2010

The New B2B Buyer Dialog: A Conversation with Kathleen Schaub

The Point

Most B2B companies will readily acknowledge how much the Web has transformed the way they market their product or service, most visibly in the form of vehicles like search, content marketing, social media, and lead management. Fewer companies, however, can claim to have adapted their sales process as readily. Kathleen Schaub has made a career of helping companies drive revenue, most prominently in executive roles at companies such as Sybase, Cadence, and Vanstar (formerly ComputerLand.)

15 things marketers should stop doing and thinking in 2011

Chris Koch

Here’s a list of things I wish we would stop doing and thinking as of December 31 st : Social media. Social media cause people to waste time at work. Companies have a long and pointless history of resisting new forms of communication. From Facebook to email to putting telephones on employees’ desks (remember, the telephone started as a “consumer” communication technology, too), companies think that every new wave is going to lead to gajillions in lost productivity.

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The New Marketing World: Conversations not Campaigns

B2B Lead Generation

In just a couple of days, I’ll be in Barcelona speaking at the Cisco Partner Velocity Conference. To say I’m looking forward to this opportunity is an understatement. I'm honored to be asked to share my insights with their channel partners from around the world. And I can’t wait to hear firsthand the challenges and opportunities these marketers are dealing with. The timing of this event couldn't be better. Marketing is undergoing a remarkable evolution at this moment.

25 Great B2B Content Marketing Articles

LeadSloth

While doing research for my upcoming webinar on creating content that converts , I found many great articles on B2B Content Marketing. Here are the 25 articles that I liked best. Most are blog posts, but I’ve also included some eBooks. My focus is on B2B, rather than B2C. Often, some of the basics are the same, but not always. For example, the complex sale is usually unique to B2B selling, and that’s when you would map content to stages in the buying cycle.

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

Facebook Can Work for B2B

NuSpark

How to Make Facebook Work for B-2-B. Some B-2-B companies wonder if Facebook is really a good vehicle for marketing to other businesses. Given the prevalence of B-2-C marketing in the platform, that’s understandable. However, there are several good examples of Facebook strategies employed by B-2-B companies to engage customers that are worth noting.

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Sales Prospect vs. Sales Suspect—Always Be Qualifying

ViewPoint

Managing B2B Leads for Sales Success – 30 minute webinar on June 10 at 11:00 am PST

Sales Lead Insights

Drive revenue for your organization by fully leveraging your B2B marketing and sales teams. Join us for my conversation with Gord Hotchkiss (author of The BuyerSphere Project ) on the current realities of B2B demand generation. B2B Leads for Sales Success. June 10, 2010 | Time: 11am PST | Length: 30 min. Register here.

Marketing Automation vs. Inbound Marketing

Industrial Marketing Today

If you believe everything you read (and lately there’s been a lot) about marketing automation, you’d think it is the killer app to solve all your lead generation problems. Then there are scores of B2B marketers who swear by inbound marketing as the path to lead generation nirvana. How do you separate hype from reality, especially when it comes to industrial marketing? Are we comparing apples to oranges when we talk about marketing automation versus inbound marketing?

B2B Marketing Predictions For 2011

Marketing Insider Group

Whenever I start to see Thanksgiving turkeys flying out of the grocery store and Black Friday ads start to appear, I know it's that time of year to prognosticate. So here is my list of B2B Marketing Insider predictions for 2011

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

LeadForce1 Adds Mind Reading to Marketing Automation

Customer Experience Matrix

Summary: LeadForce1 infers Web visitors' intent and sales stage from the contents they read. It combines this with standard B2B marketing automation features to provide better-qualified leads to sales people. The B2B marketing automation industry has reached the stage where product features are similar and companies compete primarily on business and marketing savvy. This intrigues me in its own way although it's not as much fun as looking at cool new technologies.

7 Mistakes To Avoid In Your Next Webinar Invitation

The Point

I’ve written a number of times in this space about how to maximize response from email Webinar invitations. The campaign below from Parallels , a Swiss-based software company, provides a handy illustration of those techniques by displaying what key mistakes to avoid. For example: 1. Sell the offer, not the product.

13 qualities of a good social media voice

Chris Koch

When people ask about how to use social media tools like Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, I suspect that they are really asking about how they should sound in those tools. After all, the tools themselves are dead simple. You need a second hand on your watch to track how long it takes to set up a Twitter account, for example. But developing a social media voice is a more complicated proposition. A good starting point is to create a social media policy for the organization.

Closing the loop: Why don't sales people update the CRM and what can be done about it?

