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What clients want and expect from influencer marketing, according to creator relations master, Kristen Matthews

Biznology

I reached out to Kristen Matthews yesterday to catch up with her and to ask her about what she’s seeing in the marketplace. What do clients want and expect? What do influencers want and expect? What does Kristen Matthews, herself, want and expect from her clients, influencers, and creators?

Weekend Reading: “Shift” by Sean M. Doyle

Marketing Insider Group

For the 183rd episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interview Sean M. Doyle, author of Shift: 19 Practical, Business-Driven Ideas for an Executive in Charge of Marketing by Not Trained for the Task. Too many executives misunderstand marketing, or worse, don’t care about it.

How to Gain Buy-In for Content Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

You know how powerful content marketing is for brand awareness, lead nurturing, and building lasting relationships with your customers. So do the 91 percent of B2B marketers who are using content marketing today.

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12 Tips for Amazingly Effective Email Subject Lines for 2018

Act-On

How to write email subject lines your audience actually wants to click! Read these tips for more effective email subject lines, then start experimenting and testing. Email Marketing

The Sales Enablement Handbook

In the sphere of sales, it helps to get your definitions down. You might have thought sales operations and sales enablement are the same thing - but there are important differences. Both have the objective of improving sales performance, and although there is some overlap, they do this in different ways.

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7 Steps to Defining a Marketing-Qualified Lead (MQL)

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Demand & Lead Generation

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The Problem with Content & How We Fix It

KoMarketing Associates

A few months ago, Mark Traphagen wrote a post on Search Engine Land that really stood out to me. The post, “Social media in 2018: Time to grow up or get out” is based on the premise that social media needs to take the next step toward becoming a legitimate channel. A channel with real strategies, without shortcuts, and more importantly, a channel that is responsible for sales and revenue. As I read the article, it got me thinking about where we are with content marketing.

Top Trends in B2B Marketing

Biznology

[Note: The webinar starts about the :37 mark due to some technical difficulties.]. Our latest webinar interview is about B2B marketing with expert Ruth Stevens. Business buying behavior continues to evolve–and fast. So marketing behavior has to keep up!

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Customer Success: An Instrument for Change

Modern Marketing

In a talk I delivered last week about our new service model at the Customer Success Summit in Toronto, I referred to customer success as a function that should be seen in the age of the cloud as a company’s most vital instrument for transformative change.

The Account-Based Marketing Playbook

Account-Based Marketing is a strategy, not a solution.

3 Forces Shaping The Future Of B2B Marketing

Marketing Insider Group

Many executives, particularly Chief Marketing Officers, are in constant pursuit of understanding changing buyer behaviors and markets. Which, for the most part, remains an elusive and challenging endeavor.

When, Why and How to Gate Content Along the Customer Journey

Act-On

Forget the arguments about whether or not to gate content. The questions are when – and how – to best gate content. The answers lie along the customer journey. Demand & Lead Generation content marketing content strategy gate content gated content

Industrial Website Redesign for Marketing to Engineers

Industrial Marketing Today

An industrial website redesign for manufacturers, system integrators and distributors that market to engineers, requires a different approach because marketing to engineers is different. This becomes a challenge if the outside web development company or your in-house marketing department doesn’t have a clear understanding of marketing to engineers and industrial professionals.

3 digital marketing tactics that will increase conversions now

Biznology

If you pause for a moment, you will realize that digital marketing is quite amazing. Even twenty years ago, marketing options for a small business included a radio or television ad (if you had the money).

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy.

How Marketers Can Be Successful with Blockchain Technology

Modern Marketing

We’ve so often heard about how new tech disrupts industries that it has become cliché Whether it’s IoT, smart glasses, or even AI, there’s always this constant conversation about how new and innovative tech is going to change things.

Integrating 4 Critical Tactics for Digital Marketing Success

Marketing Insider Group

Digital marketing success is more than just choosing a few digital tactics, it requires integrating those tactics into a cohesive strategy. Then, doing it over again every day.

The Benefits and Challenges of B2B SaaS Marketing

KoMarketing Associates

Maybe it’s easy to believe, but B2B marketing is easier for different types of products. Some make creative or interesting marketing campaigns manageable, while other industries and products are almost impossible to advertise. This can be for a variety of factors: niche, the product itself, or how the products are used. Luckily, for SaaS (software as a service) products, B2B digital marketing has a lot of benefits.

What We Can Learn From Our Most Frequently Used Emojis

Contently

You can learn a lot about a person based on the “frequently used” section of their emoji keyboard. By now, emojis have made their way into almost all forms of digital communication.

Not Too Late: Last-Minute Steps towards GDPR Compliance for B2B Marketers

Speaker: Howard J. Sewell, President, Spear Marketing Group, and Anne Angele, Senior Marketing Automation Specialist, Spear Marketing Group

As you likely know, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect May 25. Surveys show that most US-based B2B marketers are still woefully unprepared, even though the regulation affects not only any company actively doing business in Europe, but anyone even communicating with European contacts in his/her marketing database. The penalties for non-compliance with GDPR can be severe – in the millions of dollars. Fortunately, there are a few basic steps that B2B marketers can and should make that will get them closer to full compliance.

