B2B Marketing Innovation: Why Before What in Social Media Strategy – B2B Insights from Mack Collier

Determining why your company should engage in a social media plan is one of the first and most important steps.  Working towards the “what” without the “why” can result in wasted time, money and set a B2B marketing program off track.

Next up in our B2B marketing innovation interview series is Mack Collier, a well known and respected social media strategist and trainer specializing in helping companies better connect with their customers via social media. Mack is also the force behind #BlogChat, the largest organized chat on Twitter.

In this interview, Mack dives into four things brands can do to cultivate and connect with fans, as well as well as three basic questions every marketer should ask themselves before embarking on a social media marketing program. He also offers sage advice on B2B marketing innovation and tools.

B2B Marketing Innovation: Create More Compelling Content from Rob Yoegel of Monetate

Rob Yoegel - Speaker- MarketingProfs B2B Marketing ForumBuilding a solid marketing team and ensuring the company is on the same page with prospect and customer communications is essential for B2B marketing success.

In the 3rd interview of this week’s series on B2B Marketing Innovation, Monetate’s Rob Yoegel takes a deep dive into working with a team to create compelling content for more effective B2B marketing.  From marketing on a shoestring budget to practical tips on being more innovative with B2B content, Rob gives a great overview on the importance of innovation for B2B marketing success.

Please tell us about your role at Monetate and the kind of B2B marketing work you’re most excited about there.

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

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.

B2B Marketing Innovation: Social Media Marketing Tips from Amber Naslund of SideraWorks

amber naslundAs customers evolve and change the way that they find and consume information, marketers must innovate their approach to meet customers where they’re looking, especially in the social media world.

Business to Business marketing can involve many decision makers and sales cycles that take weeks or months.  Navigating the mix of social content types for different customer segments over time can be a challenge. Luckily, we’ve picked the brains of some of the digital marketing’s world’s brightest to share their practical and innovative B2B marketing tips.

To that end, we visited with Amber Naslund, who is a business strategist with a strong focus on social media communication and community initiatives in the B2B Marketing arena.  Amber is the co-author of The NOW Revolution, and her blog Brass Tack Thinking has been recognized for excellence in social media and community related content.

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Amy Porterfield

Amy Porterfield Content Marketing Secret Agent

Looking for info on Content Marketing World in 2013? Here you go!

Relationships are essential for Content Marketing Secret Agents that need to develop critical assets to get missions accomplished. Take for example, the relationship between content and social media.  Many would-be content marketing operatives separate their content marketing efforts from social media marketing.  Unproven and disconnected strategies create costly mistakes and who has the time or resources for that?

In this final installment of our Content Marketing Secret Agent series, we have social media strategist and co-author of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies, Amy Porterfield to share her best content marketing secrets for small and medium sized businesses to succeed online.

You have substantial experience as a social strategist and an author.  How has your work with content marketing evolved and is all the buzz justified?

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Curt Porritt, MasterControl

Curt Porritt

When in the field, Content Marketing Secret Agents can spend weeks or months on a particular project.  Move too quickly and mistakes can be made, ruining an entire campaign. Or a premature withdrawal from an operation can compromise the full benefit of the effort.

That’s why patience is a virtue with content marketing operations. Experience tells us that patience and setting appropriate expectations are essential to gaining support and allowing a program to come to fruition.  Curt Porritt is a veteran B2B marketer who is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for MasterControl and he knows all about the value of patience and understanding human nature to get approval and get things done.

You have substantial experience in the tech industry and with your current role as the SVP of Marketing for MasterControl, how has your work with content marketing evolved? Is all the hype justified?

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Todd Wheatland, Kelly Services

Todd WheatlandIn order for Content Marketing Secret Agents to work effectively, they need more than tactical skills. They need to see the bigger picture and the context for how and why things need to happen. Industry trends come and go but the need for brands to connect with customers will never go away. Special operatives are necessary for the kinds of activities necessary for specific missions, like those requiring certain kinds of content like video for better engagement.

