June, 2012

B2B Public Relations: 7 tactics to pull more leads into the funnel

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet If your organization’s marketing and public relations teams aren’t working hand in glove, you’re missing a key lead generation opportunity. That’s the word from three experts in B2B PR and marketing: Wendy Marx, president of Marx Communications , a B2B public relations firm; she blogs about B2B communications for Fast Company. Laura Sturaitis, Executive Vice President of Media Services and Product Strategy, Business Wire , a press release distribution company.

It’s all about the lead

Savanta

Marketing still plays second fiddle to sales in B2B organisations. . Past readings of the B2B Barometer survey reveal that up to 60% of B2B marketers agree with this statement and the latest survey published in June 2012 confirms it. . Two fifths (41%) of B2B marketers report that their single highest marketing priority for 2012 is to generate more of the salesperson’s raw material – leads. Fair enough.

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Is Your Industrial Content Marketing Reaching a Dead End?

Industrial Marketing Today

In my daily interactions with manufacturing, engineering and industrial companies, inbound marketing or content marketing is a popular topic of discussion. Decision makers in these companies want to jump on the content marketing bandwagon but they really don’t have a strategic plan of action and/or a clear idea of how it will drive sales and generate revenues. Not that I’m complaining, this gap means more business opportunities for me as an industrial marketing consultant.

FREE 1 Hour Content Marketing Seminar

Tomorrow People

2012 has been the year that content/inbound marketing has forced itself into the mainstream consciousness of most B2B and B2C marketers. Many of the conferences and events I attend seem to be dominated by the topic, with particular reference paid to the holy grail for marketers. marketing return on investment (ROI).

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.

8 Surprisingly Simple B2B Sales Tips

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this B2B sales is by no means easy. It requires not only skill, but panache. But that doesn’t mean everything about sales is hard. Some tips can be shockingly simple, yet very effective. Today, we highlight eight B2B sales tips that are easy to put into practice, but deliver results. Let Leads Market to You. When it comes to B2B sales and marketing, nothing beats relevance.

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Lead Generation: How 64% of marketers starve Sales of opportunity

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Let’s say you’re dining out, and you order chicken pad thai. The waiter immediately trots out with a raw chicken breast, a bunch of whole carrots, a pile of bean sprouts, a handful of peanuts and some rice noodles, dumps them in front of you, and then walks away. You wouldn’t think much of the chef, yes? Frankly, you could rightfully draw the same conclusion if you extended that analogy to marketers.

How B2B Marketers Can Profit From Social Media Monitoring

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer By monitoring social media, B2B companies can generate leads, keep tabs on their competition, get product feedback and better engage with advocates (and detractors). Have you ever heard the bromide that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason? That’s the principle behind social media monitoring , the process of filtering out the millions of post, tweets and status updates for the ones that matter to your business.

Don’t Underestimate Industrial Marketing’s Contribution to Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

The more I talk to manufacturers and industrial companies, the more I’m convinced that RFQs and sales conversations are all that matter to them. I get it that industrial marketing must be held accountable and I firmly believe that it should make a direct contribution to growing sales and revenues. However, ignoring industrial marketing’s role in creating sales opportunities is a fallacy in my opinion. See Manufacturers Need Lead Management to Close the RFQ Gap ).

The 30 Best Content Curation Resources for Marketers and Business Pros

Marketing Insider Group

When I first graduated from college almost 20 years ago, I quickly learned that I was not prepared to have conversations with experienced business professionals on the reality of the business challenges they were confronting. My approach was to subscribe to 3 magazines: BusinessWeek , Fast Company and Newsweek and I read the newspaper every single day. I have been a voracious consumer of news ever since.

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.

The Future is Solomoco: 5 Predictions for Digital Marketing

Oracle

by Sheila Lahar | Tweet this Is the future of digital marketing “solomoco”? At the recent Vocus user conference, I attended a session about the future of digital marketing. The speaker, Tim Reis, Head of Social and Mobile Solutions for Google – Americas sums up the next few years for marketers and businesses in general as “solomoco”: social, local, mobile, commerce.

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Retargeting; A Internet Marketing Tactic to Increase Conversions Rates & Leads

NuSpark

Let’s talk retargeting. For lead generation, conversion optimization, and lead nurturing strategies, retargeting may be the overlooked child, but there’s no question it can be very effective and an efficient tactic to bring prospects back to your website or content. For the most part, a typical landing pages averages between 2-5% conversion; the submission of an email address in exchange for purchase, quote, demo, trial, webinar, or content.

B2B Sales Cycle: 4 steps to avoid the wasteful ‘no decision’

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet CSO Insights , which interviews thousands of chief sales officers to benchmark B2B sales best practices, has tracked an alarming trend. Over the past six years, forecast deals are closing at a lower and lower rate, and a dramatically higher percentage are ending up with the prospect making no decision at all. In the technology industry, for example, “no decisions” have jumped from 17% in 2006 to a whopping 26% today. That’s more than one in every four deals!

