October, 2010

The 39 Social Media Tools I’ll Use Today

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It's Budget Season - B2B Marketing Budget Trends for 2011

Everything Technology Marketing

MarketingSherpa asked more than 900 B2B marketers how they expect their marketing budgets to change for 2011. The results are in: The majority of B2B organizations are increasing marketing budgets for inbound marketing tactics, including social media, virtual events and webinars, SEO and PPC.

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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

5 Corporate B2B Blogs That You Should Copy

Anything Goes Marketing

The importance of blogs in your B2B marketing mix can't be overlooked. Blogs are too important in keeping customers and future customers informed about your industry, your products and your company, driving people to your website, and generating leads. A recent study by Hubspot found that those companies that use blogs generate 67% more leads than those that don't. However, anyone that can open a.

The Marketing Landscape: Where Data and Content Merge

Understand the importance of good data and good content and how they work together to help your marketing efforts.

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B2B Market Segmentation – Part 2: How to Approach Segmentation

Everything Technology Marketing

In part one of our segmentation series , we discussed the importance of and rationale behind market segmentation. Let's take a closer look at actual implementation of market segmentation.

How To Focus On Your Marketing Plan

Marketing Insider Group

I started writing this article a month ago but became sidetracked when I realized that marketing plans were as unavoidable (and as important) as Death and Taxes. And while we all try to avoid these topics, the best way to deal with them

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What the Future Holds for B2B Social Media Marketing

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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.

Make No Mistake: How Worst-Practices Derail Successful ABM Efforts

This Quick Study Slide Show from Node identifies the common mistakes of ABM executions and offers practical advice to help teams avoid them.

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.

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

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

Top-7 Challenges for B2B Marketers

Everything Technology Marketing

According to MarketingSherpa , the top challenges for B2B marketers are becoming, well, more challenging.

Marketing, Death and Taxes

Marketing Insider Group

So Marketing may not be as unavoidable as death and taxes, but lately it is becoming harder and harder to escape. As a marketing professional, I am not proud of our reputation as SPAM-ers. It seems as if the lower our outbound marketing

Developing a Conversational Approach

Speaker: Carlos Hidalgo, CEO & Founder of VisumCx

B2B buyers are self-guiding their purchase journey, consuming more content along their purchase path and involving more stakeholders in the final decision. Therefore, it is necessary for B2B marketing teams to align to this purchase path and to the buying committees. This is not accomplished by creating more content or sending more communication, the key to success is establishing a conversation with your buyers that engages them in a meaningful dialogue and ultimately converts them to a customer.

Integrate Social Networks with your Corporate Website with ‘Social Sign On’

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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.

Using Customer Stories to Nurture Leads

NuSpark

Are you still using one-size-fits-all case studies in your marketing? You might be causing your sales efforts more harm than good. Here are some secrets that will help you write better case studies for lead nurturing and content marketing. A few years ago, the CEO of the company asked me to manage our sales references. Our prospects often asked our sales representatives if they could speak to a few of our … [ visit site to read more ].

Should we stop marketing to the CIO?

Chris Koch

Technology marketers have spent the last 25 years trying to get and keep the attention of the people with their hands on the technology tiller inside multi-billion dollar organizations, CIOs. And for nearly that long, pundits have been predicting that the CIO role would become extinct, and that the strategic decisions about technology would be subsumed into the business. Those pundits have always been wrong. But this time, they may finally be right—at least about certain types of CIOs.

7 Common Marketing Mistakes and strategies to avoid them

This white paper addresses the 7 most common challenges marketers hit when marketing products, solutions, or services and offers proven advice on how to avoid these missteps and improve the success of your marketing efforts.

Guest Post: Best Practices in Marketing Automation

LeadSloth

By: Lisa J. Cramer, President & Co-Founder, LeadLife Solutions. There are certainly a lot of capabilities within marketing automation. As such there are a variety of best practices to be followed in order to maximize the use of these systems.

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

What did Don Draper know that we may have forgotten? (Part 1)

The Content Factor

Most of you know Don Draper as the iconic, chain smoking, hard driving, client schmoozing ad man on the show "Mad Men." Being in marketing, I’m always amazed that in every pitch to a client, Don always hinges a million-dollar contract on one or two simple things, such as a tag line or a visual.

Are Marketers Measuring Their Success or Someone Else’s?

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Top 56 B2B Marketing Posts for September 2010

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

Best of B2B Marketing for September 2010. Great stuff in the B2B Marketing world in September. Here are the top items based on social signals. Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2010 (So Far) - Webbiquity , September 1, 2010 Social media has fundamentally altered the practice of public relations. And as any blogger can tell you, PR pros understand this, as witnessed by the incredible increase in blogger outreach “pitches&# from corporate PR departments and firms over the past two years.

9.5 Ways Your B2B Marketing Can Be More Creative

MLT Creative

I recently wrote a guest post for The Social CMO , “ B2B marketing without creative has no punch ,” which included a list I thought I’d share on this blog as well. Don’t be lazy. You’re in a competitive sport; be professional about it.

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Which Types of Form Fields Lower Landing Page Conversions?

Hubspot

This post is a sneak-peak preview of the upcoming Science of Lead Generation webinar where you'll learn about the real data and science behind getting more leads from your website. Register now to reserve your spot.

1-Page SWOT Analysis with Action Items

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. A SWOT Analysis may have a simple presentation, but the analysis is the hard part. My clients have really appreciated this 1-page SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis with Action items.

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30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Neuroscientists Discover “WIIFM” Center in Brain…

Writing on the Web

Through the magic of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), neuroscientists are able to look inside the brains of consumers while reading marketing messages.

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Social CRM: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Paul Gillin

If you’re a marketer in a medium-to large-sized B2B company, you’re almost certainly using customer relationship management (CRM) software to track your customers and prospects.

The Future of Social CRM

Sales Intelligence View

The Future of Social CRM Social CRM is growing up but still in its toddler phase. Being molded as a process to monitor, engage and manage social conversations or relationships with existing customers or prospective customers. The Social CRM can be a stand alone application or integrated within your existing CRM solution like Salesforce.com. The [.]. Sales Intelligence Social CRM b2b sales CRM crm 2.0 Enterprise 2.0

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Are Your White Papers Accomplishing Your Lead Generating Goals?

NuSpark

Many companies have noticed that their white papers aren’t attracting the attention they once did. With all the shiny new toys available in marketing today, some are even asking the question, “Is the traditional white paper dead?”. A better question to ask might be, “Am I using white papers correctly?” Sadly, often the answer is “No.”.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale.