Business-to-Business Telemarketing: Wasting Your Money?

Sales Lead Insights

Because this is what happens when somebody realizes that there are not enough sales leads in the pipeline to meet this quarter’s sales revenue goals: Scenario A: Forced Labor They grab a couple of unlucky administrative assistants, salespeople or interns, put them on […]. The post Business-to-Business Telemarketing: Wasting Your Money? Telemarketing B-to-B telemarketing lead generation

Business-to-Business Telemarketing: Wasting Your Money?

Sales Lead Insights

Because this is what happens when somebody realizes that there are not enough sales leads in the pipeline to meet this quarter’s sales revenue goals: Scenario A: Forced Labor They grab a […]. Telemarketing B-to-B telemarketing lead generationAre you dialing for dollars or wasting your money with telemarketing? Unfortunately, most of what B2B marketers call “telemarketing” simply doesn’t work.

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B2B Data-Driven Marketing: What You Need to Know Today

Biznology

If you’re selling to business buyers, data about your customers and prospects is essential to success. Even with the data on hand, many marketers are unsure of what to do with it. You need to get a grip on customer data, and figure out how to put it to work for your business. A lively case study of how a tech company used data to fuel its business growth. Thanks to all our sponsors!

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Five Ways B-to-B Marketers Need to Change Their Game

Biznology

The Internet has driven dramatic changes in business buying behavior. Just as no one buys a car anymore without first checking prices and features online, business buyers now research and educate themselves online, months—even years—before ever seeing a sales person. In the old days—just a few years ago—when business buyers had a problem, they’d call in their vendors for advice on how to solve it. So marketers have to think differently today.

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Why Servant Marketing Matters

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet As I talk to marketing and sales leaders, I hear this reoccurring theme: “I want to do something that really matters; I want to feel what I’m doing is really making a real difference.” ” I feel the same way, but I’ve painfully learned that it’s futile to make changes outside before we make changes inside. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing.

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B-to-B Lead generation: What Enterprise-size Companies Should be Doing Differently in 2010

Sales Lead Insights

If you are responsible for business-to-business lead generation at a large company, don’t miss this webcast! This one-hour webinar will cover: The latest trends in B-to-B lead generation, and how you can leverage them; Which lead gen strategies and tactics are working best, and which no longer work for enterprise companies like yours; The pros and cons of various marketing media for generating, nurturing, and qualifying leads.

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6 Steps to a Successful (B-to-B) Direct Marketing Campaign

MLT Creative

Whenever we launch a campaign that relies heavily on direct, I’m reminded that the rules in business-to-business direct marketing are really the same as they are in the consumer space. Now, is there anything else you can do to make it easy for your prospect/customer to respond?

6 thorny data problems that Vex B2B marketers, and how to solve them

Biznology

Business-to-business marketers are plagued by data problems. Business data is complex and fast-changing. To shed some light on B2B data problems, Bernice Grossman and I compiled a working list of problems and solutions. Give them objective rules to follow. Then, develop a very simple process by which reps pass their data to this group. Test a few vendors to find the one that works best with your data. You care about a bill to and a ship to.

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

Sales Lead Insights

However it appears that some B-to-B marketing initiatives are getting more funding rather than less. In my opinion B-to-B marketers traditionally spent too much of their marketing budget on lead generation, but spent too little on lead development.

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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

Sales Lead Insights

However it appears that some B-to-B marketing initiatives are getting more funding rather than less. In my opinion B-to-B marketers traditionally spent too much of their marketing budget on lead generation, but spent too little on lead development.

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Marketing That Reaches Decision Makers In Big Companies

B2B Lead Generation

FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! If youre doing marketing or lead generation for a complex sale, youll want to read it.

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When business-to-business marketing is person-to-person, it can change the world.

MLT Creative

A couple of months ago, I was interrupted at work by a phone call from Ryan Gamble, co-president of the Seattle-based Storyville Coffee Company ; he may not have known it at the time, but he had no more than 60 seconds to keep my attention before I would politely - but hurriedly - hang-up.

