November, 2009

A multi-modal approach to lead nurturing

B2B Lead Generation

To be successful at lead nurturing marketers can't rely on one specific channel but rather they need to leverage a multi-modal portfolio of channels. The goal of lead nurturing is to maintain a relevant and consistent dialog with viable future customers - regardless of their timing to buy. In short, it’s about relationships. To help illustrate, I created a mind map of what multi-modal lead nurturing looks like (click image to enlarge). Are there any channels/modalities that I'm missing?

Your B2B Lead Generation Budget: Start by Cutting It Into Thirds

Sales Lead Insights

Here is a simple and effective way to allocate your business-to-business lead generation budget. Use the first third of your B2B lead generation budget for Internet marketing. Start with: Search engine optimization (SEO) so your web pages will be found when prospects are using the leading search engines to find companies, products or services like yours.

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Are You Creating Irresistible Offers with Your Email Marketing?

Industrial Marketing Today

Do you know the key component of email marketing that generates more high-quality leads and drives sales? Marketing gurus tend to talk about opt-in pages, sign up forms, calls to action and interactive squeeze pages to boost your click

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Tempted to Do Away With Registration Forms? Think Again.

The Point

A client asks: “Now that we have our marketing automation system in place, is it really necessary to use registration forms in our lead nurturing (follow-up) campaigns? After all, we already know who these people are, correct? If we offer them direct access to the content assets, we can still track their click-throughs and then trigger sales alerts or assign lead scores based on that action, and we won’t be forcing them to fill in a registration form. Can we do without?”.

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.

My List of Demand Generation Vendors, and Who They Sell To

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the audience members at the B2B Marketing University in Boston asked about demand generation systems for small businesses, and how to distinguish among the vendors in general. My brief answer was that the biggest difference was less functionality than the target markets the different vendors pursue. This has more to do with the degree of personal selling (and after-sale service) than anything else. I also promised a blog post on the topic. Here it is.

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Driving Revenue: Ten Actions Senior Management Must Take Immediately

ViewPoint

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B2B Copywriting: Interview with Miller McMillan

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. Miller McMillan is a copywriter who worked on high-profile accounts at ad agencies in Atlanta and Boston before establishing his copywriting boutique in Los Angeles. Miller has worked with such clients as CNN, Hughes, Nestlé, Avery and Microsoft.

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Lead Generation Check list – Part 6: A Multi-modal lead generation approach

B2B Lead Generation

This is the sixth in an eight-part series I’m calling the ‘Lead Generation Checklist. I wanted to provide a checklist that helps organizations optimize their lead generation process.

Appointment Setting: Did I Succumb to a Scam?

Smashmouth Marketing

In the collection of appointment setting techniques I've seen before, I've never seen the one that I fell victim to this week. Interestingly, if Green Leads did this for our clients we would soon be one a B2B Appointment Setting Vendor that had a tainted reputation. The scam : I got an unsolicited calendar invite in my inbox with a bridge number, date and time. My week is comprised of 5-8 appointments per day. I figured, what's one more?

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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!

B2B Marketing University: For Now, Marketing Automation and CRM Are Still Separate

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Marketing automation and CRM systems may eventually converge, but for now marketers need help explaining why they need a system of their own. I hugely enjoyed yesterday’s Boston session of the Silverpop -sponsored B2B Marketing University. You can catch another session in Atlanta next week and in Seattle on December 1.)

5 Tricks to B2B Marketing Socially

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Whenever I ask members of sales team from around the globe what they need – the answer never changes – more case studies. Its not to say that we don’t respond but for whatever reason it takes a village to get a single case study done. The reason the sales team loves case studies is it gives them evidence. Evidence for them to start a conversation around your solution and gauge whether there is a need with the potential buyer they are talking to.

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Judicial Branch Needed to Keep Sales Lead Management Honest

ViewPoint

The Top People in Sales Lead Management in 2009: Friday, November 13th is Your Last Chance to Vote!

Sales Lead Insights

Don’t miss this opportunity to vote for your top five candidates to be among the fifty most influential people in sales lead management in 2009. Because the Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) is closing the polls at Midnight Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday, November 13th. Both members and non-members can vote. So why don’t you click this link to cast your votes right now: www.salesleadmgmtassn.com/top50_vote.htm. Then be sure to watch for the results on November 16, 2009.

