September, 2009

Lead Generation Check list – Part 3: Develop and intensify your Ideal Customer Profile

B2B Lead Generation

I’ve started an eight-part series I’m calling the ‘Lead Generation Checklist.’ Each post in the series addresses a step that in my experience helps improve lead generation efforts. The first installment discussed changing your mindset to focus on conversations not campaigns. In Step Two, I discussed how to align sales and marketing as one team.

Inbound Marketing, The Uber List for Outbound Marketers

Smashmouth Marketing

Even though I preach my own brand of outbound marketing Kool-Aid, for the past six months or so I've been drinking some of the inbound marketing variety (the orange kind from Hubspot ).

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A stronger, fitter brand in just 3 minutes?

BaseOne

Normal.dotm. Base One. 12.0. false. 18 pt. 18 pt. false. false. false. Yes - your B2B brand can be stronger, fitter and altogether more gorgeous. And it takes just a few minutes. Allow me to explain and invite you all to join in an experiment.

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Ten Critical Questions to Ask about Your Marketing Strategy

ViewPoint

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

New FTC Disclosure Guidelines for Testimonials and Endorsements

WriteSpark

In October 2009, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to issue new guidelines for disclosure about a company's use of the testimonials and endorsements received from both customers and expert reviewers.

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Lead Generation Data: Converting leads to pipeline revenue is biggest issue for marketers

B2B Lead Generation

I recently hosted a poll to ask fellow marketers which aspect of the B2B lead generation frustrated them the most. Overall, 34% of the 94 participants replied that converting leads to pipeline revenue is the biggest issue for them. According to the comments, most folks weren’t surprised.

An Interview With Mike Damphousse About B-to-B Appointment Setting

Sales Lead Insights

This is the first in a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners in the field of B-to-B demand generation. Today’s guest is Michael Damphousse , CEO/CMO of Green Leads, LLC , a firm that specializes in using the phone to get qualified appointments for its clients’ salespeople on a pay-per-performance basis. Mike is an experienced marketer, having served as CMO of two software companies before starting Green Leads.

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Why Social Media Really Matters

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: marketing has shifted steadily over time from passive to active consumer engagement. Social media is the latest stage in this evolution. Marketers need to master new skills at each stage; as they do, advertising budgets will shift to take advantage of the new medium's increased effectiveness. Of all that research I mentioned last week , two pairs of facts stood out.

How to Make Your Thank You Page Work Harder

The Point

The Thank You Page is the forgotten child of online marketing. As the place to send prospects once they’ve filled out your registration form, most thank you pages host the content on offer, a Google conversion code, a link to the corporate Website, and little else. But is that a missed opportunity? [.].

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Win Sales Calls with Webinar Production

Speaker: Dawn Baron, President, Passion Profits Consulting, and Shelley Trout, Webinar Producer, Aggregage

As a B2B marketer in 2020, you are being asked to do a lot: brand building, create content, build position as thought leader, generate leads, create ongoing touchpoints with prospects, and ideally generate sales calls. And do all of this with limited resources and time in a crowded world that is fighting you for attention. That’s a big challenge, and we believe a key part of the answer to that challenge is the smart application of webinars for B2B audiences. If you have held back on doing webinars because of the level of effort, or if you want to up your webinar effectiveness, then you won’t want to miss this unique presentation with expert webinar producers Dawn Baron and Shelley Trout.

MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit, Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

Smashmouth Marketing

This week is MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 in San Francisco, to be repeated two weeks later in Boston. Both events are loaded with speakers and content, and I'm sure there will be tons of marketing goodness to share. I'll be at the Boston summit on Oct.

Social Media will Disrupt every Function in your Company

Buzz Marketing for Technology

We are at an interesting inflection point with Social Media today. One that threatens to disrupt and reinvent every function in your company over the next few years. Social Media already has changed Marketing forever.

Cold calling and the Complex Sale: observations you can learn from (thanks to my daughter)

B2B Lead Generation

I was somewhat shocked to find out that my 14-year-old daughter had searched YouTube recently for any mention of her dear old dad. She stumbled across a video that included a recent mention of my book, Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.

Industrial Marketers: Is this News Good or Bad?

Sales Lead Insights

According to a recent survey of engineering, technical, manufacturing and industrial professionals: Although the majority expects their companies’ spending to remain flat or down, more than a third (36%) said they expect spending during the second half of 2009 will increase compared to the first half of year. You can get the free white paper with complete survey results and analysis here. So is this good news or bad news?

Key Trends in Marketing: Thought Leadership

Thought leadership is a highly effective marketing strategy that highlights an organization’s talent, experience and passion while answering the most pressing questions faced by its target audience.

ClickInsights: 3 important components that will make a great case study

Ambal's Amusings

ClickInsights is an Expert Interview Series brought to you by Connect the Docs (ClickDocuments blog). In ClickInsights Expert Interview Series we feature "top-notch" industry experts and thought leaders and get their insights, opinions and predictions.

Myth measurement: what you really need to know about your advertising

BaseOne

In the new era of accountability responsibility and state-authorised bonuses everyone is trying to measure everything. Most of the time, this is a justification of activity, inactivity, existence or jobs. But in the world of advertising, we need to be particularly careful what we measure.

