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5 Ways to Get Readers to Respond

Writing on the Web

You spend a lot of time writing content on your blog but if the only comments you get are from people looking for free marketing, maybe it’s time to revise your content strategies. Here’s a guest post from Chris Peterson at Straight North integrated marketing services in Chicago.

Boost Demand Generation Using Target Ready Buyer Models

Tony Zambito

©All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. Recently, I published two articles related to 5 ways buyer behaviors are affecting B2B sales , and 5 ways they are affecting B2B marketing.

Predictive Buyer Modeling Is Changing the Future of B2B

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. I would not be surprised today if a group of B2B executives said they were using fortune tellers to peer into a crystal ball to make predictions about the future. The fast pace of change makes the crystal ball of how buyers will behave in the future enveloped in a hazy fog.

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform? ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

The Six Stages of Emotional Branding

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Contributing {grow} Columnist “Social Steve” Goldner. Creating an emotional connection between customers and a brand is probably the Holy Grail of marketing. Most often, brands strive for this by being the pinnacle of something and then reinforcing that position at every touchpoint.

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How B2B brands approach Twitter

The B2B Research Blog

Social media has become a bit of an obsession for me. Not so much as a participant, but as an observer. I’m the technology equivalent of a bird watcher. I’ve been observing B2B marketers in their natural habitat. Noting their behaviours. Sketching and documenting the different species I see. I call them ‘Twitologies’ and I’d like to share an outline of them here.

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The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

Everything Technology Marketing

Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". As every year, I asked the 25,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about their B2B marketing priorities for 2012.

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What Social Data can Teach You about Audiences

Buzz Marketing for Technology

My son is a senior in high school and I am beginning to help him with his search for the right school. One of the aspects of college life that he is looking forward to is belonging to a university with strong school spirit.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

Six ways to turn Yelp into your most effective marketing channel

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. Jeff Bezos, Founder/CEO Amazon. Guest post by {grow} community member Kathi Kruse. How important is it for your to look your best to a potential customer?

LinkedIn 277% More Effective for Lead Generation Than Facebook & Twitter [New Data]

Hubspot

Social media can be a huge contributor to a company's lead generation efforts in both B2B and B2C. But how efficient are the various different social channels in directly driving leads?

How Not to Manage Email Unsubscribes [4 Awful Examples]

Digital B2B Marketing

Unsubscribing should be easy! Let’s face it, email is convenient, but sometimes email marketing sucks. Today’s business buyers are flooded with email they do not want and it seems cannot get rid of. The problem is, publishers and marketers rely heavily on email.

Best Quora Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

Is Quora still a significant social media destination? When the service was first launched, I was (like many others) flooded with notifications of new followers and invitations to follow back, to the point of annoyance.

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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.

Is Your Business Ready for Marketing?

Digital B2B Marketing

Businesses turn to marketing to drive revenue, but are you really ready? Before investing in marketing you must ensure other key areas of your business are ready first. Your Product or Service. If your offering isn’t ready for the market, your marketing will not solve your problems.

12 (of the) Best WordPress Guides and Plugin Reviews of 2011

Webbiquity

WordPress is not only the most popular blogging platform , but is increasingly becoming a leading website content management system (CMS) as well. Cost and ease of use are certainly factors, but one of the important reasons is its extensibility through plugins.

Social media, our voice, and the power to destroy

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

The ability for all of us to publish on the social web — to have a voice — is among the most profound sociological, economic, and political developments of our lifetime.

4 Steps for Making Demand Generation More Social

Modern Marketing

by Rob Bois | Tweet this Pick up any sales or marketing trade pub, and you’re likely to see that 2011 was the year of social. While B2B companies have jumped on the bandwagon, demand generation marketers often struggle to find its value.

7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

The Danger of Automatic Feeds in Social Media

The Effective Marketer

Note: This is a guest post by Brad Shorr is Director of Content & Social Media for Straight North. See Brad’s bio at the end of the article. Participating in social media is time consuming, so it’s only natural that people look for shortcuts. However, some shortcuts become disastrous detours, and this is often what happens when a company relies on automation for significant portions of its social updating. Automatic feeds come in two flavors.

Align Industrial Websites with Sales Process

Industrial Marketing Today

If you want your industrial website to generate qualified leads and drive sales (Who doesn’t?), make sure the site is aligned with your sales process. Without this critical link, your newly redesigned industrial website may be nothing more than eye candy that does very little for your sales. In my daily conversations with manufacturing and industrial companies, I find the mindset is still very much centered on marketing the old way.

