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Empathetic Marketing: How To Connect With Your Customers

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Have you made empathetic marketing part of your strategy in 2017? If not, you should. I interviewed Michael Brenner ( @BrennerMichael ) the CEO of MarketingInsiderGroup.com. Michael has received recognition across the Internet for his knowledge and role in shaping content marketing as we know it today. He’s a sought-after keynote speaker and co-author of The Content Formula. Thanks, Brian.

5 Useful Lead Nurturing Tactics to Get More Opportunities

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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. Three Lead Generation Stages You Need to Nurture. name, company, email, etc.). Email. Events.

What can B2B Marketers Adopt from Growth Hacking?

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What can you learn from growth hacking and how can it help you develop a mindset to better your B2B marketing? To help answer this question, I interviewed Neil Patel ( @neilpatel ), co-founder of Crazy E gg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics. He also helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. As marketers, we can reject having a growth mindset without realizing it. Heck no.

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4 Ways to Humanize Marketing to Fit Your Buyer’s Journey

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We need to stop treating our customers like objects and treat them like people. So how do you humanize marketing to fit your buyer’s journey? It starts with us being human first by recognizing their humanity. I don’t know about you, but I’ve become weary of all the “personalized” emails that I’m receiving lately. Would you do a better job connecting and a building a relationship? Think about it.

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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.

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

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In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less. To keep valuable field sales resources productive, many of the more innovative sales and marketing departments build “sales development” teams. Oracle. Marketo. HubSpot. Salesforce.com. Just to name a few. Improved sales productivity. 1: Your brand.

How giving useful ideas and secrets builds trust

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I had coffee with a potential partner, and our conversation ebbed to us talking about business philosophy, marketing, and lead generation. I talked about freely sharing ideas and helping people. He replied something like, “I think companies [like yours] give away too many of their trade secrets on their website and blogs. They provide too much information freely. ” My response.

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Tips on how to use LinkedIn for Better Lead Generation

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Have you ever wondered about how can you use LinkedIn for better lead generation and business. development? In this post, I interview Susan Tatum, Partner at The Conversion Company. I met Susan through following her writing on her blog and her work in the LinkedIn community. Brian: What inspired you to do your work with LinkedIn? Psychology and persuasion were a significant part of the curriculum.

Fast Growth Marketing: From 0 to 500,000 Users

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How can you drive fast growth with marketing? In this interview you’ll hear from Jim Fowler, founder of Owler on what he’s learned to grow fast. Owler – a free competitive intelligence platform – went from 0 to over 500,000 users. And they’re on pace to exceed a million users by the end this year. images/2016/09/Jim-Fowler-interview.mp3. Writers note: The transcript has been edited for publication.

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.

10 Most Popular B2B Lead Blog Posts of 2016

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The year 2016 is quickly coming to an end and the holiday season is a time for reflection and preparation. I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most popular and shared posts on the B2B Lead Blog, chosen by marketers, just like you, to help you get ready to have a great 2017. My methodology was compiling the aggregate social shares across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Just to name a few.

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16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 2)

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Marketers spend a lot of time and effort generating inbound leads, but they often struggle getting those leads to convert into sales opportunities and customers after they hand them off to sales. . In this post, I’ll share 16 proven ways get better sales opportunities from your lead generation and account based marketing. Touch longer-term leads frequently and relevantly. . Click To Tweet.

16 Proven Ways to Get Better Opportunities Now (Part 1)

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When I’ve talked with marketers about their b2b lead generation results, I’ve heard statements like, “We’re generating a ton of leads, but they aren’t converting” or “We need to increase lead quantity” or “We need to generate more qualified leads.”. I’ve learned it’s not about generating more leads. It’s about doing better with the ones you already have. Their motivation.

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6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

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Tweet I’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization. Segmentation. Customer focus. Connection. Authenticity. But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. If not, ask them.

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 Ways to Immediately Boost Account Based Marketing (ABM)

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What are the five ways you can immediately improve your account based marketing (ABM) and selling? I recently did an interview on CRMRadio.today with Jim Obermayer founder of Sales Lead Management Association and Funnel Media Group. Here’s a transcript of that discussion: Paul: Welcome once again to another episode of CRM Radio Today; the voice of CRM today and tomorrow. Jim: Empathy, huh?

31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

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Tweet More often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. Not having these two teams aligned can be a vital — and costly — mistake. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? Be honest. They love them — couldn’t be happier! They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads? Marketing gives us leads?

Lead Nurturing: What it is, and what it is not

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Tweet Building on my post last week , I was reminded of a conversation I had with a marketer who was meeting with her new boss to explain the need for a new lead nurturing strategy. The problem was that her boss felt their current integrated marketing campaigns qualified as lead nurturing. We discussed the challenges of communicating what is and isn’t lead nurturing. Starting to get my point?

Lead Generation That Converts Leads into Sales Opportunities

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Tweet Ask most executives and marketers what salespeople need to sell in this economy, and they will say one thing: more leads. That’s why many marketing and lead generation programs tend to focus on quantity. Unfortunately, as little as 5 to 15% of all marketing inquiries (aka leads) turn out to be truly sales-ready opportunities. 1 challenge. Create a marketing funnel . You might also like.

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.

3 Good Questions to Align Strategy, B2B Marketing, and Sales

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Have you intentionally linked your sales, b2b marketing, and strategy? . If not, you’re in good company. Most companies struggle with this according to the Frank Cespedes, author, and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School , “selling [or marketing,] no matter how clever and creative can’t generate good financial returns unless it’s connected to strategy.”. Frank Cespedes.