Today we are fortunate to have Content Marketing Secret Agent Todd Wheatland, Vice President of Marketing and Thought Leadership at Kelly Services, help us navigate the strategic to the tactical and goals to measurement of content marketing.

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Robert Rose, Content Marketing Institute

Robert Rose Content Marketing Secret Agent

Within the Content Marketing Secret Agent community there are a number of operatives that really go above and beyond in their efforts to make an impact in their work. I’m not talking about double agents or moonlighting mercenaries, but people who can see the full spectrum of impact from great content marketing. From concept and creative to strategy and tactics to measurement and conversions, a well-rounded perspective towards content marketing will undoubtedly harvest an abundance of useful secrets.

That’s what we have with Robert Rose, Chief Strategist for the Content Marketing Institute and Founder and Chief Troublemaker at Big Blue Moose. In this interview he covers content marketing goals, the role of search and measurement as well as some great examples of how companies are integrating content marketing with other channels.

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Ardath Albee, Marketing Interactions

Ardath Albee Content Marketing Secret Agent

There is no substitute for experience in the field when it comes to covert content marketing operations. Rest assured, your competitors are employing their best to achieve a content marketing advantage and for that reason it’s essential that we tap the experience of assets that have “been there, done that” to gain our own upper hand.

Thankfully, we have a content marketing pioneer, practitioner and thought leader in Ardath Albee, CEO of Marketing Interactions, speaker and author on our side. Pay attention to her Content Marketing Secret Agent advice and you may find yourself on the right side of content marketing ROI.

You have substantial experience in business and marketing and with your current role as CEO of your company Marketing Interactions, how has your work with content as a marketing asset evolved? What do you think about all the recent buzz about content?

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Michael Brenner, SAP

Michael BrennerThey say three’s a charm and that’s certainly true with the third installment of our series investigating the top content marketing “secret agents” that will be presenting at Content Marketing World next week. “Mums the word” might be tricky with this one, since the data is coming from secret agent Michael Brenner, Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy at SAP. Michael is also the author of B2B Marketing Insider, the co-founder of Business 2 Community and the founding editor for the SAP Business Innovation blog.

This highly decorated content marketing secret agent will now share his take on all the content marketing hype, his session on one of the most pressing issues facing many marketing organizations “Content Marketing: How to Transform Your Organization/Culture for Content Success”, top content marketing tools and his tips on managing long term creation of quality content.

Secrets of Content Marketing World: Agent Pam Didner, Intel

Pam Didner - Content Marketing World Secret Agent

Here’s the second in our series of Content Marketing World interviews. This time we’ve uncovered a secret stash of worldly wisdom from one of the most sought after global content marketing experts, Pam Didner, Global Integrated Marketing Manager at Intel.  Pam will be presenting at Content Marketing World on managing global, multi-lingual content on a large scale that will be a must see session for anyone involved with content marketing internationally.

Let’s dive right into our interview with Pam where she shares her secrets on the evolution of content marketing, where it fits in the B2B marketing mix, her session on global content management and how large enterprise organizations can scale long term content creation. Enjoy! But shhhhh, remember: It’s a secret.

GeekBeat.TV Interview: Optimizing the Customer to Content Connection

At BlogWorld New Media Expo in New York, John P. and Cali Lewis had me on their show where we talked about a mix of digital marketing topics including “walk the talk” marketing consulting, the power of word of mouth, the value of influence, common marketing challenges for companies, ROI vs. the promise of ROI, budget limitations vs. culture, the “must do” of getting started with social media.

Those companies that take the time to understand who their audiences and influencers are can dig into optimal means of information discovery, what target audience preferences are for media type and format, and how to inspire action whether it’s a referral or a sale.  With that insight, marketers can work to develop a plan to continuously optimize the brand’s effectivenss at connecting content with customers all across the lifecycle: awareness, interest, consideration, purchase, retention, advocacy.