Beyond the B2B Buying Funnel: Exciting New Research about How Companies Make Complex Purchases

Marketo

There are entire industries devoted to researching consumer buying behavior, but until now there has been relatively little research into B2B buying behaviors. Enquiro Research (as well as Google , Business.com , Covario , and Demandbase ) to perform new qualitative and quantitative research into the (often irrational) ways that businesses make complex purchases. According to MarketingSherpa, user communities are the #1 source of information for researching B2B purchases.

The Changing Rules of B2B Marketing

Paul Gillin

Here is a draft of the first chapter of Social Marketing to the Business Customer by Paul Gillin and Eric Schwartzman. This chapter focuses on drawing the major distinctions between business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) markets and where social marketing has particular value to B2B companies. But to thousands of technology professionals around the world, Hanson is a celebrity.

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Pinterest for Business?

Venntive

Every time another social application launches, it’s usually fairly easy to understand how consumers can use it to communicate, share, comment and B-to-C companies quickly adopt and adapt. But, what about us B-to-B companies?

8 Great LinkedIn Groups for B2B Marketers

KoMarketing Associates

According to a recent report released by Regalix, 91 percent of respondents said that LinkedIn was the most effective channel in terms of helping them reach their target audience. And according to the “LinkedIn Ads Benchmark Report Q3 2015” published by Marketing Mojo, 79 percent of B2B marketers said that LinkedIn was “effective” at generating leads. It is no secret that LinkedIn is a valuable social media platform for B2B marketers.

What’s the hardest part of B2B inbound marketing?

MLT Creative

This question was recently posed to a LinkedIn Group of which I’m a member, and it got me thinking, because it’s a question you could approach from a few different angles. There have been other challenges for sure, but these are the ones that seem to surface more often than not.

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delicious b2bmarketing

Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 7:27 pm Why B-to-B Marketers Will Pioneer the New, New Media 150,000 Years of Social Network Media Experience: Why B-to-B Marketers Will Pioneer the New, New Media. If one were mustering a regiment to step into the breach of social network marketing, one could do worse than rally a corps of B-to-B marketers, for this is the field that has always been about social network marketing.

Meeting IRL Makes Social Media More Meaningful

MLT Creative

Nothing compares to good old fashioned face-to-face networking, but the days and weeks leading up to, and even after, a recent trip to Memphis, Tenn., reminded me that social media marketing – regardless of whether its B-to-B or B-to-C – is all about relationships.

Social Marketing to the Business Customer: A One-in-143,871 Book

Modern Marketing

Remember journalism’s five W’s : Who, what, when, where, why? “ Social Marketing to the Business Customer ” by Paul Gillin & Eric Schwartzman (John Wiley & Sons) just might be the digital parallel. I searched the first hundred titles, and not one – other than the subject of this review – mentioned business-to-business, b-to-b, or B2B. Social media marketing is here to stay and changing amazingly fast.

Think Outside the B2B Trade Show Booth

MLT Creative

Here’s a quick B2B case study outlines how we helped our client turn another trip to a trade show into an opportunity to generate leads by integrating outbound tactics with their inbound marketing program. Expand our reach to non-attendees. Why not reach out to them, too?

If You're In B2B Marketing, Get Your Head Around Social Media ROI

MLT Creative

The latest report showed no surprises in where B2B marketers were going to allocate budgets in 2011. Inbound marketing , SEO, email and social media spending is expected to increase while direct mail, trade shows and print advertising is expected to decrease rather significantly.

Case Study: San Francisco Travel Sets New Agenda For Content Marketing Management

DivvyHQ

For San Francisco Travel’s busy marketing department, the goal is more trips, not getting tripped up. With 24 million travelers choosing San Francisco as a tourist destination every year, San Francisco Travel’s mission is to promote the city to potential visitors around the globe.

B2B Marketing Lessons From Broadway Joe: Can't Wait to Win

MLT Creative

I wrote this post more than two years ago and thought of re-posting it while watching a new HBO documentary on Joe Namath, called “ Namath: From Beaver Falls to Broadway.” It includes his heroics, his humanity and, yes, even the infamous sideline interview from 2002 in which he tried repeatedly to kiss reporter Suzy Kolber during a live broadcast. In business, as in football, we can’t wait to win. Either way, I can’t wait to win, can you?

