Sat.Sep 10, 2011 - Fri.Sep 16, 2011

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for?

Measuring the Immeasurable

Paul Gillin

My post last week about the shortcomings of Klout got several thousand views and generated quite a bit of discussion. it also got me several e-mails from companies that claim to have built a better mousetrap than Klout.

Trending Sources

Why Salespeople Hate Most White Paper Leads

The Point

How is it that a quality white paper on a hot topic can still generate bad leads? It’s got to be the media, right? Wrong. It’s the offer.

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[Chart] Does Klout Impact Conversions?

Modern Marketing

by Joel Rothman | Tweet this About 5 years ago, “Social Media” seemed like the hula hoop scene from the Hudsucker Proxy. You know, for kids”. Today, it’s considered an essential part of any complete marketing strategy.

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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Blogger outreach is scary

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. That’s what my company, Abraham-Harrison does, and lots of other companies try to do it, too.

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

Digital B2B Marketing

Smartphones always have a corner of our attention. When they beep, buzz or blink, we take notice. Walking down the sidewalk, on public transit, or while watching television, our smartphones are our sidekicks. Even during meetings, or maybe especially during meetings.

Sales Best Practices include Marketing-Sales Alignment

NuSpark

I was reading with interest recently the results of a study from sales organization Miller Heiman called Sales Strategies for Thriving in a Post-Recession Economy, a 2011 Best Practices Study. The focus of the study was to determine what activities and approaches separated Word Class sales organizations versus the rest. A World Class sales organization generally is better at: Finding and winning new business. Keeping existing customers. Improving productivity among its sales teams.

Facebook Subscriptions: Overdrive for Journalists?

B2B Memes

Though I understand its appeal, I’ve never found Facebook compelling. What I’ve taken to be its core assumptions—that one’s world is divided into friends and everyone else, and that all your friends are friends in exactly the same way—just don’t work for me.

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.

A Business Writer Who Gets SEO is a Marketer’s Best Friend

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Marketers who want to get found online have a dilemma: they need to write for the search engines and for the readers, their prospects.

5 Reasons Face-to-Face Events Still Rule in Europe

Modern Marketing

by Sylvia Jensen | Tweet this The rumors of the physical event’s demise are greatly exaggerated. At least in Europe. Sure, we’ve seen a shift in event marketing strategy away from the ‘big shows’ in Europe. And there’s no doubt that virtual events are gaining traction. But we’ve also seen a proliferation of more targeted events focused on specific verticals or solutions in most countries.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Expert Twitter Marketing

Hubspot

With 200 million members, Twitter is one of the most popular social networks out there. But are you taking advantage of everything it has to offer for marketing ?

Edit Your Content: 12 Things NOT to Miss

Writing on the Web

Here’s a checklist for editing your blog content before you publish. For any content that is vitally important, i.e. sales content or articles delivered to clients, I use Barbara Feiner , a professional editor. She not only corrects errors, but evaluates for clarity and flow. But for blog posts and everyday content creation , I put on my editor’s visor, and act like a grumpy newspaper editor with a red pencil. Here’s what I look for: Language.

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.

The Power Of Mobile To Transform B2B Marketing and Sales

Marketing Insider Group

As an up-and-about professional, there’s likely little need to convince you that mobile is where the current wave of consumer product and behavior innovation is all headed.

Thinking of Starting a Twitter Chat? Read this First.

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Anyone who’s spent significant time on Twitter has probably jumped on a Twitter chat, or at least seen one in action. You see a hashtag and, suddenly, your Twitter feed is popping up with questions and answers around a particular topic. If you’re charged with developing a brand’s social media strategy, creating Twitter chats can be tempting. After all, they are an inexpensive way to drive engagement and build community. But it’s not that easy.

Is ROI /TCO Analysis too complex for sales people to handle?

The ROI Guy

Over 90% of today’s B2B solution buyers require a business case prior to approved purchases, and over 81% expect the solution provider to develop and deliver the business case for them.

