December, 2009

Fire your Director of Social Media!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

At a recent ANA conference I was interviewing Brian Wallace VP of Digital Marketing and Media for RIM when I heard him say “2 years from now- if I still have a Director of Social Media – I should be fired!&# and after thinking about that I can’t help but agree with him.

Looking for Social Media Policy Examples?

Everything Technology Marketing

Do you hesitate to jump on the social media bandwagon with your company? Concerned about what happens when an employee shares insider information? Social media is inherently dynamic, even chaotic. Provide no guidance and you likely end up damaging your brand. Be too restrictive and your social media initiative will never take off, putting you at a competitive disadvantage.

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Eight reasons to monitor social media and a list of tools for doing it

Chris Koch

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I think that monitoring social media is one of four key aspects of a social media engagement strategy. Social media monitoring is a way to figure out what’s being said about your brand and reveals opportunities for engaging in conversations with customers and influencers. At its most basic, social media monitoring starts with what is known as the “vanity search.”

B2B Search Marketing: 5 Must-Read Tips - Online Marketing Blog

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Online Marketing Blog TopRank's internet marketing blog on the intersection of social media, digital public relations and search engine marketing.

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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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Lead Gen Call Center In The Cloud - Virtual Hybrid

Smashmouth Marketing

When we started Green Leads we set out to build the perfect Virtual Call Center. We accomplished it, and other than not seeing people face-to-face, the way we work is identical to a traditional call center. We can see people's dials, what CRM records they modify, listen in for training, etc.

ClickInsights: What was your "Aha" moment in 2009? - Part 2

Ambal's Amusings

It’s almost the end of the year and we will soon start a fresh one. What is amazing about the end of the year is the festive mood it puts us in. It also puts us in a reflective mood as we ponder over what has transpired and how we have come out of this year stronger than we went in.

Decision Makers Like Details

WriteSpark

I recently participated in a group to evaluate the effectiveness of sales materials produced by an insurance company. The group included people of diverse professions, ages, and life experience.

Great Web Content Raises the Hairs a Bit

The Content Factor

Here's #6 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content." Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.Hallmark of Great Web Content #6: Great Web content is emotional. It raises the hairs a bit.Whether you’re selling financial services to consumers or databases to businesses, remember: Companies don’t buy things; people do. So their purchase decisions.

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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.

Top B2B marketing posts for 2009 (hint: social media)

Chris Koch

Who says B2B marketers are lagging in social media? If they are out there, they aren’t reading this blog. Of the top ten posts on my blog this year, only one did not involve social media. Though I’m supposed to be an objective researcher, I have to admit bias here. I think the social media phenomenon is the most exciting and important thing to hit communications in my lifetime. So writing about this stuff is fun. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it.

10 BtoB Marketers Predictions for 2010

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about some Predictions for 2009 and while I would say 8 out of 10 have already materialized and the other 2 are on their way, it has become clear that this year was the year we past the point of no return on Social Media.

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The Elves Are Making Appointments and Leads

Smashmouth Marketing

We hear this all the time, even from our own reps when they are having a slow week: "December is terrible for lead gen. End of year and the holidays.". True, people have other things on their minds.

ClickLaunch: What Matters NOW - Things to Think About and Do in 2010

Ambal's Amusings

Thunder. Rolling Thunder. You can hear and sense it coming. Similarly, I knew that some fantastic content was coming our way when a few weeks ago, over a cup of hot tea, Rajesh Setty had mentioned to me that he was contributing to an eBook that Seth Godin and Ishita Gupta were putting together.

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.

LoopFuse Offers No-Frills Demand Generation

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: LoopFuse offers attractive but limited demand generation functions at an easy-to-swallow price. It’s been nearly a year since I took my first close look at the LoopFuse OneView demand generation system. I didn't write about them because the vendor was planning some major improvements and it made more sense to publish a review after these in place. We reconnected in December and the product is now ready for its close up.

Thought Leaders are Curators of Content

The Content Factor

I enjoyed this series of short videos by Brian Solis titled "Ideas Connect Us More than Relationships." There are several points here that are relevant to thought leadership, and how social media changes the game.Overall, I appreciate Solis's comments for bringing social media down to earth a bit. Other analyses about social media boil down to: "it's so cool because everybody can say anything.

