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Pinterest drives enormous blog and business success

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Guest Post by {grow} community member Lauren Schaefer. This is Kate. She’s a hairstylist, jewelry maker, and all-around crafter based in North Carolina. Kate started her blog ( thesmallthingsblog.com ) exactly one year ago.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative.

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How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

Tony Zambito

B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders.

13 Questions Marketing Should Ask the Sales Reps

Modern Marketing

by Michael Martin | Tweet this As marketers, we all want to deliver sales with the resources they need to close more deals…more often…and faster. If you’re going to develop a marketing plan that really pushes sales enablement , you need to talk the sales reps out in the field.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

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The B2B Lead Generation-Demand Generation Book “Hall of Fame”

NuSpark

As we head into the winter months and most of us aren’t out as much, it’s a good time to catch up on some good reading material. B2B lead generation and lead management is a complicated process that can’t be detailed all in one book.

20 of the World’s Wittiest Twitter Bios

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I know you LOVE these funny Twitter bios. Yes, they’re real and they’re fabulous. Here we go! organising. Let me bitch at you every day until you sort your shit out. Newtoblogging. Maybe I should rethink this, when I spelled it Blooging at first. danecook. When I tweet, I tweet to kill.

Integrating Social Media Into The B2B Marketing Mix [Slides]

B2B Marketing Insider

This presentation covers the change that is occurring in marketing. Marketers are no longer in control of the message. We are in a battle for customer attention and focusing just on social media is a mistake too many businesses are making.

12 Critical Elements Every Homepage Must Have [Infographic]

Hubspot

If you’re considering a website redesign or are wondering how to generate more leads from your website, there are several critical elements you must never forget to include. Let’s first take a look at the homepage. Ah yes, “thee page of all pages.”

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

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

The Lament of the Inside Sales Team: Data, Data Everywhere, but Who’s Ready to Buy?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet As the MECLABS Research Partnership analyst team, my colleagues and I speak with professionals who attend our events (like the next month’s MarketingSherpa Email Summit in Las Vegas), purchase our publications, and want more information about how MECLABS can help grow their business.

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7 Tips for a Successful PPC Landing Page

The Point

Where do most paid search (PPC) campaigns succeed or fail? Though it’s typical for marketers to invest more time and legwork in the mechanics of search (keywords, bid strategy, campaign structure), I’d argue that the majority of PPC campaigns are won or lost at the close: the landing page.

The Battle For Customer Attention

B2B Marketing Insider

It used to be so easy. With the right amount of budget and the right Madison Avenue “Mad Men,” any business could reach their target audience. But now, the consumer marketplace is fragmented almost beyond recognition.

Trust is hard to come by these days

Buzz Marketing for Technology

For years I have kept tabs on the Edelman Trust barometer report , which comes out every January in Davos. And this year was no exception. After last year I figured this years report could make an excellent gauge of the economy worldwide!

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The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Content Marketing Advice: Stop Competing with My Children!

Digital B2B Marketing

Today, marketers are locked in a battle for attention. As individuals, we are flooded with more marketing messages than we can consume. Getting our attention requires something exceptional. To date, the currency that purchases our attention is content.

10 Clever Ways Your Email Signature Can Support Your Marketing

Hubspot

You know that you're a true email marketer if every single one of your emails includes a call-to-action. And I'm not talking about email marketing blasts here. What I have in mind are the individual, personal email messages you send on an everyday basis.

Lights, camera, action: Video helps you stay in touch with customers

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. One problem that plagues B-to-B sales and marketing is coming up with relevant, timely messages for nurturing customer relationships.

Why Your 2012 Marketing Plan Needs Tablets

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Does your marketing plan include the iPad? Or the Kindle Fire? Or a Nook? If not, you might want to revisit that marketing plan. The holiday shopping season was a boon for the tablet market. Ownership of tablet computers in the U.S.

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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.

Case study: Content marketing success at a medical practice

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If you can’t view this video, Click here: Content marketing success at a medical practice. I first reported my friend Lisa Reath’s remarkable success marketing her family’s medical practice in 2011.

4 Content Marketing Goals for a Coach Website

Writing on the Web

How should content marketing be used on the home page of your website? What makes good website copy?

How to Market to the New Mass of Influencers

Digital B2B Marketing

If cable and online video fragmented TV audiences, then audiences are shattered when everyone produces their own channel or subscribes to a handpicked list of channels produced by their friends, influencers, entertainers and chosen brands. Once upon a time (approximately 1,500 days ago) companies could reach out to influencers individually. They could brief them and spend time with them.

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The Phrenology of the Modern B2B Marketer

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this We’ve spent the last few years talking about a concept called digital body language – the ability to use technology to decipher purchase intent from online behavior. Heck, our co-founder Steve Woods literally wrote the book on the subject.) But today we have some really, really exciting news. Eloqua’s ability to decode your prospects’ intent is no longer limited to their body language. Now we can actually see inside their minds. Don’t ask us how.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

Page’s Seven Principles of Public Relations Management

Marketing Craftmanship

Arthur W. Page (1883 - 1960). Although Edward Bernays is often characterized (largely through self-promotion) as the “father of public relations,” most serious PR practitioners consider Arthur W.

Why B2B Telemarketing Needs to Change

Tomorrow People

B2b telemarketing is changing. Yet many businesses still rely on the old way of finding new leads and customers - despite the cost and time involved. They’re missing out on more effective telemarketing approaches, using inbound marketing to boost leads and revenue.

A Sales Manager’s Recipe: What is Cooking in 2012

Your Sales Management Guru

A Sales Manager’s Recipe: What’s Cooking in 2012? Last week after a keynote program called Gourmet Living, an attendee came up to me afterwards and discussed her challenges as a sales manager. The last three years have been tough and she was looking for new ideas for 2012 to excite her team and also to simply change up the routine.

Nimble Adds Social Data to CRM

Customer Experience Matrix

I had an intriguing demonstration yesterday from social CRM vendor Nimble. Since “social CRM” could mean just about anything, it’s important to explain what Nimble actually does: it combines traditional contact management with automated access to social media information about those contacts. That might not sound like much, but in practice it’s pretty darn slick. Here’s how it works. Say you’re selling a product related to, oh, circuit boards.

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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.

Political oversight. A {growtoon}.

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Join the growtoonists each Friday for a humorous take on marketing, social media, and current business events. Joey Strawn is a social media strategist that loves enjoying a good book and then drawing in it. Check him out on Twitter: @joey_strawn. Social media and politics {growtoons

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Measure Your Social Media ROI with Google Analytics Part 1: Campaign Tagging

EMagine B2B Blog

Google’s induction of “Google Plus Your World” has made B2B marketers everywhere feel compelled (and rightly so) to incorporate social media into their marketing. The question from the corner office often becomes “how do I measure my ROI from social media activity?” ” Believe it or not, it can actually be done, and with Google Analytics. [.]. B2B Web Strategy Google Analytics

4 Reasons to Get Recommendations on LinkedIn First

B2B Marketing Traction

Ask your customers for testimonials and recommendations on LinkedIn first. Then you can repurpose them for your print pieces such as one sheets and for your website. In my opinion there is little reason to ask for testimonials outside of LinkedIn.

Patience and Persistence – A Powerful Combination in Marketing

Great B2B Marketing

As has been stated in works ranging from the Bible to the Beatles, there is a time for every purpose. Sometimes the best course is to persist and push through the obstacle and sometimes the best course is to apply a little dose of patience. Here are some examples of when to practice persistence. Be persistent in setting goals for your marketing programs. Better yet, make them intentions. How many unique visitors will you have at your website?

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results