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Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

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I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales.

Revenue Performance Management: An interview with Jon Miller, VP Marketing and Co-founder of Marketo

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94% of Marketing qualified leads will never close ( SiriusDecisions 2009). This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals.

B2B Email Marketing: Interview with Stephanie Miller

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This study tracks with Return Path’s Deliverability Benchmark Report on the first half of 2009, which is based on the data Return Path manages for ISPs and corporate system administrators. This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Stephanie Miller , email expert and co-author of Sign me up!

B2B Lead Generation Checklist: 22 Success Tips

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What do I like best about being a B2B lead generation consultant? The fun part is I get to work with some of the best people at the best companies in the business. The rewarding part is I get to see first-hand what works best (and what doesn’t) when it comes to generating, nurturing and identifying the qualified, sales-ready leads that salespeople, reps, resellers and distributors need.

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

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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.

A List of B2B Lead Qualification Criteria by Category

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I was thinking about all the lead qualification criteria I’ve seen used in B2B lead generation programs and started listing them by category. Here’s what I came up with so far: Firmographics (Industry, company size, location). Demographics (Contact’s title, job function).

Benchmarking shows B-to-B marketing budgets have been cut by roughly 44 percent, but spending on pipeline acceleration programs has doubled

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Benchmarking shows B-to-B marketing budgets have been cut by roughly 44 percent, but spending on pipeline acceleration programs has doubled

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Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 – How will you reach the best prospects?

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Step 10: Determine how to reach the best companies and contacts. After you have identified the right companies and contacts to target with your B2B lead generation efforts, you need to determine the best ways to reach them.

Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 10 - How will you reach the best prospects?

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Step 10: Determine how to reach the best companies and contacts. After you have identified the right companies and contacts to target with your B2B lead generation efforts, you need to determine the best ways to reach them.

Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 9 – Who are your best prospects?

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Step 9: Target the best companies and contacts with your lead-generation efforts. Determine who has the business problem your products and services address, both at the level of companies and at the level of contacts within those companies.

Marketing-for-Leads Guide: Step 9 - Who are your best prospects?

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Step 9: Target the best companies and contacts with your lead-generation efforts. Determine who has the business problem your products and services address, both at the level of companies and at the level of contacts within those companies.

Who are the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management?

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The Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) announced today that it has opened the voting to determine the 50 most influential people in the field of sales lead management for 2009. The results will be published on November 16, 2009. Here is your chance to vote for up to five of the fifty most influential people in sales lead management.

The B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report: Useful data and advice

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Get the 2009 B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report. If your answer to the last question was "Yes", click here to buy and immediately download the information-packed 2009 B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report. 2010 is just around the corner… There are only a few months left to generate leads and close sales before the end of 2009. Click here to buy and download your copy of the 2009 B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study Report today.

B2B Marketing Tests Webinar: How to Improve Your Results & Fight for Your Budget

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On Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 at 2pm Eastern (1 hour). I look forward to having you join us on Thursday, Sept 24, 2009 at 2pm Eastern! B2B marketers responsible for lead generation. What? A live webinar, B2B Marketing Tests: How to Improve Results & Fight for Your Budget , presented by Anne Holland with her special guest, B2B lead generation expert Mac McIntosh. Yes, I’m honored to say that’s me!).

Industrial Marketers: Is this News Good or Bad?

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According to a recent survey of engineering, technical, manufacturing and industrial professionals: Although the majority expects their companies’ spending to remain flat or down, more than a third (36%) said they expect spending during the second half of 2009 will increase compared to the first half of year. I believe it is good news that more than a third of companies in the industrial sector are expected to increase spending during this second half of 2009.

B2B Marketing Strategies for Small Companies: An Interview with Dianna Huff

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Dianna Huff of DH Communications. Dianna helps businesses with their B2B marketing communications content strategy and implementation.

B2B Lead Generation by Phone: An Interview with Michael Brown

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Michael A. Brown. He is the B2B telemarketing and telesales consultant and telemarketing trainer whom I frequently recommend to our clients. Michael, first off, I know you hate to use the word “telemarketing.&#

Planning B2B Lead Generation for 2010? Attend this Webcast on January 27th

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Are you responsible for B2B lead generation at a large company?

B2B Copywriting: Interview with Miller McMillan

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Miller McMillan is a copywriter who worked on high-profile accounts at ad agencies in Atlanta and Boston before establishing his copywriting boutique in Los Angeles. Miller has worked with such clients as CNN, Hughes, Nestlé, Avery and Microsoft.

Web Inquiry Management: Interview with Mike Wallen

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This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest is Mike Wallen , CEO of The Lead Dogs , a B2B lead development company that provides sales lead generation, telemarketing and telesales services. Mike, I understand that you recently published a special report about the handling of web inquiries, titled " The Truth Behind Web Inquiry Management."

