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What Marketing Org Charts Tell You About The Business

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Organizational charts are an interesting thing. Every company has an official one and also a few “unofficial” charts.

The Big Myth About Buyer’s Journey in the Digital Age

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Last week I attended a webinar presented by SiriusDecisions and Alinean titled “ SiriusDecisions Interview: Death of the B2B Sales Rep? ”. It basically reinforced some concepts I already knew and presented some new interesting stats from the research that SiriusDecisions has done recently.

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A Primer on Sales Competitive Battle Cards

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Competitive Battle Cards (BTW I’ve seen them spelled together, battlecards, and separate – battle cards) are a staple of product marketing.

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2013 B2B Content Marketing Awards

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In the October edition of the BtoB Online Magazine, a series of companies were showcased in what they call the 2013 Content Marketing Awards.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Marketing Automation System Software Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Marketing Automation Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best Marketing Automation software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

The Danger of Automatic Feeds in Social Media

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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.

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Partner Marketing Programs

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I’ve been on both sides of the table, both as the vendor putting together partner marketing initiatives and as the reseller making use of the marketing resources a partner company has made available. It is interesting that once you’ve been on the consuming side of things you get a different perspective.

What My Paper Route Taught Me about Content Marketing

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Note: This is a guest post by Brad Shorr. See his bio at the end. My career in content marketing started at age 12. Every day I’d load up my red Schwinn Varsity bicycle with The Aurora Beacon News and head out to make deliveries, learning valuable lessons about digital content marketing that just starting to sink in lately. Here are a few of these lessons, which I’m sure you will pick up a lot faster than I did! 1. Content Marketing Is Hard Work.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Product Demos

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My newest post on Medium covers what you may consider the seven deadly sins of product demos. We have all seen how online demos for B2B SaaS products can become terrible hour-long sessions that don’t lead to any interesting conclusion and it might be time to re-evaluate how your own sales reps are handling their own demos. The full article is here: https://medium.com/@danielkuperman/product-demos-that-dont-suck-46b33317d8f4#.yrgg4z958. yrgg4z958. Enjoy! View story at Medium.com.

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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.

Email Productivity Tips for Marketers

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A recent article on LifeHacker talks about tips to get faster email responses. They talk about: Write shorter emails. Write fewer emails. Ask for a response. Start with a deadline. Only email one person at a time.

Getting Started Guide for Marketing Automation

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With all the (deserved) hype surrounding marketing automation, is no wonder that many companies, startups especially, are adding the technology as a key component to their marketing activities. Problem is, sometimes the rush to get the software installed and running ends up trampling the creation of processes, content planning, and other key ingredients that are necessary for a successful marketing automation implementation.

A List of Product Marketing Books

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What should product marketers read? That’s a question I’m often asked and decided to list all the books I typically recommend, especially if you are starting off in your product marketing journey.

Content Marketing is the New PR

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That is the title of a recent Aberdeen Group report, Publish or Perish: Content Marketing is the New PR, which you can download for free (registration required) here. Content Marketing Leaders and Followers.

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Reinventing Marketing at GE

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GE's Ecomagination Ad Campaign - Result of the Marketing Transformation Process. Who would have thought that General Electric (GE), one of the most admired companies in the world didn’t have a substantial marketing organization up until recently.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

When Leads Go Cold

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It seems with all the systems we have today to generate, score, and nurture leads, it all comes down to sales. The amount of time it takes for a sales person to follow up with a lead can determine whether the deal is closed or not.

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Marketing Automation Catching On Fire

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According to the recent report by Marketing Sherpa, “CMO Perspectives on B2B Marketing Automation” (offered for FREE by Marketo until March 1st), “the majority of CMOs have either implemented, are in the process of implementation

A Buyer Persona Template for the B2B Marketer

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With the new hype of content creation now making the rounds of webinars, books, and whitepapers another term has regained the spotlight: the buyer persona. I was reminded once again of the importance of creating buyer personas during Bulldog Solutions event on Marketing Benchmark in which Rob Solomon walked us through their five step process for organizing your marketing programs: Business Case. Infrastructure. Process Planning. Program Execution. Measurement.

A Content Framework for Sales Enablement

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With all the hype around content marketing, all the attention is typically on the front-end, customer-facing content materials. That involves emails, eBooks, whitepapers, videos, and the myriad of other content deliverables that are focused on lead nurturing and demand generation.

