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Asking “Why” Makes Your Marketing Content More Effective

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This post is short and sweet, but it also highly important to your success as a B2B marketer. As someone […]. Marketing Content marketing message

The Evolving Journey of the B2B Buyer

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Daniel Heimlich posted the following photo on his LinkedIn page. Not sure who the conference speaker was, but the five […]. The post The Evolving Journey of the B2B Buyer appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Buyer Buying Journey

Crisp Sales and Marketing Execution – A Key to B2B Success

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Planning is great, and having the right marketing and sales strategies in place is imperative, but it can be for […]. Marketing Strategy Sales and Marketing Marketing Execution

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What Types of Content Propels B2B Buyers

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I recently enjoyed an article titled, “Which Types of Content do B2B Tech Buyers Respond to Most?” The article is […]. B2B Buyer Content

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150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2015

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At the beginning of each year, my team and I publish a report on significant trends in B2B sales and marketing. This report is based on our experience with our B2B clients as well as relevant industry research. The purpose or the report is to provide information that is timely and actionable. You can read the full report here. Trend 1:  Metrics are a major priority.

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The Marketing and Sales Gap of Disappointment

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The leads and customers you get this month may not come from something you did this month, but rather something […]. Marketing and Sales

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Attracting More B2B Buyers by Focusing on Their Interests

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What problems are your buyers looking to solve? Like you, I’m frequently bombarded by online ads and self-promoting emails […]. The post Attracting More B2B Buyers by Focusing on Their Interests appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Buyer Demand Generation Marketing Focus

B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2016

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At the end of each year, my team and I publish a report on the major B2B marketing and sales […]. The post B2B Sales and Marketing Trends for 2016 appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Marketing Trends B2B Marketing B2B Sales

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Can You Really Use Marketing to Shrink the B2B Sales Cycle?

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It seems at least once a week that I talk to a B2B company about how to shrink their sales […]. The post Can You Really Use Marketing to Shrink the B2B Sales Cycle? appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Sales Sales Cycle Sales Model B2B sales cycle

How Do Potential B2B Buyers Find You?

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There are hundreds of articles, blogs and papers on the subject of finding B2B prospects. The conversation goes something like […]. The post How Do Potential B2B Buyers Find You? appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Buyer B2B Marketing Pull Marketing

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How CEOs Can Improve the Value of Sales and Marketing Efforts

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CEOs have likely already conferred with their leadership teams about how they will deliver sales- and marketing-fueled growth for this […]. Marketing Sales Sales and Marketing

Entrepreneur or Not – You Need to Read This

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If you are a corporate wage earner — as I was for much of my working life — you may […]. The post Entrepreneur or Not – You Need to Read This appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Entrepreneur

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How to Rejuvenate a Troubled B2B Brand

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Two months ago, I wrote an article titled The Economic Value of Your Company Brand. The theme of the post: No matter the size and scope of your company, the brand position you hold with your prospects and customers has monetary value in terms of sales, stock prices and even employee retention. There are two major types of branding rejuvenation projects we can talk about (and several sub-types).

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Nine Critical Criteria For Selecting Lead-to-Revenue Technology

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My team and I write lots of content for our B2B clients. We also keep our own content stream flowing […]. CRM Lead-to-Revenue Marketing Automation lead-to-revenue

The Tao of B2B Buying Behavior – Why Emotion Trumps Logic

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I’ve always wanted to use the word “Tao” in a blog post because the term has such profound (albeit esoteric) […]. The post The Tao of B2B Buying Behavior – Why Emotion Trumps Logic appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Buying B2B Marketing B2B Buyer

Are You Marketing to Gain or Pain?

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As a marketing or sales professional, you have a choice in how you message your company and its offerings, with […]. Marketing Content

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How to Achieve Expert Status in B2B Marketing and Sales

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On my last post, I talked about the huge difference between companies and individuals who are considered experts, versus those […]. B2B Marketing Expert Status B2B Sales

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Marketing Technology – Your Best Friend or Nightmare?

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One of the most important enablers of an effective lead-to-revenue framework is marketing technology, which, combined with CRM and a […]. The post Marketing Technology – Your Best Friend or Nightmare? appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Lead-to-Revenue Marketing Technology lead-to marketing technology

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How to Validate Your B2B Go-to-Market Plan

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My team and I are often asked to comment on – or do a more formal evaluation of – a […]. The post How to Validate Your B2B Go-to-Market Plan appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Marketing Plan Sales Model b2b Go-to-Market Market Plan

Six Fast Ways to Improve Your B2B Copy

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Every few months I get the urge to focus my blog post on the subject of copywriting – specifically, how to write B2B copy that achieve the intended results. I do this not only to help the readers of my blog, but also because I need the useful reminders myself on how to communicate in the most effective manner. Assume everyone is as busy as you and get to the point quickly. Don’t show off your Ph.D.