Top 10 “Ego” Blogs: Get Inspired, Write Better

Writing on the Web

I’ve been using Alltop.com to find blogs in niches. And I really enjoy their aggregated lists* of top blog personalities, or as they call them, Ego Blogs. I have no idea what their requirement is to get listed as an Ego Blog, but looking at the individuals who are included, I’d say these are all big names in the Blogosphere and they have big readership followings. Heck, some may even have big heads, but for sure, they all write with larger than life personalities.

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.

Content – The Biggest Hurdle in Digital Marketing for Manufacturers

Industrial Marketing Today

Most manufacturers of industrial products agree that digital marketing is essential for their success now and going forward. Yet, many of these industrial companies are struggling to implement digital marketing because of lack of relevant content. At first glance, that may sound like an oversimplification of a bigger problem. I talk to small and mid-sized manufacturers on a regular basis. What I have learned is that these companies need help with content in digital marketing at many levels.

7 Social Media Time-Sucks to Eliminate Today

Hubspot

In inbound marketing, we talk a lot about optimization -- optimizing your content for search engines , optimizing your website for lead generation , optimizing your social media presence. But another very important thing inbound marketers must optimize is time.

What is an Interactive White Paper?

The ROI Guy

An Interactive White Paper dynamically customizes the content of a white paper for prospects based on the prospect’s registration profile (if available), and inputs to a few profile questions. Based on the profile, the white paper content intelligently fine tunes itself to be more relevant and personalized for a prospect’s particular research and needs. More relevancy improves the white paper’s effectiveness at attracting, engaging and selling today’s more overloaded, skeptical and frugal buyer.

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Pardot Stays Focused on Small and Mid-Size Clients

Customer Experience Matrix

I caught up last week with Pardot co-founder and Chief Operating Office Adam Blitzer. It had been over a year since I’d had a serious briefing from Pardot, although we do keep in touch and I have current information on them in my VEST report on industry vendors. Pardot is funny that way: with nearly 700 clients, they’re arguably the third-largest B2B marketing automation vendor and have a broad industry presence, but their formal marketing is relatively quiet.

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.

Recommending Content and Automated Sharing of Content

Digital B2B Marketing

You find a great blog, read regularly, and tweet or share everything posted. So why not automate sharing what you already share , and get a few minutes back each day? On the surface, it seems logical. However, if you are using automation, it likely is having side effects. Automation has made your algorithm, primarily your selection of sources , more important than the content itself. You share more than you used to.

BREAKING: Facebook Announces New Subscribe Button

Hubspot

This afternoon, Facebook announced the release of a brand new feature, the Subscribe Button for profile pages. Ultimately, the new feature enables Facebook to support and provide even more publicly available content, which is a huge stride for its position in the search market.

Prospects can be skeptical. How do I get my prospects to believe and “own” the ROI / TCO Calculator / Sales Tool results?

The ROI Guy

This is often a multi-step process: · First, buyers tend to trust analyst groups and peers more than vendors.

Social Media Across the Organization

Biznology

I got a chance to speak Friday at a great event in Copenhagen along with speakers from Berlingske, Denmark’s national daily newspaper, and Facebook. My topic was how companies can use social media, not just for marketing, but across their entire organization.

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.

What I learned at Dreamforce 2011

ViewPoint

Jason Kort is one of the forces behind Marketing Automation Times , a blog dedicated to providing the latest news and information on the world of marketing automation.

Twitter Introduces Free Twitter Web Analytics Tool

Hubspot

Ever get a hankering for some Twitter web analytics? Well, it looks like your craving is about to be satisfied.

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How are ROI and TCO Calculator / Sales Tools different?

The ROI Guy

ROI Tools make the case for change, comparing cash flows between the status-quo and a proposed new solution / change.

What does “Do It Wrong Quickly” really mean?

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. I was privileged to keynote the Webdagene event here in Norway this morning, and they requested that I talk about “ Do It Wrong Quickly Marketing &# (link to slides), which I was happy to do.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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