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Marketing Automation Trends - Download the Report

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Marketing automation is a hot topic as more B2B marketers are adopting the technology to generate more and better leads, improve marketing productivity, and increase conversion rates. But what are the current trends, challenges, and success factors for marketing automation? What marketing automation benefits do marketers expect? How do marketers evaluate marketing automation vendors?

Crossing the Divide: The Art of Closing the Sale

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We see it again and again: professional services sellers misread the real desires and priorities of their buyers, and consequently stumble in the art of closing the sale. The Hinge Research Institute conducts regular research on the professional services marketplace. For our most recent study , we set out to examine how successful providers cross the perception gap between buyers and sellers.

New Infographic - Contact Forms for the Marketing Ninja (Minja)

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Check out this great new infographic about contact forms. Thank you Lisa Margetis at SingleHop

The Top-5 B2B Marketing Trends for 2012

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Happy New Year! It is time again for our annual B2B Marketing "predictions". As every year, I asked the 25,000 marketing professionals in the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn about their B2B marketing priorities for 2012. And here are the results: 1 - Integration of social media Social media remains the #1 topic in 2012. The benefits of segmentation are substantial.

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.

8 Tips for Marketing SaaS and Software in the Cloud

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The cloud is all the rage these days. Saugatuck Technology's Bruce Guptill released some interesting market research predicting that by 2014 the majority of new corporate B2B software purchases will be in the form of cloud software solutions (SaaS) rather than traditional on-premise software. What does this mean for B2B marketers selling cloud solutions and software as a service? Here is why.

Why care about B2B Content Marketing?

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Our B2B content marketing survey is the most popular survey we have produced to date. We asked over 20,000 B2B marketing professionals to share their collective insight on B2B content marketing issues, trends, and preferences. After the first couple of hundred responses, patterns and trends have stabilized - a clear sign that we are getting close to a representative sample size.

Is Your Content Marketing Program a Success?

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Content marketing is one of the most popular strategies deployed by today's B2B marketers to attract and engage prospects, and guide them through the buying process. But how do marketers measure content marketing success? We asked 20,000 members of the B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn what metrics they use to measure the success of their content marketing initiatives.

How Social Media Boosts Search Rankings (Infographic)

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Most B2B vendors have already optimized their websites for organic search engine rankings. While further optimization can yield some marginal improvements in rankings, B2B marketers have shifted their focus to offsite tactics such as back links on quality sites to deliver a significant impact on rankings and traffic. Check it out

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.

New Report: 2011 B2B Content Marketing Trends

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SlideShare views for the new report " 2011 B2B Content Marketing Trends " are off the charts - looks like we have a topic that is really resonating with B2B marketers. The biggest motivator for content marketing is its ability to drive awareness, leads, and engagement with prospects to compensate where where traditional tactics are falling short.

Top-3 B2B Content Marketing Formats & Channels

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In our last post we reviewed the key objectives of B2B content marketing initiatives as indicated by our 20,000 member survey. Now, let's take a look at popular content formats and delivery channels. How well are they performing for B2B marketers? What Content Formats Are Most Effective? What Content Delivery Channels Are Most Effective? Looking forward to hear from you.

5 Steps to Social Media Leads with Content Marketing

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One of my recent posts (“ The Top-10 B2B Marketing Trends for 2011 ”) received a lot of great comments. The number one marketing trend for 2011, according to the 17,000 member B2B technology marketing group on LinkedIn, is the increasing integration of social media with traditional marketing tactics to drive qualified leads. One of my favorites is a content-centric approach. Great question.

What Are the Top-10 Marketing Books?

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There are literally thousands of marketing books available today. handful of them stand out as most influential on the art and science of marketing. But which books should be in the top-10 list of "must read" marketing books? To get an answer, I conducted a quick survey among the 17,000+ members of the B2B marketing community on LinkedIn. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne) Inside the Tornado (Geoffrey A.

Is Traditional B2B Marketing Dead?

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Earlier this week, I was on a panel at the WIT event "The Intersection of Marketing & Technology" in McLean, VA. One of the discussions was about the dramatic changes happening in B2B marketing today and what the future will hold. The question "Is traditional B2B marketing dead?" ignited a lively discussion. think we are experiencing nothing short of a major disruption in marketing today.

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.

Top-10 B2B Marketing Topics of 2010

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With 2010 coming to an end, it is time for a quick review of the most popular B2B marketing posts on the Everything Technology Marketing blog. Thank you all for participating in this blog - I learned a lot from our discussions this year. See you in 2011

Take the 2011 B2B Content Marketing Survey

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B2B buyer behavior has been changing dramatically over the last few years as buyers increasingly refuse to be interrupted by outbound marketing tactics. Content marketing has emerged as a highly effective strategy to engage the reluctant B2B buyer who is actively searching for guidance and information online before making a complex purchase decision. Thank you! Holger Schulze hhschulze@gmail.com

Developing Your Marketing Analytics Strategy - A 3 Step Approach

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Guest post b y Glenn Facey We live in a new age of information superabundance: the burgeoning era of Big Data analytics. Never before have marketers had the opportunity to understand their audiences in such fine, precise, and comprehensive detail. But while it seems that answers to many persistent marketing challenges are rising to the surface in the constant churn of data from social, mobile, and other online activity, the core tenet of Big Data remains as true as ever: In order to gather useful answers, you have to ask the right questions. What is the amount of revenue retained? ?

Download the 2013 B2B Content Marketing Report

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Content marketing is going mainstream in 2013. B2B marketers are increasingly using content marketing tactics to engage B2B buyers with compelling content to educate, inform, entertain and guide them along their buying journey. But what’s behind the buzz and growing popularity of content marketing? Download the new B2B Content Marketing Report to find out. Marketing automation is on the rise.

