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Podcast – Continuum Gaps w/Carlos Hidalgo: End Marketing Insanity

 

2In my 2015 quest to highlight the smartest and most reasonable leaders in the B2B Marketing/Inside/Sales Continuum, Carlos Hidalgo is absolutely at the top of my list.

His company, ANNUITAS, is a B2B Demand Strategy firm designed to help enterprise organizations Transform Demand Generation℠.   And Carlos is all about putting a halt to Marketing Insanity.

CarlosHidalgoCarlos has been a voice of reason for long enough in B2B that he’s concerned that we’re not making much progress against our most critical objectives. I asked Carlos if he’d be willing to chat with me about some of these issues and, thankfully, he said yes.

Here’s my interview with Carlos Hidalgo.

If reason, logic, and sound research are important to you, follow Carlos on twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, and subscribe to his blog.

If you have questions or suggestions for me, you can find me on twitter, LinkedIn, or reach out at maureenb2@gmail.com

 

Podcast – Continuum Gaps w/Julie Schwartz: Hazardous B2B Misperceptions

During this year where I’m hoping Reason will finally prevail in the world of B2B Sales & Marketing (am I 2crazy?), my spirits are ever buoyed by the wonderful team at ITSMA, the world’s leading research-based membership organization that helps B2B companies market and sell services and solutions more effectively. So many reasons to be fans of ITSMA (on twitter), not the least of which:

  • No false research, agenda, or bias. They follow proper scientific method in their research.
  • You’ll never hear them proclaim that anyone tactic is King. Nor will you hear them proclaim anything is dead.
  • They get Marketing for the high consideration, complex sale like no one Screenshot 2:27:15 11:10 AMelse.

SVP, Julie Schwartz agreed to share with me her views on the biggest misperceptions in the marketplace. And they have the research to back this up. Fair warning, you might be very surprised by what the actual data says here:

  • How much of the buyer’s journey takes place online
  • How important the salesperson is or is not
  • If buyers find social valuable to their buying decision

Here’s my interview with Julie.

In the podcast we mention some of ITSMA’s research and below are links to some of my favorites. More importantly, get to know ITSMA. Join or sample some of their work. It’s all Signal, no noise. And definitely follow Julie on twitter.

8 Important Facts about Complex, High-Consideration B2B Solutions Purchases
How Buyers Consume: Content, Knowledge, and Wisdom
You’re Wrong, B2B Sales is not Obsolete!

Feedback? Comments below or I’m maureenb2b on twitter or maureenb2b@gmail.com.

 

Podcast – Continuum Gaps with Avinash: Proof Proof Proof

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Several years ago, during one of the many times I was whining to my compadre Eric Wittlake about the almost complete void of Reason in data, analytics, and research in B2B Marketing, Eric said “you need to know Avinash.” (thanks, Eric)

Avinash Kaushik is Google’s Digital Marketing Evangelist, and author, and social media behemoth, and more. If you don’t know him yet, start with his blog, then follow him on twitter and connect on LinkedIn. He’s one of the few business streams I follow on Facebook.

Avinash_Kaushik___LinkedInWhat I immediately loved about Avinash is his ability to lay-icize complexities for those of us who aren’t wired as mathematicians or mechanical engineers. We all need great data, but more than that, we need to be able to spot bad data and understand how to work with the often unhealthy data we currently have access to.

As 2015, for me, is the year to be shining the spotlight on the most reasonable people and organizations doing the best work in B2B, Avinash is a can’t miss. (subscribe here)

In today’s podcast, we mention some fabulous resources and the links are below:

The blog post on micro conversions and computing goal values (the TI example is in the post)
Here are the ladders of awesomeness
The digital marketing and measurement model
Not purely B2B, but these are Avinash’s fav KPIs

Feedback? Comments below or I’m maureenb2b on twitter or maureenb2b@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Podcast – Continuum Gaps with Augie Ray: Bursting Bubbles

2Our inaugural podcast episode is with the inimitable Augie Ray. I’m an Augie fangirl and here are just a couple of reasons why:

  • He’s wicked smart, values sound data, works tirelessly to publicize sound research.
  • He cares about his ecosystem and would not publish, via any channel, content he hasn’t personally vetted.
  • Super nice, approachable, funny.

Unafraid to burst a few bubbles along the way, here are just a couple of the delights that await you in my interview with Augie:

  • His exercise for determining if Content is indeed King
  • Why social media just might not be aligned to what marketing needs (and where the better alignment is)
  • How to spot bad research

And here’s how you can get all the Augie you need (and we all need more Augie): Augie on twitter, Augie’s blog, and then connect with him on LinkedIn.

Feedback? Feel free to email me at maureenb2b@gmail.com

How to Find and Close Painful B2B Sales & Marketing Continuum Gaps – Podcast

For me, 2015 will be all about shining a spotlight on the folks I think are providing the most value to the B2B space. It’s too hard to hear the signal, while there’s so much noise.

2With that, I’m tickled to introduce my new podcast – Continuum Gaps – where we’ll identify some of the biggest gaps B2Bs are grappling with on the Sales and Marketing Continuum. Joining me will be some of the most reasonable and smartest folks in the B2B. You’ll have heard of some of them, and some you might not know, but should.

While we’ll be looking at gaps, we’ll also be exploring solutions to close those gaps. Here’s a short intro to the series or go straight to iTunes to subscribe.

Further delighted that the inimitable Augie Ray is my first guest. More on that here.

Would love to have your feedback; so comments here or to me on twitter or email me at maureenb2b@gmail.com – it’s all appreciated.