Inbound marketing enamora a los “marketeros”, pero no logran sacarle todo su jugo – vía @MkDirecto


Esta es la táctica de marketing inbound más eficaz pero también la más difícil según una encuesta de profesionales de marketing B2B y B2C de todo el mundo, realizada en septiembre de 2013 por Ascend2 y Research Underwriters.

La automatización del marketing es una técnica para hacer las tácticas de marketing entrantes más estratégicas y complementarias, así como reducir la cantidad de las conjeturas de marketing inbound, pero la encuesta encontró que pocos emplearon la automatización de marketing. Sólo el 16% de B2C y el 14% de B2B informaron mediante la automatización de marketing para gestionar su marketing inbound. A pesar de esto, más del 40% de ambos tipos de empresas emplean la automatización de marketing de forma limitada, lo que indica que el consumo podría aumentar en un futuro próximo.

El 45% de los marketeros calificaron su estrategia de marketing inbound como un gran éxito frente a sólo el 9% de los marketeros con un fracasado marketing entrante.

El estudio encontró también que la integración es un factor clave que distingue el éxito del fracaso. De hecho, el 67% de las empresas que lograron buenos resultados de marketing inbound habían integrado el programa de marketing inbound, frente al 9% de los exitosos que no lo había integrado.

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Vende a personas y no compres clientes – thnxz @tcreativo


Mad men

¿Tu cliente es como un protagonista de una sitcom o de Mad Men?

Una sitcom es un tipo de serie televisiva que tiene lugar en los mismos espacios, es protagonizada por los mismos personajes y en la que las historias se abren y cierran en cada capítulo. Si tu producto o servicio es una sitcom está claro que siempre piensas en el mismo tipo de usuario (a partir de ahora “el shopper”), en un espacio y circunstancias que ya conoces. La historia comienza cuando echas mano a la tarjeta y finaliza cuando ya ha pagado: así es difícil innovar.

Está claro que para innovar tenemos que incluir al protagonista en el centro – ya sea cliente o futuro shopper- y qué mejor manera que crear una historia de ficción similar a las series Teleshakespeare como The WireMad Men o Homeland. En su inicio vas conociendo a Brody, Tony Soprano…. tu nuevo cliente, viviendo su día a día, sus objetivos, su manera de pensar y de sentir. 

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Introducing Video Slides – thnxz @labnol


With Video Slides, you can quickly create a beautiful slideshow from one or more videos pulled from Youtube and Vimeo. Just past the raw video URLs in any format and the tool will bundle them into a presentation.

There’s a pretty interesting thread on Hacker News where people have shared links to their favorite technical talks. The thread includes dozens of links pointing to YouTube, Vimeo and other video websites.
With Video Slides, you can quickly create a beautiful slideshow from one or more videos pulled from Youtube and Vimeo. Just past the raw video URLs in any format and the tool will bundle them into a presentation.

Vía http://www.labnol.org

It’s a treasure trove and I want to click on every single video that’s mentioned on that page but the problem is that I will then end up having at least two dozen new tabs in the browser. And this isn’t just about Hacker News, you can open any popular thread on sites like Quora or Reddit and you’ll be overwhelmed with links pointing to interesting stuff.

How do you deal with such a large collection of raw links? I have written an app called Video Slides that some may find handy here. The app will scan the text for video URLs and put them all in a single slideshow without cluttering your browser.

Here’s a quick video demo.


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Pinterest: What B2B Social Media Marketers Are Doing Wrong – thnxz @kuno


Posted by Courtney Moser  

Vía Kuno Creative

Pinterest has introduced its business accounts, more and more B2B companies are joining the Pinterest party, and for them, it’s important to not only join, but to set their brands apart.
If you’re a B2B social media marketer who has joined Pinterest, but isn’t getting the followers (or consequential site traffic) you were hoping for, you could be making one or more of the following mistakes:

You don’t have a “Pin It” button on your site

You’re pinning too much third-party content

You’re pinning one thing to multiple boards

You’re flooding feeds

You’re using your name and not the name of your business

You aren’t interacting

You aren’t collaborating with others in your industry

You have too many fluff boards

Full article? here! 🙂

Just like with all other forms of social media, there is a right way and a wrong way to use Pinterest. If you take the time to learn the dos and don’ts, you can reach a whole new audience.

What B2B companies do you feel are utilizing Pinterest to effectively drive leads? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

photo credit: Nrbelex via photopin


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Courtney Moser is an Associate at Kuno Creative. She applies her passion for writing and editing to assist in creating content for Kuno and its clients. Courtney loves to read, expand her vocabulary and write engaging content for multiple audiences. You can connect with Courtney on LinkedIn.