My February Challenge: 10 Tweets a Day

B2B Memes

It’s somewhat sad, I suppose, that my only effective mode of self-improvement is to set arbitrary goals. But it works. Last November, I challenged myself to write a blog post a day. I am happy to say I met my goal. Although I subsequently fell off the wagon in December (8 posts) and January (5 posts), it still feels like a significant achievement. This month, I’m setting my sights on Twitter.

10 Fast Facts About Facebook

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this We all knew the day was coming. Now it’s here. Today, Facebook filed its intention to be traded on the public markets in an IPO that could value it at $100 billion. Being the resident financial document nerd, I’ve pored through the filing to pull some fascinating Facebook facts. Here they are in all their glory. Oh, and you can read the filing yourself here. Everyday We’re Facebookin’. We knew Facebook had a lot of users.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Creating an inclusive social media event

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

A few years ago, I was speaking at a social media event in New York. A student wrote me and said, “I would love to come to meet you but I can’t afford the $375 ticket!”

7 Trends From The Focus Technology Marketing Handbook

B2B Marketing Insider

I started the B2B Marketing Insider blog to share marketing tips and tricks and my view of the marketing landscape from my perspective – someone who’s living and breathing this stuff every day.

Measure Your Social Media ROI with Google Analytics Part 2: Advanced Segments

EMagine B2B Blog

In our first post of the Social Media ROI series, we looked at campaign tagging, and how we can measure campaign performance, compare campaigns or social mediums, and even group campaigns together. This week, we’ll look at another way to measure Social Media ROI with Google Analytics – Advanced Segments. Advanced Segments Advanced segments allow [.]. B2B Web Strategy Google Analytics

B2B Professionals: Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Networking?

Marketri

When professional services firms are looking to increase awareness in their community, professionals often seek out associations to join. Sounds like a solid recommendation, but are you reaching the goals you set out to achieve by joining these groups?

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.

Are You a Content Curator? 5 Great Tools for Content Curation and Sharing

Marketri

Like me, you may be a “content curator” and not even know it. Lately, I have noticed a number of articles and blog posts with headlines referencing the concept of content curation. I have to admit, before reading these posts, I wasn’t quite sure what exactly it was.

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The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Pinterest for Marketing

Hubspot

Over the past few months, you may have heard some chatter about a brand new social network called Pinterest. Not surprising. According to Compete , unique visitors to Pinterest.com increased by 429% from September to December 2011 , and the social network already boasts a user base of 3.3 million.

7 Examples of Brands That Pop on Pinterest

Hubspot

I’m sitting here next to an empty pan of mini red velvet donuts, and all I want to do is find another recipe to bake this weekend. No, my first stop won’t be the Food Network, Gourmet, or Cooking Light.

5 Marketing Things to Stop Doing and 5 to Start

B2B Marketing Traction

When it comes to your marketing, sometimes it’s important to stop doing what you’ve been doing. And start some new things. In the book Good to Great , Jim Collins says that great leaders are disciplined – they not only have a to-do list, but they also have a stop-doing list.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

‘The Truth about Leads’ Is Just That

Paul Gillin

I spent 15 months as a sales manager, which was just long enough to learn how little aptitude I had for the job. The experience did give me an appreciation for the difficulty of selling, though.

What Were the Biggest B2B Marketing Disruptions of 2011?

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this We’re already a through the first month of 2012. What better time to take a moment to ask, “What were the biggest B2B marketing disruptions of last year?” ” It was a crazy year, full of ups and down, and big changes. We recently highlighted the history of the biggest B2B marketing disruptions. But we wanted to narrow down the field. So we asked 6 experts to sound off on what they thought the biggest B2B marketing disruptions of 2011.

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5 Things I Learned from Self-Publishing

B2B Memes

If nothing else, self-publishing is a learning experience. You learn not just about the process, but yourself. It’s not for everyone, certainly, but don’t count yourself out as a self-publisher until you give it some serious thought.

How to Increase Your Clickthroughs on Twitter

Tomorrow People

The infographic is from Dan Zarrella, the Social Media Scientist giving you an insight on increasing your clickthroughs on Twitter based on: Length of the tweet. Where's the link? Frequency of tweets. Keywords used. Thank you, Dan Zarrella. Amazing post, yet again

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.