December, 2008

Don't Stop B2B Marketing During The Holidays

Smashmouth Marketing

As regular as Halloween and football, this time of year Green Leads usually hears the following questions from both new and existing clients. Why should we do appointment setting during the holiday months? Plus it's Q4, who has time for introductory appointments anyway?" Here are some points to ponder and they are relevant to all marketing programs, not just to appointment setting. The general message is to maintain momentum and take advantage of the time of year, not to shy away from it.

C Level Tweeters

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The following is a list of confirmed C Level Executives that are using Twitter. If you have names that should be added to this list, please post them using the comments feature at the bottom of this post and I’ll get it included ASAP - please send me - full name, title, agency/firm, and Twitter URL. I have also created a feed so you can subscribe to all of them in one feed - This is your one stop shop for hear what the C Suite is saying.

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How to use social media for lead generation

B2B Lead Generation

I’ve been blogging for over five years. When I started, there wasn’t a business case on the ROI of blogging, nor was there a lot written on B2B lead generation. I started blogging because I wanted to share with everyone what I thought were useful B2B lead generation ideas, tips, and resources – material that I was already freely giving to my clients. I have to say, my expectations were pretty low.

How Marketers Can Help Salespeople Succeed with Large Companies

WriteSpark

Many technology products are sold to large companies or organizations, yet marketers are often insulated from the day-to-day challenges of that sales activity. Jill Konrath's book Selling to Large Companies is an essential

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.

10 Tips for Using Twitter And Email Marketing for B2B

Anything Goes Marketing

I was told that every blog needs a "top 10 post" and I thought today would be a good day to write one on a topic that is growing in popularity. That topic is Twitter and how best to use this tool for your B2B marketing efforts. I thought I would take a stab at providing tips on blending a tried and true tool like email with Twitter.

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Smashmouth Review - ConnectAndSell, Off to the Sales 2.0 Races

Smashmouth Marketing

If new clients for your business is a pure numbers game, then you have to look at ConnectAndSell. This is one Sales 2.0 offering that I have to rave about! A friend of ours recommended CAS a year ago and at first were reluctant. It seemed like a predictive dialer/call center offshore mashup and didn't resonate and for the price seemed like it would be questionably worth it. But then over the summer a good client of ours told us they were achieving results with it (thanks Char!).

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Brands that Tweet

Buzz Marketing for Technology

There has been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not brands should be on Twitter. Quite frankly I really enjoy and appreciate some of the brands that I follow on Twitter because they give me news about their brand without me having to go find it. If you are thinking about whether your brand should be on Twitter - Here is just some of the discussions occurring about branding with Twitter BusinessWeek piece on Brands that Tweet Do brands belong on Twitter?

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The 20 Best CRM Blogs of 2008

B2B Lead Generation

Inside CRM ranked the top CRM blogs based on their insights, readability and frequency of posting. I'm honored to have been included on the list. As I read over the list (which includes 20 blogs) I discovered some new ones worth reading along with bloggers already follow like Jim Berkowitz, who writes the CRM Mastery Blog ; John Jantsch, Duct Tape Marketing Blog and Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba who write the Church of the Customer Blog. I feel honored to be included in such great company.

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Enable Sales & Marketing with Buyer Persona Scenarios

Tony Zambito

In our new dynamic world, where nothing stays the same for any long periods of time, the difference competitively may be in the ability to anticipate.   Many successful corporations have stayed ahead of the pack due to their ability to read the market and anticipate how their customers will behave.   In sports, accuracy is tied to anticipation.   For example, an All-Pro quarterback is often touted for his pinpoint accuracy.

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!

How to Prevent List Attrition yet Drive Event Attendance

Anything Goes Marketing

This week's blog post was inspired by an idea by Yaro Starak over at Entrepreneurs-journey.com who suggested to look for blog ideas by scanning Facebook groups. I decided to do a quick scan on Linkedin instead and found a great topic on email marketing. Here is the question that was asked: How does your company email customers about events and web seminars without sending too many emails to the same customer that may share several products within a product line?

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Simplifying Demand Generation Usability Assessment: No Obvious Answers

Customer Experience Matrix

My feelings are hurt, people. No one has commented on last week’s post about usability measurement. I know it’s not the world’s most fascinating topic but I really wanted some feedback. And I do, after all, know how many people visit the site each day. Based on those numbers, there are a lot of you who have chosen not to help me. Oh well, no grudges here -- ‘tis the season and all that.

Smashmouth Review - ConnectAndSell, Off to the Sales 2.0 Races

Smashmouth Marketing

If new clients for your business is a pure numbers game, then you have to look at ConnectAndSell. This is one Sales 2.0 offering that I have to rave about! A friend of ours recommended CAS a year ago and at first were reluctant. It seemed like a predictive dialer/call center offshore mashup and didn't resonate and for the price seemed like it would be questionably worth it. But then over the summer a good client of ours told us they were achieving results with it (thanks Char!).

