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7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

Type A Communications

October 25, 2016 by Carla Johnson The biggest beef I hear from sales teams or sales-driven organizations is that they can’t get people to pay attention, make decisions or quit. read more. Sales Storytelling Carla Johnson sales storytelling Type A Communications

3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

The Point

We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want the quick fix, right? Wish it were that easy. Listen, marketing technology is great, and in the right circumstances can make a big difference. Poor Messaging.

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Why we create crap content: We’re afraid

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Mark Schaefer. An industry “thought leader” recently characterized me as a “loose cannon.” ” I found this surprising since this implies there’s a set of standards and expectations that I am not following in a lockstep fashion. His statement pissed me off (momentarily), and I am not easily pissed off. Who is setting these industry expectations and rules?

Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

Tony Zambito

by Delwar Hossain. The primary course of conversation in the past few years for CMO’s and their marketing teams has centered around customer centricity, customer experience, and content marketing.  For good reasons too.  Customer behaviors have significantly shifted in the last decade impacting conventional thinking on the role of marketing and sales and their abilities to connect with customers.

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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Making Industrial Content Marketing Engaging for Engineers and Industrial Buyers

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial content marketing is facing a big challenge because manufacturers are struggling to make it more engaging for their target audience. They have a good grasp of industrial content marketing’s contributions at the top of funnel but can’t quite connect the dots when it comes to measuring its effectiveness in driving sales. This is only a content summary.

How to become an influencer (even if you’re a little guy!)

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Aaron Lee, {grow} Community Member. If you’ve never heard of me, hello there! This is @AskAaronLee. Back in 2009, I started a Twitter account because I saw the potential to have a worldwide presence. And I was right. I’ve used Twitter to connect with people, grow a small brand, and became an influencer. Perhaps you believe that @AskAaronLee would not make it if I had started today.

IT buyers are calling for a change in how you market & sell to them on LinkedIn


If you want to reach, connect and engage with more IT buyers, then as a sales and marketing professional, you need to position yourself as an expert who wants to have a real relationship that’s based on up-front value. Yes, I’m saying that the marketing standard of giving value after the fact needs to change! They want a relationship based on real, up-front value. Even if it is LinkedIn!).

What Is a B2B Marketing Experience?

Tomorrow People

We are in the age of the customer. Consumers are now far more in control of their relationships with businesses than ever before as digital has revolutionised how we interact with the world and each other

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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.

An SEO’s Guide to Bottom-of-Funnel Keywords


If I had a penny for every time a client asked our agency to focus only on the most searched, highest volume keywords in their industry I’d be a very rich woman by now. It’s a common myth that the most searched terms, those with the largest volume, are the best ones to rank for. Keyword research is an important part of search engine optimization (SEO). Marketing Funnels and Keyword Research. Buy +.

Changing Buyers and the Future of B2B Sales – An Interview with DSG Consulting


From time to time on the ANNUITAS blog we have the opportunity to sit down with those in the B2B Marketing and Sales industry and get their take on the market and trends that are happening in the space. We recently were able to sit down with Tanner Mezel of DSG Consulting and get his insights into the world of B2B Marketing and Sales. TM: I’m the Head of Marketing and Strategy for DSG. lost deals.

Selling into the “hidden opportunity market”


We used to say, “sell ahead of the RFP.” ” Then, for more than a decade we’ve been telling clients, “sell ahead of your competitive herd.” ” Now we’re telling them, “sell into the ‘hidden opportunity market’ ” As a result of recent client work, I’ve re-examined CEB’s Challenger Customer for clues on how to improve B2B sales practices, especially for sales content. I’ve re-read Challenger Customer in detail at least 5 times. Each time I get a deeper appreciation for the insights their research provides.

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The state of B2B marketing in Asia—moving toward digital


While teaching in Hong Kong for the semester, I’ve had the chance to meet some very interesting people.  A standout in the B2B marketing field is David Ketchum , CEO of the demand generation agency Current Asia , and author of Big M, little m Marketing: New Strategies for a New Asia. David also serves as chairman of the Digital + Direct Marketing Association of Hong Kong. One is cost.

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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.

This Week in Content Marketing: Is Content Marketing Actually a Thing?

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PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher. In this episode, Robert and I discuss whether there’s truly a difference between marketing and content marketing and, if so, whether one works better than the other. In M&A news, Google Acquires FameBit, while more publishers are starting to search for new media business models. Have fun.

5 Tips to Infuse More Personality into Your Content


Marketers are churning out more content than ever, but statistics show that most of this content is not being consumed. That’s right! Up to 70 percent of content created by B2B marketers is collecting dust and not making an impact. But why? The answer is simple: lack of engagement. Sixty-six percent of B2B marketers claim that keeping people engaged is one of their top challenges. Build suspense.

How a Content Refresh Can Help You Stay Relevant

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Elaine Ip If you’re a savvy digital marketer, you’ve probably been on the content marketing train for years. Bonus points for you, but is that pile of existing content starting to look a little stale? For those in a fast-paced industry, some of your best content might start to look stale after only a year or two. How is a content marketer supposed to keep up with that kind of change?

