June, 2007

B2B Lead Generation Blog: The Physics of Trigger Events for Lead Generation

B2B Lead Generation

intouch_trigger_events_list most buyers aren't ready to buy when we're ready to sell. this trite but true observation has significant implications when it comes to lead generation. it means that we must continue to nurture viable

Driving More Web Traffic: The Community Effect

Anything Goes Marketing

I was at a wedding this past weekend and I was talking to a 10 and 12 year old who were avid "gamers" (video game players). As a side note I equate gaming with gambling as they both can be costly and are ridiculously addictive.

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James Taylor on His New Book

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A few months ago, James Taylor of Fair Isaac asked me to look over a proof of Smart (Enough) Systems , a book he has co-written with industry guru Neil Raden of Hired Brains. The topic, of course, is enterprise decision management, which the book explains in great detail. It has now been released (you can order through Amazon or James or Neil), so I asked James for a few comments to share. What did you hope to accomplish with this book? Fame and fortune.

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Blogger: Redirecting

Buzz Marketing for Technology

You're about to be redirected. The blog that used to be here is now at [link] Do you wish to be redirected? This blog is not hosted by Blogger and has not

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!

Tumri Advertiser Launched – Aims to be Adsense 2.0

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Last week I was briefed on the new online advertising platform that Tumri is launching today. Flush with $16.5

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B2B Lead Generation Blog: Podcast: Interview with MarketingSherpas Anne Holland

B2B Lead Generation

Would you like some inspiration or some fresh ideas for your marketing and lead generation strategy? If so, MarketingSherpa just released their “Business Technology Marketing Benchmark Guide 2007-08” and I had the privilege to interview

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Online Lead Generation and Management Strategies that Get Results

B2B Lead Generation

back in 2005, i did an 11 city speaking tour sponsored by globalspec to teach manufacturers how to become better at lead generation, lead management and lead nurturing. i traveled with guy maser vp of marketing for globalspec and i

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Social Media Pundits Disconnect from B2B Marketing

B2B Lead Generation

as someone in b2b, do you feel left out of the social media buzz? i read a good article on "what's wrong with social media for b2b marketing" by john miller who also writes the modern b2b marketing blog

B2B Lead Generation Blog: Podcast: The New Rules of Marketing & PR Interview with David Meerman Scott

B2B Lead Generation

final_nrmpr_cover_2. before the internet and social media tools, companies could only communicate through the filter of advertising or media ink placed by a pr firm. but fortunately the rules have changed

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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.

Free Data as in Free Beer

Customer Experience Matrix

I found myself wandering the aisles at the American Library Association national conference over the weekend. Plenty of publishers, library management systems and book shelf builders, none of which are particularly relevant to this blog (although there was at least one “loyalty” system for library patrons). There was some search technology but nothing particularly noteworthy.

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Using Lifetime Value to Measure the Value of Data Quality

Customer Experience Matrix

As readers of this blog are aware, I’ve reluctantly backed away from arguing that lifetime value should be the central metric for business management. I still think it should, but haven’t found managers ready to agree. But even if LTV isn’t the primary metric, it can still provide a powerful analytical tool. Consider, for example, data quality. One of the challenges facing a data quality initiative is how to justify the expense. Lifetime value provides a framework for doing just that.

Unica Paper Gives Marketing Measurement Tips

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If the wisdom of Plato can’t solve our marketing measurement problems, perhaps we can look to industry veteran Fred Chapman, currently with enterprise marketing software developer Unica. Fred recently gave a Webinar on Marketing Effectively on Your Terms and Your Time which did an excellent job laying out issues and solutions for today’s marketers.

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Plato's View of Marketing Performance Measurement

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I reread Plato’s Protagoras over the weekend for a change of pace. What makes that relevant here is Socrates’ contention that virtue is the ability to measure accurately—in particular, the ability to measure the amount of good or evil produced by an activity. Socrates’ logic is that people always seek the greatest amount of good (which he equates with pleasure), so different choices simply result from different judgments about which action will produce the most good.

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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.

Accenture Paper Offers Simplified CRM Planning Approach

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As I’ve pointed out many times before, consultants love their 2x2 matrices. Our friends at Accenture have once again illustrated the point with a paper “ Surveying and Building Your CRM Future ,” whose subtitle promises “a New CRM Software Decision-Making Model”. Yep, the model is a matrix, dividing users into four categories based on data “density” (volume and update frequency) and business process uniqueness (need for customization).

