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The 24 Best Visual Content Creation Tools

Webbiquity

More than 90% of B2B marketers already use content marketing in some form, and spending on content marketing is projected to double by 2019. But content won’t simply be produced in greater volumes, it will also become increasingly visual. As noted here previously , the current preference for consuming B2B content in text rather than video or other visual forms won’t last. 10) MakeaGif.

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Can Customer Data Platforms Have Decision Functions? Discuss.

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ve had at four conversations in the past twenty four hours with vendors who build a unified customer database and use it to guide customer treatments. The immediate topic has been whether they should be considered Customer Data Platforms but the underlying question is whether Customer Data Platforms should include customer management features. It’s about what systems do and how they’re built.

Cybersecurity in a hyper-connected smart city

Biznology

In our days we read more stories than ever about the current size of the IoT field. The fact that we can connect any possible device on the Internet and become capable of understanding the context in real time and making decisions based on the most accurate description of the situation opens new eras where we can develop business and opportunities. Smart cities are a constant developing concept.

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Save the Data: How to Marry Your Figures With Your Customer Profile

It's All About Revenue

The data revolution is both a blessing and a challenge for the Modern Marketer. On the one hand, we now have access to more information about our prospects and customers than ever before. On the other, we are confronted with huge volumes of data that have to be properly collated, attributed, and analysed if we are to extract any marketing value. When it comes to data, think big!

The Rise of the Customer Marketer

Explore the changes taking place in customer marketing from the perspective of customer marketers themselves.

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Not Documenting Your Content Marketing Strategy?  Here’s What to Do About It

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If you are a regular reader at Content Marketing Institute, you know how often we talk about the importance of documenting your content marketing strategy. According to our latest research , we know that marketers who document their strategy are much more likely to accomplish their content marketing goals and be successful. It really is that simple. Click To Tweet. Who really cares? Click To Tweet.

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3 Ways to Optimize Customer Experience Via Email

It's All About Revenue

The pressure to create and maintain a stellar customer experience is a daunting challenge faced by brands, and the onus is increasingly falling on marketers to own the strategy and tactics to deliver on the promise of delight. The CX quest is on. Gartner estimated that by this year, 89% of companies expect to compete mostly on the basis of customer experience, versus 36% four years ago.

10 Trends That Defined Digital Marketing in 2016

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Mike Tomita As the role of marketing continues to expand, it’s more challenging than ever to keep a pulse on what changes are occurring in the field. Continued learning is critical, and if you’re not taking the time to keep up with industry news and marketing trends, your efforts may fall flat. If you’re worried you might have missed something major this year, we have you covered.

How the Brain Processes Different Types of Content [Infographic]

Hubspot

Sometimes, the movie adaptation of a book is better than the book itself. Maybe it's the acting, maybe it's the special effects or the soundtrack, or maybe the story is simply better told on the big screen than in our imaginations. The reason? Different stories are better told in different formats depending on the message they're trying to convey. And some of their insights may surprise you.

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 Content Marketing Debate: More (Better) Is Definitely More

B2B Marketing Insider

I have always believed that content marketing means companies leaving behind their tired old promotional ads, brochures, and requests for a demo. That’s why marketers are acting like real publishers focused on helping their audience become educated, informed, even entertained. Because if you are good enough to build an audience, then great things happen to your business. […].

How B2B Marketers Generate Revenue -- State of Pipeline Marketing 2016 [Infographic]

bizible

The reality that B2B marketers can have a huge impact on real-time revenue results is not a new concept to today’s B2B marketing community. But the question remains -- how do marketers actually generate revenue? Which metrics are B2B marketers using? What does their channel mix look like? Which channel has the highest impact on revenue generation? click to enlarge). PRIMARY OBJECTIVES. Email.

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3 Ways to Connect Video Advertising to the Customer Journey

It's All About Revenue

There’s more opportunity than ever to create engaging journeys that provide value to your customers. And while video advertising is the fastest-growing component of your strategy, as well as the best way to establish emotional connection and build brand favorability, it’s not used to its full potential. Leverage a variety of data to personalize your video creative.

6 Ways to Get Inspired to Create Content

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Elaine Ip Even the most innovative marketers sometimes hit a wall when it comes to creating content. Sometimes the industry is slow, the market is lagging, or the product/service you offer just doesn’t change much. It can feel like there’s nothing left to say, but that’s never actually the case. You just need some fresh inspiration to get back on track. Look Around. Utilize New Tools.

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.

Google Is Shifting to a Mobile-First Index: What Marketers Need to Know to Prepare

Hubspot

We’re living in a mobile-first world. For most of us, that means from the moment you wake up in the morning, your phone becomes a part of your daily routine -- from silencing your alarm, to reviewing the daily news, to checking email, and so on. And search engines are seeing the result of this trend: search queries on mobile have now surpassed desktop-based queries. What exactly do we mean by that?

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How to Prevent a Live Q&A from Turning into a #BrandFail

ScribbleLive

Hyatt recently introduced World of Hyatt, the hotel operator’s new loyalty program, and the brand did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) to showcase its features and answer questions from members. The brand made its SVP of Loyalty available for the live Q&A. And they were trolled. Hyatt is not the first brand to watch a live Q&A veer way, way, way off track. Not necessarily. In Conclusion.

Why Your PPC Agency Needs to Focus on the Full Funnel

bizible

Pay per Click (PPC) advertising has been around for almost 20 years and PPC Agencies have been managing client’s accounts since before Google AdWords launched in October of 2000. Search Engine Marketing continues to evolve and it appears PPC Managers are becoming better and better at managing their accounts in order to get better returns on their client’s ad spend. But are they really?

