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Can a social media strategy boost your lead generation efforts?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I came across a blog this weekend that reinforced my thoughts. This post, written by Christian Fea , CEO of Synertegic, Inc., started off with a this statistic that he found on compete.com: Twitter had around 3 million people visiting the site in 2008, and it grew 640% between November 2007 and November 2008. Ok, so how do we harness all of social media’s potential and use it to build a lead generation system?

Share your marketing 'wisdom' with Sherpa readers worldwide

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I wanted to be sure to let you know that MarketingSherpa is gathering content for its seventh annual “wisdom report.” It’s a great opportunity for you to share your top 2008 story – and get back lessons learned from colleagues worldwide. Marketing Wisdom from the Field Report” will be published in January and distributed free to all MarketingSherpa readers. Here are a few suggestions for ‘wisdom’ stories: -Test campaign that worked better (or worse) than anticipated.

Trending Sources

Brands that Tweet

Buzz Marketing for Technology

There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not brands should be on Twitter. Quite frankly I really enjoy and appreciate some of the brands that I follow on Twitter because they give me news about their brand without me having to go find it.

10 Opinions - Business or Personal in Social Media?

Smashmouth Marketing

There is the business me, and there is the personal me and always the two have mixed. It's obvious by the two feeds you see on the right. I post both topics here on my blog and I believe that the coexistence of business and personal identities given today's social media is the way to go.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Marketing Automation System Software Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Marketing Automation Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best Marketing Automation software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

Simplifying Demand Generation Usability Assessment: No Obvious Answers

Customer Experience Matrix

My feelings are hurt, people. No one has commented on last week’s post about usability measurement. I know it’s not the world’s most fascinating topic but I really wanted some feedback. And I do, after all, know how many people visit the site each day. Based on those numbers, there are a lot of you who have chosen not to help me. Oh well, no grudges here -- ‘tis the season and all that.

Chris Brogan: "Empower the Users" (Prospects)

Smashmouth Marketing

Chris Brogan 's recent blog post, Your Lead Generation Methods Have to Change hits on a topic that we all need to be reminded of: The new lead generation shifts your methods as a marketer from “talk about your dumb product” into “empower the users.” That, by the way is the nugget of this whole piece.) The lead process used to be “beat people with information until your sales person closes them.” Now, it’s a little bit more about relationships with products and companies.

How Marketers Can Help Salespeople Succeed with Large Companies

WriteSpark

Many technology products are sold to large companies or organizations, yet marketers are often insulated from the day-to-day challenges of that sales activity. Jill Konrath's book Selling to Large Companies is an essential

Enable Sales & Marketing with Buyer Persona Scenarios

Tony Zambito

In our new dynamic world, where nothing stays the same for any long periods of time, the difference competitively may be in the ability to anticipate.   Many successful corporations have stayed ahead of the pack due to their ability to read the market and anticipate how their customers will behave.   In sports, accuracy is tied to anticipation.   For example, an All-Pro quarterback is often touted for his pinpoint accuracy.

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.

Smashmouth Review - ConnectAndSell, Off to the Sales 2.0 Races

Smashmouth Marketing

If new clients for your business is a pure numbers game, then you have to look at ConnectAndSell. This is one Sales 2.0 offering that I have to rave about! A friend of ours recommended CAS a year ago and at first were reluctant. It seemed like a predictive dialer/call center offshore mashup and didn't resonate and for the price seemed like it would be questionably worth it. But then over the summer a good client of ours told us they were achieving results with it (thanks Char!).

Sales 2.0 - Call for Beta Testers

Smashmouth Marketing

This is shameful self promotion, but there is value in it to the readers, so I figured it passed the litmus test enough for me to write about it. Ok, it's meetings 2.0™. Green Leads is introducing a new product/service next year and are trying to test it with a small group of sales and/or marketing folks. The service is a Sales 2.0

Don't Stop B2B Marketing During The Holidays

Smashmouth Marketing

As regular as Halloween and football, this time of year Green Leads usually hears the following questions from both new and existing clients. Why should we do appointment setting during the holiday months? Plus it's Q4, who has time for introductory appointments anyway?" Here are some points to ponder and they are relevant to all marketing programs, not just to appointment setting. The general message is to maintain momentum and take advantage of the time of year, not to shy away from it.

A Modest Proposal for Demand Generation Usability Measurement

Customer Experience Matrix

As Tuesday’s post suggested, my thoughts on usability measurement have now crystallized. To provide a meaningful and consistent comparison of usability across demand generation vendors, you could: 1. Define a set of business scenarios that must be supported by the system. Each scenario would describe a type of marketing campaign and the system tasks required to run it. These tasks would cover system set-up, materials creation, campaign design, execution and evaluation.

B2B Marketing Testing to Optimize Lead Generation Results

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Discovering and knowing what really works and what doesn’t for lead generation is essential for every marketer. The best way to discover this is through the process of testing. Personally, I’ve met only a handful of B2B marketers who are consistently testing their offers to optimize them and generate leads more effectively. I think this is due to two things: the first is time (because marketers want to get their campaigns out there), and the second is knowledge of testing methods.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

7 More Things Few People Know Anout Me (and even fewer care)

WebMarketCentral

Paul Jahn over at the LocalMN Blog has tagged me, along with a few other people I need to get to know, in the spirit of the holidays, to write seven things that most people don't know about me. So here goes: 1. I've coached youth sports for six years—four years of baseball, two of soccer.

Getting More Out of Each Click, Part 2: Docmetrics

WebMarketCentral

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Website Design, Part 2

WebMarketCentral

What are the most important factors to consider when designing (or redesigning) a website? Where should you start? How can you ensure that your site works well on mobile devices as well as conventional browsers? Which tools can help make your efforts more productive and effective?

WMC Interviews: Anne Holland

WebMarketCentral

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

The Best of B2B Search Marketing 2008

Proteus B2B Marketing Blog

Articles and blog postings on B2B search marketing are often hard to find. At Search Engine Land, we’re fortunate to have a stable of experts who regularly contribute great content and make the Strictly Business column a success. But during the year, I’ve found a lot of other great content, too. I chose 30 of [.].

Best Of B2B Search Marketing Blog Posts 2008

B2B SEO

Articles and blog postings on B2B search marketing are often hard to find. But during the year, I’ve found a lot of other great content, too. I chose 30 of my favorite B2B search and internet marketing posts from 2009. To that I added three of my own articles that were especially popular or [.].

Words May Reposition a Brand. But They Must Also Define the Task.

Proteus B2B Marketing Blog

We who’ve been in the marketing communications business for years have certainly been exposed to a myriad of brand repositionings in our professional careers…and most likely participated in more than a few as well. Some simple and easy, some incredibly complex, but all with the intention of moving the perception of the brand closer to [.].

B2B Marketing Lead Generation: Thought Leadership with Amy Hawthorne

Modern B2B Marketing

The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Amy Hawthorne, Director of Marketing at B2B lead generation company ReachForce , and frequent contributor to the B2BLead blog. As a long time B2B marketer, Amy is continuously looking for new ways to help companies build their sales pipeline with targeted lead generation initiatives. Tell us a little bit about how you got into B2B marketing and what you like most about it.

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.

Nurturing Sales Leads

Modern B2B Marketing

If you ask most executives to describe where revenue comes from in their organization, they'll usually talk about the "sales cycle" or "sales funnel". But as we all now know, the ways buyers research and purchase B2B solutions has been transformed by search and social media. Today, companies can start building a relationship with potential buyers long before they want to speak with sales.