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6 Ways B2B Marketers Are Falling Short Today

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As I came back from the B2B Marketing Innovation Summit, put on by Demandbase, I couldn’t shake the feeling that we aren’t doing enough. That I’m not doing enough. Sure, marketing is changing faster today than it did yesterday. Blah blah blah. It doesn’t matter how fast marketing is changing! The real question is “how are you changing?” No, they aren’t new.

How We Systematically Overvalue Content Consumption

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Let’s get right to the point. B2B marketers today are not optimizing programs to reach and engage their best prospects. Sure, we talk about a buyer journey or about carefully mapping content. But at the end of the day, what are we doing? We are scoring leads high if they consume a lot of content and we are optimizing our program to increase lead scores and content consumption. Your Turn.

How to Solve the Marketing Skills Gap In Your Company

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A few weeks ago I was talking to Maureen Blandford about marketers, marketing technology, and the need for all of us to move faster. Our conversation turned to skill sets and the current digital and technology skills gap in marketing today. thought I had in that conversation has been gnawing at me since: “Today’s marketers don’t have the aptitude for marketing technology.”

LinkedIn Has Opened the Content Marketing Floodgates

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LinkedIn has gone Tumblr on us and B2B content marketers are drooling. Finally, you can publish directly on LinkedIn, along with people like Bill Gates and Richard Branson. It seems like the perfect opportunity, but it is brand new territory. What should you expect going in? How should you approach it? B2B Content Marketing Will Flood LinkedIn. They will RUN to the opportunity. Get Ready To Pay.

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.

How To View Any Profile On LinkedIn

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I’m sure it has happened to you too. You look someone up on LinkedIn only to find they are a third degree connection (or not even!) and you get a profile page with basically no information. LinkedIn profile access is even more restricted, today you now need a premium account to view third degree connections. Searching in LinkedIn, this is all I was able to see of his profile: 1.

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LinkedIn Sponsored Updates: The Best B2B Social Advertising Option Yet?

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Have you felt like social advertising just wasn’t right for your B2B marketing? If so, LinkedIn’s new Sponsored Updates may just change your mind. This looks like the most compelling social advertising offering yet for B2B marketers. Up until now, advertising on LinkedIn was just advertising. It includes your update, link, and information about the target page. Fills the Mobile Gap.

No!! LinkedIn Just Went Klout On Us!

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If you have viewed a LinkedIn profile in the last couple days, chances are you have seen a new box at the top of the page prompting you to endorse the individuals skills. Here is a screenshot of the endorse box on one of my connection’s profile page: With one click, I can endorse Lauren’s skills in these five areas simply because we are connected. But wait, there’s more!

LinkedIn Just Went Into the Publishing Business

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A number of publishers and blogs covered the launch of LinkedIn’s new follow feature for 150 thought leaders or influencers over the last few weeks. However, labeling it the ability to follow thought leaders (as LinkedIn did) misses the real point. LinkedIn did not launch a new feature to follow thought leaders or the ability for select individuals to publish articles on LinkedIn. Nowhere.

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.

Digital Marketing’s Massive Measurement Lies

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Digital marketers are getting hooked on reporting bigger numbers, but in the process your marketing may actually be making a smaller and smaller impact. Marketers are making a land grab, including in their reporting big swaths of results that were not driven by their marketing efforts. Many even count the same results twice, all to show that marketing is contributing to results. Yikes! Retargeting.

B2B Marketing’s Measurement Problem

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No one makes a million dollar decision based on one white paper, one email or one Google search. The buying process may take 12 to 18 months. 20 different people may be involved in the decision. Peers, consultants and analysts will provide their input. The problem doesn’t begin with marketing though. In most B2B organizations, or a similar solution is the system of record.

5 Metrics Every B2B Marketer Should Track

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You have a lead generation program. An influencer program. An advertising program. marketing automation program. You measure every detail about every program. And your programs are doing great. There is just one little problem: you are reporting on a series of programs. Here are the five metrics you should be tracking. Does Your Audience Know You. Is Your Traffic Growing. Do Your Visitors Convert.

