Sat.Jun 25, 2011 - Fri.Jul 01, 2011

20 Experts, 1 Awesome Resource: The Social Media ProBook

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You may have noticed that over the past month or so, several influential social media professionals changed their profile pictures to funky avatars of themselves.

Two B2B Social Marketing Initiatives Worth Checking

Paul Gillin

A couple of notable B2B efforts have caught my eye recently that I wanted to share. One is Element14 , a social community for engineers sponsored by an electronics distributor of the same name.

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Enterprise Social Media and Personal Branding

Webbiquity

Personal branding is a hot topic for entrepreneurs and solo consultants, by does it matter to large enterprises? Oh yeah. Consultants and small business owners get the concept of personal branding , because in one-person or very small companies, one person is the “corporate&# brand.

The Influence of the Social Buyer on B2B Business

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. In the B2B world, the emergence of the Social Buyer is causing organizations to search for better ways to reach its’ base of buyers.    What we do know is that B2B buyers are demanding more social experiences in their buying processes.  

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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Money Is the Root of All Marketing Plan Evil

Marketing Insider Group

Today officially marks the half way point in the year. Which means your 2011 marketing plan has just a few more chances to be analyzed, reviewed and refined in order to help you meet your objectives for the year. As you look at your results, how are you doing? Are you on track to meet your plan?

Serial Writing Formula: 1=5+2=7+1

Writing on the Web

I’m no math genius, nor do I even think remotely like that in analytical terms. But once in a while I stumble upon something that makes sense , saves time , and produces exponential results. I’m talking about serial writing. You take one main concept, break it down into a list of 5 key elements, write an introductory overview, write a concluding summary, and here’s what you get: 7 stand-alone articles to post on your blog and to submit to article directories.

47% of B2B marketers endorse using sex to sell

The B2B Research Blog

Ever since I was invited to join The Network of Aspiring Women (Birmingham Group), I’ve felt more in touch with my feminine side ( see post here ). Perhaps that’s why my interest was piqued by a recent discussion on the B-to-B Marketing LinkedIn Group. Kate Bishop, Marketing Co-ordinator at Custom Fluidpower, has a dilemma. To use, or not to use, promotional girls at a trade show stand? Her boss is insistent but she has concerns. I share them.

Social Media Needs an Organic Movement

Digital B2B Marketing

We already have two social media camps. In one camp, you have Twitter streams driven by twitterfeed, rolling out headline after headline with no attempt to add value beyond distribution. On the other are Twitter streams full of conversations in the public stream and sharing of others content.

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.

[Interview] Klout & Involver On Influence And Facebook Marketing

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this If you follow social media, online influence or Facebook marketing, chances are you heard the news last week between Klout and Involver. Klout measures influence on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and, most recently , LinkedIn.

7 Effective Ecommerce Applications of Twitter

Hubspot

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service, can be somewhat of a quagmire for marketers.

Facebook Fan Page: Top 5 Reasons to Have One

Writing on the Web

As some of you know, I’m not an avid Facebook fan, but as a business owner, I don’t ignore the fact that so many people use it daily. There are certain pitfalls with it, like with any social networking site.

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Online Media Needs Innovation, Not a TV Standard

Digital B2B Marketing

This is my opinion about the recent IAB , ANA and 4A’s principles for online measurement. If you don’t like rants, or think the advertising associations can do no wrong, stop reading and go back to Lycos. Otherwise, read on and share your reactions in the comments below. The IAB, ANA and 4A’s recently outlined five measurement principles as part of Making Measurement Make Sense.

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.

[Chart] Can Google’s +1 Catch Up With The Facebook “Like”

Modern Marketing

by Egan Cheung | Tweet this With much fanfare, Google launched it’s equivalent of the Facebook “Like&# to websites, blog posts and more recently. (We We wrote about the topic here.).

Be Yourself. Just Not Your Real Self: Scripps’ Muddled Social Media Policy

B2B Memes

If you need any confirmation that legacy publishers just don’t get social media, give the new social media policy from E.W. Scripps a glance. As summarized by Jay Rosen, the message Scripps is sending to its employees is. “Be Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Got it? Now go out there and kick some social media ass.”.

