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Account Based Marketing and its Growing Interest Among B2B CMOs

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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

Why Email is Essential for Your Content Marketing Strategy

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Go to any digital marketing event and you’re sure to hear one thing: content marketing is important. But the hot new art and science of being an effective brand publisher is actually more than just a trend; it’s becoming the atomic particle of all marketing. Because it works. In fact according to the Direct Marketing Association, email marketing yields an estimated 4,300% ROI.

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Why Email Marketers Need To Confront the New Reality of Confirmed Opt-In

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As some of you have found out in the worst possible way over the past month, Spamhaus is on a tear. If you aren’t familiar with Spamhaus, I suggest you do a little bit of Googling to find out about them. They are simply the most relevant blacklist in existence today. There are different flavors of Spamhaus listings, but the one we want to avoid as legit marketers, is the SBL listing.

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Gmail, TLS Encryption and Why Email Marketers Need to Know About It

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Last week, Gmail announced that they were adding a “broken lock” icon for Gmail on the web senders who didn’t support TLS. For those of you who don’t know, TLS stands for Transport Layer Security. That’s easy to find if you are interested in the specifics of data encryption. For most of us, those details might be a little on the boring side. Email Marketing

150 Content Marketing Tips

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

80% of Millennials Have Been Influenced to Purchase by a Mobile Ad

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It's Friday which means it's Friday Five time, our weekly curated collection of five stories on one specific topic. This week, it's Mobile Marketing. Report Highlights the Millennial Opportunity on Mobile. 64 per cent of consumers have been influenced to purchase by a mobile ad – a figure that rises to 80 per cent among millennials. Read the full story on Forbes. Mobile Marketin

The Power of Instagram in Email Marketing

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Since October 2010, Instagram has seen massive growth in its user base. In the first two months after release, Instagram hit 1 million users. Two years later Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion. The world didn’t understand how a tiny company that helps share photos could be worth so much. How could Facebook justify paying that much for a tiny competitor? Increasing Email Engagement.

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Marketing Automation is More Than a Fancy Email Machine

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Marketing automation is one of those terms that could have a variety of meanings, but the most obvious one is not really what it means. The tool that is called a marketing automation platform is not strictly about automating your marketing. Let’s look at some stats from a recent study from Ascend2 : 76% of marketers say marketing automation is very important to their marketing performance.

5 Mobile Insights That Will Change How You Market to Millennials

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Everywhere you go, millennials are looking down at their phones. The grocery store, the bus, and don’t get me started on the movies. The question is: what are they really doing with their heads down, thumbs furiously typing and swiping? This is a serious question for marketers who want to not only reach, but genuinely engage their millennial, mobile audience. What are their views on privacy?

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

7 Compelling Reasons to Invest in Mobile Marketing

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Mobile has experienced a meteoric rise in recent years. Smartphone and tablet usage has exploded, and the widespread proliferation of mobile devices is changing the way consumers and B2B prospects access media and online information. Over the past four years, smartphone usage is up 394% and tablet usage up 1,721%. Up to 29% of consumer media time is now spent on mobile platforms. Main Takeaways.

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Integrating Online Video with Your Marketing Tech Stack

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Video by itself is an effective, engaging content f o r m that provides high ROI, and integrating your online video platform (OVP) with your existing tech stack ensures you can make the most of your video investment. This integration is the third step in creating powerful digital 1:1 conversations with video: Step 1: “Who is it?” Step 2: “What should we talk about?”

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How Big Data Is Revolutionizing Marketing And Sales

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Convergence and the power of data in modern marketingThis installment of the Friday Five — a collection of five curated articles from around the Internet, is all about Data. Ten Ways Big Data Is Revolutionizing Marketing And Sales. Of the hundreds of areas big data and analytics will revolutionize marketing and sales, the following is an overview of those that are delivering results today.

