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dŚĞĞĮŶŝƟǀĞ'ƵŝĚĞƚŽϮ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂ
A
Marketo
Workbook
www.marketo.com
Why
Should
I
Read
dŚĞĞĮŶŝƟǀĞ'ƵŝĚĞƚŽϮ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂ?
tŚLJƚŚŝƐŝƐŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ
Social
media
is
here
to
stay.
And,
while
consumer
marketers
may
have
taken
the
lead
in
harnessing
its
power,
B2B
ĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐĐĂŶŶŽůŽŶŐĞƌĂīŽƌĚƚŽŝŐŶŽƌĞŝƚ͘
This
guide
shows
you
how
to
use
social
media
to
drive
new
business
and
revenue.
Whether
LJŽƵ͛ƌĞũƵƐƚƐƚĂƌƟŶŐŽƵƚŽƌŚĂǀĞĂǁĞůůͲĚĞĮŶĞĚ
social
media
plan,
this
guide
is
your
go-­‐to
handbook.
As
discussed
in
dŚĞĞĮŶŝƟǀĞ'ƵŝĚĞƚŽ>ĞĂĚ
EƵƌƚƵƌŝŶŐ,
B2B
buyers
are
spending
a
lot
more
ƟŵĞŽŶƚŚĞǁĞďĚŽŝŶŐŝŶĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶƚƌĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ͕
ŐĞƫŶŐŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĨƌŽŵƚŚĞŝƌƉĞĞƌƐĂŶĚĞdž-­‐
ƉĞƌŝŵĞŶƟŶŐǁŝƚŚĨŽƌƵŵƐĂŶĚŵŝĐƌŽďůŽŐŐŝŶŐ͘
/ƚ͛ƐĂŶŝŶƚƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶƚŽƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ͕ĂďĞƐƚ
ƉƌĂĐƟĐĞƐƵƌǀĞLJĂŶĚĂĐŽůůĞĐƟŽŶŽĨĐŽŶĐƌĞƚĞ
ĞdžĂŵƉůĞƐĂŶĚƐƵĐĐĞƐƐƐƚŽƌŝĞƐʹƉůƵƐƐŽŵĞ
ŬŝůůĞƌĐŚĞĐŬůŝƐƚƐĂŶĚƚĂĐƟĐĂůƟƉƐŽŶĞǀĞƌLJƚLJƉĞ
of
social
media
opportunity
out
there.
Like
it
or
not,
social
media
plays
a
huge
role
in
the
new
B2B
decision-­‐making
process.
As
a
B2B
marketer,
you
need
to
learn
to
leverage
ŝƚʹĨŽƌďƵŝůĚŝŶŐƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉƐ͕ůŝƐƚĞŶŝŶŐƚŽƚŚĞ
ŵĂƌŬĞƚĂŶĚŝŶŇƵĞŶĐŝŶŐďƵLJĞƌƐďĞĨŽƌĞƚŚĞLJ͛ƌĞ
ĞǀĞŶŝĚĞŶƟĮĞĚĂƐƉŽƚĞŶƟĂůůĞĂĚƐ͘
tĞŚŽƉĞLJŽƵĮŶĚŝƚƵƐĞĨƵůĂŶĚƐŚĂƌĞǁŝƚŚƵƐ
LJŽƵƌŽǁŶĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞƐĂŶĚďĞƐƚƉƌĂĐƟĐĞƐƐŽ
ǁĞĐĂŶŝŶĐůƵĚĞƚŚĞŵŝŶĨƵƚƵƌĞĞĚŝƟŽŶƐ͘
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
>Ğƚ͛ƐŐĞƚƐŽĐŝĂů͊
03
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
04
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
dŚĞĞĮŶŝƟŽŶŽĨ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂ
^ŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂŝƐƚŚĞƉƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶ͕ĐŽŶƐƵŵƉƟŽŶĂŶĚĞdžĐŚĂŶŐĞŽĨ
ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƚŚƌŽƵŐŚŽŶůŝŶĞƐŽĐŝĂůŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƟŽŶƐĂŶĚƉůĂƞŽƌŵƐ͘
tŚLJ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂĨŽƌϮ͍
^ŽŵĞŽŶƚĞdžƚ
Before
Google,
the
primary
way
a
prospect
ĐŽƵůĚŐĞƚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚĂĐŽŵƉĂŶLJǁĂƐ
by
engaging
directly
with
a
sales
person.
DĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĨŽĐƵƐĞĚŽŶďƌĂŶĚďƵŝůĚŝŶŐ
ĂŶĚĂǁĂƌĞŶĞƐƐ͕ƵƐŝŶŐŵĂƐƐĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐ͕
tradeshows,
PR
and
print
media.
Direct
mail
ĂŶĚĐŽůĚĐĂůůŝŶŐŵĂĚĞƵƉƚŚĞŵĂũŽƌŝƚLJŽĨ
ƚĂƌŐĞƚĞĚŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƟŽŶƐ͕ĂŶĚŵĂƌŬĞƚĞƌƐƉĂƐƐĞĚ
all
new
leads
–
hot
or
cold
–
to
the
sales
team
for
follow-­‐up.
tŝƚŚƚŚĞĂƌƌŝǀĂůŽĨ'ŽŽŐůĞŝŶϭϵϵϴ͕Ϯ
companies
started
to
focus
on
search
engine
ŽƉƟŵŝnjĂƟŽŶ;^KͿ͕ƉĂLJͲƉĞƌͲĐůŝĐŬ;WWͿ
ĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐĂŶĚĞͲŵĂŝůŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐƚŽĚƌŝǀĞ
ƚƌĂĸĐƚŽƚŚĞŝƌǁĞďƐŝƚĞ͖ƚŚĞŶĐƌĞĂƚĞĚĐŽŶƚĞŶƚ
such
as
whitepapers
and
webinars
to
convert
ƚƌĂĸĐŝŶƚŽůĞĂĚƐ͘dŚĞďĞƐƚŵĂƌŬĞƚĞƌƐƌĞĂůŝnjĞĚ
ƚŚĂƚƚŚĞŝƌůĞĂĚƐǁĞƌĞŽŌĞŶƐĞŶƚƚŽŽĞĂƌůLJƚŽ
sales,
and
invested
in
lead
scoring
and
lead
ŶƵƌƚƵƌŝŶŐƚŽĮŶĚƚŚĞŚŽƚůĞĂĚƐĂŶĚĚĞǀĞůŽƉ
the
rest.
dŽĚĂLJ͕ŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚ^K͕WWĂŶĚĞͲŵĂŝů
ĂƌĞƐƟůůǀĞƌLJŵƵĐŚĂƉĂƌƚŽĨƚŚĞŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐ
ŵŝdž͕ďƵƚƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐƐƵĐŚĂƐdǁŝƩĞƌ͕
LinkedIn,
YouTube
and
SlideShare
drive
a
ůĂƌŐĞƉŽƌƟŽŶŽĨƚŚĞϮŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƟŽŶƐŽŶƚŚĞ
web.
According
to
Forrester
Research¹,
77%
of
ϮƚĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐLJĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶͲŵĂŬĞƌƐĂƌĞĂĐƟǀĞŝŶ
social
media.
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
Because
prospects
are
more
likely
to
click-­‐through
to
third-­‐party
reviews
or
blog
ƉŽƐƟŶŐƐƚŽŐĞƚǁŽƌĚͲŽĨͲŵŽƵƚŚƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĂ-­‐
ƟŽŶƐ͕ƐĞĂƌĐŚĞŶŐŝŶĞƐƌĂŶŬƚŚĞƐĞƐŝƚĞƐŚŝŐŚĞƌ
(which
in
turn
makes
social
content
more
ĂĐĐĞƐƐŝďůĞͿ͘/ĨƚŚĞƐĞƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂůĞĂĚƐĚŽĮŶĚ
their
way
to
your
company
website,
they
will
typically
contact
your
company
only
when
ƚŚĞLJ͛ƌĞƌĞĂĚLJƚŽĞŶŐĂŐĞǁŝƚŚƐĂůĞƐ͘/ŶƚŚŝƐ
way,
social
media
leads
present
a
unique
lead
nurturing
challenge,
and
a
huge
opportunity
ĂƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ͘
tŚĂƚĚŽĞƐƚŚŝƐŵĞĂŶĨŽƌϮĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐ͍
ƐŽŶůŝŶĞĂĐƟǀŝƚLJƐŚŝŌƐƚŽƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ͕
marketers
keen
to
build
brand,
buzz,
and
awareness
–
and
generate
leads
–
are
ƌĞĂůůŽĐĂƟŶŐŝŶǀĞƐƚŵĞŶƚŝŶƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ͕ƐĞĂƌĐŚ
ĞŶŐŝŶĞŽƉƟŵŝnjĂƟŽŶ͕ĂŶĚĐŽŶƚĞŶƚŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐ
ŝŶƐƚĞĂĚŽĨŵĂƐƐĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐĂŶĚƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂůWZ͘
ƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ͕ůĞĂĚŶƵƌƚƵƌŝŶŐŝƐĞǀŽůǀŝŶŐ
ƚŽŝŶĐůƵĚĞĞĂƌůLJƌĞůĂƟŽŶƐŚŝƉďƵŝůĚŝŶŐǁŝƚŚ
prospects.
It
starts
by
sharing
relevant
ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂĐƌŽƐƐĂǀĂƌŝĞƚLJŽĨƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ
channels
before
they
ever
give
you
their
names.
These
changes
are
already
having
ĂƉŽƐŝƟǀĞŝŵƉĂĐƚŽŶůĞĂĚŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶ͕ďƵƚ
ŵĞĂƐƵƌĞŵĞŶƚŽĨZK/ƌĞŵĂŝŶƐĂŵĂũŽƌ
challenge.
^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂ͛Ɛ/ŵƉĂĐƚŽŶWƵƌĐŚĂƐŝŶŐĞŚĂǀŝŽƌ
Types
of
Online
Sources
Visited
for
Company,
Brand
ŽƌWƌŽĚƵĐƚ/ŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ
dŚŝƐŐƌĂƉŚŝŶĚŝĐĂƚĞƐƚŚĂƚďƵLJĞƌƐůŽŽŬĨŽƌŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĨƌŽŵ
ƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƚĞǁĞďƐŝƚĞƐ͘
П>ĂƵƌĂZĂŵŽƐ͕&ŽƌƌĞƐƚĞƌZĞƐĞĂƌĐŚ͕ŝŶƚŚĞ&ĞďƌƵĂƌLJϮϬ͕ϮϬϬϵ͕
“The
Social
Technographics®
Of
Business
Buyers”
report.
05
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
&ƵŶĚĂŵĞŶƚĂůŽŶĐĞƉƚƐŽĨ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂDĂƌŬĞƟŶŐ
ŚŽŽƐŝŶŐzŽƵƌ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂ/ĚĞŶƟƚLJ
ĞĨŽƌĞLJŽƵĞŶŐĂŐĞŝŶƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ͕ŝƚ͛Ɛ
important
to
decide
what
your
social
ŵĞĚŝĂŝĚĞŶƟƚLJǁŝůůďĞĂŶĚŚŽǁLJŽƵǁĂŶƚƚŽ
represent
your
brand.
/ĨLJŽƵƉůĂŶƚŽũŽŝŶƚŚĞĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶƵƐŝŶŐĂ
company
name
or
brand
name
(as
opposed
to
ƉĞƌƐŽŶĂůĂĐĐŽƵŶƚƐͿLJŽƵ͛ůůŶĞĞĚƚŽƌĞƐĞƌǀĞLJŽƵƌ
names
on
the
social
sites
you
want
to
use.
