June, 2016

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What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers

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Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook? B2B Marketing

11 Overused Stock Photos to Ban From Your B2B Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Have you ever seen a piece of content and had a déjà-vu moment? You say to yourself, “I’ve read this before, and I know I’ve seen the gray-haired man holding an iPad somewhere.” ” B2B content has become pretty formulaic. Insert ‘Top 10’ list headline here. Insert stock photo of a businessman jumping in the air there. The Headset Hottie.

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Should your content generate leads or relationships?

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A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with a Hubspot executive (now a former executive … but that’s another story). His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Are you sure that’s the right goal?” ” I asked.

Integrating Online Video with Your Marketing Tech Stack

It's All About Revenue

Video by itself is an effective, engaging content f o r m that provides high ROI, and integrating your online video platform (OVP) with your existing tech stack ensures you can make the most of your video investment. This integration is the third step in creating powerful digital 1:1 conversations with video: Step 1: “Who is it?” Step 2: “What should we talk about?”

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150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

Why Your Employees’ LinkedIn Profiles Should Be Part of Your B2B Marketing Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

We’ve covered the benefits of using LinkedIn for B2B marketing before, but many companies fail to see the benefits of helping employees with their own profiles. Because employees list their current job on their own profile, potential clients, colleagues, and hires could be looking at someone’s personal profile from a company before getting to the company’s official page or group. Great Images  .

Your Employees May Be Your Best Untapped Brand Advocates

Webbiquity

Guest post by Liz Greene. If you were asked to rattle off your top marketing strategies, would employee advocacy make the list? Your employees are one of the most valuable marketing assets available, and if you’re not putting them to use as part of an overall marketing strategy, you’re missing out on an incredible opportunity to increase revenue. It’s simple. Identify. Willingness to help. Educate.

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Is it Time to Ditch the Term “Social”?

Synecore

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5 Ways to Create Super-Addictive Loyalty Programs

B2B Marketing Insider

You want customers to love your brand. Well, loyalty doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with building a quality relationship with your consumers. To reach “cult loyalty” status, like Apple’s fanatics, customers must identify with your brand on a deeper level. And one way to achieve that is through well-developed loyalty programs. It gives your company […].

The Whole Truth - Why CEOs Need to Know What Makes Sales and Marketing Click

ViewPoint

Understanding the CEO’s role in eliminating wasted marketing spend and increasing sales results—the final of a multi-part blog series. Many challenges facing Sales and Marketing have been around since the beginning of time. The two organizations don’t understand each other, and often point fingers: Sales says marketing delivers bad leads; and marketing says sales doesn’t follow up. summary: 1.

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Why You Are Losing Leads by Not Integrating Events with Marketing Automation

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Did you know that businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads? According to the State of B2B Event Marketing study , events are the most effective tactic for B2B marketers to increase their sales pipeline and generate revenue. Why Is Marketing Automation an Essential Part of Any Effective Marketing Strategy? What is Event Automation?

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Podcasts and advertising: Meet social media’s new super power

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We are rapidly moving toward an ad-free world, which is kind of scary because the Internet really, really, really depends on ads. Ad blocking increased by 94 percent between 2015 and 2016. About one-third of all smartphone owners block the ads that make all that great free content possible. probably consume more content than ever. You heard me correctly. million. Find the podcast on Stitcher.

Influencer marketing tools of the trade

Biznology

We’re off to the races! Dan Krueger and I just launched a new influencer marketing campaign on behalf of the best pure, extra virgin, raw cold pressed, and alkaline coconut oil, Skinny Coconut Oil. So, since blogger outreach is at the top of mind, I thought I would talk a little bit about the tools of the trade — what we use to stoke excitement about our clients! OK, now on to tools.

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5 Ways B2B CMOs Can improve Audience Development With Buyer Persona Research

Tony Zambito

by Gregor Črešnar. The term, audience development , has become more ubiquitous in the world of marketing.  A recognition of the growing importance of digital content marketing to overall marketing strategies today.  For B2C CMOs, the concept of developing audiences and communities has been an essential core principle for some time. Questions I often receive when working with CMOs specific to B2B.

