February, 2017

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The Great Big List of 23 Types of B2B Marketing Campaigns, by Funnel Stage

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Need ideas on how to generate high quality demand and turn prospects into customers? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a list of 23 types of B2B marketing campaigns, as well as descriptions of when they are typically appropriate to use. The list is broken down by stage of the funnel. This could be a “contact us” form or a form to download gated content, such as an ebook. Brand campaign.

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How The Content Illusion Is Leading Marketing Astray In The Era Of Digital Transformation

Tony Zambito

Illustration by Hea Poh Lin. In the past five years, the often-unquestioned hymnal has been that to succeed in today’s digital world, businesses must produce content.  Produce high-quality content, yes.  But, produce massive amounts of it to get in front of customers. Where nearly 1500 blog posts are posted every minute.  Whereby over 200 million email message are sent every minute.  Misguided.

An Email is Not a Campaign: the Case for Integrated Marketing

The Point

The reality of life as a professional marketer is that there is rarely, ever, enough time, budget, resources or bandwidth to plan, design, build, launch and manage every campaign as we would if we could. I get that. We all make compromises. And yet it’s because of those compromises that campaigns often don’t perform as well as they should, and so, results fail to meet expectations.

25 B2B Engagement Tactics For All Marketing Funnel Stages

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With the myriad of available B2B marketing engagement opportunities, which strategies should marketers use, and at what point in the buying journey? At which of the marketing funnel stages are prospects prepared for various types of outreach? Here are 25 different engagement tactics, organized by funnel stage, and designated by category -- content, social, paid media, direct mail, and events.

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Lead Generation Checklist

Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends and Challenges

Industrial Marketing Today

For the past four years, I have downloaded and read research reports on Manufacturing Content Marketing in North America published by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI). This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.]. Content Marketing Industrial content marketing Manufacturing content marketing

Do You Suffer From Brand Detachment Disorder?

Type A Communications

February 7, 2017 by Carla Johnson Super Bowl ads are the mother lode of creativity. They’re the most watched show on television every year and the buzz of marketers for. read more. Creativity Marketing Storytelling

The Psychology of Colors in Content Marketing

B2B Marketing Insider

Design plays an important part in content marketing. An interesting looking site is more likely to retain the attention of visitors than something boring or simply average. In turn, sites that rely on content marketing tactics like blogging need to use images to help break up the text and give their readers’ eyes a break. […]. Content Marketing

Five Strategies for Improving Customer Experience

Webbiquity

Guest post by Brooke Cade. As a marketing professional, you understand customers are your firm’s most valuable assets. They are the key to your brand’s ultimate success and survival. However, dialing into customer loyalty and determining what it takes to improve customer retention isn’t always easy. Image credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery. Make Their Experience Personal. Price and Value.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

How to Master Social Media Marketing in 2017

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Social media is a constantly evolving medium. From which sites are trending within your industry to the latest Facebook features and Instagram influencers – let alone the development of completely new social media platforms every time you turn on your laptop. How can modern marketers expect to keep up? The secret is to embrace the […]. Content Marketing

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Customer Experience is the Most Critical Part of Marketing Right Now

It's All About Revenue

89% of marketers expect customer experience to be their primary differentiator, according to Gartner. That is quite a high number. That means you need to pay extra close attention to the words of our global Modern Marketing experts when they talk about customer experience. The notion of customer experience should not be underestimated as a key function of marketing moving into 2017.

Why We Scrapped All But One B2B Event Sponsorship in 2017

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Events are often a huge part of a B2B organization’s marketing strategy. They guarantee an audience filled with like-minded individuals who are all interested in the presentations and products surrounding the event industry. In theory, events that will attract the target personas of your customers would seem like the perfect place to set up a booth and get to connecting. But that’s not always true.

