July, 2011

The Myth of Business vs. Personal Profiles in Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

Like most people I started out using social tools for very distinct purposes. LinkedIn was for connecting with current and former colleagues. Facebook was for friends. Twitter took me a little longer to figure out but basically I decided it was where I would share professional content and opinions.

Where Industrial Websites are Falling Short

Industrial Marketing Today

First the good news – 76 percent of small and medium sized manufacturers and industrial companies reported that their websites made a contribution to their growth during the second half of 2010.

Reinventing Marketing at GE

The Effective Marketer

GE's Ecomagination Ad Campaign - Result of the Marketing Transformation Process. Who would have thought that General Electric (GE), one of the most admired companies in the world didn’t have a substantial marketing organization up until recently.

B2B lead qualification and scoring

Sales Lead Insights

The growth of the Internet has changed B2B buyer activity. Buyers don’t wait for a sales person to call them anymore. They get most of their education on the web.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Outbound vs. Inbound: The Risk Management Issue in the Complex Sale

ViewPoint

Companies providing complex, high-investment solutions are facing a significant risk management issue in light of Sirius Decisions and others finding that B2B buyers are self-educating and moving through as much as 70% of the sales funnel before connecting with sales.

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The 10 Traits of Successful Social Marketers

Marketing Insider Group

What makes one company’s social media strategy successful while others #fail? Recently I have been speaking with a number of marketers, customer service folks and even sales people about social media strategies that produce real business results.

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Industrial E-mail Marketing: Use Application Notes to Engage Engineers

Industrial Marketing Today

E-mail marketing to in-house lists is the most popular marketing channel for reaching engineers and industrial professionals. This was one of the findings in a recent study published by GlobalSpec.

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Tips on Blog Post Optimization

Writing on the Web

What are the steps you need to follow to ensure each blog post is optimized for search engines as well as well-written for your readers’ interests ? Oh my… there are a lot. But to keep me out of overwhelm, I wrote them down, and put them into a flow chart.

Bridging the Content Chasm for B-to-B marketing automation and lead generation

Sales Lead Insights

There’s a new marketing term that I’m hearing more and more often - “the Content Chasm”.

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

Let the Flamethrowers Throw Flames: Why sales hunters should not be prospecting

ViewPoint

This week's guest blog is co-written by Greg Alexander, Sales CEO of Sales Benchmark Index and John Kearney a Consultant with Sales Benchmark Index focusing on sales force effectiveness and inbound marketing. Hunters are sales people with an instinct for closing deals and acquiring new customers.

All SEO Service Providers Are Not Created Equal

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. by Nick Stamoulis. Smart businesses and individuals understand that it takes a lot more than just setting up a Web site to find online success these days.

B2B Marketing Tactics That Work Today

Marketing Insider Group

Today I will be on a panel moderated by Craig Rosenberg from Focus including Lisa Horner from Citrix and Greg Holzrichter from Virsto Software. The topic is B2B Tactics That Work (And Those That Don’t ).

Problem-centric Industrial Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Please indulge me if my headline made you go “Huh?” Read on…. Industrial and manufacturing marketers are trained to sell solutions. Nobody buys product features, they want solutions. That’s marketing 101, right? I get that. However, if you are a manufacturer or an industrial services company, ask yourself this question, why would anyone buy your products or services if they don’t know they have a problem?

7 Marketing and Sales Strategies to Grow Your Revenue Fast

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Many companies have the core marketing and sales elements to take their revenue to the next level, but are still missing out on some key opportunities. Join Christopher Ryan, CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners and writer of the recent book "The Expert’s B2B Revenue Growth Playbook," to discover seven steps that you can immediately take to grow your company’s revenue quickly and consistently!

Web Presence Optimization, Reloaded

Webbiquity

As online strategy increasingly is business strategy , web presence optimization (dominating the search results for your name and unique tagline) is now more important than ever. So I figured it was time to update my inaugural post on this blog, What is Webbiquity?

Writing effective email copy from an expert in B2B marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing

Sales Lead Insights

This is the latest in our ongoing series of tips from some of the experts who provide our sales lead management consulting and training services and our marketing automation and lead-generation agency services. Meet Meryl Evans , one of our email copywriting experts.

How Viral Marketing Can Kill You

The Effective Marketer

Viral Marketing, or the spread of ideas (also called Word of Mouth Marketing) is usually thought of as a good thing. You create a video or a campaign and everyone starts talking about it. You go home happy and maybe even get a promotion.

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Blog so you can be taken completely out of context

Biznology

Image by quinn.anya via Flickr. by Chris Abraham. I am in the middle of guiding some new bloggers over at Marketing Conversation. on how to blog most effectively. It is pretty exciting and instructive. because there are many things I take for granted. One of the biggest.

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.

Do Marketers Have Any Credibility?

Marketing Insider Group

In a recent survey, almost three-quarters of CEOs think marketers lack credibility. And according to the report, we’re not helping ourselves either. Now before I detail the survey findings, let me say that I agree that quantifying results is a challenge for the majority of marketers.

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How an Industrial Distributor Uses Content Marketing Effectively

Industrial Marketing Today

Websites of most industrial distributors follow the same basic format – the focus is on their product line card. You will find little evidence of best practices in content marketing – relevant, valuable and compelling content for customers. In other words, the online content is very product-centric. It is rare to find explicit calls to action (C2A) on these sites. The C2A is typically a toll-free number pasted all over the site in a large font.

Web Presence Optimization, Reloaded

Webbiquity

As online strategy increasingly is business strategy , web presence optimization (dominating the search results for your name and unique tagline) is now more important than ever. So I figured it was time to update my inaugural post on this blog, What is Webbiquity?

B2B telemarketing: An interview with Michael Brown

Sales Lead Insights

Ask before telling and learn before selling. Michael Brown is our “Business to Business By Phone Expert”. When it comes to using the phone to generate, nurture and qualify leads, there’s nobody better than Michael.

A Crash Course in B2B Email Creative

Speaker: Howard Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group

Too often, email campaigns are seen as something that "just anyone" on your team can put together. But in today's attention economy, strong creative can be the defining factor that gets your email to stand out in the inbox. Join Howard Sewell of Spear Marketing Group, a leading B2B agency, as he uses real-world examples to highlight tips, techniques and key principles that can make or break your campaigns.

A History of Dreamforce [Infographic] #DF11

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this There are few skills I value more than speed. If I were a gambler, I’d put my money on the “fast and good enough&# tandem over team “slow and perfect&# every time. But once in a while you need both speed and accuracy.

How much is that Facebook Fan worth anyway?

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Vitrue a social media marketing platform determined that the average value of a Facebook ‘fan’ is about $3.60 when it comes to a Media Equivalent Value (MEV) per year.

3 Steps To Make Blogging A Top Priority

Marketing Insider Group

Are blogs an important part of your marketing mix? More and more research is showing that if you’re not blogging, you just don’t get it. And I’m not talking about a little bit. I mean you are seriously missing the boat.

Manufacturer Successfully Uses a B2C Online Marketing Tactic

Industrial Marketing Today

I’m sure by now you’ve read or heard enough about how the lines are merging between Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) marketing. Some have even called B2B marketing obsolete in this day and age. Whether you agree or not is a topic for another day. IMO, the decision making process is more complex and there are many more stakeholders involved in industrial and B2B purchases but it still boils down to people doing business with people.

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The Rise of the Customer Marketer

From marketing backwater to starring role, this eBook by Influitive explores the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves (and explains just why it’s so crucial to customer engagement).