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Using Mobile Experiences to Grow Your List

It's All About Revenue

Let’s just get this out of the way: email is a mobile channel. Across virtually every industry, the majority of email activity (opens & clicks) happens on the consumer’s mobile device. But mobile isn’t just about engaging your list after the fact. The Two Mobile Audiences. The Rented Audience. popular YouTube channel. Pandora. Your rented audience has: Higher cost to reach.

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8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

Explore key areas you should focus on with your content syndication strategy in order to help you get the attention of your target audience and build trust.

2017 Marketing Predictions [Slide Deck]

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Heidi Bullock Do you ever get to this time of the year and look back and ask yourself where the time went? Maybe it’s just me, but 2016 went FAST. So instead of looking back, we’re looking forward to what 2017 will mean for marketers. Here are four key themes that we see taking center stage in the upcoming year: 1. Customer-Centric Marketing. Technology & Data. Content & Channels.

Want to Commit to Content Marketing? Prioritize the Right Things [New UK Research]

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Each year during my Content Marketing World keynote  talk, I highlight one theme I think is critical for all marketers to understand. This year, that theme is commitment. As I (perhaps boldly) stated, you need to go all in or do nothing. However, the idea of commitment can feel kind of nebulous. It’s a mindset. So what exactly do you need to do? How do you get clarity on what success looks like?

How to Build a Memorable Personal Brand on Twitter

Hubspot

Imagine that you’re within 140 characters of connecting with a customer, prospect, or influencer. How can you afford not to reach out? We’re talking Twitter, of course: the 300-million strong whirlpool of information that has emerged as a personal branding, relationship-building nirvana. Check it out below. How to Build a Memorable Personal Brand on Twitter. Step #1: Follow the leaders. Repeat.

TOPO Report: Successful ABM Marketers Focusing On Down-Funnel Metrics

bizible

Marketing and sales analyst firm, TOPO, recently published a report on the state of account-based marketing. The report found a number of insights and recommendations for both marketers who are just getting their feet wet with ABM and those who have a few years of ABM under their belt. The chief finding of the report is that ABM works. Successful ABM Requires a Shift to Down-Funnel Metrics.

A Blueprint for Content Marketing Success

84% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing spend over the next 5 years but less than half have any real confidence such content investments are paying off, based on a recent CEB survey.

Interpreting Email Metrics During the Holidays

It's All About Revenue

The holiday season is officially here and with revenue on the line, many marketers will increase their outbound campaign volumes to meet the shopping demands of their customers—and with good reason. The National Retail Federation now expects sales in November and December to increase 3.6% to $655.8 In fact, the opposite is true. Period. Again, this is not necessarily a good thing.

Chris Abraham joins Cindy Crescenzo and Steve Farnsworth on FIR with Shel Holtz

Biznology

Episode 64 of the #FIR podcast is up. Podcast: Play in new window,   Download (Duration: 1:31:44 — 37.6MB), Embed. https://traffic.libsyn.com/fir/forimmed-64.mp3. Employee engagement surveys aren’t worth much anymore according to one expert, since people are more concerned about survey scores than addressing engagement issues. Is it time to stop measuring engagement ? We’ll bring you up to date.

What To Do When Marketing Metrics Fall Short

Hive9

The great thing about having access to enhanced marketing data is that it shows you what works. The corollary, of course, is that it also shows you what isn’t working in your marketing mix. Although unpleasant, digging into the drivers behind underperforming metrics are critical to improvement in your bottom line. Hive9 Marketing Insights Campaigns

28 of the Best Chrome Extensions for SEO, Productivity & More

Hubspot

For all of the greatness that the internet affords -- cute animal videos , GIFs , and interesting blogs -- I think its biggest downside is how distracting it can be. How many times have you sat down to work and been pulled into a pit of procrastination ? No matter where you click online, it’s easy to be pulled into a black hole of distraction and low productivity. Social Media. 1) bitly. Blogging.

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads

Generating demand and ensuring the consistent flow of high-quality, actionable leads is what makes B2B marketers successful.

How to Automate Your Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Patrick Groover Marketers are always looking for the next best thing. So it’s no surprise that with the evolution of account-based marketing and technologies that enable it, B2B marketers are paying attention and trying to figure out how they can implement an account-centric approach. Audience Management for  Account-Based Marketing . Nimbleness in Building Aggregate Audiences.

How Global CMOs Reap the Benefits of Technology

It's All About Revenue

Global organizations have realized that technology can provide many marketing and branding benefits that they can leverage to further achieve their specific objectives in this area. For example, Julie Lyle, CMO of Demandjump and former CMO of Wal-mart believes technology has enabled tracking, measurement, and best practices sharing. Created A Lot of Value. CMO Corner

This Week in Content Marketing: Could Brands Cure Traditional Media’s Run to Eyeballs?

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. In this episode, Robert and I get together IRL and discuss Airbnb’s new magazine launch with Hearst. This week’s show. Recorded live on November 28, 2016; Length: 1:01:05). Download this week’s PNR This Old Marketing podcast. HANDPICKED RELATED CONTENT: Will the Content Bubble Burst?

State of Content Marketing 2017: The 3 Traits That Will Make Brands Truly Successful

Contently

In 1956, a dust of mysterious plant spores blew into the town of Santa Mira, California. That’s when things started getting weird. Big green pods started growing around town. Even stranger, local psychiatrists suddenly had an influx of visits from people who lived in the community. Soon, the doctors started panicking too. Their own friends and family were acting weird. By aliens.

The B2B Marketer's Field Guide To Customer Engagement

Leverage customer engagement and advocacy to drive brand, demand and profitable growth.