June, 2011

6 Reasons Social Media Sucks, But You Need to Use It Anyway

Webbiquity

Amid all of the hype, conferences, and rapid adoption of social media marketing by organizations from sole proprietors to the Fortune 100, there remains an undercurrent of skepticism.

Content Marketing in a Blink: The Content Grid v2 [Infographic]

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Last June, Eloqua published the first infographic on the then-nascent content marketing industry. We called it The Content Grid. The public seemed to like the visual.

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Top ten B2B marketing challenges

The B2B Research Blog

Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. I love this question for two reasons. One, it forces a focussed answer.

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How to Make Content More Engaging: 10 Tips

Writing on the Web

The Content Marketing Institute hit a home-run with their question to content experts, “ How do you make content more engaging? &# This is an important post to read for anyone blogging and posting content to connect with readers.

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The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

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20 Experts, 1 Awesome Resource: The Social Media ProBook

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You may have noticed that over the past month or so, several influential social media professionals changed their profile pictures to funky avatars of themselves.

Will Content Strategy Save Marketing?

B2B Marketing Insider

The media habits of today’s B2B buyer have changed dramatically in just the past few years, and yet B2B Marketing departments are struggling to keep up.

The five stages of social media grief—have you passed through them yet?

Chris Koch

Image via Wikipedia. Social media (along with skimpy marketing budgets) are causing a transformation in marketing to a degree that we haven’t seen for a lifetime. But in our rush to embrace the new, we haven’t taken adequate time to honor the painful transition we are experiencing.

Case study: How 20 high school students ignited a social media success

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Now here is a neat trick. Precisely as your read this exciting guest post from the brilliant Jon Buscall, I will be meeting him for the first time in Stockholm, Sweden. Jon has become one of my oldest and dearest Twitter friends so the timing of this post is only fitting. Enjoy!

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

Two B2B Social Marketing Initiatives Worth Checking

Paul Gillin

A couple of notable B2B efforts have caught my eye recently that I wanted to share. One is Element14 , a social community for engineers sponsored by an electronics distributor of the same name.

Social Buyerology: Listening to the Social Buyer

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. This is the third installment of my reflection on Social Buyerology.    The first article, Social Buyerology: Understanding Buyers in the Social Age reflected on the need for a new science of examining buyers in the social age. 

The 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Reprise

Webbiquity

Note: This post, a joint effort between Cheryl Burgess and me, originally appeared on the Blue Focus Marketing Blog last month.

8 Social Media Marketing Ideas for Your Trade Show Exhibit

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Skyline’s recent webinar, “Social Media for Trade Show Promotions,” was full of great ideas. View Skyline’s webinar here or view the slideshow itself.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Top B2B marketing challenges – an update

The B2B Research Blog

I recently posted an analysis of a question to the B2B Marketing LinkedIn group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B marketing today?”. At the time 162 people had replied. Just two weeks on that’s risen to 246.

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Case study: Is Facebook Screwing Your Brand?

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Facebook is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. And sometimes, it’s not even sweet.

7 Ways to Format Blogs to Engage Readers’ Brains

Writing on the Web

What are the two most important parts (a.k.a. opportunities to engage readers) of your business blog post? Most experts will tell you this: The headline. The call to action. The headline is what gets read and spread.

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B2B marketing automation: An interview with Will Schnabel

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.

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.

Enterprise Social Media and Personal Branding

Webbiquity

Personal branding is a hot topic for entrepreneurs and solo consultants, by does it matter to large enterprises? Oh yeah. Consultants and small business owners get the concept of personal branding , because in one-person or very small companies, one person is the “corporate&# brand.

Small Budget – Big Impact

Buzz Marketing for Technology

So let me ask you a question – if you could get more mileage out of your existing car – would you do it? Of course you would! So if I could show you how to improve the “gas mileage of your existing marketing budget – would you do it? Same dollars just more effective. Of course you would!

Three Principles for the Future of Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

In the future, marketing must be valuable. But that isn’t enough. Earlier this week, Michael Brenner outlined the future of marketing , drawing from last fall’s future of advertising article in Fast Company. It is a great perspective. The question is, how do you accomplish it?

Adventures of a Social Media Strategist {growtoon}

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Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

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

5 Event Planning Tips…Even If You’re Not An Event Planner

Modern Marketing

by Laura H. Vogel | Tweet this Here’s the dilemma: You need to plan an event, but you have no background in event planning. Somehow this duty has been thrust upon your shoulders. Relax. We’re here to help. Many organizations don’t have a dedicated point-person for event marketing. Yet, an event can make or break a campaign. Here are some handy tips to help you from planning process through the big day. Get Out The Whiteboard.

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The Statistics of Lead Nurturing for B2B

NuSpark

You know what lead nurturing is… Here’s my definition. Lead Nurturing is the process of communicating to a lead on an ongoing basis in order to educate, inform, continue to qualify and build a relationship until the lead is sales-ready. Most importantly, a sound lead nurturing marketing program has proven to increase revenues for firms. It’s why I continually promote the entire lead management cycle, from email capture to sales. Here’s some statistics: Forrester Research Report.

The Influence of the Social Buyer on B2B Business

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. In the B2B world, the emergence of the Social Buyer is causing organizations to search for better ways to reach its’ base of buyers.    What we do know is that B2B buyers are demanding more social experiences in their buying processes.  

Why Industrial Companies and Manufacturers Struggle with Content Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Many industrial companies and manufacturers struggle with content marketing. It is not because marketers and decision-makers in these organizations don’t understand the value of inbound marketing but implementing an effective content marketing strategy is proving to be quite a challenge for them. Usually the problem stems from three possible scenarios that I’ve come across.

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.

Five Keys to Creating Content that Drives Awareness

Digital B2B Marketing

Current marketing wisdom says content should be mapped to buying cycles. Yet according to a study from MarketingProfs and Junta42 , 78% of B2B marketers say awareness is an objective of content marketing. Question: Where is awareness most valuable in the buying cycle?

The 7 Dwarves Present 7 Silly Social Media Myths

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A {grow} Community Week Contribution by Marjorie Clayman. Once you have been around the blogosphere and Twitter for awhile, you look back on your early days in the online space much like you probably look back on childhood.

8 Things Your CEO Can Write About On His/Her Blog

The Point

Launching a CEO blog but the boss isn’t sure what to write about? Here are 8 ideas based on a list we created recently for a client: 1. Opinion/Thought Leadership – opinions/rants/views on the world of [insert your product category here] – the good, bad and ugly.

The Statistics of Lead Nurturing for B2B

NuSpark

You know what lead nurturing is… Here’s my definition. Lead Nurturing is the process of communicating to a lead on an ongoing basis in order to educate, inform, continue to qualify and build a relationship until the lead is sales-ready. Most importantly, a sound lead nurturing marketing program has proven to increase revenues for firms. It’s why I continually promote the entire lead management cycle, from email capture to sales. Here’s some statistics: Forrester Research Report.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results