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.

It's Budget Season - B2B Marketing Budget Trends for 2011

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MarketingSherpa asked more than 900 B2B marketers how they expect their marketing budgets to change for 2011. The results are in: The majority of B2B organizations are increasing marketing budgets for inbound marketing tactics, including social media, virtual events and webinars, SEO and PPC. this year over 2009. last year. last year. last year. last year.

New Report: B2B Content Marketing Trends

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The new report " B2B Content Marketing Trends 2012 " is now available on Slideshare. Be one of the first marketers to share the brand new report with your friends and colleagues via Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook (just go to Slideshare and use the social sharing feature)! Here is a quick summary of the most important trends we found ( more ): The Top-5 Trends in Content Marketing 1.

B2B Market Segmentation – Part 2: How to Approach Segmentation

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In part one of our segmentation series , we discussed the importance of and rationale behind market segmentation. Let's take a closer look at actual implementation of market segmentation. Focusing on WHO a buyer is makes for more easily observable and actionable data that can be used to define segments and their boundaries. What value driver represents your best opportunities? Regulatory drivers?

Take the Survey: B2B Marketing Trends in 2012

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With 2011 coming to a close, what do you think will be the major trends and priority shifts for B2B marketers in 2012? Take the 2-minute survey to share your thoughts: [link] You will receive a copy of the survey report as a thank you

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.

Take the 2012 B2B Content Marketing Survey

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B2B buyer behavior has been changing dramatically over the last few years as buyers increasingly refuse to be interrupted by traditional outbound marketing tactics. Content marketing has emerged as a highly effective strategy to engage the reluctant B2B buyer who is actively searching for guidance and information online, often involving social media, before making a complex purchase decision.

Top-7 Challenges for B2B Marketers

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According to MarketingSherpa , the top challenges for B2B marketers are becoming, well, more challenging. B2B buyers don't trust the slow recovery and and take their time before pulling the trigger. This situation makes persona-based content marketing more critical than ever. Here are the top-7 B2B marketing challenges: What are your biggest B2B marketing challenges?

A Framework for B2B Customer Segmentation – Part 1: Why Segment Your Market?

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Marketing segmentation is about subdividing markets into segments of customers that have similar needs and behaviors. This way, vendors can optimize their product offering, marketing, and sales approach to meet the specific requirements of the segment better and more cost efficiently than the competition. In complex markets, segmentation is not trivial. In short, they are more profitable.

The Brave New World of B2B Marketing - Are You Ready?

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Your B2B markets are changing rapidly. It is now harder than ever for B2B vendors to get the attention of our audiences. Power Shift Knowledge is power, and the balance of power is clearly shifting from vendors to the customer. B2B buyers are more sophisticated than ever. They educate themselves on the nature of their business problem, possible solution options, available vendors and products.

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.

B2B Market Segmentation – Part 3: How to Prioritize

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The previous B2B market segmentation exercises ( Part 1 | Part 2 ) likely produced a large number of potential target segments. If focus is one of the reasons for segmentation in the first place, then having too many segments will obviously distract from this goal. suggest starting with the same criteria you used to define the segments and also use them to score your segments.

New Marketing Report: B2B Lead Generation Trends 2013

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Finally, the new 2013 B2B Lead Generation Report is available! Download it here: [link] ) The B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted the 2013 lead generation survey to better understand how B2B marketers are adjusting to new challenges, and to identify new trends and best practices. The results are in. Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!

5 Steps to B2B Marketing Success

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By Holger Schulze Major shifts are taking place in B2B marketing that started a few years ago but have accelerated in recent months – in the marketplace as well as inside vendor organizations. Prospects and customers are becoming more sophisticated and better informed than ever before. Customers are are in the driver’s seat today. And today’s customers are busier than ever. Time to get ready

Social Media in B2B Marketing - Survey Results

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The B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted a survey earlier this year to explore the rapidly changing landscape of social media in the context of B2B marketing. The survey generated over 270 responses from B2B marketers - and the results are in! What is your experience with social media in B2B

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.

Navigate the Marketing Technology Landscape with this Map

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The marketing technology landscape can be quite confusing. There are dozens of solution categories, each with dozens of great vendors. Where to start? I ran across this great infographic by the guys over at WordStream that shows a map of the most important marketing technology categories and the leaders in each category. hope you find it helpful (click to enlarge or click here

Looking for Social Media Policy Examples?

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Do you hesitate to jump on the social media bandwagon with your company? Concerned about what happens when an employee shares insider information? Social media is inherently dynamic, even chaotic. Provide no guidance and you likely end up damaging your brand. Be too restrictive and your social media initiative will never take off, putting you at a competitive disadvantage. Clear policies help you better navigate this new communication channel and provide guidance to your audience as to what is ok to post and what isn't.

The Top-5 Content Marketing Trends in 2013

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Check out our latest B2B Content Marketing Report 2013 and find out what is going on in the world of content marketing. Here are five of the most interesting content marketing trends we identified: Content marketing is going mainstream and is becoming more sophisticated to help marketers generate more leads and enable thought leadership. The popularity of white papers as a content marketing format is declining relative to interactive, easily digestible formats such as video. More than 82 percent of B2B marketers are increasing their content production over the next 12 months.

You Have No Metrics for B2B Social Media Measurement? (Survey Sneak Peek)

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Here is another interesting result from the B2B social media survey. I was surprised to learn that a plurality of B2B marketers (45%) say they don't have ANY metrics in place for measuring social media effectiveness. Something tells me that B2B marketers will get away with this only for a short time until investment in social media comes under increased scrutiny.

10 Key Marketing Trends for 2016

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