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  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010
    [2010] Lead Gen Tips from Yogi Berra
    Yesterday I was using ConnectAndSell as a training tool and had one of our BDRs (Business Development Reps) live and working a list and three others listening in and critiquing. This, btw, is one of the many benefits of ConnectAndSell. You can train with 5-10 pitches in an hour versus 1 or 2. You can see the Smashmouth ConnectAndSell product review here.) During the session, we connected with the Chief Information Security Officer of an extremely large pharmaceutical company.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010
    [2010] The Ultimate Glossary: 101 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained
    As of June 2010, LinkedIn had more than 70 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries and territories worldwide Lurker - A lurker online is a person who reads discussions on a message board, newsgroup, social network, or other interactive system, but rarely or never participates in the discussion. On the web today, things change fast. New applications launch every day and existing applications continue to evolve and add new features.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010
    [2010] Five Audiences for Social Media Marketing
    One of the first precepts aspiring writers learn is to “write for your readers.&# A technical audience is different from a business one. C-level executives respond to different messages than do mid-level management. Every industry and profession has it’s own “language.&#.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] Alterian Alchemy Knits Together Marketing Components
    Summary: Alterian just announced Alchemy, which provides a new interface and tight integration across existing components. Alterian last week announced a new generation of products called Alchemy. It’s positioning these as “customer engagement solutions” rather than “campaign management” solutions. The general idea seems to be that customer engagement involves digital dialogs while traditional campaign management is mostly about outbound messages. Happily, there’s more here than new labels.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
    [2010] What Is The Future Of The Social Media Role?
    Skip to content Home About Michael Brenner Appearances B2B Marketing Insider Michael Brenner's Blog on B2B Marketing Content Marketing Demand Generation Mobile Sales Alignment Search Marketing Social Media Strategy December 16, 2010 8 Subscribe What Is The Future Of The Social Media Role? Michael Brenner Dec 16 2010 Thanks Tom. Dan Greenfield/PR+MKTG Camp Dec 16 2010 Good post. Rachel Macik Dec 17 2010 I love LOVE this post.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010
    [2010] The More B2B Marketing Changes, the More It Stays the Same
    I’m back from presenting at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference in Barcelona; the experience was every bit as meaningful and memorable as I thought it would be. You see, I turned 40 there and brought my family along to celebrate. It was a great experience for all of us. Barcelona is a beautiful city. It was thought-provoking to observe a different culture, one where making money appears to rank an easy second to family and friends.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] B2B marketers are stumbling in the dark
    Posted 01 November 2010 11:55am by Doug Kessler with 9 comments Tags: b2b marketing Topics: Business to Business , Strategy & Planning , Web Analytics & Optimisation Sectors: Energy & Utilities , Manufacturing & Engineering , Publishing, Media & Entertainment , Service Businesses , Technology , Telecommunications Digg this Stumble It! Jeff Machado 1:24PM on 1st November 2010 I definitely see the value in this.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
    [2010] Marketers Deserve Attention Too
    It shares the best thoughts, ideas, anecdotes and takeaways from marketers in 2010. Have you had some great marketing successes this year? Then you’ll want to let my colleagues at MarketingSherpa know. They’re compiling their ninth annual MarketingSherpa 2011 Wisdom Report. In fact, even if you've had disappointments, and are willing to share, they’d like to hear from you as well. After all, failure is often the best teacher.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
    [2010] The 9 Worst Ways to Use Twitter for Business
    Twitter is a fantastic network for businesses. You can monitor your brand to garner valuable feedback, keep tabs on the competition, engage your customers in conversation, or even choose to use Twitter as a customer service channel. But there are several common mistakes that companies make on Twitter. Here are 9 Twitter for business strategies to avoid , as well as how to remedy them. Be Overly Self-Promotional.
  • HUBSPOT  |  THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010
    [2010] 11 Mind-Blowing Mobile Marketing Infographics
    Smart phones, tablets, laptops and mobile broadband cards have all changed the way we access the internet. According to Pew Research Center, 59% of adult Americans go online wirelessly. With the proliferation of wireless connectivity and devices, online marketers have many more screens to worry about than just the standard computer screen. To better illustrate the growing mobile marketing opportunity, take a look at these infographics. The Size of the Mobile Market.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2010
    [2010] What a Trifecta of a Year!
    This just came out on November 16, 2010 according to Amazon. Last year I wrote about how some weeks are hard to top and how lucky I was to have launched my first book – Facebook Marketing for Dummies (Wiley) with my co-author Rich Krueger, and I was nominated for BtoB Marketing Magazine’s (a Crain’s publication) list of the Top 25 BtoB Marketers of the Year 2009. And appeared on the Facebook Halloween episode of HubSpot TV (my favorite web TV show) all in one week!
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010
    [2010] 6 Rules for Content Marketing
    Marketers are working hard to create great content that can be used to create sales leads , drive website traffic, promote brand, and educate customers and prospects. Unfortunately, not all content is created equal. To ensure you get the most out of your content marketing efforts, you must follow these six rules: It is not promotional – promotional materials will neither excite nor inspire, both critical com­ponents of content marketing.
