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5 Simple Steps To Turn Readers Into Buyers – Content Marketing That Sells


Guest post by Tom Hunt. So you have set up a blog and social media profiles…. You are pumping out multiple articles per week and sharing them furiously…. And yes you see some small traffic spikes (though they quickly drop off when you stop posting right?). Trust me, I know, I have been there… multiple times. Understand Your Customer’s Desired Outcome. What does your customer truly want?

Inbound Marketing or Outbound? Which is the Winner?


The marketing industry has been buzzing about the rise of inbound marketing and the decline of outbound marketing over the last several years. With the rise of internet-empowered buyers, inbound marketing has helped vendors take control of the initial pieces of the buyer’s journey. But are marketing teams really migrating away from outbound marketing? You can control the message and timing.

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

by Juan Pablo Bravo. Sometimes more is truly less.  When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark.   According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%. From my perspective, I think you can.  One is causing the other.

The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell


B2B marketing and sales is a drawn out process that takes months, or longer, to convert leads to customers. That extended timeframe means tons of touchpoints, multiple leads from single accounts, lots of nurturing, and too many opportunities to fall into marketing hell. But, if you know what to avoid, it’s much easier to navigate the marketing landscape and steer clear of traps. Think about it.

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.

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Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

It's All About Revenue

In his Forbes piece published last month, contributor Daniel Newman shared a quote from Megan Heuer, Vice President and Group Director, Data-Driven Marketing, at SiriusDecisions: “Companies of all sizes are trying out ABM, from expanded efforts in very large global companies to laser-focused go-to-market models in lean startups. Not all that impressive. CMO Corner

Note to the Nearly Half of US Small Businesses Still Not Mobile Optimized: Get Crackin'


Believe me, I get it. An inveterate slacker who tends to view any sort of change with a wary eye, I understand how difficult it can be to embrace new technologies, especially as a small business with limited resources. But we’re halfway through 2016 and the world has clearly gone mobile, yet almost half of U.S. small businesses still have not. Web Development and Design

IoT 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used to describe the networking of physical objects, such as consumer electronic devices, vehicles, buildings, air conditioners, heating systems and other items. These objects or “things” are embedded with software, sensors, electronics, and network connectivity, enabling them to complete tasks and communicate with each other, with no user input.

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5 Things Spotify Can Teach You about Content Curation


With a business model that allows customers to start and stop service at their leisure, Spotify is doing an amazing job of keeping them around. It has similar pricing and a nearly identical music catalog to the other streaming music services, so how does Spotify set itself apart? And what the heck does it have to do with your content strategy? Lesson #2: Customize Content for Individual Users.

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.

Three Things Smart B2B Marketers Will be Doing in 2016


What will successful B2B marketers to be doing more of, or differently, in 2016? That question was recently posed to the expert contributors at the B2B Marketing Zone , and two dozen responded with a range of insights about content marketing, measuring results, employee advocacy, customer experience and other topics. Here are three key takeaways plus some additional musings.

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15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common


What’s on your blog? You’ve got a few posts of course. Maybe a sign-up box. But are there blog elements you’re missing? More importantly, are you leaving out anything that could be getting you more results? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. That’s where the sign-up boxes come in. Why use them?

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Four ways Facebook Instant Articles will dramatically impact marketing

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Something important is about to happen, and the impact on content marketers will be profound. Facebook announced it would open up Instant Articles -– formatted and optimized to load almost immediately -– to any publisher  without a special approval process. Let’s look at the implications for digital marketers. 1. shift in distribution. Their algorithm will decide who sees what we create.

What Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Could Mean For B2B Marketers


Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn holds enormous potential for helping B2B marketers reach their audiences and improve revenue generation. Announcing the reinvention of productivity and business processes, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, explains : As these experiences get more intelligent and delightful, the LinkedIn and Office 365 engagement will grow. But what about Outlook? B2B Marketing

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 Understanding The Goals And Intent Of Buyers Can Transform Marketing

Tony Zambito

Transformation by Yu Luck. People and professionals in organizations can have different intentions while working towards the accomplishment of organizational, as well as, individual goals.  Understanding the difference between intent-driven and goal-driven behaviors allows for deeper levels of understanding buyers (customers).  The relationship between intent and goals is a very important one. 

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Landscape of Machine Intelligence Systems for Marketing

Customer Experience Matrix

I’ll be speaking next month at the MarTech conference on How Machine Intelligence Will Really Change Marketing. This required assembling a list of marketing systems using machine intelligence, which pretty much inevitably led to the logoscape below. wasn’t initially enthusiastic about the idea – could there by anything less original?—but but have found the result surprisingly useful. Not so.

8 Key Google Changes B2B Marketers Need To Know In The New Year

KoMarketing Associates

In early December, Google dropped the “followers on Google+” social annotation for AdWords advertisers, as uncovered in an article from The SEM Post. This is announcement was just another indicator that B2B marketers can focus less on activity directly associated with Google+ in the new year. The Demise of Google+. Image Source. Smart Goals For AdWords Advertisers. Mobilegeddon.