If
someone
has
already
reserved
the
name
you
want
to
use,
you
may
be
able
to
get
it
back
;ƐŽŵĞƐŝƚĞƐƐŝĚĞǁŝƚŚůĞŐŝƟŵĂƚĞƚƌĂĚĞŵĂƌŬ
ŽǁŶĞƌƐŽǀĞƌ͚ƐƋƵĂƩĞƌƐ͛Ϳ͖ďƵƚŝƚŵŝŐŚƚďĞ
simpler
to
choose
another
name.
To
see
if
your
preferred
user
or
company
name
is
available
across
many
sites,
use
a
ĨƌĞĞƚŽŽůůŝŬĞEĂŵĞĐŚŬ;ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬŶĂŵĞĐŚŬ͘
ĐŽŵͿĂŶĚhƐĞƌEĂŵĞŚĞĐŬ;ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘
usernamecheck.com).
A
company
account
using
a
company
name
tends
to
be
used
for
the
purpose
of
sharing
ĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƚĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶ͕ŶĞǁĨĞĂƚƵƌĞƐĂŶĚ
ĨƵŶĐƟŽŶĂůŝƚLJ͕ƉƌĞƐƐƌĞůĞĂƐĞƐĂŶĚĐƵƐƚŽŵĞƌ
case
studies.
These
corporate
accounts
ĂƌĞƚLJƉŝĐĂůůLJĨŽƌŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƟŶŐǁŝƚŚůĂƚĞͲƐƚĂŐĞ
prospects,
partners
and
customers.
WĞƌƐŽŶĂůĂĐĐŽƵŶƚƐďLJƐƚĂīŵĞŵďĞƌƐĂƌĞ
ŐĞŶĞƌĂůůLJƵƐĞĚƚŽƐŚĂƌĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶĂďŽƵƚ
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
ƚŚĞŝŶĚƵƐƚƌLJŽƌƚŚĞŝƌƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌĮĞůĚ͕ĂŶĚĂƌĞ
ƵƐƵĂůůLJůĞƐƐƉƌŽŵŽƟŽŶĂů͘
^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂDŽŶŝƚŽƌŝŶŐ;Ă͘Ŭ͘Ă͘͞>ŝƐƚĞŶŝŶŐ͟Ϳ
KŶĞŽĨƚŚĞĮƌƐƚƚŚŝŶŐƐLJŽƵ͛ůůǁĂŶƚƚŽĚŽŝƐ
ůŝƐƚĞŶƚŽƚŚĞƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶƐƚŚĂƚ
relate
to
your
brand
to
see
what
others
are
saying
about
you.
Here
are
a
few
of
the
most
ƉŽƉƵůĂƌŵĞƚŚŽĚƐ͗
dǁŝƩĞƌ^ĞĂƌĐŚ
–
search
for
your
brand
or
ŽƚŚĞƌŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚŬĞLJǁŽƌĚƐ͖ůŝŵŝƚĞĚƚŽƚŚĞůĂƐƚ
7
to
10
days–older
tweets
are
lost
unless
you
ŬŵĂƌŬƚŚĞŵŽƌĮŶĚƚŚĞŵƵƐŝŶŐĂƐĞĂƌĐŚ
engine.
&ĂĐĞŬ^ĞĂƌĐŚ
–
search
all
public
content
including
everything
posted
in
public
fan
ƉĂŐĞƐ͕ŐƌŽƵƉƐĂŶĚĞǀĞŶƚƐ͘WƌŝǀĂĐLJƐĞƫŶŐƐŽŶ
personal
pages
may
restrict
what
you
can
see.
>ŝŶŬĞĚ/Ŷ^ĞĂƌĐŚʹƚŚĞ͞ŶƐǁĞƌƐ͟ƐĞĐƟŽŶŝƐƚŚĞ
ďĞƐƚƉůĂĐĞƚŽƐƚĂƌƚ͖ƐĞĞŝĨƉĞŽƉůĞŚĂǀĞĂƐŬĞĚ
ƋƵĞƐƟŽŶƐĂďŽƵƚLJŽƵƌĐŽŵƉĂŶLJ͕ĐŽŵƉĞƟƚŽƌƐ
and
industry,
and
how
people
responded.
^ĞĂƌĐŚŶŐŝŶĞƐ
–
many,
like
Google,
capture
ƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂŝŶƚĞƌĂĐƟŽŶƐ͕ƐŽLJŽƵĐĂŶĮŶĚ
ĂƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƚǁĞĞƚŽƌďůŽŐĐŽŵŵĞŶƚ͕ďƵƚĐĂŶ
be
hard
to
use
due
to
sheer
volume
of
results.
Search
engines
may
not
display
blog
ĐŽŵŵĞŶƚƐ;ĂƚƚŚĞďůŽŐŽǁŶĞƌ͛ƐƌĞƋƵĞƐƚͿ͘
^ƉĞĐŝĂůŝƐƚƐĞĂƌĐŚĞŶŐŝŶĞƐĐĂŶĮůůƚŚŝƐŐĂƉ͘
ĂĐŬdLJƉĞ͘ĐŽŵŝƐŽŶĞĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͘
ůĞƌƚƐ
–
view
search
engine
results
more
ĞĸĐŝĞŶƚůLJďLJƐĞƫŶŐƵƉĂůĞƌƚƐĂƌŽƵŶĚ
ŬĞLJǁŽƌĚƐ͘&ŽƌĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͕ĞƐƚĂďůŝƐŚĂ'ŽŽŐůĞ
Alert
for
your
company
name.
You
may
get
ƐŽŵĞŝƌƌĞůĞǀĂŶƚƌĞƐƵůƚƐďƵƚŝƚ͛ƐĂŶĞĂƐLJĂŶĚ
ĞīĞĐƟǀĞǁĂLJƚŽŬĞĞƉƵƉƚŽĚĂƚĞǁŝƚŚǁŚĂƚ
people
are
saying
about
you
at
no
cost.
^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂDŽŶŝƚŽƌŝŶŐ^ŽŌǁĂƌĞ
–
a
more
ƐŽƉŚŝƐƟĐĂƚĞĚĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚƚŚĂƚůĞƚƐLJŽƵ͗
ͻ ƵƚŽŵĂƚĞƐĞĂƌĐŚĞƐ
ͻ DŽŶŝƚŽƌŚŝŐŚǀŽůƵŵĞŬĞLJǁŽƌĚŵĞŶƟŽŶƐ
across
many
social
media
channels
ͻ ZƵŶƌĞƉŽƌƚƐŽŶƚŚĞŵĞŶƟŽŶƐŽĨLJŽƵƌďƌĂŶĚ͕
ĐŽŵƉĞƟƚŽƌƐĂŶĚƚŽƉŬĞLJǁŽƌĚƐ
Social
media
monitoring
tools,
such
as
Visible
dĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐŝĞƐŽƌZĂĚŝĂŶϲ͕ĂƌĞĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞĂƐĂ
ƐŽŌǁĂƌĞͲĂƐͲĂͲƐĞƌǀŝĐĞŵŽĚĞůĂƚĂŵŽŶƚŚůLJŽƌ
annual
fee.
Social
media
monitoring
will
also
help
you
decide
where
to
get
started
when
beginning
LJŽƵƌƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂĞīŽƌƚƐ͘^ƚĂƌƚĞŶŐĂŐŝŶŐ
ŽŶƐŝƚĞƐǁŚĞƌĞLJŽƵƌĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŝƐŵĞŶƟŽŶĞĚ
ƚŚĞŵŽƐƚ͕ŽƌǁŚĞƌĞLJŽƵĐĂŶĮŶĚƚŚĞůĂƌŐĞƐƚ
number
of
customers.
Ϭϲ
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
zŽƵĐĂŶƚƌĂŶƐůĂƚĞǁŚĂƚLJŽƵŚĞĂƌŝŶƚŽĂĐƟŽŶ͘
/ĨLJŽƵĐĂƉƚƵƌĞƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶƐŝŶ
your
CRM
system,
you
can
respond
to
them
or
pass
them
to
sales.
This
is
called
“Social
CRM”
and
is
discussed
in
further
detail
in
the
“B2B
^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂdĂĐƟĐƐĂŶĚDĞƚƌŝĐƐ͟
ƐĞĐƟŽŶ͘
^ŽĐŝĂů^ŚĂƌŝŶŐ
Social
media
also
makes
it
easy
for
others
to
share
your
content.
How
to
Customize
Social
Sharing
^ŚĂƌĞŽŶdǁŝƩĞƌ
>ŝŶŬĐŽĚĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬdǁŝƩĞƌ͘ĐŽŵͬŚŽŵĞ͍ƐƚĂƚƵƐс;dždŝƚůĞdžĂŶĚdžhZ>džͿ
džĂŵƉůĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬdǁŝƩĞƌ͘ĐŽŵͬŚŽŵĞ͍ƐƚĂƚƵƐсDĂƌŬĞƚŽ>ĞĂĚĞƌŝŶDĂƌŬĞƟŶŐ
ƵƚŽŵĂƟŽŶͲŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ŵĂƌŬĞƚŽ͘ĐŽŵ
A
simple
way
to
make
your
website
and
blog
social
media-­‐friendly
is
to
use
a
plug-­‐in,
such
as
ShareThis
or
AddThis.
These
sites
add
a
small
bar
or
picture
to
a
blog
post
or
web
page
that
allows
content
to
be
distributed
to
hundreds
of
sites.
dŝƉƐĨŽƌ^ŚĂƌŝŶŐĂŶĚ^ŽĐŝĂůŝnjŝŶŐŽŶƚĞŶƚ
ͻ DĂŬĞƐŚĂƌŝŶŐŽƉƟŽŶƐǀŝƐŝďůĞĂŶĚƉĞƌƐŽŶĂů
ͻ ůůŽǁĞͲŵĂŝůƐƚŽďĞǀŝĞǁĞĚĂƐǁĞďƉĂŐĞƐ
ͻ &ƌĂŵĞǁĞďƉĂŐĞƐǁŝƚŚĂƐŽĐŝĂůďĂƌ
ͻ ŶĂďůĞĨŽƌǁĂƌĚƚŽĂĨƌŝĞŶĚ
ͻ ^ƚƌĞĂŵƌĞůĞǀĂŶƚƚǁĞĞƚƐŽŶƚŚĞŚŽŵĞƉĂŐĞ
ͻ W
ƵůůŝŶůĂƚĞƐƚŶĞǁƐĂŶĚƉŽƐƚƐƚŽŬĞLJƉĂŐĞƐ
According
to
The
challenge
with
social
sharing,
especially
for
content
in
e-­‐mails
ĞŵĂŶĚ'ĞŶZĞƉŽƌƚ͗
and
on
landing
pages,
is
customizing
the
message
that
is
going
to
be
shared.
This
means
sharing
more
than
a
URL
bOn
y
aadding
content
verage,
the
nurtured
leads
ƟƚůĞŽƌƉƌŽŵŽƟŽŶŝŶƚŽƚŚĞŵĞƐƐĂŐĞĂƐǁĞůů͘&ŽƌƚƵŶĂƚĞůLJ͕ĐƵƐƚŽŵůŝŶŬƐ
produce
a
20
percent
increase
that
share
your
content
in
social
media
are
easy
to
create.