  • EVERYTHING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
    [2010] 5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success
    By Holger Schulze Major shifts are taking place in B2B marketing that started a few years ago but have accelerated in recent months – in the marketplace as well as inside vendor organizations. Prospects and customers are becoming more sophisticated and better informed than ever before. They are tuning out a lot of the marketing noise they receive which makes it harder for marketers to reach audiences the old fashioned way. Customers are are in the driver’s seat today.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010
    [2010] The ultimate guide to blogging when you don’t have time to blog
    This is a blog post for anybody who has trouble finding the time to blog. In other words, everybody. I humbly submit a few practical ideas to help you become a time-efficient blogger. . 1) Leap. I mentioned this in a recent post, but it bears repeating. The number one issue most bloggers face isn’t time, it’s confidence. Can we agree that you will take the leap? You will? Good, I knew it! You may proceed to item 2. 2) Don’t be Chris.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010
    [2010] What is Social Media’s Next Big Thing?
    One possible answer: The Enterprise. No, no. Not the Star Trek kind of Enterprise (although that would be pretty cool). I mean using social media technologies internally, within the large company kind of enterprise. I’m often asked what I think the next big thing in social media might be.
  • INDUSTRIAL MARKETING TODAY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2010
    [2010] Translate Features into Benefits if You Want Your Marketing.
    Home Marketing Matters About Contact B2B Marketing Store Company Website Translate Features into Benefits if You Want Your Marketing Content to Engage and Sell by Achinta Mitra on July 6, 2010 in Content Marketing , Industrial Marketing Strategies , Sales Strategies Marketing 101 teaches you “Customers buy benefits and not product features.” Achinta Mitra July 9, 2010 at 10:32 am I’m glad you found my post helpful. Copyright © 2010 Tiecas, Inc.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [2010] The Three Biggest Mistakes Companies Make with B2B Websites
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
    [2010] What Really Matters in B2B Selling
    A two-question quiz for anyone who manages a business-to-business sales force: Which is the better prospect, a) a potentially ideal customer that's mildly interested in your offerings, or b) a less-than-perfect fit who expresses a lot of interest? After a prospect registers on your web site for the first time, is it better to a) spend two weeks crafting a highly customized email to the target or b) send a less-customized message within 24 hours? Salespeople would typically pick "a" for both.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
    [2010] Stop doing PR. Start doing visibility.
    Thanks for the great comments on last week’s post, “Is the Era of PR Over.&# Okay, so if the traditional model for PR is failing, what do we do instead? Most journalists have discovered social media as an important research tool. And research shows that even the stodgiest C-level executive does at least three web searches per day.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] Do Small Businesses Need Marketing Automation?
    Summary: Vendors who target small businesses include provide functions beyond traditional marketing automation. This helps business owners who need to generate revenue as efficiently as possible. But larger firms need to be efficient too: so expect all marketing automation systems to eventually expand in similar ways. The replies are rolling in from the survey of vendor features that I mentioned last week. Reminder: you can upload the 150+ questions for your own RFP from www.raabguide.com.)
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010
    [2010] Thought leadership is still dead; long live idea marketing
    So much of what passes for thought leadership these days is little more than warmed over brochures. It may look better and read better than a brochure, but it’s still a brochure because it emphasizes our products and services over the needs of the people we are trying to reach. Last year, I wrote a piece that talked about why thought leadership is dead and why we needed a new term to describe it. This week, Gartner proved why we need to make the change.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010
    [2010] Lead Generation 2.0 Critical Success Factor #9
    Related Resources Methodology 2010 Online Marketing ROI Tour I recently wrote about the 8 critical success factors for lead generation 2.0. The unofficial #9 came into my inbox earlier today – effectiveness. Simply put, make the most of what you have. Its too easy to fall into the trap of selling everything to everybody, or deluding yourself that the reason for more leads isn’t access to endless resources. I just got a copy of the MarketingExperiments Quarterly Research Journal.
  • EVERYTHING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] B2B Market Segmentation – Part 3: How to Prioritize
    The previous B2B market segmentation exercises ( Part 1 | Part 2 ) likely produced a large number of potential target segments. If focus is one of the reasons for segmentation in the first place, then having too many segments will obviously distract from this goal. To narrow down our list of segments, we need to create a handful of criteria to assess and evaluate the candidate segments in order to prioritize and filter out the non-viable segments.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
    [2010] Best Random but Interesting B2B Marketing Posts, Articles and Resources of 2010
    In this penultimate best-of-last-year post you’ll find a compendium of interesting, informative and valuable but difficult-to-categorize marketing-related articles and blog posts from 2010. Next week will feature the must-see Best-of-2010 season finale post here, then it’s on to new ideas and putting 2010 in the rearview mirror.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] B2B Social Media Marketing -- Does It Work?
