January, 2012

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Is It Really B2B, Or Something Different All Together?

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Jason Falls is an author, speaker and CEO of Social Media Explorer. He is also co-author of the book No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing , available on Amazon and in bookstores everywhere. Marketing to the business consumer takes a special pedigree.

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Turning Raw B2B Sales Leads Into Real Opportunities: Don’t Give Up Too Soon

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When qualifying and nurturing sales leads, the lead farmer (prospect development professional) has a challenging job. The starting point in lead management is usually an inquiry consisting of a name, title, a company, a phone number or email address. The lead farmer must have the patience, discipline and skill to engage the inquirer in a conversation. This step alone can take weeks or months.

Sales Leads: Why Your Reps Need Fewer, Rather Than More

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Contrary to popular belief, reps don’t need more sales leads. They need fewer leads—or more accurately, fewer raw, unfiltered, unqualified leads. Best sales lead management practices continually show that reps need qualified leads that have been carefully vetted, properly and consistently nurtured and appropriately developed, increasing the likelihood of a completed sale. Good sales reps are by nature hunters, eager to close in on highly qualified leads for the kill.

The 5 Top Media for Cold Prospecting

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Ruth Stevens is Founder of eMarketing Strategy , a consulting practice that assists companies in building their customer acquisition and retention strategies. Ruth is also author of Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers. Every business needs new customers.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

Lead Qualification & Lead Nurturing: Who's Job Is It?

ViewPoint

Are marketing resources or sales reps the right resources to do lead qualification and lead nurturing in the B2B complex sale? The answer is clear, and may surprise you. But first, let's take a look at some lead generation challenges. Cahners Research has shown that 45 percent of qualified leads will end up buying a solution from someone within a year. Think of lead generation, lead qualification and lead nurturing as progressive steps in a funnel.

Do Your Sales Prospects Have Their Own Poker “Tells”?

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James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. An important skill in playing poker is being able to read the opponents at your table. A “Tell”* is a physical reaction, sometimes called a habit, or behavior that tells others information about you and your hand.

Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

Digital B2B Marketing

Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution.

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Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

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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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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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?

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Best B2B Marketing and Sales Strategy Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

Social media, content aggregation and curation , user-generated content and other developments have dramatically changed the B2B buying cycle over the past few years.

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.

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.

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.