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 Snap Up that Twitter Username You've Always Wanted (even if it's taken)

B2B Lead Generation

Don't forget to secure your Twitter name! I signed up for twitter a year an half ago but that wasn’t soon enough to get my hands on my company's twitter name of choice of @intouch. Anyway, If you were late to the party (like me) I'm happy to say there still might be hope. I found this blog post How to Snap Up that Twitter Username You’ve Always Wanted posted by @zee. I followed Zee's process and I'm pleased to say it worked for us! Maybe it will work for you too. Here's what we did.

The Fun Theory: How to Change Behavior

The Effective Marketer

How do you change people's behavior? Corporate America usually relies on some form of compensation system which basically uses a reward/punishment method that tries to coerce people into doing what the company wants

B2B Marketing University Part 2: Marketing Content Has to Work Harder

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: As marketers add more content to meet needs throughout the purchase cycle, they must work harder to ensure prospects actually read it. One of the emergent themes at Tuesday’s session of the B2B Marketing University was the growing importance of marketing “content”. The general logic was that marketers increasingly interact with prospects throughout different stages of the sales cycle, and each stage needs different materials.

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Citrix Email Campaign Crashes on Takeoff

The Point

Granted, I’m already sold on the value of Web conferencing, but even then, the email below from Citrix (makers of GoToMeeting ) leaves me thoroughly underwhelmed. First, there’s the leading candidate for Most Frequently Used Email Opening of 2009: “In these challenging economic times …”. Then there’s a string of lukewarm benefits that really say nothing – or more precisely, nothing specific and compelling – about why online meetings and GoToMeeting in particular is worthy of my investment.

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.

How to create B2B social media policies

Chris Koch

One of the cornerstones of a social media strategy is having a clear set of corporate social media guidelines or policies. The best documents don’t just tell employees what not to do; they also tell them what they should be doing to further the marketing goals of the company. Here are some recommendations based on a cross-section of social media policies from B2B companies, including social media policy examples from some leading B2B companies.

Web Inquiry Management: Interview with Mike Wallen

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to B2B lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest is Mike Wallen , CEO of The Lead Dogs , a B2B lead development company that provides sales lead generation, telemarketing and telesales services. Mike, I understand that you recently published a special report about the handling of web inquiries, titled " The Truth Behind Web Inquiry Management."

Thoughts on how to follow-up on website leads when you use marketing automation

B2B Lead Generation

A few months ago, at the MarketingSherpa B2B Marketing summit in Boston, I was asked on how best to follow-up on leads generated via the web by Richard Hill. Richard writes over at the Idea Exchange blog on marketing automation related topics. Marketing automation tools are useful because they can give us a ton of visibility into the visitors to our website, what they looked at, etc.,

Lead Gen Tip: How to Produce A Successful Webinar

Smashmouth Marketing

I had the pleasure today of participating in the Richardson Connect webinar series. Nigel Edelshain of Sales 2.0 and I were both panelists discussing: Linked, Tweeted, and Profiled:Using the Power of Social Media to Generate Sales Leads and Expand Client Relationships Despite a minor glitch from the webinar hosting provider during the first minute, the event was successful due to Richardson's impeccable planning process.

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.

Aberdeen Predicts Web Content Systems Will Add Marketing Automation: I Agree, But.

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: a new Aberdeen Group report argues that Web content management systems should add customer management features and will ultimately compete with traditional marketing automation products. I agree with one reservation: I doubt large companies will use a single system to manage all customer touchpoints. I’ve been convinced for some time that Web content management systems (CMS) will become important platforms for marketing automation.

5 Steps for Brainstorming Your Marketing Plan

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. One of the most fun aspects of marketing planning can be brainstorming. Here are ways to make sure your marketing brainstorming is fun and productive. Invite the right people. Don’t brainstorm in a marketing silo. Invite others who deal with your customers, including customer service, product development, sales, distributors and possibly suppliers or strategic alliance partners.

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ClickInsights: How to make marketing messages memorable?

Ambal's Amusings

Think quickly. Which marketing slogan or jingle can you hear in your ear? Which marketing logo or picture appears before your mind's eye? Why do we remember only some marketing messages over others? What are characteristics of a memorable marketing message? Here is an interview about with Chip Heath, author of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die - Making B2B Marketing Messages More Memorable.

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2009’s 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management

Sales Lead Insights

I promised to link to the list of the top 50 most influential people in sales lead management. The ballots are counted. Imagine the drum roll.) And the winners are: [link]. To those of you who voted for me, my sincere thanks! If you'd like to learn more, please use my Contact Form , call me directly at 1-800-944-5553 or +1-401-294-7730, or check out the marketing consulting or speaking and training pages on my website.

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.