July, 2012

No Such Thing As a Free Burger? #OlympicsBBQ

Tomorrow People

Free Burger Alert. Zoober Digital Training and Tomorrow People , in partnership with NTI Birmingham (Birmingham City University), invite you to our Summer Barbeque. This marketing technology event will celebrate the launch of Zoober Digital Training on the eve of the Olympics. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with key digital influencers in the Birmingham area and find out about the latest developments in the city’s creative sector.

The Real Value of Content Marketing for Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

In today’s uncertain economy, manufacturing and industrial companies are taking more than a hard look at their marketing spends. These companies have always thought of marketing as sales support, so it requires a lot of convincing to change that mind-set. Upper management and key decision makers are skeptical about inbound marketing with content being able to generate qualified leads and set the table for sales. According to them, that has always been a job done by sales and not marketing.

10 Predictions For The Future of Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

So how is your 2012 shaping up? Are you achieving the business and personal branding goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year? The latest trends in marketing all center around hype and buzzwords like Social Media , Content Marketing , Mobile Marketing and the ubiquity of digital and customer experience. But as recent studies demonstrate, marketers are being left behind by the digital age and our marketing leaders feel unprepared with how to deal with it all.

Proof Content Is Marketing’s Most Versatile Tactic

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Marketers, particularly B2B marketing , rely on a huge range of tactics to achieve a number of (seemingly) disparate goals. The folks building awareness might use social media. The team in charge of lead generation might spring for paid search. Marketers focused on customer loyalty could choose events. But there’s one tactic marketers at every stage of funnel find valuable: content marketing.

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.

B2B Selling: 4 steps to gain customer intelligence before your sales call

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet They’ve downloaded your whitepapers, attended your webinars, read your blogs. They’re actively engaged with your content, and their lead score is consistently climbing. When your prospects are doing their research, make sure your sales team is doing the same if you want an immediate competitive advantage, advises Dan Kosch and Mark Shonka. Kosch and Shonka are authors of the business book, Beyond Selling Value , and co-presidents of IMPAX Corporation , a sales consulting company.

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No Such Thing As a Free Burger?

Tomorrow People

Free Burger Alert. Zoober Digital Training and Tomorrow People , in partnership with NTI Birmingham (Birmingham City University), invite you to our Summer Barbeque. This marketing technology event will celebrate the launch of Zoober Digital Training on the eve of the Olympics. There will be plenty of opportunities to network with key digital influencers in the Birmingham area and find out about the latest developments in the city’s creative sector. Date: Friday, 27 July. Time: 4pm onwards.

Lead Generation: What’s Working – Tactics, Budgets and Preferences

Industrial Marketing Today

Summer is a good time to look back at what has worked for lead generation and compare yourself with your peers as you plan for the second half of the year. You could use some of these findings to validate your own industrial marketing strategy and/or find some new ideas to fine-tune it for the remainder of 2012. With that in mind, here are some useful data and charts from various sources. Click on each chart to see a larger image. MarketingSherpa: ( www.marketingsherpa.com ).

9 Top Twitter Tips You Should Start Using Today!

Marketing Insider Group

Yesterday was my 3-year twitter anniversary. To celebrate, I sent one small “ humble brag ” as one of my twitter friends called it. Hey, I’m a late-comer: @ jack sent his 1st tweet over 6 years ago! In the course of those 3 years, I have interacted with some of the smartest business and marketing people on the planet. I sent over 18,000 tweets. That’s roughly 17 tweets per day, and over 500 a month.

Not On Pinterest? This Chart May Change Your Mind

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this When it comes to fast growth, few social media networks have had a run like Pinterest. The social site, which lets you pin images from around the Web, quickly grew a massive audience. I’ve written about some of the excuses B2B marketers make for not jumping into Pinterest before. But if you’re one of the holdouts waiting until the network has greater traction, the chart below could mark the end of your wait.

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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!

Optimizing the Lead: A data-driven optimization process

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to share the most exciting aspect of working at MECLABS – Research Partnerships that allow us to test and optimize lead generation processes. Spouting theory is easy, but it’s meaningless unless you know how it works in the real world with real companies. It’s thrilling for me to observe lead generation strategy transform into revenue for our Research Partners. Watch the webinar replay for a behind-the-scenes look at this research.

Do Lead Nurturing Campaigns Always Need an Offer?

The Point

In my last post , I talked about creative campaign ideas for when you have no content to offer. Which leads to another question: do certain types of campaigns even need an offer in the first place? Take lead nurturing : is it strictly essential that every lead nurturing touch include a specific, gated, call to action? Or can you get away with a link to content, perhaps content that’s not even your own?

20 Amazing Facebook Cover Photos

Tomorrow People

I switched on the Television last night very briefly and I can now see why Facebook is so popular! There was nothing to watch. Now I don’t have cable or Satellite TV, so that was maybe part of the problem, but there is a method in my madness…it minimizes the temptation to sit in front of the “ idiot box ” and so allows me more time for reading and blogging. Has Self Expression become the New Entertainment?

Is Your Industrial Website Leaking Leads?

