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How Your SMB Company Can Adopt ABM Tactics

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Account-based marketing continues to lure in marketers with the ever-seductive dance of engagement. But some of us feel like ABM wallflowers, lanky with mismatched clothing, shuffling our two left feet closest to the exit while the cool kids show off on the dance floor. We want to be just like them. But, we’re afraid we won’t fit in. What if you’re neither of those things? No, it doesn’t. That

Why a Single View of Your Customer is Vital for Success

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More than ever before, we have an opportunity to see and interact with our customers and prospects across the largest number of channels and platforms. That provides more data to identify patterns in behavior that can be leveraged to create better messages and interactions with them. That’s why it’s important to collect all those perspectives and create a single view of each customer.

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The 9 Circles of B2B Marketing Hell

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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.

6 Success Factors for Adopting Marketing Automation

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Are you getting ready to implement marketing automation? Congratulations! Marketing automation is not rocket science, but it does take strategy, planning, and preparation to make it work well and meet your company’s expectations. Six readiness factors for implementing marketing automation. #1: Get your website in order. Your website should be: Current. Easy to navigate, user-friendly. Well-branded.

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

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New Chapter for the B2B Lead Blog

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You may have noticed the B2B Lead Blog has a new look. Image credit: PhotoDune. That’s because it’s my personal blog again. After a stint at MECLABS (resulting from the acquisition of InTouch ) I’ve been given a great opportunity to do something new. Over the next few months, I’ll be starting a business and working on my next book, a sequel to  Lead Generation for the Complex Sale.

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Don’t Bore People: 10 Ideas for B2B Newsletter Content

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What’s the first thing you think when you hear “B2B newsletter”? If you’re like most people, it’s boredom. Let’s face it, email newsletters don’t exactly have a rep for being riveting entertainment. Neither does most B2B marketing. Pair the two, and some of us can already feel our eyes glazing over. It’s time to change that. Social media content. This one’s so easy. Want extra credit? Mushrooms?

The 17 Best Keyword Research Tools for SEO and SEM

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Despite some misleading chatter to the contrary, SEO is not dead , and keywords still matter. What is true is that search engines have improved their semantic capabilities, meaning they look for the meaning in each block of text rather than just specific phrases. And of course, keyword stuffing, as an SEO tactic, is long dead. That’s where keyword research comes in. ” — Smart Bug Media.

25 of the Very Best Content Marketing Resources in 2016 … So Far

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Content marketers are always open to consuming more content. Well … good content. Am I right? As a content marketer myself, I’m always on the hunt for good content as a way to improve and learn more. recently went through some pretty hefty content planning activities and a shift in approach, so I’ve been consuming a lot of content for content marketers. Like a lot, a lot. So here it is! Flat out.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

What is Blockchain and what is its impact on marketing?

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By Kiki Schirr, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Bitcoin, the largest and most famous cryptocurrency, is always in the news these days. You might have a few coins in a wallet yourself, or might feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of investing in such a volatile market. But even if Bitcoin eventually fails (which is looking ever less likely) the technology behind it, Blockchain, is here to stay.

Top 10 Marketing Automation Mistakes

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It’s well documented that, of the companies who invest in marketing automation, many fail to achieve maximum return from that investment, or even utilize marketing automation technology to its full capacity. Many of the pitfalls that cause the returns on marketing automation to fall short can be distilled into a handful of common issues. Launching lead scoring too soon. Not setting up SPF and DKIM.

8 Things B2B Marketers Can Do To Increase Influence And Success [Research]

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One of the biggest challenges B2B marketers struggle with has always been seen as a “cost center” rather than as a revenue stream and driver of business growth for their organizations. Senior leadership and marketers have differing opinions when it comes to the marketing organization’s goals. The management team expects marketing to lower customer acquisition costs. […]. Content Marketing

13 Suggestions for Content Marketing Inspiration

KoMarketing Associates

One of the most rewarding parts of planning and writing content is landing on a new idea kernel. The undeveloped kernel is a type of node. Alone, it’s opportunity in waiting. When joined by a few other nodes, options and angles grow exponentially. The newfound bounty can power content marketing efforts for a few weeks or even longer. Sustenance, but no joy. Listen. Customers are a smart bunch.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

How We Revamped Our LinkedIn Ad Strategy For Full-Funnel Marketing

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Like many marketers, we used to think that Social was only effective as a top-of-the-funnel discovery channel. When we started using a multi-touch attribution solution and model to measure all of our marketing, including Social, we learned that we were severely overvaluing the impact Social had on revenue. The data from a single-touch model was inaccurate by as much as 25%. Nurturing Mid-Funnel.

