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Lauren Blecher / Social Media Examiner / February 6, 2014
Are you looking for new ways to generate leads with social media? Could your online lead generation program use an upgrade?
If so, you’re not alone. Only 40% of marketers feel their current online marketing mix meets sales pipeline needs.
What’s the Real Lead Generation Problem?
B2B marketers often peg social media as a brand awareness vehicle, not a lead generation tool. But if you haven’t given social lead generation a shot, your business is missing out on a lucrative marketing channel.
If lack of ROI is your biggest challenge with social media, there are likely two issues:
1. Your teamRead More
Jim Stengel / Forbes.com / January 7, 2014
Five years ago I left the biggest job in marketing – Global Marketing Officer for Procter & Gamble – to start my own small company. My mission was, and still is, to help people and companies grow by activating a higher ideal in all they do. I worked with a large digital agency, Possible Worldwide, to create my first company website, and it worked well to represent my ideas and philosophy. It was not designed to actively create interest or leads; my business was just starting up, and I did not want to create demand and interest I could not respond to.
My business and team have grownRead More
Kim Ann Zimmermann / Demand Generation / January 15, 2014
The practice of ad retargeting — displaying targeted messages to visitors who have left your site when they view other sites — has been a page in B2C marketers’ playbooks for quite a while. Today, however, B2B marketers are embracing retargeting even more warmly, and for good reason: It is a cost-effective way to keep your brand in front of B2B decision makers during what is typically a long buying cycle.
The average click-through rate online for display ads is .07%, while the average click-through rate (CTR) for retargeted ads is about 0.7%, according to research from Criteo, a companyRead More
Don Stanley / Content Marketing Institute / January 10, 2014
“What’s the primary reason businesses fail at content marketing?“
Those who ask seem to want, or expect, a complex answer; but the fact of the matter is the answer is really quite simple: Most organizations fail because they jump right into content marketing without first creating an overall content marketing strategy. They know they need to produce content, so they just start producing it. Not much effort is given to why they’re doing it or whom they’re targeting. Sadly, what often happens is these organizations try content marketing for 3 to 6 months and then, when they don’tRead More
Kate Tyndall / ProSales / January 15, 2013
Bill McHugh, a custom builder in Austin, Texas, is an example of a trend that’s reaching a tipping point if for no other reason than simple demographics. His mother was turning 80, and she wanted to remain independent, a challenge for McHugh, who knew a lot about building but not so much about designing for the challenges faced by an aging body.
What he found was universal design (UD)—a philosophy that calls for the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
America is about to get hitRead More