Your B2B Lead Generation Budget: Start by Cutting It Into Thirds

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Here is a simple and effective way to allocate your business-to-business lead generation budget. Use the first third of your B2B lead generation budget for Internet marketing. Start with: Search engine optimization (SEO) so your web pages will be found when prospects are using the leading search engines to find companies, products or services like yours.

B2B Marketing Summit: Learn what’s really working best in today’s difficult business environment

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Join me, your B2B marketing peers and other marketing experts at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009. 23-24 in San Francisco. 5-6 in Boston. Join America’s top B2B marketers to learn, apply and share the latest advancements in marketing while honing your traditional B2B marketing skills in parallel.

An Interview With Mike Damphousse About B-to-B Appointment Setting

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This is the first in a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners in the field of B-to-B demand generation. Today’s guest is Michael Damphousse , CEO/CMO of Green Leads, LLC , a firm that specializes in using the phone to get qualified appointments for its clients’ salespeople on a pay-per-performance basis. Mike is an experienced marketer, having served as CMO of two software companies before starting Green Leads.

Be my guest at my all-new webinar on A/B and multivariate testing *specifically for B2B marketers*.

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I’m presenting this Webinar with my co-host Anne Holland. You probably already know Anne. She founded MarketingSherpa. Now she’s publishing a new resource site called WhichTestWon.com. In our webinar, you’ll get: Case Studies of A/B tests run by B2B marketers to improve lead generation. How to convince your boss (or the CEO) to let you run tests. What to test (and what not to bother testing).

Want To Generate More Leads? Leverage Your Prospects’ Five Senses

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If you want your B2B lead generation campaigns to be as successful as possible, you need your lead generating messages to break through the clutter, get your prospects’ attention and provide them with compelling reasons to respond. To accomplish these objectives, consider leveraging your prospect’s five senses. Sight: Many of your prospects process information best visually.

Business Software Marketers: Finally a Conference Designed Just For You!

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Join me and your business software marketing peers at this conference just for software marketing leaders. Capterra: The Conference. Empowering Software Marketing Leaders. September 13-15 in Washington DC. Make the absolute most out of your marketing efforts across the board. That’s the goal of this first-ever business software marketing conference.

How to Write Good: 12 tongue-in-cheek rules and a proofreading service

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If you write for fun or profit, you’ll want your very own copy of Frank Visco’s tongue-in-cheek poster, How to Write Good. Originally published as an article in Writers Digest, How to Write Good. gives you twelve rules of writing, each humorously broken to make the point. Examples include, “One should never generalize&# and “Who needs rhetorical questions?&#. Twelve Ways to Write Even Gooder and How to Write Most Goodest are also available.

How to Write Good: 12 tongue-in-cheek rules and a proofreading service

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If you write for fun or profit, you’ll want your very own copy of Frank Visco’s tongue-in-cheek poster, How to Write Good. Originally published as an article in Writers Digest, How to Write Good. gives you twelve rules of writing, each humorously broken to make the point. Examples include, “One should never generalize&# and “Who needs rhetorical questions?&#. Twelve Ways to Write Even Gooder and How to Write Most Goodest are also available.

Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales.

2009 Big List of B2B Marketing and Sales Blogs

Proteus B2B Marketing Blog

With all the micro-blogging, I’ve often wondered whether the number of bloggers who actually create original, substantial content is decreasing. Don’t get me wrong, you can create meaningful thought in 140 characters, but it’s a lot easier to write 140 characters (no matter how well crafted) than it is to consistently create original content for [.].

Sales Ready Leads: Quality vs. Quantity

Smashmouth Marketing

The topic of Quality vs. Quantity in demand gen has been a constant debate.

Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

LeadSloth

Even though some vendors have been around for almost 10 years, Marketing Automation is still relatively new. According to Forrester, only 2-5% of B2B firms have invested in full-featured Marketing Automation. But that percentage is rapidly growing. Increasingly, B2B companies realize that Marketing Automation software requires skilled operators. But – if you decide to hire a Marketing Automation manager – what should you look for, and where do you find them?

TriComB2B: Smart. Strategic. Technical. - Technically Focused B2B Marketing Agency - formerly TriCom Marketing & Communications

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more » News / Press Releases TriComB2B Named as 2009 Best Places to Work Winner.

13 Top Books for CMOs - Recommended by The CMO Club

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Pete Krainik of the CMO Club posted thirteen books that members of the CMO club have recommended. Great list : Breakthrough Marketing Plans: How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Driving Growth. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High. Leading Change.

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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.

Inbound Marketing University | inboundmarketing.com

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Subscribe by RSS InboundMarketing.com Home News Jobs Forums University Search this site: Home Inbound Marketing University Posted May 5th, 2009 by Rick Burnes Register for IMU | Class Schedule | Professors | Student Tools | IMU Badges | Partners | Student Bulletin Board >>Click here to attend this weeks classes! **By June 15-19, 2009: Inbound Marketing University Classes June 22, 2009: Review Session and Certification Exam New feature!

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