April, 2012

The Death of Copy Writing

Tomorrow People

Is copywriting really dying? After all, it plays a central role in creating a company’s brand and credibility. It helps to shape public perception of a business and what it has to offer. A strong, clear written message forms the core of marketing content for many businesses, from the big budget adverts - to the growth of business websites and SEO copywriting. But creating a range of content is only just the beginning. Copy - over and out?

Universal Lead Definition: Why 61% of B2B marketers are wasting resources and how they can stop

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Confession: I wish I could flash this across every marketer’s computer screen the moment it powered up: A universal lead definition (ULD) clarifies what a lead is to everyone in your organization. It also: Fits the profile of your ideal customer. Has been qualified as sales-ready. Spells out the responsibilities and accountabilities of Sales and Marketing. Makes Marketing and Sales more efficient. Still, most of the companies I meet with do not have a ULD.

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Content Marketing for Engineers

Industrial Marketing Today

I’ll go out on a limb and state that content marketing for engineers is different. Yes, I do get it that the lines between work and personal lives have blurred thanks to today’s hyper-connected world where everybody is always “On.” And I agree that at the end of the day, marketing to engineers is still all about communicating with people. Call it P2P (Person-to-Person) marketing if you will.

4 Ways B2B Marketers Can Take Advantage of Instagram

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this $1 billion. That’s how much social networking giant, Facebook, is paying out for the photo-sharing service Instagram. Not bad for a company without revenue. But who uses Instagram? Teenagers and nostalgia-starved hipsters, right? Believe it or not, at more than 27 million users , Instagram has wide and active group of fans. Yet, B2B companies haven’t taken to those fuzzy filters like their B2C counterparts. That’s too bad.

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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.

Content Strategy Ain’t Just For Large Companies

Marketing Insider Group

In a recent podcast on OpenView labs , I discussed how content strategy can drive real results for businesses of all sizes. I talked about how every business needs a content strategy – it is not just for large companies. I also answer the question of whether content marketing is just another term for marketing. Finally, I discuss how can companies get started in content marketing and also how to get past “campaign-brain” and create the mindset that puts customers first.

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Five reasons you should never ignore your business branding

Tomorrow People

Every business-owner needs more time. Addressing your business branding can seem like yet another addition to your ‘to do’ list. But there are some very important reasons why you should never ignore your business branding: Credibility. Your branding design can have a direct impact on your profits – and that’s down to how your potential customers see you.

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Lead Nurturing: Market to personality and behavior, not job title

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet In my most recent research project, the MarketingSherpa 2012 Executive Guide to Marketing Personnel , we identified key behavioral and motivational differences between marketing specialists. Much of what we learned applies beyond HR and can improve your lead nurturing and sales efforts. The key to navigating your way to a sales-ready lead is navigating through individual personalities.

Industrial Marketing Company Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Industrial Marketing Today

April 2012 marks a milestone for my industrial marketing company Tiecas, Inc. We are celebrating 25 years in business! It has been an incredible journey so far. Come along with me as I take a trip down memory lane…. I remember registering my DBA as “Tiecas Type & Graphics” on April 14, 1987 with the Harris County Clerk’s Office in Houston, Texas. I had read an article in Inc. Magazine about a coming revolution called “desktop publishing.”

The Marketing Skills Gap is Very Real

Oracle

by Christina Pappas | Tweet this Marketing might be in my blood. My father was a marketer before me, back in the 80’s and 90’s on the cusp of the personal computer and the birth of the Internet. Back then, brands spent their budgets on print ads, the biggest, baddest trade shows and fancy corporate retreats. No matter the tactic, my dad delivered, ending up a VP in a few short years.

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!

What Makes You Fascinating?

Marketing Insider Group

Do you think you are fascinating? What if I told you that you most certainly are fascinating and that there is research to prove it? Less than 2 weeks ago I attended @ MarketingProfs Social Tech conference where I learned from an amazing keynote speaker, Sally Hogshead (@ SallyHogshead ) that yes, I am fascinating! “And research proves it?” ” Sally explained that “fascination is an intense emotional focus.

Selling to On-Demand Buyers

Avitage

Most of us are well aware the world of B2B buying has gone through fundamental shifts in the last five to ten years. Why hasn’t the way we sell fundamentally changed as well? We all feel the perception from buyers that, to them, all vendors and their products look pretty much the same (undifferentiated value). We know too well the difficulty of identifying and engaging new prospects in sales conversations (generating leads).

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Why your business brand means much more than your logo

Tomorrow People

Your business brand is not your logo. Your logo is a big part of it, but it isn’t everything – and here’s why: Your logo is just the start. Your business branding is the message you put out there about your entire organisation. It’s the the style and the format in which you share your goals and activities. Consistency is everything.

