Switching to Manual with Your Sales Leads


With all this talk of big data, bigger CRM, and cross-channel automation, you’d think that everyone in the world of B2B marketing and sales is going to look like they work on a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.

But in truth? In spite of all the tracking, sophisticated security, and big-time data crunching, sometimes it’s still better to go manual when you’re looking for sales leads.

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How Lead Generation Controls the Cost of Information


With an age of information comes the race to capitalize it and at the same time, share the benefits of doing so. Yet unfortunately, that’s not usually the picture people have about it these days. Instead, everything from the most harmless lead generation campaigns up to your average government survey is viewed as suspect. “Privacy is dead” cry so many advocates.

Yet because out of fear of offending any such advocates (whether they’re in the telemarketing lists or among blog subscribers), many companies undermine their lead generation efforts.

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Social Media and Sales Leads – Are they Both Subjective?


It’s easy to think that sales leads are subjective. More specifically, plenty of organizations have marketers and salespeople constantly go back and forth on defining leads that actually produce sales.

What about social media, though? It’s not news that critics love to decry the medium for actually destroying social skills. But from that debate, you can only ask: What defines as social?

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Email Marketing Tips – What About Short Attention Spans?


Ours is the age high tech information. However, this has plenty people fearing for the future of humanity. As of 2013, today’s average attention span has shrunk down to eight seconds. You can already hear it now. “Nobody reads anymore.” “Kids don’t appreciate fine attention to detail.” “Technology makes us dumb.”

This may sound sagely at first but you shouldn’t  adopt this sort of thinking for your email marketing campaign. Why? It’s because it’s an excuse. This makes it easy to shift the blame of bad marketing to something you think is beyond your control.

Yet, by thinking this way you are making prospects and customers the real victim.

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B2B Marketers Should Know That Corporate Gags Can Get Real


If you thought that linking brain damage and football was just a jive at jocks, you wouldn’t be the first. (Bonus if you were the kind they’d stuff in a locker.)

But what you may not know is that this little gag could actually be true. If this shocks you, you have now just learned what it feels like when the gags and tropes of fiction become all too real.

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B2B Marketing Tips – When Stupid Works


Like many social media trends, the Ice Bucket Challenge has received its customary scorn from the crowd that scorns them best. The whole thing seems to reek with the cheesy, millennial stupidity that seems to belie a lack of creativity than an abundance of it.

At least, that’s what you’ll hear from people who typically sling eggs at anything to do with social media. Yet in spite of their argumentation, enlightenment, and sympathetic disillusionment, one thing hasn’t changed.

This stupid stunt still worked.

So is this a sign that your B2B marketing campaign could use a bit of stupid or is it just stooping to its undesirable level?

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Underground Experiments in B2B Marketing


Not all marketing experiments are corporate invasions of privacy. On the other hand, sometimes experiments themselves need to be utilized within the private confines of your own organization. This extends to the ones you do on the internet.

Ask yourself, how do you expect to improve your B2B marketing strategy if you’re not testing out your ideas? Everything can sound all too good in theory. You’ll have to put it into practice and it may not be worth wasting more of your marketing dollars in case something goes wrong.

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How Splitting Off Can Boost Lead Generation


Separation never seems to be a good thing for most people. It’s like the Grim Reaper to personal relationships and the recipe for war to those in political office.

But for your lead generation campaign, it might actually be an all-new selling point and the birth of better value proposition to your prospects. To demonstrate, here’s a look on how a complete break-up worked to benefit the conflict between Samsung and Apple.

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Using B2B Marketing to Create Your Own Summer Sale


Given that it’s hot. The days are longer. It shouldn’t be surprising when even prospects in the office are more prone to browsing things like marketing content at a slower pace.

Why then is your B2B marketing campaign not taking this chance to change? If stock market investors have their own business-related summer plans, then so should your marketers. Given all the free time it’s supposed to entail, it’s not that hard figuring out a content strategy that would fit the lazier state of mind it creates.

  • Plan this early – If summer is such a hard time for your B2B marketing department then treat like a storm: prepare before it gets there. Find ways to survive the slow sales. Plan for the fall campaign. Outsource it and go on vacation. No matter what, the point is you need to start making plans now.
  • Use brighter colors – What do you do when you start packing for the beach? What catches your eye more often? Is it the swimsuit sale? Getaway packages? In case you didn’t notice, plenty of them make use of bright colors that go with the sunny season. Your local mall shouldn’t be the only business that tries to leave an eye-catching impression.
  • Make it like ice-cream – Whether its ice cream or lemonade, the heat’s more bearable with something cool in your mouth. Same principle applies when the summer lazy haze starts giving prospects a headache. Maybe instead of the usual white paper, do something a little more refreshing like a funny story or a funny infographic.
  • Set matching appointments – Instead of the usual conference room, why not use sales appointments as an excuse to get both yourself and your prospects out of the office? Or if you’re hosting an event, why not set it someplace cozy like near a beach instead of the usual convention hall?

Unlike winter or Easter, summer’s arguably the season when even professionals and managers have a lot more free time. Make that the key to blending the themes of your marketing campaign with the season. Try making things a little more relaxed but when they’re in their relaxed state of mind, make it easier for yourself to turn them into your next client.


B2B Marketers and Father’s Day Gifts


Father’s Day doesn’t just celebrate biological ones. They include all father figures whether they’re uncles, grandfathers, teachers, and of course, bosses.

They’re the authority who wears the pants in the family, sets down the drafts of the rules, and traditionally commands the most respect. It can be assumed that plenty of males in senior management position are already fathers so don’t be surprised if they literally get their skills from the home front.

And with Father’s Day, expect gifts to be going around. But while everyone’s getting them golf clubs, evenings out, and gift certificates, how can B2B marketers reward the fatherly men in their prospect lists?

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