Sat.Feb 21, 2009 - Fri.Feb 27, 2009

Email Autoresponders 2.0 in B2B Marketing

Anything Goes Marketing

Reflecting back on a long week I had the pleasure of meeting a number of new clients and seeing what they have accomplished as part of their online marketing initiatives. I am extremely lucky to see some of the most cutting edge marketing tactics being used and wanted to highlight some of them here.

Social Media is better for the Consideration Phase

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I know I talked about this before on this blog but when I saw the data from RainToday’s Benchmark Survey of How Buyer Identify Professional Services Providers , I couldn’t help myself.

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Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

Customer Experience Matrix

If you suspected that my last two blog posts were a way to avoid writing a post that ranks vendors on usability, you’re probably right. You’re also spending way too much time worrying about my blog, although I appreciate the attention. But it turns out that those posts served a purpose beyond procrastination. In particular, they helped me to clarify the distinction between small campaigns focused on a specific treatment (e.g.

10 Tips For Tweeting A Live Conference - Sales 2.0 March 4,5

Smashmouth Marketing

Back in the fall I attended Selling Power 's Sales 2.0 conference. It was so informative and interactive for sales execs and marketing execs that Green Leads decided we wanted to sponsor the conference (March 4,5 in San Francisco). This time with a twist. Selling Power's publisher and Sales 2.0 co-host, Gerhard Gschwandtner has agreed to have Green Leads provide live twitter coverage from the event.

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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Branding, SEO & Competitive Keyword Phrases

KoMarketing Associates

Aaron Wall just wrote an important post on SEO and the impact of brand strength in relation to competitive keyword visibility. The team at SEO Book provided examples of highly competitive keywords and the recent surge in brand-specific website rankings.

MarketingExperiments B2B Landing Page Web Clinic Contest

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I will be hosting a MarketingExperiments Web Clinic along with MECLABS Sciences Group Director, Dr. Flint McGlaughlin, this Wednesday, February 25 at 4 pm EST. This clinic is special because it will feature an interactive contest. Ten B2B landing pages will be selected to vie for a grand prize: a free landing page assessment (worth $5,000). Attendees of the clinic will be voting for who they think most deserves the makeover.

My Blog got me a New Job and a Book Deal!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I realize you can’t pick up a paper or listen to the news without hearing about more job losses and for those that are affected by the economic situation my thoughts and prayers are with you all. And so I’d like to focus on describing how my blog has helped me move on to the next stage in my career. And hopefully help you in the process.

First Look at New Marketo Release

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m going to diverge just slightly from my current obsession with usability to talk about a conversation I had today with Marketo President and CEO Phil Fernandez, who previewed the 3.0 release of his flagship product, scheduled for March 3. The changes that Fernandez described seemed good but subtle. Major themes were greater access to detailed information, more precise targeting, and tighter integration with Salesforce.com.

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.

Best of 2008: Sales & Marketing Copywriting

WebMarketCentral

Want to know how to write more effective marketing and sales copy? Avoid common grammar and usage mistakes that diminish the impact of your writing? Craft more compelling headlines and ads? Combat dreaded "writer's block"?

Using thought leadership and educational marketing to generate leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

As marketers look for ways to optimize lead generation, they are recognizing the value of using educational content and thought leadership to help attract more customers. I've written a number of times on using educational marketing and certain aspects of thought leadership to generate leads, and I thought this post by Dana VanDen Heuvel over at the MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog was useful reminder. So what is a thought leader?

IDC Workbook: Optimizing Marketing and Sales Lead Management with Marketing Automation

Modern B2B Marketing

The marketing automation space is exploding. And whereas the rapid emergence of flexible, easy-to-use, e-marketing tools is good news for marketers, choosing the right solution for your business can be a daunting process.

Three Options for Measuring Software Ease of Use

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve continued to refine my checklist of items for scoring demand generation vendors on "ease of use for basic functions". Results are promising in that my draft rankings agree with my intuitive sense of where different vendors fall on the continuum. Of course, actually publishing the rankings will throw some vendor noses out of joint, so I need to think a bit more how to do it so that everything is as transparent and reasonable as possible.

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.

BMA-Minnesota to Explore the Use of Social Media within the B2B Marketing Arena

WebMarketCentral

A panel of social media experts will discuss how business-to-business organizations can effectively use social media strategy to help achieve business goals MINNEAPOLIS--( BUSINESS WIRE )--The Minnesota chapter of the Business Marketing Association ( BMA-Minnesota ) will host a panel discussion on how business-to-business (B2B) marketers can use social media to boost their performance metrics and support a customer-centric business model.

Social Media Isn't Only for Virtual Events

WebMarketCentral

Note: this is a guest post from Cece Salomon-Lee , social media relations expert and author of the PR Meets Marketing blog. Cece has previously guest-posted here on best practices in PR and blogging outreach. Virtual events have received a lot of attention recently as an effective way to communicate with your audiences without the costs associated with an in-person event. One argument against virtual events is that you would lose the intimacy that face-to-face interactions provide.