December, 2012

Predatory Thinking - Welcome a New Breed of Marketers

Tomorrow People

What is predatory thinking? And how can it help you produce killer strategy? Peter Winter, Performance Consultant at Tomorrow People , says that there are two stages to producing a strategy. First: you need to understand the problem. Then, thinking like a predator can produce the solution. I was recently at an SEO conference in Brighton where one speaker in particular stood out, for me, from the rest. He was Dave Trott, Executive Creative Director at CSTTG.

4 Ways to Evaluate Keyword Intent

KoMarketing Associates

We all know the backbone of any good SEO program is selecting the proper keywords to target. What does a company offer and what keywords do customers use to search for it? One factor that can often be overlooked when choosing the right keywords is the keyword intent. While a keyword may seem valuable on the surface (i.e., it has strong search volume, it describes the service/product, and it’s used by competitors), do you know what people are really looking for when they search it?

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Gamification: How Siemens got 23,000 engineers to learn about its brand

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Siemens Industry , Inc., is proving that engineers just wanna have fun. And it’s filling the sales pipeline in the process. In March of 2011, the Siemens team launched Plantville. This online game simulates the experience of being a plant manager. Players are challenged to maintain operation of their plant while improving productivity, efficiency and facility health.

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Oracle and Eloqua Agree to Combine to Accelerate Modern Marketing

Oracle

by Joe Payne | Tweet this Today Eloqua announced that it has signed definitive agreements to be acquired by Oracle in an all cash deal valued at $23.50 per share. Read the whole press release here. I am excited that we have decided to join forces with Oracle upon closing because we believe that together we can accelerate the pace of modern marketing. Read our Powerpoint and FAQ to understand the drivers for this exciting development.

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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.

What B2B Marketers Can Learn About Social Media From The US Air Force

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer B2B marketers who adopt top-flight social media policies and best practices can lift their profile, generate better quality leads and grow their business. Because of limited understanding and skill sets, many B2B companies have not fully embraced social media. However, in numerous recent studies, B2B marketers plan to increase their social media efforts.

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Predatory Thinking - Welcome a New Breed of Marketers

Tomorrow People

What is predatory thinking? And how can it help you produce killer strategy? Pete Winter, Performance Consultant at Tomorrow People , says that there are two stages to producing a strategy. First: you need to understand the problem. Then, thinking like a predator can produce the solution. I was recently at an SEO conference in Brighton where one speaker in particular stood out, for me, from the rest. He was Dave Trott, Executive Creative Director at CSTTG.

Our Favorite Internet Marketing Blog Posts of 2012

KoMarketing Associates

For KoMarketing Associates, 2012 was a year of growth, collaboration, successes (and challenges), and good fortune. I’m happy to say we won more than we lost and learned from the opportunities missed. We welcomed new team members, delved deeper in search engine marketing, and became more adept in broader B2B marketing concepts. You can never stop learning and sharing.

Thriving in the Pressure Cooker: 5 tips for optimize your time, knowledge for better lead gen

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet It’s year-end. For marketers and sales professionals, the pressure cooker we live in all year is turned up a few notches. What’s awesome about actual pressure cookers is that you can get great results from them. They cook as much as ten times faster than conventional cooking methods. But, unless you know how to use the optimal amount of liquid, time and pressure, you’re going create an inedible mess and will have wasted more time than you saved.

Eloqua, Oracle & Why Modern Marketing Needs Open Systems

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this The following article was co-written by Eloqua’s CEO, Joe Payne , and Chief Technology Officer, Steve Woods. Last Thursday we announced that we have entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle to become the core of Oracle’s Marketing Cloud. Oracle plans to include Eloqua’s modern marketing as a key pillar to help drive the ultimate customer experience, and we are excited to join Oracle to help execute this vision.

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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!

How to Launch a B2B Social Media Marketing Campaign

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer B2B companies who adopt social media marketing are able to reach current and prospective customers more efficiently, and track the effectiveness of their marketing dollars. Business-to-business (B2B) companies are increasingly aware of the benefits that can be gained from engaging in social media. And believe it or not, there are lots of B2B companies still on the fence about adopting social media.

The 2013 Marketing Predictions Post: Content Marketing And Social Business

Marketing Insider Group

In my Marketing Prediction post from last year, I did not break any new ground when I predicted that 2012 would be all about social, content and mobile. I predicted that we would see increased buzz talking about how to become a social business , how to execute content strategy and how to create a more mobile-optimized digital experience for our customers. I’m pretty happy to see that I wasn’t too far off.

5 Reasons to Hire a Content Marketing Writer for Your Business

Writing on the Web

“ Content is king. Bill Gates said it, so it must be true. Gates uttered this one-liner way back in 1996, but the flurry of updates to Google search algorithms during 2012 has ensured that his words still resonate. Most businesses (be they blog owners, start-ups, or established brands) now know that if they want a competitive advantage, they have to keep information-hungry customers in a ready supply of fresh, relevant, and interesting content.