Tips to Manage the Convergence of AdTech and MarTech

It's All About Revenue

Modern marketers know that effective technology application largely hinges on the proper collection and management of data. Partners are critical to helping marketers drive top line and bottom-line performance across the enterprise. Success requires the integration of data, technology, and creativity, and clients look to partners for much-needed expertise and resources. their data.

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.

How to Defeat Your Most Dangerous Writing Habit: 7 Ways to Lift 'The Curse of Knowledge'


When I was eight, I became stuck on a particularly tough Where’s Waldo scene. It was so difficult that I became convinced that Waldo -- the character I needed to find -- wasn’t in it at all. began thinking the whole thing was a joke, full of red herrings. And then I found him. And after that, I could never un-see him. Here’s how it could be hurting you. What is “The Curse of Knowledge?”. You write.

Three Types of Goals and KPIs Needed for Social Media Analytics

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Good social media analytics are needed for businesses to understand the social consumer. But which goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) are most needed? And why? Start With Goals. It’s my opinion that you can’t choose your KPIs until you have chosen your company goals. WHY are you on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram? Engagement.

5 Reasons to Create an Integrated Marketing Plan


Enterprise marketing organizations employ a lot of people for different types of work. Scale allows you to hire highly specialized staff for grade-A outcomes. But if the sophisticated pieces of your marketing plan don’t all fit together, you won’t see the results you need. Marketing Planning Hive9 Integrated Marketing

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Infographic: A Marketer’s Guide to Posting on LinkedIn


It feels like social media editors only have fun on Twitter and Facebook. Those platforms may be the go-to places for celebrities and “sexy” B2C brands—if Denny’s is ever going to be sexy, this is it—but when it comes to B2B marketing, LinkedIn has them beat. According to a new infographic from WebpageFX , 80 percent of B2B social media leads come from LinkedIn. and 6 p.m.,

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.

What Plato Can Teach CMOs About Customer Experience

It's All About Revenue

Customer Experience (CX) continues to be a top priority for major brands. In a report published by Accenture (“Digital Transformation in the Age of the Customer”), “improving customer experience” was listed as a top priority for the companies surveyed. That should come as no surprise to anyone. But what does Plato have to do with it? Glad you asked. The Human Touch. Desire.

How To Create Buyer Personas In Your CRM And Gain Deep Insights Into Marketing Performance


The development of buyer personas is a vital part of any marketing strategy. It informs marketers on how to find the right audience and develop the right message. Often times buyer personas are just characters on a poster hanging on office wall. But can marketers get more use out of buyer personas? In other words, personas are no longer characters but real contacts inside your CRM.

Scale Your Content Marketing Effectively with These Tips

B2B Marketing Insider

Content marketing professionals understand the amount of time and effort that can go into planning, creating, and promoting content. single article can take weeks or even months to move from ideation to publication—and the complexity of moving processes can often cause frustrating delays. Successful content marketing can be inherently difficult to increase in scale. […]. Content Marketing

Using Top-of-Funnel Content to Drive SEO Results

KoMarketing Associates

When thinking about the conversion funnel in relation to SEO, B2B marketers should aim to provide content that meets the needs of searchers no matter what phase of the buying process they are in. The idea is, of course, to get leads and prospects to move past the awareness phase , and ultimately convert. Finding the right balance is a key component of content marketing success. Google.

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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.

15 Eye-Catching Resume Templates That Will Get You Noticed


While an eye-catching resume alone probably won't land you your dream gig, it doesn't hurt to put a little extra effort into how you present yourself on paper. The right resume design speaks to your individual skills and personality, and can propel your application to the top of the stack. But finding the perfect design can be a major hassle -- and applying for jobs is already hard enough.

The Long-form Storytelling Originators: Journalism Examples for Content Marketing Inspiration


Previously on this blog, I’ve identified three brands that are excelling at long-form storytelling : Red Bull, Casper and American Express. Now, it’s time to identify the originators – the inspiration for this type of content. Journalists. In fact, a lot of the long-form storytelling produced by the aforementioned brands are penned by hired journalists. million times. What is it? See it here.

Measure ROI on "Hardest to Track" B2B Marketing Channels [Using Attribution]


In a recent 2016 article , MarketingProfs highlighted an interesting fact about senior marketers’ positions regarding which marketing channels are easiest to track. The information was garnered from a Millward Brown report and surveyed over 300 senior-level marketers. Based on these survey responses, the report found that marketers place various marketing channels on a “easy-to-track” continuum.

4 Tips to Make the Most of Predictive Analytics: Think Small Data and Automation

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Loretta Jones Everyone dreams of predicting the future, and this is especially true of marketers. Knowing how likely a person is to become a customer, and why , is the Holy Grail for marketers. So it’s no surprise that predictive analytics is an increasingly popular topic. As the amount of available data grows, predictive analytics has the potential to become even more valuable.

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.