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Brian Larson

How to Build a B2B Community in Facebook

Brian Larson on Oct 10th, 2013     B2B, Facebook, Marketing PR Conferences, Social Media

Mike Lewis at MPB2B

Yes, B2B marketers lean towards LinkedIn as the social network of choice…and for good reason. But that doesn’t mean that a very real opportunity doesn’t exist to create a community in the world’s largest social network – Facebook.

Consider this, according to Hubspot’s “Intro to Facebook for Business”, 41% of B2B companies have acquired a customer through Facebook.

Mike Lewis,VP of Digital Strategy TATA Consultancy Services, kick starts the panel discussion with a challenge to marketers to consider the opportunities they may be missing in Facebook. With his challenge heard, Lewis shares his methodical approach to determining how to best create & nurture a B2B community in Facebook by launching into his ‘3 Initial Keys to Standing out on Facebook’.

1) Pay Attention

Before you ‘listen’ for your opportunities, begin with an understanding of:

Nicolette Beard

How Does B2B Marketing Work on Google Plus? 4 Top B2B Tech Company Examples

Nicolette Beard on Sep 24th, 2013     B2B, Online Marketing, Social Media

B2B Technology Google PlusWhile sports teams, news outlets, car companies, universities, non-profits and the entertainment industry dominate the top 200 business pages on Google+, a growing number of B2B technology companies have embraced Google+ as well.

As with any top consumer brand, consistent engagement is crucial to success. B2B technology brands are developing relationships with prospects just like on any other social platform.  In the world of optimizing customer experience across the B2B sales cycle, Google+ for businesses offers B2B marketers  an opportunity to connect with buyers in a meaningful way and provide relevant information.

Thought leaders and subject matter experts increasingly serve as trusted sources to help business buyers determine the best solution to solve a business need. Knowledge and expertise combined with social media have trumped the peer influencers of the traditional buyer, giving rise to the “B2B Social Buyer”. [Source: ITSMA pdf]

Lee Odden

Why SEO is Relevant When It Comes to B2B Thought Leadership

Lee Odden on Jun 10th, 2013     B2B, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

b2b thought leadershipI’ll start this post off with my point: Dismissing search is ignoring demand from buyers & the media.

A digital marketing exec I follow on Twitter shared a CMI article that posted this weekend: “Why SEO May Be Irrelevant When It Comes to B2B Thought Leadership”. As a long time realist about the role of search in online marketing, I wasn’t sure if this was simply linkbait or a well reasoned, data-informed argument.

It’s a cliche to respond to “SEO is dead” articles because those writers are almost always uninformed or have an agenda unrelated to optimization. However, this post was on CMI, a highly respected site.

The article does offer some great tips on building thought leadership including advice on academic and professional journal publishing, publishing on client-facing media outlets and public speaking opportunities.

Lee Odden

11 Examples of Killer B2B Content Marketing Campaigns Including ROI

Lee Odden on May 16th, 2013     B2B, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences

b2b content marketingAccording to a CMI and MarketingProfs study, 91% of B2B Marketers are using content marketing and that means a few things:

First, it means content marketing has gained critical mass within the popular marketing mix and any company in a competitive industry would be hard pressed to attract business without it.

Second, it means competition to stand out with your brand’s content is only going to get harder as more companies adopt content marketing best practices and mature in their skills.

As companies evolve from simply recognizing the important role of content and experimenting with it, to achieving content creation competency and quality, the need to optimize content marketing skills becomes increasingly important. But where can B2B marketers find new ideas and expand their opportunities to grow content marketing capabilities?

Alexis Hall

How to Make Love Stay: 6 Ways B2B Marketing Analytics is Like A Relationship

Alexis Hall on Feb 14th, 2013     Online Marketing

nerd holding heartValentines Day is a holiday that some people look forward to, while others dread it’s very existence.  Let’s face it; no one likes to be alone on Valentine’s Day. Much like personal relationships, business relationships take effort. What are you doing this year to ensure you’re spending time with someone special and keeping your conversion funnel full?

The typical B2B buying cycle is anywhere from 3 to 12 months.  It can be challenging to maintain appropriate touch points throughout a longer sales cycle in a way that will encourage a potential customer to convert, rather than slipping out of the funnel.

Utilizing analytics is a great way for companies to gain insight into customer and prospect behavior and make adjustments to their marketing strategy based on that insight. However, a long sales cycle requires analytics be used beyond simply connecting purchase to channel and adjusting the marketing mix accordingly.

Lee Odden

100+ B2B Content Marketing Statistics for 2013

Lee Odden on Nov 5th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

B2B Content Marketing Report 2013

Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs have partnered with Brightcove to research and produce a very useful report for North American marketers:

B2B Content Marketing: 2013 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends  

As with most joint venture reports from CMI and MarketingProfs, this report has been shared and written about pretty enthusiastically in the media and blogosphere. It’s easy to understand why: B2B marketers “get” that they need content as a more substantial part of their overall marketing mix, but they need to know more about how.