8 Steps to Guarantee Marketing Automation Success

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EmailMonday gathered an impressive list of statistics about marketing automation usage and its relevance for businesses in 2016 and beyond. Some key statistics from various sources include: • 91% of the most successful users agree that marketing automation is very important to marketing success across all channels (Ascend2). Review what you are using now before changing anything.

Why You Are Losing Leads by Not Integrating Events with Marketing Automation

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Did you know that businesses that use marketing automation to nurture prospects experience a 451% increase in qualified leads? According to the State of B2B Event Marketing study , events are the most effective tactic for B2B marketers to increase their sales pipeline and generate revenue. Why Is Marketing Automation an Essential Part of Any Effective Marketing Strategy? What is Event Automation?

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.

Preview: 20 Social Media Marketing Statistics from Upcoming Industry Report

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It is 2016 and we are still talking about social media marketing. Believe it or not, there are still companies that have not embraced social media as a means to improve marketing, customer service, lead generation and product development. They may come around in time. Every year Social Media Examiner conducts a large survey to get a pulse on social media marketing and how marketers are using it.

10 Surprising Statistics About Marketing Technology

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With the hot sector of marketing technology becoming better defined, insights are emerging from those using it - and the results are mixed. This blog explores the figures. Marketing technology benefits: hiding in plain sight. As marketing technologists, we can’t ignore these figures. Nor should we. That is nearly two-thirds of those investing in marketing technology. It gets worse. Takeaways.

5 Ways Video will Transform Digital Marketing in 2016

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2015 saw some incredible growth in the use of video content by marketers in both B2C and B2B markets. But more importantly, it also saw some staggering shifts in how marketers are using video and the kinds of results it’s helping them generate. Now that marketers are getting comfortable with video as a content medium for both brand and demand, the real fun begins. Let’s Get Personal.

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New Gartner Report: Build Your Digital Marketing Hub

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Gartner has published its Magic Quadrant Report on Digital Marketing Hubs. While the marketing technology industry has many different market assessments, this research very much reflects the emergence of “marketing clouds” as a category of software. Connected Data. Actionable Audience Profile. You can connect all the data in the world, but to make it useful, it needs to be actionable.

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.

Still Wondering How to Get Started in Social Media in 2016?

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It is sometimes hard to imagine this for many marketers, but there really are people who are not yet using social media marketing for their business, or who could use a good refresher on how to use it well. Social media has gone from a check the boxes exercise to a critical component that is fully integrated into marketing campaigns and other business activities. And it’s still growing.

Email Marketing: Going Beyond a Unique Open and Click

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Is 20% a good open rate? What about a click-through rate of 5%? Well that depends on the industry you are in and what type of communications you're sending. There’s one thing I can tell you without knowing anything about you, you want these rates to be higher. Each week you send out a newsletter and each week you might get a 20% open rate. Is it the same 20% opening each time?

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Marketing Automation and Creativity: How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

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As marketing automation and data-driven marketing become increasingly important, some marketers feel that creativity is being sacrificed. In this post we'll demonstrate how to get the perfect blend of both and why they should inform one another if you want to achieve real marketing success. More often than not, people are reluctant to adapt to change. Data mining. Content marketing. Takeaways.

Mobile Marketing Trends for 2016

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Welcome back to another installment of The Friday Five, your weekly curated content roundup of five articles related to one specific topic. This week's topic: Mobile Marketing. Top 10 mobile marketing trends for 2016. We all know mobile wallets are eventually going to replace credit cards: Is this year the tipping point? Read the full story on Luxury Daily. Given that there are now 1.91

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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.

Millennials Want to Identify with Brands and Their Content

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Millennials are officially America’s largest generation. According to recently released population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau , there are approximately 75.4 million Millennials, or citizens 18-34 years of age, in the United States as of 2015. With the Boomer generation in decline, Millennials are expected to remain the dominant generation for decades to come. Currently, U.S.

