September, 2011

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Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind.

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

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Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,” readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too! So here we are with the third edition.

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations.

The Death of Internet Marketing and the Rise of Social SEO

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By Robert Dempsey, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Internet marketing as we once knew it is dead. Gone are the days when a sales page was enough of a relationship to sell a product. Gone are the days when claims of riches tugged enough at the emotions to persuade a sale.

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7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

A broken heart for the social media community

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My friend Trey Pennington , one of the most popular figures on the social web, committed suicide today. I have been trying to figure out how to deal with this tragedy. I’ve been pushing it down, pushing it down. I want it to go away.

Oops! I made this Social Media mistake. How about you?

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Many passionate and hardworking social business operatives are making a business-killing mistake. Proud of their impressive Twitter followings, Facebook crowds and Klout scores they are lulled into a false sense of security.

Social Media — Just flirt with me, won’t you?

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Guest post by {grow} community member Krysia Hepatica. As a newly-divorced mom, being both back on the dating scene and trying to establish a new career, my life has been anything but dull. Because I was married at such a young age, I missed out on a lot dating and the drama that goes along with it.

Blogging world flipped by AdAge Apocalypse

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I woke up Thursday morning to a shocking development. My ego had been knocked down 60 pegs. On the right hand column of this blog there is a fancy orange badge naming this site as a top marketing blog, as determined by AdAge magazine.

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.

The blogger’s electronic arsenal

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I am in the middle of a heavy travel schedule and I seem to be carrying around more and more electonics to support my office on the road. I laid everything out on the hotel room bed and … it is getting to be a little ridiculous.

Has BP learned NOTHING about PR and communications?

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I saw some beautiful ads on TV promoting tourism for the U.S. Gulf Coast. But after the heart strings were sufficiently plucked, who is identified as the sponsor? BP — the company that caused the mess in the first place! This really pissed me off.

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Twitter amid true chaos

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September 11, 2001. That was a day many of us experienced a single emotion for the first time — horror. Not the movie kind. True, real-life, gut-wrenching, nauseating horror. I will never forget it. And as I watched the tenth anniversary news coverage, I had this weird thought.

Scapegoat strategy. A {growtoon}.

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Kacy Maxwell is guy who loves his work, family and a good challenge. Follow him on Twitter @KacyTheDude. growtoons

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.

Confessions of a “Type A” Blogger

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A guest post from {grow} community member Taryn Erickson. A perpetual ‘go-getter’ by nature, when I jumped into the Social Media scene it was a calculated attack.

Committed. A {growtoon}.

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A look at international social media marketing

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Brian Rudolph is leading the social media charge for some of the world’s biggest brands and in this short video interview, he provides insights on how social platforms and their adoption vary around the world. I think you will enjoy this! Social Media Strategy Video blogs

This app may not have a prayer. A {growtoon}.

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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.

The problem with personas

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I have felt literally ill over the past 24 hours processing the tragic death of Trey Pennington. I haven’t been able to think about anything else. There has been a lot to consider … reactions from the social web … disbelief … new details of the suicide … grief … and my own relationship with Trey that was apparently disconnected from reality, at least as his problems escalated over the past few months.

Spam hurts. A {growtoon}.

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Kacy Maxwell is guy who love his work, family and a good challenge. Follow him on Twitter @KacyTheDude. growtoons

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Social Slam Reveals Spring Surprises

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In 2011, Social Slam set the standard for a value-oriented, first-class social media conference. We featured speakers from around the country including Jay Baer, CK Kerley and Brian Winter.

A road to the heart.

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

An engineering visionary found his place on the web, and in our hearts

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It is almost too much to bear to report that another dear friend, and social media marketing titan, has passed away. Imad Naffa, a consistently joyful and inspiring presence on Twitter, died Tuesday, according to a Fresno newspaper account.

Nothing but the tooth. A {growtoon}.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification.

Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards

Digital B2B Marketing

Sharing has ceased to be an endorsement of the quality of content. Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling.

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.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for?

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout.

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

Modern Marketing

by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing.

9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom.

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Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer.

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Influence of Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) on Buyer Behavior and Decisions

Tony Zambito

Image by Will Lion via Flickr In my recent article, Buyerology: The New Science of Understanding Buyer Behavior, I introduced the concept of Buyerology and the need for a renewed focus on understanding buyer behavior in the Social Age.

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The Blog Tree: New Growth. Fruit for Your RSS Feed [Infographic]

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this A couple weeks ago, I attended Content Marketing World , where I presented on the business value of infographics. Although the conference was chock full o’ content marketing goodness, one line rang most loudly: “You’ve gotta go through the eyes to get to the brain.”.

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What Moneyball Teaches Digital Marketers About Winning

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“Adapt or Die” – Billy Beane.

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How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.