    Kaila Strong | Dec 6, 2010 | 0 Comments Tweet Arguably, social media marketing for B2B companies is one of the most difficult campaigns to run. Article Archives by Kaila Strong Social Syncing: Cross Platform Marketing - Nov 8, 2010 Social Search Commands for Everyday Use - Oct 11, 2010 Search and Social: Are You Missing Out? - 2010 All rights reserved. Are you a Search Engine Watch Member? |
  • THE POINT  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010
    [2010] Lead Nurturing & the 80/20 Rule
    A couple of months ago, in a respected marketing Webzine, there appeared a case study detailing a software company that had gone to impressive lengths to make the most of their investment in marketing automation. The lead nurturing program they implemented included 40+ (yes, forty) separate and distinct tracks of emails, tailored to different audience segments, product interests, and stages in the lead lifecycle.
  • B2B MARKETING ZONE POSTS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
    [2010] Top 111 B2B Marketing Posts and 34 Hottest Topics for 2010
    Here it is - the very best posts and the hottest topics for 2010. 50 (of the) Best Twitter Guides, Stats, Tips and Tools of 2010 (So Far) - Webbiquity , October 5, 2010. Ten reasons to blog – even if nobody reads it - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , November 7, 2010. Marketing Genius Blog , May 25, 2010. How to Calculate Social Marketing ROI - Paul Gillin , June 24, 2010. Vital statistics for every B2B marketer - Earnest about B2B , March 16, 2010.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
    [2010] Research casts new light on Twitter demographics
    So much social media research is statistical crappola that I wanted to highlight some of the best work going on out there right now. Luckily for us The Pew Internet & American Life Project has turned its attention to social media and has already put out some very interesting reports. This week they unveiled their first all-Twitter study and found a few things that were frankly a little surprising to me.
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] Tableau Software Adds In-Memory Database Engine
    Tableau has managed quite well without my attention: sales have doubled every year and should exceed $40 million in 2010; they have 5,500 clients, 60,000 users and 185 employees; and they plan to add 100 more employees next year. Summary: Tableau has added a large-scale in-memory database engine to its data analysis and visualization software. This makes it a lot more powerful. Hard to believe, but it's more than three years since my review of Tableau Software ’s data analysis system.
  • WRITESPARK  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
    [2010] 10 Signals That Your Project Needs a Professional Copywriter
    In an ideal world, you would use a professional writer for every marketing or public relations document produced by your company. But limited budgets likely mean you can assign only the most high-value projects to a freelance copywriter. How can you justify the expense of a professional writer for other projects? These 10 signals can help build your case for budget approval: .
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] FOUND the ROI of Social Media for B2B Marketers!
    I think it is fair to say that Social Media has hit the mainstream these days but the big concern on every B2B Marketers mind has been where is the ROI? As a result I hear of many Social “science experiments” going on across several organizations that may or may not yield the results the marketer is hoping for.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [2010] Mapping Content to the Sales Funnel AND Buyer types
    You often hear about the concept of mapping content to the sales funnel (especially in B2B Marketing) but it’s not so common in practice. I will self confess that I have ignored this one for a while. The other version of this is the mapping of content to your buyer types and this too is one I have ignored for a while … until now!
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
    [2010] Social Media and the Contact Center for Dummies (Wiley)
    One of the biggest challenges for organizations today is managing the flow of information about their brands, products, and services that occurs in social media channels, including microblogs (such as Twitter), social networking sites (such as Facebook), blogs, and online forums. More than ever, consumers use social media to spread the word about the brands they like and perhaps more importantly, don’t like.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010
    [2010] Generating a Buyer Persona with Facebook Advertising
    I am a big fan of David Meerman Scott’s work and I am in the middle of re-reading his book the New Rules of Marketing and PR 2nd edition ! In the book he stresses the importance of having a “buyer persona” and his definition a buyer persona is a “distinct group of potential customers expressed as an archetypal person whom you want your marketing to reach”.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2009
    [2010] The Top 3 Priorities for 2010 Marketing Budgets
    About | Advertise | Submissions | Write for Us CrowdsourcedFRD Home Advertising Branding Design PR SEO-SEM Social Media Strategy More testchannel AdROCK eBooks Educational Facebook Guest Posts Twitter The Top 3 Priorities for 2010 Marketing Budgets November 2nd, 2009 | By guestblogger By Tom Pick | Online Marketing Executive | KC Associates With a lingering recession, the U.S.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Integrate Social Networks with your Corporate Website with ‘Social Sign On’
    The Techcrunch acquisition dispels those myths 2 days ago « People on the Move in the Social Business Industry: Sept 21, 2010 Upcoming Research Teaser: What do Employers Want in a Corporate Social Media Strategist? Share This Post: This entry was posted on Monday, September 27th, 2010 at 8:28 am and is filed under Social CRM , Social Media.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2010
    [2010] B2B Marketing Predictions For 2011
    Skip to content Home About Michael Brenner Appearances B2B Marketing Insider Michael Brenner's Blog on B2B Marketing Content Marketing Demand Generation Mobile Sales Alignment Search Marketing Social Media Strategy November 18, 2010 16 Subscribe B2B Marketing Predictions For 2011 Share Whenever I start to see Thanksgiving turkeys flying out of the grocery store and Black Friday ads start to appear, I know it’s that time of year to prognosticate.
  • PAUL GILLIN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] Social Media RFP Gets An Update
    One of the social marketing practitioners I most admire is Maggie Fox, whose Social Media Group was a pioneer in creating new-media campaigns long before it was fashionable. About a year ago, Social Media Group published a comprehensive and intelligent template for creating requests for proposal (RFPs) for social marketing campaigns.