Marketing Experts Dan Gartlan and Nicole Wagner Selected as Featured Speakers at FABTECH 2019

Stevens & Tate

June 20, 2019 – Stevens & Tate’s President Dan Gartlan and Internet Marketing Director Nicole Wagner have announced FABTECH 2019 to their fall speaking schedule. Gartlan and Wagner join the speaker line-up with decades of marketing experience in manufacturing and B-to-B marketing at North America’s Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating, Welding and Finishing Event. The presentation discusses key website elements to focus your improvement efforts on.

9.5 Ways Your B2B Marketing Can Be More Creative

MLT Creative

This is the best time ever to be in marketing, but it’s no time to stand still. Great questions lead to great answers and big ideas. Sometimes it lightens the mood, changes your perspective and leads to a great idea. Marketers are in the storytelling business.

B2B Lead Generation by Phone: An Interview with Michael Brown

Sales Lead Insights

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. 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.&# And yes, human beings do need to communicate LIVE!

Retweet, But Never Surrender: The B2B Marketing Manifesto

MLT Creative

I’ve known @DougKessler through social media for almost two years, and he was one of the first thought leaders I added to my “ B2B Braniacs & Maniacs ” tribe. Oh, and also feel free to leave comments.

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Word of Mouth Marketing relies on reputation not branding

B2B Lead Generation

FREE E-Book 8 Critical success factors for lead generation Just tell us where to send your FREE updates Subscribe in a reader Podcast Feed Subscribe via iTunes Recognition Thanks for Reading! Should reputation take a back seat to branding? Should reputation take a back seat to branding?

B2B Book Buzz: The Brand Gap

MLT Creative

How to Bridge the Distance Between Brand Strategy and Design. ” The style of the book is based on a presentation, using illustrations and diagrams to help you recognize the five disciplines of branding and learn to apply them to various situations. The Brand Gap.

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Do QR codes have a role in B2B marketing?

MLT Creative

They seem to be the latest thing in print media and a good way to increase customer involvement. Considering it’s still new technology to most consumers, the big increase makes sense. The best advice is to stay open-minded and be creative with this new tool.

Do you really know your B2B customers?

MLT Creative

During the recent Photoshop World in Orlando, I was selected to be part of a small focus group of alumni members for a discussion about their membership publication, Photoshop User. To be honest, I was excited to be asked my opinion and be involved in this first-ever customer roundtable.

A B2B Marketing Idea Takes Flight On Twitter

MLT Creative

I like to see a good idea keep getting better, and The B2B Twitterer of the Year Awards are a great example. This year, it is easier to nominate and vote for your favorites. Just to give you an idea, here are some of the B2B Twitterers I follow, and will be voting for.

In B2B, a New Business Opportunity Is No Place For Fear

MLT Creative

How to ‘Tonic the Shark’ It was amazing to watch: On a recent science channel program, a marine researcher used a mind-boggling technique, called “tonic,” that had sharks nuzzling up to her like the family dog to be “petted” on the head and around the mouth.

Just When You Think You Know B2B Marketing, The Millennials Are Here

B2B Marketing Traction

In the two years from 2012 to 2014, millennials became the biggest researchers of business-to-business purchases. B2B marketing needs to be transparent, and the human side of a company’s story needs to come out. Now almost 40% of B2B purchasers use mobile devices to buy products and services and more than half of millennials use them to research their purchase ( Acquity Group State of B2B Procurement study ). You did the research.

A Bait Shop Lesson in B2B CRM: “Crickets Self-Serve”

MLT Creative

One day, when my friend Jeff stopped at this old icehouse that also ran one of our favorite bait and tackle shops, he noticed the sign had been changed to "The Happy Store." But Jeff wasn't about to leave empty handed, so over to the cricket box he went.

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Five Tips For Better B2B Marketing Content

MLT Creative

There are more ways than ever to match your marketing messages to the needs of your customers with more personalized, relevant and actionable information. The more you can customize your content to relate to your best buyers, the more buyers you will attract, and the more conversions you will drive. Forget all the things you want to say about your company. What do the people you sell to need to know?