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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.

7 Reasons Your Content Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Guest post by {grow} Community Member Sarah Goliger. As marketers, we know that the best way to generate quality leads for our businesses is by creating great content.

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12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011

Webbiquity

What is the distinction between “traditional” public relations (PR) and online / interactive / social PR? Is there really a difference anymore—or is the boundary blurring?

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The Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Do Social

B2B Marketing Insider

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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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.

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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.

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.

8 Questions to Steer Your Marketing Priorities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

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.

IDC Sees Massive Disruption From Industry’s Platform Shift

Paul Gillin

The global IT industry is in the middle of an epic platform shift and the rules for survival in a market built on mobility, big data analytics, social business and cloud computing will be very different than those that applied to the previous client/server generation.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

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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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?

Selling the C-Level: 7 Content Marketing Myths Debunked

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During Jay Baer’s and my SXSW presentation , we had a number of questions about selling content marketing into the organization and to senior executives. Most of the questions revolved around myths that senior marketing managers believe, but that are actually not true at all.

IDC: US Tech Firms Underestimate Emerging Market Opportunity

Paul Gillin

Outdated perceptions about emerging markets blind North American technology companies to the substantial IT investments being made there, according to a top International Data Corp. researcher.

7 B2B Marketing Strategies You Need to Know About

As B2B marketers, we know that our buyers' needs are ever-evolving, but it's not just our buyers that are changing.

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.

Lean StartUp Movement turning some heads

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Click here if you cannot see this video interview with Eric Ries of The Lean Start-up. I had the pleasure of catching up with Eric Ries , author of The Lean Start-Up after he was just coming down from an amazing day of success at SXSW 2102. You get to hear about this first in this video interview!

Savvy Week in Review: March 16

Savvy B2B Marketing

It's Friday? Really? Seems like we didn't just lose an hour to daylight savings, we may have lost a couple days! As spring revs her green and growing engines, seems like bloggers are turning up the heat on their keyboards. There was so much good content to choose from this week, it was hard to narrow it down to a few faves. We hope you enjoy this selection as much as we did. Lots of stuff to inspire and to file away for future reference.

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.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

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.”.

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.

Savvy Speaks: Web Site Pet Peeves (and Best Practices)

Savvy B2B Marketing

We've all received emails or visited websites that left us wanting. Here we share some of our annoyances. But this isn't just a rant. We also offer ways you can turn that negative into a positive. Read on for insight and inspiration! Wendy. Stop the noise.

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.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.

4 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Generate Awesome B2B Content

Marketri

Committing to blogging and the process of content marketing is often a big hurdle for our clients. They see the benefits of blogging but it takes some time to achieve buy-in.

6 Marketing Lessons I Learned from Lean Software Geeks

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this A distinguishing characteristic of South By Southwest Interactive is its scope. Marketers rub elbows with CTOs. Journalists take notes from web developers. Cross-functional learning is the norm. That’s why I made my way to Lean Startup panel on the Product Lifecycle today.

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.

Keeping It Buzzingly Alive

Savvy B2B Marketing

Yesterday I wrote a post for a writer's blog about the role of swag in self-marketing. I have a friend: Gina Rosati, whose book Auracle will be published in August. She has created lots of swag (promotional material) to generate interest in her book.

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Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

Dave Kerpen of Likeable Social Media explains social media success

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Click here if you can’t see this video of Dave Kerpen on Likeable Social Media. Dave Kerpen had just come off the stage at SXSW 2012 when I caught him for this interview.

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.

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.