Sat.Jul 04, 2009 - Fri.Jul 10, 2009

How to Choose a Web Development Company

B2B Marketing Traction

A friend who is starting a new company contacted me recently for a referral to a web development company that could create a great web site but not break the bank. Choosing a web development company is difficult for most businesses


Inbound & Outbound Marketing Mix - Poll Results

Smashmouth Marketing

Last week we conducted a poll on LinkedIn where we asked: Inbound Marketing & Outbound Marketing - what is your mix for lead gen? Mostly Inbound. Mostly Outbound. Both Equally Inbound Only. Outbound Only. The complete results were published today on the DemandGen Reports site.

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The Difference Between Drip Marketing and Closed Loop Marketing

Modern B2B Marketing

These terms, often used interchangeably, are different approaches to how you nurture your prospects.    While they often imply use of email and online marketing, they have been used to improve the success of marketing efforts long before today’s marketing technologies were available.

Goodbye, Kim Kardashian

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This is a picture of Kim Kardashain with somebody who is not me. Kim Kardashian and I have finally broken up. It probably won't make the tabloids. We're keeping it quiet. But it's OVER! If you don't know Kim, she is a lovely, self-described "Armenian Princess," self-help diva, and reality TV star.

25 Content Marketing Questions Answered

Featuring LinkedIn's Jason Miller & Curata's Pawan Deshpande

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A great B2B marketing learning opportunity!

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Sculpture in Paris I wanted to let you know that next week {grow} will deliver the biggest dose of B2B marketing insight, wisdom, and just plain useful advice, ever. Starting Monday, July 13, I’m kicking off a five-day series of interviews with Internet marketing pioneer Dr. Ben Hanna.

Lyzasoft White Paper Looks at Coordinating Business Analysts and IT

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: a new white paper says business analysts gather data with little help from IT. I'm not so sure, but agree that collaboration tools like Lyza Commons can help both groups cooperate. Analytical software vendor Lyzasoft has just published a white paper by data warehouse guru Dr. Barry Devlin on how business analysts and IT can work together. Click to download Collaborative Analytics: Sharing and Harvesting Analytic Insights across the Business.)

5 Things You Can Do On Vacation If You Can't Get Work Out Of Your Mind

Smashmouth Marketing

My vacation read was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - an incredibly told story of Dracula from both an historical perspective, a thriller, and a biographical twist.


Marketing Automation Introduction


Many posts on this blog are fairly in-depth, so it was fun to write an introduction to Marketing Automation on the blog. For easy digestion, I split up the marketing automation process in four steps: Getting more visitors to your website. Get more visitors to register. Lead nurturing and scoring. Marketing & Sales Collaboration. In addition to the overview article that I linked to above, I’ve written one post for each step. Those will be published this week and next week.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

Six ideas to beat the social media time tornado

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My friend Joshua Miller was inspired by my blogs posts on social media exhaustion in two ways: He committed to take a hike in the mountains, and he sent me the following post from Abhijeet Mukherjee.


ParAccel Toots Its Horn and Revs Its Database Engine

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Over the past year, columnar analytical database vendor ParAccel has methodically proven its claims about speed, scalability and easy deployment. Now it's looking to grow fast. When I first wrote about analytical database vendor ParAccel in a February 2008 post , it was one of several barely distinguishable vendors offering massively parallel, SQL-compatible columnar databases.

Twitter and B2B: don't be fooled by the silent majority


Apparently, 90% of Twitter traffic is created by just 10% of users. This fact, according to the widely quoted recent report by Harvard Business School , "implies that Twitter resembles more of a one-way, one-to-many publishing service than a two-way, peer-to-peer communication network".

copywriting that sells: powerful copy is easier than you think

The Effective Marketer

writing great copy is easy. writing powerful, attention grabbing copy that will help you sell is another story. i usually. copywriting that sells. this is your goal. overcomplicate, think too much, duplicate sentences without realizing


Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

It's time for digital de-tox

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Smoky Mountains National Park -- The site of my digital de-toxification! Yesterday I commented on the increasing time commitments and frustrations of social media maintenance.

Demand Generation Vendor Traffic Rankings

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: Based on Web traffic rankings, new demand generation vendors with low prices are gaining market presence. Pardot and (perhaps) look particularly strong. But Eloqua , Silverpop and Marketo remain industry leaders. Last November, after much consideration of alternatives , I settled on Alexa three-month Web traffic rankings as a reasonable way to measure the relative market presence of demand generation vendors. You can see that post here.