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How to Start a Blog Serial Writing Project

Writing on the Web

??. If you’ve been reading my blogs for any length of time, you know about my problem with writing: I love to write , and I can write too much. Anyone with a doctorate suffers from the same disease. Dissertation-itis. Nobody has time to read all those words anymore, especially not online.

ExactTarget and Eloqua Stake Their Claim To Centralized Customer Management

Customer Experience Matrix

You probably saw ExactTarget ’s June 13 announcement of its strategic partnership with Marketo and Eloqua ’s June 21 announcement of its new AppCloud marketplace for connectors with other systems. So did I. But it took a little while to connect with the vendors to get the details, so I’m only now ready to write about them. Both announcements shared a theme of integration between core marketing platforms and other marketing systems.

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.

How to Use Web Seminars to Generate B2B Leads

Great B2B Marketing

Webinars (or Webcasts if you prefer) are a great way to generate leads and customers. They are also a great way to increase awareness, move prospects to the next stage of the selling cycle, and build the database.

Outsourcing Lead Generation: A CMO’s Perspective

ViewPoint

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to do outbound lead generation in-house or to partner with a lead generation services firm. I thought it would be interesting to share the perspective of a chief marketing officer who has experience on both sides of the question.

B2B SEO Benchmarking Report – highlights

The B2B Research Blog

We recently partnered with B2B Marketing Magazine to create the first report in their Benchmarking series. The topic was search marketing in B2B. One of the most striking findings from the research is how digital has altered the marketing landscape. The two most commonly used techniques in the modern B2B marketer’s armoury are now email (82% use) and search marketing (67%). It would be a mistake though to assume that ‘traditional’ techniques are dead.

#PRWebchat Discussion on B2B Marketing, PR and Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

Just over a year ago I wrote about how Social Media will help to unite Marketing, PR, Customer Service, HR and more. I said it would help us “all get along better&# as we align around customer needs.

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.

Industrial E-mail Marketing: Use Application Notes to Engage Engineers

Industrial Marketing Today

E-mail marketing to in-house lists is the most popular marketing channel for reaching engineers and industrial professionals. This was one of the findings in a recent study published by GlobalSpec.

10 Fast Facts About HomeAway

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this For years, Austin, TX-based HomeAway has been helping vacationers find private home rentals that can be rented for a month or even a day. Now the company is looking to find a home of its own on the public market.

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Get Personal with B2B Buyer Personas

MLT Creative

Soccer moms. NASCAR dads. Security seniors. Pet lovers. Weekend jocks. Computer nerds. People use personas to identify themselves or groups where they maintain connections.

12+ Tips for Trade Show Success

The Effective Marketer

Make Your Trade Shows Count. The old fashioned trade show may not be the hottest topic coming through your inbox these days but odds are that you may still be doing quite a few events and have trade shows as part of your marketing budget. So how do you make the most out of it?

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.

Dismantling The Brick Wall: 3 Things That Separate Sales & Marketing & Hinder Sales Effectiveness

Modern B2B Marketing

by Carol Fox There’s nothing more frustrating than struggling to put a top-notch B2B marketing effort together, only to hit a brick wall of poor sales results. Often the wall exists as a function of poor sales and marketing alignment.

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The Reviews Are In!: A Social Media ProBook Roundup

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this When Eloqua and JESS3 published the Social Media ProBook yesterday, we knew it would generate buzz. After all, it contains advice from all aspects of social media marketing – from writing for Facebook and scaling your operations to geosocial apps and reaching influencers – from 20 leading voices. But even we were surprised by the amount of praise the ProBook garnered.

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Top 5 Metrics for Auditing Your Social Media Marketing ROI

Hubspot

Participating in social media can have a number of beneficial business applications such as facilitating customer service and boosting public relations. But when it comes down to it, most B2B marketers are measured mainly by how their programs and campaigns perform in generating leads and revenue.

5 Creative Ways to Make Your White Paper Irresistible

The Point

“Always show an image of the offer.” It’s a rule I quote often, one repeated to me ad nauseum many years ago by an early mentor and long-time direct marketing veteran.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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