Sat.Feb 16, 2013 - Fri.Feb 22, 2013

LinkedIn Recommendations: Why Less is More

B2B Marketing Traction

What is the right number of LinkedIn recommendations on your profile? Should you have 5? Most professionals I know suggest fewer quality recommendations over quantity. Of course, this depends on your level of experience and the number of positions you’ve held.

PowerViews with Bob Perkins: Inside Sales is Here to Stay

ViewPoint

My guest today is Bob Perkins, Founder of AA-ISP and Vice President of Inside Sales at Merrill Datasite. Bob shared his perspective on how inside sales strategies have grown in popularity as companies strive to improve customer service and boost sales as efficiently as possible.

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Is Thought Leadership The Future of Marketing?

Marketing Insider Group

In our last interview, Steve McKee asked if Big Data was the future of marketing. In previous interviews, Doug Kessler talked about creating a content culture , Todd Wheatland predicted that content and technology would combine to drive the future of marketing.

Pull Marketing vs. Push Marketing – The Shifting Battleground

Great B2B Marketing

Even though I make my living as a marketer, I get as bothered as any other consumer by the constant intrusiveness of unwanted promotions. The abundance of unsolicited marketing pitches from TV, radio, Internet ads and other media exasperates me daily. Yet, as hard as we try to get away from it (using tools like TiVo, Sirius Radio, cable, and voice mail), persistent marketers continue to find new ways to track us down and share their messages, regardless of our needs or receptivity.

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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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Do we care if web content is “above the fold”?

Biznology

Photo credit: Wikipedia. When I started working at Page One Power as a fresh faced link builder, one of the first terms that caught my ear like a poor cast was the term “above the fold.”

Mobile vs. Social – Round 1: Ding! Ding! Ding!

Puzzle Marketer

This year is off to a roaring start for digital marketing. Corporations and small businesses alike are investing heavily into digital marketing and we’d like to pose a debate question… Where are you spending your digital dollars? Mobile or Social? In the blue corner we have Mobile! This includes mobile app development, responsive web design, push notifications, and mobile targeted paid advertising.

The Power of Custom Images in Your B2B Marketing

MLT Creative

While using stock images can appear easy and cost-effective, it can come off as unauthentic and cause damage to your brand and marketing programs. There is great power in custom created still. MLT Creative B2B Ideas @ Work Blog. Our ideas, musings, thoughts, reviews on b2b marketing topics

How Your A/E/C Firm Can Build a Rewarding Presence on Pinterest

Marketri

Pictures are worth 1,000 words, so if your architecture, engineering, or construction firm is not marketing itself on the photo-based social network Pinterest, you’re missing out on the opportunity to say volumes to potential customers.

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.

7 Great Examples of 'Boring' Businesses That Act Like Humans in Their Marketing

Hubspot

Question. Does your marketing sound like it was created by Eeyore? Bill Lumbergh? Michael Scott? Earlier this week, I was on a panel for Boston HubSpot users centered around the theme of creating lovable marketing.

Are Buyer Personas Dead?

The ROI Guy

A few articles have appeared recently touting the death of Buyer Personas, which prompted me to ask Jim Ninivaggi, Sales Enablement service lead from SiriusDecisions about whether this was really true.

Mea maxima culpa marketing

Biznology

Something’s always going to go wrong. Murphy’s law demands it. It is your mandatory tithe into the Universe. This is true about everything. I guess character is what shows when things go wrong. And it’s what you do when things don’t go right that defines you.

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Sales and Marketing: The technology behind CRM

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Customer relationship management (CRM) is defined a number of different ways. However, the most expansive definition takes a total end-to-end look at every interaction a person has with a company from simply becoming aware of the company at the very top of the sales funnel, all the way through customer service contact after the final conversion to a closed deal.

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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 Do's and Don'ts of Using Vine for Marketing

Hubspot

It’s the latest social media feature available on Twitter. Released on January 24 , companies have already started to cozy up to the new, six second video feature as part of their social media content strategy. With it being so new, however, it may be difficult to tell what the best practices are.

