Sat.Feb 11, 2012 - Fri.Feb 17, 2012

The Coming Death of Self-Publishing

B2B Memes

It won’t be long before self-publishing as a concept is dead. That’s not to say that the activity of publishing, whether it’s done by an individual, a small loose-knit group, or a corporation, is in decline. In fact, it’s healthier and growing faster than ever.

Lead Generation is Crippling Demand Generation

Digital B2B Marketing

Lead generation and demand generation, although related, are at odds with each other. When many B2B marketers say demand generation, they mean lead generation, and the program will be measured on leads and the value of those leads.

Top Valentine’s Day Ideas for Pulling in More Prospects

Tomorrow People

Looking for inspiration for your marketing this Valentine’s Day? Wondering how you can create a stronger relationship with your client-base?

SnapTags vs QR Codes

Cody Ward

A colleague of mine recently introduced me to a marketing tool to engage with mobile customers and prospects. It’s called the SnapTag , powered by SpyderLynk.

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The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

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Social Intelligence adds value throughout the Stage Gate Process

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Social data is becoming increasingly important in the new product development processes of many companies. In particular, manufacturers are tapping into social conversations as they explore new product ideas in order to learn what consumers are interested in and talking about.

The Leadership Gap in B2B Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

CMOs feel largely unprepared for the challenges of today’s marketing challenges when it comes to the changing buyer, the corporate pressures to contribute and the skills and tools they have to work with. And yet much of the B2B Marketing conversation is still on generating leads.

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Seven Guides to Better Copywriting

Webbiquity

In this age of inbound marketing, content is king. And all content, regardless of format—text, video, audio, presentation—begins with the written word. The ability to arrange words and phrases in ways that capture interest and compel action is a skill at a premium. But good writing isn’t easy.

Should I Remove Offer Content from My Website During a Campaign?

The Point

A client asks: “If we’re planning on using a particular white paper as part of a lead generation campaign, or even for lead nurturing , is it a good idea to remove that same content asset from our main Website?

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

Case Studies: Ask Short, Clear Questions

WriteSpark

When you ask questions during a case study interview, do you talk too much? If you're getting answers that are lackluster, confusing, or less complete or enthusiastic than you expect, the problem may be how you asked the questions. Common symptoms: Using more than two sentences for a question. Asking for too much information in a single question. Feeling the temptation to explain a topic or share a story of your experience after you state the question, but before you allow the customer to answer.

Slow Death of the Funnel: Why Buyer Choice Matters to Revenue

Tony Zambito

IT Buying Process © All rights reserved by Kenny Madden. This is part 1 of a limited series on why buyer choice modeling is the new view B2B Business must adopt to improve revenue performance and develop long lasting relationships with buyers. .

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20 (More of the) Best SEO Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

SEO remains the most cost-effective way to drive website traffic. B2B websites often receive anywhere from 30%-60% from organic search, with 50% or more sometimes coming from Google alone. But SEO is changing.

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The Ladder of Emotional Values: Pleasure Reigns

Writing on the Web

What emotions are people seeking to satisfy online? What can we understand about human motivations and values in order for content marketing to work?

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

Corporate Websites for Demand Generation: B2B Discussion Highlights

Digital B2B Marketing

The latest #B2Bchat discussion focused on the relationship (or lack thereof) between corporate websites and demand generation. Can corporate websites support demand generation and lead capture? Or do marketers need to build microsites to support demand generation effectively?

As The World Churns For CMO’s

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. The good news is that CMO tenure continues to rise. Spencer Stuart, the executive search consulting firm, in their study released early last year reported that average tenure rose to 42 months. Up from 35 months two years ago and up from 27 months in 2007.

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No-Cost, Cornball Marketing Can Drive B2B Top-of-Mind Awareness

Marketing Craftmanship

LtoR: Heather Fuller, Andrew Crisp, Percy, Gary Thompson, Mickie Kennedy. Missing: Nimmi, the acrobatic dog.

The Ugly Truth about Your Website and SEO

B2B Marketing Traction

Paying for ongoing SEO services is a lot like going on a bad date. You heard that SEO is great and it works, you buy the service, but you don’t get the results that were promised. Why is that? The real way to get results from your website is to have great content that visitors need or want.

