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Why Servant Marketing Matters

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet As I talk to marketing and sales leaders, I hear this reoccurring theme: “I want to do something that really matters; I want to feel what I’m doing is really making a real difference.” ” I feel the same way, but I’ve painfully learned that it’s futile to make changes outside before we make changes inside. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing.

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10 Tips for a Successful Trade Show Follow-up Campaign

The Point

Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. A 2010 study concluded that fewer than 70 percent of exhibitors have any formalized plan or process in place for how leads are followed up after the show.

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7 Content Marketing Lessons From Red Bull Media House

Marketing Insider Group

One of the biggest content marketing questions I get on a regular basis is “ who are the leading content marketing brands? ” After American Express OPEN Forum , which claims to be the single largest source of leads, in the form of new card members for their small business group, I typically point to Red Bull who has taken the whole “ brand as publisher ” model to a whole new level. What makes Red Bull different?

ClickZ Conference Coverage: 3 Examples of Big Data in Action

Oracle

We marketers know that Big Data is a big deal. People today are more interested in documenting events than actually experiencing them, only adding to the ever-growing catalogue of online data. But what’s the use case? How do we actually take the data that we capture and put it into action? Many companies haven’t yet figured out what the next step is, or how to actually achieve a meaningful strategy.

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

How To Make Your B2B Marketing Content Work Harder (And Smarter)

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer You''ve got lots of B2B marketing content for your buyers, but is it "on time and on target" to close more sales? To know, follow the buyer''s journey. In B2B marketing it’s often said that “Content is king, but context is queen.”. In other words, while you might have great content, if it doesn’t get to the right person at the right time , it’s not likely to be very helpful in closing sales.

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What Is Content Marketing? And 9 More Content Marketing Questions Answered

Marketing Insider Group

In the course of working with brands across the business landscape, a few questions come up time and time again. What is content marketing? Why is it important? Who should care? What should they do about it. It reminds me of the classic journalism approach of answering the who?, where?, and how? questions to get to the bottom of every good story. So here is my attempt at answering those basic questions. Who needs to worry about content marketing?

Share Your Marketing Success Story! Deadline For The Markie Awards Extended

Oracle

It’s about that time again, to strut your marketing stuff and vie for a Markie Award! Don’t fret if you’ve yet to submit your all-star story! The 2014 Markie Awards submission deadline has been extended to Sunday, August 31. For 2014, the European and North American Markies will combine into one Global Markie Awards Program. The ceremony will take place at Modern Marketing Experience Europe in London this October.

Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

The Point

For those of us who work in and around the technology every day, it can seem like marketing automation is already pervasive. Industry data tells us something different. Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even at mid-size companies ($20 Million – $500 Million), the figure is only 10 percent.

Write search optimized headlines but have a heart

Biznology

When it comes to dominating search, especially when it comes to blogging and publishing, you need to always write your headlines and copy first for Google , then for people. Humans (and their flexible brains) are very forgiving when it comes to reading possibly stilted, “robotic,” keyword-explicit headlines and articles, but Google is not. Always Write for Google, Never for Humans.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Brian Kardon, Lattice Engines CMO: Stop Guessing What Your Buyers Want— Use Predictive Marketing Technology! [Podcast]

Crimson Marketing

“Instinct”—long the stuff of corporate American leadership legends like Jack Welch and Dave Packard, the latter of whom once famously said “Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing people.” These days, however, marketing has new priorities and companies like GE and HP are replacing gut instincts with predictive marketing technology that reveal the true behaviors, characteristics and demographics that correlate to increasing revenue.

3 Online Content Tips for Industrial Distributors to Differentiate Themselves

Industrial Marketing Today

Almost every industrial distributor that I talk to, both clients and new prospects struggle with one key problem – differentiating themselves. This is particularly challenging for distributors because the competition in their niche carries the same products. Visit any distributor’s site in any industry and you’ll find their line cards read pretty much the same. [.]

The ABC’s of Business Blogging:How to be Heard above the Noise

Writing on the Web

How to be Heard above the Noise" width="232" height="232" title="The ABCs of Business Blogging: How to be Heard above the Noise" /> Let me ask you a couple of questions about your business blogging. When you’re competing online with other experts in your field, what makes you stand out? How are your prospects (and clients) finding you among all the other blogs and sites online?

Does mobile search work for your business?

Biznology

With B2B and B2C customers increasingly using their smartphones to browse for, shop for, and buy the products and services they need , marketers have increasingly turned to mobile search as a major component of their pay-per-click ad campaigns. This makes sense given that 100% of search volume growth in 2013 came from mobile and the category overall is expected to bypass desktop search sometime this year.