There are many sharable nuggets in this report which you can view embedded at the end of this post.  I also thought it would be handy for other marketers/authors/speakers like myself that need to write articles, reports and give presentations to break some of the findings out into one line stats that would be easy to copy and share.

Ashley Zeckman

The B2B Lead Generation Manifesto [Infographic] by Oli Gardner

Ashley Zeckman on Oct 17th, 2012     B2B, Guest Posts, Online Marketing

[We're trying something different and including this sponsored post from Oli Gardner, Co-Founder & Creative director at Unbounce, a sponsor for the Minneapolis launch of Lee's book Optimize.  You may know Unbounce as that clever service that gives marketers and marketing agencies an easy way to create, publish and test landing pages without IT or developers.]

As a digital marketing agency that does a substantial amount of consulting in the B2B Marketing space, we’ve paid a lot of attention to the topic here at Online Marketing Blog with tips posts and the recent B2B Marketing Innovation eBook we put together in partnership with MarketingProfs.

Sara

5 Types of B2B Content Marketing Blunders That Offer Teachable Moments

Sara on Oct 10th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Online Marketing

Nobody likes to make a mistake or fail at something. Even so, the beauty of an error is the fact that you can learn from the experience. It’s even better if you can learn from someone else’s gaffe – before you make a similar blunder.

The B2B content marketing stories you’re about to read are true.  The mistakes listed here are commonly experienced in digital marketing and weren’t major catastrophes. But each one provides a great teachable moment that could help you think about what to look for in your own marketing programs and how they may be improved for enhanced results.

Lee Odden

Content Marketing: Why to How with Business Innovation from SAP

Lee Odden on Oct 8th, 2012     B2B, Content Marketing, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Michael Brenner SAP

Building the case for content marketing is an ongoing battle and while a huge number of companies are not on board with “brand as publisher” yet, many are. They “get it” but are in search of more practical advice on the how.

That’s what Michael Brenner, Senior Director, Global Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy at SAP and co-founder of Business to Community provided at the MarketingProfs B2B Forum last week in his session: Content Marketing: Moving From the “Why” to the “How”.

The world is changing faster than we can keep up with. Just a few years ago, no one used terms like “social media”. Today, it’s unusual not to. We went from not sharing much of anything to sharing a lot. Our kids are going to grow up with virtually everything digitally documented.

Lee Odden

B2B Marketing Innovation: The Truth About Influence in B2B Marketing from Master Strategist Paul Gillin

Lee Odden on Oct 1st, 2012     B2B, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing

Paul GillinThe final interview in our series on B2B Marketing Innovation comes from Paul Gillin, a veteran journalist, author and strategist. He’s the author of several books on new media including, Social Marketing to the Business Customer, with Eric Schwartzman.  Paul is giving a sold out workshop and an interactive presentation on influence.

In this interview, Paul shares the truth about the role influence plays in B2B Marketing, the importance of community building, common mistakes with marketing planning, deciding on the right tactical mix and his favorite B2B Marketing tools.

Please tell us a little about you and the kind of b2b marketing work you’re most excited about. Solve any tough ones lately?

Lee Odden

B2B Marketing Innovation eBook – Break Free of Boring B2B With These 33 Tips

Lee Odden on Sep 28th, 2012     B2B, Marketing PR Conferences

b2b marketing innovation

Is your B2B marketing feeling “old fashioned” and out of date? Have your white papers, direct mail and webinars been called out as “boring”? Maybe you’re losing interest with prospects because corporate chest beating about products and services just isn’t enough anymore?

There’s a growing movement amongst progressive business to business marketers to break free of stale and antiquated digital marketing tactics. While consumer product marketing has long been associated with more interesting and compelling marketing efforts, modern B2B marketers include numerous companies that are creating amazing programs to attract, engage and convert business buyers with infotaining content, compelling social engagement and memorable calls to action.

Lee Odden

B2B Marketing Innovation: Tips On Creating Social Influence in B2B Marketing from Alan Belniak of PTC

Lee Odden on Sep 24th, 2012     B2B, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences

Finding a way to influence your prospects, customers, and company advocates is an essential part of doing business in today’s digital world.  Finding different methods of creating influence is essential with complex purchasing processes often present with B2B marketing.

Fortunately, we have the insight of savvy B2B marketers who are out in the field, developing, testing and implementing best practices that are willing to share with our readers here at Online Marketing Blog.

To that end, next up in our series of B2B Marketing expert interviews is PTC’s Alan Belniak.  As Director of Social Media Marketing, Alan focuses on product lifecycle management developing strategy and innovating the right mix of social media tactics to create influence and and value with their business customers.

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