October, 2010

50 (of the) Best Twitter Guides, Stats, Tips and Tools of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

While a dwindling number of business executives still dismiss Twitter as a waste of time, recent research suggests it is one of the most valuable social networks for business.

Are Marketers Measuring Their Success or Someone Else’s?

B2B Lead Generation

Everyone’s getting squeezed for ROI. This is nothing new but the pressure is even higher for marketers who are looking at proving their revenue contribution. We've all heard the stories about the accolade-winning marketing campaigns that didn't move the sales needle.

Inbound Marketing Tactics to Get Bulk of B2B Marketing Budgets in 2011

Industrial Marketing Today

As we head into November and the start of the Holiday Season, B2B marketers are getting into their budgeting mode.

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5 Sales Closing Techniques

Marketing Insider Group

With all of the discussion on marketing and sales, I thought it made sense to bring in a sales persepctives and guidance to the site. The following excerpt is certainly important to sales and comes from my colleague, Rob Krekstein

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

7 Ways to Market to the Subconscious Brain: The Homer Simpson Guide to Content Marketing

Writing on the Web

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Measuring the Impact of Social Media in B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Forrester recently released a report by Laura Ramos and Augie Ray on How to Assess the Impact of Social Media in B2B Tech Marketing. While B2B marketers have been ramping up social media activities over the past 18 months, not all are seeing the outcomes they’d hoped for.

B2B Lead Generation Roundtable: A Heated Sales and Marketing Alignment Debate

B2B Lead Generation

When I asked members of the B2B Lead Generation Roundtable on LinkedIn how companies can improve alignment between sales and marketing, our discussion board was inundated with keen insight and brutal honesty.

Marketing Automation vs. Inbound Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

If you believe everything you read (and lately there’s been a lot) about marketing automation, you’d think it is the killer app to solve all your lead generation problems. Then there are scores of B2B marketers who swear by inbound marketing as the path to lead generation nirvana. How do you separate hype from reality, especially when it comes to industrial marketing? Are we comparing apples to oranges when we talk about marketing automation versus inbound marketing?

Be A Hero: Choose Appointment Setting for Your Next Campaign

Marketing Insider Group

Telemarketing services are continuing to grow in popularity, due to the low cost and high ROI; however, the difficulty lies in which telemarketing tactic to utilize. In my 20 years of sales and telemarketing experience I have

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

Content Marketing that Speaks to the Old Brain

Writing on the Web

You get better results with your content marketing when you speak to the “ old brain ,&# the one that’s also known as the primitive brain or the survival brain. Knowing how the brain works will help you write better as well as help you with presentations to influence others.

3 More ROIs in Social Media – Conversations Leads and Advocates

Buzz Marketing for Technology

If you follow me you know I talk a lot about the ROI of Social Media since I happen to have stumbled on a great ROI using Social Media in providing support for our customers at Avaya.

What’s the Best Social Media Monitoring Tool? It Depends

Webbiquity

Until fairly recently, keeping track of your organization’s online presence was relatively easy. Other than your company’s website, most mentions were likely in well-known online news sites or trade industry publication sites. Your PR team was aware of most of these as it often had a hand in generating those placements. A simple tool like Google Alerts would pick up most stray citations. No more.

Closing the loop: Why don't sales people update the CRM and what can be done about it?

B2B Lead Generation

Companies that adopt a closed-loop process connecting marketing and sales report a higher return on marketing investment (RMOI) than those that don’t. But RMOI just isn’t going to happen if your closed loop is a black hole. And that’s certainly the case at too many organizations judging from the feedback I received at my presentation this week at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit. (If

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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!

High-Performance Email Marketing for Attracting and Engaging.

Industrial Marketing Today

B2B and industrial marketers continue to favor email marketing over other direct marketing channels. Today, it has matured to the point where marketers can deliver highly focused email campaigns to the right audience at the right time

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The New Marketing Accountability

Marketing Insider Group

The most popular posts on B2B Marketing Insider over the last few weeks have a common theme: accountability and The Role of B2B Marketing. You can review both How To Align Marketing With Sales and Marketing Leads: Quality Vs

Neuromarketing Books for Marketing to Brains

Writing on the Web

If you want to know more about how to write content that makes an impact on the brains of your readers, here are some interesting sites and books about the emerging field of neuromarketing.

Facebook can’t be stopped and here’s why!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I am just putting the finishing touches on the 2nd Edition of Facebook Marketing for Dummies (Wiley) with my co-author Rich Krueger (and BTW we have sold over 20,000 copies in less than a year!). We also just completed Facebook Advertising for Dummies (Wiley) which is due to ship in November.

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.

Inbound Marketing Summit Speakers: Twitter List #IMS10

Smashmouth Marketing

Today I'm attending New Marketing Lab's Inbound Marketing Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (killer spot for a conference, btw). Highlight of the day is always Chris Brogan's down to earth, almost "stand up" quality talks. He is always insightful, practical, and spot on with his delivery.

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Improve Lead Generation: Top Takeaways from MarketingSherpa's B2B Marketing Summit

B2B Lead Generation

If you didn’t get a chance to attend MarketingSherpa's B2B Summit in San Francisco a last week, you missed an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge you could have used right away for better results. I had a great time. For me, what was most valuable was learning and connecting with fellow attendees and hearing about how they’re driving results for their companies. I’m looking forward to gaining even more insight at the B2B Marketing Summit in Boston, October 25-26.

Add Google Analytics to Emails and Gain B2B Lead Generation Intelligence

Industrial Marketing Today

While working on an email campaign for a client who markets to manufacturers in the Process Controls and Automation industry, I was asked if there was an easy way to combine web analytics with email marketing. He was already using Google Analytics (GA) to monitor his Web site. However, there really wasn’t a good way for him to track site activity after each email campaign went out.

Enjoy A Demand Funnel Cocktail

Marketing Insider Group

I was recently asked by the good folks over at Focus to participate in an exciting project and the first edition of the “Book of Funnels“. The challenge was this: put all your thoughts on the marketing and sales funnel into one page and

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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.

10 Ways to Make Content More Engaging

Writing on the Web

13 questions about social media and thought leadership

Chris Koch

Earlier this week I participated in one of MarketingProfs’ TechChats (just do a Twitter search on the #TechChat hashtag to find the dialogue). It’s a warm-up for the great dialogues we’ll be having at MarketingProfs’ SocialTech conference later this month in San Jose, where I’ll be speaking about social media and the B2B buying process. If you’re in B2B marketing, you gotta go to this thing. All the top social media pros will be there and the focus will be all B2B. I can’t wait.

Top Challenges for B2B Marketers

Reachforce

As evidenced by a recent MarketingSherpa survey, the top challenges for B2B marketers continue to be generating high quality leads and generating enough of them. Not surprisingly, these are becoming more pertinent year over year. What's interesting is that many marketers are building more sophisticated lead scoring and lead nurturing methodologies

Why Companies Buy Marketing Automation Software

The Point

Recently, Lauren Carlson of research site Software Advice wrote a very perceptive and timely piece entitled “ Tailwinds for Marketing Automation Software ” about the broader market trends that, in her view, are driving the increased adoption of marketing automation technology.

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).