February, 2009

B2B Tech Buyers Like Social Media

WriteSpark

Forrester Research is presenting survey results of B2B technology buyers and their use of social media during the buying process. The key findings: Tech buyers are increasing their participation in social media, with content

Social Media is better for the Consideration Phase

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I know I talked about this before on this blog but when I saw the data from RainToday’s Benchmark Survey of How Buyer Identify Professional Services Providers , I couldn’t help myself.

Green Living - Eco Community Planning

Smashmouth Marketing

I have my notebook of ideas for when Linda and I build our green home. It's a few years off, I'm sure, but it's full of sketches, articles, diagrams and some day, this wish book will be our home. I just added the article Eco Principles for Community Living from Treehugger.

getting stuff done with ms outlook

The Effective Marketer

note: the tips i give below work in ms outlook 2003 as well as 2007 version. outlook 2007 has even more features for helping you categorize stuff, but we'll keep it simple for now and focus on the features available in both versions

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Seven tips for improving cold calling for lead generation

B2B Lead Generation

In spite of the fact that in the past pushy salespeople and poorly trained marketers have tarnished the image of the phone, I still believe that reaching out via phone is a very effective lead generation tool. Studies by leading marketing research firms like MarketingSherpa show that 92% of B2B buyers are open to cold calls if the sales person is relevant. However, to ensure success, cold-calling needs to be part of a holistic lead generation strategy.

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QlikView Is Champion In Aberdeen AXIS (But Is This Graph Necessary?)

Customer Experience Matrix

I occasionally do some development work in QlikView and have made no secret that I think it's a great product. So part of me was pleased to learn that it had been listed as a—indeed, the only—“champion” in an Aberdeen Group AXIS report on BI/Performance Management software.

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World Wide Rave – Works!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In David Meerman Scott’s ebook Lose Control of your Marketing he talks a lot about the spread of ideas.

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Green Living - Eco Community Planning

Smashmouth Marketing

I have my notebook of ideas for when Linda and I build our green home. It's a few years off, I'm sure, but it's full of sketches, articles, diagrams and some day, this wish book will be our home. I just added the article Eco Principles for Community Living from Treehugger.

if you're gonna copy, make it right

The Effective Marketer

an interesting blog post by jason cohen at onstartups.com discussed why you shouldn't copy other companies just because they were successful at what they do. he uses examples like 37signals, copyblogger, fogcreek software, zappos

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Using thought leadership and educational marketing to generate leads

B2B Lead Generation

As marketers look for ways to optimize lead generation, they are recognizing the value of using educational content and thought leadership to help attract more customers. I've written a number of times on using educational marketing and certain aspects of thought leadership to generate leads, and I thought this post by Dana VanDen Heuvel over at the MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog was useful reminder. So what is a thought leader?

Lead Management and Football

Anything Goes Marketing

In one of my meetings these past few weeks I was thinking of an analogy where I could break down the lead management process into much simpler terms so everyone could understand their roles - this is where football comes in. Why football?

How Demand Generation Systems Handle Company Data: Diving into the Details

Customer Experience Matrix

Back in early January I posted a discussion on treatment of Company-Level Data in Demand Generation Systems. At that time, I posed a set of specific questions to the demand generation vendors in the Raab Guide. Yesterday the final answer trickled in. Results are summarized in the table at the end of this post. More than anything else, this exercise reinforced my understanding of how hard it is to answer a seemly simple question about a software product’s capabilities.

Facebook as the Media

Buzz Marketing for Technology

An interesting trend has started to happen with Facebook lately - Media events are turning into Facebook groups!

7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

10 Tips For Tweeting A Live Conference - Sales 2.0 March 4,5

Smashmouth Marketing

Back in the fall I attended Selling Power 's Sales 2.0 conference. It was so informative and interactive for sales execs and marketing execs that Green Leads decided we wanted to sponsor the conference (March 4,5 in San Francisco). This time with a twist. Selling Power's publisher and Sales 2.0 co-host, Gerhard Gschwandtner has agreed to have Green Leads provide live twitter coverage from the event.

