October, 2016

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Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

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By Mark Schaefer. This is the time of year people post their prognostications for the next year. The predictions will be … predictable: More video! More Snapchat! More podcasts! Well, OK. It’s pretty easy to make a prediction based on what’s already happening. But there are less obvious tectonic forces rumbling through our marketplace. Content Marketing Re-constructed. Seriously.

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What is a Marketing-Qualified Lead? What MQL Really Means


Just a few years ago, marketers everywhere rejoiced. Shouts were heard from the rooftops. Glasses were raised. Toasts were made. Reliable marketing metrics were finally here! Definitions were set, processes were tested, sales and executives bought in across the board, and the panacea of the Lead Marketing Funnel brought peace to all. Or did it? Did we just end up confusing things? Beyond buzzwords.

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Design thinking


In our days, design becomes the cornerstone of digital transformation projects. Regardless of the industry or the verticals companies or consultancies operated based on, (what does this mean exactly?), design takes its leading role not only in addressing client-facing problems but also in humanizing and simplifying complicated structures and technology infrastructures. Batten Briefings 2015).

What is Inbound Marketing? The Idiot’s Guide [Infographic]


Guest post by Andy Beohar. Over the past decade, inbound marketing has climbed to the top of the marketing latter and claimed its place as (arguably) the most beneficial approach for business campaigns—both online and off. But you may be wondering, why exactly have inbound practices become so dominant in marketing? And how can you apply them to your own business? Talk about fish in a barrel!

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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Six Ways CMOs Can Capture Audience Attention in the Online Community

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Stand our in the digital landscape and with the right content to attract attention and create an online community.

These 6 Marketing Automation Statistics Show Where Marketers Really Are

It's All About Revenue

Marketing automation is a core technology that all marketers, especially B2B marketers need to implement to connect with prospects and generate the right leads for their sales team. The time of scattershot marketing, or even broadcast marketing, is long past. Marketers need to focus on prospects that have a higher likelihood of becoming customers. We are all guilty of this one. Be one of the 10%.

The Single Most Important Element for Increasing B2B Lead Gen and Sales


This post originally appeared on MarketingProfs. spate of articles recently have expounded on the “consumerization” of all things business: the consumerization of sales, of IT, and of business-to-business (B2B) marketing most prominently. McKinsey’s David Edelman has referred to the consumerization of B2B marketing and sales as a “massive disruption” on the horizon.

MarketingProfs B2B Nuggets of B2B Wisdom


This year’s MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2016 is a whirl-wind of data, inspiration, marketing advice, how-to’s and more than a little fun. What makes an event a success from an attendee’s perspective? It’s a mix of all the above. I was lucky enough to attend several sessions last week and I feel compelled to share some of the marketing, strategy, and leadership nuggets that I learned. Now that is love.

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.

7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

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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

HR and social media: 7 Ways HR needs to act like marketing

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By Mark Schaefer. wrote awhile back that digital transformation would not necessarily be led by marketers. Success may not come through a brilliant strategy or new technology. It’s going to require a culture change, and that might have to be led by and HR team. On the flip side of things, maybe success in HR will be led by marketing, or at least HR professionals who think like marketers. Human.

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

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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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Analyze your target’s buying process, for greater marketing efficiency


B2B selling is a complicated affair, but you can simplify your marketing strategies dramatically with buying process analysis. This means that you lay out your prospect’s buying process, stage by stage, and then develop a selling process that maps to it. Voila! Your marketing investments will become much more efficient, being applied to their best use. Let’s look at how this works. And so on.

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.

Why Most CMOs Are Getting Their Social Media Strategy Wrong

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CMOs need to evaluate their processes of building business reputation, enabling growth and establishing brand awareness through social media

How, And Why, You Should Calculate Customer Lifetime Value (CLV)


The true value of a customer is not just the size of the deal. Instead, it should be calculated with other (more important) factors such as how long they are likely to remain your customer. Researchers estimate that today it costs five times as much to acquire a new customer than it does to retain a current one. For now, let’s dive into CLV. What is Customer Lifetime Value? Was it worth it?

Data: The Most Valuable (But Little Understood) Benefit of Content Marketing

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October 11, 2016 by Chuck Frey Content marketing has received a lot of coverage in the business media and blogosphere for its power to cultivate strong relationships with current and. read more. Content Marketing Content Marketing Strategy Measurement Chuck Frey content marketing strategy Editorial Planning ROI

Five new content forms rocking the marketing airwaves

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By Mark Schaefer. When I wrote about this idea of Content Shock — the idea that content marketing becomes less sustainable as a strategy as the amount of competitive content increase — I predicted that there would be new innovations in content forms. Here are five that caught my attention. Interactive dynamic video. link]. How cool would it be to actually play with objects in a video?

