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Recruiting Customer References on your Website

WriteSpark

Run a Google search on the phrase "customer reference programs" and you'll easily find links to information from many technology companies. Typical content on a customer reference page includes: A discussion of program activities and benefits for participating customers.

Decision Makers Like Details

WriteSpark

Yet the 2009 Media Consumption Benchmark Report from the media/research firm TechTarget found that these media are ranked lower by IT buyers. I recently participated in a group to evaluate the effectiveness of sales materials produced by an insurance company.

New FTC Disclosure Guidelines for Testimonials and Endorsements

WriteSpark

In October 2009, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to issue new guidelines for disclosure about a company's use of the testimonials and endorsements received from both customers and expert reviewers.

Understanding the Concerns of Technology Buyers

WriteSpark

In her blog post "Why can't selling be more like buying?" marketing consultant Ardath Albee provides a good list of the concerns that buyers have in mind when considering a purchase.

Why Technology Marcom Needs a Technical Copywriter

WriteSpark

A debate has been going around in writing circles about whether it is better for freelance copywriters to pursue a generalist path (any project, any industry) or a specialist path (selected projects and industries).

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Terrific Resources for Customer Reference Professionals

WriteSpark

If you develop customer case studies, success stories, or references, you'll want to explore the excellent resources offered by the Customer Reference Forum.

B2B Tech Buyers Like Social Media

WriteSpark

         February 18, 2009 in Social Media | Permalink. WriteSpark Tech Marcom Insights. Ideas and Resources for Technology Marketing Communications and Public Relations from Janice King, freelance high tech copywriter and author, Copywriting That Sells High Tech.

Helping Your Customers Market to Their Customers

WriteSpark

Have you considered that helping your customers market the value of your products to their customers might be way to increase your company's sales? This strategy goes beyond creating materials for dealers, resellers, and system integrators that may also be appropriate to your product.

Article: Producing High-Value Customer Success Stories

WriteSpark

Customer success stories or case studies are powerful promotional tools for a high-tech product or service. Yet, as a long-time success story writer, I know that convincing customers to participate in a case study can be a long and frustrating effort.

Set the Purchasing Agenda with White Papers

WriteSpark

Many companies use white papers at the beginning of the sales cycle to attract prospects.

Article: Choosing the Right Sales Materials for the Challenge

WriteSpark

When they consider sales materials, most people think only of a brochure. In my experience as a technology writer, I have confirmed that many distinct materials can help with a variety of marketing situations. The guidelines presented here will help you choose the right materials for typical technology sales and marketing challenges. Launching a New Product.

Conference Focuses on Making the Most of Customer References

WriteSpark

If you are involved in such a program, or if you simply have the responsibility for working with customer references and success stories, you will likely benefit from an upcoming event:  The 2009 Customer Reference Forum. WriteSpark Tech Marcom Insights.

ClickInsights: What was your "Aha" moment in 2009? - Part 1

Ambal's Amusings

I have invited our Panel of White Paper Experts to reflect on 2009 and answer the following question: What was your aha moment in 2009 ? Since I’ve started a Twitter presence in February 2009, I have been able to build a 4000+ following relatively easily.

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ClickInsights: What was your "Aha" moment in 2009? - Part 2

Ambal's Amusings

I have invited our Panel of B2B Marketing Experts to reflect on 2009 and answer the following question: What was your aha moment in 2009 ? B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009. What was your "Aha" moment in 2009?

MarketingSherpa’s Email Summit 2009

LeadSloth

Today MarketingSherpa’s Email Summit started in Miami. It is focused on advanced email strategies, which is an important part of the demand generation process. Most of the case studies seem to be B2C rather than B2B. The focus is on list- and trigger-based emails and on landing pages, rather than on the full Lead Management Automation functionality. Nevertheless, there are lots of interesting advanced email topics that are just as relevant for B2B demand generation specialists.

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The Big Question June 2009: Where is Your Time Spent?