Six steps to help create your universal lead definition

B2B Lead Generation Blog

I’m amazed that 90% of the companies I’ve talked with over the last six months lack a clear definition of a sales lead really is – that is their sales and marketing departments don’t agree on a universal lead definition. By not asking and answering a few critical questions, these teams are working inefficiently, wasting time and money, and in effect, crippling the bottom line. Teamwork is the only way organizations can achieve maximum ROI.

Associations Social Media Opportunity


This morning I had one of those wonderful social networking moments. I received a note that I had been accepted into the smchat ning group - a group that meets once a month for chats. I joined last week’s chat and thus signed up to the ning group. When I visited this morning, I saw that they also had a LinkedIn group, so I joined that as well. This is a great way to get a better handle on who was in the group. The second person who’s profile I looked at was Deirdre Reid.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

Social media exhaustion

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I take my first sip of fresh-brewed coffee and sit down in front of my computer for my 15 minutes of morning social media updating. Blog reader. Let’s see what happened over the weekend … 328 new relevant articles. Where to even begin? I don’t. On to Blogger.

LucidEra's Failure: More Evidence that Marketers Won't Pay for Measurement

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m just catching up with what happened while I was on vacation these past two weeks. One piece of news is the demise of LucidEra , which this blog profiled almost exactly one year ago. According to , the company said it shut down because it couldn’t raise new funds or find a buyer. There has been some learned discussion of the causes of LucidEra’s collapse on Timo Elliot’s BI Questions Blog. Much seems to focus on the apparent operating costs.

On Lead Qualification: Turning Web Inquiries into Viable Sales Leads

B2B Lead Generation Blog

A common lead generation practice using B2B inbound marketing includes offering whitepapers, demos, trial software, or other content assets in exchange for registration information. The problem is that many marketers immediately turn these form registrations (aka web inquiries) over to the sales team as "leads." " I’ve already written about why lead quality should be emphasized over quantity.

B2B DIY Media Buying, or Use A Pro?

B2B Marketing Savvy

Other Popular Posts: Creative Briefs- Why/When? Trends/Factoids ScoopDog’s Blog Home Page Email Scoop: For updated reports, article trackers and other Adv/Marcom postings, please subscribe to my RSS feed. Media Buying: DIY (Or Not?)

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

Put one in the loser column for Mashable

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Yesterday there was an article on Mashable that just makes me angry. Under the title "What Click-Through Rate Can You Expect From Twitter?," Darren Barefoot uses a survey sample of 60 people WHO FOLLOW HIM to extrapolate that you can reasonably expect a click-through rate of 2.8%. Forget confounding factors like spammers among your followers, re-tweeting, time of day, or the fact that the finale of "Lost" was on TV, if you have an eighth-grade education you would know this study is HOOOEY.

Strategic Guy: Three Phases of Social Media Maturation

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skip to main | skip to sidebar Strategic Guy Timely views and best practices in the world of technology public relations Sunday, April 12, 2009 Three Phases of Social Media Maturation At Strategic Communications Group (Strategic) weve been through the cycle.

Everything You Need to Know About Twitter You Learned from Grandma


A traditional grandmother that is, not a tech-savvy one. If you have or know a mother, grandmother or great grandmother who grew up in the first part of the last century, chances are she's passed along some folk wisdom about good old-fashioned manners.

In the Age of Social Media Brands Would Do Well to Take Every Complaint Seriously


Should you care if some irate client complains on Twitter that he wasn’t happy with your service? After all he only has a few followers. Most people look askance when you ask them if they blog, or tweet. What’s a.

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

Twitter - Content - Social Media - B2B Marketing Best Of June

B2B Marketing Zone Posts

B2B Marketing Hot List. June 2009. You can subscribe to receive the best from around the web on B2B Marketing by visiting the B2B Marketing Zone and subscribing to the Best Of. Top Posts. The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. 7 Tips on how B2B marketers can leverage social media - B2B Lead Generation Blog , June 29, 2009. Socialize B2B Customer Advocacy - Marketing Interactions , June 25, 2009.

Best of 2008: SEO Guidance, Part 4


Where can you find the best SEO tools and resources (I mean, other than here)? Looking for a concise explanation of the different types of redirects? What are some of the best tools and techniques for competitive SEO research?