This is a real company with a marketing department of five people. The CMO is always marketing their strategy to its employees to get them to embrace their role in marketing. This company is a fine example of a B2B organization well along their journey as a social business!
Social media marketing is different for B2C (business to consumer) companies than it is for B2B (business to business) companies. Yet, there isn’t much written about the difference in developing a social media plan for a B2B compared to B2C company. So, I’m offering five steps for B2B companies to develop a winning social media strategy.
I recently co-hosted a webinar with Dale Underwood, CEO of EchoQuote and Tony Gonzales, Sales Director at Federal Appliance, a successful user of this lead generation technique. Below is the entire webinar recording. If you are a Marketing or Sales executive responsible for lead generation in a B2B selling environment, this webinar will be worthwhile.
Paul and his colleagues at Avaya defined the mission of all the social marketing to be: Powerful, Authentic, Personal Interaction. They defined several objectives including demonstrating thought leadership, building brand awareness, increasing demand, and producing sales leads. Since Avaya had already started doing many tactics on the social web, the decided to consolidate their strategy across four platforms: The Avaya corporate blog, customer forum, a few TW profiles and the Avaya Facebook Fan page.
Tim Hughes led a social selling initiative that was rolled out across 600 European Sales professionals at Oracle. You’ll hear how Tim led this strategic initiative and you’ll learn about some of the results. You’ll also also get a glimpse into his passion for helping others understand the power of social selling in the social enterprise. Tune in.
James Carbary, Founder of Sweet Fish Media, a podcast production service for B2B companies, discusses three reasons why B2B brands should be podcasting.