How the world has changed – great slide by Marketo

B2B Lead Generation | A Great View of the Changed World

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Jon Miller, Founder and VP of Marketing at Marketo presented this slide. It really sums up how the world has changed in B2B marketing. I loved its simplicity and clarity.

Jon shared history in three eras, Before Google, Before Social and Now. Let’s explore all three:

Before Google

Google went public in August 2004. Before that time, it was hard for prospects to find information. Sellers did outbound marketing – trade shows, direct mail, cold calling. All leads, qualified or not, went to sales.

Before Social

Once people started using search, companies started building robust websites. Because websites are where everything was found, companies focused on search (SEO and PPC) to drive traffic to their websites. Once they were there, you engaged them with your content, nurtured them and scored their behaviors.


We live in a different world today. Websites are not the only place to get information. There’s a massive amount of information out there, free for the asking.

Companies need not only robust websites, but they also need lots of great content to share on social networks.

Jon coined the term “seed nurturing” for content shared with people who have not yet registered. That’s just like planting seeds and hoping they grow. After registration, they are in traditional lead nurturing.

Marketo StransitionWe thank Marketo and Jon for this great slide.

What do you think? Is Jon’s world-view accurate? We love comments and those who share.

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Jeff Ogden (@fearlesscomp) is the President of the B2B lead generation consultancy Find New Customers. Find New Customers helps companies dramatically improve revenue results by transforming the way they attract, engage and win new customers. Contact Find New Customers by calling (516) 495-9350 or sending an email to sales at

“If more companies listened to (Find New Customers) a lot more would be sold.” Dan McDade, Pointclear.


4 thoughts on “How the world has changed – great slide by Marketo

  1. Great slide, you’re right, Jeff. Especially like the term “seed nurturing” Jon has coined. Very evocative of where we’ve evolved to, and a simple yet effective metaphor for marketers to wrap their minds around.

    Beyond that, a great reminder that it’s never about how many slides we can pack into a deck. It’s about how much clarity and insight we can pack into a slide.

    Appreciate all the sharing you’re doing on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Vince. I agree with you that the term Jon coined “seed nurturing” is apropos – planting seeds all over the internet to attract prospective customers. And you found the point I really appreciated about this slide – that it by itself tells the story of how the world changed. To pack such insight and clarity with so few words on one slide is a superb achievement.

      Jeff Ogden, President
      Find New Customers

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