October, 2011

Zoober - Inbound Marketing Methodology to Outflank Your Competition

Tomorrow People

Staying ahead is what business is all about. But how can a five step inbound marketing approach help you get - and stay - in front of your competitors? What’s actually involved with this innovative and proven approach to outflanking the competition?

5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue

Oracle

by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. In fact, by attaching social media marketing to the 5 Revenue Performance Indicators high-performing companies have adopted, you can drive actual results. Here are five ways social media marketing can be used to drive revenue.

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Financial benchmarks for B2B marketing agencies

Savanta

Are you normal? . As a business I mean. . If you’re running a B2B marketing agency do you really know how your firm performs relative to competitors? It’s tough to answer this question with confidence. After all, your competitors only share the legal minimum of information about performance. Information which is also usually opaque and outdated. . Despair not though. The 2011 B2B Marketing Agency League Table , compiled by B2B Marketing Magazine and Circle Research , fills in the gaps. .

Webinar Replay: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Warning: If you watch only the first few minutes of this webinar, you might get discouraged about the state of marketing today. However, if you watch the webinar through the end, you’re going to be excited about marketing’s potential for driving more revenue than ever before.

75% of World Trade Flows Through Indirect Channels - Are You 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.

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How. Within the first few sentences of the email (headline and sub-head included), the reader should understand: What the offer is, Why he/she wants it, and How to get it. Thou shalt not require scrolling.

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Steve Jobs said: "You can't just ask customers what they want."

Tomorrow People

Why buyer behaviour has changed. “To be successful and grow your business and revenues, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products.” ” Brian Halligan , Co-Author of Inbound Marketing, Chief Executive Officer, Hubspot. “as you’ve noticed, people don’t want to be sold to. What people do want is news and information about the things they care about.”

Who Won an Eloqua Markie Award

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Phew! What a night. There were cheers, screams and “OMG-I-can’t-believe-it”s. Achieving finalists status for the Markie Awards is tough enough. Winning is especially special. And you could feel the anticipation leading up to the event during Eloqua Experience. But it’s time to announce the winners. So without further ado… Best International Campaign. OpenText Corp. Best Customer Lifecycle. D&B. Best Lead Nurturing Campaign.

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Is Blogging Right for my Business? The Benefits of a Business Blog

NuSpark

The strategy of blogging, especially from a b2b perspective, can be somewhat misunderstood. What are your goals? Thought leadership, SEO, lead generation? How do I get people to read it? How to I build subscribers? Are my audiences really interested in my thoughts? So I thought I’d raise the question on the benefits of blogging to the NuSpark Marketing content alliance team, and get their reaction to the following question. “I’m

Have a minute? Brian Carroll reveals how sales teams pay dearly for cheap data

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet The temptation to buy data at pennies per contact – especially when you have limited resources – can be overwhelming. But whatever you do, you must resist. In the short video below, taken at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Summit in Boston, Brian Carroll explains why. Did you find this valuable? If so, remember, this is merely one of 60,000 minutes of revenue-driving information that is unveiled at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Summit.

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The Complete Guide to SaaS Revenue Modeling

In today’s climate, it’s more important than ever for SaaS companies to build rock-solid financial models on which they can operate and make key business decisions. The teams at SaaSOptics and Burkland have teamed up to create a comprehensive guide to the most difficult aspect of financial modeling: revenue forecasting.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns. A recent research study by Sirius Decisions (sponsored by Marketo), Calculating the Return on Marketing Automation , shares a framework for establishing a return on marketing automation, and discusses why the purchase of a Marketing Automation Platform (MAP) alone - without the proper processes and skills wrapped around it - will likely produce disappointing results.

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Why SEO Is The Key To Successful Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Everyone uses a search engine! And yet, not everyone in marketing understands the difference between SEO, PPC, metatags and keywords. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. PPC stands for Pay-Per-Click. In know it can be confusing but… To be a successful marketer today, you need to understand how to show up in the search results of your buyers’ search engine activity.

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How to Increase Your Revenue Performance in 2012?

Tomorrow People

Know your customers. Positioning yourself as the solution to your customer’s needs is central to effective revenue performance management. To achieve this you need to understand your particular customer-base completely. This vital insight covers several key aspects: A specifically identified target market. An understanding of that market's prioritie s and levels of discretionary income. An understanding of that market's core values, wants, needs and desires.

10 Marketing Nightmares

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Forget Hollywood horror films and haunted houses. Those working in B2B marketing have their own special blend of anxieties and fears. Things like typos in big campaigns, mis-fired tweets and screwed up presentations are enough to scare even the most competent marketer. Today, we spotlight 10 marketing nightmares – and explain how you can avoid them. Showing Up to a Webinar with the Wrong Deck. Some of us have lived through this.

