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34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

Google+ (or Google Plus) is many different things, depending on who you ask. It’s the fastest-growing social network ever. It’s the tool Google will use to beat Facebook. It will fundamentally change SEO. It’s a pain in the arse because it’s yet another social network to join.

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Social Sleuthing: Who is Sharing Your Content: Twitter & LinkedIn Edition

Digital B2B Marketing

Have you ever wondered who is sharing your blog posts or other content on social media sites but don’t have access to expensive social media monitoring applications that can tell you?

Trending Sources

The Pros of LinkedIn vs. Facebook for Professionals

Writing on the Web

You’re probably already on Facebook , sharing photos of your kid’s first birthday party and links to your favorite articles , recipes and videos. After all, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family.

20 B2B Marketers Losing their Brand on Pinterest

Digital B2B Marketing

Pinterest is the marketing flavor du jour. Media and press are tauting the ability of Pinterest to drive traffic and the time spent on Pinterest. Many B2B marketers do not have any presence on Pinterest. In my search for major B2B marketers on Pinterest, I only found a handful using it actively. Here are three of the better B2B marketing examples I found. Hubspot : In classic Hubspot style, Hubspot’s boards are all about content.

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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: Mapping Content to the Buyer’s Journey

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Below is the deck I presented at the Online Marketing Summit a couple weeks back. It’s called “ From Content to Customer ” and it focuses on the nexus of B2B content marketing and demand generation. Huge thanks to partner JESS3 for the creative genius.

Does Social Media Deliver More Traffic Than Email?

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this There’s a lot of speculation about whether social media’s explosive growth threatens email marketing. Perform a Google search on the subject and it might lead you to think the two are viscous enemies locked in mortal combat.

Lead Nurturing for Software Trials

LeadSloth

They signed up. What now? This week someone asked me about lead nurturing for people who signed up for a 30-day product trial (for a SaaS/Cloud software product). This was in response to an article on trial conversion optimization that I wrote over a year ago.

How Inbound Marketing Works, From Start to Finish [INFOGRAPHIC]

Hubspot

Inbound marketing is no cakewalk. Marketers who are embracing inbound have a variety of different channels and tactics to master, including content creation, SEO, social media, lead generation, lead management, and analytics.

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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.

How to Get the CEO to Support Your Next Marketing Plan

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet On the way home from the MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Summit, I caught up with one our clinic coaches, Craig Mullenbach. A Program Manager for MECLABS, Craig used his decade-plus years of experience in lead-generation and content strategy to help attendees at the event.

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Social Media? #WTF

Marketing Insider Group

Tonight I am presenting social media marketing to a group of local marketing students at West Chester University. In preparation for the class, I spoke to the professor in order to determine which points about social media marketing I should touch on.

What is SEO? 10 Free SEO Videos for Beginners

KoMarketing Associates

What is SEO ? Data from Google’s Keyword Tool tells us that as of today, people search for this term 18,000 times per month. We’d like to help beginners to wrap their heads around the SEO concept and according to Wikipedia 60% of the general population are visual learners.

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My Love/Hate Relationship with B2B Events

ANNUITAS

I have a confession to make. I have a love/hate relationship with marketing events, a fair share of which I attend each year. At many of these events, I have the good fortune of being able to present on topics such as lead management, lead nurturing and sales-marketing alignment. Along the way, I meet some very smart, interesting marketing people.

Marketri LinkedIn Tip 12: Starting LinkedIn Group Discussions

Marketri

You have become comfortable commenting in response to LinkedIn group discussions and are now poised to do more. The next logical step is to start your own discussion in one of your groups. But just trying to see your name online or get noticed is not the way to begin.

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.

How to Write Call-to-Action Copy That Gets Visitors Clicking

Hubspot

Good writing matters in marketing; being able to articulate ideas clearly is key to capturing the attention of prospects. Let's take calls-to-action as an example. If the copy you craft doesn't draw visitors in, that can hurt your click-through rate, lead conversions, and ultimately, sales.

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Manufacturers: Don’t Start a Lead Generation Campaign Without Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

Every manufacturing or industrial company that I talk to wants more leads. However, there is a serious disconnect between sales and marketing when it comes to defining a qualified lead. This is not a new problem. Google sales and marketing disconnect and you will find thousands of articles written on this topic. I am here to tell you that it is very real and thriving within manufacturing companies.

Our Top 5 Best Practices for Hosting an Effective Webinar

Marketri

Are you looking to draw more prospects to your Web site and generate more new leads? Hosting a webinar is one inbound marketing tool that can help you draw in qualified leads. I’ve recently read “ The New Rules of Marketing & PR ,” by David Meerman Scott.

The High Cost of Lengthening Sales Cycles

The ROI Guy

For many B2B firms, sales cycles have extended by a month or more over the past few years, and show little signs of shortening. The economic malaise continues to drive buyers to be more skeptical, risk adverse and frugal, causing a rapid increase in stalled deals, and understandable delays in the decision making process.

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.

Dear LinkedIn Member – About Your Invitation To Connect

B2B Marketing Traction

Please tell me who you are and how we know each other. Because I do not have ESP. Nor do I have a photographic memory of recent people whom I’ve met. Please, help me with a reminder of how we know each other and a compelling reason to accept your invitation. On LinkedIn I usually only connect to people I know. This includes people I’ve have met face-to-face, and those I’ve worked with virtually through national teams or committees or gotten to know on social media sites.

