2009

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How Trade Publications Can Capitalize on Content Marketing and Social Media

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Last week I asked the question: will content marketing kill trade publications ? Gordon Plutsky seems to answer in the affirmative, contending that marketers need to set up their own content distribution channels , bypassing the trade media.

4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer

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There's a tremendous amount of interest in Twitter among b2b marketers. I'm frequently asked by clients and prospective clients, "What should I tweet about?" Nobody wants to be a dork.

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Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 4

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With the rapidly increasing use of social media tools for marketing and PR comes growing pressure to demonstrate results. But what metrics are really most appropriate for social media measurement?

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 4

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Which factors are really most important in search engine rankings? How do search engines treat different forms of keywords? How can you get the most of out of Google's free webmaster tools to improve rankings? What other tools are worth checking out for keywords, linking and website analysis?

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.

How to Suck at Twitter (And Still Look Successful)

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There are a lot of great b2b marketers and social media contributors worth following on Twitter, like Ardath Albee , Mark Schaefer , Eric Fletcher , Jennifer Kane and Rob Rose to name just a few. These are people who definitely do not suck at Twitter.

Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media Announced

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Judy Grundstrom at the Just JudyJudyJudy blog yesterday announced the Twin Cities Top Ten Titans In Social Media 2009 , chosen by a distinguished group of judges. It's a very interesting list.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 3

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While most marketers have now embraced social media for monitoring and participating in brand conversations, questions still abound. Sure, online video is hot, but how you optimize video assets? How are b2b buyers actually using social media in their research and buying decisions?

137 Twitter Marketing Tips for Small Business

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In case you missed it (as I did), Anita Campbell a few months ago published 137 Twitter Tips: How Small Businesses Get the Most from Twitter , based on input from the readers of Small Business Trends.

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 2009 (So Far): Search Engine Marketing

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What's the real the optimal cost per lead for your SEM program? How can you improve conversion rates? Keep your search marketing program growing? Assure you that aren't overlooking any important opportunities for optimization?

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Social Media, Cell Phones and Online Shopping: Is Big Brother Us?

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Is Big Brother watching you? Books like George Orwell's classic 1984 and films such as Minority Report and Eagle Eye present a nightmarish vision of an omniscient government watching our every move. The reality is far different story, paranoia about the Patriot Act notwithstanding.

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Best of 2009 (So Far): Cool Web Tools, Part 2

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Looking for a more powerful way to share presentations online? Consolidate your online profiles and social networking presence? Create a cool Twiiter background even if you're not the artistic type? Generate word-of-word referrals? Use social media more effectively for research?

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 2

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What two simple words answer almost every SEO question? What common SEO mistakes should you watch out for? How do you create a 301 redirect? Better yet, how can you avoid having to create one? What key trends in search should you be aware of, and how can you adapt to them?

Which is Better for Driving B2B Blog Traffic - Twitter or LinkedIn?

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I recently did a little test to determine whether Twitter or LinkedIn was more effective at driving traffic to a few specific posts on this blog. While the results aren't scientific by any means, they are enlightening.

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.

Best of 2009 (So Far): AdWords Tips and Tactics, Part 2

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How can you utilize rich media ads to take advantage of the coverage provided by Google's content network? Which AdWords reports are the most critical, and how you can take full advantage of the information they provide?

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Will Content Marketing Kill Trade Publications?

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Content marketing is all the rage. Check out Joe Pulizzi's Junta42 blog , pick up a copy of Ardath Albee's wonderful new book eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale (which builds upon the foundation laid by David Meerman Scott and others), follow @Mike_Stelzner on Twitter—it's everywhere.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 2

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Social media, and discussions of its value for PR and marketing, have become ubiquitous. But which social media tool do marketers find most valuable? What's the best tool for social media research and learning? How can you maximize the business value of tools like LinkedIn and Twitter?

SEO for Product Pages

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It seems like so much of what is written about search engine optimization (SEO) assumes that you're writing a blog post, or a news story, or the next great "how to" article that's going to be syndicated far and wide on article marketing sites.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

Top Marketing Budget Priorities for 2010

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Given the continued high unemployment rate and uncertain prospects for economic recovery, marketing budgets will be tight heading into the new year. Most B2B marketers are likely to find themselves with fewer dollars to spend but more pressure to spend them carefully.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Twitter Tips and Tactics, Part 1

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Despite a recent dip in users, Twitter remains a hot social media platform (and arguably a better venue for b2b marketers than Facebook). Bloggers not only use Twitter to promote their content, but writing about Twitter frequently is their content.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Cool Web Tools, Part 1

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Looking for a slick tool to easily build branded widgets? How about a social media browser that integrates social search and sharing across multiple sites? Maybe a cool application for online project management? A sophisticated yet free analytical tool for optimizing your CRM implementation?

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A Unique Approach to Integrated Advertising Campaigns: Nabbit

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In March of last year, I highlighted Nabbit as a cool online tool for tagging songs on the radio using your cell phone. It still is, though there are now competing technologies available.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 1

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How do you determine who your competitors really are for top search engine position? How can you get new pages indexed by Google more quickly? What key aspects of SEO should you consider when doing a site redesign? Which SEO tactics should you avoid?

SEO Rant: The Insidious Nofollow Tag

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I'm normally a positive, upbeat kind of guy, and as someone who's been writing professionally since the days of disco, rarely at a loss for words. Yet mention the "nofollow" tag, and that all changes.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Blogging for Business, Part 1

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How can you attract more traffic to your blog? Generate more comments? Increase the effectiveness of guest-posting opportunities? Find free and legal images to add to your blog posts? Crank out posts more quickly? Make money from your blog?

How to Use Social Media to Leverage the Power of Google

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Note: This is a guest post written by Christopher Angus, an award winning Internet Marketer. While Google and social media are two separate entities, they are closely intertwined. Google ranks its results based on several hundred quality signals.

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Best of 2009 (So Far): AdWords Tips and Tactics, Part 1

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What common mistakes made by AdWords marketers should you avoid in order to optimize your results? What are some AdWords myths you shouldn't believe? How is the AdWords quality score calculated, and what can you do to improve scores in your campaigns?

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Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 1

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Welcome to the first best-of-2009 (so far) compilation.

Marketing Automation: Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight

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One of the biggest challenges b2b marketers face is what to do with all of those "names" that come into your system that aren't really "leads" yet; contacts collected from white paper downloads, webinar registrations, trade shows and other activities.

5 Painfully Common SEO Mistakes to Avoid

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Every company wants their website to show up well in search engines, and their marketing teams understand the importance of search engine optimization. And after the thousands of articles and blog posts written about search engine optimization , SEO is no longer the black art it once was.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.

Looking Back at 400: Top 10 Posts

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As I recently passed 400 posts on this blog, here is a look back at the 10 most popular items here of all time. The list has changed considerably since the last look back after 300 posts. #10:

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A Better Way to Launch New Products - Rolling Thunder

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According to research by Schneider Associates , only 38% of b2b product launches are rated "successful" by the companies introducing the new products. After decades of new product launch experience, why such a dismal rate? Why does the following still sound familiar?

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 6

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How can online video help with SEO and online reputation management ? Which social bookmarking sites have the most clout? Can social media really increase revenue? What common mistakes should you avoid in social media marketing?

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Best of 2008: Amusing, Creative and Just Plain Odd, Part 2

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Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang running an ad agency. How Internet marketing is like a ruptured disc. Bizarre yet real images on the web. Ads that never should have seen the light of an LCD screen. What do all of these things have in common?

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Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

See how a marketing team demonstrated 10X ROI and increased sales by 35% with marketing automation.