This
can
be
ŝŶƐĂůĞƐŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐ
versus
nonnurtured
leads.
done
in
e-­‐mail
or
landing
pages
for
many
social
media
sites
including
>ŝŶŬĞĚ/Ŷ͕dǁŝƩĞƌ͕&ĂĐĞŬĂŶĚŵŽƌĞ͘
^ŝŵƉůLJƌĞƉůĂĐĞ;džhZ>džͿǁŝƚŚƚŚĞĂĐƚƵĂůhZ>ĂŶĚ;dždŝƚůĞdžͿǁŝƚŚƚŚĞĂĐƚƵĂů
ƟƚůĞĨŽƌƚŚĞƐĞƉŽƉƵůĂƌƐŝƚĞƐ͘
^ŚĂƌĞŽŶ&ĂĐĞŬ
>ŝŶŬĐŽĚĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ĨĂĐĞŬ͘ĐŽŵͬƐŚĂƌĞƌ͘ƉŚƉ͍Ƶс;džhZ/džͿΘƚс;džd/d>džͿ
džĂŵƉůĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ĨĂĐĞŬ͘ĐŽŵͬƐŚĂƌĞƌ͘ƉŚƉ͍ƵсŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ŵĂƌŬĞƚŽ͘
ĐŽŵΘƚсDĂƌŬĞƚŽйϮϬ>ĞĂĚĞƌйϮϬŝŶйϮϬDĂƌŬĞƟŶŐйϮϬƵƚŽŵĂƟŽŶ
dŚŝƐŝŵĂŐĞƐŚŽǁƐƚŚĞƌĂŶŐĞŽĨƐŚĂƌŝŶŐŽƉƟŽŶƐ
ĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞĂƚƚŚĞĐůŝĐŬŽĨĂďƵƩŽŶ͘
^ŚĂƌĞŽŶ>ŝŶŬĞĚ/Ŷ
>ŝŶŬĐŽĚĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ůŝŶŬĞĚŝŶ͘ĐŽŵͬƐŚĂƌĞƌƟĐůĞ͍ŵŝŶŝсƚƌƵĞΘƵƌůс΂džhZ>dž΃ΘƟƚůĞс΂dž
d/d>dž΃ΘƐƵŵŵĂƌLJс΂dž^ƵŵŵĂƌLJdž΃ΘƐŽƵƌĐĞс΂dž^ŽƵƌĐĞdž΃
džĂŵƉůĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘ůŝŶŬĞĚŝŶ͘ĐŽŵͬƐŚĂƌĞƌƟĐůĞ͍ŵŝŶŝсƚƌƵĞΘƵƌůсŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘
ŵĂƌŬĞƚŽ͘ĐŽŵΘƟƚůĞсDĂƌŬĞƚŽйϮϬ>ĞĂĚĞƌйϮϬŝŶйϮϬDĂƌŬĞƟŶŐйϮϬ
ƵƚŽŵĂƟŽŶΘƐŽƵƌĐĞсDĂƌŬĞƚŽ
^ŚĂƌĞŽŶĞů͘ŝĐŝŽ͘ƵƐ
>ŝŶŬĐŽĚĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬĚĞů͘ŝĐŝŽ͘ƵƐͬƉŽƐƚ͍Ƶƌůс;džhZ/džͿ͖ƟƚůĞс;džd/d>džͿ
džĂŵƉůĞ͗
ŚƩƉ͗ͬͬĚĞů͘ŝĐŝŽ͘ƵƐͬƉŽƐƚ͍ƵƌůсŚƩƉ͗ͬͬǁǁǁ͘DĂƌŬĞƚŽ͘ĐŽŵ͖ƟƚůĞсDĂƌŬĞƚŽйϮϬ
>ĞĂĚĞƌйϮϬŝŶйϮϬDĂƌŬĞƟŶŐйϮϬƵƚŽŵĂƟŽŶ
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
07
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
dŚĞĞĮŶŝƟŽŶŽĨ^ŽĐŝĂůsĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶ
^ŽĐŝĂůǀĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶ͕ŽƌƐŽĐŝĂůƉƌŽŽĮŶŐ͕ŝƐĂƉƐLJĐŚŽůŽŐŝĐĂůƉŚĞŶŽŵĞŶŽŶ
ƚŚĂƚŽĐĐƵƌƐŝŶĂŵďŝŐƵŽƵƐƐŝƚƵĂƟŽŶƐǁŚĞŶƉĞŽƉůĞĚŽŶŽƚŚĂǀĞ
ĞŶŽƵŐŚŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƚŽŵĂŬĞŽƉŝŶŝŽŶƐŝŶĚĞƉĞŶĚĞŶƚůLJ͕ĂŶĚŝŶƐƚĞĂĚ
ůŽŽŬĨŽƌĞdžƚĞƌŶĂůĐůƵĞƐůŝŬĞƉŽƉƵůĂƌŝƚLJ͕ƚƌƵƐƚ͕ĞƚĐ͘
^ŽĐŝĂůŶĞƚǁŽƌŬƐƉůĂLJĂŶŝŶŇƵĞŶƟĂůƌŽůĞǁŚĞŶ
ŝƚĐŽŵĞƐƚŽŵŝƟŐĂƟŶŐƚŚĞĨĞĞůŝŶŐŽĨƌŝƐŬƚŚĂƚ
overcomes
B2B
buyers
when
trying
to
solve
a
ƉƌŽďůĞŵŽƌƉƵƌĐŚĂƐĞĂƐŽůƵƟŽŶ͘ŚƵŐĞƉĂƌƚ
ŽĨƚŚŝƐŝƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞƐŽĐŝĂůǀĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶŽƌƐŽĐŝĂů
ƉƌŽŽĮŶŐŝŶŚĞƌĞŶƚƚŽŵĂŶLJƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐ͘
&ŽƌĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͕ƐŝƚĞƐƚŚĂƚĨŽĐƵƐŽŶŬŵĂƌŬŝŶŐ͕
ƌĂŶŬŝŶŐ͕ǀŽƟŶŐ͕ĂŶĚĐŽŵŵĞŶƟŶŐĂůů
ŝŶĐŽƌƉŽƌĂƚĞƐŽĐŝĂůǀĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶǁŚĞŶƵƐĞƌƐŐŝǀĞ
ƚŚĞŝƌŽƉŝŶŝŽŶƐƚŚƌŽƵŐŚĐŽŵŵĞŶƚƐŽƌƌĂƟŶŐƐ͘
ϮĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐĐĂŶƵƐĞƐŽĐŝĂůǀĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶƚŽ
help
increase
their
credibility
and
allay
their
ƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚƐ͛ĨĞĂƌƐ͘LJŽƉĞŶŝŶŐLJŽƵƌǁĞďƐŝƚĞƵƉ
ƚŽƚŚĞƌĂƟŶŐƐ͕ƌĞǀŝĞǁƐ;ĂŶĚƐŽŵĞƟŵĞƐƌĂŶƚƐͿ
ŽĨƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ͕LJŽƵ͛ƌĞƚĞůůŝŶŐLJŽƵƌƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚƐ
that
you
value
transparency,
are
open
to
feedback,
and
can
be
trusted
as
a
vendor.
,ĞƌĞĂƌĞƚǁŽƉŽƉƵůĂƌǁĂLJƐƚŽĚŽƚŚŝƐ͗
Z^^ĨĞĞĚƐŽĨLJŽƵƌŽǁŶĐŽŶƚĞŶƚ
Z^^;͞ZĞĂůůLJ^ŝŵƉůĞ^LJŶĚŝĐĂƟŽŶ͟ͿĨĞĞĚƐ
ŽīĞƌƐƵďƐĐƌŝďĞƌƐĐŽŶƚĞŶƚƚŚĂƚ͛ƐƵƉĚĂƚĞĚ
ĂƵƚŽŵĂƟĐĂůůLJ͘zŽƵĐĂŶƵƐĞZ^^ĨĞĞĚƐƚŽƐŚĂƌĞ
press
stories,
blog
posts,
case
studies
and
ƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĂůƐ͕ŽƌdǁŝƩĞƌĂĐĐŽƵŶƚƚǁĞĞƚƐǀŝĂĂ
widget
on
a
web
or
landing
page.
If
you
use
Z^^ĨĞĞĚƐƚŽĚŝƌĞĐƚĂƩĞŶƟŽŶƚŽƚŚĞǀĂůƵĂďůĞ
content
on
your
web
or
landing
page,
users
ǁŝůůƚƌƵƐƚLJŽƵƌĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŵŽƌĞĂƐƚŚĞLJĮŶĚ
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
ǀĂůƵĞŝŶǁŚĂƚLJŽƵ͛ƌĞŽīĞƌŝŶŐ͘dŚĞƐƚƌŽŶŐĞƌ
LJŽƵƌƌĞƉƵƚĂƟŽŶďĞĐŽŵĞƐ͕ƚŚĞŵŽƌĞůŝŬĞůLJ
other
users
will
start
to
think
likewise.
tŝĚŐĞƚĨĞĞĚƐŽĨĞdžƚĞƌŶĂůĐŽŵŵĞŶƚƐĂŶĚ
ƌĞǀŝĞǁƐ
You
can
also
use
widgets
on
your
web
pages
ƚŽƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĐŽŶƟŶƵŽƵƐůLJƵƉĚĂƚĞĚĐŽŶƚĞŶƚ
ĨƌŽŵĞdžƚĞƌŶĂůƐŽƵƌĐĞƐƐƵĐŚĂƐdǁŝƩĞƌ͘dŚŝƐ
ůĞƚƐǀŝĞǁĞƌƐƐĞĞďŽƚŚƉŽƐŝƟǀĞĂŶĚŶĞŐĂƟǀĞ
comments
–
all
in
the
spirit
of
openness
that
characterizes
social
media.
/ŶƚŚŝƐĞdžĂŵƉůĞ͕DĂƌŬĞƟŶŐWƌŽĨƐ͕ĂƉŽƉƵůĂƌ
resource
for
marketers,
displays
tweets
about
an
upcoming
conference
on
the
home
page
of
the
conference
website
–
unsolicited
ƚĞƐƟŵŽŶŝĂůƐĂƌĞĂŐƌĞĂƚƐŽƵƌĐĞŽĨƐŽĐŝĂů
ǀĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶ͘
,ŽǁDĂƌŬĞƚŽhƐĞƐ^ŽĐŝĂůsĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶ
One
way
that
Marketo
incorporates
social
ƉƌŽŽĮŶŐŝƐďLJŵĂƌŬŝŶŐƚǁĞĞƚƐĂďŽƵƚŽƵƌ
ŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĂƵƚŽŵĂƟŽŶƉƌŽĚƵĐƚĂƐĂ͞ĨĂǀŽƌŝƚĞ͟
ŽŶdǁŝƩĞƌ͕ĂŶĚƉƌŽǀŝĚŝŶŐĂůŝŶŬŽŶƚŚĞ
company
website
to
these
“favorites.”
