December, 2007

Resources on Aligning Marketing and Sales for B2B Companies

Anything Goes Marketing

If you somehow stumbled on this post and said "Yes, this is just what I was looking for and will help save our company" you really need to get a hold of yourself!

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Eventricity Lets Banks Buy, Not Build, Event-Based Marketing Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

As you may recall from my posts on Unica and SAS , event-based marketing (also called behavior identification) seems to be gaining traction at long last. By coincidence, I recently found some notes I made two years about a UK-based firm named eventricity Ltd. This led to a long conversation with eventricity founder Mark Holtom, who turned out to be an industry veteran with background at NCR/Teradata and AIMS Software, where he worked on several of the pioneering projects in the field.

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Blogger: Redirecting

Buzz Marketing for Technology

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Merry Christmas from WebMarketCentral

WebMarketCentral

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a blessed and joyous holiday season from WebMarketCentral. It's the time of year to enjoy time spent with friends and family, see the priceless expressions on the faces of children, and remember those less fortunate by giving back in any way you can.

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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Unica Strategy Stays the Course

Customer Experience Matrix

I recently caught up with Unica Vice President Andrew Hally as part of my review of developments at the major marketing automation vendors. It’s been a good year for Unica, which will break $100 million in annual revenue for the first time. On the product front, they continue their long-time strategy of offering all the software a marketing department would need.

Blogger: Redirecting

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The debate over how to make money with podcasts began shortly after they were rolled out. At first, the natural inclination was to do pre-roll or post-roll ads on podcasts – much like existing media such as TV and radio

Advanced Analytics and Still More Reasons I Love QlikView

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m at the National Center for Database Marketing Conference this week. NCDM is always a good place to get a feel for what’s on people’s minds. One theme I’ve picked up is a greater interest in advanced analytics. Richard Deere of Direct Data Mining Consultants, a very experienced modeler, told me that interest in segmentation always increases during recessions, because companies are more determined to increase the return on diminished budgets.

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1010data Offers A Powerful Columnar Database

Customer Experience Matrix

Back in October I wrote here about the resurgent interest in alternatives to standard relational databases for analytical applications. Vendors on my list included Alterian , SmartFocus , Vertica and QD Technology. Most use some form of a columnar structure, meaning data is stored so the system can load only the columns required for a particular query. This reduces the total amount of data read from disk and therefore improves performance.

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.

Social Media Now Top Information Source for B2B IT Buyers

WebMarketCentral

Following up on its first study on the value of Web 2.0 social media sites by B2B IT decision-makers, researchers at ITtoolbox and PJA have just published their second report on the topic.

4 Ways to Use Social Networking for B2B PR

WebMarketCentral

As noted here previously, from both the B2B vendor perspective and buyer perspective , social media is becoming an increasingly important channel for B2B communication. It's no longer just about teenagers discussing their favorite bands.

Wii Don't Want Your Business

WebMarketCentral

If you're a parent of a child anywhere from five to 17 years old (and quite possibly even if you're not), you know that THE hottest gift this Christmas is the Wii game system.

WMC Interviews: Jeff Rusinow

WebMarketCentral

I recently spoke with Jeff Rusinow, a very busy guy who now heads up the Web 2.0 site TopNetPix , which has been described as "a combination of Mahalo , Yahoo and Netvibes."

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.

Book Review: Your Inner CEO -- Unleash the Executive Within

WebMarketCentral

When I first began reading Your Inner CEO: Unleash the Executive Within , the eighth book from best-selling author and executive consultant Allan Cox, I honestly didn't think I would get much value from it. Too squishy," I thought. Not going to be much here I can use."

How to Write a Strategic Marketing Plan

WebMarketCentral

With so little written on this topic (at least according to Google Blog Search ), one could easily conclude that marketing professionals must be born with knowledge of how to write a strategic marketing plan embedded in their genetic code.

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Excellent Podcast on Interactive PR

WebMarketCentral

When two of the smartest people in blogging and interactive PR have a conversation, it's worth listening in on. Paul Dunay at Buzz Marketing for Technology yesterday posted his podcast interview, PR's Role in New Media , with Cece Lee of the PR Meets Marketing blog.

Wii Would Like to Clarify

WebMarketCentral

I came down a bit hard on Circuit City in yesterday's post—not unfairly, but a brief clarification is in order. Essentially, at the corporate level, Circuit City appears to have a policy against treating customers with dignity and respect. Their automated email on the topic of Wii game systems basically states, albeit politely, that we don't have any Wiis so quit bugging us.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

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