Not Too Late: Last-Minute Steps towards GDPR Compliance for B2B Marketers

Speaker: Howard J. Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group, and Anne Angele, Senior Marketing Automation Specialist, Spear Marketing Group

As you likely know, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect May 25. Surveys show that most US-based B2B marketers are still woefully unprepared, even though the regulation affects not only any company actively doing business in Europe, but anyone even communicating with European contacts in his/her marketing database. The penalties for non-compliance with GDPR can be severe – in the millions of dollars. Fortunately, there are a few basic steps that B2B marketers can and should make that will get them closer to full compliance.

Et Tu, David: Why Raab Associates Became Part of Left Brain DGA

Customer Experience Matrix

You may have seen yesterday’s announcement that Raab Associates’ marketing technology practice* has become part of LeftBrain DGA , an agencyspecializing in demand generation strategy and execution. My role at Left Brain will be to build the “optimization”practice, which means working on marketing analytics as well astechnology. I’m looking forward to deeper involvement in client marketing programs than the project-oriented work at RaabAssociates allowed.

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Case Studies: Ask Short, Clear Questions

WriteSpark

When you ask questions during a case study interview, do you talk too much? If you're getting answers that are lackluster, confusing, or less complete or enthusiastic than you expect, the problem may be how you asked the questions. Common symptoms: Using more than two sentences for a question. Asking for too much information in a single question. Feeling the temptation to explain a topic or share a story of your experience after you state the question, but before you allow the customer to answer.

Facebook’s Frictionless Sharing Creates Real Friction

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Earlier this week I read a post by Amber Naslund over at her Brass Tack Thinking blog. She did a nice job of actually thinking about something that I feel is an affliction rather than a development in the social space: frictionless sharing.

Manufacturers Use Evaluation Kits for Effective Lead Nurturing

Industrial Marketing Today

Lead nurturing plays an important role in industrial lead generation programs because it is rare that an industrial sale is completed on the first call or the first visit to the manufacturer’s website. Forrester, CSO Insights and Marketo reported that lead nurturing produced much better results. Here are some of the significant findings from their research studies: Reduced the number of marketing-generated leads ignored by sales to as low as 25%.

GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

The Future of Media and The Role I Want to Play

Digital B2B Marketing

The digital media landscape is changing rapidly. Once, most advertising was purchased directly from publishers. Today, increasingly, advertisers and agencies are purchasing media in real time auctions, impression by impression. To put this into context, AT&T purchased 105 billion impressions in 2011, according to research from ComScore. Purchased through modern media platforms, that would require winning 105 billion auctions, and participating in far more.

Twitter Challenge Update: 3 Things I’ve Learned So Far

B2B Memes

Now that I’m halfway through my self-imposed Twitter challenge for February, it’s time for a progress report. My goal is to tweet at least 10 times a day, balancing three types of updates: curatorial, conversational, and promotional. Rather than explain the details here, I refer you to my original post.). So far, I’m more or less meeting the goal. I’ve produced the minimum number of tweets every day so far, though doing so did require a couple of late-night efforts.

Blogging 101

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Yesterday, I gave a Biznology Webinar called, “Blogging 101,” that covered the basics of starting and maintaining a blog. Are you thinking about writing a blog for your company, but don’t know where to start?

What they don’t tell you about online (inbound) marketing

Direct Response Coach

I’m a big fan of online marketing, also known by many as inbound marketing. I see a lot of value in SEO, blogging and social media. I believe every business should make some level of commitment to it. I love being able to produce sales leads at a very low cost. I love having my [.]. Direct Mail Direct Marketing Email Marketing General Lead Generation Web Marketing

Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

How to Balance the Content Marketing Equation

Modern Marketing

by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You know the feeling: Just when you think you have something (almost) all figured out, someone goes and blows up your self-image.

Friday Wrap-Up: This Week in B2B Marketing Tips

Reachforce

Each week we present a collection of some of the best marketing tips, guides, and best practices from thought leaders around the blogosphere to help you stay informed, hone your craft, and improve your marketing efforts. Enjoy! The 5 Most Inspiring Marketing Books I’ve Ever Read This post walks through

Google is checking your conversions–are you?

Biznology

Image via Wikipedia. Yesterday, we talked about how Google might have cracked the code on qualified sales leads through search.

How to Make Social Sell: From Thought Leader to Thought Provoker

ViewPoint

Jeff Molander is a professional speaker, author of Off the Hook Marketing: How to Make Social Media Sell for You and adjunct faculty at Loyola University Business School. He blogs at www.offthehookblog.com and can be reached at jeff@jeffmolander.com. Why is it so difficult to generate actual leads and sales using social media in the B2B world? At risk of my wife divorcing me, I decided to take a year off and find out how those brands who were succeeding with social media were doing it.

2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.