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

ViewPoint

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.

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

ViewPoint

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.

Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

This is why you’re not Seth Godin.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

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.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

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

Internal Links – the Secret Sauce for DiY SEO

Industrial Marketing Today

It is no secret that link building is critical to SEO success. However, some people often ignore internal links because they are just not aware of their SEO benefits. To most to do-it-yourselfers (DiY), link building for SEO means external or inbound or backlinks.

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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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Look out. Twitter is way cool again.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Happy to welcome my daughter Lauren Schaefer back as a guest blogger on {grow} … . Hello readers! It has been too long and I’ve missed you!

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.

5 Best Practices You Can Borrow From This Email Campaign

The Point

There’s a lot to like about the email campaign I received (image below) recently from Infusionsoft , a maker of sales and marketing automation software for small businesses.

Tips for Building a Quality Twitter Following

Paul Gillin

I breached the 10,000-follower mark on Twitter yesterday. I marked this milestone quietly because I’m not big on numbers games and have been outspoken against counting success solely in terms of fans and followers. Nevertheless, I have to admit to taking some pride in this number because of the way I reached it. I have never played games to run up my follower count and I only tweet about stuff that interests me.

The Greatest Danger in Marketing: Metrics

Digital B2B Marketing

Without marketing metrics, marketers cannot manage investments or show the value of marketing. However, without careful selection of metrics, diligent analysis and a clear overarching vision, those same metrics can become the biggest barrier to successful long-term marketing programs.

Focus Roundtable Recap: Optimizing Landing Page Conversion Rates

NuSpark

I recently hosted a fantastic roundtable discussion on Focus.com on the topic of Increasing Landing Page Conversion Rates.

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.

Case studies: Using the social web for new product development

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’m delighted to present today eight exciting new mini-case studies which demonstrate the power of social collaboration to create business value through new product development.

The Ultimate List of Email SPAM Trigger Words

Hubspot

Writing the subject lines for your emails can be one of the most stressful steps of email marketing. Is it engaging? Too short? Too long? Too boring? Will people click 'delete' because of it? Or will they open it? Will it even get to them, or will it trigger SPAM filters?

Buying B2B Email Marketing Lists: Challenges and Recommendations

Digital B2B Marketing

Buying email marketing lists. It makes many think of the spam emails selling a database of millions of top executives.

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One Thing That Can Get You From Here to There in 2012 and Beyond

Tony Zambito

In the world of B2B management, there are numerous head scratching efforts going on as we peer ahead into 2012 and beyond. Primarily, it has to do with how to get from here to there.

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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.

The seven R’s of thought leadership

The B2B Research Blog

Thought leadership. Everyone’s claiming it but, by very definition, only a handful ever delivers. So how do you ensure that your content marketing strategy positions you as one of the few? . Follow the seven R’s – Resonant, Rare, Road Mapped, Robust, Rounded, Rooted and Re-used. Five reasons to develop a thought leadership strategy. B2B marketing has always been better suited to engagement over broadcast.

The social web. Where dreams really do come true.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

This story starts with a song. A sweet, funny song. To understand this post, you should really hear it. By the time it was over, I had a lump in my throat. Here it is: (If you cannot view this video, you can see it HERE.

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A Marketer's Guide to Getting Past Email Spam Filters

Hubspot

Marketers spend a lot of time drafting poignant email copy, designing wonderfully branded email templates, and crafting succinct and enticing email subject lines that get open and click-through rates skyrocketing.

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Get Found: 7 Steps to Fire Up Your Inbound Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

I’ve said many times before that the overwhelming majority of marketing activities are dreadfully unsuccessful.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

The missing topic on b2b digital lead generation: advertising

NuSpark

Remember advertising? Remember media plans? If you believe all those social media experts and SAAS platforms, you’d think advertising has gone away. Don’t believe it.

Case study: A marketing strategy when you have nothing to sell

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

The dismal outlook at Lake Tahoe. A guest post by {grow} community member Tiffany Brown. The Reno/Tahoe area is currently experiencing one of the driest winters on record — a mere 1.5 inches of snow thus far in the 2011-2012 skiing season.

2012 Outlook: Marketing Will Lead Businesses To Growth

B2B Marketing Insider

I have always believed that those who can’t lead, are forced to resort to the tactic of fear in order to get people to listen and follow them. I mean, let’s face it: fear is a powerful force in the human mind.

71% More Likely to Purchase Based on Social Media Referrals [Infographic]

Hubspot

Ecommerce companies that invest in inbound marketing will greatly increase their opportunity to grow online sales, lower COCA (cost of customer acquisition), and increase new customer retention.

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.

What Is Thought Leadership and Why Do B2B Companies Need It?

Marketri

Creating and sharing content that contributes to thought leadership is an invaluable tool for building your business and drawing in potential buyers.

8 Ways to Increase Sales

Sales Intelligence View

How a few shifts in your sales process can have a huge impact on sales revenue. I read a great article on Inc. yesterday on 12 ways to increase sales. The author Geoffrey James pointed out some of the most important things a salesperson or sales manager should do to increase sales in 2012.

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Ready for Continued Frugalnomics? Cutting Costs Remains Top Buyer Priority for 2012

The ROI Guy

For those who thought 2012 might offer some much needed relief, a new survey uncovers Executives’ pessimistic sentiment going into 2012, indicating significant economic concerns and a strong focus on cutting costs and improving efficiency versus driving growth.

Genoo Adds SEO To Web Site Management and Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

I had an earful last week from Genoo president Kim Albee, who told me that I’ve misclassified her target customers as “micro businesses” (under $5 million revenue) for the past two years. She tells me nearly all of her clients are larger than that. I’ve revised my big list of demand generation vendors to reflect this. The main cause of my misunderstanding was Genoo’s starting price of $199 per month, which is below any small or mid-size business system.

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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.

11 Ways to Use Content to Build Online Authority

Hubspot

When someone talks about achieving online authority, what do they mean? And why are so many marketers and business owners fighting to be the online authority in their industry?

Google's Biggest Social Search Update Yet Features Google+ Content

Hubspot

Google+ is changing the web, even if you don't want it to. That's right. Now, more than ever, it's critical for your business to create and build its presence on the new social network. But hey, if you don't want to take it from us, another search update from Google today might help to convince you.

What Do Rick Santorum and Lady Gaga Have to Do with Headlines?

B2B Marketing Traction

When it comes to your B2B online marketing, make no mistake. Headlines make a big difference. Here’s what CEOs and CMOs need to know. On every website page or blog entry you have an opportunity to include headlines. Search engines like headlines, and the more keyword rich the better.

Will the Return to Good Times Bring an End to Frugalnomics?

The ROI Guy

With economic uncertainty still in play, it should come as no surprise that Executives’ top priority remains cutting costs / improving business efficiency versus growth. The research by the Financial Times and Doremus indicates that the focus on cost savings is significant, and even higher for larger organizations, where frugality ranks twice that of any growth priority.

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.