• From the Gut: Rethink the Display CLICK

    It sure is en vogue to be riding the “death of traditional media bandwagon.” Attend any modern marketing event and you can’t escape the feeling the moment you walk in the door of a cultish ambience that permeates the room as the finger of modern marketing’s creeping death lurks all around to slay anything that doesn’t represent the new thinking (ok, I might be blacklisted from these events by the close of this blog.) And lumped into the anti-traditional marketing mentions that often seem to have little to no B2B vs B2C distinction are the “rah rah” keynotes calling for the end of days when it comes specifically to the online display advertisement (which is an infant compared to typical forms of traditional marketing.) So I’ve decided to go traditional too, the old-school REAL blog style – a stream of thought with no research while resorting to just the gut to defend the display ad. Let’s get this out of the way before I go any further, I’m a bit of a hybrid – I’ve relied on content marketing to drive lead generation through my tele

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  • Unicorn Meat, Klingons and ERP Platforms – All the Write Moves: Part 1.1b

    ta’ jegh – That’s Klingon for “Content is King” (hey, don’t tell me you didn’t learn something today!) But unless you are at a Star Trek convention, that piece of unearthly wisdom is likely not going to earn you any merit badges of mainstream social inclusiveness or even build personal equity for your ascent up the Corporate ladder. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and infuse a little awkwardness by dabbling in Klingon speak with your friends over a beer, or perhaps during your next Quarterly Business Review. But I digress… Point is, as a Demand Generation professional, I find myself constantly swimming in the deep end of the content marketing pool – and I come across some great examples of extremely well-written, engaging and impactful pieces and then some, well – examples that might have well been written in Klingon. And all too often it comes down to missing what is typically rule #1 in writing: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE! (Oh how my High School English Teacher Mr. Stroud would be so proud of me for that – except my grammar

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  • CRM – Opportunity Knocks! How Sales Can Help Marketing Help Sales

    Before I start, if you have a weak stomach or are prone to get nauseous in the face of cheesy sales lines, then look away until the next paragraph. If not, well, let me start by saying I used to be in sales and when I say “sales,” I mean I started in the worst variety: the “boiler-room” type. There, I was trained to blurt out all sorts of unthinkable lines, but there is one in particular that strikes me each time the word “opportunity” comes up: “Mr. Jones [I tap the phone on the desk], you hear that, that’s opportunity knocking!” Ugh… my stomach! Ok, you don’t have to look away anymore. Now, opportunity these days, thankfully, means something completely different to me than that “Mr. Jones” example. It’s something, as a marketer, that I use to gauge the potential success of my campaigns when using CRM in conjunction with Marketing Automation. I’m always looking ahead, trying to project out by using a pipeline multiple to give me some sort of an idea of

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