By
doing
so,
prospects
can
quickly
and
easily
see
ǁŚĂƚƉĞŽƉůĞŽŶdǁŝƩĞƌĂƌĞƐĂLJŝŶŐĂďŽƵƚŽƵƌ
product.
džĂŵƉůĞŽĨ^ŽĐŝĂůsĂůŝĚĂƟŽŶ͘
08
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
ĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐŝŶ^ŽĐŝĂůDĞĚŝĂ
dŚĞƌĞĂƌĞƚǁŽǁĂLJƐƚŽĂĚǀĞƌƟƐĞŽŶƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐ͗
͚KƌŐĂŶŝĐ͛ĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐ
–
such
as
status
updates
that
praise
your
product,
fan
pages,
etc.
dŚĞƚƌŝĐŬŝƐƚŽƵƐĞƚŚŝƐŬŝŶĚŽĨƉƌŽŵŽƟŽŶ
ũƵĚŝĐŝŽƵƐůLJĂŶĚƚƌĂŶƐƉĂƌĞŶƚůLJ͘
WĂŝĚĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐʹƐŝŵŝůĂƌƚŽWWĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐ
but
highly
targeted
because
the
social
network
can
use
demographics,
behavior
or
ĂĐŽŵďŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨďŽƚŚƚŽĚŝƐƉůĂLJLJŽƵƌĂĚƚŽ
ƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƵƐĞƌƐ͘tŝƚŚƚŚĞƐŚĞĞƌǀŽůƵŵĞŽĨƐŽĐŝĂů
ŵĞĚŝĂǀŝƐŝƚƐ͕ŝƚ͛ƐĂƉŽƚĞŶƟĂůůLJǀĞƌLJĂƩƌĂĐƟǀĞ
audience.
dŚĞĐŽŶĐĞƉƚŝƐƐŝŵƉůĞ͗ďĞǁŚĞƌĞLJŽƵƌ
audience
is.
ŬĞLJĚŝīĞƌĞŶĐĞďĞƚǁĞĞŶƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ
ĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐĂŶĚWWĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐŝƐƚŚĞ
ƚĂƌŐĞƟŶŐƉŽǁĞƌŽĨƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ͘ƐŽĐŝĂů
ŶĞƚǁŽƌŬĐĂŶƵƐĞŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶŐĂƚŚĞƌĞĚĨƌŽŵ
ŵĞŵďĞƌƐƚŽĚŝƐƉůĂLJLJŽƵƌĂĚƚŽĂƐƉĞĐŝĮĐƚĂƌŐĞƚ
market
based
on
demographics,
behavior,
or
a
ĐŽŵďŝŶĂƟŽŶŽĨďŽƚŚ͘
With
millions
of
unique
visits
taking
place
on
ƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂƐŝƚĞƐĞǀĞƌLJĚĂLJ͕ĂĚǀĞƌƟƐĞƌƐŬŶŽǁ
there
are
interested
eyes
ready
to
look
at
their
ŵĞƐƐĂŐĞƐ͘/ƚ͛ƐĂŐƌŽǁƚŚĂƌĞĂŽĨĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐ
that
currently
shows
no
signs
of
slowing
down.
Many
social
media
sites,
such
as
LinkedIn
ĂŶĚ&ĂĐĞŬ͕ŽīĞƌŵĞŵďĞƌƐƚŚĞĂďŝůŝƚLJ
ƚŽƵƐĞƉĂŝĚĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐƚŽƉƌŽŵŽƚĞƚŚĞŝƌ
business.
These
programs
are
very
similar
ƚŽƉĂLJͲƉĞƌͲĐůŝĐŬĂĚǀĞƌƟƐŝŶŐǁŚĞƌĞĂƚĞdžƚŽƌ
banner
ad
promotes
your
company.
You
pay
for
impressions
or
click
throughs
generated
by
your
ad.
©
2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
Ϭϵ
Part
One
What
is
Social
Media
and
Why
Does
My
Business
Need
It?
dŚĞĞĮŶŝƟŽŶŽĨ/ŶďŽƵŶĚDĂƌŬĞƟŶŐ
ŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚƚŚĂƚĨŽĐƵƐĞƐŽŶŐĞƫŶŐĨŽƵŶĚďLJƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚƐ
ƚŚƌŽƵŐŚĐŚĂŶŶĞůƐƐƵĐŚĂƐƐĞĂƌĐŚĞŶŐŝŶĞŽƉƟŵŝnjĂƟŽŶ͕ƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂ
ƐŝƚĞƐĂŶĚǁŽƌĚͲŽĨͲŵŽƵƚŚƌĞĐŽŵŵĞŶĚĂƟŽŶƐ͘
/ŶďŽƵŶĚŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐŝƐǁŚĞŶƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚƐƐĞĞŬ
out
your
company
rather
than
the
other
way
around.
Take
a
look
at
the
graph,
which
represents
the
raw
lead-­‐to-­‐oppor-­‐
tunity
conversion
rates
that
Marketo
has
ĞdžƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞĚ͘
Of
course,
the
real
value
lies
in
the
number
ŽĨůĞĂĚƐƚŚĂƚĐŽŶǀĞƌƚŝŶƚŽƌĞĂů͕ƋƵĂůŝĮĞĚ
ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐ͘dŚŝƐŐƌĂƉŚĐůĞĂƌůLJƐŚŽǁƐ
that
leads
generated
from
word-­‐of-­‐mouth
and
other
inbound
leads
result
in
far
more
ŽƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐƚŚĂŶƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂů͞ĚĞŵĂŶĚ
ŐĞŶĞƌĂƟŽŶ͟ĐŚĂŶŶĞůƐ͘dŚĞďĞĂƵƚLJŽĨƚŚĞ
inbound
lead
lies
in
its
inherent
higher
level
of
interest,
because
the
lead
sought
out
your
company.
^ŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂŽīĞƌƐĂŐƌĞĂƚǁĂLJƚŽŐĞŶĞƌĂƚĞ
these
valuable
inbound
leads
because
it
ĂĚĚƌĞƐƐĞƐƚŚĞƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚ͛ƐƉĞƌĐĞƉƟŽŶŽĨ
risk.
Social
media
provides
the
buyer
with
ŝŶĨŽƌŵĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚƐƵƉƉŽƌƚƐĂĚĞĐŝƐŝŽŶŽƵƚƐŝĚĞ
ŽĨƚŚĞƚƌĂĚŝƟŽŶĂůƐĂůĞƐŽƌŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĐŽŶƚĞdžƚ͘
ŽŶĞƉƌŽƉĞƌůLJ͕ƐŽĐŝĂůŵĞĚŝĂŵĂƌŬĞƟŶŐĐĂŶďĞ
ŽŶĞŽĨLJŽƵƌŵŽƐƚĞīĞĐƟǀĞƐŽƵƌĐĞƐŽĨŝŶďŽƵŶĚ
leads.
KEY
Inbound
dƌĂĚŝƟŽŶal
͞zŽƵƌƉƌŽƐƉĞĐƚ͙ĐĂƌĞƐĂďŽƵƚŚŝƐďŽƐƐŽƌƚŚĞƐƚŽƌLJLJŽƵ͛ƌĞƚĞůůŝŶŐŽƌ
the
risk
or
the
hassle
of
making
a
change.
He
cares
about
who
you
know
and
what
other
people
will
think
when
he
tells
them
what
ŚĞ͛ƐĚŽŶĞĂŌĞƌŚĞďƵLJƐĨƌŽŵLJŽƵ͘
The
opportunity,
then,
is
not
to
insist
that
your
customers
get
more
ƌĂƟŽŶĂů͕ďƵƚŝŶƐƚĞĂĚƚŽĞŵďƌĂĐĞũƵƐƚŚŽǁŝƌƌĂƟŽŶĂůƚŚĞLJĂƌĞ͘'ŝǀĞ
them
what
they
need.”
ʹ^ĞƚŚ'ŽĚŝŶ͕dŚĞZĂƟŽŶĂůDĂƌŬĞƚĞƌ;ĂŶĚƚŚĞ/ƌƌĂƟŽŶĂůƵƐƚŽŵĞƌͿ͕ϮϬϬϵ
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2010
Marketo,
Inc.
All
rights
reserved.
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Laying the Foundation
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Social media holds tremendous opportunities for B2B companies looking
to drive new business and increase revenue, but only if you first develop a
solid foundation and an understanding of what makes the world of social
media tick.
CHECKLIST – Is Your Company Ready for Social Media?
Don’t jump into social media just because everyone else is doing it. Here’s a checklist designed to help you
determine if your organization is ready and, if so, how to make your efforts successful.
M
y company has clear goals for social media. Be as specific as you can (e.g. increase lead conversion
rates, increase the number of qualified leads, build awareness measured by online traffic, decrease
the time needed to resolve customer service issues, etc.) and keep these objectives in mind for every
initiative you execute.
W
e have the human resources to commit to social media. Before you start a corporate blog or
Twitter account, ask yourself if you can allocate the resources needed. Social media is about real-time
response and continuously updated information—both of which require commitment and dedication.
We produce enough quality content to sustain social media conversations. Content feeds the social
media beast. Audit your existing marketing assets and identify the educational pieces—these perform
much better in social media than traditional sales collateral.
We know which social media sites are popular with our prospects and customers. Do your research
and focus your energy and investments where your audiences are.
O
ur company website is prepared for social media attention. Before you set up multiple social media
profiles and pages, make sure your own website is in good enough shape to handle the attention (i.e.
you’re proud of the way it looks and works). And be sure you have a plan in place to market to the
leads generated.
W
e’re ready to incorporate social media strategies throughout the buying process. Social media
is not just for the top of the demand generation funnel. It’s important to monitor and track your
prospects and customers throughout the revenue cycle.
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ACTION ITEMS – Developing a B2B Social
Media Plan and Social Media Policy
Although it’s tempting to dive right into the
various social media sites out there, you need
to develop a social media plan first. Goals and
metrics will help ensure that the time and
resources your organization invests in social
media are well spent. Because social media
is pervasive and easy to participate in, it’s
important to have guidelines that structure
your efforts and prevent any scenarios
that might have a negative impact on your
company.
WORKSHEET – Your B2B Social Media Plan
Developing a social media plan is similar to
developing any other strategy. While there is
no standard approach, the basic components
can be addressed by answering these simple
questions:
Our Example:
•WHO – Who are you targeting with social
media?
•HOW – How can you deploy social media
tactics for measureable success?
•WHAT – What goals or objectives do you
want to accomplish?
Buyer Role
Who are you targeting with social media?
This should be the easiest question to
answer. Who are you targeting? Prospects?
Customers? Media? All of the above? Once
you’ve decided on the targets, flesh out
the defining characteristics of each group.
If you’ve already read The Definitive Guide
to Lead Nurturing, you know about the
importance of developing buyer personas: a
fictional character who represents a target
group. Start by listing the characteristics you
would have for a typical buyer persona, but
add a social media dimension to it.
Preferred social media sites – Professional
LinkedIn, SlideShare
Time spent on social media - Professional
2 hours per day
Name
John Smith
Age
31
Title
Director of IT
Industry
Preferred communication method - Personal
Preferred communication method - Professional
Commercial Real Estate
Influencer
E-mail, Facebook, Twitter
E-mail, SMS
Preferred social media sites – Personal
Facebook, Twitter, Digg
Time spent on social media – Personal
1 hour per day
Your Turn:
Name
Age
Title
Industry
Buyer Role
Preferred communication method - Personal
Preferred communication method - Professional
Preferred social media sites – Personal
Time spent on social media – Personal
Preferred social media sites – Professional
Time spent on social media - Professional
Adding a social media dimension to buyer personas
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How can you deploy social media tactics for measureable success?
In the next section of this guide, “Social Media Tactics and Metrics,” we’ll address a number of different
tactics that you can employ to achieve the business results you’re seeking through social media. Select a few
that you think will have the most impact on your organization and start with those.
Our Example:
Social Media Tactics and Key Metrics for ABC Company
Your Turn:
Social Media Tactic
Key Metrics
Social Media Tactic
Blogging
• Number of posts
• Audience growth ‐ unique and returns
•Number of conversions (e.g. prospect to lead, lead to
opportunity, etc.)
