There are two kinds of trolls on the Internet — and that’s if you discount the ones in the role-playing and Sci-Fi sites. As a marketer, you’ll want to avoid feeding both breeds. The first species that threatens online marketers is the copyright troll. These are law firms who license the right to sue from copyright owners, and file thousands of copyright infringement lawsuits against bloggers, social media users, and commentors on all kinds of Internet sites who link to or reuse their content without advance written permission. Organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation claim that the worst offenders make it easy Read More
Licensed from Cartoonstock.com. It’s Friday the 13th — so we thought a little humor was in order. This cartoon, like all good satire, has a kernel of truth we all need to remember: if we as marketing and sales professionals don’t know what’s being said about our brand in social media, we’ll soon find out that others will create an image for us, perhaps an image we don’t like much.
In nearly every corporation, marketing is one of the last business areas to be automated. According to a presentation by IDC Executive Advisory Service analyst Rich Vancil in September 2010, less than one in three companies have a complete marketing automation solution in place. This means that streamlining complex marketing processes with automation may be one of the last places where companies can squeeze more efficiency out of the resources they have. Is your company a candidate for a distributed marketing automation solution? Here are the top 5 signs that technology may deliver a great return on investment. Your prospects are getting Read More
Selling is about people. One person offers something of value – a product, a service, an idea or promise. Others want what the first person is offering enough to trade something of value to get it – time, money, or attention. The better the two people understand each other, the more likely it is that the sale will happen. According to a 2010 Kelsey Group survey that’s why 97% of us research products and services online before buying them locally. In the insurance industry, most companies have two kinds of representatives who sell their products: employed or “captive” insurance agents, Read More