December, 2011

Great B2B Marketing

6 Tips to Prepare for B2B Marketing Victory in 2012

Great B2B Marketing

With only about three weeks to go in 2011 I hope you are turning at least some of your thoughts to what you will do in the coming days to ensure that 2012 is your best year ever.

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Say What You Mean – Mean What You Say

Great B2B Marketing

I just read an interesting article by Dan Pollatta in the Harvard Business Review, with the clever title I Don’t Understand What Anyone Is Saying Anymore. The premise of the article is that business people speak with so much gobbledygook and industry jargon – it is hard to understand what they are talking about. The topic of communication is important to us at Fusion Marketing Partners because we have to either create compelling messages for our clients or coach them on how to do so.

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The Three Most Dangerous Social Media Metrics

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By Srini nvas Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. A while back I said that metrics and measurements have a tendency to limit our potential. What I failed to realize was that this is only the case when we measure the wrong things.

3 Developments that are Sabotaging the Social Media Movement

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. I’m worried about the social media movement. Although in some ways the initial enthusiasm in social was overblown, we were right to place high expectations on the convergence of media, social networking, and collaboraton.

25 Content Marketing Questions Answered

Featuring LinkedIn's Jason Miller & Curata's Pawan Deshpande

Cool & Useful Sites for the Holidays

Paul Gillin

The folks at the Webby Awards sent along a super-helpful list of Web resources to use over the holidays. They range from social shopping to gift recommendations to real-time TV and music sharing. While I was familiar with several of these sites, I hadn’t heard of gems like Yap.tv, Wantful and Trippy. Definitely bookmarkable. The descriptions below were provided by the Webby Awards. Skype .

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48 Ways to Measure Social Media Success

Webbiquity

Ultimately, as Olivier Blanchard has pointed out repeatedly , social media marketing has to demonstrate an ROI (though he acknowledges the questions have to be made more specific). In the b2b world, the “R” is generally leads (website call-to-action conversions) with some monetary value applied to them. But it’s crucial to the social media ROI debate to recognize that “R” is an end-of-the-process measure.

2012 Content Marketing Trends for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

I just finished reading an excellent research report from the good folks at Content Marketing Institute (CMI). This report is chock full of statistics and graphs about B2B content marketing.

How To Generate ROI (Return On Interesting) With Content Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Lately I have been having some very passionate discussions about the best place to start in Content Marketing. Do you start with products, personas or topics?

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

Five Step Guide: Gaming Google for the Long Term

Digital B2B Marketing

Google makes approximately 500 search algorithm changes a year. Looked at another way, Google averages two algorithm changes every business day.

Five Step Guide: Gaming Google for the Long Term

Digital B2B Marketing

Google makes approximately 500 search algorithm changes a year. Looked at another way, Google averages two algorithm changes every business day.

Marketing Automation Skills are Scarce: Strategies to Close the Gap

Customer Experience Matrix

The marketing automation industry continues to grow quickly, with many vendors announcing their client bases have more than doubled in 2011.

5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Will Affect B2B Marketers in 2012

Tony Zambito

Changes in buyer behaviors continue to march on as new social technologies take root into the mainstream of B2B businesses.

B2B Blogging and Video Takes Off

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Some might say 2011 was the year of social media in b2b. But according to a survey released this week, it might have been the year of the blog.

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Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

Sometimes not having a strategy is the best strategy

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The importance of strategy is woven into the fabric of every consultation and class I teach. I shout it from the mountaintops. And yet, sometimes I break my own rules … and with good reason.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the PR profession’s identity crisis

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I started my business career as a public relations professional 30 years ago. Since then I have morphed into new careers like sales, marketing, business development, consulting, and teaching, but there is a little piece of my heart that will always belong to PR.

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Connecting Thought Leadership to Lead Generation in B2B Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Many B2B marketers look to content marketing as a key part of establishing thought leadership. However, companies frequently expect the same content marketing program to capture contacts or leads as well. The problem is, registration and thought leadership are at odds with each other.

Klout rants are becoming a cottage industry

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Klout seems to be the blogger’s best friend these days. Is anybody NOT writing about it? What’s driving the frenzy? Are you really serious about privacy?

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

How blogging changed a life

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I was at a party the other night and was discussing some of my exciting current projects with a new friend. He asked me: “Five years ago, could you have ever imagined you would be where you are today?” ” He probably didn’t get the answer he was expecting.