Industrial Marketing Today

One persistent problem for many manufacturers and industrial companies is the small number of leads generated from their Websites. By default, they assume that the issue is the lack of traffic because of poor SEO. It is quite likely, that your industrial Website is attracting enough traffic but suffers from poor conversion. In short, you may have a leaky industrial Website. See my earlier post, You’ve Got Traffic. Now What? ).

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.

How To Evolve as a B2B Marketer in Just 8 Weeks

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer B2B marketers who adapt to the tectonic shifts in marketing can reap enormous benefits to both their company and career. As the apocryphal Chinese curse goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Most B2B marketers can relate as they race to keep up with the new and ever-changing best practices of marketing effectiveness.

The Signs of an Olympian Level Marketing Team

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Are you one of the millions glued to your TV , watching match after match during the Olympics? There are obvious reasons to love the Olympics. The best athletes gather in some corner of the world to compete. It’s a time when passion, grit and fine-tuned skills are on display. Most marketers will probably never battle it out at the Olympics. But plenty know what it’s like to go head-to-head against the competition.

Lead Testing: 90% of successful lead follow-up occurred within 28 days of first contact

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet If there is a chance to network and build relationships, there is opportunity to generate and nurture leads. Trade shows, workshops and webinars are gold mines for obtaining information. It’s fair to say 98% of attendees likely have an interest in your solution, and that is enough to begin the nurturing process. Of course, it is very important to capture attendees’ contact information and product interests at that point of high interest, and then act on that interest before it fades.

3 Steps To A Customer-Driven Marketing Plan

Marketing Insider Group

Is your marketing strategy driven by what you have to sell or the market needs you best fulfill? If there’s one theme that weaves through most of my content, it’s that successful marketing together it’s a relentless focus on the customer. And the biggest marketing mistake you can make is to just focus on what you have to sell.

How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

Zoober Digital Training to Launch with Summer Barbeque #OlympicsBBQ

Tomorrow People

What do you tend to do on a Friday afternoon? Friday afternoon. the work witching hour. Activities include throwing things at bins, making paper planes and watching the clock. But circle Friday, June 27, with a big red pen - because it could be the most productive afternoon you spend all year. Find our more on Twitter via #OlympicsBBQ. Zoober Digital Training and Tomorrow People , in partnership with NTI Birmingham (Birmingham City University), cordially invite you to our Summer Barbeque.

How Manufacturers Use 3D CAD Models and 2D CAD Drawings as Sales Enablers

Industrial Marketing Today

Manufacturers usually want their industrial marketing to generate leads that result in RFQs as quickly as possible. Inbound marketing tactics such as SEO and other content marketing strategies do fill the top of their sales funnel. Think of 3D CAD models and 2D CAD drawings as supercharged content assets for moving leads closer to the RFQ stage much quicker than any other type of content resource. There are several benefits to offering 3D CAD models and 2D CAD drawings on an industrial website.

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Implementing a Content Experiment from Google Analytics with a WordPress Website; Conversion Testing

NuSpark

Proper conversion rate optimization requires testing of landing pages. Google recently introduced Content Experiment on Google Analytics as a replacement for the old Google Website Optimizer that was part of the Adwords platform. Content Experiments allows users to experiment with website or landing page layouts to find those that best accomplish online conversion goals such as completing a sale, downloading a file or content, or signing up for a newsletter.

What You Must Know About Community Management

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this The term “community manager” no longer lives in the realm of buzzwords. As social media, online communities and even in-person events have become a regular part of the modern marketing mix, community managers have been getting hired up. (If If you want proof, just look at the who’s who of brands that have added community managers assembled by Jeremiah Owyang.).

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Lead Optimization: 10 audience questions answered

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet A couple of weeks ago, I presented the webinar, “ Optimizing the Lead: A data-driven optimization process that goes beyond lead capture.” ” Lead optimization is the core of revenue optimization – making as much money as possible from your time, energy and resources. We work with our Research Partners to achieve just that. It’s key to business success, and it’s no wonder this topic produced excellent questions from our webinar audience.

4 Steps To Succeed In The Digital Age [Slides]

Marketing Insider Group

OK, I admit it. I am a sucker for a great slideshare presentation. I subscribe to a number of respected marketers, business people and brands who create slideshare presentations I think are worth reviewing. And then I like to review them here. Last week I saw this great presentation from Jeff Bullas (@ JeffBullas ) from the land down under. It’s called “ How to Win in a Digital Economy.”

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Free 1 Hour Content Marketing Seminar

Tomorrow People

Date: 6th August 2012 (Monday). Time: 9:30am to 10:30am. Where: Zoober Digital Training, 101 Rhubarb, 25 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AE. 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 to the holy grail for marketers. marketing return on investment (ROI).

Reddit is the 800-pound Gorilla in the room

Biznology

Image via CrunchBase. reddit is the 800 pound Gorilla in the room and has been for years. No one talks about the powerful and direct influence that this quirky, impenetrable, and oddly still-underground this social sharing site is. While people are writing post-after-post about Pinterest , So.cl, Google +, Facebook, Instamatic , and Twitter, reddit’s eating everyone’s lunch – at least when it comes to authentic bottoms-up self-organization.

How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.