November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Smashmouth Marketing

Cartoon Credit: Gary Larson.

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Webinar on Putting the Human Touch into Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation

There are numerous tactics for generating leads these days - everything from the traditional email or phone call to the explosively popular social media craze. However, the real challenge is not necessarily in generating leads, but more in truly connecting with them. It doesn't matter how many leads you generate if they aren't willing to listen to what you have to say next. You need to develop and then engage in memorable and relevant conversations with prospects.

Conference Focuses on Making the Most of Customer References

WriteSpark

A customer who is willing to provide a reference for your product and company is a tremendous asset for your marketing efforts. But it doesn't take long for your list of potential customer references to grow, and tracking how

Statistics on Advertising during a Recession

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I think Seth Godin outlined Marketing's Catch 22 best in his book The Purple Cow - (and I am paraphrasing here) - when times are tough the tendency is to conserve capital vs. when times are good the tendency is to not be aggressive.

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.

The Recession is Here - Time to Become an Eco-Marketer

Anything Goes Marketing

When I say that you should become an eco-marketer, I don't mean that you should add some corny green recycle image to your website (who would do that?) or support a "Save the Whales" campaign.

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Lead generation No Nos: When is a “free download� no longer free?

B2B Lead Generation

What do you wish companies would stop doing when you download a free white paper? I bet I already know. I had a conversation recently with my business development executive who has become highly suspicious of "free" white paper downloads. There are some sites that he refuses to download from because not only was the prior information unhelpful, but he knows he will receive a call from a telemarketer - even after he's made it clear he's not interested.

50 Incredible Fonts for Professional Web & Print Design

JotForm

The web is rich with creative and amazing fonts, and the choice is enormous. So today we would like to present 50 incredible FONT which you can use for web or print design. This collection will sure help you improve your typography skills! Let’s take a close look at some of the most beautiful fonts.

Secrets of Social Media Marketing – a podcast with Paul Gillin

Buzz Marketing for Technology

There is no doubt the speed of change in the media space is blinding. New tools become available to marketers and individuals alike nearly every week. If you have ever felt like it is hard to keep up (and I know I have) then this book is for you.

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!

Is your Company Being Blogged About?

Anything Goes Marketing

Last week I mentioned how you can track your company's brand on twitter. Incidentally I did predict Obama winning the election and also the Dolphins beating the Seahawks today so I'm on a roll!

Ranking the Demand Generation Vendors by Popularity (Yes, Life Really Is Just Like High School)

Customer Experience Matrix

As you might imagine, I’ve been trying to decide how to expand the set of products covered in the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems. My original plan had been to add several marketing automation vendors with significant presence in this market. The tentative list is Unica , Aprimo , Alterian , and Neolane. But I’ve also been approached by some of the other demand generation specialists.

Simple Marketing - The Gas Price Sign

Smashmouth Marketing

Other than general vicinity and locale to your running out of gas, how much marketing does a gas station really need to do. I can see some of the top company branding (Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Sunoco, and Citgo), does anyone really care who they buy gas from?

The 2008 Top of the Funnel List

B2B Lead Generation

Craig Rosenberg recently created a list of the most influential people in B2B Demand Generation, and I'm honored to have been included. Many know Craig through his blog, Funnelholic , or through his company Tippit. Funnelholic is a very insightful and original B2B marketing blog written for those marketers who live and work at the top of the B2B funnel.

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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.

Online Advertising: Hulu Catching Up With YouTube?

readwrite

According to the Financial Times , Hulu , the online video service backed by NBC Universal and News Corp. is slowly catching up to YouTube in terms of advertising revenue. Screen Digest ‘s Arash Amel forcasts that in 2008, YouTube will generate about $100 million in the U.S., while Hulu will make about $70 million. By next year, however, Amel forecasts that both sites will make about $180 million, even though Hulu only has a fraction of YouTube’s traffic.

Proven Big M Marketing Techniques

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Marketing is the interface a company builds to interact with the marketplace and the customer base. The marketing group, combined with the sales force, is the point in the company where the market understanding resides.

Obama beats McCain. on Twitter

Anything Goes Marketing

Are you having a tough time convincing your boss your company needs to get on Twitter ? I checked out a site called Tweetvolume that tracks the number of times a term(s) is mentioned on Twitter and presents it in a bar chart.

