July, 2011

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?

What Your Business Needs To Know About Google+

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Unless you’ve avoided the Internet over the past two weeks, you’ve probably heard about Google’s big play into the social web. It’s called Google+ , and it’s been labeled the search giant’s Facebook contender. That’s a modest assessment. Make no mistake. Google+ is aiming at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter users. They want a piece of everyone’s pie.

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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. But now we have Google+, Pandora is becoming a social sharing site (not to mention Flickr and Foursquare) and well you get the point: its getting even more confusing!

How social media muteness endangers your company: The crisis at McKinsey

Chris Koch

McKinsey recently learned a difficult lesson about what happens when the world takes your thought leadership marketing seriously—and when you lack the ability to respond in the moment through social media.

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.

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. And I’m not talking in number of people (they had 2,500 marketers a the time), but in its role related to strategic decisions, branding, and overall market direction.

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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. Nearly 9 out of 10 “Outperformers” credited their websites for helping them increase revenues, open new sources of business, compete more aggressively in core markets and serve customers better or more efficiently.

22 Essential Mobile Apps for Your CMO

Oracle

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Let’s face it, your CMO is busy, and as marketing becomes increasingly accountable for revenue performance , the workload will only intensify. When it comes to “managing up,” the challenge you face is not an easy one: How do you get more of your CMO’s attention when the demands on her time are multiplying? The solution: Help your CMO manufacture more time.

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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. I have spoken to a number of people at companies of all shapes and sizes. And I have seen a number of traits emerge.

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B2B SEO Benchmarking Report – highlights

Savanta

We recently partnered with B2B Marketing Magazine to create the first report in their Benchmarking series. The topic was search marketing in B2B. One of the most striking findings from the research is how digital has altered the marketing landscape. The two most commonly used techniques in the modern B2B marketer’s armoury are now email (82% use) and search marketing (67%). It would be a mistake though to assume that ‘traditional’ techniques are dead.

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!

6 Writing Tips for SEO Friendly Content Marketing

Writing on the Web

Do you know how to write SEO-friendly content your readers will love? This week’s guest post by Christian Arno of Lingo24 shares 6 writing tips for writing online content that works for both readers and search engines. Writing for the web can be like walking on a tightrope. Do you litter your blog writing and web pages with keywords so the search engine spiders can find you? Or do you make the copy interesting so people will be eager to read it and pass it on? Both, of course.

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”. It refers to the ascendance of content marketing (especially in B-to-B), and the differential between the current inventory of quality content that most B-to-B companies have, and the amount they need to have to market effectively.

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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.

Inside The Busy Mind Of A Marketer

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this What goes on inside the head of today’s marketer? In a word, lots. With brand awareness, nurturing of leads , managing events and even social media duties falling squarely on marketing’s shoulders, it’s no shock that marketers have much on their minds. Our friends at Quarry recently cooked up this Mind Map visualization to help sort out all the various demands crying for marketers’ attention, and how marketing automation help get a grasp on them all.

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.

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 ). I am often asked “what is the best tactic in B2B Marketing for driving leads, pipeline or new sales?&# While the answer is often that it really depends on your business, I think the bottom line is that most companies are not focused on solving the right problem.

Three reasons B2B marketers should care about sustainability

Savanta

In the latest in my series of interviews with today’s leading business thinkers I spoke with Thomas Jelley, Corporate Citizenship Manager at support services giant Sodexo. But why, you may wonder, is a B2B marketing research agency like Circle talking about sustainability. Isn’t that the preserve of a niche team within corporations and NGOs? . Well, no.

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Hi, my name is Frank and I am an Internet marketer

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. by Frank Reed. In a dimly lit church basement, Internet Marketers from around the area have gathered for their IMA (Internet Marketers Anonymous) meeting. It's an interesting crowd that is obviously not used to being around actual people very often. In fact, they have a pasty-white look to most of them--they don't even seem to get outside of their dark offices all that frequently.

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. Meryl is a professional writer and editor who specializes in online B2B lead generation and lead nurturing.

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.

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 Impact of M&A on the Marketing Automation Industry

Oracle

by Joe Payne | Tweet this One of the most talked-about (260+ comments!) posts of the past year was published by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures on his popular AVC blog. Titled “ What a CEO Does ,” the article relays a pearl of wisdom Wilson received from a more experienced colleague early in his career. A CEO, Wilson learned, does only three things: He or she sets/communicates the company’s vision and strategy. He or she hires/retains the best talent.

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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. And I think it needs to be solved with a two-tiered approach.

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A Lead Generation Plan Begins With Content Marketing Strategy

NuSpark

Here’s a sample excerpt of a digital marketing/ lead generation proposal we did recently I thought I’d share because it really is a compilation of recent blog posts in a way. Our approach to lead generation beings with a message strategy. From there, the lead generation plan is developed, followed by lead nurturing. There’s more to the proposal than this, but the basics of a lead management plan is in place. In essence, this is what we do. Introduction.

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.

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. In order to achieve sales or lead generation goals of a Web site, that Web site first needs to be found by target audience members. Internet users use search engines like Google and Bing to find information on anything, including the products or services that you have to offer.

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. With all the developments lately in B2B marketing, telemarketing still has a prominent position and I want to highlight that. So I sat down with Michael and asked him what’s new in telemarketing. Mac: Michael – tell me what you’ve been up to.

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. The chart below shows the different online marketing tactics that manufacturers and industrial companies plan to use in 2011. Notice how e-mail marketing using rented/purchased lists drops down significantly – it is third from the bottom! You can download the full study from here.

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8 Rules For Running Online Display Ads

Oracle

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this In olden days, when you wanted to drum up interest for your product or business, you could take an ad out in the paper, write a jingle for the radio or buy commercials on TV. The Internet changed the value proposition of mass media marketing. With the advent of email marketing , video marketing, blogging and social media marketing, businesses have a myriad of affordable options to build audience and engagement.

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.