The C-Suite Squeeze: CMOs Turn Over at Unprecedented Rate

Type A Communications

February 21, 2017 by Carla Johnson What does it take to be an above-average CMO? According to recent research from Korn Ferry, it’s holding onto the C-suite chair for more. read more. Leadership Marketing Carla Johnson CMO Tenure Korn Ferry Russell Reynolds Type A Communications

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

Matrix of 31 Marketing Funnel Metrics [Infographic]

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Marketing funnel metrics are always at the forefront of a B2B marketer’s mind. We’re constantly looking at conversion rates, cost data, social shares, open rates, and click-throughs -- just to name a few. While different teams focus on different metrics (because we’re all running different marketing strategies), how do all of these metrics compare to each other? click to enlarge).

5 Ways to Make Your Content Speak to a Business Audience

B2B Lead Blog

You want your content to make an impression. You want your business-to-business (B2B) customers talking. You focus on recent market events, emerging industry trends and the latest news. You try to use influencer marketing principles by aligning your enterprise with your market’s biggest players. You’ve established a social media presence. Content Marketing content

Why content is your enemy and experiences are your friend

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Isadora Becker as Marge Simpson. By Mark Schaefer. recently had an interesting conversation with my friend Jeremy Floyd , the CEO of FinWorx , and he made a provocative comment. “When we create material for our customers, we never call it content,” he said. “Content has become the enemy.” ” He had my attention! “If Google wants corn this week, we feed it corn.

The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools

Webbiquity

Social media monitoring is vital for virtually every B2B or B2C brand. 58% 58% of consumers follow brands on social media. 71% 71% say they are likely to purchase an item based on social media referrals; in fact, consumers report that  social media plays almost as big a role in purchasing decisions as does television. These tools can help you find out. 1) Socialbakers. Google Review Count:  345.

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The B2B Demand Gen Marketing Playbook

Five Tips to Help You Write Outstanding Content For Your Blog

Webbiquity

Content is king, and blogs often make the best castles. Unfortunately, many people struggle to consistently write the type of high-quality content that attracts and holds readers, and stands out in search. These five tips can help you more dependably write outstanding content for your blog. Organize Your Content. Poorly organized content is difficult to follow, and it isn’t appealing.

The Top SEO Trends To Watch in 2017 [Infographic]

B2B Marketing Insider

This is a guest post from Jomer B. Gregorio from CJG Digital Marketing The SEO landscape has shifted and developed continuously within the course of 2016. From artificial intelligence to Google Penguin’s much-awaited final update, technology is doing more and more to change how SEO functions and operates. Just last year, Google had multiple updates for […]. Search Marketing

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How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales & Marketing Pipeline

Type A Communications

February 14, 2017 by Brian Carroll We have more marketing channels and more content than ever before, but it’s become harder to actually connect with customers. Here’s what I mean. read more. Customer Experience Marketing Sales Carla Johnson storytelling Type A Communications

How to Get More Results Out of Less Content

Act-On

My, we’ve all been busy. According to the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Pros, marketers have been creating quite a lot of content over the past few years ‒ and it looks like most of us will create even more of it this year. This actually worries me a little. wonder if putting so much of our resources into creating more and more content might actually be a mistake. More is not always better. Here’s why: We’re not making the most of the content that we’ve got. We don’t promote it well enough. We don’t repurpose it often enough. The State of Content Promotion – and How to Fix It.

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A Content Formula for Complex B2B Organizations

You Can Run But You Can't Hide from the Importance of Data in Modern Marketing

It's All About Revenue

Marketing equals data and data equals marketing. These two things go hand in hand as marketing technology becomes a bigger driver in marketing itself. So it is no surprise that when we asked global marketing experts about marketing in 2017, many of them came back with predictions about data-driven marketing. Doug Kessler ( @dougkessler ), Co-founder and Creative Director, Velocity.

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The Infographic that Will Revolutionize Your Approach to Content Creation

B2B Marketing Insider

Here’s an important question. When you come up with your content marketing strategy, do you consider the psychological impact of what content you choose? Taken even further, to what extent does psychology influence how you craft that content? You probably took a course on consumer behavior in college but in practice, marketers tend to neglect […]. Content Marketing

How to Build a Successful Content Marketing Campaign

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Running a successful content marketing campaign requires that your content attracts visitors and entices them to come back for more. It’s not enough for your marketing efforts to attract just anyone. They need to attract the right people, the people who care about what your business offers. Those people are the ones who will become dedicated customers. Here are six steps to help you on your way. 1.

