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

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.

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.

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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

Marketing Insider Group

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 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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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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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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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 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.

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.

Best Local SEO Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

While the web is worldwide, search is often local.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!”

Facebook Content Published Via Third-Party Tools Suffers 67% Fewer Likes [New Data]

Hubspot

Many social media marketers schedule content for Facebook through third-party APIs such as HootSuite or the HubSpot social media publisher.

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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.

Social Business Q&A: 10 Questions with Augie Ray

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this One of life’s unspoken disappointments is this: Rarely do we know the extent of the difference we make in one another’s lives. We stumble across an article, catch the tail end of a conversation, receive a kind word from someone special, notice a tweet in passing … and something about it sticks. Maybe it inspires, or perhaps it irritates. But it calcifies, until we do something about it. And that’s one of the ways change happens.

Gartner cuts 2012 IT spending forecast by 1/3rd

The ROI Guy

Are you ready to grab your share of the dwindling 2012 IT Budget? The predictions for solid growth might have gotten ahead of themselves once again, as Gartner cuts their IT spending growth predictions by 1/3rd for the remainder of 2012. Going into this New Year, Gartner analysts predicted that IT spending would expand worldwide by 3.7%. But in their most recent estimates in April, Gartner has downgraded the 2012 forecast by a substantial amount, now predicting only a 2.5% expansion for the year.

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

Facebook Content Published Via Third-Party Tools Suffers 234% Fewer Likes [New Data]

Hubspot

Many social media marketers schedule content for Facebook through third-party APIs such as HootSuite or the HubSpot social media publisher.

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9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

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