At Marketo’s Marketing Nation Summit last month in San Francisco, there was much talk about the shifting function of marketing towards a more strategic, data-driven role within the modern corporation. You see similar sentiments echoed throughout the marketing press. Marketers are no longer the “arts and crafts” people, we’re told…. Read More
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If You Write B2B Copy, You Need This Blog Post
Those of you who have been subjected to sales training at some point in your careers may remember a technique called “the assumptive close.” It goes something like this: “Would you like the car in red or blue?” or “Can I deliver that to you this Friday?” In theory, asking… Read More
3 Tips for Getting Prospects to Say “Yes” to a Meeting
In the long run, it pays to extend the reach of your demand generation campaign to include not only those prospects ready to buy, but also anyone else that might be facing the specific issue or problem that your product or service can solve. Occasionally, however, other factors demand a… Read More
Branding is Not Demand Generation. Stop Pretending That It Is.
Hey, I get it. Demand generation is hot. It’s the marketing movement of the moment. It’s why demand generation managers are suddenly as common as, well, marcom directors. It’s why systems consultants are reinventing themselves as “demand generation agencies.” No problem. I understand. As a demand generation marketer, however, I… Read More
Does Offering a Free iPad Increase Webinar Registration?
It’s a measure of just how saturated the Webinar landscape has become when most every email invitation includes a drawing for a free iPad or Kindle Fire or whatever else is the “gadget du jour.” We’ve heard it said that such incentives “can’t hurt,” but that’s not exactly true. iPad… Read More
Should I Remove Offer Content from My Website if It’s Part of a Campaign?
A client asks: “If we’re offering a white paper as part of an upcoming campaign, should we remove it from our Website for the duration, especially if it’s ungated?” As demand generation marketers, no matter how skillfully we construct a clear, unambiguous, unfettered path to our precious content, some prospects… Read More
5 Creative Ways to Make Your White Paper Irresistible
“Always show an image of the offer.” It’s a rule I quote often, one repeated to me ad nauseum many years ago by an early mentor and long-time direct marketing veteran. The logic: whatever it is you want your reader to download, request, order, or register for, a visual image… Read More