January, 2010

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

LeadSloth

2009 was the year in which Marketing Automation really took off. Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. I have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion. The response was overwhelming: see below for all 18 (!) predictions.

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 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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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. But for B2B Marketing fans I think you need to expand your game around search to start include what I am calling … LinkedIn Search Optimization (LSO).

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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.

Microsoft Partner Fills Forecast with PointClear Sales Leads

ViewPoint

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Why NOT to Publish an Audio or Video Transcript

WriteSpark

This may be marketing heresy today, but I much prefer to read an online article or transcript than to watch a video or listen to a podcast. In part it is because as a writer, I certainly have a bias for the written word. But the primary reason I like text: It allows me to save time by skimming the content for information of interest.

Lead Generation Check list – Part 8: Lead nurturing for lead development

B2B Lead Generation

To help you start the New Year, I’d like to wrap up my Lead Generation Checklist Series with the secret to successful lead generation – and, for that matter, marketing in today’s B2B space: lead nurturing. At it's core, B2B lead generation is about building relationships. In today’s commoditized business climate, the one thing that sets apart companies with a complex sale is how well they build and nurture long-term leads.

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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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. Borden published his 1964 article, Concept of the Marketing Mix. I would argue this killer combo of marketing is mainly for B2C marketing and thus it is best applied to the marketing of products, especially mass retail products.

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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!

There is only one objective in social media: create learning networks

Chris Koch

There is too much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth about social media objectives and strategy these days. We all assume that our organizations are unique and that we must devote great sums of time and money to figuring out what our particular motivation is for social media and how we will carry it out. We’re wired as humans to believe that we are each unique and different—indeed, this perception shoulders the bulk of our self-esteem. And yes, we are all unique. A little.

2010 Will Bring New Features to Demand Generation Systems

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: the demand generation market will continue to grow in 2010, and it may attract some new, big competitors from outside the industry. But the real excitement will be features that expand the scope of demand generation products to support inbound marketing, better measurement, and more efficient content creation. 2009 was a year of tremendous growth for demand generation systems (a.k.a. business-to-business marketing automation.

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! But as the pace of marketing activity picks up throughout 2010, you may need additional freelance copywriters for when: Your current writers are too busy.

Top 20 CRM Blogs of 2009

B2B Lead Generation

Forecasting Clouds ranked the top 20 CRM blogs based on their content, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list of blogs, I discovered some new ones worth reading along with a number of bloggers I already follow. Here's a partial list of the CRM blogs on their list: PGreenblog and CRM: The Conversation – Paul Greenberg. Beagle Consulting Blog – Denis Pombriant. Brent’s Social CRM Blog - Brent Leary. Think Customers: the 1 to 1.

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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.

B-to-B Lead generation: What Enterprise-size Companies Should be Doing Differently in 2010

Sales Lead Insights

If you are responsible for business-to-business lead generation at a large company, don’t miss this webcast! Lead Gen in 2010: Learn What is Working Best Right Now. January 27, 2010 at 11:00 am PST (2:00 pm EST).

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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. It combines a few things you might have read about into one new concept around social media – the 4 P’s of Social Media marketing.

Aberdeen's B2B TeleServices: The 2009 Buyer's Guide—Last Chance

ViewPoint

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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. We need to believe that more engagement between our companies and the people we want to reach is a good thing that ultimately leads to sales—but down a long, narrow, winding path with a few jumps between cliffs thrown in there.

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.

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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LinkedIn for lead generation - Are You the Missing Link?

B2B Lead Generation

It takes time and commitment, but LinkedIn has become ideal venue to nurture relationships and generate new leads, especially for sales people involved in a complex sale. On that topic, I wrote an guest article for MarketingProfs, titled " 10 Tips for Using LinkedIn to Generate Leads." MarketingProfs decided to make it a "premium article" so it's available only to paid subscribers. You can read some of the ideas I shared in this summary article published by MarketingProfs.

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2010 Content Marketing Trends and Predictions

Ambal's Amusings

FREE eBook from Marketo and ClickDocuments : ClickPredictions: Key Content Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2010. Content marketing is changing like never before at a faster pace than we’ve seen in the last 100 years. Companies that learn the new marketing lessons, and implement them well, will be big winners going forward. Those that play by yesterday’s rules will lose. So what are these new rules ? What is the future of content marketing?

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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. Whether you are a CMO’s of a B2C or B2B Marketing team the key in this next decade is sharing and the key to sharing is Content! Some people call it Content Marketing (Junta42) some people call it Inbound Marketing (HubSpot) but the meaning is basically the same.

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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.

Selling Power: Qualified Leads Help One IT Services Provider Grow

ViewPoint

Genius Marketing Automation Blog Posts

LeadSloth

Some of you may know that I’ve been a guest blogger at Genius.com since last summer. The main topic has been Marketing Automation , with several other online marketing topics blended in. On the Genius blog I have some nice introductory articles, so I wanted to provide some links to those post here on the LeadSloth blog. Marketing Automation. These posts are about Marketing Automation and Lead Management: Lead Management Introduction. Lead Management Features.

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. Once they developed a short list of vendors for consideration, they contacted the companies (using phones, which were connected via wires) and the companies sent them (printed) sales collateral by mail (postal, that is). Then sales people would contact the prospects and use a “consultative&# sales process.

Target Your B2B Lead Generation Efforts by Vertical and Job Title

B2B Lead Generation

I thought this post by Carolyn Goodman for Target Marketing Magazine was a good reminder of how we can improve our lead-gen results by simply being more targeted with our messaging. I know this is a basic idea and many of you do this this already but knowing something and actually doing it are two different things. This article prompted me to make sure that my team and I are doing this consistently because talking or writing about it isn't enough. Hopefully, it will prompt you too.

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.