B2B Marketing needs a stronger Why

Last year I wrote about how the balance of content has shifted. Bottom line is there is more content being produced by Users than by Publishers these days. Which means Publishers (or Marketers) are now the “white noise” in comparison to User Generated Content. Our messages are being drowned out by user generated content.

This […]

B2B Marketing needs to Curate a Vibrant Community

If you ask the members of my leadership team – they will tell you I keep talking about how I think we have B2B Marketing backward.

Let me explain …

We focus a lot of energy on the acquisition part of marketing looking for new customers and getting them up the awareness to consideration to […]

Is The White Paper Dead for B2B Marketing?

In a recent conversation I was having with the Bloom Group they believe “the practice of publishing white papers must come to a close because of the utter proliferation of white papers, and the poor content contained within so many of them.” “Kill the white paper!” they are increasingly telling their clients. “We think white […]

Understanding the Value of Social Media Data

There is a big difference between data and insights. Technology may have given us access now to endless amounts of data from every corner of the world. But the real challenge is making sense of all this seemingly disconnected data. Data by itself is generally valueless which is why for the most part it takes […]

Wayne Gretzky was an Inbound Marketer

A few years ago in every presentation I made I had a slide at the front of each presentation that featured Wayne Gretzky. It was affectionately called the “Wayne Gretzky School of Marketing” slide and it was basically a photo and a single quote that said “Skate to where the puck is going not to […]

Customers don’t care about Channels

Let’s face it at this point social media has gone mainstream. Customers are not only surfing the web looking for information but more and more they are relying on social media to get their information.

Your customers can seamlessly move from web to social to call center to your front door. But do you treat […]

Could Facebook become a Lead Nurturing platform?

When you think of lead nurturing platforms you typically think of firms like Eloqua, Marketo, Aprimo, LeadLife, Market2Lead, Silverpop, even Salesforce.com is getting into the lead nurturing space.

But Facebook?

Lead nurturing starts by taking many touch points and pulling them all together into one spot so you can see patterns of activity across your […]

Using Content to Build Trust in B2B Marketing

In the recent Edelman Trust Barometer report they detail out how trust is rebounding in a handful of Western countries especially in the United States where trust in business jumped 18 points to 54 percent. Which was an interesting statistic no doubt for many of us in business today.

But for me – the real […]

Social Media Lead flow in B2B Marketing

Word spreads quickly in Social Media – sometimes more quickly than you can keep up with. You must keep a constant eye on mentions of your brand, your products and your services in order to survive in this market landscape.

In the last post we covered Social Media Listening for B2B Marketing and while providing […]

Social Media Budget Ratio in B2B Marketing

In my new advisory role for the members of MENG I have been getting a bunch of questions from the members that are making great fodder for blog posts. One question has popped up a few times to I thought it was worthy of some research and comparative analysis to give you a very clear […]