How Much Of My Demand Generation Budget Should I Be Spending On Lead Nurturing?

The Point

It’s that time of year again, and marketers’ thoughts turn to budgeting for the next 12 months. One of the most frequent questions we’re hearing from clients during this planning season pertains to the balance between pure lead generation on the one hand, and lead nurturing on the other. Specifically, the question is: How much of our total demand generation budget should we spend on generating net new leads, and how much should we spend on converting the leads we have?

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.

B2B Lead Roundtable Blog: Our 10 most popular blog posts of 2012

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Remember Casey Kasem’s year-end top 40? Okay, so there may be some of you out there who don’t. For those of you who were merely twinkles in your parents’ eyes back in the day, Casey Kasem is a radio personality and voice actor who just turned 80 this year. I remember sitting in front of the radio as he would countdown the year’s top hits every New Year’s Day.

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The 4 Mary Meeker Slides Every Marketer Should See

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Every year, entrepreneurs, investors and businesses wait for analysis from Mary Meeker. Who is Meeker? A former securities analyst, Meeker is a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The reason her slides capture so much attention is for their breadth and ability to spotlight Internet trends and whereconsumer behavior is heading. Today, Meeker provided an update to her presentation. It’s full of riches and I suggest you take a look.

Five Things to Consider for a Smart B2B Marketing Budget

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer. With the right approach to building a marketing budget, B2B companies can clarify their business development goals, gain organizational direction for marketing and position themselves for more profitable growth. B2B companies developing marketing budgets are doing so in a time of great flux and change: Because of the Internet, the way that people buy is changing.

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Big Data For Marketing: I Want My Real-Time Dashboard

Marketing Insider Group

“Data is the new oil.” ” That was one of my favorite quotes from a conference I attended earlier this year. The businesses that can harvest and take advantage of big data will prosper and win in today’s hyper-competitive, social-driven and mobile-accessed economy. For marketers, this presents a massive challenge: first, we need to cover the cost of gathering and storing the data. Second, we need the foresight to look at new technologies and tools to access it.

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.

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle announced today that it has agreed to purchase B2B marketing automation leader Eloqua for $23.50 per share, which comes to $871 million. This was a bit of a surprise, given that Eloqua just went public in August. The stock had been hovering around $17.50 recently, so $23.50 is a 34% premium: reasonable but not exciting. It suggests that neither Oracle nor Eloqua management felt the company was substantially undervalued.

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18 Ways to Promote Your White Paper for Lead Generation

NuSpark

Well, your firm has written and produced a white paper. A quality white paper can one of the most important content marketing vehicles to generate leads within your internet marketing plan. Now what? How do you promote it? Your ultimate goals with white papers are typically the following: . . Generate new leads. Nurture existing leads. Establish thought leadership. . There are a myriad of methods to promote your white paper, generate interest, and get Google to index them for SEO.

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Vulnerability is essential to your social media marketing success

Biznology

In order to succeed in social media, be it as a tool to build your own personal brand or as part of a marketing strategy for your own interest or for your employer, you will need to get over yourself and deal with some very primal fears you may have that feel a lot like your fear of public speaking.

What is Responsive Design?

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes from Richard Hill , VP & Practice Lead, Marketing Automation at Eloqua agency partner Quarry Integrated Communications , and co-author of “The Savvy Marketer’s Guide to Responsive Web Design”. You’ve seen the stats. Smart phones are everywhere. Tablets are seeing rocket ship growth and aren’t coming back to earth. Buyers have gone mobile. Meanwhile, B2B marketers are far behind.

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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.

Are Manufacturers Turning a Deaf Ear to Content Marketing?

Industrial Marketing Today

Despite all the published reports about the great results that businesses are deriving from content marketing, it seems manufacturers and industrial companies are still stuck in their old ways of [.]. This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. Content Marketing Inbound Marketing Sales Strategies B2B Content marketing Industrial Marketing

Social Business And The Next Generation

Marketing Insider Group

The social revolution has officially arrived at most corporate headquarters. Your company has Facebook and Twitter accounts, you’re schmoozing on LinkedIn, and your marketing department is uploading compelling content to your YouTube channel. These practices, however, are de rigueur in the age of social media. If you want to stay competitive, you have to become a true Social Business.

3 Models for Gating Lead Generation Content on Your Website

The Point

Ask a group of B2B marketers whether their Websites’ lead generation content (white papers, archived Webinars, case studies, videos, etc.) should be gated or not, and you’re likely to hear a wide range of opinions. At one end of the spectrum, there are those that believe gating Web content is the most efficient way to convert Web visitors to actionable sales leads.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions for the B2B Marketing Department

NuSpark

It’s that time of year; a time to reflect, assess, and think about what can be optimized for inbound marketing in 2013. . Internet marketers are under more pressure than ever to deliver high quality leads to the sales folks. That, coupled with the continued role of social media, remains a challenge to most. .

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.