  • PROTEUS B2B MARKETING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
    [2010] Mapping and Effectively Using Twitter Hashtags for Business
    Including hashtags in your tweets is a powerful way to extend the reach of your activity on Twitter. While people can follow other Twitter users, they can also follow hashtags. Tools like TweetDeck, Seesmic Desktop, and HootSuite are great for monitoring hashtag streams. When you include a hashtag in your tweet, your tweet will get [.].
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010
    [2010] LinkedIn B2B Lead Generation Roundtable Group Turns One
    Last year, I launched the B2B Lead Gen Roundtable Group on LinkedIn. It started with a simple goal: to create a group to discuss and share ideas that focus on the many aspects of B2B lead generation such as lead nurturing, lead management, teleprospecting, social media and more. We didn’t start the group to become the biggest; we just wanted it to be the best. Amazingly, in less than a year, the group has grown to over 5,062 members with hundreds of discussions and thousands of helpful comments.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
    [2010] Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009
    Forecasting Clouds ranked the top 20 CRM blogs based on their content, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list of blogs, I discovered some new ones worth reading along with a number of bloggers I already follow. Here's a partial list of the CRM blogs on their list: PGreenblog and CRM: The Conversation – Paul Greenberg. Beagle Consulting Blog – Denis Pombriant. Brent’s Social CRM Blog - Brent Leary. Think Customers: the 1 to 1.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
    [2010] LinkedIn for lead generation - Are You the Missing Link?
    It takes time and commitment, but LinkedIn has become ideal venue to nurture relationships and generate new leads, especially for sales people involved in a complex sale. On that topic, I wrote an guest article for MarketingProfs, titled " 10 Tips for Using LinkedIn to Generate Leads." MarketingProfs decided to make it a "premium article" so it's available only to paid subscribers. You can read some of the ideas I shared in this summary article published by MarketingProfs.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010
    [2010] Is lead generation killing marketing?
    What happens when you stake the value of your contribution to the company on something that you’ll never do as well as someone else? This was the gist of a very controversial assertion made by a senior marketer from a very well known B2B technology company during dinner at our ITSMA Marketing Leadership Forum (download highlights from the ITSMA Marketing Leadership Forum) when he said: “An overemphasis on leads is damaging our relationship with sales.”.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] Finding The Right Calls-To-Action For Your B2B Website
    MEMBER LOGIN > | BECOME A MEMBER > Column: Strictly Business Finding The Right Calls-To-Action For Your B2B Website Nov 17, 2010 at 12:23pm ET by Shellie Foriska Marketers continue to search for ways to convert more website visitors into actual leads. You can also login using your Twitter account: TODAY ON SEARCH ENGINE LAND TOP STORIES Google’s 2010 Holiday Logo: From St.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
    [2010] Social media and the big conversation “fail”
    I am feeling sad and a bit ashamed of myself. Something happened — a wake-up call about this notion of social media “community&# and “conversation.&# It’s making me pause and reflect on what we’re really all about here on the social web. What I’m about. Last year I collaborated with a bright young woman named Jenn Whinnem. I didn’t know her at all and in fact I kind of pulled her out of thin air to help with a post we wrote together.
  • THE POINT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2010
    [2010] 5 Ways To Incorporate Direct Mail Into Your Marketing Mix
    Pop Quiz! Direct Mail is: a) more expensive than email. b) quaintly old-fashioned. c) regaining popularity in B2B circles. d) often overlooked as an effective way to reach customers and prospects. Answer: (e) all of the above. Yet many B2B marketers continue to be allergic to the idea of using direct mail, simply because it seems such a throwback in our mobile-social-online era.
  • B2B MARKETING ZONE POSTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010
    [2010] Top 24 B2B Marketing Posts in February
    February 2010. Almost) 100 (of the) Best Social Media Marketing Blog Posts and Articles of 2009 - Webbiquity , February 1, 2010 Social media marketing activity exploded in 2009, and so did coverage of these practices. Thought-provoking social media trends - grow - Practical Marketing Solutions , February 3, 2010 The Economist is one of my favorite magazines. Fearless Competitor , February 6, 2010 There is no question in my mind. February 26, 2010.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] B2B social media case studies - 3 you can learn from and why they work
    Sep, 2010 in Uncategorized There’s no shortage of social media case study posts online these days. Communications Conversations Conversations about digital PR strategy Home About Arik Work With Me Around The Web Speaking Contact Subscribe From The Blog 3 B2B social media case studies and why they work Posted by arikhanson on 17. And, I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. There’s no shortage of social media case study posts online these days.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
    [2010] 12 of the Best WordPress Guides, Hacks and Plugins of 2010
    WordPress is no longer just the leading blog platform , but is now the most popular open-source CMS (content management system) as well. Among the many reasons for the popularity of WordPress : it’s affordable, search engine-friendly, reasonably easy to use, and extensible through an incredible array of plugins.
