2011

B2B social media: Highlights from new benchmarking research

Savanta

B2B social media; is it a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The latest B2B Marketing Benchmark Report – based on a survey of 274 client side B2B marketers conducted by us here at Circle Research – finally seems to provide a definitive answer.

Fresh Ideas to Reignite Stalled Leads and Accelerate the Sales Funnel

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet Longer selling cycles and stalled deals are impeding sales funnels everywhere. Use these three practices to convert more leads into revenue: Use Funnel-Specific Market Research.

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Google+ Finally Launches Business Pages

Tomorrow People

The day we've all been waiting for in anticipation is finally here (kind of). Earlier today, Google announced the launch of Google+ Pages , or business pages for Google+.

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20 Quotes To Inspire Your Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

I intended to sit down this weekend and write a completely different blog post. But the weather was nice. There are lots of folks enjoying their vacations here in the lazy days of summer. And some people like to use this time for reflection.

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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.

Connect Your Blog to Facebook Automatically

Writing on the Web

Are your blog posts fed automatically into Facebook? The other day I was horrified to learn that a dear client was manually posting his blog articles to Facebook. Yikes! No wonder blogging seems tiresome and time-consuming.

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What the slow death of B2B publishing means for marketers

Chris Koch

This cartoon making the rounds online captures the frustration journalists have with their online plight--and reveals the opportunity B2B marketers have to fill the content gap. Marketers always struggle with what to do next. There so many channels out there and so little time.

10 Commandments of Email Copywriting

The Point

Thou shalt not direct people to “Learn More.” ” “Learn more” is the worst possible call to action. It means absolutely nothing. Be specific, be tangible. What is it that you’re offering exactly? Thou shalt tell people What, Why, and How.

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Reinventing Marketing at GE

The Effective Marketer

GE's Ecomagination Ad Campaign - Result of the Marketing Transformation Process. Who would have thought that General Electric (GE), one of the most admired companies in the world didn’t have a substantial marketing organization up until recently.

B2B lead qualification and scoring

Sales Lead Insights

The growth of the Internet has changed B2B buyer activity. Buyers don’t wait for a sales person to call them anymore. They get most of their education on the web.

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!

Can Barnes and Noble engage Borders customers?

Biznology

Image by markhillary via Flickr. Celebrating at a funeral is in bad taste, so I’m sure the folks at B&N had to think carefully about to address the contacts they got from a recent acquisition of Borders customer data.

Top ten B2B marketing challenges

Savanta

Holger Schulze, Marketing Director at SafeNet, recently posted a great question to the 9,040 members of LinkedIn’s B2B Marketing group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B Marketing today?”. I love this question for two reasons. One, it forces a focussed answer.

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How to Use Lead Scoring to Drive the Highest Return on Your Trade-Show Investment

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet In the 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report , 1,745 marketing organizations revealed that trade shows took up the biggest chunk of their marketing budget – over 21%. Yet, they only ranked fourth in marketing effectiveness, under websites, SEOs, and emails.

Can Inbound Marketing Increase Marketing ROI & Market Share?

Tomorrow People

Why have so many companies moved away from conventional outbound marketing approaches towards inbound marketing? What is it about inbound marketing that not only makes it more cost-efficient, but ultimately more effective?

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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.

The Myth of Business vs. Personal Profiles in Social Media

Marketing Insider Group

Like most people I started out using social tools for very distinct purposes. LinkedIn was for connecting with current and former colleagues. Facebook was for friends. Twitter took me a little longer to figure out but basically I decided it was where I would share professional content and opinions.

Say NO to Auto-Feeds: Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites

Writing on the Web

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Best Website Design Guides and Tips of 2010

Webbiquity

Website design standards continue to evolve and grow more sophisticated. Tables are out; CSS is in. Flash is out (or should at least be used sparingly): HTML5 is (almost) in. Screen sizes now range from small smartphone screens to large, widescreen desktop monitors.

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Measuring Content with the New Google Analytics

NuSpark

Measuring Content with the New Google Analytics. There’s a new version of Google Analytics just released, and am starting to become familiar with the new functionality. Google’s updates are: A completely redesigned, faster interface. Multiple dashboards—build a custom dashboard for each department.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Forget About Hot Leads. It’s Cold Leads that Make the Difference.

The Point

When sales teams need marketing to help them make their numbers, the natural response is to go fishing for hot leads.

8 Social Media Marketing Ideas for Your Trade Show Exhibit

B2B Marketing Traction

Tweet. Skyline’s recent webinar, “Social Media for Trade Show Promotions,” was full of great ideas. View Skyline’s webinar here or view the slideshow itself.

How to Improve Your Marketing Automation ROI

Sales Lead Insights

Effective B2B marketing processes plus automation yield outsized returns.

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Can Barnes and Noble engage Borders customers?

Biznology

Image by markhillary via Flickr. Celebrating at a funeral is in bad taste, so I’m sure the folks at B&N had to think carefully about to address the contacts they got from a recent acquisition of Borders customer data.

How You Can Triple Your Results With a More Personalized, Empathetic Approach

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO and Founder of markempa

Marketing and sales feel pretty tricky right now. What worked before now feels out of touch, but have you made plans for how you'll continue to move forward? You've likely tried everything: expert recommendations, best practices, the latest tools, and automation. But your results are falling short. Here's the thing: All the automation tools, best practices, data analytics won't help get better results now until you master empathizing with your customers. In this webinar, you'll learn how to go beyond rational-logic based sales/marketing and adjust your sales enablement strategy to better understand how buyers feel so that you can connect and help them on their journey.

Top B2B marketing challenges – an update

Savanta

I recently posted an analysis of a question to the B2B Marketing LinkedIn group. Can you use ONE WORD to describe the biggest challenge facing B2B marketing today?”. At the time 162 people had replied. Just two weeks on that’s risen to 246.

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Lessons from a B2B Summit Coach: Five Steps to Cut through the Noise, Turn off the Hype and Create a B2B Social Media Program that Works

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet If you’re struggling with managing social media programs in the B2B marketplace, Zuzia Soldenhoff-Thorpe (pictured at below) has some news for you: Most of your peers are too. Why is she so certain?

Traditional Advertising: Game or Gamble?

Tomorrow People

Winning new business shouldn’t be a gamble, especially in tough economic times. Yet too many companies continue to risk their budget for the poor returns of traditional advertising such as media and print advertising. It’s been proven that businesses that keep in marketing in a recession are the ones that do well in the long-term. Building and maintaining a powerful business presence is important, but traditional advertising is still leaving many companies behind.

Change Is Coming To B2B Marketing. Are You Ready?

Marketing Insider Group

Imagine for a moment that you could identify precisely the effectiveness of your marketing activities. You are able to tell exactly how well you have delivered on business results in the form of revenue, customer retention or higher brand equity.

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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.