B2B Marketing Traction

Services. About. Resources. Contact. The page you requested could not be found. Here are some options: If you got here by typing a URL, please make sure the spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are correct, then try loading the URL again.

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009. Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study.

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009. Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study.

Calling all Copywriters and Wanna-be-Copywriters to Copywriting Success Summit 2009

Ambal's Amusings

Mike Stelzner is once again pulling together one of his informative online summits - Copywriting Success Summit 2009. We have invited Michael Stelzner, event producer of Copywriting Success Summit 2009 to share his thoughts on copywriting and details of the event he is organizing.

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Sales cycles squirrelly in 2009?

ViewPoint

Top B2B marketing posts for 2009 (hint: social media)

Chris Koch

I’m happy to say that traffic to my blog has quadrupled (I’ve gone from a D-list blogger to a C-list, I think) in 2009 thanks to you. Who says B2B marketers are lagging in social media? If they are out there, they aren’t reading this blog. Of the top ten posts on my blog this year, only one did not involve social media. Though I’m supposed to be an objective researcher, I have to admit bias here.

Best of ClickDocuments "Connect the Docs" Blog in 2009

Ambal's Amusings

2009 was the first year of Connect the Docs. Enjoy the following collated list of best blog posts from Connect the Docs in 2009. A big thank you to all our readers, guest bloggers and interviewees for helping us build Connect the Docs. Top 5 Blog Posts. Content Marketing - The Ultimate Cheat Sheet. You and I live in an era when creating and distributing content have become democratized.

2009’s 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management

Sales Lead Insights

I promised to link to the list of the top 50 most influential people in sales lead management. The ballots are counted. Imagine the drum roll.) And the winners are: [link]. To those of you who voted for me, my sincere thanks! If you'd like to learn more, please use my Contact Form , call me directly at 1-800-944-5553 or +1-401-294-7730, or check out the marketing consulting or speaking and training pages on my website.

B2B Marketing Zone’s Best B2B Marketing Posts – 2009

Reachforce

Earlier this week they compiled the Top 80 B2B Marketing Posts for 2009. If you aren't already subscribing to the B2B Marketing Zone, you should be. Be sure to check out the list to find great posts you might have missed this year. Shout out to Amy and Suaad who

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The Top People in Sales Lead Management in 2009: Friday, November 13th is Your Last Chance to Vote!

Sales Lead Insights

Don’t miss this opportunity to vote for your top five candidates to be among the fifty most influential people in sales lead management in 2009. Then be sure to watch for the results on November 16, 2009. Because the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) is closing the polls at Midnight Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday, November 13th. Both members and non-members can vote.

Dreamforce 2009: Search Engine Marketing Junkies

Modern B2B Marketing

This panel of B2B search engine marketers at Dreamforce 2009 talked about how to take your search marketing to the next level, including SEM tips and tricks, landing page strategies, Web site analytics, and more.

MarketingSherpa Seeks Case Study speakers for 2009 B2B Demand Generation Summits

B2B Lead Generation

If you have a great B2B story to tell, think about sharing it with other B2B marketers at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Demand Generation Summit 2009. Experienced B2B marketers who want to present will need to submit speech proposals by May 21, 2009. MarketingSherpa is looking for speakers for the events which will be held September 23-25 in San Francisco and October 23-25 in Boston.

Aberdeen's B2B TeleServices: The 2009 Buyer's Guide

ViewPoint

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The B2B Marketing Party of the Year: The Marketing Cloud Party at Dreamforce 2009

Modern B2B Marketing

If so, on Thursday night you will want to attend what is going to go to be remembered as the Marketing Party of 2009 ! Tags: Modern B2B Marketing B2B Marketing Dreamforce 2009 Marketing Party Salesforce Integration The Marketing Cloud Are you a B2B Marketer planning to be in the San Francisco Bay area next week? Three Reasons: Awesome Location! I don’t think it gets much cooler than the St. Regis in San Fran cisco.

