10 Ways to Use Social Networks for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Social networks are essential for expanding your web presence —not only for creating social signals now a key component in search engine rankings, which makes your website and blog easier to find in search, but also by giving you more places to be found online. Creating your profile on each of the major social networks is a first step, but just that. As with most things in life, you’ll get out of social networks what you put into them.

Toyota launches a social network for drivers

Biznology

With Salesforce.com, they've launched a social network for Toyota owners and drivers that keeps them connected to Toyota, to its dealers, and to other drivers. Image by conhunter via Flickr. by Chris Abraham. Is the car the ultimate mobile device? Toyota thinks so.

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Is there still room for new social networks?

Biznology

If you’re like me, you probably remember a period not too long ago when you couldn’t open your e-mail without getting another invitation to join a new social network. If you look at how social networks operate, they are rather similar. Image via Wikipedia.

6 Reasons Social Media Sucks, But You Need to Use It Anyway

Webbiquity

Amid all of the hype, conferences, and rapid adoption of social media marketing by organizations from sole proprietors to the Fortune 100, there remains an undercurrent of skepticism. It’s true that social media remains in many ways a sort of wild west.

31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010

Webbiquity

Supplement your email list with your contacts’ social network info? Find out if the username or vanity URL you want is still available across dozens of social sites? Display a feed of brand-related comments from a variety of social networks on your website?

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My social media marketing posts from 2011

Biznology

I have been writing for Biznology every Tuesday since January 18th, 2011, so there are quite a few posts that may well be useful for you now that you never had an opportunity to read before — before you knew about Biznology or me. Read more… Do you appreciate your blogger network?

The Dirty Dozen Top 12 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

Webbiquity

There have been numerous posts written about the pitfalls of social media marketing (including helpful pieces from Online Social Networking , Sysomos , and one I wrote for HubSpot ). Your social media strategist is your public spokesperson.

The Other Social Network

Paul Gillin

If you thought the world’s largest professional network was little more than a place to post your resume, you owe yourself another visit. LinkedIn is set to eclipse the 100 million member mark sometime this spring, and it is quickly becoming the social network of choice for B2B professionals.

B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

Savanta

B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The social media Emperor is getting dressed, but is still in his underpants. B2B social media has reached the tipping point and in doing so it’s following the classic technology evolution curve.

How to Approach Business Social Media Strategically

Webbiquity

A big part of the appeal of social media is its simplicity. That simplicity, however, can make social media dangerous for business. Oafish attempts to treat social networks like just another one-way promotional channel.

Tracking Social Media ROI

Biznology

I'm starting to hear more an more people despair of being able to determine return on investment for social media. For some uses of social media, such as public relations, they might be right, because there are precious few companies that can calculate ROI even for offline PR.

Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity

companies now use social media for marketing (though the figure varies widely based on size of company)? Or which four cities rank ahead of Seattle and San Francisco as the “most networked?” companies now use social media for marketing.

48 Ways to Measure Social Media Success

Webbiquity

Ultimately, as Olivier Blanchard has pointed out repeatedly , social media marketing has to demonstrate an ROI (though he acknowledges the questions have to be made more specific). But it’s crucial to the social media ROI debate to recognize that “R” is an end-of-the-process measure. These metrics don’t represent the goals of social media marketing in and of themselves, but are critical measures to help optimize processes to achieve the ultimate objectives.

Why Social Media Matters for B2B Vendors

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has clearly been embraced by consumer brands. Pepsi famously dropped its Super Bowl advertising a year ago in favor of a social media campaign. Still, social media is rapidly becoming an essential component of the b2b marketing mix.

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What Does B2B Social Media Success Look Like?

Webbiquity

Until recently, most social media case studies have focused on consumer brands. Recently, that’s begun to change a bit as blogs like TopRank and Marketo have highlighted b2b social media success stories. Expanded social media following (e.g.,

The Future of Social Media

Webbiquity

Social media is transforming communications in ways unimaginable just a couple of decades ago. Social media is being embraced by marketers , of course, but it’s much larger than that. We live in amazing times.

Best Social Media Stats, Facts and Marketing Research of 2010

Webbiquity

the sources below provide a vast wealth of data, statistics and research results, as well as a bit of interesting social media trivia. How are consumers and b2b decision makers using social media in their buying processes? Social Media Facts and Stats.

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Social Media – the Next Frontier!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s good to be able to see those conversations and have some indication whether they are positive, negative or neutral so you have your finger on the “pulse” of what is being said socially about your brand.