  • LEADSLOTH  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2010
    [2010] 25 Great B2B Content Marketing Articles
    While doing research for my upcoming webinar on creating content that converts , I found many great articles on B2B Content Marketing. Here are the 25 articles that I liked best. Most are blog posts, but I’ve also included some eBooks. My focus is on B2B, rather than B2C. Often, some of the basics are the same, but not always. For example, the complex sale is usually unique to B2B selling, and that’s when you would map content to stages in the buying cycle.
  • LEADSLOTH  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010
    [2010] Will Marketing Automation Be Free?
    Today Genius.com announced a free version of their Marketing Automation system. Only about a month ago, Loopfuse also started offering a free version of their Marketing Automation system. What does this mean for companies interested in adopting Marketing Automation? How Much Is Free? Let’s first look at the features of the free versions: Loopfuse. Genius.com. Users. unlimited. Emails / month. 5,000. 2,500. Contacts. 2,500. 3,000. Pageviews / month. 100,000. unlimited. Support.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [2010] Top Takeaways From Blogwell Philly 2010
    Skip to content Home About Michael Brenner Appearances B2B Marketing Insider Michael Brenner's Blog on B2B Marketing Content Marketing Demand Generation Mobile Sales Alignment Search Marketing Social Media Strategy November 11, 2010 1 Subscribe Top Takeaways From Blogwell Philly 2010 Share On Tuesday, November 9th I was fortunate enough to attend and participate in Blogwell Philly 2010.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010
    [2010] Is social media creating a generation of cowards?
    I’ve been asked about my perspective on Malcom Gladwell’s article, “ Small change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.&# My take on it may surprise you … and provide uncomfortable reading if you are a parent or social media junkie. Social media and leadership.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
    [2010] The New Marketing World: Conversations not Campaigns
    In just a couple of days, I’ll be in Barcelona speaking at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference. To say I’m looking forward to this opportunity is an understatement. I’m honored to be asked to share my insights with their channel partners from around the world. And I can’t wait to hear firsthand the challenges and opportunities these marketers are dealing with. The timing of this event couldn’t be better. Marketing is undergoing a remarkable evolution at this moment.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
    [2010] Improve Lead Generation: Top Takeaways from MarketingSherpa's B2B Marketing Summit
    If you didn’t get a chance to attend MarketingSherpa's B2B Summit in San Francisco a last week, you missed an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge you could have used right away for better results. I had a great time. For me, what was most valuable was learning and connecting with fellow attendees and hearing about how they’re driving results for their companies. I’m looking forward to gaining even more insight at the B2B Marketing Summit in Boston, October 25-26.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
    [2010] 5 Steps To Creating A Lead Gen Machine & The Predictable Revenue That CEOs Love
    In a recent post I talked about the most important B2B marketing metrics to CEO’s or what I believe CEO’s should be measuring. All too often Marketing is measuring one thing while the CEO’s are asking a question those measurements don’t answer. The biggest challenge for marketers is the quality vs. quantity tug-of-war.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010
    [2010] 100 Tips for Trade Show Lead Generation
    Lead generation remains the top reason most companies exhibit at events and tradeshows. And B2B marketers are constantly looking for ideas they can use to drive more ROI from their events budget. I came across this helpful post by Mike Thimmesch on 100 Trade Show Lead Generation Ideas that's worth checking out. The following is a sampling of Thimmesch's tips that I though were useful: 4.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010
    [2010] 8 Critical Success Factors for Lead Generation 2.0
    The single biggest issue for B2B marketers is effective lead generation. I wrote an eight part series on building an effective lead generation program a while back. To help readers who missed the series, I pulled all the posts together in order.
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010
    [2010] Most important B2B Marketing Metrics For CEOs
    Today CEOs expect marketers to provide metrics and to be accountable to meeting their numbers just like sales people. They do have a bunch of activity metrics and some squishy metrics like brand recognition. At the same time, most CEOs agree that they aren’t getting enough activity at the top of the sales funnel. Thus their marketers are constantly reminded that more leads are needed.now! When the revenue doesn't immediately materialize, CEOs will lament, why can't I see ROI from marketing?
  • B2B MARKETING ZONE POSTS  |  MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010
    [2010] Top 32 B2B Marketing Posts and Hot Topics of Social Media Forecast
    April 2010. Five Big Shifts in Social Media Marketing - Webbiquity , April 19, 2010 Social media reflects a larger trend toward buyer empowerment that has changed not only the practice but the underlying philosophies of marketing over the past several years. HP, P&G) to the channel… The Difference Between B2B Leads and Personas - Marketing Interactions , April 17, 2010 B2B marketers have relied on lead definitions to define their marketing programs for years.
  • EVERYTHING TECHNOLOGY MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2010
    [2010] Social Media in B2B Marketing - Survey Results
    The B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted a survey earlier this year to explore the rapidly changing landscape of social media in the context of B2B marketing. The survey generated over 270 responses from B2B marketers - and the results are in!
