2012

MindMatrix Adds Sales Support to Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

One easily predictable trend in B2B marketing automation is that vendors will tailor their systems to specific industries. This is happening to some extent, but not as quickly as I had expected.

3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

Reachforce

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. The blog is our corporate thought leadership beacon, and it’s good mojo for our partners (blogroll!).

The Death of Copy Writing

Tomorrow People

Is copywriting really dying? After all, it plays a central role in creating a company’s brand and credibility. It helps to shape public perception of a business and what it has to offer.

B2B Lead Generation: Are You Killing the Golden Goose?

ViewPoint

This is the first in a series of four blogs about B2B Lead Generation marketing and sales metrics, and proverbs. There are plenty of expressions or proverbs you hear every day that are familiar and understood (such as “a penny saved is a penny earned”).

How to to Double (Yes, We Mean Double) the Impact of Your Content Strategy

Does great content really make a difference? How does content quality relate to key business metrics, such as conversions, trust, and purchase? Our research report answers these questions and more as we conclusively prove the connection between content quality and business results.

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The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity

A year ago, the #Nifty50 honored 50 remarkable men and women on Twitter. This year, colleague Cheryl Burgess and I changed things up a bit, opening the award to nominations but focusing specifically on outstanding men and women who work for technology companies and are active on social media.

10 Reasons Brands Fail to Convert Facebook Fans into Paying Customers

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Commerce Facebook Interactive Marketing Sales Social Media Social Networking Strategy. According to HubSpot, ninety three percent of adults on the Internet are on Facebook, yet only 1% of a brand’s Facebook fans will ever make their way to the company’s main website.

The Top 9 Social Networks For Businesses

Marketing Insider Group

Are you always wondering which social network is hot and which is not? Which one should be a priority for your personal branding efforts and which one should be a focus for your business? And how many social networks can your business really continue to pay attention to?

Generating Leads from a Facebook Fan/Business Page Engagement Strategy

NuSpark

Facebook and B2B lead generation. Have you considered Facebook as a channel for lead generation? Yes I know the jury is still out, but you can’t deny the power of Facebook as it relates to brand building and audience reach.

Report: How Top Businesses Approach Content Creation

In this report, content professionals from brands like IBM, Oracle, Dropbox and Mastercard share how they approach content creation. Download and learn the strategies, tactics and tools they use to overcome today’s content challenges.

Oracle Buys Eloqua: Winners and Losers for B2B Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Oracle announced today that it has agreed to purchase B2B marketing automation leader Eloqua for $23.50 per share, which comes to $871 million. This was a bit of a surprise, given that Eloqua just went public in August. The stock had been hovering around $17.50 recently, so $23.50

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3 Demand Generation Dangers in a B2B Blog Redesign

Reachforce

A big part of lead gen is content, and the simplest content machine on the web is a blog. The blog is our corporate thought leadership beacon, and it’s good mojo for our partners (blogroll!).

Don’t Be a Social Media Harlot!

Tomorrow People

Why one quality online relationship is worth a whole bunch of 'flings'? Tomorrow People’s Online PR Manager, Ahmed Ahmed , thinks that when it comes to social media, a proper relationship beats a fling any day. Do you get around? Be honest.

PowerViews with Rich Vancil: Marketing Ops, Sales Ops & Mashups

ViewPoint

My PowerViews guest today is Rich Vancil, IDC Group Vice President for Executive Strategies.

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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

Lead Generation: 81% of marketers use email marketing

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet We surveyed 1,915 marketers for the 2012 MarketingSherpa Lead Generation Benchmark Report , and asked them about their most widely used lead gen practices. Here is what the data says…. Which of the following lead generation tactics does your organization currently use? Click to enlarge.

Are Manufacturers Turning a Deaf Ear to Content Marketing?

Industrial Marketing Today

Despite all the published reports about the great results that businesses are deriving from content marketing, it seems manufacturers and industrial companies are still stuck in their old ways of [.]. This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article.

14 Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing One Sheets

B2B Marketing Traction

Over the years I’ve assembled a book of sample one sheets that I use to review with clients. With these 1-sheet samples I’ve been able to point out some of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of creating marketing one-pagers.

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The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012

Webbiquity

A year ago, the #Nifty50 honored 50 remarkable men and women on Twitter. This year, colleague Cheryl Burgess and I changed things up a bit, opening the award to nominations but focusing specifically on outstanding men and women who work for technology companies and are active on social media.

Watch Your Tone! The Ultimate Guide to Developing Your Company’s Tone of Voice

Watch Your Tone! takes you step-by-step through the process of developing your tone of voice. It's loaded with practical advice from some of the world's most noted tone of voice experts, and includes useful guides, examples, and worksheets.

How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

Digital B2B Marketing

I’m sure it has happened to you too. You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) and you get a profile page with basically no information.

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10 Predictions For The Future of Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

So how is your 2012 shaping up? Are you achieving the business and personal branding goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?

A Road Rage Lesson from my Dad

Marketing Craftmanship

Faster is not always better.

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Retargeting; An Internet Marketing Tactic to Increase Conversions Rates & Leads

NuSpark

Let’s talk retargeting. For lead generation, conversion optimization, and lead nurturing strategies, retargeting may be the overlooked child, but there’s no question it can be very effective and an efficient tactic to bring prospects back to your website or content.

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.

Moving On: Lessons from the B2B Marketing Trenches

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve just ended my six month tour as VP Optimization at LeftBrain DGA, and am now returning full time to my usual consulting, writing, and general shenanigans. It was fun to work again as a hands-on marketer. Here are some insights based on the experience. lots of content.

The Death of Branding [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tomorrow People

What is branding and why does it matter? Branding is a word that is used a great deal these days. But what does it actually mean? The Design Council defines a brand as: “a set of associations that a person (or group of people) makes with a company, product, service, individual or organisation.

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A Salesperson's Wishes from Marketing

ViewPoint

James Obermayer, Executive Director and CEO of the Sales Lead Management Association and President of Sales Leakage Consulting is a regular guest blogger with ViewPoint. “So, So, what do you want from Marketing?” I asked the gathered salespeople. Don’t hold back; tell me like it is.

B2B Public Relations: 7 tactics to pull more leads into the funnel

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet If your organization’s marketing and public relations teams aren’t working hand in glove, you’re missing a key lead generation opportunity.

eBook: The 9 Ingredients Your Need to Create Better Content

Our content chefs have assembled this recipe book of best practices to help you produce content that stands apart and meets your business objectives. Download and learn the 9 key ingredients of effective content, how they add to your process and how technology helps create content that audiences love to gobble up!

The More Industrial Marketing Changes, the More it Stays the Same

Industrial Marketing Today

I’m not trying to be clever or facetious with my headline. 67 percent of manufacturers, industrial and engineering companies stated that customer acquisition or lead generation is their primary industrial marketing goal in 2012, the same top two marketing goals for the past six years.

B2B Marketing Best Practices for Pinterest

KoMarketing Associates

This is the second part of a two-part series from Erica Bell on B2B best practices for photo-driven sites. You can find the first part here. Pinterest Infographics.

87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing is now used in about 90% of companies, techniques, platforms and best practices continue to evolve. Should you include Pinterest in your mix? Increase use of video marketing? Is blogging coming back or trailing off?

The New Sirius Decisions Waterfall (and New B2B Marketing Acronyms)

Digital B2B Marketing

If you measure or benchmark B2B demand generation activity across sales and marketing, one of the best benchmark resources just received a major facelift and a number of improvements. Yesterday Sirius Decisions unveiled their new demand waterfall at the annual Sirius Decisions Summit.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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