvy and more jaded about businesses use of social media—and they’re responding negatively. The thing is, it’s our own fault.

The Myth of Business vs. Personal Profiles in Social Media

B2B Marketing Insider

Like most people I started out using social tools for very distinct purposes. LinkedIn was for connecting with current and former colleagues. Facebook was for friends. Twitter took me a little longer to figure out but basically I decided it was where I would share professional content and opinions.

The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 2

Tony Zambito

Image by daniel_iversen via Flickr. In part 1 of this reflection on the future of buyer personas, I focused on how it is important to leave some of the major misconceptions about buyer personas behind in order to peer into the future. 

B2B Marketing Automation Industry Size and Segments

Customer Experience Matrix

As I mentioned yesterday, our new B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) asks vendors to estimate the number of clients in each of four size categories. This provides an interesting overview of the industry. The segments are defined based on revenue.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

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6 Writing Tips for SEO Friendly Content Marketing

Writing on the Web

Do you know how to write SEO-friendly content your readers will love? This week’s guest post by Christian Arno of Lingo24 shares 6 writing tips for writing online content that works for both readers and search engines. Writing for the web can be like walking on a tightrope. Do you litter your blog writing and web pages with keywords so the search engine spiders can find you? Or do you make the copy interesting so people will be eager to read it and pass it on? Both, of course.

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B2B Marketing Tactics That Work Today

B2B Marketing Insider

Today I will be on a panel moderated by Craig Rosenberg from Focus including Lisa Horner from Citrix and Greg Holzrichter from Virsto Software. The topic is B2B Tactics That Work (And Those That Don’t ).

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A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

NuSpark

Here’s a sample excerpt of a digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. Our approach to lead generation beings with a message strategy. From there, the lead generation plan is developed, followed by lead nurturing. There’s more to the proposal than this, but the basics of a lead management plan is in place. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction.

Why Publishers Need Early Adopters, Annoying or Not

B2B Memes

Yesterday, B2B editor and blogger Maureen Alley wrote a provocative post declaring that early adopters are annoying. I’m not sure she means it. Alley herself, after all, stands out among young B2B journalists for being well ahead of her peers in adopting the tools and ethos of social media. If anything, the B2B industry needs to encourage early adopters, not bemoan them.

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.

B2B Marketing Automation Growth Slowed In First Half of 2011

Customer Experience Matrix

You know that red-hot B2B marketing automation industry? Don’t look now, but growth is already slowing. Our just-released update to the B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Toolkit (VEST) shows that client counts grew just over 50% over the year ending in June, compared with nearly 100% growth for the year ending last December.

Online Persuasion: How to Write to Create Desire

Writing on the Web

When writing online , how can you appeal to readers’ emotions on a business-oriented site? Online persuasion works best when you appeal to both the logical and emotional centers in the brain. If you want to write content that persuades readers – both thinking type and feeling type processors – to take action, you write about emotional triggers AND provide reasons to act. Many online content marketers misunderstand what it means to “appeal to emotions.”

A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

NuSpark

Here’s a sample excerpt of a digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. Our approach to lead generation beings with a message strategy. From there, the lead generation plan is developed, followed by lead nurturing. There’s more to the proposal than this, but the basics of a lead management plan is in place. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction.

Turn the beat around. Let’s blog upside down

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’m asked to review a ton of blogs. Some of them are pretty sorry. But with just a few little tweaks, they could be really great. Here are the three biggest beginner blogging mistakes I see every day … 1) Blogging upside down. When most people tell a story, it’s linear.

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.

B2B Email Creative: A 5 Point Checklist

The Point

Is your lead generation email ready for primetime? Measure it against these 5 criteria before hitting “send.”. Get to the Point. By the time your reader is done with the first paragraph, does he or she know what the offer is, why he/she wants it, and how to get it?

11 Things You Don't Know (But Should) About Google+ [Cheat Sheet]

Hubspot

As we discussed in our post yesterday, Google+ is growing rapidly , and it seems that Google has opened up the invite flood gates to allow more people to join. But once you get invited and actually set up a Google+ account, then what?

