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The Coming Death of Self-Publishing

B2B Memes

Until recently, the only practical alternative for aspiring authors was vanity publishing: paying a company a large sum of money to produce their book, with little or no marketing or sales assistance. It won’t be long before self-publishing as a concept is dead.

Editorial Quality Vs. Revenue: A False Dichotomy

B2B Memes

In it, the magazine editor described a frustrating planning meeting with his counterparts in advertising sales. Though the editor had done thorough reader research in proposing editorial topics for an upcoming magazine project, the sales staff would have none of it: The topics I suggested would provide the basis for good editorial quality; however, our sales team deemed them too difficult to sell sponsorships.

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“Content Is Power”: Q & A with Mark W. Schaefer

B2B Memes

To put it hyperbolically, I was looking for truth, they were looking for sales. So I got into PR for awhile and then migrated to sales and then marketing. Mark W. Schaefer. A couple of years ago when I started B2B Memes it was my plan to focus exclusively on trade publishing.

It’s Time to Embrace Editorial as a Profit Center

B2B Memes

Sales is a profit center , editorial is a cost center. The old “profit centers,” advertising sales and subscriptions, aren’t very good at the conversion process anymore. They love it when their sales force sells editorial in general; they hate it when they sell editorial in particular. Early this week, Steve Yelvington made a comment on Twitter that reminded me of something I’ve been mulling over for some time.

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Doubling Down on Print, for Better or Worse

B2B Memes

The problem with the strategy is that it won’t, as hoped, “cut into e-book sales” in a significant way. A nice specimen. Photo by Robert Burdock/Flickr.

A Leap-Day Special

B2B Memes

This is just a one day sale, more or less, so if you’re tempted, don’t wait. Managing one-day sales, it appears, can be a bit tricky. To mark the auspicious occasion of leap day, I’ve marked down the price of the e-book edition of the New-Media Survival Guide to just 99 cents (or, if you’re outside the United States, the equivalent in some other currency). I don’t anticipate another discount for some time.

Will Self-Publishing Save Print?

B2B Memes

Though I plan to put the print version of the Survival Guide up for sale, I don’t expect to sell many copies. Last month in this blog, I made a statement that at the time seemed obvious, but now seems rash. Most writers,” I wrote in declaring that print is effectively dead , “don’t care in a meaningful way about the physical presence of a book. They just want to tell a story, or convey information, or to create works of art out of their words.”.

Can Content Save Publishers? Only If They Wake Up

B2B Memes

Though there has been plenty of lip service by the sales, marketing, and circulation types that largely dominate trade publishing, their real interest and belief in content has all too often been minimal. In an article on Min Online this week, Judy Franks of The Marketing Democracy suggests that traditional media companies are faltering because they don’t value content. Though at first it might seem odd to say that businesses built on content don’t value it, she has a point.

Seven Things Marketers Need to Know About Lead Generation

Speaker: Douglas Burdett, Host of The Marketing Book Podcast, Founder/Principal of ARTILLERY

If you are a marketer who needs to generate more high-quality leads that will turn into sales opportunities and revenue, register now for this special event that will show you how to get started and moving in a profitable direction.

Are Publishers Afraid of Social Media?

B2B Memes

But why should a single department, whether editorial, sales, or marketing, “get the keys to the engine”? In Folio: today, Matt Kinsman reports on an MPA conference session called “Who Controls Social Media at Your Magazine Brand?” To my ears, it’s a question that’s at odds with the essence of social media. It suggests that not only do magazine publishers not yet understand social media, they’re actually afraid of it.

Digital First, Not Foremost

B2B Memes

This, I take it, is what Digital First Media CEO John Paton, much criticized of late , is getting at when he said that his “digital first strategy is centered on the cost-effective creation of content and sales and not the legacy modes of production.”.

Does Danger Lurk in the Language of Social Media?

B2B Memes

But how many corporations will see it only as another tool for trapping yet more leads into the ever-ravenous sales funnel? No writer can become good at the craft without being sensitive to language. But in other contexts, that vocational advantage can be a liability. This seems to be true of many journalists who resist the benefits of new media solely because of the language used to describe them.

