April, 2009

Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales.

Article: Producing High-Value Customer Success Stories

WriteSpark

Customer success stories or case studies are powerful promotional tools for a high-tech product or service. Yet, as a long-time success story writer, I know that convincing customers to participate in a case study can be a long and frustrating effort.

5 steps for using LinkedIn as lead generation tool

B2B Lead Generation

Like many of you, I’m using LinkedIn to connect with work friends and colleagues. But I’ve been intrigued by how LinkedIn has quietly developed into a useful lead generation tool for marketers and sales people to build relationships with potential customers. I’ve discovered that it’s a pretty simple process if you’re willing to invest the time to freely share your expertise and thought leadership with others.

Who is the social media voice for your business?

BaseOne

You don't often hear phrases like "305% ROI" attached to discussions about social media, so I was delighted to read, via Kipp Bodnar , about Forrester's recent research into "live chat" as a sales tool.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

Top 10 Triggered B2B Email Marketing Campaigns

Anything Goes Marketing

One of the themes for marketers in 2009 is “doing more with less”.

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B2B Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) Must Change

B2B Marketing Traction

Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) have high turnover (average tenure is 18 months), and good ones are hard to find. What makes a good CMO in today's challenging B2B environment? The answer is that a good CMO has the ability to change and

Helping Your Customers Market to Their Customers

WriteSpark

Have you considered that helping your customers market the value of your products to their customers might be way to increase your company's sales? This strategy goes beyond creating materials for dealers, resellers, and system integrators that may also be appropriate to your product.

Social Media speeds Onboarding

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I am officially up and running now in my 6th week here at Avaya and loving my new role. And what has been really interesting for me to see was the difference between organizations when it comes to things like social media.

Twitter, Common Decency and the Corinthian Spirit

BaseOne

When the penalty kick rule was first introduced to English football in the late 1880s, it was greeted with horror by the Corinthians, the dominant team of the day.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

Losing Leads and Sales With Bad Search Marketing Decisions

B2B Lead Generation

There are so many tools that help marketers with their search marketing but marketers have to know how to use the analytics in order to focus on the right things to generate leads and sales. So often I find that marketers are only looking at conversion rates of how specific phrases or banners perform and are ignoring other valuable information. While conversion rate is one way to measure the effectiveness a search phrase, it can be extremely misleading.

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get hired in marketing

The Effective Marketer

want a marketing job? then you have to first understand the rules of the game. i was recently hiring a marketing coordinator for my company and once again it became obvious to me that most candidates do a poor job at interviewing.

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7 Lead Gen Techniques I Learned From My Junk Mail

The Point

Sometimes it pays to look outside your normal circle of peers for inspiration. Here’s a postcard I received recently from the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. What do fishing licenses have to do with B2B demand generation? Not much. But the very fundamental direct marketing principles on display here [.].

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B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study.

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!

Lyzasoft: Independence for Analysts and Maybe Some Light on Shadow IT

Customer Experience Matrix

Long-time readers of this blog know that I have a deep fondness for QlikView as a tool that lets business analysts do work that would otherwise require IT support. QlikView has a very fast, scalable database and excellent tools to create reports and graphs.

Sales 2.0? Not Just For Sales Execs Anymore - Marketing is Mandatory

Smashmouth Marketing

Next month is Sales 2.0 in Boston. May 21 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. It should be another great day of insights, interraction and networking from the industry's 2.0 pundits. Why, you ask, is Smashmouth Marketing interested in Sales 2.0? With the crossover of sales and marketing, the Sales 2.0 event is relevant to marketers too.

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MarketingSherpa Seeks Case Study speakers for 2009 B2B Demand Generation Summits

B2B Lead Generation

If you have a great B2B story to tell, think about sharing it with other B2B marketers at MarketingSherpa’s 6th Annual B2B Demand Generation Summit 2009. MarketingSherpa is looking for speakers for the events which will be held September 23-25 in San Francisco and October 23-25 in Boston. These summits feature case studies based on real-life marketers’ actual lessons learned about what is working at this moment in advanced business marketing.

Bring marketing into the account planning process

Chris Koch

We’re always hearing that marketing and sales should be better aligned (whatever that means), but I see little practical advice about how to do that beyond the usual change management stuff. I don’t discount the importance of change management, but sometimes you need something more concrete—something that marketing and sales can do together that gets them working closer together without people noticing it so much. Our research shows that we may have found something: account planning.

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.

ConnectAndSell: Novel Solution for Increasing Sales Efficiency

The Point

If part of your lead generation or lead nurturing strategy involves outbound sales calls, then you already know one of the key metrics critical to sales productivity is connection rate – i.e. the percentage of dials that result in live conversations. Typical B2B connection rates range from 15 to 30 percent, which means that [.]. inside sales b2b lead generation lead generation telemarketing telesales

B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study 2009

Sales Lead Insights

Please participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmarking Study by taking this fast and easy online survey. It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete, and you will automatically qualify to receive a free executive summary of the study results. If your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you will want to participate in this important B2B Lead Generation Benchmark Study.

how good a boss are you really?

The Effective Marketer

if you want to see how you (or your new boss) stack against top technology ceo's, check out glassdoor.com for an interesting ranking. the site not only lists top executives based on approval ratings but also shows you reviews that give

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Sales 2.0? Not Just For Sales Execs Anymore - Marketing is Mandatory

Smashmouth Marketing

Next month is Sales 2.0 in Boston. May 21 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. It should be another great day of insights, interraction and networking from the industry's 2.0 pundits. Why, you ask, is Smashmouth Marketing interested in Sales 2.0? With the crossover of sales and marketing, the Sales 2.0 event is relevant to marketers too.

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.

On Lead Nurturing - thinking beyond the send

B2B Lead Generation

The challenge today is not in generating leads, but truly connecting with them. That's why lead nurturing matters. This is why I found this post by my friend Ardath Albee titled, " Strategy Beyond the Send " helpful. Ardath's post gives some useful ideas on how we can better connect by thinking, "like your prospects do when they set out to solve a problem. One step leads to another.and another." " I agree.

Why bother with thought leadership? Five questions and answers.

Chris Koch

This post is from a real query I received from a client this week. The questions display a healthy distrust for accepted wisdom, which I like, and provide a good test of the thinking behind thought leadership marketing. See what you think of my answers: How did thought leadership initiatives in companies begin? Thought leadership marketing is based on the academic research publishing model, in which academics created journals built around a peer review process.

Is Direct Marketing Relevant Anymore?

The Point

DM News, the venerable tabloid that I remember reading while cutting my direct marketing teeth back at Oracle in the late 1980s, is switching from a weekly to bi-weekly publication schedule. This prompted a discussion on LinkedIn wondering if the change augured tougher times ahead for direct marketers. On the contrary: after almost 20 years [.].

Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

I’m probably biased, but I believe the primary objective of business-to-business marketing is driving sales of the company’s products and services. Of course branding and awareness are also roles that can be played effectively by B2B marketing, but from my point of view these are only supporting roles—secondary to the primary objective of helping drive sales.

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).