B2B Lead Generation

Companies that adopt a closed-loop process connecting marketing and sales report a higher return on marketing investment (RMOI) than those that don’t. But RMOI just isn’t going to happen if your closed loop is a black hole. And that’s certainly the case at too many organizations judging from the feedback I received at my presentation this week at MarketingSherpa’s B2B Marketing Summit. (If

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The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

Marketing Automation Trends for 2010

LeadSloth

2009 was the year in which Marketing Automation really took off. Several new vendors appeared on the market, many existing vendors experienced rapid growth, and Marketing Automation as a term gained popularity among B2B marketers. In this post I want to focus on the trends in Marketing Automation for 2010. I have asked many of the vendors, consultants and thought leaders to give their opinion. The response was overwhelming: see below for all 18 (!) predictions.

An Introduction to Lead Scoring

NuSpark

Lead Scoring for B2B companies can be a very valuable method to ensure that sales people in your organization are spending time with quality sales-ready leads. As potential buyers navigate through their own personal purchase funnels, their level of engagement typically increases as they get closer to their first contact with your sales people.

How to Write a Content Marketing Blog Post

Writing on the Web

Here’s a little review of steps involved in writing and publishing a blog post: Once you have written the body of the post, it’s time to check for effectiveness: Before you publish, here are a few smart things to check for: And now you are ready for important final steps… What is missing here? What additional steps should smart content marketers take to get results from blogging? Blog this on Blogger. Subscribe to the comments for this post? Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this!

3 Good Reasons Marketing Should Qualify Leads Before Passing to Sales

ViewPoint

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How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

Are inbound leads really leads? I believe the majority are not.

Sales Lead Insights

I think some of the information being touted by companies that have a stake in inbound marketing can be misleading. What I am talking about is the categorizing of all inbound inquiries as “leads.&#. Ask any salesperson if all inbound inquires are leads, and when he or she stops laughing, you will probably get an earful about how inquiries, unless they have been prequalified, are a waste of salespeople’s time.

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B2B Lead Generation without Lead Nurturing is Doomed to Fail

Industrial Marketing Today

Here’s the shocking reality of B2B lead generation – 79% of marketing leads never convert into sales opportunities. Source: Marketing Sherpa/ KnowledgeStorm). B2B marketing and lead generation experts point to a lack of lead nurturing as the primary cause of this poor performance. Why is lead nurturing important? It is a fact of life that the bulk of your site visitors and/or conversions from landing pages are not ready to buy now.

Finding The Time To Tweet or Blog?

Marketing Insider Group

Social media is intimidating to a large number of people. But the growth just keeps going for the users on the major social sites Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And so I get this question all the time. Sometimes the question comes from

Tell Your Own Stories

WriteSpark

Does your company produce a product that it uses internally? If so, have you written your own case study? Some of the largest technology companies are certainly users of their own products. And many have produced case studies, white papers, and other resources about the implementations, the value gained, and the lessons learned. The idea behind this content: Sharing realistic experience and advice that can be beneficial to customers.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Help Our Client Choose a Logo (Poll)

The Point

Sonoma Canopy Tours will be one of the largest zipline tours in the nation when it opens in Sonoma County, California later this year. The park will feature a 2-1/2 hour guided tour that includes a dramatic spiral staircase, sky bridges, and ziplines – some hundreds of feet off the ground and more than 1,000 feet long.

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Is the era of PR over?

Chris Koch

Among the many interesting ideas thrown around at ITSMA’s annual conference this week was that the era of PR is over. As in dead. Don’t do it anymore. First, let’s define what PR means from the perspective of the customer (i.e., a journalist) and the customer’s customer (i.e., the readers of the journalists’ publications). Looked at this way, there are only two types of PR: Guard dog PR and placement PR. Let’s look at each in more detail. Guard dog PR.

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Want a Bigger Marketing Budget? Send Less Leads to Sales

B2B Lead Generation

If your 2011 marketing budget is tighter than you want it to be, trying giving sales less leads. According to Marketing Sherpa’s just-released 2011 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , a whopping 80 percent of the 935 respondents said they pass unqualified leads along to sales. That’s a costly mistake. Let me explain why: For every 100 raw leads, only 4 to 7 are ready to buy.

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Eloqua Experience 2010

LeadSloth

This week I attended the Eloqua Experience, Eloqua’s user conference in San Francisco. The big news of this event is the launch of Eloqua 10. It’s the result of 2 years of hard work, and it looks very good. The revamped user interface makes working with Eloqua a lot of fun. Here is a preview: Eloqua 10 Campaign Builder (click to enlarge). I attended the session with Siteworx, an early adopter of Eloqua 10. They are raving about Eloqua 10.

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How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.