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Use Marketing Automation The Right Way

ANNUITAS

Several days ago, Mitch Joel, who is the President of Mirum, wrote a compelling piece on the misuse of marketing automation. could not agree more with his statements made in the article about how so many organizations are using marketing automation (and many other marketing technologies) in the wrong way in an attempt to garner the attention of their buyers. Still, we need to do it right.”.

5 Key Tips for Driving Attendance at Field Events

The Point

Don’t look now, but field events – seminars, roadshows, executive breakfasts – are making something of a comeback in B2B circles. Call it Webinar overload, or perhaps the surge of interest in more personalized, high-touch, account-based marketing. Whatever the reason, in-person events are starting to be more of a fixture on demand gen calendars. Sell the event, not the product. No-one cares.

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Data’s Role in Predictive Analytics Marketing

B2B Lead Blog

Unless you’re an expert in palm reading or tarot cards, you probably don’t have the ability to see into the future. Even though you may not have the technology (or superpowers) to know exactly what the future holds, you do have the next best thing: data. Data fuels predictive marketing, a strategy that helps in […]. Data Quality Management

How Does Content Marketing Help with SEO?

Webbiquity

Guest post by Sam Allcock. Content marketing and SEO are often written about and addressed separately. But both are actually essential, and work in tandem as part of a broad web presence optimization (WPO) strategy. Here are a few distinctions between content marketing and SEO, as well as the effect they can have on your online visibility. What is the difference? How do they work together?

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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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Content Marketing Strategy Must Drive Your Industrial Website Redesign

Industrial Marketing Today

An industrial website redesign shouldn’t be a quick decision because your site is the very foundation of your online presence. Why is it such an important decision? This is only a content summary. Please click on the headline to read the full article. Visit my website for more content on industrial marketing.].

Guide to ABM Vendors: What's in a Complete ABM Stack?

Customer Experience Matrix

Yesterday’s post announced our new Guide to ABM Vendors , which helps marketers make sense of the confusing variety of ABM-related systems. The post describes our framework of four ABM process steps, six system functions that support those steps, and six sub-functions that are hardest to find. All the functions are indeed required, but the sub-functions are optional. Customized Messages and Execution can be found in non-ABM systems such as Web site personalization or marketing automation.* Instead, let’s start with an overview of how the vendors as a group matched up against the sub-functions.

Never Lose A Deal Alone: 5 Advocates You Need In Your Sales Funnel Stages

Influitive b2b

This post was updated on August 25th, 2016. In B2B sales, we’re taught to never allow ourselves to be single-threaded in an account. That’s why we label the different people we interact with throughout sales funnel stages with some common terms: Evaluators, Business Users, Champions, Detractors, Influencers, Budget Holders, Decision Makers… Since the dawn of.

It’s normal to be bad before you’re good

Biznology

attended Ira Glass ‘ talk at Wolf Trap last Saturday and my take-away is :  it’s normal to be bad before you’re good. That’s not a license to suck, it’s a challenge that as long as your writing is concise, your audio is clear, and your video is well-lit enough, then the rest of it is really a rabbit hole. 3)  Don’t let your tools get in the way of your creativity.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

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

5 Ways Marketing Automation Builds True Customer Loyalty

B2B Marketing Insider

It seems that somewhere along the way, customer loyalty became a forgotten objective of the marketing strategy. We focus on getting customers, and lots of them, through various methods, and often at any cost. But the cost of acquiring a new customer is five to twenty-five times higher than the investment required to keep an […]. Content Marketing

ScribbleLive Acquires Linkdex, The Enterprise SEO Platform

ScribbleLive

There are roughly 4.75 billion indexed pages across the world wide web, and an estimated 3.5 billion daily Google searches. Businesses that are serious about improving their digital visibility need solutions to create the best content for both their audiences and search engines like Google. Merging Content Marketing With SEO. Content marketing and SEO have never been more co-dependent , but both disciplines tend to live separately at an operational level. ScribbleLive combines predictive analytics with content planning, creation, and distribution technologies. What The Acquisition Means.

What We Learned By Filming Our First B2B Case Study Video

bizible

At Bizible, we realize that customers are our best salespeople. After all, they know better than anyone the value Bizible provides and how helpful our customer success team is when there are bumps on the road to making every marketing dollar profitable. We’ve dedicated an entire page to highlight our customer’s stories and how they’ve overcome marketing challenges by using Bizible.