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.

The 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Product Video (Learned the Hard Way)


Some people like to learn by making mistakes. And by “some people” I mean me, and by “like” I mean it just happens. guess that’s the price you pay when you’re not afraid to try new things. As product marketers (or marketers in general), we have to try new things every single day, whether because we want to, or have to, depending on the needs of the business. It’s only normal, and it’s ok. Quotes.

3 In Demand Skills Every Marketer Should Have In 2017

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It’s not easy being a marketer today. Marketing is an ever-changing industry, and to be successful today, marketers must possess a diverse skill set, everything from writing to editing, analytics, social media and even graphic design. So what skills will you need to know to keep up with this ever-evolving field? And what killer skills will be in […]. Content Marketing

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3 Mobile Marketing Trends You Can't Afford To Ignore

It's All About Revenue

You might want to sit down when reading this next sentence. The majority of your consumers are, or soon will be smartphone owners. Ok I am being quite sarcastic but that line, which I borrowed from the Forrester report The Path To Mobile Marketing Mastery , is all too true yet somehow I am not convinced the majority of marketers are aware of it. Hard to believe, I know. Mobile DMP. Take Control.

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Personal Traits Versus Business Skills: Creating the CMO Fit for the Future

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When today's CMOs started out their first marketing roles, they couldn't possibly have predicted the challenges that they would face when they reached this milestone in their careers. So what does the modern CMO look like?

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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.

Micro-influencer marketing is the new long tail


I have been doing long-tail blogger outreach since 2006. Ten years later, I am still at it in earnest. Even more, I play so far down the long tail of influence that I can still create micro-influencer marketing campaigns that are earned media campaigns. The rise of ‘micro-influencers’ on Instagram. The Biggest Problem With Micro-Influencers (and How to Solve It). Ayre via Facebook.

Seven Essential Mobile Apps for Marketers

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By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Back in 2014, I wrote a post on essential mobile apps  for marketers. It’s been a while, and since apps change more often than Kim Kardashian’s phone number, I thought it was time for an update. These days I have 144 apps on my phone. Here are the seven I find most valuable:  . IFTTT: https://ifttt.com. Platforms: Web App, iOS and Android.

7 Classic Email Marketing Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them


Everybody makes mistakes. Some are big. Some are little. Many are avoidable. In email, there are so many mistakes you can make that to list them all would turn this blog post into a short book. To help you avoid the worst of the worst email marketing mistakes, we’ve decided to call them out. If you don’t see your favorite error noted here, please add it in the comments section. 1. We’re all human.

Stop Being a Wimp with Your Content and Discussions

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I love creating challenger sales and marketing content. For example, my article “CMOs Are Failing to Go Beyond Brand Awareness,” questions the actions of CMOs at organizations like Xerox, Wiley, Lithium, G2Crowd, and XOJet. And, in my recent series, I question the thoughts, ideas, actions and content of well-known LinkedIn marketing experts like Viveka von […].

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.

News from Krux, Demandbase, Radius: Customer Data Takes Center Stage

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If Dreamforce seems a little less crowded than you expected this week, perhaps it's because I didn’t attend. But I’m still tracking the news from Salesforce and other vendors from my cave in Philadelphia. Three announcements caught my eye, all highlighting the increasing attention being paid to customer data. If I’m sounding vague here it’s because, frankly, so was Demandbase. billion for LinkedIn.

Using Data-Driven Marketing for Business Success

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With the advent of huge amounts of data now available, thanks to online interactions and shopping, digital marketing has become hugely reliant on this data-type of information for decision-making. The data has many sources like a company’s CRM or ERP system or its website and social media presence. Now we've matured and we correlate our data and study it. There is help.

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12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts


In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. Hence, 1,000. Of  course, a steady stream of crappy content won’t attract a large or loyal readership.

5 questions you should ask yourself every day before bed

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. I’m a vampire. No, not the solar-phobic Transylvanian bloodsucker with his campy cape, but the graveyard worker who spends all night hitting the keyboard and dropping into bed when the first sun rays sneak through my curtains. That unhealthy working routine forced me to visit a doctor who advised me to bring order into my day. Serve others.

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.