The folks at B2B Voices hosted a group of marketing and communications professionals to discusss the topic, “Social Media and ROI: Dare We Talk About It.” One of the most important outcomes of the meeting was the fact that metrics used to determine ROI should be money-focused such as increased sales, lower cost per acquisition, etc. However, what often are reported as ROI metrics–number of followers, likes, subscribers, etc.–don’t really cut it when talking to marketing execs… especially when it comes to asking for more money for your social media program. Learn more…

The B2B integrated marcom manager’s role is expanding thanks to social media optimization (SMO). Marcom managers must connect the social media objects that their companies produce. Social objects are content introduced online such as blog posts and comments, Twitter tweets, videos, etc. that can become catalysts for conversation. These objects are all dangling out there in cyberspace. Individually they lack impact, but collectively, they are more impactful to marketing efforts. By developing content optimization guidelines, B2B integrated marcom managers are enabling social objects to connect, which will drive search results and business results.

In the past, B2B integrated marketing communications was about control—ensuring that the B2B marcom mix had consistent brand messages, tone and approach. Social media is about letting go of control but offering a framework. Learn how B2B social media has impacted B2B marcom managers.More…

Are B2B Are B2B companies really connecting or are we using bullhorn disguised as social media? I’m bringing this up because I’m as guilty as some B2B marcom folks who put out good, relevant content on the various social media outlets, but fail to make a real connection with real people. Continue Reading

Some small to mid-size B2B companies are soliciting the help of others in the organization to contribute to a social media program. In reality, it’s the thought leadership and technical expertise within these companies that adds value far more than marketing messages (social or conventional advertising). Learn more…

If Integrated Marcom Minute looks a little different or you were redirected from Blogger, that’s because I’ve been busy overhauling my entire website, part of which was to incorporate the Integrated Marcom Minute blog… and the reason why I haven’t posted in a while! Of course most of the credit goes to Kim Woodbridge, who […]

Keywords are the glue that ties your B2B integrated marcom program together. It’s also good “lead gen juice.” Whether you’re running a branding campaign or a product- or market-specific program, leveraging your keywords in the content you develop can have a greater positive impact on search results and helps you provide content that your target audience is looking for. As a result, you generate more qualified leads. The first step is to know your keywords and monitor them.

A B2B marketing communications (marcom) plan without SEO could undermine B2B lead generation programs and even worse, generate leads for your competitors. For some reason many B2B marketers don’t see the value of SEO. Often, B2B marcom managers are tasked with short term lead generation at the expense of long term search engine optimization. The harm in doing so is that without SEO, lead generation programs could drive leads to your competitors.