October, 2011

What Works - What Doesn't

When social media destroys a career — The business case for being a fake

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A guest post by {grow} community member Leslie Lewis. Leslie Lewis is not my real name. You don’t need to know my real name, and you may never know it. Here’s why. I’ve worked in social media since 2005, and I knew I needed a tightly controlled message and presence online.

Dear social web, Let’s try keeping it real.

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I hesitate to be drawn into the Klout firing line again but I have had so many requests from the {grow} community to comment on the Klout Meltdown this week that I guess I need to respond. At the risk of adding to Klout weariness, here are a few observations. My Klout score dropped from 82 to 64.

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The business case for Facebook, in one sentence

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What is the most-debated question in social media today? One candidate is, “Should my company have a Facebook page?” ” The tension comes from several angles. It could be due to: The company is not culturally-ready to deal with comments from real people.

A glimpse of the next generation of social media entrepreneurs

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columinst. One of my children attends a private school that is offering a new class called “The Evolution of Society.’ ’ I recently had the opportunity to sit in on this class and if the kids in this course are any indication, watch out!

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

Are there any ethical bloggers left out there?

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With your kind support, {grow} has become a fairly popular blog. With this distinction, I’m deluged with requests to do sponsored posts (companies offering to pay for their promotional content to show up as a blog post).

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.” ” – General Eric Shinseki, former U.S. Army Chief of Staff. The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns.

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7 Ideas for Advanced Social Media Education

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For the past three years I have been teaching college or graduate level classes in social media marketing. Executives are clamoring for the next level of education in this area and so I’ve been wondering … what would an Advanced Social Media Class look like?

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

Why Your Marketing Needs Real-Time Data

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Another Advertising Week in New York is upon us and so far I have seen some great presentations from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Quantcast, comScore, and even Yahoo! However, if there is one thing that is becoming painfully clear to me is the need to be relevant to your audience – whether you are advertising to them, being social with them, or just creating the right kind of conversations about your brand.

How do you make your content go viral — offline?

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You’re probably stressed. It’s likely that you (and your customer contacts) are doing the job that used to be done by three people. The information density of our wold is overwhelming. Budgets and resources have been cut.

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5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service.

Please. Stop making your company blog suck.

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Mark Schaefer on Blogging. Let’s face it. Company blogs suck. They just do, at least most of the time. But they don’t have to and I’m on a mission to bring the world my message of blog anti-suckology.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. It was great getting the perspective of marketers outside of technology. But they call it “financial services” for a reason: They have all of the same struggles as technology services companies—with the added complication of tons of regulatory requirements.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

B2B and B2C Marketing Automation: Understanding the Differences

Customer Experience Matrix

As you might have guessed from my recent list of B2C marketing automation systems , I’ve recently been spending some time helping consumer marketers to select vendors. This is more a return than a departure: although I’ve written mostly about B2B systems for the past few years, my earlier work was largely in consumer marketing. Like any traveler, I’ve returned home with some new perspectives. Here are some observations - consumer marketers have to build databases; B2B marketers don’t.

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Content Will Not Be King

Digital B2B Marketing

Nearly every marketer in every industry has heard the cry “ Content is King “ Even the cover of Ad Age was emblazoned with Content is King last month, complete with a crown.

What is Web Presence Optimization, and Why Should I Care?

Webbiquity

Web presence optimization (WPO) is the art and science of being found online. As indicated in the masthead of my blog, it has both an explanational definition (The fusion of SEO, search marketing, social media, reputation management, content marketing and social PR) and a reasonal one (Being omnipresent on the web for the search phrase that uniquely describes you or your organization.) It’s the evolution of search engine optimization (SEO), or alternatively, SEO on steroids.

Swabbing the Decks of the Titanic: Why You Should Learn Programming

B2B Memes

Last week journalism professor Matt Waite wrote a blog post worrying about the typical defeatist reaction of journalism students when faced with a coding challenge, whether in HTML, JavaScript, or other language: “I can’t do this,” they tell him. This is impossible. I’ll never get this.”

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.