B2B Marketing Strategies for Small Companies: An Interview with Dianna Huff

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Dianna Huff of DH Communications. Dianna helps businesses with their B2B marketing communications content strategy and implementation.

10 BtoB Marketers Predictions for 2010

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Around this time last year I wrote about some Predictions for 2009 and while I would say 8 out of 10 have already materialized and the other 2 are on their way, it has become clear that this year was the year we past the point of no return on Social Media.

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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.

Lead Gen Strategies: Sales People Should Be Selling, NOT Prospecting

Smashmouth Marketing

This past week a prospect commented that she wanted to explore a third-party lead gen program because their sales reps were spending too much time prospecting and not selling. She said that if they had enough leads they would be SELLING and CLOSING -- not having to do lead gen.

ClickLaunch: Jonathan Kantor's Crafting White Paper 2.0

Ambal's Amusings

We have grown accustomed to short, quick messaging methodologies and unable to read detailed information for a substantial period of time before becoming distracted by events that require our immediate attention. What impact does this have on the readers of our white papers?

Why B2B marketers need to embrace deal marketing

Chris Koch

Honestly, why do we think that sophisticated B2B buyers are going to follow our brands on Twitter or become our fans on Facebook? The answer is we don’t. Even if we believe deeply in the power of social media, we all have that gnawing feeling deep in our guts that says that there’s little reason for a busy, intelligent person to want to receive frequent updates about our brands when those brands produce complex services and products with two-year sales cycles.

Great Web Content Inspires Both Readers and Search Engines

The Content Factor

Here's #5 of a 10-part series on the "The 10 Hallmarks of Great Web Content." Read the full white paper, or view all the blog posts in the series.Hallmark of Great Web Content #5: Great Web content is search-engine friendly--while communicating effectively.Recently I've blogged about how marketers are being tempted to crank-out content to satisfy increasingly voracious search engines. At the end.

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.

B2B Lead Generation by Phone: An Interview with Michael Brown

Sales Lead Insights

This is one of a series of occasional interviews with top practitioners on topics of interest to business-to-business lead generation, marketing and new business development professionals. My guest today is Michael A. Brown. He is the B2B telemarketing and telesales consultant and telemarketing trainer whom I frequently recommend to our clients. Michael, first off, I know you hate to use the word “telemarketing.&#

Making Sense Out of All this Data!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Ok I admit it I am a bit of a data geek but I cant help myself when I see stats like this in a recent study titled How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers. zettabytes of total information used by Americans in their homes far exceeds storage or transmission capacity.

Lead Generation Checklist - Part 1: Conversations, Not Campaigns

Everything Technology Marketing

Lead generation tactis are changing rapidly. The previous transactional approach isn't working anymore, prospects dont want to be sold to but engaged in a conversation about their challenges and learn how a vendor can help solve problems. Think of lead generation as a series of conversations with your audience, not campaigns. Show your prospects that you understand their industry, and specific issues, and that you are interested in building a long term relationship.

ClickLaunch: Bob Gilbreath's The Next Evolution of Marketing

Ambal's Amusings

The old interruptive model of marketing doesn’t work. We know that. So, how do we marketers make meaningful connections with our customers through marketing that is truly valuable to their lives?

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.

Why B2B marketers hate social media

Chris Koch

In a recent post, I offered some hard research data to support the growing importance of social media to B2B. But this time I want to address the legitimate concerns that ITSMA clients give us when we talk about the wonders of social media. The case for social media isn’t just about showing how buyers are flocking to social media. It’s also about addressing the very real concern that in a time of stretched budgets and lean staffs, social media becomes yet another channel to manage.

Holiday Greetings Done Right

Reachforce

Every once in a while I come across a marketing campaign that makes me say, "Why didn't I think of that?" Yesterday, I got a fantastic holiday email from Marketo that I just had to share. Maybe I am just a sucker for a rhyming poem but I love this.

Planning B2B Lead Generation for 2010? Attend this Webcast on January 27th

Sales Lead Insights

Are you responsible for B2B lead generation at a large company?

Making Sense Out of All this Data!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Ok I admit it I am a bit of a data geek but I cant help myself when I see stats like this in a recent study titled How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers 3.6 zettabytes of total information used by Americans in their homes far exceeds storage or transmission capacity.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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