•Conversion rate (depends on your specific conversion
goals)
• Subscribers
• Inbound links
• Technorati, Alltop, and other directory listings
• SEO improvements
Social networks
• Number of posts
• Referrals from social networks
• Reach friends from social networks
• Velocity at which friends are built
• Influence of friends from social networks
•Number of conversions (e.g. prospect to lead, lead to
opportunity, etc.)
•Conversion rate (depends on your specific conversion
goals)
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Key Metrics
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As with any new strategy, try
and test a variety of social media
tactics to see which has the most
significant impact on your goals.
For more information on standard
social media tactics, objectives and
metrics, go to: http://www.marketo.
com/library/Social%20Media%20
Plan%20Template.pdf.
What do you want to accomplish and what are your distinct action items for each
goal?
Social media requires time, effort and resources. Take the tactics you’ve just
decided on and associate clear goals, objectives and action items for each one.
Your Turn:
Our Example:
Social Media Tactic: Blogging
Social Media Tactic: Time Invested: 2 hours daily
Time Invested: Short-term objective #1:
Increase brand awareness
• Create blog publication schedule
• Add RSS button
• Promote thought leadership through blog postings
on industry best practices
Short-term objective #1:
Short-term objective #2:
Increase engagement
• Respond to comments within 24 hours
• Add links to blog on website and in e-newsletter
• Invite relevant guest bloggers and market to their
networks
Short-term objective #2:
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Social Media Policy
The social media landscape can feel
unstructured. That’s why it pays to have
a social media policy to guide the actions
of everyone in your organization that will
participate in social media. It’s also essential
to monitor what’s being said and provide
guidelines on how to respond appropriately
(without making your employees feel like
they’re being censored).
A formalized document will help protect your
company in a legal sense, while ensuring that
you’re acting consistently across all social
media sites, reinforcing your brand and value
in the marketplace (a bit like a corporate style
guide). Here are some suggestions:
Define what social media means for your
company.
When people think of social media, some
think strictly in terms of Facebook and
LinkedIn, while others would automatically
add Digg and Flickr to the mix. Use your
social media policy to define what the term
means for your entire organization so there’s
no confusion as to when the social media
guidelines apply and when they don’t.
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Set up a basic set of ground rules.
Consider some basic tenets that you’d like
your company to follow when it comes to
participation. Intel has a great example of this
in its social media policy under a section called
“Rules of Engagement”.
Address how employees, contractors
and consultants should engage with and
contribute to social media.
Decide how your organization will want to
engage as a social media participant and
contributor. Will your company’s social media
conversations come from a single person or
will everyone in your company participate?
Will social media be used as a customer
service function, marketing tool or for
product marketing research? Be as explicit as
possible, and consider all the possible ways
that people could go wrong, without being
overly dramatic. Remember, your policy is
an opportunity to get your company excited
about contributing to social media sites.
Stress the importance of confidentiality.
Encourage your company’s contributors to
remember the importance of confidential
information, and to manage their social media
contributions just as they would conversations
taking place in public.
A great example of a social media policy (“Intel Social
Media Guidelines” at:
http://www.intel.com/sites/sitewide/en_US/
social-media.htm.)
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B2B Social Media Tactics and Metrics
Social Media Tactics for Every B2B Marketer
Here’s a quick review of the major social
media applications and how you can use them
to achieve your goals. The types of social
media tools we’ll cover include:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Blogging
Microblogging
Commenting
Social networks
Online video
Presentation and document sharing
Widgets
Bookmarking
Photo sharing
Podcasting
Social CRM
For a few of these social media tools, we’ll
provide you with 101-level introductions to
best practice techniques. Master each tactic
first before moving on to new approaches.
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Blogging – Key Metrics
Blogs
Blogs play a key role in educating prospects for
lead generation and nurturing.
Many of your most qualified leads—whether
you’ve identified them or not—are readers
of your blog. This is reason enough to update
your blog often to keep readers coming back
for more. Your blog can be one of the most
powerful marketing assets – if you stick to the
topics your prospects and customers will find
most compelling and avoid the hard sell.
Blogs act as a source of valuable content and
thought leadership with a “human” face.
The content on your corporate website
focuses primarily on your company, the
value of your products and services, and how
potential customers can get in touch with you.
This is all very useful and necessary, but a blog
adds a human touch, especially when a blog
has several contributors. It also lets you focus
on your prospect’s agenda instead of yours.
• Number of posts
• Audience growth—unique and repeat
visits
• Number of conversions (e.g. prospect to
lead, lead to opportunity, etc.)
• Conversion rate (depending on specific
conversion goals)
• Subscribers
• Inbound links
• Technorati, Alltop and other directory
listings
• SEO improvements
A search for “b2b marketing” demonstrates how blog
postings often yield the highest rankings in organic
search results.
“Now visited by over 67 percent of the global
online population…social networks and blogs…
have become the fourth most popular online
category – ahead of personal e-mail.”
Blogs boost your organic search engine by
adding pages to your site and encouraging
inbound links.
Blogs give you a greater chance of showing up
in the right search engine results. It also gives
other sites a reason to link to you, increasing
the number of inbound links and boosting
your search engine rankings.
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– Global Faces and Networked Places, The Nielsen Company, March
2009
Blogs offer the perfect opportunity to “humanize” the
web through different voices and perspectives (and photo
thumbnails can further enhance the experience).
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Commenting – Key Metrics
Commenting
You can benefit from commenting whether
you’re the blogger, the commenter on
someone else’s blog or a participant in an
online forum—here’s how:
• Number of comments
•Increased number of conversions from
commenters (e.g. new leads)
•Increased traffic from searchable
comments
As a blogger, write interesting blog posts that
engage readers and encourage comments.
Start a two-way conversation by offering
engaging commentary that is insightful and
stimulates dialogue—then openly ask for
comments.
As a reader, only comment when you have
something valuable to say. There’s nothing
worse than a person who only comments with
self-promotion in mind.
When someone comments on something
you’ve said, return the favor. Everyone wants
to know that they’re being heard—so reply to
them with something more engaging than just
‘thank you for commenting’. You might get a
debate going.
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Be as engaged as your readers are with the
conversation that you started —respond to their
commentary and continue the dialogue.
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Microblogging
Microblogging is ultra-brief blogging,
140 characters or so. The most famous
microblogging platform is Twitter, but it’s not
the only one.
Foursquare, another microblogging tool,
encourages users to microblog about their
locations and the places they’re visiting
or activities they’re doing in specific
neighborhoods. Unlike Twitter, Foursquare
utilizes the spirit of competition among its
users to encourage them to earn points and
promote customer loyalty for businesses.
Google Buzz is a new form of microblogging
and social networking integrated into the
Google e-mail platform. The status updates,
sharing options and geo-tagging for your
mobile phone bring together elements found
on Facebook, Twitter and even Foursquare.
You follow people in Twitter fashion and, once
connected you can send information direct to
your friends’ inboxes.
Twitter 101
Creating Your Account
•When you first create your account,
make a complete profile, with a
picture, links to your company site or
blog, customized background, and a
description of what you’ll be tweeting
about. Accounts that don’t include this
information appear “spammy.”
Twitter Following
•Becoming someone’s follower on
Twitter accomplishes three goals:
1. You identify Twitter accounts that
will be relevant and interesting to
you, your organization and your
industry.
2. You let people know that you’re
on Twitter, and encourage them to
follow you back.
3. You associate yourself with a specific group of industry experts
and thought leaders, and
demonstrate your interest in the
space.
•Find people to follow by importing
your contact databases using tools
that Twitter provides. Then, broaden
this action by following those that
your followers are following, where
relevant. Be sure to follow people that
your competitors are following.
•Do a search for experts in the field
who are tweeting. You can find people
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to follow on sites like Wefollow.com or
Twibes.com.
•If using a corporate account, make
sure to follow back everyone that is
following you. You don’t want to upset
prospects, customers or partners by
not following them!
•Read the tweets of those you follow
and search for tweets on keywords
relevant to your product or service.
Twitter client applications such as
TweetDeck and Twhirl are useful for
organizing your Twitter feeds and
managing multiple microblogging
accounts.
Interacting with Prospects and Followers
on Twitter
•To engage your followers, tweet a few
times a day. Focus on relevant content,
not what you had for breakfast.
Here are some sample generic tweets
(notice they tend to include links!):
The new guide on lead nurturing
answered all our customers’ questions!
A whole checklist covered in one paperYes! http://bit.ly/15xXZL
Just released! New Definitive Guide
to Lead Nurturing – check it out
before your competitors do http://bit.
ly/15xXZL
The links in these sample tweets
were shortened for Twitter using URL
shorteners like Tiny URL or Bit.ly (they’re
built into Twitter tools like Tweet Deck
and Twhirl).
•Research has shown that asking for a
retweet actually increases its chance
to be retweeted. Just don’t do it with
every tweet—save it for those that are
most important or relevant.
•The symbol # on Twitter is known
as a hashtag. These tags are used to
affiliate a tweet with a certain topic
and can be useful for tracking social
media campaigns and connecting with
customers.
•Avoid the temptation to use tools
that send automatic direct messages.
These types of messages are often
construed as spam and may cause
people to “unfollow” you. If you
use them, make sure they provide
value and don’t just say: “Thanks for
following me.”
•Keep tweets below 140 characters. It
makes retweeting easier to do.
•Use Twitter lists to find, group
together, and follow like-minded
users.
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Here’s why microblogging can be good for
business:
Microblogging gives people real-time insight
into your business in a digestible way.
You present timely information without
making people visit your website or conduct a
search.
Microblogging automatically supports
permission marketing.
In the case of Twitter, followers choose which
tweets to follow. This makes the platform
a great form of opt-in, inbound marketing,
so it’s worthwhile treating Twitter as a lead
nurturing platform. After all, you never know
when your followers will convert into leads.
Social Media Success Story:
IBM Uses Social Media Sites to Boost Event
Attendance and Lead Conversions
In a MarketingProfs case study, IBM discussed
its success with using social media to increase
lead conversions and event attendance
despite the downturn. According to
MarketingProfs:
Among other online initiatives, IBM took these
steps to leverage social media:
•Set up an IMPACT group on LinkedIn and
encouraged users to invite others from
their personal networks to join.
•Tweeted about the event and offered
contests to win one-on-one sessions with
SOA experts.
•Developed a Facebook page that offered
information, video and calls to follow
conference feed on Twitter.
•Established a “Friends of IMPACT” YouTube
channel and invited partners and customers
to produce and upload their own videos
explaining how IBM SOA solutions had
helped businesses, and why people should
attend the event.
Courtesy of “Event Attendance: IBM Gets
Social,” Get to the Point e-newsletter,
MarketingProfs, February 2010.
IBM sought to drive up registration, close
more SOA business with those who attended
the conference and generally build more
lasting relationships with attendees and
prospects. It wanted higher conversion from
leads, because of the economic climate.
•Number of friends/followers
•2nd‐order followers (follower’s follower count)
•Velocity - average of first‐ and second‐order followers attracted per
day since the account was established
•Social Capital ‐ influence of Twitter followers
•Centralization ‐ how much influence (reach) is invested in a small
number of followers
•Pages ranking on key terms from microblogging sites
Successful Twitter Marketing Tactics Used by B2B and B2C
Marketers Worldwide, September 2009 (% of respondents)
B2B
B2C
Monitor Twitter for PR problems in real time
40.7
46.9
Created an in-person event using only Twitter invites
37.4
36.0
Contacting Twitter users tweeting negatively
about the branD
36.7
44.0
Driving traffic by linking to marketing webpages
35.7
35.2
Provocative text to drive link clicks
34.8
40.6
Invite Twitter users with positive brand tweets to do…
34.0
33.9
Increased Twitter following using traditional
media mention
30.7
30.4
Timing tweets to maximize views
26.9
30.5
Driving sales by linking to promotional webpages
22.4
24.6
Note: n=722 B2B marketers and n=329 B2C marketers who used the Twitter tactic
Source: MarketingProfs, ‘The State of Social Media,” provided to eMarketer, December
10, 2009
109979
Retweets promote viral marketing on microblogs.
