September, 2011

The New 4 P’s of Marketing

Oracle

by Brian Kardon | Tweet this You know the saying: You go to college for an education, and then spend years trying to un-learn everything you were taught. It’s hard to name a field that has faced as much disruption and change as marketing. And for young marketers just entering the job market – or even those of us who have been here a long time – applying what you learned can be difficult when the day-to-day is topsy-turvy.

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What is Thought Leadership and Why Do you Need It?

Marketing Insider Group

These were some of the questions asked recently at the #profschat back on September 16 th by @MProfsEvents and the good folks @MarketingProfs. During the one-hour “tweetchat” that occurs every Friday from 12-1pm EST, there was a great dialogue on the definition, the need and the value of Thought Leadership. If you write a personal blog or help manage your company’s, you already know the value that blogging can provide as a tool for Thought Leadership.

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Forget About Hot Leads. It’s Cold Leads that Make the Difference.

The Point

When sales teams need marketing to help them make their numbers, the natural response is to go fishing for hot leads. However, as I wrote previously in a white paper on “Lead Recycling,” focusing demand generation activity exclusively on acquiring net new, qualified leads is an expensive proposition for a number of reasons: • many products, particularly in the tech category, are first of breed solutions and/or of a complexity that demands a more long term, consultative selling process.

B2B marketing sector bounces back: 57% report rising budgets

Savanta

To say it’s been an eventful few years economically is an understatement. First we had the credit crunch and a deep recession. Now deficit reduction measures are biting and bond markets shaking. These turbulent times make the latest instalment of the bi-annual B2B Barometer interesting reading. The survey – conducted in August 2011 and based on the opinions of 137 B2B agencies and marketers – shows that despite strong headwinds, the last 12 months have been rather rosy for most.

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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.

Webinar Replay: Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part I

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet If you attended our most recent B2B Lead Roundtable Webinar, Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part I , you found out that even though the end of the year is less than 125 days away, there’s plenty of time to drive more opportunity through your sales funnel and to the bottom line.

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Virtual Philanthropy: How Eloqua Gained 1,400 Facebook Fans in 10 Days

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this When you succeed, it’s important to give back, right? And should that be limited purely to the physical world? Or does this rule apply to virtual currency as well? Recently, we experimented with a new gaming/social media experiment. We partnered with social stock market EmpireAvenue to run a contest.

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The Traditional Marketing Playbook Is Dead!

Marketing Insider Group

Are you tired of being badgered by sales people before you are ready to buy? In some organizations, the primary role of marketing is simply to help sales make a deal. How do you help them make a deal? You negotiate amazing offers like price reductions and special financing. You create flashy sales collateral. You book fancy events and cold call to get them appointments. Now I’m NOT saying we should stop supporting sales or that we should stop helping them to close deals.

Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer. Even a well-written white paper, by a respected author, on a hot topic of vital interest to your target audience, can still generate leads your salespeople will consider “junk.” In my experience, the problem in these situations is invariably that the content on offer did not align with the types of leads the company was trying to generate.

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9 attributes of the best thought leadership content

Chris Koch

Some time back, I blogged about the attributes of a thought leader. Lately, I’ve been talking to B2B marketers about the content delivered by these thought leaders and asking, What defines good thought leadership content? Here’s what I have so far. Surely, you have a suggestion that will get us to ten attributes? Visionary. It’s best to address a problem before customers realize that it’s a problem. Provocative. The best thought leadership pieces are bold and attack conventional wisdom.

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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!

Webinar Replay: Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong – Part 2

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet For proven approaches to drive the highest return on the money you’ve invested in marketing and sales this year, watch the replay of the second half of our webinar presentation, “ Six Funnel Focal Points to Finish 2011 Strong. ”. It’s chock full of immediately actionable advice, emerging from data-driven case studies and science-based research, to help you make the most of the time and money you have remaining in 2011 and begin 2012 on solid ground.

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Integrating RSS Feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, a Primer for Managing your Social Media Time Efficiently

NuSpark

I’m taking a break from the usual material on lead generation strategy and tactics to do a post on managing my social media time. If you’re like me (and if you’re not, read this anyway), you’re looking for ways to monitor social media and blog feeds without jumping around to multiple platforms. We’re all busy, and am sure we have our own methods to monitor, share, and comment on the tweets, posts, blogs, and updates we receive each day.

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Your Life According to Facebook: Facebook Overhauls Personal Profiles

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Suddenly the bevy of changes Facebook has been rolling out the past few days (subscriptions, the social ticker on the Newsfeed) makes sense. Today, during the social networking behemoth’s f8 developer conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a slew of new design layouts and updates. Put into the context of these updates, the motivation for changes to the Facebook Newsfeed, which confounded many , became clearer. Facebook Timeline.