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Hosted Software Enters the Down Side of the Hype Cycle

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“ SMB SaaS sales robust, but holdouts remain ” reads the headline on a piece from SearchSMB.com Website. For the acronym impaired, SMB is “small and medium sized business” and SaaS is “software as a service”, a.k.a. hosted systems.) The article quotes two recent surveys, one by Saugatuck Technology and the other by Gartner.

Autonomy Ultraseek Argues There's More to Search Than You-Know-Who

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In case I didn’t make myself clear yesterday , my conclusion about balanced scorecard software is that the systems themselves are not very interesting, even though the concept itself can be extremely valuable. There’s nothing wrong with that: payroll software also isn’t very interesting, but people care deeply that it works correctly. In the case of balanced scorecards, you just need something to display the data—fancy dashboard-style interfaces are possible but not really the point.

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Looking for Balanced Scorecard Software

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I haven’t been able to come up with an authoritative list of major balanced scorecard software vendors. UK-based consultancy 2GC lists more than 100 in a helpful database with little blurbs on each, but they include performance management systems that are not necessarily for balanced scorecards. The Balanced Scorecard Collaborative , home of balanced scorecard co-inventor David P. Norton, lists two dozen products they have certified as meeting true balanced scorecard criteria.

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.

Why Balanced Scorecards Haven't Succeeded at Marketing Measurement

Customer Experience Matrix

All this thinking about the overwhelming number of business metrics has naturally led me consider balanced scorecards as a way to organize metrics effectively. I think it’s fair to say that balanced scorecards have had only modest success in the business world: the concept is widely understood, but far from universally employed. Balanced scorecards make an immense amount of sense.

So Many Measures, So Little Time

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been collating lists of marketing performance metrics from different sources, which is exactly as much fun as it sounds. One result that struck me was how little overlap I found: on two big lists of just over 100 metrics each, there were only 24 in common. These were fundamental concepts like market share, customer lifetime value, gross rating points, and clickthrough rate.

Ace Hardware Fits Ads to Customer Context

Customer Experience Matrix

As you almost certainly didn’t notice, I didn’t make a blog post yesterday. For no logical reason, this makes me feel guilty. So, since I happened to just see an interesting article, I’ll make two today. A piece in this week’s BrandWeek describes a promotion by Ace Hardware that will allow people who are tracking a hurricane to find a nearby hardware store (" Look Like Rain? Ace Hardware Hopes So ", BrandWeek , June 6, 2007).

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eWeek: Semantic Web Shows Convergence of Search and Data Integration

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This week’s eWeek has an unusually lucid article explaining the Semantic Web. The article presents the Semantic Web as a way to tag information in a structured way and make it searchable via the Web. I think this oversimplifies a bit by leaving out the importance of the relationships among the tags, which are part of the “semantic” framework and what makes the queries able to return non-trivial results.

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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.

A Small But Useful Thought

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I’ve been continuing my research into marketing performance measurement. Nothing earth-shattering to report, but I did come across one idea worth sharing. I saw a couple of examples where a dashboard graph displayed two measures that represent trade-offs: say, inventory level vs. out-of-stock conditions, or call center time per call vs. call center cross-sell revenue. Showing two compensatory metrics together at least ensures the implicit trade-off is visible.

Data Visualization Is Just One Part of a Dashboard System

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Following Friday’s post on dashboard software, I want to emphasize that data visualization techniques are really just one element of those systems, and not necessarily the most important. Dashboard systems must gather data from source systems; transform and consolidate it; place it in structures suited for high-speed display and analysis; identify patterns, correlations and exceptions; and make it accessible to different users within the constraints of user interests, skills and authorizations.

Dashboard Software: Finding More than Flash

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve been reading a lot about marketing performance metrics recently, which turns out to be a drier topic than I can easily tolerate—and I have a pretty high tolerance for dry. To give myself a bit of a break without moving too far afield, I decided to research marketing dashboard software. At least that let me look at some pretty pictures.

Blogger: Redirecting

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Last week (after I recorded a podcast with Malcolm) I got to hear him address an audience of ~500 people at the World Innovation Forum. This speech was not his usual The Tipping Point or Blink related speech. This was new material

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!