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.

Why Your Prospects Love Inbound Marketing

Tomorrow People

Your prospects love inbound marketing. But they don’t know it yet. This is because inbound marketing gives both you and your customers a great deal more than a conventional marketing strategy.

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.

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%.

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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.

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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Why Your Social Media Marketing Stinks

Marketing Insider Group

Social networking is as old as humanity, and even the term social media has been around for quite a while. But as a function within marketing, social media management is only 3 years old at best for the majority of organizations.

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?

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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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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7 Cold Calling Tactics You Aren't Using but Should Be

Cold calling isn‘t dead; neither is it on its deathbed. In fact, it’s one of the most effective ways to increase sales and drive revenue. Learn 7 preperation strategies to lessen your stress, and to become a better closer!

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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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?

Eight Shortcuts to More Successful Sales & Marketing Collaboration

ViewPoint

Matt Heinz has more than 12 years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations, vertical industries and company sizes; including Microsoft, Weber Shandwick, Boeing, The Seattle Mariners, Market Leader and Verdiem. Matt began Heinz Marketing in 2007 to help clients focus their business on market and customer opportunities, then execute a plan to scale revenue and customer growth.

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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.

Best Practices for Selling to Government Agencies

The US government spends over $235 billion on goods and services each year. Because of this, selling your product or service to a government agency can be a great way to increase profits. A government buyer also offers consistency, at least for the duration of your contract. However, there are key differences between selling to a customer or business and selling to the government. MarketJoy VP of Customer Success, Curtis Bendt, has used his vast experience in sales industry to craft a list of best practices for selling to government agencies to give you a more specific idea of what the process involves. MarketJoy also provides you with several tips on how to increase your chances of success.

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?

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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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.

Don’t Ignore Message Boards in Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

Biznology

The problem with most social media marketing agencies is that we’re fickle. We tend to keep rushing into the future, adopting anything and everything hot and new and throwing the way the rest. When it comes to online forums, I believe the baby has been thrown away with the bath water.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

Gain exclusive insights on priorities, tactics, and challenges from SMB Marketing Leaders.

What Should Worry B2B Marketers Most This Year? [CHART]

Modern Marketing

by Gaea Connary | Tweet this Goals are personal. As marketers we all have different ideas of what we need to accomplish. But when charting out gaps and room for improvement, it’s nice to know what your peers are most concerned about.

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3 Steps to a Vince Lombardi Marketing Program

Reachforce

As you can probably imagine, we're rather passionate about data quality here at ReachForce. When helping our clients we've seen firsthand just how much of a difference a high quality database makes when designing, executing, and even converting prospects from marketing campaigns. And yet many organizations have ignored the problem of

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?

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.

Paradigm of Strategic Value-Based Discounting for the B2B Industry

Competition has increased to new levels of intensity and organizations have begun to look for new ways to acquire customers. Discounted pricing is a strategic tool, which when used correctly can drive a variety of business goals, from marketing through to sales strategy

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

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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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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 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.

Facebook and Google Going Big on Online Display Ads

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Feel like you saw more web banners and online ads this past year? You’re not imagining things. ComScore released its U.S. Digital Future in Focus for 2012 on Friday and it showed big brands are pushing online display ads hard.

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.

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.

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.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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