Sat.Oct 22, 2011 - Fri.Oct 28, 2011

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

Modern Marketing

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.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns.

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How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

NuSpark

B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective.

12 Internet Trends You Need To Know From Mary Meeker

Marketing Insider Group

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.

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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5 Steps To A Better Marketing Plan

Marketing Insider Group

The first step to great marketing is having a great marketing plan. However, not everyone bothers to plan – even though most agree that it is the foundation to successfully achieving your marketing objectives.

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Memory + Emotional Attention = Content Marketing

Writing on the Web

How do you write good blog posts that connect emotionally with readers and turn them into loyal fans? Oh, heck, that’s easy. All you have to do is: Grab their attention. Get them emotionally engaged. Make a memorable impact. There you go, right? Easy-peasy.

The 4 Critical Elements of an Effective Business Website

Webbiquity

The first step in optimizing your online presence is making sure you have a website worth optimizing. That means creating a site that your target visitors will be glad they found once they arrive, and will spend some time with because the site provides the information they need in an easy-to-find manner. It’s like planning a large event or party in your home.

Is Blogging Right for my Business? The Benefits of a Business Blog

NuSpark

The strategy of blogging, especially from a b2b perspective, can be somewhat misunderstood. What are your goals? Thought leadership, SEO, lead generation? How do I get people to read it? How to I build subscribers? Are my audiences really interested in my thoughts? So I thought I’d raise the question on the benefits of blogging to the NuSpark Marketing content alliance team, and get their reaction to the following question. “I’m

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.

Buyerology: Understanding Buyer Choice

Tony Zambito

Image by Will Lion via Flickr. When formulating marketing, sales, demand generation, and content strategies, an important factor is that of understanding the choices buyers make.    Oftentimes, strategies are crafted with a singular focus on the purchase decision. 

Financial benchmarks for B2B marketing agencies

The B2B Research Blog

Are you normal? . As a business I mean. . If you’re running a B2B marketing agency do you really know how your firm performs relative to competitors? It’s tough to answer this question with confidence. After all, your competitors only share the legal minimum of information about performance. Information which is also usually opaque and outdated. . Despair not though. The 2011 B2B Marketing Agency League Table , compiled by B2B Marketing Magazine and Circle Research , fills in the gaps. .

Thought Leadership in B2B Marketing [#B2Bchat Recap]

Digital B2B Marketing

Why should companies invest in thought leadership? And just what does thought leadership mean anyways? These and other questions were debated during a Twitter #B2Bchat on Thought Leadership in B2B Marketing on October 13, and I had the privilege of moderating the discussion. Here are the key takeaways I took from the discussion.

Why I Hate Fear-based Selling….

B2B Marketing Traction

I hate fear-based selling. You know, the kind where the seller lets you know one way or another that if you don’t buy their product or service you’re going to lose out.

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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.

Breaking News: People Who Like Print, Like Print

B2B Memes

There’s been a minor buzz this week in B2B circles about recent survey results suggesting that paper magazines and newsletters remain extremely important to business professionals. I’m sure it’s true. I’m also sure it’s not very meaningful. Just because you like something doesn’t mean it’s not dead.

Use Content Marketing to Manage Industrial Sales Funnels

Industrial Marketing Today

B2B and industrial marketers are usually tasked with two main responsibilities: Fill the top of the sales funnel (ToFU) with high quality leads. Maximize the middle of the funnel (MoFU) for converting more leads into sales opportunities.

Thought Leadership in B2B Marketing [#B2Bchat Recap]

Digital B2B Marketing

Thought Leadership in B2B Marketing: Recap of #B2BChat discussion. Are individuals or companies thought leaders? What are today's biggest barriers to developing thought leadership? And how is thought leadership connected to heretics? Strategy #B2Bchat B2B marketing Jeff Wilson Thought Leadership

Is It Time for a B2B Marketing Audit?