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CMO of the Future

Buzz Marketing for Technology

The CMO title barely existed 15 years ago but it is already undergoing a significant transformation. There are some major shifts in landscape in which they operate: changes in Technology, Consumer Behavior and the Media Landscape. In a recent research report entitled Future Tense: the Global CMO published by the Economist Intelligence Unit I hope to recap some of the most salient points of this paper as I see them.

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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.

Share your marketing 'wisdom' with Sherpa readers worldwide

B2B Lead Generation

I wanted to be sure to let you know that MarketingSherpa is gathering content for its seventh annual “wisdom report.” It’s a great opportunity for you to share your top 2008 story – and get back lessons learned from colleagues worldwide. Marketing Wisdom from the Field Report” will be published in January and distributed free to all MarketingSherpa readers. Here are a few suggestions for ‘wisdom’ stories: -Test campaign that worked better (or worse) than anticipated.

Streamline Customer Acquisition to Grow With Reduced Funding

Marketo

Ken Ross recently wrote on the Expert CEO blog about the future of Software as a Service in today's economy. Although he discusses software in particular, I think his arguments apply to any company that needs to grow in today's economy without using significant amount of capital. Historically, SaaS companies needed a significant amount of funding to get to cash flow breakeven.

The Best of B2B Search Marketing 2008

Proteus B2B Marketing

Articles and blog postings on B2B search marketing are often hard to find. At Search Engine Land, we’re fortunate to have a stable of experts who regularly contribute great content and make the Strictly Business column a success. But during the year, I’ve found a lot of other great content, too. I chose 30 of [.].

A Modest Proposal for Demand Generation Usability Measurement

Customer Experience Matrix

As Tuesday’s post suggested, my thoughts on usability measurement have now crystallized. To provide a meaningful and consistent comparison of usability across demand generation vendors, you could: 1. Define a set of business scenarios that must be supported by the system. Each scenario would describe a type of marketing campaign and the system tasks required to run it. These tasks would cover system set-up, materials creation, campaign design, execution and evaluation.

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.

Lead Gen 2.0 - Social Media & Search Alone Won't Attract C-Level Buyers

Smashmouth Marketing

Social media is all the rage right now, and it should be. It is shaping how people communicate, how companies and people brand themselves, how we educate ourselves and how we grow our network. Lead generation in the world of b2b can be enhanced by social media, especially with early adopters, techies, and the net-gen crowd. However, many of us are trying to sell to the highest level decision makers, C and VP level executives.

Social Media Budget Ratio

Buzz Marketing for Technology

After my last post on the Media Budget Ratio I got a question out on the Marketing 2.0 community by Scott Zosel about how much should you allocate for Social Media in your budget? Great question Scott and you inspired me to write this post. So here it goes. The cost of the technology used for social media is rather low.

Can a social media strategy boost your lead generation efforts?

B2B Lead Generation

I came across a blog this weekend that reinforced my thoughts. This post, written by Christian Fea , CEO of Synertegic, Inc., started off with a this statistic that he found on compete.com: Twitter had around 3 million people visiting the site in 2008, and it grew 640% between November 2007 and November 2008. Ok, so how do we harness all of social media’s potential and use it to build a lead generation system?

Online Marketing Tips: Thought Leadership with Neil Patel

Marketo

The next interview in the B2B Marketing thought leader interview series is with Neil Patel, co-founder of 3 Internet companies, ACS , Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics , through which he has helped Fortune 500 corporations make money via lead management from the web. As an entrepreneur, Neil is continuously experimenting and developing new and cutting edge Internet Marketing tactics. Neil's answers are shorter than our usual interviews, but he still has useful tips!

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.

Words May Reposition a Brand. But They Must Also Define the Task.

Proteus B2B Marketing

We who’ve been in the marketing communications business for years have certainly been exposed to a myriad of brand repositionings in our professional careers…and most likely participated in more than a few as well. Some simple and easy, some incredibly complex, but all with the intention of moving the perception of the brand closer to [.].

Two Interesting Blogs on Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

I noticed a visitor to the Raab Guide to Demand Generation Systems site from a new source the other day, which turned out to be a mention on blog by Jason Stewart of Demandbase. The context was a discussion of system selection and the Raab Guide was paired with a reference to a very excellent series of posts on system selection on Maria Pergolino’s Inbound Marketer blog. Actually, only two of promised three parts are posted, but the first two are well worth a look.

Lead Gen 2.0 - Social Media & Search Alone Won't Attract C-Level Buyers

Smashmouth Marketing

Social media is all the rage right now, and it should be. It is shaping how people communicate, how companies and people brand themselves, how we educate ourselves and how we grow our network. Lead generation in the world of b2b can be enhanced by social media, especially with early adopters, techies and the net-gen crowd. However, many of us are trying to sell to the highest level decision makers, C and VP level executives.

Top 10 Marketing Predictions for 2009

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Joe Pulizzi from Junta42 polled content marketers and social media marketers for their best single prediction for 2009 - see the full list of 42 predictions here. Here is what I would consider the Top 10 predictions from that list David Letterman style.

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.