5 Content Marketing Questions: #1 What’s the Problem?

Writing on the Web

In a previous post, Writing Web Content that Gets Results: Questions , I reviewed the basic rules of writing web content. In this post, we’ll explore the 5 content marketing questions that will help you organize and simplify your web page and blog writing by asking 5 important questions: What is the problem (pain, predicament)? Why hasn’t this problem been solved? What is possible? What is different now? What should you do now?

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.

Twitter By The Numbers: Are You Listening to 100 Million Voices?

Marketing Insider Group

Last week, Twitter announced it had reached One hundred million voices or active users. But what do these numbers really mean? The Week magazine recently helped answer the questions “who is doing all the tweeting…and how many people are really interested in what they have to say?&#. So here I will provide a snapshot of Twitter “by the numbers&# and explain how and why I use it. I’ll provide links to my top tips and tricks. I’d also like to get your view.

Segmentation, Social Media Drive Lead Nurturing Success for iDirect

The Point

When marketers embark on a formal lead nurturing strategy, opportunities for process improvement can arise in unexpected ways. That was the experience for iDirect , a leading provider of satellite IP communications based in Herndon, Virginia.

How NOT to pitch a blogger

Biznology

Tweet This Post. Image via Wikipedia. Last week, I talked about how blogger outreach is scary , and I talked about why this fear exists for most people before they start talking to bloggers. In great measure, these fears exist because of the horror stories that have resulted from wrong-headed approaches. In the five years that we’ve been reaching out to bloggers, we’ve learned just as much about how NOT to pitch as we’ve learned about the right ways.

Content – The Biggest Hurdle in Digital Marketing for Manufacturers

Industrial Marketing Today

Most manufacturers of industrial products agree that digital marketing is essential for their success now and going forward. Yet, many of these industrial companies are struggling to implement digital marketing because of lack of relevant content. At first glance, that may sound like an oversimplification of a bigger problem. I talk to small and mid-sized manufacturers on a regular basis. What I have learned is that these companies need help with content in digital marketing at many levels.

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.

8 Elements to Successfully Scaling Your Global Social Media Strategy

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this No social media strategy, if done thoughtfully, is easy. But when you have to scale across a global enterprise, taking into account multiple product lines, services and the various different types of customers and prospects – well, things can get really complicated. Luckily for all of us, we have the advice Ekaternia Walker and Bryan Rhoads , both members of Intel’s Social Media Center of Excellence.

Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment

NuSpark

I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study. The focus of the study was to determine what activities and approaches separated Word Class sales organizations versus the rest. A World Class sales organization generally is better at: Finding and winning new business. Keeping existing customers. Improving productivity among its sales teams.

The 8 Most Common Sales Mistakes

Marketing Insider Group

I often talk here about the need for better alignment between marketing and sales. In fact, it is often cited as the biggest challenge for B2B marketers. It is because of this that I like to reach out to some of my friends in B2B Sales AND Marketing to provide their perspective. Recently we ran a guest post from Kenny Madden on how the line between Marketing and Sales is starting to blur and we are looking at a new partnership he called “SMarketing.&#.

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Edit Your Content: 12 Things NOT to Miss

Writing on the Web

Here’s a checklist for editing your blog content before you publish. For any content that is vitally important, i.e. sales content or articles delivered to clients, I use Barbara Feiner , a professional editor. She not only corrects errors, but evaluates for clarity and flow. But for blog posts and everyday content creation , I put on my editor’s visor, and act like a grumpy newspaper editor with a red pencil. Here’s what I look for: Language.

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.

How to pitch a blogger

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. So last week, I told you how NOT to pitch a blogger in your PR outreach, so it raises the pregnant question of what exactly should you do? We at Abraham Harrison have been doing it successfully for almost five years now, so we think we know a thing or two about it. But because we so so many people who are afraid of blogger outreach, due to the scary situation that others have blundered into, I wanted to walk through our process to show you how it’s done.

Book Review: Adam Needles' Balancing the Demand Equation

Customer Experience Matrix

Business marketers can find plenty of books on broad strategies and plenty of other books on specific tactics. But a framework for connecting tactics to strategic goals has been missing. Adam Needles’ new book Balancing the Demand Equation (available here from Amazon ) closes the gap. Needles is a well-known industry leader who is Chief Strategy Officer at demand generation agency Leftbrain DGA.

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3 Lead Scoring Problems – And How to Solve Them

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Randy Ilas, Vice President of Product Development & Marketing at Harte-Hanks, an Eloqua partner. Randy is experienced in developing insight-driven demand generation programs for the b2b technology sector. Few marketers would argue with the premise that “less is more” when it comes to delivering the right leads to sales.

Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment

NuSpark

I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study. The focus of the study was to determine what activities and approaches separated Word Class sales organizations versus the rest. A World Class sales organization generally is better at: Finding and winning new business. Keeping existing customers. Improving productivity among its sales teams.

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.