Sat.Mar 10, 2012 - Fri.Mar 16, 2012

8 Questions to Steer Your Marketing Priorities

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet You could be racing the finest Formula One car, but if you’re always steering in the wrong direction, even a horse and buggy will beat you to the finish line. So it is with marketing. Too many marketers think they can lead the pack by leveraging the hottest channels, software and platforms.

Facebook Pages for B2B Marketers: 10 Examples of B2B Facebook Page Covers

KoMarketing Associates

At the end of March, Facebook will be launching their new design for fan pages. This launch includes both visual and functional changes to the page, which B2B marketers need to become familiar with in the near future.

The Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Do Social

Marketing Insider Group

There is an observation in social media called “ Participation Inequality “ or the “ 1% rule “ that says that 1% of us create content, 9% of us share content and 90% of us are pure consumers of the content created.

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Pinterest: Who Pins Your Content & How Much Traffic Do They Drive

Digital B2B Marketing

The latest report shows Pinterest now drives more traffic than Twitter. You may want to know not just how much traffic Pinterest is driving but also what users are pinning your content and driving the most traffic. Fortunately for marketers, Pinterest is one of the easiest platforms to track.

See the PureCloud call center in action

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Manufacturers Need Lead Management to Close the RFQ Gap

Industrial Marketing Today

Talking to manufacturers and industrial companies on a daily basis has convinced me that when they say they need help with their lead generation, they really want more RFQ (Request For Quote) opportunities. Generating new leads, qualifying and nurturing them until they turn into a RFQ is too much work for them. For a real-life example of this lead generation disconnect, read my post, Manufacturers: Don’t Start a Lead Generation Campaign without Sales.

NASCAR appeals to more than just Sports Fans!

Buzz Marketing for Technology

As fans of the movie Talladega Nights would know, Stock car racing in the United States has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey made primarily in the Appalachian region of the United States.

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5 Key Elements of Modern Inbound Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week, I made the case for a new definition of inbound marketing , or as Michael Brenner ( @brennermichael ) called it in the comments, a “call to arms” for inbound marketers.

Industrial Companies Underuse the One Social Media Tactic with Proven ROI

Industrial Marketing Today

Social media usage by industrial companies has received some coverage lately. I’ve read two different survey studies about how companies within the industrial sector use or plan to use social media. Depending on which study you read, the results can be confusing. Here’s one example of the confusion that I’m referring to. The study done by GlobalSpec reported “Only 22 percent of industrial companies use Twitter, which reflects its low value among engineers as a social media resource.”.

Is Your Website Working for Lead Generation and Inbound Marketing?

NuSpark

How’s your website doing? . How do you think it’s doing? Is it performing to expectations? Do you even have expectations? How much did you spend on it? Measuring ROI? Was it written by internal staff, an outsourced tech writer, or a marketer?

17 (of the) Best AdWords and SEM Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

Paid search sometimes gets a bad rap, as various studies have shown that (depending on whose numbers you believe), anywhere from 75% to 85% of all clicks are on organic, rather than paid, links. That high-level analysis is misleading, however.

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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

Pull Marketing Strategy: 3 Steps to Attracting More Customers

Tomorrow People

Attracting customers is the lifeblood of every business. Yet drawing in new leads and converting them into sales can be a time consuming and costly process. Apply these steps to your business to attract more customers with less effort. Track your market. A crucial aspect of boosting business is tracking your market. This means listening to what your potential customers are saying and understanding what interests them.

Think Your Inside Sales Team Has it Covered? Think Again.

The Point

I’ve made the case previously in this space how one of the easiest way to gain a quick return from any investment in marketing automation is to apply the technology towards more efficient and systematic follow-up to inbound leads.

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Business Blogs and the Parisbas Tennis Open

Writing on the Web

Is your blog like my tennis, a hit or a miss? Are you writing posts that are clear winners for your readers? Are you serving valuable, relevant content within the lines of your readers’ needs?

Who owns your brand? B2B brand perceptions research

The B2B Research Blog

Your organisation doesn’t own its brand. It can shape it, manage it, but never own it. That’s because a brand is not what an organisation says it is. It’s what the market believes it to be. It’s a perception developed through the sum of an individual’s experience. Through every encounter they’ve had with your organisation, your employees or products. Through what they hear from you and about you.

Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

How to Implement a Pull Marketing Strategy

Tomorrow People

What every business needs to know about pull marketing. Most businesses rely on marketing to help attract new leads and sales. Yet, too many companies continue to depend on traditional ‘push’ marketing approaches to achieve this. The benefits of pull marketing mean that there are some important things that every business-owner should know: Pull marketing allows you to draw in leads and business with less effort, and at a lower cost than traditional marketing approaches.