Hashtags provide a streamlined way to organize
and track specific topics and events.
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Microblogging – Key Metrics
www.emarketer.com
While some Twitter marketing tactics appeal to both B2B and B2C
marketers alike, specific approaches may be more useful than others
depending on your specific marketing goals.
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Social Networks
“To date, Facebook has been predominantly a personal social network,
but that hasn’t stopped businesses and their proactive marketing and
sales teams from adapting its existing features to suit their networking
and promotional needs. As their own networks of business contacts
grow friend by friend, so does the site’s B2B community as a whole,
and the opportunity for interactive marketers to target it.”
– Tessa Wegert, “Facebook as a B2B Marketing Tool,” ClickZ.com
Social Networks
Social networking has become a huge force
in people’s personal lives. Businesses are
now seeing the potential. There are countless
networks, but we’re focusing on the two most
relevant and popular: Facebook and LinkedIn.
Facebook
Many businesses are leveraging Facebook
as a way to create awareness, build their
brand, promote thought leadership and even
manage events. While the core component
of Facebook is the personal profile, this and
other features mentioned below could all be
used to promote and market your business.
Here are some additional ways that B2B
companies can benefit from Facebook:
Facebook Pages can help your company build
awareness, share enthusiasm, create loyalty
and strengthen inbound marketing.
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Facebook 101:
• Don’t “friend” people you don’t know. It’s
considered bad etiquette to connect with
people you’ve never met or spoken to. It’s
fine to ask someone if you can add them as
a friend, particularly if you’ve only spoken
over the phone.
• Take advantage of privacy profiles to
manage your personal content separately
from your business content.
• Your business can have a Facebook page
too. If you’re not comfortable with the idea
of putting yourself out there personally you
can still create a profile for your business.
• Like tweets on Twitter, Facebook status
updates can be used to provide bite-size
yet powerful content that helps with
thought leadership. But keep your updates
fresh, interesting and insightful.
• You can use Facebook to invite people to
events – whether webinars or in-person
events. This is particularly suitable for more
informal business events where an RSVP
isn’t necessary.
• Try to gather people together by creating
groups around particular topics or
interests. This can then become a forum for
discussion and sharing, and allows you to
demonstrate thought leadership.
• Add a picture. It’s considered odd not to
have a picture of yourself on Facebook
(although choose carefully: your business
contacts will see it).
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Successful Facebook Marketing Tactics Used by B2B
and B2C Marketers Worldwide, September 2009 (% of
respondents)
Your Facebook Page is a mini-website
where you can share company information,
grow a fan base, offer multimedia content,
communicate events and give status updates.
All of these contribute to brand awareness
and increased loyalty by keeping prospects
and customers informed. Unlike some
Facebook Profiles, pages are public and can
show up in search results, which means your
business page can help boost your inbound
marketing efforts.
Facebook Groups let you create your own
community.
The Group feature is useful for demonstrating
your company’s passion for a topic, and
gathers like-minded people to share ideas.
Creating a Facebook Page is a great way for businesses
to create awareness, increase inbound links and foster
loyalty.
The best part is that the more people join
your group, the more it gets promoted to their
friends and networks, increasing the group’s
popularity and growth.
B2B
B2C
Created a survey of “fans”
37.1
37.9
“Friending” recent customers with corporate
Facebook profile
34.4
26.3
Used Facebook user data to profile your customers
demos or interests
33.5
30.5
Creating a Facebook application around a brand
33.1
41.9
Driving traffic to corporate materials with
status updates
29.0
28.4
Buying targeted CPC ads on Facebook
24.5
27.1
Note: n=643 marketers who used the Facebook tactic
Source: MarketingProfs, ‘The State of Social Media,’ provided to eMarketer, December
10, 2009
109984www.emarketer.com
As with Twitter, B2B and B2C companies are finding value in Facebook
in different ways.
“…Approaching your social network marketing with a word
of mouth or viral marketing mentality is important. Viral
marketing is a way of using customers to promote awareness
of your business. One way to think about Facebook for the
marketer is that it makes viral marketing simpler.”
– Courtesy of Facebook® Marketing For Dummies®, by Paul Dunay and Richard
Krueger, Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010.
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LinkedIn
As a leading social networking site for
professionals, LinkedIn is perfect for B2B
organizations. Its basic functionality is similar
to that of Facebook, but the focus of LinkedIn
is on education, work history, companies and
professional interests, which is perfect for the
B2B company looking to market and sell to a
specific business niche and demographic.
Here are a few other ways that B2B companies
can take advantage of the features that
LinkedIn offers:
Use “shared connections” to make
introductions into companies you want to
target.
One of the primary capabilities of LinkedIn is
its ability to connect you to a larger network
of people through your own connections.
LinkedIn shows you the degrees of separation
between you and other LinkedIn users, and
lets you connect with those outside of your
direct network through introductions. Use
LinkedIn introductions as a form of target
account marketing by identifying potential
prospects and asking your own contacts to
introduce you.
LinkedIn 101
•On LinkedIn you can be banned from the
site if you try to connect to people you
don’t actually know. But it’s fine to connect
with people that you have known in a
professional capacity, but don’t have a
strong personal connection to.
•Aim to send an invitation to connect with
a person soon after your conversation so
he or she remembers the interaction. The
more connections you have the better,
because it indicates a higher number of
2nd degree connections (and thus a larger
network).
•Make sure your profile is as complete as
possible. Fill out as much information as
you can about what you do and why you
have joined the site. Although it’s optional
to add a picture, it’s good to be able to
put a face to a name and “humanize” your
profile.
•Try to get recommendations from others
that include positive comments about your
company. These comments contribute to
social validation about your organization
when people view your page.
•Pay attention to the network updates
you receive from LinkedIn, as they share
important updates about your connections
and can hold the key to new business
opportunities for you and your company.
•You may want to consider LinkedIn’s
paid services, which will provide more
communication features, communication
access and more powerful search options.
Build a LinkedIn Group around your
company’s specializations and core
competencies.
The Groups feature is a great way to
demonstrate thought leadership around a
specific area – and to gain insight into the pain
points of potential customers.
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Research LinkedIn Groups to find out where
your prospects are hanging out, and join
them.
LinkedIn Groups makes it easy for B2B
companies to locate potential customers.
Simply make a list of keywords that relate to
your prospects or the industries you target,
and run a search for any LinkedIn Groups
related to these keywords. Once you find the
right groups, participate in discussions, ask
questions and make connections.
Use LinkedIn Answers to ask thoughtprovoking questions or become an
“expert” by providing valuable answers and
demonstrating thought leadership.
LinkedIn Answers are a great way for you
to demonstrate your interests, expertise
and problem-solving capabilities to entire
networks of people, which can indirectly
drive interest in your company and new
business. You can do this by asking interesting
questions, or by providing helpful answers to
other people’s questions.
Social Networks - Key Metrics
•Referrals from social networks
•Connections on social networks
•Interactions in groups and fan pages
•Members of groups and fan pages
Promote events on LinkedIn.
The events section of LinkedIn allows event
organizers to post events and encourages
those attending to RSVP for the event.
LinkedIn Groups offer businesses a way to create communities around the best practices in which they specialize.
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Online Video
While YouTube may be known for its videos
of baby animals and college students doing
silly tricks, it also houses a huge assortment of
B2B videos. Other popular video sites include
Vimeo and Viddler.
Publish online videos on your website and
landing pages without the need for IT.
With sites such as YouTube, you can easily
host videos on your landing pages and
websites by using the links and embed code
that YouTube provides.
Online video sites offer B2B companies
a number of opportunities to increase
awareness, demonstrate thought leadership
and drive new business. Here are just a few
ways:
Get into video viral marketing.
Video sites provide you with the links to let
you share with others or include the videos on
your own site. Determine which videos would
be useful to prospects and include these
links in your e-mails, blog posts and other
outbound communications.
Improve your SEO.
Video links will show up in search engine
results. Just be sure to use clear descriptions
including keywords for each of your videos.
Increase awareness for your company.
Many of your prospects are probably already
registered users of these video sites. Make
online videos part of your marketing asset
strategy—you’ll have a presence on sites that
your prospects are already visiting, while
looking like a thought leader in your industry.
Generate new leads.
Use videos to promote lead generation by
putting links to offers for additional content
like whitepapers or webinars at the bottom or
end of the video.
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Online Video - Key Metrics
•Referrals from social video sites
•Views of videos on social sites
•Pages ranking on key terms from social
video sites
•Subscribers to video channels
Promotional and sales-focused videos are
acceptable and useful. Unlike whitepapers,
online videos can be product oriented and
promotional, such as:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Product demos
Customer testimonials
Speaking engagements
Holiday video cards
Vblog (video blog) entries
User generated content
You can also separate this content out by using
channels and by customizing those channels
with your company logo and branding.
The Salesforce Channel on YouTube is a good example of a branded
video experience on YouTube.
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Presentation and Document Sharing
While many B2B marketers may be hesitant
to release their content for free, social media
sites require a shift in mindset. B2B prospects
are already educating themselves about your
company’s offerings long before they get in
touch with you—so it makes sense to take
advantage of this and start nurturing them
right away via sites such as SlideShare and
Scribd.
“Creating appropriate content to develop a lasting
relationship over a long sales cycle is possible only
when an organization knows the buyer personas
well and understands the sales process in detail.”
– David Meerman Scott, Marketing Products with Very Long Sales
Cycles, Web Ink Now blog, 2009
Presentation and Document Sharing Key Metrics
•Referrals from presentation/document
sharing sites
•Views on presentation/document
sharing sites
•Pages ranking on key terms from
presentation/document sharing sites
•Subscribers to company profile or pages
Audit the content on your corporate website
and upload key pieces to the right sites.
Think of these sites as an extension of the
“Resources” or “Downloads” section on your
company website, with the added benefit of
even greater exposure.
Upload and share content that addresses your
buyer personas and start to track which sites
are most popular with each persona.
We discussed the importance of mapping
content to specific buyer personas in The
Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing. Make sure
the content you distribute on social media
sites addresses a full range of your buyer
personas and, over time, analyze which sites
are most frequented by the personas you
target. You can then refine which topics and
content work best on different sites.
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TopRank content store on SlideShare
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Widgets
Widgets are stand-alone web applications or
tools that provide dynamic content (usually
pulled in from a third-party source) to
enhance a user’s experience. Widgets should
be both relevant and useful. They’re great
viral marketing tools for businesses because
they offer interesting features and content in
an easy-to-use application.
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Before creating a widget for your company,
think about your goals.
Make sure it provides real value to your
prospects and customers. Otherwise it’s just
window-dressing.
Widgets – Key Metrics
• Usage of widgets (by count)
•Posts or mentions about social widgets
offsite
•Referrals from offsite widgets (if any)
Invest in a widget that’s visually appealing and
easy to understand so people will want to use
it often – then make it easy to find on your
website.
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Bookmarking
Social bookmarking lets users share the
websites that they think are interesting.