How to 'Un-Stock' Your Photography: 8 Examples That'll Change the Way You Choose Photos

Hubspot

With 46% of marketers reporting that photography is critical to their current marketing and storytelling strategies, it should come as no surprise that quality photos are in high demand. Trouble is, most commercially available photos on the internet were taken to visualize broad overall concepts rather than concrete messages. That means they can be used in all sorts of campaigns.

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.

Why So Many Email Marketers Are Worried About Spamhaus

It's All About Revenue

The talk this week in Deliverability has centered around a rash of Spamhaus listings. The narrative is that someone set off a massive number of “list bombs” (entering tons of email addresses at sites without CAPTCHA or Confirmations) which targeted websites that didn’t have any confirmation capabilities. Those addresses were then added to the lists of those sites. No Denying It.

The Making of Vidyard’s New Website Product Tour Videos

Vidyard

Recently, Vidyard quietly launched our new website. Being who we are, and believing so strongly in the power of video, we knew that video would have to be front and center in how we told our story and explained our product to our website visitors. We created a homepage video, of course, but that wasn’t enough. So how did we create this product video tour? Pre-Production. The message. Concept.

The Science Behind Better CTAs

Hive9

When an act of marketing draws attention to your business, that feels like a win. But if a prospect stops there, then your marketing isn’t truly doing its job. Hive9

How To Measure Paid Media ROI (ROAS)

bizible

Paid Media - whether it’s search, social, display, etc. - is a critical component of every B2B marketing plan. It ensures that your brand and your content is seen by a targeted audience and, compared to many other marketing channels, it’s scalable. But as any paid media practitioner knows, getting the right people to click on your ads is no easy task, especially at a cost effective rate.

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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.

7 of the Coolest Experiential Marketing Campaigns We've Ever Seen

Hubspot

Work events are really hit or miss. Let’s be honest: How many times have you found yourself anxiously fidgeting with a paper napkin in the corner of a stuffy networking happy hour? That’s why I was not only relieved, but also surprised and delighted, when I attended a holiday party that featured a live, interactive version of an arcade game. It wasn’t just another tired work event. Keep it local!

One Third of CMOs Not Integrating Within Digital Channels

It's All About Revenue

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.

3 Basics For Benchmarking

ANNUITAS

Individuals measure themselves in so many areas – we gather data, compare and contrast achievements, performance, revenue, strategies, fun (FOMA) and any number of the other areas. As with most things, the data itself is only valuable if you provide context, or better yet, a benchmark against other data points to obtain an understanding of performance and trends. 2.Keep it simple-. If not, skip it.

Social Media Audiences Are Great, But Email Audiences Are Better

Act-On

Which would you rather have: 3,000 email newsletter subscribers or 30,000 social media followers? Choose carefully … it’s a trick question. It’s a trick question because I bet you know the answer. You opted for the subscribers because you’ve been around the block. You know that while social media represents a vast potential audience, the engagement rates are awful. We’re not done yet.

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.

The reality of online influence and the only thing that matters

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

I used to be a big shot. In my corporate marketing days, I was among the top 1 percent on the company organizational chart. I was awarded seven patents and I earned two masters degrees. closed the biggest deal in the company’s history, worth more than $5 billion in sales. As far as I know, I was the only employee who had earned this twice. The frenzy was over. No emails. No calls. True story.

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How to select the perfect B2B data vendor

Biznology

Most B2B marketers rely on customer data from third party suppliers. But how do you choose among the myriad data providers out there? Just To get started, you need to identify your business and marketing objectives.  Let’s look at this process in detail. Here are some examples. Data needs for acquisition. Criteria for vendor evaluation. The data product. Criterion. Considerations. Quantity.

Why Email Marketing Is Still Effective

It's All About Revenue

Time for Friday Five , a curated collection of five recent industry-related articles on one topic. This go round it's Email Marketing. Reasons Email Marketing is Still an Effective Tool. For some reason, “older” has become synonymous with “obsolete.” ” But this is not always the case. It’s true. You should still use email marketing for these six reasons.

How 8 Agencies Are Building Their Brands on Snapchat

Hubspot

When Snapchat first emerged on the scene back in 2011 , it was excusable to dismiss the ephemeral photo-sharing platform as just another shiny piece of millennial bait. But things have changed. The once niche app has grown into one of the least ignorable social media forces in the industry, wooing marketers with its command of more daily active users than Twitter. Username: @marcelagency.

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.