The simple truth about what’s driving digital next year


Someone recently asked me what I thought the future of marketing was going to look like: what’s driving digital next year and, most importantly, how marketers can prepare for the seemingly ever-shifting changes brought about by digital. This remains a critical question and one that I spend a huge amount of time thinking about for clients and my own business alike. hard and b.) Coincidence?

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.

Insight into the Growing Impact of Mobile Video Marketing


As an inveterate marketing technologist, I always love it when the prevailing data trends confirm an intuitive notion of mine. In this case, the notion has to do with the steady rise in mobile video consumption and its associated impact on digital marketing strategy. Mobile

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Social Selling 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Onalytica B2B

Social selling is the process of developing relationships as part of the sales process, this mostly takes place on social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook but can also take place offline at networking events and conferences. In addition, socially savvy reps beat their quotas 23% more often. WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING? Tim Hughes  – UK Business Development Director at Oracle.

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Use the Science of Emotion to Write Better Headlines


POLITICO recently ran a headline on its website titled, “The fury of Ben Carson.” ” In a news cycle that has been consumed with sensational stories about politicians of all stripes, it normally wouldn’t be noteworthy. At just five words, the headline’s not even a complete sentence. It doesn’t have an action verb. But the use of “fury” speaks volumes. Submission.

20 Tremendous Digital Marketing Stats and Facts


Digital marketing budgets continue to rise, often at the expense of offline advertising spend. But digital marketers must continue to evolve practices as they strive to make their content an asset, rather than an annoyance, to prospective buyers. Image credit: MarketingProfs. combined. Spending on digital marketing is projected to increase by 12% to 15% on average. Measurement remains problematic.

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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.

From Mealy to Meaty: How to Create Better Content


Many of us content marketers have been operating under a faulty premise. We think more is always better. Every year, we’ve made it a priority to create more and more content. Even this year, 76% of B2B content marketers say they will create more content. For B2Cers, the figure is 77%. But does more content result in better content? mandate is not getting us very far. So what to do?  . Heck, yes.

The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

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In a post titled Content Marketing – It’s About to Get Weird , my friend Joe Pulizzi revealed disappointing findings from an annual research survey. Here’s This is not good. And the worst may be yet to come. Joe goes on to paint a hopeful picture of content marketing’s future by plugging this problem into the Gartner’s “hype cycle” model. It sucked.

[Infographic] The Periodic Table of Elements for B2B Marketing Attribution


As the scientific community recognizes four new elements on the scientific periodic table, it seemed fitting for revenue-focused B2B marketers to join the club with our own chart. The Periodic Table of Marketing Attribution displays the key components necessary for a fully functional, data-driven attribution strategy. click to view larger). click to view larger). SECTION #1: ATTRIBUTION MODELING.

4 Myths Preventing True B2B Customer Understanding

Tony Zambito

by Alex Auda Samora. There is a big problem when it comes to B2B customer research.  And, most B2B executives may be unable to see or recognize the problem.  The scarier notion is some may not even know it exists. What is this big problem? Rather than, to explore new concepts, hypotheses, uncover new opportunities, gain revealing insights into issues, and seek new innovative ideas. Enjoy.).

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.

Study: Half of Marketing Jobs Will Be Replaced by Machine Intelligence

Customer Experience Matrix

Riesterer’s own talk followed exactly that template, a bit of consistency I always admire. This in turn got me thinking about my presentation on machine learning systems at the MarTech conference in March. pretty much finished drafting it last week, but it was still an interesting exercise to imagine recasting it along the lines Riesterer proposed. Let’s go back to Riesterer’s three-part template.

How Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

Beginnings are hard. We procrastinate the projects and tasks we perceive tough, complicated, or otherwise messy. Starting a content marketing program from scratch is right up there on the list. Neck-tightening tension separates things we intend to do from the things we actually do. Left unresolved, tension quickly escalates to anxiety, stress, and self-doubt. Mistakes Are Amplified For Startups.

No I Do Not Want To See Your Demo


A few weeks ago I had the privilege and opportunity to deliver the closing keynote for the B2B Summit in London.  The event, hosted by B2B Marketing , was a one-day event that delivered multiple sessions focused on best practices on everything from content, measurement, demand generation and Account-Based Marketing (ABM) strategies. Then, they ask if I have time for a 30-minute demo. ”   .

5 Ways to Expand Lead Nurturing Beyond the Inbox

The Point

Email may still be the workhorse in how B2B companies build relationships, maintain awareness, qualify leads and nudge prospects along the sales cycle, but these days, it pays to think about “lead nurturing” as more just an email campaign. That’s not because email is going away any time soon. But direct mail doesn’t have to be a “batch” process.

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.