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Lead Generation: Phone calls turn first-time webinar into million-dollar leads

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet What’s a marketer to do when leadership dismisses marketing and insists that a superior product will sell itself? Follow the lead of Jeremy Scully and take a high-stakes gamble: Put your reputation on the line to prove marketing’s value. Scully, the Business Development Manager for Planisware , a leading provider of project and portfolio management solutions, told his top brass that the best way to use leftover credit with a leading analyst was to feature her in a webinar.

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.

How Labels works in Google Adwords; benefits of the new feature

NuSpark

For those who manage multiple paid search campaigns for lead generation (like yours truly) with Google Adwords, or have others do it, I started testing a new feature that was rolled out this week, called Labels. The new feature allows you to organize campaigns, ad groups, ads, and keywords by label classifications, so that you can see what types of categories work better than others.

How Sage Does Social Demand Generation

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this When it comes to social media plenty of companies like it, want it, can’t get enough it. But many demand generation marketers don’t know what to make of it. Sage , a global provider of business management software and services however, has made social a key part of its demand activity.

The Most Important Words In Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

“ I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ” ~ William Shakespeare. And so I offer up to you that the most important words in social media are “thank you!” ” They may be the most important words in, well, the history of words. But in social media , where we only see avatars and not real expressions on real human faces, they are particularly important.

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9 Key Points About Google+ Pages for Business for the B2B Marketer

KoMarketing Associates

Earlier this year, we began putting together a strategic recommendation for our clients on Google+ Pages for Business. This new solution blends elements of popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter with social sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube, integrating search engine optimization and marketing into the Google network of sites. While they were new and trendy, Google+ Pages had several flaws.

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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.

Three questions you must ask before you rebrand your business

Tomorrow People

If you’re thinking about a business rebrand, you probably have more questions than answers right now. After all, a rebrand can have a big impact on your company. So it’s essential to start by asking three important questions: 1. What do we want to achieve with this branding? Before you make any decisions, start by mapping out what you actually want to achieve. How far do you want your brand to reach? How will you link it with your overall business plan?

Teleprospecting: When cutting response time is a priority (and when it’s not)

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet When you’re converting inquiries into qualified leads, it’s widely believed that time is of the essence. Even research published in the Harvard Business Review says you’re almost seven times more likely to qualify a lead if you respond by phone within five minutes than if you respond an hour later. That’s why, when one of our Research Partners, a B2B telecommunications company, wanted to convert more inbound leads into sales-ready ones, we cut our response time.

Marketing & Sales Alignment; We’ve Aligned to Optimize Your Lead Funnel & Pipeline

NuSpark

Content drives leads into the funnel; content nurtures leads into sales opportunities. But real revenue growth depends on the quality of your salespeople, and how they convert those opportunities into wins. Marketing and Sales alignment is essential to a well-oiled lead funnel. I understand the importance of a sound media, social media, conversion and content strategy that generates quality leads until they are sales-accepted.

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3 Reasons Why Sales and Marketing Don’t Agree on “Lead Generation”

Oracle

by Melissa Madian | Tweet this You know how it is. Marketing says “tomato”, and sales says, “Give me more leads.” ” When it comes to lead generation , these two organizations often view the same topic from entirely different perspectives.

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.

Focus On Customers and Run Like Never Before

Marketing Insider Group

If you read this blog regularly, you know I write mainly about 2 things. The first is that we marketers need to stop talking about ourselves and focus on our customers. The second is that marketing can be more effective at creating value for our own business when we seek to meet the needs of our customers. Well, almost as a rule, I try to follow my own advice and don’t use this site as a platform to promote what we are doing at SAP.

“Fortune 500 CIO” is Not a Target Market – A Conversation with Bob Wright

The Point

I’ve had the pleasure of watching Bob Wright conduct messaging workshops with clients, and there is no-one better in my view at helping companies hone their message and strategy. Bob has worked with more than 100 technology companies during his career, and is currently Managing Director at Firebrick Consulting , a firm devoted to helping technology companies drive revenue growth.

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Top reasons why you shouldn’t bother rebranding

Tomorrow People

Why rebrand your business at all? It’s a tough marketplace out there, so what’s the point of spending money on a company rebrand ? You don’t care about your competitors. Don’t care about your competitors? Then there’s definitely no point in completing a company rebranding exercise. If you’re not bothered about staying ahead of the competition there’s no need to worry about having a brand that clearly marks you out as the best in your industry.

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Lead Scoring: How to pick the right ingredients for high ROI

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Marketers use lead scoring to slice all the potential deals in their pipelines and serve the sales team what it’s hungry for — leads that are ready to buy. Values are assigned to each prospect based on attributes like authority, title, vertical and timing to buy, as well as behavior. For example, did the person: Download a video? Watch a webinar? Review a price sheet? Make this action in the last week or month? Each attribute and action adds to a lead’s total score.

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.