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5 Ways B2B CMOs Can improve Audience Development With Buyer Persona Research

Tony Zambito

by Gregor Črešnar. The term, audience development , has become more ubiquitous in the world of marketing.  A recognition of the growing importance of digital content marketing to overall marketing strategies today.  For B2C CMOs, the concept of developing audiences and communities has been an essential core principle for some time. Questions I often receive when working with CMOs specific to B2B.

How to Get Results from YouTube Ads (Hint: It’s Not Advertising)

Act-On

Most YouTube ads do not deliver a measurable ROI for advertisers. This is because most of the pre-roll ads (YouTube calls them “in-stream ads”) we see on YouTube are geared only towards raising brand awareness – they’re designed to get reach and attention, but not conversion. These ads seldom include a call to action, and only a very small percentage of people click on them.

Earned media influencer marketing demands your awesome

Biznology

I’ll be honest with you, relatively few companies can conduct a successful earned media influencer marketing campaign. Earned Earned media (or free media) refers to publicity gained through promotional efforts other than advertising, as opposed to paid media , which refers to publicity gained through advertising. That’s cool. Earned media influencer marketing is time-consuming.

You Won't Believe How Many CMOs Don't Use Testing and Personalization

It's All About Revenue

I don't know about you but back in school I was not all that fond of tests. Oh I studied for sure but more often than a sense of anxiety came over me each and every time I had to take a test. But, what I realized, eventually, was that the results of a given test gave me some idea as to how much I knew (or didn't know) about a topic or subject. Pretty simple when you think about it.

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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.

15 Cheat Sheets Every Successful Digital Marketer Needs

B2B Marketing Insider

It’s not easy being a digital marketer today. You need to know and do everything from content strategy to writing and editing, SEO, social media marketing, analytics and so much more. So how do you stay on top of it all? Here are 15 cheat sheets that will make your life easier and help you […]. Content Marketing

Deliver More Sales Qualified Leads Using Predictive Intelligence

SalesPredict

One of the biggest challenges today’s B2B marketers face is generating sales qualified leads (SQLs). After all, what’s the point of creating and promoting all that content and spending all that time on social media if you’re not effectively reaching the people most likely to buy from your business? Why leads aren’t qualified. How predictive can help. How does it work?

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing

Act-On

Customers form opinions about your products and services in a matter of seconds ( 90, to be exact ). But what’s surprising is the majority of these conclusions are fed by something entirely outside the customer’s conscious awareness: their response to color. It seemed crazy, but it was an instant hit and led to an entire rainbow of ketchup colors – and ultimately, 25 million units sold. Yellow.

How to implement a Video 1st content marketing strategy that drives action

Biznology

Because of the importance consumers and business decision makers are putting on content, many marketers and business owners are challenged with how to create the ongoing flow of quality business content that they need to drive their marketing objectives. Why a Video First content marketing strategy makes sense. Back in 2005, we mostly used the internet for browsing. Forget about video! Take

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The Six Best Google+ Marketing Tools

Webbiquity

Despite its detractors , Google+ remains one of the “big four” social networks and has its share of prominent fans in the business world. For most websites, Google+ doesn’t drive the volume of social traffic that Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter do. But it can still be interesting place to hang out, and it may help with SEO. Google Review Count: 70,400. Google Review Count: 33,800.

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Who do B2B Tech Buyers Trust and What This Means for Marketers

B2B Marketing Insider

By Mike Neumeier, APR, Principal at Arketi Group Recently we hit a generational milestone – millennials have officially become the largest generational group in America’s workforce. This got us thinking. We wanted to understand how this much-hyped group was impacting B2B enterprise tech purchasing. We looked around to see if anyone had studied this and […]. Content Marketing

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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.

How to Find Influencers for B2B Online Marketing Campaigns

KoMarketing Associates

From an online marketing perspective, influencer marketing helps expand reach, increase brand awareness, improve SEO, gain credibility and much more. But, identifying influencers is something that many B2B marketers find challenging, especially when dealing with an unfamiliar industry. For each tool, I will be answering two important questions – what is it? And how can you use it? What is it?

Top 10 Advantages of Online Marketing for Professional Services

Hinge Marketing

Online marketing is growing in popularity – and importance. As we explored in our recent book, Online Marketing for Professional Services , changes in the demographics of the professional services marketplace are leading to the adoption of new strategies for building reputations, networking, and generating leads. For a sign of the times, just look at the explosive growth of LinkedIn. Figure 1.

Sell Me This Pen. Some Advice for Technology Marketers

MI6 Marketing Agency

Technology Marketers Need to Know How To Sell. Today, more than ever, technology marketers need to know how to sell. In fact, if a marketer doesn’t have experience selling it’s a key weakness…well actually an opportunity! The disconnect between sales and marketing is one of the reasons why tech marketers need to develop their sales skills. Sell Me This Pen. Blog Featured General

5 Actionable Content Marketing Insights from Latest Report

It's All About Revenue

In the latest report from Econsultancy they looked at the future of content marketing by talking to content experts, agency leaders and content practitioners. One of the biggest imperatives they noted is the importance of data as it relates to content. Whether you are using it to create content, distribute content, or analyze the success of your content, data plays a larger and larger role.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

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

Why You Need a B2B Sales Content Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

If you sell the way you did 10 years ago, you don’t need a sales content strategy. There’s little strategy required to tell people about your company, products, features — just don’t forget those benefit statements! But if you’ve truly adopted a customer-centered sales philosophy you know you have new requirements. The new realities of […]. Content Marketing

This Week in Content Marketing: Get Ready for Brands to Take Over Facebook Instant Articles

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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 of This Old Marketing, Robert and I talk about the implications of Facebook opening Instant Articles to brands, starting with Intel. We see an underlying problem that could affect its acceptance by brands. We also take a closer look at Facebook’s new Creative Hub. Sponsor (37:52).