The bookmarks are not stored on an
individual browser, but exist on web-based
bookmarking sites such as Delicious, Digg and
StumbleUpon. B2B companies can benefit
tremendously from social bookmarking
through increased awareness and visibility,
and in their SEO efforts as well.
Bookmarking – Key Metrics
•Referrals and visits from these sites
•Page rankings on key terms from these
sites
•Button views – the number of times the
sharing icon (button) was viewed on
your site
•Bookmarks – the number of bookmark
events
•Bookmarking rate – the number of
bookmarks divided by button views
Delicious
Delicious lets users tag, save and manage their
bookmarks, then share them with other users
that have similar interests. Users can also see
which bookmarks are most popular or most
recent based on Delicious submissions.
Digg and StumbleUpon
Digg and StumbleUpon focus on providing
the “best of the web” by having users vote
on what they find most interesting, valuable,
entertaining, etc.
Once you start identifying the articles that you
find useful and interesting, take note of who’s
contributing this content and become friends
with them. They will most likely find what you
have to contribute interesting as well, and
could potentially be customers or partners for
your business.
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Photo Sharing – Key Metrics
Photo Sharing
The ease at which you can share photos with
others is a huge boon for B2B companies. It
lets you record and increase the visibility of
company events, industry conferences, user
groups and more.
•Referrals from photo sharing sites
•Views of photos on social sites
•Subscribers to your photo profile or
pages
•Pages rankings on key terms from photo
sharing sites
•Subscribers to your video series or
channel
Photo sharing lets you add a personal,
human touch to your company.
By putting a face (or faces) to your company
name, people are more likely to engage with
you.
Use shared photos to start conversations
with your prospects and customers, and to
learn more about them.
Sharing photos is a great way to engage
prospects and customers. Flickr offers the
ability to add notes to pictures and form
groups that provide discussion forums. By
monitoring the forums, you can learn more
about the interests of your target audiences.
Improve SEO by including links on photo sites
that reference your website or blog.
Photos and images are searchable on the
web, so providing relevant links back to your
company website and blog through photo
sharing sites can help drive traffic and improve
SEO.
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The Group feature on Flickr is an effective way to foster a sense of
community with your prospects and customers by documenting
events, engaging in conversations with them and gaining insight
into their needs and interests.
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“55 percent of respondents said they would be more
likely to consume white papers and analyst reports if
they were delivered as podcasts.”
– Research: Podcasts Penetrate B2B Mainstream, MarketingVOX
Podcasting
There are a number of podcast directories
that can be used to distribute your podcast
content such as your company’s webinars and
phone conferences. Below are some ways
podcasts can drive B2B success:
Podcasts are automatically distributed to
series subscribers.
When you have subscribers to your podcast
series, their podcatcher applications will
automatically recognize and download
your latest podcasts. So when you create a
new podcast it will reach your subscribers
without you having to formally execute a new
marketing campaign.
Podcasting – Key Metrics
•Referrals from podcast directories
•Views of podcasts (if hosted on podcast
sites)
•Number of subscribers and conversions
Podcast series offer a unique way to interact
and converse with your customers and
prospects.
Many businesses are using podcasts to
engage in dialogues with their customers
and prospects. Provide a dedicated phone
number or e-mail address associated with
your podcasts so people can respond to you.
Then you can dedicate an upcoming podcast
to answering questions or addressing the
feedback you received.
Podcast directories and SEO improvements.
In addition to the Apple iTunes store, there
are a number of sites dedicated to helping
users find the most popular and useful
podcasts according to their interests. These
podcast directories are yet another way for
your company to improve its SEO through
additional inbound links.
Podcasts are yet another great way to help your SEO efforts, as users can find your
podcasts via your corporate website or through any number of podcast directories.
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Social CRM
Social CRM is the application of social
networking, or Web 2.0 technologies, to the
traditional idea of customer relationship
management. This results in a new way of
thinking about the relationship between
companies and their prospects and customers,
in which:
•Companies build relationships with
prospects long before any contact
information is given
•Prospects and customers empower each
other within a social community through
collaboration, content creation and support
•Customers become powerful spokespeople
and salespeople for companies, products
and services through word-of-mouth recommendations
Accompanying this paradigm shift is the
evolution of CRM technologies to support
social media and the power of online
communities. An example is Marketo Sales
Insight, which enables “social selling” by
letting sales reps define the “social network”
of leads and contacts they are interested
in following. It then presents the rep with
Facebook-style “status updates” from the
leads and contacts they follow, highlighting
the key moments that indicate buying interest.
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Here are a few ways to shift your mindset to
Social CRM and drive revenue:
Recognize that B2B buyers are now in control
and that they rely on social media to inform
their buying processes.
Social CRM lets you use social media sites
to educate prospects and promote brand
awareness, but also allows you to gain insight
into the needs, challenges and interests of
your target markets.
Move beyond page visits as behavioral
indicators of buying intent—monitoring
social behaviors is a must.
While a prospect’s online behavior and activity
will always be a strong indicator of buying
intent, social behaviors can be even more
indicative of buying interest. For example,
by monitoring the tweets of your prospects,
you can ascertain their levels of interest (e.g.
when they ask others for opinions on your
products).
If you understand their interests and needs,
and give them the tools and resources they
need to solve their business challenges,
you’ll have positive recommendations (and
new customers) coming out of your ears.
Leverage user-generated content to deepen
your understanding of prospects and
customers, and better inform your business
processes.
To benefit properly from user-generated
content, be sure to monitor the comments
and forum areas that they use and put the
insight you gain to good use. There’s a good
chance you’ll hear problems discussed. If
so, tackle them head-on. Open and honest
problem management can quickly turn a
negative into a positive.
Social CRM – Key Metrics
•New leads generated from social media
sites
•Opportunities created from social media
sites
•Increased lead-to-opportunity
conversion rates from social media sites
Customers can be your company’s strongest
advocates in the social world, so help them
be successful.
Social CRM makes it easier to get to know
your customers on a more personal level,
which can do wonders as they advocate for
you in the marketplace.
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CHECKLIST – Pitfalls to Avoid in Social Media Marketing
on’t dive into social media unless you’re ready. You need objectives, goals and ways to measure
D
success and accountability.
Don’t be a big brag. Know the difference between becoming a thought leader and endless selfpromotion.
Don’t be afraid to try social media because it doesn’t rely on the traditional metrics you’re used to.
ROI will be challenging with social media, but there are ways to measure impact if you have a baseline
to start with.
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on’t use social media sites as advertising opportunities. Keep your brand human on social media
sites and save your ad-speak for real advertising.
Don’t assume every social media site is good for your business. Research which social media sites
your customers frequent and how they prefer to consume content.
“Every company needs to have forward-looking insight
to compete in today’s 2.0 world. Whether it is exploring
pools of profit, the competitive landscape, client needs, or
the wisdom of crowds, companies need to see the world
for themselves. Seeing the world today involves multiple
perspectives and requires not just data but insight from
multiple angles.”
– Courtesy of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 by Sandy Carter
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The Definition of the Revenue Cycle
The revenue cycle is a new and improved way of looking at the
traditional “sales cycle.” In contrast to the sales cycle (which tends to
focus only on the current or subsequent quarter and what happens
after marketing hands a lead off to sales), the revenue cycle starts
from the day a prospect first hears about a company and continues
to a dialog and then to the sale and beyond to the customer
relationship.
Social media plays a key role throughout
the entire revenue cycle, beginning before
prospects are even identified (while they
research or follow thought leadership on
social media sites) to after they become
customers (as they remain loyal customers
through retention and cross- and up-sell
opportunities).
There are four key areas where social media
can play an expanded role across the revenue
cycle:
•Developing relationships with very
early-stage prospects before they even
enter your database as a lead (“seed
nurturing”)
•Building and maintaining relationships
with known prospects as they educate
themselves (“lead nurturing”)
•Supporting the sales cycle once the buyer
engages in a formal buying process with a
sales rep (“opportunity nurturing”)
•Deepening and expanding relationships
with existing customers (“customer
nurturing”)
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Seed Nurturing
Seed nurturing comes into play when
qualified prospects visit your site or social
media sites anonymously. It is a vital part of
the sales process that consists of investing
in and building relationships with prospects
regardless of whether or not you have their
contact information. Just because you can’t
identify these individuals doesn’t mean they
aren’t qualified leads; nurture them just
as you would the known contacts in your
database. If you don’t, more agile competitors
will steal these prospects from under your
nose.
them in your database. These dedicated yet
anonymous leads will likely come to you as
inbound leads once their levels of interest are
high enough.
Use social media to build a rock-solid
reputation that builds credibility and trust
with prospects.
While a reputation of thought leadership
will never be as “risk-reducing” as a personal
referral, it’s a great way to build awareness
and increase your chances that the prospect
will respond to future demand generation
efforts.
Keeping all of this in mind, you can
successfully nurture anonymous leads in the
following ways:
Make valuable content freely available on
social media sites.
By eliminating the need for registration in
order to obtain your whitepapers, eBooks
and other valuable content, you’re building
relationships with people before you have
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A Quick Look at the Basics of Lead Nurturing
Social media shifts our ways of thinking about
nurturing and building relationships with
prospects, but the following components are
still essential to any successful lead nurturing
effort:
• I ncoming Lead Processing Campaigns –
These enable you to identify sales-ready
leads versus those requiring further
nurturing. They’re also an opportunity for
you to ask prospects to opt-in or opt-out of
your nurturing programs.
• Stay-in-Touch Campaigns – These are
useful for prospects that are not ready to
engage with sales. This kind of campaign
can form the backbone of your lead
nurturing program by dripping out relevant
content to prospects over time.
• Accelerator Campaigns – These attempt
to move prospects along the buying cycle
faster by providing relevant “nudges” at
the right time, usually triggered by specific
buyer behaviors or sales updates.
• Lead Lifecycle Campaigns – These
maximize marketing’s investment in lead
generation by ensuring that leads never
grow stagnant or lost. Three important
categories of Lead Lifecycle campaigns are:
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• L ead Handoff - An automated campaign
to pass the lead to sales when it becomes
sales ready.
• Lead Recycling – This reassigns and tracks
leads that for any reason cannot be
pursued by sales in a timely manner.
•New Customers – A drip marketing
campaign that’s optimized for new
customers to promote retention and crossand up-sell opportunities.
If you’d like more information on this topic,
download The Definitive Guide to Lead
Nurturing at www.marketo.com/dg2-leadnurturing.
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Incorporating Social Media at Every Stage of the Revenue Cycle
Nurturing Prospective Leads
Essentially, you should use social media
interactions and conversations just as you
would online activity on your own website—to
increase the relevance and targeting of your
marketing and sales efforts.
Here are a few examples of how to use
social media interactions to bolster your lead
nurturing methods:
• F ocus in and be specific.
Use what you’ve learned from listening
to social media conversations to engage
with prospects with greater relevancy. For
example, after identifying a prospect’s
Twitter username, follow his or her Twitter
conversations that include keywords that
you care about, and track all of this data in
your marketing automation system.
conversations among people on social
media sites. Get a strong indication of
buying intent by combining knowledge of
these interactions with tracking of other
engagement activities such as e-mail clickthroughs, downloads and web page visits.
• I nteract with prospects over multiple
media channels.
Integrate social media channels with
traditional channels such as e-mail, direct
mail, and phone.
• S egment and trigger your campaigns
based on social interactions.
