January, 2012

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A Sales Manager’s Recipe: What is Cooking in 2012

Your Sales Management Guru

A Sales Manager’s Recipe: What’s Cooking in 2012? Last week after a keynote program called Gourmet Living, an attendee came up to me afterwards and discussed her challenges as a sales manager. The last three years have been tough and she was looking for new ideas for 2012 to excite her team and also to simply change up the routine.

Your 2012 Sales Plan

Your Sales Management Guru

Your 2012 Sales Plan. It’s a little late to begin planning your 2012 Sales Plan, but in a conversation last week with a reader of this blog, I realized there maybe others who have not formalized their 2012 plan. I have included below the various “categories” you should consider in building a plan.

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The Future of Your Sales Team

Your Sales Management Guru

The Future of Your Sales Team . This year, I anticipate we will see a reduction in external sales positions of around 20%: 10% will be lost for good, and the other 10% will move inside. I believe that this pattern will continue for the next three years, until we are left with less than 10% of the total sales population working externally. The reasons for this are obvious: Advances in technology mean that we can communicate just as easily from our desks, using video conferencing etc.

CRM: 15 Years Later, now a friend

Your Sales Management Guru

SFA/CRM 15 Years Later: Now It’s Every Rep’s Best Friend. This week, I thought you might like to read someone else’s article and my comments regarding the article. My comments are first. As a Sales Leadership consultant, I think the article below hit on many valid points; the Cloud and CRM usability are key elements in the acceptance of CRM, as is the price/cost issue, especially for the SMB market.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

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

Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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?

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Marketers Ruin Good Marketing Opportunities

Digital B2B Marketing

Innovative marketers constantly put new ideas into practice, and some of the most effective new ideas quickly become marketing best practices or emerging trends. However, when marketing ideas initially move from early adopters to the majority of marketers, they tend to lose their luster.

Why Your Content Will Never Be Good Enough

Digital B2B Marketing

Quite simply, the marketing content you create will never be good enough. You will need to produce better content every single day. Today, someone trumped your content. Just now, they become a more useful source of information to your audience.

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.