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Observations from the 2017 Marketo Summit

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The event has transformed since 2009, when the customer party fit (literally) onto a suburban restaurant patio. This week was my eighth consecutive Marketo Summit, all of them as a sponsor/exhibitor.

Salesforce.com Webinar Invitation Gets It Right

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There are many things that work well in the Webinar invitation below from Salesforce.com, but one of my favorite elements is the smallest: the link at the top left corner that reads: “View on a PDA.” Click and you’re linked to a hosted, plain text, narrow-column version of the same message. In a [.].

TechValidate: Marketing Content that Writes Itself

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What single hurdle keeps B2B marketers from achieving the best possible results from inbound marketing, social media, and lead nurturing? It’s content. (Or Or rather, it’s LACK of content.) Without a consistent stream of compelling, original, relevant information to offer, landing pages fail to convert visitors to leads, blogs wither, and lead nurturing [.].

Is Social Media Wasted on PR Agencies?

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First, let’s get this out of the way: I know some very smart people in the PR field. Yes, some of my best friends are PR people. But good grief. I’m ready to conclude that many PR agencies don’t really get it when it comes to social media. Either that, or they’re just choosing to frame the discussion in such a way as to greatly limit the potential of their clients’ social media initiatives. Recently I was made privy to a social media plan authored by a client’s PR agency.

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Tempted to Do Away With Registration Forms? Think Again.

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A client asks: “Now that we have our marketing automation system in place, is it really necessary to use registration forms in our lead nurturing (follow-up) campaigns? After all, we already know who these people are, correct?

How to Choose the Right Offer for your PPC Landing Page

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Do search campaigns demand a different approach to offer strategy compared to other demand generation programs, say emails? Answer: yes. Remember, there are two fundamental truths about someone arriving at your landing page via a search ad: 1.

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How to Make Your Thank You Page Work Harder

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The Thank You Page is the forgotten child of online marketing. As the place to send prospects once they’ve filled out your registration form, most thank you pages host the content on offer, a Google conversion code, a link to the corporate Website, and little else. But is that a missed opportunity? [.].

Take a Sales Guy to Lunch: Bridging the Sales & Marketing Divide

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It’s no secret that I am a fervent evangelist for marketing automation, and at our agency we see the real-life benefits every day in the form of clients generating higher conversion rates, more qualified leads, and shorter sales cycles. But marketing automation can also have an impact on a more strategic level, addressing the frequent disconnect between marketing and sales, and also by helping to make marketing departments more accountable.

Are Social Links the Answer to Lagging Email Response?

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Email marketing and marketing automation provider Silverpop just released a timely white paper (registration required) that gives new hope to B2B marketers looking for creative ways to increase response from email campaigns. In “Emails Gone Viral: Measuring “Share to Social” Performance” , Silverpop provides compelling data that suggests adding social links to emails can have a significant effect on email reach (views), click-through, and response.

6 Easy Steps to Increase Leads from Your Corporate Blog

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Title your posts for Google and Twitter. Forget nuance. If your blog post showed up in a Google listing, would someone click on it? Is it short (well short of 140 characters) so that someone can easily retweet it without editing? Does it immediately communicate, in specific, tangible terms, what the [.].

Common Email Mistake to Avoid

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One assumes that in this upcoming training workshop from TechTarget, one of the “common mistakes to avoid” will be: If you’re going to insert variable information (i.e. company name) into a subject line, make darn sure that a) your data is accurate, and that b) the fields actually contain the information you want. BEA Systems was a [.].

New Ebook – 65 Tips on B2B Demand Generation

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Newly updated, revised, and now available for the first time in convenient ebook format: The High Tech Direct Marketing Handbook. Download your free copy here. This is the 5th edition of the handbook, a compilation of 65+ tips and techniques on direct marketing strategy, creative, offers, media, and just about everything in between. [.].

Appointment Setting: Where Does It Fit In Today’s Demand Generation Mix?

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With inbound marketing all the rage, where does that leave old-school lead generation techniques such as cold calling and appointment setting? In today’s digital era, when everything lead gen seems to revolve around simply being in the right place at the right time, can it also make sense to simply call potential clients as [.].

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Implementing Marketing Automation: 2 Biggest Regrets

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DemandGen Report just released a report detailing the results of a survey in which they heard from more than 50 executives at organizations who have implemented marketing automation solutions. You can download a complete copy of the report, sponsored by Manticore, here.) Some of the survey’s conclusions are fairly predictable. Companies are showing strong [.].

Marketo’s Ebook: A Lesson In Content Marketing

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When marketing automation vendor Marketo released their “Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing” last week (see earlier post) they knew pretty quickly they had a hit on their hands. Within 6 hours, 1,000 people had registered and downloaded the guide. Think about it: that’s 1,000 sales leads (and make no mistake, that’s what they [.].

