July, 2011

The New Social Buyer Ecosystem

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. From a B2B market view, the new social buyer ecosystem continues to undergo a rapid evolution.    The pace in 2011 has noticeably quickened. 

How social media muteness endangers your company: The crisis at McKinsey

Chris Koch

McKinsey recently learned a difficult lesson about what happens when the world takes your thought leadership marketing seriously—and when you lack the ability to respond in the moment through social media.

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Writing effective email copy from an expert in B2B marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing

Sales Lead Insights

This is the latest in our ongoing series of tips from some of the experts who provide our sales lead management consulting and training services and our marketing automation and lead-generation agency services. Meet Meryl Evans , one of our email copywriting experts.

The Myth of Business vs. Personal Profiles in Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

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 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.

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The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 1

Tony Zambito

Image by eliazar via Flickr. About a dozen years ago, I became involved with personas through fate by meeting Alan Cooper , at the time he just finished his landmark book The Inmates Are Running The Asylum , and becoming enamored with personas as a process to build more user friendly products. 

The Perils of Corporate-Personal Twitter Names

B2B Memes

In a post today on The Wall , Tom Callow addressed the tricky question of ownership of journalists’ Twitter accounts. If employees use a Twitter ID that combines their names with those of their employers’ brands, whose account is it?

The 10 Traits of Successful Social Marketers

Marketing Insider Group

What makes one company’s social media strategy successful while others #fail? Recently I have been speaking with a number of marketers, customer service folks and even sales people about social media strategies that produce real business results.

Media 101

Five Signs Your Content Marketing is an Illusion

Digital B2B Marketing

Content Marketing should provide valuable information to your market at large and to prospects at each stage of the buying process. Ideally, your content is easily discovered, naturally making you and your content a resource. But how do people find your content?

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.

Web Presence Optimization, Reloaded

Webbiquity

As online strategy increasingly is business strategy , web presence optimization (dominating the search results for your name and unique tagline) is now more important than ever. So I figured it was time to update my inaugural post on this blog, What is Webbiquity?

B2B telemarketing: An interview with Michael Brown

Sales Lead Insights

Ask before telling and learn before selling. Michael Brown is our “Business to Business By Phone Expert”. When it comes to using the phone to generate, nurture and qualify leads, there’s nobody better than Michael.

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.

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.

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.

Awareness E-Book Raises the Bar on Social Measurement

Paul Gillin

The question of how to measure social media performance, particularly in a marketing context, continues to be one of the industry’s hottest topics.

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. 

Tips on Blog Post Optimization

Writing on the Web

What are the steps you need to follow to ensure each blog post is optimized for search engines as well as well-written for your readers’ interests ? Oh my… there are a lot. But to keep me out of overwhelm, I wrote them down, and put them into a flow chart.

Bridging the Content Chasm for B-to-B marketing automation and lead generation

Sales Lead Insights

There’s a new marketing term that I’m hearing more and more often - “the Content Chasm”.

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.

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.

B2B Marketing Tactics That Work Today

Marketing Insider Group

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 ).

6 lessons on how NOT to market to customers

Chris Koch

Here’s the kind of pressure that social media puts on us: After not posting anything to my blog in nearly six weeks, I feel compelled to offer an explanation. Isn’t that sad? Hey, but that’s how it is. Social media are like a school of sharks; keep moving forward or sink lifelessly to the bottom. Well, I have an explanation, or an excuse, and a damned good one at that. I broke my hip about four weeks ago (my bike slid from underneath me on a rainy morning on my way to work).

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Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 3

Tony Zambito

Image by Cristiano Betta via Flickr. This is the third part of a series of reflective articles on the future of buyer personas. 

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.

A History of Dreamforce [Infographic] #DF11

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this There are few skills I value more than speed. If I were a gambler, I’d put my money on the “fast and good enough&# tandem over team “slow and perfect&# every time. But once in a while you need both speed and accuracy.

B2B lead qualification and scoring

Sales Lead Insights

The growth of the Internet has changed B2B buyer activity. Buyers don’t wait for a sales person to call them anymore. They get most of their education on the web.

Two Google Adwords features worth testing for lead generation optimization: Call Metrics and Remarketing.

NuSpark

The Google Adwords pay-per-click platform has a number of fairly new features that can contribute to lead generation and increased conversions.

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.

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.

Marketing Tools and Technology – How Does A Marketer Decide?

Marketing Insider Group

Much of marketing today is all about using new technologies to drive better decisions, more effective campaigns and more efficient customer support. Technology is becoming critical for marketers to remaining competitive. .

TV Really Is Easier to Measure than Social Media

Digital B2B Marketing

KMart’s CMO made waves recently by saying TV, and other traditional channels, are easier to measure than social media. Social media proponents responded, defending social media’s measurability and highlight the data social media provides.

Email Productivity Tips for Marketers

The Effective Marketer

A recent article on LifeHacker talks about tips to get faster email responses. They talk about: Write shorter emails. Write fewer emails. Ask for a response. Start with a deadline. Only email one person at a time.

5 Common Stages of B2B Lead Nurturing

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If you work in the complex b2b marketing industry, you know just how long the journey from prospect to closed deal can take. Let’s just say it can feel more like an odyssey than a simple business transaction.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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