Change Is Overdue

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I’ve had it! I’m sick of crappy content, fluffy sales claims and advice that ignores the real issue. And I hope you will help (more on that in a minute). I’m tired of issues without examples, of the content marketers that are afraid of naming names and creating conflict. The now common refrain says every company is a media company and every individual is a publisher. Share them!

Two Killer Google+ Mistakes

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Last week WSJ ran an article entitled “ There’s No Avoiding Google+ ” on the front page. In short, it highlighted the drive by Google to make Google+ pervasive across other Google services. In one of the most telling quotes in the story, Bradley Horowitz, a VP at Google, says “The entry points to Google+ are many, and the integrations are more every day.”

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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.

How Account Based Advertising Really Works

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2015 seemed like a breakout year for account-based advertising, with a flurry of account-based advertising offerings hitting the market. Interest in account-based advertising is, no surprise, following the adoption of account-based marketing. LUMA Partners even singled out Account Based Marketing as an area they expect to take off within MarTech this year. IP Targeting. Your Personal Profiles.

Old Content is the King of Content Marketing

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You don’t need more content. You need old content. know, that’s not what you usually hear, so stick with me. Old content is the real king of content marketing. It’s why established publishers still have a huge advantage. It is why new successful publications like Huffington Post or Copyblogger really aren’t all that new. How big of a difference does old content make?

Five Biggest Infographic Mistakes Marketers Make

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It seems there is another marketing infographic hiding around every corner of the web, and it will probably fall well short of its potential. Instead of making information easier to consume, many infographics make it harder to understand the information they present or even outright mislead. Here are 5 of the biggest infographic mistakes marketers make with an example of each. 1. Source: [link] 2.

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Google+ for SEO? Don’t Focus on Your Brand Page!

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Google, Plus Your World was rolled out just over a week ago, and the online world has adopted the rallying call to get onto Google+ for the SEO benefits. Multiple articles point to brand pages as the solution. The problem is, Google+ Brand Pages are not the ticket to SEO success. Getting Into Your Audience’s Trusted World There are three ways to get into Your Audience’s Trusted World.

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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.

6 Best Tactics for B2B Lead Generation

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You need to generate leads, right? If you are a B2B marketer, particularly one focused on making a complex sale in a large enterprise, the answer is almost certainly a resounding yes. The B2B lead generation landscape has changed tremendously in the last decade. Today, B2B lead generation relies heavily on digital marketing and this list reflects that switch. The B2B Lead Generation List. 1. Email.

Outbound Marketing for Modern B2B Marketers

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Inbound marketing may be the hot topic for B2B marketers today, but today’s big B2B inbound marketers are all active outbound marketers as well. So how do you pair your outbound marketing activity with your inbound marketing? Here are six ways outbound marketing can support and scale your inbound marketing efforts and some of the channels that are appropriate for each one. Tactic: search.

Understanding Intent Behind Content Consumption

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You know millions of people saw your content. But do you know the answer to the more important question: why did they take the time to read it or watch it? It isn’t because it was widely shared on Twitter or LinkedIn. Your SEO program didn’t make then read it. content promotion program didn’t make it suddenly appealing. B2B Content Marketing and Understanding Visitor Intent.

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9 Marketing Words That Have Lost Their Meaning

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The following 9 terms are so overused or misused in B2B marketing that they have lost nearly all meaning. If you are using these terms today, it is time to stop and explain what you really mean. Otherwise, we may hear you, but we will think you mean something completely different. 1. Thought Leadership Almost any type of content has been labeled thought leadership marketing in recent years.

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The Ultimate Guide to Content Experience

The process of content marketing has typically been defined by a three-pillar system that consists of “Creation”, “Distribution”, and “Insights”. However, this system neglects to include the significant fourth pillar of content marketing: Experience.

The Most Dangerous Opinion in Marketing: Yours

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How does your opinion influence your marketing activity? Has your opinion ever biased your creative selection? Has your personal experience with social media increased your perception of its marketing value? Do your watching and reading habits influence the publishers you advertise with? The Problem: Your Perspective You are not selling to yourself. The differences are extreme.