Which Way Will You Go With Your Marketing?

B2B Marketing Traction

Boost Your Business with New Incite. Strategic marketing consulting, marketing implementation, and marketing results measurement for (B2B) technology and manufacturing companies. Get more qualified leads; Launch successful new products

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MarketingSherpa Marketing Summit: Emily Salus of CollabNet on Lead Scoring

Smashmouth Marketing

This week is MarketingSherpa's 6th Annual B2B Marketing Summit 2009 in San Francisco, to be repeated two weeks later in Boston. Both events are loaded with speakers and content, and I'm sure there will be tons of marketing goodness to share. I'll be at the Boston summit on Oct.

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.

Improve your Lead Generation: 8 Takeaways from the B2B Marketing Summit

B2B Lead Generation

Last week, I was a speaker at MarketingSherpa's B2B Summit in San Francisco. I had a great time learning and connecting with fellow attendees. For me, the most valuable part of attending was hearing what other marketers are doing to drive results in their companies. If you didn't get a chance to attend last week's event here's a summary by the Sherpa team on 8 things you can focus on to improve your lead generation results.

Be my guest at my all-new webinar on A/B and multivariate testing *specifically for B2B marketers*.

Sales Lead Insights

I’m presenting this Webinar with my co-host Anne Holland. You probably already know Anne. She founded MarketingSherpa. Now she’s publishing a new resource site called WhichTestWon.com. In our webinar, you’ll get: Case Studies of A/B tests run by B2B marketers to improve lead generation. How to convince your boss (or the CEO) to let you run tests. What to test (and what not to bother testing).

ClickInsights: How B2B marketers should forge customer relationships by providing compelling content?

Ambal's Amusings

ClickInsights is an Expert Interview Series brought to you by Connect the Docs (ClickDocuments blog). In ClickInsights Expert Interview Series we feature top notch industry experts and thought leaders and get their insights, opinions and predictions.

Listen and learn

BaseOne

One of the things I really love about my job is that I'm always learning - in particular about my clients, their responsibilities, their worries, their jobs and their businesses. I especially love meeting new people working in businesses, industries, and markets where I know very little.

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5 B2B Marketing Trends that You Can't Ignore in 2020

Speaker: Pam Didner, Marketing Consultant, Author and Speaker

Pam Didner, B2B tech marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Effective Sales Enablement and Global Content Marketing, will present the essential marketing trends you need to know in 2020. She'll discuss digital challenges that marketers commonly face and share actionable solutions and templates you can apply to your job in real-time.

Does your Headshot Paint a Thousand Words?

B2B Marketing Traction

In talking to my graphic designer, Trish Weber, we stumbled upon the topic of tips for taking great business photos for marketing purposes. Many business people are more casual that ten years ago, but I thought this would be helpful for

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Sales 2.0 Conference - Top 20 Tweets

Smashmouth Marketing

Ok, so of the top 20 posts, I've got a few myself. Well, I did do a big part of the tweeting, and darn it -- I think it was good stuff. nedelsha : RT @annekeseley : All Sales 2.0 conference presenters on Customer Engagement are using inside sales to connect with customers #sales20.

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 2: Sales and Marketing – One Team

B2B Lead Generation

I’ve started an eight-part series I’m calling the ‘Lead Generation Checklist.’ Each post in the series addresses a step that will help to make your lead generation campaigns work like a well-oiled machine. In the first installment , I discussed tackling your organization’s mindset. Your touches should be conversations not just campaigns. Your “marketing” approach should be more consultative. The post received a lot of great comments.

Email Marketing Metrics You Should be Tracking

Anything Goes Marketing

If you weren’t aware, Canada (Vancouver specifically) will be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. I was inspired to write this post by a group of brave Canadian ski jumpers that are have been denied permission to compete in the upcoming games.

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Maximize Results Of Attending A Trade Show

Attending trade shows helps your business find new prospects and make connections. By downloading this white paper, you will learn how setting goals and adding pre-planning to every trade show and industry event you attend makes a considerable difference.

Show Me the Numbers: Hard Data on Internet Use and Media Spend

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Here are links to about twenty studies with statistics on online media consumption and advertising spend. Many are contradictory, but it's clear that marketers need to invest in social media, which might eventually replace search as the primary way that customers find them. I’m sitting on a panel next week that will discuss long-term marketing trends. Naturally I have plenty of opinions on the topic, but just for fun I decided to scare up a few facts to reinforce them.

Brand guidelines not fit for purpose

BaseOne

I've just been looking through two sets of brand guidelines, both for household-name b2b brands. They are nice, shiny, well produced documents. Look great in print. But I'm looking for guidance on how we use the brands for online projects we're planning.

Marketing Automation Who’s Who - What Have We Learned

Reachforce

It’s Show Time! Welcome back from summer vacation! The economy seems to be picking up, it’s event season and B2B marketers are being tasked with their biggest jobs yet – driving enough leads to make up for a slow first half of the year. With the help of a marketing automation