Beyond Marketing Automation: Building a Complete Marketing Infrastructure

Customer Experience Matrix

10 Ways to Use Social Networks for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Social networks are essential for expanding your web presence —not only for creating social signals now a key component in search engine rankings, which makes your website and blog easier to find in search, but also by giving you more places to be found online. Creating your profile on each of the major social networks is a first step, but just that. A profile alone won’t get you much. As with most things in life, you’ll get out of social networks what you put into them.

The customer is the customer. Adapt or die.

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I’ve had a variety of sales jobs in my career and have dealt with some great people … and some world-class jerks. Not just difficult and demanding people, but unethical, bullying, liars at Fortune 100 companies. One time, a powerful VP demanded that my company buy-back $1.2

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.

Is “social media campaign” an oxymoron?

Chris Koch

If you had asked me a few years ago whether the traditional marketing campaign had any place in social media I would have scoffed. Just more evidence of marketing’s old-fashioned, ADHD-driven, love-’em-and-leave-’em approach. I would have had only slightly less disdain for the audience for these campaigns. Fly-by-night opportunists hoping to win your Facebook sweepstakes. Win or lose, after the contest is over, they’d ditch you as quickly as a toddler dispatching a fistful of broccoli.

Marketing IS Business: The Wisdom of Peter Drucker

B2B Marketing Insider

I have been using a lot of Peter Drucker quotes since I entered marketing over 18 years ago. And I have been using them a lot lately in this blog here and here , and in many of the presentations I’ve been giving.

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Why Writing Like You Talk Works Better for Your Brain

Writing on the Web

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They told us so. An amazing film of the future.

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If you can’t view the video above, please click here. This 57-year-old film, recently unearthed by GE, might be the most interesting five minutes you spend all day. It predicts our current technology with uncanny prescience. Among the innovations correctly predicted in this film are: DVR.

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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.

Content Marketing Tip: Start with Ready-to-Publish Articles

Writing on the Web

Content marketing is easier when you can outsource some of the writing and researching to qualified writers. A great way to short-cut the time needed to research, write and publish quality online content is to find a good writer to supply articles.

Adam Tinworth: Journalism in a Period of Continuous Change

B2B Memes

Adam Tinworth. If I were asked to name one active blogger that every B2B journalist should follow, I would probably suggest Adam Tinworth. For more than eight years, the British trade press editor has blogged about journalism, social media, and much more on One Man and His Blog.

32 Resolutions to Prepare for Your 2012 B2B Lead Generation Program

NuSpark

Everybody does list-format blog posts this time of year. Thought I’d give it a shot as well, running through a master list of “resolutions” as preparation for improving your inbound marketing and lead generation strategies for 2012 and beyond. Consider these as the stepping stones for optimal business growth by aligning marketing & sales, and developing a content strategy designed to generate leads and nurture them into sales. Process: Set your lead generation campaign goals.

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Aha! Marketing Leaders Reveal Their Most Powerful Marketing Insights from 2011

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet At the B2B Summit 2011 in San Francisco, Daniel Burstein, Director of Editorial Content at MECLABS, asked me and a few other attendees to reveal our most important “aha” moments in 2011. Our responses are compiled in the video below; hearing what my colleagues had to say produced even more “aha” moments for me, and I’m sure they will for you, too. In fact, this will be well worth investing nine minutes to watch if you want a serious dose of inspiration and insight.

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.

Social Media Conversation. Yes, but at what cost?

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There were some outstanding blog posts last week that explored the idea of the SPEED of social media communication changing traditional business models. This was social dialogue at its best.

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The Ultimate Glossary: 120 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained

Hubspot

On the web today, things change fast. New applications launch every day, and existing applications continue to evolve and add new features. Just this year we witnessed the debut of Google+ and the introduction of Facebook Timeline.

B2B Content Marketing Statistics: 2012 Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends [Research Report]

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Are you a PRO MEMBER? Log In. Our Sites: Content Marketing Institute. Junta42. Content Marketing World. CMI Books. CMI News. SocialTract. Skip to content. About. Benefactors. Resources. Case Studies. Original Research. Content Marketing Stats. B2B Content Marketing Assessment. White Paper Library.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Creating Social Media Buttons

Hubspot

Social media is an extremely valuable tool for promoting your great marketing content. But with so many social media platforms providing their own individual content sharing and follow buttons, it's often difficult to differentiate between which social media button to use for what purpose.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results