Demand Generation Trends for 2009

Modern B2B Marketing

He recently turned the tables on me with seven questions of his own as part of his own interview series: Thought Leadership Interview #6: Miller Time: Marketo’s Jon Miller on Lead Generation and Management in 2009. What are the three trends you see emerging in 2009? Thought Leadership Interview #6: Miller Time: Marketo’s Jon Miller on Lead Generation and Management in 2009.

Dreamforce 2009: Engaging Effectively with Social Networks using Salesforce.com

Modern B2B Marketing

Dreamforce 2009: Using Twitter Effectively for Marketing and Sales

Modern B2B Marketing

This session, my favorite of the whole week, included two awesome marketers at Salesforce : Tricia Gellman and Rasmus Mencke. Tricia narrated the event and Rasmus gave a demo of Salesforce for Twitter.

5 Secrets of Creating Successful Marketing One-Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. One of the networks I belong to, ProVisors , advocates the use of one-sheets or one-pagers that describe each member’s differentiators and the benefits of the service(s) they provide. See samples at the end of this post.)

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Top 80 B2B Marketing Posts for 2009

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

This technique was also used to generate the Hot Trends in B2B Marketing for 2009. Top 80 Posts - December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2009. How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy - WebMarketCentral , March 24, 2009. PR Meets Marketing , February 16, 2009. Twitter Analytics: Five Practical, Lesser Known Free Tools for B2B Professionals - B2B Marketing Savvy , August 31, 2009. 42+ Social Media Marketing Tools - Junta 42 , June 2, 2009.

Hot B2B Marketing Content May 2009

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals from May 2009. How to Use Twitter for Business - WebMarketCentral , May 6, 2009. Buzz Marketing for Technology , May 28, 2009. Marketing Interactions , May 12, 2009. 5 Important Ways Sales can help Marketing - Modern B2B Marketing , May 26, 2009. ZoomInfo, Chris Abraham and Me - A Social Media Case Study - WebMarketCentral , May 26, 2009. Marketing Interactions , May 14, 2009.

Hot B2B Marketing Content May 2009

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals from May 2009. How to Use Twitter for Business - WebMarketCentral , May 6, 2009. Buzz Marketing for Technology , May 28, 2009. Marketing Interactions , May 12, 2009. 5 Important Ways Sales can help Marketing - Modern B2B Marketing , May 26, 2009. ZoomInfo, Chris Abraham and Me - A Social Media Case Study - WebMarketCentral , May 26, 2009. Marketing Interactions , May 14, 2009.

My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the audience members at the B2B Marketing University in Boston asked about demand generation systems for small businesses, and how to distinguish among the vendors in general. My brief answer was that the biggest difference was less functionality than the target markets the different vendors pursue. This has more to do with the degree of personal selling (and after-sale service) than anything else. I also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is.

Online Marketing News in 2009: The Year’s Hottest Events

Modern B2B Marketing

Here is our 2009 year in review. December 2009 Online Marketing News. Top word of 2009: Twitter. November 2009 Online Marketing News. October 2009 Online Marketing News. September 2009 Online Marketing News. Neilson report announces US Ad Spending Declined 15% in first half of 2009. August 2009 Online Marketing News. July 2009 Online Marketing News. June 2009 Online Marketing News. May 2009 Online Marketing News.

Fire your Director of Social Media!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

At a recent ANA conference I was interviewing Brian Wallace VP of Digital Marketing and Media for RIM when I heard him say “2 years from now- if I still have a Director of Social Media – I should be fired!&# and after thinking about that I can’t help but agree with him.

10 Hottest Topics in B2B Marketing for 2009

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Using the system, we found that these are the hottest topics in B2B Marketing for 2009. Why are these the hottest topics during 2009? 2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs , August 27, 2009. Twitter Analytics: Five Practical, Lesser Known Free Tools for B2B Professionals , August 31, 2009. B2B Lead Management Market Heats Up , July 31, 2009. May 28, 2009. Twitter Squatting - a new cyber sport , January 12, 2009. February 16, 2009.