September, 2007

B2B Lead management is far from an easy task

B2B Lead Generation

Companies that adopt effective lead management processes generate more revenue from their lead generation investment and have overall higher close rates on marketing generated leads than those that do not. But I've encountered very few companies that really do lead management. What is lead management? Lead management is a multistage process that manages the conversion of sales leads to customers. Some people say it's the process of going from "first contact to close."

Tableau Software Makes Good Visualization Easy

Customer Experience Matrix

I took a close look recently at Tableau data visualization software. I liked Tableau a lot, even though it wasn’t quite what I expected. I had thought of it as a way to build aesthetically-correct charts, according to the precepts set down by Edward Tufte and like-minded visualization gurus such as Stephen Few. But even though Tableau follows many of these principles, it is less for building charts than interactive data exploration.

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Buzz Marketing for Technology

Publishing InformationWeek or any major publication has to be a daunting task. But as more and more companies begin to think of themselves as publishers, you should be watching what the major publishers are doing with new media

Looking for Ideas to Generate More Leads?

Anything Goes Marketing

If your company is generating enough leads already, please stop reading right there. Still here? There is an excellent FREE report from RainToday that has just been launched called: The One Piece Of Advice You Can't Generate Leads Without. It's full of great articles from the industry experts (not just a RainToday person writing a bunch of articles) such as Brian Carrol and the MarketingSherpa crew.

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.

The ROI of SOA?

The ROI Guy

Several recent research reports indicate that companies are having a hard time tying thier SOA efforts to quantifiable value.

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Practical Strategies for Generating Quality Leads Teleclass

B2B Lead Generation

I'm doing a bunch of live and in-person speaking events this fall. If you can't make any of them, I'll be a guest of Michael Stelzner as part of his monthly teleclass series. Michael is author of Writing White Papers and he invited me to do an interactive 1-hour teleclass focused on providing real-world ideas and tactics for lead generation. The class is named "Practical Strategies for Generating Quality Leads." " I hope you can join us. Get class details here

B2B Lead Generation Blog: On Alignment between Marketing and Finance

B2B Lead Generation

Many marketers are quickly approaching their favorite time of year. Okay, not really. I'm of course talking about budget time. When I see the challenge that marketers face when it comes to getting their budgets approved, I wonder why it

B2B Lead Generation Blog: MarketingSherpa Demand Generation Summit 2007

B2B Lead Generation

you're invited to join me at marketingsherpa's demand generation summit at your choice of boston (oct 15-16) or san francisco (oct 29-30.) i'll be speaking on “blogging, podcasting, speaking gigs, & book authorship: how to generate

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Why IT is from Mars & Marketing is from Venus With all the new Web 2.0 applications popping up all over this has to be a big issue in any organization (tags: web2.0) What Good is Second Life? Drew raises some great points and

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!

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David Meerman Scott is the publisher of the blog webinknow and a three-time author. His latest book is The New Rules of Marketing and PR, published this year by Wiley. David's new book covers a lot of ground for marketers who are new to

Easy Tip: Maximizing Your Whitepaper Downloads

Anything Goes Marketing

I'm going through my old emails and I found one of those rare MarketingSherpa studies that are "open to the public". This is a great one that focuses on B2B lead generation. As you can see from the chart , people who are accessing white papers less frequently would prefer not to have to fill out a form. Really? I don't think you knew that! It's pretty obvious that we all hate filling out a form. Just give us the damn white paper!

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Buzz Marketing for Technology

Quite frankly, many brands are. So don't be surprised to discover the answer is yes. Forget technology for just a moment. Look at really basic consumer things like pizza shops, ice cream shops or even grocery stores

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How to Get Your Company Listed on Wikipedia, Part II: Damage Control Excellent article that you may want to keep as reference material for the future. Like the Yellow Pages we should all eventually have a listing of our companies on

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.

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Buzz Marketing for Technology

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Who will be the Next President? Mr. or Mrs. Widget

Anything Goes Marketing

Widgets are becoming more and more popular these days as additional tools for marketers. Widgets have been around for a while but they are being used more frequently (especially on social media sites) which is why they are gaining additional attention. There are different types of widgets but I will be focusing on web widgets as I found a great one for all of my American friends. According to Wikipedia, a web widget is a small piece of code that you add to a web page.

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Will The Ad Slowdown Reach The Web? OM brings out the latest data on advertising but my belief is that this is a short term pull back in a long term stampede toward more online advertising. tags: Internet Marketing

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Joan Damico runs a blog called the Integrated Marcom blog and a newsletter called the Integrated Marcom Minute. Her work with her clients spans everything from writing copy to helping them experiment with Web 2.0 tools

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.

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Buzz Marketing for Technology

Even the president of CBS Interactive thinks syndication of content is big. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Interactive president Quincy Smith explained CBS's smarter-than-most strategy for a distributed media economy

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Survey says more women blogging than men as blogs hit mainstream Interesting results and demographics, I liked the part about what percent of Americans know of blogging, vistied a blog and what percent have a blog

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Building a community online is like building a business. You have to take all the right steps if you want to succeed long term. Community building also shouldn't be thought of as a marketing campaign, which implies a beginning and an

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.

Is there ROI from Windows Vista?

The ROI Guy

This ROI calculator can help determine whether there is ROI for your particular Windows Vista deployment. Using independent research from IDC and WiPro, plus our own metrics, we developed this calculator to see if there is truly value in proposed Windows Vista upgrades. Click here to begin: [link] No registration required. Private / no information stored or saved. Windows Vista ROI TCO Microsoft

The Business Value of Virtual Lab Automation

The ROI Guy

If you are an ISV, or even if you are managing an internal application development group, you know that application testing and development labs are inefficient with regard to the number of test systems and managing these systems. Lab systems are usually configured based on the current active development project. Only when a team is actively developing and testing an application is the equipment needed.

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The Business Value of Virtual Desktops

The ROI Guy

Managing desktop PC environments remains costly in most IT environments. First, most PCs are on a schedule to be ripped and replaced every 3 years, requiring a recurring hardware investment and labor to be budgeted to affect the change. Even more so, PCs continue to place a management burden on the IT organization.

Tom Pisello: The ROI Guy: The Business Value of Server Virtualization

The ROI Guy

This blog is dedicated to the strategies and tools used by solution providers to better prove and improve the value of B2B solutions to frugal buyers - using diagnostic assessments, interactive white papers, ROI calculators and TCO

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.