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Accelerate! Session Recap: Marketing Planning for 2012

Earlier this week, we hosted the first session in our current Accelerate! Virtual Workshop Series on Marketing Planning for 2012. Todd Lebo, Sr. Director of Content and Jen Doyle, Sr. Research Manager from MECLABS shared key findings from their 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Guide including top lead gen tactics for 2011, how we can best utilize them to generate qualified leads in 2012 and how B2B marketers are allocating their budgets given new marketing trends.

According to the MarketingSherpa research, B2B marketing challenges such as producing high-quality leads, generating the required volume of leads, conveying value, creating PR buzz, and competing in a multi-channel lead generation , are on the rise.  Demonstrating marketing’s contribution to revenue is a key focus for marketers.  So what tactics can help us do this?

Interestingly, the MarketingSherpa research shows that website optimization, SEO and email are the top lead generation tactics for B2B marketers. (These were also the top tactics for 2010 and 2011). There are few surprises here if you consider these trends from a recent TechTarget Study:

  • The Internet remains the primary destination and source for all research done by IT professionals.
  • The Internet is the preferred method by which IT professionals expect marketers to communicate the value of their brand and capture IT prospects as leads.

Although our priority as B2B marketers is on lead generation, perhaps our greatest challenge is lead conversion. In our Accelerate! session, our experts outlined a four steps to conduct a lead generation analysis which will help ensure you are focused on the right tactics to generate leads and increase conversions.  View the session recording from the On Demand tab in the Virtual Velocity Auditorium – session title: Top Lead Gen Tactics of 2011 and How Best to Utilize Them in the New Year

We will continue our discussion on marketing planning with a second session on February 15th. This session will focus on making your marketing plan a reality with four tactical steps you can use to drive online conversions.  Register for this session in the Virtual Velocity Auditorium

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Virtual Velocity Recap: Latest Trends & Best Practices in Lead Generation

May 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm PST

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 »

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Virtual Velocity Broadcast Recap: 3 Tips on Improving Lead Generation

October 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm PST

Think your website or marketing campaign has it all: Sparkling copy, dazzling design, and enough oomph to convert just about every visitor into a confirmed, solid sales lead? Well, think again.

During Tuesday morning’s Virtual Velocity IPTV broadcast, Luanne Tierney (VP of WW Partner Marketing) hosted Dr. Flint McGlaughlin who is Director of MECLABS and Director of Enterprise Research at the University of Cambridge.

Dr. McGlaughlin provided a host of tips on how you can drive better ROI from marketing campaigns based on his company MECLABS’ extensive research. MECLABS conducts more than 200 digital marketing experiments every year, which are focused on helping companies optimize sales and marketing performance.

During his presentation, he used real-world examples from current Internet campaigns as well as campaigns provided by Josh Krasnegor of FusionStorm, a Cisco partner.

(If you didn’t get a chance to watch the live broadcast, we’ll be posting a full replay for partners soon. “Like” the Cisco Channels Facebook page or follow us @Cisco_Channels on Twitter to get a replay link when it’s available.)

I got a chance to talk with Dr. McGlaughlin after the broadcast about what he identifies as the three principles to drive effective essential tips for lead generation. He also talked about where to place information on your webpage for maximum effect.

So what are those three principles you need to use to guide the presentation of information on your website to maximize leads? Here’s a summary:

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