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.

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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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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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ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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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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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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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Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

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.

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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Microsoft Partner Fills Forecast with PointClear Sales Leads

ViewPoint

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 Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

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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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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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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Bye Bye, Advertising Madmen. Hello, Marketing Nurturers.

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Many of us are pretty enamored with the television series Madmen , with its portrayal of advertising industry “madmen” who worked at the agencies behind the scenes, smoking incessantly, fueling their creativity with gallons of alcohol, and relieving stress with illicit affairs.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

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.

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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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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Content Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2010

Webbiquity

What does 2010 hold for content marketing? ClickPredictions: Key Content Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2010 , an intriguing ebook just released by Marketo and ClickDocuments , attempts to provide some answers.

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How ZoomInfo Enhances Your ABM Strategy

For marketing teams to develop a successful account-based marketing strategy, they need to ensure good data is housed within its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. More specifically, updated data can help organizations outline key accounts for their campaigns. And to begin the targeting process, marketing teams must develop an Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) with appropriate firmographic and behavioral data to ensure they’re going after the correct audience.Download this eBook to learn how to start improving your marketing team's data!