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Social Networks & the Science of Timing

Leveraging social networks for maximum exposure and engagement has become integrally important for marketers. Use the following data to find out the best times to post to Twitter and Facebook. 

Data is from the great work done by Dan Zarrella (@danzarrella) and HubSpot.  View the webinar by Dan Zarrella for  a more indepth look at the science of timing for social networks here. Infographic created by KissMetrics.

Download a PDF of this infographic here

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IT Decision Makers are People Too

Sometimes as B2B technology marketers, we experience a little tunnel vision when it comes to our target audience. There’s a tendency to think that there is a hard line dividing business buyers from consumers; that the marketing methods we must use to reach our intended audience are so unique that they are unrelated to consumer marketing techniques and that practices from consumer-oriented marketing can’t possibly be applied to B2B buyers. As it turns out, IT decision makers have a lot in common with personal technology buyers when it comes to online behavior, media consumption and brand reception.    

Consider these similarities noted from a recent TechTarget report and their implications for marketing:

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CRM, Metrics and the B2B Marketer

Marketing is transforming. We’re aligning closer to sales, owning more of the revenue pipeline and being held more accountable. To be a successful marketer we need understand our customers’ and potential customers’ needs and behaviors so that we can respond effectively with appropriate messages about our products and services. CRM systems allow us to do this. The data housed inside a CRM system can help close sales faster, retain customers, find new customers, and offer superior customer service – all things that ultimately increase revenue. So why is it that  less than 50% of executives are fully satisfied with the business benefits of CRM? How can we ensure that at least for marketing that we are maximizing the investment in our CRM tools and leveraging them to drive the right kind of engagement with customers and prospects?

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12 Marketing Metrics that Matter

Metrics are fast becoming the B2B marketers new best friend. As we begin to take on responsibility for more of the sale funnel and ultimately revenue generation, our reliance on metrics increases. We need to learn a new language – one based upon return on investment and productivity. With metrics we can show the value of marketing, effectively manage our marketing investments, and ensure we’re putting our budget dollars in the best places  to drive business.

Today, there are countless methods to measuring marketing. Unfortunately, not all metrics are created equal.  For example, if driving web traffic is one of your key goals, you may focus on low cost, high volume sources of traffic. However, the audience you’re drawing to your web site may not fit your target audience and do little to actually drive business.  So which metrics should you be tracking? And how do you leverage this data for the best insight?

Picking the right metrics matters. Here are twelve metrics that can help ensure you’re choosing the best marketing investments for your business:

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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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