Recap of #MMChat – The Leadership Gap in Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Last night I had the pleasure of being a guest on the 85th # MarketerMonday chat or # MMChat – hosted by @ JeffAshcroft aka @ TheSocialCMO.

Salesforce.com Announces Site.com Web Site Management: Will Marketing Automation Features Follow?

Customer Experience Matrix

Salesforce.com yesterday announced the launch of Site.com , an enterprise-class Web site management system. The news didn’t seem to get much attention, perhaps because Salesforce.com itself pretty much buried it. But Salesforce.com VP of Product Management Anshu Sharma did post a detailed explanation of the rationale on a Salesforce.com blog. My original reaction was “I told you so”, since I’ve been talking about the convergence of CRM and Web site management for years. Here’s a piece from 2009.)

Sales on an Uncertain Sea – Part 1

Reachforce

Keeping your charts updated. Bad data sinks sales. Don’t say this out loud, but sales is the bread and butter of any organization that produces or delivers goods and services. Sales people already have giant egos anyway, so you probably won’t have to tell them that, but it would do well

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How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

Lead Nurturing & Behavioural Marketing

Tomorrow People

Here's a Prezi presentation view on our blog post last week on Never Waste an Opportunity: The Value of Lead Nurturing. View it on full screen. If you are not quite sure where to begin, or if lead nurturing will work for you, take a look at some of our success stories

In Defense of the Funnel

ANNUITAS

The last 12-18 months have proved to be a rough time for the proverbial “sales funnel”. At the 2011, DemandCon conference, Forrester analyst Jeff Ernst declared in his keynote that “the funnel is dead.” Needless to say this was fuel for quite a bit of conversation in the days that followed. And since then many have jumped on the “death to the funnel” bandwagon.

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6 ideas for sifting the mobility chaos

Chris Koch

For about 20 years (sad to say I was a journalist for even longer than that) it seemed that every white paper that crossed my desk began with some variant of this sentence: “As the world becomes more global and interconnected, businesses need a way to see through the complexity. Hire us.]“ “ But now the ubiquitous opening sentence seems to be: “Businesses are awash [drowned, buried, you get the idea] in data.

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Friday Wrap-up: This Week in B2B Marketing Tips

Reachforce

Each week we present a collection of some of the best marketing tips, guides, and best practices from thought leaders around the blogosphere to help you stay informed, hone your craft, and improve your marketing efforts. Enjoy! B2B Marketing Game Changing Ideas The title of this post from GreatB2BMarketing grabbed

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Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

Don't Worry About Biting Off More Than You Can Chew. Your Mouth is Probably a Whole Lot Bigger Than You Think.

ViewPoint

James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. When it comes to measuring marketing’s ROI most marketing managers hesitate to bite off more than they can chew. Undoubtedly, part of the hesitation comes from not having control over the entire process from lead generation to sales closure.

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5 Fundamental Sales Lessons from March Madness History

Modern Marketing

by Shawn Cook | Tweet this March Madness is here, that time of year when 64 college basketball teams battle it out for the NCAA Division I Championship in April. It’s hard to think of a tournament that features as much competitiveness, sweat and, yes, tears.

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A Content Rules Cheat Sheet

The Effective Marketer

I’ve got to admit, I am a big fan of the “Content Rules” book , by Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman. No, is not groundbreaking or earth-shattering content. Actually, a lot of the stuff you probably are already doing and it kinda seems natural once you read it. But boy, is it actionable.

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In social media, you don’t need to outrun the bear

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. The best thing about social media marketing is that you don’t have to be the most popular, have the most followers, or be the most sophisticated, you just have to do a better job than all your direct competitors.

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

How to Blog: What Do I Write About?

B2B Marketing Traction

One of the top questions I get about starting a blog is, “What would I write about?” ” This question is particularly common for B2B marketers. A blog is defined as a web site that contains writings based on experiences, observations, and opinions.

12 Photos from SXSW Interactive

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Another South By Southwest Interactive festival is wrapping up. The luminaries of techs are boarding planes and heading home. It was a week beset by torrential downpours and followed by blinding sun. People huddled in sessions, then took to the streets.

White Papers: Does Your Writer Have an Eye for Detail?

WriteSpark

An obvious typo. A usage that shows a clear misunderstanding of the word's meaning or proper use. A statement of quantitative results where the math doesn't add up. A missing or incorrect source citation. These errors seem small on their own, but when they appear multiple times within your materials, they diminish your credibility in a reader's mind. Worse yet, even a simple spelling error can result in a large loss of online sales.

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How to Use Google+ for Business

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Our monthly Biznology® Webinar yesterday was called “How to Use Google+ for Business” with Chris Abraham. Chris talked for 30 minutes about how to set up your Google+ personal and business accounts.

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The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.