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Paul Nolan

Are your employees engaged enough to push back against your company’s questionable strategies?

In researching this issue’s cover feature on the ROI of employee engagement, I understandably came across plenty of feel-good concepts like setting clear goals, communicating regularly and meaningfully, providing ongoing development and advancement opportunities, and recognizing and rewarding performance.

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Get social or get left behind

Mike Derezin, vice president of sales for LinkedIn Sales Solutions, says in an era in which social sellers realize 66 percent greater quota attainment than those using traditional prospecting techniques (a Sales Benchmark Index statistic), if you’re sales team doesn’t adopt social selling strategies, it may not be selling for long.

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Additional Web Resources

The Value of Earned Media for Marketing Content
According to the white paper, “How to Drive Maximum Returns on Content Marketing with Effective Distribution,” earned media – mentions by journalists, influencers and other third-party sources – is 80 percent more effective than owned media (i.e. branded content) at the purchase consideration stage. Read the full report here (registration required).

The Poisonous Effects of Mushroom Management
“Mushroom management” is a management style where employees fly blind to company performance and are given work without knowing its purpose. A recent survey of 2,000 employees by Geckoboard, creators of software to harvest and analyze key performance indicators (KPI), indicates that four in five employees want management to share more information with them about business performance. Read Geckoboard’s report on the scale of the “mushroom management” problem and how to avoid it here.

B2B Marketing Tips For LinkedIn Users
Download the eBook with 10 things you should be doing on LinkedIn to establish your company presence, attract and engage followers, and generate leads for your business here

9 Keys to Building a Subscription-Based Business
Zuora, a provider of software to build a subscription-based commerce platform, offers 9 keys to building a successful subscription business. You'll find them here.

John Warrillow, author of "The Automatic Customer: Creating A Subscription Business In Any Industry," highlights the main takeaways from his book in a Q&A with SuperFastBusiness.com. You can listen to his interview here.