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eBook Review: Marketo’s Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing

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Do a quick Web search on “lead nurturing” these days, and you’ll find plenty of high-level, strategic content on the “whys” – how nurturing can improve demand generation ROI, increase conversion rates, accelerate sales cycles, recycle long-discarded prospects, etc. What’s far less common and much needed, however, is practical advice on the “hows” – [.].

Why Free Trial Offers Aren’t Always the Best Choice

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There’s a great article (and not just because I’m quoted) in this week’s Demand Generation Report describing how marketers are actively seeking alternatives to the free trial offer. As I say in the article, free trials have become popular – too popular, in my opinion – as offers, because they’re perceived to be the shortest route [.].

Novell Webinar Invitation Needs a New Approach

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As I have often lectured in this space, much of what makes for an effective email has less to do with deliverability, mobile compatibility, social media functionality, and all the technical bells and whistles that most people fret about, and more about basic direct response principles such as a strong subject line and a compelling [.].

Great New Resource for B2B Marketers – B2B Marketing Zone

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Here’s a new site to head for when you’re looking for the latest insight, news, or tips on B2B Marketing. B2B Marketing Zone was launched earlier this month by a pair of Web entrepeneurs, Tony Karrer (BrowseMyStuff) and Tom Pick (WebMarketCentral). B2B Marketing Zone is designed to be a one-stop destination for B2B [.].

Lead Gen: Don’t Go for the Quick Sale

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Here’s an interesting post by Mike Damphousse of Green Leads that I found through Funnelholic (thanks Craig) on how lead nurturing impacts the effectiveness of calling campaigns designed to secure qualified sales appointments. The conclusion, not surprisingly: that prospects who have been nurtured over time are much more likely (by a factor of 15 [.].

Demandbase: Converting More Web Visitors into Leads

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An average conversion rate for a B2B landing page, if you believe the people who claim to measure such things, is around 4 percent. Conversion rates for organic traffic to a corporate Website may be as high as 10 percent or more. But even at those lofty standards, fully 90 percent of Web [.].

5 Reasons to Include Branded Terms in Your Paid Search Campaign

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A client writes: “If we include our company and product names as keywords in our PPC (paid search) campaign, won’t we simply be cannibalizing our SEO effort, i.e. paying for clicks that we otherwise would have generated for free?” Answer: It’s true that you may have generated Web traffic from the same people anyway, but there [.].

Generating Blog Traffic (and Leads) Using Email Subscriptions

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Either by the time you read this (or, if not, soon thereafter) this blog will have undergone a design facelift, its first since we launched it two years in April 2007. The new design is in sync with a similar upgrade (coming soon) of the CDI Website, as well as the monthly bulletin that [.].

7 Lead Gen Techniques I Learned From My Junk Mail

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Sometimes it pays to look outside your normal circle of peers for inspiration. Here’s a postcard I received recently from the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. What do fishing licenses have to do with B2B demand generation? Not much. But the very fundamental direct marketing principles on display here [.].

ConnectAndSell: Novel Solution for Increasing Sales Efficiency

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If part of your lead generation or lead nurturing strategy involves outbound sales calls, then you already know one of the key metrics critical to sales productivity is connection rate – i.e. the percentage of dials that result in live conversations. Typical B2B connection rates range from 15 to 30 percent, which means that [.]. inside sales b2b lead generation lead generation telemarketing telesales

Is Direct Marketing Relevant Anymore?

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DM News, the venerable tabloid that I remember reading while cutting my direct marketing teeth back at Oracle in the late 1980s, is switching from a weekly to bi-weekly publication schedule. This prompted a discussion on LinkedIn wondering if the change augured tougher times ahead for direct marketers. On the contrary: after almost 20 years [.].

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

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

Why Are Marketing Automation Managers So Hard to Find?

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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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The Content Marketing Workbook | Velocity - the B2B marketing acceleration agency for technology companies

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Doug Kessler Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 Your prospects are being buffeted by a firehose of information. David Fideler says: June 12, 2009 at 2:00 am This is the single best overview I’ve yet seen on strategic B2B content marketing — and the design is fantastic. HOME | RSS FEEDS | SITEMAP | CLIENT ZONE | CONTACT US Who we are What we do Our clients About Velocity Our blog The B2B Content Marketing Workbook.by

7 Reasons Why Marketing Automation Projects Fail

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Needless to say, Marketing Automation software is very popular today. It can be used for email campaigns, drip marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring, landing page management and for brewing coffee.

Lead Generation Tips - Take 3 Hour Lunches

Smashmouth Marketing

There were days in my lead gen life where I could have easily left for lunch and not come back for four hours. MIT data shows that that might have been a good idea! Gerhard Gschwandtner of Selling Power just highlighted last year's MIT / InsideSales.com study of outbound prospecting lead conversion.

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.