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. In today’s economy, every dollar you spend on marketing must produce results. Are you sure that the marketing you spend money on is working? As a new year approaches, this is a perfect time for a marketing audit.

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.

Facebook’s Arctic Servers & 5 Other Cool Data Centers

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Facebook officials announced today that it plans to build a new, 300,000-square foot data center just 60 miles outside the Arctic Circle in Lulea, Sweden.

The Cloud Must Go On – How to Catalyze a PR Win into Revenue with Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

by Maria Pergolino You’ve heard all press is good press—but how good? It depends how good you make it. Here’s an amazing example of how you can transform press into celebrity with effective, multi-channel marketing. And of course, this means revenue.

Social Media Sleuthing: A-List Traffic and bit.ly Tricks

Digital B2B Marketing

Ever wonder how much traffic social media A-listers and publishers drive with their own Twitter stream? Using bit.ly , you can often see this as well as a wealth of other information, such as what content someone shares and even what accounts they manage.

B2B Lead Generation – How Much Information Should You Capture?

Great B2B Marketing

I just read an interesting article at Web Ink Now, titled New B2B Lead Generation Calculus. Noted marketing thought leader David Meerman Scott revisits that often-debated topic of whether it is better to collect opt-in data before allowing people to download your content, or to make that content available without requiring anything from the website visitor.

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.

Innovate or Die; Actions IT Solution Providers Can Do To Help IT Leaders Meet the Number One Challenge for 2012

The ROI Guy

Each year over 8,000 CIOs and IT Leaders gather in Orlando for Gartner’s Symposium and IT Expo to discuss the latest research from Gartner analysts, and the sessions are never short on predictions, insight and even controversy, all helping to shape the top IT priorities and investments for 2012 and beyond. The 2011 sessions did not disappoint, with analysts urging “creative destruction” as one of the most important strategies for IT executives to embrace.

Websites With More Content Generate More Customers [New Infographic]

Tomorrow People

How do you act big? Our research shows that websites that create lots of content , build active social media profiles , and blog regularly are much more successful online than their peer.

PETA’s SeaWorld Lawsuit: Do Publicity Stunts Make Sense?

Marketing Craftmanship

Whale Abuse: Exhibit A for Shamu, the Plaintiff.

Social Media Sleuthing: A-List Traffic and bit.ly Tricks

Digital B2B Marketing

Ever wonder how much traffic social media A-listers and publishers drive with their own Twitter stream? Using bit.ly, you can often see this as well as a wealth of other information, such as what content someone shares and even what accounts they manage. If you know me, you probably know that I am part analyst, [.]. Measurement Social Media AT&T bitly Jay Baer Mashable NYTimes Oregonian Portland Business Journal social media sleuthing twitter Verizon

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.

RightNow, Oracle and The Customer

Modern Marketing

by Joe Payne | Tweet this Oracle announced yesterday that it will acquire RightNow Technologies, a SaaS company that provides customer service solutions. Most of the buzz has focused either deal size (more than 9x revenue) or competitive implications (particularly what the acquisition means for Salesforce.com’s Service Cloud). I’ll let the journalists, analysts and affected companies debate those two issues. Me, I have a different angle.

Five Ways Marketing Automation is Transforming B2B Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

by Liz Smyth The abundance of information available online and on social networks has fundamentally changed the way that customers research and buy solutions. Because of this there must also be change in how we market and sell to them.

30 New Tablet Usage Stats Marketers Should Know [Infographic]

Hubspot

As adoption of mobile devices grows among consumers, it's important for marketers to keep up with its evolution and know the facts. What are the trends that are shaping mobile usage? Which devices are more popular than others? How is information getting consumed on these devices?

You’ve probably over-farmed your donors’ land

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. When it comes to your direct mail campaigns, you’ve probably over-farmed your land. You’ve been emailing and snail mailing the same donors you have done for a decade. It is time to leave the land fallow and let the lists rest.

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9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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