  • WRITING ON THE WEB  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010
    [2010] Content Marketing Tips from Computer Games
    What can we learn from online computer games about content marketing for business? A lot, apparently. If you write content designed to trigger action in readers, pay attention to this. My husband, Attila the Honey , plays World of Warcraft , an online game that’s part of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry. If you think computer games are just for kids or young people with too much time, think again. Money spent on games has now surpassed movies and books. (He
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] Social scoring and the business case for blocking Twitter spammers
    Judging by her school-issue personal photo, Twana Florance appears to be a mild-mannered, middle-aged matron from Twin Falls, Idaho. But there is no Twana Florance. Twana is probably some teenager in a Third World country hired to propagate and populate fake Twitter accounts that will later be sold on eBay. Twitter has done a good job clearing out most of the porn stars and MLM hacks who almost brought the service to its knees by mid-2009.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2010
    [2010] Social media and the big conversation “fail”
    I am feeling sad and a bit ashamed of myself. Something happened — a wake-up call about this notion of social media “community&# and “conversation.&# It’s making me pause and reflect on what we’re really all about here on the social web. What I’m about. Last year I collaborated with a bright young woman named Jenn Whinnem. I didn’t know her at all and in fact I kind of pulled her out of thin air to help with a post on sexism on the social web.
  • VIEWPOINT  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
    [2010] Teleservices Business Process Outsourcing: Want to Go North or South?
  • GREAT B2B MARKETING  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
    [2010] Brand Promise – A Critical Factor in Your B2B Marketing Success by Christopher Ryan
    Last week, I had the opportunity to present at a webinar titled Creating a Compelling Brand Promise. Thought I would share a couple of the highlights of this event, which was put on by my company, Fusion Marketing Partners. . We first defined the terms “brand” and “brand promise”. A Brand = the place your company occupies in a prospect’s or customer’s mind when he or she thinks about you. A Brand Promise = what you promise to deliver to your customers when they do business with you.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
    [2010] Finding The Time To Tweet or Blog?
    Skip to content Home About Michael Brenner Appearances B2B Marketing Insider Michael Brenner's Blog on B2B Marketing Content Marketing Demand Generation Mobile Sales Alignment Search Marketing Social Media Strategy December 9, 2010 9 Subscribe Finding The Time To Tweet or Blog? Share: Read more from Social Media Blog , Facebook , LinkedIn , Social Media , Twitter 9 Comments Post a comment Matthias Steiner Dec 10 2010 Hi Michael, you nailed it!
  • MODERN B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2010
    [2010] You Don’t Know Jack About Online Marketing – More than Just the Coolest Marketing Game Ever
    Today, Marketo launched a fun interactive game called You Don’t Know Jack about Online Marketing. Within minutes of the launch, we had hundreds of marketers testing their skills to see how their knowledge stacked up compared to their friends and marketing peers. There has been lots of great feedback, but we have received a few questions about why we’d create this online marketing quiz.
  • EMAGINE B2B BLOG  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
    [2010] Online content preferences of B2B technology buyers – research
    Sometimes it feels like we B2B marketers just grind out content because we always have and think we should …without truly knowing whether it’s helping the cause at all, never mind whether we should be doing more of this vehicle type and less of that one. Well, take heart, dear readers; because now there’s proof [.].
  • EMAGINE B2B BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
    [2010] How NOT to select – and work with – a website design agency
    No question about it, finding the right web design agency is tough …very tough. Start with the fact that it’s never an “apples to apples” comparison …maybe not even apples to oranges. Agencies vary widely in price, methodology, core competencies, creative capability, pricing models, technologies supported, and a host of other factors. But in trying [.].
  • EMAGINE B2B BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] Your blog could be your B2B’s new & improved “front door”
    We’ve been preaching the virtues of a corporate blog for B2Bs for over 3 years now …as recently as early last month, pointing out the beneficial effect of a blog on your primary website’s search engine results page rankings. Those of you who saw the light, got on board early and now have a company [.].
  • MARKETRI  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010
    [2010] LinkedIn Tip 4: Building Connections (Part Two) | Marketri
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010
    [2010] Ten social media and technology mega-trends to watch
    I just read a fascinating (and lengthy!) report from McKinsey on tech-enabled business trends to watch and thought it was important enough to summarize for our community. Here are some highlights from this excellent report: 1. Crowd-sourcing moves into the mainstream. In the past few years, the ability to organize communities of Web participants to develop, market, and support products and services has moved from the margins of business practice to the mainstream.
  • NUSPARK  |  SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010
    [2010] Optimizing the eMarketing Leads-to-Sales Process
    The challenge to any business is to optimize every little piece of the eMarketing flow from website visitor to sale. By carefully tweaking the micro elements of the flow, the macro components work better; you’ll generate more leads, more conversions, more sales, increase market share, and be primed for the future. Below is a diagram showing how the eMarketing flow works. There are three phases of eMarketing strategy: Generate Traffic, Turn Into Prospects: Turn Into Sales.
  • THE POINT  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010
    [2010] 5 Ways to Segment Your Lead Nurturing Campaign
    Relevancy is one of the key factors in generating a consistent response from your lead nurturing emails: the more relevant your message to the reader’s job function, industry, interests, and stage in the selling cycle, the more likely he/she will be to respond. The primary means of increasing relevancy is by utilizing segmentation, i.e. segmenting your list and tailoring your message accordingly.