Top 6 Marketing Weapons for the New B2B Arsenal

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer Armed with the right marketing weapons, B2B companies can successfully outgun competitors who are larger, more established and better funded. The B2B marketer's world is changing. Quickly. The revolution is akin to the transition from the horse and buggy to the automobile. Some are not easily making the transition. Different skill sets are required for success.

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!

5 Campaign Ideas for When You Have No Content

The Point

For today’s B2B marketer, content is the fuel that feeds the demand generation engine. But when lead generation, lead nurturing , customer marketing and social media programs all require a constant feeding of new, compelling content, what do you do when the pace of new programs outstrips your ability to generate that content? Answer: you get creative. Here are 5 ideas for campaigns to run when you simply have no more content to give: 1. Run a survey.

Are Marketers Becoming Digital Dinosaurs?

Marketing Insider Group

According to a CMO Council study of more than 200 marketing executives, covered by MediaWeek , marketers are being left behind by the digital age. The report stated that 90% of companies do not have an integrated digital marketing strategy. And more than a third admitted that their marketing plans were nothing more than a combination of tactics.

What is Social Demand Generation?

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower. Marketers have long been used to drawing up plans. Plans make us feel prepared and safe. But as social media has gone from the beta test to a part of everyday life , sticking to a detailed marketing plan has become virtually impossible.

Video — the second best way to create for content marketing

Avitage

Content marketing has created a content conundrum. Content marketing is fundamentally about creating buyer relevant, education oriented content, that supports the buying team as they progress through a buying journey. With this shift from vendor to buyer orientation comes great pressure on traditional content production methods and costs. Blogs have emerged as the best way to create for content marketing. They are foundational to this endeavor.

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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.

Lead Capture Optimized: 201% increase in captured leads with clearer value proposition

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet I just arrived at the Pre- Optimization Summit workshop in Denver and caught the end of Dr. Flint McGlaughlin’s Value Proposition Session. In this Landing Page Optimization Workshop , Dr. McGlaughlin, Managing Director, MECLABS, taught the live audience here at the Denver Marriott Tech Center about a simple case study drawn from the MarketingExperiments research library.

What B2B Marketers can Learn About Blogging From the U.S. Army

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer B2B companies that blog effectively can increase awareness, preference and credibility, as well as generate and nurture leads all the way down the sales funnel. The U.S. Army's blogging program, in support of its recruiting efforts, was discussed in an interview conducted by Michael Stelzner from Social Media Examiner.

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Why you shouldn’t bring your social media (completely) in-house

Biznology

Photo credit: edrabbit. I really believe it’s bad advice to recommend that companies fire their social media consultants, experts and agencies only to bring everything internal. While “everyone” is on Facebook , social media is no longer a land of tinkerers, it’s a land of consumers.

The Content Marketing Checklist For B2B Marketers

Marketing Insider Group

Content Marketing is a hot new topic because businesses have realized that customers run away when they sense traditional marketing techniques. But now instead of competing on the sheer quantity of interruptions, businesses are competing on the quality of their content. Change is coming for many B2B Marketers. But for some of us, it’s already here and we are lighting the path forward.

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.

What’s the Real ROI of Content Marketing?

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Content marketing is all the rage lately. Whether you call it content or inbound marketing.). But few marketers know how to measure the actual ROI of their content. Thankfully, a new e-book has stepped into the gap. Content Marketing ROI” , which was published by our partner Kapost and us, actually pins some numbers to the return on content marketing investments.

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Content Curation in Practice

Avitage

My day started like most days. I opened and read email, a few blogs and checked out Twitter streams. An article about recent research results on content marketing spend caught my eye. As I glanced at it (how seldom we really read things these days) data about the surge in video use and planned growth caught my eye. So, what did I do? I copied the URL and forwarded it to colleagues with a note, “this is interesting, you should read this.” ” We all do this, don’t we?

A Road Rage Lesson from my Dad

Marketing Craftmanship

Faster is not always better. Yesterday I buried my Dad: 87 years-old, of Scottish descent, first generation American, decorated war hero, husband of two deceased wives, sibling to two brothers he outlived, father of 4, grandfather of 16, great-grandfather of 7, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, hospital administrator, sail-boater, dog lover, cigar smoker and certified duffer. The gathering to mourn Dad’s passing provided a rare opportunity to reconnect with friends and family.

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Top 10 Tips for Better Email Templates

The Point

The success of an email campaign depends on a number of variables, chief amongst them the quality of your list and the attractiveness of the offer. But one other element plays a key role even before you write one word of copy: the design template. The growing adoption of marketing automation systems is empowering B2B marketers to develop, produce, and execute email campaigns more efficiently, and more effectively, than ever before.

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.