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7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

It’s Time for CEO’s to Get Social

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Some CEO’s just ‘get it’ while others don’t seem to bother.

How to Build a Content Development Plan for Your Site

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Note: this is another great guest post by Brad Shorr. See his bio at the end. Have you ever visited a website that looked like a teenager’s bedroom – content strewn about everywhere, overflowing with information yet impossible to find what you’re looking for? This often happens when a firm fails to make a long-term content development plan a component of its new site launch.

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The Rise of the Content Marketer « The Effective Marketer

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Content Needs a King in Marketing. Content Needs a King. I know I don't have to argue the value of content to readers of this blog. If you are even remotely interested in marketing it is clear that the more the web has transformed the

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Why Sales and Marketing Don't Get Along « The Effective Marketer

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Talk to marketing mangers and sales managers about their biggest complaint and you will likely hear “They don't follow up on leads!” from the marketing guy and “Their leads suck!” from the sales guy. No news there

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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.

6 Content Marketing Channels Missing From Your Plan

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Although much deserved attention is given to Blogs, eBooks, Webinars, Data Sheets, Press Releases, Videos, and other typical channels when talking about content creation, you shouldn’t forget to include the following touchpoints in your content marketing plan. On-Hold Messages: Ditch the on-hold music and the typical sales pitch for something your customers, prospects, and partners will actually enjoy listening to. Customize the message for each department.

what's your marketing approach?

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an interesting post by steve johnson talks about marketing not being a list, but rather an approach to solving customers problems and helping buyers to buy. as marketers, we sometimes fall victims of the routine day-to-day tactical

Aberdeen Shows How to Do Email Marketing Right

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The new research report from Aberdeen Group “Email Marketing: Customers Take it Personally” has some very interesting insights. They talk about how the increase in the number of available marketing channels coupled with the resource

Maximizing Marketing Spend with Attribution Models

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Note: This is a guest post by Ashley Verrill. Once upon a time, marketers just played the quantities game.

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.

Marketing Automation is More Than Technology

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A new research study by Sirius Decisions , “ Calculating the Return on Marketing Automation “, sponsored by Marketo talks about the different levels of companies implementing marketing automation platforms (or MAP, as they call it). “Companies using technology alone to solve their demand creation issues may actually experience negative return where it matters most&#. The report breaks down companies into three segments: No Marketing Automation, and no processes.

How to Maintain Great Content Curation

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A guest post by Lior Levin. On the surface, content curation sounds like a great way to generate content with little to no time or effort.

When Inbound Marketing Goes Wrong

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The fact that Inbound Marketing is taking over traditional marketing methods is not news. It seems that every eBook, blog post, and webinar is now touting content marketing and inbound marketing as the go-to strategies for the new marketers. Marketing is evolving , there is no denying that. But for those out there in the trenches, trying to follow all the advice and get their marketing engines running it is not that simple.

Why Seeding Your Content is Key to Making it Viral

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Is great to see scientific research being done on social media, viral videos, and marketing in general (see previous post on the New Science of Viral Ads ). Problem is, many research papers contradict each other.

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

Inbound Marketing Analytics 101

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HubSpot does it again, taking content that is not necessarily new or revolutionary and putting it in a nicely formatted eBook that makes reading it a pleasure. With “ An Introduction to Inbound Marketing Analytics “, you get an overview of what to measure and why. Especially useful for small companies and those who are just starting out with their marketing programs and need some help identifying key metrics, the eBook is packed with good advice. Inbound Marketing Analytics Overview.

How Viral Marketing Can Kill You

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Viral Marketing, or the spread of ideas (also called Word of Mouth Marketing) is usually thought of as a good thing. You create a video or a campaign and everyone starts talking about it. You go home happy and maybe even get a promotion.

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Content Marketing eBook and Infographics

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A Content Marketing eBook. Content Marketing is all the rave, that’s part of what drove me to do some research on the history of content marketing and publish this free eBook, A Brief History of Content Marketing.

Upcoming Marketing Conferences « The Effective Marketer

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It's February already and you keep thinking “what the heck happened to January”? You're note alone. A few good events have come and gone, like the Digital Marketing Forum, MarketingSherpa's Email Marketing Summit, and the Email

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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.