4 Steps to Lead Nurturing: Walking the buying path with your customers

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Tweet Lead generation can take you on a long hike. The one thing I can guarantee you about the journey is that more is not better if you don’t know how to nurture. The goal of lead nurturing is to help progress leads from initial interest toward purchase intent. It’s about progression. Get out your walking shoes, and take a journey with your customers. What is a customer journey map?

How to deal with change stress and be a better marketer

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As marketers, we deal with a lot of change stress. Seriously. The marketing world is exploding. We’re dealing with an explosion of touchpoints, channels and marketing technology. We need to navigate creating more content, generating more leads and achieving more results. Even our customer buying process has changed. And, there’s more change inside our companies too. Be more reflective.

New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

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You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. Image credit: PhotoDune. That’s because it’s my personal blog again. After a stint at MECLABS (resulting from the acquisition of InTouch ) I’ve been given a great opportunity to do something new. Over the next few months, I’ll be starting a business and working on my next book, a sequel to Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.

A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

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

How to Use Trigger Events for More and Better Leads

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People aren’t ready to buy when we want to sell. Think about it. . This common statement has big implications if you’re doing account-based marketing (ABM) and lead generation. Why doing more lead generation activity doesn’t help . CEB discovered that a typical for B2B customer is 57% into their purchase process before they directly engage a sales rep or talk to a supplier. Conclusion.

Lead Nurturing in 6 Simple Steps

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Tweet What’s the quickest, cheapest way to implement lead nurturing? I get that question frequently when I talk to marketers about lead nurturing. Lead nurturing is pretty easy to understand, but hard to execute when you have little time or budget. I thought I’d share my barest-bones lead nurturing strategy. I’ll do my best to resist the urge to elaborate. In fact, they have been. Step #1. Step #2.

How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

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Tweet Putting customers first in lead generation. As marketers, we have more ways to observe our customers behavior and can leverage tools like marketing automation, Web analytics and CRM systems to help us manage all this complexity. That missing piece is customer empathy. Unfortunately, empathy is often ignored or lost when we start to become overly clever and complex with lead generation.

Lead Generation via Influencers and Experts in 4 Steps

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Tweet Proactively building relationships with influencers and industry experts and is a powerful way to generate leads and positive word of mouth (WOM). Most of us know this as influencer marketing , aka influence development. Influence development is a practice of building relationships with key individuals who have influence over your buyers’ decisions. Remember, less is more. Why does this work?

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.

Lead Nurturing: Unique tracks and impactful tests

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Tweet I was recently interviewed by Marketo for their Definitive Guide to Lead Nurturing eBook, and I wanted to share some ideas that didn’t find their way into the guide as well as some additional thoughts on lead nurturing with you. Think relevance. This is the essence of lead nurturing. Without relevance, lead nurturing becomes just another marketing campaign. Sowing + Nurturing = Reaping.

Best B2B Lead Posts in 2014: Lead generation, lead nurturing and content marketing

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Tweet The holiday season is always a time of reflection for what we have and what we have accomplished over the past year. However, it is also a time to reflect on all we have learned that can help us improve the blank slate that is 2015. Read on to find out what B2B Lead Roundtable Blog posts were shared the most as well as the three topics B2B marketers valued most in 2014. The difference?

Email Marketing: 3 lead nurture paths you should automate

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Tweet Marketing automation can help you manage lead nurturing efforts in a complex marketplace. So where do you even begin in terms of an automation strategy? Path #1. Separate users from prospects. When you boil down behavior automation, using prospect actions as triggers for email sends ultimately creates a list within a list as you separate product users from potential prospects. Keith asked.

The Most Important B2B Marketing Metrics for CEOs

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Tweet CEOs expect their marketing leaders to provide metrics and be accountable in meeting their numbers, just like their expectations for sales leaders. Oftentimes, CEOs’ marketing leaders only have various activity KPIs and some squishy metrics, such as brand recognition. At the same time, most CEOs agree that they aren’t receiving enough activity from Marketing into the sales funnel.

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.

Introduction to Lead Management

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Tweet If Sales and Marketing were a manufacturing operation starting with raw materials — leads — and ending up with 5% to 20% in deliverable product — won sales — it would soon be shut down to determine what is wrong. However, companies continue to spend untold dollars on lead generation efforts ultimately doomed to fail. Lack of lead management impacts lead conversion and ROI. Are they a fit?

Inbound Marketing: How a B2B company used a content marketing strategy to improve customer experience

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Tweet Inbound marketing is typically a term reserved for B2C companies striving to draw customers in with flashy social media campaigns, witty tweets and beautiful infographics. Starting off, attracting the right people and the speaking to the right audience is essential in a B2B inbound marketing campaign. Who are we speaking to? What message are we trying to convey? What do we want them to do?

15 Tips to Generate More Leads in 2015 (Part 1, featuring tips 1-5)

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Tweet It’s a new year, and you’re likely kicking off marketing and lead generation programs to drive more new leads for 2015. Most new leads go nowhere. Often, it’s because Sales and Marketing have not agreed on a true lead definition and have not created a joint process for finding who’s ready to buy and building relationships with those who aren’t. Here’s how. Authority is in the buying process.

Building Your Strategic Lead Generation Portfolio

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Tweet To be successful at lead generation, marketers can’t rely on one specific tactic. Rather, they must leverage a portfolio of channels. The best marketers approach their work like a portfolio manager would run a mutual fund. Portfolio managers are constantly thinking about, and testing, the optimal investment strategy. I hope you find it helpful. Which are our competitors using?

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.