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How To Run An Effective SMS Marketing Campaign

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SMS has become a popular marketing platform for businesses in recent years and for good reason. Its affordable cost and high ROI make it an irresistible marketing strategy. But marketers should be aware that SMS is not a DIY marketing plan. There are lots of ways to do a texting campaign right and lots of ways to do it wrong, too. Today, businesses have many points of contact with their customers.

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8 Common Ways Most Content Marketers Fail

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Marketers are pretty resourceful. Many of us create amazing campaigns and pieces of content, sometimes even with limited resources. From one-(wo)man operations to teams with every position imaginable, we all have areas that could use improving. Many of the areas where we make mistakes center around the experiences that we’re delivering to our audiences. But fear not! Great! Content Marketin

5 Statistics That Modern Marketers Can't Ignore in 2016

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Modern marketing is about learning from the past, analyzing what brought you, or others, the best results and applying that to the future. Our panel of global experts selected some significant statistics that influenced their behavior and successful activities in 2015. We share those with you so it can have impact in your 2016. 1. 40% of your prospects are qualified, but not yet ready to buy.

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.

3 Email Marketing Lessons From Tinder

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About three years ago, I was having drinks with some friends in Tribeca, when one of the girls pulled out her iPhone to show us married gals how Tinder worked. We were hooked. It was so easy to swipe right, swipe left, swipe right again; trying to find a match for our friend. We must have swiped for a good five minutes (even if she didn’t necessarily approve of all our swipes). ” 2.

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Want To Know How To Harness Data and Optimize Customer Experience?

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Data and customer experience (CX) may be the two biggest things on marketers' collective minds right now. Marketers around the world want to know how to best use data and optimize the customer experience. Of course it's not that easy as today’s digital consumers are demanding. Five Key Functions for Optimization. Testing & Targeting. Personalization. Insights. Channels.

CMOs to Increase Marketing Analytics Budget by 66% Over Next 3 Years

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Twice a year the Duke University Fuqua School of Business releases its CMO Survey. If you are not familiar with it, I suggest you check it out as it provides a biannual glimpse into the mind of the CMO on a varying number of topics. Their most recent release included the statistic that CMOs plan to increase their spending on Marketing Analytics by 66% over the course of the next 3 years.

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4 Ways to Battle the Content Marketing Paradox

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We’ve long suspected it, but now there’s proof; the more glued we become to our devices, the less we’re actually engaging with content. recent TrackMaven study found that the amount of branded content across social media increased by 35% in 2015, while content engagement decreased by 17%, a phenomenon called the content marketing paradox. Content Marketing

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.

A Glimpse into the Future of Modern Marketing

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Welcome to the future. Now that it is 2016, we have arrived at the next stage of modern marketing. To make sure you are prepared for the future, we have asked global experts for their thoughts about what will have the most impact in 2016. We've included some below, both in this post and in the short slide deck. And 53% of them would give up their sense of smell before they gave up their phone.

7 Simple Rules for Connecting with Customers via Cross-Channel Marketing

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Being a cross-channel marketing mogul is a lot like being an air-traffic controller. If you manage all your moving parts well, your audience will relax and enjoy the ride. But, if you phone in your strategy, you just might sustain a serious loss of prospects and customers. Customers are people and people have unique needs and wants. Enter cross-channel marketing automation. Cross Channel Marketin

5 Simple Marketing Automation Tips to Improve Conversion

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No matter what marketing technology we use to better communicate with customers and prospects, we are constantly thinking about improving the experience for us and the prospects, optimizing the results, and even just making things a little easier. But in the end, isn't it all about conversion? Think Beyond Job Titles Persona creation often starts with a job title. VP of Marketing.

One Third of CMOs Not Integrating Within Digital Channels

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It’s no secret that the best customers are the ones who engage with brands across multiple channels. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the brands who deliver value to customers across channels see strong growth. How much growth? Companies with strong cross channel customer engagement see a 9.5% year-over-year increase in annual revenue. Ok so far so good, right? From Within.

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.