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  1. January 16, 2010 3:12 pm

    Jeff;
    Thanks for sharing these very impressive results with us. We have found very similar results in our own marketing campaigns. Your blog is obviously aimed at those interested in Internet Marketing Strategy; I thought it might be of interest to your readers to learn a little more of the tactical side, and so add this:
    Our clients (and our own efforts, too) have been greatly enhanced by the addition of a Sales and Marketing Automation (SAMA) System to deal with the increased traffic efficiently. A SAMA system greets visitors 24/7 on your behalf, engages their attention by showcasing your Content, Converts them to a Prospect by persuading them, using your Best Practices, to exchange their name and email address for more of your valuable Content, and then nurture them from cold lead to hot prospect via drip email campaigns. These hot prospects then feed directly into your Customer Relationship Management system so that you sales team can close the deal. The better SAMA systems also include tools to help you run your Social Media Marketing Campaigns, and their dashboards yield priceless marketing insight into your prospects by giving you a real-time view into their behaviour on your website, while simultaneously gathering profile information from them (with their permission).
    If you would like to know more about how these systems work, and how they offer more leads of higher quality at lower cost, please visit our website at http://www.gossamar.com

  2. January 17, 2010 12:00 am

    Hey Jeff,

    Great post as usual. I love to see the numbers, and so do those still skeptical. Cheers to a great 2010! – Justin

  3. January 17, 2010 9:55 pm

    Good stuff, Jeff. We’ve found similar results when lead gen (or actually, sales) is the desired outcome, but our clients like SAP take the approach that creating and socializing content is the way to go, particularly when the content is not only syndicated but also part of an integrated, brand-driven approach. There is increased competition for customers’ attention, not to mention their registrations. Syndication of content should not be a “one-off” but part of an overall strategy to create valuable relationships.

  4. January 18, 2010 10:54 am

    Quite compelling! Do you know anything about the effort, man-power and budgets the company put into this campaign. This is what makes business decision makers believe in the power of social media in terms of lead gen, …or not.

  5. January 18, 2010 11:38 am

    Thanks for sharing the results seem impressive. social media has come a long way although, I still see cold calling to be a more effective b2b lead generation tool for many years to come.

  6. January 18, 2010 2:41 pm

    Jeff, thanks for discussing our case study at BreakingPoint. Fortunately we continue to see many more interesting results from our integrated marketing campaigns. Let me know if you ever have any questions.

    Kyle Flaherty
    BreakingPoint, Director of Marketing

  7. January 18, 2010 9:38 pm

    Another excellent post Jeff. Its nice to see a case study that shows some hard numbers on social media’s impact. I think it is critical to show the impact on the bottom line for convincing small businesses of social media’s usefulness to them. It is getting easier to do this thanks to tracking tools and case studies. I look forward to when it is even easier and more efficient to track and measure the impact of social media on key indicators such as sales, profits, market share, ROI and ROE.

  8. January 26, 2010 11:36 pm

    The correlation between your results and my results is pretty difficult to ignore. In August I created a blogging strategy that includes over 30 community specific blogs. We have gradually calibrated our strategy to include Twitter, Facebook, Stumble, and Linked. The result is that we are outperforming our competitors by a wide margin in terms of our web effectiveness.

  9. February 19, 2010 2:01 pm

    Jeff, Your post resonates, and is consistent with what we have discovered in our own small business, boutique apartment management. The numbers are pretty compelling, particularly due to the economic climate, as well as we are operating in SE Michigan, which also sports the highest unemployment in the nation. Not a good mix for Small Business. We credit the effective use of Social Media Marketing as a significant part of our recipe. Urbane Apartments shows up Number One, Page One on Google, organically for relevant search terms for prospects looking for an apartment locally, which didn’t happen by itself.

    Year Over Year Numbers; Sept 2008 verses Sept 2009

    Our Web Site Traffic increased 108%!

    Great news right, web traffic soars from the effective use of Social Media by 108%, but who really cares? Did We Rent More Apartments, because if we didn’t, the practice of Social Media Marketing is just a hobby.

    Our physical traffic did increase, in that we did 54% more tours and showings, but the real metric which is Renting Apartments increased by 69%!

  10. March 8, 2010 4:18 pm

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the great work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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