B2B Marketing, Meet the Law of Attraction

B2B Marketing Traction

It’s no Secret that the Law of Attraction gets us what we want in our personal lives. But does it apply to business-to-business marketing? You bet it does. And social media has a lot to do with it.

How Marketing Executives are Adapting to Online Tools [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller In today’s ever-evolving marketing world, few can argue the need for an aggressive and comprehensive online marketing campaign to help a company stay competitive.

How to Optimize Press Releases for Search Engines

EMagine B2B Blog

Part of your website optimization lies not only in the page’s content, but rather, in your assets. While your pages give a great deal of relevance to Search Engines, people often forget about assets such as images, videos, podcasts, PDFs, and press releases. An optimized press release gives you the upper hand in the search [.]. B2B Web Strategy Search Engine Marketing Traffic Generation

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.

5 Steps for Creating a Viable Marketing Dashboard

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes from Laura Patterson, president and co-founder of VisionEdge Marketing and author of the book “ Metrics In Action: Creating a Performance-Driven Marketing Organization. “ The emphasis on proving marketing ROI and accountability has only increased in our current business climate. Even an economic recovery won’t eliminate this topic. So, if you have yet to join the marketing accountability bandwagon, it’s probably time.

How to Master Pinterest for B2B Marketing

Hubspot

Let's face it. Pinterest is a slam dunk for companies who sell jewelry, fabrics, bags, and other cool "visual" items -- but it's pretty tricky for B2B. However, with the rapid growth of the Pinterest user base , many companies are seeing that referral traffic from Pinterest is lapping the traffic they're generating from Google+ and YouTube. It may be time for B2B to step into the game, take advantage of Pinterest's popularity, and use it as a new traffic and lead generator.

How to Customize Your Social Updates for Facebook and Twitter

Hubspot

Like every aspect of inbound marketing, social media is constantly evolving. Once upon a time, when marketing on Twitter and Facebook was in its infancy, auto-uploading the same posts to both platforms was considered acceptable and efficient. For the savvy inbound marketer, those days are over.

Don’t Believe ALL the Hype: Where Inbound Marketing Falls Short

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jon Miller Inbound marketing is a highly effective strategy for companies seeking to reach and connect with prospective buyers, but in isolation it will fail for most companies. Two of the most critical limitations are: It’s hard to target specific audiences with inbound marketing.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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

What is the Do Nothing Buyer Costing You?

The ROI Guy

Up to 60% of deals in sales pipelines are currently not being lost to the competition, but are being lost to the status quo – the do nothing buyer. This malaise is costing millions in lost sales, and represents the single greatest opportunity for driving your 2012 sales and marketing success.

Everything Email Marketers Need to Know About Sender Score

Hubspot

Email marketing seems like an easy win for your inbound marketing strategy. Write an awesome email, put in some snazzy images, fire it off to your opt-in list, and watch the customers roll in.

The Inbound Way to Do Trade Show Marketing

Hubspot

Planning for a trade show doesn’t start a month in advance. It doesn’t start two months in advance, either. In fact, it can take anywhere from six months to a year of planning to do it right. Trade show marketing is a very strategic process.

What is the Value of a Lead?

The ROI Guy

It seems like it’s harder than ever to get your prospects interested, and turn them into real opportunities. The issue is that your prospects have clearly changed, today more: 1. In Control – leveraging more information sources than ever, especially the Internet, social media and collaboration groups, your prospects dictate when and how they want to be engaged, and when they do, are armed with a wealth of knowledge about potential opportunities, your solution and the competition.

Increase Marketing ROI 10X and Prove It

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

4 Steps on How Focusing on People, Not Contacts Will Increase Your Revenue

Sales Intelligence View

Do you really have a good understanding of a potential prospect with just his or her contact information? Looking at our friend, Anakin Skywalker, it is clear that there is more to a person than what you see on a business card. The sales professionals who are making it in your industry are the ones leveraging unique people insights gleaned from social media and other resources to reach the right person, with the right message, at the right time.

The High Cost of Discounting

The ROI Guy

Discounting is unfortunately a way of life for many of our sales professionals today. There is a new breed of buyer who is more skeptical and frugal than ever before, indicating that price is the key factor in over 64% of decisions (U of Dayton). As well, these buyers are now firmly in control of the purchase cycle, inviting sales later than ever, when the process is already 65% complete (Forrester).

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How to Use Internal Linking to Improve Your Website's SEO

Hubspot

Great content and attracting inbound links are major elements of your SEO strategy. If you’ve created an exciting blog post or ebook, you’ll naturally want to work on making sure that you are driving as much traffic to it as possible.

The What, Who and Why of Lead Scoring [Video]

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If you work in B2B marketing, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about lead scoring. But maybe you’re wondering what exactly lead scoring means, who are the types of companies using it and why you should do the same. Luckily, we caught up Brian Carroll , Executive Director of MECLABS , to get the answers. Check out his summary below. Click here to view the embedded video. What is lead scoring? Well, lead scoring is a way to quantify the value of your leads.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

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