Outlook Productivity Tips « The Effective Marketer

The Effective Marketer

How to use MS Outlook to become more productive. Most people have MS outlook as their business email client, but very few really know how to take full advantage of all the options Outlook offers. MS Outlook is also a great productivity

MarketingExperiments B2B Landing Page Web Clinic Contest

B2B Lead Generation

I will be hosting a MarketingExperiments Web Clinic along with MECLABS Sciences Group Director, Dr. Flint McGlaughlin, this Wednesday, February 25 at 4 pm EST. This clinic is special because it will feature an interactive contest. Ten B2B landing pages will be selected to vie for a grand prize: a free landing page assessment (worth $5,000). Attendees of the clinic will be voting for who they think most deserves the makeover.

Email Autoresponders 2.0 in B2B Marketing

Anything Goes Marketing

Reflecting back on a long week I had the pleasure of meeting a number of new clients and seeing what they have accomplished as part of their online marketing initiatives. I am extremely lucky to see some of the most cutting edge marketing tactics being used and wanted to highlight some of them here.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Infusionsoft: Impressive Marketing Power for a Very Low Price

Customer Experience Matrix

Two economists are walking on the street. One looks down and sees a $100 bill. He points it out to the other, who says, “It must be counterfeit. If that were a real $100 bill, someone would have already picked it up.” The point of the story, other than showing why economists are poor comedians, is that the market is not always perfectly efficient. I suppose no one needs reminding of that in today’s economic situation.

Personal Brand Organization Tips

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Ok so you are comfortable with getting your personal brand out there on the web. But periodically you are going to have to monitor, prune and synchronize it to keep it fresh. Here are a few tips for keeping your personal brand clean, organized and synchronized.

10 Tips For Tweeting A Live Conference - Sales 2.0 March 4,5

Smashmouth Marketing

Back in the fall I attended Selling Power 's Sales 2.0 conference. It was so informative and interactive for sales execs and marketing execs that Green Leads decided we wanted to sponsor the conference (March 4,5 in San Francisco). This time with a twist. Selling Power's publisher and Sales 2.0 co-host, Gerhard Gschwandtner has agreed to have Green Leads provide live twitter coverage from the event.

effective marketer principle 8: say “we” rather than “i”

The Effective Marketer

“think and say we” is drucker's advice. there are two good lessons here, one being that you should earn the trust of your team and you can only do that if they see that you are not going to go at it alone without giving them any

A Crash Course in B2B Email Creative

Speaker: Howard Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group

Too often, email campaigns are seen as something that "just anyone" on your team can put together. But in today's attention economy, strong creative can be the defining factor that gets your email to stand out in the inbox. Join Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group, a leading B2B agency, as he uses real-world examples to highlight tips, techniques and key principles that can make or break your campaigns.

Looking for a little marketing wisdom?

B2B Lead Generation

Well, I’ve got, oh about a hundred suggestions for you all courtesy of MarketingSherpa’s latest Wisdom Report. Sherpa’s free report is filled with mini-stories from our colleagues in the marketing world who have learned through trial and error. The topics of this year’s report touched on just about every aspect of marketing out there – from tradtional tactics to Web 2.0 and mobile marketing. According to the editors at Sherpa, there were three main trends represented in this year’s edition: 1.   

Why I Use Twitter

Anything Goes Marketing

While I'm not turning this blog into a Twitterfest, I've had a few people ask me recently why I use Twitter and how do I use it effectively without it taking over my life. Instead of answering people one by one I thought I would write a quick post on it (it better be a quick post!). I hope that you find this useful. And hey, this blog is called "Anything Goes Marketing" so I'm just keeping it real on here and keeping you in the loop on the latest marketing trends.

Getting Closer to My Usability Ratings

Customer Experience Matrix

If you suspected that my last two blog posts were a way to avoid writing a post that ranks vendors on usability, you’re probably right. You’re also spending way too much time worrying about my blog, although I appreciate the attention. But it turns out that those posts served a purpose beyond procrastination. In particular, they helped me to clarify the distinction between small campaigns focused on a specific treatment (e.g.

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More Thoughts on Thought Leadership

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Every firm I speak to wants to better position themselves as thought leaders in their specific area of Technology. And for good reason – better margins, better awareness, better leads, more qualified leads.

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

From marketing backwater to starring role, this eBook by Influitive explores the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves (and explains just why it’s so crucial to customer engagement).