19 Simple Email Marketing Tips to Improve Your Email Open and Clickthrough Rates

Hubspot

Practicing good inbound marketing means sending emails to people who actually want to hear from you. But oftentimes, your emails still end up getting lost in the inbox clutter -- or worse, in the spam folder. And then, when someone actually opens your email, they don't actually click through. You may often think to yourself, "Ugh. just can't win.". I've got your back, though. Plain and simple.

How Industrial Content Marketing Increases Awareness and Creates True Differentiation

Industrial Marketing Today

Industrial content marketing can be very effective in solving two common problems that many manufacturers and distributors face. 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.]. Content Marketing content marketing for distributors Industrial content marketing Industrial sales

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.

Did Facebook Just Deliver a Crushing Blow to Native Advertising?

Contently

Everyone assumes that if Facebook were to drop an anvil on media companies, it’d come in the form of an algorithm reconfiguration, a change in the revenue split on Instant Articles, or some combination of the two. But for the increasing number of publishers that rely on native advertising to make ends meet, Facebook may have already delivered a brutal blow. The tag. Or so the theory goes.

The Onion Shares The Secret To Creating Content That Doesn’t Suck

B2B Marketing Insider

Three years ago, The Onion published this satirical piece “Sponsored Content Pretty F **g Awesome,” ridiculing the absurdity of native advertising. If you’re pressed for time, here are two short snippets to give you a taste of the post: “I love, love, f **g love sponsored content,” said news and entertainment reader Erica Olson, adding that when […]. Content Marketing

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How to Find The Best Influencers for Your Company

Act-On

What’s the hardest thing about influencer marketing? Is it defining the strategy? Tracking the results? Or finding the influencers? According to a recent study from Augure , finding the right influencers is the #1 challenge. According to the study, 75% of marketers struggle with it. It even beats out finding budget. Step 1: Figure out what you want to accomplish with your influencer marketing.

3 Creative Highlights From Cannes Lions

It's All About Revenue

For those of you not familiar, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event for those working in the creative communications, advertising and related fields. Based on feedback from two of the Oracle contingent who were attended the festival, one of the themes that emerged can be summed up in word: MadTech. Vogue in Vogue. the right data. 2. Millennials Are People, Too.

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.

Your big marketing budget is not as big an advantage anymore

Biznology

It used to be that marketing was about money. Marketing was usually a nicer word for  advertising , which needed money–lots of it. In the two decades since the web was birthed, money has become less important than it was in the past. Your big marketing budget used to buy world domination–now it just assures that you will get a look-see. And in general, he was right. Like this post?

How to Generate Qualified Leads and Delight Your Sales Team

bizible

We know the age-old process: the marketing team delivers a bunch of leads to sales team and pats themselves on the back for hitting their leads goals. The sales team follows up, but only closes a small percentage of the leads they received. Marketing says Sales dropped the ball, while Sales blames Marketing for delivering unqualified leads. Sales and Marketing Alignment. What industry are they in?

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7 B2B Companies Making Pretty Funny Content (Plus How They Did It)

B2B Marketing Insider

Three words: Dollar Shave Club. Is this going to be yet another post about the 2012 minute-and-a-half promotional video? Thankfully, no. But, I can’t help bringing it up because when talking about using humor to promote dry subject material – replacement shaving razors – Dollar Shave Club can’t be beat. Their campaign hit all the […]. Content Marketing

The B2B Summit 2016

Tomorrow People

Tomorrow People will be attending the B2B Marketing Summit 2016, taking place on Wednesday 22nd June

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

How to Harness the Power of a Referral Marketing Business

Act-On

In this digital age, marketing supports the attract, capture, and nurture stages of the customer lifecycle, ideally with a clean handoff to sales close to the purchase point. After the sale, the customer success team generally watches over the account. That’s one reason that marketing is increasingly getting involved in the customer experience. What can referral marketing do for your company?

Make the most of your social media fans

Biznology

Most brands and companies today have some sort of social media presence. Even in industrial and technical sectors, Twitter and Facebook have proved themselves to be lively venues for engagement, sharing and conversation. But here’s a new development. To me, this sounds like the next big thing in the rapid progression of social media marketing. The match rate averages around 10 percent.

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How Google’s failure helped me become a dramatically better writer

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

In 2013 Google announced it was killing off Blog Reader, by far the most-used, most-popular blog reading platform in the universe. Who knows? Brian Shih, former leader of the Google platform, said it was political. In any event, it made no sense to kill it. Nevertheless, Reader joined a long list of Google technologies that have been piled into the dustbin. But that wasn’t a good thing.

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5 Reasons Your Lead Generation Strategy is Not Working

B2B Marketing Insider

In business, failure is always an option. This is especially true in B2B businesses that require a steady flow of leads to stay healthy. So it serves marketers well to know the ins and outs of lead management both for better and for worse. Here are the top five reasons your lead generation campaigns may […]. 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.