Three Steps to Choosing the Right Marketing Automation Platform

8 07 2011

Marketing automation systems—and the solutions they promise—can hold a magnetic appeal for B2B marketers. As Liz McLellan describes it at the BtoBlog, “We were going to have fewer but more meaningful touch points with prospects and send only highly qualified leads to sales. It sounded great. I was ready!”

But the reality fell short of the anticipated glory for McLellan. “What someone should have told me,” she notes, “is that the first year of implementing a new platform is rough and that the first year is just a sampling of the hard work involved for years to come.”

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17 Content Creation Ideas to Inspire You

8 07 2011

In a MarketingProfs University course for Marketing Writing Bootcamp, instructor Ann Handley answered the oft-asked question “What do I write about when there’s nothing to say?”

And so, I pulled out the color Sharpies and doodled Ann Handley’s answers for y’all.

Brightly doodled, the 17 content creation ideas covered in the course should inspire beginning bloggers (and, heck, even those with a zillion posts under their belt) to churn out engaging, awareness-building posts all the time.

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The Secret to B2B Mobile App Success? Custom Content.

29 06 2011

B2B companies’ use of mobile apps to reach their customers is nothing new, but B2B companies using mobile apps strategically and according to industry best practices — that’s largely uncharted territory. While many consumer-facing companies have mastered the art of offering users value and entertainment through interesting content, ecommerce, games, video, GPS features, and the like, businesses that cater to other businesses largely default to thinly-veiled promotional apps — if they offer apps at all.

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5 Things That All Digital Marketers Should Know About Audience Targeting

2 06 2011

If, as a marketer, you were asked to answer the question “why should you target audiences?” coming up with a suitable answer is pretty easy. At the core of any effective marketing campaign, online or off, the ultimate goal of any campaign is to get the right message (offer) to the right person at the right time. Good targeting allows marketers to better control campaign outcomes to make sure that they reach their goals.

Understanding the “why” is a no-brainer. What’s a lot harder to broach is the “how” associated with audience targeting.

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Online Ad Targeting: Who’s Most Likely to Act?

26 05 2011

Business professionals working in the legal, retail, and software industries are most likely to take action—such as download a whitepaper, start a free trial, or make a purchase—after clicking on an ad, according to a study by Bizo. Those working in certain job functions, such as operations, legal, and sales, are also more likely to act on display ads.

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Metrics, Analytics, and Mobility Named as Areas of Competitive Advantage for B2B Sellers

26 05 2011

Sales Dot Two Inc. today announced that metrics, analytics, and mobility represent competitive advantage opportunities for today’s B2B sales organizations. Speakers from Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), SAP (NYSE: SAP), and Xactly Corporation will address these issues in Boston at the June 20, 2011, Sales 2.0 Conference.

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Survey says social media marketing brings new customers to B2B and B2C brands

26 05 2011

Marketers doubting the efficacy of social media campaigns in generating ROI might consider the latest State of Inbound Marketing survey from Hubspot, which indicates that cross-industry brands are acquiring new customers through their social campaigns. Sixty-two percent of businesses say social media marketing has become more important in generating inbound leads in the past six months.

The study asked marketers about their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn usage and success. All three platforms have proven to bring in more new clients year-over-year. For instance, 44 percent of marketers say they acquired new customers via Facebook in 2010 compared to 48 percent in 2011. Twitter also showed y-o-y gains, with 42 percent of marketers saying the microblogging site brings in new customers.

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