best blogsIn addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.  We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.

In the meantime, here’s some of what we’re reading:

Six books every savvy marketer needs to read
Good use for that gift card you just received.  Fill up your favorite e-reader with these recommendations from Jon Miller.

Why the holidays are a great time to prospect
What are you doing next week?  If you assume customers and prospects are unreachable, you’re wrong.  Try this instead.

How to use social media to drive targeted traffic to your landing page
The key action here isn’t posting but listening.  Where can you find buyers with a demonstrated need?  What can you offer to ease their pain?  Good overview by the team at Socedo.

Understanding your buyer’s journey: the most important thing you’re not doing
Short but important read/reminder from Ross Graber at Sirius Decisions.  I would argue that a buyer’s journey roadmap might be the single-most important tool marketers should create and refer to regularly to ensure their messages and campaigns align with how prospects think and act.

Bad data in, bad data out: 5 steps to a squeaky-clean database
Good advice here from Marketo on some basic ways to start cleaning up your marketing & sales database in the New Year.

Is 2014 the year Agile Marketing takes off?
I sure hope so.  We’ve been using it with some of our clients and it’s a great way to stay sharp, relevant and results-driven.  More from Scott Brinker here.

Make these resolutions and make your number in 2014
You don’t have to be in sales to benefit from this great list from Anthony Iannarino.

Top 10 B2B social media posts from 2013
Anyone new to a social media role in the next few months should have these as required reading.  Good, quick primer on what’s working right now.

11 things great salespeople DON’T do
Ever notice that sometimes learning from the “worst” practices can get you farther, faster?  Worth reading from Jim Keenan.

Newsjacking: The Funnelholic guide to the B2B newsjack
It’s become one of those content marketing tactics that just keeps working, if you do it right.  Good breakdown of how to do it consistently and well by Craig Rosenberg.

The 12 sales metrics that matter most
How many of these are part of your regular sales management scorecard?  Some good ones that can likely hone your focus and management ROI here from Harvard Business Review.