October, 2012

LinkedIn Just Went Into the Publishing Business

Digital B2B Marketing

A number of publishers and blogs covered the launch of LinkedIn’s new follow feature for 150 thought leaders or influencers over the last few weeks. However, labeling it the ability to follow thought leaders (as LinkedIn did) misses the real point.

87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing is now used in about 90% of companies, techniques, platforms and best practices continue to evolve. Should you include Pinterest in your mix? Increase use of video marketing? Is blogging coming back or trailing off?

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8 Indispensible Tools to Improve Your Social Media Efficiency

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By {grow} Community Member Ian Cleary. Being organized with your social media efforts is essential because it can be so time consuming. It’s easy to spend many hours on social media but are you using that time effectively?

Ruling Online: Henry VIII Maximises His Inbound Marketing Potential

Tomorrow People

Henry VIII understands the importance of good marketing. He needs to project the image of being a powerful ruler to rival monarchs all over the world, but he also needs to communicate with his populace to keep them updated about what the CEO of the nation is up to.

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5 Key Aspects of Accurate Marketing Automation System Software Pricing

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Maximize Your Online Visibility: The Web Presence Optimization (WPO) Framework

Webbiquity

Recent research makes clear that, for high-value consumer purchases as well as b2b procurement, being as “findable” as possible online is critical to winning the business.

The essential guide to minimizing legal risks in Social Media Marketing

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By {grow} Contributing Columnist Kerry Gorgone. Nothing spoils a great marketing campaign like a cease and desist letter. As an attorney, I’m fascinated by how fast and loose most people play on the web, just inviting such a letter!

Five Simple Steps to Make You a King (or Queen) of Content Marketing

Tomorrow People

With so much guff floating around on the Internet you need to make sure your website can stand out and take the crown. Content marketing is a great way to attract curious visitors to your site. Follow these five simple rules to secure your reign in the online domain. #1

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What Does a Content Marketing Strategy Mean for Industrial Companies?

Industrial Marketing Today

I’m sure every time you’ve talked with an industrial marketing consultant about content marketing, you’ve been told that you need to start with a “content marketing strategy.” That’s very good advice but what does it really mean if you are on the other side of the table and are responsible for marketing your industrial company? I don’t want to overgeneralize the process of developing a good content marketing strategy because it varies from company to company.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

Is Content Marketing The New Advertising?

B2B Marketing Insider

When I ask people what they think marketers do or what is marketing , they almost always say that marketing is some form of advertising or promotion. We all learned the “4 Ps” (Product, Promotion, Price and Place for those who don’t remember.)

The Thin Line Between Social Media Marketing and Spam

Digital B2B Marketing

You can share. You can publish. You can broadcast. You can spam. Today, communication is more accessible than ever before. Anyone with an internet connection can email or Tweet.

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Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Here is what the data says…. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use? Click to enlarge.

6 Factors that turn social media strategy into RESULTS

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After working as a marketing consultant for more than a decade, I know how exhilarating it is when a client really executes well on a strategy. Unfortunately, I too often see deeply-embedded cultural baggage weighing down a company’s full potential to succeed.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

5 Reasons Why Social Media Was Born for SMEs [SLIDESHARE]

Tomorrow People

You don't need to be a big name brand with a six figure marketing budget to make social media work. In fact, recent research has shown that small businesses are more likely to succeed within the social media arena than their supposedly all-powerful, 'jump in feet first' corporate counterparts.

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6 B2B Marketing Best Practices for Instagram

KoMarketing Associates

This is the first of a two-part series on B2B best practices for photo driven sites by Erica Bell of Business.com. When it comes to B2B marketing, businesses are often driven by content marketing and PPC advertising. Applying those same strategies to photo-sharing sites can be an obstacle.

Join The 1% And Become A Content Creator

B2B Marketing Insider

How does a company move from becoming a promoter of their stuff to a provider of business insights? How do brand become publishers without hiring entire newsrooms full of journalists?

Bad Advertising Advice: Go Where Your Audience Is

Digital B2B Marketing

It sounds obvious, on point, and innocent, but the oft-told advice to “go where your audience is” is one of the worst pieces of advice B2B marketers receive. This advice leaves B2B marketers looking at what their audience does. Do they watch the Super Bowl? Are they on Facebook?

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

Social media is a physical extension of your brain

Biznology

Photo credit: Intersection Consulting). We’ve evolved well past the limitations of our own brains into the brains of our closest friends — not metaphorically, but literally.

8 ways blog writing is unique

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There are many great writers who have unsuccessful blogs. Here’s why. They may be great writers, but they are not great bloggers. There’s a big difference. Here are eight ways that blog writing differs from how you might write in school or at work. 1) Headlines matter. A lot.

The Death of Magazine Advertising [FLIPBOOK]

Tomorrow People

There was a time when you'd go to the newsagent, buy a magazine and then search page after page of ads in the hope of some content. There was a reason for this. The cover price rarely recouped the costs of producing the mag and so revenue largely came from advertising. An industry in the decline.

A Tour of Online Display Advertising; DSP, DMP, RTB, Ad Exchanges

NuSpark

Ever wonder how a banner ad finds you? Nowadays, exposure to banner ads continues to be rising. With Facebook getting into the exchange business, it’s time to briefly review the display industry, focusing on demand side platforms, and how those ads appear on the websites you read.

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

The Social Business Imperative

B2B Marketing Insider

What is the value of a social business? How do we become one? Can you create one? Or is it more about culture, motivation and the enablement of social forces already in play in today’s workforce?

The Intersection of Content Marketing and Advertising

Digital B2B Marketing

In order to deliver something more memorable than most advertising, marketers are turning to content that tells a story, engages the audience and delivers value. But how do marketers reach a large audience with their content?

How to Improve Google Adwords Quality Scores [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

I recently stumbled upon an useful infographic created by Digital Net Agency , a performance-based search agency with a concentration on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Why Instagram will be the next big social media platform

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A few weeks ago I professed my love for Instagram and predicted that this easy photo-sharing app would soar. Now, new data from The Social Habit seems to confirm that Instagram is poised for a breakout.

7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

Not Just a Pretty Face: Moving Your Website from Cosmetic to Strategic [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

"Build it and they will come." Many businesses think all they need is a website (sparkly or non-sparkly) for internet domination. Yet some 41% of businesses do not use any optimisation techniques to improve search engine rankings.

5 Behaviors of Successful Modern Marketers

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this It’s hard to find advocates of the hard-sell these days. The rise of the online research and the ease of getting peer feedback means marketers have to be smarter, finding ways to educate and advise rather than pushy. ClickZ has published it’s own 10 Commandments of Modern Marketing , which offers some sage advice. But it’s not the end of the world. Modern marketing is about behaviours, not just tactics.

Content Can Differentiate Industrial Companies When There’s Parity in Value Propositions

Industrial Marketing Today

A Value Proposition plays an important role in differentiation, which in turn affects lead generation. Yet, if you read the content on most industrial websites, they tend to sound similar within each industry. Most manufacturers and industrial companies make generic claims that are often copied by their competition and lack validation. How do you rise above the noise when there is so much parity in Value Propositions?

9 Tips for Content Marketing in an ADD World

Digital B2B Marketing

Distraction is constant in our technology and communication-fueled lives. Email alerts, Facebook replies, tweets , Google’s red box, … Everything around us is competing for our attention. We may not have ADD, but we definitely act like it.

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