Category Archives: B2B Marketing

Oracle Webinar Invitation Needs More Detail, Less Fluff

Most of the discussion these days on how to improve e-mail response centers on technical issues such as deliverability, spam filters, and readability on mobile e-mail clients. It’s easy to forget, therefore, that the true keys to e-mail success are often none of the above, but rather more old-fashioned principles… Read More

Brand vs. Direct: Who Wins?

Anne Holland of Marketing Sherpa, someone for whom I have a great deal of respect, says brand should win, every time: My response to Anne: “Brand should always win …”? As a dyed-in-the-wool A/B tester, I respectfully say: absolutely not. What’s the purpose of an effective brand if not to… Read More

Social Media & B2B Demand Generation

At CDI, a question we get asked often these days is: What are you doing in social media? Perhaps a better question might be: What do social media have to do with demand generation? The answer is: plenty, but perhaps not in the way you’d think. As a most basic… Read More

New B2B Demand Generation Group on Facebook

Please join me on a new Facebook group dedicated to B2B Demand Generation. My primary motivation in starting the group is to spark discussion and exchange of best practices, news, trends, and strategies relating to demand generation – interchange that isn’t always possible in the context of a blog. Plus… Read More

6 Questions on TCO of Marketing Automation Technology

Recently, I was interviewed by Andrew Gaffney, Editor & Publisher of Demand Gen Report, for an upcoming article on the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of marketing automation solutions. With Andrew’s permission, his questions (and my answers) are reproduced below. AG: Do you think marketing execs are aware of the… Read More

"The most ignorant e-mail campaign ever …"

And you thought I was a harsh critic? In his column titled “Stupid E-Mail Watch,” Ken Magill, Editor-at-Large at Direct Magazine, rants about a recent e-mail he received from Bing energy drinks and the latest annoying trend in online media: “Here’s a hint: We don’t need surprise audio blasting out… Read More

Why Hire An Agency?

Apologies if, to the more cynical amongst you, this post seems simply self-serving and a thinly veiled excuse for a sales pitch. Bear with me as I explain … A few weeks ago we received a request from a potential client that we help her “sell” her boss (the CMO)… Read More