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The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

#BADMarketing from Wawa

Crimson Marketing

Did anyone think to proofread this? BADMarketing. Image: Courtesy of facebook.com/georgehtakei. The post #BADMarketing from Wawa appeared first on. BADMarketing

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Is Your B2B Content Strategy Marketing Right- or Left-Brained? [Quiz]

KoMarketing Associates

If you’re an online quiz junkie like me, you’ve likely, at some point, taken a psychology test to determine whether you’re right- or left-brained. We all know we lean more to one side than the other, but isn’t it fun to tally up the points and find out for sure? As a writer, I’m of the mind that being right-brained is critical to the job (I’m not saying this just because my math skills are limited to basic arithmetic, but also because good writing involves a flair for the creativity).

How Data Can Be a Competitive Weapon in Your Content Marketing

Oracle

Editor’s Note : Today’s post comes courtesy of Dennis Shiao, Director of Content Marketing at DNN. Dennis is a contributing author to the book “ 42 Rules of Product Marketing ” and is Editor of the DNN blog. Follow Dennis on Twitter @dshiao. We’re competing for YOUR attention. Each day, you make a countless number of decisions related to content. Which song do you play on your iPhone? Which link do you click in your Twitter feed?

When will you know enough about digital marketing?

Biznology

I teach students about digital marketing. All the time. And I know why they come. They just want to get an expert to tell them what to do. Unfortunately, they get me. I wish I could tell you that I feel like an expert–like I know what I am doing. I wish that I could tell you that I have all the answers. The truth i,s I would feel better if I even had all the questions.

How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

Lead Nurturing Isn’t a Stage in the Sales Funnel

ANNUITAS

There are few things more enticing than reading or engaging in a dialogue about something controversial. We eat it up. Additionally, it really gets us thinking about the topic, which is a great thing. Take a look at an excerpt from a Leadspace Radio via Sales Lead Management Association with Carlos Hidalgo , CEO and founder of ANNUITAS. LeadspaceRadio: “You speak around the world – what’s one piece of advice that you think is received as somewhat controversial?

MarTech Conference: Chief Marketing Technology Officers Come Out and Play

Customer Experience Matrix

I got home late last night from the inaugural two-day MarTech conference in Boston, which was simply terrific. Conference chair Scott Brinker assembled an all-star cast of presenters and, more important, a finely balanced mix of topics from industry trends to practical issues of planning, hiring, organization, and technology choices. (I I guess I should note that I also presented and contributed a few thoughts on the agenda, but credit for the success goes elsewhere.)

Direct Mail Postcards – Which side is UP?

Direct Response Coach

If you’re using direct mail postcards in your marketing, let me ask you a question: Which side is the front? No, this is not a silly question. It goes to the mindset of the person creating the postcard. And it will impact your response. As most people and they will say that the “front” [.]. The post Direct Mail Postcards – Which side is UP? appeared first on McCarthy and King Marketing. Copywriting Direct Mail Direct Marketing General Lead Generation

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In content creation overload? Here’s what to do.

Biznology

Feeling like you’re in content creation overload? Stop struggling and start thinking strategically. Here’s how repurposing old blog posts can simplify your life. Ever feel like you’re in a content creation hamster wheel? Many companies face content creation overload. Writers (and managing editors) feel like they’re in a never-ending loop of “what do we write about now?” ” It’s not enough to write an occasional blog post.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

A Marketing Automation Evangelist and Change Management

ANNUITAS

Today we launched our latest eBook, Change Management – Staying Relevant, Predictive and Sane in the Changing Landscape of Demand Generation , a joint venture by Mathew Sweezey , author and Marketing Automation Evangelist for Salesforce.com and Carlos Hidalgo , CEO and Principal, ANNUITAS. I had the opportunity to ask Mathew a few questions about his role (one of the best job titles I have ever come across) at Salesforce.com and the inspiration behind the eBook.

Google Analytics: Top Metrics B2B Firms Should Monitor, Part 1

Hinge Marketing

When it comes to evaluating the performance of a professional services firm’s website, most people tend to focus the majority of their attention towards one metric. That metric is overall traffic, or the number of visits to a website. Google Analytics gives you the ability to monitor what are now called “sessions,” or visits to your site.

Are Free Trials Worth it?

Ignite Tech

Mindflash is a cloud-based learning platform for employee and customer training and one of Infer’s most successful customers. We recently released a Mindflash Case Study that explores how companies can further take advantage of predictive scoring. Download it here. Like many SaaS companies, Mindflash’s business partially relies on free trials. Free trials – the double-edged sword of the SaaS community – serve as a boon for some but a bane for seemingly just as many.

Who is clicking on paid search ads?

Biznology

I regularly do training sessions on search marketing. Sometimes I pose a question to the audience, “How many of you never click on paid search ads?” ” Invariably, about half of the audience raises their hands. Maybe you would raise your hand to answer such a question yourself. But I suspect that many of those with their hands up were wrong. Because various estimates say that between 20 percent and 30 percent of all search clicks are on those very ads. Think about it.

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How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.