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!

How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

NuSpark

B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective.

Steal a Chapter from the Sales Strategy Playbook to Improve Marketing ROI

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet A few weeks ago, I wrote about ways to combine sales and marketing knowledge to improve lead generation. Let me be more specific about one strategy that the best sales organizations do that marketers should replicate in their demand-generation and lead-nurturing campaigns: Stratify resources as part of a coverage model. The idea is simple: The best sales people call on the most lucrative accounts and handle the largest deals. .

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Can Barnes and Noble engage Borders customers?

Biznology

Image by markhillary via Flickr. Celebrating at a funeral is in bad taste, so I’m sure the folks at B&N had to think carefully about to address the contacts they got from a recent acquisition of Borders customer data. Too friendly and cheerful would come across as celebration; too mournful and sympathetic would appear inauthentic or worse. Barnes and Noble recently acquired the customer list from Borders in the sale of assets last week at bankruptcy court.

5 Reasons Content Marketing is Getting Harder

Writing on the Web

I hate to be a purveyor of gloom, there’s too much of that around these days. But I’ve been thinking about this and want to share my thoughts with you. Here are some reasons content marketing is getting more challenging. There exists: A shift away from focusing on your products and services (what you know well). A shift towards the reader/customer and their needs (what you may not know very well). A business environment that is changing rapidly (what is unknown).

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.

30 Smart Quotes on the New Business Marketing

Tomorrow People

With inbound marketing quickly gaining recognition as the most innovative and cost effective form of marketing for business, plenty of people have something to say on the subject. So we’ve carefully selected the best 30 quotes from the world’s greatest branding experts, marketing thinkers and creatives to save you time. Here’s what they have to say on the subject: Why the web takes the lead (and the leads).

6 Signs You Need Marketing Automation

Oracle

by Michael Martin | Tweet this You’ll feel it when it happens: When you’re spending all your time managing lists and unsubscribes; when the sales team won’t return your calls; when all the good leads seem to land with your competitor. These are common signs that you need to go beyond batch and blast marketing, need to get sales on the same page, need a stronger lead management process – these are the signs and symptoms that your business needs marketing automation.

How B2B Buyers Have Changed- and the Role of Content & Social Media

NuSpark

B2B buyers are time deprived and risk averse – and also enormously well informed. They resent and ignore interruptive marketing approaches such as advertising and cold calling. They do their own research online, and then contact vendors and service providers when they’re ready to talk price. From the B2B seller side, ‘beating the bushes’, ‘cold calling’, ‘hunting’… whatever you call it, is less and less effective.

Webinar: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report Reveals How Marketers Can Transform Mounting Pressure, Challenges into Revenue

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet I am especially looking forward to the next B2B Lead Roundtable webinar. You should be, too, if you’re eager to find out how you r peers are responding to today’s marketplace, and how this represents an unprecedented opportunity to drive the highest performance from your marketing efforts.

SaaSOptics SaaS Metrics Template

Download this template that includes calculations, formulas, definitions and a customizable dashboard. The template includes subscription momentum metrics (ARR, customer count, avg. ARR), churn and retention metrics, and customer lifetime value metrics.

Can Barnes and Noble engage Borders customers?

Biznology

Image by markhillary via Flickr. Celebrating at a funeral is in bad taste, so I’m sure the folks at B&N had to think carefully about to address the contacts they got from a recent acquisition of Borders customer data. Too friendly and cheerful would come across as celebration; too mournful and sympathetic would appear inauthentic or worse. Barnes and Noble recently acquired the customer list from Borders in the sale of assets last week at bankruptcy court.

7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media

Chris Koch

This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. It was great getting the perspective of marketers outside of technology. But they call it “financial services” for a reason: They have all of the same struggles as technology services companies—with the added complication of tons of regulatory requirements.

The Death of Advertising

Tomorrow People

The king is dead.long live the king. It’s not something that the average advertising agency would like to admit, but advertising as we know it has changed for good. That’s not surprising with so many new ways for companies to reach their target market, at a lower cost. Instead of the high cost, low impact reach of traditional media and print advertising, another approach is helping businesses to achieve more with less. But how did advertising get left so far behind?

3 Ways to Win at Online Marketing By Becoming a Better Writer

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s article comes from Brian Clark, the founder of highly read and respected Copyblogger and the CEO of Copyblogger Media. He invites you find him on Twitter. It’s always been about the writing. Watch an episode of Mad Men , and you’ll see that the people who make the magic are the unsung writers in the back. The account execs have the boozy lunches and the lecherous evening liaisons, but it’s the writers who deliver the words that sell.

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.