Digital First, Not Foremost

B2B Memes

This, I take it, is what Digital First Media CEO John Paton, much criticized of late , is getting at when he said that his “digital first strategy is centered on the cost-effective creation of content and sales and not the legacy modes of production.”.

Can You Have Entrepreneurial Journalism without Entrepreneurs?

B2B Memes

In the latest chapter of its ongoing critique of AOL’s hyperlocal news network, Patch , Business Insider last week took aim at the marketing and sales-prospecting efforts the corporation expects its editors to undertake. AOL, BI’s indignant headline says,”Requires Patch Editors To Drum Up Ad Sales Leads.”. You might object to the ethical aspects of combining editing with marketing or sales, or to the excessive workload.

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Editorial Wall, or Prison Wall?

B2B Memes

Does being involved in the business side of a media enterprise mean being involved in sales? And does breaking down the sacred wall between editorial and sales mean that editorial must be tainted? But even if this practical objection is sound, the theoretical one—that any involvement by an editor in sales necessarily influences editorial content—is not. There’s been some fervent debate in recent days about the risks of an entrepreneurial role for editors.

The Coming Content Marketing-Publishing Continuum

B2B Memes

The reason for this, he said, is that “his magazines are most often the first point of contact leading to the sale of all the other services he is now selling.”. On the other is pure content marketing, where the money is entirely in sales of products and services. Writing on Foliomag.com earlier this month, blogger Josh Gordon spun a comment heard at the Folio: show into a bullish prediction for print magazines.

To Manage Sales You Must Manage Sales Leads

ViewPoint

“Why,” I was asked, “must you manage sales leads in order to manage sales? Sales lead management is a marketing function, isn’t it?”. It was with a slight hesitation that the sales manager added the second sentence about sales lead management being a marketing function.

3 Reasons Video is a Phenomenal Sales Tool [Infographic]

Vidyard

It was only yesterday that we shared 11 of our favorite free sales tools so it seems timely that today we’re diving into one of the tools with the greatest potential for you to stand out and drive results with your sales outreach. Blog Field Sales Inside Sales Sales Leadership

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9 Experts Rethinking Demand Generation

How to strategically target your content and lead generation campaigns to disrupt the status quo and facilitate the sale

7 Best Practices for Optimizing Sales Enablement

Act-On

Marketing and sales have traditionally had a bit of a contentious relationship in many companies. And out of that contentious relationship, a new role was born: sales enablement. Sales Enablement is a strategic, ongoing process to equip the sales team with the tools, resources and skills to make them more efficient, and ultimately improve sales execution and drive revenue. Communications (sales newsletters). Integrate sales enablement across the business.

Please Don’t Let Your Sales Reps Nurture Leads

The Point

Bear with me as I relate a quick story about lead nurturing: A few months back I became a sales lead. Perhaps I was an SQL (Sales Qualified Lead) at one point in the conversation, but no longer. A sales rep should be selling, period.

7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

Type A Communications

October 25, 2016 by Carla Johnson The biggest beef I hear from sales teams or sales-driven organizations is that they can’t get people to pay attention, make decisions or quit. Sales Storytelling Carla Johnson sales storytelling Type A Communications

Chalk Talks: Personalizing Video for Your Sales Outreach

Vidyard

And smart salespeople know that video isn’t just engaging – it’s also one of the easiest ways you can add personalization to your sales cadence. I’m a Sales Development Manager here at Vidyard! There are two types of videos you can use in your sales cadence.

Empathy: Your Lead Generation Superpower

Speaker: Brian Carroll, CEO & Founder of markempa

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22 Potential Touchpoints for Your Next ABM Sales Play

The Point

When designing sales plays as part of your Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategy, it pays to start with a few key questions: 1. Touchpoints in an ABM sales play can be almost any form of communication: email, phone, social media, direct mail, even in-person outreach.