4 Metrics You Need To Track In B2B Lead Generation Programs

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Enterprise B2B marketers face a conundrum. Businesses needs to drive growth and lead generation is a key way the business expects marketing to contribute. However, sales cycles are long. It can take months, even years, before marketing is able to prove the value of lead generation efforts with revenue. And you can’t afford to wait that long to optimize your investment and show results.

Why Good Content Delivers Bad Leads

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Congratulations, you are a B2B content marketer. You have created a great industry blog and library of premium content. You promote your content through search, social, emails, newsletters, even banners. You are seeing strong traffic, engagement with your blog content and a steady increase in registrations for your premium content. There’s just one little problem: the leads are crap.

The B2B Marketing Guide to Paid Content Distribution

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Forrester recently released a report pointing out the failure of most content marketers to plan for adequate content distribution. And they’re right. Marketers are slaving over content today, but almost no one sees that content. Optimizing your content for search and distributing it through your own social and email channels is just the starting place. So what else can you do? Facebook Ads.

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.

The Real Challenge for B2B Content Marketers

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B2B content marketers are hiding behind false excuses for their content marketing challenges. According to Curata’s survey, now nearly a year old, B2B content marketers’ biggest challenges are limited budget (27%), limited staff (25%) and creating enough new content (21%). source ). Only 39% report a lack of budget. The content marketing community is misleading itself. Your Turn.

The Biggest Missed Opportunity in B2B Lead Generation

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When the success of your business is less important than the success of your marketing, something is seriously wrong. Yet this is exactly how most B2B marketers approach lead generation today! You don’t care about the number of leads your sales team has. Instead you care about the number of marketing sourced leads. This is crazy folks! The Lead Generation Opportunity Gap. More Referrals.

LinkedIn Now Tracks You Across The Web [And Flaunts It]

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We know companies track us across the web, but most companies don’t make the tracking obvious. LinkedIn, in quite a departure, is showing right on the homepage the company websites you have visited. The video below is a short screen capture showing how Eloqua and Demandbase were added to the recently viewed block on my homepage after visiting their websites, not just LinkedIn company pages. Will LinkedIn have a privacy backlash similar to what Facebook has faced at times in the past? Will LinkedIn allow this information to be used by advertisers? This isn’t showing every website.

Social Sleuthing: Who is Sharing Your Content: Twitter & LinkedIn Edition

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Have you ever wondered who is sharing your blog posts or other content on social media sites but don’t have access to expensive social media monitoring applications that can tell you? Here are ways you can find out who is sharing your content, and in some cases how much traffic each share is driving, on Twitter and LinkedIn. Topsy Example My post on G+ and SEO is more than a month old.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

4 out of 5 Marketers are Zombies! [Infographic]

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What, it’s changing? Quick, call it dead! Write an article about how social media is killing advertising! Advertising is Dead. SEO is Dead. Television is Dead. Magazines are Dead. Newspapers are Dead. Websites are Dead. Agencies are Dead. Media companies are Dead. Did TV kill radio? After more than 50 years, radio is still here. Like everything else, it has changed. See the pattern here?

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15 People Every B2B Marketer Should Follow On Twitter

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As a B2B marketer, it is easy to find people to follow on Twitter, right? Big names in B2B marketing, content marketing and social media seem to be everywhere. But what about those hidden gems, the people that don’t post frequently, will still have a conversation and don’t seem to always share the same thing or spout the same idea? Maureen Blandford @MaureenB2B. Ryan Skinner @rskin11.

B2B Lead Generation: Publisher Programs

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Need leads? It will cost you. Between $35 and $65 per registration according to statistics recently published by Madison Logic. And that is if you are just targeting a broad function, like “marketing” or “technology.” ” Do you want a specific industry? Level of seniority? Geography? The more targeting you need, the more expensive those leads become. Purchased Contacts.

5 Key Elements of Modern Inbound Marketing

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Last week, I made the case for a new definition of inbound marketing , or as Michael Brenner ( @brennermichael ) called it in the comments, a “call to arms” for inbound marketers. The new definition: Inbound marketing is marketing focused on being found through the recommendation of others and delighting everyone that finds you. Your content is what makes finding you valuable.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

Learn how you can deliver the outstanding cross-channel experiences your contacts want.