January, 2012

The Effective Marketer

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.

Proven Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic

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Thanks to Christopher S. Penn and his newsletter I read this amazing post by SEOmoz on “ 21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic “ It not only validates some of my personal beliefs but also gave me additional tactics to apply to my own blog as well as companies I work with. The tactics discussed in the article are: Target Your Content to an Audience Likely to Share. Participate in the Communities Where Your Audience Already Gathers. Make Your Blog’s Content SEO-Friendly.

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Your Content Marketing Mandate: Just Do It!

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I’ve heard a few times now from companies that want to get their content marketing engine cranking but haven’t put anything out there yet because of one of the following reasons: We don’t have a marketing person or department. We don’t have enough time to create content. Our website sucks, we want to fix it first. We are still researching topics for our blog posts. We don’t know where to start. Any other typical reasons I missed?

Listening to Your Customers In the Digital Age

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“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new” – Steve Jobs. What do customers want? Let’s do a focus group and find out. This tried-and-true approach to innovation leading to brand extensions, new product categories, and new marketing approaches has and continues to be used as a cornerstone of market research efforts.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Pinterest drives enormous blog and business success

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Guest Post by {grow} community member Lauren Schaefer. This is Kate. She’s a hairstylist, jewelry maker, and all-around crafter based in North Carolina. Kate started her blog ( thesmallthingsblog.com ) exactly one year ago.

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

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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 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog

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Have you ever considered the ways a blog can help you get a job? I meet a lot of young people entering the work force and I always recommend blogging as a way to get ahead … in almost any career. Here’s why: 1) Show what you’re made of.

How B2B Leaders Are Understanding Buyers Better With Behavioral Buyergraphics

Tony Zambito

B2B Buying Process Today © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. In the business-to-business world, the quest to connect with decision-makers has been and most likely will continue to be the main challenge confronting B2B leaders.

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.

Forget demographics. It’s all about the socialgraphics

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. Traditionally, marketers have researched their customers’ demographics to have a clear idea of their age, gender, income, location, and other traits.

This is why you’re not Seth Godin.

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Seth Godin is an insanely successful entrepreneur, marketing author and speaker. Is his social media model of broadcasting without engagement scalable for you too? I recently received this inquiry from a friend: I launched a new blog on Sunday.

20 of the World’s Wittiest Twitter Bios

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I know you LOVE these funny Twitter bios. Yes, they’re real and they’re fabulous. Here we go! organising. Let me bitch at you every day until you sort your shit out. Newtoblogging. Maybe I should rethink this, when I spelled it Blooging at first. danecook. When I tweet, I tweet to kill.

Free eBook: How Buyer Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Thinking

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. Recently, I embarked on a series of articles related to buyer trends and how they are changing conventional business thinking as we know it. These series of articles, referenced as Buyerology Trends, highlighted 7 areas of where buyer trends are challenging conventional thinking.

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Is New Google like the New Coke?

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A guest post by {grow} community member Helen Brown. Let me tell you a story: Back in the 1980s there was a brand war, and it was a big deal at the time. Named the Cola Wars, it was a knock-down, drag-out fight to decide which of the two mega brands of cola was better, Coke or Pepsi.

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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

8 Great Marketing Infographics To Inspire Your 2012 Objectives

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s the dawn of a New Year and maybe you are looking for some marketing inspiration as you set your 2012 objectives and plan for the year ahead. And if you are trying to drive positive change in your organization, sometimes a picture is better than a thousand powerpoint decks.

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It’s time to evolve the social media mindset

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By “Social Steve” Goldner, Contributing {grow} Columnist. It’s time to bring social media marketing to an end. I do not make this statement lightly. In fact it is pretty humbling. How do you think I, SocialSteve, feel about telling you about the end of social?

7 Things Marketers Should Stop Doing Today

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s that time of year when a lot of folks like to make resolutions. New beginnings and all that. Well I’m not gonna take the conventional path here. I mean if you want to lose weight, the steps are pretty simple, right? Exercise every day, weigh yourself once a week, count your calories.

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Are you ready for Return On Influence?

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We are on the cusp of a marketing revolution. And it is being led by YOU. Dozens of companies like Klout are slicing, dicing, and dissecting the billions of bits of information published on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook each day and grading your ability to create buzz.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

The Six Stages of Emotional Branding

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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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4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Benefit from Pinterest

B2B Marketing Traction

Like many of you I’m enamored with Pinterest , but I can’t help but ask, “Can Pinterest benefit B2B Marketers?” ” Pinterest is a social media site that allows members to create boards for images that they like.

Infographic: A History of Disruptions in B2B Marketing

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this “We’re gonna change the world” has become the battle cry for many tech startups. When you’re bootstrapping a company against all mathematical odds, the only thing better than ambition is wild ambition. But let’s face it: very few companies actually change the world.

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5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Are Impacting B2B Sales

Tony Zambito

For many in B2B sales, from senior leaders to sales representatives, it may be a discouraging time. If you follow conventional and social media closely, the storied demise of sales has been told many times.

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.

Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011

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24 (of the) Best Business Blogging Guides, Tips and Tools of 2011

Webbiquity

Despite any recent recent rants you may have seen about how blogging is dead or blogs are passé , the fact of the matter is that business blogging is now more important than ever.

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.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative.

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.

Nine Simple Tactics to Drive a Higher Return on Trade Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In his most recent post , Dave Green pointed out how marketers invest most of their budget on trade shows even though it ranks fourth in effectiveness. He went on to explain how to get a better return on your trade-show investment through lead scoring.

Peering deeply into the soul of creativity

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Can you guess the subject of this photo? This is a predawn picture of Australia’s Lake Eyre salt flat taken by the extraordinary photographer Murray Fredericks.

What Really Creates Marketing Automation Success: Data from Gleanster

Customer Experience Matrix

Research firm Gleanster released its free “Gleansight” report on marketing automation late last month. I was principal author for much of the document and drafted the survey questions, although I didn’t write the individual vendor profiles or administer the survey. (I’ll

Marketers Ruin Good Marketing Opportunities

Digital B2B Marketing

Innovative marketers constantly put new ideas into practice, and some of the most effective new ideas quickly become marketing best practices or emerging trends. However, when marketing ideas initially move from early adopters to the majority of marketers, they tend to lose their luster.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

Why Your Content Will Never Be Good Enough

Digital B2B Marketing

Quite simply, the marketing content you create will never be good enough. You will need to produce better content every single day. Today, someone trumped your content. Just now, they become a more useful source of information to your audience.

13 Questions Marketing Should Ask the Sales Reps

Modern Marketing

by Michael Martin | Tweet this As marketers, we all want to deliver sales with the resources they need to close more deals…more often…and faster. If you’re going to develop a marketing plan that really pushes sales enablement , you need to talk the sales reps out in the field.

Why Google Social Search Means You’ll Probably Want a Google+ Page

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Gargantuan search king, Google, announced changes yesterday intended to provide people with highly personalized search results and drive folks to the company’s nascent social network Google+. Google is billing its new social search initiative “Search plus Your World.”

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14 Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing One Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

Over the years I’ve assembled a book of sample one sheets that I use to review with clients. With these 1-sheet samples I’ve been able to point out some of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of creating marketing one-pagers.

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.