Crafting content for the buying cycle

Biznology

All content is not created equal. Which is good, because not all prospects are interested in the same things. That’s why it’s critical to create content that appeal to the different buyer needs. Please don’t view this as an invitation to try to be all things to all people.

A Small Glitch or Evidence of Impending CX Disaster

Modern Marketing

Interpreting what you customers mean from their interactions with you is key to creating valuable digital experiences that will make them return to your site. Let me elaborate on this from an experience of mine.

Your Marketing Campaign Is Dead. Why Isn’t It Working?

Marketing Insider Group

After months of planning a big marketing campaign it fell flat the moment you launched it. Instead of being worried about what you should do next, you should try to find out why it was a total failure. This is not the moment to try to find a new job, this is the moment when […].

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5 Trending Rumors About B2B Lead Generation That Need to Die

B2B PR Sense

Lead generation is one of the top struggles for nearly every B2B company. In an ideal world, you'd retain clients with bottomless pockets for an eternity and you wouldn't have to hit the pavement looking for new leads. However, we all know that's not the reality in which we all live.

GDPR & Demand Generation: What Your Team Needs To Know

Speaker: David Crane, Head of Content & Thought Leadership, Integrate

The coming month will test the boundaries of change management for marketing organizations (and their colleagues in sales, finance, IT and legal) as they ready their teams for the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect May 2018. Much of what we’ve seen in B2B marketing publications, martech vendor blogs and from word-of-mouth borders on fear-mongering. Not to say this isn’t understandable – a lot of rather quick changes must be made to ensure GDPR compliance, and they can feel overwhelming. However, some of the wisest B2B marketing experts continue to reiterate one very important point: GDPR, while causing significant stress now, will lead to more efficient and effective marketing and sales down the road.

What Instagram’s IGTV Can Offer Brands

Contently

After taking on Snapchat with ephemeral content, Instagram is now vying for YouTube’s video throne. In late June, Instagram launched IGTV, its longform video platform. Users can now post videos up to an hour in length, and the videos are viewed vertically, the way we naturally hold our phones.

Travel mugs help spread your business around this summer

Biznology

When you are choosing a promotional product to help spread the word about your business, if you want to spread your name far and wide, consider travel mugs. Travel mugs will certainly make the rounds when you give them away, recipients will take the mugs with them wherever they might go.

Survey: Marketers Still Struggle with Marketing Automation Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

Although marketers are focused on marketing automation to achieve their top priorities, research shows that they are still facing numerous barriers when it comes to executing this tactic. Ascend2 recently conducted the “Optimizing Marketing Automation” survey to determine how marketers are faring in terms of marketing automation.

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Customer Journey Mapping: The Cornerstone of Cross-Channel Marketing

Modern Marketing

Marketers understand the key to successful business is cross-channel marketing as it makes it easy for customers to complete any desired activity on whatever medium they are most comfortable with. However, the actual implementation of cross-channel marketing is a different story.

Top 20 B2B Marketing Charts of 2017

Discover critical data and insights with MarketingCharts' most popular B2B marketing charts of 2017. This deck covers both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective across topics such as lead generation, vendor relationships, and content marketing.

When it comes to using B2B marketing to generate leads, Nike’s right.

Sales Lead Insights

A B2B lead generation campaign that’s sitting on the drawing board has zero ROI. I have to admit that I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I could easily find myself fiddling with my marketing communications plans, campaigns or materials for months. Instead, I’ve had to teach myself, and my clients, to aim for the best results possible by a pre-determined deadline… and launch. The post When it comes to using B2B marketing to generate leads, Nike’s right. appeared first on Sales Lead Insights.

Perception vs. Reality: The Life of a Social Media Editor

Contently

Social media jobs get a bizarre rep. Sometimes the work is perceived as fun, sometimes too easy, and sometimes downright mindless.

Report: Marketers Use 8+ Channels to Build Customer Relationships

KoMarketing Associates

Marketers are constantly working to maintain relationships with customers, and new research suggests that they are using a wide array of channels, such as email, to reach out to them on a regular basis. ProsperWorks recently conducted “The State of Customer Management in the Relationship Era” report to determine how marketers and sales representatives are maintaining relationships with existing customers.

Meet the Marketing Owner, Agile Marketing’s Make or Break Role

Marketing Insider Group

There are pretty much an unlimited number of factors that can impact the success or failure of an Agile marketing rollout. Organizational culture, team structure, strategic priorities, and tool selection are all on the short list of things can totally derail a group’s efforts to go Agile.

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2018 B2B Marketing Mix Report

B2B marketers like you contributed their insights to Sagefrog’s annual B2B Marketing Mix Report, a valuable asset in planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead.