March, 2017

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Reboot Buyer Insights To Drive B2B Growth

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Gregory Cresnar. B2B companies are faced with the most transformative era in business history.

The 4 Levels of Sales Intelligence

Your Sales Management Guru

The Four Levels of Sales Intelligence. By Jeb Blount, Author of Sales EQ: How Ultra High Performers Leverage Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence to Close the Complex Deal. The speed and complexity of the modern marketplace is the domain of intellectual agility.

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B2B Marketing Experience: The Case For and Against Gated Content

bizible

Gated content—ebooks, reports, and other downloads hidden behind a form—has long been a part of the B2B playbook. If you’re going to take the time and effort to put together a great PDF download, you should be getting something of value (contact information) in return, right? Right?

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New Buyer Insights Needed To Unlock Growth In An Era Of B2B Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Illustration entitled Insight by Yu Luck. The digitization of the global business economy has been taking place at an unprecedented rate. Consider this. Approximately forty years ago, 83% of the market value of the S&P 500 were tied to tangible assets – physical products.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results

30 Seconds to Killer Storytelling Anytime, Anywhere

Type A Communications

March 2, 2017 by Carla Johnson I’ve written about how high-quality storytelling can take companies out of the commodity conundrum and actually help raise prices. That’s great!” readers tell me. read more.

Email 101: Tell Me Something I Don’t Already Know

The Point

To be successful in driving engagement from business buyers, it’s not enough that marketing content simply be relevant to the individual reader.

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How to Create the Three Parts for Any Sales Funnel

Webbiquity

Guest post by Katrina Manning. What is a Sales Funnel? Sales funnels are everywhere. Created properly, they help guide buyers naturally through their decision phases from awareness to interest to desire to action.

Content Marketing Trends to Watch Out for in 2017 [Infographic]

B2B Marketing Insider

Content marketing is quickly becoming a game changer in the field of marketing. Since the rise of digital, social and mobile, various businesses and brands have now attempted to get closer and be more human with their customers.

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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.

The 17 Best Social Media Management Tools

Webbiquity

Monitoring and managing even a moderately active business social media presence can be time-consuming. The number of people using social media continues to grow, usage is increasing, and more networks require attention.

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The Perfect Close

Your Sales Management Guru

The Perfect Close. -a a book review-. 21 page corners turned over! For those past readers of this blog and my book reviews you know that is an excellent rating.

9 Ways B2B Analytics Can Optimize Marketing Strategies

bizible

Attempting B2B marketing optimizations without accurate analytics is like flying blind. But which B2B analytics platforms are best equipped for certain types of measurement?

Understanding Generational Social Media Preferences

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. I’m starting to wonder if marketers are too caught up with millennials to really think about generational nuances on social media. Because there’s more to marketing than millennials. Like me, Generation X.

Flip My Funnel - Guide To B2B Account Based Marketing

As modern B2B marketers, we have been lucky enough to witness some of the most dramatic shifts in marketing strategies and technologies.

How to ruin your content by overthinking things

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. It’s honesty time. I was a content screw-up in my early years because I made everything too complicated. When I started teaching, my college classes were FAR too packed with information. I made my students dizzy because of the information overload.

Wondering How Customer Data Platforms Relate to Other Marketing Systems? Here's a Picture

Customer Experience Matrix

I was asked the other day about the distinction between Customer Data Platforms and Journey Orchestration Engines. My immediate answer was “Some CDPs are JOEs and some JOEs are CDPs. A CDP is a JOE if has journey orchestration. A JOE is a CDP if its data is accessible to other systems.

How to budget for promotional marketing activity

Tomorrow People

Understanding how to allocate your marketing budget is vital in ensuring you get value for money - and a return on investment - from your promotional activity. b2b promotional campaigns

Technology is Not a Substitute for Good Industrial Content

Industrial Marketing Today

Some of the people I talk to about industrial content marketing seem to be hung up on adding more technology to solve their lead generation problems. The thinking behind it is that technology will cover up the many holes in their strategy, content and help speed up the process.

Lead Generation Checklist

You spend a lot of time, energy, and money doing lead generation to capture leads but it's how you manage them that makes the difference between success and failure.

4 Ways You Can Humanize Marketing and Build Relationships

Type A Communications

March 21, 2017 by Brian Carroll We need to stop treating our customers like objects with our marketing and treat them like people. Be human first by recognizing their humanity. So how. read more. Creativity Marketing Brian Carroll Customer Experience Empathy marketing sales

Are You Measuring Event Marketing The Right Way?

bizible

For many B2B marketing departments, event marketing takes up a significant portion of the budget. According to the State of Pipeline Marketing Report 2016, 72.2% of B2B marketers invest in conferences and/or tradeshows, the sixth most commonly used channel.

