Yesterday, my fellow channels blogger Alexandra Krasne hosted our latest Partner Velocity Virtual Broadcast. This time around the topic was trends and best practices in lead generation, and her guest was sales lead expert Brian Carroll. Brian is the executive director of Applied Research at MECLABS and also the author of the popular book, “Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.”
During the broadcast, Brian explained the latest lead generation trends, and he provided some incredibly useful marketing tactics that can be helpful in uncovering leads. Brian also answered audience questions submitted via Twitter.
Missed the broadcast? Here’s a replay.
In addition to the video replay above, we have a text summary of the broadcast below, along with time stamps to identify sections in which Brian addressed specific topics, such as creating buyer personas, social media tactics, optimizing and choosing your B2B marketing mix, and principles for effective telemarketing. Read More »
If you’ve ever bought a new car at a car dealership, then you’ve likely considered trading in your old clunker at the time of purchase. That trade-in essentially helps you add to your purchasing power by rewarding you for offering up a dated, used product.
This same principle applies to Cisco’s Trade-In Accelerator Program, or TAP. Do your customers have old equipment lying around that is sorely in need of an upgrade? TAP gives partners financial incentives to migrate a customer’s Cisco and competitive networking equipment to newer Cisco products, using the Cisco Technology Migration Program (TMP). How it works: TAP allows partners to apply online, and have customers trade in old equipment. Enrolled partners can then track their progress toward achieving the program requirements (and rewards).
Enrollment in TAP 13 began on May 2 and lasts until June 10. The TAP 13 six-month program period, during which time partners can migrate their customers’ equipment, lasts until October 29.
It may be sunny where you live, but the forecast calls for clouds today as Cisco and Xerox Corporation announced a strategic alliance to deliver cloud-based IT services. The partnership between Cisco and Xerox brings technology solutions that combine network and print cloud services for customers, along with a host of opportunities for partners.
Today’s announcement means that customers can add managed print services to their networks, leverage cloud server infrastructure to scale their application hosting, monitor print devices, manage everything in one cloud environment — and lower IT expenses, too.
What’s not to like? Today’s announcement delivers solutions in the following major areas:
XeroxCorporationManaged Print Services over Cisco Borderless Networks:
This consolidates IT and print management using the network’s embedded security, WAN optimization, and print aware intelligence to monitor print technology and operating costs, to protect confidential data from any location, and to improve employee productivity with advanced mobile and cloud printing applications.
XeroxCloud ITO Services via Cisco UCS and Vblock Infrastructure:
This accelerates the rollout of new IT services to adapt to changing needs of the workforce and reduce IT costs through a private cloud, the public cloud or through a combination in a hybrid cloud environment.
XeroxMobile Print Solution on Virtual Desktops and Cisco Cius:
Means (almost) no more worrying. Mobile workers can securely print documents from any email-enabled device – including virtual desktops and Cisco Cius tablet – to any enabled printer using the Cisco Borderless Networks and Wireless LAN solutions.
It may seem that Facebook and Twitter get all the attention in social media circles these days, while the simple blog has been pushed to the sidelines. But in truth, a blog can and should lie at the center of your social media strategy. After all, a blog enables you to set the narrative for your company in a way that no other Web 2.0 tool can.
In fact, more than half of Internet users read a blog at least monthly and find them very influential, according to research from Technorati and eMarketer. Want to tell a customer success story? Need to spread information about an upcoming company-sponsored event? A blog can serve those needs, and more. Ultimately, you should think of your blog as the hub for your social media activities.
Setting up a blog on your website requires a little programming expertise (here’s some tips on how to do that), but once you’re up and running, it’s good to follow a few guidelines for shaping the content that you’re presenting.
Choose Your Topics
Not certain of what to write about? One of the best places to start is by introducing your company blog as a place to share ideas. Readers will be encouraged to hear that your blog is a place they can respond to—literally, with comments on your content. Inviting feedback is a great way to establish customer conversations.
From there, you can host a company-wide brainstorm session to see what topics customers ask about and where their pain points are. If you can address a customer need on your blog, or show customers how to do something, or lend your expertise, customers will look to you as a trusted source. (And this can also have the added benefit of boosting sales.)
You can also blog about a news story by putting your own twist on it and why it’s important to your readers. Another thing you can do is link out to another blogger and credit them with sharing something interesting, and offer your thoughts on the topic. The possibilities for content are endless.