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] Google Launches New Search Interface: Google Instant
    Have you ever thought finding what you were looking for on Google took too long? Google did. Today, the search giant launched a new version of its search engine interface. Google is calling this new interface Google Instant. Google Instant provides real-time suggested results as a user begins to type a keyword into Google.
  • MARKETRI  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
    [2010] How to Drastically Increase Traffic to Your Web Site | Marketri
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] The Evolution of Search Engine Marketing [Dreamforce 2010]
    Yesterday, HubSpot's Vice President of Marketing Mike Volpe took the stage at Dreamforce 2010 , Salesforce.com's user conference in San Fransisco, to share insights about gaining visibility in search engine results pages for businesses. Watch Mike Volpe's Presentation From Dreamforce 2010: As Mike mentioned in his presentation, check out WebsiteGrader.com for more information on how to improve your website!
  • HUBSPOT  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010
    [2010] 4 Unique Ways to Get Traffic to Your Blog from LinkedIn Answers
    LinkedIn is a great social network for small and large businesses to reach out to relevant prospective customers. LinkedIn Answers in particular allows you to find people publicly stating that they have a specific problem or need that your product or service would solve. It’s pretty awesome. What’s even more awesome is that you can get high-quality traffic to your blog from LinkedIn Answers , and get some really qualified leads as well. Here’s what you can do: 1.
  • EARNEST ABOUT B2B  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
    [2010] Vital statistics for every B2B marketer
    Use and abuse at your leisure… where possible we’ve tried to accurately cite the source and provide a link to the site where we came across the research. B2B companies are ahead of their B2C rivals when it comes to social media adoption. 81% of B2B companies maintain company-related accounts or profiles on social media sites versus 67% of B2C. 75% of B2Bers participate in microblogging (eg. Twitter) versus 49% of B2Cers.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010
    [2010] The silent majority: Why people don’t comment on your blog
    “Why don’t I get comments on my blog?&#. This is one of the most common blog-related questions I receive. My recent post on re-thinking community engagement — especially on B2B blogs — received a lot of attention. In addition to a vibrant comment section, I received emails, DM’s and phone calls with more ideas from the majority of folks who are meaningfully connected with companies and blogs, but don’t engage in a traditional sense.
  • DELICIOUS B2BMARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] Marketing Metrics 101 for B2B Startups
    Oct, 2010 38 Comments I think people are finally coming around to the idea that good marketing requires good measurement. Oct, 2010 at 9:39 am A comment and a question. Oct, 2010 at 12:09 pm Hi Hakan, Thanks for the comment. Oct, 2010 at 10:36 am Great post. Oct, 2010 at 11:51 am Hi Amrita, That’s a really good point. Oct, 2010 at 11:54 am Oh good point. Oct, 2010 at 2:03 pm Great understandable post, April. Oct, 2010 at 3:50 pm Thanks Tim.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] The Future of B2B Marketing: It's Social
    Top Takeaways From Blogwell Philly 2010 About Michael Brenner Michael Brenner is the author of B2BMarketingInsider and serves as Director of Online and Social Media Marketing for SAP. Pages About Michael Brenner Appearances Search Based on Traction Theme by The Theme Foundry Copyright © 2010 B2B Marketing Insider.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
    [2010] The 4 Cs of Social Media
    Skip to content Home About Michael Brenner Appearances B2B Marketing Insider Michael Brenner's Blog on B2B Marketing Content Marketing Demand Generation Mobile Sales Alignment Search Marketing Social Media Strategy September 15, 2010 3 Subscribe The 4 Cs of Social Media Share Social media is a paradox: it is the physical representation of a revolution in the way consumers obtain (and create) information. Michael Brenner Oct 2 2010 Thanks Steve and it was great meeting you too.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] 2011 B2B Marketing Trends
    MarketingSherpa recently released its 2011 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report. You can download the executive summary for free (or pay $400 for the full report ). The summary reveals no shocking surprises but a few interesting trends: 78% of marketers identified “generating high-quality leads&# as their top priority, while 44% said the same for “generating a high volume of leads&# (so generating low-quality leads is a priority for some marketers? Strange.).
  • SMASHMOUTH MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Event Marketing Works, but ONLY if Vendors Add Value
    I've recently been on the conference circuit, speaking and tweeting whatever sales and marketing goodness I can find. One topic that came up at each conference was the quality of the content presented by the various speakers. Some sessions were brilliant; some were nothing more than veiled commercials. The key as an attendee is to be able to pull the brilliant content out of the commercials. The key as a presenter is to avoid the commercials and present brilliant content. Simple, right?
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MATRIX   |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] Oracle Buys ATG: Bad News for Marketing Automation?
    So… Oracle bought ATG today for $6.00 per share or, as the press release puts it with charming nonchalance, “approximately $1.0 billion”. I can’t exactly say I told you so, since this particular pairing never crossed my mind. But if you look back at my “doughnuts and pizza slices” post on software acquisitions , it does make perfect sense. ATG is a specialist in e-commerce (the ERM doughnut in the online operations pizza slice), an area where Oracle’s traditional ERM products are weak.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
    [2010] Should we stop marketing to the CIO?