79 Remarkable Social Media Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2012

Webbiquity

Social media and inbound marketing techniques have been a boon for marketers. Not only do leads generated through social and content marketing cost half as much as traditional outbound-generated leads (see below), they also close at higher rate (again, see below).

Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The media landscape has evolved tremendously over the last quarter century. Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

Modern Marketing

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. Social media has once again changed that model.

Editing: Is social media realtime or permanent?

Biznology

As social media has (somewhat) matured, an interesting culture has grown up around the idea of editing social media content. Some kinds of social media (Wikipedia) couldn’t exist without editing while others (Twitter) do not even allow editing.

The Myth of Business vs. Personal Profiles in Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

Like most people I started out using social tools for very distinct purposes. But now we have Google+, Pandora is becoming a social sharing site (not to mention Flickr and Foursquare) and well you get the point: its getting even more confusing! Computing is Social. Social Media

Listening to Your Customers in Social Media

Biznology

Today I spoke for 30 minutes on social media listening--how your company can find out what people are saying about you online. Luckily, we record it for you, so if you missed it, check out today's recorded Webinar, " Listening to Your Customers in Social Media.".

Make Your CFO a Social Media Fan

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Social media definitely pays off, but you’ve got to focus on the approach not the tools. Social Media has hit the mainstream these days but the big concern on every product marketer’s mind has been how to justify the ROI? FOUND the ROI of Social Media for B2B Marketers!

Does integrity make you a social media loser?

Chris Koch

Social media a-lister Chris Brogan, who had a policy of following back everyone who followed him, deleted everybody before finally settling on a few hundred people to follow and shifting his attention to the new social network on the block, G+. Share and Enjoy: Latest Post Social Media B2B marketing Chris Brogan Google marketing Mitch Joel Online Communities social media management social media strategy Social network Triberr Twitter

26 Social Media Secrets Skittles Knows

Biznology

That’s far from typical–very few companies have more traffic to any of their social media venues than to their old-fashioned website. of Internet users’ time is captured by Facebook compared to a combined 2% for all other social networking sites.

87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing is now used in about 90% of companies, techniques, platforms and best practices continue to evolve. What will likely be the hot trends in social media over the next couple of years? Social Media Stats and Demographics.

The 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Reprise

Webbiquity

Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 ) present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list. Andres is a social media expert.

Use Social Media to set Smart Media strategies

Buzz Marketing for Technology

First, recognize that there are too many potential consumer touch-point opportunities offered by owned media channels. Instead, be strategic and smart – use social data analysis to measure campaign effectiveness.

Which Social Network is Right For B2B Marketing?

Digital B2B Marketing

When you consider what social networks can become key marketing channels for your business, there isn’t one right answer. Here are three quick practical ways you can tell what social networks may be right for your business and focus additional research.

Bean counters and Innovators: Facing off on social media ROI

Biznology

Last month, I covered the subject of personal ROI in the realm of enterprise social networking : how sustained adoption requires individual buy-in similar to long-term commitments to special diets or exercise routines. Discussions on the ROI for Social Media tend to be very polarized.

How to Optimize your Paid Search with Social Media

Buzz Marketing for Technology

When I put a search term into Google, typically eight of the top 10 results are social because consumers are creating enough content for that to happen. The great thing about using social media data for topic discovery is you can see all of those searches connected together.

40 Awesome Marketing Tweets From 2011

Marketing Insider Group

” Here is my 2011 list of favorite tweets.@ e6e6e6 ;'> February 11, 2011 8:32 am via HootSuite Reply Retweet Favorite. e6e6e6 ;'> February 15, 2011 1:22 pm via TweetDeck Reply Retweet Favorite. e6e6e6 ;'> March 4, 2011 8:18 am via UberSocial Reply Retweet Favorite.

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Why Product Launch Plans Need to Include Social Networking

B2B Marketing Traction

Today it’s important to leverage social media by connecting and engaging with the right people far in advance of your product launch. Once you have relationships with thought leaders in your space, you’ve built social equity. Social Media/Web 2.0 Tweet.

How to measure influence in social media marketing

Chris Koch

Measuring influence is the new obsession in the social media world—adding another layer of anxiety to the dark cloud of existential dread that is marketing ROI. Others include Klout and Twitter Grader, which focus on the social networks. Image via Wikipedia.

3 factors in winning the social media horse race

Chris Koch

Others say that G+ will rule because of its integration with Google’s other tools like Android, Gmail, Docs, and its media properties like YouTube and Google Music —in other words, the colossus effect that we’ve been waiting (for so long) to take effect. One writer claims that the attraction of G+ is the opportunity to start over in social networking. The argument is essentially that we’ve screwed up everything in Facebook and G+ is our social media morning after pill.