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Yes, you can be addicted to social media

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Guest post by {grow} community member Kaity Nakagoshi. For most people, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are harmless platforms that allow for social interaction and personal expression.

Are Your Marketing and Sales Systems Broken?

Tony Zambito

Everything Is Broken (Photo credit: Wikipedia). For many in marketing and sales, the march continues towards the attempt to develop tactical plans that will connect them to buyers. We have seen many variations over the past two as these attempts are made.

Universal Lead Definition: Why 61% of B2B marketers are wasting resources and how they can stop

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Confession: I wish I could flash this across every marketer’s computer screen the moment it powered up: A universal lead definition (ULD) clarifies what a lead is to everyone in your organization. It also: Fits the profile of your ideal customer. Has been qualified as sales-ready.

CMOs: Shedding light on marketing performance

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Businesses use enterprise data and metrics to manage business performance and drive efficiencies across the organization. But when it comes to marketing, there has always been a bit of the “black box” effect.

7 Inspiring B2B Marketing Campaigns

Must-See Examples of Marketing Success That You Can Replicate.

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Industrial Marketing Company Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Industrial Marketing Today

April 2012 marks a milestone for my industrial marketing company Tiecas, Inc. We are celebrating 25 years in business! It has been an incredible journey so far. Come along with me as I take a trip down memory lane….

12 (of the) Best Content Marketing Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

Content is king. As you’ve no doubt read in many places before, content is one of the core elements of B2B social media marketing success. Content is also crucial for lead nurturing , SEO and other online marketing initiatives. But producing content is expensive.

Gone with the Pin. A {growtoon}.

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Join the growtoonists each Friday for a humorous take on marketing, social media, and current business events. Joey Strawn is a social media strategist that loves enjoying a good book and then drawing in it. Check him out on Twitter: @joey_strawn. growtoons

Cookie Deletion and Measurement: What you Need to Know

Digital B2B Marketing

Some days it seems online marketing revolves around cookies, those small text files stored in your browser that may be automatically deleted by browsers or routinely deleted by individuals. Cookies are used (among other things) for measuring performance, targeting advertising and personalizing sites.

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.

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in Plain English

Paul Gillin

I prepared summaries for my upcoming Search & Social Double Whammy seminar on May 2 in Burlington, MA describing the “big three” social networks: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. My goal was to describe in plain English the way these networks provide value to their users and the metaphors they use for interaction. Perhaps you’ll find these basic explanations useful in some context. And if I’ve missed or misstated anything, I’d appreciate your corrections.

32 White Hat Ways to Build Inbound Links

Hubspot

This is a guest post by Corey Northcutt, who manages a Chicago-based SEO and content marketing agency called Northcutt. Follow him on Google+ or Twitter at @northcuttSEO, and read his SEO blog. There’s no question that building great inbound links to your site is hard work.

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The Story Behind Red-Hot Storify

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Click here if you can’t see this video interview with Storify Founder Xavier Damman. Xavier Damman of Storify. If you’re immersed in the social web it would be hard to miss Storify.

Is Your Content the Pretty Lady or the Old Hag?

Digital B2B Marketing

Sure, your content is excellent. It is unbiased, educates and provides valuable advice and perspectives. But is that how your audience sees it? Depending on your perspective, you may see an old hag or a young lady in the drawing at the right.

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.

18 (of the) Best SEO Link Building Guides of 2011

Webbiquity

Links still matter for SEO. Not low-quality links, not reciprocal links, not the kind of links you can buy in bulk for cheap from some sketchy source in the third world, but real, valid, quality links. So—how do you build those high-quality links? What types of links should you be seeking exactly?

Content Marketing: Get Trained Up [Slides]

B2B Marketing Insider

We all create content. But let’s face it, most of it is simply awful! How many emails do you get that you struggle to read? How many 5 minute voice mails do you delete? And how many PowerPoint slides contain way too many words?