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Top Takeaways for B2B Marketers from The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide

KoMarketing Associates

Marty Weintraub and Lauren Litwinka, our friends over at AimClear , recently published The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide: Essential Tools and Tactics for Business Success.

Which Types of YouTube Videos Garner the Most New Subscribers? [CHART]

Modern Marketing

by Andrew Stanbridge | Tweet this. In previous Charts of the Week, we’ve focused on how YouTube videos are an important channel being used for documentation and product support.

Starting to Think About Purchasing B2B Marketing Services? (Part 2)

Marketri

Here are the Most Frequently Asked Questions for the Mid-Stage Buyer. Part Two of Three. The purchase of B2B marketing services is typically a three legged journey. The first phase, which I covered in part one of three, addressed the most frequently asked questions of the early stage buyer.

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.

The Marketer's Ultimate Guide to Measuring the ROI of Twitter & Vine

Hubspot

According to a 2012 report by Adobe , a whopping 52% of marketers cite difficulties in accurately measuring ROI as their biggest source of frustration in social media marketing. I would like to try and alleviate some of that pain, at least when it comes to marketing on Twitter.

Which Downton Abbey Characters Would Survive as Modern B2B Marketers?

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer. Amidst the revolution in the modern B2B marketing world, many executives and their marketing world view remain stuck in the past, while others are evolving and thriving. Here's how you can reign supreme.

8 Ways To Use Vine To Engage With Video

Modern Marketing

by Amanda Batista | Tweet this Video is perhaps one of the most challenging marketing channels, because we understand the value of it, want to do more of it, but without the bandwidth or expertise, it often ends up on the never-ending marketer’s wish list. You’ve probably heard of Vine by now.

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How to Make a Splash With Twitter At Your Next Big Event

Modern B2B Marketing

by Dayna Rothman Being active on social networks before, during, and after your event is critical for optimal engagement. Since events are in real time, attendees often use social networks to get updates and to communicate with other participants in a live environment.

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.

8 Useful Tools for Identifying and Connecting With Prospects

Hubspot

Ah, the elusive prospect. You know they're out there in need of your service or product, but it can be tough to uncover them at the right time in their search. So how do you find them ? And once you find them, what the heck do you do with them? Just poke 'em with a stick?

16 case studies prove ROI of mobile marketing

Biznology

Photo credit: Wikipedia. Are you paying attention to your mobile marketing yet? After years of being the next big thing, mobile might finally be the current big thing. But there is a big problem–most people don’t know how to prove it. A joint study by the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and MediaVest shows marketers are excited about opportunities for mobile marketing but frustrated about the ability to prove return on investment (ROI). Are you one of them?

SEO: 3 Things Journalists and Bloggers Can Learn

Writing on the Web

From what I see, many bloggers aren’t using hyperlinks when they publish blog posts. Worse, in some cases, they aren’t teaching writers about this in online writing courses. I just attended a week-long writer’s conference in San Miguel.

Tomorrow People Leaves Salesforce.com in Favour of Workbooks CRM

Tomorrow People

Tomorrow People has selected British Cloud CRM provider Workbooks.com to replace its Salesforce.com CRM system after two years of using the Salesforce Professional Edition. Tomorrow People will use Workbooks to manage its customer details and interactions.

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.

How to Design a Site Structure Visitors AND Search Engines Love

Hubspot

If you have a website, then you have certain steps that you want your visitors to take; fill out a form, make a purchase, learn about a product or service , sign up for a newsletter, that sort of thing.

What Costs More Than CRM?

Marketing Action

I recently visited the president – a very worried president – of a company whose lead sales rep left and took along $2 million worth of business. That’s a pretty hefty chunk of change for any business and, for some companies, that might put them out of business.

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3 Ways Interactive Content Can Boost Email Performance

Modern Marketing

by contributor | Tweet this Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Seth Lieberman, CEO of SnapApp , a marketing platform used by companies to create interactive content to generate leads and drive revenue across the web, mobile, social and email.

How to secure your B2B social media strategy

Integrated B2B

Any company with a half decent B2B content strategy will be heavily reliant on social media channels to help get their stories out into the world.

9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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