Usability Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Customer Experience Matrix

A funny thing happened as I was writing one of my usual rants on incorporating usability into the selection process. The resulting paper is on the [link] site, creatively titled "Building Usability into Your System Selection".)

How You Can Triple Your Results With a More Personalized, Empathetic Approach

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO and Founder of markempa

Marketing and sales feel pretty tricky right now. What worked before now feels out of touch, but have you made plans for how you'll continue to move forward? You've likely tried everything: expert recommendations, best practices, the latest tools, and automation. But your results are falling short. Here's the thing: All the automation tools, best practices, data analytics won't help get better results now until you master empathizing with your customers. In this webinar, you'll learn how to go beyond rational-logic based sales/marketing and adjust your sales enablement strategy to better understand how buyers feel so that you can connect and help them on their journey.

Simple Marketing - The Gas Price Sign

Smashmouth Marketing

Other than general vicinity and locale to your running out of gas, how much marketing does a gas station really need to do. I can see some of the top company branding (Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Sunoco, and Citgo), does anyone really care who they buy gas from?

64 B2B Marketing Tools and Resources

Marketo

There is an amazing amount of great content about B2B marketing out there, ranging from trends in demand generation to best practices in lead nurturing, lead scoring, and landing page optimization to how to buy and select marketing automation systems. To help you find the good stuff, we recently put together a new site with B2B marketing tools and resources that collects a whopping 64 eBooks, whitepapers, webinars, podcasts and blog posts to help you learn all these best practices and more.

Dapper MashupAds: A New Lease on Life for One of the Coolest Tools on the Web

readwrite

When I first discovered RSS creation tool Dapper.net two years ago I knew it was exciting, but I couldn’t figure out how to use it. I was surprised to find people talking about it at tech events who felt the same way. This was a tool that had huge potential but also stood on shaky ground in terms of usability, legal impact and thus long term viability as a business.

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Secrets of Web Analytics – a podcast with Avinash Kaushik

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Stop everything you are doing and listen to this podcast! Seriously, if you have never met or had the opportunity to listen to Avinash Kaushik you must hear this podcast - I guarantee you will learn something from this podcast.

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.

Fortune 500 Starting to Embrace Blogging

Proteus B2B Marketing

Business-to-business (B2B) blogging is be a great way to forge relationships, talk with customers and prospects, demonstrate thought leadership and dramatically increase visibility in natural search results for targeted search terms. Done right, it ultimately drives substantial traffic when others in the media and blogosphere link to compelling or noteworthy content. Yet the Fortune 500, [.].

LucidEra and Birst Blaze New Trails for On-Demand BI

Customer Experience Matrix

I spent a few minutes last week on the Web sites of about eight or nine on-demand business intelligence vendors, and within a few days received emails from two of them ostensibly asking about much earlier visits where I must have registered with my email address. Given my current obsession with demand generation systems, I’m pretty sure this was no coincidence: they had deposited a cookie linked to my email address during the earlier visit, and used this address to react when I returned.

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Poker Math and Marketing - Lead Equity

Smashmouth Marketing

I happen to enjoy poker tournaments and am a math geek poker player, which is a different breed. Part of winning in poker is understanding the equity of your hand. I'll bypass all the math and explain it in layman's terms.

Lead Generation via Mathematical Marketing: Thought Leadership with Mark Klein

Marketo

The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Mark Klein, CEO of predictive analytics company Loyalty Builders. Like me, Mark is a direct marketing expert whose background in science and passion for mathematics equates into a desire to help marketers improve their campaigns. Tell us a little bit about how you got into mathematical marketing, and what you like most about it.

Why Start With Marketing & Sales Alignment

Speaker: Molly Rigatti, Marketing Strategist at SmartBug Media

Before you plan your next sales kickoff or bottom of the funnel marketing campaign or any effort where sales and marketing are both on the hook for performance, you need to check in on your teams. Sales and marketing both oversee a very important part of the pipeline and revenue process for your organization. But that doesn’t mean they should function in silos. When building up your sales enablement program, think about the three “P”s—practicality, productivity, and profit—when defining responsibilities and facilitating communication between your teams.