January, 2010

Lead Gen Tips from Yogi Berra

Smashmouth Marketing

Yesterday I was using ConnectAndSell as a training tool and had one of our BDRs (Business Development Reps) live and working a list and three others listening in and critiquing. This, btw, is one of the many benefits of ConnectAndSell. You can train with 5-10 pitches in an hour versus 1 or 2.

How Social Media Changed the Sales Cycle into the Buying Cycle

Webbiquity

Back in prehistoric times (before the Internet, that is), b2b buyers learned about products and services by reading (print) magazines and (printed) analyst reports.

The 4 C’s of B2B Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

We’ve all heard about the four P’s of marketing. Product. Price. Placement. Promotion. The four P’s were created mainly to describe the ideal “marketing mix&#. The term “marketing mix&# became popularized after Neil H.

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Create a 1-Page Marketing Plan

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. I like working from a one-page marketing plan for my clients and for my own business, whether or not we have a multi-page written plan as well.

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

Lead nurturing thoughts to share

B2B Lead Generation

Lead nurturing supports the conversation of the buying cycle. Focus on viable leads first, not your whole database. If your sales team is following up on nurtured leads, give them relevant/related talking points to use. The first impression matters. So does the second. So does every single touch after that. Consistency and relevancy is key. Become a trusted advisor and provide relevant information to your prospects. Share your thoughts on lead nurturing in the comments

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B2B Demand Gen Rocks In January

Smashmouth Marketing

Just a quick note to everyone who might be spending the next few weeks planning for the new year. Don't take your eye off the ball. January, along with June and October, are the biggest Demand Gen months for Green Leads, and it may be for you as well.

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Book Review: The Perfection of Marketing

Webbiquity

Despite it’s ambitious title, The Perfection of Marketing is a surprisingly accessible and fast-paced read. The book is written in case study fashion, taking the reader through a realistic scenario of a midsized company struggling to build on its past success and take sales to the next level.

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LinkedIn Search Optimization (LSO) Critical for B2B Marketers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via natural search results. This gave birth to a whole industry centered on optimizing search results for a given term. For B2C or B2B Marketers this was a huge revolution.

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Helpful How-tos for B2B Marketers

Reachforce

Here on The B2B Lead, we are all about helpful how-tos. Mashable is a great source for how-to do just about anything online. Brenna Ehrlich compiled a great list on HOW TO: Do Almost Anything Online in 2010. The list covers professional goals, lifestyle goals, fun and a bonus section

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

B2B Ads From the Past

Sales Lead Insights

I always find it interesting to take a look at the work done by our predecessors in B2B marketing. In post in Jackie West’s UK Industrial Marketing Blog , she mentions Richard Stone’s Insights into PR and Online Marketing blog post where he links to The Vintage Ad Browser.

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New Year, New Projects, New Writer?

WriteSpark

You may be coming back to work after the holiday break with new funds in your budget and a long list of new marcom projects to complete. Is it time to expand your list of project resources with new freelance writers? You may already have a good working relationship with one or more freelancers.great!

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5 Outbound Calling Best Practices

Smashmouth Marketing

Dialing the phone all day is a task. I have one guy who calls it panning for gold. He'll say he just swished the phone 20 times, found 4 shiny objects and none were gold. Then an hour later he'll yell "Eureka!" when he does successfully set an appointment.

The 6 essential rules of a website redesign – Ignore them at your.

Industrial Marketing Today

Is you current website an asset or a liability? Is it so outdated that you avoid sending prospects and customers to your site? It may be time to invest in your online presence. The one thing that this recession has taught B2B marketers

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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!

The 4 P’s to Social Media Marketing

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Ok ok – based on the great response I got from my readers on my last blog post The 4 C’s of B2B Marketing I thought I would try to apply the same principle to Social Media Marketing. Frankly, I have been brewing this post for a while now and its time to let it loose.

Leverage Your Current Customers at Your Next Trade Show

Reachforce

At a trade show, you are all about talking to as many people (hopefully qualified leads) as you can. But don't forget about your current customers that may be at the show. More than likely you will have a few current customers already attending the events you sponsor. Oftentimes with

Social Media Marketing Tips from the Experts: Rick Burnes

Webbiquity

Late last year, I sat in on a couple of social media marketing webinars from two of the best: Rick Burnes , Marketing Manager at HubSpot , and Chris Abraham of Abraham Harrison , along with Sally Falkow of Expansion Plus. Here are some of the key takeaways on using social media effectively.

Why the volume and quality of interactions with customers has to pass for social media ROI

Chris Koch

Image by LollyKnit via Flickr. I wish I could say that social media leads to sales. I really do. But I can’t. And I haven’t encountered anyone else who can either, have you? So when we think about social media ROI, we need to make a leap of faith.

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.

Demand Gen's State of The Union Address - If Obama Were a Marketing/Sales Exec

Smashmouth Marketing

Last night I heard a few sound bites in Obama's State of the Union Address that brought to mind what I hear from sales and marketing folks daily. So here are a few interpretations had the president been talking about Demand Gen. "We We do not give up. We do not quit.

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The Top 10 Silly Marketing Mistakes B2B Marketers Make: Your Input Wanted (and Rewarded)!

Sales Lead Insights

We can’t promise to make you famous, but if you share your top 10 list of silly mistakes that B2B marketers make, we’ll include you in our upcoming e-book. My good friend, fellow blogger and B2B marcom consultant Dianna Huff and I are putting together an e-book on the top 10 silly B2B marketing mistakes — and we want you to be part of it! Here’s how: Use our special survey link to tell us what you think are the top 10 B2B marketing mistakes that others make.

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Sharing is how you build a Brand

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In a recent BusinessWeek article featuring Tony Hsieh from Zappos – they closed with a quote from Tony “Sharing is how we build our brand.&# And I couldn’t help but agree.

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Pre-show Marketing to Drive More Trade Show Leads

Reachforce

Aren't we all looking for ways to draw more people to our trade show booth? Start by generating traffic before the show. Do whatever you can to get on the attendee's short list of must see sponsors. Here are a few ideas for pre-show marketing: Send pre-show emails and/or direct mail

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.

Best Cool Web Tools of 2009, Part 1

Webbiquity

Looking for a more powerful way to share presentations online? Consolidate your online profiles and social networking presence? Create a cool Twiiter background even if you’re not the artistic type? Generate word-of-word referrals? Use social media more effectively for research? You’ll find tools for all of those tasks and others in this collection of more of the best cool online tools. SlideSix.

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Microsoft Partner Fills Forecast with PointClear Sales Leads

ViewPoint

B2B Experts from Webinar - 10 Tips for Improving Your B2B Demand Gen Program with Inbound & Outbound Marketing

Smashmouth Marketing

Thursday I did a webinar with NetProspex (Slideshare below) and in it I referenced 10 experts that I rely on for B2B Demand Gen knowledge and insights. They are listed below, and you can find them in my twitter list: [link] ps. Webinar Tip of the Day: Other than the person speaking, make sure all Panelists and Moderators have their phones on Mute. We had an echo for the first 6 minutes. Frustrating.

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ClickInsights: Mistakes to avoid in copy used for lead generation

Ambal's Amusings

One of the purposes of writing copy is to generate leads. What are the challenges in writing good copy that not only educates prospects and customers but also draws them in as leads for your business?

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).