November, 2011

Digital B2B Marketing

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.

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.

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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.

Just Say No to Marketing Advice

Digital B2B Marketing

All Marketing Advice Should Include a Disclaimer Your strategy is your direction; it should never be prescriptive. The strategy you develop should be unique to your business, an outgrowth of the challenge or opportunity you are facing and the environment surrounding your target audience.

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.

4 Reasons You Need a Blog

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week, Google announced an algorithm update. The importance of fresh content increased last week for 35% of all Google searches ( announcement ). This latest algorithm update doesn’t focus on the quality or source of your content, it focuses on the timeliness of it.

Three B2B Marketing Mistakes from Kim Kardashian’s Wedding

Digital B2B Marketing

The Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries wedding made a big splash, but the lasting impact hasn’t been what the couple was likely looking for. Sadly, B2B marketing sometimes includes some of the same mistakes. Here are three traps from Kim and Kris’s wedding that catch B2B marketers as well. Each of these problems is familiar, and examples are included with each mistake. Empty promises Kim and Kris’s vows were empty.

Three B2B Marketing Mistakes from Kim Kardashian’s Wedding

Digital B2B Marketing

The Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries wedding made a big splash, but the lasting impact hasn’t been what the couple was likely looking for. Sadly, B2B marketing sometimes includes some of the same mistakes. Here are three traps from Kim and Kris’s wedding that catch B2B marketers as well. Each of these problems is familiar, and examples are included with each mistake. Empty promises Kim and Kris’s vows were empty.

Influencer Marketing: 10 Questions for Successful Plans

Digital B2B Marketing

I do not want you to buy my product. I do not even want you to use my product. I want other people to buy and use my products and services because of you. Influencer marketing is fundamentally different.

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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.

Influencer Marketing: 10 Questions for Successful Plans

Digital B2B Marketing

I do not want you to buy my product. I do not even want you to use my product. I want other people to buy and use my products and services because of you. Influencer marketing is fundamentally different.

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Discussion Recap: Content in B2B Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Thursday’s B2Bchat discussion focused on content marketing for B2B. Highlights from the discussion along with my own summary and commentary are inline below. You can also see the summary on Storify.

Discussion Recap: Content in B2B Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Thursday’s B2Bchat discussion focused on content marketing for B2B. Highlights from the discussion along with my own summary and commentary are inline below. You can also see the summary on Storify.

Inbound Marketing: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?

Digital B2B Marketing

Two weeks ago, I wrote Just Say NO to Marketing Advice. Inbound marketing is a great example of popular marketing advice and it may makes sense for most marketers. But it doesn’t make sense for all. Most B2B marketers are not providing pure commodity products, even in commodity markets.

Inbound Marketing: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?

Digital B2B Marketing

Two weeks ago, I wrote Just Say NO to Marketing Advice. Inbound marketing is a great example of popular marketing advice and it may makes sense for most marketers. But it doesn’t make sense for all. Most B2B marketers are not providing pure commodity products, even in commodity markets.

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.

Reducing Twitter Spam: Triberr’s Missed Marketing Opportunity

Digital B2B Marketing

Let’s face it, Twitter has a spam problem, and over the last six months Triberr has been criticized as a source of that spam. Triberr is a polarizing platform and automatic tweeting is Triberr’s lightning rod feature.

Reducing Twitter Spam: Triberr’s Missed Marketing Opportunity

Digital B2B Marketing

Triberr is a polarizing platform and automatic tweeting is Triberr's lightning rod feature. What happens when lightning rod features are removed? Business Social Media Content Curation Dan Cristo Dino Dogan Kristi Hines Neal Schaffer Social Media Management Susie Parker triberr

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)?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

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