70 Smart Tips to Instantly Boost Your Blog

B2B Marketing Insider

By Federica Auletta, Market Inspector  Blogging has become a universal issue. With hundreds of millions of blogs, nowadays everyone can start one. However, many of these blogs remain inactive, condemned to oblivion, and most of them are simply ineffective and therefore invisible. Nevertheless, the competition is stiff, the stakes are high, and the unstoppable development of the […].

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Why People Give Back: The Neuroscience Of Advocacy

Influitive b2b

Here’s a simple fact: the human brain is wired for reciprocity—the need to give back after we receive. Take this example: a collaborative study done by researchers from four universities documented how bringing candy to a table after a meal influenced the value of tips that servers received. The results were astounding. If servers gave a piece of candy with the bill, they got 3% higher tips.

Why CMOs Must Shift the Dialogue from Marketing Budgets to Revenue Targets

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In 2007, David Court wrote an article entitled The Evolving Role of the CMO , as part of McKinsey & Company’s quarterly publication. David spoke to how the CMO was in a position to spearhead the evolution that marketing is is in the middle of, or was back then. However, that scrutiny has helped create a culture of accountability amidst this incredible time of change.

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How do you build a content strategy when a market is already littered with “experts?”

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I saw this question posted at a recent marketing conference and I think it will resonate with many readers. I’ll answer it as best I can today: “My challenge is finding an authoritative voice for our brand in a cluttered and competitive category. There are many brand publishers vying for the attention of consumers. Some of the experts offer sound advice; some do not. And I like big questions.

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Forrester Weighs in on the Top Video Platforms for Marketing and Sales

Vidyard

Believe it or not, posting videos on YouTube isn’t a video strategy. Even Forrester Research Analyst, Nick Barber, said so in his latest report, Online Video Platforms for Sales and Marketing : If you think “doing video” means having a YouTube channel, then you need to up your game. In 2015, video overtook all other activities in time spent online. And no, this isn’t just a B2C thing.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

Biznology

I’ll be honest with you, relatively few companies can conduct a successful earned media influencer marketing campaign. Earned Earned media (or free media) refers to publicity gained through promotional efforts other than advertising, as opposed to paid media , which refers to publicity gained through advertising. That’s cool. Earned media influencer marketing is time-consuming.

B2B And B2C Marketing: Is There Really Any Difference?

B2B Marketing Insider

What’s the difference between B2B and B2C marketing? Is there any difference at all? While both B2B and B2C marketers may use the same terminologies, the methods and tactics they use can vary greatly given their different needs. For those who are new to marketing or are exploring the “other side” of the marketing world, […]. The post B2B And B2C Marketing: Is There Really Any Difference?

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7 Tips to Supercharge Your Content on LinkedIn Pulse

Act-On

B2B marketers are charged with creating massive amounts of content, primarily to fuel inbound marketing, social media, lead nurturing, and pipeline acceleration. It’s probably no surprise that 76 percent say they are creating more content than they were a year ago. So: how can you harness the power of LinkedIn as a potent, efficient strategy to reach your company’s goals? So what’s missing?

4 Simple Ideas to Personalize Your Email Campaigns Today

It's All About Revenue

Those of us who craft email campaigns are always searching for ways to personalize our messages. Sending the right message to each subscriber at the right time can seem hard to achieve, because our email newsletters are such workhorses for our brands — we get reliable returns (opens, clicks, and sales) from emailing our subscribers. And we know it can deliver results. Email Marketing

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

The stress of authenticity and other reasons social media is exhausting

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By Brooke Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. teach a class at Baruch College in NYC on consumer behavior. We talk a lot about personalization, customization and selling yourself (as a human behind the logo) to potential buyers. truly believe in being authentic and transparent. But how far does it have to go? Transparency & Authenticity Are Not The Same. First, a quick lesson. have bad days.