B2B Content Marketing That Drives Results

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There is a lot of buzz in the air about content marketing. Businesses that need to increase their brand awareness, credibility, and preference with their target audiences are turning to content marketing in greater numbers as a proven pull marketing strategy that aligns well with important business metrics. Whether The Payoff Earned from Effective B2B Content. Converts visitors to leads.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Fast Lead Response Keeps B2B Leads from Going Stale

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Last month, I spoke about lead metrics and ROI at the B2B Leads Conference in New York. Several smart speakers brought up the issue of why the time to respond to inbound leads is a key success metric. Most had case studies or industry data to support their claim that lead response time is a key B2B leads metric. Likewise, I have lots of data to show the impact of fast versus slow lead response.

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Lower the Cost and Boost the Productivity of B2B Sales

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Last month, David Brock, president of Partners in Excellence, published an excellent article titled A Frightening Look At the Cost Of a Sales Person.  Brock recounted some statistics that should disturb senior sales executives, as well as their CEOs and CFOs. For example: The average tenure of a salesperson from the time they start a job to the time they leave is less than two years (Sales Readiness Group). The average tenure of a sales manager is 19 months. 47% of companies say it takes 10 or more months for new sales people to become fully productive (67% are 7 or more months)(CSO Insights).

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The Economic Value of Your Company Brand

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I was a guest speaker for The Center for Business Modeling at a video/podcast on a subject near and dear to my heart: the economic value of a brand. Following is a summary of what I said on the podcast. When people talk about a company brand, it is often expressed as sort of an abstract concept – we feel good about our brand — or perhaps not so good. Actually, a strong brand has a monetary value.

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How to Beat Larger Competitors at B2B Marketing and Sales

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Let’s face it – there is only one leader in every business category: Apple in smartphones, Wal-Mart in retail, Cargill in food processing, Microsoft in computer software and Wells Fargo in banking. This is equally true in smaller market segments. Certainly there are some disadvantages. For example, the big dog company has more marketplace awareness. politics or personnel decisions).

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.

Marketing Specialist or Generalist – Which do You Need?

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One of my favorite business writers, Bob Bly, published an intriguing article in an October, 2015 newsletter on the topic […]. The post Marketing Specialist or Generalist – Which do You Need? appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Marketing Marketing Strategy

11 Rules You Must Follow to Be a LinkedIn Marketing Master

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At my company, Fusion Marketing Partners, we have a policy of not spending money on marketing or sales. We are “pull” (inbound) marketers to the core and this philosophy has served us well. Of course, we do lots of “push” (outbound) marketing for clients, but we try to move them in the direction of pull marketing in order to drive awareness and leads up and drive new customer acquisition costs down. As a B2B marketer, one of the best social media tools you can use is LinkedIn. But to be successful with LinkedIn marketing, you need to follow some important rules, like: Get started now.

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How B2B Marketing Supports Sales Enablement

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There is a lot of industry buzz around the term “sales enablement.” This is terrific because the marketing department should […]. B2B Marketing Sales Effectivness Sales Enablement Sales Growth Sales effectiveness

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The Importance of Processes in Effective Lead-to-Revenue

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Component 3 in our recent eBook The Essential Guide to Building Your Lead-to-Revenue Machine is optimized marketing and sales processes. You […]. The post The Importance of Processes in Effective Lead-to-Revenue appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. Lead-to-Revenue lead-to-revenue Revenue Sales Leads

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Why Timing is a Critical Factor in B2B Marketing Success

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Earlier this year, Bill Gross, founder of Idealab, spoke at TED on the topic of top factors in startup success.  […]. The post Why Timing is a Critical Factor in B2B Marketing Success appeared first on Great B2B Marketing. B2B Marketing Marketing Timing Market Timing

Use Digital Content to Shorten the B2B Sales Cycle

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It seems like everyone is talking about B2C and B2B content marketing. Marketers, sales reps, and business owners are becoming aware of the many benefits of propagating fresh and relevant digital content. But perhaps the most important content marketing benefit is the impact on the sales cycle. What types of digital content shorten the B2B sales cycle?  Company and Product Reviews. Case Studies.

How to Sell More by Selling Less

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My friend (and very smart marketer) Debbie Breemeersch recently shared a great article on LinkedIn: The Secret To Sales Success: […]. B2B Sales b2b sale

Get on Board the Mobile Marketing Revolution

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International Data Corp.’s ’s 2013 Tech Marketing Benchmark Study shows that B2B companies this year allocated only 1.7% of their marketing budgets for mobile ads, 1.4% for mobile web and apps, and 0.7% for SMS text messaging. However, many B2B prospects – those people you aim to serve—prefer to read and engage via mobile devices (mostly smartphones and tablets).  from 3.2%.

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.