In an information-dense world, headlines prevail

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Neicole Crepeau, Contibuting {grow} Columnist. I’ve been extremely busy, lately. With a lot of client work, I have neglected my blog and have been sharing content less on Twitter and G+. Often, I only get to read blogs and share content one or two days a week.

Why your business brand means much more than your logo

Tomorrow People

Your business brand is not your logo. Your logo is a big part of it, but it isn’t everything – and here’s why: Your logo is just the start. Your business branding is the message you put out there about your entire organisation.

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.

B2B Email Benchmarks: Answers Vary Widely

Customer Experience Matrix

One of the things I’m enjoying about my new role as head of analytics at Left Brain DGA is being closer to hands-on marketing than I was as a consultant. This leads to different questions than I used to get, including the ever-popular “what’s a reasonable response rate for our emails?”

8 More Compelling Infographics About Content Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

Content marketing is argued to be the “heartbeat” of many companies’ marketing efforts, without original intriguing content it is difficult for successful efforts to be delivered by a brand.

The Marketing Skills Gap is Very Real

Modern Marketing

by Christina Pappas | Tweet this Marketing might be in my blood. My father was a marketer before me, back in the 80’s and 90’s on the cusp of the personal computer and the birth of the Internet. Back then, brands spent their budgets on print ads, the biggest, baddest trade shows and fancy corporate retreats. No matter the tactic, my dad delivered, ending up a VP in a few short years.

Focus On Customers and Run Like Never Before

B2B Marketing Insider

If you read this blog regularly, you know I write mainly about 2 things. The first is that we marketers need to stop talking about ourselves and focus on our customers.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

5 studies prove social media is less than 6 degrees of separation

Biznology

Cover of Kevin Bacon. The idea behind 6 degrees of separation is ”friend of a friend” connections make it so everyone is only 6 steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person. The theory was originally presented by Hungarian author, Frigyes Karinthy, in a 1929 short story.

Why Is Link Building So Important to Your Website and Your Business?

EMagine B2B Blog

People in the world of search are commonly beating the drum of link building. We tell you that your success with your website, and even your online marketing presence, depends on it. Yet so many companies pay no attention to link building, and their inbound link profile. This dismissal is often due to a lack [.]. Search Engine Marketing

Buying Parity: Thoughts on Marketo’s Acquisition of Crowd Factory

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this Despite what the press releases would have you believe, “social marketing automation” wasn’t born today. Virtually every company in the marketing automation space – from SMB players like HubSpot and Pardot to B2C specialists like Neolane to up-market companies like Eloqua – offers a viable social media component to their demand generation system.

Why Your Unsubscribe Process Is as Important as Earning Subscribers

Tomorrow People

It is no secret that earning a subscriber is exciting. Subscribers are often some of the most loyal customers to a company because they receive content right in their inboxes, making it easier to read and harder to ignore.

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.

Why Can’t I Share to Google+ From My Apps for That?

Biznology

Now that I have my iPhone wired for sound, I do a majority of my tweeting and facebooking through the apps that I use.

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Marketo Buys Crowd Factory, Silverpop Buys CoreMotives, and Other News from Pardot, Neolane, Act-On and OfficeAutoPilot

Customer Experience Matrix

With its usual fanfare, Marketo today announced the acquisition of social marketing campaign company Crowd Factory. Crowd Factory is a certified cool product, which is probably reason enough for Marketo to buy them. But what I find intriguing is how little the two businesses overlap. Marketo is primarily focused on business marketing, and in particular lead generation, nurturing and analytics. Crowd Factory has some B2B clients but is clearly aimed at large-scale consumer marketing.

6 Ways Marketing Can Help Generate Early Leads for Sales

Modern Marketing

by Shawn Cook | Tweet this A marketer posed a perplexing question to me recently. What does sales want more,” he asked, “qualified leads or early leads?”. My answer: Both. It’s a fair question. Research indicates that sales cycles are 22% longer over the past 5 years but 49% of companies are saying that their buying cycles are shorter. Clearly, buyers are far more educated and sales is excluded from much of the conversation.

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