5 Reasons Content Marketing is Getting Harder

Writing on the Web

I hate to be a purveyor of gloom, there’s too much of that around these days. But I’ve been thinking about this and want to share my thoughts with you. Here are some reasons content marketing is getting more challenging. There exists: A shift away from focusing on your products and services (what you know well). A shift towards the reader/customer and their needs (what you may not know very well). A business environment that is changing rapidly (what is unknown).

12 Internet Trends You Need To Know From Mary Meeker

B2B Marketing Insider

Every year I look forward to the amazing insights provided by Mary Meeker at the Web 2.0 Summit. Mary moved from Morgan Stanley to join the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.

Does integrity make you a social media loser?

Chris Koch

In three plus years of tweeting, I’ve picked up what I perceive to be the general etiquette for engaging on Twitter. I’ve also done research asking B2B marketers how they engage and how they educate their employees and SMEs to engage. I’ve rolled all that up into an approach that I doubt constantly. I don’t seem to be alone. Lots of people seem to be having Twitter identity crises these days.

Why SEO Is The Key To Successful Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Everyone uses a search engine! And yet, not everyone in marketing understands the difference between SEO, PPC, metatags and keywords. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. PPC stands for Pay-Per-Click.

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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.

Is it time for an anonymity movement to challenge Facebook?

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I ‘m delighted to feature today a guest post from Gregory Pouy, one of France’s top marketing bloggers. This is his first post on an English-speaking blog and I’m pleased to bring his views to the {grow} community: I’m a social media guy.

Survey: 71% of CMOs Feel Unprepared For Today’s Market

B2B Marketing Insider

As CMOs go full-force into planning mode for their 2012 marketing strategy , a recent report suggests that they are ill-prepared for the changes taking place in the larger business world. This is according to the Global Chief Marketing Officer survey from IBM.

8 Guaranteed Ways to Increase Social Media Reach

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For most businesses, generating leads is the ultimate benefit of creating and maintaining a social media presence. But first things first.

Have The Right Content. Help Your Buyers. Get More Customers.

B2B Marketing Insider

I have been struggling with this dilemma for months. When you talk to most marketers and even the majority of business people, they get that the web , social media , mobile devices and the content we place on these channels are all important factors in driving real business results.

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.

Should we have multiple company bloggers?

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It takes a lot of work to have a company blog and your approach is not a decision to be taken lightly. Your blogging strategy will have a powerful impact on the direction of your entire social media effort. Some of the best blogs in the world have evolved to support a number of corporate strategies.

Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) Scorecard: Qualifying and Quantifying Value

Tony Zambito

Image by J. McPherskesen via Flickr As a follow-up to the article Influence of Buyer Perceived Value (BPV) on Buyer Behaviors and Decisions, offered is a perspective on how to implement a scorecard approach.

Social Media Data: Time to Embrace it

Buzz Marketing for Technology

There is not a day that goes by in the life of a marketer that doesn’t have a headline that reads, “marketers struggle to find the ROI of social.” It is as if marketers are chasing down a unicorn that exists only in their imaginations.

Twitter is dying—and it’s all your fault

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By Neicole Crepeau, Contributing {grow} Columnist. I’m going to get flak for this post, but I don’t care. I’m so frustrated that I have to write something. I love Twitter. It’s my main social media outpost, my main information source, and where I connect with a lot of my friends.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

How Buyer Perceived Risks (BPR) Affects Buyer Behavior and Purchase Decisions

Tony Zambito

Image by IceSabre via Flickr The notion that perceived risks influences purchasing behavior has been around for quite some time.

The Corporate Battle of the Facebook Likes

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One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet executives from many different companies, both big and small.

Do You Know The New 4 Ps of Marketing?

B2B Marketing Insider

Marketing has changed drastically since I started almost 18 years ago. And if you speak to senior marketers and advertising agency heads they will generally agree that finding and keeping talented marketers is one of their toughest challenges.

Writing Compelling Content: What Drives Your Readers?

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What Drives Your Readers?" alt=" Writing Compelling Content: What Drives Your Readers?" />. What Drives Your Readers?" width="93" height="110" /> In a recent blog post, Compelling Content: What Are Your Readers’ Hot Buttons? , we explored the top 10 hot buttons and the use of emotional words and phrases to tap into these issues. Here’s another model based on only 4 drivers. 4 Drives in a Nutshell. Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices (Jossey Bass, 2001), by Harvard professors Paul R.

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.