Sat.Mar 31, 2012 - Fri.Apr 06, 2012

Three careers that will dominate social media (and it’s not what you think)

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I’m a marketing guy. And boy I love it. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a great case study! Well, almost nothing.

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Being Busy is Not Being Productive

Puzzle Marketer

One of the most misleading but commonly held beliefs is being “busy” means that you’re being productive and accomplishing a lot. The problem is that the busy work for most people isn’t focused on the things that need to be done. It’s just that, busy work. People get into a mindset that these things have to be done and there is no other way.

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Use Buyer-Based Selling To Engage The New SMB Buyer

Tony Zambito

©All Rights Reserve by PhotoSteve 101. This is part 5 and final article of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. Prognosticators today abound on the demise of sales.

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The Cost of Bad Content

B2B Marketing Insider

According to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs 2012 report on B2B Content Marketing , 90% of organizations are marketing with content! (I’d I’d love to know what the “other 10%” are doing?). But does anyone have a handle on the costs?

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The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

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18 (of the) Best Web Analytics Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

The measurability of the web can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the data should allow companies to monitor every activity, every campaign, to evaluate based on solid data what’s working, what’s not, and where to expend budget, time and effort to improve results.

How to Run a Great Dinner Meeting

Paul Gillin

I had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner last night with some local technology luminaries and guest of honor Reid Hoffman , the co-founder of LinkedIn and already a Silicon Valley legend at the age of 44.

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3 Ways to Fuel Your Marketing Automation Cycle with Data

Digital B2B Marketing

Marketing automation is built on the premise of delivering the right communication to the right person at the right time. Successfully delivering the right content at the right time hinges on data.

Is social media making you a lazy communicator?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Srinivas Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. We live in a world where people are in a real hurry. Getting things done as efficiently and quickly as possible has become a calling card for humanity and it’s bleeding into our social interactions. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

LinkedIn and Twitter Advertising and Marketing Options; A Primer

NuSpark

LinkedIn and Twitter provide unique advertising opportunities for those who wish to target messages towards those audiences within these networks. If you’re buying online display for lead generation, you should consider social media advertising opportunities.

Manufacturing Infographics for Content Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

Infographics, short for information graphics are hot right now. It seems everyone is creating one these days. Infographics have been around for a while and are used to communicate complex concepts visually and easily.

Why Pinterest Matters to Us Social Media Marketers

Biznology

If you use images or photos on any of your sites, you’re already on Pinterest , whether you’ve registered on Pinterest or not. So, what’re you going to do about it?

Can You Solve this Digital Marketing Puzzle? – #1950

Puzzle Marketer

For a fun Friday brain teaser, PuzzleMarketer.com brings you a puzzle using terms out of our digital marketing glossary. See how quickly you can guess what the images below are identifying. Check back every Friday for a new advertising puzzle to solve. Are you stumped?

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

7 Customer Loyalty Programs That Actually Add Value

Hubspot

According to Inc. , it costs a business about 5-10 times more to acquire a new customer than it does to sell to an existing one -- and on average those current customers of yours spend 67% more than a new one. So, what are you doing to keep your customers coming back to your business? If you’re like 65% of marketers, your company has implemented a loyalty program. But is it working?

B2B Lead Management – 6 Best Practices

Great B2B Marketing

Some companies are good at generating B2B sales leads , others are good at qualifying and closing those leads, but the top performing companies, are those that leverage B2B lead management techniques and can do both. Here are six strategies you can implement to create your own unstoppable marketing and sales machine: Follow up every inbound inquiry within 48 hours – preferably 24 hours.

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The Rise of Content Strategy–What to do about Google killing SEO

Biznology

I was sitting in a hotel lobby preparing to present as part of a panel at OMMA Global in San Francisco when a co-panelist said something that shocked me. People ask why I got out of SEO to focus on paid media. I answer that Google wrecked SEO, so all that’s left is paid.” The context: we were talking about all the changes Google has made recently to make SEO more difficult–some might say impossible.

How ‘Draw Something’ Is Taking Over the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

Ever since Draw Something was launched in both Apple App Store and Android Market, everyone it has sold 37 million times worldwide. See these 20 Amazing Smartphone Sketches by Mashable.

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Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

Lead Nurturing: Market to personality and behavior, not job title

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet In my most recent research project, the MarketingSherpa 2012 Executive Guide to Marketing Personnel , we identified key behavioral and motivational differences between marketing specialists. Much of what we learned applies beyond HR and can improve your lead nurturing and sales efforts. The key to navigating your way to a sales-ready lead is navigating through individual personalities.

The Inbound Marketing Multiplier [Infographic]

Modern B2B Marketing

by Jason Miller Marketers often debate the merits of inbound marketing vs. outbound, but few discuss the added benefits you can achieve by combining both. A well rounded B2B marketing mix should include elements of both inbound and outbound marketing strategies.

Jason Falls discusses publishing partnership

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Click here if you can’t see this interview with Jason Falls. Many people dream of writing and publishing a best-selling book, but few earn the opportunity.

Optimizing your Videos for Search Engines

EMagine B2B Blog

In a recent article, a staggering statement has been made. YouTube is the second largest search engine on the internet. The ramifications of that are big to your content development strategy. You should be making videos. And making them should be a priority. But there’s more to consider than the content and execution of these [.]. Online Marketing Search Engine Marketing Social Media YouTube

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

Best Local SEO Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

While the web is worldwide, search is often local.

4 Key Components for Hosting a Branded Charity Event

Marketri

Branded charity events are an excellent way to give back to your local community, bring your firm’s employees together and even improve your business by raising brand awareness.

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Five reasons you should never ignore your business branding

Tomorrow People

Every business-owner needs more time. Addressing your business branding can seem like yet another addition to your ‘to do’ list. But there are some very important reasons why you should never ignore your business branding: Credibility.

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Plugging The Leaks – Addressing The Early Stages of the Funnel

ANNUITAS

Our good friend Ardath Albee and I have recently had a series of conversations about the standard funnel that is used by many organizations. (If If you don’t know Ardath I highly recommend you follow her: @ardath421.) This post is a result of those discussions.

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.

17 Examples of Creative Facebook Page Cover Photos

Hubspot

Facebook's new "Timeline" design has been mandatory for all Facebook businesses pages for almost a week now, and you may have noticed your cover photo is now taking up some serious real estate.

Delivering the B2B Positioning TKO (Technical Knock Out)!

Marketri

I love a good healthy marketing debate over a Cobb salad lunch! Last week, I went a few “rounds” during a discussion about the optimal positioning of a mid-sized professional services firm. On one side of the ring was me – the experienced and competitive B2B marketer.

What is a business rebrand worth and why rebrand

Tomorrow People

A business rebrand – what’s it worth? The business rebrand is about a great deal more than making your business look good. It’s about making your bottom line look good, too. So what is it that makes a company rebrand such a valuable proposition for your business? Compete more.

B2B Blogger – Are You Being Tricky or Transparent?

B2B Marketing Traction

If you ask me, visitors who land on a blog post have the right to know when it was written. So, why do B2B marketers hide their blog post dates? I guess they want to fool us. “Hey! This blog post could have been written yesterday… …or, 3 years ago!”

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results