6 Types of Transactional Emails That Every Email Marketer Should Know

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Author: Kevin George As an email marketer, subscriber engagement is undeniably one of the most critical factors that makes or breaks your efforts in converting your subscribers into lifetime customers. Considering that 54% of US and Canadian consumers consider ending their brand loyalty if they are sent irrelevant content and offers, according to CMO Council, what’s the way forward? Trigger away!

Long-Form Content vs. Short-Form: Which Gets the Results You Want?

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A 2015 Microsoft study reported the average person’s attention span had shrunk to eight seconds – “You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish,” trumpeted Time. Some marketers responded by thinking, “the attention span of readers is shrinking – therefore, so should the length of our content.”. But this type of content is time-consuming and costly to produce, so is it really worth it?

Steps to Get Your Marketing Plan Under Way

B2B Lead Blog

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a bourgeoning startup, marketing strategies compose the very heart of your operation. When looking to develop an effective marketing strategy, you need to approach the process strategically; the goal is to implement an effective strategy from the start. Here are some tips to get your marketing strategy under way without […]. Big Data Marketing big dat

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

Are you kicking off new content initiatives this year? This comprehensive ebook from DivvyHQ asks the 10 most vital questions that should be answered (before you start executing anything) to ensure the success of each new content initiative.

Aprimo Brand Re-emerges as Marketing Operations Specialist and Merges with Revenew Distributed Marketing System

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When we last left Teradata Marketing Applications , it had just been sold to Marlin Equity Partners , whose major previous investment in marketing technology was SaaS email provider BlueHornet. At the time, I expected Marlin would merge the Teradata applications (mostly the old Aprimo product line, plus eCircle email and some other bits) with BlueHornet and was puzzled by why Marlin thought this would result in a good business. with BlueHornet. This makes a lot of sense to me. Mrketing operations was Aprimo’s original product and greatest competitive strength. Good luck to all concerned!

Here’s Why I Didn’t Engage With Your Content

B2B Marketing Insider

Content creation can sometimes seem like throwing a penny into a wishing well; you get your hopes up, toss your penny, and then watch it float to the bottom, lost among hundreds of other pieces of change. And now there are more pennies in the content marketing wishing well than ever. According to the Content […]. Content Marketing

Are You Making Some of the Biggest Mistakes in Digital Marketing?

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Mike Tomita Some people say that you learn more from your mistakes than your successes. However, if you’re a digital marketer , your mistakes might be seen by hundreds of thousands (even millions!) of people and could cost your company an equal, or greater, amount of dollars. Those are some tough lessons. Analysis Paralysis. How great is that? No more guessing about what is working and why.

My journey to the edge of sanity and back

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By Mark W. Schaefer. realized this is the tenth anniversary of my descent to the edge of sanity. This is a difficult post to write because I normally don’t dwell on such dark things. But the echo from the cataclysmic Big Bang of my life still provides the background noise in my cosmos. It is part of who I am and part of who I will always be. We don’t really know people at all.

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5 New B2B Sales and Marketing Strategies

The traditional B2B sales and marketing model is typically depicted in the shape of a funnel; flow starts with marketing and then transitions to sales. Pretty standard, right? The model has now shifted to focus on the customer and their buyer journey.

The Marketing Power of Pokemon Go and Other New, Unsaturated Marketing Channels

Hubspot

6 months ago, I didn't care a hoot about augmented reality games. But as marketers, they are about to become real darn important to all of us. In California, two men were playing the new mobile sensation Pokemon Go. They were so enthralled in the game they both walked right off a cliff. For someone who has never played Pokemon (or even knows what it is, really) this was quite the sight. So what?

This Week in Content Marketing: Compared to Advertising, Content Marketing Still Petite

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. In this week’s episode of This Old Marketing, Robert and I discuss the meteoric growth of Pokémon Go and the intriguing opportunities it may present for marketers. Next, we analyze one blogger’s ranking of hot digital media topics based upon the number of pitches he receives. This week’s show.

Top 5 Content Marketing Trends Of 2016 So Far

B2B Marketing Insider

Can you believe we’re more than half way through 2016 already? It feels like just yesterday when we were making our 2016 content marketing predictions last year. In 2015, 88% of marketers said content marketing was core to their overall marketing strategy. Their top five priorities included creating more engaging content, developing a better understanding […]. Content Marketing

5 Tips For CMOs To Keep Their Creative Teams Humming

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Among other things, being professionally active in a creative industry means that you often have to be one step ahead of the competition. It is the responsibility of employers to provide their creative teams with the instruments that are necessary for them to establish effective networks with their creative peers and evolve their skills and abilities. Content Strategy. Development. Design. There.

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.