Social Media 2013 Benchmark Report infographic – thnxz @MarketingB2B :)


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Active vs. Passive Content Marketing | ioninteractive.com


BY SCOTT BRINKER 

According to the latest research from the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 91% of B2B marketers have embraced content marketing. In fact, on average, B2B marketers are now allocating 1/3 of their budget for content marketing initiatives.

Marketers are making a big bet that content marketing tactics will deliver the outcomes they need: brand awareness, customer acquisition, and lead generation. These are their top organizational goals:

Brand awareness is important, but hard to quantify. However, customer acquisition and lead generation can be quantitatively measured. And indeed, more and more organizations are now tying these metrics directly to their content marketing initiatives. The top 5 measurement criteria for B2B content marketing success — with the customer acquisition and lead generation metrics emphasized — are:

  • Web traffic (60%)
  • Sales lead quality (51%)
  • Social media sharing (45%)
  • Sales lead quantity (43%)
  • Direct sales (41%)

So how well are marketers doing at achieving their goals with content marketing? Unfortunately, not as well as they would like. Only 36% of B2B marketers believe they are effective at content marketing — down from 40% last year.

Part of the challenge is creating great content. But great content is only the starting point.

To harness that content for customer acquisition and lead generation, marketers have two other responsibilities: distribution and value capture. Much has been written about how to distribute content with social, search, and paid campaigns. But ways of effectively capturing value with content marketing have received less attention. I’m only half-joking when I say that content marketing plans sometimes look like this:

  1. Create amazing content.
  2. ???
  3. Get more leads and sales.

When you author terrific content and successfully deliver it to the right audience, you have accomplished value creation. You have given your prospects and customers something of value. Depending on how it’s presented — do the people consuming the content clearly associate your company with the value delivered? — this achieves the first goal of building brand awareness.

But in the crowded and noisy digital marketplace, and in the busy lives of most prospects, that brand moment is fleeting. The question for marketers — and frankly, many prospects — is: what happens next?

Active vs. Passive Content Marketing >>>   Leer más “Active vs. Passive Content Marketing | ioninteractive.com”

Lead Generation Optimization: Finding the right amount of friction

Three keys to keep in mind when testing your lead generation process:

Choose the right time to add more friction. Think of your lead generation process as a personal introduction to someone. The moment you meet someone you don’t ask for a lot of personal information. If you do, you scare people away. The same concept applies here. For example, in a recent experiment, we tested moving the phone number field from the first step to the second step. Lead generation rate increased by 68% and the conversion rate remained stable.
Prioritize your requests properly. Think carefully about what information you ask first, second, and so on. It is important to keep a natural flow as you add and subtract friction elements. A good way to check for this with your pages and processes is to review every step and consider two questions: 1) Do we need this information? 2) Do we need it at this stage?
Pay close attention to your final conversion rate. We tested a three-step process against a four-step process. As expected, the three-step process had a higher lead generation rate. However, once the sales team got the leads and started following up on them, they found that leads from the four-step process were more qualified and easier to close. Bottom line: the four-step process had a lower lead generation rate, but ultimately a higher final conversion rate (sales).


Gaby Diaz

 | marketingexperiments.com

If you’ve got a B2B website, you’re always looking for ways to generate more leads online. But while recent research shows 71% of B2B marketers view their site as one of the most important marketing tools, only 31% said their site is “highly effective” at generating leads.

That leaves a lot of room for testing and improving business results. However, optimizing for lead generation is not as straightforward as optimizing for conversion rate.

Conversion rate is the final metric that decides whether or not your online process/funnel is working. In contrast, lead generation only tells you a portion of the story. The leads you generate are really the start of a long process of qualification steps, both online and offline. If you don’t pay attention to each step, you will never be able to get the best out of this process.


How to use friction to your advantageAdjusting Your Leads

Think of the process of optimizing for lead generation as two interconnected dials. Each dial represents a step in your online process. One dial increases volume of leads by reducing friction. The second dial increases quality of the lead by increasing friction.

You can increase friction in several ways, such as adding more form fields or steps in the funnel process. Or, you can reduce it by subtracting various page elements or process steps. To adjust your lead flow, turn the dials: more friction will yield higher lead quality; less friction will increase lead volume.

Too much friction can make your visitors quit, but not enough friction will fill your pipeline with leads of a lower quality. So you need to test different approaches to determine what balance works best for your lead generation process. Leer más “Lead Generation Optimization: Finding the right amount of friction”