Gartner Names Oracle Marketing Cloud a Leader in Digital Marketing Hubs - for the 3rd.

It's All About Revenue

Gartner recently released its 2017 Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Hubs , and honored Oracle Marketing Cloud as a leader in this crucial customer experience category for the third consecutive report. We appreciate the recognition for our capabilities in the identity management space in particular, which we believe is a foundational element of a successful Digital Marketing Hub. Product News

Six Key Steps to Successful Marketing Automation Adoption

5 Smart Ways to Automate Your Marketing

Act-On

Need to do more with less? It’s a common challenge for marketers today. We’ve got limited budgets, limited time, limited staff – and yet our quarterly targets keep rising. For many of us, this means it’s time to apply some elbow grease. It’s time to hunker down, call home that we’ll miss dinner, and work through until the job is done. But you don’t necessarily have to work harder. In fact, I bet most of you are already pretty much at your limits. So when it’s no longer possible to just tack on more hours, it’s time to re-evaluate how you work. It’s time to become more efficient. How’d he do it?

Five Reasons Why Sales Strategy Doesn’t Work for Many Small Businesses

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Guest post by Anthony Bergs. Customers are the heart and soul of any business. To survive in the long run, companies need to have a sound customer acquisition and service strategy. Over time, they need to fine-tune their strategies to adapt to the evolving requirements of the customers and the dynamics of the competition and the industry. Image credit: The Blue Diamond Gallery. Lack of Focus.

2017 State of B2B Digital Marketing

Type A Communications

February 16, 2017 by Carla Johnson B2B marketers are finally getting a handle on some big digital challenges. That’s the message from DemandWave’s recently released 2017 State of B2B Digital. read more. Marketing Sales 2017 B2B Carla Johnson DemandWave digital marketing Trends Type A Communications

Spamhaus Risk and the Future of Email Acquisition

It's All About Revenue

Email address acquisition is the life blood of any growing email marketing program. So anytime someone proposes a change to acquisition practices, smart marketers get worried. Over the years, so many things have changed in email marketing, except the web-based email signup form has skated along mostly unchanged from the early days. Innocent Victims. So what’s a marketer to do?

8 Ways to Create More Effective Lead Generation Programs

16 Video Marketing Benchmarks You Need to Know [Infographic]

Vidyard

Whether you’ve been in the marketing world for the last 30 years or the last 30 days, you know that video is hot… …as in the #1 preferred content type of the average consumer, hot. And when something is so hot, you need to (a) use it (check!) and (b) maximize its performance. So how are you using video? How are your videos performing? How are you doing in comparison to your peers?

The Need to Prioritize ROI Isn’t Going Away: 5 Digital Marketing Metrics to Master

B2B Marketing Insider

Social media trends and popular content marketing techniques may come and go, but the need for numbers will never change. You will always be able to count on the importance of ROI. In fact, demonstrating your return on investment may be more important now than it ever was. Most CEOs expect their CMOs to give […]. Content Marketing

7 Vital SEO Trends to Know for Google Rankings in 2017

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Use these seven SEO trends to improve your Google search rankings in 2017. Let’s face it: Developing an SEO strategy today isn’t easy. With an ever-evolving search interface, real-time Penguin algorithm updates, and also Panda now introduced as part of its core algorithm — Google changes fast. The artificial intelligence system RankBrain is also shaking […].

CMOs Not Happy With the State of Cross Channel Marketing

It's All About Revenue

It’s no secret that the best customers are the ones who engage with brands across multiple channels. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the brands who deliver value to customers across channels see strong growth. How much growth? Companies with strong cross channel customer engagement see a 9.5% year-over-year increase in annual revenue. The Struggle Is Real. CMO Corner

Why B2B Content Strategies Are Paramount for Generating Quality Leads