If Your Content Isn’t Customer-Focused It’s Not Making an Impact

B2B Marketing Insider

Dear marketing professional, meet your new (very demanding) boss. Your customer. Today, top marketers are using content marketing not to persuade, but to engage with the consumer, meeting buyers where they stand, providing what they want.

Stop creating Random Acts of Content

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. I was sitting in a workshop with my friends at a big multi-national company and, like many companies, they were struggling to come up with a comprehensive content marketing plan.

How to Leverage Content Marketing to Power Your B2B Marketing Automation Funnel

Generate more leads. Better leads. Engage customers, increase upsells, boost revenue and save precious time -- these are the benefits of marketing automation. And content fuels it all.

5 Useful Lead Nurturing Tactics to Get More Opportunities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Lead nurturing is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but hard to do. In this article, I’ll share how to apply lead nurturing to help advance leads through three stages of your lead generation funnel to get more qualified opportunities. Here’s the thing: Our customer’s don’t see our funnels. They only have the aggregate experience of what they see, hear, and feel from us. Yet, it’s helpful to notice that all customer buying cycles fit into three distinct funnel stages. Let me explain.

Getting Towards a Mature Data Infrastructure

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Data is the watchword in organizations large and small. In fact, how an organization frames data is the single most important determination of future success or failure. As some put it, Data is the new “oil,” the commodity of most value in the modern age.

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7 Ways To Use Account-Based Marketing Throughout the Year

It's All About Revenue

Far from a passing trend, account-based marketing is gaining traction as an approach to marketing that goes well beyond just seasonal targets like the holiday retail system and reaches out to create an impact throughout the year.

Why 30 may be the most important number of your career

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. I come from a world that celebrates impatience. Most of my career was spent in a large public company where there was only one standard of progress — beat the expectations of Wall Street, every quarter, every year, without excuse, without end. Life was run in the short-term.

The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

To build integrated, data-driven programs, demand gen marketers need diverse, compelling content at every stage of the buyer's journey.

Best Practices for Revenue Ops: Data & Analytics

bizible

As data plays an ever-increasing role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are in position to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers.

For CMOs and Martech It's Not About Spending, It's About the Right Spending

It's All About Revenue

It's not about data. It's about the right data. How many times have you heard that or words to that effect? And quite frankly some marketers can never hear it enough as far too many still don't know the difference. But that's another topic for another time.

Why Every CEO Should Have a Social Media Presence

Onalytica B2B

We live in a technology obsessed society where your average millennial’s reality blurs into one with their virtual online world; posting anything and everything from their latest fashion purchases, to their selfies and social life goings on.

When It Comes To Email Speed, It’s All About Reputation

It's All About Revenue

In my position managing Deliverability Support for Oracle Marketing Cloud, I see how senders often take for granted, just how quickly our email communications arrive to their intended recipients.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

Content Marketing is essential for anyone who wants continued success and growth.

4 Non-Marketing Skills You Need to Become a Better Marketer

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Marketing isn’t a department. It needs to be a way of life throughout your organization. Human Resources needs to market the company to prospective applicants.

Likability Matters: 4 Ways to Make People Like Your Brand

B2B Marketing Insider

You know ‘that guy’? The one that everyone likes? He’s always fun to be around but never pushy. He’s calm, cool and collected when everyone else is stressed, sort of like he knows a secret about life that the rest of us will never figure out. And he always seems to have the answer – […].

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Is MarTech Is Too Important To Leave To The Marketers?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m still pondering the relationship between marketing and IT : what it is, will be, and should be. A few new ingredients have kept the pot boiling: - a chat with Abhi Yadav, founder of Zylotech , a MIT-bred, artificial intelligence-driven Customer Data Platform and message selection engine.

Should Customer Data Platforms Be "Marketer-Controlled"?

Customer Experience Matrix

Thomas Wieberneit argues in a thoughtful blog post that companies need one platform for consolidated customer data, but that Customer Data Platform isn’t it because the CDP is “marketer-controlled” by definition, and thus doesn’t support other departments. This hits a nerve.

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

Selecting a Marketing Automation platform can be a daunting task. With so many options out there, your success with Marketing Automation depends on selecting the platform that best fits your needs.