December, 2009

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

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. My guest today is Dianna Huff of DH Communications. Dianna helps businesses with their B2B marketing communications content strategy and implementation.

$600 Discount on MarketingSherpa's Email Summit for my readers

B2B Lead Generation

I’m looking forward to heading down to Miami for the upcoming MarketingSherpa Email Summit 2010. Besides giving me a valid business reason to leave Minnesota in the winter (and if you’ve been here in January, you know why I'd want to), I’m even more excited about MarketingSherpa's new specific B2B track. As a reader of this blog, you should seriously consider attending the Summit for the B2B track.

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Big Hand Theory, Jack Welch and Hiring for Sales Lead Generation

ViewPoint

Spredfast Offers Systematic Management for Social Media Campaigns

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Social Agency’s Spredfast helps marketers schedule social media campaigns the same way they schedule paid advertising. It seems like common courtesy to listen to an existing conversation before jumping in with a comment. If social media worked the same way, companies would first buy a monitoring system to track what’s being said, followed by tools to respond to comments made by others.

11 Email Deliverability Strategies to Reach the Inbox

With nearly 1 in 5 emails from U.S. senders failing to reach the inbox, deliverability challenges still plague senders and prevent email campaign success. Check out this deliverability guide for actionable strategies and real-world examples of companies applying smart inboxing tactics.

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.

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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. My guest today is Michael A. Brown. He is the B2B telemarketing and telesales consultant and telemarketing trainer whom I frequently recommend to our clients. Michael, first off, I know you hate to use the word “telemarketing.&#

How to improve lead generation with prospecting 2.0

B2B Lead Generation

Cold calling. Feel a shiver move up your spine? Too bad. It’s a shame that you, like many others, choose to dismiss cold calling as a lead generation tool (there’s that shiver again). I’m not saying that its reputation hasn’t been earned. I just think everybody is going about it all wrong. I love this analogy from Mike Schultz, Publisher of RainToday.com : Fail at something enough, and it's easy to dismiss the whole tactic. (No

Aberdeen's B2B TeleServices: The 2009 Buyer's Guide

ViewPoint

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Decision Makers Like Details

WriteSpark

I recently participated in a group to evaluate the effectiveness of sales materials produced by an insurance company. The group included people of diverse professions, ages, and life experience. Yet it was interesting to see how quickly they reached consensus on one factor: which document had the most appeal, especially for motivating a purchase decision. The group's choice?

Developing Your Training Content So That It Actually Moves the Needle

Speaker: Bryan Naas, VP of Sales Productivity at Braze

Getting reps & marketers to engage in your content is half the battle of providing value that can ultimately impact the bottom line. How do we break through the noise? In this session, Bryan Naas will detail what it takes to build training and content resources that reps will actually take the time to engage with so you can help them reach their goals.

10 BtoB Marketers Predictions for 2010

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about some Predictions for 2009 and while I would say 8 out of 10 have already materialized and the other 2 are on their way, it has become clear that this year was the year we past the point of no return on Social Media. Recession or not Social Media was on a roll ignited by the visibility of events like Obama’s win and Iran’s election protests. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for BtoB for marketers next year?

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5 Mistakes B2B Marketers Need to Avoid in 2010

Anything Goes Marketing

2009 has been a long year but as I reflect back on my many conversations, I've created a top 5 list of items to avoid in 2010: 1. Not having a defined social media strategy You would be surprised by the number of companies that say “yeah, social media is important but it’s not important to us at the moment”. In 2010 you will not have a choice but to make social media part of your overall marketing strategy.

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

Sales Lead Insights

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

Lead Generation Check list – Part 7: Effective lead management

B2B Lead Generation

My checklist for optimizing the lead generation process so far has included six steps: the mindset of not pushing ; repairing the rift between sales and marketing ; creating the ideal customer profile (and the un-ideal customer profile as well); agreeing upon a universal lead definition that fits your company’s goals and culture; importance of a well maintained database ; and, in step 6, I outlined a multi-modal approach and discussed its importance in the lead gen process.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Eight reasons to monitor social media and a list of tools for doing it

Chris Koch

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I think that monitoring social media is one of four key aspects of a social media engagement strategy. Social media monitoring is a way to figure out what’s being said about your brand and reveals opportunities for engaging in conversations with customers and influencers. At its most basic, social media monitoring starts with what is known as the “vanity search.”