    Technology marketers have spent the last 25 years trying to get and keep the attention of the people with their hands on the technology tiller inside multi-billion dollar organizations, CIOs. And for nearly that long, pundits have been predicting that the CIO role would become extinct, and that the strategic decisions about technology would be subsumed into the business. Those pundits have always been wrong. But this time, they may finally be right—at least about certain types of CIOs.
  • NUSPARK  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] Google Pay-Per-Click Options; Enhancing Your Campaigns
    Are Google Pay-per-click ad campaigns frustrating you? There are ways to make Google work better for you! So you’re looking at your Google pay-per-click program, and you scratch your head because you’re in a competitive field, and to be in the top three positions will cost you more than you wish to pay. Google has increased the importance of the top three positions recently with the advent of Google Instant, and the reorganization of how Google Places works.
  • B2B MARKETING TRACTION  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] 7 Questions to Ask When You Hire a Marketing Consultant
    Tweet. Remember the ad where the two big company consultants sat in front of a corporate business executive’s desk, and when the executive asked them, “What do you do?” ” the consultants said, “Err, we don’t do anything…”? In the past, the label “consultant” designated someone who provided advice to businesses and organizations, but did not implement their advice.
  • WRITING ON THE WEB  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Content Marketing with Emotions: Write with Feeling
    Are you writing with feeling? Does your blog trigger emotional reactions ? Next time you review your writing, try to identify possible feelings in the reader. Content marketing that doesn’t resonate emotionally can’t do a good job of building relationships, inspiring trust, and moving people into taking action. Blog writers need to step away from their anonymous masks and get real, get emotional. It doesn’t mean you get all new-agey, touchy-feely.
  • PAUL GILLIN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010
    [2010] Tips For Making That “Networking” Meeting More Fruitful
    Back in the early days of my career, I made a point to go on frequent informational interviews. These meetings, which were usually conducted in person, gave me a chance to sit down with people who were successful in their field and to learn from their experience. I never overtly asked people for a job or anything more than a little of their time. My goal was to learn, and possibly to make an acquaintance that could prove fruitful in later years.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010
    [2010] Social Media Marketing Strategies for 2010
    Marketing Sherpa last week released its 2010 Social Media Marketing Benchmark report. Among the key findings from the report: Despite the lingering economic malaise, companies across virtually all industries plan to increase budgets for social media marketing in 2010. Tags: Social Media Marketing 2010 Social Media Marketing Benchmark Report business blogs increase website traffic MarketingSherpa microblogging social media strategy Twitter
  • WRITING ON THE WEB  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [2010] Content Marketing Matters: What’s Your Brand Personality?
    What are two key elements to creating content that get results? I stumbled across an interesting quote on a site that gets to the heart of content marketing matters: “Evolution tends to favor action over thinking. That hasn’t changed. Emotion controls the mind as it did when humans first came on the scene. “People react much more emotionally than companies dare to think. Purchasing decisions are never driven by logic alone.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010
    [2010] Are kids Brains Different when it comes to Social Media?
    I know it sounds like a crazy idea but hear me out. So you know how your grand parents used to tell you about the Great Depression and how you needed to save for a rainy day. My grand dad used to save everything including the wood and nails from old construction projects but I bet if he could have saved the paint he would have.
  • LEADSLOTH  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010
    [2010] Guest Post: Best Practices in Marketing Automation
    By: Lisa J. Cramer, President & Co-Founder, LeadLife Solutions. There are certainly a lot of capabilities within marketing automation. As such there are a variety of best practices to be followed in order to maximize the use of these systems. Below are some of the best practices we have found within our customer base that helped drive success with marketing automation. Improve Lead Interaction with Good Segmentation.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010
    [2010] Social Media for the Boardroom
    At a recent BlogWell event I got a chance to hear Robert Raines from Chevron present his Social Media program and how he reports their activity into the Boardroom. It all starts with the Pulse Report that Chevron had produced by Edelman (their PR firm) using their Alterian’s SM2 social media monitoring tool.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
    [2010] Location is important for your Contact Center too!
    Location Based Services (LBS) are becoming all the rage now. Start up companies like Foursquare which is a web based check in service where you can declare your location to your friends, and even popular sites like Twitter and Facebook are getting into the act and attaching location based information about your status updates. Clearly people are becoming more comfortable and seeing reasons to allow location based information to be used. But what does this mean to your company?
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010
    [2010] Using Content to Build Trust in B2B Marketing
    In the recent Edelman Trust Barometer report they detail out how trust is rebounding in a handful of Western countries especially in the United States where trust in business jumped 18 points to 54 percent. Which was an interesting statistic no doubt for many of us in business today. But for me – the real story was buried on page 7 of the report (see graphic) which talks about the number of times your message needs to hit target in order for it to resonate!
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010
    [2010] It pays to provide Support with Social Media
    In a recent Forrester Report on “ Customer Experience Pays Off as Social Media reduces Obstacles for Real Change ” they have really nailed down the argument I have been making over the last year about why Support is the single best place to build your business case for Social Media. If you look deeply at the Customer Experience as they did what they found was that 91% of executive would agree that the customer experience was critical or very important to their business.
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