Sat.Dec 31, 2011 - Fri.Jan 06, 2012

8 Great Marketing Infographics To Inspire Your 2012 Objectives

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s the dawn of a New Year and maybe you are looking for some marketing inspiration as you set your 2012 objectives and plan for the year ahead. And if you are trying to drive positive change in your organization, sometimes a picture is better than a thousand powerpoint decks.

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It’s time to evolve the social media mindset

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By “Social Steve” Goldner, Contributing {grow} Columnist. It’s time to bring social media marketing to an end. I do not make this statement lightly. In fact it is pretty humbling. How do you think I, SocialSteve, feel about telling you about the end of social?

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5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Are Impacting B2B Sales

Tony Zambito

For many in B2B sales, from senior leaders to sales representatives, it may be a discouraging time. If you follow conventional and social media closely, the storied demise of sales has been told many times.

Best B2B Marketing and Sales Strategy Guides and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

Social media, content aggregation and curation , user-generated content and other developments have dramatically changed the B2B buying cycle over the past few years.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

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5 Ways New Buyer Behaviors Will Affect B2B Marketers in 2012

Tony Zambito

Changes in buyer behaviors continue to march on as new social technologies take root into the mainstream of B2B businesses.

32 Resolutions to Prepare for Your 2012 B2B Lead Generation Program

NuSpark

Everybody does list-format blog posts this time of year. Thought I’d give it a shot as well, running through a master list of “resolutions” as preparation for improving your inbound marketing and lead generation strategies for 2012 and beyond. Consider these as the stepping stones for optimal business growth by aligning marketing & sales, and developing a content strategy designed to generate leads and nurture them into sales. Process: Set your lead generation campaign goals.

Your 2012 Marketing Plan: Tell Me What to Do

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

The ever-awesome Mitch Joel wrote a dizzying blog post forecasting that 2012 is The Year of More. He points out that 2012 will be a year of technological and information abundance: Social sharing will intensify and choices will multiply.

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2012: The Opportunity for the Few in the Year of More

Digital B2B Marketing

Mark Schaefer posted an excellent article this morning: Your 2012 Marketing Plan: Tell Me What to Do. 2012 is the Year of More (credit to Mitch Joel ), but we are all overwhelmed by more. The opportunity for marketers is to enable less, in the face of the crushing volume of more.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

7 Burning Questions for B2B Marketers in 2012

Tony Zambito

Asking good questions was seared into my mental consciousness by several mentors early in my career. This notion was further influenced by prodigious reading of Peter Drucker.

The Right Brain vs. Left Brain of Marketers [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Are you a Right-Brain or a Left-Brain Marketer? Psychologists and personality theorists have long believed there to be differences between the right and the left side of the brain.

6 Guidelines for Exceptional Website Design and Usability

Hubspot

So you're leveraging SEO and getting found online. Now that you’re generating traffic by getting found, your next focus should be getting that traffic to stay on your website. Educational websites have a 30-60% bounce rate on average.

Sensible Talk About Social Media Measurement

Paul Gillin

The Internet is the most measurable medium ever invented, but the perception that returns on online social interactions can’t be quantified stubbornly persists.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Create a Content Series for Industrial Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Happy New Year! This is my first post in 2012 and I want to start the New Year by answering a perennial question about content marketing for manufacturers and industrial companies. The question – what do we write about? The answer – create a content series. Just like popular TV serials, you want to create a series of short blog posts that revolve around a common theme. There are many advantages to this content marketing strategy.

Did this blog make a difference?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

At this time each year I reflect on what has happened on {grow}. After 274 posts, did this blog and its community make a difference? Did it move ahead? Here are some the aspects of {grow} that I hope had the biggest impact this year.

5 Tools to Battle Social Media Content Overload

Hubspot

This is a guest blog post by Leo Widrich, co-founder of Buffer , a Twitter publishing application. He writes Twitter Tips every week on his blog.

How to Optimize Your Website’s Resource Library for Lead Generation

The Point

A well-designed resource library can be a key factor in converting Website visitors to measurable, actionable sales leads. Conversely, a poorly designed resource library is where old white papers go to die.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

How Marketing Should Approach Sales Reps

Modern Marketing

by Michael Martin | Tweet this Sales enablement is one of the most important aspects of many marketers’ jobs. But, all too often, the way marketers approach sales reps is lacking in strategy and preparation. The result? Marketing continues to feel frustrated and the sales team unimpressed.

Happy New Year! Maybe not for IT Sales & Marketing

The ROI Guy

The New Year’s cheer didn’t last long for IT, as Gartner was quick to lower its global technology spending forecast, barely a week into 2012.

Two Smart Ways to Keep the Marketing Engine Running During Tax Season

Marketri

It’s the New Year and accountants celebrate it with mixed emotions as tax season is on the horizon. During “Busy Season” most professionals drive client work forward at full-throttle. In the best case scenario, marketing activities go into neutral; worst case, they go into park.

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Content Marketing Tasks: Practice Makes Progress

Writing on the Web

If you’ve spent your career avoiding certain marketing tasks because you don’t think you’re any good at them, you struggle each time you try, and you end up with weak results, take heart. Persistence has been touted by poets for a reason.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

How to Get the Latest and Greatest B2B News and Insights – Personalized Just for You

Webbiquity

Since its inception, the B2B Marketing Zone has been the one place to catch up on all the latest posts from the leading B2B bloggers, writers like Brian Carroll , Chris Abraham , Ambal Balakrishnan , Ardath Albee and many more. Over time, the site has evolved and added new features to enhance its value to readers. The latest addition: Aggregage , the platform that powers the B2B Marketing Zone (or BMZ) has added a robust personalization engine.

The Marketing Measurement Checklist [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Are you measuring your marketing efforts? As marketers in this day and age we should all be aware of the importance and growing pressure to measure and demonstrate marketing’s ROI.

Your 2012 Sales Plan

Your Sales Management Guru

Your 2012 Sales Plan. It’s a little late to begin planning your 2012 Sales Plan, but in a conversation last week with a reader of this blog, I realized there maybe others who have not formalized their 2012 plan. I have included below the various “categories” you should consider in building a plan.

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B2B CMOs – Get Out of Your Silo and Lead

B2B Marketing Traction

B2B CMOs must break out of the marketing silo (ivory tower?) and lead , among other things. The way people buy has changed forever. That means new roles and challenges for CMOs.

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

5 Steps: Keep your site “fresh” with minimal effort

EMagine B2B Blog

Keeping content up to date isn’t just a matter of being a good do-bee anymore. Beyond visitors staying engaged, the search engines want to know that you care about updating your content (and they’ll start sliding you down the rankings if you don’t). The problem is that sometimes, there’s just not much new stuff to [.]. B2B Web Strategy Engaging Visitors Search Engine Marketing

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5 Wows from Altimeter’s A Strategy for Managing Social Media Proliferation Study

Modern Marketing

25 Eye-Popping Internet Marketing Statistics for 2012

Hubspot

2012 is officially here, and what better way to kick off the New Year than with some data porn? In its recent US Digital Media Usage report, eMarketer estimates how digital media usage will grow in 2012 in terms of the internet, mobile, social, video, and ecommerce.

Is there a Way to Improve Sales Tool Adoption?

The ROI Guy

I n 2011 you worked hard to produce new value-focused tools, empowering your sales team to meet the growing challenges of today’s more empowered, skeptical and frugal buyer. And you are not alone, as SiriusDecisions reports that the average company now spends a whopping $43K on marketing content and sales tools per salesperson per year.

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5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results