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More Free Marketing Knowledge

The Effective Marketer

I love the internet. Free stuff abound and sharing is easy. But there is so much out there that deciding on what to read is a job in itself. That's why I liked when the Modern B2B Marketing blog posted a list of must-read B2B marketing

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The Importance of Powerful Visuals in Content Marketing

Ambal's Amusings

Content isn’t just about text anymore. In fact, too much text can harm your efforts to engage an audience. With peoples’ shortening attention spans, you need to think visually, and use powerful visuals to attract and connect with your audience. People now post over 14 million photos a day on Facebook. Video content isn’t far behind. Easy-to-use cameras, video cameras and cell phones make it incredibly easy to shoot pictures and record video, and then share it online.

Do You Have a Marketing Plan for 2010?

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. If you haven’t yet done your marketing plan for 2010, don’t panic. There is still time. If you have already done your plan, check it against some of our marketing planning success tips below. Marketing Plan Success Tips. Keep it simple. Marketing plans don’t need to be elaborate. If you have the essential elements, the most important factor for success is your ability to execute the plan consistently and systematically.

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The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

LoopFuse Offers No-Frills Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: LoopFuse offers attractive but limited demand generation functions at an easy-to-swallow price. It’s been nearly a year since I took my first close look at the LoopFuse OneView demand generation system. I didn't write about them because the vendor was planning some major improvements and it made more sense to publish a review after these in place. We reconnected in December and the product is now ready for its close up.

10 BtoB Marketers Predictions for 2010

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about some Predictions for 2009 and while I would say 8 out of 10 have already materialized and the other 2 are on their way, it has become clear that this year was the year we past the point of no return on Social Media. Recession or not Social Media was on a roll ignited by the visibility of events like Obama’s win and Iran’s election protests. So that begs the question - what’s on the horizon specifically for BtoB for marketers next year?

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Why B2B marketers need to embrace deal marketing

Chris Koch

Honestly, why do we think that sophisticated B2B buyers are going to follow our brands on Twitter or become our fans on Facebook? The answer is we don’t. Even if we believe deeply in the power of social media, we all have that gnawing feeling deep in our guts that says that there’s little reason for a busy, intelligent person to want to receive frequent updates about our brands when those brands produce complex services and products with two-year sales cycles.

Fixing the Crisis in Marketing

Everything Technology Marketing

I ran across an interesting blog post " The Crisis in Marketing " by Erik Bower from MarketBright where he talks about current Marketing methodologies not keeping pace with the pressures in today’s business environments: volatile markets, pressure to prove marketing's impact on sales pipeline, reduced budgets and headcounts, new tactics such as social media, etc.

5 Key Elements for Building a Successful Data-Driven Product

When selecting data providers, companies must ensure they’re tapping into comprehensive, high-quality streams of fresh information which can be easily integrated into their products in a privacy-compliant manner.

ClickLaunch: Jonathan Kantor's Crafting White Paper 2.0

Ambal's Amusings

We have grown accustomed to short, quick messaging methodologies and unable to read detailed information for a substantial period of time before becoming distracted by events that require our immediate attention. What impact does this have on the readers of our white papers? How do we ensure that our white paper is not only read but also acted upon? Jonathan Kantor addresses this question and more in his new book Crafting White Paper 2.0:

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Big Ed’s Top 10 B2B Marketing Trends For 2010

Marketing-Gimbal

The great global economic meltdown of 2009 has passed, and we are still here and breathing, mostly a sigh of relief. It’s been a tough year for B2B marketers as many of us had to deal with decreased budgets, staff.

20 Excellent Facebook Scripts and Resources

JotForm

Networking has certainly become important to our daily life. Whether light-hearted interaction with friends or communicating with business clients the world over, socializing is integral to our personal and professional relationships. Facebook has gotten most of the buzz in the past few years, allow.

Inbound Interaction Management (IIM)

Buzz Marketing for Technology

It’s no surprise that Direct Marketing response rates have dropped to a historic low with success rates in the low single digits. And further – that marketing organizations are becoming increasingly focused on Inbound Marketing (credit HubSpot for creating this term) which are a source of much higher response rates.

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.