6 Mega Trends in Sales, SaaS, and Video from HubSpot’s Chief Sales Officer

Vidyard

Recently, Hunter Madeley, Chief Sales Officer at HubSpot, sat down with our CEO, Michael Litt to discuss all things sales, SaaS, and video! The purpose of sales and marketing continues to be on creating credibility, momentum, and trust. Although technology has changed the way businesses communicate externally, Hunter highlights how the ultimate goal of a marketing or sales organization has remained the same. How video impacts the sales cycle from a process perspective.

The Eight Best Online Tools for Sales Professionals

Webbiquity

It’s hardly news that B2B sales and marketing teams aren’t always on the same page. According to research from IDC , over 40% of all marketing materials aren’t used by sales teams. But in top-performing organizations, sales and marketing are closely aligned.

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Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

The Point

For a long time, “ lead nurturing ” was thought of as something you did with the leads that sales didn’t want. The theory was: leads come in, the sales team gets the hot ones, and the rest go to lead nurturing. The post Which Comes First: Lead Nurturing or Inside Sales?

5 Essential Elements to Include in Every Sales Pitch

Webbiquity

Effectively closing sales is the bread and butter of your business. As such, a great sales pitch is key, but perfecting the art is an ongoing endeavor. First and foremost, ditch the the “sales pitch.” Instead, think: sales conversation. Guest post by Ken Sterling.

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The #1 Sales Tool I Wish I Had

Vidyard

This thought struck me during a presentation by Terrance Kwok, Sales Development Manager at Vidyard, at their Fast Forward virtual conference this year (If you missed it, you can still log-in to watch the session, and you really should.) Sales videos are still new and exciting.

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Chalk Talks: Using Video to Accelerate and Close More Sales Deals

Vidyard

If you’re like many sales reps, you can’t be in front of your base as often as you would like to be. So how do you cut through the noise and keep prospects and customers engaged at each stage of the sales cycle? When to use video throughout the sales cycle.

B2B Consultant Sellers are Changing Sales Forever

Vidyard

And thankfully, the world of sales is changing because of that second group. Attention and engagement are the new currency of B2B sales, so smart sales people are acting more like consultants than quota-carriers, and the extra effort is paying off. Blog Sales Sales Leadership

How to Drive Sales Effectiveness with Automation

Act-On

A successful sales consultant recently told me a story about an organization that held a webinar that attracted 400 participants. It was an enormous success for the marketing folks, who handed all 400 leads directly to the sales department. What is sales effectiveness?

Myth Busters: 3 Sales Intelligence Assumptions Dispelled

DiscoverOrg

Sales and marketing teams that buy into myths about data providers miss out on serious business value. Myth 1: Contact lists = sales intelligence. Fact: Sales intelligence is more than a list of names and numbers. In the same way that “chocolate muffins” are really just cupcakes, contact lists might be “data,” but they’re not sales intelligence. Sales intelligence includes a depth of information that is both accurate and predictive. It’s sales intelligence.

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The B2B Value Sale is Actually Three Distinct Sales

Avitage

Companies trying to execute a B2B solution or value sale must overcome selling problems that start at the prospecting stage and persist to the end. Symptoms include too few quality additions to the sales pipeline, protracted and lengthening sales cycles, and low win rates.

The B2B Value Sale is Actually Three Distinct Sales

Marketing Insider Group

Companies trying to execute a B2B solution or value sale must overcome selling problems that start at the prospecting stage and persist to the end. Symptoms include too few quality additions to the sales pipeline, protracted and lengthening sales cycles, and low win rates.

How Video Helps Sales and Marketing Alignment

Vidyard

It wasn’t very long ago that sales and marketing had virtually nothing in common. Lead quality decreased, sales funnels broke, and bottom lines suffered. But it wasn’t a single tool that bridged the decades-old gap between sales and marketing.

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How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life

Salesfusion

The post How Marketing Automation Changed My (Sales) Life appeared first on Salesfusion. Marketing Automation Sales and Marketing Sales Sales Pain Points