October, 2010

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.

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.

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

Writing on the Web

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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!

Facebook’s Like Button adds Life to your Content

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Like it or hate it – the Like button is here to stay. In the first week of its launch 50,000 like buttons were integrated on various websites and more than 1M “likes” were registered within 24 hours of its introduction.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 Response Rate Should I Expect From My Campaign?

The Point

On Focus.com , Adam asks: ““What percentage success rate do people (expect from) direct mail campaigns? We (get) 7% response rate when marketing to existing customers and 2% to new customers.”.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

10 Ways to Make Content More Engaging

Writing on the Web

The Content Marketing Institute has hit another home-run with their question to content experts, “ How do you make content more engaging? &# Ten experts responded, including moi , and their answers are illuminating, especially for anyone charged with creating quality content for blogs, social media, and writing for the Web.

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.

Doughnuts and Pizza Slices: Analyzing Consolidation and Competition Among Software Vendors

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: One way to understand consolidation and competitive trends affecting marketing software is to look at systems across several dimensions: how closely they relate to customers; whether they are operational or analytical; and whether they support online or offline activities.

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Demand Gen Cloud: Funnels and Pipelines are Old School

Smashmouth Marketing

Craig Rosenberg, the demand gen expert from Focus.com recently asked me to participate in putting together the eBook, The Focus Experts Guide: Sales and Marketing Pipeline and Funnel. Despite my whimsical title for this blog article (little link-baiting), the eBook is full of industry expert's takes on today's sales and marketing's demand gen and selling flow -- the path from universe to prospect to client.

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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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Eloqua Experience 2010

LeadSloth

This week I attended the Eloqua Experience, Eloqua’s user conference in San Francisco. The big news of this event is the launch of Eloqua 10. It’s the result of 2 years of hard work, and it looks very good. The revamped user interface makes working with Eloqua a lot of fun.

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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!