Use Buyer Persona Research To Improve B2B Customer Experience

Tony Zambito

by Creative Stall. Customer experience has been and will continue to be one of the major influences on how buyers make choices.  Recent research by SiriusDecisions found that for 80% of B2B buyers surveyed, customer experience counted as the top significant reason why they chose to work with a specific provider over another.  These findings are consistent with others over the years. 

How to implement a Video 1st content marketing strategy that drives action

Biznology

Because of the importance consumers and business decision makers are putting on content, many marketers and business owners are challenged with how to create the ongoing flow of quality business content that they need to drive their marketing objectives. Why a Video First content marketing strategy makes sense. Back in 2005, we mostly used the internet for browsing. Forget about video! Take

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How to Use Storytelling to Engage and Persuade Consumers

B2B Marketing Insider

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of persuasion. Going back to biblical times, the entire point of fables was to persuade the population to do the right thing. Nowadays, storytelling is used to sell us everything from cars to vacations. As you may have noticed by all those new cars on the streets, it’s […]. Content Marketing Engage Consumers Persuade Consumers Storytelling

Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

Change The Channel: Why Your Videos Need a New Home

Vidyard

In the beginning, there was YouTube. Well, close to the beginning. The world started in 2005, right? Okay, maybe not. The world has been around for a while, and online video was nothing new in 2005. That said, while YouTube wasn’t the first site to feature video on the internet, it did change the way video existed online. Once they’re there, you need to keep them on it. That’s easy to search for.

7 Compelling Reasons to Invest in Mobile Marketing

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Mobile has experienced a meteoric rise in recent years. Smartphone and tablet usage has exploded, and the widespread proliferation of mobile devices is changing the way consumers and B2B prospects access media and online information. Over the past four years, smartphone usage is up 394% and tablet usage up 1,721%. Up to 29% of consumer media time is now spent on mobile platforms. Main Takeaways.

Six methods for smarter marketing segmentation

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By Brooke Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Ask any marketer if they’re interested in smarter segmentation with their lists, campaigns, or otherwise and you’re sure to raise a few eyebrows. Marketing segmentation may just be an answer to  Content Shock , as choosing highly targeted and more granular content could help you reach your specific audience and make more conversions.

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. That’s not because email is going away any time soon. But direct mail doesn’t have to be a “batch” process.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Surefire Social introduces SurePulse “webmaster tools”

Biznology

Surefire Social is about to offer an all-in-one social media, search, reputation, review, analytics tool in the form of  SurePulse , now in beta. I get to play with a lot of cool tools in my work doing social media and SEO audits and reporting. Seriously: easy-to-use. Seriously: all-in-one. DMV Marketing Gods & Goddesses. It seems like SurePulse is surely set up to do it. It was quite a crew.

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15 Cheat Sheets Every Successful Digital Marketer Needs

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s not easy being a digital marketer today. You need to know and do everything from content strategy to writing and editing, SEO, social media marketing, analytics and so much more. So how do you stay on top of it all? Here are 15 cheat sheets that will make your life easier and help you […]. Content Marketing

Deliver More Sales Qualified Leads Using Predictive Intelligence

SalesPredict

One of the biggest challenges today’s B2B marketers face is generating sales qualified leads (SQLs). After all, what’s the point of creating and promoting all that content and spending all that time on social media if you’re not effectively reaching the people most likely to buy from your business? Why leads aren’t qualified. How predictive can help. How does it work?

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Hey CMOs: Technology Now as Important as Creativity

It's All About Revenue

But as they say… that was then. And this is most assuredly now. And now we live in a world where technology has, well… pretty much changed everything, in particular in the fields of marketing and advertising. Technologically Creative. I can see some of you with raised eyebrows thinking to yourself ‘But Steve, technology and creativity don’t go together. Automating.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

B2B Ad Retargeting: Re-engage Website Visitors without Breaking the Budget

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Conversion lift is every marketer’s goal and it’s the reason we’re quick to try new tactics to rein in that elusive prospect. So, if you’re a B2B marketer looking for a way to re-engage with visitors after they leave your website, you may want to consider ad retargeting. It’s also a great way to better target your online ad budget, and improve your ROI. Retargeting basics. And you’re right.

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