October, 2011

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When social media destroys a career — The business case for being a fake

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A guest post by {grow} community member Leslie Lewis. Leslie Lewis is not my real name. You don’t need to know my real name, and you may never know it. Here’s why. I’ve worked in social media since 2005, and I knew I needed a tightly controlled message and presence online.

Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real.

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I hesitate to be drawn into the Klout firing line again but I have had so many requests from the {grow} community to comment on the Klout Meltdown this week that I guess I need to respond. At the risk of adding to Klout weariness, here are a few observations. My Klout score dropped from 82 to 64.

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The business case for Facebook, in one sentence

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What is the most-debated question in social media today? One candidate is, “Should my company have a Facebook page?” ” The tension comes from several angles. It could be due to: The company is not culturally-ready to deal with comments from real people.

A glimpse of the next generation of social media entrepreneurs

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columinst. One of my children attends a private school that is offering a new class called “The Evolution of Society.’ ’ I recently had the opportunity to sit in on this class and if the kids in this course are any indication, watch out!

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

Please. Stop making your company blog suck.

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Mark Schaefer on Blogging. Let’s face it. Company blogs suck. They just do, at least most of the time. But they don’t have to and I’m on a mission to bring the world my message of blog anti-suckology.

Is it time for an anonymity movement to challenge Facebook?

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I ‘m delighted to feature today a guest post from Gregory Pouy, one of France’s top marketing bloggers. This is his first post on an English-speaking blog and I’m pleased to bring his views to the {grow} community: I’m a social media guy.

Should we have multiple company bloggers?

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It takes a lot of work to have a company blog and your approach is not a decision to be taken lightly. Your blogging strategy will have a powerful impact on the direction of your entire social media effort. Some of the best blogs in the world have evolved to support a number of corporate strategies.

Twitter is dying—and it’s all your fault

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. I’m going to get flak for this post, but I don’t care. I’m so frustrated that I have to write something. I love Twitter. It’s my main social media outpost, my main information source, and where I connect with a lot of my friends.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

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

The Corporate Battle of the Facebook Likes

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One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet executives from many different companies, both big and small.

5 great resources for social marketers, and one bad one

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I have finally had a little free time to plow through my stack of books and wanted to pass along five little tomes you will love and one that you won’t. Marketing White Belt: Basics For the Digital Marketer. I love, love, love this book by braniac Christopher S.

Picking through the bones of Social Media failures

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. I’m morbidly fascinated by failure. As of late, I’ve been scouring the web looking for failed social media programs. Unfortunately, I can find plenty of victims in the corporate world.

5 case studies — Social technology impacting management

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We’ve tossed around a lot of ideas on {grow} about how technology is impacting our lives, but I’m also really interested in how it is impacting the culture of our companies.

Introducing Speakerr. A {growtoon}.

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Join the growtoonists each Friday for a humorous take on marketing, social media, and current business events. Kacy Maxwell is a guy who loves his work, family and a good challenge. Follow him on Twitter: @KacyTheDude. growtoons

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

An insider view of social media research

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How is the Internet and social media affecting our lives, our families, our careers? Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project is leading the charge to help answer these questions and more.

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OK. 30,000 followers. Now what?

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Back in college I had this hilarious geology professor who told me that “tsunami” was Japanese for “Where in the hell did all that water come from?” ” That’s kind of how I feel about life on the web at the moment. I just hit 30,000 followers. That’s crazy.

Now connecting with the sexiest bloggers is easy

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Klout just got sexy. And I called this one … Unfortunately. A year ago in the first article I wrote about Klout ( Get Ready.

High expectations. A {growtoon}.

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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.

Meet the growtoonists Kacy Maxwell and Joey Strawn

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During a recent visit to Nashville I had the opportunity to catch up with two of my favorite guys for the very first time — the growtoonists! Kacy Maxwell and Joey Strawn add a fun and unique flavor to {grow} each Friday with their nutty social media cartoons.

Lee Rainie

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How is the Internet and social media affecting our lives, our families, our careers? Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project is leading the charge to help answer these questions and more.

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

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by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic.

Beanstalk Data Adds Service to the Marketing Automation Recipe

Customer Experience Matrix

Exploring a new marketing automation system is like biting into a bonbon: part of the fun is you never know what you’ll find inside. Thinking in those terms, Beanstalk Data is a tasty morsel.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How.

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Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

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“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” ” – General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns.

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Why Your Marketing Needs Real-Time Data

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Another Advertising Week in New York is upon us and so far I have seen some great presentations from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quantcast, comScore, and even Yahoo! However, if there is one thing that is becoming painfully clear to me is the need to be relevant to your audience – whether you are advertising to them, being social with them, or just creating the right kind of conversations about your brand.

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.

5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. It was great getting the perspective of marketers outside of technology. But they call it “financial services” for a reason: They have all of the same struggles as technology services companies—with the added complication of tons of regulatory requirements.

B2B and B2C Marketing Automation: Understanding the Differences

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As you might have guessed from my recent list of B2C marketing automation systems , I’ve recently been spending some time helping consumer marketers to select vendors. This is more a return than a departure: although I’ve written mostly about B2B systems for the past few years, my earlier work was largely in consumer marketing. Like any traveler, I’ve returned home with some new perspectives. Here are some observations - consumer marketers have to build databases; B2B marketers don’t.

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Content Will Not Be King

Digital B2B Marketing

Nearly every marketer in every industry has heard the cry “ Content is King “ Even the cover of Ad Age was emblazoned with Content is King last month, complete with a crown.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

What is Web Presence Optimization, and Why Should I Care?

Webbiquity

Web presence optimization (WPO) is the art and science of being found online. As indicated in the masthead of my blog, it has both an explanational definition (The fusion of SEO, search marketing, social media, reputation management, content marketing and social PR) and a reasonal one (Being omnipresent on the web for the search phrase that uniquely describes you or your organization.) It’s the evolution of search engine optimization (SEO), or alternatively, SEO on steroids.

Swabbing the Decks of the Titanic: Why You Should Learn Programming

B2B Memes

Last week journalism professor Matt Waite wrote a blog post worrying about the typical defeatist reaction of journalism students when faced with a coding challenge, whether in HTML, JavaScript, or other language: “I can’t do this,” they tell him. This is impossible. I’ll never get this.”

5 Reasons Content Marketing is Getting Harder

Writing on the Web

I hate to be a purveyor of gloom, there’s too much of that around these days. But I’ve been thinking about this and want to share my thoughts with you. Here are some reasons content marketing is getting more challenging. There exists: A shift away from focusing on your products and services (what you know well). A shift towards the reader/customer and their needs (what you may not know very well). A business environment that is changing rapidly (what is unknown).

12 Internet Trends You Need To Know From Mary Meeker

B2B Marketing Insider

Every year I look forward to the amazing insights provided by Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit. Mary moved from Morgan Stanley to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

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.