Think about the potential of segmenting
and triggering based on explicit
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Incorporating Social Media at Every Stage of the Revenue Cycle
Opportunity Nurturing
Social media can be quite valuable to your
internal marketing and sales operations as
well. You can promote greater alignment
between the two departments by refining the
lead handoff process and bolstering the “lead
lifecycle”—the path that your leads take once
in your lead management system. A successful
lead lifecycle requires agreement between
marketing and sales on what constitutes a
“sales-ready” lead, and agreement on when
and how leads should get recycled back to
marketing for further nurturing. Social media
interactions can provide deep insight into
sales readiness and buyer intent, so they are
critical to keeping leads moving along the lead
lifecycle.
Here are a few key ways you can make
social media a deeper part of your sales and
marketing alignment objectives in the future:
• U
se social conversations to enhance your
lead scoring and impact lead handoff to
sales.
In addition to demographic, BANT and
behavioral data, begin to use social
interactions as factors in your lead scoring
methodology. Then, tailor your automated
business rules for lead handoff to include
social media interactions. Let social media
activities trigger the handoff and impact
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which leads are deemed “hottest” for
sales. For example, if a prospect tweets
that they’re interested in opinions on your
product, use this activity to trigger a sales
alert indicating a sales-ready lead.
• N
otify sales reps when prospects and
customers show increased activity or
make interesting comments.
Hot leads demonstrate “interesting
moments” or behaviors that indicate their
sales readiness. This might be increased
website activity, e-mail click-throughs,
and in the case of social media, increased
interactions and conversations on social
media sites. By notifying the sales team of
these interactions immediately, you will
dramatically increase the relevancy and
timing of their conversations with these
prospects.
• S ell using all available channels.
Social media interactions provide a
great way for the individual sales rep
to build relationships with contacts,
especially younger contacts who may be
as comfortable interacting online as they
are using e-mail or phone. Understand
what channels each contact uses to
communicate, and communicate with him
or her in that manner.
• H
ave social media activities play a key role
in lead recycling campaigns.
You could set up a rule whereby an increase
in activity on social sites triggers a lead
score change that then re-engages the
lead with sales. While this business rule
will be automatic, be sure to also give sales
the ability to manually indicate a specific
timeframe in which the lead should be
re-engaged if they have deeper insight into
the relationship.
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Incorporating Social Media at Every Stage of the Revenue Cycle
Customer Nurturing
Existing customers are a tremendous source
of new and continuing revenue, and should
be continuously nurtured just as much as new
leads.
Customer marketing is a worthy investment
for your marketing dollars, and here’s how
social media can help:
• U
se social media to reaffirm customer
purchases after the decision is made.
Just because a prospect has agreed to buy
your product or service doesn’t necessarily
mean you’re home free. In fact, the period
between when a purchasing decision
is made to when the deal is signed and
officially “closed” is critical. Use social
media to reaffirm their choice is the right
one. (Read about Social Validation on
page 7.)
•Create lead nurturing campaigns
optimized for new customers and
incorporate your social media segments
and triggers.
When an opportunity is closed and
won, this is the perfect time to put all
the associated contacts into a new drip
marketing campaign that’s optimized for
customers. Make these campaigns even
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more effective by incorporating the social
media segments and triggers we discussed
earlier. Over time they will help you
cross- and up-sell additional products and
strengthen customer loyalty.
• L isten to social media conversations of
existing customers for new needs and
requirements, or even the risk of defection
to your competitors.
Many of your existing customers aren’t
going to tell you explicitly when they need
an additional product or service from you.
So you’re going to have to monitor their
social media interactions to spot the cues.
Be especially attentive to the complaints
of existing customers—you may stop them
from being poached by a competitor.
“Once people are aware of your product, a new
dynamic kicks in: people learning from each
other. Social technologies have revved up that
word-of-mouth dynamic, increasing the influence
of regular people while diluting the value of
traditional marketing.”
– Courtesy of Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff, Harvard
Business Press, 2008.
By incorporating social media into
lead nurturing, marketers can better
understand and interact with prospects
and customers, and increase the relevancy
of their marketing campaigns and sales
conversations.
Ultimately, this will increase the volume
and quality of sales leads, boost conversion
rates and help you realize tremendous
revenue growth.
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Part Five
The ROI of Social Media
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Part Five
The ROI of Social Media
The Return on Investment of Social Media
The topic of social media ROI is really a subject
worthy of its own Definitive Guide, but we’ll
try to give you enough information in this
section to understand:
•How people are measuring social media
today
• What the challenges are
•How to choose the areas of measurement
that make the most sense for your business
Many companies fear that there’s no true
way to measure the ROI of social media
activities. In comparison to other marketing
channels such as e-mail, SEO, and display
advertising, social media doesn’t offer a very
direct or concrete ROI measurement. This
is partly due to the fact that social media
interactions revolve mostly around online
conversations, which are not as easy to
measure quantitatively as click-throughs and
CPMs. Because social media is very much
about the qualitative not the quantitative, this
results in much debate about what metrics
are truly useful and accurate when it comes to
social media marketing.
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The ROI of Social Media
The Challenges of Measuring Social Media
Just because measuring social media ROI is a
challenge doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The
world of social media ROI is still evolving. In
most cases, we have to rethink traditional
metrics to include the ways that people
interact with social media. For example, the
standard metrics for e-mail marketing include
delivery, open and click-through rates. While
it’s still possible to find value in measuring
click-throughs from specific URLs on sites such
as Twitter or YouTube, social media also lends
itself to new categories of measurement, such
as activity and engagement.
There’s still a lot of debate around what
“engagement” really means and if it’s
something that can actually be measured
quantitatively. For the purposes of this guide,
we consider engagement to be a category
of interaction that includes posts/threads,
comments, tags, votes, bookmarks, and more.
Another important area of measurement
for social media is brand and awareness.
Traditional media might measure brand and
awareness through reach and frequency: how
many people have seen an ad and how many
times they’ve seen it. These days, there are
technologies that measure posts for positive
and negative sentiments, and which measure
“share of voice” (i.e. the number of articles,
tweets, posts, etc. in which a specific brand is
mentioned in comparison to its competitors).
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Although the world of social media brings
with it new ways of measuring activities and
interactions, the traditional ROI metrics of
revenue – cost savings, conversions, cost
per lead, etc.– are still what matters when
it comes to proving the value of your social
media marketing initiatives. While it may be
difficult to be definite about attributing leads
to specific social media sources, you can make
useful correlations between social media
and improvements at your organization in
revenue, website traffic and other areas.
What an “Inbound Lead” Really Means
Much of the difficulty in measuring social
media efforts stems from the inbound
lead. While it’s revered for its high level of
qualification, interest and sales readiness, it
is also difficult to attribute it to any specific
marketing campaign. As we mentioned earlier
in the guide, many inbound leads can be
attributed to “word-of-mouth” and partner
or employee referrals. For inbound leads
arriving via a website or phone call, attribution
to a single referral source can be even more
difficult. Moreover, the idea of “first touch”
and “last touch” (meaning an original lead
source versus the campaign that really closed
the deal) is even more complex when it comes
to social media.
Social Media Success – Key Metrics
•Activity and engagement
•Revenue and business development
•Cost savings
• Awareness and value
• Sentiment trends
“Think very carefully about what you are
measuring if you do measure engagement.
If engagement to you is repeat visits by
visitors then call it Visit Frequency, don’t
call it engagement.”
– Avinash Kaushik, Occam’s Razor blog, October 2007
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Part Five
The ROI of Social Media
Focusing on the Business ROI
When you’re dealing with a lot of different
B2B marketing channels including social
media, e-mail, search and more, it’s easy
to get caught up on how each channel is
performing. However, what matters overall
when you’re talking about ROI is that you’re
earning more money than you’re spending.
Regardless of which channel you’re talking
about, the equation for ROI remains the
same:
ROI= [(Amount Gained from Investment –
Cost of Investment)/Cost of Investment] x
100
Don’t let the challenge and uncertainty of
measuring social media ROI deter you from
finding value in it. Even if you’re wondering
what “engagement” means for your business
and how you’re going to measure it, you
can still prove the value of social media by
establishing baselines and tracking your
progress.
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In his popular presentation, The Basics of
Social Media ROI, social media consultant
Olivier Blanchard recommends an easy way
to start measuring the impact of social media.
First set up a timeline and draw a line to
signify the point in time in which you started
to use social media in your marketing efforts.
Then map onto this timeline the various social
media activities in which you’re participating,
as well as the results (e.g. opportunity
creation, new customers, sales revenue,
etc.) that your company has experienced
since implementing its social media strategy.
This will show what type of overall impact
social media has had, and whether or not it
has helped you increase your goals over the
baseline. Even with numerous marketing
activities occurring at the same time, you’ll
still be able to prove that social media has had
a positive impact on your overall business ROI.
As any B2B marketer knows, it takes multiple
touches to convert a lead into a sale. This
means even those prospects that were
attributed to a PPC or e-mail campaign may
have also read your corporate blog and tweets
before making the decision to purchase
your product or service. Even though you
may not be able to get any more granular
than “inbound call” or “word-of-mouth” as
referral sources for some of your leads, you
are still making a case for social media in your
organization.
Baselines illustrate deltas (changes)
Is something happening here?
8% YoY growth
Before social media
60% YoY growth
Since social media
By establishing a baseline and measuring progress over time, companies can begin to
see the effects of social media on growth and revenue. (Image taken from “The Basics of
Social Media ROI” by Olivier Blanchard.)
“As control of a company’s marketing messages—and,
indeed, its very brand image—continues to migrate
from traditional media to social media, it has become
imperative that companies not only pay close attention
to how they’re being perceived in online conversations
but that they also take appropriate action, based on the
insights they glean. In many cases, their future depends
upon it.”
– Jeff Zabin, The ROI on Social Media Monitoring: Why It Pays to Listen to
Online Conversation, Aberdeen Group
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Conclusion
Social media is a powerful tool for B2B
marketers.
But before jumping on the bandwagon,
consider whether or not it is appropriate for
your business objectives. If it is, then treat
it as a critical and accountable part of your
marketing and sales strategies.
It’s important to recognize that the B2B buying
process has changed: prospects rely on social
media to research and educate themselves
before actually engaging with your company.
It’s important to consider how social media
impacts every stage of the revenue cycle, from
before prospects are even identified to after
they become customers and beyond.
Forget what everyone else is doing. Choose
the social media tactics that are right for you.
Then get out there and engage – always in the
spirit of experimentation.
While the ROI of your social media initiatives
won’t be easy to determine, actively
measuring everything you can measure is a
great place to start. Not everything you try
in social media will work. But stick with it
and you’ll develop a powerful new source of
revenue that costs a lot less than traditional
media.
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“Social media challenges nearly every assumption about how
businesses should communicate with their constituencies. The
most important change to understand and to accept is that those
constituencies now have the capacity to talk – to each other and
to the businesses they patronize. In the past, those conversions
have been limited to groups of at most a few people. Today, they
are global and may include millions of voices. Once a shift like this
occurs, a lot of change happens, both predictable and unforeseen.”
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Acknowledgements:
Marketo would like to thank the following
thought leaders for contributing to The
Definitive Guide to B2B Social Media.
Aberdeen Group
Josh Bernoff
Olivier Blanchard
Sandy Carter
ClickZ.com
Paul Dunay
eMarketer.com
Forrester Research
Paul Gillin
Seth Godin
IBM
Intel
Avinash Kaushik
Richard Krueger
Charlene Li
MarketingProfs
MarketingSherpa
MarketingVOX
Mashable
The Nielsen Company
Radian6
David Meerman Scott
Tessa Wegert
Jeff Zabin
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Special thanks to Acquisitive Marketing.
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