Three Essential Content Marketing Practices

When I served on the AIM board, I occasionally had dealings with Bryant Duhon, the organization’s editor and community manager. I always found Bryant to be sharp, focused, and a person who is good at grasping and presenting the essentials of complex topics in a way that makes them useful to his readership. Bryant’s latest […]

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Social Media Marketing: What Not to Do

I’ve written a lot about the subject of what you need to do to be successful in social media and pull marketing.  The other side of this coin is a list of things that are harmful or counterproductive – in other words, stuff you should refrain from doing. Don’t become a nuisance.  Communicating with people […]

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In the B2B World, Market Awareness Trumps Sales Skills

Earlier in my career, I was VP of marketing for a mid-size software company in the content management space.  There were a couple of very large competitors, who we termed “gorillas” in the marketplace.  The VP of sales used to say something to the effect of: “When we get invited to the dance, we can […]

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Database Marketing is Alive and Well

I’ve been practicing the B2B marketing thing since the late 1980s, when the term “database marketing” first started being mentioned. Endless articles and entire conferences were devoted to the subject. While the buzz around database marketing has waned, its importance to the B2B marketing community has not. You can find a lot of definitions for […]

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10 Questions to Evaluate Your Marketing Effectiveness

Your Two Minute B2B Marketing Assessment All of you hard-driven and numbers-focused marketers understand the importance of the quantitative side of B2B marketing. If you don’t understand this, you will face the displeasure of your CEO and/or CFO. You measure the number of inquiries, cost per inquiry, number of opportunities, specific media performance, and many […]

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Are you Generating Qualified Leads or Wasting Marketing Dollars?

If you ask a dozen marketers and sales people for their definition of a qualified lead, you might hear answers ranging from “anyone that’s breathing” to “someone ready to buy today.”  Obviously, there is a wide gulf between these two extremes, especially if the definitions come from people working at the same company.  This issue […]

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