Is Lady Gaga and your Brand a good match?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Recently a client of Networked Insights approached us about exploring a celebrity endorsement and/or a product placement with the pop music star Lady Gaga.

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IT Sales & Marketing Grows More Complex: Only 5% of CIOs Can Authorize IT Investments Alone

The ROI Guy

CFOs and other executives are in more control of IT purchases than ever, this according to recent research by Gartner, Inc., Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) and the Committee of Finance & IT (CFIT) of Financial Executives International (FEI). The study reveals that CFOs have more influence than many would expect - authorizing 26% of all IT investments.

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.

4 Lessons Social Media Pros Can Learn from DemandGen

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this So you are the social media dude – or dudette – at your company. You were tinkering inside Google+ while the rest of the Web begged for an invitation. Your Klout score hit 70 before the public realized the company’s name began with a “K”. You’ve got a Posterous and a Tumblr blog. You say “epic” a lot. You compared Google’s Buzz to U2’s Zooropa – and your loyal following got the joke (or at least pretended to). And you have a lot to learn. Believe me, I know.

Problem-centric Industrial Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Please indulge me if my headline made you go “Huh?” Read on…. Industrial and manufacturing marketers are trained to sell solutions. Nobody buys product features, they want solutions. That’s marketing 101, right? I get that. However, if you are a manufacturer or an industrial services company, ask yourself this question, why would anyone buy your products or services if they don’t know they have a problem?

When Measurement Misleads: A Lesson From Triberr’s Downtime

Digital B2B Marketing

I’ve have been using Triberr for about two months. Last week, Triberr was down for upgrades. All of a sudden, my posts, normally shared by 25 to 30 tribe members, didn’t have any automated support. What’s Triberr?

Blogs on auto-tweet and the new world of Triberr

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I had a chance to catch up with Dino Dogan, an irreverant blogger, co-founder of Triberr, and one of my most consistently interesting Twitter friends. I think you’ll enjoy this video!

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

14 Sanity Saving Apps For Business Travelers

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If your job involves a lot of travel, you know how maddening it can be: the delayed flights, the missed connections, the inability to find a good cup of coffee in a foreign city.

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Have a B2B Facebook & Twitter Presence with Minimal Time

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Do you want to have a presence on Facebook & Twitter, but don’t want to spend tons of time – or sacrifice your personal privacy? Watch this 5 minute video to learn how you can set up social media to communicate to your customers and prospects very efficiently.

How to Deal With Negative Nancy's Comments in Social Media

Hubspot

No matter who you are or what business you're in, you're always going to run into naysayers, especially on the web. You could be the most saintly non-profit in the world, and you'll still run into the occasional Negative Nancy.

How Viral Marketing Can Kill You

The Effective Marketer

Viral Marketing, or the spread of ideas (also called Word of Mouth Marketing) is usually thought of as a good thing. You create a video or a campaign and everyone starts talking about it. You go home happy and maybe even get a promotion.

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.

Top 40 Twitter Feeds You’re Not Following

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Social media is a meritocracy, right? Well, not always. The plethora of voices social media unleashed on the world means getting attention can be tough. Often people with great things to say go unnoticed. Nowhere is this more true than on Twitter. So to help remedy the situation, we present our pick for top 40 Twitter handles you may have missed. The criteria was good content, with a business bent, and less than 1,000 followers (at the time of this writing, of course).

Sales Leadership; the lost art of discovery

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Leadership: The lost art of discovery : Sales Training. As I am finalizing a program for a client of mine I thought I might share my thoughts around sales training. While Acumen isn’t a sales training firm, as a sales leadership consulting firm we get actively involved in designing course work and helping sales managers developing their sales training programs.

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How Google+ Makes Social Email Marketing Even More Important

Hubspot

As Google+ tops 10 million users and we hold our breath until it opens up to businesses, let’s look at the new social network's other implications for existing internet marketing.