2012

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.

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.

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.

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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Lead Generation Companies: How to Pick a Right One

Have you ever had a bad experience using a lead generation company? If the answer is yes, you are certainly not alone; fortunately, MarketJoy has put together 4 simple questions that you can use to judge your next potential lead gen partner.

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.

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!).

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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”).

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.

31 Easy Ideas To Create Content Your Customers Want

Marketing Insider Group

If you are trying to recruit social ambassadors for your business, you will undoubtedly run into the challenge from your colleagues that they don’t know what to write about.

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!

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.

Industrial Companies shouldn’t Replace Email Marketing with Social Media

Industrial Marketing Today

Right off the bat let me say that this post is not about email marketing versus social media. However, I’ve had conversations with manufacturers and industrial companies where I am asked if email marketing is still relevant and effective since all the talk these days is about social media.

10 of the Best B2B Internet Marketing Infographics of 2012

KoMarketing Associates

This year, there has been a tremendous amount of visual information presented on internet marketing, SEO, and B2B-related marketing initiatives. As 2012 winds down, here are 10 of our favorite internet marketing infographics related to the B2B sector. Do you have a favorite that we’ve missed?

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.

How B2B Marketing is Changing in 2018

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

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

B2B Lead Generation

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.

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!).

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.

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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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.

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.

Why Digital Marketers Need to Get More Personal

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in behavioral targeting Personalization. What does personalization really mean? You’ll be forgiven if you have absolutely no idea.

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?

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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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

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.

7 Critical Tools of the Trade for B2B SEO Competitive Analysis

KoMarketing Associates

Understanding the SEO strategy of a competitive website is a critical component of a B2B SEO campaign. Both traditional (the companies sales and marketing teams often come across) and keyword (those that rank for target keyword phrases in search engines) competition should be reviewed.

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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.

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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.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

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

How to Grow Your Business with Inbound Marketing

The Forward Observer

Artillery B2B Marketing Blog > The Forward Observer. One of my favorite quotes about inbound marketing is from Guy Kawasaki , the Silicon Valley venture capitalist, best-selling author and former Apple executive: "If you have more money than brains, you should focus on outbound marketing.

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 5 Top Media for Cold Prospecting

ViewPoint

Ruth Stevens is Founder of eMarketing Strategy , a consulting practice that assists companies in building their customer acquisition and retention strategies. Ruth is also author of Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers. Every business needs new customers.

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 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.